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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Kindly give me answers to these questions.

1. Can Muslims be buried in non-Muslim graveyards?

2. Can Non-Muslims be buried in Muslim graveyards?

3. Where do you bury a person who has a religion different from others and he has no graveyard of his own in Pakistan?

4. Can Qadianis/Bahais be buried in Muslim graveyards?

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Deliverance Of A Non-Muslim

A verse from Surah al-Maidah reads: "Those who believe (in the Qur’ān), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." I heard a religious scholar saying that whoever does not follow the Shariah of Muhammad (sws) will be thrown into Hell. His good deeds will be of no avail to him. Please explain.

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Are Christians Kaafir?

According to Surah al-Maidah (5:72) those who say Jesus is God are committing the act of kufr and shirk and Allah has made Jannah haram for them. This ayah is in the past tense. One can easily conclude that even those who were born before Mohammed (sws) and had such beliefs will never enter Jannah. This invalidates your understanding that it was only the rejecters from among the direct addressees of the Prophet (sws) who can be called kaafir.

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Prohibiting All Non-Muslims From Entering The Ka`bah

Verse 9:28 from the Qur'an reads:

O you who believe (in Allah's Oneness and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW)! Verily, the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, and in the Message of Muhammad SAW) are Najasun (impure). So let them not come near Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) after this year, and if you fear poverty, Allah will enrich you if He will, out of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

According to the idea of "Itmaam e Hujjah", it is not for man to declare another as 'kaafir'. How then can the disallowance of "non-Muslims" from entering the haram be justified today? And are we not denying them an experience of witnessing devotion and submission, to the One, at its best?

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‘Kafir’ And ‘Kufr’

I've read your position on the definition of Kufr. Simply put, you state that only those who knowingly reject Allah's message can be considered Kafirs. Since no human can know in an absolute sense whether or not such rejection is truly deliberate and made in full knowledge of it being the truth, we cannot brand anyone as being a Kafir.

This concept is then extrapolated to infer that non-muslims also have an equally good chance of gaining Allah's Pleasure in life to come.

While this concept seems in keeping with my own finite appreciation of the concept of justice, and I am totally certain that Allah would not punish anyone for unknowingly rejecting Islam, I'd like to know to what extent this definition of Kufr and Kafir prevailed in the "Golden Era" of Islam. It is safe to say that the Islamic scholars of that age, living chronologically closer to the Prophet's time and living in a less complicated world would also have come to this conclusion in their understanding of Islam.

Is this apparent from the religious literature that survives from that day? Can you cite a respected Islamic scholar from the generations immediately succeeding the prophet who agrees with this definition of Kufr and Kafir?

I ask because this definition of Kufr will probably not be accepted by the majority of Muslims today. If you could demonstrate that your understanding of what Kufr entails was also shared by the classical Islamic scholars it would go a long way into convincing people that rather then creating an innovative and political correct interpretation of this concept, you are in fact taking them back to an understanding that was distorted over the ages.

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Are Non-Muslims Kaafir

This question is regarding a Youtube link ( addressed by Mr. Shezad Saleem about friendship with Christians. I want you to please explain to me that what does he mean by determining Jews and Christians as 'kafirs'?

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Allowing The Non-Muslims To Use The Name Allah For Their Gods

I live in Malaysia where I am studying. You must have heard about the recent issue of the use of the word "Allah". The court has given its verdict that Christians can use the word "Allah" for their God as well. There is a strong reaction from the Muslim community. I am a bit confused on this. At one end I feel that the word Allah is an Arabic name for God and there should not be any harm in allowing its use by other religions. Whereas at the other end, there is a chance that Christians may use the word to deceive Muslims. And according to some locals here, it has happened in the past as well. Kindly throw some light on this issue through the Qur’an and Sunnah. My second question is regarding keeping a dog as a pet. I have read your answer on this at but I am unable to grasp it completely that why keeping a dog just for the sake of having a pet is forbidden whereas one is allowed to keep a cat as a pet. And dog is a very loyal animal as well. Kindly explain.

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Can We Call Non-Muslims Kafir?

We know that we cannot call the present day non-Muslims as kafir since the truth of Islam is not presented to them the way it was done by prophet in the form of itmam e hujjat (conveying the truth conclusively). My question is how did the companions of the Prophet (sws) refer to the people when they conquered far and wide beyond Arabia. Since those people (common civilians) did not witness itmam e hujjat they could be called as kafir. Did the companions (sahaba) also call the kafir or non Muslim or something else? Is there any authentic record where we see the Companions (sahaba) making distinction between kafir and non Muslim? My friend says there is an ijmah on calling non-Muslims as kafir through out 14 centuries. Only in the last decade people started not using kafir for non Muslims.

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Settling In A Non-Muslim State

I want to find out that can a Muslim live in a non-Muslim country (for example UK? A scholar holds that one’s prayer will not be accepted if one says in a non-Muslim country. He says that one can stay in non-Muslim country only for preaching Islam. Please advise me according to Mr Ghamidi’s research.

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Salvation For The Non-Muslims

Can non-Muslims especially the People of the Book enter Paradise? It is believed that it exclusive right of the Muslims to enter God’s Paradise.

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غیر مسلموں کے ساتھ تعلقات

میں قرآن مجید کی ایک آیت کے حوالے سے ایک سوال عرض کرنا چاہتا ہوں۔ قرآن مجید میں اللہ تعالیٰ سورہ ممتحنہ کی پہلی آیت میں فرماتا ہے،جس کا مفہوم میری سمجھ میں یہ آیا ہے کہ 'اے ایمان والو مت دوست بناؤ میرے اور اپنے دشمنوں کو' میرے خیال میں یہاں اللہ تعالیٰ کی دشمنوں سے مراد غیر مسلم ہیں۔ جو اسلام کے دشمن ہیں" تو میں یہ پوچھنا چاہتا ہوں کہ پھر موجودہ دور میں ایک مسلم کی کسی ہندو، یہودی اور عیسائی کے ساتھ دوستی کی کوئی ممانعت نہیں ھے۔ گویا قرآن کی اس آٓیت کو بالکل رد کیا جا رہا ہے۔ بہت سے علما کرام کے دوستوں میں بھی کچھ غیر مسلم ہوتے ہیں۔ ہمارے ملک کے غیر مسلم ممالک کے ساتھ اچھے تعلقات کو صراحا جاتا ہے۔ وجہ یہ بیان کی جاتی ہے کہ اگر ہم دوسرے ایسے ممالک کے ساتھ تعلقات نہ رکھیں تو ہماری معاشی حالت خراب ہو گی۔ تو کیا اللہ تعالیٰ نے یہ اجازت دے رکھی ہے کہ ہم رزق کے لیے قرآن کی کسی آیت کو نظر انداز کر دیں۔ اور خدا کے بجائے امریکہ اور اسرائیل جیسے ممالک کا سہارا اپنے لیے بہتر سمجھیں؟ برائے مہربانی میری کم علمی پر درگزر فرمائیں اور اس آیت سے متعلق اپنی رائے واضح فرمائیں۔