Response to those who misquote โ€˜Invite หนallหบ to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind adviceโ€ Quran (16:125)

๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐จ๐ญ๐ž โ€˜๐ˆ๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ž หน๐š๐ฅ๐ฅหบ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐–๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐žโ€ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”:๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“)


Mohamad Mostafa Nassar

Twitter:@NassarMohamadMR

“Invite หนallหบ to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advice, and only debate with them in the best manner. Surely your Lord หนaloneหบ knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is หนrightlyหบ guided.” Quran (16:125)

First, it is imperative to know from the scholars of Islam about the meaning of a specific noble Quranic verse and whether it is an abrogated verse in meaning or ruling completely or partially. Therefore, we are going to start by reviewing the commentary of this verse, which was explained by one of the famous commentators and explainer of the Glorious Quran Imam Al Qurtubi.

Clarification/ Tafisr/Commentary of Imam al Qurtubi

This verse Quran (16:125) was revealed in Mecca at the time of the order to make a truce with the Quraish tribe, Allah Exalted He commanded Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him to call to Allahโ€™s religion of Islam with kindness and softness, without harshness or rebukement. And this is how Muslims should be preached by wisdom and good advice until the Day of Resurrection.

This noble Quranic verse has many meanings and rulings that are Muhkam ู…ุญูƒู… which means they are decisive and not abrogated, and that is to invite all Muslims and non-combatant non-Muslims who do not fight Islam verbally or physically by wisdom and good advice.

However, one of the meanings and the ruling of the above-mentioned noble Quranic verse Quran (16:125) of invite enemies of Islam who abuse, mock and attack Islam and Muslims verbally and physically by wisdom and good advice has been abrogated and the following noble Quranic rulings applies to the enemies of Islam.

โ€œBut once the Sacred Months have passed, kill the polytheists หนWho Violated Their Treatiesหบ wherever you find them, capture them, besiege them, and lie in wait for them on every way. But if they Repent, perform prayers, and pay alms-tax, then set them free. Indeed, Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.โ€ Quran (9:5)

Note:

Insulting, mocking, or attacking any human or any head of state or a president or a king verbally or physically, is an indictable offence under almost all laws of all countries.  

Allah says in the Glorious Quran:

“Be gracious, enjoin what is right, and turn away from those who act ignorantly.” Quran (7:199)

And

“หนO believers!หบ Do not insult what they invoke besides Allah or they will insult Allah spitefully out of ignorance. This is how We have made each peopleโ€™s deeds appealing to them. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them of what they used to do.” Quran (6:108)

And

Allah does not forbid you from dealing kindly and fairly with those who have neither fought nor driven you out of your homes. Surely Allah loves those who are fair.” Quran (60:8)

Simply because:

“Surely your Lord หนAloneหบ knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is หนrightlyหบ guided.” Quran (68:7)

The sin of one who kills an innocent person having a treaty with the Muslims

Narrated Abdullah binAmr: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever killed a person (non Muslim) having a treaty with the Muslims, shall not smell the smell of Paradise though its smell is perceived from a distance of forty years.”

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 3166

In-book reference : Book 58, Hadith 8 USC-MSA web (English)

Reference : Vol. 4, Book 53, Hadith 391

Hadith about A true Muslim does not initiate attacks on anyone:

Ibn Masโ€™ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said: โ€œA true believer is not involved in taunting, or frequently cursing (others) or in indecency or abusing.โ€  [At-Tirmidhi].

Reference: Riyad as-Salihin 1555

Islam does not allow Muslims or any peaceful non-Muslims to be humiliated, insulted, attacked, or tolerate any form of slurs aimed at Islam or aimed at Muslims or even peaceful non-Muslims unfairly, Islam does not call for subservience or humiliation of Muslims or to anyone else unjustly.

Therefore, any attacks, slurs, mocking, or insults targeting Islam and Muslims are to be met with force that is legislated in Islam to RESPOND to enemies of Islam.  

It is absurd and hypocritical that for instance in a country like France, you will be charged if you mock and insult the head of the state/ the president of France but no charges if attack, mock and insult Islam.

Any decent person regardless of their religion, nationality, ethnicity, race and language can safely agree that the victims of unjustified aggression, abuse, mocking, bullying, slandering, insults and attacks, have the unreserved right to seek justice.

Non Religious laws sometimes put a maximum timeframe for the victims to take legal action, such maximum timeframe does not exist in Islam, the victim has the full rigth to get justice regardless of any timeframe.  

Islam is the only true religion that has been chosen by our creator Allah Exalted He for humanity from Adam to Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him to mankind, Islam preaches pure strict monotheism, Oneness of God in his Essence, his actions, and his attributions.

Islam linguistically is the true and pure submission to Allah Exalted he the core message of every prophet and messenger from Adam to the last and final Prophet and messenger of God to Mankind, Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him.

