Media keeps screaming Terrorism has no religion ! When we understand that terrorism, using violence and force or threats of force and violence, is not an end but means to achieving political or religious objectives, how should we try to understand that sentence ? Can it mean that terrorism is not justified by any religion nor taught by any religion ? But what if the God tells that highest form of devotion to him is fighting and kill others or getting killed? Yes, that is Allah of Koran, Islamic God.
Much of the time people assume that actions of Muslim terrorists are against the teachings of Islam and are not Muslims because in their view terrorism has no religion. Why? Because media said so or some one said so. But, why not find out yourselves by reading Islamic scriptures, like Koran and Hadith, and about present day Islamic world ! Why depend all the time blindly on what some one is saying ? This post is just meant for that purpose, to give synopsis of hatred and violence against Non-Muslims in Islamic scriptures, Koran and Sahih Hadith (Hadith contains sayings and deeds of Prophet Mohammad), though it is advised that people read Koran and find out hatred and violence towards Non-Muslims in Koran by themselves.
First, Why did Allah create humans?
Koran, 51:56 > And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).
And the entire earth belongs to Allah and to Muslims:
Volume 4, Book 53, Number 392: (Hadith of Sahih Bukhari)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, “Let us go to the Jews” We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle.“
Allah, so, says that Islam is the only accepted religion in this world :
Koran, 3:85 > And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.
It means Allah will burn all Non-Muslims in hell fire for eternity; Koran gives graphical details about that punishment of hell fire. Allah also says he will punish Non-Muslims in this world too:
Koran, 3:56 > As to those who disbelieve, I will punish them with a severe torment in this world and in the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.”
What is that punishment to be ? To be made second class citizens in their own lands with Muslims becoming rulers because Allah says Muslims are the best people raised precisely for ruling the the world and punishing Non-Muslims:
Koran, 3:110 >You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind;
Koran, 98:6 > Verily, Muslims are the best of creatures.
Koran, 47: 07 > O you who believe ! if you help (the cause of) Allah, He will help you and make firm your feet.
What about Non-Muslims ?
Koran, 98:6 > Disbelievers in Islam are the worst of all creatures.
Koran 8:55 > Verily, The worst of moving creatures before Allah are those who disbelieve, – so they shall not believe.
Despite every thing Mahatma Gandhiji did for Muslims, this is what a famous Indian Muslim, Mohammad Jauhar Ali, said: “Even the most degraded Muhammadan was better than Mahatma Gandhi (HERE; Last retrieved: 24/02/2013)” . So, you think Indian Muslims disown him? No. In fact, Non-Muslims are subhumans, so debased and vermin like that only certain destruction awaits them:
Koran, 47:08 > But those who reject (Allah),- for them is destruction….
Koran, 47:10 > Allah destroyed them completely and a similar (fate awaits) the disbelievers.
Because Non-Muslims are not only bad, they also wish nothing good happens to Muslims and are followers of Shaitan against Allah:
Koran, 2:105 > Neither those who disbelieve among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) nor Al- Mushrikoon (the disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, idolaters, polytheists, pagans, etc.) like that there should be sent down unto you any good from your Lord.
Koran, 25:55 > …and the disbeliever is ever a helper (of the Satan) against his Lord.
So, Allah is the enemy of all Non-Muslims:
Koran, 2:98 > Allah is the enemy of all Non-Muslims.
Koran, 30:45 > Allah does not love Non-Muslims.
Koran, 3:57 > …And Allah does not like the Zalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers).
Most Non-Muslims assume when they show goodwill to Muslims, they will reciprocate it at some point. In the light of above beliefs and with the imperative of Jihad against Non-Muslims, it is unlikely that Muslims will ever see Non-Muslims like humans and having equal rights as South African Mufti, Ebrahim Desai, says: “In simple the Kuffar can never be trusted for any possible good they do. They have their own interest at heart.”. And Allah makes Non-Islamic faiths hateful to Muslims as disbelief in Islam is ranked with wickedness:
Koran, 49:07 > And has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger SAW) hateful to you.
