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Qadiani/Ahmadi friend

Fatwaa ID: 1260

Asalamu’alaikum mufti, is it permissible to have a friend that is from the ahmadiyya sect? Is it permissible to accept gifts or food from them? What about praying at a mosque with them?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, it is important to understand that the Ahmadis, also known as the Qadianis, are not a sect of Islam. They are competely out of the fold of Islam. Islam has nothing to do with them nor do they have anything to do with Islam. They are not Muslims even though they may claim to be. One of the fundamental tenets of faith is to believe in the finality of Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ; no prophet or messenger shall come after him. To believe otherwise renders one a kaafir.

We would like to point out as well that the term “Ahmadi” or “Ahmadiyyah” should not be used for them. Rather, one should use “Qadiani” when referring to them. Ahmad was a name of Nabi ﷺ. Using this term for them may give the impression that they are connected to him ﷺ. Likewise, as the name of their heretic founder was Ahmad, they often try to distort and misinterpret the sixth verse of Surah as-Saff to refer to him. Nabi ﷺ and the Qur’aan is obviously free from them.

Nevertheless, the answers to your queries are as follows:

  1. Rasulullaah ﷺ has advised us to choose our friends wisely as a person is upon the way of his friend. Our friends define us. A person is very quickly affected by the circle he keeps. We are aware of the subtle advancements made by Qadianis to deceive and dupe others and try to fit in. Accordingly, a Muslim should not have Qadiani friends. This, however, does not mean that he should treat them harshly or badly. Rather, he should show them the true teachings of Islam and give them da’wah.
  2. You may accept gifts and food from them. However, it will be necessary to ensure that the food is halaal. Their slaughterings are haraam for us.
  3. One should not pray at a Qadiani temple. If a Qadiani visits a mosque, like any other non-Muslim, he will stand separately. He may not stand in the midst of the line of Muslims. Salaah behind an Qadiani is also invalid.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

11/19/1444 AH – 06/08/2023 CE | AML3-3430

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