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Debunking the Criticism

Author: 
Convert and Revert Committee, MSSNUI

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BisimilLah WalhamdulilLah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala RasulilLah (sollaLahu ‘alayhi wasallam)

All praises and salutations are to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds and the creator of all things.

We beseech the blessings of Allaah upon the noblest of mankind, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), his household and all that follow this path of felicity till the end of time.

For as much as many anti-Islamic entities have taken in hands in order to distort the message of Islam; it seemed good having more than countervailing evidences, to debunk the various criticisms.

The most sounding misconception is the issue of killings which, though to the consternation of the knowledgeable, is ineptly termed Holy war: Islamic Jihad.

ANTI-ISLAMIC CLAIM

“The Qur’an keeps commanding the Muslims to fight and kill the disbelievers (Jews, Christians, pagans etc.), yet they say Islam is a religion of place?”

This is indeed one of the most lugubriously misconstrued Islamic concepts.

DEBUNKING THE CRITICISM

Firstly, a fact needs to be understood, that the Qur’an is totally different from every other literature; it was revealed over a period of time.

There are some aayaat (verses) that were revealed during the period of war while some were revealed when there was no war.

UNVEILING THE VEIL – WHAT IS JIHAD?

“Jihad” is gotten from the root word “Jahada” which literarily means to strive. It refers to any means of striving in the course of Allaah.

However, the concept of Jihad as explained in the Qur’an has been misconstrued by non-Muslim of today. The term ‘jihad’ can only be understood by consulting the Divine Book itself.

In the Qur’an, Allaah says,

“And fight in the Ways of Allaah those who fight you, but transgress not the transgressors.”

(Suratul Baqarah, verse 190)

Allaah commands the Muslims to fight the disbelievers only when they fight them as stated in the above verse; “And fight in the way of Allah those who fight you” One would then observe that the permissibility to fight was a defensive one.  

Yes! Islam is a religion of peace. Peace does not in any way mean to condone cheat, neither does it confer recessiveness. It is true peace which is not offensive but defensive. The point ‘defensive’ explains the reason why Allaah ordered His messenger and the Muslims of that time to migrate to Madinah after much suffering and afflictions from the cruel hands of the disbelievers.

Also in another verse of the Qur’an, Allaah says,

“And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allaah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.”

(Suratul Baqorah, verse 193)

In the above verse, Allaah commands the Muslims of that time to fight only against those of the disbelievers who persecute (attack) them; and He commands Muslims not to fight the disbelievers when they did not fight them (Muslims) as stated; “then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.”

Moreover, instead of fighting the disbelievers, Allah enjoins the Muslims in the Quran to deal justly and kindly with the non-Muslims who fight us not.

“Allaah does not forbid you with respect to those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allaah loves the doers of justice.”

(Surah Al-Mumtahina, Verse 8)

vIs this not peace enough?

 

vCan any mentally expedited human being declare that this is what the Boko Haram practice?

vIs this what the ISIS follow?

If so, there will be no Non-Muslims remaining on the surface of the earth because every Muslim should have done the same!

 

FOOD FOR THOUGTH

In conclusion, Allah settles it all in Quran 9:11,

“Verily, Allaah has purchased the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that there shall be the paradise. They fight in Allah’s cause, so they kill (others) and they are killed (in war). It is a promise in Truth which is binding on him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur’an. And who is truer to this covenant than Allaah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success”.

Elsewhere, Allaah says,

“Say: ‘Truth has come, batil (falsehood) perishes, for falsehood is by its nature bound to perish’”

Suratul Al Isra 17:18

Islam remains the religion of the guided, whether you like it or you like it!

 

Courtesy: Convert and Revert Committee, MSSNUI. For enquiries, please contact us via: 08030751975, 08141747578.

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