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Top Ten Ways Islamic Law forbids Terrorism – A REBUTTAL
By Juan Cole | Apr. 17, 2013 |74

Part I
Erik Rush and others who hastened to scapegoat Muslims for the Boston Marathon bombing are ignorant of the religion. I can’t understand why people who have never so much as read a book about a subject appoint themselves experts on it. (Try this book, e.g.). We don’t yet know who carried out the attack, but we know they either aren’t Muslims at all or they aren’t real Muslims, in the nature of the case.
For the TLDR crowd, here are the top ten ways that Islamic law and tradition forbid terrorism (some of these points are reworked from previous postings):

1. Terrorism is above all murder. Murder is strictly forbidden in the Qur’an. Qur’an 6:151 says, “and do not kill a soul that God has made sacrosanct, save lawfully.” (i.e. murder is forbidden but the death penalty imposed by the state for a crime is permitted). 5:53 says, “… whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.”

It is so easy to be misguided by Quran 5:53 until one studies the words critically. Murder is forbidden except for, “(1) Murder or (2) For Wreaking Corruption in the land.” What exactly is the meaning of, “for wreaking Corruption in the land?” It is this:

“Fasad (Arabic: فساد‎ /fasād/) is an Islamic concept which means spreading mischief in a Muslim land,moral corruption against God,and any form of expression or activity by non-Muslims or apostates of Islam that creates disorder in the Muslim community. To me this means all infidels and non-believers of Islam are classified as “people who create disorder”.
In recent years, the law has been included in the legal code of the Islamic Republics of Pakistan and Iran. In Iran it has been used to prosecute or threaten political opposition figures. Some Islamic thinkers have defined acts of terrorism as “farad”.”

2. If the motive for terrorism is religious, it is impermissible in Islamic law. It is forbidden to attempt to impose Islam on other people. The Qur’an says, “There is no compulsion in religion. The right way has become distinct from error.” (-The Cow, 2:256). Note that this verse was revealed in Medina in 622 AD or after and was never abrogated by any other verse of the Quran. Islam’s holy book forbids coercing people into adopting any religion. They have to willingly choose it.

It says nothing of the sort. Quran 2:256 must be read in conjunction with Quran 2:257 and this reads:

There are also other interpretations/abrogations that I will explain separately.

[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. Despite its 250+ separate condemnations of disbelievers to hell-fire for the crime of disbelief, the Koran says many times that Allah is “Forgiving” and “Merciful.” The Koran says that disbelievers who do good works do so in vain, because they are going to hell anyway (5:5, 18:104-106, also 18:30, 33:19, 47:1, 47:32). This contradicts the claim that Allah is forgiving and merciful. (Indeed, it refutes the claims that he is at all wise and just). Were these statements all made by the same author?! Given the contradictions among the statements in the Koran, what are we to make of it when we read, “There is no compulsion in religion”? One way of looking at 2:256-2:25 is as just another contradictory pair of propositions in the Koran. Nevertheless, it is important to consider how the verse has traditionally been understood by respected commentators. Ibn Kathir’s tafsir (commentary) on verse (ayah) 2:256 explains: “(There is no compulsion in religion), meaning, ‘Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islam. Rather, whoever Allah directs to Islam, opens his heart for it and enlightens his mind, will embrace Islam with certainty. Whoever Allah blinds his heart and seals his hearing and sight, then he will not benefit from being forced to embrace Islam.’ It was reported that the Ansar were the reason behind revealing this Ayah, although its indication is general in meaning.“ In other words, the truth of Islam is so obvious and clear that only a fool, an evil fool worthy of eternal damnation (2:257), would fail to accept its validity. This clarifies the probable intended meaning of the verse somewhat, but the contradictory concepts remain: It is wrong to force anyone to become a Muslim (and other tafsirs agree on this point), but if they don’t become a Muslim, Allah will burn them in hell. But more than that, as will be shown later in this article, the Koran says that disbelievers will be punished in this world by Allah and by Muslims who are acting according to Allah’s policies (i.e., the Koran and Mohammad’s example). The only way that the disbelievers can escape these punishments in the world and in the hereafter is to convert to Islam. As we will see, according to the Koran, there is plenty of compulsion in religion. The apologists’ snippet from 2:256 is misleading when presented to those who have not read the Koran (e.g., most non-Muslims), because the snippet belies the strong interrelationship between belief, obedience, fear, and submission in Islam. The word “Islam” in fact means “submission” or “surrender.” These aspects of belief are emphasized throughout the Koran. Obedience is a major aspect. For example, Iblis (Satan) first becomes a “disbeliever” when he refuses to bow prostrate before Adam in accordance with Allah’s orders (7:11, 20:116-117, 18:50, 38:74-76). In that story, Iblis does not deny that Allah exists. Rather, he disobeys what Allah commands him to do. It’s disobedience, arrogant defiance, that gets him into trouble with Allah, and that makes him a disbeliever. The apologists who present the 2:256 snippet likely are familiar with such verses as 49:14-17:

