Is Islam Really a Peaceful Religion? (with quotes from the Quran)

Is Islam a peaceful religion? Let’s not ask the news sources or the Islamic Studies college profs. Let’s just look at what the Quran itself says. You make the decision for yourself.

Is Islam peaceful religion

Before you look at the verses in the Quran, here are three things to consider:

  1. Muhammad was a military leader. He was more of a general than a guru. Historical records (Islamic and secular) record the battles and raids of Muhammad. Here’s a Quran verse on that topic: Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…”
  2. In the pattern of Muhammad, leaders of Islam are not immams, pastors, or priests. They are political militaristic leaders. Here’s a Quran verse on that topic: “Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you.”
  3. Why did the Crusades (the first pan-Christian wars) begin in the middle east after Islam began invading and attacking Christian settlements in the 8th through 11th centuries? Could it be that Islam introduced something new the euro-asian political sphere that got things out of whack?

Okay, and now for the verses from the Quran
(This were collected from this site.)

The Quran contains a mandate to kill

The first example explains how those who wage war against Allah should be:

  • crucified
  • murdered
  • have their hands cut off
  • have their feet maimed
  • imprisoned

Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.”

Here’s a verse criticizing Muslim’s remain “peaceful” and refuse to fight:

Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.”

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”

Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”  Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time.  From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot. 

Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”

Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe, fight in the cause of Allah…”

Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah”

Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

So there are words from the Quran. If you want to understand a religion, read its original texts. They will show you the truth on the matter. Again, make your own conclusions.

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  • Faithful Catholic Male

    It’s remarkable how drastic the difference is between the Quran and the Bible. I wonder: does the Quran split into sections, similar to the Old and New Testaments? At the very least, one could argue that there was a turning away from blatant violence when you go from the Old to the New Testaments for Judeo-Christian faiths. Your post presents things so clearly, yet some people have such difficulty stating this plain truth in public or in the media. Thanks for the post.

    • The Quran runs without a break. It is broken into “books” with “chapters.” These books are arranged by length.

      • W Meyer

        In some editions, they are arranged in chronological order. And that’s helpful, as the principle of abrogation in the Quran declares that where suras disagree, the later overrides the earlier.

        • exactly. Doctrine of Abrogation means to cancel the former peaceful verses so that the Surah 9 stands as the final mandates.

    • Monkeyking

      “…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.”

      [Al-Qur’an 6:151]

      • disqus_fmr7tLvOq2

        …verses only apply to followers of Islam..non believers (kafir) are non persons and should be destroyed and can be murdered, raped without punishment..this is what they believe and what is wrriten in the books. Islam –as followed by the book–is the enemy of Christianity. Thankfully, there are many Muslims that are not true believers..that is our hope for resolution to this conflict.

        • Hammad Husnain

          sorry mr.or mrs. whatever you are..Quran is the source of light and true guidance to make yourself closer and dearer to God(Allah).if u thoroughly read Quran u will come to know that it does not allow to kill anyone WETHER HE IS A MUSLIM OR NON-MUSLIM without a strong reason as it isi in the Quran:”THE ONE WHO MURDERED AN INNOCENT PERSON IS ALIKE THE ONE WHO KILLED THE WHOLE HUMANITY”.I WILL SAY THAT U MIGHT KNOW THAT ISLAM IS ONE OF THE FASTEST EMERGING RELIGION THAN ANY OTHER IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

          • Frumunda

            And… Islam also allows its followers to LIE as they see fit to advance islam and deceive, outwit, defeat, etc. any non-believer.

          • Fred69

            So does the bib-el, and nowhere is there stronger evidence for that than the hateful deceits of Ted Cruz designed to appeal to the mindless racists and bigots that form the vast majority of his infantile, hateful base.

          • Jesse Yandow

            In that case, they’ve got so much in common with Christians that both religions should be celebrating!

          • WhyDoYouCare

            Wow!!!!! I wonder how many times you guys have to peddle this deceptive fantasy quran-is-peaceful verse before people finally see through the lie it contains.

            Here is the complete Sura 5.32 and verse 33 following it.

            Sura 5.32 – “On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.”

            You see…..that command was given to the children of Israel, not to Mohammed. Not to Muslims.

            Sura 5. 33 – “The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;”

            Here you see that ISIS is doing exactly what is recommended for those who spread mischief in the land i.e. those who do not believe in Allah nor Mohammed.

