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Obied Khan: Muslim apologists are the ones misquoting quranic ayas

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Submitted by John M (United States), Feb 23, 2006 at 17:09

Mr Khan: Muslim apologists are biggest violators of partial quoting of quranic ayas. Latest example are the members of Fiqh Council of North America who issued issued a fatwa.. To add importance to this dubious fatwa, the news was carried by CBS (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/07/28/national/main712548.shtml) and then broadcast through many public Television and radio networks. Many Islamic organizations in USA endorsed this American Fatwa.

As usual, they quoted, partially, from the Holy Qur'an :

The Qur'an, Islam's revealed text, states: "Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind." (Qur'an, 5:32)
Let us now read the verse in full:

5:32 Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allâh by committing the major sins) in the land

The context of this verse is that when Qabil, a son of Adam killed Habil, another son of Adam and, having developed extreme contrition about his misdeed, wanted to hide the dead body of his slain brother, he found a crow scratching the ground to bury a dead crow.

On the surface of it, the first sentence (Islamists often quote only the first sentence, conveniently hiding the next sentence) of verse 5:32 seems very munificent and non-violent. What does the next sentence say? It says clearly that even when Allah sent His messengers many people disbelieved them. Muhammad was one of such messengers, the best and the last. Therefore, those who disbelieve in Muhammad and Allah (i.e., the non-Muslims) are the transgressors. Evidently, the non-Muslims are the mischief-makers on earth. Logically, these non-Muslims do not fall under the purview of the merciful provision of verse 5:32. In simple language, this means: verse 5:32 is applicable only to the Muslims. That is what Ibn e Khair says in his tafsir.

Apologists also love to misquote the other earlier peaceful aya " ther is no compulsion in religion" which was abrogated by 164 later violent jihadi ayas.
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