A young woman stoned to death for having a cell phone in Pakistan

Muslims are first to claim that women have equal right like of men, and there is no superiority of men over women in Islam. But why we always see Muslims killing and torturing their women in Islamic country. But this recent case is much more shocking, because a young woman, mother of two was stoned to death as Islamic Shariah Law, because she was possessing just a cell phone. I think a religion like Islam must be eradicated as soon as possible to save humanity and mankind. Read the following news: PAKISTAN: A young woman stoned to death for having a cell phone after ruling by a Panchayat (from Asian Human Rights Commision)

women stonned to death in pakistan

This image is not original image of women stoned, but to show stoning done in Islam

Arifa, a mother of two, has been stoned to death on the orders of Panchayat (a tribal court) for possessing a cell phone. She was executed on 11 July in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province. The victim was stoned to death by her uncle and relatives on the orders of Panchayat after she was found to have a mobile phone.

According to media reports her uncle, cousins and other relatives threw stones and bricks at her until she died. She was buried without informing anyone. Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the Panchayat but no one has been arrested. She was buried in a desert far away from her village and nobody (not even her children) was allowed to participate in the funeral. Her husband is unknown.

Women are often victimized by these illegal judicial systems. This incident is a demonstration of the strong patriarchal society in Pakistan, and women are forced to remain in their clutches. Because of the absence of a proper criminal justice system, the powerful sections of society have complete impunity when they enforce their will.

The incident is a clear reflection of the total collapse of the rule of law in the country, where every section of the government has become utterly redundant in the face of tribal, feudal and religious traditions. The local police have not arrested the members of the Panchayat because the power in the area lies with the landed aristocracy.

Stoning to death is a barbaric act from a primitive society. Society is sent the message that violence is the way to deal with women and other vulnerable groups. Women’s rights are negated through the use of these forms of punishment.

Pakistani society has degenerated to the point that, for a woman, keeping a cell phone has become serious crime. It is treated as a worse crime than gang rape, murder and bomb blasts, through which many people are killed on a daily basis.

The Panchayat is an illegal judicial system run by feudal lords and tribal leaders. It is common in rural areas of Punjab, where landed aristocracy and centuries old tribal traditions rule. These practices are commonly used against women so that their tribal norms remain pure and intact. The Panchayat system is so powerful that the ‘independent judiciary’ still has not shown the courage to declare it illegal. The Pakistani judiciary, which got its independence after a people’s movement of two years, is much more involved in taking cases against elected government officials in order to keep its popularity in the media, while failing to introduce judicial reforms at the grassroots level, which has generated a society without any base on the rule of law.

What Arifa’s death shows us is the real system of justice in many parts of Pakistan. Local ruling is done by feudal bodies with complete impunity. There is no enforcement of the law by the judiciary, police or any other governing institution. It is more than the absence of the rule of law; it is an airless vacuum claiming many victims, in which the police – charged with the duty of enforcing the law – are hired thugs who torture and detain people at the request of powerful parties, please see the cases of two sisters, murdered in June 2013, 25 days apart, for daring to ask the courts for justice; read here.

In Arifa’s case, it is those same corrupt police officers who are now being asked to investigate. Without serious intervention from government authorities, her case will be treated the same as far too many innocent deaths have been; un-investigated, with complete impunity for the perpetrators.

The Panchayat, Jirga and other illegal ‘judicial systems’ can easily be used by grudge informers and powerful persons to obtain ‘death penalties’ to murder whomsoever they want to. Bizarre charges can be tried and people are executed through these systems. There is rarely any intervention by the police to stop them because the police, as mentioned above, play a particular part in the real legal system that operates in many parts of Pakistan.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urges the parliament to legislate against the illegal tribal courts, including the Jirga, Panchayat and Bradari judicial systems. The government must immediately investigate and arrest all the members of the Panchayat for ordering the murder of a woman on the charges of possessing a cell phone. The senior police officers for the district of Dera Ghazi Khan should also be prosecuted for aiding and abetting this heinous crime and neglecting their duty to investigate this case. The upper judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court of Pakistan, must take immediate action against illegal and parallel judicial systems and the killing of innocent people.

57 thoughts on “A young woman stoned to death for having a cell phone in Pakistan

  1. Hi Lucky/Raj, thank you as I’m going on and on reading and reading…oh…wow… how “true” you are quoting specific verses and summarising everything that you have hated about Islam. A master piece really!! So, what do you suggest..is it that Islam must be stopped and all the believers should do what then???
    Anyway, we ought to deal with a few items to stop you…..hmmm….which you may never…whatever the truth from ridiculing Islam as Allah has sealed your heart, ears and mind for good!

    40:62 Pickthall: Such is Allah, your Lord, the Creator of all things, There is no Allah save Him. How then are ye perverted?

    2:6 Yusuf Ali: As to those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe.

    2:7 Pickthall: Allah hath sealed their hearing and their hearts, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be an awful doom.

    Now, let the chapter 9 of Repentance itself answer you for the verse you quoted out of context purposely to distort the meaning completely to achieve your unfair agenda :

    9:13 Pickthall: “Will ye not fight a folk who broke their solemn pledges, and purposed to drive out the messenger and did attack you first? What! Fear ye them? Now Allah hath more right that ye should fear Him, if ye are believers”.
    Take specific note of the words, “..and did attack you first”.

    9:12 Yusuf Ali: But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and taunt you for your Faith,- fight ye the chiefs of Unfaith: for their oaths are nothing to them: that thus they may be restrained.
    Again take note of the words, “But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and taunt you for your Faith,…”

    9:11 Pickthall: But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge.
    Again, the words : ” But if they repent……then are they your brethren.”

    9:10 Pickthall: “And they observe toward a believer neither pact nor honour. These are they who are transgressors”. Those who transgress a Pact of War or do not honour that Treaty.
    Example of Pakistan, not honouring a Pact with India to cease border conflicts and thus transgressing it. What would be the consequences??? A blood-bath, right????

    9:9 Sahih International: They have exchanged the signs of Allah for a small price and averted [people] from His way. Indeed, it was evil that they were doing.
    Note the words : “..and averted [people] from His way..”

    9:8 Pickthall: How (can there be any treaty for the others) when, if they have the upper hand of you, they regard not pact nor honour in respect of you? They satisfy you with their mouths the while their hearts refuse. And most of them are wrongdoers.
    Take special note of the words : “..if they have the upper hand of you, they regard not pact nor honour in respect of you?”.

    9:7 Pickthall: How can there be a treaty with Allah and with His messenger for the idolaters save those with whom ye made a treaty at the Inviolable Place of Worship? So long as they are true to you, be true to them. Lo! Allah loveth those who keep their duty.
    This time take note of the words : “…So long as they are true to you, be true to them”.

    9:6 Pickthall: And if anyone of the idolaters seeketh thy protection (O Muhammad), then protect him so that he may hear the Word of Allah, and afterward convey him to his place of safety. That is because they are a folk who know not.
    Again note the words, ” …then protect him…convey him to his place of safety…”.

    9:5 Pickthall: Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
    Note the words : But if they repent …then leave their way free.

    9:4 Pickthall: Excepting those of the idolaters with whom ye (Muslims) have a treaty, and who have since abated nothing of your right nor have supported anyone against you. (As for these), fulfil their treaty to them till their term. Lo! Allah loveth those who keep their duty (unto Him).
    Note : ” …fulfil their treaty to them till their term..”.

    9:3 Pickthall: And a proclamation from Allah and His messenger to all men on the day of the Greater Pilgrimage that Allah is free from obligation to the idolaters, and (so is) His messenger. So, if ye repent, it will be better for you; but if ye are averse, then know that ye cannot escape Allah. Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to those who disbelieve.

    9:2 Pickthall: Travel freely in the land four months, and know that ye cannot escape Allah and that Allah will confound the disbelievers.
    Here, Allah warns the disbelievers. That is correct as every enemy has to be warned first, even in our generation, example Syria receiving warnings from the USA!!!

    9:1 Pickthall: Freedom from obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty.
    Correct and it goes on to explain up to verse 13, every thing about that particular Pact made and the violation thereof.

    Clearly the above verses speak about a certain pact made during the time of the prophet and do not generalise for any Muslim to kill the unbelievers as you “pretentiously” state!!



  2. Hi Raj, I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
    Jeremiah : 23/14

    Ezekiel 23/37 :That they(Israeli) have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.

    They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
    Hosea 4/13
    But hosea 4/14 :
    I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

    But now compare : The same god saying : If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them. Lev 20/13



  3. Dear Raj, What about the degeneration through rapings and killings by dudes of the Indian society?

    “I think that moral values of the youngsters of India is degenerating day by day because of our mimicry of the western culture. Moreover we are all aware of the fact that crime against women are increasing day by day. This is because of our narrow mindedness towards women”.





    Part 2


    What is the ruling of the Ulema of Islam on the following matter:
    Zaid, who is a Muslim and believes in Allah Almighty and the Prophethood of his beloved Prophet, recites after every Salaah and at other times, the following verses: As Salaatu Was Salaamu Alaika Ya Rasoolullah – “Peace [sic] and Blessings [sic] upon YOU, O Messenger of Allah.” Or As Alukash Shafaa’atu Ya Rasoolullah – “I seek from YOU Shafaa’at (Intercession), O Messenger of Allah.”
    I ask the learned Scholars of Islam:
    (1) Are such calls to the Holy Prophet permitted in Islam?
    (2) What is the ruling of the Learned Scholars concerning individuals who refer to those who call to the Prophets and Saints as Kafirs and Mushriks?
    Please enlighten us on this…


    …The utterance of the above words ARE INDEED PERMITTED and no person OTHER THAN THOSE WHO ARE MISLED would argue with it. For reference on this matter, we shall consult the following Jurists of Islam and their books:-
    A. “Shifa-us-Siqaam”, by Imam Taqi’udeen Abul Hasan Subki…,
    B. “Mawaahibbe Ladunnia”, by Imam Ahmad Qastalaani…, being the Sharah (commentary) of Sahih-ul-Bukhari,
    C. “Sharah of the Muwaahibbe Ladunnia”, by Allama Zaarqani…,
    D. “Mutaali-ul-Mussarraat” by Imam Allama Faasi…,
    E. “Sharah of Mishkaat”, by Allama Mulla Ali Qaari…,
    F. “Ashatul Lamaat”, including the books, “Jazbul Quloob” and “Madaarijun Nubuwat”, by Shaikh Muhaqqiq Allama Abdul Haq Muhaddis Dehlwi…,
    G. “Afdalul Qur’a”, which is the “Sharah of Ummul Qur’a” by Imam ibn Hajar Makki…
    (The Validity of Saying Ya Rasool-Allah, pp. 3-4; capital and italic emphasis ours)
    Hence, if these narrations are deemed weak then this calls into question the reliability of the entire body of hadith literature. After all, if so many hadith scholars could be mistaken regarding the classification of these specific reports then what guarantee can Muslims provide that they were not also in error in respect to the rest of the so-called authentic ahadith?
    These are not the only ahadith which refer to Muslims invoking and praying to their prophet after his death:
    Abu Nu’aym related to us who said that Sufyan related to us from Abu Ishaq from Abdar Rahman ibn Sa’d, who said: Ibn Umar had numbness in his leg, whereupon a man said to him: “Remember the most beloved of people to you”, so he said: “Ya Muhammad” (Al-Bukhari, al-Adab al-Mufrad, Chapter of What should be Done if Leg becomes Numb, Hadith No. 964: *; *; bold and italic emphasis ours)
    And Shaykh Mansur as-Sabbagh recollected in his book “The Perfections” (ash-Shama’il) the well-known (famous) transmission from ‘Utbi:
    “I was sitting BY THE GRAVE OF THE PROPHET and a Bedouin came and said: ‘Peace be upon YOU O Prophet of Allah. I heard Allah say: “And if they had come to thee when they had wronged their souls, and asked forgiveness of Allah, and if the Messenger had also asked forgiveness for them, they would have surely found Allah Oft-Returning with compassion and Merciful.” AND I CAME TO YOU asking forgiveness for my sin, taking YOU as intercessor to my Lord.’
    “Then he started reciting verses: ‘O YOU best of those whose bones are buried in al-Qa’a from the sweet scents of those bones the whole area of al-Qa’a and Akamu became perfumed. I sacrifice myself to the grave that you live in – it is purity and in it is incredible generosity.’
    “Then the Bedouin departed and sleep overcame me. And I saw the Prophet in my sleep and he said: ‘O ‘Utbi, follow the Bedouin and give him the glad tidings that Allah has forgiven him.’” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Q. 4:64, *, *, *; bold and capital emphasis ours)
    ‏Imam al-Bayhaqi relates with a sound (sahih) chain:
    It is related from Malik al-Dar, `Umar’s treasurer, that the people suffered a drought during the successorship of `Umar, whereupon a man came to the grave of the Prophet and said:
    “O Messenger of Allah, ask for rain for your Community, for verily they have but perished,” after which the Prophet appeared to him in a dream and told him: “Go to `Umar and give him my greeting, then tell him that they will be watered. Tell him: You must be clever, you must be clever!”
    The man went and told `Umar. The latter said: “O my Lord, I spare no effort except in what escapes my power!”” (Hadith Number 3: Narration of Malik Al-Dar, Tuesday, November 01, 2005, *)
    The above blogpost mentions that Ibn Kathir cited it this way from al-Bayhaqi in al-Bidaya wa al-nihaya (Volume 7, p. 89) and says: isnaduhu sahih. See the following video to hear the quote being read directly from the Arabic of Ibn Kathir’s book.
    He also states that Ibn Abi Shayba quoted it in his Musannaf with a sound (sahih) chain as confirmed by Ibn Hajar who says: rawa Ibn Abi Shayba bi isnadin sahih and cites the hadith in Fath al-bari.
    Ibn Hajar identifies Malik al-Dar as `Umar’s treasurer (khazin `Umar) and says that the man who visited and saw Muhammad in his dream was said to be Muhammad’s companion Bilal ibn al-Harith. Ibn Hajar counts this hadith as among the reasons why al-Bukhari gave the following name to a chapter in his collection: “The people’s request to their leader for rain if they suffer drought.” Ibn Hajar also mentions this hadith in al-Isaba fi Tamyiz al-Sahaba, where he says that Ibn Abi Khaythama cited it.
    After providing the Arabic texts of the various scholars that cited this hadith the blogger then concludes with these comments:
    Sidi Abul Hasan goes on to comment:
    “Note: All of these Imams narrated it and not one of them weakened it let alone said it leads to Shirk as some of the innovators of this age claimed!
    In fact Imam ibn Hajar and Imam ibn Kathir explicitly declared its Isnad to be Sahih. Ibn Kathir in his recently published: Jami al-Masanid (1/223) – Musnad Umar – declared it as: “Isnaduhu Jayyid Qawi: ITS CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION IS GOOD AND STRONG!”
    Let the pseudo-Salafiyya take note – that this is the ruling of ibn Kathir in 2 places, and he was associated with Ibn Taymiyya.”
    That’s not at all. Muhammad made it mandatory for his followers to address him directly during every one of their five daily prayers!
    Narrated Shaqiq bin Salama:
    ‘Abdullah said, “Whenever we prayed behind the Prophet we used to recite (in sitting) ‘Peace be on Gabriel, Michael, peace be on so and so. Once Allah’s Apostle looked back at us and said, ‘Allah Himself is As-Salam (Peace), and if anyone of you prays then he should say, At-Tahiyatu lil-lahi wassalawatu wat-taiyibatu. As-Salamu ‘ALAIKA aiyuha-n-Nabiyu wa rahmatu-l-lahi wa barakatuhu. As-Salam alaina wa ala ibadil-lah is-salihin. (All the compliments, prayers and good things are due to Allah: peace be on YOU, O Prophet and Allah’s mercy and blessings be on you. Peace be on us and on the true pious slaves of Allah). (If you say that, it will be for all the slaves in the heaven and the earth). Ash-hadu an la-ilaha illa-l-lahu wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluhu. (I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and I also testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Apostle).” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 12, Number 794)
    Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Urwa ibn az-Zubayr from Abd ar-Rahman ibn Abd al-Qari that he heard Umar ibn al-Khattab say, while he was teaching people the tashahhud from the mimbar, “Say, Greetings belong to Allah. Pure actions belong to Allah. Good words and prayers belong to Allah. Peace on YOU, Prophet, and the mercy of Allah and His blessings. Peace be upon us and on the slaves of Allah who are salihun. I testify that there is no god except Allah. And I testify that Muhammad is His slave and His messenger.”
    ‘At-tahiyatu lillah, az-zakiyatu lillah, at-tayibatu wa’s-salawatu lillah. As-salamu ALAYKA ayyuha’nnabiyyu wa rahmatu’llahi wa barakatuhu. As-salamu alayna wa ala ibadi’llahi s-salihin. Ash-hadu an la ilaha illa ‘llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluh.” (Malik’s Muwatta, Book 3, Number 3.14.56)
    Notice that Muhammad didn’t teach them to pray, “Peace upon the Prophet,” which would be an invocation to Allah to grant his messenger peace, mercy and blessings. Rather, he expressly commanded them to address him directly in their daily acts of worship. Muhammad is therefore personally responsible for making himself an integral part of Islamic worship, commanding Muslims to address him directly in their daily prayers which is one the very pillars of Islam!
    This also means that Muhammad is at fault for instructing his followers to pray to the dead since a part of their daily worship is dedicated to speaking to a man who has been dead for over fourteen centuries!

  5. YO PLUM,



    Dozen reasons why Muslims should follow the Quran and nothing but the Quran
    Researched by A Muhammad

    1- The Quran contains clear commands to all Muslims to follow the Quran Alone, and reject all hadith. The Arabic word hadith in general means all human sayings, narrations, talk, stories., etc. In a more specific sense, the word ‘hadith’ refers to the alleged personal sayings of the prophet Muhammad. The hadith is regarded by the majority of scholars to be the second source of law after the Quran. This is despite very clear commands given in the Quran to follow the Quran alone and reject all hadith. The following Quranic verses make this issue clear:
    “These are God’s revelations that We recite to you truthfully. In which hadith other than God and His revelations do they believe?” 45:6

    45:6 contains a clear commandment not to follow anything other than the Quran.
    “Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed?” 6:114
    6:114 contains clear confirmation that:

    – God is the only source of law.
    – The Quran has all the details.
    “A book that has been brought down to you, so let there be no constraint in your chest because of it, and so that you may warn with it, it is a reminder for the believers.
    You shall all follow what has been brought down to you from your Lord and do not follow any allies besides Him. Rarely do you remember.” 7:2-3

    7:2-3 include a clear commandment for us to follow what is revealed to us (Quran) and nothing else.
    “Among the people, there is one who trades in baseless hadith to mislead from the path of God without knowledge and he does it as a mockery. For these is a humiliating punishment.” 31:6
    “And when Our revelations are recited to him, he turns away in arrogance as if he never heard them and as if there is deafness in his ears. Give him news of a painful punishment.” 31:7

    31:6-7 warn against following baseless hadith.

    “Or do you have some book in which you are studying?” 68:37
    In 68:37 God is mocking those who have other books than the Quran which they follow.

    “So in which Hadith, other than this, do they believe” 77:50

    In 77:50 is yet another clear mockery at all who follow other than the Quran.

    2- In addition, Muslims today have been led to the belief that to follow the Prophet they must follow his sunna. The word ‘sunna’ which is used in the Quran, means the way of doing things or methodology. However, the Quran confirms that the only sunna is the sunna of God. No where in the Quran is there any mention of a sunna for Muhammad!
    “Such was the sunna of God for those who have passed on before. You will find that there is no substitute for the sunna of God.” 33:62

    Indeed the Quran contains the command to follow the prophet, but this is also accompanied by a clear command to the Prophet to follow what was revealed to him (Quran) and nothing else. Thus to follow the prophet means to follow the Quran and nothing else:
    “Say, “I am not different from other messengers. I have no idea what will happen to me or to you. I only follow what is revealed to me. I am no more than a clear warner.” 46:9 (also in 10:15).

    “And We brought down to you the scripture, truthfully, confirming what is present of the scripture, and superseding it. So rule among them in accordance with what God has brought down, and do not follow their wishes away from the truth that came to you.” 5:48

    The Quran makes the issue clear that following the messenger means following what was revealed to him. The true believers follow what was revealed to the messenger:

    “Those who follow the messenger, the gentile prophet ……… Those who have believed in him, respected him, supported him, and followed the light which was brought down with him; they are the successful ones.” 7:157

    All the above Quranic words make it very clear that following the Prophet means to follow the light which was revealed to him from God and that is the Quran.

    3- The Quran confirms that the only duty of Muhammad (or of any messenger) is to deliver God’s message. Messengers are not sent to advocate their own personal teachings. They are called messengers of God because they deliver a message from God.
    “The only duty of the messenger is to deliver the message.” 5:99
    The same message is found in 5:92, 16:35, 16:82, 24:54, 29:18, 42:48 and 64:12.

    4- God commands the believers to obey God and obey the messenger, but God also makes sure that the obedience to the messenger is linked to obeying the message he delivered and nothing else. Obeying the messenger does not mean that the messenger issued additional teachings outside of the Quran.
    The confirmation that the obedience of the messenger is linked to obeying the message he delivered (the Quran) is confirmed in the following verse:
    “Obey God and obey the messenger. If you shall turn away then the sole duty of the messenger is to clear delivery.” 64:12
    Note how the obedience to the messenger and the deliverance of the Quran are linked in the same verse.

    5- We never read any where in the Quran words like ‘Obey God and obey Muhammad’ or obey Jesus, or Moses. The words always say “the messenger”. This is to emphasise that what is to be obeyed is the message of the messenger and not his personal words.

    6- The Quran also confirms that Muhammad was commanded not to teach any other teachings, otherwise he would incur severe punishment from God:
    “A revelation from the Lord of the worlds. Had he attributed anything falsely to Us. We would have grabbed him by the right, and We would have severed his Aorta, none of you would be able to prevent it.” 69:43-47

    7- Muhammad was made to swear that the only revelation he received from God was the Quran. This exposes all the allegations which claim that Muhammad received revelations from God independent of the Quran, and which is referred to as ‘Hadith Al-Qudsy’ (sacred hadith).
    “Say, “What is the greatest testimony?” Say, “God is witness between me and you that this Quran has been inspired to me to warn you with it and whomever it reaches. Do you bear witness that there are other gods beside God.” Say, “I do not bear witness”. Say, “He is but One God and I am innocent of the Shirk which you commit.” 6:19
    If the ‘Hadith Al-Qudsy’ was truly a revelation received by Muhammad from God (as is falsely claimed) we would expect the Quran, being fully detailed, to include such confirmation. Needless to say, no where in the Quran is there any indication that Muhammad received anything from God other than the Quran.

    8- Prophet Muhammad himself commanded his people not to write his hadith, this is documented in the collection of ‘Muslim’ and other books:
    “Do not write down anything from me except the Quran. Whoever writes other than that should delete it” (Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, page 171 also Sahih Muslim, Book 42, Number 7147)

    9- For the first 150 years to 200 years after the death of the prophet, and in accordance to his commands, the writing of his hadith was forbidden. The first one to document a comprehensive collection of hadith was Al-Bukhari, note that Al-Bukhari was born in the year 194 After Hijrah. What this means is that the first of what is regarded as authentic hadith (sahih) to be compiled was written more than two whole centuries after the death of the Prophet!
    Even if we were to follow the hadith (something which is clearly prohibited in the Quran), we would still be faced with the question: how accurate can a collection of sayings documented two centuries after the death of the Prophet be?

    10- God commands the Prophet in the Quran to say that he is infallible in the revelation he delivers, but that he may commit errors in his personal words and hadith:
    “Say: If I have strayed, I have only led myself astray and if I am guided, it is because of what my Lord inspires to me. He is Hearer, Near.” 34:50
    In spite of the above confirmation of the fallibility of the Prophet, together with six incidents in the Quran where the Prophet was reprimanded by God for errors he committed, still the ones who idolise the Prophet claim that Muhammad was infallible! The six incidents are found in 8:67-68, 9:43, 9:113-114, 33:37, 66:1 and 80:1-11.

    11- The Quran confirms that for every prophet there will be enemies of human and jinn devils who will fabricate fancy sayings (hadith) and attribute them to the Prophet to deceive the people:
    “We have permitted the enemies of every prophet, human and jinn devils, to inspire to one another fancy sayings in order to deceive” 6:112
    God also asserts that only the disbelievers will uphold such fabrications (see 6:113).

    12- Finally, the Quran contains everything the genuine believer needs for the following reasons:

    A- The Quran is complete and does not need an annex:
    “The word of your Lord is complete in truth and justice” 6:115
    B- The Quran is not in need of an explanatory supplement since it is clear and is not ambiguous:
    “A.L.R. These are the signs of the clear book” 12:1
    “We have made it easy to understand and in your own tongue may they take heed.” 44:58
    C- The Quran is not in need of a correction manual since it is perfect and harbours no contradictions:
    “A.L.R. This is a book whose verses have been perfected” 11:1
    D- The Quran is not in need of a ‘details’ supplement since it is fully detailed:
    “Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed?” 6:114

    For all these reasons, all Muslims should follow the Quran, the whole Quran and nothing but the Quran.

