Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
In the past, I used to watch pornographic videos in which there were actresses wearing the hijab. I know this is a disgusting thing, but have I committed kufr by watching them?
Also, there are certain chatrooms online where people talk about seducing and converting kafir women to Islam. Is it kufr to have this type of fetish?
Please let me know if I must renew my faith, these thoughts have been tormenting me.
I pray you are well.
You can rest assured that you are still a believer. The acts you mentioned do not take one outside of the fold of Islam. Please refer to this answer for more details on the matter.
Turn Back To Allah
The best thing to do is to turn to Allah with dua, repentance, and salat al-haja. Beg for forgiveness, and ask Him to open for you the doors to leaving these bad habits. That is the way out. Rely on Him.
One of the companions went to the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, and complained of his many sins. The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, told him to say,
“ْاللَّهُمَّ مَغْفِرَتُكَ أَوْسَعُ مِنْ ذُنُوْبِي
ْوَرَحْمَتُكَ أَرْجَى عِنْدِيْ مِنْ عَمَلِي”
(O Allah your forgiveness was more vast then my sins
And I have more hope in your mercy than in my own deeds).
He was told to say it three times, and then the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, said his sins had been forgiven. [Hakim]
These inspired words expressed the reality of our sins not being greater than the mercy Allah. No sin is too great, and no crime overwhelms His mercy. Reliance on Allah’s kindness and mercy is the way of the intelligent because even the best of our deeds are not up to the standard that Allah’s beauty, majesty, and perfection deserve. So relying on Him is the intelligent choice.
Seek His help in finding a practical solution to your problems, and you’ll find the help there. Imam Muhammad al Harraq, said in a beautiful line of poetry,
“He has a beautiful trait of not letting the hopes of the seeker be dashed,
And a door before him which is never locked.”
There is always hope in the mercy of Allah.
May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time.
Over the following eighteen months he studied a traditional curriculum, studying with scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.
In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years, in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.
His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic Sciences, Tafsir, Arabic Grammar, and Rhetoric.
When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.