Welcome back, friends! Yesterday I introduced a view of the Gaza conflict through the lens of Scripture, and promised to attempt to do the same through the lens of the Qur’an. I want to be careful how I approach this, as I am not a scholar of Islam. Nor is my intent to incite anger or disrespect between those who hold to the teachings of the Bible and those who hold to the teachings of the Qur’an. This is simply a layman’s attempt to bring understanding to a very difficult-to-understand situation.
The key point in yesterday’s post was that every person must have an anchor point from which to judge right and wrong, good and evil. What standard are we to use?
Then, I shared the following facts about the current conflict in Gaza:
- Terrorists are firing rockets at innocent Israeli citizens.
- In some cases, those rockets are being fired from civilian areas such as mosques, schools, and hospitals.
- Kidnapping and murder have been used (by both sides) as means of retaliation toward the other.
- Terrorist groups inside the Gaza Strip are being supported, financed, supplied, and controlled by government factions from Iran and Syria (among others).
Now, let’s view those facts through the lens of the Qur’an. Though I have not read every word of the Qur’an, I have conducted studies in search of certain issues such as the value of life and whether or not the Qur’an teaches peace. As to the value of life, I found only these references, and they are not convincingly attributing any value to life:
- Sura 2:243 – seems to imply that Allah brings some back to life, but in the context of fighting for Allah.
- Sura 2:258-259 (and many other places) – seems to indicate that Allah gives life and causes death, but doesn’t indicate value of life.
- Sura 5:45 – teaches “a life for a life, an eye for an eye…” implying that those who do not adhere to what Allah reveals is a wrongdoer to whom retribution is due.
- Of the 320 references to “life” in the Qu’ran, I was not able to find any that clearly indicate that Allah places high value on life. Nor are there references to humans being specially created (any differently than other creatures). That is in contrast to the Bible that teaches that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. (Psalm 139:14, Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 9:6)
The Qu’ran does seem to teach that killing is not only acceptable, but is commanded in some instances.
- Sura 2:188-194, Sura 4:89 – advocates killing those who oppose Allah.
- Sura 47:4 – when a Muslim meets one who does not believe in the principles of Allah, he is to strike his neck and slaughter him.
- Sura 9:29 – speaks of Allah’s wrath on those who disbelieve.
Apart from the Qur’an itself, do followers of Islam demonstrate value of life? A common tactic of Islamic militants is suicide bombing. It is said that to die for the cause of Allah is honorable. What kind of god would honor the death of his own followers, in an attempt to bring death to many others (often innocent people)?
In the conflict going on in Gaza, this radical theology leads Hamas to routinely position rocket launchers, ammunition caches, and terrorist headquarters in locations among civilian population such as mosques, schools and hospitals. Thus, proving their disregard for human life.
Only when Muslims admit that 9/11 and 7/7 were the work of Muslim terrorists can we move forward to the next juncture: which is recognising the hard truth that Islam does permit the use of violence. Muslims who deny this, preferring instead to mouth easy platitudes about how Islam is nothing but a religion of peace, make the job easier for the radicals who can point to passages in the Koran, set down in black and white, that instruct on the killing of unbelievers. (First published: The Sunday Times, July 14, 2007. Website now requires a subscription)
Through the lens of the Qur’an, Muslim radicals are simply doing what their holy book teaches! The standard for right and wrong, good and evil, is far different than the standard set by the Bible. So, again, I implore you to remember that the fight is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, powers, and world forces of darkness. There are spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places that are at work bringing about evil. (Ephesians 6:12) Here is an interesting way to think of it: those engaged in sin are held captive by it. They are prisoners of a spiritual war. The enemy of Jesus Christ our Lord is at work through Islam and peace will not reign until Jesus Himself returns to make all things right. As believers, we have the Blessed Hope! Please pray that those prisoners of spiritual war will find peace in the Blessed Hope before it is too late!
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