Ayatollah Khomeini said, “There is no humour in Islam.” He should have said as well that there was no humility in Islam either.
Islam teaches its adherents that non-Muslims are inferior beings – the kafir. Such a view helps to explain why Islamic organisations in Australia never, ever, concede any responsibility, and will always lay blame elsewhere (see yesterday’s post on the MIA press release for an example).
A few minutes on Google provided a set of rules (PDF – 700kB) for how Muslims should interact with non-Muslims. There will be plenty of others which say similar things. The sites for dumb infidels tend to obfuscate these rules, but when you get down to the detail, the Islamic scholars leave little room for doubt.
1. Can Muslims befriend [non-Muslims]?
No. The Quran forbids Muslims to take friends anyone other than believers. See verse 5:51, 3:28, 48:29 and others, along with their classical tafaasiir [critical interpretation], and the rulings of classical scholars.
Qur’an 5:51 states:
O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.
Qur’an 3:28 states:
Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully; and Allah makes you cautious of (retribution from) Himself; and to Allah is the eventual coming.
Qur’an 48:29 states (first sentence):
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those with him are firm of heart against the unbelievers, compassionate among themselves…
Just in case this is a one-off, a further search reveals the same answer elsewhere, backed up with plenty of citations if you feel like further research:
Q. Is it allowed for a muslim woman to be friends with a non-muslim woman who is very decent, without neglecting her one religion and is there a severe punishment if she does?
A. Praise be to Allaah.
Undoubtedly making friends with a kaafir woman will adversely affect her religious commitment, because a kaafir woman does not behave in the same manner or have the same attitude as a Muslim woman, and she does not worship Allaah according to the religion of Islam. Therefore she will not avoid doing things that may adversely affect this Muslim woman who may be deceived by the modest dress or good manners of this kaafir woman, especially in matters that will adversely affect her religious commitment.
Similarly, making friends with her may lead to some kind of approval in one’s heart for the rituals that she does as part of her own religion, and this will weaken the sense of friendship and enmity for the sake of Allaah (al-wala’ wa’l-bara’).
Indeed, it may lead some ignorant people to disapprove of the ruling of Allaah that the kaafirs are disbelievers who will abide in Hell forever – we seek refuge with Allaah. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not keep company with anyone but a believer and do not let anyone eat your food but one who is pious.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2395; Abu Dawood, 4832; classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibbaan, 2/314; classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7341).
You may wish to browse through other Q & A on that site, because it gives a great insight into the gulf that separates Muslims from the rest of us.
2. Can a Muslim hire a [non-Muslim] for a job?
Yes if no other Muslim is found for the job; or if the job is of a lowly status like cleaning toilets, shoe-shine boy etc. OR if the Muslim needs to avoid any legal trouble with the kafir nation’s authorities and safeguard his and the Muslim community’s strategic Islamic or worldly objectives.
3. Can a Muslim work in another job such as accountant, delivery driver, doctor, etc. where he or she reports to a kafir in a senior position?
It is permitted if it serves the strategic Islamic or worldly interests of the Muslim or his Muslim community. For example, Muslim lawyers and Muslim female doctors are needed by the community. If a Muslim can become self employed, it would be even better.
How is integration possible when there is such prejudice against non-Muslims from the highest Islamic authorities?