As Muslims, should we be be friends with Atheists or the disbelievers? Should we hate them? The reason I'm asking this question is because of this verse in Surah Al-Maidah [5:57], O you who have believed, take not those who have taken your religion in ridicule and amusement among the ones who were given the Scripture before you nor the disbelievers as allies. And fear Allah , if you should [truly] be believers. I also heard that if you take Atheists as friends, then you are one yourself, is this true? So what should we do, should we hate the disbelievers?

asked 110311 omar's gravatar image
edited Nov 17 '13 at 19:42

omar you can search this question on this website. can muslims take jews and christians as friend. i think you will find it depends on which part of the koran you want to emphasize. the 60th surh is when the tearty of huddiyyah (something like that) was made when muhammad tried to do the lesser pilgramage from medina to mecca and the pagans were going to stop him. but the fith surrah that you quote was near the end of his life, after he was in control of mecca. also see verse 5:51.

(Nov 18 '13 at 14:36) mikejm3 mikejm3's gravatar image

I think we should not hate anyone for who they are or who they believe. You can be friends with anyone you want just make sure they respect you and your religion and your beliefs, if they are saying bad things about it you can either tell them or befriend them. no hate or fighting, violence is not the answered hatred isn't either. I hope this helped its simple and easy to do

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answered 1181518 IAmAMuslim's gravatar image

Asalaam o alaikum, the question of taking disbelievers as friends is about lowering your Imam, and being subject to disbelief and hearing the views of condemnation that can lead you astray. So in wise Allah tells us not to befriend such people.

Surah 2, 15-20

15 Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (To and fro).

16 These are they who have bartered Guidance for error: But their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction,

17 Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see.

18 Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path).

19 Or (another similitude) is that of a rain-laden cloud from the sky: In it are zones of darkness, and thunder and lightning: They press their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunder-clap, the while they are in terror of death. But Allah is ever round the rejecters of Faith!

20 The lightning all but snatches away their sight; every time the light (Helps) them, they walk therein, and when the darkness grows on them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could take away their faculty of hearing and seeing; for Allah hath power over all things.

This tells us that no matter what we say, in most instances, we can not convince an atheist, disbeliever of the truth. An atheist, or a person looking for the truth, if they are sincere and looking for guidance to change their lives, will need to understand the basic fundamentals of Islam. The first knowledge, the existence of Allah. The problem with atheists, is this, they are looking and adhering to scientific facts. They need scientific explanations.They are scientific rationalists. They need to encounter a phenomenon outside of scientific scope. Thus it is only by the will of Allah, that disbelievers, atheists will see the light.

Francis Bacon, once said "a little knowledge of science can make a man an atheist, an in depth knowledge of science can make a man a believer."

The Quran for non Muslims, disbelievers, atheists, is a book of signs, (ayaats) To a Muslim the Quran is a book of Fuqan ( guidance/ criteria).

Scientists today are eliminating models of god, but not Allah. " La illaha illla la" there is no god,,,,but Allah.

Atheists will tend to look at anti Islamic sites, and are afraid of Islam being in the spot light, especially in todays world. Islam being the most powerful and recgcnised religion in the forefront. So any atheist will read slander, misunderstandings, mockery, with such ignorance of the values and concepts of Islam, that they will appear in forums like this. To do exactly what you said, mock and ridicule.

ATHEISM IS LIKENED TO A DISEASE, find their faults in thinking and this is the only way to tackle an atheist......Ask them how a mobile was made,,,,,, then ask them who made it,,,,, the answer will be always a producer, manufacturer, a creator, designer, or such like. This simple questioning is the basis of making them understand Allah, The Creator, of All. But do they still see, invariably not, unless Allah wills.

Here Surah 2 ,I -24 1 A. L. M.

2 This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah;

3 Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them;

4 And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee, and sent before thy time, and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.

5 They are on (true) guidance, from their Lord, and it is these who will prosper.

6 As to those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe.

7 Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur).

8 Of the people there are some who say: "We believe in Allah and the Last Day;" but they do not (really) believe.

9 Fain would they deceive Allah and those who believe, but they only deceive themselves, and realise (it) not!

10 In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: And grievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to themselves).

11 When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "Why, we only Want to make peace!"

12 Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not.

13 When it is said to them: "Believe as the others believe:" They say: "Shall we believe as the fools believe?" Nay, of a surety they are the fools, but they do not know.

14 When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe;" but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you: We (were) only jesting."

15 Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (To and fro).

16 These are they who have bartered Guidance for error: But their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction,

17 Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see.

18 Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path).

19 Or (another similitude) is that of a rain-laden cloud from the sky: In it are zones of darkness, and thunder and lightning: They press their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunder-clap, the while they are in terror of death. But Allah is ever round the rejecters of Faith!

20 The lightning all but snatches away their sight; every time the light (Helps) them, they walk therein, and when the darkness grows on them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could take away their faculty of hearing and seeing; for Allah hath power over all things.

21 O ye people! Adore your Guardian-Lord, who created you and those who came before you, that ye may have the chance to learn righteousness;

22 Who has made the earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy; and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith Fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah when ye know (the truth).

23 And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (If there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true.

24 But if ye cannot- and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith.

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answered 3387 abyadgirl's gravatar image

Okay, you said the hearing the views of condemnation can lead you astray, what about those Muslims that are debating with Atheists? Aren't the Muslims hearing the views of the Atheists?

(Nov 18 '13 at 15:21) omar omar's gravatar image

The views are only relevant if they are asked with wisdom and the wanting of truth seeking. For many they only want to mock and ridicule. So, i guess it does not take long for one to recognise this in an atheist, from truth seeking to mockery. You can listen, but they will only reason with scientific basis, Do we have the true wisdom and knowledge to defend with scientific nature . Only that of the Quran is our evidence, so this must be used and to know the knowledge within.

(Nov 18 '13 at 16:40) abyadgirl abyadgirl's gravatar image
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