The Qur'an instructs against having intimate relations with Non-Muslims and against having them as friends. Is this not communalism?

MM AKBAR
      
There are verses in the Qur'an which makes it clear that the deniers of Truth are not to be made bosom friends. Observe a few of these verses:

'Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from God: except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them. But God cautions you (to remember) Himself; for the final goal is to God.' (H.Q. 3:28)

'O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends andprotectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust.' (H.Q. 5:51)

'Your (real) friends are (no less than) God, his apostle, and the (community) believers - those who establish regular prayers and regular charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).' (H.Q. 5:55)

'As to those who turn (for friendship) to God, His apostle, and the (fellowship of) believers - it is the fellowship of God that must certainly triumph.' (H.Q. 5:56)

'O ye who believe! Take not for friends and protectors those who take your religion for a mockery or sport, whether among those who received the scripture before you, or among those who reject faith; but fear ye God, if ye have faith (indeed).' (H.Q. 5:57)

'When ye proclaim your call to prayer they take it (but) as mockery and sport; that is because they are a people without understanding.' (H.Q. 5:58)

The Qur'an has given an account of the type of Non-Muslims with whom the Muslims are not to enter into friendly relations:

'O ye who believe! Take not My enemies and yours as friends (or protectors) - offering them (your) love, even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you, and have (on the contrary) driven out the Prophet and yourselves (from your homes), (simply) because ye believe in God your Lord! If ye have come out to strive in My way and to seek My good pleasure, (take them not as friends), holding secret converse of love (and friendship) with them: for I know full well all that ye conceal and all that ye reveal. And any of you that does this has strayed from the straight path.' (H.Q. 60:1)

'If they were to get the better of you, they would behaveo you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you for evil; and they desire that ye should reject the truth.' (H.Q. 60:2)

The Qur'an has, therefore, prohibited from entering into an alliance with those of the non-Muslims, whether of the 'People of the Book' or otherwise, who view Islam and the Muslims with enmity; who hatch conspiracies for their destruction and who had driven out the Muslims from their homeland for the only reason that they had believed in Allah. It is certain that no Muslim, who is engaged in a campaign in the path of God against such deniers of the Truth, can ever have friendly relations with them. However, there were, among the Muslims, certain hypocrites, who entered into friendly relations with the enemies of Islam while feigning the posture of 'We are with you' when with the Muslims. It was about them that the Qur'an said, 'and he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them' (Qur'an 5:51)