Does Islam teach humility? Was Muhammad, who is supposed to be the ultimate example for Muslims, humble? Is it humble to claim you don’t know whether or not you are in right standing with Allah? Let’s take a look at what Islam has to say about these issues.
Does Islam teach humility for the believer?
“Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book (Christians and Jews) had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.” Sura 3:110
“Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved, and they will not [ever] believe” Surah 8:55
“Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures. Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds – those are the best of creatures.” Sura 98:6
These suras make it clear that the Muslim is to believe he is better than and superior to unbelievers. Additionally, sura 8:55 claims those who don’t believe in Allah are the worst of living creatures, simply for their unbelief!
Should the Muslim befriend unbelievers?
The bible commands Christians to love their enemy and to pray for those who persecute them (Matthew 5:43-48), and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31), but how does Islam command Muslims to treat unbelievers?
“For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies” Sura 4:101
“O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves?” Sura 4:144
“O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.” Sura 5:51
“Thou wilt not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, loving those who resist Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred.” Sura 58:22
So if you are a Muslim, according to the teaching of the Quran you are commanded to treat unbelievers as your enemy, told not to love them even if they are your own family, or befriend someone simply because they don’t believe the same thing you do. Furthermore, you can actually be accused of unbelief yourself for merely having someone of another faith as your friend.
Is Allah loving and humble?
“That He may reward those who believe and work righteous deeds, out of his Bounty. For He loves not those who reject Faith.” Sura 30:45
“Say: “Obey Allah and His Messenger”: But if they turn back, Allah loveth not those who reject Faith.” Sura 3:32
”And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” Sura 3:54
“Are they then secure from Allah’s scheme? None deemeth himself secure from Allah’s scheme save folk that perish.” Sura 7:99
We know that the God of the bible promises eternal life to his children because he is not a liar or deceiver (John 10:28), but how did Muhammad feel about his standing with a God who doesn’t love those who don’t believe, and claims to be the best of schemers?
“I am no bringer of new fangled doctrine among the messengers, nor do I know what will be done with me or with you.” Sura 46:9
When Muhammad told Abu Bakr, his closest friend and successor, that he was guaranteed paradise, this is what he had to say in light of Muhammad’s declaration that Allah was “the best of schemers”:
“By Allah! I would not feel safe from the deception of Allah, even if I had one foot in paradise.” (Khalid Muhammad Khalid, Successors of the Messenger, Muhammad Mahdi al-Sharif)
If Muhammad himself and his successor Abu Bakr were unsure of the schemes and deception of Allah, then how much more so for the everyday Muslim?
How are Muslims commanded to treat those who don’t believe the same thing they do?
“So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them” Sura 47:4
“And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.” Sura 2:191
“And as for those who disbelieved, I will punish them with a severe punishment in this world and the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.” Sura 3:56
“And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way.” Sura 9:5
“O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.” Sura 9:73
“O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).” Sura 9:123
“O Prophet, strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.” Sura 66:9
So Muslims are commanded to behead, slaughter, subdue, and kill others simply because they do not believe in Allah. This doesn’t sound very humble or loving.
So to recap, Allah doesn’t love those who are non believers, commands Muslims not to love or take unbelievers as friends (even if they are family), says Muslims are superior to those who don’t believe the same things they do, calls unbelievers the worst of creatures, Allah describes himself as a schemer so much so that even Muhammad himself was scared of his deception, and commands Muslims to fight and kill those who don’t believe the same thing they do. The answer is clear. Islam is neither loving, nor humble according to it’s own texts.
This is not to say we don’t know Muslim men and women who aren’t loving and humble. We all have friends and family who are Muslim, and they are really nice people. However, as a Muslim, you can only be loving and humble towards those who aren’t believers insofar as you are genuinely ignorant of what Islam actually teaches, or you chose to blatantly disobey the commands of the Quran.