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Don't misquote the Qur'an please.

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Submitted by Keith (United States), Jul 22, 2008 at 18:22

Please brothers and sisters, I humbly ask that you do not misquote the Qur'an.

I am a Muslim. I am not an expert on Islam or Qur'an by any means but come on. I am just an average guy and am very blessed to be a Muslim. The sakinah(tranquility) that i have from God keeps me peaceful and content. Thank you God for blessing me with your Islam.

The best thing to do is just open up the book and type in the scripture as it is written and you will be fine. Also, please do not quote out of context. Sometimes people will not include the scriptures before and after as applicable. Last but not least, some scripture is historical in nature and refers to the time of the Prophet (PBUH) and may not be meant for the context that you are trying to place it in today. For example someone wrote:

"Where was the outrage when Ellison was the first congressmen to get sworne in on the Qur'an and not the Bible. If Americans really understood that the Qur'an instructs followers of Islam to "kill the Jews, Christians, and infidels where ever you find them," I guarantee you Ellison would not have been aloud to do that."

During the time of the Prophet (PBUH) the Muslims were being persecuted by the Quraysh tribe of Mecca. The Prophet (PBUH) did not want to fight until finally this message was revealed to him.

The actual scripture from the Qur'an is:

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YUSUFALI: Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.

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YUSUFALI: And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
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YUSUFALI: But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
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YUSUFALI: And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.
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YUSUFALI: The prohibited month for the prohibited month,- and so for all things prohibited,- there is the law of equality. If then any one transgresses the prohibition against you, Transgress ye likewise against him. But fear Allah, and know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves.

The Quraysh tribe were pagan Arabs not Christians and Jews. You will not find anywhere in Al Qur'an Al Kareem where it says that. On the contrary you will find Al Qur'an calling Christians and Jews as fellow people of the book. Calling them who have strayed back to the straight way. The example to Muslims is not to stray in those ways and taking the mistakes made in the past by some Jews and Christians not all mind you. I say again not all have strayed from the way of God. Yes, that include us now in this day and age as well as the past. I am afraid to say it but yes, some of my brothers and sisters in Islam have strayed. Insha'Allah(God willing) we will all get back on the straight path and stay on the straight way of God and not be divided and all unite together against that evil one Satan, Insha'Allah (God willing).

This scripture is for defense not attack. Please if you find anywhere in Qur'an where God calls for oppression and aggression or attacking as opposed to defense, post it please.

I love and respect the Qur'an and the Bible and I love and respect all my brothers and sisters in the world Muslims, Christians, Jews, as well as all people of faith from all faiths that believe in the one God, his books, prophets, angels, and the last day, those who give in charity and pray. So please respect the Qur'an and Islam as we respect you and yours. I don't hate anyone. I have love for all man. Of course I will not like the things people do but I still have a brotherly love because of my love of God and of myself and therefore I can't bring myself to hate others. Even if I must defend myself it is in a controlled manner in defense of myself and family but I still will have the welfare of attacker in mind and if I can, I will not hurt him if I can help. So yes, I will most definitely stop if he stops attacking me and/or my family as God wills.

Please forgive me for any mistakes and please forgive me if I have offended anyone. I don't know a lot but I do know that God knows best.

Thank you brothers and sisters.

Peace be upon you and God's blessings and Mercy

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