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Type: Opinion

Summary: 

Why do politicians and other religious illiterates intone the vacuous mantra that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’every time there is an atrocity like the Manchester bombing, last week? 9/11 should have stopped such nonsense in its tracks sixteen years ago. But no, they continue to inform us that Islamic terrorism has nothing whatever to do with ‘peaceful’ Islam.

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As I have said quite a few times before, it is simply wrong to say that Islam and Christianity have much the same view of war and peace. Judging from its founding texts, Christianity is a pacifist religion, for its founder rejected violence. Islam’s founder was a warlord.

As I have also said quite a few times before, the real issue is not violence or terrorism but theocracy. Islamist violence stems from anger that Islam’s theocratic potential is being thwarted. Again, it is Christianity that is different: its founding texts reject theocracy.  For many centuries this was obscured, but then it was gradually understood and put into practice – which entailed the invention of modern politics, as I explain in my new book God Created Humanism.

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One of the most frequently quoted Quranic verses is chapter 9 verse 5. This verse is known as "The Verse of the Sword." Muslim terrorists cite it to justify their violent jihad. Correspondingly, critics of Islam claim that it commands Muslims to act with offensive aggression towards the non-Muslims of that period, and contributes to Islam’s final theological doctrine of aggression towards all non-Muslims of all times. Apologists for Islam claim that 9:5 is purely defensive. Which side is right?

As the Islamic source materials are examined it will become evident that verse 9:5 is part of the theology of jihad and is meant to be both offensive and defensive. It is directed against Pagans living both near to and far away from Muhammad.

Understanding 9:5 in context requires an examination of the passage in which it is found. This passage consists of 29 to 41 verses or so (depending on which scholar’s view you hold). Because of time and space constraints however, I will only review the first 8 or so verses. I believe that they set the passage’s tone and belay its directives.

Islam’s final theological position regarding the use of violence to further its domain does not rest upon one verse or passage. Rather the entire Quran, other Islamic source materials, and Muhammad’s actions and lifestyle (Sunnah) must be examined and evaluated. We’ll do that with a view toward Sura 9:5.

I have attempted to keep this article focused on 9:5 within the broad theology of jihad. 9:5 is a foundational stone in the building of jihad and general aspects of jihad must be discussed. There is also the related topic of abrogation, but that has been dealt with elsewhere1, 2, 3, 4.

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The amount of lies about Islam by far right islamophobes has reached new heights this summer. These days the trend seems to be lying about the meaning of Jihad, saying the term often describes offensive warfare against non-Muslims. These sad individuals are not always your average Joe but are often people of eminence whose lies have been written down and sold to bookstores worldwide. We’ve decided to expose a few of the bigots who spread their fear of islam and hatred toward muslims by showing you what they’ve said and where to find their published works. Let’s make our voices public and get their writings banned in the name of freedom.[Sarcasm]

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/07/revealed-the-worlds-ten-foremost-islamophobes

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  • At the moment, the bar for taking extremists out of circulation is set ridiculously high. People known for their own extremism that reaches pre-terrorist levels should not be walking the streets when they have expressed support for Islamic State (ISIS) or tried to head to Syria or called for the destruction of Britain and other democracies or allied themselves to people already in prison. Their demand for free speech or freedom of belief must never be elevated above the rights of citizens to live safely in their own towns and cities. It is essential for parliament to lower the bar.

  • Is this to be the political landscape for the future, where groups of people demanding death and destruction are given the freedom of the streets whilst those wishing to hold a peaceful celebration are prevented from doing so?

  • To see extremist Islam as a "perversion" of Islam misses an important point. The politically correct insistence that radical versions of Islam somehow pervert an essentially peaceful and tolerant faith forces policy-makers and legislators, church leaders, rabbis, interfaith workers and the public at large to leave to one side an important reality. Flatly, Islam in its original and classic forms has everything to do with today's radicals and the violence they commit. The Qur'an is explicit in its hatred for pagans, Jews and Christians. It calls for the fighting of holy war (jihad) to conquer the non-Muslim world, subdue it, and gradually bring it into the fold of Islam. Islam has been at war with Europe since the seventh century.

