Monday, December 17, 2007

Intolerance towards non-Muslims

The writer has criticized the Quran for being intolerant towards non-Muslims but has not provided a single verse for that. He says that the Quran is intolerant towards non-Muslims and animals. The part on animals has been answered above in the video link and the part on intolerance towards non-Muslims will be answered below. The accuser has not provided any verse and so it would be justified if I leave this argument as it is but it will not be done. As a Muslim, it has presented me an opportunity for Dawaa which I will do Insha’Allah.

“We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favors, above a great part of Our creation.” (Quran 17:70)

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (and not hate one another). Surely, the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who) is the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” (Quran 49:13)

The Messenger of God declared in his farewell sermon, addressing the largest gathering in Arab history till that point:
“People, hear that your Lord is One, and that your father is one. You must know that no Arab has superiority over a non-Arab, no non-Arab has superiority over an Arab, or a red man over a black man, or a black man over a red, except in terms of what each person has of piety. Have I delivered the message?”

Is that not very beautiful? There are hundreds of other verses in the Quran that speak of this beautiful right of equality and much more.
Muslims are even prohibited to say anything wrong against the gods of others;
“Do not revile those whom they call upon besides God, lest they revile God out of spite in their ignorance. Thus, We have made alluring to each people its own doings. In the end will they return to their Lord and He shall then tell them the truth of what they did.” (Quran 6:108)

A Hindu reader has argued:

Ohh...u need verseSo travel freely (O Mushrikun - see V.2:105) 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. 9:2Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. 9:5And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do. 8:39There r thousand of such verse!!!! Mohammad himself killed the idol worshiper of Kaaba...calling them infidel...and captured tht place...n the link talk bout equality !!!

2:105 - Those who disbelieve from among the followers of the Book do not like, nor do the polytheists, that the good should be sent down to you from your Lord, and Allah chooses especially whom He pleases for His mercy, and Allah is the Lord of mighty grace.

As for 9:2, it is very simple and needs no explanation. It is not about you but about the pagans of Makkah. It is not a general verse but is on specif group of people namely the Makkan pagans.

[9.1](This is a declaration of) immunity by Allah and His Apostle towards those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement.
[9.2] So go about in the land for four months and know that you cannot weaken Allah and that Allah will bring disgrace to the unbelievers.

The context shows the real picture. Please do not apply it to yourself because it is not about you!

9:5 is also related to context, not just verses back but read forward as well:

[9.4] 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).

[9.5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

[9.6] And if one of the idolaters seek protection from you, grant him protection till he hears the word of Allah, then make him attain his place of safety; this is because they are a people who do not know.

Please see the beauty in the bold and red parts!

8:39 is another context related matter:
[8.38] Say to those who disbelieve, if they desist (from oppressing Muslims), that which is past shall be forgiven to them (their wars against Muslims); and if they return, then what happened to the ancients has already passed.

[8.39] And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do.

The disbelievers are the pagan Makkans in particular and not all non-Muslims in general.

Similarly, if people start reading Mahabharat out of context and start making judgments on that false understanding out of context, then there would be similar problems people have with the Quran.

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