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    Quranic Reflections

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    "Say, "O disbelievers,

    I do not worship what you worship.

    Nor are you worshippers of what I worship.

    Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship.

    Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship.

    For you is your religion, and for me is my religion." (Qur'an 109)

    It is commonly misunderstood that believer and disbeliever can follow their own way of life, rather Quran emphasises that mankind should live their lives as per ordained by God. However, it's completely wrong assumption that I stay on my religion and you stay on your we both are right. Instead if we read the entire chapter we will understand it. It starts with : Say : O disbelievers! I don't worship what you worship (this is to emphasize that a believer worships God, and a disbeliever in God will only worship falsehood and desires by associating partners with God) then at last it say to you be your 'way' and to me be mine.

    This means even after acknowledging every kind of arguments, proofs, signs, and revelations from God, if one insist upon falsehood then be it, and they will eventually realise everything in the hereafter (but it will be too late then, there won't be any second chance there). So this verse and chapter is a rhetorical argument with the disbelievers. The concept of calling other to the truth and striving for it, still very much exists and it does not get affected by this verse at all. In that sense Chapter Kaffirun is last arguments with the disbelievers. Before that we (Muslim) need to convey the message of Islam at the best possible way. And we can't deny or refuse our responsibility by saying it's already mentioned in the Quran so we don't need to bother.

    Said bin Mina (the freed slave of Abul Bakhtari) has related that Walid bin Mughirah, As bin Wail, Aswad bin al-Muttalib and Umayyah bin Khalaf met the Holy Prophet pbuh and said to him:"O Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peace and blessings), let us agree that we would worship your God and you would worship our gods, and we would make you a partner in all our works. If what you have brought was better than what we possess, we would be partners in it with You, and have our share in it, and if what we possess is better than what you have brought, you would be partner in it with us and have your share of it."At this Allah sent downIbn Jarir, Ibn Abi Hatim, Ibn Hisham also has related this incident in the ).

    From above Hadith too, it is clear that we should never ever compromise with our religion and persistently give dawah. Dawah has to be done sincerely for Allah’s sake, and not for any worldly cause. And our duty is just to convey.

    May God guide us to the straight path.
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    Re: Quranic Reflections

    Interesting analysis. I have not reviewed this Surah for a long time, so I can't form any opinions on your interpretation. That said, I do note an ongoing theme in the Quran regarding believers in other religions.

    The author is well aware of other religions, both people of the book and those further afield (polytheists for example). There appears to be an implicit understanding that many non-muslims will not convert. So we find many rules and regulations for how to deal with these non believers.

    From my reading, so long as the non-believers are not at war with Muslims, the author preaches tolerance, understanding, peace, and integration. Since non-believers do not give alms at mosque, for example, they are required to pay a tax to help support government services.

    This seems to me a reasonable stance to take. The vast majority of humans retain whatever religion they were raised to believe in. Recognizing this fact about humans, it is important to find a way to deal with non-believers embedded within one's society.

    As one who doesn't ascribe to any particular religion myself, this perspective of Islam is a positive and liberating feature. So long as I don't attack Islam or its believers, I feel very comfortable participating in this forum. Likewise, I would feel very comfortable traveling in countries where Islam is dominant.

    I am going to have to visit Iran, Iraq, and Syria one day so that I can visit the ancient cities that I have only read about. My main fear in these travels is that I will be assaulted and beset from all sides with invitations for tea and interesting conversation. Quranic Reflections
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    Re: Quranic Reflections

    Thank you for spending your valuable time for reading and also thanks for sharing your experience and feedback.
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