    Things NOT Contained In The Quran: List of Interpolations

    Below is a list (200 examples) of typical interpolations made to the Quran. These additions have been presented as part of the body of religious percepts. Some among them may have been useful and wholesome considerations although without any religious foundation. For instance, cleaning of teeth with miswak may be useful. But this must not be taken as if ordained by God.
    We may, of course, enumerate many principles related to the individual’s health, etc.; however, they should not be made into religious principles. Thus, persons may, at their discretion, put on long robes and avoid eating shrimp, but this has nothing to do with religion.
    All interpretations not based on the Quranic text and are qualified as sins, charitable acts, makruh, haram, sunna are additions. You may have a better idea of the extent of interpolations once you go over the following 200 examples.
    1. Saying that the Quran being is not self-sufficient and that there is need for additional speculations.
    2. Taking the hadiths as a source for Islam.
    3. Sectarian scholars pronouncing fatwas or ijtihads (canonical jurisprudence).
    4. Practices conforming to sectarian dictates.
    5. Equating sects with the religion.
    6. Reciting the Quran for the sake of its music without understanding the text.
    7. Using the Quran as a book of prayer recited for the souls of the departed.
    8. Contributing authority to the Prophet outside the scope of the Quran.
    9. The fact that God created everything for the sake of Muhammad.
    10. Competition between prophets. Supremacy of some prophets aover other prophets.
    11. Imitation of the ways and manners of the Prophet even before his prophethood.
    12. The belief that the Quran has missing points which can be found in other books.
    13. To announce certain select devotees to be Muslim saints and visit their tombs with all sorts of reverential rituals.
    14. To idolize the sheikhs of religious orders.
    15. Establishing a type of communication with the sheikhs by a special ritual called rabýta.
    16. To claim that only the Sunnites or the Shiites are to go to paradise.
    17. To declare the Jews and Christians as the future dwellers of hell.
    18. To adopt Arabic customs and traditions as religious practices.
    19. To come forth alleging to be reformist with a view to changing the Quranic religion.
    20. To formulate religious precepts ascribing them to the Prophet.
    21. To claim that the vote of the majority always prevails.
    22. To interpret the continuity of sects as evidence of their genuineness.
    23. The Hanafi sect.
    24. The Shafi sect.
    25. The Hanbali sect.
    26. The Maliki sect.
    27. The Jafari sect.
    28. All Sunni and Shii sects.
    29. Any sect like Maturidiya, Ashariya.
    30. A canon book called Majalla.
    31. To deny reason and favor apishness.
    32. Hostility against science.
    33. Hostility against the arts.
    34. To abide by the rules that the book entitled Sahihi Bukhari lays down.
    35. To abide by the rules of the hadith book entitled Muslim
    36. To abide by the rules of the hadith books Kutub-i Sitte or other such books.
    37. To venerate individuals to whom religiosity is ascribed other than the Prophet.
    38. The allegation that all of those who had the privilege to set eyes on the Prophet (sahaba) were on the right path.
    39. The wearing of the headscarf.
    40. The wearing of the veil.
    41. Segregation of men and women.
    42. The fact that a woman is not allowed to travel alone.
    43. The wrong and absurd belief that a woman can never repay the debts she owes to her husband even if she were to lick him from head to foot when he is in a deplorable state covered with pus.
    44. “If prostration was permitted to any entity other that God, the wife should prostrate herself before her husband” claimed the hadith.
    45. That a woman cannot become a head of state or an administrator.
    46. That women have no right to vote for the governing body of the government.
    47. That women’s voices must not be audible to men.
    48. That women are not allowed to perform the Friday salat.
    49. That women is not allowed to perform salat, fast, recite the Quranor enter a mosque during their period.
    50. Covering women with all sorts of outer garments.
    51. That it is forbidden for women to shake hands with men.
    52. That a man is not allowed to sit in a chair previously occupied by a woman whose warmth is still preserved.
    53. That a woman cannot stay in an enclosed space where there are men.
    54. That women are considered along with dogs and pigs to invalidate the salat of a praying man.
    55. That the majority of women are doomed to go to hell.
    56. That women are evil by nature.
    57. That women lack intelligence.
    58. That women must be keptindoors.
    59. That it is forbidden for women to wear perfume.
    60. That women are not allowed to use makeup.
    61. That a wife must obey her husband as a slave does.
    62. That a woman is required to have sexual relations whenever her husband calls her.
    63. That two female witnesses equal one male witness.
    64. That a woman must have her parents’ permission in order to get married.
    65. Stoning to death of the adulterer.
    66. That the papyrus on which the verse regarding adultery was on was eaten by a goat.
    67. Arguments about killing adulterers being practiced even among monkeys.
    68. Prohibition of a man’s wearing golden ornaments.
    69. Prohibition of men wearing silk.
    70. Prohibition of use of golden and silver utensils and plates.
    71. Prohibition of sculpture.
    72. Prohibition of drawing and painting.
    73. Prohibition of chess.
    74. Prohibition of musical instruments and music.
    75. Prohibition of consumption of seafood like mussels, shrimp, etc.
    76. Prohibition of eating the flesh of donkeys, horses or wild animals
    77. The fact that kidneys and ram’s testicles are abominable to eat.
    78. The fact that smoking is religiously unlawful.
    79. That there is a separate list containing things considered to be abominable (makruh).
    80. That the sexual act must take place under covers.
    81. The prohibition for the couple to look at each other’s sexual organs.
    82. Prohibition of masturbation.
    83. Prohibition for women to use birth control.
    84. That an individual should keep his/her sexual organs covered even when taking a bath lest the angels be offended.
    85. Circumcision of men.
    86. Circumcision of women.
    87. The sunna of letting beards grow.
    88. The prohibition of trimming a beard.
    89. The sunna according to which the hair had to be parted from the middle of the scalp.
    90. The sunna regarding the oiling of hair.
    91. The sunna of applying henna to hair and beard.
    92. The sunna of applying mascara to the eyes for men.
    93. That lying face down is a satanic act.
    94. To sleep on a mattress spread on the ground.
    95. To use one’s right foot going out of the house or getting up from the bed.
    96. To enter a soiled place like a WC with the left foot.
    97. Saying that canonical purification of the body can only be performed using water after defecating.
    98. The obligation for men to crouch when urinating.
    99. The relieve yourself in the direction of Mecca.
    100. The fact that eating with the left hand is a satanic act.
    101. To wind a turban.
    102. To use miswak to clean the teeth.
    103. To wear a robe with a long skirt reaching down to one’s feet.
    104. For men to wear a loose dress (antari). .
    105. To wear shalwar (a type of wide trousers) as sunna.
    106. To interpret as a meritorious act the wearing of white, green or black raiment.
    107. The prohibition to wear yellow or red.
    108. To consider eating dates or squash as meritorious acts.
    109. To eat seated on the ground.
    110. To eat from the same dish with others.
    111. To eat with three fingers.
    112. To drink water in three gulps.
    113. To drink water in a seated position.
    114. To lick one’s fingers after having eaten with them.
    115. Not to use perfumes containing alcohol.
    116. Not to use eau de cologne.
    117. To kill black dogs.
    118. Not to let dogs into the home.
    119. To cover the mirrors at night.
    120. To perform black magic with or without the use of the Quran.
    121. To write on and wear amulets.
    122. To use the Quran as a book of magic.
    123. To believe that whistling is a satanic act.
    124. To knock on wood or wear trinkets against the evil eye.
    125. To take fortunetellers and magicians for religious figures.
    126. Feasts celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan and on the occasion of sacrifices.
    127. To avoid passing underneath a ladder and to consider black cats, black dogs as ominous signs and to melt lead against the evil eye.
    128. To believe that there are special days on which linen can be washed and sexual intercourse can be performed.
    129. To recite the Mevlit (poem written to celebrate the birth and the death of the Prophet) for the souls of the departed.
    130. To hold ceremonies for the soul of the dead on the 7th, 40th and 52nd days after death.
    131. Stories concocted about the suffering that the dead is to be subjected to after burial.
    132. Rumors about the bridge of Sýrat from this world to paradise, more slender than a hair and sharper than a sword and a person’s traversing it riding the animal he sacrificed in this world.
    133. The belief that a person who cannot avoid his urine from sprinkling on his clothes shall undergo excruciating torture in the grave.
    134. To fast in the place of a dead person.
    135. To go on Hajj in the place of a dead person.
    136. That tears shed after a death will cause his soul to suffer beyond endurance.
    137. To predict the hour of the Day of Judgment.
    138. The Muslim Messiah, Mahdi.
    139. The Antichrist.
    140. To say that Dabbe has the ears of an elephant, eyes of a hog and head of an ox.
    141. The Second Coming of Christ.
    142. The belief that Agog and Magog are Turks.
    143. Racism, superiority of the Arabic race.
    144. The belief that Agog and Magog are the homunculus.
    145. To set down prayer hours not indicated in the Quran.
    146. To proscribe a certain number of rakats as a binding duty.
    147. The requirement of performing the salat by reciting verses in the original Arabic language.
    148. Prohibition for women to conduct the congregational prayer.
    149. To have to repeat always the same thing during the kneeling and prostrating in the course of the performance of the salat.
    150. The obligation to recite the fatiha at every rakat.
    151. The obligation to sit and recite attahiyyat at the end of the salat.
    152. To make a long list of the particular requirements during the salat not mentioned in the Quran.
    153. To make a detailed description of the praying man with regard to his posture,such as how he will place his hands).
    154. That the compensation of a willfully broken fast is two months without interruption.
    155. Special salats like the taravih (the superfluous night service during the month of Ramadan performed immediately after the prescribed night service of worship, consisting of twenty genuflections with an interval for rest and breathing after each two or four acts), and the congregational prayers at the end of the month of fasting and at the festival of sacrifice.
    156. To put people in misery by restricting the period of Hajj to a short space of time.
    157. The stoning of Satan during the Hajj.
    158. To slaughter animals at the Festival of Sacrifice.
    159. To believe that certain restrictions start after the Hajj.
    160. Calling holy the water from the well zamzam, to pray over sugar or salt for luck.
    161. To give zakat (alms, charity) as 1/40 of one’s assets.
    162. To assign special rates for zakat for camels, sheep and agricultural products.
    163. The belief that one invalidates his ablution by certain acts other than nature’s call.
    164. The belief that total ablution (ghusl) is required not only after sexual intercourse but also by other causes.
    165. To make the order of acts during the performance of ablution strictly binding.
    166. To say that rinsing one’s mouth and blowing one’s nose during the major ablution is a binding duty.
    167. The requirement of washing one’s heels along with the feet.
    168. Details such as the obligation of pouring water three times each to the right and left of a person performing the total ablution.
    169. The requirement of total ablution before reciting the Quran.
    170. Saying that one sins when he/she goes about not having performed total ablution.
    171. The nullification of ablutions for a person who has a tooth filled.
    172. The nullification of ablutions for men/women having a tattoo.
    173. Martyrdom for those having died in an earthquake or a flood.
    174. Martyrdom of those having suffered stomach pains.
    175. That the earth is supported by an ox or a fish.
    176. The belief that earthquakes occur when the fish shakes its tail.
    177. The fact that the moon is unattainable.
    178. To define the setting of the sun as the loss of the sun as a guide for prostrating.
    179. The belief that the eclipses of the sun and the moon occur when they are drawn by carriages equipped with handles.
    180. Existence of angels in the form of bulls, lions and eagles.
    181. Accounts related to the 600 wings of Gabriel.
    182. God’s opening His calf in paradise.
    183. God’s touching the back of the Prophet.
    184. God’s coming down on earth on special days to shake the hands of His creatures.
    185. The bargaining between God and the Prophet for the reduction of the times of salat from 50 down to 5.
    186. Institution of the caliphate.
    187. The sultanate and the making the subjects into slaves of the political power.
    188. Classes of clergy.
    189. To sanctify the Arabic language and ascribe sanctity to the Arabic letters.
    190. To terrorize people with the countries outside the dominion of Islam (Dar-ul Harb).
    191. To loot and disregard the rights of people living outside the dominion of Islam.
    192. To beat or kill persons who refuse to perform salat.
    193. To compel people to fast and beat those who fail to do so.
    194. To beat women who have put on makeup and go around uncovered.
    195. To kill the renegades (of Islam to other religions).
    196. To flog the renegades (even those who convert from one sect to another).
    197. To make conquests merely for the sake of looting.
    198. To beat drunkards.
    199. To use force and compel people to abide by religious rules.
    200. To call Islam by the names of sects, etc.
    The Burqa – Islamic or Cultural?
    By: Chris Moore
    The Islamic world is experiencing a rise in women wearing the burqa claiming it to be part of the Islamic dress code. Whether it is worn by choice or force is open to debate as very few women are able to, or prefer not to voice an opinion on the matter. Those who have, generally argue against the compulsory (by law as in Afghanistan) wearing of this garment with a minority claiming the right to wear it citing Quranic and prophetic instruction.
    A burqa is an outer garment worn by women in Islamic societies for the purpose of concealing their bodies and/or face. It is mostly worn when a woman leaves her home and is compelled to wear it until she returns.
    The burqa is worn throughout Middle Eastern nations and most Muslim nations around the world, with a few liberal or democratic governments being less strict about its use. One such famous example is Turkey, where secular ideas prevail and give people the freedom to choose. Meanwhile, in stricter nations, women are forced to wear the burqa; failure to do so can result in beatings, harassment or worse. Obviously a woman wears a burqa but more specifically, conservative practising Muslims wear it. Girls are not mandated to wear a burqa until she reaches puberty but this notion is not practised, as girls as young as six are made to wear the burqa to physically and mentally prepare them for adult life.
    Burqa falls under the category of Hijab. This is an Arabic word which means to veil or cover and refers to a woman’s head and body covering. In Saudi Arabia, women wear a loose robe called abaya and a face veil called niqab, while in nations like Tunisia or Turkey; Muslim women tend to wear only a headscarf. In Iran, they take a step further and the “fashion police” mandate all women to wear loose clothing – preferably a black or white robe – when going out, women are also supposed to wear either a full face veil or scarf. One of the extremes of burqa is the Afghan burqa, which was enforced by the Taliban. This burqa covers the entire body in loose clothing with the face (including eyes) being covered with only a grille for the women to look through.

    What does The Quran say about the burqa?

    First of all it depends upon who you ask. There is disagreement in Islamic circles as to what extent Quran advocates the wearing of the burqa. However, The Quran does not specifically mention the burqa or tell women to wear such extremely confining clothes. Instead, it instructs men and women to dress and behave modestly in society (24:31), which the Ulama or “Scholars” do agree upon. Modern day Muslims base their authority regarding the burqa on the hadith or collected traditions of life in the days of prophet Muhammad. It is important to note here that these “collected traditions” have no place in Islam, (please see relevant articles on this site). Most followers of these traditions know little of their origins or authenticity. For the thousands of traditions attributed to the Prophet only one bears notable credibility:

    “Do not write down anything I say except the Quran. Whoever has written something other than Quran let him destroy it.” (Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, page 171 also Sahih Muslim, Book 42, Number 7147).

    With contradiction and confused thrown up by the hadith and “scholars of Islam” let us consider what the Quran, the word of God, says on the topic of a dress code.
    For women: Cover your chest (24:31); Lengthen your garments (33:59) and for both sexes; The BEST garment is righteousness and modest conduct (7:26).

    The word burqa is not to be found anywhere in the Quran, but as it falls under the heading of hijab which is used in Quran we should explore its use. The Arabic word hijab can be translated into veil or yashmak. Other meanings for the word include screen, barrier, cover(ing), mantle, curtain, drapes, partition, division, divider etc.
    The word hijab appears in the Qur’an seven times, five of them as “hijab” and twice as “hijaban”. See 7:46, 17:45, 19:17, 33:53, 38:32, 41:5, 42:51. None of these “hijab” words are used in the Quran in reference to what the traditional Muslims call today “the dress code for Muslim woman”. Hijab in the Qur’an has nothing to do with a woman’s dress code.

    [7:46] A hijab (barrier) separates them, while the Purgatory is occupied by people who recognise each side by their looks. They will call the dwellers of Paradise: “Peace be upon you.” They did not enter (Paradise) through wishful thinking.

    [42:51] No human being can communicate with God except through inspiration, or from behind a hijaban (barrier), or by sending a messenger through whom He reveals what He wills. He is the Most High, Most Wise.

    Another word commonly used to justify the wearing of the burqa or at best a veil is the word khimaar, which can be found, along with the dress code for women in 24:31. Some Muslims quote this verse as a commandment for hijab, or head cover by pointing to the word khumurihinna in 24:31, which simply means cover, forgetting that God has already used the word hijab, several times in the Qur’an. Those blessed by God can see that the use of the word “Khimaar” in this verse is not for hijab, nor for head cover. Those who quote this verse usually add (head cover or veil) after the word Khumurihinna, and usually between parentheses, because it is their addition to the verse of God. Here is the most accurate translation of 24:31.

    [24:31] And tell the believing women to subdue their eyes, and maintain their chastity. They shall not reveal any parts of their bodies, except that which is apparent. They shall cover their chests with their ‘khimar’.

    Most of the translators, obviously influenced by the hadith translate the word as VEIL and thus mislead people into believing that this verse is advocating the covering of the head and hair, some even go to the extent of claiming that 24:31 implies the covering of the face!
    But the truth is that the word khimaar simply means a cover, any cover is called khimaar in Arabic. The derivative word khamrah, which means intoxicants, is so called because it covers the brain.
    In 24:31, God is telling the women to use their cover (khimaar, being a dress, a coat, a shawl, a shirt, a blouse, a tie, a scarf . . . etc.) to cover their bosoms, not their heads, face or hair. If God willed to order the women to cover their heads, face or hair, He would have simply said, “Cover your head, face and hair.” God is neither vague nor forgetful! God does not run out of words. He does not wait for, nor need a scholar to apply the correct words for Him! God confirms that the Quran is complete and fully detailed (6:114/5).
    The Arabic word for chest or more accurately the cleavage is jayb and this is the word used in this verse, but the Arabic words for head which is Ra’s, or hair which is sha’r are NOT. The commandment in the verse is clear – Cover your chest.
    The last part of the verse 24:31 translates as, “They shall not strike their feet when they walk in order to shake and reveal certain details of their bodies”. Details of the body can or cannot be revealed by the dress you wear and not by your head cover.
    It is a crime that so many men who have coaxed, or pressured, or demanded that their women wear the burqa, or that their daughters wear a hijab prematurely, are most probably unable or unwilling to read the Quran and uphold its tenants, being totally dependent on the interpretations incorrectly preached to them by immoderate clerics and cultural exhortations not based on pure religion. The problem with so many clerics in powerful positions within many Islamic communities around the globe, is that these religious leaders do not allow for intellectual freedom, or personal interpretation when it comes to matters of self assessed modesty and female dressing because of the narrowness in which they view women’s supposedly intemperate sexuality and the lack of self-control in men.

    Surely in this day and age, human beings can be trusted to walk down the street, safe in the knowledge that a glimpse of hair will not cause a riot. A veil worn in any form should be a personal and independent choice, free of social pressure. A shroud should not be used to effectively excise a woman from the society in which they live and the possibilities of the freedoms we should all enjoy.

    2:256 There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in God has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. God is Hearer, Omniscient.
    The Dress Code for Women in the Quran
    Before presenting the Quranic rules for women’s dress, it is essential to be reminded of the following:
    1- The Quran is the only source of law that is authorised by God (6:114).
    2- The Quran is complete and fully detailed (6:38, 6:114, 6:89 and 12:111).
    3- God calls on His true believers to make sure not to fall in the trap of idol worship by following the words of the scholars instead of the words of God (9:31).
    4- God calls those who prohibit what He did not prohibit, aggressors, liars and idol worshippers (5:87, 6:140, 7:32, 10:59).
    Quranic guidelines for women’s dress
    First Rule : The Best Garment
    “O children of Adam, We have brought down to you garments to cover your private parts, as well as for adornment, yet the garment of reverence is the best. These are some of God’s signs, perhaps they will remember.” 7:26
    To revere God and know that He is always watching us is the basic rule for the dress code in the Quran. Any woman knows quite well what is decent and what is revealing. Women do not need to be told, they know how to maintain righteousness and how not to. God created the woman and therefore He knows that she can make this distinction. This is why God set the rule of revering God and maintaining righteousness as the first rule.
    Second Rule : Cover your Bosoms
    The second rule can be found in 24:31. Here God commands women to cover their bosoms. Before quoting 24:31 let us review some crucial words that are always mentioned in connection to this topic, namely the ‘hijab’ and the ‘khimar’.
    The word ‘hijab’ in the Quran
    Hijab is the term used by many Muslim women to describe their head cover. This may or may not include covering their face. The Arabic word ‘hijab’ can be translated into veil or yashmak. Other meanings for the word ‘hijab’ include, screen, cover(ing), mantle, curtain, drapes, partition, division, divider.
    Can we find the word ‘hijab’ in the Quran?
    The word ‘hijab’ appears seven times in the Quran. Five of them as ‘hijab’ and two times as ‘hijaban’, these are verses: 7:46, 33:53, 38:32, 41:5, 42:51, 17:45 & 19:17.
    None of these ‘hijab’ words are used in the Quran in reference to what the traditional Muslims call today ‘hijab’, that being the head cover for Muslim woman!
    God knows that generations after Muhammed’s death the Muslims will use the word ‘hijab’ to invent a dress code that God Himself never authorised. God used the word ‘hijab’ ahead of them just as He used the word ‘hadith’ ahead of them (45:6).
    The word ‘hijab’ in the Quran has nothing to do with the Muslim women’s dress code.
    Historical Background:
    While many Muslims call ‘hijab’ an Islamic dress code, they in fact oblivious of the fact that the concept of ‘hijab’ has nothing to do with Islam nor with the Quran.
    In fact, the ‘hijab’ is an old Jewish tradition that infiltrated into the hadith books like many innovations that contaminated Islam through the hadith. Any student of Jewish traditions would know that the head cover for the Jewish woman is encouraged by the Rabbis and religious leaders.
    Religious Jewish women still cover their heads most of the time and especially in the synagogues, at weddings and religious festivities. This Jewish tradition is a cultural not a religious one. Hijab was observed by the women of the civilisations that preceded the Jews and was passed down to the Jewish culture.
    Some Christian women cover their heads in many religious occasions while the nuns cover their heads all the time. The tradition of covering the head was practiced thousands of years before the Muslim scholars claimed the ‘hijab’ as a Muslim dress code.
    The traditional Arabs, of all religions, Jews, Christians and Muslims used to wear ‘hijab’ not because of Islam, but because of tradition. In Saudi Arabia for example, all men cover their heads, not because of Islam but because of tradition.
    North Africa is known for its Tribe (Tuareg) that have the Muslim men wearing ‘hijab’ instead of women. Here the tradition has the ‘hijab’ in reverse. If wearing ‘hijab’ is the sign of the pious and righteous Muslim woman, Mother Teresa would have been the first woman to be counted.
    In brief, ‘hijab’ is a traditional dress and has nothing to do with Islam or religion. In certain areas of the world, men are the ones who wear the ‘hijab’ while in others the women do.
    Mixing religion with tradition is a form of idol-worship since it implies setting up other sources of religious laws besides the law of God.
    The word ‘khimar’ in the Quran:
    The word ‘khimar’ can be found in the Quran in 24:31 While the first basic rule of Dress Code for the Muslim women can be found in 7:26, the second rule of the dress code for women can be found in 24:31. Some Muslims quote verse 31 of sura 24 as containing the ‘hijab’, or head cover, by pointing to the word, khomoorihinna, (their khimars), forgetting that God already used the word ‘hijab’, several times in the Quran. Those who are not shackled by pre-conceptions will easily see that there is no command in 24:31 for women to cover their heads. The word ‘khimar’ does not mean ‘hijab’ nor head cover. Those who quote this verse usually add the words (head cover) and (veil) after the word ‘khomoorihinna’ and usually between brackets. These additions are their own words not the words of God and they are clearly added to the text to imply a meaning not found in God’s words. The words of 24:31 are:
    “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and to guard their private parts and not to show their adornments except that of it which normally shows. They shall cover their cleavage with their ‘khimar’. They shall not show their adornments except in the presence of their husbands, their fathers, the fathers of their husbands, their sons, the sons of their husbands, their brothers, the sons of their brothers, the sons of their sisters, other women, their slaves, the male attendants who have no sexual desire and the children who are yet to attain awareness of women’s nakedness. They shall not strike their feet so as to reveal details of their hidden ornaments. You shall repent to God all you believers, so that you may succeed.” 24:31
    The Arabic word khimar means cover. Any cover can be called a khimar, such as a curtain, a dress. A table cloth that covers the top of a table is a khimar. A blanket can be called a khimar and so on. The word khamr, which is used in the Quran for intoxicants, has the same root as khimar. Both words mean that which covers. The khimar covers a window, a body, a table and so on, while khamr is that which covers the mind. Traditional translators, obviously influenced by Hadith and culture, claim that khimar in 24:31 has only one meaning, and that is veil or hijab. Thus, they mislead women into believing that 24:31 commands them to cover their hair! The correct meaning of the word khimar can easily be verified by consulting any Arabic dictionary.
    In 24:31 God is telling women to use their khimar (cover/garment), which could be a dress, a coat, a shawl, a shirt, a blouse, a scarf and so on, to cover their cleavage/bosoms.
    Third Rule: Not to reveal any of their adornments
    The third rule can also be found in 24:31. Here God commands women not to reveal their adornments (beauty spots) except what is normally apparent (face, hair, lower arms and lower legs .. etc).
    ” …. not to show their adornments except that of it which normally shows.”
    This expression may sound vague to many because they have not understood the Mercy of God. Once again, God here used this very general term in order to allow women the freedom to decide on what is shown of her body. Righteous women will always make the correct decision so as to conform to the general code of morality, and also according to the time, place and occasion.
    The great wisdom of God in granting women this fexible concession can be witnessed every day and in every place. The following example demonstrats the application of this concession:
    A woman attending the masjid for prayers, or attending a funral would wish to wear fairly concervative clothes, but a woman playing sports for example would wish to wear simple light clothes that does not hinder movement.
    If God did not grant this merciful concession in 24:31it would mean that all women would have to wear ientical clothes at all occasions!
    The word ‘zeenatahunna’ (adornments) in this verse refers to the woman’s beauty spots which carry a sexual connotation, examples are “thighs, breasts, back side … etc). At the end of the verse, God tells the women not to strike with their feet to show their ‘zenatahunna’. The way a woman strikes her feet while walking can expose the details of certain parts of the body.
    Fourth Rule : Lengthen your Garments
    “O prophet, tell your wives, your daughters and the wives of the believers that they shall lengthen their garments. This is better so that they will be recognized and not molested. God is Forgiver, Merciful.” 33:59
    When we reflect on the above words, we would understand the great wisdom of God. In this verse, God, deliberately said that women should lengthen their garments, but did not say how long is long. God could have said tell them to lengthen their garments to their ankles or to their mid-calf or to their knees, but He did not. God knows that we will be living in different communities and have different cultures and insists that the minor details of this dress code will be left for the people of every community to decide for themselves, as long as righteousness is always maintained.
    Relaxing the Dress Code:
    In the family setting, God put no hardship on the women, and permitted them to relax their dress code. This is apparent from the words of 24:31 (above). In addition, elderly women who no longer expect to get married can also relax their dress code:
    “The elderly women who no longer anticipate marriage commit no error by relaxing their dress code, provided they do not flaunt their adornments, but to abstain from doing so would be better for them. God is Hearer, Knowledgeable.” 24:60
    Reply to those who claim that a Muslim woman should be all covered except for her face:
    Many Muslim scholars have invented extreme rules for women’s dress which are not found in the Quran. Some say that women should be totally covered except for her face, while others who are even more extreme, say that all women must be covered from head to toe except for two holes for the eyes to see!
    1- There are no words anywhere in the Quran which command women to cover all their bodies. Those who preach such un-Quranic rules cannot find words in the Quran to justify this extremity, so they manipulate various words in 24:31 and 33:59 to justify the falsehood.
    2- The fact that God says in 24:31 to specifically cover the bossom indicates clearly that there are other parts of the woman’s body that do not have to be covered.To elaborate on the indication of the words in 24:31, let us ponder on the following example:
    Think of your house and in it you have a garden. You have gardener who comes to look after your garden. One day you tell the gardener: please water the area under the big tree and also water the back of the garden.
    What does this example tell us?
    It tell us that since you specified only areas to be watered, then this is a clear indication that there will be other areas in the garden that are not to be watered. If you wanted the gardener to water the whole garden you would have asked: please water the whole garden.
    When we apply this example to the issue of women’s dress code in the Quran, the same principle applies. If God wanted the whole body of the woman to be covered, God would not have bothered saying “cover your chest” since an overall command to cover all the body would be all that is needed to say. But since God specifies certain parts of the woman’s body to be covered, then there are other parts that do not have to be covered, as long as they are not beauty spots of sexual connotation and as long as righteousness in dress is maintained.
    3- The command to “lengthen the garment” also proves that the woman is not commanded to be covered from head to toe. For if that was the case and women must be covered down to their toes, there would be no meaning to “lengthen the garment”. How can a woman lengthen a garment that is already down to the ground?
    “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and to guard their
    private parts, and not to reveal any of their ‘zinatahhunna’ (beauty spots)
    except what is normally apparent, and to draw their ‘khumurihhinna’
    (their khimars) over their ‘juyoob’ (cleavage/bossom)”
    Sura 24:31
    The starting point for this inquiry is to address the following questions:
    Do we see the Arabic words ‘shaar’ (hair) or ‘raas’ (head) in 24:31? The answer is no.
    Are there any words in 24:31, or anywhere in the Quran, which address women and which say in plain words “cover your shaar (hair) or raas (head)? The answer once again is no.

    However, traditional scholars and Imams insist that God issued such a command for women to cover their hair and they refer to 24:31 to make such claim.

    The fact that the words ‘hair’ and ‘head’ are not found in 24:31 should be sufficient for any unbiased reader to conclude that there cannot be a command to cover parts of the body if these parts are not mentioned in the first place.
    Nevertheless, traditional Muslim scholars manipulated the words in 24:31 in order to enforce the covering of the hair on women, but in reality they are enforcing their culture on people and claiming is it Islamic!
    It is thus the aim of this paper to analyse 24:31 in detail. In the light of the Quran it can be shown that their claims are all based on manipulated interpretations of the text in 24:31.

    Their claim:

    They state that the word ‘khimar’ in 24:31 means head cover, and thus they state that this word alone makes it obligatory for all women to wear a khimar to cover their hair.
    Here it is necessary to analyse two issues:

    1- What is the correct meaning of the word khimar?
    2- Is there a command in 24:31 for women to cover their hair?

    1- What is the correct meaning of the word khimar?

    The Arabic word khimar means cover. Any cover can be called a khimar such as a curtain, a dress, also a table cloth that covers the top of a table is a khimar, also a blanket can be called a khimar and so on. The word khamr, which is used in the Quran for intoxicants, has the same root as khimar. Both words mean that which covers. The khimar covers a window, our body, a table and so on, while khamr is that which covers the mind. Traditional translators, being influenced by Hadith and culture, claim that khimar in 24:31 has only one meaning, and that is veil or hijab, and thus they mislead women into believing that 24:31 commands them to cover their hair! The fact that the word khimar can mean any cover, and not just head cover, is a matter which can be verified by consulting any Arabic dictionary.
    In 24:31 God is telling women to use their khimar (cover/garment), which could be a dress, a coat, a shawl, a shirt, a blouse, a scarf and so on to cover their cleavage/bosoms.

    2- Is there a command in 24:31 for women to cover their hair?

    For a start, we note that the words ‘head’ and ‘hair’ are not found in 24:31.
    In addition, we must differentiate between two components in the wording of 24:31.
    God says to women to draw their khimar (garment) over their cleavage/bossom. Here we have:

    1- The subject of the command, which is the cleavage/bossom
    2- The tool, which is the khimar.

    The command is only obligatory in relation to the subject and not the tool.
    If the obligation was for the tool as well God would have said:
    “cover your hair and cleavage with your khimar”
    God is not short of words, nor is God vague in the commands He decrees for us.
    God will hold us accountable on the Day of Judgement to the commands He gave us, so it is not rational to imply for one moment that God would give us vague commands which lack precision and certainty.

    To further demonstrate the difference in obligation between the command and the tool, reference can be made to 5:4. In 5:4 God tells us that we can eat what our trained birds of prey catch for us. Does this mean that all believers are commanded to own or use a trained bird of prey for what they eat?
    Obviously not, for even though the trained birds of prey are mentioned in 5:4 (as a tool), yet the message of 5:4 is related only to how God made it lawful for us to eat the catch of trained birds.

    Similarly, in 24:31 all women are obliged to obey the command to cover their cleavage/bosom. As long as the woman covers her cleavage she would have obeyed God’s command in 24:31. She can use any garment she is wearing (tool) to cover her chest (subject of the command).

    In addition, the command to cover the cleavage/bosom also proves that there is no obligation to cover what is above the cleavage/bosom (neck, head and hair). If these parts above the bosom are also to be covered then why would God single out the cleavage/bosom? This rationale proves once again that the Quranic command to cover the cleavage/bosom indicates that there is no obligation to cover what is above the bosom, that being the neck, head and hair.

    Finally a mention must be included regarding the words:

    “not to reveal any of their ‘zinatahhunn’ (beauty spots) except what is normally apparent”

    Somehow, the scholars managed to manipulate these words as well to imply that the woman must be covered from head to toe.
    This claim can be easily refuted by analysing these words.
    The immediate question is: what are the parts of the body which people (in general) and women (in particular) normally cover, and thus would be described as “normally apparent”? When we have defined what is normally covered, it follows that the remaining parts of the body are what is referred to as “normally apparent”, or normally uncovered. In general, people cover the following:

    1- People cover their private parts in order to maintain righteousness (7:26). For women this would include all parts of the body which have sexual connotation such as the private parts, the backside, the chest, thighs and so on. It is for this purpose that God commands women in 33:59 to lengthen their garments so as not to be too revealing.

    2- People also cover their bodies in order to keep warm. In warm climates people would only cover what is included under item 1 above, which would be the minimum clothing required but also with maintaining righteousness, while as in colder climates people would cover more of their bodies depending on the severity of the weather.

    The above two points define what parts of the body would normally be covered under the words “normally apparent”.
    To imply that the words “normally apparent” mean all the body, as some Imams preach, is yet another manipulation of God’s words.
    If God wanted the woman to cover all her body God would not have bothered with words such as the “cleavage” nor with “what is normally apparent”! God would have simply said “cover all your body”. But for God to single out specific parts of the body for covering is the proof that God never required women to cover all their bodies.

    Do Muslim women have to be covered from head to toe?
    Email with Question:
    Dear brother, I am a newly converted muslim woman and I have been having a lot of pressure on me to cover my whole body except my face. Please give me any assistance brother that this is not what Muslim women must do, I need your help because this is not what I really want to do. Is there any proof from the Koran that this is wrong? please help me, thank you, Samantha
    Dear Samantha,
    I am glad you wrote to me and not followed whoever is giving you a twisted version of Islam.
    Yes we have proof from the Quran that this is a false claim:
    Many so-called Muslim scholars have invented extreme rules for women’s dress which are not found in the Quran. Some, like the ones putting the pressure on you, say that all the woman’s body must be covered except for her face, while others even more extreme say that all the woman’s body must be covered from head to toe except for two holes where the eyes can peep out from!
    Proof 1: There are no words in all the Quran where God commands the woman to cover all her body. We must accept that the Quran has all the details (6:114), and that God does not forget. If God wanted the woman to cover all her body from the neck to the feet God would have said that clearly. Those who make such un-Quranic claims cannot find words in the Quran with such extreme commands, so they manipulate Quranic words, mainly in 24:31 and 33:59, to comply with their false claims.

    Proof 2: The fact that God says in 24:31 to specifically cover the breast indicates clearly that there are other parts of the woman’s body that do not have to be covered.
    The following example God willing should make the point clear:
    Think of your house and in it you have a garden. You have a gardener who comes to look after your garden.
    One day you ask him: please water the area around the trees and also water the back of the garden.
    What does this example tell us?
    It tells us that since you specified only certain areas to be watered, then this is a clear indication that there will be other areas in the garden that do not need to be watered. If you wanted the gardener to water the whole garden you would have asked exactly that, by saying: please water the whole garden.
    When we apply this example to the issue of women’s dress code in the Quran, the same principle applies, if God wanted the whole body of the woman to be covered, God would not have bothered saying “cover your chest” since an overall command to cover all the body would be a more appropriate command, and it would also be the only command that is needed. But since God specifies certain parts of the woman’s body to be covered, then this is clear proof that here are other parts of the woman’s body that do not have to be covered, as long as the are not beauty spots of sexual connotation (zinah), and as long as righteousness in dress is maintained (7:26).
    Proof 3: The command to “lengthen the garment” also proves that the woman is not commanded to be all covered from head to feet. For if that is the case, and the woman is covered down to the ground, there would be no meaning to “lengthen the garment”. How can the woman lengthen a garment that is already down to the ground?
    I hope this will help you expose the extreme hypocrites who are distorting the beautiful religion of Islam.

    • Hi Lucky/Raj, thank you for your effort, as that is what I find(irrespective of my personal beliefs) to be 100% true of Islam going by the Quran. Islam is for the whole mankind, for each and every one and not to be relegated to the Mullas or the religious so called “professors” and their changing tones called Fatwas.

      My question remains ; why can’t the Quran be questioned by the sceptics, where in itself, there are verses asking that to be done?

      Remember the Fatwa on the head of Salman Rushdie and then a new Fatwa withdrawing that??

      The whole mankind is to read the Quran and follow the practical deeds of the Prophet, according to the Quran as Islam is not for the Arabs alone!

      Kind Regards





        “The Qur’an escapes from the hearts of men faster than a runaway camel.”
        The present text of the Koran, which all Muslims accept as the only non-falsified holy book, was collected 15-20 years after the death of Muhammad in the time of the Caliph Uthman who ordered all previous collections to be burned.

        But you don’t have to dig very deep to find the truth. Even a cursory reading of the Qur’an is sufficient to prove that it is a fraud. There is no way the creator of the universe wrote a book devoid of context, without chronology or intelligent transitions. Such a creative spirit wouldn’t need to plagiarize. He would know history and science and thus wouldn’t have made such a fool of himself. The God who created man wouldn’t deceive him or lead him to hell as Allah does.

        Nor would he order men to terrorize, mutilate, rob, enslave, and slaughter the followers of other Scriptures he claims he revealed, wiping them out to the last. One doesn’t need a scholastic review of the Qur’anic text to disprove its veracity. It destroys itself quite nicely.
        Tradition tells us that Muhammad had not foreseen his death, and so he had made no preparations for gathering his revelations. He left it up to his followers to sift through the conflicting versions.

        There is not a SINGLE idea in the Quran that has not been plagiarized, pirated, plundered or perverted from the belief of others! The only new items in the Quran are the enormous amounts of hate, war, torture & Hellish verses that permeate through its pages.

        Mohammedanism is the Cult of Mohammed & both Quran & Hadithss instruct his followers to slavishly emulate his deeds, thoughts, manner & ideas. This is Cultism.

        Islam provides only one prime source of information on Muhammad and the formation of Islam written within two centuries of the time he lived and it was conceived. Ishaq’s Sira, or Biography, stands alone—a singular and tenuous thread connecting us to a very troubled man and time.

        Over the next two hundred years, other Hadith Collections were compiled by the likes of Tabari, Bukhari, and Muslim.

        Their assemblages of oral reports, or Traditions, were said to have been inspired by Allah. They purport to convey Muhammad’s words and example. They also explain the Qur’an—a book so deficient in context and chronology, it can only be understood when seen through the eyes of the Sunnah writers. Their message is all that Muslims have. Together, the Sunnah and Qur’an are Islam.

        Bragging one day, Muhammad called his surahs a miracle:

        Bukhari:V6B61N504 “Muhammad said, ‘Every Prophet was given miracles because of which people believed. But what I have been given is Divine Inspiration which Allah has revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will outnumber the followers of the other Prophets.’”

        If the Qur’an was his only “miracle,” why would he leave it in such horrid condition? I believe the answer is clear.

        Muhammad knew his recitals had been nothing more than a figment of his less-than-admirable imagination, situational scriptures designed to satiate his cravings. Preserving these recitals would only serve to incriminate him, as this Hadith suggests.

        Muslim: C24B20N4609 “The Messenger said: ‘Do not take the Qur’an on a journey with you, for I am afraid lest it would fall into the hands of the enemy.’ Ayyub, one of the narrators in the chain of transmitters, said: ‘The enemy may seize it and may quarrel with you over it.’”
        A number of Bukhari Hadith suggest that Muhammad’s companions tried to remember what they could of what he had said, but there was a problem. Like today, those who knew the Qur’an were militants. So Abu Bakr feared that large portions would be forgotten. The best Muslims were dying on the battlefield subduing fellow Arabs. In one battle alone, most of the Qur’an’s most knowledgeable reciters were lost, and many Qur’anic passages along with them.

        Bukhari:V6B60N201 “Zaid bin Thabit, the Ansari said, ‘Abu Bakr sent for me after the (heavy) casualties among the warriors (of the battle) of Yamama (where a great number of Muhammad’s Companions were killed). Umar was present with Bakr. “The people have suffered heavy casualties at Yamama, and I am afraid that there will be more casualties among those who can recite the Qur’an on other battlefields. A large part of the Qur’an may be lost unless you collect it.” I replied to Umar, “How can I do something which Allah’s Apostle has not done?” Umar kept on pressing, trying to persuade me to accept his proposal.’ Zaid bin Thabit added, ‘Umar was sitting with Abu Bakr and was speaking (to) me. “You are a wise young man and we do not suspect you of telling lies or of forgetfulness. You used to write the Divine Inspiration for Allah’s Apostle. Therefore, look for the Qur’an and collect it (in one manuscript).” By Allah, if Abu Bakr had ordered me to shift one of the mountains (from its place) it would have been easier for me than the collection of the Qur’an. I said to both of them, “How dare you do a thing which the Prophet has not done?”
        Zaid declared that collecting the Qur’an’s surahs would be an impossible task. He said that it would be easier to move mountains than to turn Muhammad’s string of oral recitals into a book. The reason for this rather troubling statement is obvious: Zaid’s search for Qur’anic passages forced him to rely upon carvings on the leg or thigh bones of dead animals, as well as palm leaves, skins, mats, stones, and bark. But for the most part, he found nothing better than the fleeting memories of the prophet’s Companions, many of whom were dead or dying. In other words, the Qur’an, like the Hadith, is all hearsay.
        There were no Muslims who had memorized the entire Qur’an, otherwise the collection would have been a simple task. Had there been individuals who knew the Qur’an, Zaid would only have had to write down what they dictated. Instead, Zaid was overwhelmed by the assignment, and was forced to “search” for the passages from men who believed that they had memorized certain segments and then compare what he heard to the recollection of others. Therefore, even the official Islamic view of things, the one recorded in their scripture, is hardly reassuring.
        Worse still, the Muslim chosen for this impossible task was the one in the best position to plagiarize the Torah and Talmud. Moreover, it’s obvious he did. Remember:

        Tabari VII:167 “In this year, the Prophet commanded Zayd bin Thabit to study the Book of the Jews, saying, ‘I fear that they may change my Book.’”
        the worse it gets.

        Bukhari:V6B61N511 “Zaid bin Thabit said, ‘I started searching for the Qur’an till I found the last two Verses of Surat At-Tauba with Abi but I could not find them with anyone other than him. They were: ‘Verily there has come to you an Apostle from amongst yourselves.’” [9:128]

        This is incriminating. The 9th surah was the second to last revealed. If only one person could remember it, there is no chance those revealed twenty-five years earlier were retained. Furthermore, this Tradition contradicts the most highly touted Islamic mantra: Most Muslims contend Uthman, not Bakr, ordered the collection of the Qur’an a decade later. And who knows what version they finally committed to paper, if in fact they ever did?

        Bukhari:V6B61N513: “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Gabriel [whom Muhammad said had 600 wings] recited the Qur’an to me in one way. Then I requested him and continued asking him to recite it in other ways, and he recited it in several ways till he ultimately recited it in seven different ways.’”

        So there were at least seven Qur’ans.
        • In Bukhari’s Hadith we find a sea of disturbing and contradictory claims regarding the compilation of Allah’s book. There were differing versions, even in Muhammad’s day:

        Then Abdallah came to him, and he learned what was altered and abrogated.” This is reasonably clear. The Hadith says that portions of the Qur’an were conflicting, changed, and cancelled.

        • Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif—Many (of the passages) of the Qur’an that were sent down were known by those who died on the day of Yamama . . . but they were not known (by those who) survived them, nor were they written down, nor had Abu Bakr, Umar or Uthman (by that time) collected the Qur’an, nor were they found with even one (person) after them.

        Abu Bakr decided that it was time to gather what remained of the Qur’an in order to prevent more from being lost, and he appointed Zaid ibn Thabit to this task. After Zaid completed his codex around 634 AD, it remained in Abu Bakr’s possession until his death, when it was passed on to Caliph Umar. When Umar died, it was given to Hafsa, a widow of Muhammad. (For a fuller account see Sahih al-Bukhari 4986.)

        When Ibn Umar—son of the second Muslim caliph—heard people declaring that they knew the entire Qur’an, he said to them: “Let none of you say, ‘I have learned the whole of the Koran,’ for how does he know what the whole of it is, when much of it has disappeared? Let him rather say, ‘I have learned what is extant thereof’” (Abu Ubaid, Kitab Fada’il-al-Qur’an).

        During Caliph Uthman’s reign, approximately 19 years after the death of Muhammad, disputes arose concerning the correct recitation of the Qur’an. Uthman ordered that Hafsa’s copy of the Qur’an, along with all known textual materials, should be gathered together so that an official version might be compiled. Zaid ibn Thabit, Abdullah bin Az-Zubair, Sa’id bin Al-As, and Abdur-Rahman bin Harith worked diligently to construct a revised text of the Qur’an.

        Bukhari:V4B56N709 “Uthman called Zaid, Abdallah, Said, and Abd-Rahman. They wrote the manuscripts of the Qur’an in the form of a book in several copies. Uthman said to the three Quraishi persons, ‘If you differ with Zaid bin Thabit on any point of the Qur’an, then write it in the language of the Quraysh, as the Qur’an was revealed in their language.’ So they acted accordingly.”

        Because there was such confusion, Uthman ordered competing versions to be burned. But by destroying the evidence, he destroyed the Qur’an’s credibility. Now all Muslims have is wishful thinking.
        When it was finished, “Uthman sent to every Muslim province one copy of what they had copied, and ordered that all the other Qur’anic materials, whether written in fragmentary manuscripts or whole copies, be burnt” (Sahih al-Bukhari 4987). The Qur’an we have today is descended from the Uthmanic codex.

        Muhammad once told his followers to “Learn the recitation of the Qur’an from four: from Abdullah bin Masud—he started with him—Salim, the freed slave of Abu Hudhaifa, Mu’adh bin Jabal and Ubai bin Ka’b” (Sahih al-Bukhari 3808). Interestingly, Ibn Masud (first on Muhammad’s list) held that the Qur’an should only have 111 chapters (today’s version has 114 chapters), and that chapters 1, 113, and 114 shouldn’t have been included in the Qur’an.

        Due to these disputes among Muhammad’s hand-picked reciters, Muslims are faced with a dilemma. If Muslims say that the Qur’an we have today has been perfectly preserved, they must say that Muhammad was horrible at choosing scholars, since he selected men who disagreed with today’s text. If, on the other hand, Muslims say that their prophet would know whom to pick regarding Islam’s holiest book, they must conclude that the Qur’an we have today is flawed!

        One of Muhammad’s companions, Abu Musa, supported this claim when he said that the early Muslims forgot two surahs (chapters) due to laziness:
        Sahih Muslim 2286


        Aisha also tells us that individual verses of the Qur’an disappeared, sometimes in very interesting ways:
        Sunan ibn Majah 1944—It was narrated that Aishah said: “The Verse of stoning and of breastfeeding an adult ten times was revealed, and the paper was with me under my pillow. When the Messenger of Allah died, we were preoccupied with his death, and a tame sheep/goat came in and ate it.”
        The verses on stoning and breastfeeding an adult not in the Qur’an today.

        We know further that large sections of certain chapters came up missing. For instance, Muhammad’s wife Aisha said that roughly two-thirds of Surah 33 was lost:
        Abu Ubaid, Kitab Fada’il-al-Qur’an—A’isha . . . said, “Surat al-Ahzab (xxxiii) used to be recited in the time of the Prophet with two hundred verses, but when Uthman wrote out the codices he was unable to procure more of it than there is in it today [i.e. 73 verses].”

        • Sahih al-Bukhari 5005—Umar said, “Ubayy was the best of us in the recitation (of the Qur’an), yet we leave some of what he recites.” Ubayy says, “I have taken it from the mouth of Allah’s Messenger and will not leave it for anything whatever.”

        • But Ibn Masud wasn’t the only one of Muhammad’s trusted teachers who disagreed with Zaid’s Qur’an. Ubayy ibn Ka’b was Muhammad’s best reciter and one of the only Muslims to collect the materials of the Qur’an during Muhammad’s lifetime. Yet Ibn Ka’b believed that Zaid’s Qur’an was missing two chapters! Later Muslims were therefore forced to reject some of Ibn Ka’b’s recitation:

        • Ibn Masud advised Muslims to reject Zaid’s Qur’an and to keep their own versions—even to hide them so that they wouldn’t be confiscated by the government! He said:
        Jami at-Tirmidhi 3104—“O you Muslim people! Avoid copying the Mushaf and recitation of this man. By Allah! When I accepted Islam he was but in the loins of a disbelieving man”—meaning Zaid bin Thabit—and it was regarding this that Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: “O people of Al-Iraq! Keep the Musahif that are with you, and conceal them.”

        • Because of this (along with hundreds of other textual differences), Ibn Masud went so far as to call the final edition of the Qur’an a deception! He said, “The people have been guilty of deceit in the reading of the Qur’an. I like it better to read according to the recitation of him [i.e. Muhammad] whom I love more than that of Zayd Ibn Thabit” (Ibn Sa’d, Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, Vol. 2, p. 444).


        And Allaah revealed other aayahs in a separate soorah, where He says:
        “Say (O Muhammad): “It has been revealed to me that a group (from three to ten in number) of jinn listened (to this Qur’aan). They said: ‘Verily, we have heard a wonderful Recitation (this Qur’aan)!” [al-Jinn 72:1]


        Even the Prophet had a shaytaan with him, his constant companion (qareen) from among the jinn, in the hadeeth which says that the Prophet said:
        “There is no one among you but he has with him a constant companion (qareen) from among the jinn and a constant companion from among the angels.” They said, “You too, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said, “Me too, but Allaah has helped me against him (the devil-companion) and he has become Muslim.”

        The Koran is a book of myths, fables and fairy tales.
        Do your research! The Qur’an is a revised counterfeit of 6th century polytheism, composed of previously existing pagan beliefs, practices and fairy tales.

        For example: The Koran says men were turned into apes because they broke the Sabbath. This was a popular legend in Muhammad’s day (Suras 2:65; 7:163-166).

        The Quran repeats fanciful Arabian fables as if they were true.
        “Arabic legends about the fabulous jinns fill its pages” (G.G. Pfander, Balance of Truth, pp. 283).

        “The story of the she-camel who leapt out of a rock and became a prophet was known long before Muhammad” (Suras 7:73-77,85; 91:14; 54:29).
        The story of an entire village of people who were turned into apes because they broke the sabbath by fishing was a popular legend in Muhammad’s day (Suras 2:65; 7:163-166).

        The gushing 12 springs story found in Sura 2:60 comes from pre-Islamic legends.

        In what is called the “Rip Van Winkle” story, seven men and their animals slept for 309 years in a cave and then woke up perfectly fine (Sura 18:9-26)! This legend is found in Greek and Christian fables as well as Arabian lore.

        The fable of the pieces of four dead, cut-up birds getting up and flying was well known in Muhammad’s time (Sura 2:260).

        It is also clear that Muhammad used such pre-Islamic literature as the Saba Moallaqat of Imra’ul Cays in his composition of Suras 21:96; 29:31,46; 37:59; 54:1, and 93:1.

        Many of the stories in the Quran come from the Jewish Talmud, the Midrash, and many apocryphal works.

        This was pointed out by Abraham Geiger in 1833, and further documented by another Jewish scholar, Dr. Abraham Katsh, of New York University, in 1954 (The Concise Dictionary of Islam, p. 229;

        Jomier, The Bible and the Quran — Henry Regency Co., Chicago, 1959, 59ff; Sell, Studies, pp. 163ff.; Guillaume, Islam, p. 13).

        The source of Sura 3:35-37 is the fanciful book called The Protevangelion’s James the Lesser.
        The source of Sura 87:19 is the Testament of Abraham.
        The source of Sura 27:17-44 is the Second Targum of Esther.

        The fantastic tale that God made a man “die for a hundred years” with no ill effects on his food, drink, or donkey was a Jewish fable (Sura 2:259ff.).

        The idea that Moses was resurrected and other material came from the Jewish Talmud (Sura 2:55, 56, 67).

        • The story in Sura 5:30,31 can also be found in pre-Islamic works from Pirke Rabbi Eleazer, the Targum of Jonathan ben Uzziah and the Targum of Jerusalem.

        The tale of Abraham being delivered from Nimrod’s fire came from the Midrash Rabbah (see Suras 21:51-71; 29:16, 17; 37:97,98). It must be also pointed out that Nimrod and Abraham did not live at the same time.

        Muhammad was always mixing people together in the Quran who did not live at the same time.

        The non-biblical details of the visit of the Queen of Sheba (Saba) in Sura 27:20-44 came from the Second Targum of the Book of Esther.

        The source of Sura 2:102 is no doubt the Midrash Yalkut (chapter 44).

        The story found in Sura 7:171 of God lifting up Mount Sinai and holding it over the heads of the Jews as a threat to squash them if they rejected the law came from the Jewish book Abodah Sarah.

        The making of the golden calf in the wilderness, in which the image jumped out of the fire fully formed and actually mooed (Suras 7:148; 20:88), came from Pirke Rabbi Eleazer.

        The seven heavens and hells described in the Quran came from the Zohar and the Hagigah.

        Muhammad utilized the Testament of Abraham to teach that a scale or balance will be used on the day of judgment to weigh good and bad deeds in order to determine whether one goes to heaven or hell (Suras 42:17; 101:6-9).

        • KAABA

        Kaabah construction DATE was after 4th century AD by “Abu Karb Asa’d” was the first to consecrate Kaabah which reveals that he was the builder of Kaabah.The two Rukuns or stones which were the main elements of worship in the temple were of Yemeni origin. The date on which the Black Stone first appeared in Mecca was at the time of Mohammed’s grandfather between 495 and 520 AD. Islamic tradition was aware of these facts, people invented “Unreliable Quran LIED stories!” to fill the historical gaps.

        Evidence from Sana’a manuscripts found in Yemen in 1972 are the oldest existent version of the Quran.The palimpsest ‘DAM 0 1-27.1’ has been proven to actually contain “4” different Qurans: A complete primary and secondary text, both showing later corrections. Therefore we are not just dealing with one Quran but 4 ‘bad copies’“4 different Qurans” within the “First” Islamic century.If the Uthmanic text had “NOT yet reach” in the mosque upon what correction texts were made for “4 different Qurans”?

        Islam retains much from pre-Islamic Arabia including Allah, the name for Pagan God. The concept of monotheism did exist in the jahiliyya – even the pagans conceived of a supreme God that ruled over all the others. There are hints that some idolatry would remain the Satanic verses. The Ka’ba was the masjid of many tribes as early as 60 BC, and the pagans first had the tradition of kissing the black stone. From Sabaa Mu’allaqat of Imra’ul Qays in Quran (S. 54:1, 29:31&46, 37:69, 21:96, 93:1).

        The Quran Was Not Preserved
        “We have sent down the Quran and surely We will protect” – The Quran 15:9
        Surat Al-Ĥijr (The Rocky Tract) – سورة الحجر

        Sahih International
        Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.
        Most Muslims are familiar with the above verse from the Quran, which they consider as the concrete proof that the Quran is perfectly preserved. The verse is clear; Allah pledges to protect his book from corruption, which provides Muslims with a much needed assurance that their holy book is reliable. Such assurance was necessary to Muslims whose confidence in the divine scriptures was shaken after the Quran’s repeated accusations to other nations of tampering with their own scriptures.
        Muslims are taught that preservation of the Quran is an accepted fact that distinguishes Islam from the rest. The claim aims to make the Quran stand out as the only true divine book in the procession of mankind today. The Muslims’ claim is a big lie that has proved to be a very successful selling point to converts who often refer to the Quran in that sense.
        It is not advisable to question the authenticity of the Quran with Muslims unless you are sure of their relative tolerance. The Muslims clouded minds quickly moves into circular logic such as: ”Of course, every word in the the Quran is preserved as Allah revealed it to his prophet, this is an absolute fact because Allah vowed to protect his book from any corruption” It would be a struggle to try to point out that a statement in the Quran can not be accepted as a proof of its authenticity.
        From a scientific point of view, the Quran and Islam wouldn’t stand a chance if subjected to proper historical scrutiny (1). Mohammed’s birth and life, the Quran and the beginning of Islam are all shrouded with a thick coat of vagueness and obscurity. But this article discredits the islamic claim on the basis of the accepted Islamic history.
        How the Quran was preserved
        As all Muslims know, the Quran was not Allah’s first book; a few others were revealed centuries before the Quran. None of those scriptures survived to our day because they were tampered with by the very people to whom they were revealed. Fourteen hundreds years ago, Allah decided conclusively to reveal a scripture, once and for all, which He called the Quran, and vowed to protect it from corruption.
        We do not know the reasons why people tampered with the earlier scriptures. Did they gain anything by deliberately making changes to Allah’s words? Why they did not fear Allah, especially with all the stories in those scriptures, about Allah’s punishments to those who dared to disobey Him. We also do not know why Allah allowed his books to be tampered with. Even human writers do not allow any changes to their works.
        As Allah pledges to protect the Quran, one would think that He would create the ideal conditions for His revelation along with man-proof measures to safeguard the Quran. Well, it doesn’t look to us that way. On the contrary, it looks as if Allah made every effort to make the Quran disappear, even before its revelation was completed.
        Let us examine the circumstances of the Quranic revelation:
        The Nation
        The Quran was revealed in the seventh century to the Arabs, one of the most illiterate nations of the time. It was the Arabs first ever book. Before the Quran the Arabs never authored a book and had no idea how books look like or how to handle them. Revealing the Quran to the Arabs sets the scene for mistakes of all kinds.
        The Timing
        The Quran was revealed before the Arabic script was fully developed. The Arabic script was not yet suitable for writing anything with significance because many letters shared the same appearance. The script problem was only solved, decades after Mohammed’s death, by adding dots to the script. It is only fair to wonder why Allah rushed the Quran before the Arabic script was well developed.
        It looks strange that the Arabs used the same script for multiple letters. But before the Quran, the Arabs only managed to write a few pieces of poetry. Reading the script served as a reminder for the reader of what they already knew by heart. As a matter of fact, the Arabic script still suffers of a similar problem in our time.
        There are many Arabic words (not letters) that share exactly the same appearance, even after adding the dots. It is usually left for the reader to work out, from the context, the proper pronunciation of a particular word. To distinguish those words from each other, printing has to include the diacritical marks ( like fat-ha, kasra, and damma ), which the Arabs started to use more than a century after Mohammed’s death. Although used in the Quran, the diacritical marks are rarely used in every day printing of ordinary books or newspapers because they make the words cluttered and printing more demanding.
        The Illiterate Receiver
        At the time of the Quranic revelations, there were some Arabs who were educated enough to be able to read and write. Out of all the Arabs, Allah appointed Mohammed, an illiterate person, to be in charge of the Quran. This is like appointing an illiterate person to be in charge of editing an important newspaper..
        The Scribes
        Mohammed had some scribes working for him in Medina. After a revelation, Mohammed would ask whoever was available of those scribes to write the revealed verse/verses. The scribe service was not available to Mohammed when he was still a weak person with only a handful of followers in Mecca. Therefore, it is fair to assume that the Meccan verses, over one third of the Quran, were not written immediately by scribes.
        Being an illiterate person, Mohammed had no means to check the work of the scribes for errors that could have been made accidentally or on purpose. Being trustworthy himself is meaningless if Mohammed had to leave the work to be completed by ordinary people without supervision.
        The story of Ibn Abu Al Sarh:
        This is a very important and very little known story about the Quran. Muslim scholars make every effort to tuck it away and keep it out of sight of ordinary Muslims.
        In short: Abdulla Ibn Abu Al Sarh was one of the scribes in Medina. Once Mohammed dictated to him a verse, that has one of the common endings like aleem khabeer or hakeem aleem. When Ibn Abu Al Sarh reached the end of the verse he double checked with Mohammed: “Oh prophet of Allah, is it hakeem aleem?” to which Mohammed said ‘yes, it is’. Ibn Abu Al Sarh became suspicious because he thought it was aleem khabeer. Ibn Abu Al Sarh decided to test Mohammed in future verses and noticed that Mohammed accepts his suggestions of aleem khabeer or hakeem aleem or other endings that do not distort the meaning.
        Ibn Abu Al Sarh concluded that Mohammed was not a prophet but an impostor. He denounced Islam and defected to Mecca and told the Quraysh of what happened. Mohammed became very angry and vowed to kill him once he conquers Mecca, which he was preparing for. When Mohammed conquered Mecca, Ibn Abu Al Sarh was arrested but was saved from the death sentence by Uthman, his brother in breast feeding. Ibn Abu Al Sarh survived and had a successful career under the Umayad dynasty, which speaks volumes of the faith of the Umayads!
        We do not know which verses were scribed by Ibn Abu Al Sarh, but we know that at least those verses were not accurate!
        The materials
        The technology necessary for writing was not well developed in Arabia. The scribes used primitive ink and perishable material to accomplish their work. Consequently, by the time Mohammed died, some verses were unreadable or completely missing from the Quran. According to Aysha, Mohammed’s wife, she used to keep the stoning verse under her bed, but it was eaten by a ‘dajen’ (chicken or domestic animal!)
        Until Mohammed’s death, nobody inspected the work of the scribes, which was left to gather dust until after Mohammed’s death. The moment of truth came about two decades later when Caliph Uthman appointed a committee to start the project of collecting the Quran. Only then the discrepancies in the various writings came to light. Uthman’s solution was to burn all existing copies and keep only the formal five copies which were produced by his committee. Many leading Muslims refused to recognize Uthman’s copies and refused to surrender their own to be destroyed because they believed theirs were the accurate ones. Ibn Massoud, a sahabi whose knowledge of the Quran was renowned and commended by Mohammed, was one of those Muslims who refused to recognize Uthman’s copies and refused to surrender his personal, presumably accurate, collection.
        Preserving the Quran in the Muslims’ chests
        Some Muslim scholars claim that all of the above is irrelevant because the Quran was preserved in the Muslims’ chests as well. (Yes, the Quran associates the heart with intelligence, not a word about the brain, and the Muslims believed it). This claim is coupled to a belief that the early Muslims were humans with extra ordinary intelligence. Of course this is completely unfounded and still doesn’t explain the discrepancies between the various collections of the Quran.
        Mohammed could and should have done more to safeguard the Quran, if he really believed it was Allah’ words and the most important document on earth. He had the resources and the authority, as a leader in Medina, to order a supervised writing and proper collection of the Quran. He should have stamped that authenticated copy (Mohammed had a stamp) and devised a system to take care of it after him. But he didn’t because he was busy fighting wars; over seventy of them in a space of ten years. Besides he didn’t really feel the Quran was that important. He probably found the chaotic situation useful, as it gave him the freedom to contradict the earlier verses without being noticed.
        Many Muslims believe that two of Uthman’s copies still exist today and they seem to be sure about it. They do so because they believe their scholars who propagate this lie with apparent confidence, which is not unusual for Muslim scholars.
        Caliph Uthman sent four of his copies to the governors of the newly conquered states and kept one with him in Medina. Those copies were supposed to have been well looked after but there is no trace of them. How can Muslims afford to lose such important divine documents? This is difficult to fathom considering the way today’s Muslims treat the Quran. Muslims are usually reluctant to dispose of their old copies of the Quran because it is not a straight forward matter; it should be burnt and not mixed with the general waste.
        Until the discovery of the Quran of Sanaa, the oldest two copies of the Quran were thought to be the ones in Tashkent and Istanbul. Both copies are partial, not the full Quran and both were dated to some two hundred years after Mohammed’s death. Therefore they are not Uthman’s copies.
        In the 1970s, manuscripts of the Quran were found in Sanaa, Yemen, and were dated to about hundred years after Mohammed’s death. They are believed to be the oldest copy of the Quran. The Yemini authorities stopped the German researchers from completing their work once they noticed the differences between the manuscripts and the existing Quran. It is also interesting to note that independent researchers have no access to do proper studies on the copies in Tahkent and Istanbul.
        Are they hiding something?


      Part 3


      To make matters worse than what they already are Muhammad went so far as to replace his god as the savior of Muslims, thereby making himself the hope of his followers instead of Allah.
      For instance, Muhammad is reported to have taught that on the Day of Judgment he will save followers from eternal punishment by interceding for them. Muhammad claimed that people would be taken out of hell on the basis of his intercession:
      (It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqam Mahmud.) meaning, ‘do that which you are commanded to do, and We will raise you to a station of praise and glory (Maqam Mahmud) on the Day of Resurrection, where all of creation will praise you,’ as will their Creator, may He be glorified and exalted. Ibn Jarir said, “Most of the commentators said, ‘This is the position to which Muhammad will be raised on the Day of Resurrection, to intercede for the people so that their Lord will relieve them of some of the hardships they are facing on that Day.’” It was reported that Hudhayfah said, “Mankind will be gathered in one arena, where they will all hear the call and will all be seen. They will be standing barefoot and naked as they were created, and no person shall speak except by the leave of Allah. He will call out, ‘O Muhammad,’ and he will respond…
      This is the position of praise and honor (Maqam Mahmud) which was mentioned by Allah.” Ibn `Abbas said, “The position of praise and honor is the position of intercession.” Ibn Abi Najih reported something similar from Mujahid, and this was also the view of Al-Hasan Al-Basri. Qatadah said, “He is the first one for whom the earth will be opened on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be the first one to intercede.” So the scholars consider this the position of praise and glory to which Allah referred in the Ayah…

      (It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqam Mahmud.) I, Ibn Kathir, say: the Messenger of Allah will have honors in the Day of Resurrection in which no one else will have a share, honors which will not be matched by anyone else. He is the first one for whom the earth will be opened and he will come forth riding to the gathering place. He will have a banner under which Adam and anyone else will gather, and he will have the Hawd (Lake) to which no one else will have more access than he. He will have the right of the Grand Intercession with Allah when He comes to judge between His creation. This will be after the people ask Adam, then Nuh, then Ibrahim, then Musa, then `Isa to intercede, and each of them will say, “I am not able for that.” Then they will come to Muhammad, and he will say…

      • We will mention this in more detail shortly, if Allah wills. Part of that will be that he will intercede for some people who had been commanded to be taken to Hell, and they will be brought back. He is the first Prophet whose Ummah will be judged, and the first to take them across the Bridge over the Fire, and the first to intercede in Paradise, as was reported in Sahih Muslim. In the Hadith about the Trumpet, it says that NONE of the believers will enter Paradise EXCEPT THROUGH HIS INTERCESSION. He will be the first to enter Paradise, and his Ummah will be the first nation to enter. He will intercede for the status to be raised for people whose deeds could not get them there. He is the one who will reach Al-Wasilah, which is the highest position in Paradise, which befits no one but him. When Allah gives permission for intercession on behalf of sinners, the angels, Prophets and believers will intercede, and he will intercede for people whose number is known only to Allah. No one will intercede like him and no one will match him in intercession. This has been explained in comprehensive detail at the end of the Book of Sirah, in the chapter on the specific qualities. Praise be to Allah. Now with the help of Allah we will mention the Hadiths that were reported concerning Al-Maqam Al-Mahmud. Al-Bukhari recorded that Ibn `Umar said: “On the Day of Resurrection, the people will be humbled to their knees, each nation following its Prophet and saying, `O so-and-so, intercede,’ `O so-and-so, intercede,’ until the power of intercession is given to Muhammad , and that will be the day when Allah raises him to a position of praise and glory. Ibn Jarir recorded that `Abdullah bin `Umar said that the Messenger of Allah said…
      ” Al-Bukhari also recorded it in the Book of Zakah, where he added…
      Abu Dawud At-Tayalisi recorded that `Abdullah said, “Then Allah will give permission for intercession, and Ar-Ruh Al-Quddus, Jibril, will stand up, then Ibrahim, the close Friend of Allah will stand up, then `Isa or Musa will stand up – Abu Az-Za`ra’ said, `I do not know which of them, ‘ — then your Prophet will stand up and will intercede, and no one after him will intercede as much as he does. This is the position of praise and glory to which Allah referred…
      (It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqam Mahmud.)” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir; bold and capital emphasis ours)
      Muhammad even claimed that his god would be so angry on the last day and that people would be too afraid to stand before him in judgment that they would desperately search among the prophets for an intercessor that would go before Allah on their behalf:
      Abu Huraira reported: Meat was one day brought to the Messenger of Allah and a foreleg was offered to him, a part which he liked. He sliced with his teeth a piece out of it and said: I shall be the leader of mankind on the Day of Resurrection. Do you know why? Allah would gather in one plain the earlier and the later (of the human race) on the Day of Resurrection. Then the voice of the proclaimer would be heard by all of them and the eyesight would penetrate through all of them and the sun would come near. People would then experience a degree of anguish, anxiety and agony which they shall not be able to bear and they shall not be able to stand. Some people would say to the others: Don’t you see in which trouble you are? Don’t you see what (misfortune) has overtaken you? Why don’t you find one who should intercede for you with your Lord? Some would say to the others: Go to Adam. And they would go to Adam and say: O Adam, thou art the father of mankind. Allah created thee by His own Hand and breathed in thee of His spirit and ordered the angels to prostrate before thee. Intercede for us with thy Lord. Don’t you see in what (trouble) we are? Don’t you see what (misfortune) has overtaken us? Adam would say: Verily, my Lord is angry, to an extent to which He had never been angry before nor would He be angry afterward… They would come to Jesus and would say: O Jesus, thou art the messenger of Allah and thou conversed with people in the cradle, (thou art) His Word which He sent down upon Mary, and (thou art) the Spirit from Him; so intercede for us with thy Lord. Don’t you see (the trouble) in which we are? Don’t you see (the misfortune) that has overtaken us? Jesus would say: Verily, my Lord is angry today as He had never been angry before or would ever be angry afterwards. HE MENTIONED NO SIN OF HIS. (He simply said) I am concerned with myself, I am concerned with myself; you go to someone else: better go to Muhammad.

      • They would come to me and say: O Muhammad, thou art the messenger of Allah and the last of the apostles. Allah has pardoned thee all thy previous and later sins. Intercede for us with thy Lord; don’t you see in which (trouble) we are? Don’t you see what (misfortune) has overtaken us? I shall then set off and come below the Throne and fall down prostrate before my Lord; then Allah would reveal to me and inspire me with some of His Praises and Glorifications which He had not revealed to anyone before me. He would then say: Muhammad, raise thy head; ask and it would be granted; intercede and intercession would be accepted. I would then raise my head and say: O my Lord, my people, my people. It would be said: O Muhammad, bring in by the right gate of Paradise those of your people who would have no account to render. They would share with the people some other door besides this door. The Holy Prophet then said: By Him in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, verily the distance between two door leaves of the Paradise is as great as between Mecca and Hajar, or as between Mecca and Busra. (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0378)

      • Muhammad further stated that his intercession would be for any Muslim who committed major sins:
      4310. It was narrated that Jabir said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘My intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be for those among my nation who committed major sins.’” (Hasan)…
      4311. It was narrated from Abu Musa Al-Ash‘ari that the Messenger of Allah said: “I was given the choice between intercession and half of my nation being admitted into Paradise, and I chose intercession, because it is more general and more sufficient. Do you think it is for the pious? No, it is for the impure sinners.” (Hasan) (English Translation of Sunan Ibn Majah – Compiled by Imam Muhammad Bin Yazeed Ibn Majah Al-Qazwini, From Hadith No. 3657 to 4341, Ahadith edited and referenced by Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair ‘Ali Za’i, translated by Nasiruddin al-Khattab (Canada), final review by Abu Khaliyl (USA) [Darussalam Publications and Distributors, First Edition: June 2007], Volume 5, 37. The Chapters On Asceticism, Chapter 37. Intercession, p. 404)
      These hadiths raise several major problems for the Muslims who believe that these are the actual words of their prophet.
      In the first place, Muhammad’s own so-called sacred book emphatically asserts that all intercession belongs uniquely and exclusively to Allah:
      Or choose they intercessors other than Allah? Say: What! Even though they have power over nothing and have no intelligence? Say: Unto Allah belongeth all intercession. His is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. And afterward unto Him ye will be brought back. S. 39:43-44 Pickthall
      As such, believers have no other helper or intercessor besides Allah:
      Warn hereby those who fear (because they know) that they will be gathered unto their Lord, for whom there is no protecting ally nor intercessor beside Him, that they may ward off (evil). S. 6:51 Pickthall

      • And leave alone those who take their religion to be a sport and a pastime, and whom worldly life has beguiled. And admonish people thereby lest a soul be consigned to perdition for what it has earned. It shall have no helper nor intercessor beside ALLAH; and even if it offer every ransom it shall not be accepted from it. These are they who have been delivered over to destruction for their own acts. They will have a drink of boiling water and a grievous punishment, because they disbelieved. S. 6:70 Shakir
      Yet by claiming to be an intercessor who will save his people from wrath Muhammad basically ends up supplanting Allah as the savior and helper of all those who believe! Muhammad’s teaching causes and/or will cause his followers to turn and look to him as their hope of salvation!
      Second, according to other so-called sound ahadith Muhammad commanded his followers to seek refuge from hellfire by turning to Allah:
      Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah said: When any one of you utters tashahhud (in prayer) he must seek refuge with Allah from four (trials) and should thus say: “O Allah! I seek refuge with Thee from the torment of the Hell, from the torment of the grave, from the trial of life and death and from the evil of the trial of Masih al-Dajjal” (Antichrist). (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 1217)

      • Ibn ‘Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah used to teach them this supplication (in the same spirit) with which he used to teach them a surah of the Qur’an. He would thus instruct us: “Say, O Allah I we seek refuge with Thee from the torment of Hell, and I seek refuge with Thee from the torment of the grave, and I seek refuge with Thee from the trial of Masih al-Dajjal. and I seek refuge with Thee from the trial of life and death.” Muslim b. Hajjaj said: It has reached me that Tawus said to his son: Did you make this supplication in prayer? He said: No. (Upon this) he (Tawus) said: Repeat the prayer. Tawus has narrated this hadith through three or four (transmitters) with words to the same effect. (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 1225)
      In fact, Muhammad himself sought protection with Allah from the torment of hell and the grave:
      ‘Amra reported that a Jewess came to ‘A’isha to ask (about something) and said: May Allah protect you from the torment of the grave! ‘A’isha said: Messenger of Allah, would people be tormented in the graves? The Messenger of Allah said: (May there be) protection of Allah! The Messenger of Allah mounted one morning on the ride, and the sun eclipsed. ‘A’isha said: I came in the company of the women in the mosque from behind the rooms. The Messenger of Allah dismounted from his ride and came to the place of worship where he used to pray. He stood up (to pray) and the people stood behind him. ‘A’isha said: He stood for a long time. He then bowed and it was a long ruku’. He then raised his head and he stood for a long time, less than the first standing. He then bowed and his ruku’ was long, but it was less than that (the first) ruku’. He then raised (his head) and the sun had become bright. He (the Holy Prophet) then said: I saw you under trial in the grave like the turmoil of Dajjal. ‘Amra said: I heard ‘A’isha say: I listened after this to the Messenger of Allah seeking refuge from the torment of Fire and the torment of the grave. (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 1973)

      • And yet instead of motivating Muslims to seek refuge with Allah on the last day Muhammad is actually causing them to turn away from their lord in fear! Muhammad is directly responsible for making his followers too afraid to approach Allah since it is obvious that he wants them to turn to him instead!
      Third, this depiction of Allah being so angry to the point that the believers will be too afraid to approach him also goes against the explicit teachings of the Quran which tells the righteous believers that they have nothing to fear on that day:

      • Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. S. 2:62 Hilali-Khan

      • We send the apostles only to give good news and to warn: so those who believe and mend (their lives), – upon them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. S. 6:48

      • And the dwellers on the Heights call unto men whom they know by their marks, (saying): What did your multitude and that in which ye took your pride avail you? Are these they of whom ye swore that Allah would not show them mercy? (Unto them it hath been said): Enter the Garden. No fear shall come upon you nor is it ye who will grieve. S. 7:48-49 Pickthall

      • Lo! verily the friends of Allah are (those) on whom fear (cometh) not, nor do they grieve! S. 10:62 Pickthall

      • The Quran even describes Allah as the most merciful of all those who show mercy, and informs Muslims not to despair of Allah’s mercy:
      Moses prayed: “O my Lord! forgive me and my brother! admit us to Thy mercy! for Thou art the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!” S. 7:151 Y. Ali – cf. Q. 12:64, 92; 21:38
      Say: O My slaves who have been prodigal to their own hurt! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgiveth all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful. S. 39:53 Pickthall

      • In fact, the only ones who despair of Allah’s mercy according to the Quran are the disbelievers and those who go astray from the straight path:
      [Ibrahim (Abraham)] said: “And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray?” S. 15:56 Hilali-Khan

      • “O my sons! Go you and enquire about Yusuf (Joseph) and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.” S. 12:87 Hilali-Khan
      However, by portraying Allah as a rather frightful and wrathful deity and by claiming to be mankind’s intercessor and savior, Muhammad pretty much made himself even more merciful than his own god! Muhammad is directly to be blamed for causing believers to despair of the mercy and grace of Allah.
      Fourth, according to Muhammad the reason why prophets such as Adam will refuse to intercede is because of some of the sins they had committed during their life on earth.
      This raises two additional issues. First, the reports themselves testify that Muhammad also sinned and needed to be forgiven:
      “… They will go to Jesus who will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking, but you’d better go to Muhammad whose sins of the past and the future had been forgiven (by Allah)’…” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 507)
      Why, then, was he not disqualified from interceding for his followers? After all, if the prophets couldn’t act as intercessors because of their sins then surely Muhammad wouldn’t be able to do so either! Why, then, is his intercession allowed in light of his own confession that he was a sinner? And weren’t the sins of the other prophets forgiven as well? Or does any Muslim want to claim that only the sins of Muhammad forgiven, but not the sins of the other prophets? Again, since their sins were forgiven as well then why couldn’t they intercede for the people if Muhammad was allowed to do so?
      Second, the same ahadith also claim that Jesus Christ will not mention any sins he committed:
      CCIII: “Descendants of those We carried with Nuh. He was a grateful slave.” (17:3)…
      “They will go to ‘Isa and say, ‘O ‘Isa! You are the Messenger of Allah and His Word which He cast to Maryam and a spirit from Him. You spoke to people while in the cradle. Intercede with your Lord on our behalf. Do you not see what we are suffering?’ ‘Isa will say, ‘My Lord is angry today with such anger as has never existed before nor will again,’ AND HE DID NOT MENTION A SIN. ‘O my soul! My soul! My soul! Go to someone else. Go to Muhammad.’ (Aisha Bewley, The Sahih Collection of al-Bukhari, Chapter 68. Book of Tafsir; capital and underline emphasis ours)
      To read Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan’s translation of this same hadith please go here.
      The obvious reason why Jesus doesn’t confess any personal sin is because Muhammad recognized that Christ, unlike himself, was absolutely sinless! In light of this fact why would Jesus refuse to intercede for the believers when he had more right to do so than Muhammad who admitted that he was a sinner in need of forgiveness?
      This leads us to our third point. Adam will supposedly tell the believers that it was his disobedience that caused them to be expelled from Paradise:
      It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira and Hudhaifa that the Messenger of Allah said: Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, would gather people. The believers would stand till the Paradise would be brought near them. They would come to Adam and say: O our father, open for us the Paradise. He would say: What turned ye out from the Paradise was THE SIN OF YOUR FATHER ADAM… (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0380)
      Now if Allah allows the wrongful actions of an individual to affect others who had nothing to do with those evil acts then shouldn’t we expect that Allah will also permit the good deeds of a righteous believer to benefit and affect other individuals as well? If not, then why not? Why allow the one but not the other? Is that fair and just?
      In fact, the following report confirms that Allah does and will allow the righteous deeds of believers to benefit others:
      4316. It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin Abu Jad‘a that he heard the Messenger of Allah say: “More than (the members of the tribe) Banu Tamim will enter Paradise through the intercession of a man from among my nation.” They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, besides you?” He said, “Besides me.” (Sahih)
      I (the narrator) said: “Did you hear that from the Messenger of Allah?” He said: “I heard it.”
      a. The higher the rank of a believer, the more he will intercede for the people. It could be understood that due to the intercession of a person, as many people as the number of a tribe will be forgiven.
      b. Banu Tamim is the tribe of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the person of this nation whose intercession will rescue so much people from Hell probably will be Abu Bakr Siddiq. Allah knows best. (English Translation of Sunan Ibn Majah – Compiled by Imam Muhammad Bin Yazeed Ibn Majah Al-Qazwini, From Hadith No. 3657 to 4341, Ahadith edited and referenced by Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair ‘Ali Za’i, translated by Nasiruddin al-Khattab (Canada), final review by Abu Khaliyl (USA) [Darussalam Publications and Distributors, First Edition: June 2007], Volume 5, 37. The Chapters On Asceticism, Chapter 37. Intercession, p. 409; underline emphasis ours)
      According to the Quran, a person’s rank is dependent upon the amount of good deeds s/he performs:
      Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward; Degrees of (higher) grades from Him, and Forgiveness and Mercy. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. S. 4:95-96
      And for all there will be ranks from what they do, that He may pay them for their deeds; and they will not be wronged. S. 46:19 Pickthall
      Thus, if Allah will permit an imperfect believer to intercede and save others then how much more will he accept Jesus Messiah’s perfect righteousness? How much more will Jesus Messiah’s sinless and perfect obedience benefit all those who believe in him? Which would you want, the intercession of an absolutely sinless and perfect person like Jesus Messiah? Or the mediation of an imperfect sinner such as Muhammad when he himself needed forgiveness and salvation?
      Muslims do not believe that Muhammad created anything and outright deny that their prophet has a share in the dominion of the heavens. Moreover, the Muslim scripture emphatically goes out of its way to say that Muhammad was a fallible human being who was uncertain of his salvation and who knew that he had to die like any other mortal. As such, Muslims are expressly forbidden from invoking Muhammad.
      However, Muhammad clearly went against his own teachings by allowing his followers to make du’a to him, either by calling out his name (Ya Muhammad) and/or by praying directly to him both in their invocations and in their daily acts of worship.
      Muhammad is also guilty of making himself out to be Islam’s real savior. His assertion that people will turn to him at the last day in order to be saved from Allah’s wrath and hellfire ends up supplanting Allah as the hope and refuge of Muslims. Instead of encouraging Muslims to seek Allah for salvation, seeing that he is supposed to be the most merciful and compassionate of all those who show mercy, Muhammad actually frightened them away from their lord. It is obvious that Muhammad did this so that the Muslims would cling to him as their true hope, thereby replacing Allah in the hearts and minds of his followers.
      By giving such instructions Muhammad pretty much turned himself into a partner in the worship of Allah, and is therefore guilty of shirk or of associating others (himself) with Allah. This is the one sin which the Quran says Allah will never forgive and which sends a person straight to hell:
      They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers. S. 5:72 Pickthall
      This is (part) of that wisdom wherewith thy Lord hath inspired thee (O Muhammad). And set not up with Allah any other god, lest thou be cast into hell, reproved, abandoned. S. 17:39 Pickthall
      And certainly, it has been revealed to you and to those before you: Surely if you associate (ashrakta) (with Allah), your work would certainly come to naught and you would certainly be of the losers. S. 39:65 Shakir
      As one Salafi Muslim scholar so eloquently put it in his discussion on what constitutes for shirk in worship:
      Consequently, the most important aspect of Tawhid is that of Tawhid al-‘Ibadah, maintaining the unity of Allah’s worship. All forms of worship must be directed only to Allah because He alone deserves worship, and it is He alone who can grant benefit to man as a result of His worship. Furthermore, there is no need for any form of intercessor or intermediary between man and God… Consequently, the gravest sin is shirk, the worship of others instead of Allah or along with Allah.
      In Surah al-Faatihah, which every Muslim is required to recite in his or her prayers, at least seventeen times daily, verse four reads, “You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help”. This is a clear statement that all forms of worship should only be directed to the One who can respond – Allah. The Prophet Muhammad confirmed the concept of unity of worship saying,
      “If you ask in prayer, ask only Allaah, and if you seek help, seek it only from Allah.”
      The absence of any need for intercession is further emphasized by the many verses indicating His closeness to man. For example…
      “When My servants ask you [O Muhammad] about Me [tell them], ‘Verily I am close [to them], I listen to the prayer of every one who calls on Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me in order that they may be guided aright.’” (Qur’an 2:186)…
      “It is We Who created man and We know what his soul whispers to him, for We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.” (Qur’an 50:16)
      The confirmation of Tawhid al-‘Ibadah conversely necessitates the denial of all forms of intercession or association of partners with Allah. If someone prays to the dead seeking their influence on the lives of the living or the souls of those who have passed away, they have associated a partner with Allah, because worship is being shared between Allaah and His creation. The Prophet Muhammad said, in no uncertain terms,
      “Prayer (du‘a) is worship.”…
      If someone prays to the Prophet, or to jinn, angels or so-called saints asking for help or asking them to request help from Allaah for them, they have also committed shirk… (Bilal Philips, The Fundamentals of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) [International Islamic Publishing House, 2005], Chapter One. The Categories of Tawhid, pp. 35-37; bold and underline emphasis ours)
      Philips further states that:
      Muslims whose acts of worship fall into this category of shirk are those who pray to Prophet Muhammad or to mystics in the Sufi hierarchy of saints, believing that they can answer their prayers, though Allah has clearly said in the Qur’an:
      “Say: ‘Think to yourselves; if there came upon you Allah’s punishment or the Final Hour, would you then call on other than Allah? [Reply] if you are truthful.” (Qur’an 6:40) (Ibid., Chapter Two. The Categories of Shirk, pp. 55-56; bold emphasis ours)
      And this is what he also says concerning the Muslim practice of praying to the dead and on the graves of saints:

      • … There are many ignorant Muslims throughout the world who direct their prayers to the Prophet Muhammad in this fashion.
      Both of these methods are totally rejected by the teachings of Islaam which hold that one who dies enters the dimension called the Barzakh wherein his deeds come to an end. He is unable to do anything for the living, though the results of his deeds may affect the living and continue to earn reward or punishment for himself…
      The Prophet also took great pains to explain that he could not benefit anyone in this life, regardless of their closeness to him. Allah commanded him in the Qur’aan to say to his followers…

      • “I have no power to bring good or avert harm even from myself, it is only as Allaah wills. If I had knowledge of the unseen, I would surely have accumulated only good and no evil would have befallen me. But I am only a warner and a bringer of glad tidings for those who believe.” (Qur’an 7:188)
      One of his companions, Abu Hurayrah, reported that when the verse
      “Warn your nearest kin.” (Qur’an 26:214)
      – was revealed to the Prophet, he said,

      • “O people of Quraysh, secure deliverance from Allaah (by doing good deeds). I can not avail you at all against Allaah; O sons of ‘Abdul-Muttalib, I can not avail you at all against Allaah; O (my uncle) ‘Abbaas ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib, O (my aunt) Safeeyah, I can not avail you at all against Allaah; O Faatimah, daughter of Muhammad, ask me whatever you like, but I have nothing which can avail you against Allah.”…

      • In spite of this clear indication that the Prophet has no power to change what Allah has destined many Muslims not only pray to him for help, but also pray to a hierarchy of saints… Such unmistakable pronouncements of shirk are common even though practising Muslims repeat at least seventeen times per day in their daily prayers the phrase, “Eeyaka na ‘budu wa eeyaka nasta ‘een” – “You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help.”
      Both using the dead as intercessors and praying to them directly contain the grave sin of shirk, which Islam vigilantly opposes, yet both methods have managed to creep into the religious practices of the masses of Muslims today in one form or another. In so doing they inadvertently confirm the veracity of Allah’s Ominous statement in the Qur’an …
      “Most of them [claim] belief in Allaah, while committing Shirk.” (Qur’an 12:106) (Ibid., Chapter Eleven. Grave Worship, pp. 198-201; bold emphasis ours)

      • Unfortunately for Philips, it was Muhammad who personally taught Muslims that it was perfectly acceptable to pray or make dua’ to him. Neither Philips nor any other Salafi Muslim will be able to simply brush aside all of the narratives that were cited to show that it was Muhammad himself who instructed his followers to pray to him. They cannot claim that these are weak or fabricated reports since Islam’s greatest hadith scholars have classified these hadiths as absolutely sound. If Philips does choose to reject these ahadith then he is going to have to call into question all the other so-called authentic prophetic reports. After all, if the greatest hadith scholars were so mistaken in their classification of these narratives then what’s to say they were able to get the grading of the other reports right? By adopting this approach, Philips would essentially be destroying the very foundation of the Quran and the Islamic religion.

      • However, to accept these reports as sound puts Muslims like Philips in another major dilemma. Philips and the other Muslims who believe in the Sunna of their prophet must accept that Muhammad is actually in hell for permitting others to pray to him which, according to Philips himself, is a blatant act of shirk. They must further contend with the fact that Muhammad is personally responsible for causing multitudes of his followers who pray to him and look to him as their savior and intercessor to commit shirk against Allah. Muhammad is therefore the reason why so many Muslims will inevitably experience eternal torture and damnation!

      How tragic that these Muslims trust(ed) Muhammad enough to take him at his word, believing that there is no harm in praying to him even after his death and thinking that there is absolutely nothing wrong in trusting that his intercession will save them from eternal fire. Little did/do they realize that these are the very teachings which will condemn them to hell forever!

  6. Hey Raj, what is this Mumbai Gang rape of a 22 year old daughter of ours..(raped by five dudes)..?..and another young girl aged 11 years in Pune..today…the brutal bastards, after raping the poor child they killed her mercilessly!!! …hmmm..opposition political hand to discredit the congress…I hope not…

    Why, why, why has India succumbed to this disgusting shame???

    Wake up brothers and help clear the streets of these dirty, lustful, sexually deprived perverts from constantly raping our children, our sisters, our wives, our mothers. Come on, read these verses of the Quran :

    6: 55 Sahih International: And thus do We detail the verses, and [thus] the way of the criminals will become evident.

    To fight in the cause of Truth is one of the highest forms of charity. What can you offer that is more precious than your own life? But here again the limitations come in. If you are a mere brawler, or a selfish aggressive person, or a vainglorious bully, you deserve the highest censure. (Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur’an, Text, Translation and Commentary )

    4 : 75 Pickthall: How should ye not fight for the cause of Allah and of the feeble among men and of the women and the children who are crying: Our Lord! Bring us forth from out this town of which the people are oppressors! Oh, give us from thy presence some protecting friend! Oh, give us from Thy presence some defender!

    24 : 2 Pickthall: The adulterer and the adulteress, scourge ye each one of them (with) a hundred stripes. And let not pity for the twain withhold you from obedience to Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of believers witness their punishment.

    The Most disgusted



      Bukhari:V4B52N220 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with
      Qur’an:8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and
      incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His
      Qur’an:8:57 “If you gain mastery over them in battle, inflict such a
      defeat as would terrorize them, so that they would learn
      a lesson and be warned.”
      Ishaq:326 “If you come upon them, deal so forcibly as to terrify
      those who would follow, that they may be warned. Make
      a severe example of them by terrorizing Allah’s
      Qur’an:8:67 “It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until
      he has made a great slaughter in the land.”
      Ishaq:588 “When the Apostle descends on your land none of your
      people will be left when he leaves.”
      Tabari IX:42 “We have been dealt a situation from which there is no
      escape. You have seen what Muhammad has done.
      Arabs have submitted to him and we do not have the
      strength to fight. You know that no herd is safe from
      him. And no one even dares go outside for fear of being
      Ishaq:326 “Allah said, ‘No Prophet before Muhammad took booty
      from his enemy nor prisoners for ransom.’ Muhammad
      said, ‘I was made victorious with terror. The earth was
      made a place for me to clean. I was given the most
      powerful words. Booty was made lawful for me. I was
      given the power to intercede. These five privileges were
      awarded to no prophet before me.’”
      Ishaq:327 “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting
      captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land.
      Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its
      goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah
      desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”
      Qur’an:7:3 “Little do you remember My warning. How many towns
      have We destroyed as a raid by night? Our punishment
      took them suddenly while they slept for their afternoon
      rest. Our terror came to them; Our punishment overtook
      Ishaq:510 “When the Apostle looked down on Khaybar he told his
      Companions, ‘O Allah, Lord of the Devils and what into
      terror they throw, and Lord of the winds and what they
      winnow, we ask Thee for the booty of this town and its
      people. Forward in the name of Allah.’ He used to say
      this of every town he raided.”
      Bukhari:V5B59N512 “The Prophet offered the Fajr Prayer [Prayer of Fear]
      near Khaybar when it was still dark. He said, ‘Allahu-
      Akbar!’ [Allah is Greatest] Khaybar is destroyed, for
      whenever we approach a hostile nation to fight, then evil
      will be the morning for those who have been warned.’
      Then the inhabitants came out running on their roads.
      The Prophet had their men killed; their children and
      woman were taken as captives.”
      Bukhari:V9B87N127 “The Prophet said, ‘I have been given the keys of
      eloquent speech and given victory with terror.’”
      Ishaq:517 “Khaybar was stormed by the Apostle’s squadron, fully
      armed, powerful and strong. It brought certain
      humiliation with Muslim men in its midst. We attacked
      and they met their doom. Muhammad conquered the
      Jews in fighting that day as they opened their eyes to our
      Tabari VIII:116
      “So Muhammad began seizing their herds and their
      property bit by bit. He conquered home by home. The
      Messenger took some people captive, including Safiyah
      and her two cousins. The Prophet chose Safiyah for
      Bukhari:V5B59N512 “The Prophet had their men killed, their children and
      woman taken captive.”
      Tabari VIII:129 “After the Messenger had finished with the Khaybar
      Jews, Allah cast terror into the hearts of the Jews in
      Fadak when they received news of what Allah had
      brought upon Khaybar. Fadak became the exclusive
      property of Allah’s Messenger.”
      Tabari VIII:133 “The raiding party went to Tha’labah. One of
      Muhammad’s slaves, said, ‘Prophet, I know where
      Tha’labah can be taken by surprise.’ So Muhammad sent
      him with 130 men. They raided the town and drove off
      camels and sheep, bringing them back to Medina.”

      Tabari VIII:138 “Muhammad carried arms, helmets, and spears. He led a
      hundred horses, appointing Bahir to be in charge of the
      weapons and Maslamah to be in charge of the horses.
      When the Quraysh received word of this, it frightened

      Qur’an:33:26 “Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing
      them so that you killed some and made many captive.
      And He made you inherit their lands, their homes, and
      their wealth. He gave you a country you had not
      traversed before.”
      Qur’an:59:2 “It was Allah who drove the [Jewish] People of the
      Book from their homes and into exile. They refused to
      believe and imagined that their strongholds would
      protect them against Allah. But Allah came at them from
      where they did not suspect, and filled their hearts with
      terror. Their homes were destroyed. So learn a lesson, O
      men who have eyes. This is My warning…they shall
      taste the torment of Fire.”
      Qur’an:33:60 “Truly, if the Hypocrites stir up sedition, if the agitators
      in the City do not desist, We shall urge you to go against
      them and set you over them. Then they will not be able
      to stay as your neighbors for any length of time. They
      shall have a curse on them. Whenever they are found,
      they shall be seized and slain without mercy – a fierce
      slaughter – murdered, a horrible murdering.”

      Tabari VIII:143 “In this year a twenty-four man raiding party led by
      Shuja went to the Banu Amir. He launched a raid on
      them and took camels and sheep. The shares of booty
      came to fifteen camels for each man. Also a raid led by
      Amr went to Dhat. He set out with fifteen men. He
      encountered a large force whom he summoned to Islam.
      They refused to respond so he killed all of them.”

      Bukhari:V4B52N256 “The Prophet passed by and was asked whether it was
      permissible to attack infidels at night with the
      probability of exposing their women and children to
      danger. The Prophet replied, ‘Their women and children
      are from them.’”
      Tabari IX:20 “The captives of Hunayn, along with their possessions,
      were brought to the Messenger. He ordered that their
      captives, animals, and their possessions be taken to
      Ji’ranah and held there in custody.”
      Ishaq:576 “Allah and His servant overwhelmed every coward.
      Allah honored us and made our religion victorious. We
      were glorified and destroyed them all. Allah humiliated
      them in the worship of Satan. By what our Apostle
      recites from the Book and by our swift horses, I liked the
      punishment the infidels received. Killing them was
      sweeter than drink. We galloped among them panting
      for the spoil. With our loud-voiced army, the Apostle’s
      squadron advanced into the fray.”
      Ishaq:580 “Our strong warriors obey his orders to the letter. By us
      Allah’s religion is undeniably strong. You would think
      when our horses gallop with bits in their mouths that the
      sounds of demons are among them. The day we trod
      down the unbelievers there was no deviation or turning
      from the Apostle’s order. During the battle the people
      heard our exhortations to fight and the smashing of
      skulls by swords that sent heads flying. We severed
      necks with a warrior’s blow. Often we have left the slain
      cut to pieces and a widow crying alas over her mutilated
      husband. ‘Tis Allah, not man we seek to please.”
      Tabari IX:122 “Muhammad sent Uyaynah to raid The Banu Anbar.
      They killed some people and took others captive. Asma
      was one of the women taken prisoner.”
      Tabari IX:123 “Muhammad sent an expedition to Ghalib and to the
      land of the Banu Murrah. The raid on Amr and Abi was
      sent to the valley of Idam. Another by Aslami was sent
      to Ghabah. And Abd al-Rahman was ordered by the
      Messenger to lead an army to the seashore.”
      Tabari IX:69 “He who believes in Allah and His Messenger has
      protected his life and possessions from us. As for those
      who disbelieve, we will fight them forever in the Cause
      of Allah. Killing them is a small matter to us.”
      This is the true picture of Islam…

      • Lucky/Raj, may I comment here, after you have quoted the following verses from the Quran :

        Qur’an:8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and
        incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His
        Actual verse says, 8:12 Pickthall: “When thy Lord inspired the angels, (saying): I am with you. So make those who believe stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger. In this verse Allah is talking to the Angels and not humans!!

        Qur’an:8:57 “If you gain mastery over them in battle, inflict such a
        defeat as would terrorize them, so that they would learn
        a lesson and be warned.
        The actual verse says, 8:57 Pickthall: “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember”. This verse is commanding the Prophet concerning war he was involved in and till then had not won the batle, if he won over the enemies in that battle then how he(Messenger) should deal with them. Note that It does NOT say to kill the losers!!!

        Qur’an:8:67 “It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until
        he has made a great slaughter in the land.” This verse talks to the Prophet in regards to the on going battle and that he should not fear the site of death as in every war there are casualties nor be discouraged, as it is a specific duty imposed on every Army General to kill as many as possible to win any battle! There is nothing wrong with that verse!!! Surprise!! Actually the verse is forcing the Prophet to become a strong person in the battle!!



        • Question:

          Does the Quran really contain dozens of verses promoting violence?

          Summary Answer:

          The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

          Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran.

          The context of violent passages is more ambiguous than might be expected of a perfect book from a loving God, however this can work both ways. Most of today’s Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book’s call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. Apologists cater to their preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.

          Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad’s own martial legacy – and that of his companions – along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.

          The Quran:

          Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…

          but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is thus disingenuous (the actual Muslim words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The actual Arabic comes from “fitna” which can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. Taken as a whole, the context makes clear that violence is being authorized until “religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.

          Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

          Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

          Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

          Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

          Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle, as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. Here is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.

          Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

          Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

          Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-” This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad and this is reflected in other translations of the verse).

          Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?

          Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger 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”

          Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

          Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”

          Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah” Some translations interpret “fitna” as “persecution”, but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:293, also). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during Haj. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there – just not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah”, meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that “Allah must have no rivals.”

          Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

          Quran (8:59-60) – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”

          Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”

          Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion’s Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had the power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert.

          Quran (9:14) – “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace…”

          Quran (9:20) – “Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.” The Arabic word interpreted as “striving” in this verse is the same root as “Jihad”. The context is obviously holy war.

          Quran (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, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. This was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.

          Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra 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!”

          Quran (9:38-39) – “O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.” This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell.

          Quran (9:41) – “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew.” See also the verse that follows (9:42) – “If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them” This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and on Christian soil, in this case, according to the historians).

          Quran (9:73) – “O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.” Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that they are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It also explains why today’s devout Muslims have little regard for those outside the faith.

          Quran (9:88) – “But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper.”

          Quran (9:111) – “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”

          Quran (9:123) – “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”

          Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.” Note that the crime is moral transgression, and the punishment is “utter destruction.” (Before ordering the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden first issued Americans an invitation to Islam).

          Quran (18:65-81) – This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son. (Note: This is one reason why honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.1-2).)

          Quran (21:44) – “We gave the good things of this life to these men and their fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?”

          Quran (25:52) – “Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness…” “Strive against” is Jihad – obviously not in the personal context. It’s also significant to point out that this is a Meccan verse.

          Quran (33:60-62) – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.” This passage sanctions the slaughter (rendered “merciless” and “horrible murder” in other translations) against three groups: Hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to “fight in the way of Allah” (3:167) and hence don’t act as Muslims should), those with “diseased hearts” (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and “alarmists” or “agitators who include those who merely speak out against Islam, according to Muhammad’s biographers. It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out by Muslims, which is what today’s terrorists do. If this passage is meant merely to apply to the city of Medina, then it is unclear why it is included in Allah’s eternal word to Muslim generations.

          Quran (47:3-4) – “Those who reject Allah follow vanities, while those who believe follow the truth from their lord. Thus does Allah set forth form men their lessons by similitude. Therefore when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners,” Those who reject Allah are to be subdued in battle. The verse goes on to say the only reason Allah doesn’t do the dirty work himself is in order to to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test. “But if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”

          Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,”

          Quran (48:17) – “There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom.” Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means ‘spiritual struggle.’ Is so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted? This verse also says that those who do not fight will suffer torment in hell.

          Quran (48:29) – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves” Islam is not about treating everyone equally. There are two very distinct standards that are applied based on religious status. Also the word used for ‘hard’ or ‘ruthless’ in this verse shares the same root as the word translated as ‘painful’ or severe’ in verse 16.

          Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way” Religion of Peace, indeed! The verse explicitly refers to “battle array” meaning war. This is followed by (61:9): “He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist.” (See next verse, below). Infidels who resist Islamic rule are to be fought.

          Quran (61:10-12) – “O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad ), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of ‘Adn – Eternity [‘Adn (Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success.” This verse refers to physical battle in order to make Islam victorious over other religions (see above). It uses the Arabic word, Jihad.

          Quran (66:9) – “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey’s end.” The root word of “Jihad” is used again here. The context is clearly holy war, and the scope of violence is broadened to include “hypocrites” – those who call themselves Muslims but do not act as such.

          From the Hadith:

          Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

          Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).” In this command, Muhammad establishes that it is permissible to kill non-combatants in the process of killing a perceived enemy. This provides justification for the many Islamic terror bombings.

          Bukhari (52:65) – The Prophet said, ‘He who fights that Allah’s Word, Islam, should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause. Muhammad’s words are the basis for offensive Jihad – spreading Islam by force. This is how it was understood by his companions, and by the terrorists of today.

          Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror’

          Abu Dawud (14:2526) – The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)

          Abu Dawud (14:2527) – The Prophet said: Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious

          Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

          Bukhari (8:387) – Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.”

          Muslim (1:30) – “The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”

          Bukhari (11:626) – [Muhammad said:] “I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.”

          Muslim (1:149) – “Abu Dharr reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, which of the deeds is the best? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause…”

          Muslim (20:4645) – “…He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!”

          Muslim (20:4696) – “the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: ‘One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite.'”

          Muslim (19:4321-4323) – Three separate hadith in which Muhammad shrugs over the news that innocent children were killed in a raid by his men against unbelievers. His response: “They are of them (meaning the enemy).”

          Muslim (19:4294) – “When the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him… He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war… When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them… If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.

          Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.” Ashraf was a poet, killed by Muhammad’s men because he insulted Islam. Here, Muhammad widens the scope of his orders to kill. An innocent Jewish businessman was then slain by his Muslim partner, merely for being non-Muslim.

          Tabari 9:69 “Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us” The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.

          Tabari 17:187 “‘By God, our religion (din) from which we have departed is better and more correct than that which these people follow. Their religion does not stop them from shedding blood, terrifying the roads, and seizing properties.’ And they returned to their former religion.” The words of a group of Christians who had converted to Islam, but realized their error after being shocked by the violence and looting committed in the name of Allah. The price of their decision to return to a religion of peace was that the men were beheaded and the woman and children enslaved by the caliph Ali.

          Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 327: – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”

          Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 990: – Lest anyone think that cutting off someone’s head while screaming ‘Allah Akbar!’ is a modern creation, here is an account of that very practice under Muhammad, who seems to approve.

          Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992: – “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” Muhammad’s instructions to his men prior to a military raid.

          Saifur Rahman, The Sealed Nectar p.227-228 – “Embrace Islam… If you two accept Islam, you will remain in command of your country; but if your refuse my Call, you’ve got to remember that all of your possessions are perishable. My horsemen will appropriate your land, and my Prophethood will assume preponderance over your kingship.” One of several letters from Muhammad to rulers of other countries. The significance is that the recipients were not making war or threatening Muslims. Their subsequent defeat and subjugation by Muhammad’s armies was justified merely on the basis of their unbelief.

          Additional Notes:

          Other than the fact that Muslims haven’t killed every non-Muslim under their domain, there is very little else that they can point to as proof that theirs is a peaceful, tolerant religion. Where Islam is dominant (as in the Middle East and Pakistan) religious minorities suffer brutal persecution with little resistance. Where Islam is in the minority (as in Thailand, the Philippines and Europe) there is the threat of violence if Muslim demands are not met. Either situation seems to provide a justification for religious terrorism, which is persistent and endemic to Islamic fundamentalism.

          The reasons are obvious and begin with the Quran. Few verses of Islam’s most sacred text can be construed to fit the contemporary virtues of religious tolerance and universal brotherhood. Those that do are earlier “Meccan” verses which are obviously abrogated by later ones. This is why Muslim apologists speak of the “risks” of trying to interpret the Quran without their “assistance” – even while claiming that it is a perfect book.

          Far from being mere history or theological construct, the violent verses of the Quran have played a key role in very real massacre and genocide. This includes the brutal slaughter of tens of millions of Hindus for five centuries beginning around 1000 AD with Mahmud of Ghazni’s bloody conquest. Both he and the later Tamerlane (Islam’s Genghis Khan) slaughtered an untold number merely for defending their temples from destruction. Buddhism was very nearly wiped off the Indian subcontinent. Judaism and Christianity met the same fate (albeit more slowly) in areas conquered by Muslim armies, including the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe, including today’s Turkey. Zoroastrianism, the ancient religion of a proud Persian people is despised by Muslims and barely survives in modern Iran.

          So ingrained is violence in the religion that Islam has never really stopped being at war, either with other religions or with itself.

          Muhammad was a military leader, laying siege to towns, massacring the men, raping their women, enslaving their children, and taking the property of others as his own. On several occasions he rejected offers of surrender from the besieged inhabitants and even butchered captives. He actually inspired his followers to battle when they did not feel it was right to fight, promising them slaves and booty if they did and threatening them with Hell if they did not. Muhammad allowed his men to rape traumatized women captured in battle, usually on the very day their husbands and family members were slaughtered.

          It is important to emphasize that, for the most part, Muslim armies waged aggressive campaigns, and the religion’s most dramatic military conquests were made by the actual companions of Muhammad in the decades following his death. The early Islamic principle of warfare was that the civilian population of a town was to be destroyed (ie. men executed, women and children taken as slaves) if they defended themselves. Although modern apologists often claim that Muslims are only supposed to attack in self-defense, this is an oxymoron that is flatly contradicted by the accounts of Islamic historians and others that go back to the time of Muhammad.

          Consider the example of the Qurayza Jews, who were completely obliterated only five years after Muhammad arrived in Medina. Their leader opted to stay neutral when their town was besieged by a Meccan army that was sent to take revenge for Muhammad’s deadly caravan raids. The tribe killed no one from either side and even surrendered peacefully to Muhammad after the Meccans had been turned back. Yet the prophet of Islam had every male member of the Qurayza beheaded, and every woman and child enslaved, even raping one of the captives himself (what Muslim apologists might refer to as “same day marriage”).

          One of Islam’s most revered modern scholars, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, openly sanctions offensive Jihad: “In the Jihad which you are seeking, you look for the enemy and invade him. This type of Jihad takes place only when the Islamic state is invading other [countries] in order to spread the word of Islam and to remove obstacles standing in its way.” Elsewhere, he notes: “Islam has the right to take the initiative…this is God’s religion and it is for the whole world. It has the right to destroy all obstacles in the form of institutions and traditions … it attacks institutions and traditions to release human beings from their poisonous influences, which distort human nature and curtail human freedom. Those who say that Islamic Jihad was merely for the defense of the ‘homeland of Islam’ diminish the greatness of the Islamic way of life.”

          The widely respected Dictionary of Islam defines Jihad as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and of repelling evil from Muslims…[Quoting from the Hanafi school, Hedaya, 2:140, 141.], “The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the traditions which are generally received to this effect.”

          Muhammad’s failure to leave a clear line of succession resulted in perpetual internal war following his death. Those who knew him best first fought to keep remote tribes from leaving Islam and reverting to their preferred religion (the Ridda or ‘Apostasy wars’). Then, within the closer community, early Meccan converts battled later ones. Hostility developed between those immigrants who had traveled with Muhammad to Mecca and the Ansar at Medina who had helped them settle in. Finally there was a violent struggle within Muhammad’s own family between his favorite wife and favorite daughter – a jagged schism that has left Shias and Sunnis at each others’ throats to this day.

          The strangest and most untrue thing that can be said about Islam is that it is a Religion of Peace. If every standard by which the West is judged and condemned (slavery, imperialism, intolerance, misogyny, sexual repression, warfare…) were applied equally to Islam, the verdict would be devastating. Islam never gives up what it conquers, be it religion, culture, language or life. Neither does it make apologies or any real effort at moral progress. It is the least open to dialogue and the most self-absorbed. It is convinced of its own perfection, yet brutally shuns self-examination and represses criticism.

          This is what makes the Quran’s verses of violence so dangerous. They are given the weight of divine command. While Muslim terrorists take them as literally as anything else in their holy book, and understand that Islam is incomplete without Jihad, moderates offer little to contradict them – outside of opinion. Indeed, what do they have? Speaking of peace and love may win over the ignorant, but when every twelfth verse of Islam’s holiest book either speaks to Allah’s hatred for non-Muslims or calls for their death, forced conversion, or subjugation, it’s little wonder that sympathy for terrorism runs as deeply as it does in the broader community – even if most Muslims personally prefer not to interpret their religion in this way.

          Although scholars like Ibn Khaldun, one of Islam’s most respected philosophers, understood that “the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force”, many other Muslims are either unaware or willfully ignorant of the Quran’s near absence of verses that preach universal non-violence. Their understanding of Islam comes from what they are taught by others. In the West, it is typical for believers to think that their religion must be like Christianity – preaching the New Testament virtues of peace, love, and tolerance – because Muslims are taught that Islam is supposed to be superior in every way. They are somewhat surprised and embarrassed to learn that the evidence of the Quran and the bloody history of Islam are very much in contradiction to this.

          Others simply accept the violence. In 1991, a Palestinian couple in America was convicted of stabbing their daughter to death for being too Westernized. A family friend came to their defense, excoriating the jury for not understanding the “culture”, claiming that the father was merely following “the religion” and saying that the couple had to “discipline their daughter or lose respect.” (source). In 2011, unrepentant Palestinian terrorists, responsible for the brutal murders of civilians, women and children explicitly in the name of Allah were treated to a luxurious “holy pilgrimage” to Mecca by the Saudi king – without a single Muslim voice raised in protest.

          For their part, Western liberals would do well not to sacrifice critical thinking to the god of political correctness, or look for reasons to bring other religion down to the level of Islam merely to avoid the existential truth that this it is both different and dangerous.

          There are just too many Muslims who take the Quran literally… and too many others who couldn’t care less about the violence done in the name of Islam.

          • Nobody’s gonna believe in your sick and idiotic interpretation of the word of God. You think you’re going a great job however you’re just fooling around here. Please be brief because you claim you’re here to expose Islam. Then expose us in a way we can see Islam being denuded.

            Qur’an wants us to wage war against those who wag war against us, not against innocents. Simple!

  7. Hi Raj, punishment of stoning is not mentioned in the Quran!!

    So, whoever commits such a brutal act is contravening and violating the Quran, an open Book for the whole of mankind and that is not an Islamic act as you want to dupe others to believe and thus cause alarm.

    The Quran is a Guidance, the best for the Mankind on morality and system of adopting that morality, ethics, perseverance and standards, written some 1400 years ago, in the deserts of Arabia. It is written in the most unique style that enables any forgery to be detected out easily. Try it over here…just type simply any verse of your own like that of the Quran, long enough for it to be coherent, consistent and harmonious.

    Just one complete verse without copying or referring to the Quranic composition…please!!!

    We eagerly and anxiously await that verse from you



    • Plum, God bless you. But I regret our struggle here is useless because the admin doesn’t seem to be quite friendly a debater.

      • God has blessed the non-muslims, not the muslims.
        Most of the non-Muslim countries are peaceful and progressive than Muslim countries which are mired with violence and murer and Islamic terrorism.
        Muslims are poor, illetrate, backward and good for nothing.
        Muslims are not bringing any good to this world.

        • Because ALLAH is not selfish. In every community, whether Muslim or Non Muslim, ALLAH sends His blessings where there is honesty. Now a days, most of the Muslims are deviated from right path. ALLAH says in Quran that even a smallest deed will not be wasted. This world is not the place of reward or punishment. We believe in the day of judgement.


            Another story on Saudi dissembling about their textbooks. And of course, why wouldn’t this material be in them? It’s in the Qur’an (2:62-65; 5:59-60; 7:166).

            Saudi Arabia has been accused of continuing to foster religious hatred in its schools, despite its repeated assurances since the September 11 attacks that it would rewrite textbooks that refer to Jews as “apes” and Christians as “swine”.
            The charges come after Freedom House, a non-partisan American research group which monitors civil rights worldwide, examined textbooks that it smuggled out of Saudi Arabia. The group found that despite promises of change from leading Saudi officials, including Saud al-Faisal, the foreign minister, and Turki al-Faisal, the ambassador to America, schoolbooks in the kingdom still promote hatred of those who do not practice its strict form of Wahhabi Islam.

            The report also alleged that some of the textbooks are used in official Saudi schools around the world. Senior staff at the King Fahd Academy in Acton, west London, which has 750 pupils, said that it was not for the school to comment.
            “Even if only a small percentage of the people who are exposed to this take it to heart and act on it, that’s still a lot of people,” said Nina Shea, Freedom House’s director, after the release of the 39-page report, Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance.

            The report cites extracts from textbooks used in religious education classes for children aged between five and 16. It quotes the following exercise for the youngest children: “Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words (Islam, hellfire): Every religion other than ——- is false. Whoever dies outside of Islam enters ——-.”
            It claims that older students are taught: “It is part of God’s wisdom that the struggle between the Muslim and the Jews should continue until the hour (of judgment).”
            The report is an embarrassment for the Saudi government, which has made great efforts to restore its image since being painted as a bastion of extremism after September 11. When it emerged that 15 of the 19 hijackers that day were Saudi, many blamed the kingdom’s education system for breeding hatred.

            Last month, however, only days before the report was released, the Saudi education minister gave a joint press conference with the American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, in which he boasted of Saudi school reform.
            “The education reforms in Saudi Arabia go beyond textbook rewriting,” he said. “They go into teacher training [and] the messages that are given to children in the formative years… The whole system of education is being transformed from top to bottom.”

            When asked about offensive language in textbooks, he said: “This is taken out.” But, according to Miss Shea, this is not true. “Teaching methods that ask kindergarten children to give examples of ‘false religions’, like Judaism and Christianity, add up to an ideology that runs throughout,” she said. “It is not hate speech here and there. It adds up to an argument, an ideology of us versus them.”

            Koran Verse 5:32~
            A License to Kill

            I am sure that many of us have heard Muslims make the following statement.
            “To kill one innocent man or woman is to kill all of humanity; to save one human is to save all of humanity.”
            When they say this they are being very deceptive. They are leaving out the most important part of the verse, which is “unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land” Here it is in its entirety.
            YUSUFALI: On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land- it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
            Obviously “mischief in the land” is a very open statement, and “mischief” can be defined as almost anything.

            Merriam-Webster Dictionary-mischief
            3 a : action that annoys or irritates

            YUSUFALI: The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;

            For the sake of our families future generations, we need to fight Sharia with all we have, otherwise they will suffer.

            Lying is Permissible
            While the Islam is a religion of peace falsehood continues to spread across the world, the truth is that Islam allows lying, rape, and what non-Muslims would consider murder. There is nothing peaceful about these actions, and I will prove my claims in a three part series.

            Islam allows lying.

            I have stated over and over that Islam is a bunch of double talk. It is true that some verses of the Koran and aHadith speak out against lying.

            YUSUFALI: In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: And grievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to themselves).
            YUSUFALI: Woe to the falsehood-mongers,-
            From the Hadith
            Book 032, Number 6309:
            ‘Abdullah reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavours to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with Allah, and beware of telling of a lie for telling of a lie leads to obscenity and obscenity leads to Hell-Fire, and the person who keeps telling lies and endeavors to tell a lie is recorded as a liar with Allah.
            These condemnations are only against certain types of lies though.
            Here the Koran allows Muslims to lie in a way that can easily mean to hide their pro-Sharia agenda from non-Muslims.

            YUSUFALI: Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.

            The Hadith tells us that lying in OK in three other circumstances.
            Book 032, Number 6303:
            Humaid b. ‘Abd al-Rahman b. ‘Auf reported that his mother Umm Kulthum daughter of ‘Uqba b. Abu Mu’ait, and she was one amongst the first emigrants who pledged allegiance to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), as saying that she heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A liar is not one who tries to bring reconciliation amongst people and speaks good (in order to avert dispute), or he conveys good. Ibn Shihab said he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them).

            Finally these types of permissible lies are reinforced in Islamic Law.

            “Reliance of the Traveller, A Classical Manual of Islamic Sacred Law”

            r8.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
            “He who settles disagreements between people to bring about good or says something commendable is not a liar.”
            “I did not hear him permit untruth in anything people say, except for three things: war, settling disagreements, and a man talking with his wife or she with him (A: in smoothing over differences).”
            This ruling obviously leaves the door open for all types of lies.

            Quotes from the Qur’an and Hadith
            On war, violence, infidels, and unbelievers
            The terrorist element in Islam may not be shared by most Muslims but it cannot be denied it is a part of Islam and prevalent in countries that have an Islamic government. The radical fundamentalists cannot be ignored or denied as part of this religion, which influence becomes just as much social and political as it is religious. Certainly it is true that not all Muslims are terrorists, however the majority of Terrorists are Muslim.

            Recently the Spokesman for the Taliban said, “Those youths who did what they did destroyed America with their airplanes they’ve done a good deed.” He went on to say “THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF YOUTH WHO LOOK FORWARD TO DEATH LIKE THE AMERICANS LOOK FORWARD TO LIVING.”

            In the Book of Proverbs the God that they say they obey says, “all those who love death hate me.” Just a interesting observation, how do the leaders get his followers to do what he will not.

            Surah 2:256 “Let there be no compulsion in Religion.” This would be a rational position if practiced as a standard, however Muslims disallow the Bible (as well as other books of religion) in their countries and do not give people a choice. They do not want to engage in dialogue or allow freedom of choice when they are in control. To present the Bibles Gospel is tantamount to aggression, so one is labeled an infidel, and the use of force can be used to restrain him. The rest of this verse says “Truth stands out Clear from Error: whoever Rejects Evil and believes in Allah hath grasped, the most trustworthy Hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth And knoweth all things.” This verse seems to imply that those who embrace Islam willingly are accepted.

            Why is it so hard for Muslim to become a Christian or join with another religion? Mohammed said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.” (Hadith Al Buhkari vol. 9:57) This command is practiced in almost all Islamic Fundamentalist countries today.

            While the Qur’an says not to begin with hostilities, and Allah does not love the aggressor, it is not acceptable when Islam is refused. For it teaches not to turn away and bless but “the one who attacks you, you attack him in like manner…whoso defendeth himself after he hath suffered wrong, there is no way (blame) against them.”

            Sura 26:227 “Except those who believe, work righteousness, engage much in the remembrance of God, and defend themselves only after they are unjustly attacked. And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take!”
            They present certain verses and ignore others verses that have quite a different tone such as 3:85 “Whoever seeks other than Islam as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he will be with the losers” “Slay the idolators [non-Muslims] wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the last Day…. Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! (Sura 9:5,29,41).

            Muslim’s make every effort to suppress any who claim to follow the Bible. They say they believe the Bible but will not allow the Bible to be taught to Muslims. They cannot allow anyone who believes the Bible the right to declare their belief as they do. Their persecution of Bible believers shows their lack of trust in their own religion to show any truth. If they trust the power of the Qur’an, why would they rely on physical force and intimidation. However they will say, “Therefore grant a delay to the Unbelievers: Give respite to them gently (for awhile).” Sura 86:17

            “And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.” [Soorah an-Nisaa’4:75]

            What I have seen on the news is that we cannot understand the Quran, it’s in Arabic and we (those who do not believe) are considered illiterate, we are feeble in spiritual understanding. So words that we read in English do not mean the same in Arabic. Let’s examine this argument: The translation is by Muslim scholars who speak Arabic and know the meaning, yet for some reason they don’t translate it accurately in the English! One only needs to read the Hadiths to know what is meant by the verses.

            Another translation of the preceding verse is “Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.”

            Mohammed said, “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).

            They ask you concerning fighting in the Sacred Months (i.e. 1st, 7th, 11th and 12th months of the Islamic calendar). Say, “fighting therein is a great (transgression) but a greater (transgression) with Allah is to prevent mankind from following the Way of Allah, to disbelieve in Him, to prevent access to Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah), and to drive out its inhabitants, and Al-Fitnah is worse than killing. And they will never cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion (Islamic Monotheism) if they can. And whosoever of you turns back from his religion and dies as a disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this life and in the Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They will abide therein forever.” (Soorah an-Nisaa 4:75)

            The Jews are to be eliminated

            Sura 5:51: “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them for friendship is of them.” This friendship makes any Muslim a enemy of their own and deserving of the same fate as the unbeliever. This is because God does not guide an unjust people.

            There is a consistency in the statements in Qur’an about the Jews, Christians, unbelievers, infidels, polytheists, only a few statements are favorable. But the direct approach of whom Mohammed meant is clear from his theme of elimination and destiny for punishment.

            Sura3 3:64: “Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers (whom he defined as Christians in the 5th surah “Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends.) and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior. That Day their faces will be turned upside down in the Fire. They will say: ‘Woe to us! We should have obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!’ ‘Our Lord! Give them double torment and curse them with a very great Curse!’”

            What does The true God say about cursing his people? Read Gen.12:3
            Sura72:15 “The disbelievers are the firewood of hell.”

            “What, do you desire to guide him whom God has led astray? Whom God leads astray, thou wilt not find for him a way [of salvation]. They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of God; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as a friend or helper. (Arberry, Interpreted p.113)
            Hadith, the body of traditions relating to Mohammed and now supplemental to the Koran: He (Abu Hurayah) reported the messenger of Allah as saying: The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, so that Jews will hide behind stones and trees and the Stone and the tree will say, O Muslim, O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me; come and kill him. The only exception will be the box-thorn for it is one of the trees of the Jews. (Sahih of Muslim, quoted by Israel and the Prophecies of Al Quran by Ali Akbar, Bismi Publishers 1992, p.44)

            Of the Unbelievers:
            Sura 4:89 “seize them and slay them wherever you find them: and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

            Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Sura 9:5)

            4:101 “When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the Unbelievers May attack you: For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.” 4:102 “For the Unbelievers, Allah has prepared a humiliating punishment.”

            8:19 “(O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: if ye return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they (were multiplied: for verily God is with those who believe!”

            8:59-60 “Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better (of the godly): they will never frustrate (them). Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom God doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.”

            Another translation makes this plain – “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.”

            9.123 “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you”
            9.73 “O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.”
            Surah 2, Contains the subject of war numerous times (Jihad). It is approved to be the solution to aggression when necessary. The following paragraphs are out of the Qur’an. (The Qur’an was written in Arabic, but translated in English by those who are Muslim and speak Arabic.)

            “War is prescribed to you: but from this ye are averse.” (Sura 2:212).

            “To participate in Jihad in Allah’s cause” (Al Bukhari vol. 1:25)

            Sura 2:187-189 “And kill them wherever ye shall find them, and eject them from whatever place they have ejected you; for civil discord is worse than carnage: yet attack them not at the sacred Mosque, unless they attack you therein; but if they attack you, slay them. Such the reward of the infidels…Fight therefore against them until there be no more civil discord, and the only worship be that of God: but if they desist, then let there be no hostility, save against the wicked.”

            2:190-292 “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits, for Allah does not love transgressors. 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.”

            2:193 “And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and let there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.”

            2:216 “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But God knoweth, and ye know not. 217 They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say: “Fighting therein is a grave (offense); but graver is it in the sight of God to prevent access to the path of God, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members. Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be Companions of the Fire and will abide therein.”

            2:244 “Then fight in the cause of God, and know that God heareth and knoweth all things. 245 Who is he that will loan to God a beautiful loan, which God will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is God that giveth (you) want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.”

            Many of these quotes should be self-evident what the meaning is. Of course they will be some that say that what they mean is not what they read like.
            Muslim clerics and their apologists are saying “the command to kill non-Muslims is not for today” it was only for a certain time. Where in the Qur’an does it say this? It does not say or teach the commands to kill the “infidels”, “unbelievers” “Jews” and “Christians” was only for a previous time. ” Nowhere. why should we accept this rhetoric? There is proof in the Qur’an that it is actually to continue and increase.
            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, no.64)

            One of their Hadiths states about their own: Narrated Ikrima: The statement of Allah’s Apostle (Muhammad), “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (Hadith 9:45; 84.2.57.)

            Sura 9:29-33 “Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.”

            Sura 8:15 “O ye who believe! when ye meet the Unbelievers preparing for battle do not turn your backs to them. [Anyone who does] shall incur the wrath of God, and Hell shall be his home,- an evil dwelling (indeed)!”

            Sura 8:57 “So if you gain the mastery over them in war, punish them severely in order to disperse those who are behind them, so that they may learn a lesson.”
            Sura 8:65 “O Messenger! Rouse the Believers among you to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, they will vanquish two thousand of the Unbelievers: for these are people without understanding.” In other words those who believe not in Allah are not equal to those who do.”

            Sura 8:67 “It is not fitting for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he has made a great slaughter in the land.”

            Sura 6:157 “Or lest ye should say: “If the Book had only been sent down to us, we should have followed its guidance better than they.” Now then hath come unto you a clear (sign) from your Lord,- and a guide and a mercy: then who could do more wrong than one who rejecteth God’s signs, and turneth away therefrom? In good time shall We requite those who turn away from Our signs, with a dreadful penalty, for their turning away.” So if you are not a Muslim, how do you think this affects you.
            Sura 8:12 “Remember your Lord inspired the angels with the message: “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: you smite them above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”

            “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah. Whatever you spend in the cause of Allah shall be repaid to you and you shall not be treated unjustly.”

            “Take not the Jews and Christians for friends … slay the idolaters [infidels] wherever ye find them. …Fight against those who … believe not in Allah nor the Last Day” (Sura 5:51; 9:5,29,41).

            Sura 9:39 “If you do not fight, He will punish you severely, and put others in your place”

            9:52 “…Allah will send His punishment from Himself or by our hands.”
            The Qur’an teaches: Allah has given those that fight with their goods and their persons a higher rank than those who stay at home . . . The unbelievers are your sworn enemies . . . Seek out your enemies relentlessly . . . . You shall not plead for traitors . . . Allah does not love the treacherous or the sinful. (Dawood, Koran, pp. 367-68.)

            “. . . kill the pagans wherever you may find them . . .”
            Sura 4:74: “Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of Allah, – whether he is slain or gets victory – soon shall We give him a reward of great value.”
            Sura 4:95 “Allah has granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit at home.”
            Sura 9:14 “Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you to victory over them, heal the breasts of the Believers.” Fight (kill) them (non-Muslims), and God will punish, (torment) them by your hands, cover them with shame. (Surah 9:14 at-Taubah 9:14)
            Sura 9:78-83 “Know they not that God doth know their secret (thoughts) and their secret counsels, and that God knoweth well all things unseen? Those who slander such of the believers as give themselves freely to (deeds of) charity, as well as such as can find nothing to give except the fruits of their labor, and throw ridicule on them, God will throw back their ridicule on them: and they shall have a grievous penalty. 80 Whether thou ask for their forgiveness or not, (their sin is unforgivable): if thou ask seventy times for their forgiveness, God will not forgive them: because they have rejected God and His apostle; and God guideth not those who are perversely rebellious. Those who were left behind (in the Tabuk expedition) rejoiced in their inaction behind the back of the apostle of God: they hated to strive and fight, with their goods and their persons, in the cause of God: they said, “Go not forth in the heat. Say, “The fire of Hell is fiercer in heat.” If only they could understand! Let them laugh a little: much will they weep: a recompense for the (evil) that they do. If, then, God bring thee back to any of them, and they ask thy permission to come out (with thee), say: “Never shall ye come out with me, nor fight an enemy with me: for ye preferred to sit inactive on the first occasion: then sit ye (now) with those who lag behind.”
            Sura 4:168: “Those who reject [Islamic] Faith, Allah will not forgive them nor guide them to any path except the way to Hell, to dwell therein forever. And this to Allah is easy.”
            Sura 9:123: “Believers! wage war against such of the infidels as are your neighbours, and let them find you rigorous: and know that God is with those who fear him.” Hey neighbor how do you feel about this?
            Infidels are those who worship any other but Allah. Yet I have heard Muslims claim Allah is the same God of the Old Testament. If so why are not the Jews and Christians accepted? The answer is clear, because they reject their apostle.
            Sura 9:29-33: “Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled. The Jews say, ‘Ezra (Ozair) is a son of God’; and the Christians say, ‘The Messiah is a son of God’. Such the sayings in their mouths! They resemble the sayings of the Infidels of old! God do battle with them! How are they misguided!..He it is who hath sent His Apostle with the Guidance and a religion of the truth, that He may make it victorious over every other religion, albeit they who assign partners to God be averse from it.”
            Mohammed said: “No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir (infidel).”(Hadith vol. 9:50) This means a non- Muslim.
            Sura 15:66: “And We made known this decree to him, that the last remnants of those (sinners) should be cut off by the morning.”
            Instead of conversion by force, physically or otherwise, Christ said that His disciples did not fight because His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). Those who fight love this present world and the Bible says the love of the Father is not in them. Indeed, He told His disciples, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you” (Mt 5:44). I have nothing similar to this in the Qur’an yet it the teachings of Christ are supposed to be in it.
            What about peace treaties and appeasement with Islamic forces?
            In the Qur’an, Sura 8:58: “If you apprehend treachery from any group on the part of a people (with whom you have a treaty), retaliate by breaking off (relations) with them. The infidels should not think they can bypass (Islamic law or the punishment of Allah). Surely they cannot escape.”
            Sura 9:3: “Allah is not bound by any contract or treaty with non-Muslims, nor is His Apostle.”
            4:90 “For those who join a group between you and whom there is a treaty, or (those who become) weary of fighting you, had Allah had willed, He could have given
            them power over you, and they would have fought you. Therefore if they withdraw and wage not war, and send you (guarantees of) peace, then Allah has not given you a way (to war) against them.” [The purpose of terror is to cause people to become so “weary of fighting” they surrender.]
            What does this mean? In another translation 4:90 “If they turn back from Islam, becoming renegades, seize them and kill them wherever you find them.”
            Sura 22:18 “Seest thou not that to God bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on earth,- the sun, the moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as are fit for Punishment: and such as God shall disgrace,- None can raise to honour: for God carries out all that He wills.v:19 These two antagonists dispute with each other about their Lord: But those who deny (their Lord),- for them will be cut out a garment of Fire: over their heads will be poured out boiling water.v:20 With it will be scalded what is within their bodies, as well as (their) skins. v:21 In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them. v:22 Every time they wish to get away therefrom, from anguish, they will be forced back therein, and (it will be said), “Taste ye the Penalty of Burning!”
            Sura 47:4 “Therefore, when you meet the Unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks; at length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly on them… He lets you fight in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the way of Allah, – He will never let their deeds be lost.” Another English translation says, “When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads till ye have made a great slaughter among them, and of the rest make fast the fetters.”
            Sura 59:2 “It is He Who got out the Unbelievers among the People of the Book from their homes at the first gathering of the forces. Little did you think that they would get out: and they thought that their fortresses would defend them from Allah! But the wrath of Allah came to them from quarters from which they had little expected it, and cast terror into their hearts, so that they destroyed their own dwellings by their own hands and the hands of the Believers.”
            Sura 59:4,5 “That is because they resisted Allah and His Messenger: and if any one resists Allah, verily Allah is severe in punishment. Whether you cut down O you Muslims the tender palm-trees, or if you left them standing on their roots, it was by leave of Allah, and in order that He might cover with shame the rebellious transgressors.”
            Sura 59:14 “They will not fight you even together, except in fortified townships, or from behind walls. Strong is their fighting spirit amongst themselves: you would think they are united, but their hearts are divided: that is because they are a people devoid of wisdom.”
            Sura 61:4 “Verily God loveth those who, as though they were a solid wall, do battle for his cause in serried lines!”
            Surah 61 encourages the Muslims to give their wealth for their cause, and if necessary their lives for the cause of Islam. It is passages like this that advocate war. Sura 61:9-11 “Fain would they put out the light of God with their mouths! but though the Infidels hate it, God will perfect his light. He it is who sent his apostle with guidance and the religion of truth, that, though they hate it who join other gods with God, He may make it victorious over every other religion.” O ye who believe! shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty?- That ye believe in God and His Apostle, and that ye strive (Jihad) (your utmost) in the Cause of God, with your property and your persons: that will be best for you, if ye but knew!
            Sura 69:44-48 “And if the apostle were to invent any sayings in Our name, We should certainly seize him by his right hand, And We should certainly then cut off the artery of his heart: Nor could any of you withhold him (from Our wrath). But verily this is a Message for the God-fearing.”
            Sura 66:9: “O Prophet! make war on the infidels and hypocrites, and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their abode! and wretched the passage to it!” Another translation says, “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate”
            Sura 8:39-40: “Say to the infidels: If they desist from their unbelief, what is now past shall be forgiven them; but if they return to it, they have already before them the doom of the ancients! Fight then against them till strife be at an end, and the religion be all of it God’s.” Another translation is 8.39 “And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do.”
            Sura 9:5: “And when the sacred months are passed, kill those who join other gods with God wherever ye shall find them; and seize them, besiege them, and lay wait for them with every kind of ambush: but if they shall convert, and observe prayer, and pay the obligatory alms, then let them go their way, for God is Gracious, Merciful.”
            This is but a small sampling of the hatred and violence that is included in this book that can be used by those of this religion. This book is the foundation upon which this religion is founded. This begins to explain the motivation and the action we see by those who put these sayings into practice. Islam is not based on the individual opinion of Muslims, but the Qur’an. So why is it I’m able to find what others say is not there?
            What are there expectations? Do they want to live in peace with others and allow people the freedom to choose? There are some who believe in peace and there are numerous verses that speak of not killing or harming others, even animals. But Militant / fundamentalist Islam’s goal, is able to use passages in the Qur’an for their goal of bringing all mankind into submission (“Islam”). And if not then the other option is to kill all “infidels”, unbelievers if necessary (these are the unbelievers in Allah and Muhammad his prophet, not unbelievers in God (Sura 2:190-192;4:76; 5:33; 9:5, 29,41; 47:4).
            Islam in obedience to the Qur’an is the driving force for most of the terrorism today we are seeing today. If you don’t believe this, check who the majority of people are that are doing the terrorist acts throughout the world.
            The truth is that the only sure way to paradise for a Muslim, to die in a Jihad. Sura 9:111 “God hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than God? Then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.” “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)
            Contrary to other religions that offer heaven by good works and Christianity that offers it for free to those who believe and follow Jesus Christ, a obedient Muslim can not be sure of his hereafter without it. Muslims are offered a palace; in it are 72 mansions with 72 homes with 72 sheets on 72 beds with 72 virgins that never lose their virginity. Mohammed 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.) “They [true believers] will sit with bashful, dark-eyed virgins, as chaste as the sheltered eggs of ostriches” (Sura 37:48). This gives us insight into their denial of this life and being rewarded in the next. The promise of heaven to those who die in battle for the cause of Allah is quite a promise.
            Sura 48:27-28 “Truly did God fulfil the vision for His Apostle: ye shall enter the Sacred Mosque, if God wills, with minds secure, heads shaved, hair cut short, and without fear. For He knew what ye knew not, and He granted, besides this, a speedy victory. It is He Who has sent His Apostle with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is God for a Witness.” (Maulama Mohammed Ali 1917 translation says of this verse– this prophecy of the prevalence of Islam over all other religions, is a prophecy which extends into the distant future while Arabia saw its fulfillment in the lifetime of the holy prophet the prevalence of Islam does not however mean the political supremacy of it its adherents at all times. Nor does the prophecy signify that other religions would at any time entirely disappear. It only indicates that the superiority of the religion of Islam over all other religions will at last be established. And Islam will be the religion of the majority of the nations of the earth. No other Scripture prophesies the triumph of the religion it preaches in unmistakable terms.)
            Is this good news, apparently for some it is.
            To be fair the Crusades and the Inquisition were also religious wars, but they were not sanctioned by the Bible or Jesus. No Scripture was used to promote this. The crusaders acted under the name of Christian but they could not validate their actions from the Bible or by the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. It was by a Church gone drunk with power and to bring others under its influence. Christian separation is always needed to discern between what is God’s and what is Caesar’s. The fact is the true Church started by Jesus was martyred throughout the centuries by Islam and even by some who called themselves the Church.
            What I have also heard is that these terrorist are no different than those who claimed to be Christian. Such as Jim Jones or David Koresh. This comparison fails in several ways. 1st- Jim Jones never used the Bible to commit his suicides and he had the people do suicides willingly on themselves because they were brainwashed, they did not kill others outside their group in the name of God.
            2nd- Koresh already came from the cultic teachings of the 7th day Adventist church, so he was removed from Christianity. He too did not have his people kill others, but convinced them to follow him to their own deaths. Besides if we look at how many of these people are found in Christianity in comparison to Islam it is very little.
            So these are poor comparisons to those who kill and enslave others in the name of God throughout the world and any other religion.
            Again I’m not saying every Muslim is a terrorist, but every Muslim is a potential terrorist. They have enough in their book for leaders to influence the people to adopt this position. They have, and they will continue to practice this as long as there is no internal protest against it. Let those who are for peace speak louder than those who want to kill.

        • Mindset, you’re right. I agree with you. God has blessed the non-Muslims because they followed the teachings of Islam however they’re non-Muslims. And Muslims washed the blessings the God off themselves because they disobeyed Islam.


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          Al-Ibaanah Magazine , Issue No.3 – Dhul-Qa’dah 1416H / April 1996

          From that which has been established in the Sharee’ah (prescribed law) is that mankind was – in the beginning – a single nation upn true Tawheed, then Shirk (directing any part or form of worship, or anything else that is solely the right of Allaah, to other than Allaah) gradually overcame them. The basis for this is the saying of Allaah – the Most Blessed, the Most High:
          “Mankind was one Ummah, then Allaah sent prophets bringing good news and warnings.” (Soorah Baqarah 2:213)
          Ibn ‘Abbaas – radiallaahu ‘anhu – said: “Between Nooh (Noah) and Adam were ten generations, all of them were upon Sharee’ah (law) of the truth, then they differed. So Allaah sent prophets as bringers of good news and as warners.” [2]
          Ibn ‘Urwah al-Hanbalee (d.837 H) said: “This saying refutes those historians from the People of the Book who claim that Qaabil (Cain) and his sons were fire-worshippers.” [3]
          I say: In it is also a refutation of some of the philosophers and athists who claim that the (natural) basis of man is Shirk, and that Tawheed evolved in man! The preceeding aayah (verse) falsifies this claim, as do the two following authentic hadith:
          Firstly: His (the prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying that he related from his Lord (Allaah) : “I created all my servants upon the true Religion (upon Tawheed, fre from Shirk). Then the devils came to them and led them astray from their true Religion. They made unlawful to people that which I had made lawful for them, and they commanded them to associate in worship with Me, that which I had sent down no authority.” [4]
          Secondly: His (the prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying: “Every child is born upon the Fitrah [5] but his parents make him a jew or a christian or a magian. It is like the way an animal gives birth to a natural offspring. have you noticed any born mutilated, before you mutilate them.”
          Abu Hurayrah said: Recite if you wish: “Allaah’s fitrah with which He created mankind. There is to be no change to the creation (Religion) of Allaah.” (Soorah ar-Rum 30:30) [6]
          After this clear explanation, it is of the upmost importance for the Muslim to know how Shirk spread amongst the believers, after they were muwahhideen (people upon Tawheed). Concerning the saying of Allaah – the most perfect – about the people of Nooh:
          “And they have said : You shall not forsake your gods, nor shall you forsake Wadd, nor Suwaa’, nor Yaghooth, nor Ya’ooq, nor Nasr.” (Soorah Nooh 71:23)
          It has been related by a group from the Salaf (Pious Predecessors), in many narrations, that these five deities were righteous worshippers. However, when they died, Shaytaan (Satan) whispered into their people to retreat and sit at their graves. Then Shaytaan whispered to those who came after them that they should take them as idols, beautifying to them the idea that you will be reminded of them and thereby follow them in righteous conduct. Then Shaytaan suggested to the third generation that they should worship these idols besides Allaah – the most high – and he whispered to them that this is what their forefathers used to do!!!

          So Allaah sent to them Nooh alayhis-salaam, commanding them to worship Allaah alone. However none responded to hiscall except a few. Allaah – the mighty and majestic – related this whole incident in Soorah Nooh Ibn ‘Abbas relates: “Indeed these five names of righteous men from the people of Nooh. When they died Shataan whispered to their people to make statues of them and to place these statues in their places of gathering as a reminder of them, so they did this. However, none from amongst them worshipped these statues, until when they died and the purpose of the statues was forgotten. Then (the next generation) began to worship them.”[7]
          The likes of this has also been related by Ibn Jareer at-Tabaree and others, from a number of the salaf (Pious Predecessors) – radiallaahu ‘anhum. In ad-Durral-Manthoor (6/269): ‘Abdullaah ibn Humaid relates from Abu Muttahar, who said: Yazeed ibn al-Muhallab was mentioned to Abu Ja’far al-Baaqir (d.11H), so he said: He was killed at the place where another besides Allaah was first worshipped. Then he mentioned Wadd and said: “Wadd was a Muslim man who was loved by his people. When he died, the people began to gather around his grave in the land of Baabil ( Babel ), lamenting and mourning. So when Iblees (Satan) saw them mourning and lamenting over him, he took the form of a man and came to them, saying : I see that you are mourning and lamenting over him. So why don’t you make a picture of him (i.e. a statue) and place it in your places of gatherings so that you maybe reminded of him. So they said: Yes, and they made a picture of him and put in their place of gathering; which reminded them of him. When Iblees saw how they were (excessively) remembering him, he said : “Why doesn’t every man amongst you make a similar picture to keep in your own houses, so that you can be (constantly) reminded of him.” So they all said “yes”. So each household made a picture of him, which they adored and venerated and which constantly reminded them of him. Abu Ja’far said: “Those from the later generation saw what the (pevious generation) had done and considered that……..to the extent that they took him as an ilah (diety) to be worshipped besides Allaah. He then said :” This was the first idol worshipped other than Allaah, and they called this idol Wadd”[8]

          Thus the wisdom of Allaah – the Blessed, the Most High – was fufilled, when he sent Muhammed sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam as the final prophet and made his Sharee’ah the completion of all divinely Prescribed Laws, in that He prohibited all means and avenues by which people may fall into Shirk – which is the greatest of sins. For this reason, building shrines over graves and intending to specifically travel to them, taking them as places of festivity and gathering and swearing an oath by the inmate of a grave; have all been prohibited. All of these lead to excessiveness and lead to the worship of other than Allaah – the Most High.
          This being the case even more so in an age in which knowledge is diminishing, ignorance is increasing, thre are few sincere advisors ( to the truth) and shaytaan is co-operating with men and jinn to misguide mankind and to take them away from the worship of Allaah alone – the Blessed, the Most High.
          1. Tahdheerus-Saajid min Ittikhaadhil-Quboori Masaajid (pp.101-106)
          2. Related by Ibn Jareer at-Tabaree in his tafseer (4/275) and al-Haakim (2/546) who said: “It is authentic according to the criterion of al-Bukhari.” Adh-Dhahabee also agreed.
          3. Al-Khawaakibud-Duraaree fee Tarteeb Musnadul-Imaam Ahmad’alaa Abwaabil-Bukhaaree (6/212/1), still in manuscript form.
          4. Related by Muslim (8/159) and Ahmad (4/162) from ‘Iyaadh ibn Himaar al-Mujaashi’ee radiallaahu ‘anhu
          5. [From the Editors] Ibn-al-Atheer said in an-Nihaayah (3/457): “Al-Fitr: means to begin and create, and al-Fitrah is the condition resulting from it. The meaning is that mankind were born upona disposition and a nature which is ready to accept the true Religion. So if he were to be left upon this, then he would continue upon it. However, those who deviate from this do so due to following human weaknesses and blind following of others…..” Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar said in Al-Fath (3/248): “The people differ concerning what is meant by al-Fitrah and the most famous saying is that it means Islaam. Ibn ‘abdul-Barr said: That is what was well known with most of the salaf (pious predecessors), and the scholars of tafseer are agreed that what is meant by the saying of Allaah – the Most High – “Allaah’s fitrah wiht which He created mankind.” is Islaam
          6. Related by Al-Bukhaaree (11/418) and Muslim (18/52)
          7. Related by al-Bukhaaree (8/534)
          8. Related by Ibn Abee Haatim also, as is in al-Kawaakibud-Duraaree (6/112/2) of Ibn ‘Urwah al-Hanbalee, along with an isnaad which is Hasan, up to Abu Muttahar. However, no biography could be found for him, neither in ad-Dawlaabee’s al-Kunaa wal-Asmaa, nor Muslim’s al-Kunaa, nor any one elses. And the hidden defect here is that he is from the Shee’ah, but his biography is not included in at-Toosee’s al-Kunaa — from the index of Shee’ah narrators
          Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Have ye thought on all that ye invoke beside Allah? Show me what they have created of the earth. Or have they any portion in the heavens? Bring me a scripture before this (Scripture), or some vestige of knowledge (in support of what ye say), if ye are truthful. S. 46:4 Pickthall
          The Muslim scripture censures those who would invoke or pray to someone who hasn’t created anything nor owns a portion of the heavens.
          In light of this condemnation our aim to show how Muhammad himself went against the directives of his own god by permitting his followers to invoke or make du’a to him. Muhammad did this even though the Quran emphatically denies that he created anything of the earth or has a portion in the heavens. We will also see how Muhammad turned himself into a savior, thereby replacing Allah as the object of the Muslims’ trust and hope.
          Believers are those who invoke or call upon Allah alone
          The Quran commands Muslims to call upon or make du’a only to Allah:
          And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. S. 2:186 Hilali-Khan
          Say (O Muhammad): “I invoke only my Lord (Allah Alone), and I associate none as partners along with Him.” S. 72:20 Hilali-Khan
          The ahadith even say that du’a or supplication is the very heart or essence of worship itself:
          296. The excellence of supplication
          712. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet said, “Nothing is dearer to Allah than supplication.”
          713. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet said, “The noblest act of worship is supplication.”
          714. An-Nu’man ibn Bashir reported that the Prophet said, “Supplication is worship.” Then he recited, “Call on Me and I will answer you.” (Al-Adab al-Mufrad al-Bukhari, translated by Aisha Bewley, XXX. Supplication; *)
          3828. It was narrated from Nu‘man bin Bashir that the Messenger of Allah said: “Indeed the supplication is the worship.” Then he recited: “And your Lord said: Invoke Me, I will respond to you.”[1] (Sahih) (English Translation of Sunan Ibn Majah – Compiled by Imam Muhammad Bin Yazeed Ibn Majah Al-Qazwini, From Hadith No. 3657 to 4341, Ahadith edited and referenced by Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair ‘Ali Za’i, translated by Nasiruddin al-Khattab (Canada), final review by Abu Khaliyl (USA) [Darussalam Publications and Distributors, First Edition: June 2007], Volume 5, 34. The Chapter On Supplication, Chapter 1. The Virtue of Supplication, p. 95)
          [1] Ghafir 40:60. (Ibid.)

          The Quran further exhorts Muslims such as Muhammad to seek Allah’s help or protection whenever the devil tries to tempt any of them:

          And if a whisper from the devil reach thee (O Muhammad) then seek refuge in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower. S. 41:36 Pickthall
          But that’s not all. The Quran speaks out against making du’a to or seeking the protection of anyone other than Allah, even if they happen to be righteous servants such as the prophets or angels:
          If anyone invokes, besides God, Any other god, he has no authority therefor; and his reckoning will be only with his Lord! and verily the Unbelievers will fail to win through! S. 23:117 Y. Ali
          Lo! those on whom ye call beside Allah are slaves like unto you. Call on them now, and let them answer you, if ye are truthful! S. 7:194 Pickthall
          Those whom they call upon do desire (for themselves) means of access to their Lord, – even those who are nearest: they hope for His Mercy and fear His Wrath: for the Wrath of thy Lord is something to take heed of. S. 17:57 Y. Ali
          And indeed (O Muhammad) individuals of humankind used to invoke the protection of individuals of the Jinn, so that they increased them in revolt (against Allah); S. 72:6 Pickthall

          The Muslim scripture further chides those who would call on that which can neither harm nor benefit anyone:

          And invoke not besides Allah, any that will neither profit you, nor hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers). S. 10:106 Hilali-Khan
          It is passages and narrations such as these that have caused some Muslims to conclude that to ask or invoke someone other than Allah is to worship the creation instead of the Creator:
          Asking anything that is subjected to Allah alone from any creature IS WORSHIPING THAT CREATURE, so it is considered polytheism, (i.e., associating partners with Allah). The creature might be a non-living thing like a stone, sun, straw, tree, etc., or a living thing like an animal, jinni, angel or even a pious person or a Prophet; asking them for anything which is beyond the ability of creatures is polytheism. (English Translation of Sunan Ibn Majah, Volume 5, 34. The Chapter On Supplication, Chapter 1. The Virtue of Supplication, pp. 95-96; capital and underline emphasis ours)
          Muhammad was one who could not save or benefit anyone
          This means that making du’a to Muhammad is also forbidden since the Quran claims that he was a creature who could neither harm nor benefit anyone. In fact, Muhammad was even forced to say that he does not know what Allah would do to him or his contemporaries:

          Recall that in the first part we saw how both the Quran and Sunna expressly forbid invoking or making du’a to anyone other than Allah, and that Muhammad himself classified du’a as the very heart or essence of worship.
          Here is where the problem lies for Muslims. There are so-called authentic prophetic traditions where Muhammad actually instructed his followers to call upon himself, not just to Allah!
          According to one such hadith Muhammad taught a blind man how to pray to Allah as well as to himself, an invocation which Muslims continued to make long after the death of their prophet:
          Tirmidhi relates, through his chain of narrators from ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf, that a blind man came to the Prophet and said, “I’ve been afflicted in my eyesight, so please pray to Allah for me.” The Prophet said: “Go make ablution (wudu), perform two rak’as of prayer, and then say:
          “Oh Allah, I ask You and turn to You through my Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of mercy; O MUHAMMAD (YA MUHAMMAD), I SEEK YOUR INTERCESSION with my Lord for the return of my eyesight [and in another version: “for my need, that it may be fulfilled. O Allah, grant him intercession for me”].”
          The Prophet added, “And if there is some need, do the same.” (Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, Reliance of the Traveller: The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law (Umdat Al-Salik) in Arabic with facing English text, Commentary and Appendices, edited and translated by Nuh Hah Mim Keller [Amana Corporation; Revised edition, July 1, 1997], w40.3, p. 935; bold and capital emphasis ours)
          Notice how Muhammad specifically instructed the blind man to address him directly in his prayer. The blind man wasn’t told to simply ask Allah to heal him on behalf of Muhammad or for Muhammad’s sake. Rather, he was also directed to address Muhammad specifically by asking for his intercession.
          In case a Muslim tries to explain this away by saying that this took place when Muhammad was still alive, the following is a report of a man who offered up this same exact invocation during the caliphate of Uthman bin Affan:
          Moreover, Tabarani, in his “al-Mu’jam al saghir,” reports a hadith from ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf that a man repeatedly visited Uthman ibn Affan concerning something he needed, but Uthman paid no attention to him or his need. The man met Ibn Hunayf and complained to him about the matter – this being after the death (wisal) of the Prophet and after the caliphates of Abu Bakr and Umar – so Uthman ibn Hunayf, who was one of the Companions who collected hadiths and was learned in the religion of Allah, said: “Go to the place of ablution and perform ablution (wudu), then come to the mosque, perform two rak’as of prayer therein, and say:

          ‘O Allah, I ask You and turn to You through our Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of mercy; O MUHAMMAD (YA MUHAMMAD), I TURN THROUGH YOU to my Lord, that He may fulfill my need,’ and mention your need. Then come so that I can go with you [to the caliph Uthman].” So the man left and did as he had been told, then went to the door of Uthman ibn Affan, and the doorman came, took him by the hand, brought him to Uthman ibn Affan, and seated him next to him on a cushion. ‘Uthman asked, “What do you need?” and the man mentioned what he wanted, and Uthman accomplished it for him, then he said, “I hadn’t remembered your need until just now,” adding, “Whenever you need something, just mention it.” Then, the man departed, met Uthman ibn Hunayf, and said to him, “May Allah reward you! He didn’t see to my need or pay any attention to me until you spoke with him.” Uthman ibn Hunayf replied, “By Allah, I didn’t speak to him, but I have seen a blind man come to the Messenger of Allah and complain to him of the loss of his eyesight. The Prophet said, “Can you not bear it?’ and the man replied, ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not have anyone to lead me around, and it is a great hardship for me.’ The Prophet told him, ‘Go to the place of ablution and perform ablution (wudu), then pray two rak’as of prayer and make the supplications.’” Ibn Hunayf went on, “By Allah, we didn’t part company or speak long before the man returned to us as if nothing had ever been wrong with him.” (Ibid., w40.4, pp. 936-937; bold and capital emphasis ours)
          Here we have an individual at the time of the caliphate of Uthman ibn Affan who offers up the same prayer that the blind man did, praying and asking Muhammad in the same way that he asks Allah!
          Note the similarities in the invocation:
          “O Allah, I ask You and turn to You through our Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of mercy,”
          “O Muhammad, I turn through you to my Lord, that He may fulfill my need.”
          Muslims should have no problem acknowledging that the words, “O Allah,” clearly denote that this is an act of worship that the person is directly praying to his lord. Therefore, the expression “O Muhammad” must also be seen as worship since the individual is praying directly to his prophet and asking him personally to act on his behalf, despite the fact that Muhammad had been dead for quite some time!
          Now some Muslims may wish to argue that these are weak hadiths, narrations that are not sound, and therefore cannot be used to prove that Muhammad taught his follower to pray or make du’a to him.
          Unfortunately for these Muslims, this argument doesn’t hold weight since both these narratives have been classified as completely sound and reliable by some of Islam’s greatest hadith scholars:
          This is an explicit, unequivocal text from a prophetic Companion proving the legal validity of tawassul through the dead. The account has been classified as rigorously authenticated (sahih) by Baihaqi, Mundhiri, and Haythami.

