These verses are about self defense, standing against Oppression and victimization not calling for the head of 21st century non-Muslims.
Islam at the beginning (in Arabia) faced civil strife, persecution, oppression, injustice, trial and torment. One thing Christian apologists do when criticizing Islam is quoting verses out of context. They read a line from a verse then ignore others so they can use it against the less knowledgeable Muslims.
Q 2:190-191 reads,
“ And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits.
And fight in the way of wherever you find them and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah(i.e persecution/oppression) is worse than killing, And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-al- Harama. Unless they attack you, then kill them, Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
In the picture that contained the “Verses from the Qur’an that inspire terrorists”, Qur’an 2:191 was quoted thus;
“Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them”
What hypocrisy!!! In summary, we can deduce from the verses that;
- Allah asked Muslims to fight those who fight against them.
- Allah does not love does who exceed the limits.
- “Turn them from where they turned you out” explains that those being fought were oppressors.
Here is an excerpt from Tefsir Ibn Kathir on the verses;
وَقَاتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ وَلَا تَعْتَدُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لَا يُحِبِّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ
And fight in the way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors.
Abu Jafar Ar-Razi said that Ar-Rabi bin Anas said that Abu Al-Aliyah commented on what Allah said:
وَقَاتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ
(And fight in the way of Allah those who fight you),
“This was the first Ayah about fighting that was revealed in Al-Madinah. Ever since it was revealed, Allah’s Messenger used to fight only those who fought him and avoid non-combatants. Later, Surah Bara’h was revealed.”
Abdur-Rahman bin Zayd bin Aslam said similarly, then he said that;
this was later abrogated by the Ayah:
فَاقْتُلُواْ الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَيْثُ وَجَدتُّمُوهُمْ
(then kill them wherever you find them), (9:5).
However, this statement is not plausible, because Allah’s statement:
(…those who fight you) applies only to fighting the enemies who are engaged in fighting Islam and its people. So the Ayah means,
`Fight those who fight you’, just as Allah said in another Ayah:
وَقَاتِلُواْ الْمُشْرِكِينَ كَأفَّةً كَمَا يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ كَأفَّةً
(…and fight against the Mushrikin collectively as they fight against you collectively), (9:36).
This is why Allah said later in the Ayah:
وَاقْتُلُوهُمْ حَيْثُ ثَقِفْتُمُوهُمْ وَأَخْرِجُوهُم مِّنْ حَيْثُ أَخْرَجُوكُمْ
(And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out),
meaning, `Your energy should be spent on fighting them, just as their energy is spent on fighting you, and on expelling them from the areas from which they have expelled you, as a law of equality in punishment.’
Therefore the Qur’an is very clear. Only the companions of Shaytan would say that fighting those who fight, kill and oppress another is evil.
QURAN 3:28 : The Quranic instruction of not taking the unbelievers as friends must be carefully analyzed and understood in the context of the circumstance under which the verse was revealed .
The verse was revealed in 3 A.H/625 C.E. after the battle of Badr and Uhud when the Muslims were in a state of confrontation with the unbelievers. Keeping this backdrop in mind, whenever conditions are hostile, people of other faith causing the hostility cannot be trusted to uphold the interest of the Muslims.
The key word “Auliya” commonly understood to be “friend, A close person, an executor, a guardian,e.t.c. refers to nearness or friendship with respect to help and belief. Under such a circumstance if someone makes alliance or friendship with the enemies, then they are on their own, Allah would not protect them.
The message of this verse does not apply to casual friendship at work or school since since Quran 60:8-9 expressly allow making friendship with unbelievers who are not hostile to the Muslims and circumstances of war does not exist between them.
Surah Al-Mumtahina, Verse 8
“Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.
9 Allah only forbids you respecting those who made war upon you on account of (your) religion, and drove you forth from your homes and backed up (others) in your expulsion, that you make friends with them, and whoever makes friends with them, these are the unjust.”
