Can Muslims have non Muslim friends?

In a pluralistic society, people of all faiths and people of no faith frequently intermingle, at school and the workplace and in numerous social settings. But are Muslims allowed to have non-Muslim friends? Would it compromise a Muslim’s faith? What does Islam really say about who Muslims can have close relationships with and who Muslims should steer clear of? In light of the aggression towards non-Muslims that are often committed by some violent Muslim groups, it is assumed that Muslims can never have a genuinely respectful and loving relationship with a non-Muslim. This video answers the question of how close a Muslim can become to a non-Muslim and what sort of interaction is advised, with reference to verses of the Qur’an and the commentary of Ibn al-Jawzi.