          Tirmidhi has stated that the hadith of the blind man is “a hadith that is well or rigorously authenticated but singular, being unknown except through his chain of narrators, from the hadith of Abu Ja’far, who is not Abu Ja’far Khatmi,” which means that the narrators of this hadith, despite Abu Ja’far being unknown to Tirmidhi, were acceptable to the degree of being well or rigorously authenticated in either case.
          But scholars before Tirmidhi established that Abu Ja’far, this person unknown to Tirmidhi, was Abu Ja’far Khatmi himself. Ibn Abi Khaythama said: “The name of this Abu Ja’far, whom Hammad ibn Salama relates from, is ‘Umayr ibn Yazid, and is the Abu Ja’far that Shu’ba relates from,” and then he related the hadith by the channel of transmission of ‘Uthman from Shu’ba from Abu Ja’far.
          Ibn Taymiya, after relating the hadith of Tirmidhi, said: “All scholars say that he is Abu Ja’far Khatmi, and this is correct.”
          Reflect on this.
          The hadith master, Ibn Hajar, notes in Taqrib al-tahdhib that he is Khatmi, and that he is reliable (saduq).
          Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr likewise says that he is Khatmi, in al-Istii’ab fi ma’rifa al-ashab. Moreover, Baihaqi related the hadith by way of Hakim and confirmed that it was rigorously authenticated (SAHIH), Hakim having related it by a chain of transmission meeting the standards of Bukhari and Muslim, which the hadith master Dhahabi confirmed, and Shawkani cited as evidence. Dhahabi and Shawkani, who are they? The meaning of this is that all the men of the hadith’s chain of transmission are known to top Imams of hadith such as Dhahabi (and who is severer than he?), Ibn Hajar (and who is more precise, learned, or painstaking than he?), Hakim, Baihaqi, Tabarani, Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr, Shawkani, and even Ibn Taymiya.
          This hadith was recorded by Bukhari in his al-Tarikh al-kabir, by Ibn Majah in his Sunan, where he said it was rigorously authenticated (SAHIH), by Nasa’i in Amal al-yawm wa al-layla, by Abu Nu’aym in Ma’rifa al-Sahaba, by Baihaqi in Dala’il al-nubuwwa, by Mundhiri in al-Targhib wa al-tahrib, by Haythami in Majma’ al zawa’id wa manba’ al-fawa’id, by Tabarani in al-Mu’jam al-kabir, by Ibn Khuzayma in his Sahih, and by others. Nearly 15 hadith masters (huffaz, hadith authorities with more than 100,000 hadiths and their chains of transmission by memory) have explicitly stated that this hadith is rigorously authenticated (SAHIH). As mentioned above, it has come with a chain of transmission meeting the standards of Bukhari and Muslim, so there is nothing left for a critic to attack or slanderer to disparage concerning the authenticity of the hadith. Consequently, as for the permissibility of supplicating Allah (tawassul) through either a living or dead person, it follows by human reason, scholarship, and sentiment, that there is flexibility in the matter. Whoever wants to can either take tawassul or leave it, without causing trouble or making accusations, since it has been this thoroughly checked (Adilla Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama’a, 79-83). (Ibid., pp. 937-938)
          The author continues his discussion of the authenticity of these two reports:
          It is well to review some salient features of the proof that was given, such as:
          (1) that there are 2 hadiths, Tirmidhi’s hadith of the blind man and Tabarani’s hadith of the man in need to whom Uthman ibn Hunayf related the story of the blind man, teaching him the tawassul that the Prophet had taught the blind man.
          (2) Tirmidhi’s hadith is rigorously authenticated (sahih), being the subject of the above investigation of its chain of narrators, the authenticity of which is established beyond a reasonable doubt and attested to by nearly 15 of the foremost hadith specialists of Islam. The hadith explicitly proves the validity of supplicating Allah (tawassul) through a living intermediary, as the Prophet was alive at the time. The author of the article holds that the hadith implicitly shows the validity of supplicating Allah (tawassul) through a deceased intermediary as well, since:

          The Prophet told the blind man to go perform ablution (wudu) pray two rak’as, and then make the supplication containing the words, “O Muhammad, I seek your intercession with my Lord for the return of my eyesight,” which is a call upon somebody physically absent, a state of which the living and the dead are alike.
          Supplicating Allah (tawassul) through a living or deceased intermediary is, in the author’s words, “not tawassul through a physical body, or through a life or death, but rather through the positive meaning attached to the person in both life and death, for the body is but the vehicle that carries that significance.
          And perhaps the most telling reason, though the author does not mention it, is that everything the Prophet ordered to be done during his lifetime was legislation valid for all generations until the end of time unless proven otherwise by a subsequent indication from the Prophet himself, the tawassul he taught during his lifetime not requiring anything else to be generalized to any time thereafter.
          (3) The authenticity of Tabarani’s hadith of the man in need during the caliphate of Uthman is not discussed by the article in detail, but deserves consideration, since the hadith explicitly proves the legal validity of supplicating Allah (tawassul) through the deceased, for ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf and indeed all the prophetic Companions, by scholarly consensus (ijma’), were legally upright (‘udul), and are above being impugned with teaching someone an act of disobedience, much less idolatry (shirk). The hadith is rigorously authenticated (sahih), as Tabarani explicitly states in his al-Mu’jam al-saghir. The translator, wishing to verify the matter further, to the hadith with its chain of narrators to hadith specialist Sheikh Shu’ayb Arna’ut, who after examining it, agreed that it was rigorously authenticated (sahih) as Tabarani indicated, a judgement which was also confirmed to the translator by the Moroccan hadith specialist Sheikh ‘Abdullah Muhammad Ghimari, who characterized the hadith as “very rigorously authenticated,” and noted that hadith masters Haythami and Mundhiri had explicitly concurred with Tabarani on its being rigorously authenticated (sahih). The upshot is that the recommendedness of tawassul to Allah Most High – through the living or the dead – is the position of the Shafi’i school, which is why both our author Ibn Naqib Al-Misri, and Imam Nawawi in his Al-Adhkar (281-282), and al-Majmu explicitly record that tawassul through the Prophet and asking his intercession are recommended. A final article below by a Hanafi scholar concludes the discussion. (Ibid., pp. 938-939)
          The following scholar further substantiates that these particular narrations have been confirmed as reliable by some of the greatest hadith scholars, including al-Bukhari and Muslim!
          A. Imam Nisaai…,
          B. Imam Tirmidhi…,
          C. Imam ibn Maaja…,
          D. Imam Haakim…,
          E. Imam Baihaqi…,
          F. Imam ibn Hazeema…,
          G. Imam Abul Qasim Tabraani…,
          H. Imam Manzari…,
          I. Imam Muslim…,
          J. Imam Bukhari…
          (1) All the above mentioned Scholars of Ahadith, narrate on the authority of Sayyidna Uthman bin Haneef…, that a Sahabi who was blind by birth was taught a special Du’a by the Holy Prophet…, which he was to recite after every Salah. (The Validity of Saying Ya Rasool-Allah (Anwaarul Intibah Fi Hallil Nidaa Ya Rasolallah), written by Shaikhul Islam Ala’hazrat Mujaddid Imam Ahmad Raza, translated by Abdul Hadi Al Qadri, pp. 4-5)
          This same source also says that the Muslim scholars all agree that it is perfectly acceptable to call upon Muhammad by name and to speak to him directly in one’s prayers


            Islam is being presented to the world today packaged in a fancy wrapper.
            Muslim activists emphasize that Islam is the “true” religion that calls on followers to believe in Allah and in the last day, to enjoin what is just, to forbid what is evil, to observe prayers, and to practice charity (Surah 9:71).
            These basic tenets of Islamic teaching sound so right, so good, that they have drawn many people into the fold of Islam.
            There is, however, another side to Islam usually hidden from new converts. Major issues of life that are part of Islam are carefully avoided, obscured or omitted from the call to faith. Some passages of the Quran are inaccurately translated from the original Arabic in order to lure converts.
            Background into Islam
            The Messenger and the Message
            In the year A.D. 610, in a cave near Mecca, while he was spending time in solitary meditation, Mohammed said that he was visited by the Angel Gabriel who in a vision delivered to him the first message of Islam.
            1. MOHAMMED
            Mohammed was born A.D. 570 into a highly regarded family from the respected tribe of Qoraysh. His father died before his birth and his mother died when he was only six years old. When he was eight, his grandfather Abd Al Muttalib also died, leaving him in the care of his uncle, Abu Talib.

            As a young man, Mohammed was exposed to the various sects of Christianity and Judaism. He observed how they were constantly arguing and debating each other. This may have influenced his disenchantment with the traditional polytheistic religion of the Arabs at the time. Mohammed later referred to Christians and Jews as “People of the Book.” (In reference to the Bible)

            At age 25, Mohammed started working for the rich widow Khadija, who later married him. She was 15 years older than he. He then became a successful merchant.

            At age 40, Mohammed spent much time in meditation, and proclaimed that he was selected by God to preach the true religion.

            Mohammed very soon faced harassment and persecution from the tribal chiefs who saw the new religion as a danger to the city’s principal source of revenue. They feared that it would eliminate the profitable pilgrimages to the pagan shrine of the Kaaba.

            In the year A.D. 622, after an attempt by his opponents to murder him, Mohammed and his few followers fled to Yathrib (later named Medina) in a migration known as the Hijira.

            In Medina, Mohammed’s followers grew in strength and number. From there he began a series of raids on the city of Mecca. Ultimately he subjugated the city and brought all of Arabia under his control.

            Mohammed died in the year A.D. 632.
            2. ISLAM
            The Arabie word “Islam” means “submission” [to God]. Islam claims that it was never a new religion, but rather a continuation and culmination of God’s revelations to Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

            To become a Muslim, one must accept and declare the creed of Islam, commonly known as the two professions of the faith. These are, “there is no other God but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” A Muslim then must believe in six articles of faith: God, the Angels, the Scriptures, the Prophets, the Day of Judgment, and Fatalism.

            A Muslim must perform five religious duties known as “The Pillars of Islam,” which are: The Professions, Prayer, Almsgiving, Fasting, and Pilgrimage to Mecca. Some have raised the Quranic sanction of Holy War (Jihad) for the spread of Islam to the rank of a sixth religious duty.

            It is interesting to note that much of Islam’s practices and rituals were borrowed from the pre-Islamic pagan Arabs. This is the period that Muslims refer to as “al-Jahilyya” (Ignorance Age). Some of these rituals are: exalting the Kaaba and the Black Stone, pilgrimage to Mecca, fasting Ramadan, dedicating Friday for assembling to worship, and adopting the name “Allah” for God.
            3. JIHAD (HOLY WAR)
            “Jihad” is an Arabic word which means “struggle.”
            Jihad can mean striving to be a better Muslim. The most common meaning, however, is fighting for Allah. In this sense Jihad is the struggle for the cause of spreading Islam, using all means available to Muslims, including force. This kind of Jihad is often referred to as “Holy War.”
            In resorting to force, Muslims do not have a problem finding passages in the Quran and Hadith that will not only condone violence, but also demand it.

            In the Quran, Allah orders Muslims to terrorize non-Muslims in His behalf:
            “Strike terror (into the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies.” Surah 8:60

            “Fight (kill) them (non Muslims) and Allah will punish (torment) them by your hands, cover them with shame.” Surah 9:14

            “I will instil 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 Allah.” Surah 8:12-17

            “O ye who believe! Fight the unbelievers…let them find firmness (harshness) in you and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.” Surah 9:123
            In the Hadith (Mohammed’s sayings), Mohammed also urges Muslims to practice Jihad.

            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 also 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

            It is worth noting here that the words “fight” and “kill” have appeared in the Quran more frequently than the word “pray.”

            Islam teaches that people are divided into two different camps; Dar al Harb (The abode of war), and Dar al Islam (The abode of Islam). Those who belong to Dar al Islam are the Muslims who are in a constant state of war with Dar al Harb who are the non-Muslims, until such time the non-Muslims convert to Islam. In other words, Muslims can never peacefully co-exist with non-Muslims.
            Mohammed and Jihad: an example

            The following is just one example of Jihad from the life of the prophet of Islam, Mohammed.

            After the war of the trench, in which Mohammed was besieged by the Qurayshites, led by Abu Sofyan, it was alleged that the Jewish tribe Bani Qurayza agreed to provide help from within to Abu Sofyan’s forces. Although the alleged help did not materialize and the siege eventually ended, neverthless, Mohammed never forgave them for their willingness to help his enemies.

            Muslims turned against Bani Qurayza and blocked their streets for twenty-five days. The Jewish tribe expressed readiness to accept surrender, to give up their belongings, and to depart from their homes.

            Mohammed, however, would not consent to this, and instead appointed as an arbiter, Saad iben Moaz, a man who was known to be on bad terms with Bani Qurayza. Saad ruled that all Bani Quaryza’s men should be beheaded, that the women and children should be sold as slaves, and that all their property should be divided among the Muslims.

            Trenches were dug in the bazaar of Medina for disposal of the eight or nine hundred Jewish bodies whom Mohammed had spent the previous night slaughtering. (See Ibn Hisham: The Prophet’s Biography; vol. 2 pages 240 & 241).
            Islam: the Facade and the Facts
            The Facade
            The “Islam” that Muslim activists introduce to the West these days is completely different from the Islam we knew and experienced in the Middle East. This is a new edition – revised, modified, expanded and abridged – of the real Islam. A major facelift operation has been taking place here.
            To their credit, I must acknowledge that the international Islamization movement, in recent years, has grown much in both intelligence and sophistication. They lacked power, so they decided to be smart. Since they could no longer use the sword to conquer the world, as they once did, they decided to use more cunning methods, taking advantage of democracy in the West.
            The following are some of the methods Muslim activists are now adopting:
            1. Change of Identity
            Muslim activists in the West avoid referring to teachings that may offend the Western citizen, such as the Islamic code of punishment.

            They stress that they believe in Moses and Jesus. They refrain from calling Jews and Christians “infidels”, nor would they call them “Zionists” or “Crusaders”.

            The last thing they want to do is to shock people. They once had a Muslim host on their TV. program with a Christian name, “Paul”; names like Mohammed, Mustafa and Omar were too strong to swallow they thought. They use the term “Sunday School” in place of “Friday Class”, and they end their speeches with the Christian expression “may God bless you”.

            They boast about being Americans, and have the American flag cover the background of their program set. This is the same flag Muslims burn in their daily rituals in Islamic countries, calling America “The great Satan”.
            2. Change of Vocabulary
            Instead of living in isolation from society, they are using now a completely new terminology. Words like love, grace… are now part of their vocabulary. Theological Christian terms such as : Salvation, Justification and Sanctification are now part of their teachings.

            They change Quranic translations to hide some of Islam’s harsh teachings.

            An example is the new French translation of the Quran which has caused tremendous furor among Muslim fundamentalists. The translation attempted to please Jews by modifying some verses of the Quran that condemned Jews. An example is a verse that used to read “The people of Israel, after sowing corruption twice on earth for the purpose of dominating other people, will push themselves up into a position of extreme power before being punished by God.”

            The new translation reads just the opposite: “The people of Israel will be twice destroyed as an innocent victim, and God will reward them by elevating them to great heights.”
            3. Change of Strategy
            Their new strategy lies in trying to be accepted, included and involved in all activities; religious, social and political.

            They are now becoming active in partisan functions in order to have a say in parties platforms. They conduct letter compaigns to members of Congress to influence legislation. They run for public offices in hope of reaching a position of authority. They make full use of their voting power to get concessions in their favor. They try to be represented on educational programs to go in line with their beliefs.

            The stage of weakness and the stage of Jihad (Holy War)

            It seems that these new tactics we discussed are not without precedent in Islamic history. Mohammed Hassanein Heikal, the noted Egyptian author, refers to this concept in his book “Autumn Furor”. He states:

            “So the element of Jihad emerged in the ideology of Abul Aala Almaudoody. He went on to differentiate between two separate stages a Muslim community goes through:

            “The stage of weakness – In it a Muslim community is unable to take charge of its own destiny. In this case – according to his thinking – they must withdraw for the purpose of preparing themselves to be capable of executing the second stage.

            “The second stage is the Jihad stage, and it will come when the Muslim community has completed its prepardness and is ready to come out of its isolation to take charge, through Jihad.

            “In this, Abul Aala Almaudoody was making a comparison between the two stages of weakness and Jihad on the one hand, and on the other hand, Mohammed’s struggle in Mecca then in Medina.”

            Mohammed in Mecca and Mohammed in Medina

            Historians agree that there is a big difference between Mohammed’s personality in Mecca and his personality after his migration to Medina.

            In Mecca Mohammed was weak, struggling to be accepted, often mocked at and ridiculed. He tried to appeal to the people of Mecca by being compassionate and loving. His teachings condemned violence, injustice, neglect of the poor. However, after he moved to Medina and his followers grew in strength and number, he became a relentless warrior, intent on spreading his religion by the sword.

            This change in Mohammed’s personality becomes apparent by comparing the Meccan and the Medinan surahs. The following are some examples:

            In surah 73:10 God tells Mohammed to be patient with his opponents “Be patient with what they say, and part from them courteously.” While in surah 2:191 God orders him to kill his opponents “Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from wherever they drove you out…”

            In surah 2:256 God tells Mohammed not to impose Islam by force “There is no compulsion in religion.” While in verse 193 God tells him to kill whoever rejects Islam “Fight (kill) them until there is no persecution and the religion is God’s.”

            In surah 29:46 God tells Mohammed to speak nicely to people of the Book (Christians and Jews) “Argue with people of the Book, other then evil doers, only by means of what are better! and say, we believe in what has been sent down to us and sent down to you. Our God is the same as your God, and we are surrendered to him.” While in surah 9:29 God tells him to fight the people of the Book, “Fight those who do not believe in God and the last day…and fight People of the Book, who do not accept the religion of truth (Islam) until they pay tribute by hand, being inferior.”

            To justify this sudden change in the Quran’s mood from peaceful to militant, conciliatory to confrontational, Mohammed claimed that it was God who told him so. It was God who abrogated the peaceful verses and replaced them by harsh ones.

            However the truth of the matter, as Almaudoody puts it, is that Mohammed became strong enough to move from the stage of weakness to the stage of Jihad.

            Today, in the West, we are witnessing the Islamic stage of weakness, but lets not be fooled, the stage of Jihad is coming sooner or later. This meek little lamb will turn out to be a ravening wolf, the sweet melodious “Baa Baa” will change to a thunderous roar.
            The Facts
            The following are some real teachings of Islam:
            • Men are superior to women (surah 2:228).

            • Women have half the rights of men: in court witness (surah 2:282) and in inheritance
            (surah 4:11).

            • A man may punish his wife by beating her (surah 4:34).

            • A man may marry up to four wives at the same time (surah 4:3).

            • A wife is a sex object for her husband (surah 2:223).

            • Muslims must fight until their opponents submit to Islam (surah 9:29).

            • A Muslim must not take a Jew or a a Christian for a friend (surah 5:51).

            • A Muslim apostate must be killed (surah 9:12).

            • Stealing is punished by the amputation of the hands (surah 5:38).

            • Adultery is punished by public flogging (surah 24:2).

            • Resisting Islam is punished by death, crucifixion or the cutting off of the hands and feet
            (surah 5:33).

            • Fate decides everyone’s eternal destination (surah 17:13).

            • Every Muslim will pass through Hell (surah 19:71).

            • Heaven in Islam is the place where a Muslim will be reclining, eating meats and delicious fruits, drinking exquisite wines, and engaging in sex with virgins (surah 55:54- 56) &
            (surah 52:17,19).
            The True Face of Islam
            1. The Peaceful Prophet of Mecca Changes into the Ruthless Warrior of Medina
            Mohammed’s decision to relocate his new movement from Mecca to Medina presented an economic challenge. He had to find a method of supporting himself and his followers that would also provide an adequate base to finance the ever-increasing demands of the Muslim movement. The traditional method for acquiring wealth among the Arabs at the time was attacking other tribes and seizing their possessions. Muslims living in Medina found no easier way than doing that. They started to make raids (Ghaswa) on other tribes and passing caravans.
            The first raid was called an-Nakhla. Muslims, led by Abdullah bin Jahsh, waited in ambush near a place called an-Nakhla and took the passing Qorayshite caravan by surprise. Muslims killed the leader of the caravan and captured two men and the entire cargo goods.
            The turning point in Mohammed’s life, however, was the raid against Badr. Muslims were able to kill dozens of Meccans and take scores of prisoners and much booty. On their way back to Medina some of those prisoners were put to death. One of them was a man name Uqbah bin abi Muait. Before his execution Uqbah pleaded with Mohammed saying, “Who, then, will take care of my little girl?” Mohammed answered, “Hell-fire.”
            After that, a confident Mohammed starting moving against his enemies in a series of attacks that resulted in the elimination of Jewish tribes and the assassination of certain individuals for the slightest offense. The assassination of Kaab ibn al-Ashraf, of the Jewish tribe Banu al-Nodair, was prompted by Kaab showing sympathy for the Qorayshites, and then when he returned to Mecca he recited amorous poetry to Muslim women. Mohammed was enraged and asked for volunteers to rid him of ibn al-Ashraf. Those who volunteered asked for permission to lie in order to lure him out of his house at night into a remote area where they were able to kill him.
            A poetess named Asmaa bint Marwan was ordered to be killed for uttering a few verses of poetry against Mohammed. A Muslim assassin, acting on Mohammed’s orders, crept at night into the women’s bed while her suckling baby was attached to her breast. The man plucked the baby from her breast and then plunged his sword into her abdomen. Later, the killer, fearing the consequences of his crime, asked Mohammed, “Will there be any danger to me on her account?” Mohammed answered, “Two goats will not butt each other about her.”
            There were many other outrageous assassinations ordered by Mohammed. Abu Afak, an old man of 120 years of age was murdered for composing poetry critical of the Prophet. Another brutal assassination was against an aged women by the name of Umm Kirfa. They tied her legs to camels which were then driven in opposite directions. The poor woman was split into two pieces.
            The reality of the Muslim assassin’s brutality is punctuated by their practice of cutting off the heads of victims and bringing them to Mohammed. As the killers came into view carrying with them the evidence of Allah’s victory over the enemies of Mohammed, a jubilant Mohammed would cry, “Allaho Akbar,” (God is great)!
            The list of these horrendous acts is too long, much is too repulsive to mention. What has been cited should be sufficient to say about the man that Muslims describe as the “prophet of peace and mercy”!
            The essential problem is that the fruit of Mohammed’s legacy exists today. As Muslims get deeper into Islam, they simply try to follow in the footsteps of their prime example. Can one still wonder why so much violence is committed, around the world, in the name of Islam?
            2. The Abrogator and the Abrogated
            In their attempt to polish Islam’s image, Muslim activists usually quote the Meccan passages of the Quran that call for love, peace and patience. The deliberately hid the Medenan passages that call for killing, decapitating, and maiming.
            Muslim activists also fail to reveal to people in the West a major doctrine in Islam called “al-Nasikh wal-Mansoukh” (the Abrogator and the Abrogated). This simply means that when a recent verse in the Quran gives a contradictory view to another verse that preceded it (chronologically), the recent verse abrogates (cancels and replaces) the old verse and renders it null and void.
            This doctrine is based on the Quran, where Allah allegedly says in Surah 2:106, “None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?” Also, in Surah 16:101 “When We substitute one revelation for another, and Allah knows best what He reveals (in stages), they say, “Thou art but a forger”: but most of them understand not.”
            One of Islam’s classical reference books, written by a recognized Muslim scholar, deals in great detail with the subject. The title of the book is “al-Nasikh wal-Mansoukh” (The Abrogator and the Abrogated) by Abil-Kasim Hibat-Allah Ibn-Salama Abi-Nasr. The book goes through every chapter in the Quran and points in full detail to every verse that has been canceled and what verse replaced it. The author noted that out of 114 Surahs (chapters) of the Quran, there are only 43 Surahs that were not affected by this concept.
            An example of the abrogation: there are 124 versus that call for tolerance and patience which have been canceled and replaced by this one single verse: “Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)…..” Surah 9:5
            One doesn’t help but wonder: how Allah, the all-powerful, the all-knowing, needs to revise himself so often?
            3. The Real Attitude of Islam Towards Christians and Jews
            We have discussed the facade that Muslim activists in the West have been displaying to Christians and Jews. They have been saying that Islam is compatible with Christianity and Judaism. Some Christian and Jewish leaders have been deceived into believing them. The following “Fatwa” (Sanction) by a prominent Islamist tells, exactly and bluntly, what Muslims really think of Christians and Jews.
            From the Muslim site of Ibrahim Shafi on the Internet:
            [Answer by Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin]
            Question: One of the preachers in one of the mosques in Europe claimed that it is not allowed to consider Jews and Christians disbelievers. You know – may Allah preserve you – that most of the people who attend the mosques in Europe have very little knowledge. We fear that statements like this one will become widespread. Therefore, we request from you a complete and clear answer to this question.
            Answer: I say: The statement that came from that man is misguidance. In fact, it can be blasphemy. This is because Allah has declared that Jews and Christians are disbelievers in His Book. Allah has said, “The Jews call Uzair a son of Allah and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouths; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the truth! They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary: Yet they were commanded to worship but one Allah: there is no god but He. Praise and glory to him: (far is He) from having the partners they associate (with him).” [Al-Taubah 9:30, 31]
            That shows that they are polytheists who associate partners with Allah. In other verses, Allah has made it clear that they are disbelievers:
            “in blasphemy indeed are they who say that Allah is the Christ, son of Mary.” {Al-Maidah 5:17 and 72]
            “They do blaspheme who say, God is one of three (in a Trinity).” {Al-Maidah 5:73]
            “Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who rejected faith by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary.” {Al-Maidah 5:78]
            “Those who reject (truth) among the People of the Book and the Polytheists will be in hellfire to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures..” {Al-Bayyinah 98:6]
            Many versus and Hadith express the same meaning. The one, who rejects the idea that the Jews and Christians who do not believe in Mohammed (peace be upon him) and deny him are disbelievers, is in fact denying what Allah has said. Denying what Allah has said is blasphemy. If anyone has any doubt concerning them being disbelievers, then he himself is also a disbeliever. This is a matter concerning which there is no room for doubt. And help is sought only with Allah.
            Lying in Islam
            Like most religions, Islam in general, forbids lying. The Quran says, “Truly Allah guides not one who transgresses and lies.” Surah 40:28. In the Hadith, Mohammed was also quoted as saying, “Be honest because honesty leads to goodness, and goodness leads to Paradise. Beware of falsehood because it leads to immorality, and immorality leads to Hell.”
            However, unlike most religions, within Islam there are certain provisions under which lying is not simply tolerated, but actually encouraged. The book “The spirit of Islam,” by the Muslim scholar, Afif A. Tabbarah was written to promote Islam. On page 247, Tabbarah stated: “Lying is not always bad, to be sure; there are times when telling a lie is more profitable and better for the general welfare, and for the settlement of conciliation among people, than telling the truth. To this effect, the Prophet says: ‘He is not a false person who (through lies) settles conciliation among people, supports good or says what is good.”
            In exploring this puzzling duplicity within Islam, we will examine first some examples from recent and ancient Islamic history. These examples demonstrate that lying is a common policy amongst Islamic clerics and statesmen.
            In June of 1967 Egypt was defeated by Israel and lost the Sinai Peninsula during the “Six Day War.” Subsequently, Egypt’s primary focus became to regain the lost territory. President Nasser, and then, President Sadat, adopted the motto: “No voice should rise over the voice of The Battle.” The soldiers that had been drafted in 1967 were kept in service and remained on high alert in the expectation that at any day “the battle” would ensue. Nonetheless, years pasted and Egypt’s people became disgruntle with the political hype and the “no peace, and no war” status. In 1972 Sadat proclaimed with finality that it was to be the year for the long anticipated battle. Throughout the year he swore, “I swear to you by my honor that this year will not pass by, before we launch The Battle.” People believed him because he was staking his reputation and honor through an oath. To everyone’s amazement the year passed without a single shot being fired. As a result many, inside and outside Egypt, began to dismiss him as a “hot air bluff”. This opinion was confirmed in the following year of 1973. He made no further mention of his oath about the battle. Many of the draftees were released and numerous officers were given vacation furloughs. Then without warning, in October of 1973, he launched the attack and what was known as the Yom Kippur war began.
            As a military commander, Sadat was expected to use the element of surprise to trick the enemy. As a devout Muslim, Sadat was not the least bit concerned about his un-kept oath. He understood that the history and teachings of Islam would exempt him from spiritual accountability if he used lies as a foundation for a strategic military maneuver.
            This point is proven by many incidences in the life of Mohammed. He often lied and instructed his followers to do the same. He rationalized that the prospect of success in missions to extend Islam’s influence overrode Allah’s initial prohibitions against lying. A good example of sanctioned lying is the account of the assassination of Kaab Ibn al-Ashrf, a member of the Jewish tribe, Banu al-Nudair. It had been reported that Kaab had shown support for the Quraishites in their battle against Mohammed. This was compounded by another report that infuriated Mohammed. It was alleged that Kaab had recited amorous poetry to Muslim women. Mohammed asked for volunteers to rid him of Kaab Ibn al-Ashraf. As Mohammed put it, Kaab had “Harmed Allah and His Apostle.” At that time Kaab Ibn al-Ashraf, and his tribe were strong, so it was not easy for a stranger to infiltrate and execute the task. A Muslim man by the name of Ibn Muslima, volunteered for the murderous project on the condition that Mohammed would allow him to lie. With Mohammed’s consent, Ibn Muslima, went to Kaab and told him fabricated stories that reflected discontent about Mohammed’s leadership. When he had gained Kaab’s trust he lured him away from his house one night and murdered him in a remote area under the cover of darkness.
            A similar example can be found in the story of killing Shaaban Ibn Khalid al-Hazly. It was rumored that Shaaban was gathering an army to wage war on Mohammed. Mohammed retaliated by ordering Abdullah Ibn Anis to kill Shaaban. Again, the would-be killer asked the prophet’s permission to lie. Mohammed agreed and then ordered the killer to lie by stating that he was a member of the Khazaa clan. When Shaaban saw Abdullah coming, he asked him, “From what tribe are you?” Abdullah answered, “From Khazaa.” He then added, “I have heard that you are gathering an army to fight Mohammed and I came to join you.” Abdullah started walking with Shaaban telling him how Mohammed came to them with the heretical teachings of Islam, and complained how Mohammed badmouthed the Arab patriarchs and ruined the Arab’s hopes. They continued in conversation until they arrived at Shaaban’s tent. Shaaban’s companions departed and Shaaban invited Abdullah to come inside and rest. Abdullah sat there until the atmosphere was quiet and he sensed that everyone was asleep. Abdullah severed Shaaban’s head and carried it to Mohammed as a trophy. When Mohammed sighted Abdullah, he jubilantly shouted, “Your face has been triumphant (Aflaha al- wajho).” Abdullah returned the greeting by saying, “It is your face, Apostle of Allah, who has been triumphant. (Aflaha wajhoka, ye rasoul Allah).”
            Provisions for lying in Islam
            Most Muslims are familiar with the principles of Islam that will justify lying in situations where they sense the need to do so. Among these are:
            • War is deception.
            • The necessities justify the forbidden.
            • If faced by two evils, choose the lesser of the two.
            These principles are derived from passages found in the Quran and the Hadith.
            In the Quran, Allah, allegedly, says:
            ” Allah will not call you to account for what is futile in your oaths, but He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths: for expiation, feed ten indigent persons, on a scale of the average for the food of your families; or clothe them; or give a slave his freedom. If that is beyond your means, fast for three days. That is the expiation for the oaths ye have sworn. But keep to your oaths. Thus doth Allah make clear to you His signs, that ye may be grateful.” Surah 5:89
            “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness (vain) in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.” Surah 2:225
            “Any one who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief, except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith – but such as open their breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty.” Surah 16: 106
            The noted Islamic commentator, Al-Tabary explained Surah 16:106 as a verse that had been revealed to Mohammed after he learned that Ammar Ibn Yasser was forced to deny his faith in Mohammed when kidnapped by the Banu Moghera tribe. Mohammed consoled Ammar by telling him, “If they turned, you turn.” (Meaning: if they again capture you, you are allowed to deny me again.)
            These and similar passages from the Quran clearly reveal that Muslims’ unintentional lies are forgivable and that even their intentional lies can be absolved by performing extra duties. It is also clear that if forced to do so, Muslims can lie while under oath and can even falsely deny faith in Allah, as long as they maintain the profession of faith in their hearts.
            In the Hadith, Mohammed, emphasizes the same concept.
            From “Ehiaa Oloum al-Din,” by the famous Islamic scholar al-Ghazali, Vol. 3: PP.284-287:
            One of Mohammed’s daughters, Umm Kalthoum, testified that she had never heard the Apostle of God condone lying, except in these three situations:
            1. For reconciliation among people.
            2. In war.
            3. Amongst spouses, to keep peace in the family.
            One passage from the Hadith quotes Mohammed as saying: “The sons of Adam are accountable for all lies except those uttered to help bring reconciliation between Muslims.”
            Another says, “Aba Kahl, reconcile among people.”(Meaning: even through lying.)
            The following quote demonstrates the broadness of situations in which the prophet permitted lying. “The sons of Adam are accountable for all lies with these exceptions: During war because war is deception, to reconcile among two quarreling men, and for a man to appease his wife.”
            The principle of Al-Takeyya
            The Arabic word, “Takeyya”, means “to prevent,” or guard against. The principle of Al Takeyya conveys the understanding that Muslims are permitted to lie as a preventive measure against anticipated harm to one’s self or fellow Muslims. This principle gives Muslims the liberty to lie under circumstances that they perceive as life threatening. They can even deny the faith, if they do not mean it in their hearts. Al-Takeyya is based on the following Quranic verse:
            “Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution (prevention), that ye may Guard yourselves from them (prevent them from harming you.) But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.” Surah 3: 28
            According to this verse a Muslim can pretend to befriend infidels (in violation of the teachings of Islam) and display adherence with their unbelief to prevent them from harming him.
            Under the concept of Takeyya and short of killing another human being, if under the threat of force, it is legitimate for Muslims to act contrary to their faith. The following actions are acceptable:
            • Drink wine, abandon prayers, and skip fasting during Ramadan.
            • Renounce belief in Allah.
            • Kneel in homage to a deity other than Allah.
            • Utter insincere oaths.
            The implications of the principle of Al-Takeyya
            Unfortunately, when dealing with Muslims, one must keep in mind that Muslims can communicate something with apparent sincerity, when in reality they may have just the opposite agenda in their hearts. Bluntly stated, Islam permits Muslims to lie anytime that they perceive that their own well-being, or that of Islam, is threatened.
            In the sphere of international politics, the question is: Can Muslim countries be trusted to keep their end of the agreements that they sign with non-Muslim nations? It is a known Islamic practice, that when Muslims are weak they can agree with most anything. Once they become strong, then they negate what they formerly vowed.
            The principle of sanctioning lying for the cause of Islam bears grave implications in matters relating to the spread of the religion of Islam in the West. Muslim activists employ deceptive tactics in their attempts to polish Islam’s image and make it more attractive to prospective converts. They carefully try to avoid, obscure, and omit mentioning any of the negative Islamic texts and teachings.
            An example of Islamic deception is that Muslim activists always quote the passages of the Quran from the early part of Mohammed’s ministry while living in Mecca. These texts are peaceful and exemplify tolerance towards those that are not followers of Islam. All the while, they are fully aware that most of these passages were abrogated (cancelled and replaced) by passages that came after he migrated to Medina. The replacement verses reflect prejudice, intolerance, and endorse violence upon unbelievers
            In conclusion, it is imperative to understand, that Muslim leaders can use this loop-hole in their religion, to absolve them from any permanent commitment. It is also important to know that what Muslim activists say to spread Islam may not always be the whole truth. When dealing with Muslims, what they say is not the issue. The real issue is, what they actually mean in their hearts.
            THE ISSUES of Life
            According to the “Quran”
            Islam is more than a religion; it is a comprehensive way of life. The Quran, Mohammed, his immediate followers, and generations of theologians prescribed numerous regulations governing every aspect of the Muslim social, political, economic, and religious life.
            In this article we will examine only a few of these Islamic regulations, based on the most reliable source of all Islamic teachings, the Quran. The reader must determine whether it is acceptable to live under such teachings.
            1. WOMEN’S RIGHTS
            Are women equal to men according to Islam?
            o Islam teaches that women are inferior to men.

