Someone said that it is haram to have 'really close' non-Muslim friends. Does that mean I have to avoid making good close friends when interacting with non-Muslims?
I understand it when it can be refered to when a Muslim has lost his path as the result of becoming too Non-Muslim (if you know i mean) due to his close interactions with Non-Muslims.
But to be honest, i dont...specify what kinda of people I try to make friends with, nor do i specify the ones I get close to. It just happens. My close friends, we talk about everything and anything, and sometimes regarding Islam in general. I interpret them as close friends because they know me well, and that I feel more comfortable around them e.g. i can talk to them freely and not be afraid to express myself. That's how they see it to on their side aswell.
But i dont think Non-Muslim friends have changed my perception of life and its things. Why would they? Most of us (me and them) think alike, and thats why we get along. We share alot opinions.
I dont have too many close Muslim friends, fate? I dont know why, but i guess it just hasn't hit off with some of them. I say some of them because i can think of a few when i type this - and they weren't that opening or friendly to be honest.
My close friends, i would say about 5 of them, are of several skin colours and races and faiths. We dont really question each other's faiths as a sign of respect. (We mainly argue about sports lol). And they dont interfere with my religious practises or perceptions, so how does my relationship with them become haram?
Like i said, if our relationships did collide with our faiths - then we'd all conclude that its a sinful relationship! But it doesn't. We've known each other for atleast 7 years and our parents are friends and i cant comprehend that we'd one day just not..talk.
It'd just cause more segregation in our society - yet again due to our faiths. It doesnt say in the Quran we cant make friends, and it doesn't specify what type of friends we should go for - except those who collide with our faith. Atleast, that's my understanding.
So in conclusion, my relationship with all my friends - close or whatever, does not relate to my faith. It's black and white really.