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Ibn Kathir and Q2:256

Reader comment on item: Arguing over "Can Islam Be Reformed?"
in response to reader comment: Start the reform with Quran verse 256 (there is no compulsion in religion)

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Oct 5, 2013 at 16:26

For the readers Muhammad was a poor theologian as proven by the real problem of trying to explain what Allah had in mind in regard to Q2:256 or the no compulsion in religion verse and what it means and how can Muslims tolerate "false" religions. The Qur'an does not tell us and this is why the Ulama had to guess and guessing they did

In the case of Ibn Kathir he also tells us that verse Q2:256 has been aborgated by what he calls اية القتال or the verse of fighting and as you shall see it is self explaining and here is what he says

وَقَالَ آخَرُونَ : بَلْ هِيَ مَنْسُوخَة بِآيَةِ الْقِتَال وَأَنَّهُ يَجِب أَنْ يُدْعَى جَمِيع الْأُمَم إِلَى الدُّخُول فِي الدِّين الْحَنِيف دِين الْإِسْلَام فَإِنْ أَبَى أَحَد مِنْهُمْ الدُّخُول وَلَمْ يَنْقَدْ لَهُ أَوْ يَبْذُل الْجِزْيَة قُوتِلَ حَتَّى يُقْتَل وَهَذَا مَعْنَى لَا إِكْرَاه

Or and others said it (the verse) was abrogated by the fighting verse and it is a must that all nations are invited to enter the religion that is haneef (I will leave this word untranslated as it is a loan word from Syriac) the religion of Islam and if one of them declined to become Muslim and would not pay the Jizya he will be subjected to fighting until he is killed and this is the meaning of la ikrah or the no compulsion

It is as clear as it can get that Muslims have no clue that verse Q2:256 really means and this is really the problem with islam as what would Muslims do with Ibn Kathir's exegesis? Destory it? You cannot do that and the problem with islam that its literary sources cannot be changed and made more warm and fuzzy

So good luck if you can change anything in Islam because the structure is rotten to the core


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