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 Muslims` friendship with Non-Muslims

When are we allowed to live in The West?

Introduction:Remember that many people who immigrated to the west converted back or they lost their religion. Many of them became atheists. Statistics show that most Muslim children loose their Islam. Many Muslim girls and boys of Pakistani and Arabs .. etc are lost in the west, reading the Holy Quran without knowing the meaning, also loosing their mother tongue languages, Imams reading same sermon (khutbah) every week, Muslims competing in which one is richer and his house is bigger, .. If you don`t believe me, ask Paula Abdul.

To live in the west you must fulfill three conditions:

1) You should have a strong faith and a deep knowledge in Islam that will keep you from melting in their societies and let you keep your religion safe.

2) You should never love their culture or take them as close friends (i.e. guardians, or patrons). Allah said:

You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred (people). For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Ruh (proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself. And We will admit them to Gardens (Paradise) under which rivers flow, to dwell therein (forever). Allah is pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allah. Verily, it is the Party of Allah that will be the successful.(58:22)

O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya` (patrons, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliya` to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya`, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong­doers and unjust).(5:51)

This is because loving them will result in following them gradually. The Prophet (may Peace Be Upon Him) said: "Verily the one who loves a people belongs to them and the man is (in the Hereafter) with the people whom he loves"

3) He should be able to freely practice his religion so he should not be band from praying, fasting or pilgrimage. Allah said:

Verily! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): "In what (condition) were you?" They reply: "We were weak and oppressed on earth." They (angels) say: "Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?" Such men will find their abode in Hell - What an evil destination(4:97)

4) He should not intend to stay for the rest of his life in the west unless for some situation such as if he was practicing Da`wah. The Prophet (may Peace Be Upon Him) said: "I am free from (clear of) every Muslim who dwell in (reside in) between the Disbelieves" (Abu Dawud, Tirmuthi, and others)

Important note regarding Muslims` friendship with Non-Muslims

The Qur`an does not say that non-Muslims cannot be Muslims` friends, nor does it forbid Muslims to be friendly to non-Muslims. There are many non-Muslims who are good friends of Muslim individuals and the Muslim community. There are also many good Muslims who truly and sincerely observe their faith and at the same time they are very friendly to many non-Muslims. Islam teaches us that we should be friendly to all people. Islam teaches us that we should deal even with our enemies with justice and fairness. Allah says in the Qur`an in the beginning of the same Surah al-Ma`idah, "O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as witnesses to fair dealings and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just, that is next to piety. Fear Allah, indeed Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do." (al-Ma`idah 5:8) In another place in the Qur`an, Allah says, "Allah forbids you not with regard to those who fight you not for your faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them. For Allah loves those who are just. Allah only forbids you with regard to those who fight you for your faith, and drive you out of your homes and support others in driving you out, from turning to them for protection (or taking them as wali). Those who seek their protection they are indeed wrong- doers." (al-Mumtahinah 60:8-9) Allah has described Prophet Muhammad (may Peace Be Upon Him) as "a mercy" to the worlds. He was a sign of Allah`s mercy to all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims. In his kindness and fair treatment he did not make any difference between the believers and non-believers. He was kind to the pagans of Mecca and fought them only when they fought him. He made treaties with the Jews of Medina and honored the treaties until they broke them. There are many examples from his li