Sunday, May 06, 2018

Al-Azhar on French call to reform Qur’an: “Go to hell!” Violent verses are “in reality verses of peace” - Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch

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ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Confessions of an Islamophobe. Coming in summer 2018 is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
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Al-Azhar on French call to reform Qur’an: “Go to hell!” Violent verses are “in reality verses of peace”

“No to freezing a single letter from the Koran, and those calling for this can go to hell.”
Peaceful guy!
Shuman also said: “What those who issued this call think are verses calling for their killing are in reality verses of peace,” claiming that the Qur’an only calls for fighting in self-defense. He seems to have forgotten about passages such as 8:39, which calls upon Muslims to fight until “religion is all for Allah,” and 9:29, which calls upon Muslims to fight and subjugate the “People of the Book,” solely because they are not Muslims.
Nor does Shuman explain why so very many Muslims seem to misunderstand these verses calling for killing as…verses calling for killing, such that there have been over 32,000 jihad attacks around the world since 9/11.
“Al-Azhar responds to French calls for ‘freezing’ Koranic verses,” translated from “الأزهر يرد على مطالبات فرنسية بـ’تجميد’ آيات قرآنية ,” Erem News, May 4, 2018:
Al-Azhar denounced French calls for the “freezing” of verses in the Koran, and claims that they were urging the killing of non-Muslims.
Earlier, Le Parisien published a controversial petition calling for the removal of allegedly anti-Jewish verses from the Koran, signed by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and 300 political figures from the left and the right, as well as Arabs and Muslims.
Egyptian media quoted Dr. Abbas Shuman, deputy of Al-Azhar, as saying on Thursday that “the demand of 300 French personalities to freeze verses in the Koran, claiming that it urges the killing of non-Muslims, is unjustified and unacceptable…
Shuman condemned the claims, saying: “No to freezing a single letter from the Koran, and those calling for this can go to hell.”
Al-Azhar’s deputy pointed out that the existence of such calls indicates “their ignorance, at best.”
“We do not have verses ordering the killing of anyone except those calling for the killing of people who commit a crime such as deliberately killing others, or taking up arms to fight us, and we are not responsible for the lack of understanding of others of the meanings of the verses, and who understand them without apparent reference to the interpretations of scholars.”
He added: “What those who issued this call think are verses calling for their killing are in reality verses of peace. The verses of fighting are all in the context of a response to aggression if it is declared against us… This principle is not disputed even among those who demand a freeze on these verses. They recognize the right of self-defense, defense of the the homeland, and resistance to other forms of aggression. ”
He said: “Let them understand that these books of Allah are true, but if they rely on their misunderstanding, they should go with their understanding and ask those in hell.”…