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The Qur'an instructs the Muslim to be one who is upright, of good moral character and to be ambassador of good faith to people of other faiths (contrary to the doctrine of the radicalists minority)

From: The Wahhabi Myth ( www.thewahhabimyth.com )

Relations With the People of the Book

Regardless of these matters of belief, Allaah orders the final Nation to speak in a respectful manner towards those who had received the scripture before them:

“And argue not with the People of the Book, unless it be in (a way) that is better, except with such of them as do wrong, and say (to them): ‘We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you; our God and your God is One, and to Him we
have submitted (as Muslims).’”
[29:46]

All of the texts from the Qur‘aan and the Sunnah teach the Muslims to act in the best and most just manner with all non-Muslims, whether it be in times of peace or war:

“O you who Believe! Stand out firmly for Allaah as just witnesses; and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just; that is nearer to piety; and fear and keep your duty to Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.” [5:8]

The injustice Muslims face today by errant foreign policies is not hidden from anyone. Nevertheless, even though the Muslims are living in trying times, Islaam still commands that the Muslims deal justly with non-Muslims. This is because the Muslim must believe that he or she is following a divine set of laws and principles by which they are guided, as opposed to being bumped around by whatever is deemed to be the latest self-benefit or national-interest. Consequently, the Muslim Nation has been commanded to firstly concern themselves with rectifying their own errors before looking for others to blame and complain about.


“O you who believe! Guard your own selves. If you follow right guidance, no harm will come to you from those who are in error. The return of you all is to Allaah, then He will inform you about
that which you used to do.”
[5:105]

Hence, the Muslim Nation is faced with the difficult issue of resolving all of their complex and compounded problems without allowing the enmity and hatred of others to impede them from acting justly. These commands to act justly are found within the texts of Islaam, and this is the belief of the orthodox Salafees of yesteryear.[1] The present day Salafee scholars, such as the likes of the late Muhammad Ibn Saalih al- ‘Uthaymeen of ‘Unayzah, Saudi Arabia, also affirm this orthodox belief. Prior to his passing away, this great mainstay of the Muslim Nation gave some advice to a Salafee community in the British city of Birmingham,[2] via tele-link from Saudi Arabia. Speaking about several different topics, he had the following advice for the Salafee youth of Great Britain regarding interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims:

Salafees Reject Treacherous Behaviour

“...Likewise I invite you to have respect for those people who have the right that they should be respected,[3] from those between you and whom there is an agreement. For the land in which you are living is such that there is an agreement between you and them. If this were not the case, they would have killed you or expelled you. So preserve this agreement, and do not prove treacherous to it, since treachery is a sign of the Hypocrites, and it is not from the way of the Believers.

And know that it is authentically reported from the Prophet that he said, “Whoever kills one who is under an agreement of protection will not smell the fragrance of Paradise.”[4]

Do not be deceived by the sayings of the foolish people who say, ‘Those people are not Muslims, so their wealth is lawful for us.’ For by Allaah - this is a lie; a lie about Allaah’s Religion, and a lie that Islaamic societies (hold this to be true).

So we may not say that it is lawful to be treacherous towards people whom we have an agreement with. O my brothers. O youth. O Muslims. Be truthful in your buying and selling, and renting, and leasing, and in all mutual transactions. Because truthfulness is from the characteristics of the Believers, and Allaah - the Most High - has commanded truthfulness - in the saying of Allaah - the Most High:

“O you who believe - fear and keep your duty to Allaah,and be with the truthful.” [9:119]

And the Prophet encouraged truthfulness and said, “Adhere to truthfulness, because truthfulness leads to goodness, and goodness leads to Paradise; and a person will continue to be truthful, and strive to be truthful, until he will be written down with Allaah as a truthful person.”

And he warned against falsehood, and said, “Beware of falsehood, because falsehood leads to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Fire.[5] And a person will continue lying and striving to lie until he is written down with Allaah as a great liar.”[6]

O my brother Muslims. O youth. Be true in your sayings with your brothers, and with those non-Muslims whom you live along with - so that by your actions, you will be inviters to the religion of Islaam - in reality. And indeed, how many people first entered into Islaam because of the behaviour and manners of the Muslims, and their truthfulness, and their being true in their dealings.”[7]


These are the words and teachings of the orthodox scholars of Islaam who stringently adhere to the way of the Prophet (May Allaah Raise his Rank and Grant him Peace) and his Companions. This is an example of how they advise the Muslim Nation to deal amongst themselves and with others.

