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“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”  (9:111)

This verse again, is applicable to the Muslims during the time of the Prophet, who were too terrified to participate in any battles against non-believers, in context of self-defence, because the nonbelievers out numbered them.  Thus, God is making it clear to these foolish cowards that fighting for freedom of religion is more important than their fear of numbers.

“And there were, among the desert Arabs (also), men who made excuses and came to claim exemption; and those who were false to Allah and His Messenger (merely) sat inactive. Soon will a grievous penalty seize the Unbelievers among them.”  (9:90)

You need to understand that chapter nine is all about the battles between believers and disbelievers.  The following verses demonstrated under what condition Muslims would be required to fight in cause of Allah:

”Will ye not fight people who violated their oaths, plotted to expel the Messenger, and took the aggressive by being the first (to assault) you? Do ye fear them? Nay, it is Allah Whom ye should more justly fear, if ye believe!”  (9:13)

Notice the underlined phrase, ” WILL YOU NOT FIGHT” that fits perfectly with the verses that are found all throughout chapter nine, where God constantly asks Muslims, will you not fight in My cause?  

There’s also the misunderstanding of 9:123:

“O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.”Verse 123 is interesting.  Check the verses that immediately follow suit:

“Whenever there cometh down a sura, some of them say: “Which of you has had His faith increased by it?” Yea, those who believe,- their faith is increased and they do rejoice. ” (9:124)
The word “fight” in verse 123 should be interperted to mean ‘resist the nonbelievers skepticism in the signs of God’.  For the verses following it immediately jump to believers’ faith strengthening at the sight of a new revelation, whereas the nonbelievers lose even more faith.  Also, in verse 123, “fight” is followed by “let them find firmness in you.”  This makes perfect sense fitted into context of resisting the notion of nonbelievers, to show them that their voiced opinions about verses not being divine have zero effect on their faith.

“But those in whose hearts is a disease,- it will add doubt to their doubt, and they will die in a state of Unbelief. ” (9:125)

In a nutshell, chapter nine spelled out the circumstances that would lead believers to fight nonbelievers  (self-defence).  It then addressed why believers were outnumbered to nonbelievers, and provided the solution, by including several examples of battles where believers were outnumbered, but won, nonetheless, as motivation.  Finally, chapter nine concludes by instructing believers to hold strength and faith in God’s revelations, regardless of the skepticism nonbelievers voiced.


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