End of Faith, pp. 117-123...
“It is the
same whether or not you forewarn them [the unbelievers], they will
(Koran - 2:6).
“God will mock them and keep them long in sin, blundering
blindly along” (Koran - 2:15).
A Fire “whose fuel is men and stones” awaits them (2:24).
They will be “rewarded with disgrace in this world and with grievous
punishment on the Day of Resurrection” (2:85).
“God's curse be upon the infidels!” (2:89).
“They have incurred God's most inexorable wrath. An
ignominious punishment awaits [them]” (2:90).
“God is the enemy of the unbelievers” (2:98).
“The unbelievers among the People of the
[Christians and Jews], and the pagans, resent that any blessing
should have been sent down to you from your Lord” (2:105).
“They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished
in the hereafter” (2:114).
“Those to whom We [God] have given the
read it as it ought to be read, truly believe in it; those that
deny it shall assuredly be lost” (2:122).
“[We] shall let them live awhile, and then shall drag them to the
scourge of the Fire. Evil shall be their fate” (2:126).
“The East and the West are God’s. He guides whom He will to a
straight path” (2:142).
“Do not say that those slain in the cause of God are dead.
They are alive, but you are not aware of them” (2:154).
“But the infidels who die unbelievers shall incur the
curse of God,the angels, and all men. Under it they shall remain
for ever; their punishment shall not be lightened, nor shall they be
“They shall sigh with remorse, but shall never come out of the Fire”
“The unbelievers are like beasts which, call out to them as
one may, can hear nothing but a shout and a cry. Deaf, dumb, and
blind, they understand nothing” (2:172).
“Theirs shall be a woeful punishment” (2:175).
“How steadfastly they seek the Fire! That is because God has
with truth; those that disagree about it are in extreme schism”
“Slay them wherever you find them. Drive them out of the places from
which they drove you. Idolatry is worse than carnage. . . . [I]f
they attack you put them to the sword. Thus shall the unbelievers be
rewarded: but if they desist, God is forgiving and merciful.
against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns
supreme. But if they desist, fight none except the
“Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. But you may
hate a thing although it is good for you, and love a thing although
it is bad for you. God knows, but you know not” (2:216).
“They will not cease to fight against you until they force you to
faith—if they are able. But whoever of you recants and
dies an unbeliever, his works shall come to nothing in this world
and in the world to come. Such men shall be the tenants of Hell,
wherein they shall abide forever. Those that have embraced the
Faith, and those that have fled their land and fought for the cause
of God,may hope for God's mercy” (2:217–18).
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does not guide the evil-doers” (2:258).
“God does not guide the unbelievers” (2:264).
“The evil-doers shall have none to help them” (2:270).
“God gives guidance to whom He will” (2:272).
“Those that deny God's revelations shall be sternly punished; God
is mighty and capable of revenge” (3:5).
“As for the unbelievers, neither their riches nor their children
will in the least save them from God's judgment. They shall become
fuel for the Fire” (3:10).
“Say to the unbelievers: ‘You shall be overthrown and driven
into Hell—an evil resting place!’” (3:12).
“The only true faith in God's sight is Islam. . . . He that denies
God's revelations should know that swift is God's
“Let the believers not make friends with infidels in preference to
the faithful—he that does this has nothing to hope for from
God—except in self-defense” (3:28).
“Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people. They
will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your
ruin. Their hatred is evident from what they utter with their
mouths, but greater is the hatred which their breasts conceal”
“If you have suffered a defeat, so did the enemy. We alternate these
vicissitudes among mankind so that God may know the true believers
and choose martyrs from among you (God does not love the
evil-doers); and that God may test the faithful and annihilate the
“Believers, if you yield to the infidels they will drag you back to
unbelief and you will return headlong to perdition. . . . We will
put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers... The Fire
shall be their home” (3:149–51).
“Believers, do not follow the example of the infidels, who say of
their brothers when they meet death abroad or in battle: ‘Had they
stayed with us they would not have died, nor would they have been
killed.’ God will cause them to regret their words. . . . If you
should die or be slain in the cause of God,God's forgiveness
and His mercy would surely be better than all the riches they amass”
“Never think that those who were slain in the cause of God are dead.
They are alive, and well provided for by their Lord; pleased with
His gifts and rejoicing that those they left behind, who have not
yet joined them, have nothing to fear or to regret; rejoicing in
God's grace and bounty. God will not deny the faithful
their reward” (3:169).
“Let not the unbelievers think that We prolong their days for
their own good. We give them respite only so that they may commit
more grievous sins. Shameful punishment awaits them” (3:178).
“Those that suffered persecution for My sake and fought and were
slain: I shall forgive them their sins and admit them to gardens
watered by running streams, as a reward from God; God holds the
richest recompense. Do not be deceived by the fortunes of the
unbelievers in the land. Their prosperity is brief. Hellshall be their home, a dismal resting place” (3:195–96).
“God has cursed them in their unbelief” (4:46).
“God will not forgive those who serve other gods besides Him; but He
will forgive whom He will for other sins. He that serves other gods
besides God is guilty of a heinous sin. . . . Consider those to whom
a portion of the Scriptures was given. They believe in idols and
false gods and say of the infidels: ‘These are better guided
than the believers’” (4:50–51).
“Those that deny Our revelation We will burn in Fire. No sooner will
their skins be consumed than We shall give them other skins, so that
they may truly taste the scourge. God is mighty and wise”
“Believers, do not seek the friendship of the infidels and those who
were given the
before you, who have made of your religion a jest and a pastime”
“That which is revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase
the wickedness and unbelief of many among them. We have
stirred among them enmity and hatred, which will endure till the Day
of Resurrection” (5:65).
“God does not guide the unbelievers” (5:67).
“That which is revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase
the wickedness and unbelief of many among them. But do not grieve
for the unbelievers” (5:69).
“You see many among them making friends with unbelievers. Evil is
that to which their souls prompt them. They have incurred the wrath
of God and shall endure eternal torment. . . . You will find that
the most implacable of men in their enmity to the faithful
are the Jews and the pagans, and that the nearest in affection to
them are those who say: ‘We are Christians’” (5:80–82).
“Those that disbelieve and deny Our revelations shall become the
inmates of Hell” (5:86).
“They deny the truth when it is declared to them: but they shall
learn the consequences of their scorn” (6:5).
“We had made them more powerful in the land than yourselves [the
Meccans], sent down for them abundant water from the sky and gave
them rivers that rolled at their feet. Yet because they sinned We
destroyed them all and raised up other generations after them. If We
sent down to you a Book inscribed on real parchment and they touched
it with their own hands, the unbelievers would still assert:
‘This is but plain sorcery.’ They ask: ‘Why has no angel been sent
down to him [Muhammad]?’ If We had sent down an angel, their fate
would have been sealed and they would have never been reprieved”
“Who is more wicked than the man who invents falsehoods about God
or denies His revelations?” (6:21).
“Some of them listen to you. But We have cast veils over their
hearts and made them hard of hearing lest they understand your
words. They will believe in none of Our signs, even if they see them
one and all. When they come to argue with you the unbelievers say:
‘This is nothing but old fictitious tales.’ They forbid it and
depart from it. They ruin none but themselves, though they do not
perceive it. If you could see them when they are set before the
Fire! They will say: ‘Would that we could return! Then we
would not deny the revelations of our Lord and would be true
“But if they were sent back, they would return to that which they
have been forbidden. They are liars all” (6:29).
“Had God pleased He would have given them guidance, one and
“Deaf and dumb are those that deny Our revelations: they blunder
about in darkness. God confounds whom He will, and guides to a
straight path whom He pleases.” (6:39).
“Their hearts were hardened,
and Satan made their deeds seem fair to them. And when they had
clean forgotten Our admonition We granted them all that they
desired; but just as they were rejoicing in what they were given, We
suddenly smote them and they were plunged into utter despair. Thus
were the evil-doers annihilated. Praise be to God,Lord of the
“Those that deny Our revelations shall be punished for their
“Such are those that are damned by their own sins. They shall drink
scalding water and be sternly punished for their unbelief”
“Could you but see the wrongdoers when death overwhelms them! With
hands out-stretched, the angels will say: ‘Yield up your souls. You
shall be rewarded with the scourge of shame this day, for you have
said of God what is untrue and scorned His revelations”
“Avoid the pagans. Had God pleased, they would not have worshipped
idols. . . . We will turn away their hearts and eyes from the Truth
since they refused to believe in it at first. We will let them
blunder about in their wrongdoing. If We sent the angels down to
them, and caused the dead to speak to them, . . . and ranged all
things in front of them, they would still not believe, unless God willed otherwise. . . . Thus have We assigned for every prophet an
enemy: the devils among men and jinn, who inspire each other with
vain and varnished false- hoods. But had your Lord pleased, they
would not have done so. Therefore leave them to their own
inventions, so that the hearts of those who have no faith in
the life to come may be inclined to what they say and, being
pleased, persist in their sinful ways” (6:107–12).
“The devils will teach their votaries to argue with you. If you obey
them you shall yourselves become idolaters. . . . God will
humiliate the transgressors and mete out to them a grievous
punishment for their scheming” (6:121–25).
“If God wills to guide a man, He opens his bosom to Islam. But if he
pleases to confound him, He makes his bosom small and narrow as
though he were climbing up to heaven. Thus shall God lay the scourge
on the unbelievers” (6:125).