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Is Islam A Peaceful Religion?

Since 9-11 our American culture has changed from a political standpoint. Even still, in some ways I think it seems we’ve gone back to our old ways as a nation. The fact that Muslim terrorist flew 2 jumbo jet airliners into the World Trade Center buildings and brought them to rubble seems to have disappeared completely from our consciousness. In many ways Americans have slipped back to complacency and comfort, and as the Bible says “the condition is worse than the first”. (Matt. 12:45)

Dubbing Islam a “religion of peace” has been the political mantra since 9-11 in the attempt to differentiate between Islamic terrorists and non-violent Muslims. With recent beheadings of Egypitian Christians, attacks on US embassies and the torturing of Christians across the world, we have to ask ourselves if Islam is really a peaceful religion? Are the people carrying out these subhuman acts a marginal few or is decapitation something that is encouraged in the Quran and they are simply acting in strict obedience to it? Lets look at a few passages from the Quran itself:

Quran 8:12-13 [Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.” That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger – indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.

The Islamic warriors of ISIS behead those they consider infidels out of direct obedience to Quran 8:12.

Quran 47:4 So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others.

Quran 2:191 And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

These are just a few of the more direct references in the Quran to killing, beheading and war. I realize that there are many “nominal” Muslims just like there are many Christians that are Christian in name only. But even the most fundementalist of Christians who take the Bible seriously could not justify murder nor killing in the name of Jesus. It’s just not possible.

I’m curious what your thoughts are? How would a modern Muslim interpret these verses from the Quran? How about the Muslim view on homosexuality and treatment of women? Are we judging Islam too harshly? Share your comments below.

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