49:14-17: “The wandering Arabs say: We believe. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Ye believe not, but rather say ‘We submit,’ for the faith hath not yet entered into your hearts. Yet, if ye obey Allah and His messenger, He will not withhold from you aught of (the reward of) your deeds. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Such are the sincere. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Would ye teach Allah your religion, when Allah knoweth all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and Allah is Aware of all things? They make it a favour unto thee (Muhammad) that they have surrendered (unto Him). Say: Deem not your Surrender a favour unto me; but Allah doth confer a favour on you, inasmuch as He hath led you to the Faith, if ye are earnest.“ And consider 8:1-2:

8:1: “They ask thee (O Muhammad) of the spoils of war. Say: The spoils of war belong to Allah and the messenger, so keep your duty to Allah, and adjust the matter of your difference, and obey Allah and His messenger, if ye are (true) believers. 8:2: They only are the (true) believers whose hearts feel fear when Allah is mentioned, and when His revelations are recited unto them they increase their faith, and who trust in their Lord.”

Those passages show that the elements of fear, obedience, and submission, are linked to faith/belief. In 49:14, submission and obedience are necessary for faith. That all sounds like compulsion. According to 49:17, Allah himself compels people to Islam. The following verses also confirm the assertion that it is Allah that either guides people to Islam or leads them astray.

16:93: “And had Allah willed, He could have made you (all) one nation, but He sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. But you shall certainly be called to account for what you used to do.” 76:29-31: “Verily! This (Verses of the Qur’an) is an admonition, so whosoever wills, let him take a Path to his Lord (Allah). But you cannot will, unless Allah wills. Verily, Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise. He will admit to His Mercy whom He will and as for the Zalimun, (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.) He has prepared a painful torment.” 10:99-100: “And if thy Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Wouldst thou (Muhammad) compel men until they are believers? It is not for any soul to believe save by the permission of Allah. He hath set uncleanness upon those who have no sense.” 49:7: “And know that the messenger of Allah is among you. If he were to obey you in much of the government, ye would surely be in trouble; but Allah hath endeared the faith to you and hath beautified it in your hearts, and hath made disbelief and lewdness and rebellion hateful unto you. Such are they who are the rightly guided.“ 5:3: “…This day have those who disbelieve despaired of your religion, so fear them not, and fear Me. This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion…“

The above verses say that Allah controls a person’s choice of religion. Allah has even compelled believers to love faith (in Islam) and hate disbelief (in Islam). These passages state that Allah is actually controlling peoples’ thoughts and regulating their emotions and preferences — “you cannot will, unless Allah wills“! In other words, the believer’s will must be one with Allah’s, a “single-minded slave of Allah.” Verse 10:99, which says that Mohammad should not try to compel people to become believers, is inconsistent with much of the Koran (see below), and is, arguably, abrogated or cancelled by the later verses (cited below, see “Abrogation”). There is no contradiction, of course, if it is understood to mean “don’t compel people to become believers yet, at this time, in these circumstances (but compel them later when you have the power to do so).” The following passage makes clear that Allah has full control over religious belief; Allah himself makes it impossible for the disbelievers to grasp his message, and then he punishes them for not grasping it!

