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Monday, April 03, 2006

More on "Rahman Syndrome"

I've decided to call this compulsion for Muslims to persecute those who have converted away from Islam the Rahman syndrome. For one reason or another, these Muslims feel compelled to harass, imprison, torture, and kill, anyone who no longer believes Mohammad was a prophet. As Paul Marshall says: Rahman is just the tip of the iceberg. In the same way that Lou Gerheg became the poster child forALS, Abdul Rahman should be the poster child for Islamic persecution of converts.

Some other Muslim countries have laws similar to Afghanistan's. Apart from its other depredations, in the last ten years Saudi Arabia has executed people for the crimes of apostasy, heresy, and blasphemy. The death penalty for apostates is also in the legal code in Iran, Sudan, Mauritania, and the Comoros Islands.

In the 1990s, the Islamic Republic of Iran used death squads against converts, including major Protestant leaders, and the situation is worsening under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The regime is currently engaged in a systematic campaign to track down and reconvert or kill those who have changed their religion from Islam.

I'm not sure why (probably because Mohammed was just an illiterate, brutish hate-filled person), but this sort of thing IS supported in the Koran. Some would point out that the Bible has similar violent passages and Christians can be just as justified with their book to do harm on people as Muslims are with the Koran. I soundly reject this because the whole message of the New Testament is one of forgiveness and peace. Also, such statements betray the intellect of the ones making them. Lacking any understanding of what is actually going on, people can easily think that God is just a "kid with an ant farm." When reading the contexts of each item cited, though, we see these events as lessons to be learned. When comparing to what Jesus taught, he says the only ones eligible to enact violence on the unrighteous are the righteous. Since nobody is righteous (no, not one), the conclusion is that none of us has the authority to do these things, but God. I don't think you get the same thing with the Koran.

In fact, the Koran is pretty specific in spelling out that its adherents should kill and enact violence on some people. The Bible (as a whole) says "don't kill" while the Koran says "don't kill innocent people." The difference is slight, but has major implications. To a Muslim, a person who has any association with a country or group they personally consider "not innocent" is de facto not innocent themselves. This is where terrorists get their religious justification for violence. Really, it holds to the Koran better than what the "moderate" muslims (whom I consider apostates to their faith) believe.

One article I found regarding this is by a man named Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi.

Islam does not allow or sanctify the killing any innocent person regardless of his or her religion. According to the Qur'an and Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) life is sacrosanct.

We read in the Qur'an: ". . . Do not take life, which Allah has made sacred, except through justice and the law. He orders this so that you may acquire wisdom" (6:151) and, "Do not take life, which Allah has made sacred, except for a just cause. If anyone is killed unjustly, We allow his heir (to seek justice) but do not allow him to exceed bounds when it comes to taking life, for he is helped (by the law)" (17:33). According to the Qur'an, killing a person unjustly is the same as killing all of humanity, and saving a person is the same as saving all humanity. (See 5:32.)

His argument is "Islam doesn't advocate any violence." What is interesting is that the Koran actually does. It doesn't advocate violence against "innocent" people. There are obvious qualifiers about who can and cannot be killed. In Women 4:89, we see part of "the law" about which these cited verses are talking. To me, this is violence. My Muslim friend told me this verse regards people who are Muslims by day and Jews by night (for example)--people who really don't care about God anyway and do it more for social purposes. I still maintain violence in any form is not a staple of a loving and forgiving God though, and that Islam is still a violent religion.