So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
According to popular Muslim speaker Zakir Naik, however, the verse only refers to killing enemy combatants during a time of war. But is this what the Qur'an means? Is violent Jihad simply a matter of self-defense?
In this video, we examine Surah 9:5 in its immediate and historical contexts, and we find that it means exactly what it says. Contrary to the desperate reinterpretations of Zakir Naik, the Qur'an does command Muslims to slay idolaters simply for being idolaters.