Stopping an Act of Worship for Fear of People Is Not Shirk
Fatwa No: 400060

Question

Assalamualaikum... Recently a Sheikh said that stopping any act of voluntary worship such as reciting the Quran, making Duaa etc due to fear of people is shirk. Does this mean if i am reading the Quran alone and decide to stop because someone is coming i have commited minor shirk? If so, Does this have any affect on my fasting and do i need to replace my fast on that day? Thank you

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.

What this person has said to you is wrong. It is more correct for a person to continue his act of worship and not interrupt it out of fear of showing off because this is one of the tricks of the devil to prevent the people from acts of worship.

However, if he stops his act of worship in this case, then he is not sinful, let alone for it to be an act of Shirk.

Based on this, your fast is valid and you are not sinful in the case that you mentioned.

Allah knows best.

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