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“Kill Them Wherever You Find Them” – A Misunderstood Quranic Verse

By Mass L. Usuf

Mass Usuf

Like a person suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (a common disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts), there are many who often derogatively question about the verse on ‘killing’ in the Quran. The relevant reference is in Chapter 9 Verse 5 which states:

“And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 

Mr. Know-All

These days one cannot escape not hearing utterances of words from the Arabic vocabulary relevant to Islam. Some of the terms like ‘Sharia ‘, ‘Hijab’, ‘Hadith’, ‘Madarasa’, ‘Quran ‘, ‘Jihad‘ and so on. On many occasions, I have directly confronted a few of these people by simply asking them, “Do you know what ‘Sharia’ means?” “Have you any knowledge of what you are speaking about?” “Do you know the etymology of the word ‘Sharia’.” Sadly, the answer I have always heard is ‘No. I don’t know” or “Not that much.”

It is without proper knowledge that every Tom, Dick and Harry, pretending to be experts, come before the media to express opinions. Amongst them are politicians, monks and the misguided ordinary people. Since most of the Sri Lankan audiences think not with their brains but with their hearts, they automatically become captivated listeners of these pseudo experts. A simple case of the blind leading the blind. 

Then there is another category of pseudo-experts. These are Google experts. They write copiously in social media, newspapers, making comments etc. Most of them visit anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic sites in Google and obtain their information from unauthentic sources.There are thousands of such sites dedicated to spreading misinformation not only about Islam but on other religions too.

These half-baked pundits not only do a lot of damage to society by creating misperception in the minds of the unwary public but, also, expose themselves as a set of CLOWNS to the discerning.

Kill the polytheists

Mark Twain said, “it is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled”. The widespread misperception about this Quranic verse is both illogical and irrational. Sadly, when a person is biased even the truth will look like falsehood. What is sometimes difficult to understand is that these stupid questions are being asked mostly by educated people who are considered intellects!  Are they not betraying their own intelligence quotient levels?  Mark Twain is spot on in his quote.

If one does not know, to learn from those who know is normal. What is not normal is when the person without knowledge acts as if he is conversant with the subject. Not only that such person even takes that extra effort to interpret the meaning of something of which he has no knowledge of.  

This column proffers an explanation to the above misperceived verse. The reader’s kind attention is drawn to think wisely and independently without prejudice.   

Firstly, Muslims have been living in Sri Lanka for more than a thousand years. This Verse was in existence since then. If they had started killing from that time onwards, today no polytheist would be living in Sri Lanka. In reality, is that the case? Be honest and question yourself, has any Muslim ever threatened to kill you just because you are not a Muslim? 

All of this started after 21/4. The consequence of sustained unethical, unprincipled and disgraceful media campaign to create fear psychosis among the people. Again, I remind the reader to think wisely.  

Common sense

Secondly, let us use our common sense. Take the separatist war waged between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE.  What do you think the leader of the LTTE would have told his combatants in the war zone? Would he have said to embrace and greet the soldiers of the Sri Lankan army or kill them wherever they find them?  On the other hand, what would the commander of the army platoon tell his soldiers? He would encourage them to kill the LTTE combatants wherever they find them, capture them, besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. The commander surely would not ask his soldiers to embrace and greet the LTTE combatants. 

The Mahavamsa

Thirdly, a journey into the pages of the Mahavamsa reveals interesting details. Chapter XXV of the Mahavamsa is titled, ‘The Victory of Dutthagamani’. Logically, for there to be a victor some other had to be vanquished. Let’s read what the Mahavamsa records, 

“ …. Phussadeva blew his conch shell, the army of the Damilas was scattered; nay, Elara turned to flee and they killed many Damilas. The water in the tank there was dyed red with the blood of the slain, therefore it was known by the name Kulantavapi.”

Here, the widespread killing of the Damilas is described by the water tank turning into red with blood. Further, look at what Dutthagamani said in the battlefield with regard to his opponent King Elara, as written in the Mahavamsa:

“King Dutthagamini proclaimed with beat of drum:`None but myself shall slay Elara.‘ When he himself, armed, had mounted the armed elephant Kandula he pursued Elara and came to the south gate (of Anuradhapura).”

Hindu Scriptures

Fourthly, the Bhagavad Gita with reference to Arjuna’s war states as follows:

“If you fight, you will either be killed on the battlefield and go to the Heaven, or you will gain victory and enjoy the kingdom on earth. Therefore, arise with determination, O son of Kunti, and be prepared to fight.” Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse 37

“Dronacharya, Bheeshma, …., and other brave warriors have already been killed by me. So, kill them without being disturbed. Just fight and you will be victorious over your enemies in battle.” Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 11, Verse 34

Some references for purposes of comparative religious knowledge is given below in relation to the Bible.

“As for my enemies who did not want me for their king, bring them here and kill them in my presence.” Luke: 19:27

“Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them”. Numbers: 25:17.

In all of the above instances, what each did was to kill the enemies and not embrace and kiss them?

