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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.