Relations with non-Muslims - Teachings of the Prophet of Mercy(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.
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>> Introduction
>> Islam safeguards human rights
>> The merciful Lord Almighty
>> The extent of Allah’s mercy
>> The Prophet of mercy (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
>> Directive to treat others with mercy
>> Muslims are mercy personified
>> Muslims living in non-Muslim countries
>> Helping weak and needy non-Muslims
>> Directives to Muslims about non-Muslims
>> Command to be honest and loyal with non-Muslims
>> Treating non-Muslim parents nicely
>> Visiting sick non-Muslims
>> Social and economic rights of non- Muslims
>> Giving a gift to a non-Muslim
>> Hadhrat ‘Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him) gave gifts to non-Muslims
>> Gifting the Holy Quran to a non-Muslim
>> Using the vessels and utensils of non-Muslims
>> Hosting non-Muslims
>> Relations with non-Muslim neighbors
>> Social relations with non-Muslims
>> Exhortation to have pleasing manners
>> Being gentle with non-Muslims
>> The peace-loving nature of Muslims
>> Monetary help to non-Muslims
>> The honesty of Muslims runs the world – A confession by the Jews
>> Fair treatment of non-Muslim prisoners of war
>> The incident of Saffana bint Hatim
>> Muslims benefit the non-Islamic country in which they live
>> Prohibition of oppressing non-Muslims
>> Sanctity of the lives of non-Muslims
>> Protection of life, wealth and honor
>> The universality of Islam’s message
>> Inviting Muslims to Islam
>> Bibliography
>> Introducing Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center

Helping weak and needy non-Muslims

 Helping weak and needy non-Muslims

Almighty Allah has made the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) very gentle, affectionate and benevolent.  Those laudable attributes of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) which were described by Hadhrat Khadija Kubra (May Allah be well pleased with her) are:

إِنَّكَ لَتَصِلُ الرَّحِمَ ، وَتَحْمِلُ الْكَلَّ ، وَتَكْسِبُ الْمَعْدُومَ ، وَتَقْرِى الضَّيْفَ ، وَتُعِينُ عَلَى نَوَائِبِ الْحَقِّ

Translation: You maintain good relations with relatives, i.e. you fulfill the rights of the relatives.  You share the burden of the weak i.e. you take the burden of old, handicapped, weak non-Muslims on yourself.  You share your income with the needy and the poor.  You host guests and help those needy people who are on the path of truth.[1] 

This is about the time when all those who lived in that society were non-Muslim.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) had not yet declared His Prophethood.  He treated relatives nicely, financially helped the poor and the needy, hosted guests, helped people in difficulties.  Who were all these people?  All of them were non-Muslim.  This obviates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) treated non-Muslims with affection and helped them in their times of need.

This shows Muslims that they should treat their non-Muslim relatives nicely.  They should help those non-Muslims who are in need.  They should host non-Muslim guests and should help those non-Muslims who are facing difficulties.

[1] Sahih Bukhari, Babu Badi'l Wahi, Hadith No. 03

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