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In this article we intend to supplement the following excellent discussion of Q. 9:5 by our dear brother Silas: The Verse of the Sword: Sura 9:5 and Jihad

Our purpose is to examine Q. 9:5 and 29 in light of the testimony of Muslim sources in order to see whether these texts refer to defensive jihad, e.g. fighting only those who attack and oppress Muslims. Or do these texts actually command Muslims to attack and/or subjugate the disbelievers in the context of offensive military warfare for the purpose of expanding Islam politically and geographically.

The Passage

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Islam and violence?

Together with a team of fellow researchers, the Danish researcher Tina Magaard meticulously analyzed the texts of the 10 largest religions in the world, searching for possible connections to violence. Magaard’s conclusion is clear:

“Islam’s religious texts call upon its followers to commit violence and to fight to a much higher degree than any other religion. The texts in Islam are clearly distinct from those of other religions’ texts, as they to a much higher degree call for violence and aggression against followers of other faiths. There are also direct incitements to terror. This has long been a taboo within research in Islam, but it is a fact we have to acknowledge,” says Tina Magaard.

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The Islamic texts lead to a hostile world view. I’m not saying Islam allows killing innocents. I’m not saying that. Please understand that. Before you read this and think everything I quoted is out of context. Realize that this is what happens with all religions (especially man-made ones). There will be contradictory statements and interpretations and understandings all over the board. My argument is that a straightforward reading of the Quran and Sunnah leads to something quite awful for humanity.

The Quran is antagonistic to kuffar. And \whoever made this religion was irresponsible by leaving violent texts full of violent statements which has led to so much bloodshed in Allah’s name. We do not see as much of an emphasis on violent warfare in any other religion as we do in Islam. We do not see so much theological inspired terrorism as we do with Islam.

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There are so many verses about fighting the kuffar I can’t even list all of them here. Do you not see just how much antagonism and hostility the Quran brings forward?

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This is disappointing because we would expect to see these statements made for humanity in general, not just towards other believers.

 

It was absolutely clear to me as a Muslim that physical jihad (fighting) is the best deed in the sight of Allah. A mujahid who dies in the sake of Allah goes to paradise instantly with no reckoning. In some hadith Muhammad mentions martyrdom is so desirable the person who dies in this state will wish to come back to life so they could die in Allah’s cause again.

 

Type: Video

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Imam Tawhidi

0:48 "Youths are being radicalised. This happens because of the books that we have, the Islamic scriptures that we have...They are being led to believe that if you go out there, you kill the infidel you will gain paradise"

4:16 "I disagree, for the past 1400 years we have had a religion of war, that's exactly what we have had"

Type: Article

Cannot verify this video but itdoes fit with other evidence

Punishment for not memorising and reciting the koran! #stopislam pic.twitter.com/ZmEtXyA8Tr

— MichaelKeyes (@michaelkeyes) January 4, 2017

 

Type: News

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
01/07/2017
Summary: 
  • A Student Union leader has claimed she would like to oppress white people
  • Zamzam Ibrahim was elected President of Salford's Student's Union
  • She has posted a number of highly controversial messages on social media 
  • Ms Ibrahim also opposes the government's anti-radicalisation Prevent strategy
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Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
16/06/2017
Summary: 

A former teacher at a mosque is facing jail after being found guilty of sexually touching four girls as young as five while they read to him in Arabic from the Quran. Mohammed Haji Saddique, who taught at the Madina Mosque in Cardiff for more than 30 years, would call the girls to sit next to him on the pretence of getting them to read from the Muslim holy book, Cardiff Crown Court heard during his trial

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
19/06/1997
Summary: 

A Hindu video shop owner's plans to stock a controversial Bollywood film about the India-Pakistan war of 1971 prompted 300 Muslim youths to riot outside his shop, it emerged yesterday. Gewal Krishna, who has run Krishna Video, on Harehills Road in Leeds, West Yorkshire, for the past seven years, announced yesterday that he had decided not to stock the film, called The Border, which includes a scene where the Koran is shown in flames, after Wednesday night's violence.

Country: 
United States of America (the)
News Date: 
08/05/2017
Summary: 

“But he also continued to deny he abused his housekeeper and admitted he hasn’t attended sex offender therapy.”

The officials who tried him don’t know the first foggiest thing about Islam, and so they likely didn’t know to ask al-Turki whether he was denying that he had kept his housekeeper as a sex slave, or just denying that he abused her. This is a key distinction that they almost certainly didn’t think to make, because they don’t know that the Qur’an allows for the sexual enslavement of Infidel women (cf. 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30).

