Monday, March 27, 2006

Kill or be killed?

A commenter here wrote the following:

Future generations may curse the days the West failed to destroy Islam.
I thought that was, um, a little extreme. But then the American Thinker has an essay titled “Under the scimitar of Damocles” suggesting that the Koran all but dictates the destruction of all non-Muslims:

One of the most authoritative Koranic commentators, Baydawi (d. 1315/16) interprets this passage thus:

“Whosoever turns back from belief (irtada), openly or secretly, take him and kill him wheresoever ye find him, like any other infidel. Separate yourself from him altogether. Do not accept intercession in his regard” (cited in Zwemer, The Law of Apostasy in Islam, 1924, pp. 33-34)
The same article claims that Islamic law says that freedom can only be obtained by “perfect slavery” to Allah. Paging George Orwell.


Sigivald said...

Apostasy is the rejection of Islam by someone who has been Muslim in the past.

Christians and Jews, having never been Muslims, cannot be apostate Muslims.

(Atheists and polytheists, of course, are fair game as I understand it, under Islamic law traditions, but they're still not apostates either.)

Anonymous said...

Yes, apostasy -- heretical beliefs -- is one of the worst sins for a believer in Islam. However, the significant phrase here is not about apostasy, but this: "take him and kill him ... like any other infidel ..."

Let me paraphrase Osama Bin Laden himself: "You in the West love life -- we love death." That pretty much sums it all up, and tells the whole tale.

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