June 17, 2013

There is No Compulsion in Religion?

Or so they will say about Koran 2:256.

So did Boko Haram just not get the memo?

Garuta also told newsmen in Maiduguri, Bama road Motor Park yesterday that after torching another church in Hwa’a community, the gunmen also killed Rev. Jacob Kwiza (rtd) of Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), while picking mangoes at his father’s orchard on the hills settlement of Hwa’a.

He said: “as the gunmen threw some explosives at our church, they forced the retired Reverend to renounce Christianity and be converted to Islam, but Rev. Jacob defied the gunmen’s threats of being killed, as he insisted on being a Christian among his people on the hills of Hwa’a. They slit his throat with sharp objects; and we started to flee for safety, as we don’t know the next targets of these gunmen.”

So if someone brings up the little verse above you can tell this this story and point out to them that this is only for People of the Book who submit, declare Islam as superior and pay the extortion or Jiizjah.
Rahman then presents the position of Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan in Fath al-Bayan:
... one should not say of a person convened to Islam under the shadow of the sword, that he was compelled to the Faith for "there is no compulsion in religion". Another construction ... confines the verse to the People of the Scriptures who submitted to the Muslims and agreed to pay jiizjah (poll-tax) but excludes the idolaters from its scope. In the case of the latter, only two alternatives are said to be open - Islam or the sword - on the authority of al-Shabi, al-Hasan, Qatadah and al-Dahhaq.[11 Then Rahman cites Ibn al-Arabi's work Ahkam al-Qur'an, adding thereafter his own objections to this interpretation:
He (Ibn al-Arabi) declares dogmatically that to compel to the truth is part of the Faith, on the authority of a hadith:
"I have been commanded to fight people till they recite the declaration of faith ...", which he considers to have been derived from the Qur'anic verse: "And fight them until persecution is no more and religion is for Allah alone." (8:39; 2:193)[12]

Jiizjah is often interpreted in the west a poll tax, which liberals have a huge problem with except when its imposed by Muslims. But lets be frank, the Jiizjah is extortion of funds under threat of violence. Its as much extortion as any protection paid to any organized criminal gang.

In the end Rev. Jacob Kwiza was left with no option to remain faithful to his religion and also live.

He is a the true Martyr. May the Lord accept and keep him.

By Howie at 09:30 AM | Comments |