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Are Muslims Required to Hate Non-Muslims?!



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Dec 13, 2017


Is it true that Muslims are required to hate all non-Muslims? I saw a YouTube video where a man with Islamic dress said Muslims are supposed to hate all non-Muslims with all their heart, even their own family! Is this true?!




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Short Answer: Of course not. Though there are some who believe this, the Quran does not tell us to unconditionally hate people of other faiths and backgrounds. The Quran is very explicit that we are to treat all people, regardless of their faith, with respect and kindness.

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Dr. Yasir Qadhi from Al-Maghrib Institute addresses this question in the video below.

Transcript: So, there are some people out there that take some verses in the Quran and their position that they extract from these verses is that it’s a point of theology for them that we have to hate people who don’t believe in Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), who don’t believe in the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa salaam).

This is their perspective and this is a well-known doctrine in some theological sects of Islam.

It is my humble contention, and actually the position of the majority of scholars of Islam, that that is simply incorrect.

The Quran does not tell us, the Quran does not preach a generic hatred of everybody else.

In fact, quite the contrary! There are explicit verses that clearly demonstrate that it is natural, it is completely normal to have positive feelings towards those that are good to you.

In fact, in one of the most powerful verses in the Quran that’s addressed to the Prophet (SAW).

Allah tells him… {recites verse in Arabic}. This verse (28:56) translates as “You’re not going to guide those whom you love. Rather Allah guides those whom He wills.”

And this is well known that this verse was revealed at the death of the uncle of the Prophet (SAW), Abu Talib, and our Prophet (SAW) was greatly grieved that his uncle did not accept islam, that towards the end he did not accept islam and he died still believing in the idols.

And Allah says, ‘You cannot guide those whom you love.’ And the Arabic word is “bebeto” which is “hope.”

And, therefore, this verse clearly demonstrates that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had hope for his uncle who was not a Muslim.

And so how can anybody claim that Islam tells us to preach or preaches that we have to hate people of other faiths?

Quite the contrary: Allah is very explicit in the Quran that even if your parents are idol worshippers, they’re forcing you to to worship their false gods, don’t worship those gods but treat them with the utmost respect, with the utmost good treatment.

And it’s natural that children are gonna have love for their parents, regardless of the beliefs of their parents.

Therefore, in a nutshell, no the Quran does not tell us to unconditionally hate people of other faiths and backgrounds and insha’Allah, we’ll talk more about this in my class, no doubt.”

I hope this answered your question!


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