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Etiquettes of Debate and Dialogue from Quran



Quran, the Islamic scripture, provides the code of religious conduct for Muslims. In addition, it also covers guidelines governing the social, ethical, national and international aspects of human relationships. It addresses how the interfaith relationships are to be formed, how invitations to non-Muslims are to be extended. Following are some of the verses addressing dialogue, debate and argumentation:

“Allah likes not the uttering of unseemly speech in public, except on the part of one who is being wronged. Verily, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”

Chapter Al-Nisa’, Verse 149

“Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from His way; and He also knows those who are rightly guided. And if you decide to punish the oppressors, then punish them to the extent to which you have been wronged; but if you show patience then, surely, that is best for those who are patient. And, O Prophet, endure thou with patience; and verily thy patience is possible only with the help of Allah. And grieve not for them, nor feel distressed because of their evil designs. Verily, Allah is with those who are righteous and those who do good.”

Chapter Al–Nahl, Verses 126–129

“To this religion, then, do thou invite mankind. And be thou steadfast in it as thou art commanded, and follow not their evil inclinations, but say, ‘I believe in whatever book Allah has sent down, and I am commanded to judge justly between you; Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us is the reward of our works, and for you the reward of your works. There is no quarrel between us and you. Allah will gather us together, and to Him is the return.’”

Chapter Al-Shura, Verse 16

“Verily, thou canst not make the dead to hear, nor canst thou make the deaf to hear the call, when they retreat turning their backs. And thou canst not guide the blind out of their error. Thou canst make only those to hear who believe in Our Signs, so they submit.”

Chapter Al-Naml, 81-82

“And argue not with the people of the Book except with what is best as an argument, but argue not at all with such of them as are unjust. And say, ‘We believe in that which has been revealed to us and that which has been revealed to you; and our God and your God is One, and to Him we submit.”

Chapter Al-Ankabut, Verse 47

“He said, ‘My Lord, I have called my people night and day, ‘But my calling them has only made them flee from me all the more. And every time I called them that Thou mightest forgive them, they put their fingers into their ears, and drew close their garments, and persisted in their iniquities and were disdainfully proud. Then, I called them to righteousness openly. Then preached to them in public, and appealed to them in private.’”

Chapter Nuh, Verses 6-10

“‘My responsibility is only to convey what is revealed to me from Allah and His Messages’”

Chapter Al-Jinn, Verse 24

“As for him who who is disdainfully indifferent. Unto him thou dost pay attention, though thou art not responsible if he does not become purified. But he who comes to thee hastening, and he fears God, him thou dost thou neglect. Nay! surely it is a Reminder, so let him who desires pay heed to it.”

Chapter ‘Abasa, Verses 6-13

“In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful. Say, ‘O ye disbelievers! ‘I worship not as you worship, ‘Nor do you worship as I worship. ‘Nor do I worship those that you worship, ‘Nor do you worship Him Whom I worship. ‘For you your religion, and for me my religion.”

Chapter Al-Kafirun, Verses 1-7


Invitation to ask questions:  A fellow examiner, James Leasure, Richmond Evangelical Examiner is going to answer questions about Christianity. In the comment section, you can ask any questions relating to Christianity or Evangelism. Respect and decorum should be kept in mind at all times. Try to stay concise. Once the questions have been posted, we'll post the answers in due time.


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