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On the Koran and Islamic Belief and Outlook

   To understand any people we do well to first look to their

   religion. It is in their religion that we find the clues to

   their mentality and outlook. Our religion shapes and forms us

   and defines a great deal about us.

   What is Islam all about? What does the word Islam bring to

   mind? We know about its beautiful architecture, that it was

   started by Mohammed, and that its holy book is the Koran. What

   else do we know about it? What is the religion all about?

   What are its teachings? What values, outlooks and attitudes

   characterize it? Since the terrorist attack of 9-11 our

   leaders, in line with our national ideal of tolerance of other

   religions, have repeatedly called it a peaceful religion. Is

   it, in fact? President Bush, in a speech, referred to the

   Koran as the Holy Koran, as if to say he accepted its spiritual

   authority and placed it on a level with the Bible. How does it

   compare in its outlook with that of the Bible? Our leaders

   have tried very hard to present a friendly attitude toward

   Islam, to show a tolerance and acceptance of it. But do they

   really know what Islam really is? What is the Koran all about?

   What attitudes, values and spirit characterize it? How does it

   compare in its outlooks, values and spirit with our New


   The answer is that the Koran is mostly one long, harsh,

   belligerent diatribe against infidels. According to the Koran

   that person who does not accept God's supposed revelations to

   Mohammed (i.e. the "unbeliever") will be damned by God to

   endless suffering in a fiery hell. It is a constantly

   recurring theme appearing on nearly every page. And God does

   not only punish the "unbeliever" but he takes great delight in

   watching him writhe in anguish. The God of the Koran is a God

   of vengeance and spite. The Koran is a book filled with venom

   --- venom against all non-Muslims but especially against Jews

   and Christians.

   The words of the Koran are supposedly the words of God himself

   spoken through the Angel Gabriel. The Koran is repetitious in

   the extreme, very boring, and very deficient in anything

   profound. It is not what one would expect of a religious book.

   God's malice toward the unbeliever, i.e. the non-Muslim,

   pervades from cover to cover. The attitude projected is that

   the infidels (meaning Christians, Jews, all non-Muslims) are

   detested by God; that they are evil; that they are excrement,

   scum, the filth of the earth. According to the Koran all non-

   Muslims are rejected of God, damned by God, evil, worthless,

   fit only to be destroyed. The Koran abounds in explicit

   references to Christians and Jews. All are condemnatory. The

   spirit that the Koran projects is one of belligerence, anger

   and hatred towards the non-Muslim. The Koran repeatedly

   commands the Muslim to make no friends with the non-Muslim. Do

   we find an emphasis on such things as kindness, love your

   neighbor, peaceableness, forgiveness, judge not, etc. in its

   pages (such as what we find in the teachings of Christ and

   Christianity)? No. Not at all. Nowhere. The Muslim attitude

   is "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." The Koranic

   concept of right action is to mercilessly and cruelly slaughter

   the infidel --- to eliminate them. That is right and meritful

   action in the eyes of the Koran. As one reads the Koran one

   cannot help but notice all the harshness, meanness and cruelty

   that is found on almost every page. It is a book of harshness,

   meanness and cruelty.

   Islam is a very ritualistic, form-oriented religion of certain

   duties: ritualistic prayers that must be said five times a day

   at specified times in very carefully specified ways,

   almsgiving, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca, engaging in holy war

   against the infidel (killing infidels). Women are required to

   wear burgas, kept subserviant to men, kept segregated and under

   the watchful eye of religious police. Whereas Jesus emphasized

   the importance of the heart, a right spirit, right conduct, and

   good treatment of others Islam emphasizes ritual and form.

   Whereas Jesus taught the importance of personal repentance and

   renunciation of sin the Islamic way is that of enforcing moral

   rules through intimidation, threat and force.

   Islamic outlook is to Christianity as night is to day. They

   are polar opposites. The Koran is a totally different kind of

   book from the Christian New Testament. In spirit, tone,

   outlook and value it is the antithesis of the New Testament.

