UI – Part 134 – Why Hate?
The prior blog (Part 133) raised the question – Why scorn someone who would die for you? What purpose would that serve? You might be troubled by such a sacrifice. What would be achieved, though, by hating to the extent of extermination those that accepted the sacrifice? There is neither logic nor reason for such a result.
Reason – doubt and selfishness. Ask ‘Why’? Is it because your life would need to be different from the way you now lead it. Would you have to treat a female as a person, not as chattel, and provide equal say in a court of law? Is it due to guilt? If a person loved you so much and you felt incapable of returning love equally would you feel less than a person, and thus rebel? It is difficult to overcome the selfish nature of man; that was the purpose for the sacrifice.
If any one person, regardless of religion, faith, or lack thereof, cannot find in his heart the ability to see another as equally human, then we must all stop. Are people being forced, corralled by their culture, their family, and their peers to suppress their independence and to accept that which upon further study is considered wrong? We must stop and think. What is happening in this world?
Passages From the Quran
Admittedly by now you, as readers, see me as an Islamaphobe. I do not. I see me as a practical thinker. Why is a qiblah other than the Spiritual Center of man, his heart, a heart with an open mind, a rational objectivity towards all of mankind, the perfect and the flawed? Humans do not kill infidels; we must pray for their salvation, we are all God’s children. For any person of faith the plan would be to achieve peaceful change, not to eliminate or eradicate. Why are there passages in the Quran saying?
“Those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers, these it is whom is the curse of Allah and the angels and men, of all (of them)” (2:70). Disbelievers are those who hide the truth, are estranged from God and have lost any incentive to do good and noble deeds. For the Muslim these disbelievers, as non-Muslims, are to be subject then to others – to other men. They have taken justice out of God’s hands.
“And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out, and persecution is worse than slaughter.” (2:191) For the Islamists we are in a constant state of war, as they do not understand forgiveness.
“Divorce may be pronounced twice….” (2:229) Revocable Divorce – Men only.
“So if he divorces her (the third time), she shall not be lawful to him afterwards…” (2:230) Irrevocable Divorce – Men only.
“And fight them until there is no persecution, and religion is only for Allah.” (2:193)
“Your wives are a tilth for you, so go in to your tilth when you like.” (2.223) Tilth – as with land, to be cultivated – a possession.
“There is no compulsion in religion…. Whoever disbelieves the devil and believes in Allah, he indeed lays hold on the firmest handle which shall never break.” (2:256). Subsequently Abrogated. Note – this lack of compulsion is towards Muslims – only.
As to debts – financial dealings – “…call to witness among your men two witnesses; but if there are not two men, then one man and two women from among those who choose to be witnesses, so that if one of the two errs, the one may remind the other.” (2:282)
“Those who disbelieve, neither their wealth nor their children will avail them aught against Allah. And they will be fuel for the fire—-“(3:10)
“Fair-seeming to men is made the love of desires, of women and sons and hoarded treasures of gold and silver and well-bred horses and cattle and tilth. This is the provision of the life of the world. And Allah – with Him is the good goal (of life)” (3:14) There is no humility in this verse. Love money. Love your possessions – of which women are as ‘tilth.’ Only a man could write this for men – it does not serve the common good.
“…whoever disbelieves in the messages of Allah – Allah indeed is Quick in reckoning.” (3:19). Is this justification for heinous acts against those who do not believe in Allah?
“If you love Allah…Allah will love you and grant you protection from your sins.” (3:31) Allah does not love unconditionally as does God. Are sins being recognized here; the Muslim having an innate habit and cause for sinning?
Mary speaking to Allah, “My Lord, how can I have a son and man has not yet touched me? He (Allah) said: Even so; Allah creates what He pleases. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, Be, and it is.” (3:47) For me this goes to the concept of God the Father.
“And Allah is the best of planners (deceivers)” (3:54) God would never deceive. He would always be of Truth.
“Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was (an) upright (man), a Muslim; and he was not one of the polytheists.” (3:67)
“…Marry such women as seem good to you….(up to as many as) four….” (4:3)
Inheritance – “the male is the equal of the portion of two females….” (4:11)
“Men are the maintainers of women….The good women are obedient….to those you fear desertion, admonish them, leave them alone in their beds and chastise them….” (4:34) Beat them. Corporal punishment
“…be good to the neighbor of (your) kin and the alien neighbor…” (4:36) This does not suggest love of neighbor. Be good only to advance the cause of Islam.
“So let those fight in the way of Allah who sell this world’s life for the Hereafter. And whoever fights in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious. We shall grant him a mighty reward. (4:74) This could suggest suicide missions against infidels.
“…what reason have you not to fight in the way of Allah…” (4:75)
“Whatever GOOD befalls thee (O man), it is from Allah, and whatever MISFORTUNE befalls thee, it is from thyself.” (4:79)
“…whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell…” (4:93) A Muslim can pay blood money. Killing a non-believer – not so bad.
“And whoever commits a sin, commits it only against himself.” (4:111)
“Those who take disbelievers for friends, rather than believers. Do they seek for might from them? Might surely belongs wholly to Allah.” (4:139) Make no friends of non-Muslims – except to deceive.
“…when you hear Allah’s messages disbelieved in and mocked at, sit not with them until they enter into some other discourse, for then indeed you would be like them.” (4:140)
“O you who believe, take not the disbelievers for friends rather than the believers. Do you desire to give Allah a manifest proof against yourselves?” (4:144)
Christ did not die on the cross – (4:157) – denial of the man who tried to save all of mankind.
“…say not Three, Desist, it is better for you. Allah is only one God. Far be it from his glory to have a son.” (4:171)
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So smite above the necks and smite every finger-tip of them” (8:12)
“Allah is the Best of Deceivers.” (8:30)
“And fight them until there is no more persecution, and all religions are for Allah.”(8:39). Are you being persecuted when another gives their life in substitution for crimes you have committed against God?
“Surely the vilest of beasts in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve.” (8:55)
Sura 9. (one of the last Suras, thus all before abrogated if changed)
“…Allah is free from liability to the idolaters.” (9:3) Takiyya – Lying to a non-Muslim OK. Consider the Oath of office, or agreeing to honor the Constitution.
“Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.” (9:5)
“…protect the idolaters (who seek protection)…till he hears the word of Allah.” (9:6) and while they pay a tax – jizya.
“Fight those who believe not in Allah….” (9:29)
“…if you are in doubt as to my religion, (know that), …I serve Allah, Who causes you to die; and I am commanded to be of the believers.” (10:104) Don’t believe in Islam, the be forewarned.
“Whoso disbelieves in Allah after his belief – … who opens (his) breast for disbelief – on them is the wrath of Allah, and for them is a grievous chastisement.” (16:106) Death to the Apostate.
Sura 22 (a later –Medina period revelation)
“Surely Allah defends those who believe. Surely Allah loves not anyone who is unfaithful, ungrateful.” (22:38) Allah’s love is conditional. God’s love is Unconditional.
Sura 23 (revealed in Mecca)
“Allah has not taken Himself a son, nor is there with Him any (other) god – …” (23:91) Denial of Jesus as a son of God.
“…set thy face for religion, being upright, the nature made by Allah in which He has created men. There is no altering Allah’s creation. That is the right religion – but most people know not –“ (30:30) Islam as the natural religion of man, to which human nature bears testimony. Everyone, so Islam claims, is born a Muslim. After parents then choose Christian or Jew, etc. (fitrah – meaning: instinctive))
“And (that) those who dispute about Our messages may know. There is no refuge for them.” (42:35) A warning to anyone who doubts, criticizes, does not agree, or counters the Quran and what it says.
“We disbelieve in you and there has arisen enmity and hatred between us and you forever until you believe in Allah alone…” (60:4) Hatred personified.
“…his Lord, if he divorce you (to the women), will give him in your place wives better than you, submissive, faithful, obedient, penitent, adorers, fasters, widows, and virgins.” (66:5) What a man can expect after divorce.
These are among the verses that demonstrate the extremism possible and practiced by the Islamists. It is not a fair equation; it is not a legal system; it is not the foundation for a rule of law to be established for the good of everyone. It scorns the one who Saved calling him perfect and a prophet, but denying his divinity and then demanding hatred to all who believe and follow Him – Christ (Isa). I suggest to all readers they understand these verses as written. They have not been taken out of context.
Applying the Quran to Life
If you apply, as the Islamists do, the Quran, the diary and sayings of Muhammad, to a political and governmental system, then you have an Ideology. It diminishes the Religion to that of a system of control. It becomes a man-thing. To the extent there is a heart for God it is diminished by the requirements imposed by humans to obey, to obey God as man dictates. Islam has been hijacked by humans, or created by humans, to be a mechanism for autocrats and fundamentalists and used not as a pathway to peace, but as an imperialistic battle to enclose the world.
The second Caliph, Umar, was a master at war. He discovered his abilities to command an army and relished each opportunity to move into new territories. He did this when Muhammad was alive. He continued to conquer after Muhammad died. Doing so in the name of Allah was brilliant, as those captured would be led into believing Umar’s actions were for his Prophet Muhammad (then deceased) and Allah; man was simply the instrument used by God. To scorn the one who saved gave Umar’s exploits, and exploiters, reason to fight. Their cause more hatred that love for God. Their desire for material wealth and power was the truth hidden in their deception. And the Quran was only a memory at that time. It took the next Caliph, concerned by the loss of hundreds of ‘memorizers’ at the Battle of Yamama, to organize and record today’s Quran.
Denial of the One Who Saved
The One who Saved was Christ. Not everyone accepts this ultimate sacrifice – even though included. The Bible notes that because of ‘their wickedness” men will “suppress the truth.” (Romans 1:18-32). Christ’s divine nature is known, but to accept would disable the evil desires of man, thus “they became fools.” “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie” and did “what ought not to be done.” They are greedy, depraved and “are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.” “They invent ways of doing evil…senseless… heartless, ruthless” approving of others who act as they do. Companions in crime. They hate; they scorn.
Inherent in all of this is ‘denial.’ Jesus is seen by the Muslims as a Prophet (Isa), but human and not divine. Even though Allah can do or Be as he chooses, and granted Mary was a virgin with whom Allah blessed to have a child (Isa), her son had no earthly father nor was the son His son. (Whose son was he?) The concept of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), used to explain the Oneness of God, is miss-interpreted as polytheist in nature. The term ‘Trinity” was introduced separate from the Bible. Taking the Spirit out of the equation, allowing for Muhammad as the Counselor Jesus promised the Apostles would follow, Mary was substituted. The Trinity was denied by Islam in the Quran. The Trinity was presented as the Father, Son and Mary – an odd combination. Muhammad knew the story having traveled in the area of Israel when employed by his wife – Khadija. The Bible is important but only as background for the Quran and the changes made by Muhammad, revealed to him via the angel Gabriel, by Allah, and became the so claimed ‘corrected’ copy. And then corrections continued as earlier verses could be reduced in their importance by later verses. Was it Allah that could not decide? Yet God is unchangeable. If verses contradicted one another then the later verse was the truth, thus the practice of Abrogation.
The writing introduced by the Quran in effect is the recording of the denial of the Word of God and the Good News of the One who Saved. What is written is the subsequent desires of men; the deception is man’s miss-use of God to satisfy man’s wants.
Muhammad and his Companions have been most successful in making the ‘me’ of authority, having special privileges accorded, become the doctrine and Ideology of hundreds of millions, many followers out of fear more that out of love.
Have you now a different view or answer to – Why Hate? There is no rational reason as to ‘Why.’ The only logical conclusion one can draw relates to the inherent ‘me’ nature of humans. Overcoming ‘me’ is the obstacle the One who Saved made possible. Call Him the Humble Hurdler. Join His track team and achieve the ultimate Glory.
We pray each day for a world where God can lead his people to live in peace, a pluralistic society that seeks truth and understanding in a civil fashion, without a sword at the throats of those who doubt, disagree or become an apostate.
Grace and Peace