Friday, January 7, 2011

My response to the statement "islam is a religion of peace".

With the recent bombing of our Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt, I felt compelled to write something. I am not much for politics, but I feel this is a situation in which we have the opportunity to stand up and say something. For all of those who say that "islam is not violent" and is "a religion of peace", your wrong. It just simply is not true. You may know muslims and they may very well be very good individuals, that does not mean that islam is peaceful, it means that they, like most people, are ignorant of their own religion. This is not an insult to muslims, but a factual statement based on the teachings of islam. Many say "I have read the Koran", and if you did, then you are utterly confused. The koran is not an easy read, it is similar to walking into the middle of a conversation, the majority of the time the reader hasn't the slightest clue as to what is happening. This is the necessity of the hadith, which are a collection of writings by mohammed's followers recording what he did and said in his day to day life. This book helps "fill in the blanks". Without it the koran is one big jumbled mess. The hadiths are regarded as being just as holy as the koran, for the daily prayers are not commanded in the koran but by mohammed in the hadith.

With that being said let us extract some verses to look at their meaning. We must remember that unlike scripture, which is interpreted literally AND figuratively, the koran has always been interpreted in a literal form. I will merely present verses and let the reader decide for themselves.

What does islam say of women?

Tabari IX:113"Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur'an."

Tabari I:280"Allah said, 'It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent.' Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid."

Bukhari:V1B22N28"The Prophet said: 'I was shown the Hell Fire and the majority of its dwellers were women who are disbelievers or ungrateful.' When asked what they were ungrateful for, the Prophet answered, 'All the favors done for them by their husbands.'"

Qur'an 4:15

"If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four witnesses from amongst you against them; if they testify, confine them to houses until death [by starvation] claims them."

What about torture and fighting?

Qur'an 5:33"The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Prophet and make mischief in the land, is to murder them, crucify them, or cut off a hand and foot on opposite sides...their doom is dreadful. They will not escape the fire, suffering constantly.

Qur'an 9:5"When the sacred forbidden months for fighting are past, fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, torture them, and lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."

Qur'an 5:37"The [Christian] disbelievers will long to get out of the Fire, but never will they get out there from; and theirs will be an enduring torture."

Ishaq:595"The Apostle said, 'Get him away from me and cut off his tongue.'"

Ishaq:312"Umar said to the Apostle, 'Let me pull out Suhayl's two front teeth. That way his tongue will stick out and he will never be able to speak against you again.'"

Qur'an 8:12"Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: 'I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes."

Qur'an:9:112"The Believers fight in Allah's Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed."
Qur'an:9:29"Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission."

Qur'an:8:39"Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah."

Qur'an:8:39"So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world)."

Ishaq:324"He said, 'Fight them so that there is no more rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must have no rivals.'"

Qur'an:9:123"Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you."

What of this "paradise" spoken of, with virgins?

Qur'an 56:33"Unending, and unforbidden, exalted beds, and maidens incomparable. We have formed them in a distinctive fashion and made them virgins, loving companions matched in age, for the sake of those of the right hand." [Another translation reads:] "On couches or thrones raised high. Verily, We have created them (maidens) incomparable: We have formed their maidens as a special creation, and made them to grow a new growth. We made them virgins - pure and undefiled, lovers, matched in age.

Qur'an 37:40Qasirat-at-Tarf (virgin females), restraining their glances (desiring none but you), with big, beautiful eyes. As if they were (sheltered) eggs, preserved."

There are several passages that speak of this "paradise" and not one of them speak of a woman who enters into paradise. Each passage speaks of a man entering paradise, perhaps because women do not enter paradise.

Bukhari:V1B22N28"The Prophet said: 'I was shown the Hell Fire and the majority of its dwellers were women who are disbelievers or ungrateful.' When asked what they were ungrateful for, the Prophet answered, 'All the favors done for them by their husbands.'"

Are there any other verses? Yes, in fact there are several verses in the hadith in which Mohammed was shown hell, and not once did he see a man suffering in hell.

Are there any other verses speaking of hell?

Qur'an 4:55"Sufficient for them is Hell and the Flaming Fire! Those [Jews] who disbelieve Our Revelations shall be cast into Hell. When their skin is burnt up and singed, We shall give them a new coat that they may go on tasting the agony of punishment."

Qur'an 37:63"For We have truly made it as a trial to torment the disbelievers. Zaqqum is a horrible thorn tree that grows in Hell. The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils. Truly they [non-Muslims] will eat it and fill their bellies with it. On top of that they will be given a mixture made of boiling water to drink especially prepared. Then they shall be returned to the Blazing Fire."

Qur'an 74:31"We have appointed nineteen angels to be the wardens of the Hell Fire. We made a stumbling-block for those who disbelieve and We have fixed their number as a trial for unbelievers in order that the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] may arrive with certainty, and that no doubts may be left for the people of the Book, those in whose hearts is a disease."

So you see, while many Americans are defending them, many who truly follow islam are laughing. Because of the ignorance of the American and the stupidity of the liberal, islam is defended, more so than the Christians who have been persecuted in Egypt for the last 1,400 years! What we need to understand is, there is a difference in denouncing a person and what that person believes. Love the person, despise their beliefs. Islam is based on violence, intolerance, and fear, explain it away all you wish, the teachings are there. I have only shown a fraction of the stupidity within their books. I urge you to change your position, to study the truth and stop being so ignorant.

I challenge you, the reader, to find the same kind of teachings in the scriptures, old testament or new testament. If you are inclined to believe that all religions are indeed the same then it would only be right that you do the proper research in order to validate that belief. I can promise you, there is nothing that resembles islam in scripture.

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