The Quran

Fifthly, in the same manner, what the Quran also mentions is in a war situation kill the rivals who are at war with the Muslims. This is what Chapter 9 Verse 5, refers to about killing. This does not mean that the Quran is commanding the Muslims to kill his Sinhala or Hindu neighbour. What stupid thinking is this?  

The brief history of this verse is that Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be on him) was persecuted for 13 years in Mecca. The Muslims unable to endure the persecution migrated to Medina. Even after that the Meccans attacked them in Medina on and off for a period of nine years. This commandment was then given after suffering and being patient for all these years and, it only relates to those tribes who continued hostilities. 

There is more explanation that can be given from the historical and contextual point of view, which I limit due to space constraint. In passing, let us look at the next verse to this wrongly understood ‘killing’ verse. 

Quran says, ‘Protect them’ 

 “And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection (asylum), then grant him protection so that he may hear the words of Allah. Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is because they are a people who do not know.”  (9/6)

The very next verse speaks about protecting the polytheists. The obvious implication is that the disbelievers who are not at war with the Muslims have to be protected by the Muslims.  Note carefully, this verse commands not only to protect the disbelievers but, also, to grant them safe asylum. Some may ask, how many generals in the battlefield will grant protection to an enemy combatant who seeks protection and, also, ensure that the combatant is taken to a place which is safe and secure for him? However, a Muslim general is religiously duty bound not only to give protection but, also, to take such person to a safe environment. Herein one finds the Islamic teachings of fairness and justice even in the war front.

Army of 10,000

During the conquest of Mecca circa 630 AD, Prophet Muhammed (May peace and blessings be on him) entered Mecca with a force of 10,000 companions. This was necessitated because on several occasions the polytheists had violated the peace treaties signed with them. The several tribes who were parties to the peace treaties were demanding justice against these continuing violations.

In his translation titled, “The Life of Muhammad”, Professor Alfred Guillaume writes, 

“The Apostle had instructed his commanders when they entered Mecca only to fight those who resisted them.” (Page 550).

Ibn al-Athir a Muslim historian in the 12-13th century AD and renowned for his masterpiece entitled, “Al-Kamil Fi al-Tarikh” records that the Prophet on the day of conquest said the following to the enemies:

“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” (Page 329).

After entering Mecca, the Prophet had said that no blood should be shed. Further, in granting a general amnesty to all the Meccans who had surrendered, the Prophet after addressing them said, 

“O Men of Quraysh …..  Rise then and go your way.  For you are free.” (The Life of Muhammad by Dr. Haykal).

Compassion Not Retribution

What historians record here is that among these people to whom clemency was granted were those who had earlier inflicted injuries on the Prophet, those who conspired to kill him, those who chased him from his home in Mecca and those in various ways persecuted his early followers. The strong army was waiting in battle array for his command to wipe out Mecca.  Contrary to vengeance, hatred or retribution what was in Prophet’s mind was peace, harmony and forgiveness.  He extended such compassion even to the bitterest of his enemies.  He could have easily exterminated the disbelievers if that is what the Quran is saying. Therefore, it is important to understand the context and history of Quranic revelations before acting like experts on the subject.

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    I am sorry to pose this question. If Allah is forgiving and merciful, why do the Muslims throw stones at Lizard (Onan) the nature of of which is to shake its head up and down. I didn’t intend to hurt any one. But it is a poor creature.

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      Nothing to do with Muslims and Islam. May be it is culture specific to certain areas in certain countries. Nothing beyond that. Like killing Mosquitoes with slippers. Silsila!

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        Am I the only one who started to notice that Ayathuray Rajasingam talks senseless stuff these days?

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      May be it is nothing like the greatest animal sacrifice in the world by Hindus in Nepal, the Land of The Buddha. Why? can someone explain?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2OixQIRg5I&t=259s

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        Andy,
        May be that was the reason there was a terrible earthquake in Nepal. This is a country where Nepalese worship Lord Shiva. He couldn’t bear it. It may be the land of the Buddha, but Buddhism is refined Hinduism. Both Hinduism & Buddhism preach non-violence, but are they practising it. In every religion it is the same until they realize it is life, whether large or small animal. George Bernard Shaw was hundred times better than people engaged in cruelty to speechless animals. He said ‘Animals are my friends. I do not eat animals’. Whoever sacrifices animals should learn from George Bernard Shaw, who was one of the champions of non-violence.

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      I have never heard about this before can you please explain ?? ” why do the Muslims throw stones at Lizard (Onan) the nature of of which is to shake its head up and down.”

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      This is due to ignorance. There is nothing like that mentioned in our religion. People sometimes follow their own superstitious beliefs.

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      Ayathuray Rajasingam, “why do the Muslims throw stones at Lizard” – Do all Muslims get together in one place or at a jungle somewhere on a regular basis to search lizards with bag full of stones to throw at them?

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        Ayathuray Rajasingam is trying to incite even lizards to fight against Muslims it seems..he..he..

