Can I follow Islam and still be close friends to unbelievers?
O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves? (4:144)
O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends.
They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for
friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
The Misbeliever is a helper (of Evil), against his own Lord! (25:55)
O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you,
and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those
who keep their duty. (9:123)
If you are allowed to marry a non believer why it is haram to be a friend with. The translation you paste is not correct the word in quran is أولياء not أصدقاء you are not allowed to be a friend with someone who affect your beliefs and your Islam.
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