Time and time again I keep on comming across the same misunderstandings or misinterpretations of Islamic beliefs that I would like to collect some of them here for all to read and appreciate the truth. I will attempt to capture the exact quotations of miscellaneous Muslims at large to show that it was not fabricated but real views expressed.
1. Myth of Islam means Peace or is a Religion of Peace
Nowera Zafar said, “What I’m doing here is negating what you’re accusing Quran and Islam of. Because yes, Islam is a religion of peace. ”
This is the most common endemic error that is continuously perpetuated in Islam, teaching Muslims that Islam is a religion of Peace. This is because of the lack of appreciation of the Arabic heiroglyphic language, and wrongly interpreting the true roots of the word Islam.
The less literate Muslims in Arabic often claim that Islam is derived from the roots of “as-Salaam” which is the Arabic word meaning “Peace.” It does not. Islam is derived from “Aslam” meaning “to submit.”
Although both words come from the Arabic roots s-l-m, they are totally different words. Although both derive from the same roots of s-l-m, it is by the different insertion of the vowels that has completely changed their meanings. Furthermore, it has been confirmed by Arabic scholars that “Islam” means “submission (to Allah).” Not Peace.
2. “There is No compulsion (in religion) in Islam”
Naima Gul said, “No compulsion in religion. With which sword was Islam spread? Fighting against injustice is what Islam calls ‘Jihaad’ because the Qur’an says in the following verse: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error” [Al-Qur’an 2:256]”
And I replied:
Naima Gul, I must correct your deception of, “No compulsion in religion.” It is out of context and provides the wrong impression.
The phrase is part of the verses of a couplet which must be read together to make any sense. But there are also other interpretations/abrogations that I will explain later.
[2.256] There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
[2.257] Allah is the guardian of those who believe. He brings them out of the darkness into the light; and (as to) those who disbelieve, their guardians are Shaitans who take them out of the light into the darkness; they are the inmates of the fire, in it they shall abide.
Both verses together certainly convey a different message than the typical apologist snippet from 2:256. The pair of complete verses show the Koran’s respective policies for Muslims (believers) and non-Muslims (disbelievers). Believers are warned not to slip into disbelief, and disbelievers are warned to become believers — or else. In other words, according to this passage, there is compulsion in Islam, despite the initial “no compulsion” statement.
Verse 18:29, itself, bears some similarities to the 2:256-257 pair:
18:29: “Say: (It is) the truth from the Lord of you (all). Then whosoever will, let him believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve. Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers Fire. Its tent encloseth them. If they ask for showers, they will be showered with water like to molten lead which burneth the faces. Calamitous the drink and ill the resting-place!”
The policy in the Koran does not appear to be “Believe it or not,” but instead is “Believe it or else!” The damnation of disbelievers in 2:257 and 18:29 is consistent with Allah’s policy throughout the Koran. There are over 250 separate damnations of disbelievers in the Koran. True believing Muslims, on the other hand, are promised with the reward of Paradise in the Hereafter.
NB: The above means, you have the option of following Allah because if you do not you are following Shaitan. That is NOT A CHOICE. That is an option of Islam or Hell.”
3. He who kills an innocent soul intentionally,….equal to if he had killed all people. Quran 5:32
NoweraZafar, let me inform you that in Islam no one except a Muslim can be cited as, “an innocent soul.” So Quran 5:32 applies only to people who are believers of Islam. I quote:
“Let me quote from Umar ibn Kathir (1301-1373) a foremost Tafsir(interpreter) writer, (another source to illustrate that this concept is not unique or bigoted or modern.)  :
So, strictly speaking, verse 5:32 is
only applicable to the children of Israel (the verse says it). Any way,
to be fair, we shall ignore this limitation and concentrate on the wider
On the surface of it, the first sentence (Islamists often quote only
the first sentence, conveniently hiding the next sentence) of verse 5:32
seems very munificence and non-violent. What does the next sentence
say? It says clearly that even when Allah sent His messengers many
people disbelieved them. Muhammad was one of such messengers, the best
and the last. Therefore, “those who disbelieve in Muhammad
and Allah (i.e. the non-Muslims) are the transgressors. Evidently, the
non-Muslims are the mischief-makers on earth. Logically, these
non-Muslims do not fall under the purview of the merciful provisions of
verse 5:32. In simple language, this means: verse 5:32 is applicable only to the Muslims. To confirm this, let me quote ibn Kathir the foremost Tafsir writer:
Beginning of Kathir’s quote
(if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to
spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind,
and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all
mankind.) Saving life in this case occurs by not killing a soul that Allah has forbidden (A Muslim.)
So this is the meaning of saving the life of all mankind, for whoever
forbids killing a soul without justification, the lives of all people
will be saved from him.” Similar was said by Mujahid;
(And if anyone saved a life…) means, he refrains from killing a soul.
Al-`Awfi reported that Ibn `Abbas said that Allah’s statement,
[فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعاً]
(it would be as if he killed all mankind. .) means, “Whoever
kills one soul that Allah has forbidden killing, is just like he who
kills all mankind.” Sa’id bin Jubayr said, “He who allows himself to
shed the blood of a Muslim, is like he who allows shedding the blood of
all people. He who forbids shedding the blood of one Muslim, is like he
who forbids shedding the blood of all people.” In addition, Ibn Jurayj said that Al-A`raj said that Mujahid commented on the Ayah,
[فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعاً]
(it would be as if he killed all mankind,) “He who kills a
believing soul (believer in Islam) intentionally, Allah makes the Fire
of Hell his abode, He will become angry with him, and curse him, and has
prepared a tremendous punishment for him, equal to if he had killed all
people, his punishment will still be the same.” Ibn Jurayj said that Mujahid said that the Ayah,
[وَمَنْ أَحْيَـهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعاً]
(and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of
all mankind.) means, “He who does not kill anyone, then the lives of
people are safe from him.”
End of Kathir’s quote.
There you are! This tafsir by Kathir says when a
Muslim is killed it is as if the entire humanity is killed. When an
infidel is killed it has no relevance. Similarly, when a Believer’s
(i.e. Muslim’s) life is saved it is as if the entire humanity is saved.
You see, in the Qur’an and in Islam what matters most is the lives of
Muslims and not the lives of infidels. 
Why do the erudite Islamists of the Fiqh Council of North America want to hide this truth?
This answer can also be found in the Qur’an.
Please note: there are at least 18 verses in the Qur’an which ask for the pre-emptive murder of the kafirs (infidels).
But, it is not that simple to annihilate all the unbelievers just like
that. It needs time, patience, plan, strategies, weapons and pretexts to
wage a campaign of total slaughter of the non-Muslims. We observe this
clever procedure is followed by the true Islamists and the suicide
bombers. Even the former Prime Minister of Malaysia , Dr Mahathir
Mohammad had asked the Muslims to acquire modern weapons to wage a war
against the Jews. He purposely, did not mention the entire non-Muslim
population, simply because his country is precariously dependent upon
the investment of these infidels.
When the situation does not permit the Islamists to openly declare
the murder of infidels, Allah asks them not to be friendly with them.
Here are a few verses that tell the Muslims not to befriend the
Do not take unbelievers as friends; caution
is necessary to befriend the unbelievers…3:28
3:28 Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Auliyâ
(supporters, helpers, etc.) instead of the believers, and whoever does
that will never be helped by Allâh in any way, except if you indeed fear
a danger from them. And Allâh warns you against Himself (His
Punishment), and to Allâh is the final return.”
So please do not tell us half truths.
4. Nowera Zahar said, ” no, Taliban do not follow the teachings of Islam because Islam doesn’t preach killing innocents”
4a. taahamuddassirmirza said, “Oh do tell me when and where Islam commands these so called Mujahideen to kill 130 innocent children who barely even understood what religion is. Please, let me know
My reply: Quran 2:190: Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you …
As far as the Taliban are concerned, the Pakistani Army are fighting them, thus they are the enemy. Automatically, the wives and children of the enemy are of them.”
