Islam is a religion. Islamic faith is not any clandestine belief but is premised upon the teachings of the Quran. The Quran published in several languages, is opened to anyone willing to understand the teachings. Followers of Islam cannot deny what is written in it. Scholars have every opportunity to study and dissect the Quran to understand what Islam stands for. The rumblings and terror of Islamic militants claim that they are doing what they believe the Quran teaches. What we are witnessing shows no evidence to suggest that Islam promotes peace. It is disconcerting. If the Islamists claims are right (as in the Quran says so), then we are indeed facing a dire situation. We sincerely pray that they are wrong regarding these innocent killings. Certainly this deserves closer scrutiny.
Bloody Islamic conflicts all over the Middle East saw millions of lives lost or maimed and families dislodged from their otherwise peaceful existence. It is fair to assume that no Muslim in his right mind wilfully seeks such destruction and pain. Every day that goes by sees more militant stand made by those claiming to defend Islam. There is no trace of repentance and forgiveness seen from these escalating events. There is no concerted call for “peace”. Instead hatred and vengeance to destroy continues unabated. It is not just Muslims against infidels (non-Muslims). Sectarian Muslim feuds are rampant. It seems contradictory that Muslims are killing Muslims.
What does the Quran teach that causes so many zealous young Islamic man to seek destruction even at the expense of their own lives? Perhaps a few snippets from the Quran may reveal some insights to the beliefs held by Islamists. This is not a Quranic exegesis. It opens a window for those interested to understand the Quran to continue with earnest research. The following quotations are taken from the Quran.
“And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.” Is this the reason for killing non-believers?
Quran (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.” Is this the reason for beheadings?
Quran (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”.
Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” Inspiration for suicide bombers?
Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement” This is happening right now in Iraq.
Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way”
Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” How can there be peace in Israel?
Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
Muslim (1:30) – “The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”
Muslim (20:4696) – “the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: ‘One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite.'” The Jihad
Muslim (19:4294) – “When the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him… He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war… When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them… If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.” This is happening in the Middle East now!
Bukhari 1:35 “The person who participates in (Holy Battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him 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).” Motivation for martyrdom.
Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.”
Tabari 9:69 “Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us” Wow – how can Islam be a religion of peace?
Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 484: – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’” Allah desires killing, wow!
Now listen to what Obama says and decide for yourself if Obama has any idea about Islamic teachings.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.