            So Mr Hammad, how did you ever miss that if not that you were practicing Taqqiya (the doctrine of deception in furtherance of Islam)?

        • WhyDoYouCare

          Hope you check out my reply to Hammad Husnain below.

    • Robert Bledsaw III

      There are two sections to the Quran. The first is Mohammed at Mecca and the other is Mohammed at Medina. As others have noted, Quran of Medina supersedes or abrogates the verses of the Quran of Mecca. Most of the nice verses are in Mecca.

    • Yassine Kraiem

      Quran is 1 single book of max 600 pages , there is no such OT / NT in Quran , and Quran have Chapters like bible , and in any religion there is verses that such as many peoples called it “Violence” , but it’s just verses that talk about defence of Muslims and their right of belief , for example , if you are a christian , and there is peoples who always threat you and keep saying ” do not believe in GOD or we will kill you ” , your answer will be based on your faith not fear and for sure will be “NO” , so when they will see you they will try to kill you or harm you , in a righteous country , you have the right to defend yourself even by killing those who threat you if they attack you , it’s the same with muslims before 1400 years , a new religion has come , and those atheists and agnostics said to the prophet of islam get back of your believes or we will kill you , he said NO , so as a result they fight , and that prophet win , and the one who is right will always win . islam message is clear , even the Moderator keep copying pasting verses without understanding the reason of the verse , the most common fault that people does is shallow reading , i’m a muslim and i know what my religion said , there is a clear verses that teach love & calling people to do not kill , i see that any reasnobale man will read a book before judging it by his cover , for example i will quote from Quran
      1/ About Peace :
      “O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you.” (Holy Quran: 2, 208)
      2 / No one should be forced to believe in Islam
      “You cannot guide those you would like to but God guides those He wills. He has best knowledge of the guided.” (Holy Quran/28: 56)
      3/ Freedom of thought and religion are paramount
      “God does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you in the religion or driven you from your homes, or from being just towards them. God loves those who are just.” (Surat al-Mumtahana, 8)
      4/Compete with each other in doing good
      “We have appointed a law and a practice for every one of you. Had God willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So compete with each other in doing good. Every one of you will return to God and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed.” (Surat al-Ma’ida, 48)
      “God does not love corruption”. (Surat al-Baqara, 205)

    • cynthia pinto

      Thank God for the New Testament which preaches peace, love, brotherhood and harmony amongst mankind

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  • Timothy

    Dr. Marshall … If one was going to thoroughly reflect on the ‘peacefulness’ of Islam from the perspective of one (!!) source (in this case, the Qu’ran), would it not be prudent to examine the source in its entirety? Do we not advise our own Catholic faithful that, when reading Scripture, to consider the meaning of the texts in their full context?

    • Timothy,

      I’ve provided the verses. It takes only 2 or 3 seconds to find them in context on the internet. I read the Quran and I encourage others to as well.

      Since Muslims find the Quran to be the one infallible revealed source for discovering the will of the divine, then it should be sufficient for our study as well.

      • Timothy

        Thank you for your reply. The verses you provided were not my concern. One only needs to examine them and, providing the translation from the Arabic is accurate, comprehends their intent. Will you provide verses from the Surahs which suggest the Qu’ran is also about peace? Is it possible one could do the same with the Hebrew and/or Christian Scriptures?

        • Randall Ward

          You will know them by their fruit.

          • Richard Coleman

            Jerks and decent folk come in all religions and non-religion.

          • Randall Ward

            Richard that is a myth. There are no people on earth that are as loving and giving as Christians. I have heard the myth you quoted all my life, but there is not one ounce of truth in it. Besides, Christians are going to have one giant party in Heaven. You really wouldn’t want to go to muslim “heaven” would you?

          • anne

            Ha. You say that but I promise you will wouldn’t hesitate to bomb an abortion clinic if you could get away with it. Or be the person to take a transgender persons life because “they don’t fit into the bible”. Think of what has happen in Paris. A person made a TERRIBLE racist drawing of the Mohammad (who you are not allowed to see pictures of) then the “terrorist attack” killed 12 people.

            TERRIBLE yes but look at what Christians have done in retaliation. Over 50 bombing and (last I looked) 30 deaths of people who had NOTHING to do with it other than go to church just like you and I do Sundays and Wednesday’s.

