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Should Muslims Attend Interfaith Events

Tom Facchine

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There's two types of interfaith events. Okay, the first type of interfaith event is something where people are actually interested in learning about Islam, or they're interested in, including you. Right at a community level, right? Something's going on. For example, we had a situation in upstate New York where some people were were shot and murdered. And some of those people were were Muslims. Now, the churches reached out and contacted us. And they wanted our participation in a sort of vigil event, because they realized that it affected us too. Okay, these types of events are usually fairly harmless, right? With the exception of if there's particular acts of worship going on, that

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obviously, we wouldn't want to participate in as Muslims. But when it comes to just the bare fact of participation in them, it's usually not a problem, because no one's looking to shape you, no one's looking to steer you, no one's trying to recruit you into their agenda, right. But there's another type. The second type of interfaith event, which is really just a Trojan horse, which is other religious groups are trying to coalition build around a certain type of politics, and they want you to be part of the team. And so they're basically asking you to adopt their politics. And it's usually of the liberal sort, we usually don't get approached by folks on the right for this sort of

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collaboration, usually, it comes from the left. And so in that sense, really, they're looking for you to prove to them that what they want Islam to be is really the real snap, right, they want a certain type of Islam that adheres completely to, to liberal values, and liberal political positions and things like that. And they're basically hoping that that's what Islam really is, and hoping that that's what you're about. And so they're going to invite you to participate in an interfaith event where basically the message is, while we're all the same, you know, look at how we're all sort of the same here. And that's the type of participation that I don't see any real benefit in for the for

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the Muslims or Muslim communities, you know, the whole purpose of supposedly tolerance and pluralism, etc, is that I get to meet me and you get to be right. So what's the point? If you're asking me to be it defeats the purpose entirely. Right. And that's a quick litmus test, if you if you are trying to test some sort of organization is coming your way, you have to basically put them to the test. Are you ready to accept Islam the way it is? Are you ready for me to represent this faith faithfully, right. And it's physicians, and it's what it teaches. It's normative sort of project for society and whatever. If not, then maybe the event shouldn't go on or the coalition, you

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know, shouldn't happen. And it doesn't make sense. Unfortunately, a lot of sort of what are called interfaith events are really an attempt to do Dawa, to the Muslims, to call them to be something that they're not to try to persuade them to leave some of their commitments, their religious commitments in order to conform more to sort of what society expects, or we should say, liberal values and what sort of the left expects, so you need to be very, very carefully need to be very, very smart when it comes to interfaith work. And you need to make sure that whatever benefits are going to occur due to collaboration and coalition building, do not come at the cost of compromising

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acceptance of Islam, as it is right or accepting you as a Muslim who holds the beliefs that you do, right, if the price to participate in a certain thing is pretending that I don't have a certain stance on this issue or that issue or pretending that Islam doesn't say what it says about this issue or that issue, then that's a price that we shouldn't be willing to pay. And Allah subhanaw taala warns us in the Quran about exchanging the guidance of Allah for a paltry price or for you know, for very little and this is one of those one of the illustrations of what that looks like, right? We don't exchange the guidance of Allah for anything, right. We need to be we need to be

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pushing other people, you know, and that's, I think the key. The key thing when it comes to our motivation and our intentions, we need to be doing data to other people. We don't let people do that to us.