Is It Wrong to Respect Other Religions?

12 December, 2016
Q As-Salamu alaykum. Is it wrong if a Muslim respects other religions?


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

As Muslims, we ought to respect all religions in their pristine form as revealed by Allah. The Qur’an reiterates the fact that God has blessed every nation by sending prophets and messengers proclaiming the perennial message of Divine Oneness: Worship one and only God and renounce false gods.

The Qur’an further teaches that the messengers spoke to people in their own languages. Moreover, every single prophet also taught people to pray, to be charitable, to observe fast, to establish justice and compassion, and to command good and strive to rid society of vices and corruption.

Therefore, a Muslim should find common ground with all great religious traditions; for all of them in one form or another contain the above essential teachings. For sure, the symbols and forms are different; however, the soul and spirit is the same.

If there is a single phrase to sum up the message of all religious traditions, it is the golden rule: Love God and love your neighbor or put differently love God’s creation.

Having said this, a Muslim can never tolerate the corruption and exploitation that have crept into various religions whereby a priestly class or classes play gods and pose themselves as gods or incarnations or intermediaries in worship.

However, while preaching against them we need to observe wisdom. The Qur’an tells us that we are not supposed to revile or mock them.

Allah Almighty knows best.