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47:35
"Be Not Faint-Hearted, Crying for Peace When
 You Should Be Uppermost"


From Discover the Truth:

The Muslims were being made the target of persecution and tyranny in Makkah in particular and in Arabia in general, and life had become miserable for them.
(October 29, 2014)

What the Quran Says

47:35. Be not weak and ask not for peace, while you are having the upper hand.


What the Apologists Want You to Believe

While DTT doesn't contest the textual context of a verse telling Muslims not to seek peace when they have the "upper hand," they do give us the familiar refrain that it is mitigated by historical context, in which the Muhammad's tribe is suffering persecution and has no choice but to fight.


How They Do It: Citing Contemporary Apologists and Weak Hadith

In lieu of its own commentary, Discover the Truth quotes two 20th century apologists who assure us that Muslims were being targeted for persecution in Mecca... even though this verse would have been after the emigration from there to Medina.


Why They are Wrong

The verse does not say that Muslims are being persecuted.  It actually says that they have the "upper hand," which is quite exactly the opposite.  Muslims are "superior" and have the position of strength, according to the Arabic verb, and should therefore pursue hostilities rather than peace.

This supremacist theme is in line with the historical context.  Muhammad's tribe had just killed many Quraish for defending their own property at the Battle of Badr.  Heady from his triumph, the prophet of Islam was encouraging his clan to continue the fight, even though some evidently saw no point to it and wanted to live peacefully with those around them.

While contemporary theologians conjure up esoteric meanings for the verse's applicability to modern times, Ibn Kathir bluntly says (in his tafsir) that 47:35 means to shun "compromise and peace."

This is in keeping with the example of Muhammad, who waged raid after raid, then battle after battle, even against far-flung tribes who posed no threat.  After his death, his companions pressed the Jihad against innocent populations from Spain to India.

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