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Rights of Non-Muslims



Living of Muslims and Non-Muslims together in one place is an ancient practice. This co-existence should not result in any disturbance that can ruin the life of community. Non-Muslims living in Islamic state or a Muslim living in a Non-Muslim state should respect the rights of others. Islam has given rights to Non-Muslims over a Muslim as well. Islam is a religion of peace and wants peace. The teachings of Islam are not restricted to Muslims but for the Non-Muslims as well. The rights of Non-Muslims are as under.

Rights of Non-Muslim

  1. Be good to them.
  2. Be kind to them.
  3. Be benevolent and Help them in every possible way.
  4. Do not hurt them.
  5. Do not misbehave with them.
  6. Smile when you meet them.
  7. Be fair in dealing with them.
  8. Do not cheat on them.
  9. Do not hate them.
  10. Be humble, have sympathy ad empathy towards them.
  11. Respect them.
  12. Do not create disturbance which can lead to destruction.
  13. Do not violate their rights.
  14. If made a contract with them then fulfill it.
  15. Do not transgress or diminishes his rights.
  16. Do not overburden them.
  17. Do not take any of his property without his consent.
  18. Do not kill them.
  19. Follow the laws of the country if a Muslim in living in a non-Muslim country.

Living in a Muslim state

  1. If living in a Muslim state then protect them from external dangers.
  2. Do not kill them.
  3. They should be free to perform their religious duties.
  4. Be kind to them.
  5. They should be given all the rights like Muslims living in the state.
  6. Do justice to them as well.
  7. Do not discriminate them on basis of their faith.
  8. Do not hate them.
  9. Do not harm their places of pray.
  10. Do not force them to leave their faith.
  11. Do not take their property without their consent.
  12. If they are neighbors, they have same rights as Muslim neighbors.
  13. Defend their rights if they are weak.

Can a Muslim marry a non-Muslim

A Muslim man can marry a non-Muslim girl who is a Christian or Jew as they are people of book. Besides them, Hindus, Buddha and girls belong to any other religion are prohibited. On the other hand a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim.


There are following limitations on Muslims when living with Non-Muslims.

  1. Do not follow their traditions.
  2. Do not indulge in Non-Islamic activities with them.
  3. Respecting them does not mean to believe in their faith.
  4. Do not kill them until they started it as a war.


(If you find any mistake in this article please feel free to contact us and point it out. We will try to correct it in the light of Quran and Sunnah. May Allah bless us all with the authentic knowledge of Islam. May this effort of ours ease the way of jannah for our family).


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