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        Amila W & Rishard,
        I did not mean to hurt any one. Every religion has some verses that were misinterpreted and had not been interpreted according to change of times. When religions have founders there are misinterpretations by its extremist followers. Even in Hinduism which has no founder, no prescribed scripture, no central authority or beeing unknown where and where it originated, Bramin priests have been misinterpreting and misleading the people. For instance the Brahmin priests give a false interpretation of Kodikampam for their own benefit without realizing the scientific meaning.Kodikampam is a kind of Antenna like structure which receives the cosmic rays and brings it down to the premise of temple and protect the complex and the people surrounding the temple.

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          Ayathuray Rajasingam – No..no. My question was why a Lizard out of all other things. Lizard seemed to me remotely connected this this incident? If it was a cow, I could understand

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            Amila W,
            I do not want to hurt the Muslims. But I have seen some of my Muslims friends in my younger days throwing stones at lizard and their answer was that it had shown Mohamed hiding inside a well to his rivals with its head moving up and down when they were searching for him. But to me this is sheer ignorance like some of our Hindus encouraging slaughter of animals without which there will be destruction of lives. These are all man-made discoveries. All creatures are created by God and there we should learn to love them. If they are wild animals or poisonous, then it is better to avoid them.

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      @Ayathuray
      As per oral traditions of the cult, when the founder of the cult was hiding in his harem (after perving after his adopted son’s wife), the lizard came and went “Cheekay, shame, shame”…….now the poor species is attacked by the cult members. Weird since no virgins on offer for throwing stones at the lizard.

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      Lizard is NOT Onaan but Palli. Onaan is chameleon.

      Muslims throw stones at Onaan or Palli? Never heard. May be some ignorant people in some villages do that but it has NOTHING to do with Islam.

      According to Islam, all the World and EVERYTHING in it is a Creation of the Almighty God and any one one who hurts His Creation for NO Reason, is committing a Grievous sin. So, No Muslim who understands Islam will Ever even think of throwing stones or otherwise hurt even an insect, let alone a lizard or chameleon

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    “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

    The problem is Zahran and ISIS fanatics can easily interpret this as justification to kill idol worshipping Buddhists and Hindus.

    Indeed many Muslims have done this over the centuries. It does not matter if it is open to interpretation. The fact is the Quran incites hatred towards kuffar (non-believers) and especially polytheists and idol worshippers.

    The problem is a segment of the Sri Lankan Muslims are now starting to follow the Quran literally (The NTJ, SLTJ types.). No more space for moderate Sufi beliefs.

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      No. Only an insincere person could read the Quran in this way and come to such a conclusion.

      Like in the case of the recent Constitution fiasco, when reading the Quran it is important to read the WHOLE Quran.

      And the insistence on peace, justice, fairness and the doing of what is good is so overwhelming and repeated countless times that any reader will find that it is these overarching principles that dominate.

      A fundamental reading of the Quran could never yield extremist views. It would be an impossibility.

      It is in fact the non fundamental readings, cherry picking verses without context, that yields terrorists.

      And that is true for any book, not just the Quran.

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      Even the the people advocate who advocate VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE becomes partners of mass killings through justification of their own scriptures….

      There will be always people in every religion misinterpret the scriptures to create disharmony…

      Even the Athiests whom openly declared religions are the main course for the human suffering committed genocides… If you know the mass killings carried out by LENIN, STARLIN, MAO SATUNG…. They killed millions of their people… Even Communists in Sri Lanka were not an exceptional…

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    Huge difference in the Parable of the Talents (or money) as in Luke 19:27, and the killng quotations of the Quran.
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    Parbles or tales were either made up by the divine wisdom of JC, or an actual events that happened that JC used as an example to teach a greater truth….ok, he could have cut out about the killing of the dissidents, but in the end it is a parable, which is far, far, from direct instruction, as per the words of Muhammad.
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    One can infer that JC kept the killing of dissidents part, to stay true with the historic context of the story. And that is the ONLY quote of JC that spoke of the killing of others.

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      Taqiyya at its best!

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      Brother,

      Could you tell me who Jesus (Peace be upon him) told his desciples to Buy SWORD???? Do you it’s to bread ???

      “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and HE THAT HATH NO SWORD, let him sell his garment, and BUY ONE.”(Luke 22:36)

      We can find so many similar verses in any religious texts… The OLD TESTAMENT is by far the most dangerous book… I hope you know what I Mean… If you want example… I can quote more…

      Better we learn each others to respect…

      Peace

      Peace

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        Like 24:36. It was for protection from robbers. The disciples had to travel great distances to spread Christ”s word and the needed to ward off thieves. And robbers were rampant on the outskirts of Judea. In the event of a thief actually striking, then it was to turn the other cheek. Huge different from the explicit words of the Prophet for the creation and training of armies.

