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Qur’an Appreciates Christians

While mentioning people’s attitude towards the believers and followers of Islam, the Qur’an singles out the Christians highlighting their good nature and appreciable qualities.

In Verse Number 82 of the Fifth Chapter of the Qur’an, Allah clearly mentions the following:

“You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, “We are Christians.” That is because among them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant.” (Surah al Maaidah 5: 82)

From the above ayah, we learn that:

* The most intense of people among mankind to adopt animosity, hatred and intolerance towards Islam and Muslims are the Jews and polytheists.

* The nearest of people in affection to the believers in Islam are the true Christians.

* True Christians are generally more tolerant of Islam and its followers than all others.

* Christians who follow the true teachings of Jesus are inclined in affection towards the Muslim community.

* What makes the Christians stand out is the fact that among them there are good people in the form of ‘priests and monks’ and that true Christians are humble, not arrogant.

* Since this ayah specifically talks about the true followers of Jesus, not all those who call themselves as Christians are included among those who are “nearest in affection to the believers”.

* While Muslims must adopt good relationship with all sections of society, they need to be aware of people’s leanings towards them.

Find more info in Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Sal-lal-laahu ‘Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.

February 9, 2015 - Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. As Salaam Mualai Kuom,

    Dear Brother MuQeet,

    May I have a little bit of discussion?

    In today’s world, all Christians and Catholics associate at least 1 partner with Allah, which is the origin of disbelief. I have been into Catholic communities, and I do know it for facts, brother.

    The word “Naswara” in the Qur’an, I translate, interpret, and accept as it refers to the followers of Prophet Eesa, who are not today’s Christians and Catholics at all.

    Jazak Allahu Khairen and Barak Lahu Feekum.

    Yours Sincerely,


    Comment by Yaseen Waiyan | February 10, 2015 | Reply

    • 1. Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
      2. In the post I have clearly mentioned the adjective ‘true’ christians to make the point clear.
      3. This ayah is concerning the true Christians, not about all those who call themselves to be ‘Christians’
      4. It is true that there are elements of ‘shirk’ in today’s christian belief.
      5. The fact that today’s Christians are not following the actual teachings of their Prophet DO NOT make the discussed Qur’anic ayah invalid or irrelevant.
      6. The element of ‘shirk’ or disbelief in Christianity is not new, it was there even during the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
      7. It is also true that there are some Christians even today who do not believe in the divinity of Jesus.
      8. After your comment, I included this point in the post to remove any misunderstanding:
      “Since this ayah specifically talks about the true followers of Jesus, not all those who call themselves as Christians are included among those who are “nearest in affection to the believers”.
      8. Jazakallaahu Khayra for your comment and discussion.
      9. I thank you for your comment.

      Comment by MuQeet | February 11, 2015 | Reply

  2. As Salaam Mualai Kuom,

    Dear Brother MuQeet,

    If you could afford time to have chat with me for Islamic issues and topics occasionally or weekly, may I get your email address?

    For me, my understanding is: Prophet Eesa founded Islam with revealed book, Injeel, sent down by Allah. That book was totally lost in the first century CE. The Christian priests know that and a Catholic priest admitted this in the lecture of history of Catholic Church in his church, where I was one of the attendee. From this fact, by the time Prophet Muhammed received the Prophethood and Messengership, it was 500 years later and there were very few true followers of Prophet Eesa. If they were true followers of Prophet Eesa, they were supposed to follow Prophet Muhammed, which was the stated fact in the Injeel. It is very tricky to say the Prophet Eesa and Jesus Christ are the same person in the contexts of Islam and Christianity. It can make a new immigrant Muslim get wrong with religion (such as leaving Islam to join Christianity) especially after 9/11. Christians will say Jesus Christ is in Heaven (Muslims believe that Prophet Eesa did not die on the cross) and Prophet Muhammed (the greatest of creation) was under the ground. May Allah forgive me. So, my own personal opinion for myself first is NOT to mix up Jesus Christ and Prophet Eesa because they both have different contexts from Christianity and Islam respectively.

    Send me an email if you would like to chat about Islamic issues and topics like weekly or more or less. Nice talking to you, brother MuQeet

    Comment by Yaseen Waiyan | February 12, 2015 | Reply

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.

      thanks and jazakallaahu khayra for your comment and your personal opinion.
      it is taken in right spirit.

      Comment by MuQeet | February 12, 2015 | Reply

  3. Peace be upon you. 🙂 I nominated you for the Liebster Award because I think your blog is absolutely beautiful! https://islamstruepath.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/liebster-award/

    Comment by islamstruepath | February 14, 2015 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.
      Thank you, and Jazakillaahu Khayra for your magnanimity.
      PS: Today I found this comment in spam folder!

      Comment by MuQeet | February 16, 2015 | Reply

      • You’re welcome! 🙂 Oh wow, in the spam folder? That’s not good.

        Comment by islamstruepath | February 17, 2015 | Reply

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