            Ooh. Or can we talk about the kkk shall we. Everything they did they did because the felt that is how good Christian people should act. Everything they did was based in the bible. Don’t belive me look it up.

            Belive whaT ever religion you want but don’t pretend you’re better because of that choice.

          • Randall Ward

            We all see the world thru our own heart.

          • Ken Vee

            Anne, Randall was to the point, and spot on, but i feel the need to elaborate on your mail further. You have a dim view of Christianity. I think what you really, or mainly, have is a dim view of some people who have acted outside the boundaries of Christianity while claiming religious ferver among their excuses for doing so. I have personally never met a Christian who would bomb a clinic in all my years rubbing elbows with other Pro Lifers. Any who may have done so have been lone wolves with an undiagnosed mental illness rather than a solid spiritual life. Further, these are a far cry from a collaborative, violent movement of people. The collaborative efforts are all prayerful, peaceful affairs. Each year roughly 400 to 500 thousand of these board buses and head for Washington (like they will this coming Thursday) and March for Life from the mall to the Supreme Court without even the slightest incident. They leave the city by mid afternoon and there is little if any physical evidence they were ever there. Try that with almost any other group or any other cause.
            As for “movements of people” the KKK had no legitimate scriptural foundation for their violence. Where should we look to corroborate that they did? The actions and violence of the Klan were fueled by fear and a kind of territorialism, not by chapter and verse. The South did not want the change they felt imposed by the North, and responded with anger and violence. This was not a legitimate response, but thoroughly predictable. The fact that they may have been able to dig up “house minsters” to appear at their meetings and help keep the political/social angst high is not an indictment against Christianity, but rather, one against the gullible nature of simple and/or desperate people. A largely Christian nation and a legal system guided by Judeo-Chritian principles and recognizing the vile nature of thesegroups eventually eradicated the ability for these fanatics to operate, at least in the light of day. (The same needs to happen in the Arab world, if indeed there really is a legitimate, peaceful Muslim majority in the world that wants ISIS to stop sullying them by behaving in the way that they do. ) Hopefully you know that there were no Catholics among the KKK. The Klan hated Catholics as much as blacks. (To help keep the angst high against “filthy, over-breeding Catholics”, they brought the likes of eugenics “enthusiast” Margarat Sanger, mother of the contraceptive church– today know as abortion provider Planned Parenthood– in to speak. Look THAT sorry tale up.). The social teachings of The Catholic Church supported black & white equality, and there were many many Catholics involved in the civil rights movements. Many were hosed down and beaten alongside black friends. Some were famously kidnapped and killed. Anyway… sorry for the length of this. The tenor of your note truly troubled me… particularly the assertion that Christians would bomb clinics if they could and get away with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Christians hold signs and rosaries and PRAY outside clinics.

          • allie B

            I agree with most of what you say – but keep in mind that the KKK was NOT founded in the south, but in Indiana. The strongest chapters were in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas and have chapters in all 50 states, sadly. The south has had their share of cowards in bedclothes, but we don’t “claim them as kin”.

          • Enders_Shadow

            ” You say that but I promise you will wouldn’t hesitate to bomb an abortion clinic if you could get away with it.”
            This is a fascinating debate. Would you have been prepared to bomb the gas chambers of Auschwitz? Or the railway lines leading there? If you believe that was appropriate behaviour, then it is equally appropriate for us to bomb abortion clinics. I happen to believe that it is not for us to take up arms – that it is not the role of the individual to challenge by violence what the state has chosen to do. But if I didn’t believe that, the logic of Auschwitz would see me bombing abortion clinics

        • Yankeegator

          The verses that are peaceful were from the earlier days when Mohammad was weak and had no power. As his power grew and he conquered more, the verses became more violent and these suras abrogated the earlier suras.

      • Brad

        I spent 1 year in Iraq. I do not believe that their God is the same as my God.

        • Joe Miller

          Brad thank you for your response. I could not agree with you more.

      • Yassine Kraiem

        “I read the Quran and I encourage others to as well.”
        after 10 months of reading i think you have a result , your encouragin to read Quran is good , but , for you , after reading it , what you found ? Quran is really calling for wars / killing innocents ? or it’s a PEACE religion ?

      • Art Martin

        Truth cannot contradict truth, truth is immutable. Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Light said, He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. Islam denotes Jesus as the Christ but denies that He is God the Son, which He is and has proven so.

    • Joe Miller

      really? your going to use logic on a heartless religion? I’m not sure about you but lately I’m thinking it sucks to be a christian in battling the likes like islam. yes I know our paradise is in the next world. but I am human and revenge can be a natural response at times. I’m so upset about the massacre in France that I am publicly denouncing Islam and the so called prophet Muhammad.

      • Timothy

        Hi Joe … I will respectfully disagree, and suggest logic needs to be maintained at all times … Fides ET Ratio, right?

        • Joe Miller

          and I also respectfully disagree. there is no logic involved at all. its either be a christian martyr or revenge right? what other option do you have with islam? if you don’t agree with me then move to the middle east at my expense and literally prove me wrong.

          • Joe Miller

            sorry don’t mean to be rude just very upset with the France massacre. i’m tired of the islam crap.

          • Joe Miller

            to expand on this topic, is that your logic approach means that my grand kids will have to pay the ultimate price with there lives. because that’s where this is heading. death to anyone that is not muslim.

          • Timothy

            Joe … Do you really think the majority of our planet’s Muslims concur with the actions of the radicals?

          • Joe Miller

            what do they stand for? is the KKK bad too?

          • Randall Ward

            Yes, there are plenty of polls of muslims and about 70% agree with the islamists.

          • Annette Freedman

            Most do. They may not do the act but they celebrate it. Read the Koran. It can not be spiritualized. Very few become part of the culture–in fact many Muslim countries will not let them immigrate unless they remain separate. They are transnationals with a global conquest in mind.

          • allie B

            There are other things we can do, Joe. Having had to address this with a room full of nine and ten year olds this Sunday, I had to carefully think about what to say and ask the Holy Spirit to help me. We pray. We pray for the victims, we pray for the leaders of France. We pray for the conversion of the hearts and souls of those who are killing in the name of Islam. We listen to the Bible and trust God’s word when he tells us over and over again not to fear. We take Mother Theresa’s advice and continue to “do what is in front of us”, to continue to do good in the face of evil.

            Yes we, our children and our grandchildren may face persecution and martyrdom. We have been blessed with relative peace for so long that we have forgotten that this is reality for many around the world and always has been. We may be facing the hardest times we could ever imagine, but I have faith that God will give us the graces we need to face them bravely and boldly.

    • Randall Ward

      The quran is not the bible. It is not written like the bible. It is the writtings of a warlord written in the order they “came” to the warlord.
      There is no context to the quran.

      • Actually, I don’t think the Qur’an is presented in chronological order. It’s arranged the way many ancient writings were: according to length, longer suras to shorter ones. And to find out which writings were earlier (the so-called peaceful writings, written early and in Mecca) and which later (the very warlike later writings, written in Medina), one has to find a Qur’an which tells which suras were written in which place. Most Qur’ans I have seen do not show this information.

        But you’re right. Muhammed was a warlord.

        • Randall Ward

          What difference does it make? The only thing that matters is that muslims are the most murderous group that have ever existed on earth. So far they have murdered 250 million people and they aren’t done yet. Muslims are a curse on the earth. They must be delt with or the peaceful of this world will not exist and the earth will return the barberous pits that muslim countries are today.

          • I thought you wrote your words because you thought they were correct and that they mattered. Obviously I was mistaken. I am in agreement that Islam is something we must fight.

          • Enders_Shadow

            On the whole in terms of deaths per follower, I think I’d defend Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge as the most murderous ever – though it can be argued the Mongol horde have quite a record as well. It is dangerous to be certain about these things – much as I agree with the sentiment that drives them!

        • Enders_Shadow

          Many of the Hadiths – the authoritative stories of the life of the prophet – give contexts in which the ‘prophecies’ were given.

  • Greg Sipe

    Concerning Islam & Muhammad, here is a direct quote from a well-known & popular Catholic Saint…
    “The paradise of Muhammad (Islam) however, is only fit for beasts; for filthy sensual pleasure is all the believer has to expect there.”

    St. Alfonsus Liguori (d. 1787). Quoted from his book, The History of Heresies and their Refutation.

