Co-existence and unification of religions – What does Islam say?

Assalamualaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.Respected Ulama e Kiram, I wanted to know the Islamic stance on peaceful co-existance of religions and how is it different from unification of religions into one religion?Jazakumullahu khaira.Wassalam

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, there is a distinct difference between peaceful co-existence between religions and unification of religions into one religion.

Peaceful co-existence is a policy of living peacefully with other nations, religions, etc., despite fundamental disagreements.[1] However, unification means the bringing together of two or more things (religions etc.) so they become a one single thing (religion).[2]

Based on the above, Islam allows religious co-existence. Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Quran:

لَّا يَنْهَاكُمُ اللَّهُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَلَمْ يُخْرِجُوكُم مِّن دِيَارِكُمْ أَن تَبَرُّوهُمْ وَتُقْسِطُوا إِلَيْهِمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ (الممتحنة : 8)

Translation: Allah does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you in the Deen or driven you from your homes, or from being just towards them. Allah loves those who are just.” (Al – Mumtahinah Verse 8)

However, it does not allow religious unification into one religion. This is due to one being compelled to give up ones beliefs by unification. Therefore, religious unification into one religion is HaramAllah Ta’ala mentions in the Quran:

وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ (آل عمران 85)

Translation: “(85) If anyone desires anything other than Islam as a Deen, it will not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he will be among the losers.” (Aal-Imraan Verse 85)


قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ (1) لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ (2) وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ (3) وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَّا عَبَدتُّمْ (4) وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ (5) لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ (6) (الكافرون)

Translation: “(1) Say: O ‘Non-Belivers ! (2) I do not worship what you worship (3) and you do not worship what I worship. (4) Nor will I worship what you worship (5) nor will you worship what I worship. (6) You have your Deen and I have my Deen.” (Surah Al-Kafiroon)

We as Muslims should never compromise on the fundamentals of our Deen. We should always adhere to and uphold our fundamental beliefs. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq to do so. Aameen.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.





By Mujlisul Ulama

Once there was a movement to create unity be-tween Muslims and Hindus. Hindus participated in Muslim customs and vice versa. This is not permissible. It is the effect of mental deficiency. It is in conflict with Allah’s command: “Do not aid in sin and transgression”. It is also in conflict with the Had-ith: “Whoever increases a group is of them.” (Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi)

In some cases it is improper to speak politely to the kuffaar, e.g. when debating with them. Much politeness on such occasions brings disgrace for oneself and for the Deen. For such occasions which call for sternness, the Qur’aan says: “Be stern on them.”

There is a difference between Husn-e-Khulq, i.e. an admirable moral disposition, and Muwaddah, i.e. love / affection. Regarding husn-e-khulq, the Qur’aan says: “Verily you (O Muham-mad!) are on a splendid character.” However, regarding muwaddah (inclining towards them and striking up bosom friendship), the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“Those who take the kaafireen as friends besides the Mu’mineen – whoever does so – has no worth by Allah……Whoever from amongst you who befriends them, verily he is of them. Verily, Allah does not guide the zaalimeen transgressors / oppressors).”

Husn-e-Khulq (display-ing good moral conduct) with even Hindus is meritorious while muwaddah with them is prohibited. (Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi)



A Brother from the U.S. laments:


“Muslims” Participating in Christmas Activities
I’m not sure if you’re aware, but a significant majority of “Muslims” in England & America have engaged in one form or another in the kuffar Christmas celebrations.

They either attended a work Christmas party, wished someone a “Merry Christmas”, or under their fallacious understanding of good character they wished someone “season’s greetings” thinking they were deceiving Allah Ta’ala with a play on words. Some posed in front of a Christmas Tree & others wore a Santa hat, looking like circus clowns in the process.

Hereunder are the numerous excuses that I have heard they hope to present in the Court of Allah Ta’ala for participating in a celebration which, despite it’s commercial flavour, in essence, is one in which the ascription of a partner to Allah is celebrated.

