[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
“Whoever searches for a Deen other than Islam, never shall it be accepted from him. And in the Aakhirah he will be among the losers. ” –
(Surah Aal-e-Imraan, Aayat 85)
“(O Muhammad): Say: ‘O People of the Kitaab (i.e. Yahood and Nasaara), why do you commit kufr with the aayaat of Allah?’ Allah is a Witness to that which you are doing. ” – (Aal-e-Imraan, Aayat 98)
“(O Muhammad!): Say: ‘O Ahl-e-Kitaab! Why do you prevent those who believe from the path of Allah. You seek crookedness therein whilst you are witnesses. And Allah is not oblivious of what you are perpetrating.’ ” – (Aal-e-Imraan, Aayat 99)
For those who follow the ways and methodology of the Yahood and Nasaara, the Qur’aan sternly reprimands:
“O People of Imaan! If you follow a group (such as the interfaith munafiqeen) among those to whom the Kitaab was given, they will transform you into kaafireen after your Imaan.” – Aal-e-Imraan, Aayat 100
Allah’s Deen is only Islam. The command is to propagate and spread Islam. Sitting in cahoots with Inter Faithers precludes the Tableegh of the Deen as the sole repository of the Truth and that salvation in the Hereafter is inextricably interwoven with belief in this Deen of Islam.
When a Muslim participates in cohorts with the kuffaar preachers, he silently testifies to uphold their principles. The two fundamental principles and bedrock of the interfaith movement are:
• All religions have equal legitimacy.
• No religion is the absolute truth.
Whoever does not subscribe to these theories of kufr, cannot be a participant in the joint propagation which is one of the methods of the Inter-Faith movement.
While it is accepted that in his heart the Muslim preacher does not subscribe to these two theories of flagrant kufr, nevertheless, he has to step onto the interfaith platform overtly conveying the impression that he is part of the interfaith group, hence he is constrained to show ‘tolerance’ to the concepts and doctrines of kufr of all religions and not criticize or refute the beliefs of kufr. In other words, he is constrained to equate all kufr ideologies with Islam, placing them on par with this Deen of Allah Azza Wa Jal.
While the miscreant Muslim preacher is lured into Shaitaan’s snare with the bait of offering Islam to the audience, the shallowness of his intellect precludes him from understanding the inherent danger of equating all religions with Islam, and in accepting to be gagged by his inter-faith consorts. When kufr is presented, the Muslim preacher has to maintain absolute silence. While he may present Islam, he may not draw comparisons nor point out to the audience that Islam is the exclusive Truth, and without belief in Islam there is everlasting damnation in the Hereafter. He is not allowed to proclaim that by Allah only Qur’aanic Tauheed is the Truth, and only Islam is accepted, and all other religions and ideologies are mardood (rejected).
The Qur’aan commands that the Muballigh proclaim to mankind that safety and salvation are only in belief in Islam, and that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is the Final Nabi who abrogated all previous Scriptures and religions. He is instructed to inform entire mankind in unambiguous terms that without Islam they are doomed to everlasting ruin and destruction in Hell-Fire.
A ‘tolerance’ which condones kufr, shirk and atheism is a satanic deception. It is with this principle of ‘tolerance’ which constitutes an article of faith of the inter-faith movement that Shaitaan succeeds to erode the Muslim’s inhibition and aversion for kufr and shirk. While the Muslim preacher who has embraced the interfaith movement preaches one dimension of Islam, he conceals and sweeps under the carpet the other vital dimension on which hinges mankind’s everlasting success and salvation in the Hereafter. In so doing, this Muslim preacher comes fully within the scope of the Qur’aanic aayat:
“What! Do you believe in part of Kitaab and commit kufr with a part?”
This is the accursed practice of the Ahl-e-Kitaab which Muslim inter-faith preachers have adopted in our time.
Inter-faith is an extremely subtle and intensely dark shaitaani plot. It is a direct assault on Tauheed. It is haraam to participate in inter-faith joint propagation.
Islam cannot be propagated by elevating kufr and shirk, and by demoting Tauheed to the level of all other baatil religions and ideologies.