Jesus and Mohammad
After September 11, 2001

The following is an open letter to my pastor-friend "David."  I have been asked repeatedly if the letter can be copied, etc.  You may forward it, post it, publish it, copy it and print it, if your motive is, as mine, to:  (1) increase authentic Christian witness to Muslims, (2) reduce the naive and imprecise thinking that has afflicted so many Christians regarding the Islamic agenda, (3) decrease abuse of Muslims, yet avoiding the "knee-jerk" reaction of "plat forming" them in Christian churches, (4) and, above all, dramatically increase passion for Christ, as unabashed Jesus-followers.  Warning:  If you are somewhat "politically correct," you will not enjoy this letter, and may prefer not to read it.  (Note:  The quotes {in the postscript} from the Koran and other selected Muslim writings were not compiled by me.  The compiler is unknown.  However, we have confirmed that all Koran texts were quoted accurately.)

Sincerely, a follower of Jesus, Jim Garlow, San Diego, jgarlow@skylinechurch.org


Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Dear David,

Without a doubt, this season is an unprecedented opportunity for Christians to impact their Muslim neighbors in meaningful and loving ways.  At the same time, I have several "ruminating" questions regarding the Christian-Muslim interaction that I am observing.

You told me that you brought Muslims to your church last Sunday and everyone stood and applauded.

That is certainly "in vogue" right now in many churches.  It seems to be "chic", very "cutting edge."

I have a question, actually a number of questions, that I am processing regarding the appropriate interaction between Christians and Muslims.  So, with your permission, here goes.

Are the people you brought to your church considered "good, faithful" Muslims?  If so, they follow the Koran, I presume?

Did they comment to you regarding the texts of the Koran which call for you (as a non-Muslim) to be killed by them?

As Christians, we have asked forgiveness for the atrocities done by "Christian" Crusaders (nothing about their conduct was "Christian") when they, in the name of Jesus, pillaged, raped, burned Muslim (and Christian) villages and villagers in 1099, and for their actions that continued the next two hundred years.  Christians have returned to those (Muslim) communities and asked forgiveness... as recently as 1999 (actually on the 900th anniversary of the atrocities)...and we should ask forgiveness--for the horrible things done to them!

But, do Muslims ask forgiveness for killing 1,000,000 Christians in North Africa and Egypt in 640 AD?  Allow me to skip over 1400 years of atrocities and speak in the present tense.  More currently, Saudi Arabia (America's friend) was just voted the worst persecutor of Christians.  Do American Muslims ever ask forgiveness for (or, at least, call for a halt to) the wholesale slaughter of Christians (in Muslim nations)?  Or do they even acknowledge the above facts?

Muslims don't have "missionaries" in the way we view that word; they have swords (rifles/tanks/bombs); and that is why they control a massive section of the globe, 1.4 billion people.

I, too, like you, think mosques and Muslims should not be attacked and burned.  That is repulsive to the Gospel, and harms our Christian witness.  Succinctly stated, Jesus would never "graffiti" a mosque (and, if we know of so called "Christians" doing such an act, we should repent in their behalf for it being done "in Jesus name").  But at the same time, we should have an accurate historical understanding of the precise nature of the Muslim faith

Do your Muslim friends (that were applauded in your church last Sunday) reject the Koran scriptures (see postscript below) which call for the killing of all Jews and Christians?  Wouldn't that (killing) include you?  And your children?  And your wife?  And all the people who applauded them on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001?  Did anyone, including you, ask them to renounce the violence that is called for in the Koran and the Hadith, or other Muslim historical documents?

Islam is not a religion in the way we think of it.  It is a legal system, a form of government, a coercive tyranny (in virtually every Muslim nation).  And we, as Americans, are ignorant, thinking that they are just like us, just a "religion", and that we all worship side by side, together, worshiping the same God.  Not so!

Islam (according to the Koran) commands its followers to slaughter all infidels (non-Muslims).  And that includes you and me!

