Christian Churches of God

No. Q109



Commentary on the Koran: Surah 109 “The Disbelievers”

(Edition 1.5 20180602-20201229)



An Early Beccan Surah revealed at the time the Prophet was asked to compromise on religion.


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Commentary on the Koran: Surah 109 “The Disbelievers”

Pickthall Translation; Bible Quotes are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.



Al-Kafirun takes its name from the reference to the idolaters at Becca. They asked the Prophet to compromise on matters of religion.




109.1. Say: O disbelievers!

109.2. I worship not that which ye worship;

109.3. Nor worship ye that which I worship.

109.4. And I shall not worship that which ye worship.

109.5. Nor will ye worship that which I worship.

109.6. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.


This is a reminder to enter by the narrow gate that leads to life, for wide is the gate and easy is the way that leads to destruction and ruin. Obedience leads to blessings for the faithful in this life and ultimately helps them attain eternal life in the First Resurrection. The disbelievers on the other hand will go their way in direct opposition to the expressed commands of God and reap curses that will ruin their lives and will face corrective judgement in the Second Resurrection. If they do not repent they will face the Second Death and be cremated in the Lake of Fire.


Refer to:

Revelation 20:6 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 11 (No. Q011) at ayat 108; Revelation 20:11-15 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 17 (No. Q017) at ayat 15; Micah 6:8 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 22 (No. Q022) at ayat 54; 2Corinthians 4:4 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 24 (No. Q024) at ayat 40; Luke 4:8 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 29 (No.Q029) at ayat 59; John 14:6 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 33 (No. Q033) at ayat 4; 2Corinthians 6:14-16 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 38 (No. Q038) at ayat 28; Psalm 37:28 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 51 (No. Q051) at ayat 37 and James 4:4 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 59 (No. Q059) at ayat 17.


Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

14For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.


Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.


Exodus 23:24-25 you shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces. 25You shall serve the LORD your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.


1Kings 18:21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.


Joshua 24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”


Daniel 3:18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”


1Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.


Romans 8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.


Romans 8:13-14  For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.


Psalm 37:38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.


Proverbs 2:22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.