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Every Non-Muslim is a Kafir

David Cloud, February 2016

According to Islam, humanity is divided into those who accept Muhammed as the prophet of Allah and those who do not. Those who do not are the Kafirs.

Kafir is the word that is used in the Quran, and it is a strong word. It is the word for Allah's enemies. It is the word for those who resist the truth. Kafirs are unclean, evil, cursed, ignorant liars and partners of Satan. "It is usually translated as unbeliever, but that translation is wrong. The word unbeliever is neutral. But the attitude of the Quran towards unbelievers is very negative. ... Kafir shows the common political treatment of the Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, animist, atheist and humanist. What is done to a pagan can be done to a Jew or any other Kafir" (A Simple Koran).

A Kafir is hated. "They who dispute the signs of Allah without authority having reached them are greatly hated by Allah and the believers. So Allah seals up every arrogant, disdainful heart" (Surah 40:35).

A Kafir can be enslaved. "Muhammed then said, 'Saed, give these people [the Jews of Medina] your verdict.' Saed replied, 'Their soldiers should be beheaded and their women and children should become slaves.' Mohammed, pleased with the verdict, said, 'You have made a ruling that Allah or a king would approve of'" (Sahih Al-Bukhari hadith 5,58,148).

A Kafir can be mocked. "On that day the faithful will mock the Kafirs, while they sit on bridal couches and watch them. Should not the Kafirs be paid back for what they did?" (Surah 83:34).

A Kafir can be schemed against. "They plot and scheme against you [Muhammed], and I [Allah] plot and scheme against them. Therefore, deal calmly with the Kafirs and leave them alone for a while" (Surah 86:15).

A Kafir can be deceived. "Mohammed asked, 'Who will kill Ka'b, the enemy of Allah and Mohammed? Bin Maslama rose and responded, 'O Mohammed! Would it please you if I killed him?' Mohammed answered, 'Yes.' Bin Maslama then said, 'Give me permission to deceive him with lies so that my plan will succeed.' Mohammed replied, 'You may speak falsely to him'" (Sahih Al-Bukhari hadith 5,59,369).

A Kafir can be terrorized. "Then your Lord spoke to His angels and said, 'I will be with you. Give strength to the believers. I will send terror into the Kafirs' hearts, cut off their heads and even the tips of their fingers" (Surah 8:12).

A Kafir can be beheaded. "When you encounter the Kafirs on the battlefield, cut off their heads until you have thoroughly defeated them and then take the prisoners and tie them up firmly" (Surah 47:4).

A Kafir can be annihilated. "So the Kafirs were annihilated. All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!" (Surah 6:45).

A Kafir can be killed. "If they do not keep away from you or offer you peace or withdraw their hostilities, then seize them and kill them wherever they are. We give you complete authority over them" (Surah 4:91).

A Kafir can be crucified and his hands and feet hacked off. "The only reward for those who war against Allah and His messengers and strive to commit mischief on the earth is that they will be slain or crucified, have their alternate hands and feet cut off, or be banished from the land. This will be their disgrace in this world, and a great torment shall be theirs in the next except those who repent before you overpower them. Know that Allah is forgiving and merciful" (Surah 5:33).

A Kafir can be made war on and humiliated. "Make war on those who have received the Scriptures but do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day.  They do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden. The Christians and Jews do not follow the religion of truth until they submit and pay the poll tax [jizya], and they are humiliated" (Surah 9:29).

A Kafir cannot be befriended. "Believers should not take Kafirs as friends in preference to other believers. Those who do this will have none of Allah's protection and will only have themselves as guards. Allah warns you to fear Him for all will return to Him" (Surah 3:28).

A Kafir is not to treated with kindness. "Oh, you who believe, do not take My enemy and yours for friends by showing them kindness" (Surah 60:1)