Question: What is your opinion of the one who says, “The Jews and the Christians, there does not exist any religious enmity between us and them”?
Answer: The scholars have ruled that this (statement) is misguidance and disbelief, and Allāh’s refuge is sought…HayākAllāh These people are feeble-minded; these people have oddities with them. In the situations in which they are supposed to be stern, they are instead gentle; and when they are supposed to be gentle, they are instead harsh, switching around the affairs! Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله said: The Messenger ﷺ commanded us to fight the Khawārij and be patient with the Muslim Rulers. We have mentioned previously the narrations about patience, “Carryout that which is upon you, and Allāh will ask them that which they have been given authority over.” And there are other narrations that advise us to be patient. That is because the Messenger ﷺ gained divine lessons from Allāh, the Wise and Well-Informed, the Lord of all the Worlds. “Should not He Who has created know? And He is the Most Kind and Courteous (to His slaves) All-Aware (of everything).” [Al-Mulk: 67:14] Allāh’s truthful Messenger ﷺ conveyed this Message, this trust, so it is obligatory for us to encounter these texts with respect and honour, ruling to them and by them. As for these people (i.e. the Khawārij & others), they do not desire to take all affairs back to these texts. Rather they play games with the weak and inane misinterpretations. If there comes an innovation that the Messenger ﷺ of Allāh has warned from, they become angry and warn against the Salaf, while they say about the leaders of innovation that they are ‘Imāms’, ‘Mujaddidūn’, ‘Martyrs’, switching around the affairs! They have changed and altered Allāh’s Religion; rather they are worse than the Rulers in altering the Religion. They cry out, “The Rulers have altered (the Religion).” (We say to them) you all have changed (and corrupted) the Creed, Foundations of the Religion, and the Correct Methodology. Therefore, your evil and corruption is worse than that of the Muslim Rulers, by Allāh! The Ruler does not say, “This is Allāh’s Religion.” These people say the Muslim Rulers have altered Allāh’s Religion, while they have distorted beliefs, principles, and methodologies of the Religion in a greater way than the Rulers. Amongst the rulers are Muslims and disbelievers. However, you make your main concern the Ruler, and alter the Religion in order to fight against the ruler or against those who hold firmly to the methodology of the Salaf, not being pleased with these pursuits and changes in the Religion of Allāh, not for the ruler or the ruled. (We say to them), tread the path of the righteous predecessors in everything; if you seek the path of Ahl As-Sunnah, then this is the path. By Allāh, these people have altered the Religion of Allāh!