2:6-10: “Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him) warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe. Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, (i.e. they are closed from accepting Allah’s Guidance), and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment. And of mankind, there are some (hypocrites) who say: “We believe in Allah and the Last Day” while in fact they believe not. They (think to) deceive Allah and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not! In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies.“

The above passages demolish the general claim that ‘there is no compulsion in Islam.’ In theory, non-Muslims could dismiss these verses as irrational fatalist mythology about some ancient tyrant of a god. Unfortunately, the reality is that hundreds of millions of Muslims believe these to be true statements about the non-Muslims, and this affects how they perceive and act toward non-Muslims. Some non-Muslims who are learning more about Islam are concerned about the real behaviour of some of Islam’s more zealous followers. This legitimate and healthy fear, which Islamist activists misleadingly call “Islamophobia,” is nothing new. Mohammad (Allah) was keenly aware of this, as illustrated by this verse, 59:13. “You [Muslims] are certainly greater in being feared in their hearts than Allah; that is because they are a people who do not understand.” Actually, non-Muslims’ legitimate fear of zealous Islamists, in Mohammad’s time, throughout history, and today, arises out of a clear understanding of the real threat posed. Mohammad boasted of the effectiveness and critical importance of this “terror” (i.e., fear of being killed), according to this report (Hadith):

“Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.’ Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).” Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220. Whether verse 2:256 is abrogated or not, taken together with verse 2:257, it is basically consistent with the entire Koran: Strict believers, who reject all religions except Islam, are safe, but disbelievers are going to receive the maximum penalty. All of the “compulsion” (persecution, subjugation, threats, etc.) directed against non-Muslims still applies. That is, they’re still guilty of the worst crime and must be punished in this world and in the hereafter. [1]

Here is another view: “Islamic Lies & Myth no 32 – “There is no compulsion in religion.” – Muslims always quote only the first sentence of Quran 2:256. But never complete the whole Sura, which is “ There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejected false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold, which will never break. Allah is hearer, knower.” So this means that there is no compulsion in Islam, only if disbelievers reject ‘false deities’ {false to Islam means all other religions} and believe only in Allah in the ‘right’ direction forever. This hypocrisy of the Muslims only to pick the first sentence and mislead non-Muslims is a devious deception in cunningness, practiced by most Muslims to deceive non-Muslims as though it is a very free religion. But in reality, this Myth is furthest from the truth.” [1a]

Part 2 a

3. Islamic law forbids aggressive warfare. The Quran says, “But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things.” (8:61) The Quran chapter “The Cow,” 2:190, says, “Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loveth not aggressors.”

 

[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. Despite its 250+ separate condemnations of disbelievers to hell-fire for the crime of disbelief, the Koran says many times that Allah is “Forgiving” and “Merciful.” The Koran says that disbelievers who do good works do so in vain, because they are going to hell anyway (5:5, 18:104-106, also 18:30, 33:19, 47:1, 47:32). This contradicts the claim that Allah is forgiving and merciful. (Indeed, it refutes the claims that he is at all wise and just). Were these statements all made by the same author?! Given the contradictions among the statements in the Koran, what are we to make of it when we read, “There is no compulsion in religion”? One way of looking at 2:256-2:25 is as just another contradictory pair of propositions in the Koran. Nevertheless, it is important to consider how the verse has traditionally been understood by respected commentators. Ibn Kathir’s tafsir (commentary) on verse (ayah) 2:256 explains: “(There is no compulsion in religion), meaning, ‘Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islam. Rather, whoever Allah directs to Islam, opens his heart for it and enlightens his mind, will embrace Islam with certainty. Whoever Allah blinds his heart and seals his hearing and sight, then he will not benefit from being forced to embrace Islam.’ It was reported that the Ansar were the reason behind revealing this Ayah, although its indication is general in meaning.“ In other words, the truth of Islam is so obvious and clear that only a fool, an evil fool worthy of eternal damnation (2:257), would fail to accept its validity. This clarifies the probable intended meaning of the verse somewhat, but the contradictory concepts remain: It is wrong to force anyone to become a Muslim (and other tafsirs agree on this point), but if they don’t become a Muslim, Allah will burn them in hell. But more than that, as will be shown later in this article, the Koran says that disbelievers will be punished in this world by Allah and by Muslims who are acting according to Allah’s policies (i.e., the Koran and Mohammad’s example). The only way that the disbelievers can escape these punishments in the world and in the hereafter is to convert to Islam. As we will see, according to the Koran, there is plenty of compulsion in religion. The apologists’ snippet from 2:256 is misleading when presented to those who have not read the Koran (e.g., most non-Muslims), because the snippet belies the strong interrelationship between belief, obedience, fear, and submission in Islam. The word “Islam” in fact means “submission” or “surrender.” These aspects of belief are emphasized throughout the Koran. Obedience is a major aspect. For example, Iblis (Satan) first becomes a “disbeliever” when he refuses to bow prostrate before Adam in accordance with Allah’s orders (7:11, 20:116-117, 18:50, 38:74-76). In that story, Iblis does not deny that Allah exists. Rather, he disobeys what Allah commands him to do. It’s disobedience, arrogant defiance, that gets him into trouble with Allah, and that makes him a disbeliever. The apologists who present the 2:256 snippet likely are familiar with such verses as 49:14-17:

