What is Syncretism?
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What is syncretism?
How does it go against Islam?
What will SAVE Muslims from its evil?
It’s a magnanimous tragedy that at times the most probing questions into the heart of Islam are posed by kuffaar while a lot of Muslims are gleefully sound asleep. It’s tragic that while our religion commands us to seek knowledge and question to learn, and to analyze matters critically, most of our brothers and sisters fail to accomplish this task and give in to being sycophantic followers of a select few individuals guised as “qualified scholars of Islam”. These enemies of Islam then play with the Islamic thought, creed and beliefs of people like a baby plays with a rubber duck!
A jew who frequents this blog, asked me to define what is syncretism, in one post, for the benefit of other readers who do not know what it is all about, as was rightly observed.
Apparently our collective internet intelligence has stooped to such profanely low levels that we have been rendered incapacitated to even think and query about the aims of something we are engaged in OR to even get a clear message OR to impart a clear message to someone we are communicating with.
Without ranting any further:
SYNCRETISM & PERENNIALISM as used in a religious context are defined to be –
SIMULTANEOUSLY holding two or more religious belief systems to be valid & equal and/or accepted by Allah –
– In words, implicitly or explicitly stating so
– In deeds, implicitly or explicitly expressing so
– In beliefs in one’s heart, believing two or more belief systems to be valid, or doubting the exclusivity of ISLAM ALONE as the truth
In short, ANYTHING that suggests or states, implicitly or explicitly, and NEGATES – that ISLAM EXCLUSIVELY IS THE TRUTH and THE RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO ALLAH – IS SYNCRETISM.
ISLAM EXCLUSIVELY IS THE TRUTH & THE RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO ALLAH & AND ISLAM EXCLUSIVELY SAVES FROM EVERLASTING INFERNO.
How does it (syncretism) go against Islam?
Islam is ONE nation.
ALL of kufr is ANOTHER nation. See this post too.
Islam and kufr are two opposites.
Like sunshine and darkness. Like water and fire. Like truth and falsehood.
Two opposites will NEVER hold as simultaneously valid.
Islam negates any religion that is not Islam.
Any religion that is not Islam, negates Islam.
[Possible Question: But the message of previous prophets like Moses, Abraham, Jesus, peace be upon them, is true. So how do their messages negate Islam?
Answer: The message of previous prophets is indeed true. It is the same message brought by our Master Rasulullah ﷺ.
It is NOT their message that negates Islam. Their message IS Islam. The Quran calls the helpers of Jesus, peace be upon him, as Muslims.
It is those who CLAIM TO follow their message, that is the present day christians and jews, who negate Islam, by not accepting the prophethood of our Master Rasulullah.
The Quran tells the people of the book in multiple places to TRULY implement the message of previous prophets, which contained prophesies regarding the arrival of our Master Rasulullah, the Last Prophet of Allah, who shall bring the same message to worship Allah alone.
Present day christianity and judaism are NOT the messages of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, peace be upon them, for their message entails accepting our Master Rasulullah ﷺ when he announced his prophethood. See below at the end of the article for more proofs from Quran and hadith.]
A person who says that ‘Islam is a great religion’ along with saying ‘buddhism is a great religion’ is an idiot for suggesting that two opposites are simultaneously valid and a kafir for saying that Islam is equal to kufr. A person who says that ‘Islam is a great religion’ along with praising christianity as a ‘great religion’ is a kafir.
What will you say to a person who says that sunshine and the darkness of a moonless night are the same things?
Any equating of Islam and kufr is apostasy from Islam – be it
1) in the belief in the heart or
2) uttered by the tongue in any sequence of words that EXPLICITLY OR IMPLICITLY imply such or
3) expressed in actions to suggest and imply such
Any praise of ANY form of kufr (be it atheism or hinduism or judaism or christianity or anything other than Islam) is apostasy from Islam.
Even doubting anything other than Islam to be kufr is apostasy. See this post.
What will save Muslims from its evil?