George W. Bush said, "Islam is all about peace."  Surely he must have said that for purely political purposes.  He could certainly not have meant that theologically, or historically.  Theology (interpretation of the Koran) and history defy that statement.

George Braswell, Jr. (B.D., Yale; Ph.D., U of NC) who lived in Iran for seven years, helps define "peace" from a Muslim perspective, "The world of Islam must conquer and rule over those of ignorance and disobedience. The peace of the world cannot be secured until the peoples come under the rule and protection of Islam." (What You Need To Know About Islam and Muslims, p. 87) "Peace," to a Muslim, is them controlling us.  "All (Note:  the text states all, not some.) Muslims are under mandate to practice jihad because they believe that Islam is the correct and perfect religion and that all other religions are inferior.  Not only are they to follow the teaching of the Quran, but they are also to emulate the model of their prophet Muhammad, who led his fighting forces into battle to defend Islam and to make Islam dominant." (p. 4)

Islam is not about peace (real peace), if the Koran, Mohammad (the founder), and contemporary Muslims are to be regarded as "Islamic."  Ask the people in Mecca in 622 AD (the first persons every killed by Muslim armies) if Islam is "about peace."  The Koran is quite clear about killing those who do not embrace its teachings.  A simple historical and geographical overview demonstrates that point powerfully.

I took the fifteen pastors on my staff to a major Los Angeles Mosque a couple years ago.  We sat and talked with their leaders there for more than an hour, in a very congenial, gracious and cordial environ.  I asked forgiveness for atrocities committed by Christians on Muslims through the year’s, specifically the time frame of 1100-1300 AD.  I then outlined an abbreviated history of Muslim attacks on Christians.  Not only did the Muslim leader not apologize, he would not acknowledge any truth in what I was saying.  He denied historical reality (and that was under the most cordial circumstances).

Read the Koran (attachment below) for yourself.  Can you find a credible Muslim leader that will repudiate their sacred scriptures?  If so, he would have to stop being a Muslim.  Have you found any like that?

Robert Schueller had a Muslim cleric in his church (The Crystal Cathedral) Sunday, September 16, 2001 (which aired September 23, 2001), on the platform.  The Muslim addressed the crowd as "my brothers and my sisters."

As I understand the Bible, it teaches me that my "brothers" and "sisters" are those who are "in Christ."  Is the Muslim my "brother" or "sister?"  Certainly he/she can be my friend; he/she can be my neighbor; I can reach out to him/her in love, and I should.  But should he/she be honored (as a Muslim, and simply because he is a Muslim) in the "house" that is set aside for Jesus-worship?  No!

Dr. Schueller's congregation gave the visiting Muslim cleric a standing ovation.  It was offensive.  In my opinion, the people applauding had "platitudinal love" (a gentle "milk toast," "lets all get together now, and just be nice to everybody" kind of love), as opposed to bona fide "biblical love" (Jehovah God created you; He loves you passionately; we love you; but without Jesus, you will go to a Christ-less eternity, and we love you way too much not to tell you about Him).  But they (the applauding people) are not to blame.  They were set up for it.  They did not know.  They had no grasp of the dimension of their actions.  (Imagine if some Christian being tortured in a Muslim jail would have been forced to watch that sight!)  They applauded in ignorance, I believe, not in knowledge.

Now I would have stood and applauded too, if those 3000+ attendees would have been urged by their pastor to do individual acts of kindness, compassion and Christian witness to their Muslim neighbors.  I would have been excited if their leader (and to be fair to Robert Schueller, he has done much good) would have admonished them to "seize this moment" to love Muslims, both in action (such things as buying groceries for them if they themselves were afraid to go to a store) and in word ("may I, during these difficult days, tell you why I care for you so much?  May I speak with you about Jesus, who He is, and His love for you?")  For that, I would stand and applaud.  Why?  Because it is good and right, and Jesus-honoring!  And it is Jesus’ strategy.

But do we not need to "platform" Muslims in our "Jesus" services (or what are supposed to be Jesus-centered services) and clap and cheer for them?

