Sharia Law for Non-Muslims Chapter 5-The Kafir

Until now we have looked at the big picture of Sharia and then the position of women in Sharia. We now come to a new subject–the unbeliever or non-Muslim. The word “non-Muslim” is used in the translation of Sharia law, but the actual Arabic word used is “Kafir”. But the word Kafir means far more than non-Muslim. The original meaning of the word was “concealer”, one who conceals the truth of Islam.

The Koran says that the Kafir may be deceived, plotted against, hated, enslaved, mocked, tortured and worse. The word is usually translated as “unbeliever” but this translation is wrong. The word “unbeliever” is logically and emotionally neutral, whereas, Kafir is the most abusive, prejudiced and hateful word in any language.

There are many religious names for Kafirs: polytheists, idolaters, People of the Book (Christians and Jews), Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, and pagans. Kafir covers them all, because no matter what the religious name is, they can all be treated the same. What Mohammed said and did to polytheists can be done to any other category of Kafir.

Islam devotes a great amount of energy to the Kafir. The majority (64%) of the Koran is devoted to the Kafir, and nearly all of the Sira (81%) deals with Mohammed’s struggle with them. The Hadith (Traditions) devotes 32% of the text to Kafirs1. Overall, the Trilogy devotes 60% of its content to the Kafir.

Hadith 37%
Sira 81%
Koran 64%
Total 60%

Amount of Text Devoted to the Kafir

The Sharia does not devote nearly that much to the Kafir since Sharia law is primarily for Muslims. Besides, the Kafir has few rights, so there is little to expound on.

Religious Islam is what Muslims do to go to Paradise and avoid Hell. What Mohammed did to Kafirs was not religious, but political. Political Islam is what is of concern to Kafirs, not the religion. Who cares how a Muslim worships, but every one of us is concerned as to what they do to us and say about us. Political Islam should be of concern to every Kafir.

Here are two Sharia references about Kafirs:

w59.2 […] And this clarifies the Koranic verses and hadiths about hatred for the sake of Allah and love for the sake of Allah, Al Walaa wa al Baraa, being unyielding towards the Kafirs, hard against them, and detesting them, while accepting the destiny of Allah Most High insofar as it is the decree of Allah Mighty and Majestic.

Hatred for the sake of Allah and love for the sake of Allah is called Al Walaa wa al Baraa, a fundamental principle of Islamic ethics and Sharia. A Muslim is to hate what Allah hates and love what Allah loves. Allah hates the Kafir, therefore, a Muslim is to act accordingly.

40:35 They [Kafirs] who dispute the signs [Koran verses] of Allah without authority having reached them are greatly hated by Allah and the believers [Muslims]. So Allah seals up every arrogant, disdainful heart.

h8.24 It is not permissible to give zakat [charity] to a Kafir, or to someone whom one is obliged to support such as a wife or family member.

Here are a few of the Koran references: A Kafir can be mocked–

83:34 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?

A Kafir can be beheaded

47:4 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.

A Kafir can be plotted against

86:15 They plot and scheme against you [Mohammed], and I plot and scheme against them. Therefore, deal calmly with the Kafirs and leave them alone for a while.

A Kafir can be terrorized

8:12 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!”

A Muslim is not the friend of a Kafir

3:28 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.

A Kafir is evil

23:97 And say: Oh my Lord! I seek refuge with You from the suggestions of the evil ones [Kafirs]. And I seek refuge with you, my Lord, from their presence.

A Kafir is disgraced

37:18 Tell them, “Yes! And you [Kafirs] will be disgraced.”

A Kafir is cursed

33:60 They [Kafirs] will be cursed, and wherever they are found, they will be seized and murdered. It was Allah’s same practice with those who came before them, and you will find no change in Allah’s ways.


Muslims tell Christians and Jews that they are special. They are “People of the Book” and are brothers in the Abrahamic faith. But in Islam you are a Christian, if and only if, you believe that Christ was a man who was a prophet of Allah; there is no Trinity; Jesus was not crucified nor resurrected and that He will return to establish Sharia law. To be a true Jew you must believe that Mohammed is the last in the line of Jewish prophets.

This verse is positive:

5:77 Say: Oh, People of the Book, do not step out of the bounds of truth in your religion, and do not follow the desires of those who have gone wrong and led many astray. They have themselves gone astray from the even way.

Islamic doctrine is dualistic, so there is an opposite view as well. Here is the last verse written about the People of the Book (A later verse abrogates or nullifies an earlier verse.). This is the final word. It calls for Muslims to make war on the People of the Book who do not believe in the religion of truth, Islam.

9:29 Make war on those who have received the Scriptures [Jews and Christians] 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.

The sentence “They do not forbid…” means that they do not accept Sharia law; “until they submit” means to submit to Sharia law. Christians and Jews who do not accept Mohammed as the final prophet are Kafirs.

Muslims pray five times a day and the opening prayer always includes:

Koran 1: 7 Not the path of those who anger You [the Jews] nor the path of those who go astray [the Christians].


Since the original Arabic word for unbelievers was Kafir and that is the actual word used in the Koran and Sharia law, that is the word used here for accuracy and precision.

