It is reported in authentic traditions that once a non-Muslim stranger stayed with Prophet Muhammad as a guest. The Prophet milked one of his goats and offered the milk to the guest. The guest was not satisfied. The Prophet offered him the milk of a second goat. The guest was still not satisfied. The guest was provided milk from additional goats. The guest drank the milk of as many as seven goats. The Prophet was amused at his hunger.
It is reported that Prophet Muhammad passed by a company of people which comprised Muslims, idol worshippers and Jews. He greeted them with the salutation of peace.
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Once a funeral procession passed by Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet stood up. People around him pointed out that it was the funeral of a Jew. The Prophet replied, "Do you not think the Jews too are human beings?"
When Prophet Muhammad died, his armor was pledged with a Jew for 30 measures of barley.
It is reported that the Holy Prophet Muhammad, as a matter of habit, used to visit the ailing non-Muslims to express sympathy with them and to share their sorrows and sufferings.
Soon after the Fall of Mecca, a deputation of a tribe from Ta’if waited on the Holy Prophet Muhammad, who made arrangements for their stay in the Mosque, where tents were pitched for them. Some people approached the Prophet and objected to their staying in the mosque on the grounds that the guests were idolaters and an impure lot. The Prophet replied that the Quranic verse, “The idolaters are impure” (9:27/28), refers to a condition of heart and not to that of the body. Nor for that matter is any human being impure in this sense. Bodily speaking, all human beings are pure and have the right to free access to the holiest of holy places.
Through his personal example and words, Prophet Muhammad showed that Muslims should respect people of all religions as human beings and treat them with equity and justice, serve them in their time of need and have good relations with them.
Even if animosity ensues among nations and a people go to war against each other, the Holy Quran presents a positive outlook: “It may be that God will bring about love between you and those of them with whom you are now at enmity; and God is All-Powerful; and Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful (60:7/8).”
Quran directs, “God forbids you not, respecting those who have not fought against you on account of your religion, and who have not driven you forth from your homes, that you be kind to them and act equitably towards them; surely God loves those who are equitable. God only forbids you, respecting those who have fought against you on account of your religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and have helped others in driving you out, that you make friends of them, and whosoever makes friends of them—it is these that are the transgressors (60:8/9-9/10).”