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109. Disbelievers
(or Atheists)

THESE 6 EARLY Meccan verses were revealed after Almsgiving 107 and before The Elephant 105. They implicitly teach us to practise tolerance even with atheists, and tell us to treat non-Muslims with respect yet firm disavowal. This chapter forms the traditional Islamic answer to any suggestion of compromise.

In the name of God, the Mercy-giving, the Merciful!

* SAY: "O disbelievers!
* I do not serve what you serve
* nor are you serving what I serve!
* I will not worship what you have worshipped,
** neither will you worship what I worship.
* You have your religion
while I have my religion.


Published with authorization from Dr.T.B.Irving.