If Islaam respects all religions (as some people claim) and all deens, then why do you differentiate between Islaam, Christianity and Judaism?
One who is sincere should not ask such questions. How can one claim that there is no difference between Islaam and other religions?
This is not a new question; rather it has been raised many times. It has been answered many times too. In fact, these types of questions hide under the banner of apostasy which diverts a Muslim from the fold of Islaam to the fold of kufr. And the carriers of such a question are those who call for interfaith.
The answer is simple to understand and remember… This call, to bond all religions with Islaam, is an evil call which brings apostasy and kufr to the scene.
The idea of interfaith started from the Sufis, from the people of Hulool, whereby such people carried the false claim of uniting with Allah (SWT); people such as Ibn Sab’een, Ibn Hood and Ibn ‘Arabi. These are the people who permitted the Muslims to become Jews and Christians.
It is known in Islaam by necessity, and from the consent of all the Salaf and the Khalaf (latter generations), that whoever permits, or declares that it is allowed to follow a deen (religion or ideology) other than Islaam or to follow a sharee’ah other than the Sharee’ah of the Messenger Muhammad (SAW), he is a Kaafir who has left the camp of Islaam.
Allah (SAWT) says: “Verily the only Deen accepted by Allah is al-Islaam…” [EMQ 3:19]
Sheikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab reported on the issue of ‘the negations of the Deen of Islaam’: “The one who does not believe that the Jews and Christians are Mushrikeen, or he doubts their kufr, or he says their deen is like our deen, then he is a Kaafir with the consensus of all the Ulamaa’.”
Imam ibn Hazm said in his book Maraatibul Ijmaa’ (The Levels of Consensus): “The Muslims are the ones who consent that anyone who calls the Jews and Christians believers and that they belong to the brotherhood of the Muslims is Kaafir.”
Qaadhi Iyaadh mentioned in his book ash-Shifaa’: “We declare takfeer on anyone who follows a deen other than the Deen of Islaam. And we declare takfeer on anyone who doubts that those who do not follow Islaam are Kaafir.”
This is what the ulamaa’ used to believe and declare. But today we have people coming out with kufr. And because of such people, distortion will occur in the Deen unless the sincere Muslims can stop them by continuing to carry the haq.
And Allah (SWT) says: “Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: ‘Verily, the Guidance of Allah that is the (only) Guidance.’ And if you were to follow their (Jews and Christians) desires after what you have received of Knowledge (i.e. the Qur’aan), then you would have against Allah neither any Wali (protector or guardian) nor any helper.” [EMQ 2:120]
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