Lit. “Obligatory.” One of five classifications for an action in fiqh or Islamic Law. A Divine obligation for which a believer will be brought closer to Allah and rewarded in the hereafter if it is performed, but will take a believer away from Allah and be punished if it is neglected. For example, performing one’s prayers, visiting a sick Muslim, giving charity, performing the hajj once in one’s lifetime, obeying one’s parents within the limits of God, burying a dead Muslim, etc. There are two kinds of wajib acts – wajib kifaa’i and wajib ayni. It is the opposite of haraam.

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