I’ve heard this aya many times interpreted out of its context, teaching the supremacy of Islam where we Muslims are the trustees.
Anybody who is familiar with the historical background of this verse and is aware of the wish of Allah regarding Islam knows that these commentators went astray. Unfortunately, every age creates a political situation when Islam can be used as an excellent weapon, however these attempts are going to fail with time. No mater, how Hamas, Al-Qaida and other massmisleading organizations are arguing in the name of Islam, they cannot go against the wish of Allah on long term. What do I mean? You will find the answer in the interpretation:
The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account. (Quran 3:19)
Don’t misunderstand! According to the Holy Quran Islam means submission to God’s Will and not the phenomenon of our age under title “Islam”. The original meaning is described here. Islam was the concept to unite people under one faith in order to serve Allah’s Universal Plan. Islam meant tolerance and acceptance. Those who follow this concept are Muslims. However, we find in our ages a name “Islam” which is segregating, intolerant and violently outcasting all who doesn’t match with the idea of a “leader”. We have to find the original Path of Islam as it was. Today we Muslims suffer from the same disease as Christians did in the Medieval. If we read Quran, we shall find the accusations against Jews and Christians of the time of the Prophet as if those were accusations against Muslims of today. The problem is not the Islam. Islam is perfect. We Muslims represent the problem, ourselves.