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What Does Islam Say About Christians and War?
Do not let the hatred of a people to you cause you to do wrong and swerve from justice. Be just (at any costs), for it is closest to piety."…Qur’an
There are Zionists and Christian Zionists who are making an all out effort to start a war between Islam and Christianity. They are right in step with Bush's war on Iraq and his (really the Israelis) next planned war against Iran and Syria. Many of these Christians feel that the biblical predictions about Israel's takeover of Palestine must be complete and there must be a war against Muslims. Many of them have gone publicly to declare these things. They are making accusations as in the following:
"Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam is a terrorist!"
"Muhammad, the Prophet is a thug, robber, war monger and pedeophile"
"Islam demands that non-Muslims convert or die!"
"War against the unbeliever is as central a doctrine and practice of Islam as the Virgin birth, the Trinity and Christ’s resurrection are central to Christianity.”
“Nobel literature prize winner Elias Cannetti has defined Islam as "a religion of war - literally a killer belief.”
"Islam has made war on Christendom and Christians since it first swept out of Arabia to conquer much of the Christian Mediterranean world.”
“Islam is simply "a religion of war." You may protest that your Islamic neighbor down the street could not possibly be a threat. Free Congress says you should bear in mind that "there are lax Islamics.” Or to put it another way, the peaceful individual Muslims are out of step with their religion. They are outsiders looking in.”
The following statement -- by one of the leaders of an Islamophobic hate website -- provides a good picture into the sick and poisonous mind of those who are anxious to paint peaceful Muslims as potential threats, who also must be eliminated. Writing about the difference between the moderate and terrorist Muslims, he recently wrote:
“… my long and careful analysis leads me to the conclusion that the only difference is the latter wants to start the Jihad against the infidels now while the former thinks it is better to wait until the Muslims are strong and then attack. The difference is in the form not in substance. Their only disagreement is when and how the Jihad against the infidels should take place. Otherwise all the Muslims, whether moderate or extremists believe in the same book. That book calls for waging war against the non-Muslims until they are subdued and humiliated…”
These kinds of accusations are made by the Free Congress, Zionists and Christian Zionists like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, Islamophobes, Journalists, American Jewish organizations, and so-called media experts on terrorism and Islam. They speak and write about Jihad as if they understand the concept and their words are accepted as fact, by ignorant Americans -- too lazy to examine for themselves BOTH historically and also from Islamic teachings what the truth is about what they are being told. The pundits make these claims conclusively and positively without providing any valid proof from Islam for the claims they make. Just like they depend on the ignorance of people for continued support for Israel, they are depending on the ignorance of Christians about Islam to foster a new crusade. The purpose is to stir up hatred in the hearts of Christians against Muslims and Muslim causes.
Even though there are many Palestinians Christians, this blind hatred is also meant to include Palestinians in order to rally to the aid of “god’s chosen people” in Israel. Their purpose is to justify a war against Iraq, Iran and other Muslim countries in innocent Christians’ hearts. With this demonizing of Islam and both Arab Muslims and Christians, when the deaths are in the thousands due to U.S. military actions, the average American instead of feeling sadness in his or her heart will feel joy. In their minds it will be nothing but terrorists and heathens who are being killed. Who cares?
There have been more than 60,000 books written in the span of 100 years by people who wanted to demonize Islam. A thousand years ago, a book was written in what is today the border of France and Germany, calling the Prophet of Islam the anti-Christ and the rise of Islam the sign of the end of the world. The current demonization of Islam and its adherents is nothing new in Christian history. These very, very old stories have now been revamped for a new situation. It is an aged old attack on Islam spurred on by the same animosity that caused the Crusades against the Muslim world. Rather than refute these claims with my words I will address these issues using the words of the Qur’an referencing chapters and verses. These are just a few of the many references in the Qur’an regarding these topics. I encourage everyone to read the Qur’an for themselves so that they will not be fooled regarding its contents by Zionists and their dupes. I hope after reading the words of the Qur’an directly you can come to your own conclusions:
I will begin by quoting what the Qur’an says about Christians. In Chapter 5, The Table Spread, versus 85 – 88 the Qur’an says:
85. Strongest among men in enmity To the Believers wilt thou Find the Jews and Pagans; And nearest among them in love To the Believers wilt thou find those who say, “We are Christians”: Because amongst these are Men devoted to learning And men who have renounced The world, and they Are not arrogant.
