Non-believers wrote the verse like this:

“The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them” 9:30

Non-believers believe the Qur’an is full of evil and oppression and promotes terrorism. This is because they do not understand the Qur’an’s context as they read like they do with the bible. I recently received a question in my WhatsApp inbox “My Muslim brother, you claim Islam is a religion of peace, how do you answer this?” He sent me a list of Qur’anic verses which he and others believe the Qur’an is evil.

This article is my answer to the Christian friend and I hope it shall be helpful to Muslim brothers and sister who encounter the same questions.

Qur’an 9:29 (they meant to write verse 29 not 30 in the picture)

The real text of the translation of that verse (Qur’an 9:29) is as follows:

 “Fight those who believe neither in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

This verse is in the context of the neighboring kingdom of Christians, and Jews. There was a messenger that Muhammad sent to a Roman group on diplomatic measures. His name was Al-Harith bin Umayr Al-Azdi, and they tied him up and beheaded him. This death of a diplomat was an agressive act of war and as such the Muslims had act upon it. Allah told Muslim that the conquered people should pay the jizya or convert to Islam. This requires an understanding of the Jizya and taxes in the Islamic sense. Muslims are required to a tax of sorts too. It’s called Zakat and it is charity that is then spent to maintain the community. It is distributed to care for the poor and it is used in the upkeep of government infrastructure (or at least that’s how it was meant to be used under Islamic run governments).

The jizya is then the alternative to make sure that non-Muslims are doing their part to contribute to the infrastructure and caring for the poor and the orphans as well.

In addition,  the Jizya was an assurance that non-Muslim citizens did not have to fight against their own. They we’re exempt from fighting in the army so they would never have to kill their brothers (either blood or in religion). The jizya and zakat worked like modern day tax collections in which the money was then supposed to be distributed where it was needed most. This verse again is not an open invitation to war. The Qur’an many times stresses the rules for fighting are that you must be attacked before you fight back. There are many rules about conduct before, during, and after.