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"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

VIOLENCE IN THE KORAN

This is not to insult Muslims. However, both Muslims and non-Muslims should be aware of what kind of instructions Allah gives to his followers. If you're not a Muslim, be thankful that most Muslims do not take these passages of the Koran literally. If you're a Muslim, ask yourself: "Will the true God ask his followers to indulge in violence like this?"

Consider the following verses from the Koran. [I’ve paraphrased certain verses for clarity and brevity]

"You're misunderstanding Islam"

General

"Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not,aggressors. And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. But if they desist, then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrongdoers." (2:190-193)

This talks about revenge/retaliation when attacked first. The problem is, when two parties are enemies, each party feels that the other party was the one who started hostilities. So the above passage is a sure prescription for violence. For the record, it was Islam that began hostilities. The Kaba existed for years before Muhammed showed up. Muhammed claimed that all the idols in it are false and only Allah is god. Thus, it was Muhammed who began hostilities.

“Warfare is ordained for you although it is hateful to you” (2:216)

“Warfare in the sacred month is wrong, but convincing people that Islam is wrong is even worse” (2:217)

“Fight in the way of Allah” (2:244)

“Muslims will curse those who don’t agree with what the Koran says about Jesus” (3:61)

"O Prophet! Strive against the non-Muslims and hypocrites! Be harsh with them" (9:73)

"Non-Muslims are your enemies...do not relent when you pursue your enemies" (4:101...104)

“We shall bestow a great reward on those who fight in the way of Allah, whether they are slain or victorious” (4:74)

“Allah finds contemptible those Muslims who are reluctant to fight” (4:77)

“Those who convert to Islam and then revert back should be killed” (4:89)

“Regarding those who ask for your security and then become hostile: take them and kill them wherever you find them; we give you full license!” (4:91)

"Allah's apostle was asked, 'What is the best deed?' He replied, 'To believe in Allah and his Apostle.' The questioner then asked, 'What is the next (in goodness)?' He replied, 'To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's cause.'" -- The Hadith, Al Bukhari, Vol. 1 no 25.

"Ye  (Muslims) are the best of peoples evolved for mankind . . ." Surah 3:110.

"Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him." Hadith Vol. 9:57

"I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.' And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them..."  (Bukhari 8:387)

"No Muslim should be killed for killing a kafir (infidel)." Hadith Vol 9:50

"The person who participates in Jihad (Holy battles) in Allah's cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed)." Hadith Vol 1:35

"Submit and testify that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the apostle of Allah before you lose your head." - Muhammad to Abu Sufyan, Meccan leader

“O Muslims! When ye go forth (to fight) in the way of Allah, be careful to discriminate, and say not unto one who offers you peace: "Thou are not a Muslim" seeking the chance profits of this life (so that ye may despoil him). With Allah are plenteous spoils. Even thus (as he now is) were ye before; but Allah hath since then been gracious unto you. Therefore take care to discriminate. Allah is ever informed of what ye do.”

This one is a kicker. So Allah expects Muslims to go and fight. How should Muslims deny peace to their adversaries? By saying “Thou are not a believer”. In other words, the terms of peace are that the adversary of the Muslim party has to become a Muslim! So Allah is clarifying that Muslims should only kill and plunder those who resist forced conversion and not those who submit to it!!

“The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land [that is, refuse to follow the tenets of Islam] will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land.” (5:33)

“Sternness towards non-Muslims is a commendable quality” (5:54)

“Those for whom religion is a pastime and jest should be made to drink boiling water” (6: 70)

No wonder a practicing Muslim friend of mine said that he feels more comfortable in the US than in Saudi Arabia.

“Muslims are supposed to establish worship” (6:72, 8:3)

And what if people are not willing to worship? How do you “establish worship” then?

“Muslims! When you meet non-Muslims in battle, don’t turn back!” (8:15)

Why should there be battles between Muslims and non-Muslims? And anticipation of the same?