86. And when they listen To the revelation received By the Apostle, thou wilt See their eyes overflowing With tears, for they Recognize the truth; They pray: Our Lord! We believe; write us Down among the witnesses.
87. “What cause can we have Not to believe in G-d And the truth which has Come to us, seeing that We long for our Lord To admit us to the company of the righteous?”
88. And for this their prayer Hath G-d rewarded them With Gardens, with rivers Flowing underneath, - their eternal Home. Such is the recompense Of those who do good.
On Jesus and Mary: Chapter 3, The Family of Imran, verses 45 and 55:
45. Behold! The angels said: “O Mary! G-d giveth thee Glad tidings of a Word From Him: his name Will be Christ Jesus, The son of Mary, held in honour In this world and the Hereafter And of (the company of) those Nearest to G-d.”
55. Behold! G-d said: “O Jesus! I will take thee And raise thee to Myself And clear thee (of the falsehoods) Of those who blaspheme; I will make those Who follow thee superior To those who reject faith, To the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all Return unto me, And I will judge Between you of the matters Wherein ye dispute.”
On War, fighting, and violence the Qur’an is very clear. Muslims are not to be aggressors against anyone but they have the G-d given right to defend themselves if attacked. Even in their defense, Muslims are strongly forbidden from taking excessive actions against their enemies. Unlike passages in the Bible endorsing Amalek type destruction of other people and legalized massacres of innocent non-combatants, the Qur’an condemns those excesses very strongly. You will never find verses like “kill or enslave all other people on Earth -- men, women and children, steal their land and houses, and abduct and rape their women”, like you find in the Bible. Reading the Old Testament and what “god” tells the children of Israel to do against non-Jews are horrendously vile and evil. They are commands more in line with satanic edicts than they are edicts coming from a righteous loving G-d that cares for ALL humanity. The Qur’an does not even come near that kind of barbarism.
As an example here are a few verses from the Qur’an dealing with war and fighting: Chapter 2, The Heifer, Verses 190 – 193:
190. Fight in the cause of G-d Those who fight you, But do not transgress limits: For G-d loveth not transgressors.
191. And slay them Wherever ye catch them, And turn them out, From where they have Turned you out; For tumult and oppression Are worse than slaughter; But fight them not At the Sacred Mosque, Unless they (first) Fight you there; But if they fight you, Slay them. Such is the reward Of those who suppress faith.
192. But if they cease, G-d is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful.
193. And fight them on Until there is no more Tumult or oppression And there prevail Justice and faith in G-d; But if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those Who practice oppression.
On the doing of good by people of other faiths and beliefs, the Qur’an goes a step further than other religious books. It does not limit G-d’s rewards only to those who are good Muslims. The Qur’an recognizes the universality of goodness in all of humanity and specifically states that ANY human being who believes in G-d and work righteousness will be rewarded by Him:
Chapter 2, The Heifer, Verse 62 and Chapter 4, Nisaa, Verse 124:
2:62. Those who believe (in the Qur’an) And those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) And the Christians and the Sabians, - ANY who believe in G-d And the Last Day, And work righteousness, Shall have their reward With their Lord: on them Shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
4:124 If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female - and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them.
Here are more verses regarding people of other faiths:
“Among the followers of Moses there are those who guide in accordance with the truth, and the truth renders them righteous.” (7:159) “They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite G-d's revelations through the night, and they fall prostrate.”
”They believe in G-d and the Last Day, they advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and they hasten to do righteous works. These are the righteous.” (3:113-114)
Along with the words in the Qur’an, there are also the Prophet’s words that Muslims have as guidance in their treatment of non-Muslims:
"He who believes in G-d and the Last Day should honour his guest, should not harm his neighbour, should speak good or keep quiet." (Bukhari, Muslim)
"Whoever hurts a Non-Muslim citizen of a Muslim state hurts me, and he who hurts me annoys G-d." (Bukhari)
"Anyone who kills a Non-Muslim who had become our ally will not smell the fragrance of Paradise." (Bukhari)
Another very important matter is how Muslims understand Jihad. Does it imply automatic war against anyone who is not a Muslim? Are the Islamophobic “experts” correct in their assessment of what Jihad means to Muslims? To properly understand how Muslims view the meaning of the word Jihad I will give this brief description:
For a long, long time, many centuries, Jihad was translated as "holy war." This is false. The word "Jihad" in Arabic comes from the root "to use effort." It means to use one's effort in the path of G-d. Over the centuries, Jihad took on two meanings, in the same way that in English the word "crusade" has two meanings: One is the historical act of the pope ordering the Crusade in Europe in the Middle Ages. And one is the popular, everyday word, like the crusade of President Lyndon Johnson against poverty, or something like that, which we use in the English language regularly.
