08-22-2018, 05:59 PM
I was asked with this question but there doesn't seem to be a straightforward answer.Reply
08-22-2018, 06:45 PM
Equal in terms of what? The question should be specific. If it is anything related to hereafter, then of course, they are not equal. Muslims in paradise and non-Muslims in fire.
Is the question related to the worldly affairs, such as treating a Muslim and non-Muslim parent with kindness and care, then both should be treated with equal respect.
08-22-2018, 08:42 PM
Salaam alaykum. Saiden Abu Bakr was favored by Allah swt even before he was a Muslim. We never know if someone will become Muslim or not and they might be better than us if they become Muslim. Plus I have lived in the Muslim world and many so-called Muslims are very bad actually.Reply
08-22-2018, 10:03 PM
Ask them if falsehood and truth are equal, if injustice and justice are equal, if crime and obedience are equal, if blindness and sight are equal.Reply
If they make the above subjective to the whims of politicians, ask whether anything can be made lawful - including the worst crimes you can think of - if they say yes, which politicians, if they speak of democracy, ask of the same question as the one for the politicians, then ask of those born into any given society - but unwilling to comply.
36. Now with him there came into the prison two young men. Said one of them: "I see myself (in a dream) pressing wine." said the other: "I see myself (in a dream) carrying bread on my head, and birds are eating, thereof." "Tell us" (they said) "The truth and meaning thereof: for we see thou art one that doth good (to all)."
37. He said: "Before any food comes (in due course) to feed either of you, I will surely reveal to you the truth and meaning of this ere it befall you: that is part of the (duty) which my Lord hath taught me. I have (I assure you) abandoned the ways of a people that believe not in Allah and that (even) deny the Hereafter.
38. "And I follow the ways of my fathers,- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and never could we attribute any partners whatever to Allah. that (comes) of the grace of Allah to us and to mankind: yet most men are not grateful.
39. "O my two companions of the prison! (I ask you): are many lords differing among themselves better, or the One Allah, Supreme and Irresistible?
40. "If not Him, ye worship nothing but names which ye have named,- ye and your fathers,- for which Allah hath sent down no authority: the command is for none but Allah. He hath commanded that ye worship none but Him: that is the right religion, but most men understand not...
41. "O my two companions of the prison! As to one of you, he will pour out the wine for his lord to drink: as for the other, he will hang from the cross, and the birds will eat from off his head. (so) hath been decreed that matter whereof ye twain do enquire"...
42. And of the two, to that one whom he consider about to be saved, he said: "Mention me to thy lord." But Satan made him forget to mention him to his lord: and (Joseph) lingered in prison a few (more) years.
43. The king (of Egypt) said: "I do see (in a vision) seven fat kine, whom seven lean ones devour, and seven green ears of corn, and seven (others) withered. O ye chiefs! Expound to me my vision if it be that ye can interpret visions."
44. They said: "A confused medley of dreams: and we are not skilled in the interpretation of dreams."
45. But the man who had been released, one of the two (who had been in prison) and who now bethought him after (so long) a space of time, said: "I will tell you the truth of its interpretation: send ye me (therefore)."
46. "O Joseph!" (he said) "O man of truth! Expound to us (the dream) of seven fat kine whom seven lean ones devour, and of seven green ears of corn and (seven) others withered: that I may return to the people, and that they may understand."
47. (Joseph) said: "For seven years shall ye diligently sow as is your wont: and the harvests that ye reap, ye shall leave them in the ear,- except a little, of which ye shall eat.
48. "Then will come after that (period) seven dreadful (years), which will devour what ye shall have laid by in advance for them,- (all) except a little which ye shall have (specially) guarded.
49. "Then will come after that (period) a year in which the people will have abundant water, and in which they will press (wine and oil)."
50. So the king said: "Bring ye him unto me." But when the messenger came to him, (Joseph) said: "Go thou back to thy lord, and ask him, 'What is the state of mind of the ladies who cut their hands'? For my Lord is certainly well aware of their snare."
From Quran, Chapter 12, Yusuf.
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