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Is It Permissible To Help a Non-Muslim Practice Their Faith?

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Seekersguidance.org

Question:

Is it permissible to help a non-Muslim practise their non-Islamic faith? For example, can you by specific food for Hindi that they will use in their religious rituals?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Directly facilitating non-Muslim religious practices is not permissible. For example, one could not hold someone’s baby for a priest to baptise. However, it would only be disbelief if it was done with belief in that religion. Giving charity to a temple would also be sinful.

As for indirectly helping them, such tell someone where the nearest church is while knowing that they are Christian will go and attend the service, is not sinful, because it does not constitute direct support.

Please see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tc4MsbeK2k
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/principles-work-assisting-sin-video/

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid Dingle

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

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