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Zuhdi Jasser's book "A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith" is Well-Intentioned but Fraudulent

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There is only one Islam and it is inherently dangerous...


zuhdi-jasser-battle-for-soul-of-islamWhile I am sure that the author means well, he is wrong when he claims Islam is moderate and peaceful and that terrorists are subverting the religion and giving it a bad name. But to understand why he is wrong one needs a basic understanding of exactly what Islam is. Islam is a set of rules to live by and how Islam developed and what those rules are reveal that the religion is violent to its core and there is no chance that the religion can be rehabilitated in an Internet fueled World wherein anyone can discover what the Qur'an really states.

Americans were inundated with the message that Islam is a religion of peace post- 9/11/2001 to such an extent that it has become conventional wisdom and anyone who challenges that conventional wisdom is often labeled a racist or a bigot. This is true even though Muslims are hardly limited to any particular race. Arabs, for example, comprise less than twenty-five percent of the World's Muslims.

Given the consequences of rendering any opinion that challenges the proposition that Islam is a religion of peace, it is not pleasant to feel compelled to voice a different conclusion. This is especially true about a religious topic that engenders such an extreme emotional response in so many people. However, it is important that we all know the truth so that we can properly exercise our democratic rights. It is ultimately the will of the majority (at least the majority of those who vote) that determines the long-term direction of a democratic society and if we are misinformed our votes will be equally misinformed and misguided.

It is, therefore, crucial that we have an accurate understanding of Islamic terrorists and what motivates them. This is especially true given that Islam is not just a religion, but is a combined religious, political, and social system. Understanding the true nature of Islam is so important because there is a marked difference between a threat that is based on false religious teachings and a threat that truly derives from the actual doctrines of one of the World's most widespread religious faiths. The latter is more likely to cause the threat to endure and spread and to defy resistance.

After intensely studying the question of Islam, I have reached the inescapable conclusion that Islamic doctrine easily supports terrorist activity and offensive (not limited to defensive) warfare. It is patently an error to assert that Islam is universally a religion of peace. I reached my conclusions by, amongst other endeavors, simply reading the Koran and hadiths (Muhammad's recorded life and deeds), both of which are universally accepted as the basis for Islamic doctrine.

My opinion that Islam is not universally a religion of peace does not mean that I believe all Muslims are terrorists. Obviously, most Muslims are not terrorists. I further believe that most Muslims want peace; however, there is a marked difference between certain Muslims as individuals and Islamic doctrine. A writer named Theodore Dalyrymple, in a June 4, 2006, article writing for City Magazine, eloquently assessed the difference between moderate Muslims and Islamic doctrine as follows:

"It is important, of course, to distinguish between Islam as a doctrine and Muslims as people. Untold numbers of Muslims desire little more than a quiet life; they have the virtues and the vices of the rest of mankind. Their religion gives to their daily lives an ethical and ritual structure and provides the kind of boundaries that only modern Western intellectuals would have the temerity to belittle."

Despite the peaceful and sometimes beneficial application of some parts of Islam to some Muslims' lives, it is simply untenable to argue that peace is the main characteristic of the faith of Islam and that Islam offers no true support for some of the violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. The opposite is true. Muslims become moderate by either being unaware of the teachings that comprise Islamic doctrine, by ignoring those doctrines, or by attributing strained meanings or interpretations to the teachings of Islam and Islamic history. It is actually Muslims like the author that have hijacked Islam. Any peaceful Muslim who truly believes that his religion compels him to live in peace with non-Muslims has apostated from Islam. In the Qur'an and hadith Muhammad bluntly commanded Muslims to be ruthless to non Muslims ("Muhammad is the apostle of God; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other…" (48:29), and such incitement to violence is so common throughout Islamic doctrine that the religion is inherently dangerous. Even if you could sucker 90% of Muslims into believing, in error, that the religion is peaceful, the other 10% are sufficient in number and ruthless enough to destroy this country and they will. It is only a matter of time until Muslim terrorists detonate nuclear devices on American soil. Perhaps then Americans will awaken to the danger they face from Islam, but it will be too late and Americans will suffer unprecedented harm.

Because Islam does in fact support terrorism, many "moderate" Muslims respect the fundamentalists as true Muslims and are afraid to speak out against them. In that regard, at least the author has some courage. Regardless as to the fear or other reasons for not speaking out, it is hard for moderate Muslims to speak out because the undeniable fact is that Islam alone among the World's religions commands the Muslim faithful to wage war against non-Muslims until they submit to Islam.

Consider the following verses from the Koran translated from Arabic by Yusuf Ali:

  • "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans [Idolaters or polytheists] wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait 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: for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." (Koran chapter 9, verse 5)
  • "Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle [Muhammad], nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (Koran chapter 9, verse 29)

To summarize the verses, collectively they mean that Pagans (some Koran translations say idolaters) must convert to Islam or be killed and Jews and Christians must, at a minimum, submit to Islam as the dominant religion, government and social order, and pay a tax, or convert to Islam or be killed. This doctrine comes from Islam's holiest book and, as shown below, there are other aspects of Islamic doctrine that command the same violent and intolerant approach.

These Sword Verses (some call verse 9:29 the "tribute" verse) quoted above speak strongly to Muslim fundamentalists. Because most people in the West are secular, it is often difficult for Westerners to appreciate how deeply religious belief can impact individuals and society. The impact of devout religious belief is magnified in the Islamic World because of the duel nature of Islam as a religious and political system that permeates nearly all aspects of life in most Islamic countries. Try to understand how the foregoing verses would affect you if you believed they were literally the word of God and you lived in a society wherein Islam dominated your religious, political, business and social pursuits. The Koran is the holiest book in Islam. Muslims believe that the Koran is not just inspired by God, but that it is literally the Word of God as revealed by God to Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (Islam's revered seventh century Prophet or Messenger); consequently, verses contained in the Koran impact Muslims' behavior in ways that Westerners have difficulty grasping. The Koran lists four seemingly contradictory ways in which God allegedly revealed his Word to Muhammad: Directly by God (Koran chapters 53 and 81); by God via the Archangel Gabriel (Koran chapter 2); by the Holy Spirit (Koran chapters 16 and 26); and by an Angel (Koran chapter 15).

Regardless as to how they believe the revelations were accomplished, Muslims universally revere the Koran as the literal word of God and they revere Muhammad as God's Prophet and his life and sayings, along with the Koran, complete the core of Islamic doctrine. The University of Southern California's Islamic web site teaches Muslims that Mohammad's deeds and words were literally inspired by God. When Muhammad's life history is studied, it is easy to see why Islamic fundamentalists can justifiably say that Islam supports their actions.

It follows that in order to understand Muslim fundamentalists, we must understand something about the Koran and the life of Muhammad and the roles both play in establishing Islamic doctrine. The Koran differs greatly in format from the Bible and the Koran tends to surprise Western readers because the Koran is not written in a narrative form, it is not in any chronological order, it has very little prophecy, no miracles, very little history, no geography, no parables, and no biography of anyone other than a limited insight into the character and life of Muhammad. The Koran is simply a relatively small book (smaller than the New Testament) of seemingly random verses of positive and negative commandments and dire warnings that Muhammad claimed were revealed to him over a twenty-two or twenty-three year period. One Islamic scholar, Reza Aslan, the author of No god, but God, aptly calls the Koran a rule book for living. But they are rules not too dissimilar from many of the rules of the most ruthless outlaw biker gangs.

