Kufr bi Taghut is necessary and it is a condition for the correctness of Imaan, and the Muslim is Ordered with it and no believer would argue with that.
However problems arise when we put this matter in other than its place and it is placed on the one whom it is not allowed to be paced upon, or it is given an incorrect meaning which differs with the Shariah and its rules and then this leads to excessiveness or negligence.
And the saying that the ruling on the Muslims as a whole today is kufr and that whoever doesnt make takfeer of them he is also a kaffir, no scholar have said this, rather no Muslim with a sound mind who cares about his Deen says this. But it is from the sayings and beliefs of the khwaarij and extremists of this time.
And the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam said in a Saheeh hadeeh Whoever prays as we pray, turns to face the same Qiblah as us and eats our slaughtered animals, that is a Muslim. and is under Allah’s and His Apostle’s protection. (Al Bukhari)
And there is ijma of the people of knowlege that if a man enters into Islam then he is judged with Islam if he pronounces the Shahadaah of Tahweed, or if is seen to pray the prayers even if it is not known that he ratified (the shahaadah) with his tongue.
Al Qurtubi said in his Book “Al Jammi” (8/207): Imaan is not achieved except with La illaha ilallah and not with other than it from the sayings and actions, except the Salat. Ishaaq Ibn Ruwayyah said: There is ijma upon the salat for something for which there is no ijma for the rest of the Shariah, that is because they said that whoever is known by kufr then he is seen praying in its time many prayers and even if it is not known from him that he has ratified the shahaadah with his tounge, he is still judged with Imaan”
And the problem with those extremists, is that they do not distinguish between the degree with which a man enters Islam and the degree with which the ruling of Islam continues upon him and that degree which raises the sword from him during the battle.
At that with which a man (is judged to have) entered Islam is the Shahaadah of Tawheed and also like that the establishment of the Prayer, like what has preceeded.
And that level with which he continues in Islam, is that he protects the Prayer (continues to pray) and its not known of him that he has fallen into a nullifer from the nullifiers of Imaan and Tawheed.
And that level with which the sword is raised from him during battle is that he says a statement which indicates that he wants to enter into Islam such as “sabat”(I have come out of one religion to another) or “Assalam alaykum” or “I am from you” or other similar such statements. And these statements do not enter the one who says them into Islam, but they do raise the sword off him during the battle until he knows the correct words which enter him into Islam.
And so we find that the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam forbade Khalid Ibn Al Waleed radiallahu anhu when Khalid killed those soldiers who said “We have come out of one religion to another” and they wanted to say that they have accepted Islam, but their expression was not good and so they said “we have come out of one religion to another” and Khalid Radiallahu anhu did not accept it from them and he killed them, and the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam forbade this and made baraa from his action and he said “Oh Allah I am innocent from what Khalid has done” two times and ordered to pay the blood money.
And Allah Allah said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا ضَرَبْتُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَتَبَيَّنُوا وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَنْ أَلْقَىٰ إِلَيْكُمُ السَّلَامَ لَسْتَ مُؤْمِنًا تَبْتَغُونَ عَرَضَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا فَعِندَ اللَّهِ مَغَانِمُ كَثِيرَةٌ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ كُنتُم مِّن قَبْلُ فَمَنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكُمْ فَتَبَيَّنُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًا
O you who believe! When you go (to fight) in the Cause of Allah, verify (the truth), and say not to anyone who greets you (by embracing Islam): “You are not a believer”; seeking the perishable goods of the worldly life. There are much more profits and booties with Allah. Even as he is now, so were you yourselves before till Allah conferred on you His Favours (i.e. guided you to Islam), therefore, be cautious in discrimination. Allah is Ever Well-Aware of what you do.
Surat An Nisa 4:94
And Allah orderdered the verification and establishment of the one who gives salam to the Muslims and Mujahideen during battle and not to fight and kill them so as to verify if they are Believers or if they want to enter into Islam. However still it is not said this indicares that salam is a subsitute for the Shahaadah of tawheed.
And like this it is not from Islam whatsoever, not to accept the Islam of a person except after he informs you of his Aqeeah or he is known to hold specific beliefs or say specific things. And this is not from the Deen of Allah at all and no scholar has ever said this, but rather it is from the sayings of Ahlul Biddah and it is a deviation and misguidance.
الشيخ عبدالله الغليفى