Q&A (Fatwa)

#1090: On Karma

“Assalamu Alaykum Ya Sheikh, please is there anything like Karma in Islam?”


Wa Alaykum Salam Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuh.


Know, may Allah bless you and your family that Karma is a belief from ancient Indian religions in which an unseen system keeps a running total of one’s deeds throughout multiple lifetimes, to determine one’s status in fortune, caste and wisdom through each stage of reincarnation.

In Indian religions such as Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Janism, Karma is a very important belief that is integral of their beliefs and is used to mean Cause and Effect, that in future, people will live in accordance with the past they have lived.

It is derived from a Sanskirt word meaning ‘action’ or ‘movement’.

Because it’s a belief in incarnation, they believe that whatever life one is living now, it is a recompense on the previous life one has lived in his past lives. This is what Karma means fundamentaly and to believe in this is Kufr because if is at logger heads with the Din of Allah and the Fundamentals of the Aqidah of Islam.

However it is known that the majority of those who use the words today use it to imply there is a recompense for everything a person does in this world. This concept is true and we know that the Shaari (the Law Giver)is aligned with this concept. But it is not permissible for a Muslim to belive in the concept of Karma in its generality or to get to the using of the word.

And Allah knows best.

Barakallahu fikum
Jazakumullahu Khayran.

Abū Asim

8th Rabiu Th-Thani, 1442AH.



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