Assessing the Risk - Four Questions
An outright ban like Donald Trump wants to impose on Muslim immigration is not the answer. However, any politician who is serious about protecting his constituents should consider asking a few questions of prospective immigrants and refugees.
Remember as you consider the answers to the following questions that the response from orthodox Jews, for whom the Torah serves very much the same purpose as the Koran for observant Muslims in serving as an inviolate divine guideto all aspects of a believer's existence.
Except for question three, which contains a saying from the Prophet, the sentiments expressed in revealed truths (immutable facts revealed to a mortal by a god) quoted from the Koran you will find parallels in the Torah.
This is no coincidence as the Koran was greatly influenced by Jewish scriptures.
Answering any of the following questions in the affirmative would indicate that it may be best for the believers, and the people whose hospitality they are seeking, to reject the unbelievers generosity should it still be forthcoming.
1. In the Koran, Allah is quoted as saying that "Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers." [3:85]
Do you agree?
2. In the Koran, Allah is quoted as saying that "It is He Who sent forth His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may exalt it above every other religion. Allah suffices as Witness." [48:28]
Do you believe that it is your duty, wherever you are, to further Allah's and His Messenger's stated sacred mission to make Islam the supreme religion?
3. Prophet Muhammad, in an authenticated saying recorded by Imam Bukhari, acknowledged that "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy)" [52.220]
Do you believe that terrorism is a legitimate weapon in the ultimate struggle to make the only religion acceptable to Allah triumph over every other religion?
4. In the Koran, Allah warns believers at war to "… be on your guard; so march in detachments or march altogether. Indeed, among you is one who will stay behind, so that if a disaster befalls you, he will say: 'Allah has favoured me, since I have not been a martyr with them.' If, however, a bounty from God comes to you, he will say, as though there was no friendship between you and him: 'Would that I had been with them; then I would have won a great victory.' [4:71-73]
Would you lie to further Allah's Cause?
A believer who immigrates to what Islam considers the Land of War (the land where believers are not in a position or unwilling to impose Allah's Will) lies about his intentions, and then dies in Allah's Cause while killing unbelievers will achieve a higher level in Paradise.
9:20 Those who have believed, emigrated and fought in the Path of Allah with their lives are higher in rank in Allah’s Sight; and those are the winners.
9:21 Their Lord announces to them the good news of a mercy from Him, good pleasure and Gardens wherein they have everlasting bliss;
9:22 Abiding therein forever. With Allah is a great reward.
But there is another, a better way for a believer to achieve a high rank in Paradise.
Simply do good works that don't involve killing people for what they believe or don't believe, and leave it at that.
20:74 For him who comes to his Lord, as a wicked sinner, is Hell, where he neither dies nor lives.
20:75 But those who come to him as believers, who have done good works will have the highest ranks;
20:76 Gardens of Eden, beneath which rivers flow, dwelling therein forever. That is the reward of him who purifies himself.
Bernard Payeur, January 9, 2016