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        Akram,
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        Your religion is a proactive one, which feels it does the needful when faced with threats to the ultimate logical order of perfection. Christianity on the other hand is supposed to be pacifist, with syncopations that produces a variety of living modulations; forgiveness as a learning tool. These are just labels of course, and in the end, there is not knowing what exactly God wants, unless one believes and have faith in these things.
        *
        Guess that the Eater bombings were about the Western interference and carnage in Muslim countries, and this was a signal to those powers (SL being the easiest place on Earth to bomb having dismantled their essential security). Certainly the West would have also tweaked it a bit.
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        But there’s also the stonings, beheadings, hangings and other horrifics that make one very uncomfortable about your religion, peaceful and melodious as it may sound if the order is upheld. Otherwise it is screams. It’s almost Robotic in its nature, like sci-fi horror.

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    is catholic church a battlefield : is Shangri -la s hotel a battle field is Kinsbugry hotel a battle field is Cinnamon Grand Hotel a battle field?

    what stupid thinking is this?

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    “The obvious implication is that the disbelievers who are not at war with the Muslims have to be protected by the Muslims. “

    “….disbelievers who are not at war with the Muslims…”

    disbelievers of what ?

    so every non Muslim is a disbeliever?

    so what about disbelievers of what ever within the Muslims

    this guy is a disbeliever of all other religion and humanity

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      disbelievers of what ? God & His Religions
      so every non Muslim is a disbeliever? no

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      Rajesh,
      non beliver is a disbeliver for muslim it;s all other non muslims. for hindus it’s all non hindus. what so hard to understand this?

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        Haq – no for Hindus – don’t call them non believers- they call our Muslim brothers
        same with christians – they call our brothers and sisters

        for Muslims…..they are all enemies…..

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    All three Abrahamic religious books were written at a time when there was war, strife, violence, and primitive customs. The Bible, Talmud, and the Quran, have verses referring to violence and primitive methods of punishment. NONE of them apply to the present times. Only Saudi Arabia still stones suspects, and even women suspected of adultery. Those who follow the Bible or the Talmud, cannot feel superior, or smug, when it comes to the Quran, as they have similar violent verses.
    Extremists take advantage of those verses, and interpret it to suit their evil purposes, and use it to radicalize others. Thankfully the majority have not, and live peacefully among others.

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      The Buddhist prelate who is alleged to have suggested stoning Mulsims should be sent Saudi Arabia

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        @Bodin
        Good idea, can we send him to Mecca and Medina?
        Oh wait, the racist Mohommedan cult doesn’t allow Kafirs into their so called holy cities. So then can we also ban Mohommedans from entering our holy cities of Kandy, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura?

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        Bodin

        “The Buddhist prelate who is alleged to have suggested stoning Mulsims should be sent Saudi Arabia”

        No, he should be sent to Jharkhand where the whatsapp lynching mob needs someone to lead them.
        When he goes please go with him.

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      The Abrahamic books maybe. But the Christian religion follows the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament, and he never gave any instruction for killing people. The Old Testament is used mostly for reference, and Jesus came to do away with the old way of thinking and bring about a New World Psychological Order. The verse from Luke 19:27 is from a parable or tale, and it is inferred that He was keeping true to the historical context of the story. This is quite unlike the direct commands given by the Prophet for Jihad.

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        For reference Ramona? Who are you trying to kid? You have to accept the whole Bible or none of it, if you are a Christian. You cannot pick and choose the good bits.

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          Not for the Catholics. Indeed, the bible was banned for over a thousand years. Yes, the Catholic Church cherry-picked relevant books and passages. And it’s core was centered on the teachings of Jesus.

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      Do you have any evidence for this ?? >> “All three Abrahamic religious books were written at a time when there was war”

      People of the Book don’t believe it has been written, we believe it was revealed

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      Absolutely, Tara.

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      The Old Testament was not written at a time of war. It is full of horrific acts, mostly by God. That is why Christians generally ignore it and only talk about the New Testament which is almost totally about love and peace. You can refer to both Bible and Koran here. http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ Compare them with the Tripitaka where even the killing of an animal is condemned.

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    This guy is putting Velupillai Prabakaran and Allah at the same level.

    either he is an insult to Muslim religion or a nonbeliever who worship VP
    Mass Usuf – which one are you ?

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    you better tell all this to your brothers. They are the problem, many are blind, uneducated, musguided and fanatic

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      Mass L. Usuf:-
      ” Since most of the Sri Lankan audiences think not with their brains but with their hearts,.…..”
      Wouldn’t this Include Rabid Islamists who have misunderstood the Koran, too?

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    The Koran does tells people to kill unbelievers, and this author claims that these are much misunderstood verses. Why are there so many verses that can be misunderstood in such a way as to imply killing “infidels” and people who have decided to leave the faith?
    The logical meaning of what this authors says is that we must edit the Koran and issue a revised version.

    There are similar things in the old and new Testement, and so the Bible too must be revised.

    The idea of killing someone who leaves the faith is typical of fascist control when those who leave the group are termed traitors and killed. I am a Tamil but I must say that it was an approach followed by Prabhakaran.

