Hiding Realities: Case Study About Kufr Disbelief And Kuffar Disbelievers
10 March 2011
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
We think we have believed. We think we are protected
from the worst fate: disbelief. Because we have called
ourselves Muslims, then we must be believers, right?
According to Ibn Kathir, there are people who may have
declared themselves Muslims but still commit
disbelief. The following is taken from Tafseer Ibn
The Qur'an uses the word Kufr to denote people who
cover up or hide realities. The Qur'an uses this word
to identify those who denied Allah's favours by not
accepting His Dominion and Authority.
Kufr thus is an antonym for Iman or disbelief in Allah
and a Kafir is a nonbeliever.
This type of Kufr is called Al-Kufr al-Akbar or major
There are many types of Al-Kufr ul Akbar:
1. Kufrul-‘Inad: Disbelief out of stubbornness. This
applies to someone who knows the truth and admits to
knowing the truth and admits to knowing it with his
tongue, but refuses to accept it and refrains from
making a declaration. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala says:
Throw into Hell every stubborn disbeliever... (Surah
2. Kufrul-Inkar: Disbelief out of denial. This applies
to someone who denies with both heart and tongue.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala says: They recognise the
favours of Allah, yet they deny them. Most of them are
disbelievers. (Surah an-Nahl: 83)
3. Kufrul-Kibr: Disbelief out of arrogance and pride.
The disbelief by the devils (Iblis) is an example of
this type of Kufr.
4. Kufrul-Juhud: Disbelief out of rejection. This
applies to someone who acknowledges the truth in his
heart, but rejects it with his tongue. They call
themselves Muslims but reject any necessary and
accepted norms of Islam such as Solat and Zakat.
5. Kufrul-Nifaq: Disbelief out of hypocrisy. This
applies to someone who pretends to be a believer but
conceals his disbelief. Such a person is called a
munafiq or hypocrite.
6. Kufrul-Istihal: Disbelief out of trying to make
haram into halal.
7. Kufrul-Kurh: Disbelief out of detesting any of
Allah's Subhanahu wa Ta'ala commands.
8. Kufrul-Istihzaha: Disbelief due to mockery and
9. Kufrul-Iradh: Disbelief due to avoidance. This
applies to those who turn away and avoid the truth.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala says: And who is more unjust
than he who is reminded of his Lords signs but then
turns away from them. (Surah Al-Kahfi: 57)