Befriending a Non-Muslim for Worldly Benefit Is Not Disbelief
Fatwa No: 405748

Question

Aoa sir,
I wanted to ask one question. I have a non-Muslim friend (Hindu) and I am really closer to her. She's not like other Hindus, she actually helped me to go near Allah. By providing good Quranic material. I read one ayat which says you cannot have non Muslim friends like really close.
AM I GOING TO BE A DISBELIEVER IF I YET HAVE HER IN MY LIFE AS A CLOSED COMPANION/FRIEND? AM I GOING TO BE OUT OF THE FOLDS OF ISLAM?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that none is worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and messenger.

Your friendship with this girl does not take you out of the fold of Islam. The prohibited Walaa’ (taking disbelievers as allies) that drives a Muslim out of the fold of Islam is when he likes and befriends a disbeliever for the sake of his disbelief. However, befriending a disbeliever for the sake of obtaining a worldly benefit does not fall into the category of the prohibited Walaa’. Nonetheless, taking Muslim friends is better and yields better outcomes.

Allah Knows best.

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