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My brothers and sisters do not need any explanation as to the utter and complete stupidity and bigotry of Wasim Rizvi in his demand to get these Verses removed. But I suppose we have not practiced what would be our answer before Hindus and Christians when we defend the noble Qur'an. Thus I thought I shall collect points in this regard.
Surah 2 (Al-Baqarah)
And kill them [in battle] wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah1 is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al-Ḥarām until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
The noble Qur'an is complete manual for Muslims, in fact mankind, to live by. Hence it will have all essential instructions. That includes instructions on how to wage a war.
Wasim Rizvi or anybody else objecting to Verses like above should also object to all military training any where in the world.
For us Muslims this Verse has a very precious insight - Fitna is worse than killing.
Some issues can not be decided on the basis of intellect - you need revelation for that.
To excise, delete or remove a Verse from any revelation is a complete rejection of the message.
In trying to please the Hindus Wasim Rizvi walked out of Islam.
At a place Allah SWT says that the unbelievers and the polytheists will not stop till you give up your faith.
As I have said in some other post that we should have ready made answers to pet objections against Islam. If there is a repartee then it is even better. But academic and intellectual answers we must always have.
Surah 3 (Ali ‘Imran)
We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority.1 And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.
I suppose the objection here is not over hell and heaven distinction and fear of hell fire but on the word terror.
This is the most difficult point for us to navigate. Allah SWT is saying that He will cast terror into the hearts of enemies of Islam. Those believers who decide to do Allah SWT's work some of them will also do the same.
In recent pass the biggest accusation of west and the rest of the world against Islam and Muslims is terrorism. We have to work out a strategy to explain our stand. This is very tricky issue.
At the moment the US saw no threat from Afghanistan and hence withdrew from there. But we are left with the issue of explaining what Taliban have been doing.
Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses – We will drive them into a fire. Every time their skins are roasted through, We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise.
This time the objection is clearly against the punishment in hell.
Tauheed, Risalat and Aakhirat are three fundamental beliefs that we Muslims hold and this man want us to remove above worse from the Noble Qur'an. H clearly want us to give up Islam.
The answer this time has to be a firm and certain no.
Clearly the idiot is out of his mind.
They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away [i.e., refuse], then seize them and kill them [for their betrayal] wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper,
There are again two aspects to this Verse.
Firstly the arguments in the Noble Qur'an some times are exquisitely robust and the unbelievers are at a loss of argument against this force.
Secondly there is the issue of those who turn against Islam. What Mr Wasim Rizvi is implying that we should simply give up fight against those who decide to do enmity with us. The moron thinks we are stupid.
And when you travel throughout the land, there is no blame upon you for shortening the prayer,1 [especially] if you fear that those who disbelieve may disrupt [or attack] you.2 Indeed, the disbelievers are ever to you a clear enemy.
Here the issue is really laughable. Mr Rizvi is objecting to the fact that Allah SWT is identifying our enemies for us.
Here one exception has to be dealt with. Are Saffronites and Lib-Dems both our enemies?
Answer is yes but our dealing with the two have to be different.
Till his last moments believed Prophet SAW had dealings with the unbelievers.
So all those instructions to fight and killing are for those who are fighting battles against us.
The unbelievers and people like Wasim Rizvi are most likely to exploit this fine distinction.
Surah 5 (Al-Ma’idah)
And from those who say, “We are Christians” We took their covenant; but they forgot a portion of that of which they were reminded.1 So We caused among them2 animosity and hatred until the Day of Resurrection. And Allah is going to inform them about what they used to do.
I doubt people with critically weak Iman like Wasim Rizvi will understand what is being said in this Verse. But this man is certainly an enemy of us having any insight about our Deen.
O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.
I suppose Mr Rizvi is with the Saffronite when the wrong the Christians. Strangely his heart is bleeding here for Christians.
The Qur'anic instruction is clear about distancing from Jews and Christians, atheists and polytheists. He want us to reject Allah SWT's injunctions. He too is an enemy.
I realize till I started this analysis many of the implications of Mr Rizvi's trickery were not apparent to me.
O you who have believed, take not those who have taken your religion in ridicule and amusement among the ones who were given the Scripture before you nor the disbelievers as allies. And fear Allah, if you should [truly] be believers.
This is clearly about the Jewish people and the Christians.
What Mr Rizvi is implying that if some one ridicules our Deen even then we should take them as our friends. Clearly he takes us for fools. what a fool.
O Prophet, urge the believers to battle. If there are among you twenty [who are] steadfast, they will overcome two hundred. And if there are among you one hundred [who are steadfast], they will overcome a thousand of those who have disbelieved because they are a people who do not understand.
The lynchings of Muslims that have taken place in India have only one or two or just a few against the unfortunate Muslim. In above worse a believer is argued to be superior to ten enemies. Why then there are lynchings of Muslims? Ans: Because the lynched Muslims was not using Islam. When some one wants to lynch you then fight back. there will be no lynching.
This puts complete responsibility on common Muslim in India today. In other words a common Muslims has to show the courage of a Mujahid. This is the issue that we should have been talking about for last eight years in India.
The fact that we have not been doing that tells whole volume about our own courage levels.
Krodon hoke bhi hum log ghutne tek baithe hain
Mujhe woh 313 ka lashkar yaad aata hai
We are in millions and millions and surrendered
I fondly remember that army of just 313 people
So consume what you have taken of war booty [as being] lawful and good, and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
This is about Maal-e-Ghaneemat.
