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    Kafirs and Zimmis

    OF KAFIRS AND ZIMMIS

    All non-Moslems are infidels. However, there are grada-tions. The people of the Book (meaning the Bible, both the old
    and the new testaments) are the Jews, the Christians and the
    Moslems. According to Islam, Mohammed was the last prophet
    and there would be no other future prophet or prophets.

    The Jews and Christians are considered as people of
    little faith by the followers of Islam. On the other hand, the
    Buddhists, the Hindus, the Jains, the Sikhs, the Zoroastrians,
    the Taoists, in fact, all other religions are considered as the
    religions of the kafirs. They are the worst of all and do not
    have the right to exist in this world unless of course they
    accept Islam unconditionally.

    All the infidels living in an Islamic state are supposed to
    pay a special tax called the 'jiziya' which signifies their
    acceptance of the superiority of Islam. Such people are called
    'zimmis'.

    At one time the kafirs did not have the right of a
    'zimmi', the second class citizen. He was to be slaughtered or
    forcibly converted into Islam. However, the Hanafi school of
    thought was in support of giving the rights of 'zimmis' to the
    Hindus, Buddhists and Jains as well as the Sikhs and other
    people who did not belong to the Book. All other Islamic
    schools of thought were against giving any right to the kafirs.

    Ziyauddin Barani wrote: "If Mahmud had gone to
    India once more, he would have brought under his sword
    all the Brahmans [1] of Hind [2] who, in that vast land, are the
    cause of the continuance of the laws of infidelity and of
    the strength of the idolaters; he would have cut off the
    heads of two or three hundred thousand Hindu chiefs. He
    would not have returned his Hindu-slaughtering sword to
    its scabbard until the whole of Hind had accepted Islam.
    For Mahmud was a Shafiite, and according to Imam Shafi
    the decree for Hindus is Islam or death - that is to say,
    they should be either put to death or accept Islam. It is
    not lawful to accept 'jiziya' from Hindus who have neither
    a prophet nor a revealed book."

    However, the great number of Hindus in India made
    it impossible for the believers to kill them all and
    eventually even the Hindus had the 'good fortune' to be
    accepted as 'zimmis'. But to a Moslem such people have
    been and still are kafirs.

    A Moslem jurist called Shaikh-ul-lslam had propound-
    ed the doctrine of 'din-panahi' during the reign of a Moslem
    king called lltutmish. On the subject of the kafirs being
    treated as 'zimmis' he was of the opinion: "The kings
    should protect the religion of Islam with sincere faith...
    And the kings will not be able to perform the duty of
    protecting the faith unless, for the sake of Allah and the
    prophet's creed, they overthrow and uproot 'kufr' and
    'kafiri' (infidelity), 'shirk' (setting partners to Allah) and
    the worship of deities. E5ut if the total uprooting of
    idolatry is not possible owing to the firm roots of 'kufr'
    and the large number of kafirs, the kings should at least
    strive to insult, disgrace, dishonor and defame the Hindus,
    who are the worst enemies of Allah and the prophet. The
    symptom of the kings being the protectors of Islam is this:
    When they see a Hindu, their eyes grow red and they wish
    to bury him alive; they also desire to completely uproot
    the Brahmans, who are the leaders of 'kufr' and owing to
    whom 'koir' is spread and the commandments of 'kufr' are
    enforced...Owing to the fear and terror of the kings of
    Islam, not a single enemy of Allah and the prophet can
    drink water that is sweet or stretch his legs on his bed and
    go to sleep in peace."

    However, the fact is that the Moslem kings were no
    fools and knew better. The mullahs lived in a fool's
    paradise amidst leasure and luxury in towns protected by
    Islamic armies. They could very well issue injunctions
    from their ivory towers. The Moslem kings, on the other
    hand, had to live mostly on battlefields and could feel in
    their guts the power equations of a situation in which
    they had to wage a constant war against repeated Hindu
    reassertions of independence. They had discovered very

    soon that the Hindus hated Islam as a system of black
    barbarity and would fight rather than submit to this
    sinister creed. Moreover, they needed the Hindus for
    doing work which the mullahs and the swordsmen of Islam
    were neither equipped nor inclined to do - agriculture,
    commerce, industry, scavenging and so on. No wonder the
    Moslem kings fell for the Hanafi school of thought as soon
    as it was expounded to them, not because they liked this
    school of thought but simply because they had no other
    choice. They imposed 'jiziya' and other disabilities on the
    Hindus, and reduced them, wherever they could, to the
    status of hewers of wood and drawers of water.

    The mullahs howled at this 'sacrilege'. They mourn-
    ed: "Should the king consider the payment of a few coins
    by way of 'jiziya' as sufficient justification for allowing
    all possible freedom to the infidels to observe and demon-
    strate all orders and details of infidelity, to read the
    misleading literature of their faith and to propagate their
    teachings, how could the true religion get the upper hand
    over other regligions and how could the emblems of Islam
    be held high? How will the true faith prevail if rulers
    allow the infidels to keep their temples, adorn their
    deities and to make merry during their festivals with
    beating of drums, singing and dancing?"

    Prophet Mohammed permitted the Jews and the
    Christians living in Islamic countries in those days, the right to
    survive as 'zimmis', if they refused to accept Islam. On that
    basis, one can separate the two kinds of infidels as follows:
    'Zimmi': 'Nasranis' or Christians (this includes
    Catholics and Protestants of all de-
    nominations); and Jews.

    Kafirs: Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Zoroas-
    trians, Shintos, Taoists and Animists.

    #2
    Looks like you are a studious student of Islam 101

    I dont know what are we suppose to do after reading this?mean in our time there is no true islamic country ,there is no jizya tax,there is no differnt citizenship even in saudi arabia ,Note i didnt say VISA i said there is equal treatment once you are CITIZEN.

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    "jo kHat main kahte they apni jaan mujhko
    aaj kHat likhne main unki jaan jaati hai .....

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