Hate people who commit shirk
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
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Are we justified in hating Christians and for that matter any non-muslims (Jews, Hindus etc) because of the difference in our beleifs. It seems there are are verses in Quran that ask us to hate people who are making shirk with Allah SWT
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Hate people who commit shirk
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Islam does not allow the believers to hate someone simply because of the difference in their beliefs. Allah Subhanah Himself is the Creator of all mankind; and He, in His Supreme and Infinite Wisdom and Knowledge created everything that exists.
Allah says in the Holy Quran: Chapter 49 Surah Hujurat verse 13:O mankind, We created you from one man and one woman, and then divided you into nations and tribes so that you may recognize one another. Indeed, the most honorable among you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most pious of you. Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
He it is Who gave human beings the faculty of intelligence and the free will for a limited time as a test, to choose whatever path he wishes to take for his salvation. If the person uses his intelligence, and of his own free will chooses to follow the guidance chosen and revealed by Allah Subhanah, he passes the test of life. If the individual denies the guidance revealed by Allah, and formulates any other path other than the path chosen by Allah, he fails in the test. No one can be forced to believe the person has to exercise his own intelligence and his free will in determining the path of truth.
Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2:He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.
The Quran does warn the believers about some people who will hate them for their beliefs. It specifically says that they are the ones who will hold enmity with the believers, rather than the other way around. And the history of mankind is sufficient proof of this Truth from the Lord of the Worlds!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 82:You (the believers) will find that the most hostile of all people in their enmity to the Believers are the Jews and the mushriks (polytheists); and you will find that the nearest in friendliness to the Believers are those who say, We are Christians. This is because there are among them some pious scholars and monks, and because they are free from pride.
Yes, the Quran does say that one should not take as close friends those dis-believers who fight against the believers in the matter of the deen. But taking them as close friends is one thing, and having enmity with them is another. Nowhere does the Quran say that the believers are to hate, or hold enmity, or oppress, or break atrocities on someone, just because his beliefs are different from Islam. The Quran always guides towards justice and equal well being of all mankind; whether their beliefs are same as the believers or different.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 60 Surah Mumtahinah verses 8-9:Allah does not forbid you to treat kindly and act equitably towards those who have neither fought you in the matter of religion, nor driven you out of your homes. Indeed, Allah loves those who are just. He only forbids you to take for friends those who have fought you in the matter of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and have co-operated with others in your expulsion. Those who take them for friends are indeed the wrongdoers.
It is the duty of every believer to be kind, equitable and just to all mankind. The Quran was revealed as a Mercy and Blessing for mankind, not to sow enmity between people! If one truly obeys, follows and acts according to the principles of the Quran towards the disbelievers, it is expected that the person will be inclined towards the high morals of the believer and might recognize the Truth of Islam. Only if we are kind, equitable and just according to the clear guidance and teachings of the Quran, will we ever be able to invite those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Messenger (saws) to this beautiful deen of Islam.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,