Declaring members of deviant sects to be Kaafirs
Fatwa No: 335743

Question

Assalaamu alaykum. I have one question regarding the Ahmadiyyah, the Alawites, and other similar sects that have been classified as disbelievers by scholars. I know that they are disbelieving sects, but I do want to ask: do we say that all their members are disbelievers, or are some of their members excused to to ignorance? For example if the proof has not been established to some members of them, do we say that they are disbelievers anyway?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There is no doubt that the beliefs of each of the Ahmadiyyah and the ‘Alawiyyah sects are based on foundations and principles of Kufr (disbelief); however, not all those who belong to these sects are disbelievers because declaring individuals as such is regulated by the Sharee'ah; there are some conditions that must be met while there can also not be any impediments for declaring the person a disbeliever.

We have already clarified this in fataawa 8106 and 87963, so please refer to them.

Allaah knows best.

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