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Why do we Muslims stress too much on other human beings as infidels and that we are always taught from the childhood not to trust the ´others´, and Do we always have to force others to be Muslims, Can´t we just let them co-exist with us in peace?
The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Islam does not suggest not to trust people but it suggests the truth, justice, peace and facts contributing to confidence.

Islam orders Muslims to convey the material and spiritual goodness not only for themselves but also for the people around and to help each other.

Allah holds Muslims responsible for conveying the message of Islam.

Regarding the issue, Allah orders the Prophet (pbuh) the following : “O Messenger (you who convey and embody the Message in the best way)! Convey and make known in the clearest way all that has been sent down to you from your Lord. For, if you do not, you have not conveyed His Message and fulfilled the task of His Messengership.” (the Qur’an, al-Ma’idah, 5:67)

“Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and argue with them in the best way possible. Your Lord surely knows best who has gone astray from His way, and He knows best who are the rightly guided.” (the Qur’an, an-Nahl)

Conveying the message of Islam is a cause. This cause is a cause of saving the belief. It is the cause of saving people from the severe seditions of the end of time and leading them to exalted purposes. It is a cause of saving humanity from the effects of carnal soul, satan and social atmosphere which has become incredibly spoiled and letting them enjoy the taste of worshipping Allah.

Pitying rebellious and sinful people who prepare themselves for Hell and running to help them with the sensitivity of a doctor and with the compassion of a mother is the cause of every person who set his heart on Islam.

The invitors to the religion are in grief; people’s deviation from the right path, their disobedience to Allah’s commands and rebelling against them strike the heart of the invitors. They cringe at their conversions from Islam and they feel they have nothing to do to prevent it; this makes them enraged and exasperated. Addressing the Prophet (pbuh) saying, “It may be that you (O Messenger) will torment yourself to death because they refuse to believe.” (the Qur’an, ash-Shu’ara, 26:3), the Quran illustrates the pain of the Prophet (pbuh) for the sake of conveying the message of Islam and the mood due to this pain. Essentially, every invitor has this kind of mood depending on the severity of the pain and they should have it.

The cause of attaining or losing the eternal field and property which is adorned with gardens and pavillions in return for their belief – that is, Paradise – is set on everybody. They will lose if they are not well certified with belief. And in this century, many fail this cause due to the plague of materialism. Could this man be satisfied with all the property of this world given to him for the cause he failed?

Muslim people have been given such a cause that if they had as much property as the Germans and the Englishmen and they were mentally healthy, they would spend this property without hesitation to win this cause.

As the members of the religion which teaches us the rule: “Those who sleep with a full stomach while their neighbors are hungry are not from us”, is it possible that this religion which deals with material hunger of the relatives and all the humanity as a result does not deal with the spiritual life of humanity?

When an eternal punishment like Hell is set in front of humanity, is it possible for them not to strive to rescue people from disbelief, injustice and cruelty?

In Islam, making up excuses does not work. There is no such thought as “ I shall be in comfort and I do not care whatever happens to others” or “ I shall go to Paradise and  I don not care if others go to Hell”.

While it is not considerable for a Muslim to watch a person in the fire and not to help him, is it possible to say “ Why are you doing this?” to a person who helps a person who is heading to Hell, by suggesting and inviting them to the right path?

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