49:14-17: “The wandering Arabs say: We believe. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Ye believe not, but rather say ‘We submit,’ for the faith hath not yet entered into your hearts. Yet, if ye obey Allah and His messenger, He will not withhold from you aught of (the reward of) your deeds. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Such are the sincere. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Would ye teach Allah your religion, when Allah knoweth all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and Allah is Aware of all things? They make it a favour unto thee (Muhammad) that they have surrendered (unto Him). Say: Deem not your Surrender a favour unto me; but Allah doth confer a favour on you, inasmuch as He hath led you to the Faith, if ye are earnest.“ And consider 8:1-2:

8:1: “They ask thee (O Muhammad) of the spoils of war. Say: The spoils of war belong to Allah and the messenger, so keep your duty to Allah, and adjust the matter of your difference, and obey Allah and His messenger, if ye are (true) believers. 8:2: They only are the (true) believers whose hearts feel fear when Allah is mentioned, and when His revelations are recited unto them they increase their faith, and who trust in their Lord.”

Those passages show that the elements of fear, obedience, and submission, are linked to faith/belief. In 49:14, submission and obedience are necessary for faith. That all sounds like compulsion. According to 49:17, Allah himself compels people to Islam. The following verses also confirm the assertion that it is Allah that either guides people to Islam or leads them astray.

16:93: “And had Allah willed, He could have made you (all) one nation, but He sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. But you shall certainly be called to account for what you used to do.” 76:29-31: “Verily! This (Verses of the Qur’an) is an admonition, so whosoever wills, let him take a Path to his Lord (Allah). But you cannot will, unless Allah wills. Verily, Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise. He will admit to His Mercy whom He will and as for the Zalimun, (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.) He has prepared a painful torment.” 10:99-100: “And if thy Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Wouldst thou (Muhammad) compel men until they are believers? It is not for any soul to believe save by the permission of Allah. He hath set uncleanness upon those who have no sense.” 49:7: “And know that the messenger of Allah is among you. If he were to obey you in much of the government, ye would surely be in trouble; but Allah hath endeared the faith to you and hath beautified it in your hearts, and hath made disbelief and lewdness and rebellion hateful unto you. Such are they who are the rightly guided.“ 5:3: “…This day have those who disbelieve despaired of your religion, so fear them not, and fear Me. This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion…“

The above verses say that Allah controls a person’s choice of religion. Allah has even compelled believers to love faith (in Islam) and hate disbelief (in Islam). These passages state that Allah is actually controlling peoples’ thoughts and regulating their emotions and preferences — “you cannot will, unless Allah wills“! In other words, the believer’s will must be one with Allah’s, a “single-minded slave of Allah.” Verse 10:99, which says that Mohammad should not try to compel people to become believers, is inconsistent with much of the Koran (see below), and is, arguably, abrogated or cancelled by the later verses (cited below, see “Abrogation”). There is no contradiction, of course, if it is understood to mean “don’t compel people to become believers yet, at this time, in these circumstances (but compel them later when you have the power to do so).” The following passage makes clear that Allah has full control over religious belief; Allah himself makes it impossible for the disbelievers to grasp his message, and then he punishes them for not grasping it!

