Who are infidels

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I have a white friend or client. He told me another white friend of his, told him that in our Quran it is stated that other religions are classed as infidels. I replied infidels are people who don’t believe in God. People of the faith Christians and Jews believe in God and they are not classed as infidels. Am I correct?


A: Anyone who does not accept the nubuwwat of any nabi is an infidel. The Jews do not believe in Isa (alaihis salaam) and Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and the Christians do not believe in Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). So both of them are infidels according to the standard of the Qur’aan. The Qur’aan cannot be subjected to any person’s definition. It has a definition of its own. To subject the Qur’aan to any person’s definition is really unfair and corruption.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)