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Footnotes

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1 In fact, in the present book, this question is answered only indirectly. However, when we take into account the conditional verses about the legitimacy of jihad, which are dealt with in this book, we realize that there are no conditions relating to the depth of the enemy's faith in religion and its principles. The word "of" (Arabic min ) when God says "of the People of the Book" is considered by the great Allamah Tabatabai, for example, in his "Mizan," as an "explanatory of" (Min bayaniyah), meaning that it could have been more accurately translated by the word "e.g." In which case, this unconditional verse reads as follows: «And fight those who have not faith in God nor in the Hereafter, and (who) forbid not what God and His Prophet have forbidden, who do not observe the religion of truth, e.g. the People of the Book, until they pay tribute by hand, and they are the low». All the conditions contained in the conditional verses then apply. As is clear, when the People of the Book live in an Islamic state, there is no question of those with more commitment to their religion paying less taxes, or tribute on this account than those with less commitment. * 

2"Khoms" and "zakat" are the two famous tax - like charities of Islam, and "Hajj" is the famous act of worship performed each year in Mecca, which the Muslims who are able to do so must perform once in a lifetime. 

3 "Shahid," i.e. martyr, one of the highest stations a Muslim can attain. The statement is a tradition of the Holy Prophet. 

4 A "Muwahid" is a person who accepts the reality of tawhid.* 

5 "Tawhidic," which the translator has noticed in English texts, seems to be an anglicized noun from the Arabic word "tawheed" and meaning, pertaining to tawheed.* 

6 All notable Muslim poets. * 



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