   One finds none of the New Testament spirit in it. It lacks the

   emphasis on the importance of treating other people fairly and

   well. In fact, its teachings are very harsh, unfair and

   abusive in regard to the treatment of others, especially the

   treatment of women and non-Muslims. Its teachings are

   dramatically different from those taught by Jesus, with his

   emphasis on love of neighbor, peaceableness, forgiveness,

   humiility, self-denial and service to others. And because its

   teachings are so different from Christianity it engenders a

   totally different kind of religion. When we read the Koran we

   can clearly see where Bin Laden and all the Muslim

   fundamentalists with their terrible hatred of Jews and

   Christians are coming from. And one can understand why there

   was so much dancing in the streets in the Muslim world over the

   incident of 9-11. The Koran, their holy book, is the source,

   the wellspring, of all this hatred. In their youth they are

   steeped in it and memorize it from cover to cover. And this

   hatred for the West in which they are steeped by their religion

   and culture is no doubt enhanced considerably by their jealousy

   and envy of the power, wealth, intellectual achievements, and

   general success of those they have been taught to hate so

   deeply. You must read the Koran to understand Muslim attitudes

   such as "whatever you do to non-Muslims is OK - steal from

   them, cheat them, lie to them, hurt them - it is all just and

   approved by God because they are evil, detestable, the filth of

   the earth." To the Muslim the Western World is satanic and its

   power, wealth and achievements are blessings given by Satan.

   Given the strong hostility of the Koran towards Christian and

   Jew it is difficult to believe that any religious, Koran-

   believing, Koran-loving Muslim could be anything but an enemy

   of America and the Western World. Add to this the moral

   degeneracy and godlessness of the Western World and you have a

   very potent mixture. This degeneracy only validates in the

   Muslim mind the outlooks and attitudes of the Koran in regard

   to Christians and Jews and confirms their satanic nature. Now

   add another ingredient to the brew: the stance of at least some

   Muslim clerics that mass murder of infidels is morally

   justified, and indeed is a righteous act of great merit, and

   that a person who sacrifices his own life in the act of killing

   infidels will be rewarded by God with the highest heaven -- a

   heaven consisting of gardens populated with lush, beautiful,

   delicious virgins just waiting there just for their delight and

   pleasure and all the sexual connotations suggested by that.

   With a soup of this mixture it is easy to understand all the

   violent, shocking acts of terrorism and mass murder in regions

   everywhere in this world where the Muslim world interfaces with

   the non-Muslim world --- where you see Muslims rubbing shoulder

   to shoulder with Jews, Christians, Hindus or some other

   religion. And you wonder about the prudence of the West in

   welcoming into their midst people of this particular outlook.

   You also wonder how societies holding the ideal of freedom of

   religion can accommodate people with such outlooks.

   In reading the Koran one has to ponder how a book so devoid of

   depth and profundity could have given rise to a world religion.

   The answer is, I suppose, "by the sword". Today in many, if

   not all, Islamic countries it is a grave crime punishable by

   death for a Muslim to convert to another religion. And it is

   also a grave crime, punishable by death, to proselytize or

   attempt to convert any Muslim to another faith. Muslim

   countries do not believe in allowing any competition in the

   realm of religion. They allow no religious voices but their

   own. They don't believe in giving their populations any choice

   in matters of religion.


   The following scripture is presented as being more or less

   representative of the beliefs, outlook, attitudes and values of

   the Koran. As you read the passages bear in mind that by the

   word "unbeliever" is meant the Jew, Christian and anyone who is

   not Muslim, anyone who does not accept the teachings and

   "revelation" of Mohammed. The words of the Koran are

   supposedly the words of God. God is the speaker. It is the

   message of God to mankind. For more information on Mohammed,

   the Koran, and Islam I recommend the following books:

   1. "The Life and Religion of Mohammed the Prophet of Arabia"

   by Rev. J.L. Menezes.

   2. "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the

   Crusades)" by Robert Spencer.

   I also highly recommend the following (you will need to do Google searches):

  Islam Watch

  Jeff Scamkiller. Hidden Camera in Mosques           YouTube

  Thousands of Afghan Women Jailed for ‘Moral Crimes’    YouTube

  Afghanistan: No Country for Women - 101 East                  YouTube

  Saudi Arabia Uncovered 2016 documentary                  YouTube


   3:19 The only true faith in Allah's sight is Islam. He that

   denies Allah's revelations should know that he is swift in

   reckoning. To those who have received the Scriptures and to the

   Gentiles say: "Will you surrender yourselves to Allah?" If

   they become Muslims they shall be rightly guided; if they give

   no heed, then your only duty is to warn them. {28} Let

   believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the

   faithful - he that does this has nothing to hope for from Allah

   - except self-defense. {32} Say: "If you love Allah follow me.

   Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is

   forgiving and merciful." Say: "Obey Allah and the Apostle." If

   they give no heed, then, truly, Allah does not love the

   unbelievers. {53} When Jesus observed that they had no faith,

   he said: "Who will help me in the cause of Allah?" The

   disciples replied: "We are helpers of Allah. We believe in Him.

