Is Islam truly a peaceful religion?
Consider the following quotes taken directly from The Koran:
p. 2 of introduction (Islamic view of Jews & Christians) “The Koran accuses the Jews of corrupting the Scriptures and the Christians of worshipping Jesus as the son of God, although He had expressly commanded them to worship none but Him.”
Surah 5:51 (No friendship with Jews or Christians) “Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. God does not guide the wrongdoers.”
Surah 9:73 (Make war on unbelievers) “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.”
Surah 9:5 (Slay the idolators/unbelievers) “When the sacred months are over slay the idolators wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush
everywhere for them.”
Surah 5:33-34 (Enemies should be slain or crucified) “Those that make war against God (Allah) and His apostle (Muhammad) and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land.”
Surah 47:3-6 (Behead the enemy) “This, because the unbelievers follow falsehood, while the faithful follow the truth from their Lord. Thus God lays down for mankind their rules of conduct. When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take a ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens. Thus shall you do. Had God willed, He could Himself have punished them; [but He has ordained it thus] that He may test you, the one by the other.”
Surah 4:99 (Special reward for aggressive martyrs) “He that leaves his home in the cause of God shall find many a refuge in the land and great abundance. He that leaves his dwelling to fight for God and His apostle and is then overtaken by death shall be recompensed by God. Surely God is forgiving and merciful.”
Surah 22:57 (Eternal punishment for unbelievers) “Those that have embraced the true Faith and done good works shall enter the gardens of delight; but the unbelievers who have denied Our revelations shall receive an ignominious punishment.”
(Source: The Koran, Translated by N. J. Dawood, Penquin Books, London, 1999)
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