Exactly what some of those Koranic rules for living are astonish or even offend most readers who adhere to the type of Western values set forth in the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The following paraphrased examples of the teachings in the Koran are some of the most difficult for Westerners to accept:

  • There is no separation between Church and State. (Koran chapter 2, verse 193)
  • Fighting is prescribed for Muslims. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 216)
  • Wives are a field to be used by their husbands as they desire. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 223)
  • Men are superior to women. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 228)
  • Women have half the rights of men in court as a witness. (Koran, chapter 2, verse 282)
  • A man may marry up to four wives at the same time. (Koran chapter 4, verse 3)
  • Women have half the rights of men in inheritance rights. (Koran chapter 4, verse 11)
  • A man may beat his wife. (Koran chapter 4, verse 34)
  • No opposition parties are allowed. (Koran chapter 4, verse 59)
  • Stealing is punished by the amputation of the hands. (Koran chapter 5, verse 38)
  • A Muslim must not take a Jew or a Christian for a friend. (Chapter 5, verse 51)
  • Muslims must fight until their opponents submit to Islam. (Koran chapter 9, verses 5, 29)
  • A Muslim apostate (one who leaves the faith) must be killed. (Koran chapter 9, verse 12)
  • Muslims must make war on non-Muslims. (Koran chapter 9, verse 73)
  • Adultery is punished by public flogging. (Koran chapter 24, verse 2)
  • The Koran attributes many negative characteristics to Jews, such as "falsehood" (3:71) and "distortion." (4:46)
  • Among other things, the Koran teaches that the Jews have been cursed by Allah, David, and Jesus. (2:61; 5:78-82)
  • Allah was so disgusted with Jews that he transformed them into apes and pigs. (5:60-65; 2:65; 7:166)

The life of Muhammad also has a major impact on Islamic doctrine as Muslims are taught that any ambiguity in the Koran is resolved by looking to Muhammad's words and deeds, which, as noted above, Muslims are taught were inspired by God. The Koran expressly admonishes Muslims in several verses to not only obey God, but to obey his Messenger or Prophet, Muhammad. (See, e.g., 3:32, 3:132, 4:59, 5:92, 8:1, 8:20, 24:47) Hence, following what Muhammad said and did is mandated by the Koran.

Accordingly, the Koran is just a part of Islamic doctrine. The hadiths are the reports of Muhammad's words and actions that complete the core of Islamic doctrine. The Koran and the hadiths are the foundations for later Islamic legal rulings known as Sharia Law. The role of the hadiths in Islam is properly explained in the University of Southern California's web site:

"In Islam, the Arabic word sunnah has come to denote the way Prophet Muhammad (saas), the Messenger of Allah, lived his life. The Sunnah is the second source of Islamic jurisprudence, the first being the Qur'an (another way Koran is spelled). Both sources are indispensable; one cannot practice Islam without consulting both of them. The Arabic word hadith (pl. ahadith) is very similar to Sunnah, but not identical. A hadith is a narration about the life of the Prophet (saas) or what he approved - as opposed to his life itself, which is the Sunnah as already mentioned."

The hadiths, which set forth much of the life and deeds of Muhammad, offer no refuge to those who would try to give Islam a softer image outside the Islamic World by labeling it a religion of peace. One of the most widely accepted hadith collectors and editors is Al Bukhari. According to Bukhari:

  1. Mohammed said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, and whoever says, None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, his life and property will be saved by me." (Al Bukhari Vol. 4:196)
  2. Mohammed's last words at his deathbed purportedly were: "Turn the pagans (non-Muslims as that was the practical application) out of the Arabian Peninsula." (Al Bukhari, Vol. 5:716)
  3. 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)
  4. Mohammed once was asked: what was 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)

If anyone believes that I am simply taking a few negative portions of Islamic doctrine from a sea of more enlightened Koranic verses, consider the additional verses from the Koran set forth below. Once again, to try to best understand Islam, imagine as you read these verses that you believe they are not only commandments from God, but literally the word of God as revealed to Muhammad whose words and deeds you also believe to be inspired by God.

  1. "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." (2:216)
  2. "Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, …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." (2:190-191)
  3. "And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression." (2:193)
  4. "Fight them, and God will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers." (9:14)
  5. "O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell, - an evil refuge indeed..." (9:73)
  6. "O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that God is with those who fear Him." (9:123)
  7. "The punishment of those who wage war against God 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;" (5:33)
  8. "Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): 'I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.' This because they contended against God and His Apostle: If any contend against God and His Apostle, God is strict in punishment." (8:12-13)
  9. "In order that God may separate the impure (non-Muslims) from the pure, put the impure, one on another, heap them together, and cast them into Hell. They will be the ones to have lost." (8:37)
  10. "Muster against them [i.e. non-Muslims] all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to Allah." (8:60)
  11. "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 and yet transgress; so that the word is proved true against them: then (it is) We destroy them utterly." (17:16)
  12. "Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks [chop their heads off]; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been God'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 God, - He will never let their deeds be lost." (47:4)

Nicholas Berg was kidnapped in Iraq and later beheaded in May 2004 by Islamic militants. Remember all those so-called Islamic experts that, following the Nicholas Berg beheading, said there was no support within Islamic doctrine for the cutting off of heads? Apparently the experts forgot about chapter 47, verse 4, and chapter 8, verses 12-13 from the Koran.

With respect to the verses regarding Jihad, note that Jihad is an Arabic word which translates to English as "struggle." Jihad can mean striving to be a better Muslim (known as the greater Jihad). The most well known meaning, however, is fighting for Allah (also known as the lesser Jihad). In this sense, Jihad is the struggle for the cause of spreading Islam using all means available to Muslims, including force and deception (Islamic doctrine known as Al Takeyya). The lesser Jihad is what has become to be known as "Holy War." Some critics describe the greater Jihad as trying to find peace after engaging in violent Jihad.

Concerning Jihad, the Koran guarantees Paradise to those who fight for Allah. (4:74) The Koran promises instant Paradise for those who die fighting to advance Islam. (9:111 and 47:5-6) Dying for Allah is presented as preferable to living: "And if ye are slain, or die, in the way of God, forgiveness and mercy from God are far better than all they could amass." (3:157)

Martyrs are promised a secure, sensual (sensual is expanded to erotic in the hadiths) and luxurious life in paradise with beautiful women. (44:51-56; 52:17-29) For example, chapter 44, verse 54 promises: "So; and We shall join them to Companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes." Some disrupted homicide/suicide bombers have freely admitted that it was the Koranic and hadith promises of virgins in paradise that motivated them.

Based on the foregoing, one can begin to understand why Islamic homicide/suicide bombers are willing to sacrifice themselves. In a culture wherein women and men are largely kept separated, it is not difficult to see how young men might become highly motivated by the foregoing teachings. Muhammad Atta, for example, had a wedding suit packed in one of his carry-on suitcases when he boarded what he knew to be a suicide flight on 9/11 as he believed he would be marrying virgins in paradise. We know this because the carry-on bag was not allowed on the plane and it was subsequently searched by the FBI.

In the hadith, Mohammed also urges Muslims to practice Jihad. (See, Bukhari 4:196, 5:716, 1:35, 1:25)

It is the foregoing Koranic verses and others, as well as numerous hadith based on Muhammad's life and words, that have led to the Islamic world view that divides humanity into two opposing spheres: Dar al-Islam, House of Islam where Islam rules and Dar el Harb, the House of War against non-Muslims. This world view mandates that war will continue between these competing ideologies until the supremacy of Islam is fully established everywhere. Jihad in Islamic theology is one of the instruments to bring about the end of Dar el Harb. That is why we so often hear terrorist leaders stating their goals as follows:

  1. Overthrow the secular or partial secular rulers of Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Pakistan, and Egypt. Note that Saudi Arabia and Iran are currently the only two nations that have imposed full Sharia Law. Saudi Arabia is nonetheless targeted because its rulers (Saudi Royal Family) are not religious leaders and even though their support of fundamentalist Islam is nearly as complete as the Caliphs of old, that is not considered good enough.
  2. Exterminate Israel. (Drive the Infidels into the sea is a popular way to express the sentiment in the Islamic World.)
  3. Force the rest of the world to submit to Islam.

The foregoing goals were articulated by the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, a Shiite religious leader. In 1998, Osama Bin Laden, a Sunni Muslim, stated the same goals. (Sheikh Usamah bin-Muhammad bin-Laden, "Text of Fatwah Urging Jihad Against Americans," published by Al-Quds al-Arabi on February 23, 1998.

Osama Bin Laden also defiantly declared that the United States is the prime obstacle to the achievement of the foregoing goals and called on Muslims everywhere "to comply with Allah's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it."

