FIRST OF ALL…for those who don’t know me, I am NOT a Muslim.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only son of God, and I believe in the Holy Trinity (God the Father, Jesus his Son, and the Holy Spirit), and that salvation is solely dependent on the personal acceptance of His sacrifice on the cross as an atonement for mankind’s sin.
It’s important that you know that, or what follows is going to be VERY confusing. 😉
End of sermon.
I stumbled across the top image, while searching for something on a completely different topic.
It originally only had the top picture, the boy with the knife, and the line, “This is Islam.”
It was in an article titled, “Defend yourself, America!” (that will be important, later…)
It had been shared on Twitter, just from that page, 1003 times.
It made me angry.
Very, very angry.
You see, I’ve read the Koran. I have a copy on my bookshelf that I’ve used to point out the differences between Islam and Christianity (and more than one similarity, btw).
The passage most often quoted against Islam is the fifth verse of the ninth sura, long known to Muslims as the “Sword verse.” It’s often translated colloquially, both by foreigners and militant Islamic leaders as:
“Kill the idolaters (or “infidels”) wherever you find them.”
Unfortunately, this is not the literal translation of that sentence.
The word “mushrikeen” that is manipulated into “idolaters” actually translates into ““those who join other gods with God” which is to say, polytheists.
This is specifically referring to the ruling polytheistic Quraysh* tribe of Mecca, who had declared war against Muhammad and his community, killing and torturing many of them. Many more were sent, by Muhammad, to take asylum in the Christian kingdom of Abyssinia, where they could safely practice their religion (even though it disagreed with the accepted religion of Abyssinia), and who refused to turn them over to the Quraysh, who came looking for them.
Think about that for a minute…
If Christians were the infidels, why would they flee to them for protection, if the very religion that they (the Muslims) we’re being killed for preaching, ordered them to “kill the infidels wherever you find them”…?
*The tribesmen of Quraysh were not traders; instead, they were entrusted with religious services, from which they significantly profited. They also profited from taxes collected from incoming pilgrims who were required to make an annual pilgrimage to their city.
Sound familiar? 😉
I’ve heard the incorrect translation from plenty of Christian pulpits, as Muslims have from theirs.
How different is this than the 2nd century Romans (or modern atheists) who claim that Christianity requires ritualistic cannibalism, by twisting the meaning of “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”
Both are a manipulation of intended meanings.
Both are a lie.
In the case of the Koran, it’s a lie that was spread far and wide, both by ignorance and design, by everyone from Richard the Lionheart, to Osama bin Laden, to create hatred, mistrust, and fear of a perceived enemy…and always toward an end goal.
How much suffering and death could have been avoided, if the ignorant on both sides had just looked that up?
How much still can?
The vast majority of Muslims are not jihadists. The vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists, and the vast majority of Muslims do not prescribe to a “religion of hate.”
…just like the vast majority of Christian’s are not members of the Klu Klux Klan.
Again, I’m not a Muslim, and I don’t believe it is “the one true faith”, but I’m not arguing for or against ANY religion in this post, as that’s not the point I’m trying to make.
(Though I must wonder how many folks still don’t understand that both Islam and Christianity started as Judaism, and like Judaism and Christianity, only diverge, historically, between the Old and New Testament. (We’ll come back to that…)
Am I defending terrorism, or Jihad, or hate? No!
Am I preaching Islam? Certainly not!
I’m arguing against the REAL threats, the two common enemies that are so often the root of wars, and hatred, and suffering throughout history.
The same to two enemies that are being used to divide our great nation, as well.
IGNORANCE and LIES.
(and in MY faith, who do we call “the father of lies?”)
Tomorrow, I’m hoping to share some thoughts on how (I believe) the division between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all boil down to the interpretation (and misinterpretation of ONE word.
Until then, I leave you with these…
“In the battle between the races, there is no truce. If you are determined finally to defend yourself, German people, then be pitiless!”
~ Adolf Hitler
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
~ Jesus Christ