Quran 5:51 [Jews & Christians as Friends]

O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people [Quran 5:51]


“Friends” here means political allies. Otherwise verse 5.82 will not make sense. “Certainly you will find the most violent of people in enmity for those who believe (to be) the Jews and those who are polytheists, and you will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe (to be) those who say: We are Christians; this is because there are priests and monks among them and because they do not behave proudly.”


5 thoughts on “Quran 5:51 [Jews & Christians as Friends]

  1. Alif April 7, 2013 at 4:26 am Reply

    The key to understand this verse is on “they are friends of each other”. Leading scholar in Islamic eschatology, Sheikh Imran N. Hosein has explained this verse well. The verse do not refer to all Jews and Christians, but to the mysterious Judeo-Christians alliance which control the world today. It is the Zionist organization and their military power NATO. Because in history, we know that Jews and Christians are enemies.

  2. sincereadvisor April 8, 2013 at 1:49 am Reply

    I do not think there is any “mystery” about it. Since Jesus (a.s) was born a Jew and is considered God incarnate, Christianity cannot stand on its own two feet and need living. thriving Judaism to justify its existence. If Judaism dies out, so will Christianity. I do not think that Christians and Jews are “enemies” of Muslims, but there is a religious rivalry, and since Islam stands clearly opposed to these two early Abrahamic faiths, there is bound to be some grievance, if not animosity. As I stated earlier, the Quranic verse clearly refers to a politico-religious alliance, which can force Muslims to compromise their faith.

  3. A April 10, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    What I means actually, in history Christians and Jews were enemies among each other. During and after the crusade, how many Jews were murdered by Christians. The Jews even took refuge under Islamic Caliphate because of the enmity between them and Christians. But a mysterious event occur when the Kingdom of British which is Christian offer a hand to help Jews to claim back their land which led to the establishment of the state of Israel. And this mysterious relation continues even the world power has changed hand from Britain to U.S.

    • sincereadvisor April 22, 2013 at 4:07 am Reply

      That’s a good point. But keep in mind that even during Crusades, there were many Jews living in Europe who were left unharmed. Crusaders were not against Jews but any group in Palestine who stood in their way of taking Jerusalem for Christendom. If Jews were allied with Muslims, they were killed. If they supported the Crusaders, they were left unharmed.

      As I stated earlier, Islam is neither against Jews nor Christians. But Christianity and Judaism, on a theological and political level, are natural allies. Christianity needs Judaism because it’s the foundation for Christianity; Judaism needs Christianity to protect itself from outsiders. Islam can protect Jews but not Judaism, which is based on Jews enjoying special status as “Chosen People” and having inherent rights in the Holy Lands. Christians can accept this ideology, while hoping that Jews will one day accept Jesus as their Saviour, but Muslims cannot. And that is why Christianity and Judaism have far greater affinity towards each other than with Islam. Christianity sees Islam as competition, but for Judaism and paganism, Islam poses a mortal threat as it tries to overtake over these two traditions from within by claiming “Jewish” prophets as Islam’s very own and by making God one and universal, with all people as His vicegerents on earth.

  4. Herman February 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm Reply

    It makes sense that Muhammad’s fake god calls through Muhammad for his followers to not become friends with those who do not believe Muhammad. Recall that Muhammad had his sadistic god declaring that people will be tortured with fire for the simple reason that they do not believe Muhammad. (Koran 4:56).

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