As can be seen, both Shiite and Sunni Islam have both incited some of the exact same beliefs and goals in Islamic fundamentalists. The reason is the Islamic doctrine set forth above.

So far I have made my case for the proposition that Islam is not a religion of peace by citing Islam's own doctrines and showing how even opposing branches of fundamentalist Islam adhere to and accept the Koran as God's rules for living. However, a more secular analysis supports the same conclusion. Consider the following:

  1. Polls indicate that high percentages of our supposed allies in Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia support Osama Bin Laden and his terrorists acts. (The higher percentages are in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.) How could a religion of peace engender such support for random acts of murder and violence in two of the more Islamic fundamentalist countries of the World?
  2. Post 9/11/2001, the name, "Osama" has attained a favored name status for newborn male children in several Muslim nations. Why would a religion of peace allow its adherents to honor such a man?
  3. Numerous Mosques in Islamic states purportedly exhibit the photo of Bin Laden as a hero of the faith. While I was watching news about the Tsunami relief efforts, I personally saw Osama Bin Laden tee-shirts worn by children.
  4. In many nations where Muslims constitute a large percentage of the population, the Islamic faithful gather in the streets yelling "Allah Akbar" (Allah is greater or God is great) every time America or Israel suffers from an Islamic terrorist attack. These street demonstration occur in the West Bank and Gaza strip in Israel, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Sudan, Nigeria, and the Philippines. In America, some Muslims have been observed doing the same. One translator of Iranian descent working at the FBI reported that even FBI translators celebrated 9/11 at work.
  5. Some Muslim spokesmen who in public spoke against 9/11 were recorded in private supporting terrorism or terrorist acts. Some so-called moderate leaders say the right buzzwords in English and then express their true sentiments in Arabic when they think they will not be exposed. Yasser Arafat was famous for such deceptive tactics.
  6. Polls in England show that at least half of the Muslim population would like to impose Sharia Law as the law of the land.
  7. The leaders of the terrorists and or their religious advisers seem to invariably come from backgrounds wherein intense Islamic study was undertaken.

Islam really shows its biker gang colors when it comes to women. Muhammad taught that captured women were lawfully subject to slavery and rape by their male captors. (Qur'an 4:24 and 33:52) Note that in the Quran the references to "those whom your right hands possess" is a euphemism for captives and slaves. Modernly, it is applied to non-Muslim women working for Muslims in Islamic countries. It is common to hear reports of workers in Islamic countries, especially Saudi Arabia, being raped by their male employers.

Islamic history also offers support and inspiration to Islamic terrorists. Muhammad, the revered Prophet of Islam and the man whose words and deeds are believed by Muslims to have been inspired by God and his life held out as the perfect example for living, raided caravans for booty and even asserted that one fifth of the booty was his with the rest to be shared by his warriors. Chapter 8 of the Koran is actually titled "Booty."

Muhammad attacked Arabian tribes who would not voluntarily submit to Islam and slaughtered hundreds of captives. After one Jewish tribe surrendered and sought Muhammad's mercy, he ordered 600-900 of the men beheaded and the women and children sold into slavery except for the women he and his followers took as "wives." Muhammad's aggressive tactics continued after any significant resistance to Islam was eradicated on the Arabian peninsula. Jewish tribes fared the worst which, along with very negative verses about Jews in the Koran, is the genesis of the seemingly ubiquitous, extreme anti-Semitic Muslim view toward Jews.

Muhammad had critics and rivals alike assassinated. In fact, the word assassin derives from a Muslim sect that specialized in terrorizing the Muslim elite of their day with politically motivated assassinations. The assassins were renowned for their willingness to sacrifice their life for their cause. Sound familiar?

Muhammad ordered the execution of some people for nothing more than satirical statements about him. There are currently web sites that expressly advocate the killing of anyone that criticizes Muhammad. Is it really surprising then that a devout Muslim named Mohammad brutally murdered Theo van Gogh in 2004? (Theo van Gogh was a controversial and inappropriately cruel and harsh critic of Islam and Muslims who was killed by Mohammad Bouyeri who then left a five page note that threatened Western governments and Jews.)

The hadiths also show that Muhammad accepted one man's story that he murdered his own wife (she may have just been a sex slave) and gestating child because the man alleged his wife had blasphemed Muhammad. Muhammad ordered that the man should not be punished. (This incident was recorded in a hadith.)

Before he died, Muhammad made preparations to attack Syria. After his death, his followers, some of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs (Caliphs means successors to Muhammad) as Islam calls them, spent ten years fighting to force all of the Arabian tribes to covert to Islam or to return to Islam when they tried to abandon Islam after Muhammad's death. Muhammad's followers eventually conquered the Holy Land and other parts of the Byzantine Empire (last of the Romans) and what remained of the Persian empire. Muslims eventually conquered Spain, parts of France, Constantinople, and, with some setbacks along the way such as the loss of Spain, continued to conquer and subdue until the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

One of Muhammad's generals, Khalid Walid, who also served some of the successors to Muhammad known as the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, was known as the Sword of Allah and was renowned for his military prowess and his brutality. Even the highly regarded Saladin slaughtered captives at Hatin (the battle that preceded the Muslim re-conquest of Jerusalem) and motivated his warriors by having the Koranic verses set forth above read to them. The exploits of Saladin, Muhammad, and Khalid Walid are well known to Islamic fundamentalists and they draw inspiration from their recorded actions. Osama Bin Laden seems assured of eventually taking his place amongst these revered Islamic icons.

Critics of my position will argue that there are many verses in the Koran that advocate peace and tolerance. They are correct. However, the Koran was not presented as a complete book by Muhammad and to understand it one must realize how the verses came into existence.

Koran literally means "recite" or "recitation" in Arabic. Muhammad alleged that the angel Gabriel told him to recite. At no time did Muhammad say that he was ordered to write nor was he ever compelled to write down and collect his alleged revelations. He never presented his complete revelations at one time as a complete rule book for living. Rather, the Koran was created approximately twenty years after Muhammad's death. Arab society in the seventh century was an oral society with little writing. Most of the people, and perhaps Muhammad himself, were illiterate. Hence, Muhammad verbally revealed verses sporadically over a period of at least twenty-two years. The verses were revealed based on the circumstances of the time and what Muhammad hoped to accomplish.

The most famous peace verse in the Koran which states, "[t]here is no compulsion in religion," was revealed while Muhammad was in Mecca still trying to convince the people of Mecca (mostly polytheists) to voluntarily convert to Islam. He had very little success and he and his followers were eventually driven out of Mecca to Medina. When Muhammad came to power in Medina, his entire approach changed from trying to persuade others to convert solely by voluntary means and he began to reveal the harsher verses of the Koran. These subsequent verses were meant to replace early verses. "When We substitute one revelation for another, - and God knows best what He reveals (in stages), - they say, "Thou art but a forger": but most of them understand not." (Koran, chapter 16, verse 101) "None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that God Hath power over all things?" (Koran, chapter 2, verse 106)

It follows that what was happening within the Muslim community at the time verses were revealed plays an important role in interpreting the Koran. Sadly, that history, as briefly set forth above, overwhelmingly supports the fundamentalists' interpretation and leads to violence as terrorists mimic the life of Muhammad that they are taught was inspired by God and which constitutes the perfect example for living. The Sword Verses were some of the last verses revealed by Muhammad and it is difficult to convince fundamentalists that earlier verses revealed in Mecca before the Hijrah (transfer to Medina) should guide their behavior.

Regarding the interpretation of the Koran, to put the entire matter into perspective by way of analogy, imagine a student telling a teacher that, following a lecture, an order to take a test was ambiguous because earlier in the day the teacher had said to pay attention to the lecture. We would all agree such a position is strained at best. Those who advocate that the harsher verses of the Koran are unclear because of the earlier peaceful commands are simply ignoring how the Koran came into existence and their position is equally strained.

Based on the foregoing, notwithstanding the diversity of belief in the Islamic World, there will always be fundamentalists who adhere to the "true faith" and advocate violence until the whole World submits to Islam. Can we then honestly claim that Islam is a religion of peace? Of course not.

