The Ruling of the Statement That The Current Time we are in is the Time of Jahiliyyah. By Shaykh Dr Salih al Fawzan

 The Ruling of the Statement that the current time we are in is the time of Jahiliyyah general pre-Islamic state/era of ignorance. By Shaykh Dr Salih al Fawzan

Q: May Allah bestow upon you the best O’ esteem eminence, the questioner said: what is the ruling of the statement “that the current time we are in is the time of  general Jahiliyyah ( general pre-Islamic state / era of ignorance, see footnote)”?

A: A Liar (this statement is false), after the prophet Muhammad sallahu wa alayhi wa salam came (with Islam), this era of general pre-Islamic ignorance left (due to the coming of the prophet).

All praise is due to Allah, Islam is present and the Quran and Sunnah are present. We are not in a general pre-Islamic era, it might be that ignorance prevail is some of the people or some tribes, this is what is present.


Translated by Abul Baraa Muhammad Amreeki.



Jahiliya: non-Islamic state (pre-Islamic state). The condition of the pagan Arab & world before the time of the prophet Muhammad (sallahu wa alayhi wa salam).

Al-Jahiliyah is referred to in verse (5:50) of chapter (5) sūrat l-māidah (The Table spread with Food):

Sahih InternationalThen is it the judgement of [the time of] ignorance they desire? But who is better than Allah in judgement for a people who are certain [in faith].

This statements that we live in the times of pre-Islamic ignorance was coined by Sayyid Qutb and Abu al-A’la Mawadfidi known as Mawadudi and movements like Ikwaani Muslim started by Shaykh Hassan al Banna. Excerpt from an article about its origin:

In modern usage, Jahiliyah has come to refer to what is deemed as the un-Islamic state of affairs in the contemporary Muslim world. The concept of “modern Jahiliyah,” which is at the heart of the twentieth-century Islamic revival, was first formulated by the Indian scholar Sayyid Abu al-A’la Mawdfidi in 1939. For Mawdfidi, modernity was “the new barbarity,” incorporating values, lifestyles, political theories, and systems of government that were, in his view, fundamentally incompatible with Islam. Mawdudi’s ideas became known in the Arab world through his meetings with Hasan alBanna’ and Sayyid Qutb as well as through the translation of his most important works from Urdu into Arabic in the early 1950s. They attained wide popularity through the work of his student, Abulhasan `All Nadvi, whose 195o work “What Did the World Lose due to the Decline or Islam?” expounded on Mawdudi’s theory of “modern Jahiliyah,” which held Muslims accountable for the sorry state they were in because they were implementing alien, un-Islamic institutions in their countries.