And, at the risk of being quite politically incorrect (as if I’m not already) I cannot, in a "Jesus house of worship," applaud those who have slaughtered every follower of Christ they could, from 622 AD to the present.

I chose to stand and applaud the hundreds of thousands of Christian believers who have not recanted their faith in Christ, as they were being killed by Muslims who were following the Koran.

I stand and applaud the people who would not deny their Christian faith as they watched their wives and daughters being raped, their sons tortured, as their own arms and legs were being amputated.

I stand and applaud Jesus followers who have withstood the unspeakable acts done to them by Islamics yet would not back down.

I acknowledge that I am not a scholar.  But I do try to be a good student.  I have spent a significant portion of my life (from 1971 to the present) studying the history of Christianity, through three Masters degrees and a Ph.D., and I spent two years writing a 400 page book (a kind of "walk" through 2000 years of Christian history) entitled How God Saved Civilization.  Many times while working on the book, I would write until 3:00 a.m. in the morning, almost weeping as I went to bed, thinking of the millions of Christians that had been slaughtered, just for believing in Christ!

I choose to stand with them!  They are my heroes!  I stand and applaud the martyrs (most of them unknown) of the faith.  I do not (in a "Jesus house of worship") stand and applaud persons committed to a book (The Koran) which calls for more of them (us?) to be killed!  I stand and applaud those who have been killed for my Christ!

I care not that the above is not considered acceptable in contemporary culture.  I would clap for the martyrs (and keep telling their stories) even if I was the last voice, and the last pair of hands to clap for them.  I cannot and will not applaud, especially in a "Jesus house of worship", those who are part of a movement which slaughters, mutilates, rapes, tortures, disfigures my true brothers and sister.  Those who do this to my true brothers and sisters are not my brothers and sisters.

Ask the Christians in Muslim jails right now, in most of the 22 Arab nations, if they think we should bring Muslims into our Christian worship services and applaud them.  Ask them!

Should we love the Muslim "in Christ?"  A thousand times, yes!  Applaud them in our Christian churches?  A thousand times, no!

I was asked today to do a one-hour video of the history of Christianity to be used by Chinese Christians (ages 15-25, 100,000 of them!) who are willing to buy one-way tickets to go all over the world, to be "invisible" missionaries, supporting themselves as drivers, cleaning persons (lowly, "tent-making" jobs), with the knowledge that they will never see their homeland again, but determined to take Jesus to countries where no Westerner could ever go.

These amazing young believers will live on $1 per day, just $30 a month, which they will earn themselves, just so they can share Jesus.  They are young, single, radical, sold out for Jesus.

These are the ones I want on my platform.  In fact, I am not worthy to introduce them.  I need to learn from them, rather than me teaching them!  If I could, I would put them all on my platform, and applaud and applaud and applaud and applaud and applaud!

Many of them may be imprisoned (and they know it), and some of them will die.  Yes, they will die!  Why?  In some regions, it will be because of the teaching of the Koran and its followers.  I choose to applaud the Jesus followers.

Recently, I have heard some Christians defend the Koran and its violent statements by saying, "Well, the Old Testament has many violent statements about killing others", implying that "our" book is just like "their" book.  These types of statements reveal the depth of biblical-historical ignorance of Christians.

A course in "Hermeneutics 101" (hermeneutics = "science of interpretation") would be of great help!  Certainly the Old Testament does have some commands to kill others.  No honest Christian can deny that.  But what thinking, honest Christian can justify killing their unbelieving neighbors today (using these same Old Testament texts)?  None!  Why?  Because we all know the Old Testament had a very specific function in a pre-Christian ethic.

The major message of the Old Testament is "separate," "do not intermingle," "do not inter-marry," etc.  It is one of separation, even to the point of using the sword in order to stay separate.