    • Maria

      Hi Greg,

      Great quote.

      I always thought it was odd to think God would hand over many virgins to one man in the next life. God loves and cares for the virgin. Why would God harm a virgin like that. He doesn’t and wouldn’t.

      As Dr. Taylor said the Father’s of the Catholic Church teach the birth of Jesus was like light passing through glass.

      God cares for the virgin and the sacredness and wholeness of the woman’s body.

      The harm that is done to the female’s body is horrific in the Islamic culture.

      Mother Mary pray for their conversion.

      • Maria

        *Dr. Taylor Marshall

      • Annette Freedman

        Pray to the father in Jesus’ name to bring revelation of the truth to they Muslims who are in darkness. Our only hope is their conversion. Amen

        • Yassine Kraiem

          well , i’m a muslim , i see that Greg & Maria talk about virgins in next life , i want to clear the misunderstood that is common by you guys , indeed Quran talks about little virgin girls , but the point is in the next life , we will be spirits not in human shape , so here in next life when you say that someone will have a sexual relationship with a virgin then he have no idea how the next life is … so , let’s quote from Quran to see :
          ” And when the souls are paired ” At-Takwir 7
          the souls will be paired , and there is no such a thing called sexe or pleasure in the NEXT LIFE …
          and to clear this more they are : servants ( not like black peoples , but in the demand )
          another quote :
          “Devoted [to their husbands] and of equal age” Al waqiah 37
          this is a translation , but in the arabic , the meaning of this is : young without ten years and friends .
          another quote :
          “And full-breasted [companions] of equal age” An-Naba 33
          the same thing here translation is wrong , but in the arabic and original meaning is: young without ten years that doesn’t have a breast and friends .therefor please read and understand the meaning of the verses and do not repeat what you hear and read because if you didn’t work and search you will get the wrong ideas about anything , so please i encourage you guys to read and understand and do not repeat what you see and hear .

    • Notably St Alphonsus converted a Muslim who was a servant in his childhood household. The Muslim was so impressed by Alphonsus’s love and charity, that he asked for baptism! This is a model for us all.

    • Annette Freedman

      True–the bible talks about them and gives their future in Genesis where God says they will be wild men, hunters ( of men ) brother against brother and the only co-operation between Jew and Arab was when they buried father Abraham.They can not get along with each other and only come together when against Jews, Christians and western civilization. Galatians 4:28-29–said as it was then , so it is today. Jews and Christians serve the God of ABRAHAM, ISAAC,AND JACOB–they say they follow the god of Abraham–only. WRONG god.

  • Dear Dr. Marshall,

    You know that I wrote a paper on this subjetc. You read it. Remember?

    You recommend me to submit to First Things.

    I am glad to say that I published it in the Journal of Law and Justice in the UK.

    I can send to you the last version of my paper, if you want. Or make it available in the NSTI.
    The editor told me that the journal will be available this January.

    It is good to see you talking about thi terrible subject.

    Let´’s pray for victims of Islam since Muhammad.

    God bless you,
    Pedro Erik

  • Timothy

    Dr. Marshall … In light of the question at the heart of your initial post, would you be able to comment on the recent speech of President el-Sisi? Do you see his words as a call to the Muslim world for a revolution of sorts, one in which Muslims begin to reflect on the importance of education and responsibility as they relate to actions such as those which happened in Paris today?

  • Mercy333

    At what point with there be an official statement with regard to Islam from the Catholic Church? Our Holy Father recently called Islam a “great” religion. I think that this is confusing and I understand he had to be ecumenical and he needs to protect the flock. But past popes have spoken out against heresies and untruths. They have spoken out against Socialism, Communism, Free Masonry, etc. Isn’t it time to speak the truth about what the Quran really teaches and the true history of Muhammad from the Chair of St. Peter? What do you think?

    • Ron Schmidt

      Well this pope won’t speak out against Communism or Socialism, so it’s no surprise that he is impotant against Islam. The Catholic new social gospel can allow all sorts of heresy & silence regarding truth. While the Pope may be a Socialist, he will probably never convert to Islam.

    • Any statement by the Pope would need to bear in mind the likelihood of reprisals.

  • Ron Conte

    Can a Muslim believer be saved if he knows about Christianity and never converts? If a Muslim loves God and neighbor, can he be in a state of grace by an implicit baptism of desire?