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Classic!
written by abc , June 24, 2012
State a case, then mix it up a bit and claim its a threat to everybody(fear), then paint Muslims as the "other" detach them, Then tell everone how clever you are and how hard you have studied so it gives you an air of credability, use a quote from some nobody to agree with your w
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Classic
written by abc , June 24, 2012
agree with your world view, then he puts the majoriy of Muslims view as incorrect and claiming they are apostates so it endorses his view,
Then throw in scripture taken randomly and out of context.
Then inject more fear about nuclear weapons,
Then quote the exhausted 9:29 and 9:81 as evidence.
Even though it is incorrect in his application.
Then just to finish the Mish mash of junk he throws Israel in there.
Then on and in he goes exposing his poor understanding and Spencerian research.
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I bet he does support
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Peter kings MacArthyesque hearings,
FBI spying on american Muslim citizens
Military teaching that they are at total war with Islam
it's writing like the above which inspires people like brehvik!

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9:5
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Let's take his quotation of 9:5 and the above author claims it inspires terrorism. No context, no meaning! Nothing. Keep the reader in the dark and wave your ignorant wand.
If we investigate verse (9:5) correctly, "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." One of the main concerns of Chapter (Surah) 9 of the Quran (a Surah is a collection of verses) was to delineate the strategies for dealing with the polytheists of the Arabian Peninsula after the Muslims, under the leadership of Prophet Muhammad, peacefully captured Mecca (In January, 630, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his followeres were joined by tribe after tribe along their way to Mecca. They entered Mecca without bloodshed and the Meccans, seeing the tide had turned, joined them.) the city that since the beginning of Islam lead the oppression and persecution of the Muslim converts.
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Every Muslim is a liar
written by Guy Macher , June 24, 2012
If "Judy" is serious about "being on our side" he must stop calling himself a Muslim! I wouldn't trust a person who says. "Really, I'm a nice person and don't believe in those nasty Nazi things. Heil Hitler!"

He needs to be called out. He is NOT on our side. No Muslim is.
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9:5
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Futhermore, Since the polytheists differed in their relationship with the new religion after its victory, there was a need to differentiate between the malevolent enemies of Islam bent on destroying the Muslims and who did not observe their treaties with the Muslims, those who hated Islam but were willing to honor their treaties with Muslims, those who rejected Islam but peacefully co-existed with the Muslim community, etc. The aforementioned verse (9:5) was concerned with the most vehement opponents of the Islamic faith not by virtue of their refusal to be Muslims but by continually breaching their treaties with the Muslims and fighting them. Given that, their treatment is not equal, the complete verse says, "So when the sacred months have passed away, then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and keep them under observation, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely God is Forgiving, Merciful." Meaning: so when the grace period (4 months) is past, and if the other party insists on fighting Islam, then a state of war is inevitable. The struggle may take the form of killing, or capture and imprisonment, or just keeping an eye on these enemies to fend off their evil if they decide to launch an offensive against Muslims. The punishment should be fair and just and, thus, must be proportional to the crimes actually committed. Not only this, but the pagans can repent and accept Islam, as evident from the last part of (9:5), or desist from attacking Muslims and ask for protection, as evident from the next verse (9:6), "If one amongst the pagans ask you for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of God; and then escort him to where he can be secure."
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9:5
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Admin has nicked part two!
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Suggestion on how to write better book review
written by Chris , June 24, 2012
A better way to write a book review is to actually read the book. This "book review" contains no evidence that Mr. Stunich has ever looked inside Dr. Jasser's book. For example, Dr. Zasser adamantly rejects the political side of Islam, the ideology of the Salafists, and the militant aspects of "jihad." Jasser is a loyal American who embraces the U.S. Constitution and condemns Sharia Law. He is one of only two prominent American Muslims who have signed the "Freedom Pledge" assuring ex-Muslims safety from persecution or harm for leaving Islam -- a capital crime in Sharia Law. When one writes a book review, he/she must address the contents of the book -- and not just pile on a lot of quotes from the Quran and Islamic history. Jasser actually opposes those aspects of the Quran, too. Let's face it, the Quran and the Islamic ideology contains much to abhor, but some Muslims like Dr. Jasser are finding ways to hang on to the religious part of Islam and reject the political aspects. It may be a fantasy, but hear him out, at least.
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9:5 part 3
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Understanding the verses' historical context is crucial, not to confine them to their context, but for a proper comprehension of their implications. Moreover, as shown previously, the verse must be interpreted along with all the other verses explicating how a Muslim should deal with others, Muslim or non-Muslim, including verse (8:61), "And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in God; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing." 

The worst thing to do with the Quran is to approach it seeking confirmation for what one already believes in and turning a blind eye to any evidence that is inconsistent with his/her pre-conceived attitudes and biases. Anyone can find in the Quran whatever he/she wants to prove. Anyone can do the same thing with the Bible. The challenge, however, is to make a judgment only after a thorough and exhaustive investigation of all available Quranic evidence. 

The author is clearly incorrect in his interpretation and use of the verse.
This is just the first verse you look at! It's downhill from here.
It's just poor scholarship!
Suggested reading for the author:
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism: http://www.islamicpluralism.org/ There is Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, professor of Islamic studies at San Diego University, who is an avowed opponent of the Islamists and is a first-rate scholar of Islamic texts. There are many more overseas, such as Sheikh Abdul Palazzi, director of the Italian Muslim Assembly in Rome.
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Pt 3
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Review by admin
Can I have part 2 and 3 back!

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written by berq , June 24, 2012
Andrew what you have stated in your article is whole truth.Your article will bring more awearness in the american and western public regarding the danger of islam,but politically correctness will ignore your warnig until an other bigger incedent not happen in u.s.a or europe.I would like to ask you a qustion.When 9/11 happen all the terrorist were sudies but u.s.a take action aganist afganstan.Afganstan is poorest backword country in the world,why not aganist the sudi arabia.Is it true that u.s.a leadership intrust was in sudi oil.while the sudies are the biggest terrorist suppoter in the world.
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Not a review, but a comment refuting Dr Jasser's thesis on Islam
written by Admin. , June 24, 2012
This article is intented as a comment, refutating of Dr Jasser's thesis of Islam. It's not a review of his book. Dr Stunich only wanted to highlight the aspects of Islam that contradicts the thesis of Islam, presented by Dr. Jasser in his book.
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NO ALLAH no quran
written by 1proudkaffur4life , June 24, 2012
quote:
I bet he does support
written by abc , June 24, 2012

Peter kings MacArthyesque hearings,
FBI spying on american Muslim citizens
Military teaching that they are at total war with Islam
it's writing like the above which inspires people like brehvik!

Quote End]

Now ABC just tell the readers what inspires Sunni Muslims to blow themselves up in terror-acts?
If the kooraan does NOT teach them why are they so foolish? What inspires Sunni Muslims YOUR brothers of the same ISLAMIC sect to kill people because they subscribe to a "different" version from "Sunni" Islam?

Also ABC, there is a big difference in the WEST in regards to "AB", NO sane person has demanded his release into freedom, and declared him a "hero" unlike the Muslim thug who killed a Christian Politician. Pakistanis in huge numbers (at one time 50.000) came out in support of this criminal and demanded his freedom. How many Muslims did "AB" kill, yet in the meantime Muslims have continue to shed the blood of innocents, yet ABC has found no word of mourning for them. When YOU start to mourn the loss of NON-Muslim life, will I mourn the dead Muslims killed by the Sunni/Shia split in Islam.

But all this is actually a "battle" at the side. The most important claim Islam makes, has NEVER shown to be true:

The existence of allah the demented stoned-gawd. If his existence is 100 % established, only then can one even to start to take ANY revelation claiming to speak for him into consideration as a guiding light for human life. Otherwise it is nothing more than a human invention of 1400 years ago to "explain" the world. Alas for Muslim in 1400 years they have not come up with any shred of evidence that their gawd is real, nothing nada nichts & zilch to support their claims, just blind faith.

