Saudi Fatwa: Going through red light is a capital sin

Riadh, S. Arabia.

Express News, Lahore, Pakistan 30/04/2014

According to a Pakistani Urdu newspaper The Grand Mufti of S. Arabia Abdul Aziz al-Shaikh issued a fatwa (religious edict) that driving through the traffic red light is a capital sin and is prohibited by religious law. The Grand Mufti said in his fatwa to violate traffic laws in this manner falls under the category of major sins. He cited a verse of the Glorious Quran that if a person kills one man, it is as though he has killed the entire humanity, if he save one soul it is as though he save the humanity. It is to be noted that in this country highest number of people are killed in traffic accidents. According to a recent published report 17 persons die on the roads due to traffic accidents every day.

Categories: Arab World, Saudi Arabia

8 replies

  1. May Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala bless the shaykh for issuing a fatwa that one would normally assume is not required. Of course doing something like this, breaking the law of the land, annexing others’ rights, endangering other people’s lives etc can never be regarded as halal.

  2. Considering how many people are injured or die daily on the roads in the Kingdom, the fatwa is relevant. But why do you need a religous edict for everything harmful. One solution to the problem will ride more camels, or let more women drive cars instead of males with top of the line Mercedez.

  3. There was no need to issue such an edict. It is the job of the Mufti sahib to give decisions in the matters of religion. No doubt it is very bad to cross traffic on red light signal. The practice has to be stopped somehow. But does it need a religious order from a Mufti?
    Some one may have inquired from Mufti sahib. He was to go about it from Quran and Sunnah. He should have given decision as per clear writings/ guidance of Quran and Sunnah.
    There is nothing in Quran about RED Light signals. Such matters should be corrected by the state laws.
    It appears that Saudis do not care about the state laws so a religious edict was necessary.
    By such things, Muftis and Maulvis may be inventing a new Shariah.
    I read in a book (booklets) by Yousuf Ludhianavi of Karachi, a very anti-Ahmadiyah fellow. He announced as follows:
    “It is haraam to say Salaam to any Ahmadi. It is Haraam to meet any Ahmadi. it is Haraam to bury a dead Ahmadi in Muslim graveyards…”
    It was long list of Haraam and Halaal.
    Haraam and Halaal is decided clearly by Allah alone. No man has any right to add or subtract or invent in the matters of Haraam and Halaal.
    The Mufti could have said, “O people, follow the law about traffic signals…..” There was no need to issue an edict of Haraam. According to the maulvis, the RED Light signal may itself be a Haraam signal being the invention of the Jews and the Christians.

  4. Haq-talfi is one of the biggest SIN. while also there is a fatwa on it as well. I believe this is just and correct instructions for all muslims around the world. If you cross a red light or not follow traffic rules you are contributing to someone’s death or injury which may lead to death. while also you are taking away the other person legitimate right to cross when green. hence I support this decision of Mufti sb. Insha allah I will take care for every traffic rules here in Karachi. and Urge all muslib brothers and sisters to follow the same. Thank you!!!

  5. Assalam O Alaikum to All. Mufti Sahiban has right to fatwa a out anything whatever they wants but what about we Muslims doing lot of errors lot of blenders in our routine life the one Allah prohibited in the final book if Allah Al Quran, the only final book of Allah revealed on Mohammed pbuh. Can any Mufti in this world issue Fatwa that any of Firqas/sections created by people like Sunni, Shia, Wahabi, deobandi, barhalvi, ahl e hadis, ahl e sunnat, Ahmadi, Shafi, hanfi and lot more is not the part of Islam of Allah which is only in Quran, the only final book of Islam of Allah. Quran is the only book of Islam of Allah in this world. According to Quran Allah saying very strictly couple of time that Muslim should one group and making a sections it’s like we making a pieces of Islam of Allah. See Surah Al Rom 30 Ayats 31 and 32. There is many related Ayats in Quran. I do have many related daleel/references from Quran related sections. Can any Mufti issue fatwa about prihibited of sections in Islam of Allah. According to Quran making a section is the concept of firoon/pharaoh for making people weak See Surah Al Qasas 28 Ayat 4. And today the leaders of those sections is following the concept of firoon. I do have many more daleel/references from Quran the one we are doing blenders in our life because we away from Quran and we just following only people and many other books besides Quran and those books people created in the name of Islam and they doing business in the name of Islam and those books misguiding to us and we start hate each others, fighting each others, killing each others, making a violence and saying flavor each others and its very clear so any Mufti isswe fatwa about Iraqis.