(A) Some argue that under the auspices of good Islamic character, there is no harm in participating in the peripheral activities of Christmas as at heart we don’t believe in it.

They forget that intentionally participating in an action is sufficient for apostasy, regardless of what is in the heart. In Qur’an, I vaguely recall the group of people who said they were only joking, i.e. in their heart they didn’t mean it, yet Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam still referred to their joking on a sensitive issue as kufr.

It’s as if, na’oodhoobillah, these so-called Muslims envisage that if Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam & his beloved companions were alive today they would be as desensitised to Imaan as these morons who today proclaim to be Muslims, but unashamedly have zero fear of Allah Ta’ala and are completely oblivious to the fact that the crime of shirk is the gravest of all.

They have a warped secular understanding of good character and adopt their subjective definition as the Islamic one, yet they don’t realise that Akhlaq is a specific branch of Deen covered by numerous Ahadith and Qur’anic verses, none of which advocate the aforementioned behaviour.

In fact such behaviour is condemned in Hadith, wherein states to the nearest effect that whoever imitates them in the salient features of their beliefs/religion he/she is ONE OF THEM. Imagine being raised as ONE OF THEM on the Day of Judgement.

(B) Others trivialise the issue by proclaiming: “It’s only a bit of fun,” as if to say Islam has not defined the boundaries of play/enjoyment.

(C) Others out of fear of the kuffar denigrating or looking down on them participate out of compulsion, because they do not have the Imaani backbone, nor the fear of Allah. They fear a kaafir who is physically and spiritually impure over Allah Ta’ala who is pure and the King of all Kings. Should anybody condemn this behaviour, these satanists will refer to them as killjoys or too strict.

What I would like to know from The Majlis specifically is:
(A) Am I right in thinking that none of the aforementioned excuses for implied endorsement of shirk will be acceptable to Allah Ta’ala on the Day of Judgement?

(B) What is the state of Imaan of a person who did any of the above?

(C) If this amounts to kufr, presumably these people all have to re-enter the fold of Islam, make tauba, renew their nikah & re-perform their fardh Hajj. Is this correct?

Would you please publish the answer to this on the website as this issue is one that many Muslims are falling foul of.

(End of the Brother’s very justified complaint and \lament)

Brother, we are living in the era termed Aakhiruz Zamaan (The End of Earthly Time). It is in this age that the Signs of Qiyaamah predicted by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) are incrementally and swiftly materializing. The adoption of kuffaar customs and participating in their functions are the effects of the desensitization and even of the elimination of Imaan from the hearts of professed Muslims. The curse of kuffaar emulation has reached the degree termed by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) as “the lizard’s hole”. That is, Muslims will insanely emulate and follow the Yahood and Nasaara in every aspect of filth, fisq, fujoor and kufr to the extent of worshipping the cross inside the Musjid.

The vilest villains promoting this lizard-hole culture of emulation are the moron molvis and sheikhs of this age. These agents of Iblees have opened wide avenues of fisq and fujoor with their haraam distorted and utterly baseless interpretations on the basis of which they halaalize almost every Prohibition of the Shariah. With untenable nonsensical arguments they issue zigzag fatwas of corruption to corrupt the Imaan and ruin the Akhlaaq of the ignorant masses who find it pleasurable to dance to the tune of the haraam zigzag fatwas since the nafs derives considerable pleasure from the fatwas of the agents of shaitaan.

While it is imperative for the Ulama-e-Haqq to uphold the Command of Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar, we do understand that the raging tide and flood of fisq and fujoor in the Ummah will not be stemmed. Nevertheless, it is Waajib for those of the Haqq to proclaim loudly and vigorously the Haqq regardless of who accepts or rejects.

The answers to your queries are as follows:

(A) Your thinking is, Alhamdulillah, 100% correct. The plethora of excuses which the followers of the Yahood and Nasaara present to justify their participation in flagrantly haraam functions and practices is nugatory of Imaan. The crashing of Allah’s Athaab on Muslims all over the world should, therefore come as no surprise.

