Quran 9:123 [Fighting Unbelievers]

O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil) [Quran 9:123]  


The next verse says, “And whenever a chapter is revealed, there are some of them who say: Which of you has it strengthened in faith? Then as for those who believe, it strengthens them in faith and they rejoice.” That explains verse 9.123. As I have stated above, many verses of the Quran are actually answers to the facetious remarks made by the pagans.


3 thoughts on “Quran 9:123 [Fighting Unbelievers]

  1. Herman March 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Damn, the Muslim apologetics can’t even try to claim “self-defense” this time, as there is no indication of any attack by the unbelievers.

    I have an idea for all you Muslims: Which verse is better for the long-term harmony and prosperity of the human race:

    1) “O you who believe, fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness”


    2) “O you who believe, love the unbelievers, and let them find in you kindness”


  2. Jafar Al-Amin July 6, 2014 at 12:47 am Reply

    By that do you mean thats what the Christian nations practice?

    • sincereadvisor July 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply

      The Quranic verse was intended for pagans, who were in a life and death struggle with Muslims. Although critics of Islam tend to generalize and apply it to all unbelievers, I do not think that was the intent. Quran appears to deal with Christians and Jews in a different way. Note that in the case of People of the Trench, Christians who were burned alive by Yemeni King Dhu Nawas, who had converted to Judaism, Quran refers to these Christians as “momineen.”

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