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Does the Term “Ahlul-Kitab” Still Apply Today?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I frequently hear the term “Ahlul-Kitab”. Does this term apply to the Jews and Christians of today with their gross violations of all the divine rules and teachings imbedded in the revealed books? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Sheikh Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjid
Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Ahlul-Kitab or People of the Book consist of both believers and disbelievers, as indicated in theIn another Fatwa, Sheikh Al-Munajjid adds:
The Christians and the Jews of the People of the Book in our times are indeed those referred to in the texts of Shari`ah, in both the Qur'an and Sunnah, as “Ahlul-Kitab. They are to be reckoned as unbelievers just as they were in the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). They are the people of the corrupted