It is very simple: if you don’t believe Mohammed and his Koran, you are a Kafir.

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7 Responses

  1. Johannes

    Very good insight and conclusions. However, I feel it is incorrect to draw a line between the political and the religious Islam.

    You wrote: “Religious Islam is what Muslims do to go to Paradise and avoid Hell. What Mohammed did to Kafirs was not religious, but political.”

    I have read somewhere that Muslims can never be sure wether they will go to heaven or not, unless they die in combat with unbelievers. If that is so, Jihad is right at the core of Islam’s religious message, because it is the only sure way to reach Paradise. It could be said that murdering people is a sacrament in Islam, since there is so much material that indicates that this actually pleases Allah.

    Also, since the Qu’ran is the word of god, which contains political ideas, it is even more difficult to make this distinction.

    There are many who’ve said that the spritual message of the Qu’ran is weak. It is not, if you regard political Islam as spiritual also. Which is what Islamic hardliners seem to be doing.

    In fact, I think many feel drawn towards Jihadism since the overwhelming strictness of Sharia, practices such as fasting and praying make it impossible for a Muslim to be sure he will reach heaven. Thus, they turn to military Jihad, as it promises a way out of the unclarity.

    Just some thoughts.

  2. m duncan

    All Muslims will have to spend some time in hell. The only way to avoid that is through jihad (murder) against non-believers.

  3. Jon Anderson

    I think it’s more accurate to say that Islamic theology doesn’t provide for assurance of salvation except for being killed during jihad.

  4. Felsen Stark

    In an attempt to understand how Muslims FEEL when reading the volumes of obnoxious verses and hadiths regarding the kafir, I have found it useful when reading koranic verses or hadiths to replace the word ‘muslim’ with ‘kafir’, Christian, Jew or “People of the Book.’ At the same time replace the words ‘believers’ or muslims with Kafir, Christian, Jews. This simple act of word reversal has given me insights into how and why the muslim mind is seduced and functionally how Mohammad instilled in his followers the ‘godly’ hate toward others.

  5. Nusaiba

    There is one n only who created us in a logical scientific way.WHO posseses a great patience n gifted us a brain n humanity by which we can measure the right n wrong.Take Islam as peace bt nt as binding.its free.its calm. Why all arguments n searching fault where we learnt from our past….in stead of if U dnt wnt to keep belief den okay.dats ur logic. Morever man has no will on their birth as muslim or non believers.Bt Allah gifted U something by which U can differ the right or wrong.N Almighty loves U too..U R a creation of Allah may b u don’t know.Try once to search a one truth.Don’t grasp a theory bt find out the truth.

  6. Ach

    there is two types of charity the first one is “Zakat”, this charity is for Muslims while the other charity called in arabic “Sadaqa” is for everyone even non-muslims.

    About Hating infidels is true but doesn’t mean to treat them badly and to oppress them.etc Allah said

    [Mumtahenah 60:8] “Allah does not forbid you from those who did not fight against you because of religion and did not drive you out from your homes, that you should be kind towards them and deal with them fairly; indeed the equitable are the beloved of Allah.”

    [al-Tawbah 9:6] “And if anyone of the Mushrikoon (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah) seeks your protection then grant him protection so that he may hear the Word of Allaah (the Qur’aan) and then escort him to where he can be secure”

    [al-Shoora 42:15 – interpretation of the meaning] “and I am commanded to do justice among you. Allaah is our Lord and your Lord. For us our deeds and for you your deeds”

    A Kafir can be beheaded in battle field and that’s normal, but it doesn’t mean to cut there head just because they are infidels.

    Sharia don’t say that A Kafir can be plotted but the Quran says when Infidels fight Muslims and plot against them them then allah will plot against kafir so the Muslims won’t be plotted.

    Allah said:
    [Anfal 8:30] And remember O dear Prophet when the disbelievers were scheming against you to either imprison you, or to kill you or to banish you; and they were scheming, and Allah was making His secret plan; and Allah’s secret plan is the best.

    “A Muslim is not the friend of a Kafir” i am arabian and Allah didn’t use the word friend here but allies, which means don’t take infidels as allies against
    other muslims
    because the word used here is “أولياء” and not “أصدقاء”
    [A/I`mran 3:28] The Muslims must not befriend the disbelievers, in preference over the Muslims; whoever does that has no connection whatsoever with Allah, except if you fear them; Allah warns you of His wrath; and towards Allah only is the return.

    in another versues which says don’t take christians and jews as your allies if they were allied whith each other, but the problem is this translation is not accurate as they used the word friend unstead of allies. that’s why you should learn Arabic then start criticising.

    [Maidah 5:51] O People who Believe! Do not make the Jews and the Christians your friends; they are friends of one another; and whoever among you befriends them, is one of them; indeed Allah does not guide the unjust.

    Kafir is not an evil because the words used in arabic wasn’t evil ones but it was one word (الشياطين)
    which means devils not kafirs. so you are a bad kafir u lie to people and u say your lies to people who can’t inderstand arabic

    [Mominun 23:97] And submit, “My Lord! I seek Your refuge from the instigation of the devils.”

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