According to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) if there are 99 points of kufr and one point of Imaan, a man should not be branded a kaafir.


This statement has been misunderstood by even molvis. This statement does not apply to Sareeh (explicit) acts and statements of kufr.

The meaning of Imaam Abu Hanifah’s statement is not the acceptance of 99 beliefs of kufr.

It never means that a kaafir or a person who has 99 beliefs of kufr and one belief of Imaan should be proclaimed a Mu’min.

Consider the following example: A man subscribes to the following beliefs:

  1. He believes in the Christian doctrine of trinity.
  1. He believes in the Hindu doctrine of reincarnation.
  1. He believes that Hajj is no longer Fardh.
  1. He believes that Zakaat is out-dated and modern taxation is a better substitute.
  1. He believes that Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was a Nabi, but there will be Prophets after him.
  1. He believes that Mirza Gulam Ahmad of Qadian was a Nabi.
  1. He believes that all religions, even Buddhism and Hinduism in their present idolatrous forms are true paths leading to Allah Ta’ala.
  1. He believes that the present bible and Jewish scripture are the true Injeel and Tauraah revealed to Nabi Isaa (alayhis salaam) and Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).
  1. He does not believe in Resurrection and Qiyaamah
  1. He performs the five daily Fardh Salaat facing the Qiblah.


Is this man a Muslim? This person is a notorious kaafir. His 1% of ‘Imaan’ (performing the five Fardh Salaat) will not save him from the everlasting perdition of Jahannum.

No one will accept this person to be a Muslim solely on the basis of performing Salaat. If a person subscribes to 99% of Islam but has in him just 1% of Sareeh Kufr, he will be branded a kaafir.

Thus, despite believing in all the fundamentals of Islam and accepting all the practices of the Deen, a man who does not believe in the Finality of the Nubuwwat of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), or he does not believe

in Qiyaamah, or he does not believe in the five daily Salaat, then notwithstanding his 99% of ‘Islam’, he will be proclaimed a kaafir. The misunderstood statement of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) applies to an ambiguous statement uttered by a Muslim.

If out of 100 possibilities of the statement being kufr, there is just one valid possibility of this statement not being kufr, then he will be given the benefit of doubt and he will not be labelled a kaafir. Most people have misunderstood this statement.


Source _ Awake