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.”
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.