Sunday, June 25, 2017

What Does Islam Teach About... Violence

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Does the Quran really contain
over a hundred verses promoting violence?


The Quran contains at least 109 verses
that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers
for the sake of Islamic rule.
Some are quite graphic,
with commands to chop off heads and fingers
and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.
Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites'
and warned that Allah will send them to Hell
if they do not join the slaughter.

Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence
the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, 
meaning that they are not restrained by historical context 
contained in the surrounding text
 (although many Muslims choose to think of them that way). 
They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, 
and just as relevant or subject to interpretation 
as anything else in the Quran.

The context of violent passages 
is more ambiguous than might be expected 
of a perfect book from a loving God. 
Most contemporary Muslims exercise a personal choice 
to interpret their holy book's call to arms 
according to their own moral preconceptions 
about justifiable violence. 
Their apologists cater to these preferences 
with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact 
and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. 
Still, it is important to note that the problem 
is not bad people, but bad ideology.

Unfortunately, there are very few verses
of tolerance and peace 
to balance out the many that call for nonbelievers 
to be fought and subdued until
they either accept humiliation, 
convert to Islam, or are killed.
Muhammad's own martial legacy, 
along with the remarkable stress on violence
found in the Quran, 
have produced a trail of blood and tears
across world history.