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.
    – Shafeek
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 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 Commented Jan 26, 2015 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. Commented Jan 27, 2015 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. Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 17:12
  • Can you give direct link to the hadith, with Arabic. Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30

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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
    Commented Oct 9, 2016 at 22:09
  • @user19635 - This is your flawed and biased approach towards Islam. You have to understand the proper context of the narration.
    – Ren
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 8:53
  • It would be better if you can provide the complete context of the narration.
    – Ren
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 8:54
  • @user19635 - There is no such thing as "silent approval" in Hadith sciences. You are acting as if you are a Hadith expert.
    – Ren
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 9:02
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    @user19635 - These are the words of Thabit B. Qays, not Prophet (Sallallahu'alayhiwassalam) of Islam.
    – Ren
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 9:04

Hadith are graded in authenticity as sahih, hassan, da'if and mawdu from the most authentic to the unreliable. But the Qu'ran itself outranks the Hadith, being the uncreated words of Allah Himself.

And in Q.5:48, we have

For each of you We have appointed a divine law and a way of life. Had Allah so willed He could have made you one people; but so that He might try you by that which he has bestowed upon you [He willed otherwise]. Therefore, compete in doing good. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will enlighten you concerning that wherein he differ

This explains itself and needs no explanation.

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