Non-Muslims refusing Islam due to wrong presentation of it
Fatwa No: 90888

  • Fatwa Date:19-12-2005 - Thul-Qi'dah 19, 1426
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Question

Thank you very much for your answers. My question is regarding two types of non-Muslims:
1) Those non-Muslims who are no reached by message of Islam.
2) Those non-Muslims who are really not convinced about Islam due to wrong presentation of Islam.
Are such people Kaafir in the real sense? Will each people be sent to Hellfire eternally on the Day of Judgement? I am waiting for your detailed reply.

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 is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

We have already discussed the fate of the people who did not hear about the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) in Fatwa 85624, so please refer to it. As regards those who heard about the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) but did not believe in him, then they have no excuse as per the Prophetic narration which reads: “I swear by The One in Whose Hands my soul is! There is no Jew or Christian who hears about me and then dies without having believed in me except that he will be among the dwellers of Hellfire.” [Muslim] They have no excuse because of not being convinced by Islam due to misrepresentations or misconceptions, Allaah Says (what means): {Had Allaah known any good in them, He would have made them hear. And if He had made them hear, they would [still] have turned away, while they were refusing.}[Quran 8:23]

Ibn Katheer may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him interpreted this verse to mean: 'Had Allaah known that there was any good in them He would have made them hear, that is to say made them understand, but since there is no good in them, He did not make them understand because He Knows that if He had made them hear, i.e. made them understand, they would have deliberately turned away and refrained from accepting the truth out of pride after having understood it.'

Allaah Knows best.

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