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Can Muslims Take Jews and Christians as Friends?

  "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians as Awliya (Protectors, Benefactors  or Guardians); they are Awliya of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them as Awliya, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people"  Quran (5 : 51)

Answer: Yes, Muslims can take Jews and Christians as friends. In fact, Islam not only allows friendship, but also allows Muslim men to marry Christian and Jewish women. This verse 5:51 has been mis-translated. Most of the English translators have been non-Arabs whose knowledge of Arabic is limited. They have mis-translated the word "Awliya" which is mentioned in the verse as "friends". Awliya does not mean "friends"; Awliya means Protectors, Benefactors  or Guardians.

 

Siraj Wahaj: Can Muslims Take Jews & Christians as Friends?

 

However, the New Testament of the Bible says (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) :

14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." [b]
 17"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."[c]

Note: The Hebrew word "Belial," means "wicked" or "useless." The Jewish people sometimes used this as a name for Satan.

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