Refuting the argument that Islam promotes aggression against Non-MuslimsSubmitted by Proud Libertari... on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 22:32
Edit: I changed the title because apparently it made it sound like I believe Islam is violent, which is the exact opposite of what I was trying to say. I'm refuting the link which says that. I already did it on twitter and I think I did it in an argument with The Granger already. I'm not trying to promote Islam but rather dispel the myths that it is violent. I believe that almost all religions promote peace, harmony, and tolerance with others and that it is important to learn from the values of each faith. Michael did say to bring ones interests here and here is mine.
Hey everyone, I feel like I needed to make this based on some of the comments I've seen from Rand Paul's speech. (BTW, I'm with Rand now on what he said in his speech, based on what I've read) But I just wanted to refute the common assertions that the Quran or Islam in general is violent by explaining the verses. Here goes nothing at explaining the many violent passages in the Quran. If you downvote this, please explain why for me though. This link is where I get the violent verse contention from, and I'll proceed with refuting the contentions about the hadith in a separate post. http://t.co/RP0Q3WrtFw
Conveniently, the website ignores verse 2:190 and uses ellipses when discussing verses 2:191-193. Why? See for yourself: http://quran.com/2/188-194 The author claims the historical context does not justify the verses as meant in self-defense, claiming that Muslims lived under a tolerant, friendly government in Mecca under the Quraysh. Oddly enough, the man seems to leave out the fact that the Quraysh banned anyone from trading with the Muslims, openly tortured many Muslims such as Abu Bakr as-Siddiq and Bilal ibn Rabah al Hilashi, and that tow years before the flight to Medina, 100 other Muslims left to Abyssinia while the Prophet stayed. After the Prophet's uncle, a polytheist like the Quraysh, died, the Quraysh was free to attack the remaining Muslims, as he was the leader of the tribe, and to attack tribes like that would cause strife and warfare. But now, Muhammad was the only one left and many members of different tribes had joined the Muslims, nullifying that traditional agreement. So as a result, the Muslims had to flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs to Medina, while their property was stolen and sold to the Byzantines and Persians. Once this was found out by the Muslims, they raided the caravans and got back their property, angering the leader of the Quraysh, Abu Sufyan, and starting the Battle of Badr, which was open war, and that's what these verses refer to.
For verse 2:244, see the famous Tafsir ibn Kathir, a classical 14th century commentary on each Quranic verse: