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The Ultimate Message of the Qur'an

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== Introduction ==The purpose of this article is to reveal whether Prophet [[Muhammad]] intended [[Islam]] to be a vehicle of peace or a force of violence.
The tag “religion of peace” strangely remains with [[Islam]] despite the abundance of Quranic, historical and scholarly evidence to the contrary, as well as the negative impressions of it given by the actions of many of its adherents. It's also rather ironic, as the [[God]] of Islam never meant for his religion to be ever perceived as a peaceful one. The purpose of this article is to reveal whether [[Muhammad]], with the help of his alter ego- [[Allah]], devised Islam as a vehicle of peace or a force of violence. == Surah 9 (Repentence) Nine==Chapter 9 of the [[Qur'an]]- ''Al Taubah'' (Repentance) is considered to be the closing remarks of Muhammad’s god[[Allah]]. The only Sura Surah (chapter‎) said to have been revealed after this is ''Al Nasr'' (Victory), which consists of only a few verses. Considering the apparent militant disposition of Islam; it should not come as a big surprise to learn that this final chapter is not at all about making peace among the people, but is a double edged sword, causing a rift in humanity; about dividing it into the domain of believers ([[Dar al-Islam]]) and unbelievers (dar al-kufr) with the aim of preserving endless enmity between the two. For Provided it is read in context, this chapter is essential for non-Muslims who would like to discover know what Islam’s god Allah commands of Muslims in their affairs, this chapter can be a touchstone, provided it is read in context. [[Sahih]] Muslim testifies to this being the last chapter revealed by the God of Muhammad:
{{Quote|{{Muslim|11|3941}}|Abu Ishaq said that he heard al-Bara' b 'Azib (Allah be pleased with him) say: The last complete sura revealed (in the Holy Qur'an) is Sura tauba (i e. al-Bara'at, ix.), and the last verse revealed is that pertaining to '''Kalala'''.}}
=== Analysis ===
This chapter defines how Muslims should treat unbelievers; the code of conduct Muslims ought to observe when dealing with someone outside of the sphere of their own belief system. It sums up the underlying message of Qur'an since it is considered to be the concluding remarks of Islam’s godits author. There is little wonder such a large percentage of [[Muslim Statistics|Muslim's support terror]] and persecution of others, After all, this chapter is filled with the marching orders of Allah, inciting offensive onslaughts on unbelievers, and if the closing remarks of God Allah is all about fighting endlessly to subjugate and humiliate others, no rationale can thwart the conclusion reached; the entire message of the Qur'an as reflected in this chapter is not for peace, but for war against mankindothers.The historical context of this Surah is described by the famous Qur'anic commentator Abul A’ala Madudi in his “Tafhim al Qur'an”:
{{Quote|[http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/maududi/mau9.html Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi: Tafhim al Qur'an: At-Taubah]|Consider the historical background of the Sura. The series of events that have been discussed in this Sura took place after the Peace Treaty of Hudaibiyah. By that time one-third of Arabia had come under the sway of Islam which had established itself as a powerful well organized and civilized Islamic State. This Treaty afforded further opportunities to Islam to spread its influence in the comparatively peaceful atmosphere created by it. After this Treaty two events took place which led to very important results.}}
==== Maududi ====
Maududi in his [[tafsir]] affirms that prior to the revelation of this chapter; a powerful and well organized Islamic state had already been established in one-third of Arabia. This fact alone dismisses the usual Muslim apologetics of fighting in self defense or fighting against oppressors. As an Islamic state had already been established at this point, you would expect revelations describing ways in which to rule such a state smoothly for the betterment of its citizens and eventually for the world in general, however, what we find in the chapter revealed right after this great victory and 'liberation' of Islam is hate speeches, Incitements to kill unbelievers and provocations to subjugate others! . God; provoking his pious believers even after they had achieved their objective is definitely indicative of the belligerent nature of the religion of Islam.
Also, this segment of the Qur'an is unlike the other suras, as it does not begin with the usual “Bismillahi alRahmani Al Rahim” (In the name of Allah, beneficent, merciful). What can be the reason for avoiding it? Scholars say its due to this chapter accentuating God’s vengeance and punishment more so than any other chapter. But, why would a peaceful and just god reveal such a chapter once his faithful had supposedly met their objectives and were 'no longer' being persecuted?
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