December 03, 2004

It's often been a fact that's been taken for granted. All through this war on terror, both Western and Islamic moderates have been harping on the fact that Islam is a religion of peace. Well, according to the Qu'ran, you are a bad Muslim if you adopt the moderate way of thinking. Personally, I didn't quite believe this startling revelation about Islam until I came across this article from a Saudi Islamist to moderate Muslims. I write this not to criticize or to stir up trouble, but merely to pose a few questions as to the true validity of the statement which goes 'Islam is a religion of peace'. In this article, the Islamist quotes several verses from the Qu'ran which if are really there, portray Islam as an extremely volatile and intolerant religion.

An Open Letter from a Saudi Islamist to Those who Shirk Jihad

"You who shirk Jihad - it is reported on good authority that the Prophet said: None of you is a real believer unless he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself. It is also reported on good authority that he said: The meaning of Islam is giving good advice. Therefore, I give you honest advice.

"You who shirk Jihad, Allah has said: 'Fight them until there is no more discord and Allah alone shall be worshipped' [8:39]. Don't you know Allah's words: 'Slay the idolaters wherever you find them and take them prisoner and besiege them and lay an ambush for them wherever you can' [9:5]? Allah has said: 'Fight them, so that God will chastise them at our hands and shame them. He will grant you victory over them, will satisfy the believers' spirit and remove vexation from their hearts' [9:14]. Allah has said: 'Fight those from among those who had been given Scriptures, who do not believe in Allah and in the last day and do not prohibit that which Allah and His Messenger prohibited and do not follow the true religion, until they pay the jizya [the poll tax] out of hand, while being humiliated' [9:29]. Allah has said: 'You who believe, the unbelievers who dwell around you; let them find you tough, and know that Allah is with those who fear Him' [9:123]."

Frankly, I'm disturbed. Notice the amount of times the word 'fight' comes up in there. And this is supposed to be a holy book, a book which sets the tone and direction for the billions of Muslims across the world. If this is indeed what is written in the book, I can now understand why Islamic terrorism exists. Whatever it is, if the above-mentioned are true, I fear for the safety of the non-Muslim world from Muslim extremists.

Entire letter can be read here.

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