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      Nadesan,

      Koran has never been edited and will never be. It remains in the original form in the Arabic language.

      The problem is when one tries to translate it into another language. Arabic is a rather unique language. Words emanate from root letters of the Arabic alphabet and they all have similar meaning but sounds different.

      You have used the word “infidels” from that verse of the Koran. The Arabic word is “Kafiroon”. This word has been translated by many to mean “infidels”. The correct translation of the word “Kafiroon” is NOT “infidels” but “aggressors” in the context it is used in that verse. There are 5 or 6 meanings of the word “Kafiroon”. It could mean “disbelievers”, “polytheists” “infidels” etc. But in the context in which it is used in that verse, it means “aggressors”.

      Koran also says “killing one innocent human being is equivalent to killing the whole of humanity”. It is such an unforgivable crime in Islam to kill an innocent person. It does not refer to a particular class of people. Simply a “human being”.

      So immediately you see a contradiction in terms. One says to kill the aggressors and the other says not to kill at all.

      Hence you have to go the context in which that verse was revealed.

      This is well explained by Lesley Hazleton, an agnostic jew.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y2Or0LlO6g

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      “I am a Tamil but I must say that it was an approach followed by Prabhakaran.”

      So many left LTTE and still living.

      The oath is after leaving, no active or passive participation in political, military affairs that is related to, in the view of LTTE, the struggle.

      Even then, warnings were given to those before any kind of drastic action, such as execution etc.

      Comparing LTTE political and military ideological zeal to the religious fanatics?

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    This authors quotes the Mahawamsa.
    It is a history book, and it is stating what is supposed to have happened. It is NOT asking people to kill Tamils or any one else.

    Readers should note that the Mahawamsa is NOT a religious text of the Buddhists
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      M L U
      Very erudite and useful information,
      Thank you,

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      Gurge, A book receives reviews from experts in the field. More so, when it is a history book.
      .
      Could you cite a few reviews confirming that the Mahawamsa is in fact a history book.
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      Fictions seldom get reviewed.

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      If I takke your argument , this verse in the quran also a historic reference when muslims were persecuted and referes when other party was at fault, so what is your point?

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      Gurge

      Are you sure the saffron clad monk who mislead Dutta Gamani never told him to kill/harm Demela?

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      Gurge: Very true

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    MASS L USUF: Sri lanka is a small Island. Sri lanka has fought I heard about 2500 wars, some were major wars. but, none of those including what King Duttagamini fought were not RELIGIOUS WARS which were fought to save the religion or to spread the religion etc., In other places I have herd, that your leader had ELEVEN wives. Now you say, for the spreading of religion he had killed arabs.

    They do not observe toward a believer any pact of kinship or covenant of protection. And it is they who are the transgressors.(Quran 9:10). But if they repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, then they are your brothers in religion; and We detail the verses for a people who know. (Quran 9:11). And if they break their oaths after their treaty and defame your religion, then fight the leaders of disbelief, for indeed, there are no oaths [sacred] to them; [fight them that] they might cease. (Quran 9:13) Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people (Quran 9:14) Here also your leader says kill them. Here Allah says he will punish who will not fight for the religion.
    Because of 9:5 they may have killed Greeks and Hindustanis in millions. that is how you people converted the 1/4 of the world.

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    It is like the saying devil quoted the scripture to its own advantage. Mass Yusuf is defending the indefensible!
    Quran lays down more commandments other than the one he quoted. His quote “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Other quotes from the same Quran-

    9:5). The Qur’an demands that we fight the unbelievers, and promises “If there are twenty amongst you, you will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, you will vanquish a thousand of them” (8:65).

    Allah and his messenger want us to fight the Christians and the Jews “until they pay the Jizya [a penalty tax for the non-Muslims living under Islamic rules] with willing submission and feel themselves subdued” (9:29).

    Allah and his messenger announce that it is acceptable to go back on our promises (treaties) and obligations with Pagans and make war on them whenever we find ourselves strong enough to do so (9:3). Our God tells us to “fight the unbelievers” and “He will punish them by our hands, cover them with shame and help us (to victory) over them” (9:14).

    The Qur’an takes away the freedom of belief from all humanity and relegates those who disbelieve in Islam to hell (5:10), calls them najis (filthy, untouchable, impure) (9:28), and orders its followers to fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left (2:193).1/3

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    It says that the “non-believers will go to hell and will drink boiling water” (14:17). It asks the Muslims to “slay or crucify or cut the hands and feet of the unbelievers, that they be expelled from the land with disgrace and that they shall have a great punishment in world hereafter” (5:34).

    And tells us that “for them (the unbelievers) garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skin shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods” (22:19-22) and that they not only will have “disgrace in this life, but on the Day of Judgment He shall make them taste the Penalty of burning (Fire)” (22:9).

    The Qur’an says that “those who invoke a god other than Allah not only should meet punishment in this world but the Penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to them, and they will dwell therein in ignominy” (25:68).
    Thus, unlike other religions, Islam declares war on all non-believers who do not believe in Allah by claiming Allah is the only true God and there is no other god except Allah.

