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3 responses to “Verse 109:6 – To you, your deen; to me, my deen! (لكم دينكم و لي دين) – A slap in the face of modern ‘interfaith dialog’!

  1. Najumuddeen

    December 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Further to this explanation My sheikh explained to me is like a mother telling his child u r not studying ok wait when u r father comes I will tell him .It means she is warning the child, not okaying it Beautiful explanation I hope u could explain the verse No compulsion in the religion the verse 236 from bakra may Allah reward u my brother
    najumuddeen

     
  2. seeker_of_guidance

    January 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Salam Alaikum

    I am very worried as something happened today and it is releated to this post,
    I am a student in university and in the class i study mostly are non muslims.The speeches they do are very useless and immature and mostly not from the manners required by Islam,so i had to put a distance with them in talking and company,as i did not feel well in thier presence and their kind of talk,and my ultimate aim is to please Allah and even when i try to be polite with other people i try to do it in the way pleasing Allah azzewejelle.But today there was a gathering talking about each other which i couldn,t avoid and they asked me:” Why do you keep distance from us?Is it because you think you are better and higher than us,because you are a muslim and we are non-muslims?”I replied that i never thought it that way like looking someone as a non muslim and i am better than him.And i said that in the Holy Quran there is a surah named Al Kafirun which ends by saying to you be your religion and to me is mine so every one will be accountable for his own choice,and what i meant is that i do not look ALL people with the eye of non muslim and i do not approach to them but i meant that i tolerate their beliefe and at same time i keep distance from things i dislike .But i am in a BIG FEAR if i did kufr by quoting the ayat out of context.

    I am Hanafi in madhab JazakAllahu Khairan

    Looking forward your reply

     
    • 'Abd-Allah al-Mujaddidi al-Naqshbandi

      January 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Waleykum Salam

      Dear brother/sister:

      My advise to you is to take a ruling from a Sunni Muslim scholar who knows your language, since it is clear English is a second language for you, and maybe you did not express yourself well to me as you could in your own language, and for these kind of things, it is important that someone understand EXACTLY what was said.

      In response to your comment as I got it, I would like to say:

      ” Why do you keep distance from us?Is it because you think you are better and higher than us,because you are a muslim and we are non-muslims?”

      They are jealous of you and your iman and your confidence that you have the courage to stay away from them and their stupid ways. Their aim is that you become like them. Please see verse 120 of Surah Baqarah (2).

      I replied that i never thought it that way like looking someone as a non muslim and i am better than him.

      Brother/sister, as humans we are same in basic level, because Allah gave all of us equal chance to see the truth of Islam.

      But after that who ever accepts Islam, OF COURSE he is a much better human being and much much higher than someone who is kafir.

      It is ‘aqiidah of Ahlus Sunnah that even the worst Muslim in the world is better than all kafirs. A kafir’s “good deeds” are useless and not accepted by Allah. For good deeds to be accepted, Islam is necessary.

      Please see Surah Anfal (8) verse 55. Please also see Surah Bayyinah (98) verse 6.

      If some kafir shows his hatred for Islam & Muslims, we must behave strongly and toughly with him.

      But IF a kafir shows interest in Islam or is nice to Muslims, we can be nice to him, but this niceness should not mean that we treat him equal to us or that we honor him above us. We should be nice to him in the manner like how a king is nice to a beggar who is sitting on the street asking people for money.

      This is not about our arrogance by our personality. It is about the pride of Islam. It is a rule of Islam:

      الاسلام يعلو ولا يعلى

      In simple English, it means: Islam should be higher, not lower.

      A Muslim is a representative of Islam. So he should never treat a kafir like he treats his other Muslim brothers and sisters, or honor kafirs above himself. It is very important to hold this honor of Islam.

      I don’t know how this student spoke to you. You know better.

      Even if this student is nice and respectable to Islam and Muslims, you must not say like that in a way that shows that a king (you) is equal to a beggar on the street (kafir student). The translation of meaning of one verse of Quran says: Is the blind person equal to the one who can see? Or is the darkness equal to light? (Surah Ra’d (13), verse 16)

      A kafir is blind because he has no Islam. Ma sha Allah, Allah has given you the eyes to see the truth of Islam. Kufr is darkness. Islam is light. A kafir carries this darkness of kufr. A Muslim like you carries the light of Islam.

      If that student is nice to Muslims and takes interest in Islam, you can just say nicely something like: “I’m very busy with my studies and I don’t engage in anything other than my study. You are welcome to talk to me and ask me anything about Islam.”

      If he is not nice to Muslims and hates Islam, just ignore him and be strong in front of him. You can say, “I don’t have time for people like you” and walk away, or something like that. If you see any danger from him if you are strong to him (maybe you are a sister), then just say, “I am always busy with my studies” and avoid him.

      But it is not right to say that you think they are same like you. You are a superior person than them.

      And i said that in the Holy Quran there is a surah named Al Kafirun which ends by saying to you be your religion and to me is mine so every one will be accountable for his own choice,

      Alhamdulillah, I don’t see this as taking the verse out of context, because you said “so everyone will be accountable for his choice” and this is clear message and warning to him that if he continues on kufr, he shall face the consequences for it on the day of judgment.

      but i meant that i tolerate their beliefe

      Brother/Sister, in English please don’t say “tolerate their belief”.

      The rule of Islam is:

      رضا بالكفر كفر

      In English it means: Contentment with kufr is kufr.

      I think in your language, it would be: Kënaqësi me kufr është kufr.

      Of course you don’t mean in the sense that you are satisfied with their beliefs. Ma sha Allah, your comment shows that you hate kufr beliefs.

      I am just mentioning so that other readers also see it. Even people who speak good English use this wrong word for kufr beliefs. No Muslim “tolerates” kufr beliefs.

      It is not right to say “we tolerate their belief”. We coexist (bashkëjetoj) with them as good citizens and we denounce (dënoj) their beliefs.

      But i am in a BIG FEAR if i did kufr by quoting the ayat out of context.

      From the way you wrote your comment here in English, alhamdulillah, I don’t see that you quoted the ayah out of context. It’s context is as our old scholars told us in tafsiir as stated above. But in any case, if you wish, ask a scholar who knows your language.

      From my side, in fact I just found you first sentence mistaken that you don’t consider yourself as higher than kafirs, and I gave you my explanation. Alhamdulillah every Muslim is higher than kafirs. And the other thing is that you expressed the right feeling, but you just used wrong word “tolerate” for “beliefs” of kufr, and also English is a second language for you. I commented on that only for other people to see. Islam and Muslims don’t “tolerate” the “beliefs” of kufr. Does light “tolerate” darkness? Does truth “tolerate” falsehood?

      As I said, we Muslims coexist as good citizens and we denounce their beliefs.

      But we must always fear Allah and ask Him to protect our iman. These are extremely bad times. So it is always a good idea to recite the shahadah with the intention to renew our iman as much as possible. Lot of Sunni shaykhs suggest it, that everyday we must all make intention to Allah that if we did any kufr by accident or without knowledge, we make tawbah and renew our iman with shahadah. All of my teachers teach like this and they also do it and advise me also to do it. Please don’t understand me wrong brother/sister. I am not saying you did kufr, astaghfirullah. I am saying, that the advise of scholars is to always say shahadah as much as possible with the intention (niyah) to renew our iman, if we said/did some kufr by accident or lack of knowledge.

      May Allah protect our iman and your comment is a great lesson to all of us ma sha Allah.

      Ma sha Allah you worry about your iman. May Allah always make you and all of us worry about our iman. Aameen.

      Was-Salam.

       

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