Why are non-Muslims barred from Mecca?

How do we answer the statement “we will allow a mosque near ground zero, when a church or synagogue is allowed in mecca.”

People try to use the fact that non-muslims aren’t allowed in makkah as evidence that we as muslims are intolerant of other faiths.

If that were true, then there wouldn’t be Christians and Jews in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, …etc. There wouldn’t be Hindus in India when it was ruled by Muslims and there wouldn’t be Buddhists in Indonesia and Malaysia.

And the answer to the argument “we will allow a mosque near ground zero, when a church or synagogue is allowed in mecca” is that the analogy fails and with it fails the argument. New York is not holy to Christians, but Mecca is holy to Muslims. You must compare apples to apples.

That said, Imaam Abu-Haneefa, rahimahullah, opined that people of the Book may enter Al-Masjid Al-Haraam. His argument was that verse 9:28 forbids only the polytheists, but that the people of the Book are not polytheist. The majority, however, disagreed.

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