As for the kooraan to be a clear book if it were, Islam would not need countless Imams & Scholars etc to "explain" the kooraan, just reading it would suffice... Muslims here and on other sites have constantly failed to answer some of the most simple questions, why is a day by allah at one time 1.000 years (which would make the creation of the earth almost 8.000 years ago) or 50.000 years, which again would put the creation of the universe at about 7 to 800.000 years, which of course does not jive with our scientific data...
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admin
written by abc , June 24, 2012
This article is intented as a comment, refutating of Dr Jasser's thesis of Islam. It's not a review of his book. Dr Stunich only wanted to highlight the aspects of Islam that contradicts the thesis of Islam, presented by Dr. Jasser in his book.

For stunich to comment for refutation or otherwise of anybodies work would still require stunich to have read the work.
Your comment is a red herring!
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people like brehvik?????
written by pipo , June 24, 2012
@ABC

"it is writing like the above which inspires people like brehvik"


What do you mean --people like Breivik--... there is just Breivik.

306 PEOPLE WERE KILLED in the last week alone by Muslim extremists inspired by quranic one-liners like the ones listed above.
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berg...
written by Amboyduke , June 24, 2012
written by berq , June 24, 2012
"I would like to ask you a qustion.When 9/11 happen all the terrorist were sudies but u.s.a take action aganist afganstan."

The American's went into Afghanistan to supposedly go after Osama Bin Laden who was apparently hiding out somewhere in that country.
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"Afganstan is poorest backword country in the world,why not aganist the sudi arabia.Is it true that u.s.a leadership intrust was in sudi oil.while the sudies are the biggest terrorist suppoter in the world."

George Bush is buddy-pals with the f**kin' Saudi's and the Saud's were TERRIFIED of Saddam Hussain possibly attacking Saudi Arabia, so that's why Bush sent troops to Iraq, instead of Saudi Arabia, to get rid of Saddam as a favour to the Sauds.
Also to protect American oil interests in the region...not because America gets it's oil from Iraq, but because lots of Westerners have money invested in those oil companies...
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Pipo
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Yes people like brehvik!!!

http://www.badeagle.com/2011/07/27/anders-behring-breivik-a-modern-hero/

Have read! I'm sure proudk is a avid subscriber!

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wrong again
written by 1proudkaffur4life , June 24, 2012
Pipo
written by abc , June 24, 2012
Yes people like brehvik!!!

http://www.badeagle.com/2011/07/27/anders-behring-breivik-a-modern-hero/

Have read! I'm sure proudk is a avid subscriber!

End quote ]

Your mind reading sucks.
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The clear threat and pure cruelty that can not be mistaken in Q/9/5 and why 9/10 is nothing but patronizing and nothing but a hidden way to brainwash Pagans in to Islam
written by fineliving56 , June 25, 2012
Please ... read the real translation, not the tweaked a little done by the bias Muslims ... Qur'an , Surit Al Tauba [ repentance ] 9/ 5 :

It says ....." But when the forbidden [four] month are over, then fight and KILL [ Katala ] not slay .. slay is [ Zabaha ].. slit the throat ] the Pagans where you find them and take them and restrain [ or corner or narrow on them ] and sit in wait for them from every stage ... [ harb ] means war ...[ Harb ] is NO where to be found in 9/5 ..It is added by Muslim not BY Allah/ Muhammad to make it look, less threatening when killing, only,y restricted to war times ... ****this is very important to understand why devout Muslim * KILL * OUT SIDE war striations TO ADVANCE AND TO SPREAD ISLAM ]

"' but if they repent and establish regular prayer [ Islamic Salat ] and practice regular charity [ islamic Zakat ] then FREE THEM TO THEIR PATH [ fakluu sabeelahum [ is combined words to mean '' let them go on their way ] verily Allah is often forgiving and most merciful '' .

Please see the sneaky Muslims around here how they do not pin point on the most clear unquestionable threat ordered by Allah/ Muhammad against the Pagans, then, and now the infidels as we can all see How most devout Muslim believe and try to execute this law ordered until this day.

1 - The Muslims are orders to not to free the Pagans *UNTIL* they become Muslims , and the proof is, the Pagan HAVE TO REPENT and practice strictly Islamic instructions ... they have no choice but to make Islamic Salat and Islamic Zakat ... ***that is forced convergence to Islam.*** to be able to be free and go on their way .

2 - The Muslims *were* and still *are* [ Quran is a life and is still being taken literally by Millions of Muslim to do exactly what 9/5 ordered] ordered not just to imprison the Pagan if they do not practice Islam ... no .. it goes beyond that ..it orders to , first mentally torture them by hounding,fallow and corner them and then attach them and kill them if they refuse to practice Islam .

Muslims around here are so foolish to think they are fooling any one . ..

to be continued
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9/6 ... in my first post I meant to talk about 9/5 and 9/6 .... not 9/10
written by fineliving56 , June 25, 2012
Here comes the softer but just as effective to use to rule and control , Aya 9/10 this Aya is unhanded ..it plays on the Pagan's fear and gives them sense of false security and invite and draw them in the folds of Islam in a very condescending way .

Why kill them while you can persuade them and may be they will get into the program of the killing machine, Islam !?

It says : '' If one of the Pagans ** here comes the pathetic part BEGGED [istagaraka ...does not mean the word* asked* like some translations says ...the word asked is [ sa'ala ] you for safety take him in ** and here comes the sneaky and brainwashing part ** So he CAN LISTEN TO THE WORD OF ALLAH [ QURAN ] AND THEN INFORM HIM HE IS SAFE .. ** here comes the condescending part *** THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE A TRIBE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE .

As we all see ... when killing and intimidation of Pagans seems to slow down ... A put down invitation from the knowledgeable Muslims to the ignorant Pagans is in order .. how nice ?!

Doesn't remind people ... a little ... of the so called strategy used by Police '' the good cop , bad cop '' in interrogation rooms !!??
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I have some questions
written by abc , June 25, 2012
1. Can you please give us a background of 9:5??
2. What events preceded it's revelation?
3. What general principles have been derived from 9:5?
4. What choice was given to the pagans?
5. What path did the Muslims choose?
You have no idea do you?
Typical conceited kaffir!
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Lie
written by abc , June 25, 2012
"1 - The Muslims are orders to not to free the Pagans *UNTIL* they become Muslims , and the proof is, the Pagan HAVE TO REPENT and practice strictly Islamic instructions ... they have no choice but to make Islamic Salat and Islamic Zakat ... ***that is forced convergence to Islam.*** to be able to be free and go on their way "

This is a blatent lie by fineliving!
The Pagans were given three choices and none of them involved forced conversions!
Fact! I challenge you to read the background of 9:5!
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Lie 2
written by abc , June 25, 2012
", first mentally torture them by hounding,fallow and corner them and then attach them and kill them if they refuse to practice Islam "

Another blatent lie by the resident Arab bigot!
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book of bull
written by malem , June 25, 2012
Zuhdis about as muslim as Neteyahu, his employers include Fox news and Daniel Pipes, see the pattern. When questioned in an interview he admited he is not an expert in the koran or arabic for that matter, just another fool for the many to follow
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ABC
written by Admin. , June 25, 2012
You haven't certainly read the book. Then, how do you know that Dr Stunich hasn't read the book? And you commented three times before anyone else got chance.
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Admin
written by abc , June 25, 2012
My first comments were about the article!
See comment made by chris!
Then your comment admin!
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The background of Sura 9
written by Yibel , June 25, 2012
The Sura of Punishment according to Hudhayfa:
Sura 9 is very late sura - almost the last "revelation" that Muhammad recited. It came shortly after the time Muhammad undertook a military expedition against a Byzantine garrison at Tabuk in northern Arabia in 631CE. The expedition was inconclusive, and much of sura 9's contents revolve around the events of that attempt to engage the army of the great Christian Byzantine Empire in battle.

