Does Islam tolerate other religions? A Quranic perspective

Adakah Islam bertolak ansur dengan agama lain? Satu perspektif al-Quran




Tolerance, Religion, Islam, Society, Conflicts


This paper discusses the Islamic tolerance of other faiths and belief systems. Islam also advocates tolerance of diversity. The conflict between religions can be avoided through tolerance; thus, harmony and unity between religions can be fostered in a pluralistic society. Therefore, the discussion of this article focuses on the Quranic view of practical tolerance to avoid conflicts which are a direct result of failure to appreciate the values of tolerance which underpin Islamic teachings. Using the documentation research method, this article found that problems or misunderstandings are common in all religions but their teachings, especially Islam, must be interpreted in ways that nurture unity and understanding between various cultures and religious communities. The implications of this study show that Allah has told his servant to be fair to Muslims and non-Muslims, no matter who they are or where they come from, and to let them practice their faith. Tolerance in the Quran is based on the belief that good is more vital than evil. Because of this, the Quran teaches its followers to always forgive, especially about other religions, to have a noble mind, a forgiving attitude, and humane values, and to accept the rights of others. Tolerating differences in Islam involves coming to terms with history, understanding, and differences between Islam and modernity, which must first come from within Islam.


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Author Biographies

Abur Hamdi Usman, Universiti Islam Selangor (UIS), MALAYSIA

A native of Indonesia, he received his graduate and doctoral degrees from the Theology and Philosophy Department, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He is a senior lecturer in Dakwah and Usuluddin at the Faculty of Islamic Civilization Studies at the Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS), Malaysia. He has published numerous refereed books and articles on Theology, Quranic exegesis, and Hadith Sciences. His areas of interest include the Sciences of the Quran and Hadith Studies. He can be contacted at

Mohd. Farid Ravi Abdullah, Universiti Islam Selangor (UIS), MALAYSIA

He is a renowned scholar in Quranic Studies with a PhD in Tafsir and Ulum al-Quran from the University of Jordan in 2015. Dr Farid has been a senior lecturer at the al-Quran and al-Sunnah Department, Faculty of Islamic Studies and Civilization, Universiti Islam Selangor (UIS) for over 18 years. He was awarded Tokoh Maal Hijrah at the National Level in 2011. He is a Member of the Islamic Council of Selangor (MAIS) and the Chairman of the Newly Converted Muslim Committee under MAIS. His famous publications include Kembali Kepada Fitrah, Ustaz Apa Hukumnya, and Terjemahan Ringkasan Sahih al-Bukhari. These publications are concerned with interpreting Islamic manuscripts. He also leads several research and publishes articles related to Islamic studies. In line with new technology, recently, he developed an application in Tadabbur Surah al-Fatihah. Now he holds the position of Rector at UIS from 1 January 2022 until now. He can be contacted at

Azwar Azwar, Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Islam dan Bahasa Arab (STIBA), Makassar, INDONESIA

Mr. Azwar is a lecturer and researcher at Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Islam dan Bahasa Arab (STIBA), Makassar, Indonesia. Holding a Bachelor of Economics, a Master in Economics Science from Universitas Darul Ulum, Indonesia, and a Master in Public Administration from Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia. His fields of expertise are Islamic Economics, Islamic Studies, Economics, Management, Education, Statistics, and Social Science. He can be contacted at


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How to Cite

Usman, A. H., Abdullah, M. F. R., & Azwar, A. (2023). Does Islam tolerate other religions? A Quranic perspective: Adakah Islam bertolak ansur dengan agama lain? Satu perspektif al-Quran. Al-Irsyad: Journal of Islamic and Contemporary Issues, 8(1), 1003–1013.

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