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Recently when I travelled to the Maldives , the customs people did not allow me to carry my Bible or prayer book (Christian) rosary(prayer beads) into the country. You sat that Islam is a tolerant religion therefore please explain.

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Recently when I travelled to the Maldives , the customs people did not allow me to carry my Bible or prayer book (Christian) rosary(prayer beads) into the country. You sat that Islam is a tolerant religion therefore please explain.

 

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Maldives islam tolerant


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 none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Respected brother in humanity, even in a perfect Islamic State which follows Shariah Law, it would be absolutely legal and permissible for the followers of other faiths to practice their own religion and perform their religious rites as they wish and please.

 

It would only be prudence and intelligence to study the religion or Laws of Islam and then judge the actions of the people who call themselves muslims or muslim nations rather than look at ones experiences with an individual muslim or an individual muslim nation and blame the religion of Islam for their shortcomings!

 

If an over-zealous immigration officer prohibited you from taking your religious books or prayer beads into his country, the shortcoming is in that person or even maybe in the laws of that specific countrynot the religion of Islam.

 

For one to blame Islam of intolerance just because one person or one nation chose to stop one of another faith taking his religious articles into their country would be as much intelligence and wisdom if I were to blame Christianity of intolerance if I was frisked or thoroughly investigated by a US or UK custom officer only because I happened to have a muslim name, or adorned a beard, or was carrying a copy of the Quran!

 

Thus brother, prudence would be to study the laws of a faith and judge those who claim to follow that faith, rather than judge a faith by the actions of an individual who claims to follow that faith.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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