Ibn Juzayy notes that Q. 9:5 abrogates “every peace treaty in the Qur’an,” and specifically abrogates Q. 47:4’s directive to “set free or ransom” captive unbelievers. According to As-Suyuti, “This is an AYAT of the SWORD (VERSE of the SWORD) which abrogates pardon, truce and the overlooking of the pagans’ offenses. The Tafsir al-Jalalayn says that the Muslims must “slay the idolaters - this INCLUDES CHRISTIANS AND JEWS) wherever you find them, be it during a lawful time or the sacred months (when fighting was normally prohibited). Take them captive and confine them to castles and forts until they have no choice except DEATH or ISLAM.”

Ibn Kathir echoes this: Muslims should “not wait until you find them. Rather, SEEK and BESEIGE them in their areas and forts, gather intelligence about them in the various roads and fairways so that what is made wide looks ever smaller to them. This way, they will have no choice, but to DIE or EMBRACE Islam.”
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written by vbv , June 25, 2012
abc i9s obfuscating as usual. It is very clear that islam divides the world into "dar ul islam" and "dar ul harb" . That nonmuslims are to be engaged in war and butchered until they accept islam. Even the citation 9:5 states this very explicitly.Muslims are required to gang up and treat all other people in the most hostile way. Their barbaric code sharia clearly spells out that nonmuslims in a muslim society are not wequal to muslims , they must live in abject submission, they have to pay protection money "jizzya", they cannot build any place of worship, nor can they propogate their religion , nor take out any public procession,etc. It is a fact that Delhi ,which was a seat of power for the muslims for over 700 years did not have any temple, since all the earlier temples were demolished. It was only in the 20th century a Laxminarayan temple was built by Birla in New Delhi that broke this impasse. In Pakistan and Bangladesh thousands of temples were destroyed since partitioning of India. Not only that the hindu population steadily declined from 20% in 1947 to less than 2% in 2012 in Pakistan, while it declined from 35% to 12 % in Bangladesh , due to forcible conversions, murders , kidnapings , forcible confiscation of properties by the muslims aided and abeted by the mullahs and the administration and the politicians. And this is supposed to be a "religion of Peace" ? Absolute bullshit , just a pack of lies and deception by muslims who cannot honestly compete with nonmuslims in any walk of life that they get frustrated and belligerent to pull down everyone to their level of barbarity. Now in India they want "reservations" in education and jobs. While reservation to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward castes is understandable since they were oppressed for thousands of years, it is ironic that muslims who were the oppressors for nearly a thousand years in India should claim parity with the socalled lower castes. It only shows the incompetence and ineptitude of the muslims to compete fairly in a modern society, because they are disabled by the dogma of their socalled religion , which is backward ,sectarian, racist and violent and immoral.
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Vbv
written by abc , June 25, 2012
You do talk alot of shit son!
Prove me wrong, what obfuscations???
Yibel is flailing, fineliving has disappeared!
I only asked a few questions about 9:5 which the author interprets incompetantly!
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Vbv
written by abc , June 25, 2012
You do talk alot of shit son!
Prove me wrong, what obfuscations???
Yibel is flailing, fineliving has disappeared!
I only asked a few questions about 9:5 which the author interprets incompetantly!
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abc
written by vbv , June 25, 2012
You are talking shit. I have clearly given you the facts in my previous posting. You should read it . If you are in denial , that is your problem, facts will not vanish by your denials.
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Vbv
written by abc , June 25, 2012
In your whole post:
"Even the citation 9:5 states this very explicitly.Muslims are required to gang up and treat all other people in the most hostile way"

What? That's it? That's evidence idiot that's just your opinion.
Look up the difference!
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vbv
written by malem , June 25, 2012
Son you are confusing facts with the mixtutre of opinion, bad interpretation and plain false data. Do yourself a favor, like the Admin posts, before commenting on the book (this case the koran) read it. You've only read a few selected paragraphs obviously!
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It is funny
written by fineliving56 , June 25, 2012
How I being questioned by a someone who, when I learned about this Islamic six grade History stuff, he was not even a thought in his momy's head …

Everyone knows that Muhammad/ Quran were not born in a vacuum … they had history and Quran was born in the middle of situations, no one disputing that, accept Muslims like Malam who ditch all History including Hadeeth and Sirait Al Rassol …Everything Quran does not say is not true .. I do not blame them … it is shameful to the core …

Malam called it Garbage as I recall .

To Me, the fact that History of Muhammad matches Quran's events, proofs, that Quran was nothing, but convenient calculations to serve Muhammad's personal situations and feed his greed, hate and envy of Jews and Christians and Pagans.

By saying '' All what I am doing is Allah's orders '' he dissolves him self of responsibility for his criminal actions like hundred of robberies, inslavments and rapes… he gave him self the licenses to say '' It's not me who want all this, it is Allah …. I am doing Only, what He is sending to me '' … what a disgusting underhanded lie that is …

He takes the fifth of bounty of war, take as many wives as he wants while other Muslims number of wives is limited to 4 …

there is nothing Muhammad is holy in any way …

Muhammad Fuond a way [ Islam] to Justify his taking power,riches and women in the name of Allah .

Shame on every Muslim who does not see this as true … that Muhammad was a thug and not holly prophet … No God should or would involves IT'S self in the wimps of the lustful wants and needs of a man … even if he was a real Prophet .. which he is NOT … he is the furthest man possible from it .
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Fineliving
written by abc , June 25, 2012
It may have been history at sixth grade.
Yet here you are spreading untruths!
Why is that? Surely you know the background to 9:5 and know the truth but you twist it with lies to make it something it was not.
Why would someone do that? How do you reconcile that in your head?
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I remember reading Islamic history in my class room
written by fineliving56 , June 25, 2012
And felt and thought there is nothing wrong with killing stealing, enslaving, if it is done for the cause of spreading Islam … I really thought like I was brain washed that it is justified if Allah wanted it ..

I did not have the ability to think this simple aspect : ''

Why we are being taught not to steal,lie,kill,sin,envy,…etc ...while also taught to do just that when we are taught History of Muhammad's life …him and All Caliphs .. done all of it ...when Allah supposedly ordered all of it to spread Islam …

The conflict is so clear now but never was clear when I was in it when I was a child and it is a shame that adult Muslims do not see this …!!!!

Example from history books I learned in school ..

Gazwat '' the opening of Mecca'' ..in 629

The events that lead Muhammad to Open Mecca …

1- … Muhammad's need to Destroy the Jews during peace times in between wars … when the Jew's guard in down … Jews were hated by Muslims because of their backing of Quraish people .

[ Now … it is amazing to me how this can be looked at as something to be proud of, and a good thing to do … sad ] .

2 - the spread of power of Muslims and their encircling mecca from every side .

3- Quraish saw it self staying alone opposite of all Arabs added it's destruction of imports and exports that they ones had and was thriving .

4 - Quraish best fighters were killed by Muslims and what was left, went in folds of Islam like kaled Iben Al Waleed and Umro bin Al Aasii .

All these circumstances helped to weaken Quraish and made it give up the hope of winning against Muhammad .

We were taught to be proud of this kind of crimes discused as holy to spread Islam …

Shame on Muslims for, after they learn, they still defend the indefensible.
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Another sign how Islam is tolerant....
written by 1proudkaffur4life , June 26, 2012
Quote:

[......]

Muslim militants spearheading the anti-India campaign in Kashmir have in the past tried to enforce a radical form of Islam, banning beauty parlours, cinemas and liquor shops, as well as asking women to wear the veil.

But they have had little success in a region where people mostly follow Sufiism, a gentle, mystic tradition of Islam.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the years of strife in the region that both of the nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan, claim. Pakistan controls part of Kashmir in the west.

Quote End
full story:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/06/25/uk-kashmir-shrine-idUKBRE85O08Z20120625
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priukfir
written by malem , June 26, 2012
So what's your point, muslims were tryin to get muslims to become muslims?
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Questions concerning Q. 9.5 have been answered
written by Yibel , June 26, 2012
abc's potty mouth is at it again!

