I have watched a Turkish TV show/movie that might have been talking a little bit about علمانية (secularism), however some funny things happened in this show (stuff that has nothing to do with Kufr), and I laughed at it. Do I agree with the kufr in this case or not, as I know what I did has nothing to do with Kufr.

First of all because I wasn't laughing at Kufr, and let's say I laughed at something that is Kufr I don't have to agree with it when I laugh. I searched many fatwas on Islamweb, Islamqa, and I sent questions to a few scholars, but I haven't gotten an answer yet. I always like to ask because if I didn't I keep having "waswas" (doubts).

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    You do not become kafir by laughing at something that is kurf or non Islamic.
    – muslim1
    Jan 9, 2013 at 17:58
  • yeah unless if you agree it right? Jan 9, 2013 at 18:38

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Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief... except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah , and for them is a great punishment - Al Nahl - 106

I am quite sure that you have not opened your breast to disbelief in this case.

However we must take care so much about our belief, because disbelief approaches us in a very hard to detect way:

قال رسول الله (صلی الله علیه و آله و سلم): دبیب الشرک فی امتّی کدبیب النملة السوداء علیٰ الصخرة الصماء فی اللیلة الظلماء

The Holy Prophet (PBUH): Creeping of Shirk in my [Muslim] nation is infidelity more hidden than the creeping of black ant on a black rock in the pitch-darkness of the night. Reference

  • How about .. if my friend called me "magican " , ( HE was mocking me ) , then I laughed @ him is that kufr or not , and it's also important to say that I didn't agree that and I've never say to him that "Yes I am " , and he said it in a pretty funny , if you can answer in Arabic answer me because I am Arabian , I am from Jordan Jan 10, 2013 at 11:10
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    @Fuadkhattab Personally I don't suppose the simple friendly conversations that are not changing our beliefs Kurf.
    – Ali
    Jan 10, 2013 at 11:53

While there will be strict scholars who readily declare disbelief, there's many high-level scholars who declare that intention is required for disbelief (see below). A chuckle at the TV would not suffice unless you were intentionally mocking God's laws.

1. Al-Azhar University prepared The Response (pdf, URL), which states:

Accordingly, a Muslim must not rush into making an accusation of disbelief against someone who rules against God’s laws, be it an individual, a society, or a country, until s/he has made sure that their ruling stems from disbelief, or mockery. Such decisions are based on intentions that are often hidden and not explicitly stated [i.e. within governments or groups] and the reasons for them are rarely announced.

2. In the Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi, a large number of scholars worldwide endorsed a document in response to ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi's behavior. They write:

... disbelief requires the intention of disbelief, and not just absentminded words or deeds

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