Jihad and the Koran
Robert Spencer asks, “[I]s the Qur'an the Mein Kampf of the totalitarian, supremacist movement that is the global Islamic jihad?” Some Muslims, who take the Koran literally, site the Koran as their motivation for waging jihad. Is this Islam? Is it a valid form of Islam? Or are they mistaken? Let’s see what Spencer says:
“Last week in New York Oriana Fallaci said … ‘...the Qur’an is the Mein Kampf of this movement. The Qur’an demands the annihilation or subjugation of the other, and wants to substitute totalitarianism for democracy.’ … Fallaci said that there was no moderate Islam; she did not say that there were no moderate Muslims. This is a crucial distinction. As Ibn Warraq has said, ‘There may be moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate.’ In other words, there are manifestly peaceful people who have no intention of working by violent or subversive means to impose Sharia on the West, and who identify themselves as Muslims.”
Spencer reviews the text of the Koran to remind readers of its jihadist passages. He notes:
“One may attempt to spiritualize such verses, but there is no doubt from the historical record that Muhammad meant them literally. They are also backed up by numerous passages of Islamic tradition and law. Nonetheless, the fact that warfare against unbelievers is not a twisting of Islam, but the Islamic mainstream, and is repeatedly affirmed in the Qur’an, Hadith, example of Muhammad, and rulings of every school of Islamic jurisprudence, still does not make every Muslim a terrorist.”
He reminds us that the Koran is written in Classical Arabic and is rarely understood by Muslims. Knowledge of Islam, therefore, varies through out the Islamic world. Muslims, as well as non-Muslims, need to face the facts about what the Koran says and how it motivates jihadists.
“[I]s the Qur'an the Mein Kampf of the totalitarian, supremacist movement that is the global Islamic jihad? If we take seriously the words of the book itself and how they are used by jihadists, then it clearly is their inspiration and justification. Are we to ignore the jihadists' clear statements on this because they offend contemporary sensibilities? The challenge for genuinely peaceful Muslims today is to confront this fact, rather then deny it... and try to formulate strategies for a large-scale rejection of literalism in the Islamic community in America and worldwide, so that Muslims can coexist peacefully as equals with non-Muslims without the continuing recrudescence of this supremacist impulse.”
Read the whole article and decide for yourself.