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  • Are Muslims Prohibited From Asking Forgiveness/Praying For Non-Muslims?

    Posted by Umer on June 25, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    A common perception among Muslims is that the following verse of the Qur’ān has stopped them from asking the Almighty for forgiveness of non-Muslims:

    مَا كَانَ لِلنَّبِيِّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنْ يَسْتَغْفِرُوا لِلْمُشْرِكِينَ وَلَوْ كَانُوا أُوْلِي قُرْبَى مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُمْ أَصْحَابُ الْجَحِيمِ (9 :113)

    It is not proper for the Prophet and those who believe to ask Allah’s forgiveness for the Mushrikun , even though they be of kin, after it has become clear to them that they are the dwellers of the Fire. (9:113)

    It is evident from the underlined portion of the verse itself that the Idolaters of Arabia of the Prophet’s times were condemned to Hell because of their persistence in denying the truth in spite of being convinced about it. It was such people about whom, the Prophet (sws) and the Muslims were stopped from praying and asking forgiveness. After the departure of the Prophet (sws), this intentional denial cannot be known since it could only have been known through divine revelation. Hence, this verse does not relate to non-Muslims of times after the Prophet (sws) and his Companions (rta).

    (Dr Shehzad Saleem)

    Umer replied 2 years, 11 months ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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