Non-Muslims should make up their own minds about how they will deal with the believing and practicing Muslims that they encounter. But to make up one’s mind rationally, one must be informed about the facts. Some will expect our next words to be something pejorative about Muslims. But they are not.
We suggest that we should meet every individual that we encounter with a somewhat similar attitude. We should be willing to show fellowship and acceptance for every person that we meet, including Muslims. Of course, this does not apply to someone who is obviously and openly aggressive to us such as a person aiming a weapon at us or who is running toward us flashing a big knife! We should always stand ready to protect ourselves and our loved ones from overt danger. But in the absence of overt danger, we should always be accepting and welcoming to strangers. But our acceptance must always be cautious! Parents teach their children not to talk to strangers because not all strangers can be trusted, even the ones with candy in their hands. Especially the ones with candy in their hands!
A. The House of Peace
Islam divides the world into two or three main divisions, depending on which source one consults. There is the “Dar as Salaam”, the “House of Peace” which refers to the parts of the world ruled by Muslims. Then there is the “Dar al Harb” which is the “House of War” which refers to the areas of the world which are not controlled by Muslims. Finally, there is the “Dar al Sulh” which some Muslims recognize as the “House of Treaty” which covers the areas of the world not actually ruled by Muslims, but which have entered into a treaty with Islam.
We have a quick observation to make about the so-called “House of Peace”, where Islam reigns supreme. While the name would suggest that those living in this part of the earth would have a peaceful life, one has only to watch the news on most days to confirm that the Muslim-dominated world is certainly not always peaceful. When all non-Muslims are subjugated, Islam has historically always turned on itself and initiated violence within itself. This even occurred to an extent while Mohammad was alive and escalated immediately upon his death. Within days of Mohammad’s death, Muslims began killing Muslims.
Actually, when left to themselves, most Islamic societies are apparently quite non-violent. Crime rates are low. Many of the evils that are very evident and open in many non-Islamic societies are invisible and sometimes non-existent in Islamic societies. People are seldom exposed to the public drunkenness, highly-visible prostitution, licentious behaviour, divisive rhetoric, petty crime, theft and violence that we have become so used to encountering in non-Islamic societies. Of course, this all changes when the specific Islamic society is confronted by radical Islamists of a different Islamic sect. Radical Islamists kill more Muslims than non-Muslims by a ratio of over 2 to 1.
In short, for most Muslims, the House of Islam is peaceful most of the time as long as one remains subservient to not only the god of Islam, but to the most powerful Islamist around.
B. The House of War
Since shortly after the death of Mohammad, Muslims have referred to the nations that had not yet been conquered by Muslims as the House of War. The name tells the story! Since Mohammad’s move from Mecca to Medina, Islam has had an uninterrupted history of infiltrating and ultimately subjugating its neighbors. This movement has often been gradual but it was always unrelenting. Muslims are permitted to interact with non-Muslims but they are enjoined not to become friends with them. Ultimately, they are instructed to force all non-Muslims to submit to Islam and to Allah.
In Surah 3 and in several other chapters of the Koran, Muslims are taught to avoid making non-believers friends. In Surahs 3 and 17 and elsewhere in the Koran and hadith, Muslims are also taught that it is acceptable and even appropriate to smile in the face of non-Muslims while hating them behind the façade. When we encounter Muslims, we should be aware of these facts.
We are not suggesting we should shun Muslims or be in any way unfriendly to them, we do suggest that it is wise to be cautious when making Muslims friends.
- Muslim Relations with Non-Muslims.