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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Nov 30, 2005 at 10:14

Scholar wrote (between doted lines):

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Which barbaric verse are you referring to?

[2:190-192] "And fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits. And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah) until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the reward of the unbelievers. But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors."
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These sound good only as long as you don't know their context. It was just after Muslims' first bloody raid at Nakhla, by night, during the sacred month, disguised as pilgrims. Probably the worst crime you might have perpetrated at that time and place. And just minutes after those verses, the prophet said that that was alright for Muslims to do that:

[2:217] They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say: "Fighting therein is a grave (offense); but graver is it in the sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members." Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be companions of the Fire and will abide therein.

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[17:33] "Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law)."
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Yes, you should have brought that one as well:

[4:92] Never should a believer kill a believer, except by mistake. And whoever kills a believer by mistake, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the deceased's family, unless they remit it freely.

Unfortunately, it says "except fur just cause" or "a believer", and we just saw what believers' just cause was supposed to mean. For "just cause" and treatment of non-believers, see rather:

[9:5] But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and pay Zakat, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.


[9:14] Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, and disgrace them, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers,

And that is what they did, as a matter of fact, as that surah was among the very last "revealed" ones, and they were convinced that it was the right thing to do, as we can learn by studying the interpretations of all the four (or five, for a while) madhabs.

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[22:39] "Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them."
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I'd second that. But that doesn't say that that permission is given *only* then.

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[42:40-43] "The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loves not those who do wrong. But indeed if any do help and defend themselves after a wrong (done) to them, against such there is no cause of blame. The blame is only against those who oppress men and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a grievous penalty. And whoever is patient and forgiving, these most surely are actions due to courage."
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Yes, but that was not meant for us, infidels. We come just after that:

[42:44-45] For any whom Allah leaves astray, there is no protector thereafter. And thou wilt see the Wrong-doers, when in sight of the Chastisement, Say: "Is there any way (to effect) a return?"
And thou wilt see them brought forward to the (Penalty), abject in humbleness, (and) looking with a stealthy glance. And the Believers will say: "Those are indeed in loss, who lose themselves and their families on the Day of Judgment. Behold! Truly the Wrong-doers are in a lasting Chastisement!"

Islamism is a criminal war at its very core. A war against everything that is not Islam yet. As long as it is not powerful enough, it will look like a Scholar. Empower it, and it will look like a lasting chastisement, that is, hell.

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