Al-wala’ wa’l-bara’

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Al-wala' wa'l-bara, also Al-wala’ wa’l-bara, is a Muslim, primarily Salafist doctrine that minimally calls for exclusive allegiance to Allah and Islam, and repudiation of unbelief and unbelievers." A more stringent formulation from Abu Basir al-Tartusi includes "support of freedom of belief and apostasy; freedom to form infidel and apostate political parties, including atheist Communist parties; and sanctification of majority rule, even if this majority were to choose unbelief and atheism."[1]

It has been called "love and hate for Allah". A thesis and book by Sheikh Muhammad Saeed al-Qahtani [2] explains that "al-Wala" refers to a believer's love for Allah, his prophets and believers, while "al-Bara" means hate for "enmity and hatred for falseness and its adherents". Until both are in the hearts of believers, tahwid, the true word of God, cannot flourish on earth.


  1. "Syrian Jihadist Scholar Abu Basir Al-Tartusi: Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi is an Apostate", Turkish Weekly, 26 December 2008
  2. Shaykh Muhammad Saeed al-Qahtani, Al-Wala' wa'l-Bara', Umm al-Qorah University, Makka, Saudi Arabia