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Does Islam Promote Violence?

Posted on: March 14, 2009


In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

Question:

Does Islam promote violence, bloodshed and brutality since the Qur’an says that Muslims should kill the kuffar where ever they find them?

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NO. Let us study the following misquoted verses of the holy Qur’an used by those who want to perpetuate the myth that Islam promotes violence, and exhorts its followers to kill those outside the pale of Islam.

1. Verse from Surah Taubah:
This verse is very often quoted by critics of Islam, to show that Islam promotes violence, bloodshed and brutality:

“Kill the mushriqeen (pagans, polytheists, kuffar) where ever you find them.”
[Al-Qur’an 9:5]

This verse is quoted out of context in the battlefield by critics of Islam.

In order to understand the context of this verse, we need to read from verse 1 of this surah. It says that there was a peace treaty between the Muslims and the Mushriqs (pagans) of Makkah. This treaty was violated by the Mushriqs of Makkah. A period of four months was given to the Mushriqs of Makkah to make amends. Otherwise war would be declared against them.

Verse 5 of Surah Taubah says:

“But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful.”[Al-Qur’an 9:5]

The real message of Chapter 9, verse 5 is to boost the morale of the Muslim soldiers and not to be afraid during the battle.

2. The “Shourie controversy” on Chapter 9, verse 5 of the holy Qur’an :

Arun Shourie is one of the staunchest critics of Islam in India. He quotes the same verse, Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 5 in his book ‘The World of Fatwahs’, on page 572. After quoting verse 5 he jumps to verse 7 of Surah Taubah. Any sensible person will realize that he has skipped verse 6.

3. Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 6 gives the answer:

Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 6 gives the answer to the allegation that Islam promotes violence, brutality and bloodshed. It says:

“If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they are men without knowledge.” [Al-Qur’an 9:6]

Therefore, The HOLY QUR’AN DOES NOT promote war, violence, brutality and bloodshed.

The Qur’an not only says that a Mushriq seeking asylum during the battle should be granted refuge, but also that he should be escorted to a secure place. In the present international scenario, even a kind, peace-loving army General, during a battle, may let the enemy soldiers go free, if they want peace. But which army General will ever tell his soldiers, that if the enemy soldiers want peace during a battle, don’t just let them go free, but also escort them to a place of security?

This is exactly what Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur’an to promote peace in the world.

(Source: Usman Abdul Rehman)

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25 Responses to "Does Islam Promote Violence?"

Wow, what garbage you are promoting? Which army general will be sooooo kind with the enemy? But the question still remains, why do muslims fight with non-muslims in the first place? Why they dont believe in peaceful co-existence? First fight wars, then show how kind we muslims are to enemy during war. Doesnt that sound like a logical fallacy? If you are kind, you wouldnt fight a war in the first place .

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Mate,

No matter how they interpret the verses, to me and lots of non muslims they (the verses) are very very clear.
If you are not a muslim and follow pisslam you are going to hell. Well if that’s the case we better make the best out of this life.!!!

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You are under dark cloud, in the depth of deepest sea! where did you get that? do you want to promote urself like someone, who knows everything, while knowing nothing. you know what is clear? it is clear that you lie! and ugly! how dare you! to write down such stupid things? do you have religion? AHA! let me guess what you are!!! 🙂 let other ppl known too! specially those 4 the sake of whom you “want peace”, and whom you want to “protect” from islam! hahaha! Everyone is alone at the final day! and you are going to be lonely! Forever! unless you not repent! For it is you, who love make trouble, and hurt other ppl feeling!!!( because you only want peace right?) easy like you: i can see you through! very very clear! 🙂

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Allah is with those who have patient… chill down brother and make dua for the brother Aldo that he see Truth…

they need our love and care and our duas.. !

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muslims are allowd to fight to defend there rights,not to oppress,if anyone is doing,then simply he is not muslim.

And if both parties not believing,tnen both party having faults,not only muslim.

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So let me get this straight – only if I accept allah and the regime of regular prayers would I find mercy in the Islamic world.

What if I don’t want to? Then I’m dead right?

This is not a tolerant religion. On the contrary – it’s a dangerous one.

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a heart without belief, without religion is already dead. muslims wont kill you for it, its up to you to except the truth. its not upon us, to judge you. it is only God, Who will judge you. how can you bear the truth without hard struggling? just do not lie to yourself, and please dont blame what you have no knowledge. islam tolerates all religion. it must, because it is a “fard” obligation to do so. just for your kind informing. learn before speak. if you have any question, am at your service.

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Well its more the question of why it seems the extremists people of Islam seem to be the one’s who carry out the “judgment.” For example, Christianity. The teachings from Jesus say that only God himself should be the one to do the “judgment.” Because humans are sinful. So why do all these extremists of Islam carry out these deeds themselves? What does the Qu’ran say about judgment? Once again not looking for an argument just curiosity.

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Yes, it is only God, Who can make the final judgment, but muslims is obliged to make judgment on their own deeds too, every night, before going to bed. God may forgive to those whom God wants, and punish those, whom God wants. but who we are to judge other ppl deed? the judgment is a gift, given by God to every human being from the time of birth. you can make distinction between right and wrong. and what you do, is up to you. but the final judgment is with God only! and we should keep this in mind. we dont know exactly for what we are destined for: paradise of hell. but we have chance to get it, to win it. we have to do something for it, not just sit in vain, and criticize. first of all we have to learn, and keep the orders, what God made to us. those who do not keep them, or have no knowledge, if they muslim, if they not, we have to right to judge: eye for eye, teeth for teeth, but best is: forgiveness . and the final judgment is with God. so to be a Judge is not that easy! it is huge responsibility in the sense of next life, and the pious are frightening from such huge responsibility, as practice shows in the early ages… better first criticize ourself, than others. but do not let mischief rule this world. thats what islam says. thats what we have to keep in mind.