    • Jonathan

      That’s a difficult question to answer… maybe? We don’t know. So what should our response be? Preach to all those who would hear. Share with them the Gospel. If they never hear, we don’t know if they will be saved. If they hear and receive, then we know they can be saved.

    • robert

      Ron, didn’t you just answer your own question? “…and never converts”?

      The word “convert” is the conversion from non-Christ follower to Christ follower.

      A Muslim cannot believe two diametrically opposed things at the same time.

      Jesus either is just a prophet or He’s the Son of God.

      The Quran’s description or the Bible’s description of Jesus…they are mutually exclusive.

      • Ron Schmidt

        What you said !

    • Yankeegator

      No a Muslim rejects The a Divinity of The King; rejects His Crucifixion and His Resurrection. 1 John 2:22-24… The heresy of Indifferentism is legion in The Church today, even, (Lord Protect Your Bride) in Rome…

  • Erik Miller

    Dr. Marshall,

    In light of Islam’s history of savagery, it’s texts which command barbaric violence, and it’s current acts of terrorism and rape around the globe, could you please explain to me the rational found in the CC? 841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”330

    Just three weeks ago, I spoke with a Catholic priest concerning this issue who seemingly advocated universal salvation similar to that of Origen; I reminded him that Origen’s views were condemned. Why do modern Catholics (clergy included) in America seemingly pander to Islam? I have also spoken to Orthodox priests and Eastern Catholics priests; in light of their historical experience with Muslims, they do not hold Islam in the same light as their Western brothers. Thanks.

    • Erik,

      Here’s my best attempt to explain philosophically and theologically how Muslims are both a wrong about God (a heresy according to St John Chrysostom) and yet affirm the CCC’s statement about Islam:

      Ironically, I was accused of being too soft of Islam in the previous article linked above and not too hard on Islam in this current post.

      • Victor

        Whow Doctor Marshall! Are you sure that you’re not going straight for
        your Catholic angel wings by passing the normal saintly steps?… When
        you said that you created a new Boy Scouts because… well YA know LGBT
        agenda… you got our attention… then you sure did not hold back your
        knowledge of what you didn’t agree about… the creators of… let’s
        call “IT” “The Protestant’s Dilemma”… and now you continue with your
        historical experience with Muslims… “I” was going to say bravo but
        then sinner vic tells me that what you’re getting involved with can be
        very dangerous cause sinner vic told my gut feeling that Mohammed really
        had a vision of an angel who called Himself Gabriel saying that GOD was
        very UPSET with Humanity… Long story short, Mohammed convinced this
        Angel that he could take care of that problem… Longer story shorter,
        the angel checked with Stephen Hawking and was left with no other choice
        but… well YA know the rest. 😉

        I hear YA! YA really think that “IT” is that bad Victor?…LOL

        God Bless Peace

        • AZIZ

          the verses are correct,it tells you that you must fight and how to fight if you are aggressed,which is no different than today if a foreign power attack you then you have to fight back.
          as to sitting at home and expecting someone else to fight on your behalf is wrong and you should enlist and do you bit.

    • tyler

      Did people forget about Christians history of savagery? Hello Spanish inquisition anyone?

      • Dastardly

        Tyler, what is the relationship to an isolated incident to a specific country 500 years ago to the world wide slaughter of Christians and non-Muslims by Muslims TODAY? 2000 killed in Nigeria this month alone. OBTW your use of the Spanish Inquisition as an example of “savagery” demonstrates ignorance of history and the circumstances in the world at that time.

      • zoltan

        People being tried in the civil courts of Spain would blaspheme so they would be tried by the religious courts (“Inquisition”).

  • Patti Day

    Dr. Marshall,

    Please continue to speak of this “religion” which is not of God. These murderous bunch of cowards who hide behind masks has beheaded innocent little children who refused to convert to their so-called “religion of peace”. Is this latest slaughter not enough proof that they will stop at nothing to achieve their ends.

  • Thank you for this extremely informative blog post, Dr. Marshall!
    Every time I hear about how the Angel Gabriel appeared to Muhammad, I think of what St. Paul said in his letter to the Galation Church:
    “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (KJV Galations 1:8)

  • Dr. Marshall, I’m sorry about my “post as guest” with the big snowflake attached..LOL. I’m having some computer/internet/programs difficulty tonight….actually all day. If this shows up with a snowflake, maybe someone can tell me how to get rid of it??

    • Richard Coleman

      The snowflakes are nice.

  • I admit that I have not read the Quran myself. What happened it France yesterday was horrible! But I just wanted to add that we shouldn’t discriminate against all Muslims. I know of two who volunteered to help build houses for Typhoon victims in my country. There are good people among them. Lets just keep that in mind please.

    • Patti

      No one is talking about individual muslims who may not hold to fundamentalist radicalism, but to the jihadists who claim to perpetrate these acts in the name of God.

      • The problem is, Islam does teach that Muslims are to do the things we see them doing: being nice AND being cutthroat warriors beheading and otherwise slaughtering in the name of Allah. The early, peaceful teachings were abrogated by the later, jihadist warlike teachings. So for a Muslim to be really faithful to Islam and to Allah means conquering and destroying the enemies of Allah, and that means everyone who is not Muslim. There is no such thing as fundamentalist or radical Islam, as Muslims will tell you. There is only Islam. (Unless the Muslim is following another tenet of his faith, which is to tell half-truths or even outright lies to a non-Muslim if this will gain him an advantage in the jihad.)

        • Monkeyking

          “…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.”

          [Al-Qur’an 6:151]

          • In reply to that: Abrogation. If you really know Islam, you’ll understand what that means. If not, then I’ll say a little about it here.

            The verses from Mecca are conciliatory, also known as peaceful. That was when he was outnumbered. Later when he was in Medina and growing in popularity and power, and raising an army, the verses are not oeaceful or conciliatory at all. The verses from Medina are wrathful.

            I think how a person behaves when he has power shows what that person is really made of. In this case, it shows bloodlust and a desire for domination and war.

            I cannot make it any plainer than that.

          • Quran 8:12 “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with
            you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the
            hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and
            strike off every fingertip of them.”

            Your turn.

          • Monkeyking

            And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. (Revelation 9:5-6)

            see i can post BS stuff out of context as well

          • As you have amply demonstrated.

    • Monkeyking

      “…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.”

      [Al-Qur’an 6:151]

      this is what true muslims believe thank you for not being a bigot

  • 1776Mariner

    Read “A God Who Hates” by Dr. Wafa Sultan, MD. She was raised a Muslim in a Muslim nation. Her native tongue is the language of the Koran so she knows exactly what it says. I used to think that Islam was a peaceful religion. Isn’t that what we are told? Well, she maintains that the original Islam is radical Islam. The “peaceful Muslims” are those who follow a watered down version. She explains how that came about. It is a fascinating read and is partly to do with the fact that it is considered wrong to translate the Koran into any other language. Dr. Sultan currently lives in America and tries to educate about this “hateful” belief system.

  • Ed Mejias

    IMHO – Not Just NO but . . . (you know the rest)! Even its own followers fear and are terrorized by their bretheran faithful. Really, that’s a “religion” that encourages closeness to God!? Yet despite the facts – there are still folks in the west that condem the Crusades. More and more the facts and the present actions of Islam convinces me the Crusades were spot on!

  • Brad


    I think history also supports your analysis starting in 622 with the killing of Abu Afak for mocking Muhammad all the way through to the killings in France this week. Slavery, beheadings, and other violent ways of removing non-Muslims (or Muslims who believe different version of Islam) have been the standard tactic of spreading this religion. I don’t see it changing in the future. History and the Quran are quite clear on the relationship they have towards non-Muslims. I am surprised that some people still believe this is a misunderstood religion of peace.

  • LKM

    I would suggest that to get a better understanding of the Modern Islamist Crisis, read “The Closing of the Muslim Mind” by Robert R. Riley. It helps to understand the moral and intellectual crisis between the 9th and 11th century, when Islam turned its back on reason and philosophy.

  • AnneM040359

    Hi, I have a simple question. In light of what had happened in France yesterday, which was horrible in itself, is the book by Salman Rushdie, ” The Satanic Verses”, was it about most if not all of the Koran (Quran) or only on certain verses? Thank-you ahead for your response. God Bless.

