The Places of Worship of the Non-Muslims and their Religious Independence in an Islamic State: A Review in the Light of Seera’h
Islamic society, which is based on justice and peace, grants all rights to each community living in its legal and juridical limits. It has been observed in the holy era that non-Muslims were given the right of building their temples and were also allowed to worship according to their religious instructions. The holy prophet (SAW) permitted them to practice their religious customs in their localities as they wished but conforming to certain limits imposed by Shari’ah in different agreements like the Charter of Madina etc. However, Muslims living in multi-cultural and multi religions societies raise the question whether the non-Muslims should be allowed to practice these things? The classical Muslim scholars find it a debatable issue. They do not seem to be in favour of granting them permission without setting conditions in the light of Islamic teachings. There is a second opinion which allows a Muslim state to grant non-Muslims their religious liberty and permit them to build their temples in their areas. This article deals with both of these conflicting views and authenticates the correct one in the light of Seera’h al Nabi (SAW).