Monday, April 11, 2016

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: Turkey’s top Muslim cleric: Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam

Kindly note: the information and commentary linked is not published with malice towards Muslims nor with intent to spread prejudice or hostility towards Muslims in general. 

This blog strives to be independent and (hopefully) humbly and seriously treat some of the most important issues of our time; those relating to the idea of Islam (I strive to stay "on topic", in some sense, and keep the main issues in focus), as thought and expressed for a millenia past and in the scriptures and writings of orthodox Islam.

Foremost expert on Islam, Robert Spencer comments on this item from the Turkish media with characteristic erudition (and humour):

They have to keep telling us, because this is so obviously false, it can only be put across by constant repetition. If the “terror” that is mentioned in Qur’an 3:151, 8:12, and 8:60 is something other than the terror that is caused by terrorism, where exactly in Islamic scripture or tradition is this distinction found, and what exactly is the difference between the terror that Muslims are told by Allah to strike in the hearts of unbelievers and terrorism as jihadis practice it today?

We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.” (Qur’an 3:151)
“When your Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast terror into the unbelievers’ hearts; so strike above the necks, and strike every finger of them!” (Qur’an 8:12)
“Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to strike terror thereby into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.” (Qur’an 8:60)
To read the entire posting at the important and influential site Jihad Watch - a site for serious and erudite thought and reflection relating to Islamic teachings and history (and a site founded and run by foremost expert on Islam, Robert Spencer), kindly click on this link: