Thursday, 26 March 2009

How Honest Are You Feeling?

Recently in Algeria, they celebrated a "national week of the Holy Koran". The week's schedule, promoted by the Algerian minister of religion, included conferences on the various aspects of the life of Muhammad, and a competition for the reading of Islam's sacred text.

I wonder, did they read these verses from the "sacred" text?

2:191-193 – “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers...And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”

4:95 – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.”

8:39 – “And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.”

9:5 – “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

9:29 – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya [non-Muslim poll tax] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

– “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth...”

As for the celebration of "various aspects" of Muhammad's life, did they celebrate the massacre of up to 900 men of the Banu Qurayza, which he oversaw; or the attack on the innocent Jewish farmers of Khaybar; or the assassinations of Ka'b bin al-Ashraf and Asma bint Marwan; or any number of other atrocities and war crimes attributed to the "Prophet" by his own most esteemed biographers?

I suppose it depends on how honest they were feeling.

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