"You do talk alot of shit son!
Prove me wrong, what obfuscations???
Yibel is flailing, fineliving has disappeared!
I only asked a few questions about 9:5 which the author interprets incompetantly!"

abc is fogging (obfuscating) the conversation once again - vbv has provided excellent info concerning the path that Muslims follow and fineliving is still visible and continuing to provide her unique historical and personal perspective. The
requested background info has been provided, including general principles and choices given to pagans (all non-Muslims). The Muslims have been following the path of jihad - attacking and murdering and forcing conversions to Islam ever since Muhammad's commands in sura 9!!

"Yibel is flailing"
Flailing: to thresh with a flail - a long, wooden handle with a shorter, free-swinging stick attached to its end. To beat, thrash, or strike; to thresh.

A flail is used to separate the wheat from the chaff (straw). Thank you for the
compliment.
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background
written by abc , June 26, 2012
9:5 Is derived from the following events specifically of the termination of the pacts with all the tribes of arabia.
The conquest of mecca, the battles at hunain and tabuk. Year 8 of the islamic calendar was the conquest of mecca and the battle of hunain and year 9 was the battle of tabuk.
The background derives from the treaty of Hudaibiya. The tribe of banu bakr broke the treaty by attacking allies of the prophet. This breach forced the hand of the prophet to prepare for war. The pagans of mecca knew this and sent their chief to investigate. Subsequently began the conquest of mecca.
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background 2
written by abc , June 26, 2012
This left the 4 kinds of people left in mecca and the surrounding areas.
1. the quraysh- who had broke the treaty of hudaibiya they were given a choice. Either leave the arabian peninsula, convert to islam willingly or prepare for war.
2. The second group was the people who had a peace treaty and obided by it. The muslims were ordered to respect it. 9:4
3. Third group and the fourth group were covered by the injuction see 9:1-2
They were given a four month respite.
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background
written by abc , June 26, 2012
On the eve of the conquest, Abu Sufyan adopted Islam. When asked by Muhammad, he conceded that the Meccan gods had proved powerless and that there was indeed "no god but Allah", the first part of the Islamic confession of faith. In turn, Muhammad declared Abu Sufyan's house a sanctuary because he was the present chief, and that all the others were gathered over his territory, therefore:
"Even he Who enters the house of Abu Sufyan will be safe, He who lays down arms will be safe, He who locks his door will be safe".
He also declared:
Allah has made Mecca a sanctuary since the day He created the Heavens and the Earth, and it will remain a sanctuary by virtue of the sanctity Allah has bestowed on it until the Day of Resurrection. It (fighting in it) was not made lawful to anyone before me. Nor will it be made lawful to anyone after me, and it was not made lawful for me except for a short period of time. Its animals (that can be hunted) should not be chased, nor should its trees be cut, nor its vegetation or grass uprooted, nor its Luqata (most things) picked up except by one who makes a public announcement about it.
Then along with his companions Muhammad visited the Kaaba. The idols were broken and their gods were destroyed. Thereupon Muhammad recited the following verse from the Qur'an:"Say the Truth is come and falsehood gone; Verily falsehood is ever vanishing."
The people assembled at the Kaaba, and Muhammad delivered the following address:
"There is no God but Allah. He has no associate. He has made good His promise that He held to his bondman and helped him and defeated all the confederates. Bear in mind that every claim of privilege, whether that of blood or property is abolished except that of the custody of the Ka'aba and of supplying water to the pilgrims. Bear in mind that for any one who is slain the blood money is a hundred camels. People of Quraish, surely God has abolished from you all pride of the time of ignorance and all pride in your ancestry, because all men are descended from Adam, and Adam was made of clay."
Then Muhammad turning to the people said:

"O Quraish, what do you think of the treatment that I should accord you?"

And they said, "Mercy, O Prophet of Allah. We expect nothing but good from you."

Thereupon Muhammad declared:

"I speak to you in the same words as Yūsuf spoke to his brothers. This day there is no reproof against you; Go your way, for you are free." Muhammad's prestige grew after the surrender of the Meccans. Emissaries from all over Arabia came to Medina to accept him.
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so what does this tell us
written by abc , June 26, 2012
The author of the article shows us that his scholarship is plain awful.
It also shows that the ex muslims who wrote about forced conversions and killing were incorrect in their reading.
It also shows me that there are alot of wallies who believe what they are fed without looking into it.
Lastly it fulfils the bible, yes yibel you read that correctly.

And he said, The Lord came from Sinai,
and rose up from Seir unto them;
he shined forth from mount Paran,
and he came with ten thousands of saints:
from his right hand {went} a fiery law for them.
Yea, he loved the people;
all his saints {are} in Thy hand:
and they sat down at Thy feet;
{every one} shall receive of Thy words.
(KJV) Deut 33:2


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yibel
written by malem , June 26, 2012
yibel why havent you replied to you lob throbbing comment I asked "It would be appreciated if you could explain what that means so I and others could respond. I am interested in hearing about this tradition you practice with you moither father and family, thanks for sharing and taking the time to explaint it for us. " well????
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written by Promachos , June 26, 2012
An American-Muslim-Patriot. I laughed my arse off.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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malem
written by Yibel , June 26, 2012
"yibel why havent (sic) you replied to you (sic) lob throbbing comment I asked "It would be appreciated if you could explain what that means so I and others could respond. I am interested in hearing about this tradition you practice with you moither (sic) father and family, thanks for sharing and taking the time to explaint (sic) it for us. " well???? "

Well, yourself????
I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about! What is a "you lob throbbing comment"? What "tradition" are you asking about? You have me confused with someone else? Or, perhaps, you're just confused!
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@abc
written by balam , June 26, 2012
I would rather listen to a MAD BARKING DOG than listen to your NONSENSE.You keep quoting SATANIC VERSES from your QURAN which we have read already many a times.THOSE ARE THE INCOHERENT OUT BURSTS OF AN IMMORAL MENTALLY SICK MAN.WHY DON'T YOU USE YOUR OWN BRAIN IF YOU HAVE GOT ANY? NOW GET BACK TO YOUR KENNEL.
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yibel
written by malem , June 26, 2012
here you go lad,your old memory is faileng eh.
to Malman
written by Infidel and More Proud , June 25, 2012
Is "lobbing the Knob" also excluded?


so tell me is tis one of you family traditions? is it religious?
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ZUHDI JASSIR
written by balam , June 26, 2012
Zuhdi Jassir is an IRANIAN.He attended the CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY in AMERICA and CONVERTED TO CATHOLIC FAITH.Later he reverted BACK to ISLAM.Now presenting himself as a softer face of Islam,he is skimming money out of the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT and THE JEWISH GROUPS.CAN ANY BODY EVER TRUST A MUSLIM?IT IS SAFER TO TRUST A POISONOUS SNAKE!!!!
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Guess who??
written by abc , June 26, 2012
I see snakes, dead ones live ones, snakes on cars, snakes on boats and planes, snakes in my bed, snakes under my pillow, snakes in the library, snakes in the bible, snakes are everywhere!
Did I mention I have a thing for snakes??

"NOW GET BACK TO YOUR KENNEL" in your dreams!
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post from article: proof that Islam is 100% peaceful
written by doug woods , June 26, 2012
The word "Allah" is stolen by Islam from Zoroastrianism. Allah was a moon godess in Zoroastrianism. now get this: If Allah is really a moon godess then muslims in the sixties were praying to white people (kaffir) walking on the moon!! 