   Bear witness that we have surrendered ourselves to him. Lord,

   we believe in Your revelations and follow your apostle. Count

   us among Your witnesses." They plotted, and Allah plotted.

   Allah is the supreme Plotter. He said: "Jesus, I am about to

   cause you to die and lift you up to Me. I shall take you away

   from the unbelievers and exalt your followers above them till

   the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me shall you all return and I

   shall judge your disputes. The unbelievers shall be sternly

   punished in this world and in the world to come: there shall be

   none to help them. As for those that have faith and do good

   works, they shall be given their reward in full. Allah does not

   love the evil-doer." This revelation, and this wise

   admonition, We recite to you. Jesus is like Adam in the sight

   of Allah. He created him of dust and then said to him: "Be",

   and he was. This is the truth from your Lord: therefore do not

   doubt it. To those who dispute with you concerning Jesus after

   the knowledge you have received, say: "Come, let us gather our

   sons and your sons, our wives and your wives, our people and

   your people. We will pray together and call down the curse of

   Allah on every liar." This is the whole truth. There is no god

   but Allah. It is Allah who is the Mighty, the Wise One! If they

   give no heed to you, Allah knows the evil-doers. {85} He that

   chooses a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted

   from him and in the world to come he shall be one of the lost.

   How will Allah guide those who lapse into unbelief after

   embracing the faith and acknowledging the apostle as true, and

   after receiving veritable proofs? Allah does not guide the

   evil-doers. Their reward shall be the curse of Allah, the

   angels, and all men; under it they shall abide forever. {118}

   Believers, do not make friends with any men other than your own

   people. They will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire

   nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they

   say, but more violent is the hatred which their breasts


   22:58 Those that have embraced the true faith and done good

   works shall enter the gardens of delight, but the unbelievers

   who have denied Our revelations shall receive an ignominious

   punishment. {60} He that repays an injury in kind and then is

   wronged again shall be helped by Allah. {77} Fight for the

   cause of Allah with the devotion due to Him.

   68:44 Therefore leave to Me those that deny this revelation. We

   will lead them step by step to their ruin, in ways beyond their

   knowledge. I shall bear long with them: My stratagem is sure.

   77:35 Woe on that day to the disbelievers! Such is the Day of

   Judgement. We will assemble you all, together with past

   generations. If then you are cunning, try your spite against


   78:14 Fixed is the Day of Judgement. On that day the Trumpet

   shall be sounded and you shall come in multitudes. The gates

   of heaven shall swing open and the mountains shall pass away

   and become vapour. Hell will lie in ambush, a home for the

   transgressors. There they shall abide long ages; there they

   shall taste neither refreshment nor any drink, save boiling

   water and decaying filth: a fitting recompense. They

   disbelieved in Our reckoning and roundly denied Our

   revelations. But We counted all their doings and wrote them

   down. We shall say: "Taste this: you shall have nothing but

   mounting torment!" As for the righteous, they shall surely

   triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards, and high-

   bosomed maidens for companions: a truly overflowing cup.

   98:5 The unbelievers among the People of the Book (i.e.

   Christians and Jews) and the pagans shall burn for ever in the

   fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. But of

   all creatures those that embrace the Faith and do good works

   are the noblest. God will reward them with the gardens of

   Eden, gardens watered by running streams, where they shall

   dwell for ever.

   70:8 On that day the heavens shall become like molten brass,

   and the mountains like tufts of wool scattered in the wind.

   Friends shall meet, but shall not speak to one another. To

   redeem himself from the torment of that day the sinner will

   gladly sacrifice his children, his wife, his brother, the

   kinsfolk who gave him shelter, and all the people of the earth,

   if then this might deliver him. But the fire of Hell shall drag

   him down by the scalp, shall claim him who has turned his back

   on the true faith and amassed riches and covetously hoarded


   73:12 Bear patiently with what they say and leave their company

   without recrimination. Leave to Me those that deny the truth,

   those that enjoy the comforts of this life; bear with them yet

   a little while. We have in store for them heavy fetters and a

   blazing fire, choking food and a harrowing torment. This shall

   be their lot on the day when the earth shakes with all its

   mountains, and the mountains crumble into heaps of shifting


   74:4 The day when the Trumpet sounds shall be a day of woe and

   anguish for the unbelievers. Leave to Me the man whom I created

   and endowed with vast riches and thriving children. I have made

   his progress smooth and easy: yet he hopes for more. But

   because he has stubbornly denied Our revelations, I will lay on

   him a mounting torment.

