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Does the Koran Say to Love Your Enemies?

Anyone who has read the Gospels knows that Jesus taught us to love our enemies. He said this in the Sermon on the Mount and in the Sermon on the Plain.

Love your enemies. (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:35)

Now, some may wonder if the Koran teaches the same thing. Well, I think that it does in a round about way. In the Third Surah it says:

Ye are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah… Lo! Ye are those who love them though they love you not, and ye believe in all the Scripture. (Koran 3:110,119, Pickthall)

And in the Ninth Surah it says:

The vanguard (of Islam) – the first of those who forsook (their homes) and of those who gave them aid, and (also) those who follow them in (all) good deeds,- well-pleased is Allah with them, as are they with Him: for them hath He prepared gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever: that is the supreme felicity. (Koran 9:100, Yusuf Ali)

The first generation Muslims, excluding the hypocrites, were the best community raised up for mankind (Koran 3:110) and they are an example to all Muslims. (Koran 9:100) Those first generation Muslims loved those who did not love them back.

In the Second Surah it says:

Every one pursues his goal. Compete with each other in performing good deeds. (Koran 2:148, Muhammad Sarwar)

Every Muslim should not only try to love those who do not love them, but should also try to love them more than the first generation Muslims loved their enemies.

In the 37th Surah, regarding Muhammad, it says:

Nay! He has come with the (very) Truth, and he confirms (the Message of) the messengers (before him). (Koran 37:37, Yusuf Ali)

Muhammad confirms the message of the messengers before him. In the Fourth Surah and the 61st Surah it says that Jesus is a messenger of Allah. (Koran 4:171; 61:6) Therefore, Muhammad confirms Jesus’ words: “Love your enemies.” Furthermore, in the 3rd and 43rd Surahs it says that we should obey Jesus. (Koran 3:50; 43:63)

And (I come) confirming that which was before Me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey Me. (Koran 3:50, Pickthall)

And when Jesus brought clear proofs, He said, “I have come to you with wisdom and to make clear to you some of that over which you differ, so fear Allah and obey Me.” (Koran 43:63, Sahih International)

So, since Muhammad has confirmed the words of Jesus and Jesus is recorded in the Koran as having said, “Obey Me,” we should love our enemies. Since the first generation Muslims were the best community raised up for mankind and they loved those who did not them back, we, likewise, should love those who do not love us back. (Koran 3:110,119; 9:100) That includes our enemies. Since we should strive to outdo each other in doing good deeds (Koran 2:148), we should try to love our enemies more than the first generation Muslims loved their enemies. So, yes, the Koran also teaches us to love our enemies.

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