Qur’an 3:85 “And whoever follows any religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him , and , in the hereafter he will be among the losers”
How does this verse inspire terrorists? Perhaps in the imagination of those who fabricated the verses now being explained. Allah says in the Qur’an,
Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 256:
There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.”
Islam is a religion of all the prophets of God. None of them practised Christianity. Islam being the only way to salvation does not in any way translates to killing non-Muslims.
It is preposterous to think that the best way a man could propagate his religion is by killing unbelievers. Who then would convert to such religion? Ghosts?
Yes!!! Islam is the only religion in God’s sight but we don’t kill unbelievers, we give Da’wah.
In the picture where Qur’an verses were erroneously quoted, Qur’an 5:33 was written thus,
“Maim and crucify infidels if they criticize Islam”
We do not know where they got this translation as this is not found in the glorious Qur’an. Qur’an 5:32 that comes before the verse says,
“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely.
And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And Our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.”
Why then should the next verse encourage maiming and crucifying innocent critics of Islam. This translation is false. This is what the Qur’an says,
33. Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands
and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment”
Here is an explanation from tefsir Ibn Kathir on thus verse;
إِنَّمَا جَزَاء الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الَارْضِ فَسَادًا أَن يُقَتَّلُواْ أَوْ يُصَلَّبُواْ أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُم مِّنْ خِلفٍ أَوْ يُنفَوْاْ مِنَ الَارْضِ
The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land.
`Wage war’ mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil.
Ibn Jarir recorded that Ikrimah and Al-Hasan Al-Basri said that the Ayat,
إِنَّمَا جَزَاء الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ
(The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger) until,
أَنَّ اللّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
(Allah is Of-Forgiving, Most Merciful),
“Were revealed about the idolators. Therefore, the Ayah decrees that, whoever among them repents before you apprehend them, then you have no right to punish them. This Ayah does not save a Muslim from punishment if he kills, causes mischief in the land or wages war against Allah and His Messenger and then joins rank with the disbelievers, before the Muslims are able to catch him. He will still be liable for punishment for the crimes he committed.”
Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i recorded that Ikrimah said that Ibn Abbas said that the Ayah,
إِنَّمَا جَزَاء الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الَارْضِ فَسَادًا
(The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land…),
“Was revealed concerning the idolators, those among them who repent before being apprehended, they will still be liable for punishment for the crimes they committed.”
The correct opinion is that this Ayah is general in meaning and includes the idolators and all others who commit the types of crimes the Ayah mentioned.
Some non-Muslims either through ignorance or Islam-bashing continue to take verses of the Holy Quran out of context and its history to justify their false propaganda. In order to gain a proper understanding of many verses in the Holy Quran, it is important to understand and know the historic context of the revelations.
So many revelations in the Holy Quran came down to provide guidance to Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) and the fellow Muslims based on what they were confronting at that time. The verse 8:12 is one such verse which is misinterpreted. The verse and its brief explanation follows:
“8:012 Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you:
give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers:
smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”
This verse and the verses before and after were revealed about the Battle of Badr, which occurred in Arabia in the early seventh century. A battle in which the pagans of Makkah traveled more than 200 miles to Madinah with an army of about 1000 to destroy Muslims. Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) and fellow Muslims had suffered severe persecutions and torture for 13 years in the city of Makkah. And now that they had fled Makkah and found a sanctuary in the city of Madinah, they were once again threatened. Muslim Army was only about 300 strong. God Almighty gave the order to Muslims to fight to defend their lives and faith. The enemy came to them with the intent to kill Muslims. It was a war to defend themselves and their Faith. It was a war imposed upon Muslims.
And when you fight, you strive to kill the enemy during the fight. However, even during the war, Islam has the highest moral law of war. You don’t kill children, women or any one who is not fighting with you.
You also don’t fight, if the enemy wants a peace treaty:
008.061 But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards
peace, and trust in God: for He is One that hears and knows (all things).
God Almighty also says in Chapter 60:
060.008 God forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith
nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for God
loves those who are just.
060.009 God only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for (your) Faith,
and drive you out of your homes, and support (others) in driving you out, from
turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such as turn to them (in these circumstances), that do wrong.
For the ignorant, misquotation is a habit they enjoy. Misquoting the Holy Quran is a sin and a shame for the one who commits such an act, as God says in the Quran:
Behold! how they invent a lie against Allah! but that by itself is a manifest sin! [The Holy Quran,4:50]
And He says:
Who does more wrong than those who invent a lie against Allah? They will be turned back to the presence of their Lord, and the witnesses will say, “These are the ones who lied against their Lord! Behold! The curse of Allah is on those who do wrong! [The Holy Quran,11:18]
Imagine if the following Biblical paragraph is used in the same way the above verse is used. Muslims know that Jesus, peace be upon him, like all prophets, came with the message of peace to earth. However, a misquotation may change the whole meaning. Read:
“34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to turn ” ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—“ KJV-Matthew10
Even though Prophet Muhammad (p) had left Makkah to find peace for the Muslim community without being persecuted, oppressed, they once again were trying to terrorize the Muslim community. Let’s read from Q. 8:9 to 8:19,
8:9 [Remember] when you asked help of your Lord, and He answered you, “Indeed, I will reinforce you with a thousand from the angels, following one another.”
8:10 And Allah made it not but good tidings and so that your hearts would be assured thereby. And victory is not but from Allah . Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
8:11 [Remember] when He overwhelmed you with drowsiness [giving] security from Him and sent down upon you from the sky, rain by which to purify you and remove from you the evil [suggestions] of Satan and to make steadfast your hearts and plant firmly thereby your feet.
8:12 [Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”
8:13 That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger – indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.
8:14 “That [is yours], so taste it.” And indeed for the disbelievers is the punishment of the Fire.
8:15 O you who have believed, when you meet those who disbelieve advancing [for battle], do not turn to them your backs [in flight].
8:16 And whoever turns his back to them on such a day, unless swerving [as a strategy] for war or joining [another] company, has certainly returned with anger [upon him] from Allah , and his refuge is Hell – and wretched is the destination.
8:17 And you did not kill them, but it was Allah who killed them. And you threw not, [O Muhammad], when you threw, but it was Allah who threw that He might test the believers with a good test. Indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing.
8:18 That [is so], and [also] that Allah will weaken the plot of the disbelievers
8:19 If you [disbelievers] seek the victory – the defeat has come to you. And if you desist [from hostilities], it is best for you; but if you return [to war], We will return, and never will you be availed by your [large] company at all, even if it should increase; and [that is] because Allah is with the believers.
When we read the verses before and after, we get a clear picture that this was a battle. The killing that is mentioned in Q. 8:12 is on the battlefield, which took place 1400 years ago. When we read Q. 8:17 it says, that it was not Muhammed (or his companions) who killed the enemy, but it was Him (God) who had done so. Furthermore, Q 8:19 offers peace to the enemy, if the enemy desist from hostilities against Muslims,
Quran 8:59-60 – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”
Fortunately almost all countries have a military with arms to defend themselves thus following what this verse says.
The above passage, is a historical verse which gave Muslims permission to fight the enemy, which was hostile to the Muslim community. Their goal was to exterminate, kill all Muslims. All one needs to do is read the verse that proceeds. The next verse (Quran 8:61), Allah orders Muslims that if the enemy were to ‘incline to peace’, then Muslims have incline to peace as-well. But, if the enemy does not want peace, then Allah gives Muslims to engage the enemy until there is no more persecution against Muslims. Let’s Read 8:61,
8:61 And if they incline to peace, then incline to it [also] and rely upon Allah. Indeed, it is He who is the Hearing, the Knowing.
61″And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
62 And if they intend to deceive you– then surely Allah is sufficient for you; He it is Who strengthened you with His help and with the believers,
63)And brought together the believers hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have brought their hearts together; but Allah brought them together. Indeed, He is Exalted in Might and Wise.
64)O Prophet (Muhammad SAW)! Allah is Sufficient for you and for the believers who follow you.
65)O Prophet, urge the believers to battle. If there are among you twenty [who are] steadfast, they will overcome two hundred. And if there are among you one hundred [who are] steadfast, they will overcome a thousand of those who have disbelieved because they are a people who do not understand.
66)For the present Allah has made light your burden, and He knows that there is weakness in you; so if there are a hundred patient ones of you they shall overcome two hundred, and if there are a thousand they shall overcome two thousand by Allah’s permission, and Allah is with the patient.
67)It is not fit for a prophet that he should take captives unless he has fought and triumphed in the land; you desire the frail goods of this world, while Allah desires (for you) the hereafter; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.
68)Were it not for an ordinance from Allah that had already gone forth, surely there would have befallen you a great chastisement for what you had taken to.
69)Eat then of the lawful and good (things) which you have acquired in war, and be careful of (your duty to) Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
70) O Prophet! Say to the captives that are in your hands: “If Allah knows any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
71)But if they intend to betray you (O Muhammad SAW), they have already betrayed Allah before. So He gave (you) power over them. And Allah is All-Knower, All-Wise.”
Qur’an Surat Al-‘Anfal(8):61-71
This is actually a quite long section of related material. It is talking about when war is necessary and you must fight against others to defend yourself. Keep in mind it is specifically talking about war and the context is the war that the early Muslims were fighting with the Meccans. It was unavoidable and out of self defense. Being that there is such a huge section of related content to the verses quoted, we only included 11 ayat. I would recommend reading further ahead and following the verses to better understand the context.
It is again not an open invitation to attack any non-Muslim. It is specifically against the people who are oppressing and attacking and breaking their treaties against you.
It continues to say that in war there are captives and that comes only after you’ve subdued the attackers. Then it goes on to tell the Muslim to comfort the captives and tell them that if they have any good in their hearts (not if they convert to Islam mind you just if they have any goodness in them) that Allah will give them something better than what they lost in the battle.
Then it specifies that those captives who intend to betray you then you are their master and if they incline to peace then you should be peaceful to them as well. In addition it specifies that taking those captives and spoils of war were only okay because Allah gave special permission during this instance. In other words it is not normally okay to take those captives and goods and doing such would normally earn you a great torment/chastisement. It is not advocating war, it’ not advocating slaughter, it’s not even advocating seizing the enemies properties or taking them prisoner. In fact at parts it is very specific that these passages about war actually are specific to prophets not just anyone limiting the context of what can actually be done to this instance.
Read from surah 9:1-6
1) “Freedom from (all) obligations (is declared) from Allah and His Messenger (SAW) to those of the, idolaters with whom you made a treaty.
2)So travel freely (O disbelievers) for four months (as you will) throughout the land, but know that you cannot escape (from the Punishment of) Allah, and Allah will disgrace the disbelievers.
3)And [it is] an announcement from Allah and His Messenger to the people on the day of the greater pilgrimage that Allah is disassociated from the disbelievers, and [so is] His Messenger. So if you repent, that is best for you; but if you turn away – then know that you will not cause failure to Allah . And give tidings to those who disbelieve of a painful punishment.
4)Except those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement, then they have not failed you in anything and have not backed up any one against you, so fulfill their agreement to the end of their term; surely Allah loves those who are careful (of their duty).
5)But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Idolaters wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
6)And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the words of Allah . Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is Because they are a people who do not know.”
Qur’an Surat At-Tawbah (9):1-6
These verses were revealed during a war between the Meccans and the Muslims. They formed a treaty for the course of four months (the holy months) during which they agreed to postpone their war. the Meccans thought this advantageous because a continuing war during this time would have meant less pilgrims would come. It was advantageous for the Muslims because it meant they could have a reprieve and also make use of the sacred months. It was understood by all that when the treaties agreed period of 4 months was done and the sacred months had passed that they would resume fighting one another. It wasn’t as if this was a deceit and the Muslims were pretending to be peaceful and then plan their attack on the unsuspecting innocent pagans. It was the middle of a war between the two. The pagans had every intention of continuing to fight the Muslims after the four months as well. All of this is still within the context of having to fight to protect oneself and ones community. It was not advocating to kill all pagans it was limited to the war the early Muslims were fighting against the Meccans.