   19:35 Such was Jesus, the son of Mary. That is the whole

   truth, which they are unwilling to accept. Allah forbid that

   He Himself should beget a son! When He decrees a thing He need

   only say : "Be", and it is. Allah is my Lord and your Lord:

   therefore serve him. That is the right path. Yet the Sects are

   divided concerning Jesus. But when the fateful day arrives, woe

   to the unbelievers! Their sight and hearing shall be sharpened

   on the day when they appear before Us. Truly, the unbelievers

   are in the grossest error. {88} Those who say: "The Lord of

   Mercy has begotten a son" preach a monstrous falsehood, at

   which the very heavens might crack, the earth break asunder,

   and the mountains crumble to dust. That they should ascribe a

   son to the Merciful, when it does not become Him to beget one!

   5:17 Unbelievers are those who declare: "Allah is the Messiah,

   the son of Mary." {33} Those that make war against Allah and

   His apostle and spread disorders in the land shall be put to

   death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on

   alternate sides, or be banished from the country. They shall

   be held to shame in this world and sternly punished in the

   next; except those who repent before you reduce them. For you

   must know that Allah is forgiving and merciful. Believers,

   have fear of Allah and seek the right path to Him. Fight

   valiantly for His cause, so that you may triumph. As for the

   unbelievers, if they offered all that the earth contains and as

   much besides to redeem themselves from the torment of the Day

   of Resurrection, it shall not be accepted from them. Theirs

   shall be a woeful punishment. They will strive to get out of

   the Fire, but they shall not; theirs shall be a lasting

   judgment. As for the man or woman who is guilty of theft, cut

   off their hands to punish them for their crimes. That is the

   punishment enjoined by Allah. He is mighty and wise. {51}

   Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.

   They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their

   friendship shall become one of their number. Allah does not

   guide the wrongdoers. {56} Your only friends are Allah, His

   apostle, and the faithful: those who attend to their prayers,

   pay their alms-tax, and kneel down in worship. Those who seek

   the friendship of Allah, His apostle, and the faithful must

   know that Allah's followers are sure to triumph. {17}

   Believers, do not seek the friendship of the infidels and those

   who were given the Book before you, who have made of your

   religion a jest and a pastime. {66} If the People of the Book

   (i.e. Christians and Jews) accept the true faith and keep from

   evil, We will pardon them their sins and admit them to the

   gardens of delight. {71} Unbelievers are those that say:

   "Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary." Unbelievers are those

   that say: "Allah is one of three." There is one God. If they

   do not desist from so saying, those that disbelieve shall be

   sternly punished. The Messiah, the son of Mary, was no more

   than an apostle: other apostles passed away before him. His

   mother was a saintly woman. They both ate earthly food. {82}

   You will find the most implacable of men in their enmity to the

   faithful are the Jews and the pagans, and that the nearest in

   affection to them are those who say : "We are Christians."

   {116} Then Allah will say: 'Jesus, son of Mary, did you ever

   say to mankind: "Worship me and my mother as gods beside

   Allah?"' "Glory to You," he will answer, 'how could I say that

   to which I have no right? If I had ever said so, You would have

   surely known it. You know what is in my mind but I cannot tell

   what is in Yours. You alone know what is hidden. I spoke to

   them of nothing except what You bade me. I said: "Serve Allah,

   my Lord and your Lord."

   109:1 Say: "Unbelievers, I do not serve what you worship, nor

   do you serve what I worship. I shall never serve what you

   worship, nor will you ever serve what I worship. You have your

   religion and I have mine".

   6:100 Yet they regard the jinn as Allah's equals, though He

   Himself created them, and in their ignorance ascribe to Him

   sons and daughters. Glory to Him! Exalted be He above their

   imputations! He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

   How should he have a son when He had no consort? {125] If

   Allah wills to guide a man, He opens his bosom to Islam. But if

   He pleases to mislead him, He makes his bosom small and narrow

   as though he were climbing to heaven. Thus Allah lays His

   scourge on the unbelievers.

