Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The religion of "Peace"

A reader took me on recently on my assertion that Islam is far from a religion of peace:

"As I understand it, you believe that anyone who reads the Quran wants nothing less than killing everyone who isn't in the Islam faith, and they are just biding their time. Is it? Because that is not how it is in reality, the average Muslim wants what you and I both want - a roof over our heads, food, good friends, and a loving relationship that produces good children. They care not for killing someone who doesn't believe in the Quran."

There are two important points that the reader completely ignores:

1. How many Muslims AGREE with the Jihad against the West. (clue: look at how many Muslims have denounced the terror).
2. Does the Quran command the killing of Jews and Infidels. (clue: let's go to the source:



kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from wherever they drove you out


Oh ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find harshness in you.


Slay the idolaters wherever you find them


I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off.


Fight those who do not believe in God and the last day... and fight People of the Book, who do not accept the religion of truth (Islam) until they pay tribute by hand, being inferior"


And as for those who disbelieve and reject Our Signs, they are the people of Hell"


Argue with people of the book, other than evil doers, only by means of what are better! and say, we believe in what has been sent down to us and sent down to you. Our God is the same as your God, and we are surrendered to Him.


There is no compulsion in religion


Fight them on until there is no more tumult and religion becomes that of Allah


The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;


But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads,

Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted;

And for them are hooked rods of iron.
Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning.


O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love Infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so, they do wrong.


Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just.


So obey not the disbelievers, but strive against them herewith with a great endeavor.


O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey's end.


When you meet the unbelievers, strike off their heads; then when you have made wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives. 


 O Prophet! rouse the Believers to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers 

Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah. except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (to fear) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.

I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them  

Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies. 

This is far from a comprehensive list of passages but should provide little comfort to those who claim that the Quran teachs "peace".


Post a Comment

<< Home