“Muslims” of this age, despite professing to be Muslims, are no longer Muslims in terms of the Shariah. The Ummah at large has reneged from Islam with beliefs and practices of the kuffaar, hence Allah’s Chastisement is hemming them into the cauldron of misery and destruction. The Ummah as a whole has traversed the boundary of no return, hence Allah Ta’ala is severely punishing the professed muslims with the variety of misery, brutality and oppression at the hands of the very kuffaar whom they are madly emulating right into the ‘lizard’s hole’.
(B) The Imaan of people who indulge in these kinds of practices of the kuffaar is negated.

(C) Yes, you are correct in your understanding. They have to rededicate themselves to Islam. If they fail, they will be resurrected on the Day of Qiyaamah with the kuffaar whom they had so lovingly emulated here on earth. May Allah Ta’ala save us from that terrible fate.

A fearful episode

In India, once on the occasion of the Hindu festival of holi when the cow-worshippers and cow-urine-drinkers quirt colourful water and coloured cow urine on all and sundry, a Maulana while chewing paan (beetle leaf) passed by a donkey. Mockingly, he said to the donkey: Today, everyone is in happiness squirting coloured water on all. But no one is bothered about you. Any how I shall do so. So saying, he spat his red-coloured saliva on the donkey in imitation of the Hindu mushrikeen. This was obviously a joke to amuse himself.

After the demise of this Maulana Saheb, a friend saw in a dream the Maulana Sahib burning in Jahannam. In shock and surprise, he enquired of the reason for the punishment. The Maulana Sahib said that since he had emulated the holi custom of the Hindu mushrikeen, Allah’s Wrath overtook him. The abhorrence of emulating the ways and practices of the Hindu kuffaar had secured for himself the fate of Jahannam.

This episode should be a fearful lesson for those who have seceded their brains to the kuffaar. Those who adopt the customs and practices of the kuffaar should ponder and understand the far reaching disastrous consequences which will extend right into Qiyaamah. The stupid arguments and the zigzag fatwas of the moron molvis, sheiks and muftis of this age will not avail on the Day of Qiyaamah. Allah Ta’ala has endowed all Muslims with adequate intelligence for differentiation between Haqq and baatil – truth and falsehood. There will, therefore be no valid argument on the Day of Qiyaamah for justifying the kufr participation in kuffaar customs, practices and festivals.

“Derive lesson, O People of Intelligence!” (Qur’aan)

30 Rabiuth Thaani 1441 – 27 December 2019


Q. Should da’wat to nonMuslims be done by giving them translations of the Qur’aan?
A. Islam should not be propagated to nonMuslims by means of distributing translations of the Qur’aan Shareef. This is the method of the Christian missionaries who distribute bibles. Furthermore, non-Muslims are liable to gain a distorted picture of Islam from the many Verses which command hatred and killing of the kuffaar. Since there is no tafseer of these aayaat in the translations, they will gain a negative attitude towards Islam. Also, non-Muslims will desecrate the Qur’aan Majeed. Non-Muslims should be given simple and concise articles which explain Islam. When an opportunity develops, explain Islam to them as best as you are able to. Never debate with them about the falsity of their religions. Only explain Islam and its beauties. It is necessary to understand that hidaayat comes from only Allah Ta’ala. A non-Muslim will embrace Islam only if Allah Ta’ala wills Imaan for him. While we should make the effort, it does not follow that our efforts will succeed. It depends entirely on the decree of Allah Ta’ala. Even the Ambiya could not grant hidaayat.
Allah Ta’ala, addressing Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in the Qur’aan Majeed, says: “Verily, you (O Muhammad!) can not guide those whom you love. But Allah guides whomever He wills, and He knows best who has to be guided.”