And not just hared towards Non-Islamic faiths, but also hatred and enmity towards all Non-Muslims, even if they include parents, is a virtue and inherent to Islamic faith:
Koran, 60:04 > Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim (Abraham) and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah, we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred for ever, until you believe in Allah Alone,” except the saying of Ibrahim (Abraham) to his father: “Verily, I will ask for forgiveness (from Allah) for you, but I have no power to do anything for you before Allah.” (1)
Koran, 9: 113 > It is not (proper) for the Prophet and those who believe to ask Allah’s Forgiveness for the Mushrikoon (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) even though they be of kin, after it has become clear to them that they are the dwellers of the Fire (because they died in a state of disbelief).
When Allah says Non-Muslims are his enemies, the hatred and enmity of Muslims towards Non-Muslims is natural. A saying of Prophet further illustrates this:
Volume 1, Book 2, Number 16: (Hadith of Sahih Bukhari)
The Prophet said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith:
1. The one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes dearer than anything else.
2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake.
3. Who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be thrown into the fire.”
And then of-course, the softest command in Koran for Muslims towards Non-Muslims is Muslims should never make friendship with Non-Muslims except for security or with a view to convert them to Islam:
Koran, 3:28 > Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Awliya’ (supporters, helpers, etc.) instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them….
Koran 60:01 > O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists, etc.) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth (i.e. Islamic Monotheism, this Quran, and Muhammad SAW)..
Koran, 5:51 > O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliya to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya, then surely he is one of them….
In numerous verses, Koran tags Non-Muslims along with cattle and dogs and says that disbelief in Islam is a state of darkness and ignorance, with Islam being the light and knowledge and truth.
Koran, 25:44 > Or do you think that most of them (disbelievers) hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path (i.e. even worst than cattle).
(Late) Maududi, the most popular Islamic scholar in the Indian sub-continent, explains this verse as follows:
They (i.e. Non-Muslims) are only like the cattle because they follow their lusts blindly. Just as the sheep and cattle do not know where their driver is taking them, to the meadow or to the slaughter house, so are these people also following their leaders blindly without knowing or judging where they are being led, to success or to destruction. The only difference between the two is that the cattle have no intelligence and will not be accountable as to the place where they are being taken by the driver. But it is a pity that human beings who are endowed with reason, should behave like cattle; therefore their condition is worse than that of cattle. Incidentally it should be noted that this passage (verses 43, 44) is not meant to dissuade the Prophet (peace be upon him) from conveying the message to such people, but it is an indirect warning to the disbelievers of the consequences if they continued to behave like cattle .
In explaining another verse, 6:122, Maududi says:
He (Non-Muslim) who cannot distinguish between right and wrong and does not know the Straight Way (Islam) for human life, may be alive on the biological plane, but his essential humanity is not. He may be a living animal but is certainly not a living human being. A living human being is one who can distinguish right from wrong, good from evil, honesty from dishonesty.
With Non-Muslims being so bad and sub human, it only becomes a necessity, and also a duty, for Muslims to make them good, i.e. by converting them to Islam, or to subjugate them as second class citizens. In a normal society criminals and anti-social elements are either imprisoned or restrained as punishment. So, Non-Muslims by default are so bad and vermin like that they either have to be killed or subjugated; goes Islamic rational.
Allah commands Muslims in many verses to fight Non-Muslims with the goal of converting them to Islam or to subjugating them as second class citizens under Islamic rule and Allah also says fighting is prescribed for them:
Koran, 2:193 > And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshiping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (Alone).
Koran, 2:216 >Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it…
If Muslims are to fight until there is no disbelief in Islam, then the mere presence of disbelief in Islam is an act of aggression on Muslims and Islam. Muslims say that Prophet Mohammad only fought defensive wars but read the following:
Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25: (Hadith of Sahih Bukhari)
Allah’s Apostle said: “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.”
With mere presence of disbelief in Islam being aggression on Muslims and Islam, then no wars fought by Muslims to bring Non-Muslims under Islamic rule will be offensive in character but defensive. In the overall context of Islamic theology, Islamic objective is not about converting all people to Islam nor killing all Non-Muslims but making Islam superior over all other faiths.
