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Reader comment on item: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam
in response to reader comment: Islam, a religion of peace?

Submitted by Mu'een Ud Deen (United Kingdom), Nov 25, 2005 at 07:55

Asalaamu alaykum (peace be upon you)
I sincerely apologise for the delay in the response. First and foremost, Abdullah Yusuf Ali born in India and was a Bohra (a sect of Shia Muslims). The translations which, this scholar published were extremely popular among both Muslim sects, this was because he successfully managed to write a translation of the Qur'an whilst regarding both Shia and Sunni believes.

'Slay the mushrekeens wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem' it continues....'but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.' Furthermore; ' How can there be a league, before Allah and His Messenger, with the Pagans, except those with whom ye made a treaty near the sacred Mosque? As long as these stand true to you, stand ye true to them: for Allah doth love the righteous.'

8.67 It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land.
However, it says in the preceding ayat (verse); 'But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah. for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).' FURTHERMORE; ' Had it not been for a previous ordainment from Allah, a severe penalty would have reached you for the (ransom) that ye took.' TAKING PRISONERS OR OTHER WORLDY MATERIALS AS A RESULT OF WAR IS FORBIDDEN.

YUSUFALI: 'It is not ye who slew them; it was Allah:'
However, it says; '(O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: if ye return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe!'

YUSUFALI: if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them;
However, it says; 'Except those who join a group between whom and you there is a treaty (of peace), or those who approach you with hearts restraining them from fighting you as well as fighting their own people. If Allah had pleased, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you: Therefore if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (Guarantees of) peace, then Allah Hath opened no way for you (to war against them).'

All the Yusuf Ali translations are correct, however I find the ayats you have published are innovated and lost their true meaning, because all the ayats are in conjunction with one another, AS I HAVE PROVED. Go to www.quran.org.uk and there you will find the true meanings of all the ayats published by MARK G.
Please Reply,
Fi Amaan Nillah

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