In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Ever Merciful…
Question: A well-known preacher in the West says: Islaam does not require anyone to hate any of the people. He also says: I do not want a religion that requires me to hate some people. This understanding has spread, and some of the Muslims have adopted it. What is your advice to the one who said this and to those Muslims who have followed him?
Answer by Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Muhyiud-Deen, Former Professor at the Islamic University of al-Madeenah and Mufti at the Prophet’s Masjid (may Allaah preserve him):
This poor, misguided person does not know about Islaam. Someone who says that Islam does not include any hatred, and (this includes) that it does not include love either, since love and hatred [are inseparable]… This is Liberalist philosophy. The Shaytaan (Devil) has spoken upon this person’s tongue when he said there is no hatred, since there would be no love either, as a logical result. Impossible. You must hate disbelief and its people. You detest disbelief and its people. Could you watch the cross being worshipped and say: Be happy, there’s nothing (wrong) with that, or it’s nothing?! He would either be happy, or say there is nothing wrong. There is absolutely something wrong here, why is that? Because everything that is worshipped besides Allah is an enemy to Allaah! All of mankind are required to worship Allaah, ( O Mankind! ) What? [Students reply, ( Worship your Lord ).] [2:21]
It is a must to love Allaah: ( You do not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day having mutual love for those who have opposed Allaah [and His Messenger] ) [58:22]
( There are some people who take (things) less than Allaah… ) As what? ( As partners, loving them as they love Allaah. However, the people who believe have stronger [love for Allaah] ) [2:165]
Love and hatred are found in the heart, however they appear outwardly, just as eemaan (faith) is found in the heart and appears on the limbs as well. Eemaan is in the heart, love is in the heart, and hatred is in the heart. They (all) become manifest on the limbs, as Allaah, the Mighty and Exalted, has said. This is similar to how a tree contains water, right? When a tree receives enough water it becomes green. When it receives less water, it turns yellow. When the water is scarce, what happens? It dies! Similar to this is eemaan – when it is alive in the heart, it has righteous deeds that extend and increase it, since it may increase or decrease. How? By righteous actions. It increases with good deeds and decreases with bad deeds.
It is not possible for the tree of eemaan to be green in such a bankrupt person’s heart. Rather it is dead! He does not hate disbelief and its people?! Think about the idols, huh? What did Ibraaheem do to them? What did he do to them? Maa shaa’ Allaah, playing games… Relics (of art or ancient civilizations)! Leave them as relics, what do you think? Their idols! What did Ibraaheem do? ( He then broke them into pieces, except for a large one they had ) [21:58] He challenged their faith! Allaah made Ibraaheem a patron ally! Did he hate for Allaah’s sake or not? Did he break their idols or not?
Ah, the Messenger, what did he do with the idols of Quraysh when he came to Makkah? Did he leave them (as relics)? Huh? Did he leave them – O people! – or what did he do? He broke them, how many of them? ( The truth has come… ) [17:81], and what? ( And falsehood has perished ) … Did he break them or not? Allaahu akbar.
As for him saying, “There is no hatred (in Islam),” why is there no hatred? How is there no hatred? This poor person does not know about Islaam! He is astray, leading others astray, he and those who follow him!
[Someone reminds the shaykh of a hadeeth…]
Well done! He has reminded us with (the hadeeth): “The strongest handhold of eemaan is to love for Allaah’s sake and to hate for Allaah’s sake.” [Ahmad, 4/286, authentic]
[End of the shaykh’s answer (may Allaah preserve him).]
Source: The shaykh’s recorded answer given after the Jumu’ah prayer on the 16th of Jumaadaa al-Aakhirah, 1434, in Jeddah. (Corresponding to: April 26, 2013 on the Christians’ calendar) [Arabic audio recording]
Translated by: Moosaa Richardson