A Non-muslim says that Islam is barbaric, and put this before me:

Tabari 9:69 "Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us" The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.

However, he is willing to engage in a healthy discussion. How do i effectively explain to him that his perception is wrong?

  • what is context of the said statement ? if it is in war where Muslims are attacked by Unbelievers, then there is nothing wrong in statement. – Abu Ziyad Jan 26 '15 at 14:42
  • @Ziyad that's what i want to know. As i have mentioned, i am unfamiliar with this hadith. So i request background so that i could answer him – Abdul Wasae Jan 26 '15 at 14:55
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    Hello and welcome to Islam. We generally require questions to show some effort. And this doesn't (frontpagemag.com/2013/david-solway/re-interpreting-the-koran). Plus how do you explain effectively is a quite opinion-based, the type of question this site is not meant for. Please go through How to Ask and the help center. – Bleeding Fingers Jan 27 '15 at 23:13
  • Kafir or Ahl al-Kitāb? Just FYI, other religions have acted similarly even though they may not have explicitly said it. For example the Crusades, Abyssinia vs Somalia, Buddhist uprising, etc. – Dan Andrews Jan 28 '15 at 17:12
  • Can you give direct link to the hadith, with Arabic. – Tahir Imanov Feb 25 '15 at 6:30

As far as I have researched these are words of Thabit b. Qays b. Shammas not that of the Prophet (PBUH). The Arabic text is available here and the English translation here:

ومن كفر جاهدناه في الله أبدا وكان قتله علينا يسيرا

as for the one who disbelieves, we will fight him forever in the cause of God and killing him is a small matter to us

The sentence was spoken when a deputation of Banu Tamim visited the Prophet after the conquest of Mecca to compete in oratory. Therefore, it was just rhetoric.

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    I disagree with a_fan. It is understood that if the silence of the prophet signifies that an action or statement is approved by him. That is the concept of silent approval in several Ahadith. So I think that this statement by Thabit bin Qays completely represents islam – user19635 Oct 9 '16 at 22:09

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