Meaning Of The Term Kafir

What is the Quranic definition of kafir? Does the Qur’an call the People of the Book kafirs? Does the word kafir means one who refuses/disbelieves or is it a Quranic term used in a specific meaning?

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Relations With The Daughter Who Married A Christian

My daughter married a kitabi (Christian), against my and her father’s wishes. They have been married for five years now. I have a grandchild (one year old) by her and another baby girl is due this month. I was communicating with her up to the birth of her son a year ago. Then I stopped all interaction with her because I felt I had given her enough time to come to her senses. My husband and my eldest daughter also stopped talking to her shortly thereafter. I would like to ask if this is fair to my grandchildren, should I have contact with them? Even if not that often, maybe they should see their grandparents now and then? Am I committing a sin by seeing them? Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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Invoking Allah’s Name While Slaughtering And The Status Of The Food Prepared By Ahl e Kitab

I was having a discussion with a group of friends on halāl meat and would appreciate if you could shed some light on this topic. Allāh has permitted us to eat the flesh of animals slaughtered by Ahl-i Kitāb. Here in the UK the meat that is generally available is approved by the church (though I have not confirmed this). I think the only condition they have is that the blood be drained (again this is contentious as stunning is used). However, assuming it is approved by the Church, would it make this meat permissible for Muslims to consume although the people who may be slaughtering the animals may be atheists / non-Christian / non-Jews? Can we follow the assumption that the UK is a Christian country? I found this reference on another site,

If a Muslim or a kitābī (Jew or Christian) slaughters an animal for meat, and it is not known whether he mentioned the name of Allāh while slaughtering it or not, it is permissible to eat from it, and the one who eats it should say the name of Allāh, because of the report that was narrated by al-Bukhāri (2057) from ‘Ā’ishah (may Allāh be pleased with her), that some people said: O Messenger of Allāh, some people bring meat to us, and we do not know whether they invoked the name of Allāh while [preparing it] it or not. The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Invoke the name of Allāh over it and eat.”
Thank you.
Abdul Bāsiṭ
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قرآن میں اہل کتاب کی تحسین کی وجہ

سورہ آل عمران میں اہل کتاب کے بعض افراد کے بارے میں تحسین اور تعریف کے کچھ کلمات ہیں اور ان کے ایمان دار ہونے کا ذکر موجود ہے، مثلاً

 'یَتْلُوْنَ اٰیٰتِ اللّٰہِ'،'یُؤْمِنُوْنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَالْیَوْمِ الْاٰخِرِ' اور 'اُولٰۤئِکَ مِنَ الصّٰلِحِیْنَ'۔ 

کیا قرآن مجید کی اس بات کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ یہ لوگ نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی نبوت پر ایمان نہ لانے کے باوجود صالح اور مومن ہی قرار دیے جا رہے ہیں؟

کیا ان کا یہ مومن اور صالح ہونا صرف عنداللہ ہے، یعنی آخرت کے حوالے سے ہے یا پھر دنیوی قانون کے لحاظ سے بھی وہ مومن اور صالح ہی متصور ہوں گے؟

اگر وہ دنیوی پہلو سے بھی مومن ہی ہوں گے تو پھر کیا اس کا مطلب یہ ہوا کہ جو شخص اللہ پر ایمان رکھتا ہے، اس کے اخلاقی حدود و قیود کو مانتا ہے اور اللہ کے پیغمبروں میں سے کسی ایک کو بھی مانتا ہے تو وہ شخص مومن ہو گا؟جیسا کہ سورہ بقرہ اور سورہ آل عمران کی درج ذیل آیات سے یہ بات ثابت بھی ہوتی ہے:

اِنَّ الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا وَالَّذِیْنَ ہَادُوْا وَالنَّصٰرٰی وَالصّٰبِئِیْنَ مَنْ اٰمَنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَالْیَوْمِ الْاٰخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَہُمْ اَجْرُہُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّہِمْ.(٢:٦٢)
قُلْ یٰۤاَہْلَ الْکِتٰبِ تَعَالَوْۤا اِلٰی کَلِمَۃٍ سَوَآءٍ بَیْنَنَا وَبَیْنَکُمْ اَلاَّ نَعْبُدَ اِلاَّ اللّٰہَ وَلاَ نُشْرِکَ بِہٖ شَیْئًا وَّلاَ یَتَّخِذَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا اَرْبَابًا مِّنْ دُوْنِ اللّٰہِ فَاِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَقُوْلُوا اشْہَدُوْا بِاَنَّا مُسْلِمُوْنَ.(٣:٦٤)