- [2.191] And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.
- [2.217] They ask you concerning the sacred month about fighting in it. Say: Fighting in it is a grave matter, and hindering (men) from Allah’s way and denying Him, and (hindering men from) the Sacred Mosque and turning its people out of it, are still graver with Allah, and persecution is graver than slaughter; and they will not cease fighting with you until they turn you back from your religion, if they can; and whoever of you turns back from his religion, then he dies while an unbeliever– these it is whose works shall go for nothing in this world and the hereafter, and they are the inmates of the fire; therein they shall abide.
Sometimes the word fitnah is translated corruption, sometimes oppression, sometimes persecution as here. Muslims don’t pin themselves down with a precise meaning because they want the word to include any manifestation of human behaviour that constitutes a non-compliance or submission to sharia law. We can imagine persecution to involve physical violence and that is what Muslims want us to believe. In this way a violent response is proportional and justifiable. The myth is invoked that only after Mohammed suffered terrible physical violence did he finally break his Ghandi-like resolve to abstain from violence. Anyone who believes this is welcome to but I don’t. We are seeing all around the Muslim world that any Christian who dares to boldly live for Christ will be killed by Muslims to stop the corruption in the land in obedience to the words of Mohammed.