Hatred and Violence in the Qur’an Awareness Month: “They will be laden with the burden of Allah’s anger, and poverty shall be pitched on them”
More hatred for the People of the Book — that is, primarily Jews and Christians — from sura 3 of the Qur’an:
You are the best nation ever brought forth to men, bidding to honour, and forbidding dishonour, and believing in God. Had the People of the Book believed, it were better for them; some of them are believers, but the most of them are ungodly.
They will not harm you, except a little hurt; and if they fight with you, they will turn on you their backs; then they will not be helped.
Abasement shall be pitched on them, wherever they are come upon, except they be in a bond of God, and a bond of the people; they will be laden with the burden of God’s anger, and poverty shall be pitched on them; that, because they disbelieved in God’s signs, and slew the Prophets without right; that, for that they acted rebelliously and were transgressors. (Qur’an 3:110-112)
Muslims are “the best nation ever brought forth to men,” while most Jews and Christians are “ungodly” (v. 110). However, the Muslims need not fear, for the Jews and Christians are also cowards: “they will not harm you, except a little hurt” (v. 111). They are covered with “abasement” ““ “except they be in a bond of God, and a bond of the people” (v. 112). This, says Qur’an commentator Maulana Bulandshahri, refers to the non-Muslims” agreeing “to pay the atonement (Jizya) to the Muslim state, in which case they will be accorded the rights of a Dhimmi.” These rights are not equal to the rights of Muslims: the dhimmis must accept subservience and second-class status (cf. Qur’an 9:29) in exchange for a guarantee of protection ““ as long as they do not offend the Muslims. Their payment of this special tax ensures that, as this passage puts it, “poverty shall be pitched on them.”
So the Muslims must deny equality of rights to Jews and Christians in the Islamic state, and charge them a special tax from which the Muslims are exempt, so as to make sure those Jews and Christians live in poverty, as part of their punishment from Allah, for they “slew the Prophets without right; that, for that they acted rebelliously and were transgressors.” In other words, the Qur’an is commanding here that Muslims act hatefully toward Jews and Christians, as part of their duty before Allah.