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Nozzi: Surah Tauba asks Muslims to tear up treaties and massacre non-Muslims

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Submitted by Plato (India), May 26, 2009 at 12:19

Nozzi,

Pasted below are verses 9:5 Rread the underlined portions carefully:

1. Freedom from (all) obligations (is declared) from Allâh and His Messenger (SAW) to those of the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh), with whom you made a treaty.

2. So travel freely (O Mushrikûn - see V.2:105) for four months (as you will) throughout the land, but know that you cannot escape (from the Punishment of) Allâh, and Allâh will disgrace the disbelievers.

9:3. And a declaration from Allâh and His Messenger to mankind on the greatest day (the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah - the 12th month of Islâmic calendar) that Allâh is free from (all) obligations to the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) and so is His Messenger. So if you (Mushrikûn) repent, it is better for you, but if you turn away, then know that you cannot escape (from the Punishment of) Allâh. And give tidings (O Muhammad SAW) of a painful torment to those who disbelieve.

4. Except those of the Mushrikûn with whom you have a treaty, and who have not subsequently failed you in aught, nor have supported anyone against you. So fulfill their treaty to them to the end of their term. Surely Allâh loves Al- Mattaqûn (the pious - see V.2:2).

5. Then when the Sacred Months (the Ist, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islâmic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and give Zakât, then leave their way free. Verily, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.[]

Allah and more imporatantly Muhammad unilaterally repudiate all treaties and Allah gives the command to fight them in 9:5

9:12 which you have quoted shows the duplicity of Allah (rather Muhammad) in unilaterally tearing up treaties and going to war and KILLING kaffirs WITHOUT ANY PROVOCATION. 9:12 tells Muslims "But if they violate the oaths after their covenant, and attack your religion with disapproval and criticism, then fight (you) the leaders of disbelief..." i.e. even if the kaffirs only disapprove and criticize your Islam you have to fight them.

It is NOT as you say "The phrase, attack your religion with disapproval and criticism, in Quran 9;12 implies that non-muslims are those that first start their battle against non-muslims."

Your tafsir is wrong. The verse does not say that non-Muslims start their battle first, all its says is if they disapprove of Islam Muslims have to fight them. Nozzi why do you keep trying to completely change the meaning of verses?

Here is what Maulana Maududi has to saya about these verses:

Here is part of Maududi's interpretation of Suarh Al Taubah

If we keep in view the preceding background, we can easily find out the problems that were confronting the Community at that time. They were:

  1. to make the whole of Arabia a perfect Dar-ul-Islam,
  2. to extend the influence of Islam to the adjoining countries,
  3. to crush the mischiefs of the hypocrites, and
  4. to prepare the Muslims for Jihad against the non- Muslim world.
  1. Now that the administration of the whole of Arabia had come in the hands of the Believers, and all the opposing powers had become helpless, it was necessary to make a clear declaration of that policy which was to be adopted to make her a perfect Dar-ul-Islam. Therefore the following measures were adopted:
    1. A clear declaration was made that all the treaties with the mushriks were abolished and the Muslims would be released from the treaty obligations with them after a respite of four months.(vv. 1-3). This declaration was necessary for uprooting completely the system of life based on shirk and to make Arabia exclusively the center of Islam so that it should not in any way interfere with the spirit of Islam nor become an internal danger for it.
    2. A decree was issued that the guardianship of the Ka'abah, which held central position in all the affairs of Arabia, should be wrested from the mushriks and placed permanently in the hands of the Believers, (vv. 12-18) that all the customs and practices of the shirk of the era of 'ignorance' should be forcibly abolished: that the mushriks should not be allowed even to come near the "House" (v. 28). This was to eradicate every trace of shirk from the "House" that was dedicated exclusively to the worship of Allah.
    3. The evil practice of Nasi, by which they used to tamper with the sacred months in the days of 'ignorance', was forbidden as an act of kufr(v. 37). This was also to serve as an example to the Muslims for eradicating every vestige of the customs of ignorance from the life of Arabia (and afterwards from the lives of the Muslims everywhere).
  2. In order to enable the Muslims to extend the influence of Islam outside Arabia, they were enjoined to crush with sword the non- Muslim powers and to force them to accept the sovereignty of the Islamic State. ……..
  3. The third important problem was to crush the mischiefs of the hypocrites, who had hitherto been tolerated….
  4. In order to prepare the Muslims for Jihad against the whole non-Muslim world, it was necessary to cure them even of that slight weakness of faith from which they were still suffering. For there could be no greater internal danger to the Islamic Community than the weakness of faith, especially where it was going to engage itself single-handed in a' conflict with the whole non-Muslim world. ……

This scholar of Islam is telling you that Surah 9 is all about Allah allowing Muslims to discard treaties without cause and fight them and kill them for the advancement of Islam.

Regards

Plato

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