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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Koran Studies 2

So continuing my exploration into the peaceful nature of Islam, I found this part of the Koran that speaks of how you are to treat disbelievers with whom you have a contract. We will look at "The Immunity" 9:1-5.

[9.1] (This is a declaration of) immunity by Allah and His Apostle towards those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement.
[9.2] So go about in the land for four months and know that you cannot weaken Allah and that Allah will bring disgrace to the unbelievers.
[9.3] And an announcement from Allah and His Apostle to the people on the day of the greater pilgrimage that Allah and His Apostle are free from liability to the idolaters; therefore if you repent, it will be better for you, and if you turn back, then know that you will not weaken Allah; and announce painful punishment to those who disbelieve.
[9.4] Except those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement, then they have not failed you in anything and have not backed up any one against you, so fulfill their agreement to the end of their term; surely Allah loves those who are careful (of their duty).
[9.5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

So, if you have a deal with a Muslim, and you're an idolater, watch your neck. Of course, that begs the question: what is an idolater in the eyes of a Muslim? Well since there really is no standard among Muslims as to how one should hold to the law in order to maintain a saved soul, it can vary widely.

In Christianity of course, all that is required is a genuine acceptance of Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins. Some say this is bad because it leaves the Christian open to do whatever they want. I won't go into that, just look up Romans 6 for the answer.

Also, I was watching an episode of Stargate SG-1 tonight and Ti'lk made a great point speaking about following false Gods. Basically he asked why should we believe in a benevolent god when that god betrays that very benevolence by destroying all those who refuse to believe in him? He made a great point. Muslims believe that Allah is the most beneficient, the most merciful, and yet ordains war, dismemberment, and execution of those who refuse to believe in him.