Does Islam regard non-Muslims with mercy and compassion?

Does Islam regard non-Muslims with mercy and compassion?

What is the Islamic view of humanity? Does it encourage us to love and respect others as human beings, regardless of their religion or race?

Published Date: 2012-08-15

Praise be to Allah.

The Islamic view of humanity is filled with mercy and compassion, and it cannot be otherwise, because the Islamic religion is the last of the religions that were prescribed by Allah, may He be exalted, and He commanded all of mankind to enter this religion. He revealed this religion and sent it down to the most compassionate of mankind, Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). This is confirmed in the Book of Allah, where He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists)”

[al-Anbiya’ 21:107].


With regard to that, there are commands in the Qur’aan and Sunnah to

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From Social Butterfly to Humble Modest Muslim




Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:

“I have been sent down by God to teach moral virtues and to evolve them to highest perfection.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani, 273)

Before accepting Islam, many new Muslims had a less modest lifestyle. After accepting Islam, attention must be given to adapting oneself to a more modest way of life. This includes not only the way one dresses, but the attitudes one holds and their actions.

Seeking popularity in school, or work, etc. should not be our goal in life, and it should be seeking the pleasure of God over all others. Once we focus our attention to achieving that, we can more easily adapt ourselves to becoming a more modest, humble Muslim.

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Does Islam really allow the killing of innocent unbelievers?

This is one misunderstanding that keeps rising up against Islam.   Islam does not in anyway allow for the killing of any innocent soul.  I have gathered some of the Noble Verses that I am aware of that deal directly with war and peace to shed some light upon my readers.

Noble Verses that order the killing of the enemies:

Let us look at Noble Verses 9:28-29“O ye believe! Truly the pagans are unclear; so let them not, after this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque.  And if ye fear povery, soon will Allah enrich you, if He wills, out of His bounty, For Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, from among the people of the book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

Let us look at Noble Verse 9:5Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

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Women’s rights in Islamic civilization

Written by Islamstory


Islam provided woman with care and attention, elevated her status, and provided her with honor and good treatment whether she is a daughter, wife, sister or mother. Islam stated that both women and men were created out of one origin. Therefore, women and men are equal in humanity. Allah (be He Exalted) says: {O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women.} [Al-Nisa’: 1]. Many other verses show that Islam eradicated the principle of distinction between men and women in the common value of humanity.


Status of woman in Islam

Women's rights in Islamic civilizationRecalling these principles and disapproving the habits of Jahiliyah and previous nations with regard to the status of woman, Islam came to defend woman and place her in a status which she could not reach in old or later nations. Fourteen centuries ago, Islam prescribed for woman – as a mother, sister, wife and daughter – rights which western woman is still struggling to get but in vain!

Islam stated that women and men are equal in status and prestige, and that nothing detracts women because they are women. In this regard, the Prophet (peace be upon him) established an important rule when he said: “Women are counterpart of men”[1]. He (peace be upon him) always urged Muslims to take care of women. He told his companions: “I urge you to take care of women.” [2] He repeated this advice during his farewell pilgrimage when he addressed thousands of people of his nation.

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Solidarity in the Muslim Community

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany


Solidarity in the Muslim CommunityThe Islamic Sharia enjoins its followers to maintain cooperation, solidarity and unity of feelings and emotions among them, in addition to their solidarity in the needs and materialistic matters. Therefore, they became like the solid cemented structure whose parts enforce each other. Narrated by Abu Musa al Ash’ari, the Prophet (PBUH) says: “A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts enforce each other.”[1], or like the one body in which if any part is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it. The Prophet says: “You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it.”[2]


Comprehensiveness of Solidarity in Islam

Social solidarity in Islam does not merely stop at the material benefit, which is one of solidarity’s main aspects, but covers all the needs of the society; individuals and groups, whether these needs are material, moral or intellectual, and in the widest scope of these concepts. This means solidarity involves all the basic rights of individuals and groups in the nation.


All the teachings of Islam affirm the comprehensive nature of solidarity among Muslims. That is why the Muslim community is stranger to individualism, selfishness and negativism. The Muslim community, rather, lives on faithful brotherhood, generosity and helping one another in righteousness and piety all the time.[3]

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Treatiesbetween Muslims and non-Muslims

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany


Peace was the basis of Muslims’ treaties with the other. Through such treaties the two sides – Muslims and the other – live in a state of peace, conclusion of truce or reconciliation.

“As long as relations are based on peace, any treaties are either aimed at ending an accidental war and returning to the state of lasting peace or meant to recognize peace and establish its pillars in order to rule out any possible assault; otherwise it is caused by a breach of such treaties.”[1]

Throughout long eras, Islamic countries signed treaties and made covenants with non-Muslim countries. Such agreements included several commitments, rules, conditions and principles, which constitutes a development in the Islamic international law.

