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

Gifting the Holy Quran to a non-Muslim

 Gifting the Holy Quran to a non-Muslim

If one is sure that the non-Muslim will respect the Holy Quran and not disrespect it in any way, then the Holy Quran can be gifted to them.  At the same time, they should be informed that they should read it after bathing and purifying themselves.

As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri:

قَالَ أَبُو حَنِيفَةَ رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى : أُعَلِّمُ النَّصْرَانِيَّ الْفِقْهَ وَالْقُرْآنَ لَعَلَّهُ يَهْتَدِي ، وَلَا يَمَسُّ الْمُصْحَفَ ، وَإِنْ اغْتَسَلَ ثُمَّ مَسَّ لَا بَأْسَ ، كَذَا فِي الْمُلْتَقَطِ

Translation: Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah shower His mercy on him) said:  I consider teaching the Holy Quran to Christians and Jews as permissible.  It may be that they accept the guidance.  However they shouldn’t touch the Holy Quran.  If they touch it after bathing, then there is no problem.[1] 

From this we know that it is permissible to teach the Holy Quran to non-Muslims and if there is a danger of disrespect of the Holy Quran, then a copy of the Holy Quran shouldn’t be gifted to them as the respect of the Holy Quran should be maintained at all times.

[1] Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol. 5, Kitab Ul Karahiyya

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