Fatwaa ID: 1132
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Muhtaram Mufti Sahib
Is it permissible to use the term ‘karma’ when referring to something bad that afflicted someone?
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
As Muslims, we are sensitive to our beliefs and values. Karma is a foreign belief that originates from other religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. It is contrary to our beliefs as Muslims. Accordingly, it is not permissible to use the term “karma”. When something happens in the life of a Muslim, good or bad, he must refer it to Allaah Ta’aala.
Furthermore, Allaah Ta’aala alone knows the reasons for afflictions and trails. It is not permissible to specify reasons for them, especially if it is in regards to others. One’s focus should be on his own actions.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
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