Does One Become a Disbeliever by Saying to Another Muslim, I’m Not Like You; at Least I Am a Muslim?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Does One Become a Disbeliever by Saying to Another Muslim, I’m Not Like You; at Least I Am a Muslim?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question and concern for the prayer and your sister.

Saying, I’m not like you; I’m a Muslim to someone who does not pray and implying in one’s head that a person who does not perform prayers is a disbeliever will not make one a disbeliever. Rest assured, do not worry.

There is a difference between what entails disbelief (kufr) versus what entails religious corruption (fisq). Disdain and disdain entail disbelief (kufr), and laziness and carelessness entail religious corruption (fisq), so by Allah’s grace, one is still a Muslim. See the detailed link below.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.