Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

Violence and Qu’ran

July 7, 2010 Weylan Deaver

The New Testament teaches Christians are at war with evil. But Christians fight with spiritual (i.e. non-physical) weapons for a spiritual kingdom. When it comes to our relationship to fellow men, the gospel teaches we are to be peacemakers, turning the other cheek when mistreated, not retaliating, but leaving vengeance to God (cf. Matt. 5:9; Luke 6:29; Rom. 12:17-21; 2 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:12; 2 Tim. 2:3-4; etc.). Jesus put it this way: “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:44f., ESV).

That’s a far, far cry from advocating physical violence against the enemies of the church in the name of Christ. Anyone teaching or practicing physical violence in the name of Christ to further the religion of Christianity is, in fact, contradicting the New Testament.

When it comes to the religion of Islam, there are, without question, many who advocate and practice physical violence against those they consider “infidels.” Often, politically-correct (and ignorant) American politicians condemn terrorist atrocities, offering the explanation that Islam has been hijacked by radical extremists. But is that so? Consider several quotations from A. J. Arberry’s respected translation of the Koran (New York: Collier Books, 1955).

“And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you, but aggress not: God loves not the aggressors. And slay them wherever you come upon them” (from sura II).

While on the one hand aggression seems discouraged, killing in the name of Allah is definitely okay: kill your enemy wherever you happen to find him. It makes the part about non-aggression seem a little hollow, doesn’t it?

“O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Whoso of you makes them his friends is one of them” (from sura V).

Whereas Jesus taught his followers to do good to enemies, the Koran forbids even friendship with Christians. A Muslim who befriends a Christian is, per Muhammad, as bad as a Christian (and Christians—as unbelievers—deserve to be slain).

“I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!” (from sura VIII).

Notice the word “terror,” as in “terror”-ist. The gospel of Christ is a message of peace, hope, and kindness. Granted, it has ample warnings of the coming Judgment, but God will take care of that after we leave earth. Muhammad’s is a message of terror and Muslims smiting unbelievers on earth. Huge difference.

“Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way” (from sura IX).

Again, more slaying of non-Muslims. It’s difficult to harmonize all the sanctioned smiting with not being an aggressor, but theological coherence and consistency are not Muhammadan hallmarks.

“…the Christians say, ‘The Messiah is the Son of God.’ That is the utterance of their mouths, conforming with the unbelievers before them. God assail them! How they are perverted!” (from sura IX).

In the eyes of a Muslim, it is perversion to believe Jesus is truly the son of God. With a religion that far removed from Christ, it is no wonder Islam practices what it does. Jesus proved himself to be God’s son and died on the cross for every future Muslim some 600 years before Muhammad was even born. Millions today live in fear of speaking against Muhammad. In point of fact, Muhammad should have lived in fear of blaspheming Jesus Christ. One day, Muhammad, and all his followers, will be judged by the words of Christ (John 12:48).

“O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you, and let them find in you a harshness” (from sura IX).

They can’t help but be noticed, the complete opposite approaches to life found in the New Testament and the Koran. The former encourages gentleness (Gal. 5:23; 2 Tim. 2:25); the latter prescribes “harshness.” Jesus taught kindness and love toward enemies—not cutting off their heads.

“When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads” (from sura XLVII).

More of the same: smiting and slaughter for unbelievers. Anyone who thinks the Koran does not teach violence ought to look again. American society will tolerate and warm up to Islam at its own peril. If their influence and respectability continue to grow on the world stage, is there any doubt that Muslims will increasingly enforce on unbelievers the kind of treatment the Koran demands? So, back to the question. Are Islamic terrorists simply radical people who have hijacked, twisted, perverted, misinterpreted the Koran to sanction violence? Or, are Islamic terrorists really the ones living up to what Islam has always taught?

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6 Comments »

  1. ALLAH LAWS
    in Al’quran always against violences and criminal acts

    I will mentioned here
    about how Islam believers must
    taught all mankind the laws when at war/fight

    1st use your mouth to make some peace with your your enemy

    if it impossible

    use your armour for self defence

    don’t torture prisoners

    E T C

    read by yourself in Al’quran for more information.

    Comment by kitabqu | December 8, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m sorry my friend, but you are mistaken. The Qu’ran, Sunnah, and Hadith advocates violence, subjugation and suppression of non-Muslims, and women. This truth is preached by most Imams through out the world to other Muslims. They engage stealth jihad in non-Muslim lands, but this is the true nature of Islam.

      Comment by Paul Marcel-Rene | December 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you, but aggress not: God loves not the aggressors. And slay them wherever you come upon them” (from sura II).

    While on the one hand aggression seems discouraged, killing in the name of Allah is definitely okay: kill your enemy wherever you happen to find him. It makes the part about non-aggression seem a little hollow, doesn’t it?

    While you yourself admit that aggression is discouraged, then the only option the Qura’an is talking about is defending yourself. It doesn’t makes the part seem hollow at all, even a layman can understand what Qura’an is emphasizing here.

    “O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Whoso of you makes them his friends is one of them” (from sura V).

    Whereas Jesus taught his followers to do good to enemies, the Koran forbids even friendship with Christians. A Muslim who befriends a Christian is, per Muhammad, as bad as a Christian (and Christians—as unbelievers—deserve to be slain).

    While you have quoted the part where Christians and Jews are mentioned as enemies, you completely forgot about the verse immediately following this.

    “Surely, those who have believed, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians — whoso believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds, on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve.” – [Al Qura’an – 5:69]

    Qura’an is not shy speaking about the consequences of the unbelievers in the afterlife, no human has the authority to terrorize anyone on the basis of religion.

    Time and again I have asked you to read this article I wrote. If you have any doubts about the verses of the Qura’an it will definitely put them away the only condition is if you read it unbiased.

    http://dinopak.wordpress.com/islamophobia/

    However if spreading hate is your agenda, then I am afraid even I can’t help you.

    Peace

    Comment by Hasan | December 8, 2010 | Reply

  3. But, what I am saying is interpreted as the intent of Islam, of the Qu’ran, of Sunnah/Sunnat, of Hadith are all correct

    Qura’an is against violence, as I have mentioned in all of my posts, proven it with both Qura’an and Sunnah. Every battle, that the Muslims went into within the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were either in their defense or due to the violation of a treaty (resulting in death of Muslims).

    It is what every Imam in every Mosque is telling every Muslim.

    The Muslim clergy is now drifting towards politics. They want to control their congregations, they are just power hungry. They have distorted Islamic history for their own agenda. Many distort the Qura’an itself. This period here can be compared to the era of Inquisitions by the Christian church.

    yes, I am aware what they tell non-Muslims is different. I recently learned that this telling Muslims one thing and non-Muslims a completely different thing is called stealth jihad.

    I have repeatedly emphasized that killing others is not JIHAD. Jihad is totally misunderstood by Muslims themselves. Poor education, lack of religious knowledge and lack of interest in religion have pushed an average Muslim into oblivion. Now various clerics are using them for their own agenda.

    You should join me in helping those poor souls in coming back towards true Islam, rather than criticize Islam itself.

    Comment by Hasan | December 8, 2010 | Reply


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