    The example Yusuf quoted from Bagawat Geetha is a case of war between cousins for the throne and they all belonged to the same faith, that is, Hinduism. Both combatants were believers. The war was fought strictly according to the rules of war.

    The two sides gathered in an open ground at 6.00 am (sunrise) and wave the flags to indicate the start of the war.

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    Then at 6.00 pm (sunset), the war for the day ended. It went on for 18 days till victory was achieved by Pāndavas. In the battlefield, Lord Krishna is urging to fight his cousins since it is his duty as Shatriya to fight wars.

    I need an answer from the author of the article, why did Allah create all humans as Muslims to avoid bloodshed and maintain harmony? Why Allah created the Non-Muslims? As pointed out the days of Muhammad are the days of barbarians who demanded an eye for an eye! The days when the creation theory was popular. That Allah on a chosen day created mankind, the sun, moon and the stars. Today, the theory of creation has been proved pseudo-science. The earth is not flat, it is round and spinning on its axis causing day and night. It is orbiting the sun once every 365 days. The tilt by the earth at 23.5 degrees of its axis causes the seasons. At the latest count, there are four-thousands of heavenly bodies similar to the earth, millions of galaxies like the Milky way and billions of stars, black holes etc all in motion.

    Zaharan Cassim is not a lunatic. Lunatic only in the sense he believed what is laid down in the Quran as the true word of God. He wanted to establish Islam worldwide. He and other terrorists who blow-up their own bodies to kill 255 innocent people because they thought they will be rewarded in Paradise. They hope to be blessed by Allah, eat celestial food, drink pure wine and enjoy the company of 72 divine consorts. One suicide bomber texted his wife minutes before blowing him up himself that he is going to join God. That says it all! 3/3

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    Same here. Context of this verse is a speacific incident in history

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    As usual this Dravidian Tamil South Indian origin backstabbing Thullukan, just like all the other Thullukans wants to unnecessarily drag the Tamils and the LTTE who fought a war to gain the just rights of the indigenous Tamils , into their Jehadi Wahhabi/Salafist war. He wants to remind the Sinhalese ” wink wink” how these opportunistic backstabbing selfish Thullukans were with the Sinhalese in their dirty genocidal war and war crimes against the island’s Tamils , therefore the Sinhalese should be grateful to the Muslims and treat them nicely even if they deliberately kill and brutally bomb non Muslims in Churches and other places of worship . They were already doing that in the eastern province destroying Hindu temples and stealing Hindu temple lands and burning Tamil Hindus inside the temple and all Sinhalese led governments including the current one knew about it and gave overt and covert support to these activities. This is why Sillysena appointed Hissballah who was openly boasting on a video, about how he and other Muslims used their provincial council powers to illegally acquire Tamil lands in the north and east and Hindu temple lands , that were given to the local mosque to build a shopping centre and a meat stall , for the exclusive benefit of the local low caste converted backstabbing refugee Thullakans. Now ruling the roost in the east and very busy marginalising the Tamil east and Tamil majority, thanks to Sinhalese racists and stupid TNA inaction.

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      Listen Thullkan stop comparing your immigrant Dravidian South Indian origin , fake Arab Wahhabi/Salafist Jehadis with the LTTE. The LTTE fought a conventional/Guerilla war for the just rights of the island’s Tamils from the NE from 60 years of state sponsored Sinhalese oppression and marginalisation, which was also supported by you Thullukans. The NE Tamils are indigenous to the island and have continuously inhabited and ruled their lands until European colonisation and the Sinhalese had no control of them until the British gave it to them. Tamils had and still have every right to self determine and fight for their just rights. The LTTE hardly targeted civilians , their war was with Sri Lankan state and armed forces and government installations . They only targeted the Kattankudi mosque as it was a hot bed of Islamic extremism and the headquarters from where operations to kill and destroy Hindu Tamil villages were taking place. On the contrary you Thullkans are not indigenous to the island. You are Dravidian largely low caste Immigrants from South India , 90% of whom only arrived a few centuries ago. You only came to the Tamil east, as refugees and have no legal or historical rights to these lands but are now using Sinhalese help and funds from Gulf Arabs to steal these ancient Tamil lands, from its Tamil owners to create a fake Arab Wahhabi/Salafist Caliphate there , and then spread to the rest of the island . This will be a dangerous headache to the entire region, especially to India. The LTTE and the Tamils had everything on their side to fight a war but not you immigrant fake Arabs from South India.

