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4:104
"And Do Not Be Weak in Pursuit of the Enemy..."


From Discover the Truth:

This above verse is addressing Muslims 1400 years ago for the importance of fighting against the disbelievers who oppress men, women and children
(September 28, 2014)

What the Quran Says

4:104. And don't be weak in the pursuit of the enemy; if you are suffering (hardships) then surely, they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah (for the reward, i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not,


What the Apologists Want You to Believe

According to DTT:
Quranic passage 4:104 encourages Muslims to endure their struggles with hope and not to give up fighting the enemy, who constantly persecute the Muslim community at the time when Prophet Muhammed (p) was alive. Moreover, the above Quranic passage is subject to other verses which Muslims must follow. That they only fight the enemy if they’re under attack
So, a command to pursue a weakened enemy is really an admonition to "endure struggles" and fight only in self-defense!


How They Do It: 'Adding' to the Quran

Not surprisingly, DTT would be happier if instead of telling Muslims to pursue a retreating enemy, Allah had said to to "endure struggles" and fight only in self-defense.  Unfortunately, he didn't - but DTT cites verses in other chapters to explain what Allah really means.


Why They are Wrong

The text literally tells Muslims to pursue a weakened (or wounded) enemy.  The implication is obviously not about healing, personal perseverance or self-defense - it is about vengeance against someone who is retreating and not threatening.

The verse is thought to have followed the Battle of Uhud, where the Muslims suffered a humiliating defeat (which Muhammad blamed on everyone but himself, even though his harassment of Quraish caravans was directly responsible).  In the aftermath, he was attempting to rally his tribe for revenge, although many of his people did not see the point in continuing hostilities.

Far from posing a threat, the Quraish were not threatening the people of Medina.  They simply wanted to punish Muhammad for killing many of their people at Badr, hoping that defeating him would put an end to his harassment.  Not only did they deliberately bypass the city in picking out a remote place of battle to the north, they did not pursue Muhammad or plunder Medina after the Muslims were routed.

Rather than accept the peace that both his adversary and his own people desired, Muhammad wanted revenge and domination - and warfare to bring that about.  Allah quickly obliged with an agreeable verse - the historical context of which could hardly be less supportive of Discover the Truth propaganda.
 

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