What does the Koran say about tolerance

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Coexistence and tolerance in Islam

Dear believers,
Tolerance is at the core of Islamic ethics. Tolerance means not to disapprove of anyone, not to offend or humiliate others. It also means forgiving others and tolerating people of other beliefs and worldviews.

The most beautiful examples of tolerance, which increase love between people and which destroy hatred and resentment between people, we find in the life of our Prophet (sws), of whom the Qur'an speaks with praise: “And you are truly great Nature."1

When asked about the character of our Prophet, Aisha (r) reported: “He did not utter any wicked words or show any wicked conduct. He did not expose himself to other people in the bazaar. He did not respond evil with evil, but was forgiving and tolerant. "2

Dear Believers!
In order for an atmosphere of tolerance to develop, people should love one another. Because tolerance is nourished by love. Where there is love there is tolerance and where there is unkindness there is intolerance.

This principle was summarized by our prophet as follows: "Be tolerant so that you may reap tolerance."3 Otherwise we cannot expect tolerance from other people when we show other people such actions that we do not want ourselves. Because the one-sided expectation of tolerance means abuse of this virtue and it would be a selfish act.

Dear believers!
Islam's understanding of tolerance is so extensive that it encompasses not only Muslims but all of humanity. Because the freedom of belief and the free practice of religion are among the indispensable basic rights of human beings. Respecting these rights is everyone's responsibility.

Tolerance is not submission and consent to any injustice, exclusion and discrimination. In contrast, it is showing understanding and respect for different thoughts, identities and beliefs; as well as the effort and determination to live together with these differences in peace.

Because the creation of people with different languages ​​and different skin colors is the sign of the infinite power of Allah, which is described in our noble Koran as follows: “And his signs include the creation of the heavens and the earth and (also) the diversity of your languages and colors. Verily in this are signs for those who know. ”4

Dear siblings!
One of the indispensable elements of social life in peace is tolerance. It is important that people who live together in the same society always behave according to the principle of mutual love, respect, tolerance and forbearance.

For this reason, one is dependent on tolerance as one of the most beautiful virtues of Islam in the family, in the district, in the neighborhood, in school, in the social media and at work, in short in every situation in life. This need can be felt especially in the social media. Because involuntary postings in the social media damage the atmosphere of tolerance. Everyone should pay attention to this.

With the wish that the words of Yunus Emre become the basic principle of our actions: “Love the created for the sake of the Creator”, I congratulate you on Friday and hope that your righteous works will be accepted by Allah.


The DITIB Sermon Commission


1 Koran, al-Qalam, 68/4
2 at-Tirmidhi, Birr, 69
3 A. Ibn Hanbal, I, 249
4 Koran, ar-rum, 30/22


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