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

Inviting Muslims to Islam

 Inviting Muslims to Islam

A basic responsibility of Muslims in their relations to non-Muslims is that they should be made aware of the veracity of the message of Islam.  Imam Jalaaluddin Suyuti (May Allah shower His mercy on him) has related in Tafseer Durr Al Manthur:

قال : لما نزلت هذه الآية { وأنذر عشيرتك الأقربين } « جمع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بني عبد المطلب وهم يومئذ أربعون رجلاً ..... ثم دعاهم من الغد على مثل ذلك من الطعام والشراب ، ثم بدرهم بالكلام فقال : يا بني عبد المطلب إني أنا النذير إليكم من الله والبشير ، قد جئتكم بما لم يجيء به أحد . جئتكم بالدنيا والآخرة فاسلموا تسلموا ، وأطيعوا تهتدوا » .

Translation: Imam Ibn Mardwai narrates on the authority of Hadhrat Bara'a bin A’azib (May Allah be well pleased with him) that he said:  When that verse was revealed, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) gathered all the people of the clan of Abdul Muttalib.  At that time there were 40 of them……Then the next day also the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) invited them to a feast.  Then the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) started the conversation and said:  O progeny of Abdul Muttalib!  Verily, on behalf of Allah, I have been sent as an admonisher and a giver of glad tidings to you.  Indeed, I have brought such things to you which nobody else has brought.  I have brought for you the felicity of this world and the hereafter.  You embrace Islam, you will gain security and obey, you will be granted guidance.[1] 

The relations between non-Muslims and Muslims shouldn’t be just relations but there should be an invitation to Islam in them.  By their character, Muslims should present the virtues of Islam to them.  They should be treated in such a manner that they are endeared to Islam and the desire to learn more about Islam is ignited in them.

May Almighty Allah grant us peace and solace and make us ambassadors of peace not only for our own country but also the whole world.

[1] Al Durr Al Manthur Fit Tafseeril Ma'thoor, Surah Sh’uara-214

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