Friendship with non muslims
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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Please give guidence in refrece of islamic sariyat
1) how is to make frindship ,relatin of talking and eating and seating with non muslims in office and arouned residace.
2) how is to give heip( help in the way of moneyor cloths of things or material)to non muslim its good in islam is Allah tala happie with this type of work
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Friendship with non muslims
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.
Q-1: how is to make frindship ,relatin of talking and eating and seating with non muslims in office and arouned residace.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 60 Surah Mumtahina verses 8-9:
8 Allah forbids you not with regard to those (non-muslims) who fight you not for (your) Faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just.
9 Allah only forbids you with regard to those who fight you for (your) Faith and drive you out of your homes and support (others) in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such as turn to them (in these circumstances) that do wrong.
Islam guides its followers to treat all mankind as the descendants of their common father (Prophet Adam (a.s.)) and thus all mankind are brothers-in-humanity to each other. Because Allah Subhanah has given each individual a free will and involved mankind in a test, every individual is free to choose the path he wills to lead his life.
If there is one who has, of his own free will, chosen disbelief in Allah and His Messenger (saws) as his way of life, but does not fight or harm the believers because of their faith; Islam encourages the believers to deal with such good non-muslims in the best of manners, and with kindness and justice. There is absolutely no harm and no restriction if a believer befriends them as their brothers-in-humanity, and sits and talks of what is good with them, or eats and drinks of the halaal with them.
But if one finds that the non-muslim absolutely hates and abhors Islam and the believers, and misses no opportunity to ridicule or rebuke Islam and the believers, and at every occasion is foremost in prosecuting a person only because the person has professed belief in Islam; Allah and His Messenger (saws) have guided the believers to beware of such enemies of Islam and forbidden the believers to befriend such people amongst them.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 60 Surah Mumtahina verses 1-2:
1 O ye who believe! Take not My enemies and yours as friends (or protectors) offering them (your) love even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you and have (on the contrary) driven out the Prophet and yourselves (from your homes) (simply) because ye believe in Allah your Lord! If ye have come out to strive in My Way and to seek My Good Pleasure (take them not as friends) holding secret converse of love (and friendship) with them: for I know full well all that ye conceal and all that ye reveal. And any of you that does this has strayed from the Straight Path.
2 If they were to get the better of you they would behave to you as enemies and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you for evil; and they desire that ye should reject the Truth.
Q-2: how is to give heip( help in the way of moneyor cloths of things or material)to non muslim its good in islam is Allah tala happie with this type of work
As brothers-in-humanity, even if one who has chosen disbelief as his way of life is in need of anything, Islam absolutely encourages its followers to help them in every way they can and expect their reward only from Allah Subhanah on the Day of Resurrection.
When one human being finds another in trouble, or if one is involved in an accident, or if one is sick and ill, or poor and hungry, or in need of any sort of assistance whatsoever.it is only in accordance with the teachings of Islam that the person be helped regardless of his belief, his race, his color or his position, etc. It is expected that the Merciful Lord will accept and reward the good deeds of such a believer.
If a believer feels that his friendship with a disbeliever does not take him away from the Remembrance of Allah and Islam, but there is a possibility that through this relationship one might be able to invite his friend to Islam and thus to his success in the eternal life of the Hereafter, there is absolutely no harm in developing this friendship. But if the believer feels that his friendship with the disbeliever is taking him away from the Remembrance of Allah and Islam, and there is a distinct possibility that he is being more influenced by his non-muslim friend rather than the other way around, it would be best to abstain from developing this friendship so that one does not put himself in trial in fulfilling the mission of his life, ie. success in the life of the Hereafter.
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,