Amphiist 60: Muslims should not be friends with non-Muslims, but can give them dawah

· Religion

There are many sides fighting to influence our world view

We need to listen to all of them (free speech)

Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover

The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:

The Amphiist defends the views of the oppressed

Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides

Amphiist (60)

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The mainstream media defends Muslims to a degree. The media encourages migrants from Middle Eastern countries to enter Europe, for example, and offers them benefits. Perhaps this is a way to offer some sort of reparations for the colonialism and imperialism of the past. Or perhaps there is a more sinister agenda in the hearts of the former oppressors. Of course, an argument can be made that the Muslims as a whole are still victims of systemic discrimination and prejudice. There are certainly an enormous number of Islamophobes in the world. For the next week or so, Amphiist will look at the Quran and ask what Islam really teaches.

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The Other Side

Muslims are not supposed to take Christians as friends, based on 3:118 in the Quran. The reason is that Christians, Jews, pagans, hypocrites, etc. do not believe in the Quran, but Muslims do accept the scriptures of Christians and Jews, people of The Books. Non-Muslims might pretend to be on the side of Muslims, but in fact they are only pretending in order to gain an advantage.

This idea is borne out by the sheer amount of Islamophobia that exists in the world today (and probably always has since the Prophet created the religion). It works both ways. There are people like Tommy Robinson who allegedly pretend to hate Islam just for the money that it brings from racists who really do hate this religion. And, of course, there are others who pretend to be interested in Islam because they have a sexual pull towards Muslims, or because they have been hurt by a Muslim and want revenge, or even because they have an imperfect understanding of what the religion entails.

However, I do know that Muslims can perform dawah, or educate non-Muslims about the religion. So why they shouldn’t strictly be friends, based on the Quran, it’s not like the two groups can’t intermingle. But the context should be Muslims teaching non-Muslims. One perspective, anyway!

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