Jihad in the Koran
Allah's Enemies List (continued)
2:211 Ask the Children of Israel how many clear signs did We bring them. He who changes Allah’s Grace (turn Allah's clear signs to disbelief) after it has come to him [will find] Allah to be Severe in retribution.
When Muhammad sought refuge in Medina he was welcomed by the Jews, in part, because of his preaching that the god of the Old Testament was the one and only god. When the Prophet came to Medina, Muslims were still required to prostrate themselves in the direction of Jerusalem during their daily prayers, but that would change as mistrust and animosity developed between the two Semite people.
Allah also thought He had a covenant with the Jews; this is why He gave them Palestine (see Allah’s Gift to the Jews.)
5:12 Allah made a covenant with the Children of Israel, and We raised among them twelve chieftains. And Allah said: “I am with you. Surely, if you perform the prayer, give the alms, believe in my Messengers and support them and lend Allah a fair loan (spend in the way ordered by Allah), I will forgive you your sins and admit you into Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. But if any one of you disbelieves afterwards, he certainly strays from the right path.
Disbelieve they obviously did! But Allah forgave a few of them.
5:13 And on account of them violating their covenant, We cursed them and caused their hearts to harden; they take the words (the words in the Torah) out of their context and forget part of what they were enjoined, and you do not cease to find them treacherous, except for a few of them. Yet, pardon them and forgive; Allah surely loves those who do good to others.
And He will forgive a few more Jews if they repent and mend their ways.
2:159 Those (the Jews) who conceal the clear proofs and guidance We sent down, after making them clear to mankind in the Book (the Torah), shall be cursed by Allah and the cursers.
2:160 Except those who repent, mend their ways and reveal [the truth (which they had concealed)]; these I shall pardon. I am the Pardoner, the Merciful.
The eventual genocide of the vast majority is, however, inevitable.
Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, 'O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!'"
The Jews did not start the jihad, that, in the absence of a miracle, may see them exterminated. The irony is that, if it had not been for the Jews of Medina who welcomed and sheltered the budding Prophet when his Meccan kin wanted to kill him for promoting what they considered a hateful intolerant religion, Islam would have been stillborn.
The Christian Perverts
10:31 Say (O Muhammad): “Who provides for you from heaven and earth? Who controls the hearing and sight? Who brings forth the living from the dead and brings forth the dead from the living? And who is in control of all things?” They will surely say: “Allah.” Then say: “Will you not fear God?
10:32 “That indeed is Allah, your true Lord. What is there, after truth, except error? How can you then be turned away [from the truth]?”
10:33 Thus, your Lord’s Word against those who have sinned has been accomplished, that they shall not believe.
10:34 Say: “Is there among your associates one who originates creation, then brings it back (to life after death)?” Say: “Allah originates creation, then brings it back. How then are you perverted?”
10:35 Say: “Is there any of your associates who guides to the truth?” Say: “Allah guides to the truth. Who is, then, more worthy of being followed, He who guides to the truth or he who does not guide, unless he is guided? What is the matter with you? How do you judge?”
10:36 Most of them follow nothing but conjecture. Surely conjecture avails nothing against the truth. Allah knows well what they do.
The largest assembly of perverts in the Koran – those "who follow nothing but conjecture" by proclaiming Allah has a son i.e. "an associate" – are the Christians. Associating Allah with other gods, accusing Him of consorting with females or of having a son is a sin of shirk. It is, along with the sin of kufr i.e. not believing in Allah, the worse sin a person can commit and will not be forgiven!
4:48 Allah will not forgive associating [other gods] with him, but will forgive anything less than that to whom He pleases. And he who associates other gods with Allah has committed a grave sin.
4:49 Have you considered those who regard themselves as pure (through baptism)? Rather, only Allah will purify those whom He pleases, and they will not be wronged a whit.
4:50 Behold, how they invent falsehood about Allah (having a son); and that in itself is a manifest sin!
Honesty is good, but it will not get you into heaven if you continue insulting Allah with your claim that He has a son with whom He shares power.
3:75 And among the People of the Book there are those who, if you entrust them with a heap of gold will return it to you; and there are those who, if you entrust them with one dinar, will not return it to you, unless you keep on demanding it. That is because they say: “We have no obligations towards the Gentiles (Al-Ummiyun)”; and they knowingly speak falsehood against Allah.
As revealed in the verses about the birth of Jesus, some of the first words to come out of Jesus’ mouth, only a few hours after His birth, are to announce that he is not the Son of God.
19:30 He (Jesus) said: “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah, Who gave me the Book and made me a Prophet.
Allah quoting Jesus:
5:72 Those who say that Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary, are unbelievers. The Messiah said: “O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Surely, he who associates other gods with Allah, Allah forbids him access to Paradise and his dwelling is Hell. The evildoers have no supporters!”
Jesus is just another prophet - the Koran contains references to twenty five others who came before the Prophet Muhammad and it is clear that there are many more – whose words were misunderstood or perverted; the reason for the last and greatest, who would set things straight once and for all.