However, if a person from amongst the People of the Book wishes to find fault in the creed of Islaam, we are instructed to say the like of the following verse:

“Say (to them, O Muhammad), “O People of the Book: Let us come to a word that is just between us and you; that we worship none but Allaah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allaah.[8] Then if they turn away, say: ‘Bear witness that we are of those who submit themselves (to Allaah).’”[9] [3:64]

Allaah does not order the Muslims to try to unify the religions by creating a religious cocktail. Instead, He orders the Muslims to calmly, politely and firmly appeal to the rational intellect of any individual who engages him in a discussion. Failing this, He commands the Muslim to remain firmly upon the belief which he or she holds, and to clarify the essence of Islaam in a final statement, “Then if they turn away, say: ‘Bear witness that we are of those who submit themselves (to Allaah).’”

Endnotes:
[1] On August 22, 2001, the Los Angeles Times printed an article called “Terrorism Is at Odds With Islamic Tradition” which stated that “The Islamic juristic tradition…has exhibited unmitigated hostility toward terror as a means of political resistance.
Classical Muslim jurists…were uncompromisingly harsh toward rebels who used what the jurists described as stealth attacks and, as a result, spread terror. Muslim jurists considered terrorist attacks against unsuspecting and defenseless victims as heinous and immoral crimes, and treated the perpetrators as the worst type of criminals.
Under the category of crimes of terror, the classical jurists included abductions, poisoning of water wells, arson, attacks against wayfarers and travelers, assaults under the cover of night and rape. For these crimes, regardless of the religious or political convictions of the perpetrators, Muslim jurists demanded the harshest penalties, including death. Most important, Muslim jurists held that the penalties are the same whether the perpetrator or victim is Muslim or non-Muslim. It is because of this tradition that pre-modern terrorists had become so notorious in Islamic history.
Some Islamists today argue that the only effective way of resisting oppression or occupation is through terrorism and, therefore, it has become a necessary evil. But this type of unprincipled and opportunistic logic is not supported by the rigorous classical heritage.
Modern Muslim terrorist groups are more rooted in national liberation ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries than they are in the Islamic tradition. Although these terrorist groups adopt various theological justifications for their behavior, their ideologies, symbolism, language and organizational structure reflect the influence of the anti-colonial struggle of the developing world. For instance, the groups often use expressions such as hizb (party), tahrir (liberation), taqrir al-masir (self-determination), harakah (movement), al-kawadir al-fa’alah (the active cadres) or harb muqaddasa (holy struggle). These expressions are imported from national liberation struggles against colonialism and did not emerge from the Islamic heritage. In short, modern Muslim terrorism is part of the historical legacy of colonialism and not the legacy of Islamic law. According to the Islamic juristic tradition, terrorists would have no quarter.”

[2] They are: Salafi Publications. This centre has been at the forefront of clarifying the Salafee methodology to English speakers. They can be contacted through their website at www.salafipublications.com .
[3] Regarding relations with non-Muslims, Allaah said:

“Allaah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allaah loves those who are just.” [60:8]

[4] Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 3166).
[5] Anas Ibn Maalik reported that the Prophet (May Allaah Raise his Rank and Grant him Peace) said: “On the Day of Resurrection, a person from the people of the Fire who enjoyed the worldy life most will be brought and dipped in the Fire once. Then he will be asked: ‘O Son of Adam, did you ever see any goodness? Did you ever experience any enjoyment?’ He will reply, ‘By Allaah no, I never experienced any enjoyment, my Lord.’
A person from the people of Paradise who suffered most in the world will be brought and dipped into Paradise once. He will then be asked: ‘O Son of Adam, did you ever see any suffering? Did you ever experience any hardship?’ He will reply: ‘By Allaah, no my Lord, I never experienced any suffering, neither did I see any hardship.’” (Reported by Muslim (no. 2807))
[6] Authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 4071).
[7] Shaykh al-’Uthaymeen on Interacting With non-Muslims in Western Countries, Tele-link (28th July 2000, Birmingham UK); Article ID : LSC010001 ( www.salafipublications.com ).
[8] By believing in and obeying religious and state leaders who take it upon themselves to legislate a new religion, as if they themselves were the Lord of the worlds. They declare forbidden things to be permissible, and permissible things to be forbidden, while directing people to believe in false things.
[9] Those who submit themselves (to Allaah) are termed Muslims in Arabic. Hence, the verse reads: “Then if they turn away, say: ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims.’”<br><br>Post edited by: islaam.ca admin, at: 2007/01/23 01:42

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