THE KORAN ON THE KAFIRS
following are only a few of the important sayings from the Koran, dealing with
kafirs or infidels. There are many more similar sayings throughout Islam's holy
book. The message is the same. The numbers of chapters and verses are indicated
in Roman and Hindu (or Arabic) numerals on the left. The injunctions are clearly
spelled out so that there is no misunderstanding in the minds of simple
When thy Lord inspired the
angels, (saying:) I am with you. So make those who believe stand firm. I will
throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and
smite of them each finger .
Lo! those who disbelieve
spend their wealth in order that they may debar (men) from the way of Allah.
They will spend it, then it will become an anguish for them, then they will be
conquered. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto hell.
Then, when the sacred months
have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive),
and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and
establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is
O ye who believe! The
idolaters only are unclean. So let them not come near the Inviolable Place of
Worship after this their year. If ye fear poverty (from the loss of their
merchandise) Allah shall preserve you of His bounty if He will. Lo! Allah is
Oh Prophet! Strive against
the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is
hell, a hapless journey's-end.
Lo! those who disbelieve,
among the People of the Scripture and the idolaters, will abide in fire of hell.
They are the worst of created beings.
Unto Him is the return of all
of you; it is a promise of Allah in truth. Lo! He produceth creation, then
reproduceth it, that He may reward those who believe and do good works with
equity; while, as for those who disbelieve, theirs will be a boiling drink and
painful doom because they disbelieved.
(It will be said): Take him
and fetter him And then expose him to hell-fire And then insert him in a chain
whereof the length is seventy cubits. Lo! he used not to believe in Allah the
Tremendous, And urged not on the feeding of the wretched, Therefore hath he no
lover here this day, Nor any food save filth Which none but sinners eat.
It is because he is possessed
of wealth and children That, when Our revelations are recited unto him, he saith:
Mere fables of the men of old. We shall brand him on the nose.
And for those who disbelieve
in their Lord there is the doom of hell, a hapless journey's end!
Lo! Allah will cause those
who believe and do good works to enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow;
while those who disbelieve take their comfort in this life and eat even as the
cattle eat, and the Fire is their habitation.
Lo! the tree of Zaqqum ,
The food of the sinner! Like molten brass, it seetheth in their bellies As the
seething of boiling water. (And it will be said): Take him and drag him to the
midst of hell, Then pour upon his head the torment of boiling water. (Saying):
Taste! Lo! thou west forsooth the mighty, the noble! Lo! this is that whereof ye
used to doubt.
And afterward, lo! thereupon
they have a drink of boiling water And afterward, lo! their return is surely
The only reward of those who
make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land
will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on
alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their
degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom;
Save those who repent before ye overpower them. For know that Allah is
They surely disbelieve who
say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O
Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth
partners unto Allah, for him Allah bath forbidden Paradise. His abode is the
Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers. They surely disbelieve who say:
Lo! Allah is the third of three; when there is no God save the One God. If they
desist not from so saying a painful doom will fall on those of them who
These twain (the believers
and the disbelievers) are two opponents who contend concerning their Lord. But
as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling
fluid will be poured down on their heads. Whereby that which is in their
bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; And for them are hooked rods of
iron. Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are
driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning.
Lo! We have prepared for
disbelievers manacles and carcans and a raging fire.
1. N.J. Dawood translates
in his 'The Koran': 'Strike off their heads, maim them in every limb!'
2. Zaqqum tree: a tree that
grows in the heart of hell bearing fruit like devils' heads.