Where do Muslims such as Bareilvis and Shias stand in this respect? I have particularly included these two sects because both indulge in the Shirk of invoking God through the dead.
The Quran says:
5:5 This Day, all good food of your choice is made lawful for you. The
food of the People of the scripture is lawful for you. And your food is
lawful for them. You are permitted to marry chaste women of the People
of the scripture, (provided they do not indulge in Shirk … not associate
anyone with God 2:221). You are permitted to marry the virtuous, chaste
women among the believers and the virtuous, chaste women of those
who were given the scripture before. You must give them their marriage
portions and live with them in honor, not in fornication, nor as secret
lovers. (It must be an honest wedlock 4:24.) Anyone who rejects belief,
his work is vain and he will be among the losers in the Hereafter.
The burning question here is: Where do you find people of the book who do not associate others with God? The Christians believe Isa (S) is God (or son of God) and The Jews believe Uzair (S) is the son of God.
If we conclude that All Christians and all Jews are Mushriks, then why the need for Verse 5:5? Furthermore, why does The Quran refer The Christians and The Jews as people of the book, and not as the run of the mill Mushriks?
Another question arises: What are the Muslims divided into sects to be called? Muslims or People of the Book?
These are intelligent questions and intelligent answers are hoped for.
Peace unto you all!