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Blogging the Qur’an

Robert Spencer continues his series “Blogging the Qur’an” with Sura 2:75-140.

Within these verses, we learn why Islam so often appears to be a “death cult.”

Say [to the Jews]: “If the last Home, with Allah, be for you specially, and not for anyone else, then seek ye for death, if ye are sincere.” But they will never seek for death, on account of the (sins) which their hands have sent on before them. and Allah is well-acquainted with the wrong-doers. Thou wilt indeed find them, of all people, most greedy of life,-even more than the idolaters: Each one of them wishes He could be given a life of a thousand years: But the grant of such life will not save him from (due) punishment. For Allah sees well all that they do. (Sura 2:94-96)

Here’s Mr. Spencer’s commentary:

Verses 94-96 issue a challenge: if the Jews’ claim that Paradise is reserved for them alone, why don’t they seek death, instead of being the people “most greedy for life”? This is the foundation of a jihadist taunt, as an Al-Qaeda warrior in Afghanistan put it a few years ago: “The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death.” The true believers long for Paradise and disdain this world.

Here we see the difference between the Judeo-Christian and the Muslim view of life. The Jew and the Christian value life. They see life as a gift from God, a gift which they may be asked to give back to Him, but not without good cause. Likewise, they hesitate to deprive anyone else of that gift. None of the many Christian martyrs ever “sought for death.” They were willing to die for their faith–but they were not suicidal.

The Muslim here is being taught to embrace death. And as for others? “Kill them all and let Allah sort them out.”

We also find the first hint of the concept of “abrogation” in the Qur’an.

None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things? (Sura 2:106)

This is the key to the whole argument over Islam as a “religion of peace.”  There are several passages in the Qur’an which seem to bear out that view.  And just as many that deny it.  Unfortunately for us non-Muslims, the bloodthirstier verses came later, and are considered to supersede the earlier, more peaceful verses.

As I’m sure Mr. Spencer will point out when we get to them.

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One response to “Blogging the Qur’an

  1. mohamed August 4, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    The verse is about refuting those who limit God’s mercy to an ethnicity. It has nothing to do with “death cult”.

    And they say: “None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian.” Those are their (vain) desires. Say: “Produce your proof if ye are truthful.”Nay,-whoever submits His whole self to God and is a doer of good,- He will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. The Jews say: “The Christians have naught (to stand) upon; and the Christians say: “The Jews have naught (To stand) upon.” Yet they (Profess to) study the (same) Book. Like unto their word is what those say who know not; but God will judge between them in their quarrel on the Day of Judgment. 2.111-113

    If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female – and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them 4.124

    Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve . 2:62

    The Quran explains when are people to fight

    [As for such (non-Muslims) who do not fight you on account of (your) faith, or drive you forth from your homelands, God does not forbid you to show them kindness (also love and respect) and to deal with them with equity, for God loves those who act equitably. God only forbids you to turn in friendship towards such as fight against you because of (your) faith and drive you forth from your homelands or aid (others) in driving you forth. As for those from among you who turn towards them for alliance, it is they who are wrongdoers.] (Al-Mumtahanah 60:8-9)

    [Permission (to fight) is given to those against whom war is being wrongfully waged, and verily, God has indeed the power to aid them. Those who have been driven from their homelands in defiance of right for no other reason than their saying, ‘Our Lord is Allah.’] (Al-Hajj 22:39-40)

    The Quran must be read as a whole. It explains itself.

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