Example of quoting from Holy Quran out of context

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Example of quoting from Holy Quran out of context

Postby subrata » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:39 am

A frequently quoted verse from Holy Quran is the following line:-

“Kill disbelievers wherever you find them.”

This, I feel, is a perfect example of what is called quoting out of context.

If you read the chapter Surah At-Taubah from the beginning the first verse talks about the treaty between the Muslims and the Mushriqs (Pagans) of Mecca who used to persecute the Muslims (the believers of ONE GOD) who as of yet had not retaliated.

Freedom from obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty. [Chapter 9, Verse 1]

In the next verse The Meccans are given four months time to set things right otherwise there will be a declaration of War. The complete verse is:-

But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful. [Chapter 9, Verse 5]

Hence if we read this in context we know that this statement was made in the context of an ensuing war. In fact in the battle the Holy Quran Commands that a person who seeks asylum should be escorted to a place of security.

If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they are men without knowledge. [ Chapter 9, Verse 6]

One must appreciate that Quran was dictated based on the burning needs of the contemporary age where human beings stooped almost down to the level of mindless animals in their acts and beliefs.
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