Step Brother Apostated: How to Keep Ties?
Fatwa No: 396811

Question

Assalamu alaikum. I have a step brother who left Islam many years ago. He lives abroad. Me and my family still keep in touch and see him. We try to bring him back to Islam when we see him. My family still have a little liking for him because he is family and I am worrying if this makes them kafir?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The normal and ordinary love of some non-Muslims does not affect faith and does not undermine its validity.

For example, loving a non-Muslim because he/she is a relative or for his/her kindness to you, and for other reasons. Allah Says to His Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) (what means): {Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills.} [Quran 28:56]

Your family are Muslims, praise be to Allah, so there is no need for these whispers and doubts about their Islam.

Nonetheless, you and your family should endeavor to guide your apostate brother hoping that Allah will guide him.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 369664, 384016, 333871 and 375391.

Allah knows best.

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