Country: 
Austria
News Date: 
16/04/2017
Summary: 

A debate is raging in Austria after a study suggested that Islamic kindergartens in Vienna were helping to create “parallel societies” or even produce the dangerous homegrown radicals of the future. According to its author, Ednan Aslan, a Turkish-born Austrian professor at Vienna University, some 10,000 children aged two to six attend around 150 Muslim preschools, teaching the Koran much like Christian ones do with Bible studies. At least a quarter are backed by groups propagating arch conservative strains of Islam like Salafism, or organisations that see religion not just as a private matt

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
24/03/2017
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A former Labour Party foreign minister has implied the government of Tony Blair was wrong to ignore the religious roots of Islamist terror, urging authorities to ‘take on’ the ideology to defeat terror. Kim Howells, who oversaw the work of MI5 and MI6 during the Blair and Brown years, said Islamist violence is distinct from other forms of terror and Western values such as democracy must be defended. “I was part of a Government that said: ‘Well, we don’t do God.’ But you can’t afford not to do God on this one, I think,” he 

Country: 
Australia
News Date: 
23/02/2017
Summary: 

Why would anyone expect him to say anything different? The mandate to beat one’s wife is in the Qur’an:

“Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
23/01/2017
Summary: 

Coun Eustace of the Birmingham City Council said: “I am delighted to have helped organise this facility for Muslims in Birmingham. Respect for each other’s religion is important.” When and how do Muslims in Birmingham or anywhere else demonstrate their respect for non-Muslim religions? Eustace added: “Throwing the copies in the bin or burning them would cause distress and is out of the question. Burying them in Handsworth Cemetery is the best option.” Well, certainly we cannot allow Muslims to feel distressed.

Country: 
Malaysia
News Date: 
05/01/2017
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The first Christian to govern the capital in more than 50 years, Purnama is on trial accused of blasphemy over remarks he made about the Quran while campaigning ahead of February elections for the Jakarta governorship.

Country: 
Germany
News Date: 
31/12/2016
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The German government’s position here is inconsistent. If it is holy, why did they ban it? If it is “extremist,” and they don’t believe it is the real Qur’an, then why not just burn the copies?

Police have confiscated tens of thousands of copies of a banned version of the Koran that came under fire for promoting religious hatred. Now the authorities must decide what to do with them.

Country: 
Saudi Arabia
News Date: 
18/02/2015
Summary: 

A Saudi Arabian cleric has claimed that the Earth does not orbit the sun and is in fact stationary, making the opposite true. Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari stunned students at a university in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday by telling them the Earth is “stationary and does not move”, Al Arabiya reported.

Country: 
Austria
News Date: 
19/11/2016
Summary: 

After raids on Salafist organizations in Germany, the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has called for a ban on the distribution of the Islamic holy book.The Salafist organization “The True Religion” were the subjects of a nationwide crackdown in Germany earlier this week as the group was banned in the country. In Austria, the group is still allowed to operate and to foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz this is unacceptable.

Country: 
Switzerland
News Date: 
17/11/2016
Summary: 

Cities in Switzerland are considering banning the distribution of the Koran in an attempt to crack down on radical Salafists proselytising on the streets.Swiss authorities have been pushed to act after the German government launched raids on 200 sites in a probe against Salafist group “The True Religion” on Tuesday.

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
15/11/2016
Summary: 

Two years since a Christian couple were burnt to death in Pakistan, there still haven't been any convictions for their murders. Shama Masih, 24 and five months pregnant at the time, and her husband Shahzad Masih, 26, were beaten by an angry mob and thrown alive into a burning brick kiln in Kot Radha Kishan in Punjab province in November 2014. It's after allegations they blasphemed against the Quran whilst working as labourers at the site.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
07/01/2013
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Sara Ege, 33, was said to have treated her seven-year-old son “like a dog” and repeatedly beaten him with a stick, rolling pin and slipper for failing to memorise the religious text quickly enough......The beatings, often with a wooden pestle, became so bad that on the day he died he was suffering from "serious abdominal injuries" and “multiple fractures”.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
14/12/2012
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
19/07/2016

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