I – Quran. Quran. Quran. –
I’m not talking about reading the faulty literal translations by wahabis and orientalists. I am talking about reading the tafaasiir of the verses and the detailed interpretations of the meanings of the verses by the classical exegetes (mufassiriin). One look at the books of masters like Abu Bakr Al-Jassas or Al-Qurtubi or Fakhr Ad-Diin Ar-Raazi or Ibn Kathiir or Jalaluddin As-Suyuti and others, will ANNIHILATE the misuse & abuse of knowledge played out by the enemies of Islam claiming to be its scholars and DESTROY the misinformation that these juhala spread.
II – Usul. Usul. Usul. – We MUST know the foundational principles of Islamic theology.
Muslims MUST know about the naasikh (the verses that abrogate the rulings in other verses) and mansuukh (the verses that have been abrogated by other verses and/or ahadiith) in the Quran in these times of fitnah when the kuffaar and their armies (visible & invisible) are eating away at the Islamic nation like a scavenger eats its prey.
III – It is IMPERATIVE that EVERY Muslim know the requirements of Islam – the articles of faith that KEEP a person inside of Islam and the sayings, actions and beliefs that take a person outside of Islam.
Every Muslim must have SOUND KNOWLEDGE of what negates one’s Islam.
NEVER FORGET – that only a fool takes his faith for granted. The greatest of sahaba who were given the glad tidings of entering heaven during the Prophet’s own lifetime, trembled with fear of Allah and worried about safeguarding their faiths. On what grounds then, can us worthless sinners, take our faiths for granted? Scholars have said that he who does not fear losing his faith, will probably lose it before he dies. Plenty are the ahadiith that state that during the times of the anti-Christ, a lot of Muslims will take their faiths for granted and go to see him, and end up losing their faiths. Our Master Rasulullah taught us to seek refuge with Allah against the fitnah of the anti-Christ. Why then do we take our faiths for granted?
IV – Walaa (loyalty) and baraa (dissociation) are very much from faith.
A Muslim is someone who is loyal to Muslims and Islam and he dissociates from kufr and kuffaar. Plentiful are the ahadiith that emphasize this.
At every step we take in life, we MUST question our walaa and baraa. We HAVE TO QUESTION the impact of our beliefs, actions, and words on our walaa and baraa.
Syncretism & perennialism attack the VERY HEART of walaa and baraa – which are in fact the VERY HEART of iman itself and of one’s Islamic identity!
V – Learning Arabic and reading ahadiith and their commentary by early masters IN ARABIC.
Islamic knowledge is locked in Arabic. Learning Arabic unlocks a goldmine of knowledge of deen. It gives one access to the treasures of hadith, tafsiir, fiqh, seerah and all other branches of knowledge.
Remember, only a very minimal works of hadith and tafsiir have been translated, and that too has been a very shoddy job, as most scholars and students of knowledge acknowledge.
VI – Reducing dependence on contemporary scholars
Yes TRUE scholars are indeed inheritors of the Prophet ﷺ. The Prophet however, has himself said that towards the end of times, a lot of scholars will seek knowledge only to earn fame and riches. While it is necessary we have good opinion of our scholars, it is ALSO necessary that one understand the works of CLASSICAL MASTERS and be in a position to analyze a contemporary’s positions critically.
Once again – walaa and baraa are EXCELLENT defining characteristics of the worth of a contemporary scholar. A slave of the kuffaar makes himself very clear by his walaa to the kuffaar and the systems and conventions of kufr.
One such menace in our times is this wave of “interfaith dialogue” where some sections of “scholarly” circles have made it VERY CLEAR to whom their loyalties belong!
They have called kufr like buddhism or christianity as “great religion”. They have held joint prayers with the kuffaar when the Quran clearly says that a kafir’s prayers are nothing but wasted. They have stated that on the day of judgment, kafirs will also attain the intercession (shafa’ah) of our Master Rasulullah .
They say statements praising kufr, like saying “may every religion keep its fragrance” or they play with the history of Islam and slander past scholars and pious rulers by saying that they have “welcomed” other religions to flourish or by implicitly or explicitly saying their all famous line of apostasy that “ahl al-kitab (people of the book) are not kafirs”. The list of the apostate sayings of such “scholars” goes on. I have listed their most obvious blasphemies.
There is more on them in the syncretist & perennialist fake sufis section on this page.
It is IMPERATIVE that Muslims make themselves aware of the basic works on Islamic theology and usul ad-deen by the classical masters and try their best to read them IN ARABIC.