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    Not sure what you are doing. The ISIS DOUCHEBAGS and rapists, beheader fanatics, the Zaran pig and his fellow terrorists who will rot in hell or purgato for eternity ARE THE ONES WHO USE YOUR HADITHS AND QURAN AND ITS MEDIEVAL PASSAGES. THEN THEY QUOTE THEM AND SHOUT ALLAHU AKBAR AND BLOW THEMSELVES up. Why are you blaming other people for that Terrorist acts? You make me sick because you are worse because you’re lying and trying to make excuses saying others have misunderstood your faith. Why the Frickking frick don’t you first fix the so called misguided Muslims who are wahabi salafist intolerant ghouls? You are making excuses for terrorists by blaming us for the reactions, and making excuses for terrorist pigs who killed innocents on their holiest day,because your perverted terrorists USED your good book. Laughable

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    Buddhist Literature or te4achings are not promoting violence. Killings in the Mahavamsa is describing wars. MASs L USUF compares Mahavamsa to the QURAN. buddhism had one whole University all about buddhism. Muslims burned it down. that is animal like violence.

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    An apostate is free to live with his choice, but when this becomes an act of treason against the community, as in times of war, then he becomes a legitimate target like an enemy, and must be pursued in earnest to protect war strategies getting leaked to the enemy. These are same rules of engagement as in any modern war, except this has now be given a religious context as an apostate of Islam must be killed.

    But at the end of the day, the fact remains that the Quran without a doubt supports religious freedom. Allah the most merciful and wise said it best: “There is no compulsion in religion.”

    And that should be the last word.

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    The two words in the Al Quran has been misunderstood
    “1. THE KAFIR,
    2. THE MUSHRIK

    These words do not mean ‘non muslims’ or present religious people on the earth.

    They mean enemies of Prophet and his companion in the given particular contexts and time.

    Prophet Mohamed tried to develop peaceful society in MECCAH in order to ensure justice through practicing ethics and values and replace the lifestyle in which rule of law and justice are absent and instead prevail widespread smuggling, piracy and killing by powerful tribes.

    But powerful tribe of MECCAH tortured Prophet and his companions and not let them to build a just society.

    Later Prophet and his companions left from MECCAH and went to MADENA. within six days they left to MADENA from MECCAH, he developed a Charter that exhibit pluralistic society of MADENA to live peacefully with respecting justice and abiding to ethics and values. This Charter Called MADENA CHARTER In history which is first Democratic Charter in the world.

    In this context people of MECCAH declared war against Prophet and his companions. So THE KAFIR and THE MUSHRIK meant that who stood for against freedom of State which respect justice, ethics and values.

    PLEASE DO NOT ABSORB FALSE INFORMATION.

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    Mass Usuf, you know so little yet you judge and profess and quote nonsense. Mahawamsa is a historical chronicle, not a Buddhist Text. Oh man you don’t know that and you call your self Sri Lankan.!

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    It is certainly misunderstood verse – by you, Mr. Mass Usuf. It means exactly what it says. Because it was written by a desert chieftain trying to bring some upliftment and discipline to his followers in the 7th century.

    You see, one of the reasons why the Muslims are hated almost universally, despite many other religions and groups having also produced terrorists, is that they very rarely question their religion. You will find so many non practising Christians, Buddhists and Hindus in the world, or those who practice to various degrees. But this is rare among Muslims. Generally their faith is blind and absolute, and they show it. Therefore naturally it is difficult to distinguish a typical Muslim from a Muslim terrorist. I say this as NOT a person who wants to blame all Muslims for terrorism, but a person who wants to defend innocent individuals regardless of religion, but finds it hard due to the blind faith of Muslims.

    DO NOT defend Islam. You are doing your community no favours. Defend Muslims, the (hopefully) vast majority of innocent Muslims, and you will have many sympathizers like me. If you defend Islam, you will only get hate and bigotry, and probably will deserve it.

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    My Dear Writer,

    I browsed your article. I am a Sinhalese Buddhist and our training in moral values were given by Buddhism from our child hood. This knowledge and practice were given by Buddhist monks, teachers and parents. As per our religion, killing a living being is considered as a sin and prohibited act.

    As such we think many times before we take actions with living beings. It is an inbuilt quality. For an example, I have a real problem these days with infestation of cockroaches in my apartment. I do not want to kill them. But I am considering how to get rid of them through any other means. Likewise eating meat and fish, we must think. That is because our upbringing and training on Ahinsa.

    I also have a fellow woman colleague from Bangladesh. In a casual conversation, she once told me how they kill cows at home during a religious ceremony. It is a normal thing for her but unimaginable thing to me. I lived and worked in a developed Middle Eastern Country. These religious activities and killing animals are part and parcel of their lives.

    These things are very difficult to comprehend. But there are no easy solutions as well.
    But people with your community and religion needs a lot of corrective actions, especially in Sri Lanka in order to live with other communities who are not in compatible with your religion and ethnic group. So that there is a lot of education and awareness to be given to your people and children by your own people.

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    Will Buddhists accept a critical commentary on Buddhism from non-Buddhists when they themselves know the truth about Buddhism? will Christians and Hindus do the same with their respective religions? Yet, many non-Muslims understanding of Islam comes from other non-Muslims. Using Google to learn about Eastern religions is for Americans and other westerners who are clueless about non-Western cultural and religious practices, Sri Lankans can do better!! Go talk to Muslims about Islam, not Google or non-Muslims.

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    What a crazy lunatic time and an incomprehensible “holy” book. One cult member reads it and goes Allah Allah Randallah and blows up innocent children and worshippers in a church. Another cult member comes to CT and claims some other BS to whitewash.
    This is what happens when the deranged life of a warlord is written down years after his death/poisoning. When the warlord was a begger without power he was a thoththa baba, when he got power he turned into a racist, genocidal megalomaniac. This is where the two faces if the cult comes from. Us Kafirs cannot wait for the cult to figure out which century it belongs to.
    Sri Lankans are facing a clear and present danger from this stone age ideology.
    Enough whitewashing it is time for us kafirs to band to together and vote in a strong leader who can clean up this crazy stone age cult. If weak leaders keep pandering to this cult in ten years there will be date palms along independence avenue.
    We are not living in the stone age of 7th century arabia. It is high time this Sinhala Buddhist majority country ban
    1) Ban Child marriage. How perverted is it that these cult members think it’s normal for 50 year old perverts to marry children
    2) Ban polygamy and MMDA. Why should a crazy cult that killed 300 Sri Lankans be allowed a preferential seperate law?
    3) Ban circumcision of male sri lankan children and genital mutilation of female sri lankan children
    4) Ban madrasas and sharia university
    At this point only one strong man can control the danger posed to normal Sri Lankans. Unleash the white vans, we will deal with the repercussions in 10 years.

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    This video states that the Sri Lankan armed forces/STF and the Sri Lankan government deliberately wanted the divide the Hindu and Muslim Tamils in the east , so that both these people will be divided permanently and whilst squabbling with each other , the Sinhalese will take over the Tamil speaking east, where the two Tamil communities Hindu and Muslims consist the vast overall majority 78% and a majority in all three districts. Whilst Tamils in the east are fighting with each other on the basis of religion Hindu or Muslim the Sinhalese are poised to take over predominantly Tamil speaking Amparai and Trincomalee/ This why even during the eastern attacks Sinhalese Buddhists and their places of worship were spared, whilst Christians , especially Tamil Christians were targeted , as ,many feel that Sinhalese Buddhist fundamentalists and politicians got their brainwashed Muslim henchmen to do it in the name of Islam and Wahhabism

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=812&v=L-hiOkDhr8I

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma – All politics. No party or a candidate can win at any elections without the votes of Divided Sinhalese + minorities (mainly Tamils + Muslims). So, sudden love for Tamils coming in from nowhere is just an election time trick to divide the minority votes by making sure Tamils don’t vote for a party or candidate where Muslims show their support. Overall strength of minority votes become weaker.
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      Once elections are over, I guess everything will be back to normal. Hardly anyone will be giving importance to Easter Sunday which is now the hot topic for political advantages, not to give relief to any victims. An injured victim died few days back had not been paid what was promised for the injured, while the politicians are ready to order their bullet proof vehicles citing the IS threat.

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    Funny article. It is not the non-Muslims that interpret that the Koran instructs violence , but pious Muslims and Muslim mullahs and Allah’s who do so and act on those interpretations.
    Whilst these types of sermons are given to non-Muslims , Muslims unleash violence & massacres on Non Muslims. Also what about all the 52 Muslim majority countries? They follow Shariah which is detrimental to all Non -Muslims. Laws on Apostasy, Blasphemy, Women rights, No Christian festivals, No Church bells, No pork, No liquor, etc. etc.

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    This author’s comparison with Quran and Mahawamsa is complete illogical and misleading. Mhawamsa is only historical document and does not have any value as religious teaching for Buddhist. Where else Quran is what Muslims follow as their main religious teaching document. Author better do this writing to his fellow Muslims who misguided with Quranic verses. Not Others

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    Believers of whatever their faith should first question the life led by the person they are following. Whether he/she was a peace loving, kind and compassionate person or a war mongering person of loose morals who married copious number of times.

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    All are Idiots: Mass L. Usuf considers that those who question Quran or Hadith or whatever, as suffering from ‘Obsessive Compulsive Disorder’. By my standards anyone who believes in an unseen, unheard and unsmelling – in short non existing – God is and idiot. By this standard Mass is an idiot.
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    I don’t mind anyone trying to convince others of any belief as long as the efforts are not life threatening. Mass believes in an Only God who is Omnipotent, Omniscient – in short Omni Omni, and tries to pretend to be a free thinker.
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    He is an idiot -and a very dangerous idiot – because he is prepared to kill for a God who advises him to kill just because that person has a slightly different God.
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    Gaban Atha: In contrast take my God – Gaban Atha. He is also Omni in everything but he does not want any one of his creations destroy another of his creations. GA is not unseen – I have seen him personally (one of the first persons I have seen in my life – my own Grandpa). Similarly, I have heard him. I have smelt him – though that was not a very pleasant experience. So I am begging you all – Start believing in Gaban Atha – the true God. If you don’t, I am not going to kill you. But it will be your own funeral.
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    Hail Gaban!

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