Narrated As-Sab bin Jaththama:
The Prophet passed by me at a place called Al-Abwa or Waddan, and was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).” I also heard the Prophet saying, “The institution of Hima (safe haven) is invalid except for Allah and His Apostle.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 256) 
The statement that “the institution of Hima (safe haven) is invalid except for Allah and His Apostle.” is crucial in the understanding of “killing of innocent women and children.” No Muslim who has read this, should with a free conscience, be able to dissimulate such distortions again. 
i.e., they are all the same—both the women and children are nothing more than pagans! The above narration is repeated in several, different hadith collections:
Chapter 9: PERMISSIBILITY OF KILLING WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE NIGHT RAIDS, PROVIDED IT IS NOT DELIBERATE
It is reported on the authority of Sa’b b. Jaththama that the Prophet of Allah (may peace be upon him), when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during the night raid, said: They are from them. (Sahih Muslim, Book 019, Number 4321) 
taaha, I quote from one of your earlier replies:
“What you have told us is your opinion
“…whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption…”
I wonder what corruption do 12 years old commit.
For people like you corruption can be anything
For people like me, corruption is killing an innocent person.
Please do not blame the book if you can’t comprehend it
The problem lies in your comprehension.”
It all depends on how you join the dots. You asked, “What corruption do 12 year olds commit.” This is my reply:
Sa’b b. Jaththama has narrated that the Prophet (may peace be
upon him) asked: What about the children of polytheists killed by the
cavalry during the night raid? He said: “They are from them.” (Sahih
Muslim, Book 019, Number 4323)
“THEY ARE FROM THEM. THEY ARE FROM THEM. THEY ARE FROM THEM”
They are the children of the enemy (the Pakistani Army Officers), hence according to Sahih Muslim Bk 19 No 4323, they are legitimate targets because it fits into the following:
the Prophet Muhammad himself as exemplified by the two following verses :
“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror.’”
“I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”
The Taliban has struck fear into the hearts of every citizen of Pakistan by killing those school children, the children of the enemies of the Taliban. It has been approved by Muhammad with the above quotes and interpretations.
5. nowera Zafar said: “I do believe in Islamic Jihad but if you think Jihad means killing innocent people, whether muslims or non muslims, you need to clear your concepts.”
I have never said, Jihad means killing innocent people. So you are malicious in putting words in my mouth. I understand Jihad means to “Sacrifice in Promoting the Work of Allah.” (At all costs.)
Hoiwever I also know that Allah’s Verse of the Sword abrogated all the peaceful Meccan verses in the Quran:
“The Verse of the SWORD” (Qur’an 9:5):
[9.5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
[9.6] And if one of the idolaters seek protection from you, grant him protection till he hears the word of Allah, then make him attain his place of safety; this is because they are a people who do not know.
[9.7] How can there be an agreement for the idolaters with Allah and with His Apostle; except those with whom you made an agreement at the Sacred Mosque? So as long as they are true to you, be true to them; surely Allah loves those who are careful (of their duty).
[9.8] How (can it be)! while if they prevail against you, they would not pay regard in your case to ties of relationship, nor those of covenant; they please you with their mouths while their hearts do not consent; and most of them are transgressors.
The Verse of the Sword abrogatea 124 Peace verses in the ?
[9.9] They have taken a small price for the communications of Allah, so they turn away from His way; surely evil is it that they do.
(I have included the next 4 verses, in order to provide the correct context.)
The verse of the Sword, Quran 9:5 abrogates 124 peace verses in the Quran. It is also supported by 164 verses supporting Islamic Jihad.
Those facts do not lie. They are convincing the meaning of Muhammad’s Jihad of serving Allah’s work on earth.
The above are extracts and re-attangement from: