We Americans live in an odd time and place. Most of us would readily concede that some ideas are better than others. Nevertheless, many stubbornly persist in believing all religions are equal. Yet as religions go, Islam is an especially bad idea, and people need to know why. Therefore, when I saw Reminders About Islam at Always On Watch, I decided to reblog it.
Inspired in part by the web site Citizen Warrior, the video below covers important details about abrogation of verses in the Koran, shari’a, and taqiyya:
From the mouth of Pavel Pechyonkin, former paramedic and one of the suspects in the recent Volgograd train station bombing in Russia:
One of the points the video makes is that the peaceful parts of Koran came first and the warlike parts came latter. Suras 2:106 and 16:101-102 (which come late in the formation of the Koran (see Chronological Order of the Qur’an) say that where a contradiction exists the newer verses override the older verses.
[2.106] Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things? (from here)
[16.101] And when We change (one) communication for (another) communication, and Allah knows best what He reveals, they say: You are only a forger. Nay, most of them do not know.
[16.102] Say: The Holy spirit has revealed it from your Lord with the truth, that it may establish those who believe and as a guidance and good news for those who submit. (from here)
Note that the Koran is traditionally ordered base upon the size of the suras. The Koran places the bigger suras first.
There are numerous articles that both sides of this issue.
- Those that advocate Islam as the religion of peace say Westerners just don’t understand, and the Bible also advocates violence. Here and here are examples of that point of view. Generally, it is a ridiculous attack on Christianity that ignores the plain fact Jesus never advocated warfare. Men are violent by nature, but Christianity does not teach anything like jihad. Where does the New Testament advocate violence? Other than eliminating Canaanites from Canaan, people who brutally sacrificed their own children to red hot idols, where does the Old Testament advocate violent conquest?
- Those that point out the violent character of Islam, past and present, point to the Koran. Here, here, and here are examples.
Are any of the above examples authoritative? Not really. What we each need to do is read the Koran and study a bit of history. Once we know a little about Mohammed and what he did, it is not that hard to figure out why the Koran says what it says.
Should we hate Muslims? No. We just need to show them with our own example that we believe Jesus is God and the savior of our souls.