Shariah View on “Qur’an to Non-Muslims”

Question: According to a Mufti it is permissible to give Qur’aan copies to non-Muslims. The conditions for permissibility according to him are:

* The intention should be their guidance.

* There should be reasonable confidence that they will not disrespect the Qur’aan. Nevertheless, it is better to give them a translation without the Arabic text.

* If a copy with the Arabic text is given, they should be asked to purify themselves (with ghusl).

Is this fatwa correct?

Answer (by Mujlisul Ulama):

The fatwa is highly erroneous. The conditions stated by the Mufti are his hallucinations. Da’wah may not be executed with haraam methods. The idea of haraam being a valid method for Da’wah is termed Talbeesul Iblees (deception and trick of shaitaan). Hidaayat (guidance) is from only Allah Ta’ala. Even the Ambiya were commanded to say: “Upon us is to only deliver the Message.” The function of the Ambiya is delivery of the Message of Allah Ta’ala, and this Message has to be delivered in halaal methods. The Ambiya never employed haraam methods to propagate the pure Deen of Allah Ta’ala.

Furthermore, instead of being guided, the likelihood of non-Muslims developing greater aversion for Islam by reading a translation is real and strong. They will not correctly understand the Aayaat pertaining to Jihad and killing non-Muslims. They will not at all understand the Aayaat because of ignorance of the variety of contexts in which the Qur’aanic verses were revealed.

The idea of there being reasonable confidence that the kuffaar will not disrespect the Qur’aan is ludicrous. The Mufti has displayed total lack of understanding of the mood of the kuffaar in this era of hatred for Islam and Muslims. It is indeed stupid to expect the kuffaar to show respect and reverence for the Qur’aan which they believe is ‘false’ and a ‘fabrication’ of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Asking them to take ghusl is laughable.

The Head Mufti has erred grievously with his fatwa and with this fatwa he has confirmed his lack of understanding the environment and the people with whom he deals. It is haraam to give Qur’aan copies to the kuffaar, and it is not permissible to publish translations without the Arabic text.

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