Who Is Kafir?

Who is a Kafir? How can a Christian be a Kafir and still be from among
the People of the book?

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I Want To Marry A Muslim

I am very much in love with a Muslim boy and he is with me. My family doesn't necessarily agree with this because of our different religions. He tells me that his parents would not mind but I think different because in one year I have never met them and it is like he is trying to hide me away. Could you please advise.

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Offering Unlawful Services To The Non-Muslims

In a country like Turkey, Government offers booze, bars, night clubs, and massage parlors and allows sluts for incoming foreign tourists. This is boosting economy. This causes their business to flourish. The question that I have is this. Can a Muslim Government proceed with Non-Islamic ways of providing entertainment to Non-Muslim tourist? Of course doing this will encourage locals as well to engage into all these vices but in principal can politics interfere with Islam especially in economy.

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Killing Non-Muslims

I am a Christian living here in America with my family. Does this mean that the Muslims have to kill me? I am very frightened and confused. Can you please explain?

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Salvation And Belief In The Prophet Muhammad

According to verse sixty-two of sura al-Baqara can we say that anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds shall be given his reward in hereafter and shall have no fear or grief irrespective of his or her religion? Can non-Muslims of today enjoy aforesaid reward while some religious scholars say that it is only privilege of Muslims?

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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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The Status Of Ahmadiyyat As A Religion

Ahmadiyat is rapidly spreading all over the world. Is it not a proof of its being a true religion?

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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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Marrying A Jewish Girl

I live in Canada and I have almost decided to marry a Jewish girl. She belongs to Reformed Judaism and more like the Jewish traditions than actually practicing Judaism. I am a practicing Muslim in regards to praying, fasting etc. and I strive to be better. I have been living in Canada for almost five years now. I grew up in Pakistan. She is forty and I am thirty-eight years old. We have known each other for almost three years. We connect on many levels and then there are other places where we differ a lot. That is mainly cultural and some religious differences. We have gone through a lot of discussions and I feel that as long as its only me and her in the picture I will inshaAllah be able to be content with my decision of marrying her, despite realizing the fact that there will be obstacles and more effort will be required in this relationship than having a traditional marriage with a Muslim girl. When it comes to kids, we fail to reach a common resolution as our differences look bigger in that scenario. Just to give you an example, I think a sexual relationship can only be after marriage (based on my religious beliefs and cultural practice) and she thinks that in western culture it is not possible and as long as one can remain faithful to their partner (unmarried) they should be able to spend their lives as they want. She thinks kids could be given knowledge of both Jewish and Muslim traditions and I think they will be confused that way so they should be raised in one tradition and I want them to be Muslims and she does not want the kids to only associate to Islam but Judaism as well. So we do not have an agreement there. She is already forty, so there may be complications in having kids altogether. She also thinks that at this stage of her life and given the situation she does not want to have kids. I love her and try to make every effort so that we can get married. I have also thought about not having kids. The dominant thought is to be able to live with her and I guess that is why I try to justify this thought by feeling that it is already late for me as well to have a traditional marriage cycle where one gets married at a younger age and have kids. I am also behind in my career path and need more time and effort to work hard and establish myself. So I feel that kid will be a huge responsibility. The main reason behind this thought of not having kids remain to be the fact that it will complicate our lives as we might not even be able to get married if we decided to get married. I feel that she and I will be able to do other stuff in life that will help us not to miss having kids. For example she and I are very keen towards bringing Jews and Muslims closer and helping both sides understand that there are so many misunderstandings and misconceptions and lack of trust that is the cause of lot of friction between Jews and Muslims. I would like your comments on the whole situation and my main question would be, in the given situation, if I decide not to have kids, will it be just according to Islam?

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Fasts And Non-Believing Citizens

I am an overseas Pakistani. In the month of Ramadan particularly in Pakistan and in the Middle Eastern countries it is not allowed to anyone (Muslim or Non-Muslim) to eat or drink anything during fasting time. If policemen found anyone not respecting the fasting time he pushed him behind bars. Why it is like this? Fasting is something between God and His men. Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam like Namaz. They are so many people who do not pray during the Namaz time. I ask from one of Aalim about this he replied me that since it is a Muslim country so all non Muslims have to respect the Muslim laws. If it is the case then France and other non Muslim countries have every right to prohibit the Muslim women not to observe veil because it is their country. Please explain me in the light of Quran and Hadith.

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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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ioqkDE3PRk) 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 http://www.al-mawrid.org/pages/questions_urdu_detail.php?qid=1143&cid=0 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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Implementation Of The Shari’ah Laws On The Non-Muslims

Can the Islamic State punish a non-Muslim citizen who commits offense against a Muslim? For example if a non-Muslim citizen steals a Muslim's property, will the culprit's hand be cut? Or if a non-Muslim citizen commits adultery with a Muslim citizen, will the non-Muslim culprit be sentenced to death (rajam) along with the Muslim culprit?

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غیر مسلم کو سلام کرنا

کیا غیر مسلم کو سلام کیا جا سکتا ہے؟


غیر مسلم کی نجات

سورہ مائدہ کی آیت کا ترجمہ ''تم میں سے کوئی مسلمان ہو ، یہودی ہو، صابی ہو، نصرانی ہو، جو کوئی بھی اللہ پر اور آخرت پر ایمان رکھے گا اور نیک اعمال کرے گا اس کے لیے کوئی خوف اور رنج کا مقام نہیں۔''میں نے ایک مولوی کی تقریر سنی۔ اس نے کہا: جو شخص حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی شریعت پر ایمان نہیں رکھے گا۔ اس کا ٹھکانا دوزخ ہے خواہ وہ کتنا ہی نیک کیوں نہ ہو۔ آپ اس کی وضاحت کیجیے۔


اتمام حجت سے متعلق ایک سوال

میں نے غامدی صاحب کی کتاب میزان کا مطالعہ کیا۔ اس میں کچھ باتیں میری سمجھ میں نہیں آئیں اس لیے آپ کی رہنمائی چاہتا ہوں۔ ۱۔ غامدی صاحب کا موقف ہے کہ اتمام حجت کے بعد ہی ہم کسی کی تکفیر کر سکتے ہیں، تو پھر قرآن میں کفار، کافرون، وغیرہ کے الفاظ کیوں ہیں جب کہ اس وقت نبی بھی ان میں موجود تھا اور اتمام حجت کا مرحلہ بھی نہیں آیا تھا۔ اسی طرح مشرک بھی کہا گیا ہے، برائے مہربانی تفصیلی وضاحت فرمائیں۔ ۲۔ کیا ہم ہندؤوں اور یہود و انصار کے مرنے پر ان کی مغفرت کی دعا کر سکتے ہیں؟ ۳۔ کیا ہم ہندؤوں کو اور اہل کتاب کی اپنے بیٹوں اور بیٹیوں کے ساتھ شادی کروا سکتے ہیں، یعنی ایک مومن لڑکی کو کسی ہندو کے نکاح میں دیا جا سکتا ہے؟ تفصیلی وضاحت مطلوب ہے۔


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۔