Clearly the enemies of Islam are damn scared of us.
Personally i have no intention to put them at ease.
My message would be that deal with us with justice otherwise all of these Verses are meant for what you fear.
Thus the issue is rather sensitive.
Surah 9 (At-Tawbah)
And when the inviolable months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakāh, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
This is battle tactic instructed to Muslims.
Advocating its removal is like asking an army to give up arms voluntarily.
In fact Muslims did exactly tha in Dhaka in 1971. 93000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered.
Today Hindustan Times had a pic of Indian Army Chief Navrane.
He asserted that Indian army can defeat Chinese army.
Behind him was the pic of Gen Arora and gen Niazi signing the surrender document.
This is what Mr Rizvi want for Muslims in general.
Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts [i.e., desires] of a believing people.
By now it is clear why Mr Rizvi wants these Verses removed.
I mostly find this kind of arguments unanswerable.
This is like enemy telling me that do not hit me because it will be painful for me.
We have to design a smart answer to this kind of objection.
O you who have believed, do not take your fathers or your brothers as allies if they have preferred disbelief over belief. And whoever does so among you – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.
This is one of very strong Verses but what the hell is Wasim Rizvi's business here? It is about our fathers and brothers and not his illegitimate father. (My apology for the epithet. Mr Rizvi is a Shia and they specialize in such barbs so I thought why not give him one. Of course any Shia will win over me in this match.)
O you who have believed, indeed the polytheists are unclean, so let them not approach al-Masjid al-Ḥarām after this, their [final] year. And if you fear privation, Allah will enrich you from His bounty if He wills. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Wise.
Clearly he wants entry for pigs like Modi and Yogi in the Harmain Sharifain
Keep dreaming you imbecile.
Fight against those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth [i.e., Islām] from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah1 willingly while they are humbled.
Former Indian Home Minister Dr Rajnath Singh had publicly admitted that there is no radicalization among Indian Muslims. It means that Indian Muslims are not implementing these Verses. This is strong evidence because there could hardly any more grave provocations than we have had in India for last 74 years. It is clear that people like Mr Rizvi are completely driven by the desires of his masters - the Saffronite Hindus.
Indeed, the postponing [of restriction within sacred months] is an increase in disbelief by which those who have disbelieved are led [further] astray. They make it1 lawful one year and unlawful another year to correspond to the number made unlawful by Allah2 and [thus] make lawful what Allah has made unlawful. Made pleasing to them is the evil of their deeds; and Allah does not guide the disbelieving people
This has hardly anything contentious. I wonder why the mad man did not apply for abolition of the whole book itself.
And among them are some who criticize you concerning the [distribution of] charities. If they are given from them, they approve; but if they are not given from them, at once they become angry.
Again very strange. It is our charity and Mr Rizvi has no business talking about it.
Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’ān. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.
Here the issue is more clear. Mr Rizvi is against Islamic way of life. No secret about that. Muslim, or rather believers, kill and die in the path of Allah SWT. That is their way of life.
O you who have believed, fight against those adjacent to you of the disbelievers and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous.
His heart bleeds for the enemies of Islam.
It is clear that he wanted to leave Islam.
Then he pondered over the consequences.
He realized that immediately after leaving Islam he becomes an enemy of Islam and Muslims.
He thought that Hindus will save him.
Hence his demand for removal of these Verses.
Surah 21 (Al-Anbya)
Indeed, you [disbelievers] and what you worship other than Allah are the firewood of Hell. You will be coming to [enter] it.
If the consequence of disbelief is Hell Fire then Mr Rizvi should not disbelieve.
Instead he wants us to fall outside Islam.
What a weird thinking.
Surah 32 (As-Sajdah)
And who is more unjust than one who is reminded of the verses of his Lord; then he turns away from them? Indeed We, from the criminals, will take retribution.
This Verse must have hit the softest spot in his nerves.
My sympathies are not with him.
Surah 33 (Al-Ahzab)
Verse 61: Accursed wherever they are found, [being] seized and massacred completely.
Again an objection to a war time Verse.
Surah 41 (Fussilat)
But We will surely cause those who disbelieve to taste a severe punishment, and We will surely recompense them for the worst of what they had been doing.
Hinduism too has the concept of punishment of hell for bad deeds. Will the idiot ask for a change in Hinduism too?
Hinduism has casteism - a great curse to those who are of lower caste. This caste system has to be completely abolished sooner or later.
The western enemies of Islam and Muslims never demand abolition of the caste system in Hindus.
Of course they will be with people like Mr Rizvi on his demand for removal of the Verses from the noble Qur'an.
That is the recompense of the enemies of Allah – the Fire. For them therein is the home of eternity as recompense for what they, of Our verses, were rejecting.
This issue has been covered already.
Verse 20: Allah has promised you much booty that you will take [in the future] and has hastened for you this [victory] and withheld the hands of people from you – that it may be a sign for the believers and [that] He may guide you to a straight path.
This is about events that have already taken place. Can we delete past events Mr Rizvi?
Surah 66 (At-Tahrim)
Verse 9: O Prophet, strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.
A simpler solution is that the disbelievers should not take enmity with Islam and Muslims.
Islam on the other hand does not take gratuitous enmity with anyone.