A person who doesn’t accept christians or any nonMuslims as kafirs, he is himself a kafir – Imam Nawawiy

12 Mar

Enthusiasts of interfaith compromise on Islam in the name of dialogue – take good note and read the words of Imam Nawawiy very well!

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum

Here are some words from the chapter on apostasy taken from Imam An-Nawawiy’s Rawdat At-Talibiin, a Shafi’iy fiqh primer. Imam Nawawiy’s words are self explanatory and sufficient to stab the modern syncretist interfaith movement in the heart.

It completely destroys the claims of those syncretist kafirs who like to label themselves as “Ash’ari” or “sufi” and deceive the masses and proves that REAL Ash’aris and Sufis have nothing to do with syncretism.

Just note that I have mentioned it under both Hanafi and Shafi’iy fiqh categories, as eventhough Imam Nawawiy is Shafi’iy and the book is a book of Shafi’iy jurisprudence, the scholars of the Ahlus Sunnah are united on what constitutes blatant apostasy. Underlining and explanatory footnote by the translator. 

Excerpt from Imam An-Nawawiy’s Rawdat At-Taalibiin, Chapter on apostasy:

وأنه لو قال كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أسود أو توفي قبل أن يلتحي أو قال ليس هو بقرشي فهو كفر لأن وصفه بغير صفته نفي له وتكذيب به وأن من ادعى أن النبوة مكتسبة أو أنه يبلغ بصفاء القلب إلى مرتبتها أو ادعى أنه يوحى إليه وإن لم يدع النبوة أو ادعى أنه يدخل الجنة ويأكل من ثمارها ويعانق الحور فهو كافر بالإجماع قطعا وأن من دافع نص الكتاب أو السنة المقطوع بها المحمول على ظاهره فهو كافر بالإجماع وأن من لم يكفر من دان بغير الإسلام كالنصارى أو شك في تكفيرهم أو صحح مذهبهم فهو كافر وإن أظهر مع ذلك الإسلام واعتقده وكذا يقطع بتكفير كل قائل قولا يتوصل به إلى تضليل الأمة أو تكفير الصحابة وكذا من فعل فعلا أجمع المسلمون أنه لا يصدر إلا من كافر وإن كان صاحبه مصرحا بالإسلام مع فعله كالسجود للصليب أو النار والمشي إلى الكنائس مع أهلها بزيهم من الزنانير وغيرها وكذا من أنكر مكة أو البيت أو المسجد الحرام أو صفة الحج وأنه ليس على هذه الهيئة المعروفة أو قال لا أدري أن هذه المسماة بمكة هي مكة أم غيرها فكل هذا أو شبهه لا شك في تكفير قائله إن كان ممن يظن به علم ذلك ومن طالت صحبته المسلمين فإن كان قريب عهد بإسلام أو بمخالطة المسلمين عرفناه ذلك ولا يعذر بعد العريف وكذا من غير شيئا من القرآن أو قال ليس بمعجز أو قال ليس في خلق السماوات والأرض دلالة على الله تعالى أو أنكر الجنة أو النار أو البعث أو الحساب أو اعترف بذلك ولكن قال المراد بالجنة والنار والبعث أو الحساب أو اعترف بذلك ولكن قال المراد بالجنة والنار والبعث والنشور والثواب والعقاب غير معانيها أو قال الأئمة أفضل من الأنبياء