Allah Exalted say in the Glorious Quran:

โ€œWhoever seeks a way other than Islam, it will never be accepted from them, and in the Hereafter, they will be among the losers.โ€ Quran (3:85)

Muslims are instructed to preach the true pure message of Islam peacefully to humanity as delivered by our beloved Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him and by the understanding of our pious predecessors (Al-Salaf Al Salih)

But during preaching Islam to non-Muslims, many of them tend to take offence, purpose of preaching Islam to non-Muslims to offend them, but to advise them about the reality of the false Gods they worship, such as those who worship idols or Prophet Issa son of Maryam (Prophet Jesus son of Mary).

Non-Muslims reactions varies from person to another, a Muslim preacher in general should not initiate any form of insults but tried to get his message across by wisdom and good advice. In fact, it is forbidden to initiate any form of insult, attack whether physically or not against any innocent regardless of whether they are Muslims or not.

However, the reaction of non-Muslims isnโ€™t the same, some are polite and mature enough to have reasonable dialogue yet clinging to their falsehood, as Muslims we have no reason attack them verbally etc.

The problem arises from those non-Muslims who have been brainwashed with the anti-Islamic sentiment and propaganda that has been running in multiple media outlets whether mainstream media or alternative media outlets.

Despite Islam teaching of being humble, tolerant, patient and kind, Islam never teaches Muslims to be humiliated, insulted, attacked, or tolerate any form of slurs aimed at Islam or unjustly aimed at Muslims, Islam does not call for subservience or humiliation of Muslims or to any creature unjustly. On the contrary Islam teaches Muslims take pride of Islam as the only true religion of Allah.

Islam also teaches us to respond to those enemies of Islam not only but wisdom and good advice but also by responding to their verbal attacks, slurs and even to their physical attacks accordingly and on case-by-case cases, and as for every action (force) there is an equal or more and opposite reaction.

We would like to confirm that Islam does not advise us to initiate any form of attacks, or violence against anyone who is peaceful and minding their own business.  We here are talking about those who initiate different types of attacks against Islam and Muslims, which basically give Muslims reserved right to react.

Sadly, some Muslims ignorantly step in to try to stop Muslim preachers for responding to those enemies of Islam who use different types of dirty tactics such as verbal attacks, slurs, mocking Islam and even mocking Allah Exalted He and the Glorious Holy Qurโ€™an, and the misquote this noble Quranic verse:

In doing so, some Muslims ignorantly misquote the Glorious Quranic verse:

Invite หนallหบ to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advice, and only debate with them in the best manner. Surely your Lord หนaloneหบ knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is หนrightlyหบ guided. Quran (16:125)

In fact, if those Muslims read the very next verse it will explain to them that, Allah Exalted He never instructed Muslims to accept any form humiliation, insults, attacks, or tolerate any form of slurs aimed at Islam or unjustly aimed at Muslims, Islam does not call for subservience or humiliation, nor teach us to turn the other cheek to continue copping such humiliation from enemies of Islam.

Allah Exalted He states in the very next verse:

โ€œIf you retaliate, then let it be equivalent to what you have suffered. But if you patiently endure, it is certainly best for those who are patient.โ€ Quran (16:126)

Those type of Muslims in justifying their Islamically unacceptable behavior, they use excuses such as the need to co-exist within a Multicultural secular society. They even take it further to justify their misunderstanding by misquoting another Noble Quranic verse:

โ€œYou have your way, and I have my Way.โ€  Quran (109:6)

Lack of widespread access to Authentic Islamic Knowledge and application of it is the Problem:

One of the biggest challenges during challenges that face Muslims around the world in recent times, not only the enemies of Islam or the spread of defeatism among them due to some political divisions, but most importantly the lack of wide-spread access to authentic Islamic knowledge.

The Prophet fears scholars with ignorant hearts

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, โ€œVerily, among what I fear most for my nation is every hypocrite with a knowledgeable tongue.โ€

Source: Musnad Aแธฅmad 140

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir

One of those common misconceptions that has been rife for a while, is discouraging Muslim preachers who enjoying the good and prohibiting the evil from inviting people to Islam.

Such hindering to Muslim preachers whether ignorantly by some Muslims who lack authentic Islamic knowledge or deliberately by hypocrites and enemies of Islam, eventually plays negative rule in hindering Muslim preachers from spreading the message of Islam to everyone.

It gets even worse to see some enemies of Islam who attack Islam viciously and rush to misquote the very same noble qurโ€™anic verse of Quran (16:125) to hide behind it and prevent Muslim preachers from responding to the vicious atatcks, slurs and sometimes physical aggression too. It would be beneficial if they at least read the following Quranic verse, which we are going to provide as follows

Invite หนallหบ to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advice, and only debate with them in the best manner. Surely your Lord หนaloneหบ knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is หนrightlyหบ guided.