On this blog, an attempt is made to highlight the sayings of the classical masters that completely expose some of the swine in the skin of lambs and show them for their intellectual debauchery and servitude to the kuffaar!
These 6 items are what I could think of right now.
The Muslim readers are welcome to suggest any other anti-dotes to combat this filthy menace of syncretism and perennialism.
Possible doubt by a new Muslim:
Question – Don’t we believe that varying beliefs of Muslims are all valid too, like Ash’ari, Maturidi, Hanafi, Shafi’iy, Sunni, shia, wahabi etc.?
Answer – We need to firstly correctly state the two items:
1 – Belief set & creed – The Sunni, shia and wahabi are belief or creed-based divisions and INDEED the wahabis and shias are on bid’ah. Their beliefs are deviated from the correct beliefs as espoused by the sahaba and the elders of the ummah.
However, NOT EVERY false belief of a person of bid’ah is kufr.
Some people of bid’ah are indeed kafirs.
Some people of bid’ah, despite having faulty beliefs, are NOT kafirs.
In the case of people professing the shahadah, we cannot call someone a kafir so simply unless and until we analyze the belief set that the person holds, and it becomes as clear as the mid-day sun that such a belief/saying/action that the person professes, does indeed take one outside of Islam.
As for the Ash’ari and Maturidi creedal systems within the Ahlus Sunnah – they are NOT differing creeds – they are merely differing scholastic expressions for THE SAME CREED. If at all there is a difference on a belief matter itself, it is NOT on the core beliefs of Islam that keep one inside of Islam or the Ahlus Sunnah, but rather on some extremely finely detailed and secondary matters that are contingent on the basic CORE beliefs and the basic CORE BELIEFS of both schools are the SAME.
2 – Fiqh or interpretation of canonical law – These are the differences between the schools of thought like Hanafi, Shafi’iy, Hanbali, Maliki. These are only related to interpretation of the commands for our material life. The BASIC CREEDAL BELIEF SYSTEM & USUL OF DEEN is SAME for ALL FOUR MADHHABS.
Before signing this page off, I would like to re-iterate that it was a jew who asked me to define and describe syncretism so that the readers, Muslim or not, would understand better the theme of this blog. I really wish that request would have come from a switched on Muslim. Khayr in sha Allah.
Severe evidences refuting the perennialists and syncretists follow below.
ONLY & ONLY those who accept the Prophethood of our Master Rasulullah ﷺ, are Muslims and ONLY & ONLY they are promised salvation and paradise.
ALL others who have heard of him and yet do not accept him, are kafirs and damned to everlasting inferno.
ONLY THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN PROPHET MUHAMMAD ﷺ TO BE THE MESSENGER OF THE ONE & TRUE GOD, ALLAH –
– ARE MUSLIMS/BELIEVERS & SAVED FROM EVERLASTING INFERNO.
وَمَنْ لَمْ يُؤْمِنْ بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ فَإِنَّا أَعْتَدْنَا لِلْكَافِرِينَ سَعِيرًا
Translation of meaning: And whoever does not believe in Allah and His Messenger, verily Allah has prepared for the kafirs a fire. [Holy Quran 48:13]
This verse ALONE is enough to establish directly from the Quran that whoever does not accept Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, is a kafir.
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْفُرُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَيُرِيدُونَ أَن يُفَرِّقُوا بَيْنَ اللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَيَقُولُونَ نُؤْمِنُ بِبَعْضٍ وَنَكْفُرُ بِبَعْضٍ وَيُرِيدُونَ أَن يَتَّخِذُوا بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ سَبِيلًا
أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْكَافِرُونَ حَقًّا ۚ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَذَابًا مُّهِينًا
وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَلَمْ يُفَرِّقُوا بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُمْ أُولَٰئِكَ سَوْفَ يُؤْتِيهِمْ أُجُورَهُمْ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا
Translation of meaning: Indeed, those who deny (i.e., commit kufr) Allah and His Messengers, and those who wish to separate Allah from His Messengers [i.e., those who claim to have belief in Allah but not in His Messengers] saying “we believe in some but we reject others”* and those who seek to establish a common ground between iman (faith) and kufr (disbelief) – they are patently kafirs**; and We have prepared for the kafirs a humiliating, painful punishment. And those who believe in Allah and His Messengers, and do not distinguish between any of the Messengers, they shall be given their due rewards, and Allah is the Most Forgiving Most Merciful. [Holy Quran 4:150-152]
* This verse is revealed in relation to jews and christians. the jews claim to believe in Abraham, Moses, and other prophets, but rejected ‘Jesus and our Master Muhammad, while the followers of Jesus claimed to believe in him but rejected Prophet Muhammad. salawatullahi ‘alal ambiyaai wal mursaleen.
