Believe or Beware: Warnings From the Quran to Disbelievers
Direct excerpts from the Quran translation by M. A. S. Abrfel Haleem.
Children of Israel, remember how I blessed you. Honour your pledge to Me and I will honour My pledge to you: I am the One you should fear.
— The Cow 40
[Believers], you are the best community singled out for people: you order what is right, forbid what is wrong, and believe in God. If the People of the Book had also believed, it would have been better for them. For although some of them do believe, most of them are lawbreakers.
— The Family of Imran 110
There is no compulsion in religion: true guidance has become distinct from error, so whoever rejects false gods and believes in God has grasped the firmest hand-hold, one that will never break. God is all hearing and all knowing.
— The Cow 256
Misfortunes can only happen with God’s permission — He will guide the heart of anyone who believes in Him: God knows all things.
— Mutual Neglect 11
Have these disbelievers thought up some scheme? We too have been scheming. Do they think We cannot hear their secret talk and their private counsel? Yes we can: Our messengers are at their sides, recording everything.
— Ornaments of Gold 79:80
This [Quran] is a reminder for those who are aware of God. We know that some of you consider it to be lies— this will be a source of bitter regret for the disbelievers— but it is in fact the certain Truth.
— The Inevitable Hour 48:51
To People of the Book, Christians and Jews
Say [Prophet], ‘You who follow the Jewish faith, if you truly claim that out of all people you alone are friends of God, then you should be hoping for death.‘
— The Day of Congregation 6
For the wrongdoings done by the Jews, We forbade them certain good things that had been permitted to them before: for having frequently debarred others from God’s path; for taking usury when they had been forbidden to do so; and for wrongfully devouring other people’s property. For those of them that reject the truth we have prepared an agonizing torment.
— Women 160:161
Those Children of Israel who defied [God] were rejected through the words of David, and Jesus, son of Mary, because they disobeyed, they persistently overstepped the limits, they did not forbid each other to do wrong. How vile their deeds were! You [Prophet] see many of them allying themselves with the disbelievers. How terrible is what their souls have stored up for them: God is angry with them and they will remain tormented.
— The Feast 78:80
Fight those of the People of the Book who do not [truly] believe in God and the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden, who do not obey the rule of justice, until they pay the tax and agree to submit. The Jews said, ‘Ezra is the son of God,’ ” and the Christians said, ‘The Messiah is the son of God‘: they said this with their own mouths, repeating what earlier disbelievers had said. May God confound them! How far astray they have been led! They take their rabbis and their monks as lords, as well as Christ, the son of Mary. But they were commanded to serve only one God: there is no god but Him; He is far above whatever they set up as His partners!
— Repentance 29:31
Honor Alliances and Treaties Only With Muslims
You who believe, do not take the Jews and Christians as allies: they are allies only to each other. Anyone who takes them as an ally becomes one of them— God does not guide such wrongdoers.
— The Feast 51
The worst creatures in the sight of God are those who reject Him and will not believe; who, whenever you [Prophet] make a treaty with them, break it, for they have no fear of God. If you meet them in battle, make a fearsome example of them to those who come after them, so that they may take heed.
— Battle Gains 55:57
But God forbids you to take as allies those who have fought against you for your faith, driven you out of your homes, and helped others to drive you out: any of you who take them as allies will truly be wrongdoers.
— The Woman Tested 9
To Disbelievers: The Fire Hereafter
If anyone is an enemy of God, His angels and His messengers, of Gabriel and Michael, then God is certainly the enemy of such disbelievers. For We have sent down clear messages to you and only those who defy [God] would refuse to believe them.
— The Cow 98:99
Neither their possessions nor their children will be any use to the disbelievers against God. The disbelievers will be fuel for the Fire, just as Pharaoh’s people and their predecessors denied Our revelations, and God punished them for their sins: God is severe in punishing.
— The Family of Imran 10:11
We shall send those who reject Our revelations to the Fire. When their skins have been burned away, We shall replace them with new ones so that they may continue to feel the pain: God is mighty and wise.
— Women 56
Do not think [Prophet] that God is unaware of what the disbelievers do: He only gives them respite until a Day when their eyes will stare in terror. They will rush forward, craning their necks, unable to divert their eyes, a gaping void in their hearts.
— Abraham 42:43
If God took people to task for the evil they do, He would not leave one living creature on earth, but He reprieves them until an appointed time: when their time comes they cannot delay it for a moment nor can they bring it forward. They attribute to God what they themselves dislike while their own tongues utter the lie that the best belongs to them. Without doubt it is the Fire that belongs to them: they will be given priority there!