Why?  Because Yahweh (although we say "Jehovah," it is more correctly pronounced "Yahweh," as is the name for God in the Old Testament, occurring more than 6,000 times) wanted the Israelites all to himself, in order to establish Himself in them, away from any contaminating influences of any other pagan religion.  (Yahweh wasn’t particularly politically correct!  The Bible even calls Him "jealous.")  Thus we have God telling Abram to leave Ur (present day Iraq) and go to a land far away (Israel today).  And for 2000 years (from Abraham to the beginning of the New Testament), the message was "stay separate!"  And, in order to do that, it was occasionally bloody, not at all to any of our liking.  (But, come to think of it, God didn’t check with us first, did He?)

Then, after this long period of "pouring Himself" into them so that they would recognize Him when He came in the flesh (although they never really obeyed Him and remained truly separate), He said precisely the opposite of "stay separate."  He said "Go, into all nations!"  In effect, He is saying, "Now I have established Me and My Ways in you.  You should now be strong enough to stay true to My ways, even though you will no longer be insulated from other cultures.  And you should be able to recognize Me when I show up in the flesh (Jesus), so now you can ethnically and nationally intermingle.  In fact, I am commanding you to do exactly that."  Thus, the Great Commission:  "Go!  Disciple.  Preach the day of the Lord.  Heal.  Evangelize.  Deliver.  Set the captives free.  Lift up the poor.  Instead of being “separate” (Old Testament) because you were not strong enough, you are now to infiltrate (New Testament) because you are strong enough, and in so doing, carry to everyone the fabulously wonderful news, the Gospel, the good news!"

Now contrast that to the Koran.  Where does it say the violence (kill the "infidels", Jews and Christians) was for a previous "dispensation," thus is should be stopped.  Where are the credible, well-positioned Muslim clerics who have said either "we repudiate the Koran’s call for a death to all non-Muslims" or (closer to the analogy of the Old Testament/New Testament distinction) "the command to kill non-Muslims is not for today.  It must be stopped because we are in a “new era.”  None.  We hear none.  The Koran, followed by nearly 1/4th of the Earth’s population (estimated by the U.N. to become the Earth’s birthrate by 2055), still calls for death to everyone who is not Muslim.  And New York City and Washington, DC have learned that in such a tragic, painful way.  Nearly 7,000 killed!  A horrific act!  (That number “7,000” is, by the way, the same number of Christians killed somewhere on the globe every 15 days (one every 3 minutes) simply for following Jesus (and many of those are killed in Muslim countries).

Perhaps the shallowest logic I have heard to date, from well- meaning, yet profoundly uninformed, pastors is:  "perhaps today’s American Muslims just don’t feel that way (like their Arab nation counterparts) anymore."  The above argument still stands:  if it is true that the U.S.A. based Muslims are truly of "a different strain," then why aren’t these American Muslims joining Christians in calling for a world-wide end to the persecution of Christians, a freeing of the hundreds of thousands of imprisoned Christians, including (most recently since August) Heather Mercer, held in prison in Afghanistan for simply carrying materials that were Christian?  Why the silence?

Equally historically nave is the notion that somehow all the violent ("kill the infidels") texts are simply the result of "proof-texting" the Koran thus obscuring the actual intent of the "whole" of the Koran.  Well, if the Koran, as these persons say, is all about peace, then simply outline for us an unambiguous Koran-based "apologetic" which would affirm that all the Christians being tortured in Muslim nations should, by Muslim mandate, be pardoned, apologized to, and set free.  Then, do it!

(And I have often wondered:  Are evangelical, born-again, Bible-believing Christians being invited to Mosques?  To speak of Jesus?  Are we being applauded there?  Just curious.  Simply haven’t heard of any.  If not, why not?)

Another topic, and then I must close.  On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23, 2001 Yankee Stadium hosted "A Prayer for America."  Thousands gathered. Muslims read (and I guess sang) the Koran (without mentioning those passages that called for death to "infidels").  Hindus prayed.  Sikhs prayed.  Oprah Winfrey, hardly America’s best-know "pastor," emceed!  Bette Middler was a type of "praise leader."  Christians were represented (Catholics, Lutherans, Armenians {not to be confused with Armineans, the first one an ethnic group, the second a theological term}, Eastern Orthodox, and the ecumenical, and blatantly liberal, Council of Churches).  All, every one of them, were either "liberal" or "liturgical" in "slant."  No problem.  Include them!  But, where, where were the Evangelicals, or Pentecostals, or Charismatics, or anyone of a "conservative" bent?  Did someone just happen to overlook them?  All of them?