It also says that if they keep their agreements for peace, if they repent, if they do not fight you, if they start to believe in Allah and or are good and charitable people that you don’t fight them. It also says if they come to you seeking protection then you have to give them protection and bring them somewhere they will be safe. This is all limited to the context of the early battle with the Meccans and it is still limited to who you can fight and when you cannot.
Qur’an 9:29 (they meant to write verse 29 not 30 in the picture)
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Qur’an Surat At-Tawbah(9):29
This verse is in the context of the neighboring kingdom of Christians, and Jews. There was a messenger that Muhammad sent to a Roman group on diplomatic measures. His name was Al-Harith bin Umayr Al-Azdi, and they tied him up and beheaded him. This death of a diplomat was an agressive act of war and as such the Muslims had act upon it. Allah told Muslim that the conquered people should pay the jizya or convert to Islam. This requires an understanding of the Jizya and taxes in the Islamic sense. Muslim are required to a tax of sorts too. It’s called Zakat and it’s charity that is then spent to maintain the community. It is distributed to care for the poor and it is used in the upkeep of government infrastructure (or at least that’s how it was meant to be used under Islamically run governments).
The jizya is then the alternative to make sure that non-Muslims are doing their part to contribute to the infrastructure and caring for the poor and the orphans as well.
In addition, the Jizya was an assurance that non-Muslim citizens did not have to fight against their own. They we’re exempt from fighting in the army so they would never have to kill their brothers (either blood or in religion). The jizya and zakat worked like modern day tax collections in which the money was then supposed to be distributed where it was needed most. This verse again is not an open invitation to war. The Qur’an many times stresses the rules for fighting are that you must be attacked before you fight back. There are many rules about conduct before, during, and after.
Qur’an 9: 123
“O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.”
124“Whenever there cometh down a sura, some of them say: “Which of you has had His faith increased by it?” Yea, those who believe,- their faith is increased and they do rejoice. ”
125“But those in whose hearts is a disease,- it will add doubt to their doubt, and they will die in a state of Unbelief. ”
Qur’an Surat At-Tawbah(9):123-125
These verses are talking about the hypocrites and non-believers who make fun of the new suras when they were revealed. It is worthy to note that there can be no new surahs since Muhammad (pbuh) is no longer with us. No new surahs will ever come to pass which makes this somewhat of a moot point. However let us look at the context of this in which the Muslims were now in power and had to keep the often hostile non-believers at bay.
It is a continuation of the same discourse from 9:73. It is repeated at the end for good measure to remind the people of what has been said. The people in this topic are those living with the Muslims, some pretending to be Muslim. They are people who are threatening the new social and political structure and undermining the new government. It isn’t just the country next to you because you don’t like them. The fight here can also be interpreted as resisting against the hypocrites.
The following verse which addresses that new suras strengthen the believers faith is a way in which the Muslim is fighting against the hypocrisy of the non-believer. This is why it suggests you let them find firmness in you, to show them that their voiced opinion about the verses not being divine have no effect on the faith of the believers.
In the context of the original audience who were essentially in the aftermath of a revolution and change of government the permission to fight physically would be understandable but still falls under the same rules as all of the rest which are still limited to being attacked or under serious risk of attack. That includes both internal and external risks. In this particular verses the risks are internal and it recommends showing firmness in your belief as means of resisting or fighting. Those around you are those living among you in your community.
Quran 22:19 to 22 [Torment in Hell]
19)But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them, boiling fluid will be poured down their heads.
20)Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted;
21)And for them are hooked rods of iron.
22) Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning [Quran Verses 22:19-22]
These are descriptions of Hell and God has revealed this information so that we may fear Him and desist from evil acts. If you consider the fact that so many in this world commit heinous crimes and are never brought to justice, it becomes imperative that God, who is Just, make these criminals taste some of the pain and suffering that they brought upon other people.
