the Koran encourage the
Fundamentalists of Islam?
many places of the world today we find an increase in
the religion of Islam. And what is surprising is that
the Moslems who try to resist this progress are accused
by their co-religion members of betraying the teaching
of the Koran. Does the Holy Book of the Mohammedans
justify the Islamic religion? To find out let us give
precise quotes on one issue among others - the relationship
between the Moslem and non-Moslem world. To get a clear
picture, the best way is to refer to the actual text
rather than to interpretations which are extraneous
for the Moslems to undertake the Holy War:
those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor
hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah
and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth,
(even if they are) of the People of the Book (1), until
they pay the Jizya (2) with willing submission,
and feel themselves subdued." (S IX 29)
ye who believe! Fight the unbelievers who gird you
about, and let them find firmness in you; and know that
Allah is with those who fear Him." (S IX 123)
of punishment to the Moslems who do not take any part
in the Holy War:
ye who believe! What is the matter with you, then,
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; but Him ye would not harm
in the least. For Allah hath power over all things."
(S IX 38-39)
of enrichment to those who partake in the Holy War:
made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their
goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented (before).
And Allah has Power over all things." (S XXXIII
of punishment for anyone opposing Islam:
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 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."
(S V 36)
they withdraw not from you nor give you (guarantees)
of peace besides restraining their hands, seize them
and slay them. Wherever ye get them in their case we
have provided you with a clear argument against them."
(S IV 91)
do blaspheme who say: 'Allah is Christ the son of Mary.'
But said Christ: 'O Children of Israel! Worship Allah,
my Lord and your Lord.' Whoever joins other gods with
Allah, Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the Fire
will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be
no one to help." (S V 75)
who reject (Truth) among the People of the Book (1)
and among the Polytheists, will be in hell-fire, to
dwell therein (for aye), they are the worst of creatures."
(S XCVIII 6)
of lasting peace between Moslems and non-Moslems:
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 of them. Verily Allah
guided not a people unjust." (S V 54)
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." (S III 28)
Is it not to be hoped that the Koran will be read
in the future in a more moderate and less fundamentalist
No, this book and the religion which it represents
are static and unchangeable, as the following quotations
serve to prove:
set thou thy face steadily and truly to the Faith: (Establish)
Allah's handiwork according to the pattern on which
He has made mankind: No change (let there be) in the
work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard Religion:
but most among mankind understand not." (S XXX
no change wilt thou find in Allah's way (of dealing):
No turning off wilt thou find in Allah's way (of dealing)."
(S XXXV 43)
was Our) way with the apostles We sent before thee:
thou wilt find no change in Our ways." (S XVII
The Koran is well and truly the authority and the cause
of the fundamentalist Islam of today.
For the Moslems, "the People of the Book"
are the Christians.
The Jizya is the tribute.
All the above quotations have been drawn from: The
Holy Qur-an, with full Arabic text; by A. Yusuf
Ali; Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, Publisher & Bookseller,
Kashmiri Bazar, Lahore, Pakistan, 1975. The 'S' signifies
the Sura, for easy references consult the number after
the abbreviation 'S'.
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