Getting married in the church

Q: I am in love with a christian girl, and we plan to marry since she has agreed to convert to Islam. However, her parents want us to get married in a church in order to keep their respect among their community, though they have agreed to let us perform a proper Nikaah after the christian wedding and to let the girl be a practising muslim. Am I allowed to get married in a church just to protect her family from humiliation?

A: This is not permissible. How can a believer even think of getting married in a church where kufr and shirk takes place? Apart from this, while conducting the marriage, the pastor will utter words of kufr and shirk. He will take the name of Jesus to bless the marriage and will refer to him as god or the son of god. Through being present in such a gathering, one will be risking one’s imaan.

Hence, it will not be permissible for you to perform your nikaah in the church, even though you intend to do the nikaah later on.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

باب الصلاة في البيعة وقال عمر رضي الله عنه إنا لا ندخل كنائسكم من أجل التماثيل التي فيها الصور وكان ابن عباس يصلي في البيعة إلا بيعة فيها تماثيل. حدثنا محمد قال أخبرنا عبدة عن هشام بن عروة عن أبيه عن عائشة أن أم سلمة ذكرت لرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كنيسة رأتها بأرض الحبشة يقال لها مارية فذكرت له ما رأت فيها من الصور فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أولئك قوم إذا مات فيهم العبد الصالح أو الرجل الصالح بنوا على قبره مسجدا وصوروا فيه تلك الصور أولئك شرار الخلق عند الله.(صحيح البخاري 1/ 62)

وفي الهندية عن التتمة يكره للمسلم الدخول في البيعة والكنيسة وإنما يكره من حيث إنه مجمع الشياطين لا من حيث إنه ليس له حق الدخول اه (رد المحتار 6/ 387)

وأما الرضا بكفر نفسه أو الرضا بكفر غيره مستجيزا أو مستحسنا للكفر كفر ويجوز أن يكون كلام المشايخ الرضا بالكفر كفر محمولا على هذا (الفتاوى البزازية 2/449)

الخروج إلى نيروز المجوس والموافقة معهم فيما يفعلونه في ذلك اليوم كفر (الفتاوى البزازية 2/453)

ويكفر … وكذا من حسن رسوم الكفرة (البحر الرائق 5/134)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)



“Verily, the Deen by Allah is only Islam.” (Qur’aan)

A Brother from the UK writes:

“Under Moulana Fazal Dad, Masjid Abubakar in Bradford, England, has been at the centre of inter-faith initiatives for a long time, and is on what is known as the “inter-faith trail” – a walk to different places of worship in the city.

When a large number of Christians from Germany visited the Masjid last month, they sat and listened to Qiraat being recited as well as talks about Islam. And later on, the Christians sang their hymns in the Masjid while musallees watched.
Following criticism, the Muslim defenders of the hymn-singing said it was an “impromptu” act on the part of the Christians to show their gratitude for the hospitality they received during their two-hour visit, and the Christian prayer should be understood for what it was – “a beautiful, universal prayer for peace”. This was pure kufr, and the latest sign that our Masjids risked turning into multi-faith worship halls where bible-reading and hymn-singing take place, alongside the recitation of Salaah and Qiraat.

Some weeks later the Bradfod supporters of this kufr announced that “Subhanallah”, two people had accepted Islam following their “inter-faith visit” to the Masjid. How should we respond? Should we now join them in saying Subhanallah? Or should we remain opposed to “inter-faith” events taking place in Masjids? Please comment in the light of the Shariah on this scenario.”

(End of the Brother’s letter)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was the Last and Greatest Nabi of Allah Ta’ala. One of the signs of the Truth of a Nabi is the fulfilment of his predictions for the future. In the current era, many of the predictions of our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) are materializing and testifying to the Truth of his Nubuwwat.

One of Rasulullah’s predictions was that in the era in close proximity of Qiyaamat, the Christian cross will be worshipped inside the Musjid. This shaitaani process of kufr has already been initiated in different places. What you have explained is merely an additional link in the satanic incremental process of converting the Musaajid into haunts of kufr and zina. Zina too will be perpetrated inside the Musaajid.