Almost all religions have a concept of hell just as there can be no freedom without a few prisons, no pleasure without pain, and no eternal bliss without eternal damnation for some. And if you are a Christian you should believe the same thing:
“Gehenna (Greek, but originally from a Hebrew name) – translated “Hell” all 12 times in KJV It is the permanent place for destruction of the “… soul and body …” (Matthew 10:28). It is a place of “… fire that never shall be quenched” (Mark 9:45). In most of the references, it is clear from the context that those who enter Gehenna, do so in their bodies, not merely as bodiless souls.
For this to happen, it must occur after the resurrection of the damned at the great white throne of judgment. Therefore, Gehenna is the Lake of Fire described in Revelation 19 and 20. It is presently uninhabited, but the Beast and the False Prophet will be cast into it at the end of the tribulation (Revelation 19:20). One thousand years later, Satan will be cast into it (Rev 20:10) and will be followed shortly by the lost people of all previous time periods (Revelation 20:15). They will all enter Gehenna together, in there resurrected bodies, where they will remain in torment for all eternity.”
Quran 47:3-4 – “Those who reject Allah follow vanities, while those who believe follow the truth from their lord. Thus does Allah set forth form men their lessons by similitude. Therefore when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners,”
Chapter 47 of the Quran, was revealed at a time when Muslims were getting persecuted, killed by the pagan Quraish, 1400 years ago. The verse was specifically revealed straight after some of the Muslims immigrated to Madinah, fleeing persecution.
Let’s start reading few verses before to get a better understanding:
47:1 Those who disbelieve and avert [people] from the way of God – He will waste their deeds.
47:2 And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord – He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition.
47:3 That is because those who disbelieve follow falsehood, and those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. Thus does God present to the people their comparisons.
47:4 So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of God – never will He waste their deeds.
Reading verse 4 of chapter 47 of the Quran, the passage was revealed at a time in Madinah, when people were told to fight against tyranny and persecution, 1400 years ago. When we take a closer look towards the end of the verse it says, “those who are killed in the cause of Allah”, these same words are used in the following verses of the Quran,
Quran 2:190 Fight in the way of God those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. God does not like transgressors.
Quran 2:246 Have you not considered the assembly of the Children of Israel after [the time of] Moses when they said to a prophet of theirs, “Send to us a king, and we will fight in the way of God“? He said, “Would you perhaps refrain from fighting if fighting was prescribed for you?” They said, “And why should we not fight in the cause of God when we have been driven out from our homes and from our children?” But when fighting was prescribed for them, they turned away, except for a few of them. And God is Knowing of the wrongdoers.
Quran 4:75 And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?”
So, reading the above verses it becomes evident that Q 47:4 does not encourage violence against the innocent. This shows, Quran 47:4 was revealed to fight in God’s cause in order to free people from oppression and tyranny, 1400 years ago.
Thus, we have come to the end of this refutation and Allah knows best.
Christians that fabricated this should now explain these verses;
I kill … I wound … I will make mine arrows drunk with blood and my sword shall devour flesh. So says Yahweh in Deuteronomy 32:39-42
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass (1 Samuel 15:2-3).
In one parable, Jesus likens God to the Master of a great estate who says, “These enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence (Luke 19:26-27). In a sermon, he says that those who fail to repent in time will be cast into outer darkness where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Luke 13:22-30).
Jesus even uses words that invoke the slaughter commanded by Moses at Mt. Sinai, “Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword. I am sent to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Matthew 10:34-35).
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In the story of Job, God gives Satan permission to destroy a house in which Job’s sons and daughters have come together for a celebration, killing them all—this time as part of a divine wager that will become a morality tale. He later gives superhuman strength to Samson (the Bible’s version of Hercules) so that Samson can complete an Iron Age suicide mission. He pulls down the pillars of a pagan temple so that it collapses, killing 3,000 civilians. Samson himself dies in a blaze of glory (Judges 16:27-30).
Perhaps the Christians should explain this before they jump to quote the Qur’an mischievously.
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