by A. Sayer
Most people would prefer to blindly assume that Islam is a valid "religion of peace and love", without really looking at what it (and the Quran) says. The remaining few would dare to actually read it for themselves. This is for the latter of the two.
The Quran is only about 450 pages long, yet terms like "retribution" appear an astounding 369 times. By the time you add in the many other calls for killing and violence, not a page goes by without at least one call for Muslim brutality or revenge or murder.
Even the Ahadith, which Muslims place on EQUAL authority with the Quran, has numerous calls for violence. In it, there are even a number of calls for violence IN their own Mosques! Yes, in several instances, if someone so much as passes in front of another Muslim during worship in a Mosque, a devout Muslim is expected to commit a bodily ASSAULT on that man!
So, for those who want to know, let's look at just some of the violent nature of Islam from the Quran.
The Quran: Violent From the Very Beginning
When you start to read the Quran, you can not make it past the 7th verse before Muhammad's seething hatred (of Jews, Christians and all who refuse to accept Islam) starts to show through. And, you can not make it past the 14th verse without hitting the first "retribution". By the time you get to the 17th verse [Sura 2:10], you have already been hit with the second "retribution". It quickly becomes apparent that the Quran is a book of vengeful intentions, and is biased against anyone who is not a Muslim.
The Quran is also a book of argument; a feeble attempt to refute other religions, particularly Christianity and Judaism. This starts to become evident by the 15th verse. By the 17th verse, the Quran is already calling all who choose not to become Muslim, "diseased", and says they are "lying":
[2:10] In their minds there is a disease. Consequently, GOD augments their disease. They have incurred a painful RETRIBUTION for their lying.
Remember, this is only 17 verses into the Quran - it gets much worse from there (the first "chapter" is only 7 verses long). By the time you get only 25 (total) verses into the Quran, it becomes very evident that it is a concentrated tirade against all other religions. By the time you get only 30 verses into the Quran, it is already describing "hell" and attempting to employ scare tactics to get people to become Muslim.
So, when I hear people assuming that Islam is a "peaceful and loving" religion, I know immediately that they have never made even the slightest effort to understand Islam by reading any of the Quran. Such is the "religious" nature of humanity; most don't even know the tenets of their own religion, much less those of other religions. It has been proven that the same even applies to Muslims themselves regarding their understanding of Islam; most don't know very much about Islam, the Quran or Muhammad. All they know is that it's a good excuse to show their truly violent nature.
Fighting in the "Cause of God"
"Cause of God" = used 44 times
[2:154] Do not say of those who are KILLED in the CAUSE OF GOD, "They are dead." They are alive at their Lord, but you do not perceive. *
"Striving"; "strive" for the "Cause of God": used 9 times
"Spend"; "spending" in the "Cause of God": used 10 times
"Strive w/money & life" in the "Cause of God": used 4 times
"killed" in the "Cause of God": used 4 times
"Fight" in the "Cause of God": used 10 times
"Mobilize" (for war) in the "Cause of God": used 6 times
"Strike" in the "Cause of God": used 1 time
"Mobilize" = used 26 times
[9:38-39] O you who believe, when you are told, "MOBILIZE in the cause of GOD," why do you become heavily attached to the ground? Have you chosen this worldly life in place of the Hereafter? The materials of this world, compared to the Hereafter, are nil. Unless you MOBILIZE, He will commit you to painful retribution and substitute other people in your place; you can never hurt Him in the least. GOD is Omnipotent.
The intent is clear - Muslim "Mobilization" is FOR war:
[9:83] If GOD returns you to a situation where they ask your permission to mobilize with you, you shall say, "You will never again mobilize with me, nor will you ever fight with me against any enemy. For you have chosen to be with the sedentary in the first place. Therefore, you must stay with the sedentary."
[8:60] You shall prepare for them all the power you can muster, and all the equipment * you can mobilize, that you may frighten the enemies of GOD, your enemies, as well as others who are not known to you; GOD knows them. Whatever you spend in the cause of GOD will be repaid to you generously, without the least injustice.
[4:71] O you who believe, you shall remain alert, and mobilize as individuals, or mobilize all together.
* For a Christian, the only "equipment" they need is true faith (in a real God) and the Scriptures, but for Muslims, this means real war equipment, real fighting and real dying. There is no way to get "killed in the cause of God", or "strive with your money and your life" unless this is absolutely literal. These do not speak of kindly religious "ideals" - they speak of very real violent intents.