of you have most likely heard the recent public declarations coming from all
quarters that Islam is a peaceful religion. From President Bush, to most
religious leaders, to the average American calling in to a talk radio program,
we are hearing that Islam is a peaceful religion. It is said that Osama bin
Laden and the Taliban represent an extremely radical Muslim fringe that is not
really a representative interpretation of true Islam. It may be that such an
assessment is, to a small degree, more extreme than historic Islam. However,
it is certainly not true that Islam is in any way a peaceful religion,
especially toward outsiders.
Islam Means Submission
of all, we should know that Islam means " submission," not peace. This does not
imply mere voluntary submission but includes a forced submission where subjects
will not comply. Historically Islam is not known for its peace movements, but
for a uniquely Arab word we all know as " jihad," which means an offensive war
intended to lead to the conversion of the infidel to Islam or his annihilation.
Dave Hunt notes:
Islam is fighting a holy war
for control of the world! That war was begun by Mohammed himself in the
seventh century and is still carried on today by his faithful followers through
terrorism. The terrorists are not radicals or extremists, as the media
continually labels them. Instead, these are Islamic fundamentalists who are
true to their religion and the teachings of the Koran and who follow faithfully
in the footsteps of their great Prophet, Mohammed. As one former Muslim and
Islamic scholar has said:
must never imagine that such Muslims are being unnecessarily wicked. They are
simply being faithful to their religion. The fact is never hidden as to the
attitude a good Muslim should have towards Christians and Jews. In fact, much
of the incitement to violence and war in the whole of the Quran is directed
against the Jews and Christian who rejected what they felt to be the strange
god Mohammed was try to preach. (Emphasis added.)
It appears that the
fundamentalists versions of Islam are closer to historic Islam than those who
are followers of so-called modern " mainstream" Islamic expressions.
Non-fundamentalist Muslims are the ones who have changed historically and moved
away from the historic Islam. I will provide more information supporting this
claim throughout the remainder of this article.
Islam' s Global
an excellent book, written by a convert from Islam to Christianity, Abd El
Schafi has documented from the Koran and widely accepted Muslim scholarship
that Islam has always been and continues to be a religion spread by force, not
through peaceful means or persuasion. His book, Behind The Veil: Unmasking
Islam is the work of a team of
Christian converts from Islam that base their research and conclusions on the
work of nothing but mainstream Muslims, both ancient and modern, from Saudi
Arabia, Egypt and other Middle Eastern Islamic countries. El
Muhammad and his
successors initiated offensive wars against peaceful countries in order to
impose Islam by force as well as to seize the abundance of these lands. Their
objective was to capture women and children and to put an end to the poverty
and hunger from which Arab Muslims suffered. So, Islam was imposed upon Syria,
Jordan, Palestine (Jerusalem), Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran, all of North Africa,
some parts of India and China, and later Spain.
those familiar with Muhammad' s rise to power will also realize that Islam rose
to the fore as a result of military conquest upon the so-called " holy land" of
the Arabian Peninsula. El Schafi adds the following information about the
militant nature of historic Islam in the following:
concept of an offensive war to spread the faith is a genuine Islamic concept;
it is known as a Holy War for the sake of God. We will see what Muslim
scholars have explicitly determined that this is the essence of Islam. They
also indicate that if sufficient military power is available to Islamic
countries, they ought to attack all other countries in order to force them to
embrace Islam (as well as all the Caliphs who succeeded him) called for holy
wars. All scholars and lawyers acknowledge that.
Direct Quotes from the Koran
Anyone with even a casual
acquaintance with Islam knows that the Koran is the authoritative scripture for
the Muslim. Yet observe the many direct quotes from the Koran advocating
militancy toward the non-Muslim. There are probably more that could be cited,
but these are some that this novice was able to glean from Islam' s Holy Book.
But when the forbidden
months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them. And
seize them, beleaguer them. Lie in wait for the in every stratagem of war; but
if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity,
then open the way for them: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah
Fight 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, until they pay the Jizya with will submission, and
feel themselves subdued. (Surah 9:29)
Go forth, light-armed and
heavy-armed, and strive and struggle with your goods and your persons, in the
Cause of Allah. (Surah 9:41)
The infidel is to be " killed
or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will
be expelled out of the land . . . and in the hereafter theirs will be an awful
doom." (Surah 5:33)
Fight in the way of Allah
against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah
loveth no aggressors. And slay them wherever you find them, and drive them out
of the places whence they drove you out. . . . But if they desist, then lo!
