In India, there are some groups of hizbiyyah, who claims Salafiyyah, calls to love the kuffār and they give proof that the Prophet (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to love his uncle Abū Tālib (who is a kāfir). And they say we have example in Prophet (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to follow in this matter. And the love that is prohibited is love of their religion, but it is permitted to have natural love and humanity love with the kuffār. So it is permissible to love all the kuffār from the relatives and other than the relatives. And they also call some scholars of kuffār to their gatherings to give speech to Muslims.
This action is not from the way of Salafiyyah
These people are mumayyi`ūn (they do not have al-wala and al-bara, means they don’t love for the sake of Allah and hate for the sake of Allah). They don’t have any thing from Salafiyyah. They mixed the good deeds with evil deeds and they come up with this kind of doubt.
Having the natural innate love for blood relatives is permitted
Having natural innate love with blood relatives is permitted. So it may be that a muslim has a father who is a kaafir or uncle who is a kaafir or mother who is a kaafir, then he loves them with the natural innate love and there is no problem in that. But one is should not exceed the limits and extend this love to all kuffar. What is the relation you have with these kuffar, such that you love them with this natural love ?
What is relaxed in religion is the natural innate love of the relatives, which no one is free from that and no one can remove that (love from his heart).
The proof for the permissibility of this natural love for relatives :
“Verily, you (O Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills.” – Al Qasas-56
The word “like” mentioned here is natural love for the relatives.
Narrated Asma’: “My mother who was a Mushrikah (pagan, etc.), came with her father during the period of the peace pact between the Muslims and the Quraish infidels. I went to seek the advice of the Prophet saying, “My mother has arrived and she is hoping (for my favour).” The Prophet said, “Yes, be good to your mother.” – Al Bukhari – 5979
Clarification of the doubt regarding the love of Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) for his uncle Abu Talib
As for giving proof for loving all kuffar that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) used to love his uncle Abu Talib, he is one who raised him and who protected him from kuffar and served him great service. So the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) loved him with the natural innate love because he is his uncle.
As for his kufr, see what his son Ali (Radiallahu anhu) said: “I said to the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam): “Your paternal uncle, the old misguided man has died. Who will bury him? He said: ‘Go and bury your father, then do not do anything until you come to me. So I buried him then I came, and he told me to perform Ghusl and he prayed for me, and he mentioned a supplication that I do not remember.” An-Nasaai-2008 (Shaykh Al Albani declared as Sahih)
So he described his father as misguided and Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) told to dig a pit and cover him in it. And `Ali not called him as “my father” rather called him as “your uncle”.
And also sometimes even this natural love is also not possible with relatives who are waging war on Islam like Abu Lahab. Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) did not love him even with this natural love for his blood relationship because he was an evil person and an enemy of Islam.
We are created with natural hate for Kuffar
As for the kuffar where is the natural innate love? But we were created with natural hate for kuffar. As for loving the religion of kuffar then this is kufr. These people are not Salafiyyun, and they from Al Ikhwan al Muslimuun who intruded into salafiyyun to misguide them. There is no salafi or muslim who loves a kafir and say this is natural love. But we were created with natural hate for kuffar, and we hate them to severe hate.
This call toward loving the kuffar is means to call to Unification of Religions
These people are misguiding the muslims and we should warn against them. And they want to get the muslims and the kuffar closer and they may call towards the unification of religions (which is a major kufr, check the fatwa of the great scholars of the era here). So they take these kind of approach (of calling to love of kuffar) to reach their goals as people might not accept the unification of religions in first step. And upon us is to hate these hizbi groups and to warn the innocent muslims about them.
This is the way of Al Ikhwan Al Muslimuun who are a calamity on Ummah these times.
These Al Ikhwan Al Muslimuun, they don’t have al-wala and al-bara upon truth. They have al-wala (love) for the ones on their way, and they al-bara (hatred) on Ahlus-Sunnah, people of Truth.
In one of our classes our Shaykh Abu Bilal told, Al Ikhwan Al Muslmuun are trial and calamity on Ummah these times and they have in them the grave worshippers, the Rafidah (who declares Sahabah as Kuffar), the callers towards democracy and they gave gathered the evil of all of these people.
[Translators note : Some groups affiliated to Al Ikhwan Al Muslimuun are : Jamiyyat Ahlul Hadeeth Al Hind, Jamaa’at Islami, Kerala Nadwatul Mujahideen]
Wonder from Shaykh on giving a Kafir (who is worst of all creation) speech to a Muslim (who is best of all creation)
And see after this tamayyu`u (not differentiating between muslims and kuffar) what they have reached to, calling the scholars from kuffar to the gathering of muslims to give speech to muslims. A Kafir giving speech to Muslims, La ilaha illallah (Shaykh told this with wonder from action of these people).
Advice to these misguided groups and how to deal with them
So we advice them to repent to Allah from this door of evil that they have opened upon muslims. If they don’t repent, it is compulsory on us to warn against them and separate from them.
Answered by : Shaykh Abu Bilal Al Hadhrami
Compiled based on the answer of Shaykh: AbdnNoor Al Hindi
Additional answer from Shaykh Abdul Ganiy Al Umary, provided by Akhee Abu Sumayyah
Association of these people with the non believers and Christians in their country caused them weakness in the methodology of salafiyyah may Allah bless you, it caused to them; weakness and they have started to understand a lot of sharia evidences other than what Allah and His messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم came with, thus picture making is from the major sins, it is from the major sins and picture making is not permissible. Also their invitation of the leaders of kuffar from the anti Islamic organization to their dawah programs according to their claim while they give them spaces to give speeches this proves their ignorance we ask Allah for sound health, where is loyalty and enmity (for the sake of Allah)? Where is loving for Allah and hatred for Allah? In addition to that, they give them space for speeches and advices, we seek refuge of Allah.