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Jizyah: The Tax of being Non-Muslim

In this brilliant excerpt taken from ‘Jizyah and the Spread of Islam’, Shri Harsh Narain, one of the finest historians of modern India, tells us what Jizyah is, and what it means for the Hindus. The Muslim psyche is of a peculiar making, vis-à-vis its attitude towards non-Muslims. According to the Prophet, every child is born in Islam, but its parents make it a non-Muslim. The Qur’an also says that ‘the earth belongs to Allah. He causes it to be inherited by whom of His Servants He will’. On the basis of it all the Prophet rules that all land belongs to God or himself, the natural corollary being that all land belongs, through God and the Prophet, to the Muslims.

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