What’s the meaning of Zindeeq?
It’s meaning is Munaafiq I’tiqaadi’ (hypocrisy which expels from the religion of Islam), this is with them, then perhaps some of them define that a Zindeeq is a Munaafiq I’tiqaadi if he reveals what he has with him.
So he if he hides what is within himself of Kufr and outwardly shows Islam, he’s a Munaafiq I’tiqaadi, and if he reveals after hiding Kufr for example and begins to show some of it, some of what’s with him of affairs of Kufr even if it’s not all of it, he (still) hides some of it, they said he’s a Munaafiq I’tiqaadi, and they said Zindeeq.
And the reality is that he’s a Munaafiq I’tiqaadi, a Zindeeq is a Munaafiq I’tiqaadi.
Answered by: Shaykh, the Allamah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu Abdirrahman Yahya bin Ali Al-Hajuri – may Allah preserve him
Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi