Shirk Or Persecution – What does The Word Fitna Mean?
Often times the Arabic word “fitna” (فِتْنَةٌ) in Surah 2:190-194 and Surah 8:39 gets associated by critics to mean “shirk” (disbelief). They claim when the Quran ordered early companions of Muhammed to fight against “fitna”, they assert here that they were ordered to fight non-Muslims merely because of them not believing in Islam. This claim… Read More ›
“Fight With Them Until There Is No More Fitna [Disbelief]…?” – Quran 8:39
Background This verse (Q. 8:39) was revealed concerning the battle of Badr (624 AD). Analysing Verse Some claim that Islam is to dominate, and conduct holy war, on people of other religions until they accept Islam. Yet, the Quran clearly states that there is to be no compulsion in religion. Everyone has a free choice… Read More ›
‘Kill Them… Fitna (Disbelief) Is Worse Than Killing’? – Quran 2: 191 – 194
Background These verses were revealed at the treaty of Hudaybiyah, or just after it (Asbab Al-Nuzul by Al-Wahidi, Tafsir Jalalayn and Tafsir Ibn Kathir). Analysing Verses As noted from our previous article, we showed from Muslim and non-Muslim scholars that the verse was revealed at a time when the Muslims were being persecuted by the… Read More ›
Quran 2:191- ‘And kill them wherever you find them…’ Explained
Kaleef K. Karim Quran 2:191 – “And kill them wherever you find them…” Critics as usual apply ‘cut and choose’ approach with regards to this passage (Quran 2:191). They only quote, “And kill them wherever you find them…(2:191). However, when we read the passage in its context (2:190-195) it says opposite what they portray of… Read More ›