Respecting Religions

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2019-03-12

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When you read about the history of Muslims, especially in the earliest periods of the Islamic history, you may get surprised by the level of charity and tolerance which Muslims had toward people who believed in other religions. They lived together as one community without reinforcing the differences of religions, their various relations, and manners of dealing everybody as a mankind. It follows that one of the most important aspects of the Islamic religion is respecting the codes of laws of other religions and denominations.

There have been some accusations against Islam. There are many accusations raised against Islam as a religion that restricts the scope of other religions and its treating them with utter injustice, together with denigrating them. The coexistence of the Great Prophet at Medina with followers of other religions. From this framework of religious tolerance, it follows that Islam rejects persecution of people on the ground of their religion or belief systems. Rather, Islam recommends and seeks for the ideal in ethics and having good deal with others. This is all to the effect of eliminating socio-morally inappropriate behaviour in Islam. In this regard, it is noteworthy that the Holy Quran encourages Muslims to having philanthropic attitudes toward non-Muslims who have not shown any hostility against Islam. Allah the Almighty says marks in the Holy Quran as follows: "Allah does not forbid you to deal kindly and justly with those who have not fought against you about the religion or expelled you from your homes. God does not love the unjust people".(Sura al- Mumtahina, [60]: 8].

In consequence, it is an express right of all Muslims and non-Muslims who live under the banner of Islam to enjoy peace, justice, and benefit from the nation's social solidarity. There is a real anecdote from the reign of the first Infallible Imam`Ali. In his time, a blind Christian old man was begging. At the sight of this, Imam `Ali got angry, and asked of his companions thus: "What is this?" He never asked about the identity of the blind man. This is because such a situation in its entirety was unacceptable and unsatisfactory in his state, irrespective of the target person's religion and belief. At the same time, Imam `Ali ordered his companions to provide him with monthly allowance. Islam respects not only the living people of other faiths but also their dead people. In this way, when there was a funeral session of a non-Muslim person, and the crowd were passing by the place where prophet Muhammad was staying, he used to stand up as a sign of showing his respect for the dead person. Once one of his companions mentioned to him such a case and remarked thus: "O Messenger of God! It's the funeral of a Jew!" The Prophet then said: "If you see a funeral, you should stand up because it is a soul, after all.”

Haidar M.K.

When you read about the history of Muslims, especially in the earliest periods of the Islamic history, you may get surprised by the level of charity and tolerance which Muslims had toward people who believed in other religions. They lived together as one community without reinforcing the differences of religions, their various relations, and manners of dealing everybody as a mankind. It follows that one of the most important aspects of the Islamic religion is respecting the codes of laws of other religions and denominations.

There have been some accusations against Islam. There are many accusations raised against Islam as a religion that restricts the scope of other religions and its treating them with utter injustice, together with denigrating them. The coexistence of the Great Prophet at Medina with followers of other religions. From this framework of religious tolerance, it follows that Islam rejects persecution of people on the ground of their religion or belief systems. Rather, Islam recommends and seeks for the ideal in ethics and having good deal with others. This is all to the effect of eliminating socio-morally inappropriate behaviour in Islam. In this regard, it is noteworthy that the Holy Quran encourages Muslims to having philanthropic attitudes toward non-Muslims who have not shown any hostility against Islam. Allah the Almighty says marks in the Holy Quran as follows: "Allah does not forbid you to deal kindly and justly with those who have not fought against you about the religion or expelled you from your homes. God does not love the unjust people".(Sura al- Mumtahina, [60]: 8].

In consequence, it is an express right of all Muslims and non-Muslims who live under the banner of Islam to enjoy peace, justice, and benefit from the nation's social solidarity. There is a real anecdote from the reign of the first Infallible Imam`Ali. In his time, a blind Christian old man was begging. At the sight of this, Imam `Ali got angry, and asked of his companions thus: "What is this?" He never asked about the identity of the blind man. This is because such a situation in its entirety was unacceptable and unsatisfactory in his state, irrespective of the target person's religion and belief. At the same time, Imam `Ali ordered his companions to provide him with monthly allowance. Islam respects not only the living people of other faiths but also their dead people. In this way, when there was a funeral session of a non-Muslim person, and the crowd were passing by the place where prophet Muhammad was staying, he used to stand up as a sign of showing his respect for the dead person. Once one of his companions mentioned to him such a case and remarked thus: "O Messenger of God! It's the funeral of a Jew!" The Prophet then said: "If you see a funeral, you should stand up because it is a soul, after all.”

 

By: Haidar M.K.

 

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