2:6-10: “Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him) warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe. Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, (i.e. they are closed from accepting Allah’s Guidance), and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment. And of mankind, there are some (hypocrites) who say: “We believe in Allah and the Last Day” while in fact they believe not. They (think to) deceive Allah and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not! In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies.“

Part 2b

The above passages demolish the general claim that ‘there is no compulsion in Islam.’ In theory, non-Muslims could dismiss these verses as irrational fatalist mythology about some ancient tyrant of a god. Unfortunately, the reality is that hundreds of millions of Muslims believe these to be true statements about the non-Muslims, and this affects how they perceive and act toward non-Muslims. Some non-Muslims who are learning more about Islam are concerned about the real behaviour of some of Islam’s more zealous followers. This legitimate and healthy fear, which Islamist activists misleadingly call “Islamophobia,” is nothing new. Mohammad (Allah) was keenly aware of this, as illustrated by this verse, 59:13. “You [Muslims] are certainly greater in being feared in their hearts than Allah; that is because they are a people who do not understand.” Actually, non-Muslims’ legitimate fear of zealous Islamists, in Mohammad’s time, throughout history, and today, arises out of a clear understanding of the real threat posed. Mohammad boasted of the effectiveness and critical importance of this “terror” (i.e., fear of being killed), according to this report (Hadith):

“Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.’ Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).” Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220. Whether verse 2:256 is abrogated or not, taken together with verse 2:257, it is basically consistent with the entire Koran: Strict believers, who reject all religions except Islam, are safe, but disbelievers are going to receive the maximum penalty. All of the “compulsion” (persecution, subjugation, threats, etc.) directed against non-Muslims still applies. That is, they’re still guilty of the worst crime and must be punished in this world and in the hereafter. [1]

Here is another view: “Islamic Lies & Myth no 32 – “There is no compulsion in religion.” – Muslims always quote only the first sentence of Quran 2:256. But never complete the whole Sura, which is “ There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejected false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold, which will never break. Allah is hearer, knower.” So this means that there is no compulsion in Islam, only if disbelievers reject ‘false deities’ {false to Islam means all other religions} and believe only in Allah in the ‘right’ direction forever. This hypocrisy of the Muslims only to pick the first sentence and mislead non-Muslims is a devious deception in cunningness, practiced by most Muslims to deceive non-Muslims as though it is a very free religion. But in reality, this Myth is furthest from the truth.” [1a]

Part 3

3. Islamic law forbids aggressive warfare. The Quran says, “But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things.” (8:61) The Quran chapter “The Cow,” 2:190, says, “Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loveth not aggressors.”

I HAVE BEEN MADE VICTORIOUS BY TERROR

The Hadith, collected by Bukhari(4.52.220) goes as follows: 

Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).

Muslims become very angry when they are confronted with this statement. No, Muslims are not angry at Muhammad who made this statement, according to all islamic scholars. Muslims are not angry at their parents who have passed such a religion on to them. Muslims are angry at non-Muslims or former Muslims who point to this statement by Muhammad to indicate that there is a problem with Islam. This is a symptomatic phenomenon of Islam and quite unique indeed. When someone mentions that Muslim-terrorists are bad and commit evil acts in the name of Islam, Muslims generally do not respond by saying that this is right but instead they say that the messenger is racist or islamophobe of hateful because everyone knows that those Muslim-terrorists follow a so-called perverted version of Islam.

Hadith and Sira

Bukhari (52:269) – “The Prophet said, ‘War is deceit.'” The context of this is thought to be the murder of Usayr ibn Zarim and his thirty unarmed men by Muhammad’s men after he “guaranteed” them safe passage (see Additional Notes below).

Bukhari (49:857) – “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.” Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.

