Monday 25 December 2023

Interfaith | The Great Trial


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem





Everyone says: We are working for Islam! …But which Islam is correct? …I have to be concerned: Which group am I in? …You have to be concerned as to which group you are in. Are we following a modern type of Islam or a watered-down Islam? …We take it for granted that we are Muslims whereas we must be concerned: Am I on true Islam or not? Is my Islam correct?


For this, we will have to look into the mirror of the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam and the Islam of the Sahabah (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Our Islam has to correspond with that; not with the Islam being propagated and promulgated by the United Nations and United States.


At face value, interfaith seems to allow one to still follow Islam. It has been made appealing to the masses. However, this ‘Islam’ is covered by the standards of the Kuffaar. It is an edited, moderated and remodelled version of Islam. A person may call himself a Muslim and also pray, but if he accepts this brand of Islam, it is not true Islam. It is Kufr. …This is an evil agenda being played out with the devil’s hand behind it. It is 100% a plot against Islam. 






Saturday 23 December 2023

Da'wah and Interfaith


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is’haq Sahib (Daamat Barakatuhu)


We live in a time where we face a tsunami of fitan and a great onslaught on our Imaan. Sadly, we find so many learned people have been persuaded to jump onto the interfaith bandwagon and they present spurious and worthless arguments in its favour.


Some mix Da’wah with interfaith. These are two different invitations. Da’wah is inviting others to Islam – to the perfection, purity and beauty of Islam. On the other hand, interfaith is joining with other ‘religions’ on equal terms – which is Kufr. …We should be wary not to moderate Da’wah with the call of interfaith – by combining two very different ideas and calling them the same thing. Doing so will lead a person far off the path of Islam.


During the time of Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam the efforts made to address the Kuffaar, engage in discussion with them and answer their questions was on the basis of Da’wah and never interfaith. The superiority of Islam was always focal. At no stage was anyone given the platform in the Masjid to laud the virtues of his religion, to offer prayers according to his faith or praise his idols or 'gods'. …Because Islam is meant to dominate, overcome and conquer all religious systems, not accommodate them.


“He it is Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may detest it.”

[Surah At-Taubah 9 : 33]

Yes, in our interaction with non-Muslims, we show good character, fulfil the rights of employers, employees, neighbours and others. We interact with them as per the requirements of Islam. We should take these as opportunities to present the beautiful teachings of Islam.


Moreover, it is acceptable to debate them in the matter of religion and expose the falsehood they stand on. However, there is no concession to join with them in candlelit vigils, in readings from their scriptures, bowing to their idols, visiting their places of worship, etc. – happy that all unite in harmony. - Na'uzu Billah.


Allah Ta’ala warns us that the Kuffaar – the Jews, Christians, idol-worshippers and hypocrites – conceal within their hearts, great animosity for the Believers:



“O you who believe! Take not as (your) bitanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.) those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their hearts conceal is far worse. Indeed, We have made plain to you the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses) if you understand.”

[Surah Aal-Imraan 3 : 118]



Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi (Rahmatullahi alayh) explained in his Tafsier, Ma’ariful Qur’aan, that while Islam gives instructions to treat non-Muslims with good conduct and justice, we are also given mandatory instructions so that we, the Ummah as well as the hallmarks and features of Islam remain protected. Boundaries have been set and we are not allowed to go beyond these boundaries lest we open doors that will endanger us. Interfaith is such a door that has been opened and which threatens our Imaan. It is falsehood and destruction for the one who follows it.


Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “I have left you with two matters. You will never go astray as long as you hold fast to them: the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Nabi.” …Islam is clear. It is our salvation. Do not unwittingly sacrifice the hereafter by following blindly anything and everything that comes into vogue. The majority on the face of the earth have rejected Allah Ta’ala; they are astray. They, being the majority, should not influence us to follow their ways and destroy ourselves:


“If you obey the majority of the people on earth, they will take you astray from Allah’s Path.  They follow nothing but conjecture and do nothing but lie”.

 [Surah An’aam  6 : 116]


May Allah Ta’ala guide and protect us all from all fitan.