[quote=Jo’s_Dad]There is actually another loophole that I forgot to mention, Jihad.
Jihad is not a Holy War in the accepted sense where one religion battles another, but unfortunantly that is exactly how it’s being mis-interpreted by extreamists.
In actuality, the act of Jihad is a personal holy war over ones *personal *demons. It was never intended to mean “take up arms and kill someone”.
It’s very much like finding someone trying to dig their right eye out of it’s socket because Matthew 5:29 says “If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out”. :rolleyes:
You’re wrong, I believe. Yes. there are muslims today who say jihad is just metaphorical or “personal”. However that is not the majority interpretation of the following Koran texts for the past 1400 years.
“As for those who are slain in the cause of God, He will not allow their works to perish. … He will admit them to the Paradise He has made known to them.” (47:4-6)
“Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of God; whether he dies or triumphs, We shall richly reward him. … The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. Fight then against the friends of Satan …” (4:74,76)
“The believers who stay at home––apart from those that suffer a grave impediment––are not the equals of those who fight for the cause of God with their goods and their persons. God has given those that fight with their goods and their persons a higher rank than those who stay at home …” (4:95,96)
“Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. … lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way …” (9:5)
“Those that make war against God and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those that repent before you reduce them …” (5:34,35)
“Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme” (8:39)
“Prophet, rouse the faithful to arms. If there are twenty steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish two hundred; and if there are a hundred, they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of understanding.” (8:65)
“Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given … and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (9:29)
Islam divides the world into two parts - **The House of Islam ** and the rest of the world where Islam does not rule. This is called The House of War. It is the duty of every muslim who is able, to join in the eternal war to expand Islam. The war can be spiritual, but it can equally validly be physical. From the time of Mohammed onward, Muslim armies have sought to go out and conquer new lands for Islam.
Once lands are conquered, Sharia law is imposed and Christians and others become 2nd class citizens, known as Dhimmis, with few rights, and whose religion is constantly threatened. Conversion of a Muslim to Christianity is death.
Some modern Islamic states do not apply full Sharia, but that is the ultimate goal of Islam. Which is a system of a religious state.
In other words. It is not an accident that wherever Islam comes in contact with other faiths there is war and strife.
Islam does contain a principle that desires world domination. And Islam has got to made to face this huge flaw in its make-up before it can live peacefully with the rest of the world.