** This means that rejection in even one single prophet is rejection of all of them. It also means that those who seek to establish a common ground between Islam and kufr are also kafirs and simply not Muslims.
إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ ۗ وَمَا اخْتَلَفَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ إِلَّا مِن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَهُمُ الْعِلْمُ بَغْيًا بَيْنَهُمْ ۗ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ
فَإِنْ حَاجُّوكَ فَقُلْ أَسْلَمْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّهِ وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِ ۗ وَقُل لِّلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ وَالْأُمِّيِّينَ أَأَسْلَمْتُمْ ۚ فَإِنْ أَسْلَمُوا فَقَدِ اهْتَدَوا ۖ وَّإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّمَا عَلَيْكَ الْبَلَاغُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ
Translation of meaning: THE ONLY religion acceptable to Allah is Islam; and the people of the book (jews and christians)* should not dissent therefrom due to envy, after receiving knowledge**; and who ever disbelieves (commits kufr) in the signs of Allah, then indeed Allah will swiftly call them to account – And then if they argue with you [o beloved Prophet], then tell them: “I bow my head in Allah’s court” and say [o beloved Messenger] unto the people of the book and the unlettered ones***: “Do you too submit [by bowing your necks in Allah’s court]?” Then if they submit [by bowing their necks in Allah”s court, following you], they have achieved guidance; and if they turn [their faces] away, then your duty is only to propagate [the message], and Allah sees His slaves. [Holy Quran 3:19-20]
* This verse was revealed due to the jews and christians disputing the Messenger-hood of our Master Rasulullah.
** Indeed they have witnessed descriptions and prophecies in their own books regarding our Master Rasulullah, and had recognized our Master Rasulullah as being Allah’s Messenger who was prophesied in their own books. The reason for their dispute was envy and love of worldly riches and fame.
*** the unlettered ones here refers to the other Arabs who were not jews and christians.
وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الإِسْلاَمِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
Translation of meaning: And who ever seeks a religion other than Islam, it shall NEVER be accepted from him, and he shall be of those who are doomed in the hereafter. [Holy Quran 3:85]
فَإِنْ آمَنُواْ بِمِثْلِ مَا آمَنتُم بِهِ فَقَدِ اهْتَدَواْ وَّإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَإِنَّمَا هُمْ فِي شِقَاقٍ فَسَيَكْفِيكَهُمُ اللّهُ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Translation of meaning: Then if they believe as you believe, they would have attained guidance; and if they turn back, then they are in pure schism; then [o beloved Prophet] Allah shall suffice you against them, and He is All-Hearing All-Knowing. [Holy Quran 2:137]
قُلْ يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ لَسْتُمْ عَلَى شَيْءٍ حَتَّىَ تُقِيمُواْ التَّوْرَاةَ وَالإِنجِيلَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلَيَزِيدَنَّ كَثِيرًا مِّنْهُم مَّا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ طُغْيَانًا وَكُفْرًا فَلاَ تَأْسَ عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
Translation of meaning: Say [o beloved Prophet]: O people of the book! “You are upon nothing unless you establish the Torah and the Injeel and ALL the revelation that has come to you from your Lord”* ; and indeed it is the revelation that has come to you from your Lord [o Messenger] that increases in most of them, mischievous obstinacy and kufr; but you do not worry [o beloved Messenger] over this nation of kafirs. [Holy Quran 5:68]
* “ALL the revelation that has come to you from your Lord” refers to the Holy Quran. ALL the previous books contain prophesies regarding Prophet Muhammad and his noble description, peace be upon him, and command their followers to declare belief in him when he appears. Therefore, there can NEVER be true following of the Torah or the Injeel unless and until one accepts Prophet Muhammad and all that he brought with him.
الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ الرَّسُولَ النَّبِيَّ الأُمِّيَّ الَّذِي يَجِدُونَهُ مَكْتُوبًا عِندَهُمْ فِي التَّوْرَاةِ وَالإِنْجِيلِ يَأْمُرُهُم بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَاهُمْ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَآئِثَ وَيَضَعُ عَنْهُمْ إِصْرَهُمْ وَالأَغْلاَلَ الَّتِي كَانَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ فَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ بِهِ وَعَزَّرُوهُ وَنَصَرُوهُ وَاتَّبَعُواْ النُّورَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ مَعَهُ أُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
Translation of meaning:Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find prophesied in the Torah and the Injeel [that] he [shall] command them to what is just and forbid them what is evil, and [he shall] make permissible on them what is pure and prohibit on them what is impure and [he shall] remove their burdens and the yokes upon them*. Then those who declare faith in him [being a Messenger] and honor him and help him and follow the light that has come with him**, are the ones who have attained victory. [Holy Quran 7:157]
* they had some strict commands that were difficult for them follow
** the light that has come with him refers to the Holy Quran, as per the exegetes explanations.
مُّحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاء عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاء بَيْنَهُمْ تَرَاهُمْ رُكَّعًا سُجَّدًا يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانًا سِيمَاهُمْ فِي وُجُوهِهِم مِّنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ ذَلِكَ مَثَلُهُمْ فِي التَّوْرَاةِ وَمَثَلُهُمْ فِي الْإِنجِيلِ كَزَرْعٍ أَخْرَجَ شَطْأَهُ فَآزَرَهُ فَاسْتَغْلَظَ فَاسْتَوَى عَلَى سُوقِهِ يُعْجِبُ الزُّرَّاعَ لِيَغِيظَ بِهِمُ الْكُفَّارَ وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ مِنْهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
Translation of meaning: Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him, are hard against kuffaar, [but] compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from Allah and (His) rida. On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Torah; and their similitude in the Injil: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the kuffaar with rage at them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great reward.[Holy Quran 48:29]
وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُم مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِن بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ فَلَمَّا جَاءهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَذَا سِحْرٌ مُّبِينٌ
Translation of meaning: And when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “o children of israel! I am Allah’s Messenger unto you, attesting the Torah before me, giving glad tidings of the prophet to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” And then when he [the prophet Ahmad, i.e., Muhammad] came to them with clear signs, they said, “this is open sorcery.” [Holy Quran 61:6]
قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ جَمِيعًا الَّذِي لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ يُحْيِـي وَيُمِيتُ فَآمِنُواْ بِاللّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ النَّبِيِّ الأُمِّيِّ الَّذِي يُؤْمِنُ بِاللّهِ وَكَلِمَاتِهِ وَاتَّبِعُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
Translation of meaning: Say [o beloved Messenger]: “O people! I am Allah’s Messenger to ALL of you; it is Him to whom belongs the kingdoms of the heavens ad the earth, there is no god EXCEPT HIM, he grants life and death. Then declare belief in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in Allah and His commands- and follow him (the Messenger, the unlettered prophet) so that you may achieve guidance. [Holy Quran 7:158]
الَّذِينَ آتَيْنَاهُمُ الْكِتَابَ يَعْرِفُونَهُ كَمَا يَعْرِفُونَ أَبْنَاءهُمْ وَإِنَّ فَرِيقاً مِّنْهُمْ لَيَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ
Translation of meaning: Those who have been given the book*, recognize him [the last Messenger] as they recognize their sons, and indeed, there is a group amongst them that knowingly conceals the truth. [Holy Quran 2:146]
* refers to the people of the book and their elders.
