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Context is a beautiful thing

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Submitted by Lyle (Canada), Mar 7, 2006 at 11:34

Your quotations and, clearly, his (Mohammad Bin Qasim) interpretation of them (since that is what you're implying, let's go down that road) are both gravely inaccurate and incorrect. From what I will include below, it is my hope that you will comprehend that, while I cannot explain his actions (I was not there, I can't even verify the authenticity of the reports referenced), I can point out that, Islamically, murder is not justified.

I quote from the Noble Quranic translation (to english) since it enlightens us on several points:

-- Begin quotation from Noble Qur'an, Surah At-Tauba (9), Ayats 1 -> 9

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

2 So 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.

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

4 Except those of the Mushrikun 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 Allah loves Al- Mattaqun (the pious - see V.2:2).

5 Then when the Sacred Months (the Ist, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikun (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-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

6 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 Qur'an), and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who know not.

7 How can there be a covenant with Allah and with His Messenger for the Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) except those with whom you made a covenant near Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah)? So long, as they are true to you, stand you true to them. Verily, Allah loves Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2).

8 How (can there be such a covenant with them) that when you are overpowered by them, they regard not the ties, either of kinship or of covenant with you? With (good words from) their mouths they please you, but their hearts are averse to you, and most of them are Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah).

9 They have purchased with the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah a little gain, and they hindered men from His Way; evil indeed is that which they used to do.

--End Quotation

Regarding your other quotation, idiotically reduced to "kill the renegades" from Al Qur'an Surah An-Nisa (4) Ayat 89, here's the full verse:

Thus, contextually, you have failed to point out that this was directed at ONLY THE PAGAN ARABS OF THE ARABIAN PENINSULA and their protectors.


89 They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliya' (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allah (to Muhammad ). But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold) of them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliya' (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them.

Try having patience, reading it, then consulting it in its context as I did above. Open your mind and visit the reading to discover truth, not just your jaded, perverted goals.

Next time you want to lie to prove your point, don't pervert the Qur'an's image and try to bring the context with the message.

Peace, Blessings, Truth.
Submitting....

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