  6. Sorry I want to correct my previous comment last sentence. SO ANY MUFTI ISSUE FATWA ABOUT FIRQAS.

  7. Allah not give permission to any of His messengers from Adam pbuh to Mohammed pbuh to say any single word from their willing or their logic or opinion See Surah Al Haqqaaah 69 Ayats 40 to 52. So no one greater then messengers of Allah to say any thing from their willing. It’s like blaming on Allah and His RASOOL. See Surah Al Nahal 16 Ayat # 116. I will exposed all thing the one we are doing against to Quran. The only reason we are away from Quran and no knowledge from Quran. We just following few parts of Quran according to our willing and the rest we ignoring so it’s like we making a pieces of the final book of Allah Al Quran and in the pass kuffar did like this. See Surah Al Hijr 15 Ayats 90 & 91.

  8. @ PEACE.
    quote–According to Quran Allah saying very strictly couple of time that Muslim should one group and making a sections it’s like we making a pieces of Islam of Allah. See Surah Al Rom 30 Ayats 31 and 32. There is many related Ayats in Quran. I do have many related daleel/references from Quran related sections. Can any Mufti issue fatwa about prihibited of sections in Islam–unquote.
    Please let me answer your concern —-Can any Mufti issue fatwa about prohibited of sections in Islam—.
    My answer is NO.
    Based on Al Quran. Allah warned Prophet Muhammad (saw);
    Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions, you have nothing to do with them. Their case rests with Allah alone; then He will tell them what they have been doing. QS 6:(159).
    Allah is All Knowing that after Prophet Muhammad (saw)DEATH, Muslim will be divided like Christian’s followers.
    Then Allah warned prophet Muhammad (saw)
    Do not expel those who call out to their Lord morning and evening seeking His pleasure. 14 You are not responsible for anything in their account, and they are not responsible for anything in your account, that you should expel them, and thus become one of the unjust. (52) QS.6:52.
    THEN Allah warned Prophet Muhammad (saw).
    If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute. QS 5:(48).
    Verily, your Lord is Best Knower of him who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Knower of those who are guided. QS 68;7.
    From verses above teach us that Allah want to test us all, those who really follow Allah’s laws completely, or just some of them.
    If Allah wants TO UNITE all people, or all Muslim, or nations on EARTH, HE can do it easily, but Allah do not want it. Allah want all section of Islam,Christian, Jews etc is strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute..
    OUR QUESTION; HOW CAN WE LIVE IN PEACE, HARMONY on earth with different nations, race, beliefs, religion and gender?
    ALLAH already GUIDEd His people as following;
    1.Love your neighbor as you love your self, or love all people regardless his belief, religion, race, gender and ages.
    2. Do not judge other people beliefs, religion, gender etc.
    3. The Ruler have to treat all people FAIRLY and Kindly.
    4. The ruler have to protect the right religious minorities and others.
    5. Majority should lead government by doing election.
    If His people really follow Allah’s laws completely Allah will make you successful, prosperous, and happy.
    Joshuo; 1:8-9 “Be sure that the book of law is always read in your worship.Study it day and night,and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
    Ask forgiveness from your Lord; for He is Oft-Forgiving; (10) “`He will send rain to you in abundance; (11) “`Give you increase in wealth and sons; and bestow on you Gardens and bestow on you rivers (of flowing water).QS 71: 10-12 ”
    Do you, then, believe in some parts of the Book, and disbelieve in others? So, what can be the punishment of those among you who do that, except disgrace in present life? And, on the Day of Judgement, they shall be turned to the most severe punishment. QS 2:85.
    I urge all Muslim, let us follow God’s laws COMPLETELY. May Allah will bless us live in peace,harmony, happiness and prosperity.Amen.
    With all my love

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