وَلَمَّا جَاءهُمْ كِتَابٌ مِّنْ عِندِ اللّهِ مُصَدِّقٌ لِّمَا مَعَهُمْ وَكَانُواْ مِن قَبْلُ يَسْتَفْتِحُونَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فَلَمَّا جَاءهُم مَّا عَرَفُواْ كَفَرُواْ بِهِ فَلَعْنَةُ اللَّه عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ
Translation of meaning: And when a book comes to them from Allah (i.e., the Quran) that confirms that which exists in their own book* (i.e., the Torah), and previously [by the virtue of the prophet to arrive] they had prayed** for victory against the disbelievers [of the previous scriptures]; and when [that prophet] known to them [by their scriptures] reached them, they disbelieved*** in him (i.e., committed kufr); then Allah’s curse be on the kafirs. [Holy Quran 2:89]
* This verse is in relation to jews. “That which exists in their own books” refers to the descriptions of the qualities and prophesies in the Torah regarding our Master Rasulullah. (Khazin)
** Before our Master Rasulullah arrived, these same people, the jews, used to pray to Allah to grant them victory against the disbelievers [in Seyyidina Musa and the Torah] by virtue of the noble prophet yet to arrive, i.e., our Master Rasulullah, since he has been abundantly prophesied in their scriptures in their uncorrupted form.
*** this disbelief was due to envy towards our Master Rasulullah and love of worldly wealth and status.
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ شَرُّ الْبَرِيَّةِ
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ خَيْرُ الْبَرِيَّةِ
Translation of meaning: Indeed those who disbelieve* from the people of the book, and the polytheists/pagans, they shall be in the fire of hell, therein to abide for ever; they are the worst of creation. Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds, they are the best of creatures. [Holy Quran 98:6-7]
* As is established by the verses above, that disbelief is to disbelieve in ANY Messenger of Allah. Anyone who disbelieves in the Prophethood of our Master Rasulullah, is a kafir – be he a jew or a christian or anyone.
يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ لِمَ تَكْفُرُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللّهِ وَأَنتُمْ تَشْهَدُونَ
Translation of meaning: O people of the book! Why do you disbelieve in the verses of Allah even though you are witnesses yourselves*. [Holy Quran 3:70]
* and your books contain the praise and description of the Prophet [Muhammad ﷺ] and you know that he is a truthful prophet and the religion he teaches is the truth.
قُلْ يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ لِمَ تَكْفُرُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللّهِ وَاللّهُ شَهِيدٌ عَلَى مَا تَعْمَلُونَ
Translation of meaning: You say: O people of the book! Why do you disbelieve in the verses of Allah*? And all that you do is known to Allah. [Holy Quran 3:98]
* that testify to the truthfulness of the Prophet [Muhammad ﷺ]
وَقَالُوا كُونُوا هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَىٰ تَهْتَدُوا ۗ قُلْ بَلْ مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا ۖ وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
Translation of meaning: And they [people of the book] say ‘be jew or Christian and you shall attain guidance’. You say, ‘Rather we adopt the ways of Ibrahiim, who was bereft of all falsehood and he was not from the pagans’* [Holy Quran 2:135]
* This contains a rebuking on the jews and christians that you are pagans/kafirs and so your claims of following the ways of Ibrahiim, peace be upon him, are void, and after that Muslims were addressed to tell the jews and christians [as stated in verse 2:136]
17) Rasulullah ﷺ cursed jews and christians:
لَعْنَةُ اللَّهِ عَلَى الْيَهُودِ وَالنَّصَارَى اتَّخَذُوا قُبُورَ أَنْبِيَائِهِمْ مَسَاجِدَ
Allah’s curse be on the jews and christians, they took the graves of their prophets as places of prostration (Sunan An-Nisaaiy)
18) Rasulullah expressed disdain towards jews and christians:
مَنْ لَمْ يَمْنَعْهُ عَنْ الْحَجِّ حَاجَةٌ ظَاهِرَةٌ ، أَوْ سُلْطَانٌ جَائِرٌ ، أَوْ مَرَضٌ حَابِسٌ ، فَمَاتَ وَلَمْ يَحُجَّ ، فَلْيَمُتْ إِنْ شَاءَ يَهُودِيًّا ، وَإِنْ شَاءَ نَصْرَانِيًّا
The one who is not deterred by a genuine need, or an unjust ruler, or a disabling illness, and he is dying without performing the Hajj, then he may die a jew if he wishes, or if he wishes a christian. (Sunan Daarimi)
This alone is an excellent indication that jews and christians are NOT accepted in Allah’s court. The enemies of Islam pretending to be Muslim scholars cannot play with rhetoric here twisting the context like they do at other instances saying “oh, but that’s only in case of war” or “but that is only said in regards to some rabbis” and so on. This hadiith VERY CLEARLY just expresses Rasulullah’s ﷺ disdain for jews and christians in a blanket form. The context is Hajj as is clear, and the Master ﷺ says that anyone who is capable to go for Hajj and doesn’t, then he might as well die a jew or a christian and expresses dissociation from such a person. The manner of expression in the hadith expresses nothing BUT disdain and unacceptance of jews and christians.