Evangelicals and conservative churches are among the largest attended churches in New York City:  Jim Cymbala, at Brooklyn Tabernacle with thousands trying to get in every Sunday; A. R. Bernard, at the 5,000 seat Brooklyn Christian Life Centre with 10,000 attending weekly; David Wilkerson, at the Times Square Church who has thousands attending.  All of these churches have worship services running continuously all day Sunday, due to so many trying to get in.  I have been to all of them, on more than one occasion.  On some Sundays, people have to wait two hours to get in!  Where were these great men of God?  Were they asked?  If not, why not?

These men are "Jesus" centered (like all Christians are supposed to be)!  And being a "Jesus" Christian is not "cool," not politically correct.

Here is a clue to the answer to the above question.  Listen to this amazing fact:  Jesus’ name was never mentioned once, not once, at Yankee Stadium.  (I suppose there is a slim possibility that I missed it.  But I listened for it, and I sincerely hope I’m wrong, but I did not hear His name.)  Not once!  Never heard the name of Jesus.  Why?  Because (some) "Christians" don’t want to offend.  And, as a result the "salt has lost it savor!"  But we sure heard about Mohammad, and several others!  This failure to mention "Jesus" represents a colossal "dumbing down" of our Christian faith.

America is 86% Christian, yet no one, in the largest gathering of its type, at the epicenter of the tragedy (New York City), said the name of Jesus.  We have offended the Father by our unwillingness to mention His Son’s Name.

And why don’t we mention His name?  Because we (or at least, some Christians) want to "blend in."  We (they) long for "respectability" more than truth.

On Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, a service was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  In the opening comments, Hindu’s and Sikh’s were referred to respectfully, along with Christians and others, implying the pluralistic "we-all-worship-the-same-God" motif.  And then there was the closure to a prayer, "in the name of Allah, the God of Abraham and Jesus" (if I heard it correctly), all in one phrase.  Nothing about that is Christian.  That is Hindu (syncretistic:  "lets just put all our ‘gods’ together") or Bahai ("just come in through any ‘door’, because all religions serve the same god").

We act as if we are a "Muslim/Hindu/Jewish/Christian/Sikh/etc., nation", with some kind of "equal representation."  (And some would say, "we are!")  Not so!

The facts are, 86% of the people in American say they are Christian.  Two percent say they are Jewish.  One and a half percent (to as high as two percent, depending on who you believe) say they are Muslim.  One third of one percent are Hindu.  Less are Sikhs.

With 9 out of 10 Americans saying they are Christian, we give equal billing to every other imaginable religion, and, on top of that, don’t mention the name of Jesus, the person that 86% of Americans, at least, say they follow.  Explain that one!

Even the one evangelical leader who did speak at the National Cathedral (Sept. 14, 2001), when he referred to the cross of Jesus, made a disclaimer, stating that "this (part) is for us Christians."  (I am assuming that he did not mean that, and that that comment was a misstatement; he has been so bold in the past that the statement does not "fit" him contextually; and I have certainly made my share of misstatements in the past.)  The cross is not "just for us Christians."  It is for the whole world.  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son!"

People sometimes wonder who the "antichrist" is that is referred to in Revelation.  Those smarter than me can argue about that.

I think the antichrist is already here, in the "spirit of anti-Jesus."  When I am asked to pray at "public" events now, I receive notes before the prayer informing me, in ever-so-subtle terms, to pray "in God’s name."  Implication?  Don’t use the name of Jesus.

I remind those who send me such notes that if I were to demand that a Jewish rabbi or a Muslim cleric could not pray a certain way, or if I demanded that they pray "in the name of Jesus", that would be "intolerant" in our "pluralistic" culture.  They agree with me.  Then I remind them that it would be equally "intolerant" for them to demand that I pray a certain way in our "pluralistic" culture.  And they, hesitatingly, knowing their logic has trapped them, agree.

