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The ruling of the person who does not declare the kufr of a disbeliever

We wish to know what is the ruling upon the person who does not pass the verdict of disbelief (kufr) upon a person who is a kaafir?

For a person whose kufr is firmly established, it is obligatory to have the belief of his kufr (i.e. that he is upon kufr), and to pass the ruling upon him according to this and for the Muslim ruler to establish the punishment of apostasy upon him - providing that this person has not repented.

And whoever does not declare the person whose disbelief is firmly established to be a disbeliever – then he himself is a disbeliever.

(The exception is) if he has some doubt about that (person’s disbelief) – and then it is obligatory to try to remove that.

And with Allaah is the tawfeeq. And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Shaykh `Abdullah bin Ghudayaan
Shaykh `Abdullaah bin Qu`ood
Shaykh `Abdur-Razzaaq al-`Afeefee
Question 2 from fatwa number 6201 P142 Volume 2 of the fatawa of the Permanent Committee
Translated by Abu Abdir Rahmaan ibn Najam
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