A close study of the
Quran makes very clear the violent spirit fueling what is being spun as
a 'peaceful religion.'
(Ministries Today) Our
missionaries working in Islamic countries are often shocked at some
of the ideas being promoted in the West about Islam. What we hear in
the press is a confusing mix of relativistic propaganda and wishful
thinking, so I thought I'd clear the air with some information explained
to me by my friends working with Muslims in the Middle East.
First, there are 1 billion Muslims in the world--not 2 billion--as
many reporters have falsely reported. The most generous estimate is
Second, most Muslims interpret the Quran by the principle of nasikh,
which essentially means that the later passages supercede the earlier
passages and totally negate them.
The Quran was written over a 22-year period. In the early years, when
Muhammad's following was small and he was militarily weak, he wrote
the 114 verses that speak of living peacefully with others. By the end
of his writing, when he was militarily strong and had a larger following,
he penned verses that declare that all infidels must be destroyed or
submit to being totally subjected and humiliated.
Sura 9 appears at the beginning of the Quran, but it is one of the
last texts written. It declares that all infidels should be killed or
completely subjugated. These later verses, which overrule the 114 peaceful
verses, are what drive the current jihad movement.
According to Muslim scholars, the Arabic words nasikh and mansukh are
both derived from the same root word nasakha, which carries meanings
such as to abolish, to replace, to withdraw, to abrogate.
The nasikh (an active participle), the abrogating, while
mansukh (passive) means the abrogated. In technical language,
then, mansukh refers to certain parts of the Quranic revelation that
has been abrogated by the others. In other words, for fundamentalist
Muslims, the most virulent passages of their sacred text have priority.
So, when we Westerners talk about Islam by quoting the early revelations,
we are not communicating the truth about fundamentalist Islam and the
Quran but are actually inoculating and misleading those within our spheres
of influence against the true nature of Islam. No doubt, a few Muslim
scholars have tired to negate the annihilate the infidel
passages, but their arguments are weak, convoluted, unconvincing and
considered non-mainstream to the most vocal and influential fundamentalist
Muslim scholars throughout the world.
These scholars are the equivalent of those in liberal Christianity
who try to manipulate the Bible to make a case for homosexual marriage
or save the whales instead of save the people
ideologies. These liberal interpretations are, to most of us, easily
identifiable distortions of the biblical text. Likewise, many Muslims
view the peace-loving Muslim clerics the way we would view our own liberal
Al-Hazar University in Egypt, the highest regarded Muslim theological
seminary, teaches the nasikh principle and its inevitable application
to jihad. Most of the radicalized leaders have been trained there, including
Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, the blind cleric who is imprisoned in Minnesota
for his role in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Simply put, its time for all of us to learn more details about
Islam. As we do, well discover that the sinister spirit of violence
and hatred that inflames so many fundamentalist Muslims is indeed the
attitude taught in the Quran.
Article reprinted with permision from the December 2002 issue of Ministries