Muslims across the world have been enjoined to solidify their relationship with all mankind, irrespective of religious differences.
The Chief Missioner of Nasru Llahi-l-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Morufu Onike re-echoes this at the inauguration ceremony of the Toronto, Canada Branch of the Society.
Onike said Islam as a religion with all intent and purposes enjoins Muslims to relate with all people with birr (righteousness; goodness) and taqwa (piety; God-consciousness) regardless of their faith, race, language, social class, and culture.
He said friendliness to people of other faiths is permitted in Islam, while in some cases more intimate relationships may be extended to Christians and Jews, who are described in the Qur’an as “Ahl al-Kitab”
According to Onike, Muslims are enjoined to relate with Non-Muslims amicably, with kindness and with justice, unless they are hostile, persecute nor drive Muslims out of their homes. He further reaffirms that Muslims should not even engage them in an argument “except in a most kindly manner”
To buttress his points, he alluded to the fact that Muslims are allowed to form alliances, partnerships with organizations which cooperate with non-Muslims for the attainment of the common good, that is why Islamic Countries are members of Regional and International organisation such as African Union, United Nations, etc.
Onike in his paper at the inauguration of the Canada Toronto Branch explained further the spiritual basis for the interrelationships between the Muslims and people of other faith.
The Prophet (SAW) said: It is better to be alone than in bad company, and it is better still to be in good company than to be alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent, but silence is better than idle words.