The many recent stories about atrocities by Islamic terrorists around the world led me to search the Internet for answers to the following questions.
What is the Islamic view of humanity? Does it encourage us to love and respect others as human beings, regardless of their religion or race? I found some answers to these questions on the web at http://islamqa.info/en/128862
- The Islamic view of humanity is filled with mercy and compassion
- Islam advises us to treat neighbors kindly, even if they are not Muslim
- In Islam it is forbidden to love non-Muslims and take them as close friends.
- Anyone who has common sense can distinguish between kindness, fairness, compassion and mercy, on the one hand, which we have been enjoined to show towards a non-Muslim who is not in a state of war with us, and love on the other hand, which we are not allowed to feel towards disbelievers
We all ought to ask questions whenever we see something we don't understand or think is wrong. I found many other web sites offering answers to the questions I asked. This seemed to be one of the most reliable responses I could find.
After you read the complete answer posted on the web at http://islamqa.info/en/128862, let us know what you think about the Islamic view on love and respect of Humanity? How does it differ from the Christian point of view?