5:75 The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger before whom other Messengers had gone; and his mother was a godly woman. They both ate [earthly] food. Look how We make clear Our Revelations to them; then look how they are perverted!
5:76 Say: “Will you worship, instead of Allah, that which cannot hurt or profit you? Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”
What Allah thinks about those who believe in the Trinity and what will happen to them for spreading this perversion.
5:73 Unbelievers too are those who have said that Allah is the third of three. For there is no god except the one God; and if they will not refrain from what they say, those of them who have disbelieved will be severely punished.
5:74 Will they not repent to Allah and ask His Forgiveness? For Allah is All-Forgiving, Merciful.
A revelation which libels both Jews and Christians as perverts.
9:30 The Jews say: “Ezra is the son of Allah”, and the Christians say: “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” That is their statement, by their mouths; they emulate the statement of the unbelievers of yore. May Allah damn them; how they are perverted!
The Jews used to "confer the title of 'son of God' to a person whose piety has placed him in a very near relationship to God." Encyclopedia of Judaism 6:1 Ezra is such a figure having brought the Torah back to Jerusalem from Babylon. It does not in any way imply that the person is a direct descendent of the Almighty.
Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."
Either Allah confused the meaning of sons of God in Genesis or heard the Jews referring to one of their own as a son of God and assumed the worse in revelation 9:30. Therefore, the following threat "Bear witness that we are Muslims” and all it entails, has to be aimed at both Christians and Jews.
3:64 Say: "O People of the Book, come to an equitable word between you and us, that we worship none but Allah, do not associate anything with Him and do not set each other as lords besides Allah.” If they turn their backs, say: "Bear witness that we are Muslims.”
Allah also had a covenant with the Christians which He maintains was also broken and about which, unlike his understanding with the Jews, He won’t provide specifics until Judgment Day as to what part of His covenant Christians did not respect.
5:14 And with some of those who say: “We are Christians”, we made a covenant; but they forgot part of what they were reminded of; so We stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection. Allah will let them know what they did.
If the following authenticated saying of the Prophet is any indication, the explanation will be brief and to the point!
Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri:
The Prophet then said, "Somebody will then announce, 'Let every nation follow what they used to worship.' So the companions of the cross will go with their cross, and the idolaters (will go) with their idols, and the companions of every god (false deities) (will go) with their god, till there remain those who used to worship Allah, both the obedient ones and the mischievous ones, and some of the people of the Scripture. Then Hell will be presented to them as if it were a mirage.
Then it will be said to the Christians, 'What did you use to worship?'
They will reply, 'We used to worship Messiah, the son of Allah.'
It will be said, 'You are liars, for Allah has neither a wife nor a son. What: do you want (now)?'
They will say, 'We want You to provide us with water.'
It will be said to them, 'Drink,' and they will fall down in Hell (instead).
Those who will be pardoned!
9:112 Those who repent, worship, praise, fast, kneel down, prostrate themselves, enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil and observe the ordinances of Allah – to [such] believers give the good tidings (that they shall be pardoned).
Abandon all hope who believe in more than one god e.g. Hindus. Even those who are supposed to “forbid what is evil” dare not ask the Compassionate to show you mercy.
9:113 It is not for the Prophet and those who believe to ask for forgiveness for the polytheists even if they are near relatives, after it becomes clear to [the believers] that they are the people of the Fire.
28:56 You do not guide whom you wish, but Allah guides whom He wishes, and He knows better the well-guided.
When Abu Talib was in his death bed, the Prophet went to him while Abu Jahl was sitting beside him. The Prophet said, "O my uncle! Say: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, an expression I will defend your case with, before Allah."
Abu Jahl and Abdullah bin Umaya said, "O Abu Talib! Will you leave the religion of Abdul Muttalib (the Prophet's grandfather)?"
So they kept on saying this to him so that the last statement he said to them (before he died) was: "I am on the religion of Abdul Muttalib."
Then the Prophet said, "I will keep on asking for Allah's Forgiveness for you unless I am forbidden to do so."
Then the following Verse was revealed: "It is not fitting for the Prophet and the believers to ask Allah's Forgiveness for the pagans, even if they were their near relatives, after it has become clear to them that they are the dwellers of the (Hell) Fire." (9.113)
The other Verse was also revealed: "(O Prophet!) Verily, you guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He will ......." (28.56)
The believers in more than one god were deliberately led astray because they did not fear the God of the Messengers, the ultimate insult to the ultimate God, to Whom belongs everything and Who decides who lives and who dies.
9:115 Allah would not lead any people astray after He has guided them, until He makes clear to them what they should fear. Allah, indeed, has knowledge of everything.
9:116 To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He gives life and causes death and, apart from Allah you have no friend or supporter.
Believers who wish to reform their religion face an uphill battle and risk death at the hands of fellow believers for questioning orthodoxy.
2:8 There are some who say: “We believe in Allah and the Last Day;” but they are not real believers.
2:9 They seek to deceive Allah and the believers, but deceive none other than themselves, thought they are not aware of that.
2:10 In their hearts is a sickness; so Allah has increased their sickness. A painful punishment awaits them because of their lying.
2:11 And when they are told: “Do not sow mischief in the land”, they say: “We are only doing good.”
2:12 It is they who make mischief, but they are unaware of that.
In case the meaning of Allah’s words is not clear in Fakhry’s’ interpretation, a translation by Sheikh Muhammad Sarwar of verses 2:11 and 2:12.
2:11 When they are told not to commit corruption in the land, they reply, "We are only reformers.”
2:12 They, certainly, are corrupt but do not realize it.
Rashad Khalifa’s translation is even more to the point, reformers are evildoers!
2:12 In fact, they are evildoers, but they do not perceive.
As is often the case when the Prophet cannot get people to believe what he tells them or behave the way he would like, Allah reassures His Messenger that it is actually His doing; in this instance that He is deliberately giving the reformers “the latitude”(2:15) to make fools of themselves.
2:13 And when they are told: “Believe as the others have believed”, they say: “Shall we believe as the fools (the ignorant) have believed?” It is they who are the fools, though they do not know it.
2:14 And when they meet the believers, they say: “We believe”, but when they are alone with their devils (their chiefs) they say: “We are with you; we were only mocking.”
2:15 Allah mocks them and gives them the latitude to wonder aimlessly in their intransigence (disbelief).
2:16 Those are the people who traded away guidance for error; but their trade made no gains and they have not found the right way.
2:17 They are like one who kindled a fire, but when it lit all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in total darkness unable to see;
2:18 Deaf, dumb, blind; they shall never return (return to the right path).
No, we are not finished with condemning reformers with confusing comparisons.
2:19 Or like those who in the midst of a cloudburst from the sky accompanied by darkness, thunder and lightning put their fingers in the ears to guard against thunderbolts for fear of death. And Allah encompasses (surpasses them in knowledge and power) the disbelievers.
Normal people will not stumble along in the dark if they can avoid it. I don’t get Allah’s point.
2:20 The lighting almost takes away their sight; when it flashes they walk on, but when it darkens they stand still. If Allah had willed, He would have taken away their hearing and sight. Surely Allah has power over all things.
The True Unbelievers
Allah’s reluctance to let the believers think for themselves or to look for a deeper understanding in His Revelations which radiate so much hatred leaves little hope for an eventual reform of Islam into a kinder gentler religion.
You may not even rate His spokespersons. A believer who makes value judgements pertaining to His Messengers, in Allah’s eyes, is not a believer at all. He or she is worse than a regular unbeliever, more or less in the same league as believers who don’t remain steadfast in their beliefs or decide to no longer have anything to do with the Perfect Religion.
Allah always tries to make the punishment fit the crime and you can be sure that the “demeaning punishment” promised the true unbelievers will be commensurate with their much diminished status in Allah’s Eyes
4:150 Those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers and want to make a distinction between Allah and His Messengers, and say: “We believe in some and disbelieve in the others”, wanting to take a middle course in between,
4:151 Those are the true unbelievers, and we have prepared for the unbelievers a demeaning punishment.
The difference between a true unbeliever and a believer:
4:152 But those who believe in Allah and His Messengers and do not discriminate between any of them those He will grant them their rewards. Allah is All-Forgiving, Merciful!
3:84 Say: “We believe in Allah and what has been revealed to us and has been revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes; and in what Moses, Jesus and the Prophets have received from the Lord. We do not discriminate between any of them, and to Him we Submit.”
Those who have not read Shared Prophet may not appreciate that when Allah demands you do not differentiate between His Messengers, He is referring to what He said about them in the Koran not what was said about them in the Bible. In that context the following admonition from His Messenger is not a contradiction of revelations 4:152 and 3:84
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The people of the Scripture used to read the Torah in Hebrew and explain it to the Muslims in Arabic. Then Allah's Apostle said, "Do not believe the people of the Scripture, and do not disbelieve them, but say, 'We believe in Allah and whatever has been revealed...' (3.84)
Revealed truths tend to reflect the values and traditions of those who first received them and the Koran is no different, as Allah reminds us:
12:2 We have revealed it as an Arabic Qur’an, that perchance you may understand.
What about those who believe that all this god stuff is nonsense? They are not identified per se in the Koran. This may be because in the Prophet’s time there was no such person. Everyone was assumed to believe in one or more gods or goddesses or some form of omnipotent being.
Atheists, by definition do not believe that humanity has an all-powerful invisible creator friend running and often ruining lives, as Allah readily admits doing on so many occasions. However, if Allah had deigned to explicitly singled them out as a group to warn future generations about denying His existence, they would certainly have been at the top of His Enemies List; and deservedly so.
It is one thing for one god to refute the reality of other gods and goddesses; it is quite another for a wretched human being to repudiate The God, an unparalleled, completely self-sufficient omnipresent implacable Supremacy.
Since writing about not finding anything specifically about atheists in the Koran, I have come across a hadith where they are burnt to death, in this instance by Ali, the Prophet's son-in-law and fourth caliph (leader of the believers).
Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn 'Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire).' I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'"