Allah’s Commands to Fight in the Qur’an, Why Muslims Must Fight Against? Unbelievers.By Rev.Khalid Mansoor Soomro

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Introduction 1. Allah’s order for the Islamization of the whole world 2. The pre-determination of all Muslims to bear arms and fight for Allah 3. Allah’s unrestricted call to fight, to Muhammad and to Muslims

4. The retaliatory war: How Allah justifies the war against non-believers in the Qur’an

5. How Allah’s call to arms is supposed to be carried out

6. Rewards for carrying out Allah’s call to arms

7. What Allah says to Muslims who are unwilling or hesitate to fight

8. What happened in the great Battle with the Muslim persecutors (at Badr in 624)

9. Allah’s call to arms during an Islamic civil war

Introduction

Since the attacks on September 11, 2001 by Islamic fundamentalists in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, many Christians want to know why Muslims would do such terrible things; especially since politicians and media have painted a peaceful picture of Islam.

In order to make it clear that Muslims who fight with weapons against non-muslims are not really going against the Qur’an, it is necessary to take serious the verses in the Qur’an which encourage such a war. There are plenty of verses that do this. Here we mention some such places where the verb qaatala (to fight with weapons to kill) is found. Words from this word-group (qaatala, qitaalan) are found 67 times in 49 different verses in the Qur’an. From those, 41 verses are meant for Muslims to act on. The most important verses are found in the following composition. In order to make the overview easier, the chosen verses are ordered in subject matter. The English translation is as close as possible to the original Arabic text. In order to give a good overview, words in parenthesis are added to give better understanding to Qur’anic verses.

To contrast the spirit behind the verses of the Qur’an with the spirit behind the inspiration of the Bible, passages from the book of Matthew have been interspersed within each topic. Only the Word of Jesus can prevail against the battle call of Allah.

Truly I say to you,

unless you are converted and

become like children,

you shall not enter the

kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3



1. Allah’s order for the Islamization of the whole world

Sura 61:9 He (it is) who has sent his messenger (Muhammad) with guidance, and the religion of truth, to make it superior (or victorious) over all religions, although non-believers (polytheists, pagans, idolaters) hate (it).

Sura 48:28 He (it is) who has sent his messenger (Muhammad) with guidance, and the religion of truth, to make it superior (or victorious) over all religions, and All-Sufficient is Allah as witness.

Sura 8:39 and fight (kill with weapons) them until there is no temptation (charm or attractiveness to other religions), and the religion becomes all Allah’s. If they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), certainly Allah is All-Seeing of what they do.

Sura 2:193 and fight (kill with weapons) them until there be no temptation (charm or attractiveness to other religions), and the religion becomes Allah’s. If they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), let there be no hostility, except against the ungodly.


And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,

"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. "

Matthew 28:18-20


2. The predetermination of all Muslims to bear arms and fight for Allah

Sura 2:216 Fighting (killing with weapons) is commanded you (by Allah) though you dislike it. It may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you. It may be that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know.

Sura 22:78 Strive hard in Allah, true fighting (jihad, battle, holy war). He has chosen you, and has not laid on you any hardship in the religion (Islam), the religion of your father Abraham. He (Allah) named you Muslims before, and in this (Qur’an); that the messenger (Muhammad) may be a witness over you, and that you be witnesses over mankind. So perform prayer; and give alms and hold fast to Allah. He is your master; and an excellent master, and an excellent helper.

Sura 9:111 Truly Allah has purchased of the believers (Muslims) their souls, and their properties, for that they shall have paradise; (on condition that) they fight for Allah’s way. So they kill and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on him in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Qur’an. And who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice then in the bargain which you have bargained. That is the supreme success.

Sura 4:76 Those who believe fight (kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight for the cause of Taghut (Satan). So fight (kill with weapons) the friends of Satan, for the strategy of Satan is weak.

Sura 61:4 Truly Allah loves those who fight (kill with weapons) for his cause, in ranks, as though they were a solid structure.


Therefore you are to

be perfect,

as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:48


3. Allah’s unrestricted call to fight, to Muhammad and to Muslims

Sura 2:244 Fight (kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah, and know that Allah is All-Hearer and All-Knower.

Sura 9:123 O you who believe, fight (kill with weapons) those unbelievers who are near you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who are the pious.

Sura 9:5 Then when the sacred months (months you’re not allowed to attack them) have past, kill the non-believers (polytheists, pagans, idolaters) wherever you find them, and capture them (as prisoners), and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they shall repent (i.e. embrace Islam and confess, “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah), and perform (required) prayer, and pay (required) alms, then leave their way free. Truly Allah (is) forgiving (and) merciful.

Sura 9:29 Fight (kill with weapons) those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the last day, nor forbid that which is forbidden by Allah and his messenger (Muhammad), nor acknowledge the true religion (Islam) – of those given the Scriptures (i.e. Jews and Christians) – until they willingly pay the religious tax (jizyah) and are humiliated.

Sura 4:84 So fight (kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah, (you are) not accountable except for yourself, and rouse the believers (to fight along with you), perhaps Allah will restrain the strength of the unbelievers. Allah is more powerful in strength and more powerful in punishing.

Sura 8:65 O prophet, arouse the believers to fight on (kill with weapons). If there are among you twenty steadfast, they will overcome two hundred, and if there are one hundred of you, they will overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they are a people who have no intellect.

But I say to you,

love your enemies,

and pray for those who persecute you

Matthew 5:44

4. The retaliatory war: How Allah justifies the war against non-believers in the Qur’an

Sura 22:39 Permission is given (to Muslims by Allah) to fight (to kill with weapons against unbelievers), because they (unbelievers) have been unjust (to Muslims), and truly Allah is able to give victory.

Sura 2:190 And fight (kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah those who fight you, and do not transgress, truly Allah does not love the transgressors.

Sura 2:191 And kill them (those whom you fight) wherever you find them, and expel them from where they have expelled you. The temptation (charm or attractiveness to other religions), is worse than killing. And do not fight (kill with weapons) at the sacred temple (in Mecca), until they fight you therein; but if they fight you, kill them. This the portion of the unbelievers.

You have heard that it was said,

'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'

But I say to you,

do not resist him who is evil;

but whoever slaps you on your right cheek,

turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:38 and 39

Sura 2:194b Whoever transgresses against you, you transgress likewise against him, and fear Allah, and know that Allah is with those who are the pious.

Sura 9:12 But if they violate their oaths, after their alliance, and revile your religion, fight (kill with weapons) the leaders of unbelievers – surely their oaths are nothing to them – that they may cease (from breaking their oaths).

Sura 9:13 Will you not fight (kill with weapons) people who have violated their oaths, and intended to expel the messenger (Muhammad), while they attacked you the first time? Do you fear them? Allah is more true that you should fear him, if you are believers.

Sura 9:14 Fight (kill with weapons) them so Allah will punish them by your hands, and disgrace them, and will give you the victory over them, and heal the breasts of the believing people.

Sura 60:8-9 Allah does not forbid you to deal kindly and just with those who did not fight (kill with weapons) you in (regards to) religion, nor expelled you from your homes. Truly Allah loves those who act justly. 9As for only those who fought (against you) in (regards to) religion, and have expelled you from your homes, and helped to expel you, Allah forbids you to befriend them, and whosoever befriends with them, they are the wrongdoers.

Sura 9:36 Truly, the number of months with Allah, is twelve months in the book of Allah, on the day when he created the heavens and the earth. Of them, four are sacred. This is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein. Fight (kill with weapons) the non-believers (polytheists, pagans, idolaters) collectively as they fight you collectively; and know that Allah is with those who are the pious.

Sura 2:217 They ask you about fighting (killing with weapons) in the sacred month (if it is permitted). Say, fighting in it is a grave (offense), and preventing from the cause of Allah and disbelieving in him, and (prevents men from) the sacred temple. And expelling its inhabitants from it, is more grave with Allah. And the temptation (charm or attractiveness to other religions) is more grave than fighting (in the sacred months). They will not cease fighting you, until they turn you from your religion, if they are able. And whoever among you turns back from his religion, and dies an unbeliever, their works will be lost in this life, and the next; and they will be dwellers of the fire (of hell). They will abide there forever.


Then Jesus said to him,

"Put your sword back into its place;

for all those who take up the sword

shall perish by the sword.

Matthew 26:52


5. How Allah’s call to arms is supposed to be carried out

Sura 8:15-16 O you who believe, when you meet those who disbelieve marching (against you), do not turn your backs to them: 16and whoever turns his back to them on that day, except as a strategy to fight (kill with weapons), or withdraw to a party (troop of his own), he indeed incurred (on himself) wrath of Allah, and his abode is hell; and the worst destination (shall it be)!

Sura 8:45 O you who believe, when you meet (an enemy) force, stand firm and remember Allah much, that you may be successful.

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves;

therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:16


6. Rewards for carrying out Allah’s call to arms

Sura 4:74 Let them fight (kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah, who sell this world’s life for the hereafter, and whoever fights (to kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah, and is killed, or gets victory, we will give him a great reward.

Sura 3:142 Do you think that you will enter paradise, when Allah has not tested those who strive hard (fight in his cause); nor tested the patience?

Sura 3:195 Their Lord answered them, I will not waste the work of a worker among you, male or female, each of you being from the other. So those who emigrated and were driven from homes, and have suffered in My Cause, and have fought (with weapons) and were killed, truly I will expiate their evil deeds from them, and admit them into gardens under which rivers flow; a reward from Allah; and with Allah is the best of rewards.

Sura 48:20-21 Allah promised you abundant spoils that you will capture, and he hastened this for you, and he restrained the hands of men from you, that it may be a sign for the believers, and that he may guide you to a Straight Path. 21And others (victories and booty he promises) which are not yet in your power; indeed Allah encompasses them (for you), and Allah is ever over all things.

Sura 2:218 Truly, those who believed, and those who emigrated (from Mecca to Medina for the sake of Islam), and strive hard (fight) in the Cause of Allah, they hope for the mercy of Allah. Allah is forgiving and merciful.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness;

and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33


7. What Allah says to Muslims who are unwilling or hesitate to fight

Sura 9:38 O believers! What excuse have you, that when asked to go forth (to fight) in the Cause of Allah, you inclined heavily towards the earth? Are you pleased with this world‘s life rather than the hereafter? But the pleasure of this world’s life compared to the hereafter is but little.

Sura 4:77 Have you not observed those who were told to hold back their hands (from fighting), and perform prayers, and pay the alms? But when fighting (to kill with weapons in war) is commanded them, behold, a part of them fear men as they should fear Allah or even more, and they say, “Our Lord, why have you commanded us to fight (to kill with weapons in war)? Would not you delay it for us until the end?” Say, “The pleasure of this world’s life is but little. The hereafter is better for him who fears Allah, and you shall not be wronged in the very least.

Sura 9:83 If Allah brings you back to a party of them (hypocrites), and they ask your permission to go out (to fight), say, “Never shall you go out with me and never (shall you) fight (kill with weapons) an enemy with me; you were pleased to sit (inactive) the first occasion; therefore sit (now) with those who stay behind.”

Sura 57:10 And what excuse have you, that you spend not in the Cause of Allah? And to Allah belongs the inheritance of the heavens and the earth. Not equal among you are those who have spent and fought (killed with weapons) before the conquering (of Mecca). Such are in higher degree than those who spent and fought afterwards. But to all Allah promised the best (reward). And Allah is Aware what you do.

Sura 47:20 And believers say: “Why is not a Sura sent down? But when a decisive Sura is sent down and fighting (kill with weapons) is mentioned, you will see those in whose hearts is a disease (of hypocrisy) looking at you with the look of one fainting to death. It was better for them (to obey Allah and fight).

Sura 4:75 And what reason have you that you do not fight (kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah and for those weak among men, women and children who say: “Lord! Bring us from this town, whose people are oppressors, and raise for us from you a protector, and raise for us from you a helper.”

Sura 3:167 And that he might test the ungodly, it was said to them: “Come, fight (kill with weapons) in the Cause of Allah, or defend yourselves.” They said: “If we had known there would be fighting, we would have certainly followed you.” They were on that day nearer to unbelief than to faith, saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts. But Allah knows fully what they concealed.

Sura 2:246 Have you not considered the assembly of the children of Israel, after (the time of) Moses, when they said to a prophet of theirs, “Appoint for us a king and we will fight (kill with weapons, et al) in the Cause of Allah.” He said, “Would you then not fight, if fighting was commanded of you?” They said, “Why should we not fight in the Cause of Allah while we have been driven out of our homes, and (deprived) of our children?” But when they were commanded to fight, they turned away, except a few of them: And Allah knows fully the ungodly.

“Come to Me,

all who are weary and heavy-laden,

and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart;

and you shall find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

8. What happened in the great Battle between the Muhammadans the Muslim persecutors (at Badr in 624)


(The following verses tell of the Battle between the Muslims from Medina and a much larger group of hedonistic Meccans in March, 624 at the oasis of Badr, west of Medina.)

Sura 3:121 And (remember) when you left early morning from your household to post the believers at their stations to fight (kill with weapons); and Allah is all-hearing and all-knowing.

Sura 8:17 You did not kill them, but Allah killed them. And you did not throw (the weapon), but it was Allah who threw (it); that he might test the believers by a gracious trial from himself. Truly, Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing.

Sura 3:13 There has already been a sign in two armies that met (in battle): One army fought (killed with weapons) in the Cause of Allah, but the other were unbelievers. They (believers) saw twice as many (unbelievers) with their own eyes (although they were three times their number). And Allah supports with his victory whom he wills. Truly, in this is a lesson for those who understanding.

9. Allah’s call to arms during an Islamic civil war

Sura 49:9 And if two parties of the believers begin fighting (with weapons), then make peace between them. And if the one of them descends unexpectedly against the other, then fight (with weapons) against that one which descended unexpectedly, until they comply to the judgement of Allah. And if they comply, make peace between them justly and be equitable. Truly, Allah loves the equitable.

Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks!

For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come;

but woe to that man

through whom the stumbling block comes!

Matthew 18:7

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