The kufr hymn-singing and worship of the Christians in the Musjid are merely a prelude for actual cross-worship in the Musaajid. The shaitaani imam and the shaitaani supporters of the kufr in the Musjid are all Murtaddeen. Their kufr has expunged their Imaan if ever they were Muslims. Their ‘islam’ was of a superficial, self-deceptive nature. With their condonation of the Christian kufr worship and hymn-singing in the Musjid, the kufr of these Murtaddeen has surfaced to the fore. Allah Ta’ala has made their nifaaq manifest.

Salaat behind this agent of Iblees is not valid. It is Waajib for the trustees of the Musjid to give the Agent of Iblees the boot. But if the trustees too are in cahoots with the murtad imam, then obviously they will not act in accordance with the Shariah.

According to the Fuqaha, if a non-Muslim asks a Muslim for the direction to the temple / church / mandir, and if he indicates the direction, then he is guilty of kufr. Nothing is as abhorrent as shirk and kufr-worship to Allah Azza Wa Jal. A thousand commissions of adultery and a thousand murders pale into oblivion in relation to shirk which is the vilest sin for which there is no forgiveness whatsoever if the mushrik / murtad perishes without Taubah. His eternal abode will be Jahannam.

It is absolutely abhorrent and mind-blogging, albeit not surprising, that an imam of a Musjid and professed Muslims possess the satanic capacity to introduce shirk inside the Musjid; to invite kuffaar to acquit themselves with their shirk prayers inside the Musjid, and for the musallees to sit in shaitaani silence listening to the commission of shirk inside the Musjid.

What has happened to the Imaan of these miserable musallis? The barest minimum act which was Waajib for them was to leave the Musjid in disgust and to revile the murtad imam who masquerades as a Muslim.

It appears that in the U.K. Muslims are taking the leading role of acting as Signs of Qiyaamah; to undermine the Deen; to introduce kufr and shirk in the Musaajid and to set the process of mass Irtidaad in motion. Not so long ago, another Agent of Iblees, also a so-called imam of a Musjid in U.K. had indulged in shirk and kufr by inviting a Christian priest to revile Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Qur’aan Majeed and Islam in the Musjid. In that evil shaitaani scenario, the stupid musallis had sat through the process of vilification of Islam by the kaafir priest who had the satanic temerity of distributing his kufr propagationary literature to the musallis. It is no wonder that fear for the kuffaar is becoming incremental in Muslims of the U.K.

The molvis in the U.K. are of the worst breed of Satanism. They are adept in the satanic art of finding shaitaani interpretations for all their fisq, fujoor and kufr. The justification for the kufr in the Musjid by the interpretation of ‘two Christians having embraced Islam’ is a typical example of shaitaani inspiration described in the Qur’aan Majeed as zukhruful qawl (adorned words) which the devils urinate into the brains of the kind of molvis who condone and promote kufr and shirk in the Musaajid. While two chaps may have embraced Islam, hundreds have lost their Imaan in the wake of the satanism perpetrated in the Musjid. The doubtful or even the real Imaan of two fellows never justifies such gross and flagrant violation of the Shariah and commission of kufr as committed by the miserable imam and others who condoned the kufr villainy.

Even if a thousand Christians had to embrace Islam in the wake of the hymn-singing and prayer jaunt in the Musjid, never ever would it have been permissible to allow the evil of kufr to be executed by kuffaar inside the Musjid. The gravest element in this kufr saga is that the Christians executed their kufr and shirk in the Musjid at the invitation of the imam agent of Iblees. They did not barge uninvited into the Musjid. Professed ‘muslims’ in whose hearts lurk nifaaq and kufr invited them into the Musjid for the kufr demonstration.

