Renunciation of Idolatry – A Tafsir of Surat al-Kafirun [Surah 109]

Renunciation Of Idolatry A Tafsīr Of Sūrat ʾl Kāfirūn – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 30th November 2012 at Al Kawthar Academy (Leicester)

The content of this sūrah is an affirmation of the Oneness of Allāh, and that there is no compromise when it comes to the worship of Allāh.

The revelation of this sūrah was a direct result of the polytheists in Makkah requesting that the Prophet ﷺ agree to a compromise of alternating between the worship of Allāh and their idols. This sūrah was a rejection of polytheism in its entirety. The Prophet ﷺ never diverted his attention from the worship of Allāh. To further cement his conviction and belief, he would constantly recite this sūrah in his salah as well as before retiring to bed.

In this talk, a detailed etymology of the word Kāfir is also presented. Is the term Kāfir really as insolent, insulting and demeaning as is often portrayed?

Below are some of the timecodes and topics relating to this talk:

8:43 – What is the distinct reason for reciting Sūrat ʾl Kāfirūn before sleeping?
14:05 – What did the Quraysh offer the Prophet ﷺ?
24:55 – Understanding the term ‘Kāfirūn’.
29:46 – What’s the relationship between languages?
38:29 – What is the original meaning of ʿibādah?
40:41 – Is kāfir a term of hate?

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