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Rights of non-Muslim Minorities

Host:  What is the situation of non-Muslims in an Islamic State?

Jamal Badawi:

There seems to be undue fears that if we have a true and sincere Islamic State that there would be persecution towards non-Muslim minorities.  It is true that an Islamic State is not a secular state where God is kept out of the picture.  […]

By |January 31st, 2015|Islam and Other Faiths|1 Comment

Did the Prophet massacre and persecute the Jews in Madina?

Historical accounts of Prophet Muhammed describe in detail his clear and fair dealings with the Jewish tribes in and around the city of Madina.

As soon as the Prophet emigrated to Madina, he established the Constitution of Madina or ‘Sahifa’. It was the first multicultural, multi-religion constitution in the world that gave everyone equal rights, including […]

By |August 9th, 2011|Islam and Other Faiths|1 Comment

Does the Quran contain anti-Semitic verses?

A common misconception about Islam is that it espouses hostility with Jews and Christians. The verse quoted in this regard is:

“O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other.”

In this regard, it is important to note the following:

a. […]

By |August 9th, 2011|Islam and Other Faiths|4 Comments

Why does the Quran refer to Jews and Christians as kufar, or infidels? What kind of respect and tolerance is that?

The translation of the word kafir as infidel is a grave error. The word infidel means someone who does not believe in God. The Qur’an does not allege that Jews and Christians do not believe in God. On the contrary the Qur’an refers to Jews and Christians respectfully as “People of the Book” and says:

“And […]

By |August 9th, 2011|Islam and Other Faiths|4 Comments