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A. Haroun (Abu Imran)

*Total Disregard or Turning Away from the religion of Allah; neither learning 
nor acting upon it.*

There are many verses of the Qur'an that speak about this, some of which include;

"And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the verses of his Lord, then he turns away from them. Verily, We shall exact retribution from the mujrimuun (criminals, disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, etc.)."
Q 32:22

"......But those who disbelieve, from that of which they are warned,  turn away."
Q 46:3

"And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the verses of his Lord, but turns away from them forgetting what (deeds) his hands have sent forth. Truly, We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this (the Quran), and in their ears, deafness. And if you (O Muhammad) call them to guidance, even then they will never be guided."
Q 18:57

"But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Quran nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection. He will say:"O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)." [ Allah ] will say, "Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten."
Q 20:123 -126

Unfortunately, we have many 'muslims' today who perfectly fit this descriptions; muslims whose only Islamic identity is their Islamic name. They neither observe the 5 daily prayers or any of the other pillars of Islaam (fast, zakaat, hajj)!

It also constitutes rejection of the verses of Allaah that one is presented with the verses of the Qur'aan or hadeeth but rejects them or refuses to act upon them, not because they have a counter verse or hadeeth, but because that was not what they met their fathers engaging in. They say "but we have been practicing it this way long before you were born"

Such statements reminds one of Allaah's saying "And when it is said to them, "Come to what Allah has revealed and to the Messenger," they say, "Sufficient for us is that upon which we found our fathers." Even though their fathers knew nothing, and were not guided".Q 5:104. 

So your justification for accepting or rejecting an evidence should be based on it's strength or correctness and never it's alignment with the norms of the society, existing practice or even because it is practiced in makkah (like many typicaly say).

Learning about Islaam is just as important as acting upon it. And that which a person is expected to learn of Islaam are divided into two;

Fard ayn ( Individual duties): these are duties enjoined on individual muslims mandatorily such as the five pillars of Islaam. 

Fard kifaayah (Sufficient duties): these are duties enjoined upon the whole muslim community. It is not mandatory to a single individual but it suffices that a few learn them, yet it is a must that at least some have such knowledge in the community.
 Examples include knowledge of mu'aamalaat (human interactions), Janaazah (funeral rights), inheritance etc.

It is inappropriate that a muslim prioritises any other form of knowledge over studying the knowledge of fard ayn (individual duties) like we see among muslims today who prioritise seeking knowledge of the dunya over knowledge of compulsory aspects of Islaam, and such practice has seen a steady rise in the number of ignorant muslims in the society.

The muslim should also strive to act on acquired knowledge. He should know that knowledge precedes action, and acquiring knowledge without acting on them is just as blameworthy as ignorance.

This will be the last nullifier to be discussed and what will follow is a summary of all that has been discussed so far.

May Allaah make this better understood than was intended.

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