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If all the Qu’ran teaches is love and not hatred then where do all these misguided extremists come from? I’m not looking for an argument, its curiosity that drives my question. I’m not saying other religions don’t have extremists but it just seems like its more common in Islam and mainly originating from the place and heart of Islam, The Middle East

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no! you perfected your religion, when you have love for things for the sake of God, and hate things for the sake of God. do you think that God loves the liars, the one who commit something evil, or kill someone? we have good examples in the prophets. how many of them were praying to God above like this: ” oh my lord, dont leave any unbeliever on this earth?” for example: Noah, or Moses, etc. and what happened after that? God saved the prophets from them! see?! you have right for hatred. but our messenger prophet Mohamed were praying like this, upon he were almost stoned to death it was a long prayer but for instance a part of that: “… and oh my God, please give religious progeny to the unbelievers….” so who could be more kind, more dare to God, than the one, who is such forgiving, tolerating, full of mercy to the human being? peace be upon all the prophets!

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maybe because they have no knowledge. unfortunately. can be…

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Islam is the religion of peace..

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To whome has the time and knowledge to answer,please!

How can I become a beliver of such god that monotheistic religions claim to exist. So far I have learned that all these religion doctrines have violence and blood shed commands in their scriptures- again claimed to be word of god…

Now god being Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnibenivolent does not justify his words in all those books at all…

Some one pleas clarify it for me!!!!!!

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Mr Ken,First of all this whole incident between Banu Bakr and the Khuz’ah was before even Islam came! Notice what Tabari says…

Just before Islam, the Khuza’ah in turn assaulted Salma, Kulthum, and Dhu’ayb, the sons of al-Aswad b. Razn al-Dili – they were the leading men and dignitaries of the Banu Bakr – and killed them at ‘Arafah, by the border markers of the sacred territory.

So its probably even possible that the Prophet never heard about the issue. Or even if he did, this incident must have taken place at least 20 years before the treaty of Hudaibiya even took place!

Who on earth are the Banu Bakr to come and avenge the death of their comrades TWENTY years later? Secondly, Mr Ken thinks that just because the Khuza’ah did not pay the blood money yet within these TWENTY years then that gives the Banu Bakr the right to massacre the tribe at night time.

Its clearly obvious that the Quraysh were furious at Banu Khuz’a for having a treaty with the Muslims and therefore assisted Banu Bakr to massacre the tribe at night. Its not logical that TWENTY years later the Banu Bakr finally decided to avenge their comrades deaths.

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Muhammad is a spiritual master.
As such he would encourage you to love everyone
no matter what.And violence is out of the question.

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just a fairytale like all religions…..context of the book is is up to anyones interpretation

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all fairy tale has the basis of truth, havent you ever heard that? 🙂

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Verses 191-194, Surah Baqarah read as; 002.191 And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.

002.192 But if they cease, God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

002.193 And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.

002.194 The prohibited month – for the prohibited month, and so for all things prohibited, – there is the law of equality. If then anyone transgresses the prohibition against you, transgress ye likewise against him. But fear God, and know that God is with those who restrain themselves.

The first verse confirm that Islam promotes violence against all those who in openion of islamists are found involved in Fitna(any move which have a potential to take the followers away from teachings of Mohammad). Quran also allows Muslims to kill their enemies even in premises of KABA, the most secred place for them.The only way out left for infidels is quoted in next verse. and if they don’t repent, fight with them until every living human being accepts what is called “PEACE” by followers of Mohammad.

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“if they fight you” there is that “if”. dont you think you have right to protect yourself? we do not say: if they punch you from right, give your left face for another punch, because it is a pure suicide! and God loves not the cowards, who run away from battle field, try to escape from death by this way. or the one, who commit suicide. that means: be patient, be just, do not let the difficulty overcome you. the life itself is a big struggle and battle. one after another. and try to protect, well, right: “Peace” every thing on this earth has a negative pair. like day-night, good-bad. do you think is there something exist without a pair?! SubhanAllah! and how can you get the meaning of justice, without suffering injustice? am i fighting with you now? 🙂

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The Meccans aided a tribe (Banu Bakr) they had a treaty with, with weapons against a tribe (Banu Khuza’a) that the Muslims had a treaty with. THAT was the “violation”, while the treaty didn’t say anything about tribes that were affiliated with either party. It is even to be questioned if the Meccans were aware of the affiliation of the Kuza’a tribe with the Muslims in the first place. Yet THIS is the reason that the Muslims claim that the treaty was broken by the Meccans. But check this out:

• The Banu Khuza’a attacked the Banu Bakr and robbed them BEFORE the Quraish aided the Banu Bakr.
• The Muslims attacked the Mulawwih, who were confederates of the Banu Bakr BEFORE the Quraish aided the Banu Bakr
• The Muslims kept attacking Quraishi caravans after Hudaybiya BEFORE the Quraish aided the Banu Bakr
• Muhammad didn’t return the men and women that fled from Mecca to Medina, violating the treaty with the Quraish BEFORE the Quraish aided the Banu Bakr
• The Muslims killed Quraishi men multiple times after the treaty and refused to pay blood money, which are each violations of the treaty BEFORE the Quraish aided the Banu Bakr

so, it was the Muslims under Muhammad that broke the peace treaty first and commence a full scale attack on the unbelievers.

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WSalam brother.

brother,i’m not professional promoter,
i don’t enough time to spend with this work,so i can’t help it out.

but ur cmnts will be available here! hope,some other brother will spend time on this….

i’m xtrmly sorry!

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this is great. may Allah bless u bro 🙂

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