The reason I feel so strongly about praying in Jesus’ name is because, on one occasion (which I would rather forget) I was asked by the emcee of an event if I would please not mention "Jesus" in my prayer.  Caught off guard (which is certainly a pathetically weak excuse), I agreed.  I prayed.  Honoring the request, I did not pray "in Jesus name."  As I walked away from the podium, I felt as spiritually contaminated, as spiritually impotent, as I ever have.  In my heart, I cried out, "Oh Jesus, forgive me for what I have just done!  I will never, ever again agree to leave out your name.  I don’t want you to forget my name.  I will never again leave out yours!"

I agree with Polycarp, who in 155 AD, when asked to deny Jesus, so they would not have to burn him at the stake, said, in effect, "for 86 years Jesus has not denied me; why should I deny him now?"

Several years ago (while pastoring in another city), we put a flag on our church’s 70 foot flagpole (which was seen by 120,000 persons per day traveling on the freeway).  It wasn’t an American flag, although I am unabashedly patriotic.  It was a 25’ by 15’ "JESUS" flag, comprised of huge, red block letters (all capitals) on an all white background.  John Vaughn, Director of the International Mega Church Research Center, who knows more about churches around the globe than any other person, visited our church, complimented us for the flag and then said to me, "I have never seen this done anywhere in the world.  You could have put the word "God" on the flag and you would not have been criticized.  But you have chosen to put the name “JESUS” on it, so beware of what is ahead."  His name’ so controversial, isn’t it?  So much so that even those who call themselves Christian, will avoid His name, so as not to "offend."

Well, count me on the side of the equation that prays "in Jesus name", that "flies the JESUS flag."  And, I will, to the best of my knowledge and ability put only Jesus followers in the position to be applauded in my church (Yes, I know its really His church).

There is a showdown coming.  Braswell states it soberly, "What does the future hold for relations between Christianity and Islam?  That is uncertain, but one thing is clear:  both religions have a message and a mandate.  Christianity has a mandate to go into all the world and preach the gospel of salvation and reconciliation in Jesus Christ.  Islam has a mandate to practice jihad and to bring the non-Muslim world under the rule of Allah and the injunctions of the Quran." (1)  Bottom line:  someone’s "religion" is going to win; someone’s "religion" will lose.

So what should our strategy be?

Should we love the Muslim?  Yes!

Should we direct acts of compassion toward them?  Yes!

Should we establish meaningful relationships with them?  Yes!

Should we oppose all attempts to abuse or in any way harm Muslims or their Mosques?  Yes!

Should we attempt to understand them?  Yes (if we don’t do it naively).

Should we witness of Christ’s love for them?  Yes!

Should we pray for them?  Yes, yes, yes, to this one!  (This one is the key.)

Can we work with them in civic causes, as citizens of America?  Yes!  (And I do, on an ongoing basis.)

Should we put them on platforms, or positions of honor in our Jesus worship services?  No!  For by so doing, we are causing people to naively "buy into" the pluralistic notion that "we all worship the same God."

And should we stop saying the name "Jesus" so we don’t offend?  No!  For He (Jesus) is our only hope in all this.

So here are my closing questions to you:

