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Tovey, Q25:52 Jihad and unbelievers and Muslim apologists! Part 1

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jan 7, 2021 at 08:07


This is the verse Q25:52 in Arabic

فلا تطع الكافرين وجاهدهم به جهادا كبيرا

This can be rendered as:

1. فلا تطع means So do not obey

2. الكافرين means the unbelievers

3. وجاهدهم means and declare Jihad (see Ibn Manzur's dictionary below)

4. به means with it (Notice that the author of the Qur'an does not tell us what is really the "it"

5. جهادا كبيرا means (the declared jihad is) a big jihad

Notice the following:

1. The word Qur'an is not in the Quranic text

2. The so called al-jihad al-akbar is not in the text

3. The author of the Qur'an does not define the "it" in the text

4. The word jihad here can only mean holy war

5. The most important word must be به or with it

Here is how the word Jihad is defined by Ibn Mazur in Lisan al-'Arab dictionary:


You can use googletranslate. And notice that word Jihad is defined as:

1. وجاهد العدو مجاهدة وجهادا : قاتله or And Jahid/mujahada/jihadan the enemy means Fight him. (I left the words untranslated for now).

2. الجهاد محاربة الاعداء or al-Jihad means fighting the enemies

Anyone who claims that the word Jihad does not mean Holy War should read Ibn Manzur's definition of the word Jihad

Last, Surat al-Furqan was revealed in Mecca or so we are told

This will enough for now

Stay tuned for part 2


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