Whoever Imitates a People is One of Them

The Prophet of Allah (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”


Narrated by Abu Dawood, 3512; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: This at the very least indicates that it is haraam to imitate them, although the apparent meaning is that the one who imitates them is a kaafir. Iqtida’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem, 1/237.

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