How many Nobel prizes have Muslims won??? Answer: zero.  How many Nobel prizes have Jews won?? Answer: 360!! 
Im sure that Malem has some well worded poetic sounding explanation for this that us stupid kaffir arent smart enough to understand.  Somebody keeps pointing out the similarities of the bible to the koran as if they have made some brilliant discovery.. The koran is a poor plagarism of the bible hence the similatities.
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post from article: proof that Islam is 100% peaceful
written by doug woods , June 26, 2012
I have an interesting point you might like. Muslims apparently hate white people/ westerners, stupid infidels that harnessed electricity/ split the atom and so on. Man would every muzzy be upset to learn that the inventor of the transistor, William Shockley was a white supremacist and very open about it!!! So all muzzy's usin a computer are using technology created by kaffir, even white supremacist kaffir!! LMFAO!!! They pray to us and use our technology yet somehow are vastly superior to us. Am I missing something??? Malem I need an explanation please!!
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post from article: proof that Islam is 100% peaceful
written by doug woods , June 26, 2012
Did you know that stupid westerners also taught Arabs how to drill for oil (and invented combustion which is the reason for the mass consumption of oil) and are the reason for the nations wealth yet are treated as second class citizens in Arabia. Some let me get it straight... Allah put illiterate/ retarded muslims on Earth and brilliant kaffir to service them?? Seems backward to me but isnt what the topic of this discussion is?? If muslims did kill all westerners then who would make their cell phones, hydro electric dams, oil fields etc continue to work?? Please answer Malem. Oh let me guess that brilliant people were put on this planet to be your slaves right?? LMAO!!
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@doug wood:
written by balam , June 26, 2012
Please do not be so harsh on Muslims.Mohammad claimed that Islam was the complete way of life given to them .It teaches them every thing ASPECT OF LIFE .TO THAT Sir.SALAMAN RUSHDIE REPLIED:IT IS TRUE BECAUSE ISLAM TEACHES MUSLIMS HOW TO f**k,FART AND WIPE THEIR BUM.By the way,MOHAMMAD ALWAYS USED THE ODD NUMBER OF STONES TO WIPE HIS HOLY BUM ACCORDING TO MUSLIM SOURCES.
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@abc
written by balam , June 26, 2012
I also see most of the SNAKES in the MOSQUES in HUMAN FLESH.
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Balam
written by abc , June 26, 2012
You got some serious issues, go get some help!
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@ malem
written by 1proudkaffur4life , June 26, 2012
priukfir
written by malem , June 26, 2012

So what's your point, muslims were tryin to get muslims to become muslims?

End of quote]

The "effort" to make followers of one Muslim sect into adherents of another resulted in the death of "ten of thousands" of people. Somehow I do not get the notion that the killings happened because these people were Fans of some cricket or soccer club. Muslims killing Muslims started right after MuahamMAD todays Sunni/Shia split is the BEST indicator that PEACE will never come based on the men-made laws called Shariah and the religious concepts and traditions developed over a long period of time...
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moon godess
written by moon godess , June 27, 2012
God didn't make man.. Man made God..
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Malem
written by Yibel , June 27, 2012
"here you go lad,your old memory is faileng eh.
to Malman
written by Infidel and More Proud , June 25, 2012
Is "lobbing the Knob" also excluded?

so tell me is tis one of you family traditions? is it religious? "

This post came from Infidel and More Proud, so why are you asking ME (YIBEL) about its meaning? I repeat!!! I have NO idea what this means!!!

Malem, if you want to know what this means, then ask the person who sent the post!
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To abc
written by Yibel , June 27, 2012
Deuteronomy chapter 33 begins with "And this is the blessing wherewith Moses the man of YHVH blessed the children of Israel (the descendants of Jacob) before his death:
And he said, YHVH came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand {went} a fiery law for them (The Ten Commandments).

Yea, he loved the people; all his saints {are} in Thy hand: and they sat down at Thy feet; {every one} shall receive of Thy words. Deut 33:2-3

Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob 33:4

This is a reminder to the people of an historical event - the giving of the Law of YHVH - the Ten Commandments - to the people when they were camped at Mt Sinai in the desert of Seir, and the light of YHVH shone all the way to Mt. Paran

Forty years had passed since that event. Moses was about to die and he was reminding the people that they had accepted the laws, and the covenant with YHVH to obey those laws. He went on to warn them not accept the laws of the other gods of the people of the land of Canaan, which they were about to enter, because those laws were evil - allowing for incest, murder, child sacrifice, bestiality, temple prostitution, thievery, pedophilia, etc. - all the things that destroy a society. Moses was reminding the Israelites that they were to be a holy people - a light to the world to show the world how good laws lead to happy people and an enlighted civilization.
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Moon goddess
written by fineliving56 , June 27, 2012
Many have said this before and I said that before … but it is so true … it is worth to keep repeating it

Yes … Man of the Past, made Allah / Gods to satisfy 3 needs ….

POWER ,

WOMEN

RICHES


History is a witness to all of it … !!

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moon godesss
written by moon godess , June 27, 2012
Well said fineliving56.. You are a scholar and a gentleman.
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Moon Goddess
written by fineliving56 , June 27, 2012
I have to correct you … I am a genteWOMEN … :-)

Are you a women ? … I noticed your name is Goddess

You are kew here !!… I hope you stay … your points on Islam hits it right on it's ugly head ..

Thanks
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...
written by moon godess , June 27, 2012
Hi fineliving56. Cheers.
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woman or man
written by malem , June 27, 2012
Are you sure?
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...
written by Dwito , June 27, 2012
Are you sure?

Yes, we are. Oh! I mean about the ugliest nature of a muslim, named malem.
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Re: background
written by pipo , June 27, 2012
@abc

So you can actually debate and come up with something when your are forced to it by the excellent comments of Fineliving and Yibel.

And what does your comment tell us?

That the quran in not a book for eternity... that many verses were just there to serve the agenda of the day and that Muhammad and consequently Islam were/are very much prone to war and violence. The rest is insignificant detail.
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@pipo RE background
written by 1proudkaffur4life , June 28, 2012
bull-eye, :-)
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Kaffir
written by abc , June 28, 2012
It's bullseye! Clearly not a darts fan!

What it tells kaffirs?
I could give you every proof in the world. You are still going to write your bullshit!

As time closes in you will believe, see and know with certainty!
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The False promises ofIslam
written by Walter Sieruk , June 28, 2012
Andrew Stunich in hsi article wrote "the Koran guarantees paridise to those who fight for Allah...The Koran promises instant paradise for these who die fighting to advance Islam...Martyrs are promised a secure sensual ...and lexurious life in paradise with beautiful women.' and "Muhammad Atta,for example ...believed he would be marrying virgins in paradise." In contrast to this belief Jesus taught the "Ye do err not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angles in heaven." Matthew 22;29,30. As for the false teachers as the imams and mullahs who indoctrinate their students[victims] into this falsehood of a doctrine the Bible explains "For they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure though the lust of the flesh..." Second Peter 2:18. Furthermore, this kind of story/doctrine and the teachers of it, such as the just mentioned Muslim clerircs were predicted in the Bible. Which reads "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall beturn unto fables." Second Timothy 4:3,4. Also, First Timothy 1;4 warns "Neither give heed to fables..." In contrast to thejihadist pipdrime, Christians have the reality of Second Peter 1:16. Which reads "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ..." [KJV]
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Dangeer in the madrasas
written by Walter Sieruk , June 28, 2012
Andrew Stanich wrote "Some disrupted homicide/suicide bomber have freely admitted that it was the the Koranic and hadith promise of virgins in paradies that motivated them." and "In a culture wherein women and men are seperated, it is not difficult to see how young men might become highly motivated by the foregoing teachings." Likewise, Don Richardson in his book SECRETS OFTHE KORAN on pages 69,70healso wrote "The world needs to be warned. At least 40 milliion Muslim youth in theworld's Muslims religious schools, called madrasas, are avidly memorizing the entire Koran plus a generally extremist body of related traditions- the hadiths...these schools become breeding grounds for potential terrorists...When male student ,isolated from family and friends in madrassas, reach puberty and their hormones are active, ther are no girls to date. Instead, Muslim clerics easly shift to focusing the male student's attention on Koranic verses that promise sex in heaven with dark eyed houris. Students can only fantasize about martydom followed by the sexual release Mohammed promised. This is an unspeakably cruel brainwashing techique, andtheKoran is a perfect guidebook."
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Jihadist goal #2 a lose cause and act of fultility
written by Walter Sieruk , June 28, 2012
Andrew Stunich wrote about "terrorist leaders stating their goals." Stunich gave goal number two. Which is to "Exterminate Israel" This goal they are fated to fail in. For God has declared in His Word "Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night...The Lord of host is his name. if those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever." Jeremiah 31:35,36. [KJV]

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