            “…And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree over them…” Surah 2:228
            In what areas are women unequal to men in Islam?
            o Islam teaches that women are less than equal to men in at least two major areas:

            First, in inheritance: A woman’s share is half that of a man.

            “To the male a portion equal to that of two females…” Surah 4:11

            Second, in court witness: The witness of two women equals the witness of one man.

            “And get two witnesses out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women such as ye choose, for witness…” Surah 2:282
            What is the status of a wife in relation to her husband?
            o Islam considers the wife a possession.

            “…Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and sons; heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses…” Surah 3:14
            What is the extent of a husband’s authority over his wife in Islam?
            o Islam teaches that a wife is subject to punishment by her husband. As a punishment, beating a wife or abstaining from sexual relations with her is allowed.

            “…As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, Admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them,…” Surah 4:34

            “For those who take an oath for abstention from their wives, a waiting for four months is ordained; if they return, God is oft-forgiving, most merciful.” Surah 2:226
            What rules apply only to women regarding their appearance in public?
            o Islam instructs women to veil themselves always when they are outside their homes. And, even inside their homes, in certain situations.

            “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty…” Surah 24:31

            “O prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad)…” Surah 33:59

            2. SEX AND MARRIAGE
            How many wives may a Muslim man marry?
            o Islam allows polygamy: A man may marry up to four wives at one time.

            “…Marry women of your choice, two,or three, or four…” Surah 4:3

            Note: Extra privileges were given to Mohammed, “The Prophet of Islam.” He was allowed unlimited wives. Mohammed had 13 wives in addition to several concubines which we know of for a fact.

            Ayesha was only nine years old at the time he married her, Mohammed was fifty-three years old. Another wife, Zaynab Bint Jahsh, was his daughter-in-law. When Zaid, Mohammed’s adopted son, saw that Mohammed desired his wife, he divorced her so that Mohammed could marry her.
            What is the sexual role of the wife in marriage according to Islam?
            o Islam considers the wife a sex object.

            “Your wives are as a tilth (a field to be ploughed) unto you, so approach your tilth
            when or how ye will.” Surah 2:223
            Is divorce allowed in Islam?
            o A man can divorce his wife by oral pronouncement. The wife has no such right in the Quran.

            “It may be, if he divorced you that Allah will give him in exchange consorts better than you…” Surah 66:5
            May a man reunite with his wife after divorcing her?
            o When a husband has pronounced divorce three times on his wife, he may not lawfully remarry her until she has married (and had sexual intercourse) and been divorced by another man called “Al Mohalil” (the legalizer).

            “A divorce is only permissible twice; after that, the parties should either hold together on equitable terms, or separate with kindness,…” Surah 2:229

            “…So if a husband divorces his wife he cannot after that, remarry her until after she has married another husband, and he has divorced her, in that case there is no blame on either of them if they reunite…” Surah 2:230

            3. HUMAN RIGHTS
            Does Islam permit freedom of choice regarding religion?
            o Islam compels its adherents to force others to accept Islam. Muslims must fight until all their opponents submit to Islam, unless, of course, those opponents prefer death. Christians and Jews may be spared if they pay “Jizya” (penalty tax) with willing submission, and humiliation.

            “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day… Nor acknowledge the religion of truth, (even if they are) of the people of the Book, until they pay the Jizya (taxes) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Surah 9:29

            “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait (ambush) for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity then open the way for them.” Surah 9:5 (see also Surah 2:193)

            “Therefore; when ye meet the unbelievers (in a fight) smite at their necks; at length;
            when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly in (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens.” Surah 47:4
            Does Islam teach the equality of all people?
            o Islam teaches that Muslims are superior to others.

            “Ye (Muslims) are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind…” Surah 3:110
            Can Islam co-exist with and tolerate other religions?
            o Islam condemns non-Muslims, other than Christians and Jews, as infidels.

            “The life of this world is alluring to those who reject faith (infidels), and they scoff at
            those who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the day of resurrection…” Surah 2:212
            o Neither do Christians and Jews escape Islam’s condemnation.

            “The Jews call Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah.
            That is a saying from their mouths; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers
            (infidels) of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the truth!” Surah 9:30
            o Islam instructs Muslims to not befriend Jews or Christians.

            “O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is one of them. Allah guideth not a people unjust.” Surah 5:51
            What happens to a person who converts to Islam and then later changes his mind?
            o Islam teaches that any person who accepts Islam and then later turns away from it will be subject to death.

            “But if they violate their oath after their covenant, and taunt you for your faith, fight ye the chiefs of unfaith: for their oaths are nothing to them.” Surah 9:12
            (See also Surah 4:89)

            4. DEMOCRACY
            Does Islam teach the “Separation of Church and State?”
            o Islam teaches that the Quran is the Constitution, God is the author of law, and the State is the agent to implement the law.

            “And fight them on, until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah (and the religion is Allah’s).” Surah 2:193

            “We have sent down to thee the Book (the Quran) in truth, that thou mightest judge between men, as guided by Allah: so be not as an advocate by those who betray their trust.” Surah 4:105

            “So judge between them by what Allah hath revealed and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the truth that has come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and open way.” Surah 5:48

            “The command (the rule) is for none but Allah; He hath commanded that ye worship none but Him: That is the right religion, but most men understand not.” Surah 12:40
            How Does the Quran consider those who do not abide by its laws?
            o The Quran considers them wrong-doers, rebels, and unbelievers.

            “And if any fail to judge by what Allah hath revealed, they are wrong-doers.” Surah 5:45

            “If any do fail to judge by what Allah hath revealed, they are those who rebel.” Surah 5:47

            “If any do fail to judge by what Allah has revealed,they are unbelievers.” Surah 5:44
            What are some of Islamic rules and punishments that must be implemented in an Islamic
            o Islam imposes a harsh code of punishment on those who violate its laws. Here are some examples:
             Resisting Islam: punished by death, crucifixion or the cutting off of the hands and feet.

            “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of the hands and feet from opposite sides or exile from the land…” Surah 5:33

             Adultery and Fornication: punished by public flogging for the unmarried person. For the married, the punishment is stoning.

            “The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with a hundred stripes; let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day; and let a party of the believers witness their punishment.” Surah 24:2

             Stealing: punished by amputation of the hands.

            “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands: A punishment, by way of example, from Allah for their crime: and Allah is exalted in power.” Surah 5:38

             Drinking: punished by 40 to 80 lashes according to the Hadith (Mohammed’s sayings). – See Sahih al-Bukhari vol. 8:770

            o Islam forbids wine.

            “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, stones and arrows, are an abomination, of Satan’s handiwork: Eschew such that you may prosper.” Surah 5:90
            o Ironically, the faithful are promised “rivers of wine” in Paradise.

            “The garden which the righteous are promised…in it are rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink…” Surah 47:15

            “…truly the righteous will be in bliss,,, their thirst will be slaked with pure wine sealed.” Surah 83:22, 25
            Would these laws be imposed on non-Muslim minorities in an Islamic State?
            o Non-Muslims must follow the same rules, and are subject to the same punishment.

            “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him; and in
            the hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost. ” Surah 3:85
            Would an opposition party be allowed in an Islamic State?
            o No, because the ruler rules by a mandate from God, and God must not be opposed.

            “Whatever it be wherein ye differ, the decision (the rule) thereof is with Allah: such is
            Allah my Lord: In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.” Surah 42:10

            “O ye who believe obey Allah and the Apostle and those charged with authority among you. If you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Apostle. ”
            Surah 4:59
            Has the experiment of an Islamic State been applied in modern history? If so, how successful has it been?
            o There are many countries today that rule, to different degrees, by Islamic laws. Some of the countries that rigidly apply Islam are: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The condition of these countries speaks for itself; human rights violations, violence and terrorism, oppression and persecution. Most Islamic countries are economically bankrupt.
            5. ETERNAL SECURITY
            How sure can a Muslim be about his eternity?
            o Islam teaches that “fate” decides everyone’s eternal destination.

            “Every man’s fate We have fastened on his own neck: on the day of Judgment We shall bring out for him a scroll which he will see spread open.” Surah 17:13

            o The Quran teaches that every Muslim will pass through hell.

            “Not one of you but will pass over it (originally: through it [hell]). This is a decree which must be accomplished.” Surah 19:71

            o The only assurance for a Muslim to go to heaven is through fighting for the cause of spreading Islam and being martyred in the process.

            “And if ye 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
            Does the God of Islam lead each Muslim to eternal salvation?
            o According to the Quran, God leads and misleads as He pleases.

            “Allah leaves straying those whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases.” Surah 14:4

            “Those whom God willeth to guide, He openeth their breast to Islam; Those whom He willeth to leave straying, He maketh their breast close and constricted as if they had to climb up to the skies.” Surah 6:125

            o God’s will is that some be not guided aright, but He will inflict punishment on them for not being guided aright.

            “If We had so willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance: But the word from Me will come “I will fill hell with jinns (demons) and men all together.”Surah 32:13

            o God makes it impossible for those who reject Islam to believe later.

            “As to those who reject faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe. Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur).” Surah 2:6-7

            o God orders people to transgress so that He will have an excuse to destroy them.

            “When We decide to destroy a population, We (first) send a definite order to those among them who are given the good things of this life to transgress, so that the word is proved true against them: then (it is) We destroy them utterly.” Surah 17:16

            o It is up to Allah to forgive and punish as He pleases.

            “He (Allah) forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and punisheth whom He pleaseth, for Allah has power over all things.” Surah 2:284

            What is Islam’s concept of heaven?
            o Heaven in Islam is the place where a Muslim man will be reclining, eating meat and delicious fruits, drinking exquisite wines, and engaging in sex with beautiful women, (and eternally-young beautiful boys or young men “Wildan or Ghilman,” (according to some Muslim theologians). There is no mention of women’s rewards.

            “As to the righteous, they will be in gardens, and in happiness…(to them will be said:) “Eat and drink ye, with profit and health, because of your (good) deeds.” They will recline (with ease) on thrones (of dignity) arranged in ranks; and We shall join them (in the original: marry them) to companions with beautiful, big and lustrous eyes… And We shall bestow on them, of fruit and meat, anything they desire. They shall there exchange, one with another, a cup free of frivolity, free of all taint of ill. Round about them will serve to them youths (handsome) as pearls well-guarded.” Surah 52:17, 19, 20, 22-24 (see also Surah 4:57; Surah 76:12-22; Surah 55:54-56; and Surah 47:15)

        • Lucky/Raj, Allah does not order the killing of a single person save fore those who wage war against the believers or for those who are in the battle field.

          Why don’t you give the correct retrospection of those verses that you so emphatically and maliciously quote out of context, deliberately?




          • YO DUMB PLUM,



            Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri

            09.0 JIHAD
            (0: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was
            returning from jihad,

            “We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.”

            The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic
            verses as:

            (1) “Fighting is prescribed for you” (Koran 2:216);
            (2) “Slay them wherever you find them” (Koran 4:89);
            (3) “Fight the idolators utterly” (Koran 9:36);

            and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

            “I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights ofIslam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah”;

            and the hadith reported by Muslim,

            “To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.”

            Details concerning jihad are found in the accounts of the military expeditions of the
            Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), including his own martial forays and those on which he dispatched others. The former consist of the ones he personally attended, some twenty-seven (others say twenty-nine) of them. He fought in eight of them, and killed only one person with his noble hand, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, at the battle of
            UhuJ. On the latter expeditions he sent others to fight. Himself remaining at Medina, and these were forty-seven in number.)


            09.1 Jihad is a communal obligation (def: c3.2). When enough people perform it to successfully accomplish it, it is no longer obligatory upon others (0: the evidence for which is the Prophet’s saying (Allah bless him and give him peace), “He who provides the equipment for a soldier in jihad has himself performed jihad,”
            and Allah Most High having said:

            “Those of the believers who are unhurt but sit behind are not equal to those who fight in Allah’s path with their property and lives. Allah has preferred those who fight with their property and lives a whole degree above those who sit behind.
            And to each. Allah has promised great good”
            (Koran 4:95).

            If none of those concerned perform jihad, and it does not happen at all, then everyone who is aware that it is obligatory is guilty of sin, if there was a possibility of having performed it. In the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) jihad was a communal obligation after his emigration (hijra) to Medina. As for subsequent
            times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.
            The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: 09.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, “Jihad is a communal obligation,” meaning upon the Muslims each year.

            The second state is when non-Muslims invade a Muslim country or near to one, in which case jihad is personally obligatory (def: c3.2) upon the inhabitants of that country, who must repel the non-Muslims with whatever they can).

            09.2 jihad is personally obligatory upon all ‘those present in the battle lines (A: and to flee is an enormity (dis: pH)) (0: provided one is able to fight. If unable, because of illness or the death of one’s mount when not able to fight on foot, or because one no longer has a weapon, then one may leave. One may also leave if the opposing non-Muslim army is more than twice the size of the Muslim force).

            09.3 Jihad is also (0: personally) obligatory for everyone (0: able to perform it, male or female, old or young) when the enemy has surrounded the Muslims (0: on every side, having entered our territory, even if the land consists of ruins, wilderness, or mountains, for non-Muslim forces entering Muslim lands is a weighty matter that cannot be ignored, but must be met with effort and struggle to repel them by every possible means.
            All of which is if conditions permit gathering (A: the above-mentioned) people, provisioning them, and readying them for war. If conditions do not permit this, as when the enemy has overrun the Muslims such that they are unable to provision or prepare themselves for war, then whoever is found by a non-Muslim and knows he will be killed if captured is obliged to defend himself in whatever way possible. But if not certain that he will be killed, meaning that he might or might not be, as when he might merely be taken captive, and he knows he will be killed ifhe does not surrender, then he may either surrender or fight. A woman too has a choice between fighting or surrendering if she is certain that she will not be subjected to indecent act if captured. If uncertain that she will
            be safe from such an act, she is obliged to fight, and surrender is not permissible).

            09.4 Those ealled upon (0: to perform jihad when it is a communal obligation) are every able bodied man who has reached puberty and is sane.

            09.5 The following may not fight in jihad:
            (1) Someone in debt, unless his creditor gives him leave:
            (2) or someone with at least one Muslim parent. until they give their permission;
            unless the Muslims are surrounded by the enemy, in which case it is permissible for them to fight without permission.

            09.6 It is offensive to conduet a military expedition against hostile non-Muslims without the caliph’s permission (A: though if there is no caliph (def: 025), no permission is required).

            09.7 Muslims may not seek help from non Muslim allies unless the Muslims are considerably outnumbered and the allies are of goodwill towards the Muslims.


            o9.R Thc caliph (025) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: 01 L4)-which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (0: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax (0: in accordance with the word of Allah Most High,
            “Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled” (Koran 9:29), the time and place for which is before the final descent of Jesus (upon whom be peace). After his final coming, nothing but Islam will be accepted from them. for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus’ descent (upon him and our Prophet be peace), which is the divinely revealed law of Muhammad, The coming of Jesus does not entail a separate divinely revealed law, for he will rule by the law of Muhammad, As for the Prophet’s saying (Allah bless him and give him peace),

            “I am the last, there will be no prophet after me,” this does not contradict the final coming of Jesus (upon whom be peace), since he will not rule according to the Evangel, but as a follower of our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)).

            09.9 The caliph fights all other peoples until they become Muslim (0: because they are not a people with a Book, nor honored as such, and are not permitted to settle with paying the poll tax (iizya») (n: though according to the Hanafi school, peoples of all other religions, even idol worshippers, are permitted to live under the protection of the Islamic state if they either become Muslim or agree to pay the poll tax, the sale exceptions to
            which are apostates from Islam and idol worshippers who are Arabs, neither of whom has any choice but becoming Muslim (al-Hidaya sharh Bidaya al-mubtadi’ (y21). 6.48–49)).

            09 .10 It is not permissible (A: in Jihad) to kill women or children unless they are fighting against the Muslims. Nor is it permissible to kill animals, unless they are being ridden into battle against the Muslims, or if killing them will help defeat the enemy. It is permissible to kill old men (0: old man (shaykh) meaning someone more than forty
            years of age) and monks.

            o9.11 It is unlawful to kill a non-Muslim to whom a Muslim has given his guarantee of protection (0: whether the non-Muslim is one or more than one, provided the number is limited, and the Muslim’s protecting them does not harm the Muslims, as when they are spies) provided the protecting Muslim has reached puberty, is sane, and does
            so voluntarily (0: and is not a prisoner of them or a spy).

            09.12 Whoever enters Islam before being captured may not be killed or his property confiscated, or his young children taken captive.

            09.13 When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.

            09.14 When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph (def: 025) considers the interests (0: of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner’s death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy. If the prisoner becomes a Muslim (0: before the caliph chooses any of the four alternatives) then he may not be killed, and one of the other
            three alternatives is chosen.

            09.15 It is permissible in jihad to cut down the enemy’s trees and destroy their dwellings.


            09.16 (0: As for truces, the author does not mention them. In Sacred Law truce means a peace treaty with those hostile to Islam, involving a cessation of fighting for a specified period, whether for payment or something else. The scriptural basis for them includes such Koranic verses as:

            (1) “An acquittal from Allah and His messenger…” (Koran 9:1);
            (2) “If they incline towards peace, then incline towards it also” (Koran 8:61);

            as well as the truce which the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made with Quraysh in the year of Hudaybiya, as related by Bukhari and Muslim.

            Truces are permissible, not obligatory. The only one who may effect a truce is the Muslim ruler of a region (or his representative) with a segment of the non-Muslims of the region, or the caliph (025) (or his representative). When made with other than a portion of the non-Muslims, or when made with all of them, or with all in a particular region such as India or Asia Minor, then only the caliph (or his representative) may effect it, for it is a matter of the gravest consequence because it entails the nonperformance of jihad, whether globally or in a given locality, and our interests must be looked after therein, which is
            why it is best left to the caliph under any circumstances, or to someone he delegates to see to the interests of the various regions.
            There must be some interest served in making a truce other than mere preservation of the
            status quo. Allah Most High says,

            “So do not be fainthearted and call for peace, when it is you who are the uppermost” (Koran 47:35).

            Interests that justify making a truce are such things as Muslim weakness because of lack of numbers or materiel, or the hope of an enemy becoming Muslim, for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made a truce in the year Mecca was liberated with Safwan ibn Umayya for four months in hope that he would become Muslim, and he entered Islam before its time was up.
            If the Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary, for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made a truce with Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud. It is not permissible to stipulate longer than that, save by means of new truces, each of which does not exceed ten years.
            The rulings of such a truce are inferable from those of the non-Muslim poll tax (def: 011); namely, that when a valid truce has been effected, no harm may be done to non-Muslims until it expires.)

            010.0 .THE SPOILS OF BATTLE

            010.1 A free male Muslim who has reached puberty and is sane is entitled to the spoils of battle when he has participated in a battle to the end of it.
            After personal booty (def: 010.2), the collective spoils of the battle are divided into five parts.
            The first fifth is set aside (dis: 010.3), and the remaining four are distributed, one share to each infantryman and three shares to each cavalryman.
            From these latter four fifths also, a token payment is given at the leader’s discretion to women, children, and non-Muslim participants on the Muslim side.
            A combatant only takes possession of his share of the spoils at the official division. (A: Or he may choose to waive his right to it.)

            010.2 As for personal booty, anyone who. despite resistance, kills one of the enemy or effectively incapacitates him, risking his own life thereby, is entitled to whatever he can take from the enemy, meaning as much as he can take away with him in the battle, such as a mount, clothes, weaponry, money, or other.

            010.3 As for the first fifth that is taken from the spoils, it is divided in turn into five parts, a share each going to:

            (1) the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), and after his death, to such Islamic
            interests as fortifying defenses on the frontiers, salaries for Islamic judges. muezzins, and the like;
            (2) relatives of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) of the Bani Hashim and Bani Muttalib clans, each male receiving the share of two females;
            (3) orphans who arc poor;
            (4) those short of money (def: h8.11);
            (5) and travellers needing money (h8.18)


            011.1 A formal agreement of protection is made with citizens who are:

            (1) Jews;
            (2) Christians;
            (3) Zoroastrians;
            (4) Samarians and Sabians, if their religions do not respectively contradict the fundamental bases of Judaism and Christianity;
            (5) and those who adhere to the religion of Abraham or one of the other prophets (upon whom be blessings and peace).

            011.2 Such an agreement may not be effected with those who are idol worshippers (dis: o9.9(n:», or those who do not have a Sacred Book or something that could have been a Book. (A: Something that could have been a Book refers to those like the Zoroastrians, who have remnants resembling an ancient Book. As for the psuedoscriptures of cults that have appeared since Islam (n: such as the Sikhs, Baha’is, Mormons, Qadianis, etc.), they neither are nor could be a Book, since the Koran is the final revelation (dis: w4).)

            011.3 Such an agreement is only valid when the subject peoples:

            (a) follow the rules ofIslam (A: those mentioned below (011.5) and those involving public behavior and dress, though in acts of worship and their private lives, the subject communities have their own laws, judges, and courts, enforcing the rules of their own religion among themselves);
            (b) and pay the non-Muslim poll tax Gizya


            011.4 The minimum non-Muslim poll tax is one dinar (n: 4.235 grams of gold) per person (A: per year). The maximum is whatever both sides agree upon.
            It is collected with leniency and politeness, as are all debts, and is not levied on women, children, or the insane.

            011.5 Such non-Muslim subjects are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and indemnity oflife, reputation, and property. In addition, they:
            (1) are penalized for committing adultery or theft, though not for drunkenness;
            (2) are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunna:r);
            (3) are not greeted with “as-Salamu ‘alaykum” ;
            (4) must keep to the side of the street;
            (5) may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims’ buildings, though if they acquire a
            tall house, it is not razed;
            (6) are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays;
            (7) and are forbidden to build new churches.

            011.6 They are forbidden to reside in the Hijaz, meaning the area and towns around Mecca, Medina, and Yamama, for more than three days (when the caliph allows them to enter there for something they need).

            011.7 A non-Muslim may not enter the Meccan Sacred Precinct (Haram) under any circumstances, or enter any other mosque without permission (A: nor may Muslims enter churches without their permission).

            011.8 It is, ohligatory for the caliph (def: 025) to protect those of them who are in Muslim lands just as he would Muslims, and to seek the release of those of them who are captured.

            011.9 If non-Muslim subjects of the Islamic state refuse to conform to the rules of Islam. or to pay the non-Muslim poll tax, then their agreement with the state has been violated (dis: 0 I l.1 I) (A: though if only one of them disobeys, it concerns him alone).

            011. IO The agreement is also violated (A: with respect to the offender alone) if the state has stipulated that any of the following things break it, and one of the subjects does so anyway, though if the state has not stipulated that these break the agreement,
            then they do not; namely, if one of the subject people:
            (1) commits adultery with a Muslim woman or marries her:
            (2) conceals spies of hostile forces;
            (3) leads a Muslim away from Islam;
            (4) kills a Muslim;
            (5) or mentions something impermissible about Allah, the Prophet (Allah bless him and
            give him peace), or Islam.

            011.11 When a subject’s agreement with the state has been violated, the caliph chooses between the four alternatives mentioned above in connection with prisoners of war (09.14).



            Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri

            w45.0 A WIFE’S MARITAL OBLIGATIONS (from m5.I, end)

            w45.1 (Abu Ishaq Shirazi:) A woman is not obliged to serve her husband by baking, grinding flour, cooking, washing, or any other kind of service, because the marriage contract entails, for her part, ONLY THAT SHE LET HIM ENJOY HER SEXUALLY, and she is not obligated to do other thar. that. (A: Rather, it is considered sunna in our school for the wife to do the housework, and the husband (who is obliged to support her) to earn the living, since this is how the Prophet (Allah bless him and give.
            him peace) divided the work between Fatima and ‘Ali (Allah be well pleased with them)) (alMuhadhdhab fi fiqh ai-Imam al-Shafi’i (yI25), 2.68).


            w45.2 (Nahlawi:) The wife’s serving her husband at home-by cooking, cleaning, and baking bread-is religiously obligatory for her, and if she does not, she is committing a sin, though it is not something that she may be forced to do by the court (al-Durar al-mubaha fi ai-hazr wa ai-ibaha


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