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Misinformation on Jihad

The enemies of Islam, in their hatred and dislike of Islam often deliberately take verses out of context in an attempt to malign the teachings of Islam. That is not to say that all Muslims are perfect and there are no black sheeps amongs the Muslims, there clearly are, such as members of the extremist groups ISIS and al Qaeda; these are fringe groups like the right wing Neo Nazi  or Zionist settler fascists found in Israel or indeed any Western country. Yet, the biased media often describes such extremist groups in the west as Neo Nazis or Fascist but not Christians Extremists of Jewish Terrorists. However, the same media often describes members of ISIS and al Qaeda as "Muslim Extremists" or "Muslim Terrorists".

One verse, on Jihad of fighting, often misused and deliberately taken out of context is the following verse:

"And kill them wherever you find them..." [Quraan: Chapter 2 al Baqarah 2: Verse 191]

Yet, if we look at the context in which this verse is revealed, by seeing the verse in its entirety and what the other verses before and after it are saying, we finds its true meaning very clear and not as it is made to appear when taken out of context:

And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors. And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah is worse than killing. And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-al-Haram (the sanctuary at Makkah), unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. But if they cease, then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Quraan: Chapter 2 al Baqarah 2: Verse 190-192]

Another verse that is often misquoted is the following:

"... kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush..." [Quraan: Chapter 9 at Tawbah 9: Verse 5]

However the whole verse puts this into context as do the verses before and after it. The following will suffice to clarify the issue:

"And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. And if anyone of the Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) seeks your protection then grant him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allah (the Quran), and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who know not." [Quraan: Chapter 9 at Tawbah 9: Verses 5-6]

The background to the revelation of the above verses is that the idolators of the Quraysh of Makkah had made a treaty with the Muslims. Yet inspite of that they proceeded to violated that treaty and in the process killed some unarmed Muslims, so Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) gave the revelation for the Muslims to fight this transgression against them. Even as Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) gave the Muslims the instructions to fight He reminded them not to transgress the limits when responding to the aggression against them. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) further clarifies that if a polytheist surrenders to you on the battle field or seeks your protection, you escort them to a place of security.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) gives a reply to those who seek to distort the central message of Islam:

"They intend to put out the Light of Allah (i.e. the religion of Islam, this Quran, and Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم)) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it)." [Quraan: Chapter 61 as Saff 61: Verse 8]


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