Shaykh Uthaymeen said, “Three men, in front of them is a fasiq* (he could be an innovator or person who does major sins or president minor sinner):
One of them says, ‘I’m not going to give this sinner salaam and will boycott him, distance myself from him and not speak to him.’
The second says, ‘I will go along with this sinner and give him salaam, smile in his face, invite him over and respond to his invitations, he’s just like a righteous man to me.’
The third says, ‘This sinner, I hate him for his sins and I love him for his eemaan, I will not boycott him unless doing so will lead to his rectification, if ostracising him doesn’t lead to his rectification but instead causes him to sin even more, then I won’t boycott him.’
So I say: the first person is an excessive extremist; the second is someone excessively neglectful and the third one is balanced.
We say the same in all issues of worship and all dealings with the creation, people are either neglectful, extremists or balanced.” Ref: Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Rasaa’il Fadilatish, Shyikh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen, vol. 1, p. 43.
* Three Cases When A Person Becomes a Fasiq [An Evil Doer]
Shaykh Uthaymeen said:
[1. Doing a Single Major Sin without Repenting from It]
What is well known among the people of knowledge is that a single major sin makes the one doing [it] a fasiq [an evil doer] so long as he has not repented from it.
[2. Doing a Minor Sin Repeatedly]
As for a minor sin, it does not make him a fāsiq unless he persists and continues upon it [. . .] since his persistence upon the minor sin is an evidence of his attaching little importance to his Lord, Almighty and Majestic is He, and to His commands or prohibitions–and this is a major sin as it relates to the heart.
[3. Doing a Minor Sin Once without Due Concern for Allah’s Law]
For this reason, it is not unfeasible for a single minor sin to be a major sin when a person does it making light of Allah’s law, Almighty and Majestic is He, and when [he has] no concern [for it]–not [when he does it] due to desires in himself that made doing that [minor sin] something he could not resist. So a [single] minor sin can be a major one.” Ref: tasfiyah.com
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