• Say: O You Kafiroon …

    Note: This is post #20 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series).

    In Surah Kafiroon, Allah says:

    قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ

    لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ

    وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ

    وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَّا عَبَدتُّمْ

    وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ

    لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ

    Translation: Say, “O disbelievers, I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshippers of what I worship. Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship. Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.” [Surah Kafiroon]

    The mushrikeen (polytheists) of Mecca tried many, many different techniques to get the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) to stop spreading Islam.

    Before this ayah was revealed, they decided to make a pact with him. They said, “Look, how about this–you worship our gods for one year, and we’ll worship your God for one year.” And to sweeten the deal: “And, we’ll go first.”

    And they applied the Broken Record technique. Whenever the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) would try to speak to them about Islam, they would only repeat this.

    And he, salallahu alayhi wa sallam, refused.

    Those of you who are wondering why–although it seems on the surface like a fair trade, it’s not. Allah does not forgive shirk, worshipping other than him; not even a single sujood, or a single du’a, none of it is acceptable.

    So clearly, this is not a contract the Messenger of Allah could engage with. So he refused.

    And he refused.

    And he refused.

    Then, the Mushrikeen said, “ok, how about this–just speak highly of our gods, and we’ll do the same for you.” A smaller compromise.

    And whenever people approached them, they would say, “Well, we’re trying to compromise (like we’re the good ones in this deal–even though we kill our daughters and murder on whims and …), but he’s not agreeing.”

    So the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) went to the ka’bah.

    The Ka'bah, the House of Allah

    Mushrikeen were there. And in front of everybody he said:

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