— The Bee 61:62
These two kinds of people disagree about their Lord. Garments of fire will be tailored for those who disbelieve; scalding water will be poured over their heads, melting their insides as well as their skins; there will be iron crooks to restrain them; whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape, they will be pushed back in and told, ‘Taste the suffering of the Fire.’
— The Pilgrimage 19:22
So why do they not believe? Why, when the Quran is read to them, do they not prostrate themselves [to God]? No! The disbelievers reject the Quran — God knows best what they keep hidden inside — so give them news of a painful torment. But those who believe and do good deeds will have a never-ending reward.
— The Cracking 20:25
To Disbelievers: Holy War on Earth
Fight in God’s cause against those who fight you, but do not overstep the limits God does not love those who overstep the limits. Kill them wherever you encounter them and drive them out from where they drove you out, for persecution is more serious than killing. Do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque unless they fight you there. If they do fight you, kill them— this is what such disbelievers deserve.
— The Cow 190:191
Your Lord revealed to the angels: ‘I am with you: give the believers firmness; I shall put terror into the hearts of the disbelievers— strike above their necks and strike all their fingertips.‘ That was because they opposed God and His Messenger, and if anyone opposes God and His Messenger, God punishes them severely— ‘That is what you get! Taste that!’ — and the torment of the Fire awaits the disbelievers.
— Battle Gains 12:14
You will find others who wish to be safe from you, and from their own people, but whenever they are back in a situation where they are tempted [to fight you], they succumb to it. So if they neither withdraw, nor offer you peace, nor restrain themselves from fighting you, seize and kill them wherever you encounter them: We give you clear authority against such people.
— Women 91
Believers, when you meet the disbelievers in battle, never turn your backs on them: if anyone does so on such a day— unless manoeuvring to fight or to join a fighting group— he incurs the wrath of God, and Hell will be his home, a wretched destination!
— Battle Gains 15:16
When you meet the disbelievers in battle, strike them in the neck, and once they are defeated, bind any captives firmly — later you can release them by grace or by ransom — until the toils of war have ended. That [is the way] God could have defeated them Himself if He had willed, but His purpose is to test some of you by means of others. He will not let the deeds of those who are killed for His cause come to nothing
— Muhammad 4
To Disbelievers: Genocide
How many towns We have destroyed! Our punishment came to them by night or while they slept in the afternoon: their only cry when Our punishment came to them was, ‘How wrong we were!’
— The Heights 4:5
Whenever We sent a prophet to a town, We afflicted its [disbelieving] people with suffering and hardships, so that they might humble themselves [before God], and then We changed their hardship into prosperity, until they multiplied. But then they said, ‘Hardship and affluence also befell our forefathers,’ and so We took them suddenly, unawares. If the people of those towns had believed and been mindful of God, We would have showered them with blessings from the heavens and earth, but they rejected the truth and so We punished them for their misdeeds.
— The Heights 94:96
We relate to you [Muhammad] such accounts of earlier towns: some of them are still standing; some have been mown down; We did not wrong them; they wronged themselves. Their gods, which they called on beside God, were no use to them when what your Lord had ordained came about; they only increased their ruin. Such is the punishment of your Lord for towns in the midst of their sins: His punishment is terrible and severe.
— Hud 100:102
and We sent Our messengers in succession: whenever a messenger came to a community they invariably called him a liar, so We destroyed them one after the other and made them into cautionary tales. Away with the disbelievers!
— Believers 44
We gave Moses the Book and appointed his brother Aaron to help him. We said, ‘Go, both of you, to the people who have rejected Our signs.’ Later We destroyed those people utterly. The people of Noah, too: when they rejected their messengers, We drowned them and made them an example to all people. We have prepared a painful torment for the evildoers, as We did for the people of ‘Ad, Thamud, and al-Rass, and many generations in between. To each of them We gave warnings, and each of them We destroyed completely.
— The Differentiator 35:39
We sent Lot and he said to his people, ‘How can you practice this outrage? No one in the world has outdone you in this. You lust after men rather than women! You transgress all bounds!’ The only response his people gave was to say [to one another], ‘Drive them out of your town! These men want to keep themselves chaste!’ We saved him and his kinsfolk— apart from his wife who stayed
behind— and We showered upon [the rest of] them a rain [of destruction]. See the fate of the evildoers.
— The Heights 80:84