Rules Related to Befriending Non-Muslims

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What is the view of Islam towards friendship with followers of different religions
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Praise be to Allah; Reply for this question would be the same as the reply to question #23325. In addition, the following should be noted:
  • We should differentiate between good treatment of non-Muslims and befriending them.
  • We should differentiate between establishing a relationship with a non-Muslim for the purpose of da’wah (i.e. teaching him and inviting him to Islam) and befriending him for no valid Islamic purpose.
  • We should differentiate between establishing a relationship with a non-Muslim for trading and/or education reasons and befriending him, as friendship would mean deeper feeling of affection and fondness, comradeship, and being influenced by him.
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