Muslims Views on Interfaith Relations
Over the centuries of Islamic history, Muslim rulers, Islamic scholars, and ordinary Muslims Muslim women, however, may not marry non-Muslim men. The idea of . This has completely reshaped relations between Islam and other religions. Today's topic is: Relationship between Muslims & Non Muslims; whether they are living in a Muslim or non Muslim country but particularly in the. Assuming you are referring to a marital relationship the following should be considered if you are/ or aspire to be a practicing Muslim: There is a consensus on.
In the majority of countries where the question was asked, Muslims who pray several times a day are more likely than those who pray less often to believe that Islam is the one true faith leading to eternal life.
Differences by frequency of prayer consistently are large across the countries surveyed in Southern and Eastern Europe. For example, in Russia, Muslims who pray several times a day are 41 percentage points more likely than those who pray less often to believe Islam is the one true path to eternal salvation.What Happened When a Devout Muslim and Devout Catholic Got Married in Small-Town Iowa
Converting Others In most countries surveyed, at least half of Muslims believe it is their religious duty to try to convert others to the Islamic faith. The belief that Muslims are obligated to proselytize is particularly widespread in sub-Saharan Africa. Across the region, at least three-quarters of Muslims believe it is their religious duty to try to spread Islam to non-Muslims.
A majority of Muslims in the South Asian countries surveyed also say trying to convert others to Islam is a religious duty.
Many Muslims in Central Asia as well as Southern and Eastern Europe do not believe that their faith obliges them to try to convert others. In general, Muslims who pray several times a day are more likely than those who pray less frequently to say proselytizing is a religious duty. Religious Conflict as a Big National Problem In only seven of the 38 countries where the question was asked do at least half of Muslims describe conflict between religious groups as a very big national problem, and in most cases worries about crime, unemployment, ethnic conflict and corruption far outweigh concerns about religious conflict.
But a substantial minority of Muslims in a number of countries surveyed do see religious strife as a major issue.
Among Muslims in Central Asia as well as Southern and Eastern Europe, fewer than four-in-ten consider religious conflict a very big problem in every country surveyed. In the other countries surveyed in these regions, less than a quarter see religious conflict as a very big problem. In Southeast Asia as well, relatively few Muslims see religious conflict as a serious problem.
Overall, the survey finds that opinions about whether religious conflict is a very big problem track closely with opinions about ethnic conflict as a problem. In every country surveyed, Muslims who see religious conflict as a very big problem in their country are more likely than those who see it as a less serious issue to consider conflict between ethnic groups to be a major national concern.
In Thailand, a small percentage of Muslims report hostilities between Muslims and Buddhists in their country.
In nearly every country surveyed in Central Asia and Southern and Eastern Europe, fewer than a quarter of Muslims perceive widespread religious hostilities.
Familiarity With Other Faiths In only three of the 37 countries where the question was asked do at least half of Muslims say they know a great deal or some about Christian beliefs and practices. In Thailand, where Muslims were asked to rate their knowledge of Buddhism, less than one-in-five say they are familiar with the Buddhist faith. However, substantial proportions of Muslims in the sub-Saharan African countries surveyed do say they know some or a great deal about the Christian faith.
Fewer than one-in-five Muslims say they are familiar with Christianity in only one sub-Saharan African country: Elsewhere in Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as Central Asia, fewer than one-in-four Muslims are familiar with the Christian faith. But fewer than one-in-five Muslims in other countries in the region say they know some or a great deal about the Christian religion.
In Thailand, most Muslims see Islam and Buddhism as very different. In general, Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa are more likely than their counterparts in other regions to say that Islam and Christianity have a lot in common. Elsewhere in Central Asia and Southern and Eastern Europe, no more than about three-in-ten believe the two faiths have a lot in common. In five of the seven countries surveyed in the Middle East and North Africa, a majority or plurality see Islam and Christianity as very different religions.
Knowledge Related to a Sense of Commonality Muslims who say they know at least something about Christianity are considerably more likely than those with less knowledge to believe the two faiths have a lot in common.
And in most countries surveyed, few are comfortable with the idea of their son or daughter marrying outside the faith. Sub-Saharan Africa is the one region where the contact between Muslims and non-Muslims is often more frequent.
For instance, substantial percentages Muslims in the region report that their families include both Muslims and Christians. In addition, Muslims in sub-Saharan African tend to participate in inter-faith classes and meetings at a higher rate than Muslims in other regions.
Thus they were punished in a way that their independent status was terminated and they were included among the subject of the Muslim government of Arabia. The following order was issued forth by God one year before the death of the Holy Prophet: First, there was no regular state formulated on the Arabian soil. So when the establishment of a regular state was planned, it was to be perceived what should be the status of the Jews and the Christians reluctant to embrace Islam.
Therefore, they were declared Zimis and were levied the tax of Jizyah upon them. It was made clear that they would not render compulsory military service in return to their payment of Jizyah. This punishment was not the same for the believers of the Holy Books and the pagans. The pagans were warned to be ready for death or exile in case they failed to accept Islam as their religion whereas the believers of the Holy Books were just declared Zimmis. Thus these instructions were also exclusively related with the direct addressees of the Holy Prophet.
Since a Rasool is himself a court of God set in this world, they were penalized by this court. This instruction is no more applicable in later periods. This is why, there is neither any Zimmi today nor does the tax of Jizyah exist. Now, all the non-Muslims ruled by a Muslim government are the party of the treaty made between the two groups by the constitution of that country.
Muslims' Relationships with Non-Muslims
And the Muslims are bound to honor this treaty and treat the non-Muslims with justice. This principled and ideological discussion gives birth to some questions. The first one is about the obligations of the Muslim governments of today towards the non-Muslim minorities according to the Islamic point of view.
The answer is that in the present day all the Muslim governments are the members of the United Nations Organization and they are, therefore, bound to observe its charter. They are also bound to honor the treaties with any other nation on reciprocal basis. Their treatment with the minorities has to be just; rather they must treat them even better than their own people. The second question deals with the issue of separate electorate and separate seats for the non-Muslims in the parliament.
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It is important to know the Islamic point of view in this regard. In fact, it all depends on the mutual settlement between the Muslims and the non-Muslim minority whether they go for separate electorate or joint elections. However, the opinion of the non-Muslims should be given priority as Islam teaches nice conduct with non-Muslims. The joint elections seem more appropriate if perceived from the Islamic angle.