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Qur’an 9:29 - Fighting to people till they accept Islam or not?

There is a difficulty between some verses in the Qur’an about using violence to accept Islam. There are differences between Qur’an verses:

1. Muslims must fight all unbelievers – Qur’an 9:29

"Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled." (Qur’an 9:29).The verse says that Muslims should use violence to people until they pay money (Jizya). This is a state of second class people. To pay money is not limited to Jews and Christians, but to all non-Muslims.

2. Allah accepts Christians – Qur’an 29:46, 2:62, 5:69

” And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best” (Qur’an 29:46).” Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Qur’an 2:62 – Yusuf Ali).” Lo! those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans, and Christians - Whosoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right - there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.” (Qur’an 5:69 – Pickthall).

3. Conclusion

One verse says that it is allowed to fight to people till they accept Islam while other verses give a denial. Because there is a contrast about the same question, we have a difficulty in the Qur’an. Therefore the verses show a contradiction in the Qur’an.