[Translation of aforementioned passage from Imam Nawawiy’s text]: And if someone says that the Prophet, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, was black, or that he died before he got the revelation, or says that he was not a Qurashiy (of the Quraysh tribe), he has blasphemed as he has attributed to him [the Prophet] that which is not from his attributes, he has negated his [prophetic attributes] and denied them. And the one who preaches that prophethood is acquired/earned or that he can reach it [the ranks of prophethood] by purity of the heart or that he receives revelations, even if he does not [directly] claim prophethood or claims that he enters jannah and eats from its fruits and embraces its houri women, he is certainly a kafir by ijma’ [of the scholars]. And the one who negates the text of The Book [i.e., Quran] or the Sunnah conclusively taken on its explicit meanings [i.e., those ahadiith that are conclusively taken on their explicit meanings by the entire body of the scholars and the ummah], he is a kafir by ijma’ [of the scholars]. And the one who does not declare kafir the ones who profess a deen (religion) other than Islam, such as the christians, or doubts in the takfeer (declaring kafir) of such people, or authenticates [or praises] their religion, he is a kafir even if he displays Islam alongside this [filthy belief] or [claims & shows he] believes in it; and likewise takfeer certainly applies on everyone who says things that imply towards stating that the entire ummah is misguided or [a person doing] takfeer (declaring kafirs) of the sahaba [1]. And likewise [takfeer is declared on] the one who does a deed that the Muslims are united on the fact that it can’t be committed except by a kafir, even if the perpetrator claims Islam by his [other] deeds, such as prostrating to the cross or fire, or walking to churches with their congregations in their specific attire like their zunnar (sashes or ropes tied around their waist as part of their uniform) and others; and likewise, [takfeer is applied on] the one who denies Makkah, or The House (i.e., Ka’bah), or The Holy Mosque [in Makkah] or an attribute of the Hajj, he is not upon this well known body [of Muslims i.e., he is not from our ummah]; or if someone says “that what is named as Makkah, I don’t know if it is the *real* Makkah or something else” then in all of this and other things of this sort [that are well known to the masses of Muslims], there remains no doubt on the takfeer (declaring kafir) of the one who says such if there is a reasonable conviction about him that he knows this [ruling] and/or has spent considerable time in the company of Muslims [to know this]; and if he is a new convert to Islam and/or hasn’t spent much time mingling with Muslims, we teach him this, and he has no excuse after being made aware. And likewise [is the ruling of takfeer] on the one who changed something from the Quran [i.e., changed the meaning/message of a concept espoused in the Quran and propagated such cocepts contrary to direct Quranic teachings, even if not changing the actual textual words] or says that there are no such things as miracles [of prophets] or says that the creation of the skies and the earth are not proofs to Allah’s Existence or if he denies paradise or hellfire, or resurrection [on judgment day], or the accounting [of deeds], or accepts these things but says that the implication by paradise and/or hellfire and/or resurrection and/or coming back to life and/or reward and/or punishment is not on their manifest meanings [but rather something else], or says that the imams are superior to prophets ….

[1] – Also note that saying such things that christians and jews or sabians or buddhists are not kafirs is a de facto and de jure anathematizing of the sahaba since they all believed anyone other than Muslims to be kafirs!

Attention: Interfaith ‘compromise on Islam in the name of’ dialogue enthusiasts:

1 – Beware and repent before it’s too late.

2 – Islam ALONE is the truth and every other religion is falsehood and garbage.

3 – If you do not have the courage to uplift the EXCLUSIVITY of Islam as the truth, in front of the kuffaar – you’re with them and not with the Prophet and the body of Muslims. You are just an enemy of Prophet Muhammad and his followers. 

Next post after this will contain a recap of this passage and an analysis of the some sayings of some clever hypocrites, bi idhniLlah. 

And there is no success except by Allah’s granting.



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9 responses to “A person who doesn’t accept christians or any nonMuslims as kafirs, he is himself a kafir – Imam Nawawiy

  1. dean

    March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    MashAllah It is beautiful. People should no what is Kufr. Only talking about Wahabi kufr is not enough.May Allah reward you my friend.By reading u r site I feel so much happy with my sheikhs teaching.He has taught me these .I enjoy reading your site.I advise the internet users to read this site and the Sunni Answers. May Allah guide all of us. Ameen

    • Adam

      June 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

      As’salamu’alaykum Dean…. Where are you from and who is your Sheikh(s)? 🙂

  2. nathan

    August 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Actually …

    • 'Abd-Allah al-Mujaddidi al-Naqshbandi

      August 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

      This is not a forum where anyone can post just any irrelevant gibberish and get away with it.

      Read the post again, it is not even related to what you commented about. It is about core Islamic beliefs. No more irrelevant rubbish from you!

  3. Anon

    August 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Can you translate this please?

    • 'Abd-Allah al-Mujaddidi al-Naqshbandi

      August 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      First please give me the link / reference for it. You just gave one phrase.

      • Anon

        August 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

        Page 21 of: [snip]

      • 'Abd-Allah al-Mujaddidi al-Naqshbandi

        August 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        The book seems to be written by a jahil wahabi who doesn’t know anything about Islamic creed.

        However, the sentence you quoted is right and taken from the unanimous rulings of the elders of the ummah, and it states that who ever does not declare kafir the people who are kuffaar (like christians, jews, atheists, buddhists, etc.), he is himself a kafir [even if he claims Islam].

        That is no different to what I quoted above from Imam An-Nawawiy.

  4. 'Abd al-Mustafa

    February 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Perhaps you could add the precise reference:

    Imam al-Nawawi, Rawdah al-Talibin, Dar ‘Alam al-Kutub, Riyad: 2003 [which seems to be based on Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyahs edition], volume 7, page 289-290.

    Available online at:

    The complete work available at:


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