The obligation of the Muslim is obedience to Allah Ta’ala. It is never our obligation to ensure the entry of kuffaar into Islam by way of sin. It is not permissible to resort to haraam measures for inviting non-Muslims to Islam.

Hidaayat is the prerogative of only Allah Azza Wa Jal. Even the Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) with his divinely-inspired method of Tableegh and Da’wat did not have the power to give hidaayat. Guidance comes from only Allah Ta’ala. Thus, the Qur’aan Majeed addressing Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) says:

“Verily you (O Muhammad!) cannot guide whom you love. But Allah guides whomever He wills, and He knows best who is to be guided.”

Ways of Tableegh

When Halaal ways – ways and methods inspired by Allah Ta’ala – also cannot provide hidaayat, how can haraam ways – the ways of Iblees – ever bestow the treasure of Imaani Hidaayat? The obligation of the Muslim is to proclaim the Haqq and in the discharge of this sacred duty he has to incumbently operate within the confines of the Shariah. He may not step out of these limits in any way whatsoever for the sake of tableegh. Just as Salaat, Saum, etc. are regulated by a plethora of divinely ordained rules and regulations, so too is Tableegh and Da’wat fettered with Shar’i rules which may not be set aside for the achievement of the hallucinated objectives which the Devil urinates into brains and hearts of his agents and cohorts with whom he cavort.

The Kufr/Shirk of the Christian prayer

The followers of Iblees describe the hymn-singing and the Christian prayer as “a beautiful universal prayer for peace”. Those professed ‘muslims’ who subscribe to this belief have lost their Imaan. They have become murtaddeen in terms of the Shariah’s principle of Ridha bil Kufr (Pleasure with Kufr).

Understand well that any prayer of any religion besides Islam is baatil. It is kufr regardless of the ‘universality’ of the wording. Its being a prayer of a kufr religion suffices for its kufr. Emulation, acceptance and adoption of and pleasure with any facet of a kufr religion are all kufr. This is the meaning of Ridha bil Kufr.

Furthermore, men of intelligence can readily understand that worshipping the cross inside the Musjid will not be a sudden phenomenon. Shaitaan releases his jinn and human agents to cultivate the ground and to render fertile the brains and hearts of Muslims for the acceptance of the ultimate act of Shirk – the trinity. Once Imaan has been sufficiently corroded, in fact extinguished from the hearts of the professed muslims, then cross-worship will be wholeheartedly accepted, condoned and promoted in the Musaajid. This hymn-singing and ‘universal prayers for peace’ are the preludes for cross-worship in the Musaajid. The stage is being set for the ultimate Shirk of cross-worship in the Musaajid by the agents of Iblees such as these miserable infosoria imams whose brains have been coprosized into insanity by the ‘touch of shaitaan’ in the words of the Qur’aan Majeed.

The satanic trend of cavorting blissfully with the religions of abhorrence which is now afflicting Muslims adequately explains the following Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Amr (Radhiyallahu anhu):

“A time will dawn when the people will gather in their Musaajid and perform Salaat whilst not a single one will be a Mu’min.”
The Musaajid will be filled with zindeeqs, munaafiqeen and murtaddeen who will be performing their mock prayers in the form of Salaat whilst their hearts will be bereft of Imaan. That is precisely why the crowd of stupid ‘musallis’ had the kufr capacity of sitting silently listening to kufr hymn-singing and kufr prayers by kuffaar inside the Musjid. Their reaction of compliance with kufr is incomprehensible if we have to assume that they are Mu’mineen. However, in the light of the Hadith narration cited above, their attitude of silent tolerance of the kufr and shirk in the Musjid should be quite understandable. They are not Mu’mineen. They are not part of the Ummah of Muhammadur Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Among the signs of Qiyaamah is the transformation of the Musaajid into multi-faith worship halls which will cater for kufr and shirk. The UK ‘muslims’ have taken the lead for establishing kufr and shirk in the Musaajid.

3 Rabiuth Thaani 1441 (30 November 2019)