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If Rashid wants to influence the conduct of Christian-baiting Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, he will have to wrestle with some of the harsh Koranic passages by which they live, such as the following:
* “O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.” (5:51)
* “Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.” (9:29)
* “O ye who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (men) from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom.” (9:34)
* “O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).” (9:123)
There’s a lot more where these came from, of course.
Rashid means well. His goal is a reformed, humane Islam. The faith he outlines is the one he actually believes in. But newspapers like USA Today have no business publishing a piece like Rashid’s without asking that he make it clear that his interpretation of Islam is that of a minuscule minority of believers. The premise of Rashid’s piece is that the Muslims who are tormenting Christians are betraying the Koran – and he supports this argument by purveying a highly selective account of that book’s contents. This is no way to persuade any fierce jihadist to cease and desist – for the jihadists, quite simply, know better.
No, those anti-Christian and anti-Jewish passages, and all the other brutal precepts found in the Koran, need to be acknowledged and dealt with – because the people who are burning down churches and tormenting Christians have read their Koran, and they’re doing no more or less than what they think their God wants them to do.
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