The Traitors Gate

UAF Hunting Club

18. You’re taking the verses of the Quran out of context.

You will hear this comment many times:

“I have been a Muslim all my life. Westerners in general love to take the verses of the Quran out of their historical context and just blindly accuse Islam and the Quran of violence. For your information, many of the “violent” verses were revealed to prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) when he was at state of war with the pagans of Makkah. So read the reason of revelation very carefully. Then you will understand what those verses were intended for.”

Respond:

I’m going to answer you in several ways, not because I believe I will change your mind, but because everyone who comes after you to read these comments may learn something from our interaction.

1. According to mainstream Islam since the time of Mohammad, the Quran is the perfect, unalterable, eternal word of Allah.

2. It says in the Quran 91 times a Muslim must follow the example of Mohammad.

3. Mohammad was intolerant and violent toward non-Muslims, repeatedly and consistently, as soon as he had the power to do so. He ordered the assassinations of those who insulted him or Islam. He ordered and personally oversaw the beheading of his political prisoners. He raided and plundered and conquered for the last ten years of his life. This is not history as told by his enemies, but history as told in the Sira and the Hadith, written by devout Muslim believers.

4. There are not many peaceful passages in the Quran, but what few exist have all been abrogated by more intolerant and even violent verses revealed to Mohammad later in his prophetic career.

Islam’s original enemies were…historical (e.g., Christian Byzantines and Zoroastrian Persians), the Qur’an rarely singles them out by their proper names. Instead, Muslims were (and are) commanded to fight the people of the book—’until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled’ and to ‘slay the idolaters wherever you find them.’

“The two Arabic conjunctions ‘until’ (hata) and ‘wherever’ (haythu) demonstrate the perpetual and ubiquitous nature of these commandments: There are still “people of the book” who have yet to be ‘utterly humbled’ (especially in the Americas, Europe, and Israel) and ‘idolaters’ to be slain ‘wherever’ one looks (especially Asia and sub-Saharan Africa). In fact, the salient feature of almost all of the violent commandments in Islamic scriptures is their open-ended and generic nature: ‘Fight them [non-Muslims] until there is no persecution and the religion is God’s entirely.’ Also, in a well-attested tradition that appears in the hadith collections, Muhammad proclaims:

“I have been commanded to wage war against mankind until they testify that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God; and that they establish prostration prayer, and pay the alms-tax [i.e., convert to Islam]. If they do so, their blood and property are protected.”

And finally, whether you believe the Quran commands you to be intolerant or violent towards non-Muslims, many Muslims do obviously believe it, and they are using the Quran to justify their violence against non-Muslims all over the world, and they have been doing so for 1400 years.

It has been such a consistent theme, a web site keeps track of all the violence committed in the name of Islam around the world, and has been doing so since 9/11.

If you’re trying to convince me that because you don’t believe the Quran encourages violence against non-Muslims then none of the rest of the Muslims do either (or that the Quran really doesn’t encourage intolerance and violence toward non-Muslims), I think your task is hopeless.

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January 25, 2011 - Posted by | Quran | , ,

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