Many people today tend to ask why we place a line of difference between the Muslims and the Jews and Christians.
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. And such a question has been answered many times too. In fact these types of questions hide under the banner of apostasy. It is a type of question 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 claim of uniting with Allah swt. People such as, Ibn Sab’een, Ibn Hood and Ibn A’rabi. These are the people who permit 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, that whoever permits, or declares that it is allowed to follow a deen other then Islaam, or to follow the shari’aah other then the shari’aah of the Messenger Muhammad [saw] he is a Kaafir who has left the camp of Islaam.
Allah swt says:
“Verily the only deen accepted by Allah, is Al-Islaam…”
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 (Jews and Christians) deen is like our deen, then he is a Kaafir with the consensus of all the Ulema’.”
Imam ibn Hazm in his book – Maraatibul Ijmaa’ (The level of Consensus) said:
“The Muslims are the ones who consent: that anyone who calls the Jews and Christians believers and belong to the brotherhood of the Muslims is Kaafir, and he agrees to call them (Jews and Christians) kufaar.”
Qaadhi Iyaadh mentioned in his book Ash-Shifa’aa:
“We declare the takfeer on anyone who follows the deen different then the deen of Islaam. And we declare the takfeer on anyone who doubts that those who do not follow Islaam are Kaafir.”
This is what the ulema used to believe and declare. But today we have people coming out with the 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 Allâh 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’ân), then you would have against Allâh neither any Walî (protector or guardian) nor any helper.”
May Allah swt protect our tongues from asking the questions which hide under the wings of kufr and apostasy.