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in response to reader comment: how do u reconcile "verses" from the koran about christians and jews

Submitted by Caesar Arevalo (United States), Dec 9, 2006 at 21:52

The verses you mentioned are the ones who Mohammed wrote while he was in Mecca before he went to Medina. In Mecca, Mohammed had not adopted yet the militant and intolerable attitude that displayed when he was in Medina. These verses mean nothing because there is not a single Muslim who practices what those verses say. Actually these verses were abrogated with the latter verses that Mohammed wrote to justify his war against Jews, Christians, and others.

Which are these latter verses?

"Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush" (Sura 9.5).

"Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter." (Sura 5.33-34)

"Allah revealed His will to the angels, saying: 'I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!' That was because they defied Allah and His apostle. He that defies Allah and his apostle shall be sternly punished by Allah." (Sura 8.12-13)

"Muster against them [i.e. non-Muslims] all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to Allah." (Sura 8.60)

"Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal harshly with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate." (Sura 9.73)

"When We resolve to raze a city, We first give warning to those of its people who live in comfort. If they persist in sin, judgement is irrevocably passed, and We destroy it utterly." (Sura 17.16-17)

"We have destroyed many a sinful nation and replaced them by other men. And when they felt Our Might they took to their heels and fled. They were told: 'Do not run away. Return to your comforts and to your dwellings. You shall be questioned all.' 'Woe betide us, we have done wrong' was their reply. And this they kept repeating until We mowed them down and put out their light." (Sura 21.11-15)

"When you meet the unbelievers in jihad, chop off their heads. And when you have brought them low, bind your prisoners rigorously. Then set them free or take ransom from them until the war is ended." (Sura 47.4)

"Mohammed is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Sura 48.29)

These are the verses that abrogated those verses that speak about tolerance. These are the verses that are in the Quran and serve as ideological framework for all the violence, intolerance, and killing that Muslims carry out against Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, and others. Therefore, Islam as religion is the problem. The so-called liberal Muslims are so few and powerless that has not influence on millions of Muslims around the world. The only way Islam can be of benefit for all humanity is to delete all those verses that speak about killing Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and others. That the big difference between the Quran and the Bible. No Christian or Jew commits terrorism against Muslims based in any biblical verse. Violence in the Bible is limited to the Old Testament and has not current application worldwide.

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