Islam Forbids Hates Speach for Other Religions

Islam forbids its embracers to insult the beliefs of other religions. Islam asks Muslims to respect the beliefs of other religions. Hate speach against other religious beliefs only triggers a hostility between religious people.

The Qur’an in Surah Al-An’am verse 108 reminds Muslims not to insult gods believed by other religions because it can invite insults to the beliefs of Muslims.

وَلَا تَسُبُّوا الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ فَيَسُبُّوا اللَّهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ كَذَلِكَ زَيَّنَّا لِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ عَمَلَهُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ مَرْجِعُهُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُهُمْ بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

Say, “Do not curse their gods besides Allah, for they will turn their backs on Allah without knowledge.” Thus do We make every nation think their work well. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them of what they used to do.”

Imam Qatadah, as quoted by Al-Baghawi, said the companions of the Prophet PBUH initially insulted the idols of the unbelievers. Allah then forbids them through the Book of Al-An’am verse 108 so that those who disbelieve turn back against Him.

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Imam Al-Baidhawi in his famous commentary, the Book of Anwarut Tanzil wa Asrarut Ta’wil, said, the Qur’an through Surah Al-An’am verse 108 prohibits Muslims from condemning the lack of gods that other religions believe in.

وفيه دليل على أن الطاعة إذا أدت إلى معصية راجحة وجب تركها فإن ما يؤدي إلى الشر شر

That is, “Surah Al-An’am verse 108 is evidence that obedience clearly can cause sin to be abandoned because of all wasilah or means that can cause evil (maki balik) as well as evil.”

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