19) Rasulullah CLEARLY stated that any jew or christian who heard of him, and yet did not believe in Islam – he will everlastingly suffer in hellfire.
وَالَّذِي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ لَا يَسْمَعُ بِي أَحَدٌ مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأُمَّةِ يَهُودِيٌّ وَلَا نَصْرَانِيٌّ ثُمَّ يَمُوتُ وَلَمْ يُؤْمِنْ بِالَّذِي أُرْسِلْتُ بِهِ إِلَّا كَانَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّار
By The One who owns Muhammad’s life [i.e., Allah], there isn’t anyone from this nation [i.e., the people he is sent to preach to] jew or christian who has heard about me and he dies not believing in what I have been sent with, except that he is a companion of the inferno. (Sahiih Muslim)
Imam Nawawi says in his commentary on this hadith:
وقوله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – لا يسمع بي أحد من هذه الأمة أي ممن هو موجود في زمني وبعدي إلى يوم القيامة فكلهم يجب عليه الدخول في طاعته وإنما ذكر اليهودي والنصراني تنبيها على من سواهما وذلك لأن اليهود والنصارى لهم كتاب فإذا كان هذا شأنهم مع أن لهم كتابا فغيرهم ممن لا كتاب له أولى والله أعلم
… and his ﷺ saying ‘there isn’t anyone from this nation [i.e., the people he is sent to preach to] who has heard about me’ refers to ALL people from his own times until the day of judgment, and it is imperative that they accept his following; and indeed, the mentioning of jews and christians is a warning to those other than them too, for they have a book; for if this is said in relation to them who had received books, then the others who do not even have a book [i.e., kafirs other than jews and christians] are more primarily [i.e., severely] warned; and Allah knows best. (Sharh of Sahiih Muslim by Imam An-Nawawi)
In other words, like ALL scholars of Islam, Imam Nawawi says that christians and jews are rather the beginning of kafirs, that is, despite having been given books previously, they too are kafirs, and indeed the others are only worse and severe kafirs.
Our Master Rasulullah’s ﷺ messengerhood abrogates ALL previous nations [that is, the nations following the laws of previous prophets and their books]. Of course the one who has NEVER heard of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ or Islam, he has an excuse with him UNTIL he hears about him ﷺ.
20) Rasulullah commanded to do the opposite of jews and Christians. Plentiful are the ahadith that state such. This is but one example.
إِنَّ الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى لَا يَصْبُغُونَ فَخَالِفُوهُمْ
The jews and christians do not dye (their hair and beard), therefore you do the opposite of it. (Sahiih Bukhariy)
If Muslims and jews and christians are equal, why will we be commanded to not behave like them in matters exclusive to them in a multitude of ahadiith.
21) Please see the qualities of the Muslims amongst each other as stated in verse 48:29 presented above. If the jews and christians were not kafirs, would our Master Rasulullah command thus in regards to them forbidding us to honor them?
لا تبدؤا الْيَهُودَ ولا النَّصَارَى بِالسَّلَامِ فإذا لَقِيتُمْ أَحَدَهُمْ في طَرِيقٍ فَاضْطَرُّوهُ إلى أَضْيَقِهِ
Do not initiate the salam with jews and christians, and if you meet them in the street, then force them to take the narrowest path. (Sahiih Muslim)
Although there are PLENTY more evidences from the Quran and Sunnah, the above should be enough to prove to an unbiased reader that jews and christians are indeed kafir and mushrik in Islam and that NO ONE who has heard of our Master Rasulullah and Islam and yet does not accept Islam, shall EVER enter salvation or paradise. Such a person is damned to everlasting inferno.
And Allah Alone grants success. There is no success except by His Will.