This answer comes from a secular perspective; if it is out of place, let me know and I'll remove it. But I offer it anyway.
Offense has the interesting characteristic in that it is, quite literally, an imaginary thing: in only exists to the observer - it is not a concrete thing by itself. Add religion into that mix and we have ...
The answer is very simple. Our prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) explained by example how Muslims should treat non-Muslims.
In Mecca, when Islam was a few people in number, he lived and interacted with non-Muslims (idol worshippers, specifically) peacefully. He would buy and sell from them, visit their sick, and they would even entrust him with their ...
The first thing we must do..
The first thing we must do is ask Allah for forgiveness.
I say this because, the people that insult the Prophet (pbuh) have never met him or seen him BUT they know him through our actions. So we have failed to deliver the message of Islam for them to insult someone they have never seen or met.
These insults will not change ...
I think this photo will speak more than words
*In response to the abusive film about the Holy Prophet Muhammad upon him blessings and peace, “Discover Islam UK” in London distributed more than 110,000 copies of a translation of the Qur’an And the life of the Prophet Mohammed for the citizens of London.
This is a really broad question and it is one that is discussion-provoking. And it's hard to answer comprehensively in a short amount of space. Especially in this month when time is at a premium and many Muslims try to focus exclusively on worship. Having said that, I will take a stab at addressing just a few of the points:
Yes, of course, there is such a "...
Indeed there are people who hold this view and even quote the Qur'an to support their actions but this is a gross misunderstanding of the Qur'an, of the historical contexts in which the verses were revealed and due to their own inherent tendencies towards extremism. You may also find such statements from non Muslims who want to tarnish the image of Islam.
Yes, they can.
But unless they have faith in Allah, their prayer goes waste. If they are praying without believing in Allah their energy is going waste.
It is just like another form of gymnastics for them.
Allah says in the the Quran in Surat Al-Mā`ūn 107:4-7
So woe to those who pray
[But] who are heedless of their prayer
Those who make show [...
Since I brought this up in chat, I feel I should throw my perspective here. Let me address the inverse of this question (should Muslims return salam?) first, because that issue appears in the mind of Muslims when someone not visibly Muslim gives them salaam. Then, I will address the social implications of doing so.
Should Muslims Return the Greeting of ...
What does salawat upon prophets mean?
Salawat from Muslims upon the prophets is like a prayer (i.e, asking to Allah) to lay peace and blessing upon them. It means that the one who offers it does believe that the prophet is really a prophet, he (the Muslim) believes in his (the prophet) prophecy that Allah gave him. It's a form of respect, as well.
Islamic Point of View
When it comes to non-Muslims offering greetings to Muslims I found this hadith:
Anas b. Malik reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as
saying: When the People of the Book offer you salutations, you should
say: The same to you.
Which tells Muslims to return greetings (whatever they may be) when ...
As adopilot said, no one on Earth deserves to go to Jannah but Allah is All Merciful. If He wills someone to go to Jannah than it is up to Him and the same is if he wills someone to go to Hell. It is said in the Qur'an Allah will not punish anyone who the message was not sent to.
Whoever is guided is only guided for [the benefit of] his soul. And
To put this into perspective, I've read articles saying that hijab is not entirely an Islamic teaching. Other religions also promote modesty through wearing a veil, but it is not as widely known as the hijab (or other variations) in Islam. I apologize for not being able to provide a good reference on this matter.
Related to that, we should see modesty as ...
One it is allowed and is very sensible and needed to pray for a non-Muslim to be guided. But there
مَا كَانَ لِلنَّبِيِّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن يَسْتَغْفِرُوا لِلْمُشْرِكِينَ وَلَوْ كَانُوا أُولِي قُرْبَىٰ مِن بَعْدِ مَا
تَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُمْ أَصْحَابُ الْجَحِيمِ
It is not for the Prophet and those who have believed to ask
The most used greeting by Muslims is "Eid Mubaarak". It is normally acceptable by a very large majority of Muslims even if it comes from a non muslim.
