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Submitted by AAA (India), Jun 21, 2013 at 02:31

Dear Mike,

Following are the verses from Quran that you quote. Please read them without bias and in proper context. (I have used Picthall's translation of the Holy Quran.)

1.
47-4. Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of bonds; and afterward either grace or ransom till the war lay down its burdens. That (is the ordinance). And if Allah willed He could have punished them (without
you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He rendereth not their actions vain.

This clearly shows that the above verse is in the context of battle. Can any leader tell his men to show mercy to the enemy in a battle? It is like expecting George Bush to ask American forces to show mercy to Iraqi soldiers and Saddam Hussein.

2.
It is legal to seek vengeance and retribution in like manner: "A life for a life" and a Muslim who shall abandon Islam shall be killed.

Going against this principle is like a judge giving the judgement to reward a murderer by pardoning him. As for "a Muslim who shall abandon Islam shall be killed" is about betraying Islam and conspiring with the enemies of Islam. Will the U.S government or the government of any country for that matter pardon a spy who conspires against his own country.

3.
As for the statement "Paradise is under the shades of swords" it is an allegorical statement, meaning that to achieve paradise, you have to toil.

4.
8-39. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah. But if they cease, then lo! Allah is Seer of what they do.

Again the above verse is to be read within the scope of persecution.

If there is no persecution, there is no reason for fighting.

And why don't you quote verse 109-6 which is a clear proof of the secular character of Islam?

109-6. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.

There are umpteen examples of such verses which are deliberately not quoted.

If still there are violations of the above mentioned commandments by Muslims, then they are answerable for it.

I sincerely hope that this clarifies some misconceptions.

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