  1. Do your Muslim friends acknowledge that the Koran and the Hadith are hate-filled?  And if so, will they renounce those documents?  Or would they at least re-interpret them so that they openly and aggressively state that the commands to kill non-Muslims were for another era (in the past) and should never be followed anywhere (including in the 22 Arab nations and other countries with large Muslim populations) in the present or in the future?  And if they will not renounce the Koran’s commands to kill, will you acknowledge that they are supporting the killing of you and all the applauding Christians in your church on Sept. 16th?
  2. Are we straightforwardly and unabashedly going to mention the name of Jesus, or will we use the much less offensive term "God" thus "fitting into" all religions?
  3. But if we use the name of "Jesus," aren’t we implying that "Allah" and "Yahweh" ("Jehovah" in the Bible) are not the same, thus one of them is the real God, and the other is not?  And if so, which one is the real God?
  4. And if their "god" or "gods" are not the same as our God (Yahweh in the Bible), do we have to worship with Muslims, or Hindus, or Buddhists, or Sikhs (i.e., National Cathedral, Yankee Stadium, and the other Christian churches across the country that are now inviting Muslims, sometimes to their platforms, who are in some cases leading in Islamic prayers in so-called Christian churches)?  (Note:  Some have asked why some Christians are willing to be at religious events with Jews, but not with Muslims.  When Jews pray to the "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," that is Yahweh.  As Christians, we believe that Yahweh has manifested in the flesh {Jesus}.  Thus, the similarities {and one major difference}.  If a Muslim were to pray to the "God of Abraham and Ishmael," this would actually be to the "God of Ishmael’s descendents," because Islam did not exist during Ishmael’s time, coming some 2600 years later.  Bottom line:  is Allah the same as Yahweh?  No.)  We can work with Muslims (and others), relate to them, pray for them and be compassionate towards them (and we should).  But followers of Jesus should not worship with them.
  5. Does "loving our neighbor and sharing compassion with them" mean that we invite the non-Christian to our churches and church platforms to be applauded?   Or is there a more biblical, Christ-honoring way to do it?

Just five questions.

I await your response.

Blessings,

Dr. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor
Skyline Church, San Diego
 

POSTSCRIPT:

Quran and Hadith Quotes

Sources:

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~dbates/koran.htm

http://www.islamreview.com

The book, So What’s the Difference?

(Author/compiler of this particular article is not known)

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Introduction:

"The Quran is the sacred scripture of Islam.  It is made up of 114 surahs, or chapters.  These have been arranged according to length.  The longest surahs are in front, the shorter ones are in back (with exception of the first one).  The ideas are all credited to God.

Muhammad’s words were written down by his followers on everything from scraps of parchment to dried camel ribs.  After he died, these fragments were collected and compiled into one book.  Despite the fact that much of the Quran is scrambled and confused, Muslims claim it is copied from an original now in heaven.

As Islam spread across the world, various sayings and teachings were developed.  These were finally written down in the Hadith ("tradition").  A saying in the Hadith is called a sunna or custom.  This is thought to describe the way Muhammed thought or acted in a given situation"  (So What’s the Difference?, p. 67).

Quran Quotes

When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them.  Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.  If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way.  God is forgiving and merciful.
        Surah 9:5 al-Taubah 9:5

Strike terror (into the hearts of) the enemies of God and your enemies.
        Surah 8:60 al-Anfal 8:60

Fight (kill) them (non-Muslims), and God will punish (torment) them by your hands, cover them with shame.
        Surah 9:14 al-Taubah 9:14

I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.  It is not ye who slew them; it was God.
        Surah 8:12-17 al-Anfal 8:12-17

Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.  They are friends with one another.  Whoever of you seeks their friendship will become one of their number.  Allah does not guide the wrongdoers.
        Sura 5:51 al-Maidah 5:51

Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them.  Hell shall be their home:  an evil fate.
        Sura 9:73 al-Taubah 9:73

Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in Allah nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what Allah and His apostle have forbidden and do not embrace the true faith until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.
        Sura 9:29 al-Taubah 9:29

Mohammed is Allah's apostle.  Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.
        Sura 48:29 al-Fath 48:29

Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of Allah; whether they die or conquer, We shall richly reward them.
        Sura 4:74 an-Nisa 4:74

Fight for the sake of Allah those that fight against you, but do not attack them first.  Allah does not love the aggressors.  Kill them wherever you find them.  Drive them out of the places from which they drove you.  Idolatry is worse than carnage.  But do not fight them within the precincts of the Holy Mosque unless they attack you there.
        Sura 2:190-1 al-Baqarah 2:190-191

