Darajat

Who is a true Muslim?

إِنَّمَا ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ بِٱللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِۦ ثُمَّ لَمۡ يَرۡتَابُواْ وَجَـٰهَدُواْ بِأَمۡوَٲلِهِمۡ وَأَنفُسِهِمۡ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلصَّـٰدِقُونَ

“The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Such are the sincere.” (Al-Hujraat, 49:15, Pickthall).

Muslims are ranked in three categories called darajat. Muhsin is the highest rank. The verse from the Qur’an mentioned above talks about the Muhsin who fought alongside Prophet Muhammad. They did not doubt the message of the Qur’an or what he said in the Hadith. Though the message was equivocal, they did not doubt but strove to understand it by employing the rule of abrogation. Today’s mainstream Muslims who doubt the message of the Qur’an, especially the one pertaining to the killing of infidels and apostates, are not true Muslims according to the Qur’an and the Hadith. What happens if every Muslim becomes a Muhsin?

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