Many people think that the Quran commands Muslims to kill Hindus and therefore, Muslims are always a threat to Hindus. Let’s find out.
The word “Hindu” does NOT occur in the Quran even once. What people are referring to are the verses that speak about killing disbelievers.
Text and Context
Any text of a book or scripture should be understood with its context. A text devoid of context can be easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. No book or scripture is an exception to this. Let’s see some examples.
Shri Krishna says in Gita:
“Vrishch Pra Vrishch Sam Vrishch Daha Pradaha Sam Daha.” – Translation:
What will happen if the shlokas above are taken out of context?
If the shlokas above are quoted without context, it would make a person think that Bhagavad Gita and Atharva Veda promote violence and fighting. When we read the Shlokas with the context, we will understand that they are speaking about battle between Dharma and Adharma. Therefore, the context of the verses is very important.
Context of the Verses in the Quran
When you read the verses of the Quran with the context, you will find that the Quran never promotes hatred or violence. Let’s look at the commonly ‘misquoted’ verses from Quran.
1. “Kill them wherever you encounter them”
This verse from Chapter 2, Verse 191 of the Quran. If you look up this verse, this is just a small part of the verse. Let’s read the complete verse and also the verses before it and after it to get the context.
A simple reading of the verses clearly show that fighting was prescribed ONLY against those who fight with the Muslims and those who persecuted the Muslims.
2. “When the [four] forbidden months are over, wherever you encounter the idolaters, kill them, seize them, besiege them, wait for them at every lookout post.”
This verse from Chapter 9, Verse 5 of the Quran. Let’s read the complete verse and also the verse after it.
Reading both the verses together (Verse 5 and 6), makes it clear that if the idolaters desire peace, then Muslims are commanded to give protection and also escort them to a place of safety.
Quran encourages peace
Quran categorically commands Muslims to opt for peace if the enemy is offering peace. God says in the Quran:
How should a Muslim treat non-Muslims?
God says in the Quran:
The Arabic word used to mean “kindly“ in the verse is “Tabarru”. The root word for “Tabarru” is “Birr”. The word “Birr” is used for highest form of kindness and righteousness. Example: The word Birr is associated with “kindness and righteousness to parents” (Birrul Walidain). Prophet Muhammad himself used the word “Birrul Walidain” when he spoke about righteousness towards parents.
God chose the word “Tabarru”, to instruct all Muslims to treat their non-Muslim brothers and sisters with the same level of kindness and righteousness they would show to their own parents.
Dear reader, can you now honestly say that Quran asks the Muslims to hate and kill Hindus?
Prophet Muhammad said:
The Quran and the sayings of the Prophet should be sufficient to make anyone understand that a Muslim has been command to be merciful, kind and just to Non-Muslims.
Why don’t you check for yourself?
Dear reader, the copies of Quran translation are easily available online and offline. Whenever you hear something bad about the Quran, look for the “misquoted” verse and read the verses before and after the “misquoted” verse to understand the context. Check for yourself!