Believers, why is it that when it is said to you "March in the cause of Allah" you linger slothfully in the land?  Are you content with that life in preference to the life to come?  Few indeed are the blessings of this life, compared to those of the life to come.
        Sura 9:38 al-Taubah 9:38

Whether unarmed or well equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah with your wealth and your persons.
        Sura 9:41 al-Taubah 9:41

Ye (Muslims) are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind...
        Surah 3:110 al-Imran 3:110

If any one desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him.
        Surah 3:85 al-Imran 3:85

And fight them on, until there is no more tumult (seduction) or oppression, and there prevail justice, and faith in God (and the religion becomes Islam).
        Surah 2:193 al-Baqarah 2:193

And if you are slain, or die in the way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy from Allah are far better than all they could amass."
        Surah 3:157 al-Imran 3:157

Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, (which is Islam that abolishes all other religions ) of the people of the Book, (meaning the Jews and the Christians ) until they pay the Jizya (the tax imposed upon them) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.  (with humiliation and submission to the government of Islam.) 9:29
        (Commentary in parenthesis is from the Tafsir Al-Jalalein. i.e., Al-Jalalein Interpretation of the Koran.) al-Taubah 9:29

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Hadith Quotes (Hadith is the second most important writing in Islam, following the Quran.)

Narrated Abdullah:  Allah's Messenger said, "The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Messenger, cannot be shed except in three cases:  in Qisas (equality in punishment) for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (Apostate) and leaves the Muslims."
         Bukhari, volume 9, #17

Narrated Ali, "Whenever I tell you a narration from Allah's messenger, by Allah, I would rather fall down from the sky, then ascribe a false statement to him, but if I tell you something between me and you, (not a Hadith), then it was indeed a trick (i.e., I may say things just to cheat my enemy).  No doubt I heard Allah's messenger saying, "During the last days there will appear some young foolish people, who will say the best words, but their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will leave the faith) and will go out from their religion as an arrow goes out of the game.  So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection.
        Bukhari volume 9, #64

I have been ordered by God to fight with people till they bear testimony to the fact that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammed is his messenger, and that they establish prayer and pay Zakat (money).  If they do it, their blood and their property are safe from me
        (see Bukhari Vol. I, p. 13).

Mohammed said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah."
        Hadith vol. 4:196

Mohammed also said, "Know that paradise is under the shades of the swords."
        Hadith vol 4:73

Mohammed said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him."
        Hadith vol. 9:57

Mohammed said:  "No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir (infidel)."
        Hadith vol. 9:50

Mohammed said to the Jews "The earth belongs to Allah and His apostle, and I want to expel you from this land (the Arabian Peninsula), so, if anyone owns property, he is permitted to sell it."
         Hadith vol. 4:392

Mohammed's last words were:  "Turn the pagans (non-Muslims) out of the Arabian Peninsula."
        Hadith vol. 5:716

Mohammed once was asked: what is the best deed for the Muslim next to believing in Allah and His Apostle?  His answer was:  "To participate in Jihad in Allah's cause"
        Al Bukhari vol. 1:25

Mohammed was quoted as saying:  "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah"
        Al Bukhari vol. 4:196

Mohammed also said, "The person who participates in (Holy Battles) in Allah's cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His Apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed)."
        Al Bukhari vol. 1:35.

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On October 2, 2001, in a personal letter to Tim, a friend from the middle east, said the following:

Tim:

As unbelievable as it may seem, it is true.

As we discussed long time ago, Islam is a refutation of Christianity.

The opening verse in the Qur'an states (translation):

"Say, He is God the ONE and only, God is Eternal, Never gave birth nor was ever born, and there will never be his Equal."

It is basically an all out attack on the Trinity, the basis of our faith.  That's why we are the infidels.  Yes, we should not be fooled.

I scanned the article.  It is true.  I will read it when I have more time.

You may share this information, but please do not quote me.  Quote the Qur'an.  I do not want to place my family, here or there, in danger.

God bless you, Tim and family.

Your Brother in Christ,

(Name withheld at writer’s request.)

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Updated:  April 4, 2003
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