“O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who are the righteous.” Quran 9:123
Greetings of Peace on you. If you are here it means you are either a Muslim who has been directed to this by someone who hates Islam or you have some hate towards Islam in your heart. Either ways, I am presenting a justification to the Quranic verse 9:123 here to end the misconception associated with it and to change that hate.
If you don’t wish to read this long article then I will give you a short answer. Quran Does not tell the Muslims to fight the disbelievers ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. Even to think so is foolishness. Verse 9:123 was revealed with a battle-like situation and several conditions and contexts in the background. It commands the Muslims to fight those who are hostile to them and strategically starting from the nearest ones. How do we know this? It is because elsewhere the Quran commands the believers to cease hostilities if the other party also ceases implying that the hostilities can never resume unless the other party initiates the hostility.
“But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in God: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).” Quran 8:61