Should We Address Missionaries Harshly?
Sometimes in your writings and your discussions you are very stern with missionaries. Is this an approach you advise Muslims to take when debating and discussing inter-faith topics with missionaries?
This is not a good trait of my character. I do not advise that a Muslim should address anyone with harsh or stern speech and words. The Qur’an says:
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. – Qur’an 16:125.
Thus, Allah exhorts us to be mindful of the way in which we interact with those we disagree with. I have my shortcomings, and one of my many shortcomings is to use a harsh tone when annoyed. I invite the brothers and sisters who read this answer to make du’a that Allah cures me of this negative trait. God willing, all future articles on the website will not contain harsh tones, and I will tread very carefully with my words. I sincerely ask Allah’s forgiveness for any of the Muslims who may have imitated this behaviour of mines and I ask the forgiveness of those whom I have addressed in an unfair manner.
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and Allah knows best.