Navigating Relationships: 9 Enlightening Hadiths on Interacting with Non-Muslims in Your Life

Anyone can claim or say anything, whether true or not. What differentiates truth from falsehood is one’s actions and behavior. If a person’s words align with the actions of their deeds, they are believed to be truthful and in reverse. It is essential to live the walk!

Anyone can claim or say anything, whether true or not. What separates truth from lies is the actions and behavior. If a person’s speech is consistent with their character’s actions, they are thought to be honest, and the reverse is true. You must walk the talk!

In the instance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and peace be upon his soul), the Prophet Muhammad wasn’t the one who spoke about himself or identified himself. Instead, Allah the Almighty told him:

The mercy of the Prophet was not, by any means, limited to Muslims. It was open to all Muslims and non-Muslims, humans and Jinn, Jinn, and animals and non-living creatures.

His (peace and blessings on his soul) were even kind to the people who had wronged him or tried to murder him.

Below are some great examples of mercy displayed to his non-Muslim neighbors, relatives, and fellow citizens.

Suppose you’re a brand new Muslim having issues dealing with your family members, an undergraduate student with non-Muslim friends, or a professional who is wondering how to deal with colleagues of different religions. In that case, The following hadiths can help you:

Be friendly to non-Muslim family members

Asma” bint Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (May Allah be satisfied with her) stated:

“My mother visited me in the time that she was a polytheist. I asked the Messenger of Allah,  “My mother is visiting me and is looking forward to (my favorable favor). Should I keep good relations with her?

It (peace and blessings on him) said, “Yes, you should maintain good relationships with your mom'” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Do you have a family member who is not Muslim? Please pray for them.

Written by Abu Hurairah (may Allah be happy by him):

At-Tufail Ibn `Amr was a messenger to the Prophet and told him, “The Daws (tribe) died because they disobeyed and refused to acknowledge Islam. Thus, we pray to Allah to punish them.’

The Prophet also said, “O Allah! Provide guidance to the tribe of Daws and make them Muslims ]!'” (Al-Bukhari)

Giving gifts to non-Muslims

Narrated by Ibn `Umar:

The Prophet Umar spotted the silk cloak being offered for sale draped over a man. He asked Allah (peace and blessings on him) to purchase the cloak to put on during Fridays and meetings with delegates.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon his name) declared, ‘This garment is worn by one who is not a partaker in the future.’

Then Allah‘s messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) obtained silken Cloaks like that and sent one to Umar.

The Prophet Umar asked (peace and blessings be upon his soul), “How can I wear that if you have said what you said?

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon his name) stated, ‘I’ve not given you this for you to wear, but to sell or give to another.’

Then, Umar mailed the message to his brother in Makkah before he converted to Islam” (Al-Bukhari). His Prophet (peace and blessings in his name) did not condemn him for the act he committed.

Lending gifts to non-Muslims

The Prophet (peace and blessings in his name) was also open to gifts from non-Muslims.

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Al-Bukhari told of how a Jewish woman offered him a lamb that was later discovered to have been poisoned after the animal ate a portion. The Prophet revoked her.

But, later the day that Bishr al-Bara’, who also ate from it, passed away and was buried, his Jewish woman was executed for the sake of him.

Make sure that non-Muslims are protected

Many of the companions of the Prophet have narrated Allah the Messenger of Allah told them:

If anyone violates the rights of a mujahid [i.e., a non-Muslim who enjoys security from Muslims impedes his right to be a mujahid, or forces him to perform work beyond his ability or removes from him everything without his consent I will be his opponent in the day of Judgment” (Abu Dawud).

Narrated by `Abdullah ibn `Amr:

The Prophet stated, “Whoever killed a mujahid shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise though its fragrance can be smelt at a distance of forty years (of traveling).” (Al-Bukhari).

Seek out the sick

Narrated by Anas:

“A small Jewish boy was serving the Prophet but fell sick. The Prophet came to him. He sat down near his head and urged him to join Islam. The boy sat and looked at his father, who was sitting nearby. The father advised him to obey the Prophet, and the boy accepted Islam.

The Prophet was heard saying:

“Praise be to Allah Who saved the boy from the Hell-fire” (Al-Bukhari)

Are you doing business with people who are not Muslims? Why is that?

It was said that the Prophet (peace and peace be with his name) was known to conduct business and have deals with non-Muslims. The narration of A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) declared:

“The Messenger of Allah bought some food on credit from a Jew, and he gave him a shield of his as collateral (rahn)” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Respect for the deceased

Jabir ibn Hayyan said:

“The Prophet and his Companions stood up for the funeral of a Jew until it disappeared” (Sunan An-Nasa’i).

A final note

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings in his name) cared for all people, including non-Muslims. Allah encouraged fairness, kindness, good treatment, and granting back trust to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The Qur’an states:

{Allah doesn’t prohibit you from interacting kindly and with people who haven’t fought with you or forced you out of your home. Sure, Allah will reward people who treat others with fairness.|The verse|•} (Al-Mumtahanah 60:8)

From this ayah, we can see that Muslims must be gentle to peaceful people of all ages, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Since the beginning of charity is at home, every Muslim, regardless of whether they are a native Muslim or a newly-arrived Muslim, should be fair and respectful with his fellow Muslims, particularly when they are family members or neighbors.

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