Praise be to Allaah.
If you say that the attitude of the kuffaar is better than
the attitude of the Muslims – in absolute terms – then this is haraam, no
doubt about it. In fact the one who says that should be asked to repent,
because the most important attitude is a person’s attitude towards Allaah,
and correct etiquette towards Him means not worshipping anyone other than
Him. This attitude is to be found only among the Muslims and not others, and
this general usage includes all the Muslims, and there must be some of them
who have a proper Islamic attitude and follow the laws of Allaah.
But preferring the attitude of some of the kaafirs to the
attitude of some Muslims is a mistake, because the bad attitude of the
kuffaar towards their Lord, may He be exalted, and their Prophets (peace be
upon them) is bad enough. They insulted Allaah and claimed that He has a
son, and they slandered their Prophets and told lies about them. What good
can their attitude towards people do them when their attitude towards their
Lord is among the worst of attitudes?
Moreover, how can we look at the attitude of ten or one
hundred kaafirs, and determine from that that their attitude is good, and
forget the attitude of most of the Jews and Christians? How often have they
betrayed the Muslims, how often have they destroyed their homes, how often
have they tempted them away from their religion, how often have they
destroyed their wealth [?], how often have they plotted and conspired
The good attitude of a few of them does not count against the
bad attitude of most of them, let alone the fact that this good attitude of
their serves the same purpose, for they only want to benefit themselves and
serve their own worldly interests, in most cases.
Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked
about someone who was comparing Muslim workers to non-Muslim workers. He
said: the non-Muslims are honest and I can trust them, and their demands are
few and their work is good, but those (Muslims) are the exact opposite – so
what is your opinion?
He said: They are not Muslims in the true sense of the word
even though they claim to be Muslims. Those who are Muslims in the true
sense of the word are better and more honest and more sincere than the
kuffaar. What you said is a mistake and you should not say it. If the
kuffaar are honest with you and fulfil their trusts so as to get what they
want from you and to take jobs from our Muslim brothers, this is their only
goal. They may pretend to be serving your interests but in fact they are
only serving their own interests so that they can take money and so that you
will prefer them.
What you have to do is only employ good Muslims. If you see
Muslims who are not righteous then advise them and guide them. Then if they
follow the right path, all well and good, otherwise you should send them
back to their countries and bring others. Ask the agent who chooses
employees for you to choose good people who are known to be honest, and who
are known to pray and be righteous, and not to choose just anyone.
Undoubtedly this is a trick of the Shaytaan, whereby he says
to you: These kaafirs are better than the Muslims, or are more honest, and
so on. All of that is because the enemy of Allaah and his troops know of the
great evil that results from employing kuffaar instead of Muslims. So he
makes that idea attractive to them and encourages them to employ non-Muslims
and leave the Muslims, and even to employ enemies of Allaah, thus giving
precedence to this world over the Hereafter. There is no power and no
strength except with Allaah.
I have even heard that some of them say that the Muslims pray
and miss work because of their prayers, and the kuffaar do not pray so they
do more work. This is like what we have mentioned above; it is a very
serious matter to regard the Muslims’ prayer as something objectionable and
to employ kaafirs because they do not pray. Whatever happened to faith and
piety? Whatever happened to fear of Allaah? How can you criticize your
Muslim brothers for praying? We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound.
Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was
asked about describing the kuffaar as honest, trustworthy and good workers.
He replied: Even if that is true, their lies, deceit,
betrayal and theft are far worse than what is found in some Muslim
countries. This is well known. If it is true, these are qualities that are
advocated by Islam, and the Muslims should be striving harder to acquire
these characteristics so that they may acquire a good attitude as well as
earning reward. But the kuffaar only aim to achieve material gains by means
of these attitudes, so they are honest in their dealings so as to attract
others to them.
But if the Muslim acquires these characteristics, in addition
to material purposes he also seeks to fulfil a shar’i aim, which is to
acquire faith and earn reward from Allaah. This is the difference between
the Muslim and the kaafir.
With regard to the claims about honesty in kaafir countries –
whether eastern or western – if this is true, it is only a little of
goodness in comparison to the great evil, even if it is nothing more than
the fact that they deny the rights of the One Whose rights are the greatest
of all, namely Allaah – may He be exalted and glorified. “joining others
in worship with Allaah is a great Zulm (wrong) indeed” [Luqmaan 31:13 –
interpretation of the meaning]. No matter how much good these kaafirs
may do, it is still greatly outweighed by their bad deeds, kufr and
wrongdoing, so there is no goodness in them.
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 3.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn
Taymiyah said: The help of the ahl al-dhimmah (non-Muslims living under
Muslim rule) should not be sought in government work or record-keeping,
because that leads to many evil consequences. Ahmad was asked about the
report of Abu Taalib with regard to collecting taxes, and he said: Their
help should not be sought in anything.
Al-Fataawa al-Kubra, 5/539
It says in Fath al-‘Ali al-Maalik fi Fatwa ‘ala Madhhab
Maalik: Preferring a kaafir to a Muslim is apostasy if that is on the
basis of religion, otherwise it is not. (2/348).
See also question no.