Allah is forgiving, merciful. (Surah 2:190-92)
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! ( Surah 2:29, 41)
Those who believe do battle
for the cause of Allah; and those who reject the faith do battle for the cause
of evil. So fight ye against the friends of Satan. (Surah 4:76)
Muhammad and the Origin of Islam
should not be surprising in the least to those familiar with the Koran and
those with a knowledge of the genesis of this militant religion, that Islam was
planted by Muhammad with the sword, not a philosophy or ethic of peace. El
Schafi provides the following synopsis of the bloody beginnings of the Islamic
Even the Muslim reader will be astonished to
learn how cruel and brutal Muhammad was as he tortured his captives with fire,
then killed them and took their wives as bond maids and wives for himself as
well as for his companions. Had anyone dared to write defamatory poetry about
him, the poet would have been assassinated whether a centenarian or a nursing
mother. . . .
Muhammad' s death, his companions fought each other in relentless, savage wars.
Competing for authority and out of deeply rooted hatred, Muhammad' s relatives
and closest friends sacrificed and slaughtered on another. . . .
All these historical facts are agreed upon by all
Muslim scholars and historians according to the references which will be
mentioned in detail.
No wonder that we
see Moslems these days fighting with each other. In fact, these wars and
hostilities spring from the heart of the teachings of Islam since it calls for
the use of force to combat wrongdoing, as Muhammad' s relatives did with one
another. It was Muhammad who said that " whoever sees an abomination must
straighten it with his hands." " Saddam Hussein repeated and relied upon this
saying of Muhammad in his attack on Kuwait' s ruling family. Muslim brotherhood
in Egypt depended upon this saying when they killed Anwar El Sadat.
founded Islam with the sword. His followers maintained Islamic rule with the
sword. Subsequent generations have always spread Islam' s oppressive rule
beyond the Arabian Peninsula with the sword. One cannot be a true follower of
Islam without holding to the tenants of the Koran, which also advocates forced
submission to its rule. How can anyone who knows much about Islam deny this?
are so many in the United States and the West inclined to want to believe that
Islam is a peaceful religion and not the militant movement that desires to
conquer the world through Jihad? In general, it is most likely because of
liberal enlightenment beliefs that dominate their mindset. Just as liberals
change Christianity from something that includes the literal Word of God in the
Bible that has occurred literally in history to the words of man that contain
human ideas and universal human ethics. Western Muslims are often " liberal,"
by Middle Eastern standards, in their interpretations of Islam. Just as
liberal " Christians" deny direct biblical statements and reinterpret
Christianity as something that they want it to be, so also do Muslims,
primarily in the West. It is only in this way can anyone could attempt to
represent Islam as a peaceful religion.
there are political motives behind President Bush and his administration that
have given rise to their many statements that Islam is a peaceful religion.
Yet such is simply not the case. If our American administration is going to
truly defeat Islamic terrorism, they are going to have to face the fact that it
is driven by a historic Muslim belief in holy war as a means of spreading their
Christianity does not advocate the use of the sword to spread its message of
forgiveness from sin by faith alone in Christ alone. The Bible advocates
propagation of its message through the preaching of the gospel and verbal
persuasion. Of course, Christians have the secret weapons of prayer and the
Holy Spirit that works behind the scene in conjunction with the preaching of
Christianity a religion of peace? Christianity is a religion of peace to those
who come to know the grace of God through belief in the gospel message.
Christianity is a peaceful religion in that Scripture does not advocate the
spread of its message in any way through the sword, but with words only.
However, the Bible clearly does teach that God, not mankind, will judge those
who reject the gospel message of Jesus, His Son. Paul says the following in 2
Thessalonians 1:6-10: " For after all it is only just
for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to
you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed
from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to
those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord
Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the
presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be
glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have
believed- for our testimony to you was believed." Maranatha!