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IslamQA: How does Islam view nationalism and patriotism?

Salaam. How does Islam view Nationalism and Patriotism?

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

There is no issue with loving one’s own nation and working for its good. But there is a problem when this becomes an ideology that promotes arrogance and pride toward one’s own nation so that a person views other nations as inferior, disliked or hated, as is common among many nationalists. Muslims should instead recognize the equality of all humans before God and should take to heart the Quran’s statement that:

The most honorable among you are the most God-fearing. (From verse 49:13)

According to the above verse, we should view people of other nations as superior to some people of our own when they are more God-fearing.


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