Note the culture too..
Mostly all cultures use the above greeting. However there might be some other greetings which may be rooted in local tradition. So in order to cover that, you may have to ask around ...
Both are prohibted.As in Islam it is strictly prohibted to touch a stranger for women and men.Even both hand shakers are muslim(even man or woman) or one is muslim and other one is non muslim
Surah An-Nur, Verses 30 and 31
'And Say to the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal ...
Any verse in the Quran can be misinterpreted. This is why it is a must for Muslims to read the commentary of the verses to understand the Quran.
Examples of misinterpreted verses:
And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you http://quran.com/2/191
However, if you read other verses in the Quran. You will ...
This may sound paradoxical, but the Islamic shari'ah permits other faith communities to be governed by their own shari'ah. There is freedom of religion in this sense - people are free to practise their faith, including religious law. Additionally, Islamic obligations such as zakat or military service that do apply to Muslims are not applied to "people of the ...
Islam as a deen (comprehensive way of life) generally permits everything, and screens out those things which are haraam.
From Usool ul-Fiqh, we learn that "all actions (which are not acts of worship) are halal until proven haram." The default ruling would apply here: you would assume that it's okay, unless shari'ah puts some conditions or exclusions on it.
First, I don't know of any serious community leader "demanding" this privilege in the West. By and large this is something Western Muslims take in their stride as a necessary consequence of living here. In fact all the scholars that I know in the West counsel patience and information, not demands for privilege.
Secondly, you frame your question about ...
This is largely a longer response to Ahmadi's answer - I don't know that it addresses the question, although some on the context may be useful. As such, I've marked it wiki. However, if this is too far away from the question I do not object if it should be edited/deleted.
Actually, there are very few places in the west that are actively (legally) anti-hijab ...
Breaking down the question
First of all, if we break down the question of yours we will find out that it isn't completely a question. It also holds the statement:
"I know that congratulating non-muslims in their celebrations is not permissible.".
This is not a question, rather it's a belief or opinion.
A better question would be: I follow the ...
Although Islam religion of mercy but this mercy is not for all equal. Quran says: (the verse is long so I mention only related part)
مُّحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللَّـهِ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى
الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ...
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful
against the disbelievers, ...
Yes you can make dua for non muslims, an example of this is when rasul allah [pbuh] made dua for Umar [ra] to become a muslim. as for an example to use , read a dua for the general guidance of someone.
There's two different opinion on congratulating non Muslims on their holidays. some says it's Haram and the other said it's Halal but with conditions.
According to Yousuf Al Qaradawi's fatwa, you can congratulating them if you living together in peace specially if there was a relation between you and the one you want to congrats. like work or friendship ...
In the name of Allah the merciful the compassionate
According to the noble Qur'an everyone will encounter death:
“Wherever you are, death will overtake you, though you are in lofty
After death, souls will enter barzakh [ref] and those who enter heaven after barzakh will stay there forever. Almighty Allah says in his noble Qur'an as ...
Islam does have some restrictions on imagery. Those are mostly in terms of depicting religious figures ( Muhammad, Jesus, Mary, Moses [pbuh] ). However some cultures apply those restrictions to personal lives too based on their interpretation of Islam.
The way you described your friends, they would not be offended by some one who doesn't know much about ...
As far as I have researched these are words of Thabit b. Qays b. Shammas not that of the Prophet (PBUH). The Arabic text is available here and the English translation here:
ومن كفر جاهدناه في الله أبدا وكان قتله علينا يسيرا
as for the one who disbelieves, we will fight him forever in the cause of God and killing him is a small matter to us
It is our role as Muslims to do so.
During the battles of Persia, Al-Muthanna ibn Hāritha needed extra help. 'Umar ibn al-Khattāb sent over Rab'i ibn 'Āmir with some extra forces to lend military aid to Al-Muthanna. Rostam Farrokhzād, the commander-in-chief of the Persian army, had questions using almost identical logic to the one in your question. The ...