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Religious Freedom: Egypt, Denmark, Vatican, Arabia
By:Q: Hamed - Answer: Fadel Soliman
Date: Wednesday, 9 September 2009, 10:17 am

Examples: Egypt, Denmark, Vatican, Saudi Arabia

Title Preaching Religions: Whose Double Standards?

Question Salaams. I've heard that it's not permitted (by Islam) to let other religions (e.g. Christian preachers) preach and explain their religion in Islamic territories. How can Muslims expect other religion followers to let them (Muslims) spread Islam in non-Islamic countries, while they do not allow anybody to spread his/her faith in Islamic countries? Also why are Christians prohibited from building churches in Saudi Arabia? Thanks in advance for your explanation.
Topic Conveying the Message, Interfaith Issues, Islamic Creed

Name of Counselor Fadel Soliman
Answer

Salam, Hamed.

Thank you for your question.

Islam guarantees freedom of religion in Muslim countries. There are millions of Christians in Muslim countries.

In Egypt alone, there are more than four million Christians. They preach their religion freely. They even go to poverty-stricken areas, giving their charity to the needy, and distribute their proselytizing material, like richly colored pamphlets and booklets.

They also have huge and beautifully built churches, which number 2400, according to the official census of 1996.

In a country like Denmark, however, 250,000 Muslims are not permitted to build one mosque as Islam is not yet considered an official religion in Denmark. This is despite the fact that more than 5% of Danes are Muslims.

Muslim Danes practice their rituals in buildings that one can not differentiate from industrial constructions.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) warned against oppressing the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) saying that he will come on the Day of Judgment arguing against the oppressor.

The question that has never been answered is: Why are there waves of missionaries from European countries, where atheism has defeated Christianity, flooding the Muslim countries trying to baptize the needy Muslims instead of supporting the Christian youth with all their resources and educating them about the existence of God?

Regarding dawah activities in the West, first, most of those who do the efforts to educate non-Muslims about Islam are members of the Muslim communities living in these countries.

Second, dawah in Islam does not mean converting people to Islam but rather informing people about the reality of Islam.

We read this meaning in the Quran:

*{Just say the truth from your Lord, then whosoever wants to believe let him believe and whosoever wants to disbelieve let him disbelieve.} * (Al-Kahf 18:29)

Regarding the non-existence of churches in Saudi Arabia, every religion has a sacred land, like the Vatican for the Catholic Christians. we all know that there are neither mosques nor synagogues in the Vatican.

I think it would be very rude of Muslims and Jews if they ask for building their places of worship in the Vatican.

Likewise, the land of Arabia is a sacred land for the Muslims.

The wisdom in this is that every religion has the right to teach its followers that its beliefs are the right beliefs and that other beliefs are either false or not accurate.

Any person is allowed by law to stand at the corner of the street and say that 3 plus 3 equals 5, but he should not be allowed to teach this to the students in a school.

It follows that every religion has the right to have its own sacred land to preach its teachings without interruption or interference from others.

I hope this answers your question. Please keep in touch.

Salam.

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Let There Be NO Compulsion in Religion (Holy Quran 2:256)

"Invite (all) to the way of the Lord With wisdom and Beautiful preaching And argue with them in ways that are Best and most gracious" (Holy Quran)

Peace Be Upon All Of You

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Religious Freedom: Egypt, Denmark, Vatican, Arabia
Q: Hamed - Answer: Fadel Soliman -- Wednesday, 9 September 2009, 10:17 am
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