Abu Jabir Abdullah Penabdul
Mourning a non-Muslim
Mourning the dead amongst non-Muslims who was of good character & generous is allowed but praying for him or her is HARAM (not permissible) no matter how nice such a person was as long as he or she died on a religion other than Islam.
Saying RIP is not found anywhere in Islamic vocabulary thus not permissible for a Muslim to use it for a Non-Muslim who has died no matter how nice he was. Yes, you can mourn him or her but to pray for forgiveness, this is something that Allaah has forbidden. Not Penabdul!
“It is not (proper) for the Prophet and those who believe to ask Allaah’s forgiveness for the Mushrikoon, even though they be of kin, after it has become clear to them that they are the dwellers of the Fire (because they died in a state of disbelief)” [al-Tawbah 9:113]
That is why as a Muslim, the best thing you can do for your Non-Muslim family member or colleague is to relentlessly strive to invite them to Islam through your words and actions inspired by Qur'an and Sunnah.
We live by the tenets of the Shariah and are tested by Allaah to submit willingly to His Will even if we think that is not consistent with our "progressive and tolerant" mindset. Progressiveness and tolerance is found in the teachings of the Shariah. May Allaah grant us goodness.
Islam has allowed us to visit the sick amongst the non-Muslims
To be kind&generous to them. To extend to them the overall human compassion. To be just to them. To invite them to Islam. However, it is NOT ALLOWED for us to pray for their dead. This is a matter of Creed.
As a Muslim, you have the tag of being a follower of Prophet Muhammad S through strict adherence to Qur'an&Sunnah. There is no need to be apologetic because the non-Muslim is not apologetic about his claim of divinity for Jesus. Why should we be the ones to always bend the rules?
In my humble opinion, adhering to our pristine Islamic teachings in this world that we live in now will attract people more to Islam than us trying to whitewash pristine principles of the Religion innocently through the lens of tolerance.
Faithfulness and loyalty adds value to what we belive in. A non-Muslim might actually get attracted to Islam if he or she sees that we have refused to say, write or do certain things that are not permissible even if other Muslims are doing it in the name of tolerance.
I am absolutely convinced that Islam is the most tolerant faith & most realistic. If we the Muslims can learn with humility the endless knowledge found in Islam & practice to the best of our ability, we will be uncompromising with the truth & others will appreciate Islam more.
My DM and phone number is available, whoever wants to have a decent conversation on any of the things I put up here is always welcomed. Islam is an open book and encourages decent conversations with open mind. The aim is to clarify things or get things clarified for us. Thanks!
We are Muslims and our actions must be guided by the pristine principles of the Religion whether it affects our relationships or not. Islam is to prevail and not to be prevailed on.
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