If someone was born a Christian, but decides that God doesn't exist, Jesus was an ordinary human being, and that the Holy Spirit doesn't exist, and becomes an atheist, are they still perceived as Christians by Muslims?

Someone tweeted today

Atheists who've repeatedly insulted Christians draw a cartoon of Muhammad, so Muslims burn down churches. Go figure. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30863159

and I wanted to know if the categories of "Christians" and "Atheists" make sense.

Related question: In Islam, is Atheism considered a religion?

  • Also related: islam.stackexchange.com/q/9407/2469
    – Daniel
    Jan 18, 2015 at 0:39
  • there's a big difference between believing in God and following a religion. same thing between a non-muslim faith and atheism. I wouldn't go by Zoli's argument. my personal thoughts though - i'm not an expert. Jan 19, 2015 at 8:12
  • It's worth mentioning that those people are just a few- regardless of how Islam views them, not everyone is going to view ex-Christian atheists as Christians and not everyone is going to care about the distinction. Jan 20, 2015 at 16:28

2 Answers 2


We don't believe anyone is born a Christian, or even a Muslim, or a Jew. We believe everyone is born upon something called a "fitra."

It's how the child is raised that becomes his way, but he/she has been given an intellect to choose what they want and are held responsible.

So if a child is raised Christian, and accepts Christianity willingly, thereafter becomes an Atheist, then he/she is considered an Atheist and not from the People of the Book.


Even worse: They are considered as atheists!

Atheism is not a religion. Muslims consider atheists as people denying Allah, the great, and His Prophet.

This is worse than any other religion.

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    Do you have any references to back this up? Jan 18, 2015 at 8:00
  • My answer is self explanatory.
    – zoli
    Jan 18, 2015 at 23:03
  • OK. Read Quran, 8th verse, 12 paragraph.
    – zoli
    Jan 18, 2015 at 23:19
  • Al-Anfal (12) That is because they opposed Allah and His messenger. Whoso opposeth Allah and His messenger, (for him) lo! Allah is severe in punishment.
    – zoli
    Jan 18, 2015 at 23:35
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    @zoli, atheists don't "oppose" Allah. You can't oppose something you believe doesn't exist. Jan 20, 2015 at 16:30

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