Bukhari (84:64-65) – Speaking from a position of power at the time, Ali confirms that lying is permitted in order to deceive an “enemy.”

Muslim (32:6303) – “…he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them).”

Bukhari (50:369) – Recounts the murder of a poet, Ka’b bin al-Ashraf, at Muhammad’s insistence. The men who volunteered for the assassination used dishonesty to gain Ka’b’s trust, pretending that they had turned against Muhammad. This drew the victim out of his fortress, whereupon he was brutally slaughtered.

From Islamic Law:

Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 – 8.2) – “Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N:i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory… it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression…

“One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie.”

4. In the Islamic law of war, not just any civil engineer can declare or launch a war. It is the prerogative of the duly constituted leader of the Muslim community that engages in the war. Nowadays that would be the president or prime minister of the state, as advised by the mufti or national jurisconsult.

But the Prophet Muhammad has already declared war on the non-Muslim world

Muhammad said in many places that he has been “ordered by Allah to fight men until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.”  In the last nine years of his life, he ordered no less than 65 military campaigns to do exactly that.

Muhammad inspired his men to war with the basest of motives, using captured loot, sex and a gluttonous paradise as incentives.  He beheaded captives, enslaved children and raped women captured in battle.  Again, Muslims are told to emulate the example of Muhammad.

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5. The killing of innocent non-combatants is forbidden. According to Sunni tradition, ‘Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, the first Caliph, gave these instructions to his armies: “I instruct you in ten matters: Do not kill women, children, the old, or the infirm; do not cut down fruit-bearing trees; do not destroy any town . . . ” (Malik’s Muwatta’, “Kitab al-Jihad.”)

Rubbish. Here is authentication of what Muhammad said:

Muhammad played a bit loose with the lives of women and children during wartime.  As recorded in both Bukhari and Sahih Muslim:

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 4322, see also Bukhari 52:256)

This does not justify the targeted killing of women and children per se, but it does prove that collateral damage is entirely acceptable if it accomplishes the military goal of spreading Islamic rule.

6. Terrorism or hirabah is forbidden in Islamic law, which groups it with brigandage, highway robbery and extortion rackets– any illicit use of fear and coercion in public spaces for money or power. The principle of forbidding the spreading of terror in the land is based on the Qur’an (Surah al-Ma’ida 5:33–34). Prominent [pdf] Muslim legal scholar Sherman Jackson writes, “The Spanish Maliki jurist Ibn `Abd al-Barr (d. 464/ 1070)) defines the agent of hiraba as ‘Anyone who disturbs free passage in the streets and renders them unsafe to travel, striving to spread corruption in the land by taking money, killing people or violating what God has made it unlawful to violate is guilty of hirabah . . .”

This page deals with the statement of Muhammad: “I have been made victorious with terror.” The Hadith, collected by Bukhari(4.52.220) goes as follows: 

Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).

Muslims become very angry when they are confronted with this statement. No, Muslims are not angry at Muhammad who made this statement, according to all islamic scholars. Muslims are not angry at their parents who have passed such a religion on to them. Muslims are angry at non-Muslims or former Muslims who point to this statement by Muhammad to indicate that there is a problem with Islam. This is a symptomatic phenomenon of Islam and quite unique indeed. When someone mentions that Muslim-terrorists are bad and commit evil acts in the name of Islam, Muslims generally do not respond by saying that this is right but instead they say that the messenger is racist or islamophobe of hateful because everyone knows that those Muslim-terrorists follow a so-called perverted version of Islam.

7. Sneak attacks are forbidden. Muslim commanders must give the enemy fair warning that war is imminent. The Prophet Muhammad at one point gave 4 months notice.

Hadith and Sira

Bukhari (52:269) – “The Prophet said, ‘War is deceit.'” The context of this is thought to be the murder of Usayr ibn Zarim and his thirty unarmed men by Muhammad’s men after he “guaranteed” them safe passage (see Additional Notes below).

Bukhari (49:857) – “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.” Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.

Bukhari (84:64-65) – Speaking from a position of power at the time, Ali confirms that lying is permitted in order to deceive an “enemy.”

