Because you are so blinded by your prejudice, that is why you never come across the following verses (of the Qur’an) and Hadith. That is why even when scholars quote them during the time of religious crises you don’t get to hear them because you know exactly what you are looking for. FAULTS!!!!!
God does not forbid you to be kind to those who have not fought against your faith or drive you out of your home. God does not forbid you to be kind to them and deal with them in justice. God love those who act with justice. God only forbid you with regards to those who fight against you and drive you out of your homelands and support your being driven out (Qur’an 60:8–9) .
They are not all alike. Among the People of the Book (Christians and Jew) there are upright communities who recite the revelation of God during the night and fall prostrate before Him. They believe in God and the Last Day, enjoin what is right and forbid what is evil, and they vie with one another in good works. They are of the righteous. And whatever good they do, its reward will not be denied them. God knows those who fear [Him]. (Qur’an 3:113,114 and 115)
You will find the people most affectionate to those who believe are those who say, “We are Christians.” That is because amongst them are priests and monks that are not arrogant. (Qur’an 5:82)
Let not the hatred of some people who once prevented you from the house of worship incite you to commit oppression (Qur’an 5:2)
Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to faith. (Qur’an 5:8)
The Prophet (SAW) never fought the non Muslims who were not fighting him. Narrated Ibn Abbas:
“The pagans were of two kinds as regards their relationship to the Prophet SAW and the Believers. Some of them were those at war with the Prophet and he used to fight against them, as they used to fight him; the others were those with whom the Prophet made a treaty, and neither did the Prophet fight them, nor did they fight him.” (Bukhari 7. 210)
The Prophet SAW said:
“Whoever kills a non Muslim having a peaceful treaty with the Muslims, shall not smell the smell of Paradise though its smell is perceived from a distance of forty years.” Bukhari vol 4.391
He also said “Whoever attacks my ummah indiscriminately, killing the righteous and the wicked of them, and not sparing even those of little faith and not fulfilling his promise made with the non Muslims who have been given a pledge of a security–he has nothing to do with me and I have nothing to do with him” (Suhih Muslim 855)
Abdullahi Ibn Abbas narrated that when the prophet concluded a peace treaty with the Christians of Najran he said:
“Muslims will surely stand for you and return you in case of any plot or treachery in Yemen. No church of yours will be demolished and no clergyman of yours will be turned out and there will be no interruption in your religion. (Abu dawud volume 1324.)
During the expansion of Islam in Arabia, the Prophet (SAW) granted the Jews and Christians living in the settlements of Adruh, Maqna, Khaybar, Najran, and Aqaba protection of their lives, properties, as well as the freedom of belief and worship as long as they do not fight him. In one of his letters of peace treaty, the prophet wrote Harris Ibn Ka`b and other Christian leaders which said:
“The religion, churches, lives, chastity, and goods of all Christians living in the East are under the protection of God and all Muslims. No Christian will be forced to turn to Islam. If any Christian is subjected to any killing or injustice, Muslims must help him“.
To the Christians of neighbouring territories, he said:
“the security of God and pledge of His Prophet are extended for their lives, their religion, and their property – to those present as well as those absent and others besides; No bishop shall be removed from his bishopric, nor any monk from his monastery, nor any priest from his priesthood, and they shall continue to enjoy everything great and small as heretofore… They shall not oppress or be oppressed. If anyone demands his right from you, justice will be maintained between you. You will neither be oppressed nor be allowed to oppress others”
The Prophet (SAW) granted the Jewish tribe of Madina the permission to live as a separate religious community. In a document of treaty he signed with the Jewish tribe of Banu Awf and Banu khazraj, he said: “the Jews of Banu Awf are a community along with the believers. To the Jews their religion, and to the Muslims their religion”.
Freedom of belief was granted even to pagan who have once fought him and aided other pagans in fighting him:
“When the deputation of the pagan arabs of thaqif came, the prophet made them stay in the mosque. They stipulated to him that they would not participate in Jihad, pay zakkat or offer the Muslim prayer. The prophet said “You have my concession that you will not be called to participate in jihad, pay zakkat, or made to offer the prayer but there is no good in a religion which has no prayer in it“. Abu Dawud 1318.
By: Dialog NG
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