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Exposing Islam

Hearing of the recent terrorist attack in Paris, I asked myself what I can do to help combat this horrible cancer in our world. I believe, at least in part, one of the things I can do is help people learn about Islam. Share these links with others... spread knowledge!

Sura 5;32,33 referred to in the video on the right... often taken out of context.

5:32-33 of the Qur’an:

"For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our apostles came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.

"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.."

The Mindset of Extremism


Edict of Milan 313 AD
Here are the rescript’s main provisions:
    “Our purpose is to grant both to the Christians and to all others full authority to follow whatever worship each person has desired, whereby whatsoever Divinity dwells in heaven may be benevolent and propitious to us, and to all who are placed under our authority. Therefore we thought it salutary and most proper to establish our purpose that no person whatever should be refuse"d complete toleration, who has given up his mind either to the cult of the Christians or to the religion which he personally feels best suited to himself. It is our pleasure to abolish all conditions whatever which were embodied in former orders directed to your office about the Christians, that every one of those who have a common wish to follow the religion of the Christians may from this moment freely and unconditionally proceed to observe the same without any annoyance or disquiet.”

It's too bad that the Edict of Milan (the Edict of Tolerance) proclaimed in 313AD by the new emperor of the west, Constantine, and Licinius, the emperor of the east, did not survive. Just 22 years later in 325AD the Council of Nicaea was dressing up what would be the religion of the realm. Ecclesial leaders became corrupt when they joined hands with the secular powers. William Langland would pen these words in his book 'Piers Plowman' a thousand years later, in the 1,300's:

    “When the kindness of Constantine gave Holy Church endowments
    In lands and leases, lordships and servants,
    The Romans heard a angel cry on high above them,
    “This day dos Ecclesiae has drunk venom
    And all who have Peter’s power are poisoned forever.”

Corruption on a grand scale. Whoever cannot see that is blind, blind, blind.

Fast forward with me another 55 years, from 325AD to 380AD. The Edict of Toleration is..... over.

Enter, the Edict of Thessaloniki, 380AD:

    EMPERORS GRATIAN, VALENTINIAN AND THEODOSIUS AUGUSTI. EDICT TO THE PEOPLE OF CONSTANTINOPLE.
    "It is our desire that all the various nations which are subject to our Clemency and Moderation, should continue to profess that religion which was delivered to the Romans , as it has been preserved by faithful tradition, and which is now professed by the Pontiff Damasus and by Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic holiness. According to the apostolic teaching and the doctrine of the Gospel, let us believe in the one deity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in equal majesty and in a holy Trinity. We authorize the followers of this law to assume the title of CatholicChristians; but as for the others, since, in our judgment they are foolish madmen, we decree that they shall be branded with the ignominious name of heretics, and shall not presume to give to their conventicles the name of churches. They will suffer in the first place the chastisement of the divine condemnation and in the second the punishment of our authority which in accordance with the will of Heaven we shall decide to inflict."
    GIVEN IN THESSALONICA ON THE THIRD DAY FROM THE CALENDS OF MARCH, DURING THE FIFTH CONSULATE OF GRATIAN AUGUSTUS AND FIRST OF THEODOSIUS AUGUSTUS

The once persecuted now became the persecutors. 300 years to go before Muhammad and his armies would begin their conquest, resisting the decree of Romanism, issuing his own edict known as "Aslin Taslan":

Aslim Taslam (Arabic: أسلم تسلم‎) is a phrase meaning "submit (to God i.e. by accepting Islam) and you will get salvation", taken from the letters sent by the Islamic prophet Muhammad to various kings and rulers in which he urged them to convert to Islam.

    "In the name of God the Beneficent, the Merciful:
(This letter is) from Muhammad son of Abdullah to Heraclius the Great (ruler) of the Romans (Byzantines). Peace be upon him, he who follows the right path. Furthermore I invite thee to Islam; become a Muslim and thou shalt be safe (from Hell or God's punishment), and God will double thy reward (as your people will follow along and be saved because of you), and if thou rejectest, thou shalt bear the sins of the Arisiyins (the peasants, your people)."

    "(And I recite to you God's Statement:) Say (O Muhammad): 'O people of the scripture! Come to a word common to you and us that we worship none but God and that we associate nothing in worship with Him, and that none of us shall take others as Lords beside God. Then, if they turn away, say: 'Bear witness that we are Muslims' (those who have surrendered to God)."

Well. 'Peers to me that Mohammad learned this totalitarian rule stuff pretty well. If the popes and emperors can do it, he can do it. He and his successors would battle the popes of Rome and the bishop of Constantinople for lands and allegiances, conquering lands from the Atlantic Ocean (Morocco) to China. And while the Muslims slew in the name of Mohammad, proceeding from the papal throne in Rome would be  pogroms against Jews, the Inquisition (1200's), the Edict of Expulsion in 1492, 'Requiremento' of the Americas in 1520, sending millions of native Americans to their deaths. Rivers of heartache and bloodshed.