If you retaliate, then let it be equivalent to what you have suffered. But if you patiently endure, it is certainly best for those who are patient. Quran (16:125-126).

No Turn the Other Cheek OR Love your enemy in Islam.

Islam does not preach subservience and submissiveness except to Allah Exalted He alone, obedience to all Islamic Shariโ€™ah laws and to whom implement it correctly and if living in a non-Muslim country, a Muslim should abide by the laws if it does not contravene with any Islamic teachings.

However, the general rule in Islam is no obedience to anyone order and encourage the disobedience of Allah Exalted He.

Muslims are allowed and have the right under Islam to retribute and punish those who mock, insult and attack Islam and Muslims physically and verbally as long as Muslims did not initiate any form of aggression against anyone.

Why some non-Muslims have the need to mock, insult and attack Islam, why arenโ€™t they ready for genuine mature discussions. The answer is really simple, which is people who follow their desires, lusts and have disregard for the creator, find Islam stands firm against their corrupt ideology that reject Islam teachings.

Not by love alone Humanity survives.

As utopian and romantic as it sounds, Christianity that claims that it preaches โ€œlove your enemies and pray for those who persecute youโ€ Matthews 5:44 and Christians claim to follow those teachings.

However, we have never heard that any army in the world has a lovers training center or they train their soldiers to throw their enemies with flowers and perfume bottles.

Both history and reality has proven time after time that almost every single in the world not only has armed forces and armed Police force, but also, they dedicate enormous budgets and huge resources to those forces.

Countries with Judeo Christian heritage are no exception, in fact, Countries with Judeo Christian heritage are the world leading countries in having biggest and most advanced armed forces and armed police forces, not just by relying on importing weapons but also, on being the major manufacturers and exporters of different types of weapons to the rest of the world.

History and reality prove that Countries with Judeo Christian heritage have run multiple crusade campaigns against many Muslim countries over past centuries till today, former US president George Bush declared it load and clear when intended to invade Iraq and Afghanistan. Check end of the article for reference about this part

All the above, proves beyond reasonable doubts the impracticality, unrealistic and fantasy of โ€œlove your enemies and pray for those who persecute youโ€ Matthews 5:44

Humanity can not survive with love alone; Justice is a critical requirement for the survival of humanity and that is what Islam teaches. Not by love alone Humanity survives.

The reward of an evil deed is its equivalent (Justice requirement)

Allah He states in the Glorious Quran:

โ€œThe reward of an evil deed is its equivalent. But whoever pardons and seeks reconciliation, then their reward is with Allah. He certainly does not like the wrongdoers.โ€ Quran (42:40)

Also, Allah in the Glorious Quran tells us the Prophet Noah mocked in return those who rejected the message of Allah and mock him:

โ€œSo, he โ€˜Noahโ€™ began to build the Ark, and whenever some of the chiefs of his people passed by, they mocked him. He said, โ€œIf you laugh at us, we will หนsoonหบ laugh at you similarly.  Quran (11:38)

Can we pray for the destruction of our enemies or oppressors of Islam – Assim al hakeem

Clarification/Tafsir Ibn Kathir for Quran (16:125)

The Command to invite people to Allah with Wisdom and Good Preaching

Allah commands His Messenger Muhammad to invite the people to Allah with Hikmah (wisdom). Ibn Jarir said: “That is what was revealed to him from the Book and the Sunnah.”

(And fair preaching) meaning, with exhortation and stories of the events that happened to people that are mentioned in the Qur’an, which he is to tell them about in order to warn them of the punishment of Allah.

(And argue with them with that which is best.) meaning, if any of them want to debate and argue, then let that be in the best manner, with kindness, gentleness, and good speech, as Allah says elsewhere:

And the following Quranic verse clarify and complement the above-mentioned noble Quranic verse (16:125)

And

โ€œAnd do not argue with the People of the Book, unless it be with that which is best, except for those who purposefully do wrong.โ€ Quran (29:46)

Allah commanded him to speak gently, as He commanded Musa and Harun to do when he sent them to Pharaoh, as He said:

“And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah” Quran (20: 44).

And

โ€œTruly, your Lord best knows who has strayed from His pathโ€ Quran (68:7)

Meaning, Allah already knows who is doomed (destined for Hell) and who is blessed (destined for Paradise).

This has already been written with Him and the matter is finished, so call them to Allah, but do not exhaust yourself with regret over those who go astray, for it is not your task to guide them. You are just a warner, and all you have to do is convey the Message, and it is He Who will bring them to account.

โ€œYou cannot guide whom you loveโ€ Quran (28:56)

Allah knows Best.

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