   4:20 If you wish to divorce a woman in order to marry another,

   do not take from her the dowry you have given her even if it be

   a talent of gold. {24} You are forbidden to take in marriage

   married women, except captives whom you own as slaves {34} Men

   have authority over women because Allah has made the one

   superior to the others, and because they spend their wealth to

   maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen

   parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom

   you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds

   apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further

   action against them. Allah is high, supreme. {55} Those that

   deny our revelations We will burn in Hellfire. No sooner will

   their skins be consumed than We shall give them other skins, so

   that they may truly taste Our scourge. Allah is mighty and

   wise. As for those that have faith and do good works, We shall

   admit them to gardens watered by running streams, where, wedded

   to chaste virgins, they shall abide for ever. We shall admit

   them to a cool shade. {74} Let those who would exchange the

   life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of

   Allah; whether they die or conquer, We will richly reward them.

   And how should you not fight for the cause of Allah, and for

   the helpless old men, women, and children who say: "Deliver us,

   Lord, from this city of wrongdoers; send forth to us a guardian

   from Your presence; send to us one that will help us"? The true

   believers fight for the cause of Allah, but the infidels fight

   for idols. Fight then against the friends of Satan. Satan's

   cunning is weak indeed. Mark those to whom it has been said:

   "Lay down your arms; recite your prayers and pay the alms-tax."

   When they were ordered to fight, some of them feared man as

   much as Allah or even more. "Lord," they said, "Why do You bid

   us fight? Could you not give us a brief respite?" Say:

   "Trifling are the pleasures of this life. The hereafter is

   better for those who would keep from evil. You shall not be

   wronged the husk of a date-stone. Wherever you be, death will

   overtake you: though you put yourself in lofty towers." {79}

   We have sent you forth as an apostle to mankind. Allah is your

   all-sufficient witness. He that obeys the Apostle obeys Allah

   Himself. As for those that pay no heed to you, know then that

   We have not sent you to be their keeper. They promise to obey

   you: but as soon as they leave you a number of them plot in

   secret to do otherwise than what you bade them. Allah takes not

   of all their plots. {84} Therefore fight for the cause of

   Allah. You are accountable for none but yourself. Rouse the

   faithful; perchance Allah will defeat the unbelievers. He is

   mightier and more truculent than they. {88} Why are you thus

   divided concerning the hypocrites, when Allah Himself has cast

   them off on account of their misdeeds? Would you guide those

   whom Allah has caused to err? He whom Allah has led astray

   cannot be guided. They would have you disbelieve as they

   themselves have done, so that you may be all alike. Do not

   befriend them until they have fled their homes for the cause of

   Allah. If they desert you, seize them and put them to death

   wherever you find them. {95} The believers who stay at home -

   apart from those that suffer a grave impediment - are not equal

   to those who fight for the cause of Allah with their goods and

   their persons. Allah has given those that fight with their

   goods and their persons a higher rank than those who stay at

   home. He has promised all a good reward; but far richer is the

   recompense of those who fight for Him: rank of His own

   bestowal, forgiveness, and mercy. {99} He that leaves his

   dwelling to fight for Allah and His apostle and is then

   overtaken by death, shall be rewarded by Allah. {104} Seek out

   your enemies relentlessly. If you have suffered, they too have

   suffered: but you at least hope to receive from Allah what they

   cannot hope for. {139} Allah has instructed you in the Book

   that when you hear His revelations being denied or ridiculed

   you must not sit and listen to them unless they engage in other

   talk, or else you shall become like them. Allah will surely

   gather in Hell the hypocrites and the unbelievers. {145}

   Believers, do not choose the infidels rather than the faithful

   for your friends. Would you give Allah a clear proof against

   yourselves? The hypocrites shall be cast into the lowest

   depths of Hell: there shall be none to help them. {155} They

   denied the truth and uttered a monstrous falsehood against

   Mary. They declared: "We have put to death the Messiah Jesus

   the son of Mary, the apostle of Allah." They did not kill him,

   nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did for he was

   made to resemble another for them. Those that disagreed about

   him were in doubt concerning his death, for what they knew

   about it was sheer conjecture; they were not sure that they had

   slain him. Allah lifted him up in His presence. He is mighty

   and wise. {171} The Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, was no

   more than Allah's apostle and His Word which he cast to Mary: a

   spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His apostles and do

   not say: "Three." Forbear and it shall be better for you.

   Allah is but one God. Allah forbid that He should have a son!

   8:12 Allah revealed His will to the angels, saying: "I shall be

   with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror

   into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, maim

   them in every limb! Thus We punished them because they defied

   Allah and His apostle. He that defies Allah and His apostle

   shall be sternly punished. We said to them: "Feel our scourge.