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 65: (Hadith of Sahih Bukhari)
A man came to the Prophet and asked, “A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah’s Cause?” The Prophet said, “He who fights that Allah’s Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause.”
Fighting in Allah’s cause ( Allah’s cause means to make Islam superior) is Jihad; and this fighting is the supreme act of devotion or worshiping:
Vol 4, Book 52 , # 44: (Hadith of Sahih Bukhari)
A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” He replied, “I do not find such a deed.”
Hadith of Sahih Muslim; Book 20, # 4696
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: One (i.e. Muslim) who died, but did not fight in the way of Allah, nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad, died the death of a hypocrite.
Infact, Muslims striving or fighting with their lives gets them directly to Islamic paradise where sensitive pleasures await them after their death or in the hereafter. Koran even says Allah purchased the lives of Muslims with the price that Muslims enter Islamic parasite which Muslims should look to by killing or being killed, and through this they can also avoid hell fire:
Koran, 4:74 > Let those fight in the cause of Allah Who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah,- whether he is slain or gets victory – Soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).
Koran, 47:36 > The life of this world is but play and pastime, but if you believe (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism), and fear Allâh, and avoid evil, He will grant you your wages, and will not ask you your wealth.
Koran, 61:10-11 > O ye who believe! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty?
You shall believe in Allah and His Messenger, and struggle hard in Allah’s way (Jihad) with your property and your lives; that is better for you, did you but know!
Allah also tells how Muslims should fight Non-Muslims:
Koran 47:4 > So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allahs Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam), until the war lays down its burden. Thus, (you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam (i.e. are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire) or at least come under your protection) but if it had been Allahs Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.
Allah says Muslims should create terror in the hearts of infidels and should not stop until they slaughtered many people and should always be ready for war:
Koran, 8:12 > When your Lord inspired the angels, “Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.”
Koran, 8:67 > It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land.
Koran, 8: 60 > And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allah does know.
And that Muslims are always good guys and fight for justice i.e. Allah and Islam and Non-Muslims fight for Shaitan:
Koran, 4:76 > Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.
Muslims should not ask for peace when they have upper hand:
Koran, 47:35 > So be not weak and ask not for peace (from the enemies of Islâm), while you are having the upper hand. Allâh is with you, and will never decrease the reward of your good deeds.
And Muslims should be firm and hard against Non-Muslims and merciful among themselves:
Koran, 48:29 > Muhammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allâh, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves… ….
And then more commands to Muslims to fight and subjugate Non-Muslims:
Koran, 9:29 > Fight against those who
– believe not in Allah,
– nor in the Last Day,
– nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger
– and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians),
until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
Koran, 9:123 > O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you.
Koran, 9:73 > O Prophet (Muhammad SAW)! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be harsh against them, their abode is Hell, – and worst indeed is that destination.
Prophet Mohammad said:”I have been sent with a sword in my hand to command people to worship Allah and associate no partners with him. I command you to belittle and subjugate those who disobey me, for those who look alike are of the same.” (Hadith collected by Ibn Al- Qayyim; Ibid, vol 2:736)
And Allah ultimately predicts Islam will be victorious and supreme over all other religions in the whole world as all Non-Muslims will be humiliated and Muslims will be victorious.
Koran, 58:20 > Those who oppose Allah and Prophet Mohammad will be humiliated.
Koran, 58:21 > Allah has decreed: “Verily! It is I and My Messengers who shall be the victorious.”
Koran, 9:33 > It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), to make it superior over all religions even though the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) hate (it).
Volume 4, Book 53, Number 346: (Hadith of Sahih Bukhari)
Allah’s Apostle said, “If Allah wants to do good for somebody, he makes him comprehend the Religion (i.e. Islam), and Allah is the Giver and I am Al-Qasim (i.e. the distributor), and this (Muslim) nation will remain victorious over their opponents, till Allah’s Order comes and they will still be victorious “
And this is peace. This is what peace means for Muslims and in Islam.