Understanding Islam (Part Four)

It is written:

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44)

“After Muhammad received his ‘revelations’ from Allah, he began to preach to the people of Mecca.

However, when they heard Muhammad claim that their goddesses were false and that “Allah” is the true god, they began to mock Muhammad. Some claimed that he was a liar, and others that he was demon possessed. It is important to realize that Muhammad first preached in Mecca, and encouraged people to live (relatively) peacefully. There are passages in the Koran which speak of living at peace from this period in his life.

Soon after Muhammad began encountering this resistance, he and his followers moved their residence to Medina, and things changed drastically. Now, his god authorized him to use the sword to Medina. They arrived in that city on September 24th, 622. This city was populated primarily by Jewish people. It was here that Muhammad began being told by Allah that he could use and should use force to convert the “unbelievers.” Notice some of the passages from the Koran from this period forward which discusses this:

• Sura 2:19-“Slay the unbeliever wherever you find them.”

• Sura 3:28-Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.”

• Sura 3:85-“Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.”

• Sura 5:33-Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam.”

• Sura 8:12-Terrorize and behead those who believe in Scriptures than the Koran.

• Sura 8:60-Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.

• Sura 8:65-The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.

• Sura 9:5-When opportunity arises kill the infidels wherever you find them.

• Sura 9:30-The Jews and Christians are perverts, fight them.

• Sura 9:123-Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.

• Sura 22:19-Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water, and melt their skin and bellies.

• Sura 24:4-Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them.

These are some of the many passages of the Koran which discuss “jihad” or “holy war.”

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