Qn no 20: What type of relations Islam allows Muslims to have with the non-Muslims ?

Dated 28 Feb 2010- 14 Rabi al Awwal 1431 

Qn no 20: What type of relations Islam allows Muslims to have with the non-Muslims (Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Pagans, Scientologists, Zoroastrians, etc. etc)?

A Muslim can ……..                   [Choose most appropriate from below]

1]……………have extremely close relations with all non-Muslims (Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Pagans, Scientologists, Zoroastrians, etc. etc) because they are also humans. A Muslim cares for all humans and does not hate any human. A Muslim can become so close to the non-Muslims that he eats, drinks, dresses and behaves just like them even if those ways are against the codes of Islam. He comes so near to his non- Muslim friends that he starts trusting them. Then this trust expands to the extent that he starts to share his, big and small or important and unimportant, difficulties and secrets with the non- Muslim friends and starts taking their advise on them which may go against the rules of Allah.

2]…………not have any relations with non-Muslims, no friendly ties, no business, nothing at all the only exceptions are Jews and Christians (people of the book). A Muslim must trust only a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew, no one else. A Muslim can have friendship, business ties etc. etc. only with a Muslim or people of the book. The company of a Naturalist, Ancestral, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Pagan, Scientologist, Zoroastrian, etc. etc will damage the ethics, morals and religion of a Muslim.

3]…………have friendship and business with non-Muslims (Jews, Christians, Naturalist, Ancestral, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Pagans, Scientologists, Zoroastrians, etc. etc) provided that the Muslim dresses, eats, drinks, behaves and does business only according to Islam. With non-Muslims, including people of the book, a Muslim deals with honesty and justice. When in company of non-Muslims a Muslim exhibits good morals (helpfulness, charity etc, etc.) and good personality (truthful, trustworthy etc, etc.) as taught by Islam. A Muslim remains a good Muslim and does not start copying the different ways of non-Muslims. No matter which type of a non-Muslim the Muslim meets, what the non-Muslim eats and how the non-Muslim does the business, a Muslim remains a good Muslim, practicing his own Muslim ethics, etiquettes and morals as taught by Quran and Sunnah. A Muslim plans & works to make Allah happy. A Muslim must never have extremely close relations with any non-Muslim including Jews and Christians. Relations so close enough that the Muslim starts sharing his big or small, important or unimportant secrets with the non-Muslim. And therefore unwittingly allowing his non-Muslim friends to give their non-Muslim views and opinions about the Muslim’s day to day likes and dislikes. This way the naive Muslim may let his non-Muslim friend to jeopardize his own Muslim decisions about his own life because we all know our friends exert a lot of moral or immoral pressure on us. Taking advice from a non- Muslim is discouraged because a non- Muslim’s advice may go against the teachings of Allah and His messenger.

 4]………….all of the above.

5]………….some of the above.

6]………….none of the above.

Answer no 20 is Option……3] A Muslim can have friendship and business with non-Muslims (Jews, Christians, Naturalist, Ancestral, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Pagans, Scientologists, Zoroastrians, etc. etc) provided that the Muslim dresses, eats, drinks, behaves and does business only according to Islam. With non-Muslims, including people of the book, a Muslim deals with honesty and with justice. When in company of non-Muslims a Muslim exhibits good morals (helpfulness, charity etc, etc.) and good personality (truthful, trustworthy etc, etc.) as taught by Islam. A Muslim remains a good Muslim and does not start copying the different ways of non-Muslims. No matter which kind (Jews, Christians, Naturalist, Ancestral, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Pagans, Scientologists, Zoroastrians, etc. etc) of a non-Muslim the Muslim meets, what the non-Muslim eats and how the non-Muslim does the business, a Muslim remains a good Muslim, practicing his own Muslim ethics, etiquettes and morals as taught by Quran and Sunnah. A Muslim plans & works to make Allah happy. A Muslim must never have extremely close relations with any non-Muslim including Jews and Christians. Relations so close enough that the Muslim starts sharing his big or small, important or unimportant secrets with the non-Muslim. And therefore unwittingly allowing his non-Muslim friends to give their non-Muslim views and opinions about the Muslim’s day to day likes and dislikes. This way the naive Muslim may let his non-Muslim friend to jeopardize his own Muslim decisions about his own life because we all know our friends exert a lot of moral or immoral pressure on us. Taking advice from a non-Muslim in the matters of Muslim way of life is discouraged because a non- Muslim’s advice may go against the teachings of Allah and His messenger.

Thanks for being with me. May Allah make it easier for us to be good Muslims. Ameen.

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