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Ethics in Islamic civilization

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Importance of ethics and values in Islamic civilization

ethicsEthics and values are the moral or spiritual aspect of the Islamic civilization. They are also the essence and basis for any civilization. In the meantime, they ensure the secret of their survival and resilience throughout the history and generations. If this aspect disappears one day, man will lose his moral warmth, which is the spirit of life and existence; mercy will quit his heart; his conscience will not be able to play its role; he will no longer know the truth of his existence and himself; and he will be bound with material restrictions, from which he can not escape.

Ancient civilizations and ethics

Ancient and contemporary civilizations had no major contribution or prominent role in ethics and values, as proved by Western scholars and thinkers. English writer Jude says: The modern civilization has no balance between power and morality, as morality is more backward than science. Natural science has given us a formidable power, but we use it with the mind of children and monsters … Backwardness is a human error in understanding the truth of his position in the universe, and in denying the world of values, which include goodness, right and beauty”[1]. Alexis Carrel says: In modern city we seldom see individuals adopting a moral ideal, although the beauty of ethics outweighs science and art, as it is the basis of civilization.”[2]

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Islam and Ethics

The word ‘Islam’ means to relinquish oneself to God (Allah). It is basically derived from an Arabic word-‘Salema’, which means purity, obedience, peace and submission. In the spiritual sense, it means acquiescence to the God’s will and conformity to His law. Except man, every other thing and phenomenon inthis universe is controlled by God. All things and facts are submissive to God and His laws,states Islam. God has blessed man with the traits of aptitude and choice. To become a Muslim, man needs to devote himself to the way of Allah and follow his laws.

Islam and Ethics

There exists a set of moral principles in Islamto differentiate between wrong and right. It prescribes what to do and what should be abstained from.Every day, man has to face a lot of ethical issues and no person can posses an instinctive, untaught and unlearnt knowledge of how to deal with these concerns.

Ethics of Islamdeal with those things that are prohibited in Islam and prohibition of which is beneficial to all mankind.  Nowadays, youngsters as well as adults find themselves in the thick of difficult situations and conflict. The habit of getting into these difficult spots is often attributed to ignorance towards the Islamic laws. On the basis of recent surveys, it was noticed that the main issues being faced by the current generation were employee theft, drugs and alcohol, misuse of proprietary information, abuse of company expenses, conflicts of interest, discrimination in hiring and promotion and many such things that shake the pillars of one’s existence.
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A Muslim as a first priority should strive to cleanse his
(spiritual) heart because heart is the leader of the body and all
organs are under its command. Our Prophet Muhammad ‘sall-
Allâhu ’alaihi wa sal-lam’ once said: “There is a piece of flesh
in the human body. If this is good, all the organs will be
good. If this is evil, all the organs will be evil. This piece of
[1] Walî (pl. Awliyâ) means a person close and beloved to Allâhu ta’âlâ.

flesh is the heart.” What is described in this hadîth is not the
physical heart but the spiritual heart which is located in the
physical heart. The goodness of the flesh, as explained above,
means its being cleansed from vices and its assimilation of
good morals (virtues). The physical appearance of a human
being is called (khalq). The power or state that exists in the
heart is called habits (khulq). Vices in the heart are called
“maladies of the heart” or unacceptable morals (akhlâq alzamîma).
Their cure is a very difficult task. Correct treatment
requires extremely sophisticated knowledge about the maladies
and correct methodology to apply this knowledge. Habits are
the faculties (malakas) or states or desires in the heart. It is this
power in the spiritual heart which generates man’s belief,
words, actions. His optional behaviour also is the work of (this
power which is called his) khulq.

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Protecting our Children from Lying

The doorbell rang in the house of the grandfather, and four-year-old Fahd ran to open the door. Soon, he returned running and jumping, announcing the visitor to his grandfather, “Grandpa! Shaykh Al ‘Uthaymeen is waiting for you in the salon.”


The grandfather smiled and asked inquiringly, “Who is it Fahd? Talk seriously.”


Fahd said insistently, “By Allaah, grandpa, Shaykh Al ‘Uthaymeen is sitting in the salon.”


The grandfather went to receive his guest and returned soon to hold back the mother of Fahd from punishing him saying, “Leave him daughter, Fahd did not lie. The day before yesterday, he heard me talking to you about Shaykh Al ‘Uthaymeen, May Allaah have mercy upon him, whom I described as a slim round-faced man, with large eyes and a thick white beard. When Fahd saw my friend Hajj Husayn, who has come to visit us, with the same appearance, he imagined that it was Shaykh Al ‘Uthaymeen!”

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