Muslim (32:6303) – “…he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them).”

Bukhari (50:369) – Recounts the murder of a poet, Ka’b bin al-Ashraf, at Muhammad’s insistence. The men who volunteered for the assassination used dishonesty to gain Ka’b’s trust, pretending that they had turned against Muhammad. This drew the victim out of his fortress, whereupon he was brutally slaughtered.
8. The Prophet Muhammad counseled doing good to those who harm you and is said to have commanded, “Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong (even) if they do evil.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

Obviously this does not apply to non-Muslims:

2:191-193 Fight and kill unbelievers until “religion is Allah’s,” i.e. Islamic law rules all societies

“And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”

3:28 Don’t take unbelievers as friends and allies, unless it is for “fear of them,” i.e. deceptively for protection of oneself or of Islam

“Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends, rather than the believers — for whoso does that belongs not to Allah in anything — unless you have a fear of them. Allah warns you that You beware of Him, and unto Allah is the homecoming.”

3:110-112 Muslims are the best of people, Jews have earned Allah’s anger

9. The Qur’an demands of believers that they exercise justice toward people even where they have reason to be angry with them: “And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.”[5:8]

Justice for Muslims only but not for non-Muslims, e.g.,

Here are some of the grisly passages from the Koran: “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran 2:191 “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123 “When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5 “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran 3:85 “The Jews and the Christians are perverts fight them.”… Koran 9:30 “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” Koran 5:33 “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19 “The unbelievers are silly urge the Muslims to fight them.” Koran 8:65 “Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” Koran 3:28 “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12 “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” Koran 8:60
10. The Qur’an assures Christians and Jews of paradise if they believe and do good works, and commends Christians as the best friends of Muslims. I wrote elsewhere, “Dangerous falsehoods are being promulgated to the American public. The Quran does not preach violence against Christians.
Quran 5:69 says (Arberry): “Surely they that believe, and those of Jewry, and the Christians, and those Sabeaans, whoso believes in God and the Last Day, and works righteousness–their wage waits them with their Lord, and no fear shall be on them, neither shall they sorrow.”
In other words, the Quran promises Christians and Jews along with Muslims that if they have faith and works, they need have no fear in the afterlife. It is not saying that non-Muslims go to hell– quite the opposite.
When speaking of the 7th-century situation in the Muslim city-state of Medina, which was at war with pagan Mecca, the Quran notes that the polytheists and some Arabian Jewish tribes were opposed to Islam, but then goes on to say:
5:82. ” . . . and you will find the nearest in love to the believers [Muslims] those who say: ‘We are Christians.’ That is because amongst them are priests and monks, and they are not proud.”
So the Quran not only does not urge Muslims to commit violence against Christians, it calls them “nearest in love” to the Muslims! The reason given is their piety, their ability to produce holy persons dedicated to God, and their lack of overweening pride.
(For a modernist, liberal interpretation, see this pdf file, “Jihad and the Islamic Law of War.”

Rubbish! Just read the paragraph 9 above which applies equally.

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  1. Spirit of Holiness

    The article is using different events of quotes with different approach. Anyways, Islam does not initiate world wars by the way.
    In fact the verses on warfare are simply due to defending the covenant of God.

    An easy comparison to check that even the extremist/patriot Muslims are still labeled as merciful is by checking the number of retaliation of Iraqis made onto the West. 2 million Iraqis were bombed by the West. And the West expected retaliation but surprisingly the extremist were too merciful

    And yet ISIS or Al-Qaeda only made handful bombs and revenge killing which possibly equates to 0.05% of those 2 millions casualties in Iraq alone. That is obviously below a target from one who expect Islam teaches terror.

    • mbplee

      dein7, Look up the history of Islam. For the past 1400 years Islam has been killing non-Muslims and Muslims continuously. `look around the world today and all the turmoil, killing rapes, cutting of throats, the destruction of the Twin Towers without provocation, the 7/7 bombings in London, all speak of the depravity of Islamic Jihadism, which is a duty for all Muslims. You are so b based and blind to these atrocities that you must approve of them subconsciously.

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