“O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be of you a hundred steadfast they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are a folk without intelligence.” (8: 65)

“It is not for any prophet to take captives until he hath made slaughter in the land…Enjoy your plunder as something lawful and good” (8: 67, 69)

"Let not non-Muslims think they can outwit Allah. They cannot escape. Prepare to meet them with armed forces and horses" (8:59-60)

“Freedom from obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty” (9:1)

“And a proclamation from Allah and His messenger to all men on the day of the Greater Pilgrimage that Allah is free from obligation to the idolaters, and (so is) His messenger. So, if ye convert to Islam, it will be better for you; but if ye are averse, then know that ye cannot escape Allah. Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to those who disbelieve. Excepting those of the idolaters with whom ye (Muslims) have a treaty, and who have since abated nothing of your right nor have supported anyone against you. (As for these), fulfill their treaty to them till their term. Lo! Allah loveth those who keep their duty (unto Him). Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent [become Muslims] and establish worship [force everyone under them to become Muslims] and pay the poor due, then leave their way free.” (9: 3, 4, 5)

Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden [containing 72 virgins for each man] will be theirs if they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfills His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.” (9:111)

For Muhammad's information, no such promise or "bargain" exists in the Bible. Jesus said heaven is a place where there is no marriage.

“O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you. Go forth light armed and heavy armed and strive with your lives and wealth for Allah” (9:123, 41)

"Fight against those who have the scripture but don't follow Islam/Shariah until they are humiliated and pay tribute" (9:29)

"When you meet non-Muslims first comes striking of the necks until you have routed them. Then comes chaining them....If Allah wanted, he could punish non-Muslims without your help, but he wants to test you with them" (47:4) 

Book 21, Number 21.18.42: Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Sayid that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, stimulated people for jihad and mentioned the Garden. One of the Ansar was eating some dates in his hand, and said, "Am I so desirous of this world that I should sit until I finish them?" He threw aside what was in his hand and took his sword, and fought until he was slain.

Book 21, Number 21.18.40: Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Abu Salih as-Samman from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Had I not been concerned for my community, I would have liked never to stay behind a raiding party going out in the way of Allah. However, I do not find the means to carry them to it, nor do they find anything on which to ride out and it is grievous for them that they should stay behind me. I would like to fight in the way of Allah and be killed, then brought to life so I could be killed and then brought to life so I could be killed."

Book 21, Number 21.18.39:The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, had dozed and woke up smiling. Umm Haram said, "What is making you smile, Messenger of Allah?" He said, "Some of my community were presented to me, raiding in the way of Allah. They were riding in the middle of the sea, kings on thrones, or like kings on thrones."

Book 21, Number 21.14.28: Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu'z-Zinad from al-Araj from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah laughs at two men. One of them kills the other, but each of them will enter the Garden: one fights in the way of Allah and is killed, then Allah turns to the killer, so he fights (in the way of Allah) and also becomes a martyr."

Book 21, Number 21.1.2: Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu'z Zinad from al-Araj from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah guarantees either the Garden or a safe return to his home with whatever he has obtained of reward or booty, for the one who does jihad in His way, if it is solely jihad and trust in his promise that brings him out of his house."

Volume 5, Book 59, Number 311: Narrated 'Abdullah: The Prophet recited Surat-an-Najm and then prostrated himself, and all who were with him prostrated too. But an old man took a handful of dust and touched his forehead with it saying, "This is sufficient for me." Later on I saw him killed as an infidel. 

Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57: Narrated 'Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to 'Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn 'Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire).' I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'"

Qur'an (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority"

Qur'an (4:89) - "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing: But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah. But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them."

Qur'an (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

"8.39" : And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do.

"9.73" : O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.

"Allah's apostle was asked, 'What is the best deed?' He replied, 'To believe in Allah and his Apostle.' The questioner then asked, 'What is the next (in goodness)?' He replied, 'To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's cause.'" -- The Hadith, Al Bukhari, Vol. 1 no 25.

"I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.' And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them..."  (Bukhari 8:387)

"No Muslim should be killed for killing a kafir (infidel)." Vol 9:50

"The person who participates in Jihad (Holy battles) in Allah's cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed)." Vol 1:35

Specific to Jews

 "3.112" : Abasement is made to cleave to them (the Jews) wherever they are found, except under a covenant with Allah and a covenant with men, and they have become deserving of wrath from Allah, and humiliation is made to cleave to them; this is because they disbelieved in the communications of Allah and slew the prophets unjustly; this is because they disobeyed and exceeded the
limits.

"5.51" : O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

"5.82" : Certainly you will find the most violent of people in enmity for those who believe (to be) the Jews and those who are polytheists.

"9.30" : Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low. And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!

Muslim Hadith Book 019, Number 4366: "It has been narrated by 'Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim." 

"The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, so that Jews will hide behind stones and trees and the Stone and the tree will say, O Muslim, O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me; come and kill him. The only exception will be the box-thorn for it is one of the trees of the Jews." - Hadith, Sahih  of Muslim , quoted by Israel and the Prophecies of Al Quran by Ali Akbar, Bismi  Publishers 1992, p.44)

Muslim Hadith Book 019, Number 4366: "It has been narrated by 'Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.

Specific to Christians

"4.156-158" : And for their unbelief and for their having uttered against Marium  a grievous calumny. And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium , the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure. Nay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

4.171" : O followers of the Book! do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak (lies) against Allah, but (speak) the truth; the Messiah, Isa son of Marium is only an apostle of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Marium  and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.

"5.14" : And with those who say, We are Christians, We made a covenant, but they neglected a portion of what they were reminded of, therefore We excited among them enmity and hatred to the day of resurrection; and Allah will inform them of what they did.

"5.18" : And the Jews and the Christians say: We are the sons of Allah and His beloved ones. Say: Why does He then chastise you for your faults? Nay, you are mortals from among those whom He has created, He forgives whom He pleases and chastises whom He pleases; and Allah's is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, and to Him is the eventual coming.

 5.51" : O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

"5.69" : Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabians and the Christians whoever believes in Allah and the last day and does good they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve.

"5.72" : Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah, He is the Messiah, son of Marium and the Messiah said: O Children of Israel! serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Surely whoever associates (others) with Allah, then Allah has forbidden to him the garden, and his abode is the fire; and there shall be no helpers for the unjust.

"5.73" : Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah is the third (person) of the three; and there is no god but the one God, and if they desist not from what they say, a painful chastisement shall befall those among them who disbelieve.

"5.82" : Certainly you will find the most violent of people in enmity for those who believe (to be) the Jews and those who are polytheists , and you will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe (to be) those who say: We are Christians; this is because there are priests and monks among them and because they do not behave proudly.

"9.30" : And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of
their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!

"17.111" : And say: (All) praise is due to Allah, Who has not taken a son and Who has not a partner in the kingdom, and Who has not a helper to save Him from disgrace; and proclaim His greatness magnifying (Him).

18.1-5" : (All) praise is due to Allah, Who revealed the Book to His servant and did not make in it any crookedness. Rightly directing, that he might give warning of severe punishment from Him and give good news to the believers who do good that they shall have a goodly reward, Staying in it for ever; And warn those who say: Allah has taken a son. They have no knowledge of it, nor had their fathers; a grievous word it is that comes out of their mouths;they speak nothing but a lie.

"19.88-92" : And they say: The Beneficent God has taken (to Himself) a son. Certainly you have made an abominable assertion. The heavens may almost be rent thereat, and the earth cleave asunder, and the mountains fall down in pieces, that they ascribe a son to the Beneficent God. And it is not worthy of the Beneficent God that He should take (to Himself) a son.

Conclusion

From the violence and hatred emanating from its pages, as also its gross errors and confused references to the Bible, it should be clear that the Koran is not a product of divine inspiration but Muhammad's invention. For some accounts of how Muslims have obeyed these commands to violence in history, check out the following:

  • David Bukay, Muhammad’s Monsters: A comprehensive guide to radical Islam for Western audiences (Green Forest, AR: Balfour Books)
  • Dore Gold, Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the new global terrorism (Washington DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc)
  • Serge Trifkovic, The Sword of the Prophet: Islam, history, theology, impact on the world (Boston: Regina Orthodox Press)
  • Walid Shoebat, Why I left Jihad: The root of terrorism and the Return of Radical Islam

Current hotspots of Muslim aggression against non-Muslims include Nigeria, Sudan and Indonesia. Although more than one million people have been mutilated, enslaved or killed by Muslims in Darfur (Sudan) over the last few years, the media (with Arab oil stake) is silent on it. It is amazing that if a handful of people die in Gaza, the whole world cries out in outrage, whereas silence greets the large scale genocide in Nigeria, and especially Darfur.