Just imagine all that violence done in the name of the Prince of Peace. The irony here is, if you study the New Testament, there is not a shred of teaching to back up pogroms, forced conversions or subjugation of people. Not a shred. Was any of this violence representative of the Lowly Nazarene? Jesus himself said, 'by their fruits ye shall know them'. Quite frankly, the violence perpetrated in the name of Christianity was fraud, pure and simple,  grapes of thorns and figs of thistles.

I won't omit the admission that the Old Testament is a bloody book. Jews in Old Testament times fought for a covenant with their God tied to land, the conquest and defense of what became the physical nation of Israel. This began nearly 3,000 years ago. Non Jews who chose to live in these lands could do so peaceably as long as they observed minimums of the Jewish customs or laws. In recent times, with the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland and the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, there is no indictment against Jews attempting to coerce anyone to become Jews in forced conversions. Any blood shed is again like ancient times, to protect their rights of land in a defensive stance.

So back to the contemporary times of the 7th century, it appears to me that Muhammad was a man of his times:

Surah 5:32-33
    "For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel [from the Talmud] that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our apostles came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land."

    "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement."

    "Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them; Those who have been expelled from their homes without a just cause except that they say: our Lord is Allah. . . ."

Surah 9:29
    "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Notice that this verse doesn’t order Muslims to fight oppressors, but to fight those who don’t believe in Islam (including the “People of the Book”—Jews and Christians).

Not surprisingly, we find similar commands in Islam’s most trusted collections of ahadith (traditions containing Muhammad’s teachings).

Sahih al-Bukhari 6924—Muhammad said:
    “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: La ilaha illallah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and whoever said La ilaha illahllah, Allah will save his property and his life from me.”

Sahih Muslim 30—Muhammad said:
    “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”

Qur’an 5:51—
    "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."

Qur’an 9:30—
    "And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!"

Qur’an 98:6—
    "Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein. They are the worst of creatures."

Sahih Muslim 4366—Muhammad said:
    “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.”

Al-Bukhari, Al-Adab al-Mufrad 1103—Muhammad said:
    “Do not give the People of the Book the greeting first. Force them to the narrowest part of the road.”

Surah 3:28
    "Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security."

Does "Allah" love the unbeliever?

Qur’an 3:31-32
    "Say [O Muhammad]: If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Say: Obey Allah and the Apostle; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers. "

Qur’an 30:43-45
    "Then turn thy face straight to the right religion before there come from Allah the day which cannot be averted; on that day they shall become separated. Whoever disbelieves, he shall be responsible for his disbelief, and whoever does good, they prepare (good) for their own souls, that He may reward those who believe and do good out of His grace; surely He does not love the unbelievers."

Surah 4:56
    "Surely! Those who disbelieved in Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) We shall burn them in Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for other skins that they may taste the punishment. Truly, Allah is Ever Most Powerful, All-Wise."

I am well aware of the millions of peaceful Muslims who do not espouse these verses. I say bravo to them. They are holding their traditions but in a world where one can board a plane and be at opposite ends of the earth in a matter of hours, sharia laws that are held on one part of the world cannot be brought with them.

Personally, I hold a standard of morality much like the Muslims, and in some ways, probably more strict. These are my convictions that in no way infringe upon the rights of others. By the way, this is my CHOICE - no one forces me to live this way. I believe in modest apparel (for women AND men), I don't drink (nor do I smoke), I am monogamous, holding that marriage is between one man and one woman. Homosexuality and same sex marriage is something I will never accept as normal behavior. I don't go to movies, do not watch Hollywood movies on electronic devices. I do not own or watch television, don't listen to seductive music. I keep my hair short - and my wife has never cut her hair since she made her vow to live for God (almost 50 years). Her hair, as in 1 Corinthians the 11th chapter, is her veil or covering and it is a shame for her to cut it, as it would be a shame for me to have long hair, according to the same verses. No jewelry or makeup.    It may be strange to others, but it works for me.

Yet I live in a world that differs from my convictions. Thankfully I live in a country that guarantees freedom to me and my family, as well as others to live the way they want to live, provided we don't infringe upon each others' freedoms. I cannot tell you how many times people have ridiculed and denigrated Jesus. But my faith tells me to turn the other cheek, and vengeance does not belong to me.

I realize the Qur'an does not direct Muslims to respond the same way. These violent verses and the hatred and revenge that is perpetuated because of them is purely 7th century mentality. I fear these extremists are caught up in a political fever and cannot be quenched, and for lovers of freedom there is no easy answer. I suppose I am hoping, through the power of the pen (in this case the keyboard), I can help someone see how we arrived where we are and maybe thwart someone from making the mistake being duped by this 7th century nightmare.