In the Holy Qur'an, two categories of people are addressed in various verses: the believers and the disbelievers. Do the disbelievers include People of the Book, e.g. Christians and Jews?

Here is an example:

enter image description here Sahih International But if you do not - and you will never be able to - then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers.

  • are you talking about the word kafir because this word can even be adressed to muslims who do not follow religion correctly
    – NesreenA
    Sep 10 '12 at 6:37
  • @NesreenA: Maybe. But I don't speak Arabic so I cant tell.
    – Noah
    Sep 10 '12 at 6:46
  • No, the Qur'an mentions "people of the book" and they are considered different than the disbelievers. I don't have time to make this a complete answer, sorry. If nobody answers it by tomorrow, I will.
    – user206
    Sep 12 '12 at 2:00

No it does not, the people of the book (Jews and Christians) originally were believers. There are those who believed and those who disbelieved. Those who believed are the ones who have no fear or sadness and will have their reward.

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَٱلَّذِينَ هَادُواْ وَٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰ وَٱلصَّـٰبِـِٔينَ مَنۡ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلۡأَخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَـٰلِحً۬ا فَلَهُمۡ أَجۡرُهُمۡ عِندَ رَبِّهِمۡ وَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡہِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُونَ (٦٢)

Those who believe (in the Qur'an) and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in Allah and the Last Day and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (62)

Surah Bakarah Ayah 62

But those who disbelieve as Allah has said in Surah Al Baiynah Ayah 6 are the worst of creatures:

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِنۡ أَهۡلِ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ وَٱلۡمُشۡرِكِينَ فِى نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيہَآ‌ۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمۡ شَرُّ ٱلۡبَرِيَّةِ (٦)

Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures. (6)

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