Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tolerance towards non-Muslims

In the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine there has been an increasing hate for Jewish people. Many young Muslims in South Africa may not even have the slightest clue as to what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about, yet they use it as the basis for their hatred towards Jews. I was out with friends a few times and a group of Jewish men walked past... they instantly through negative comments around about Jewish people. When i asked them why they were saying such stuff, they were angered and replied "Don't you know what they doing to our Muslim brothers and sisters" This made me quite upset. Yes, it is a given that our Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine are being killed and brutally attacked by the Israelites. But what about the Muslims who oppress the Muslims, what about the Taliban who deny women of the divine rights ordained by Allah (s.w.t). Did we ever start hating Muslims because of extremist groups such as the Taliban, no we didn't. We have simply asked Allah to give them Hidayaat (guidance). So why the need to hate Jewish people. Don't we know the teachings of Islam?

There is a story of the Prophet Muhammad who had a Jewish neighbour. She would throw her rubbish at him everyday. There was one day when she did not come out to throw the rubbish at him. The Prophet (s.a.w) knocked on her door to ask about her, only to find she was ill. The lady then felt quite ashamed at throwing the rubbish at him. She then uttered the words la ilaha il llAllah,Muhammed rasool Allah'' there is no false gods except Allah,Muhammed is the messenger of Allah.
Verily Allah knows best.

“Verily Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from dealing kindly and justly with them. Indeed, God loves those who act justly. God only forbids you from those who fight you because of religion and expel you from your homes and aid in your expulsion – (forbids) that you make allies of them. And whoever makes allies of them, then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (Qur’an 60:8-9)

This is proof from the Quran that we should not hate non-Muslims who have done nothing wrong to us. A Jewish man walking down the road or a Hindu lady standing next to you in the shopping market does not deserve your harsh comments and criticism. By showing non-Muslims that we as Muslims are tolerant towards them it portrays Islam in a positive light.

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