Jihad also has [acquired] two meanings. One is general -- whatever you exert yourself for in a good way. For example, in some countries you have Jihad for helping the poor, Jihad for reconstructing slums -- this kind of thing; it would be exactly like the word "crusade" that in the Western mind originally was a holy war, but it now means any kind of effort. But the original meaning, the more profound meaning, is the one that is now being misconstrued and mistranslated and discussed all the time as "holy war," almost [like] going to fight against others. This is not true at all.
One [type of Jihad] is to defend -- not to bring offense, but to defend one's religion and home and property when one is attacked. That's called the external Jihad, the little Jihad. The greater Jihad is a Jihad within oneself against all the negative tendencies that are really the source of all the external frictions in society -- greed, evil, envy, all of the unnecessary rivalries, the kind of fighting that we have to carry out within our soul to create peace within ourselves. And that is called the greater Jihad.
When the Islamic community had just established itself in the city of Medina north of present-day Mecca, the Meccans were still not Muslims. They tried to attack the Medinans and destroy the early Islamic community. The Battle of Badr was fought, in which the Muslims, although a much smaller number, were victorious and were able to defend themselves. So, everyone was very happy. When they were coming back to the city, the Prophet said to those around him -- "You have now come back from the smaller Jihad." And they were all surprised. What could be greater than having gained this victory which would protect the early Islamic community? They asked, "What is the greater Jihad?" He said, "To fight against one's inner passions, against the evil tendencies within oneself." So, human beings should always be in an inner Jihad to better themselves, to overcome the infirmities and imperfections of our inner soul.
In order for the Zionists to further their war against Islam and falsify their claims, the Zionists have resorted to producing their own Qur’ans. They have also set up fake Islamic web sites as well. Here are a few websites that I know of that are produced by Zionist Christians:
The list is growing. THOSE WHO READ THE QUR’AN AND UNDERSTAND THE ARABIC LANGUAGE CAN EASILY MAKE OUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FALSE TRANSLATIONS AND WHAT IS THE AUTHENTIC QUR’AN. The number of false websites and false Qur’ans are growing everyday. Muslims and anyone who wants to really learn about Islam have to be very careful. It is a powerful compliment to Islam when our enemies cannot point to anything authentic about the religion to demonize or condemn it -- but are forced to create false Qur’ans, websites, etc. to make Islam into the things they claim it is. These groups have added self written chapters giving them names like Muslimoons which are not in any authentic Qur’an. There are no depths too sacred that these Zionists won’t go to deceive and create enmity between human beings. In Israel they have set up toll free numbers for people to call in from anywhere in the world so that they could disseminate their false claims about the religion as facts. They are worse than anti-Semites. They are anti-humanity.
I invite all to study the Qur’an for themselves. Why walk in darkness with a head full of lies about other people and their religions? Knowing the truth about someone else and their beliefs is simple common human courtesy. It will be a very evil thing indeed if we were to fight and even kill others, only to find out we hated and killed each other as a result of misinformation and LIES! Hasn’t the so-called “war on terror” done enough of that? Isn’t it time for right minded people to change the present course that the war mongers and haters of humanity are leading us in? The demonization of Iran, Syria and anything to do with Islam is in full force with the intended purpose of creating hatred towards a whole people to justify their destruction. Not a day goes by without something being published from the war mongering Media to put further hatred in Christians hearts against Muslims and their countries.
Jesus (pbuh) said “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of G-d.” The war mongering actions of Christian America, following the lead of those who are members of the “Synagogue of Satan” are causing the whole world to see them as nothing more than the children of the DEVIL!!! Isn’t it time that good Christians work hard to change that?