Doubting the kufr of a kafir?


As-salamu ‘alaykum,

This is a fatwa of Mawlana Ahmad Raza translated by Hizmetbooks, please inform us if you agree with it:

“One who does not believe in one of the things indispensable in Islam becomes a kafir. One who has suspicion of such a person’s not being a kafir and in that he will not be punished in Hell eternally is a kafir, too. That the latter, too, is a kafir is openly written in the books Bazaziyya, Durr al-mukhtar, Qadi Iyad’s Shifa, Imam an-Nawawi’s Rawda and Ibn Hajar al-Makki’s Al-alam. It has been unanimously declared by the ‘ulama‘ of Islam that it also makes one kafir to have doubt that it is infidelity (kufr) if somebody does not regard a Christian, a Jew or a dissenter from Islam as a kafir. This unanimity is written in the above-mentioned books..”


wa `alaykum salam,

There is a Kafir and there is a kafir.

The Kafir with the capital K is a disbeliever. The kafir with small k is someone who believes but does not believe properly. He might even be Muslim but very often forgetful of God, he might be ungrateful to God etc. The word KAFIR has more than one meaning. (Wa man yakfur bit-taghooti …)

Imam Senad Agic
American Islamic Center – Chicago
Majlis #1 Head Imam (IABNA)

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