   Hellfire awaits the unbelievers." Believers, when you

   encounter the armies of the infidels do not turn your backs to

   them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them,

   except it be for tactical reasons, or to join another band, he

   shall incur the wrath of Allah and Hell shall be his home: an

   evil fate. It was not you, but Allah, who slew them. It was not

   you who smote them: Allah smote them so He might richly reward

   the faithful. He hears all and knows all. He will surely thwart

   the designs of the unbelievers. {38} Tell the unbelievers that

   if they mend their ways their past shall be forgiven; but if

   they persist in sin, let them reflect upon the fate of their

   forefathers. Make war on them until idolatry is no more and

   Allah's religion reigns supreme. {51} If you could see the

   angels when they carry off the souls of the unbelievers! They

   shall strike them on their faces and their backs, saying: "Feel

   the torment of Hell-fire! This is your punishment for what your

   hands committed." Allah is not unjust to His servants. {60}

   Let the unbelievers not think that they will escape Us. They

   have not the power to do so. Muster against them all the men

   and cavalry at your disposal, so that you may strike terror

   into the enemies of Allah and the faithful, and others besides

   them. All that you give for the cause of Allah shall be repaid

   you. You shall not be wronged. {65} Prophet, rouse the

   faithful to arms. If there are twenty steadfast men among you,

   they shall vanquish two hundred; and if there are a hundred,

   they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of

   understanding. {67} A prophet may not take captives until he

   has fought and triumphed in his land.

   9:4 Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers, except

   those idolaters who have honoured their treaties with you and

   aided none against you. With these keep faith until their

   treaties have run their term. Allah loves the righteous. When

   the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find

   them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere

   for them. If they repent and take to prayer and pay the alms-

   tax, let them go their way. Allah is forgiving and merciful.

   {23} Believers, do not befriend your fathers or your brothers

   if they choose unbelief in preference to faith. Wrongdoers are

   those who befriend them. {29} Fight against such of those to

   whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in Allah nor

   the Last Day, who do not forbid what Allah and His apostle have

   forbidden, and do not embrace the true faith, until they pay

   tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. {30} The Jews say

   Ezra is the son of Allah, while the Christians say the Messiah

   is the son of Allah. Such are their assertions, by which they

   imitate the infidels of old. Allah confound them! How perverse

   they are! They worship their rabbis and their monks, and the

   Messiah the son of Mary, as gods besides Allah; though they

   were ordered to serve one God only. There is no god but Him.

   Exalted be He above those whom they deify beside Him. {33} It

   is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true

   faith to make it triumphant over all religions, however much

   the idolaters may dislike it. {34} Believers, many are the

   rabbis and the monks who defraud men of their possessions and

   debar them from the path of Allah. Proclaim a woeful punishment

   to those that hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in

   Allah's cause. The day will surely come when their treasures

   shall be heated in the fire of Hell, and their foreheads,

   sides, and backs branded with them. Their tormentors will say

   to them: "These are the riches which you hoarded. Taste then

   the punishment which is your due." {38} Believers, why is it

   that when it is said to you: "March in the cause of Allah," you

   linger slothfully in the land? Are you content with this life

   in preference to the life to come? Few indeed are the blessings

   of this life, compared to those of the life to come. If you do

   not fight He will punish you sternly and replace you by other

   men. {68} Allah has promised the hypocrites, both men and

   women, and the unbelievers, the fire of Hell. They shall abide

   in it forever: a sufficient recompense. The curse of Allah is

   upon them; theirs shall be a lasting torment. {123} Believers,

   make war on the infidels who dwell around you.

   2:135 They say: "Accept the Jewish or the Christian faith and

   you shall be rightly guided." Say: "By no means! We believe in

   the faith of Abraham, the upright one. He was no idolater."

   {197} Make the pilgrimage in the appointed months. He that

   intends to perform it in those months must abstain from sexual

   intercourse, obscene language, and acrimonious disputes while

   on pilgrimage. {216} Fighting is obligatory for you, much as

   you dislike it. But you may hate a thing although it is good

   for you, and love a thing although it is bad for you. {233}

   Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields as you

   please. {227} Those that renounce their wives on oath must

   wait four months. {228} Divorced women must wait, keeping

   themselves from men, three menstrual courses. {229} Divorce

   may be pronounced twice, and then a woman must be retained in

   honor or allowed to go with kindness. {231} When you have

   renounced your wives and they have reached the end of their

   waiting period, either retain them in honor or let them go with

   kindness. But you must not retain them in order to harm them or

   to wrong them.

   Mar 2002

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