Friday, September 16, 2005

Does the Qur'an Allow to Insult Christ?

Arabic text on the left says: "Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are disbelievers [kafiroon]". Surah Al-Maida, Verse 44
Text on the road: "Constitution, Democracy, Elections".

Text on the right image: "Crashing the Cross".

These and other similar images insulting Christianity and Jesus are very popular on Islamist forums. "Crashing the Cross" was even used in a movie produced by Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. So, the question is: Does the Qur'an really allow Muslims to insult Christ?.

You can draw your own conclusions from the quotations below.
First of all, I'd like to mention that the verse from the Qur'an displayed on one of the images in not full. The whole text looks like this:

"Lo! We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light, by which the Prophets who surrendered (unto Allah) judged the Jews, and the rabbis and the priests (judged) by such of Allah's Scripture as they were bidden to observe, and thereunto were they witnesses. Fear not mankind, but fear Me. And barter not My revelations for a little gain. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are disbelievers [kafiroon]". Qur'an 5:44

About Jesus:

"Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed is unto Us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, add that which the Prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered".

Al-Baqarah Verse 136

"(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ".

Al-Imran Verse 55

"And we caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which was (revealed) before him, and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before it in the Torah a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil)".

Al-Maidah, Verse 46

"And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elias. Each one (of them) was of the righteous".

Al-An'am Verse 85

As you see, the Qur'an is very clear about the high status of Christ, and it's obvious that respecting Him is a must for every Muslim. The Qur'an also says something about people who like to choose some parts of it to follow and to forget about others. This perfectly applies to the modern day Islamists who use the most violent verses from their Holy Book to justify their crimes and prefer not to mention that the Qur'an also calles for patience and moderation in everything, especially in war.

"...Believe ye in part of the Scripture and disbelieve ye in part thereof? And what is the reward of those who do so save ignominy in the life of the world, and on the Day of Resurrection they will be consigned to the most grievous doom. For Allah is not unaware of what ye do".

Al-Baqara Verse 85

"And say: Lo! I, even I, am a plain warner, Such as We send down for those who make division, Those who break the Qur'an into parts. Them, by thy Lord, We shall question, every one, Of what they used to do".

Al-Hijr Verses 89-93

[English Translation of the Qur'an by Marmaduke Pikthall]


Blogger killcastro said...

Excellent research!

As my nick implies I am an anti Fidel Castro activist. To simplify matters (in our particular battle) we insult the despot that has enslaved our country for 47 years by calling him KaSStro (denoting his HIGH regard and scrupulous following of Hitler’s legacy)

We call Cuba after KaSStro Kuba.

In the same vein we have shorthand for that part of the fanatical Muslim religion that advocates hate, chaos and slaughter; We call them MuSLIMES.

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