Among the biggest controversies storming the media is “Islam & Terror.”
Of course this is a big issue that could never be dealt with in one short post, but I consider this post to be one in many to come. The main purpose of this quick post, is to shed some light on how Muslim extremists, as well as those whom I call “Islam oppressors,” take some Qur’anic verses as their ride, in order to justify their twisted understanding of Islam.
Often do we hear those who attack Islam, and say that it calls for terrorism, repeat the following verse in the following wording:
“The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.” [The Qur’an (8:59)]
Islam oppressors say that this verse is enough to accuse Islam of being the religion of terrorists. It orders its adherents to utilize whatever weaponry and arms to terrorize non-Muslims, and it accuses them of being infidels.
Now let’s read the previous verse in its complete context, and proper translation, in order to understand what it is actually saying. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“The worst creatures in the sight of Allah are those who reject Him and will not believe, those with whom you have made a peace covenant, and they break their covenant on every occasion and have no fear. Should you encounter them in war, then deal with them in such a manner that those who follow them should abandon their schemes and may take warning. And if you learn of treachery on the part of any people, throw their treaty back at them, so as to be on equal terms, for Allah does not love the treacherous. Let not the deniers [of Islam] think that they can evade destiny. They cannot frustrate [Allah’s purpose]. They have not the power to do so. Prepare the strength you can muster against them, and any cavalry with which you can overawe Allah’s enemy and your own enemy as well, and others besides them whom you do not know but are known to Allah. Anything you spend in the way of Allah will be repaid to you in full. You will not be wronged. Then if they inclined to make peace, make peace with them, and put your trust in Allah. Surely, it is He who is All-Hearing and All-Knowing. Should they seek to deceive you, Allah is enough for you: it was He who strengthened you with His help, and rallied the faithful around you, and bound their hearts together. Even if you had spent all that is on the earth, you could not have bound their hearts together, but Allah has bound them together. Surely, He is Mighty and Wise.” [The Qur’an (8:55-63)]
These verses as obvious are speaking about non-Muslim people with whom Muslims have a peace covenant but they break it. The verses describe them as treacherous. They make their schemes trying to abolish Islam, and destroy the Muslim community, betraying their peace covenant. The verses do not order Muslims to wage war against those traitors, but they say that if Muslims encounter them in war, then they should deal with them in such a way that would frighten others who follow those traitors and support their schemes. The verses order Muslims to prepare themselves, and muster as much power as they can, so as to be ready to defend themselves against the attacks of those traitors. They should muster this power to overawe their enemies, hinder them from betrayal, and dishearten them from attacking the Muslim communities. In other words, the verses are saying:
“If you wish for peace, then prepare for war.”
Amazingly, Islam oppressors neglect all of the preceding verses and trim out only verse (8:59) from between the context. But the worst forgery of all, is when they neglect the two verses following the one they quote. The next two verses stipulate that if the above plan succeeds in forcing those treacherous enemies to incline towards peace again, then Muslims should accept it from them and put their trust in Allah to protect them against any further treason. In my opinion, any person who has the least sense of justice should be able to realize how keen the verses are on the lives of those traitors, may they realize that they were wrong, and change their way.
The Qur’anic context is clear, it doesn’t need elaborated explanation. Please read it again, and decide for yourself whether this is a religion of terrorism, or of justice.
Written by: Ehab Shawky
In Response to: Controversy