The Enemy


Jihad in the KoranMuslims who wish to reform their religion face an uphill battle and risk death at the hands of coreligionists 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 of Revelation 2:12 is even more adamant that reformers are evildoers.

2:12 In fact, they are evildoers, but they do not perceive.

As is often the case when Muhammad cannot get people to believe and behave the way he would like, God 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.

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.

Normal people will not stumble through the dark if they can avoid it. God’s point is unclear.

If you feel Jugemenet Day is at hand, kill the young people with ideas how to make things better, then and there.

Narrated 'Ali:

I heard the Prophet saying, "In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection."

 Bukhari 61.577