The verses of the Qur'an should be evaluated as a whole. The verses about the Jews and Christians should also be understood within the whole of the Qur'an.
Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Interview on A9 TV dated August 24th, 2011
ADNAN OKTAR: "As-salamun Alaykom, Sayyid Master Mohammed Adnan. Can you please make a comment on the below given verses related with making alliances with the Jews and the Christians ?"
Wa'alayna alaykumu as-salāmu wa rahmatu l-lāhi wa barakātuh "I could not understand whether these people are friends or foes, Allah knows the truth insha'Allah. Have a nice night, insha'Allah." I seek refuge in Allah from the satan. "You who have faith! Do not take the Jews and Christians as your friends; they are the friends of one another. Any of you who takes them as friends is one of them. Allah does not guide wrongdoing people." (Surat Al-Ma'ida, 51) Now for instance these two dear ones of mine here, they are both Christians, they are my friends, I do feel compassion for them, I love them. What is meant by friendship there [in the verse] is abiding by their superstitions, by their wrong beliefs; it is not "not feeling love for them" as humans. Some savage ones take this as being hostile towards them. These are immaculate people, they are the servants of Allah. Why should one be hostile towards them? We would of course be friends- note that I say humanly friends- but for instance there cannot be a friendship in respect of belief in trinity; I would not be friends with the belief of trinity. There would not be a friendship with ascribing partners to Allah. Almighty Allah does not say this for their personality as individuals and He does not say that for their beliefs that are true; friendship cannot be built with their superstitious beliefs. I mean you cannot make alliance with their superstitious beliefs, you cannot be connected with that belief, you cannot act according to that belief that is what is meant.
"You will find that the people most hostile to those who have faith are the Jews and the idolaters." Alright, now there is the mentioning of idolaters here as the continuance of this verse. [Allah says] "idolaters" .. Do you know who those idolaters are? They are the lot of bigots. Why do you not mention this? Look what Almighty Allah says; I seek refuge with Allah from the satan. "You will find that the people most hostile to those who have faith.." – to the Muslims, to the community of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), to the community of the Prophet Jesus Messiah (pbuh)- "..are the Jews and the idolaters." If you also make mention of the lot of the bigots, of the idolaters then that is okay. Why are you dividing the verse there? Are the Jews mentioned there as a whole? For instance a Jewish baby is born, a small innocent one, he comes to you with his hair in curls. Is that child the addressee of that verse?
Ms.BETUL: Of course not, Master.
ADNAN OKTAR: What is meant there in the verse is the immoral one, the persecutor, the one shedding blood, that is the person who shows the character of a cursed person, that is what is meant there. Among that lot of bigots there are those who are ignorant, there are those who are inoffensive, but there are also those who are really idolaters and who really are immoral, these are the ones referred to. There are millions of idolaters among the Islamic word, why are you not mentioning any of those? "The Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with you until you follow their religion." Look how explicit is the term used here," Say, "Allah's guidance is the true guidance.' If you were to follow their whims and desires, after the knowledge that has come to you, you would find no protector or helper against Allah." Surat al-Baqara, 120. ".. until you follow their religion," now you met a man, "as salamun alaykom" [you say], "alaykom as-salam" [he responds], he says, "let us become friends," you say "what do you want?" He says "ascribe partners to Allah," you go to the bigot and say "let us become friends with you?" He responds "if you ascribe partners to Allah, we can be friends." "What do you want? " you say. "You will see my sheikh - may Allah forbid- as Allah; if the command he gives contradicts the Qur'an, even if it contradicts the Qur'an, you should abide by him," he says. "Do you accept this?" he says. I do not accept such a thing and he says "and I do not give my consent to you," he says. For instance one comes up with a fabricated hadith, so you say; look this contradicts the Qur'an. "How is that possible?" he says "even if it is fabricated, it is superior than [May Allah forbid] the command of the Qur'an". Now, I am saying this, there really are such people, I mean you would be amazed, there are grown men who defend this. I can tell you by showing resources. A great part of the professors of Theology are aware of this. Something openly contradicts the Qur'an, for instance in the Qur'an Almighty Allah says "this" is lawful for you, and this one says "no it is religiously unlawful." Allah says this is religiously unlawful, this one says "no it is lawful. There is a superstition regarding this," he says. Now can you become friends with this man? He would not be friends with you. For instance there are many bigots who became hostile towards me, why? Because I did not embrace their religion, the religion of bigotry, because I did not embrace the religion of idolatry, they do not accept me. I say "the Qur'an is enough and I am abiding by the sunnah of our Prophet (saas)" and that becomes enough for the man, that is why they become hostile towards me, there is no other issue and I can prove this one by one and show it, this is the whole issue. For instance there may be bigots among Christians as well, there may be bigots among Jews. If you do not accept the religion of that man, he would become your enemy. That is the same for the masons as well. So unless you -may Allah forbid- become irreligious and faithless, unless you do not accept the principles of masons, they[some of them] would become your enemy. What would a smart Muslim do? He would draw them closer to his religion, draw them to his own way of thinking and then becomes friends with him, only then make friends with them. Is that understood? Insha'Allah.
Why did our Prophet (saas) married a Christian lady? According to this person's words, according to their mentality, this seems to be completely in contradiction with these verses. Right? There was also a Jewish lady, he also took the hand of a Jewish lady in marriage, he married her. Allah says "You can marry with Jewish and Christian women." There is a verse in that meaning, why do you not read those verses? Almighty Allah says; "You will find the people most affectionate to those who have faith are those who say, 'We are Christians'. " There is the verse on the Qur'an, why do you ignore this? They do not evaluate the verses as a whole, they do not read them, they just read that single verse. For instance there is the verse "do not approach the prayer when you are drunk" this is a very well-known verse, everyone uses this as a reference, "do not approach the prayer when you are drunk" If the man takes only the part which reads "do not approach the prayer" that would be an abnormal act. The verse says "do not approach the prayer when you are drunk" so one should take this verse as a whole. If you only take these verses.. Almighty Allah says "you can eat the meals of the Christians," if you are not friends with them how will you sit at the same table and eat their meals? How are you going to marry Christians if you do not make friends with them? It is one thing to be friends with their religion, another to be friends with them as individuals. You become friends with him as a person, you become friends with his spirit, with his body, you become friends with his beliefs that are right and beautiful; and you do not accept those beliefs that are wrong. Once you do not accept those, you would thus be not friends with those. I mean not being friends means not accepting their beliefs. It means not acting according to their beliefs, not acting upon their beliefs; then you would "not be friends with them" in that sense. Is being friends with polytheism acceptable? For instance if a person has a friend, he is a nice person in every aspect but he might also have a psychopathological side. For instance the man has a father, he is nice in every aspect but he drinks as a fall-down drunk and makes inappropriate scenes. Now would one become friends with him in that respect? He would not. But you can be friends with him in other aspects, insha'Allah. That is how it is insha'Allah.