    • Jack_London

      The Satanic Verses are essentially Muslim apocrypha, and refer to lines attributed to Muhammad where he supposedly endorsed prayer to the pagan gods that were worshipped by the local Arabian tribes at the time. The story goes that the devil tricked Muhammad into permitting worship of these gods, and that he later corrected his mistake. This, of course, contradicts Muslim orthodoxy, believes in the oneness of God, and says that Muhammad was the perfect man and the entire Quran was the perfect dictated word of God. As I understand it, Rushdie used the title in much the same way people will use texts like the gnostic gospels to indict the Church, as if to say there are aspects of Christ that ended up on the cutting room floor. The difference here is, that while the Church refuted the gnostics as soon as they appeared, it took Muslim exegetes around two hundred years to take issue with the Satanic Verses after they appeared in the Muslim canon.

  • Jz Jz

    The level of ignorance about what the crusades were all about is astonishing. We all owe the crusaders a huge debt of gratitude for the fact that we can still worship Christ in the west without fear of being murdered like those I France.

    • Yankeegator

      Amen!!! A thousand Amens!!!

    • If not for the Crusades and Charles Martel, you and I would probably be speaking Arabic right now. We could read the Qur’an in the original language. But our knowledge of Christianity? Christianity would have been overrun. I don’t think it would have died out, but it would probably have survived mostly in small pockets here and there. We owe the Crusades for all these things we have grown accustomed to, things we take for granted. We have so much freedom. Do we ever imagine what the world really would have been like had the Church not fought back?

    • done with ignorance

      Oh mean like how the Muslims fear practicing their religion? Maybe they are in the middle of their own crusade right now.

  • Unlike what these excerpts from the Quran teach, Christianity exhorts us to love our enemies and pray for them. That is the difference. We may want to be charitable and say Islam is a religion of Peace but that is stretching the Truth. From what the Jihadists have recently visited upon my Motherland, Kenya, I consider this religion a religion of intolerance which decrees anyone who is not a Muslim has no right to exist and if they refuse to convert to Islam should be swept out of the face of this God’s Earth.

  • I”m surprised about this post, Taylor. I didn’t really expect you to be someone who rather likes to point out differences (rather subjectively IMO) than trying to build bridges. Your post this time seems a bit self righteously pompous and a little stubborn to me. Im really sorry to say that because so far I have really enjoyed most of everything you shared. This one I really dont like. It’s not peacefully inspired, you point the finger and you blame others for their sins when at the same time you’re doing the same as what you perceive about “them”.

    I give you an example: quoting your quote from the Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”

    This verse can be understood completely the opposite of how you explain it. And not only that, it rather points out people like you claiming to act and talk holy when in fact no one knows the truth but god. This quote could be easily imagined to be also from the bible. What should we fight? Think about it. What should “they” fight (Im in reality not trying to make a difference) ? Aint that the same? We fight against evil forces, wicked principalities and such in high places… remember.

    Only God can judge good from bad. It is in this verse like it is in the bible. Like in Genesis, we were told not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Whoever claims to have such a knowledge has possibly eaten thereof. Remember it is written, WE are sinners not THEY are sinners. Pointing out others $%^& doesnt establish any peace. Only self-reflection can help. I know Im doing the same right now in a way but I do this openly not excluding anyone to listen. Hope you understand.

    Someone quoted “you will know them by their fruit…” well the fruit of division in most times is conflict and war. Love thy enemies, because they can help you find your own shortcomings. Counts for us all.


    • Well, one difference between these verses in the Qur’an and any like verses one might think one finds in the Bible is as follows. The verses in the Bible apply to a specific time and place: Take this city, make war here, now. The verses in the Qur’an apply to all places and times: Wherever you find people who will not worship Allah and embrace Islam, you will offer them these choices: Die, agree to live as a lower class being and pay a tax, or convert to Islam. That’s forever. Everywhere.

      There is nothing like that in the Bible. Except that we should love our enemies and pray for them and treat them as we would be treated. That is for all of us in all places and times. The contrast could not be more stark.

      Studying Islam is an eye-opening experience. And a harrowing one. I heartily recommend it to all who imagine that Islam has anything to do with peace, other than the peace of a battlefield where no one is left alive.

  • Islam is not a religion and never should be called as such. It is fascist ideology. It should have its constitutional protections taken away and we should advocate for that. No true religion mandates the murder, enslavement, gender apartheid, mutilation and pedophilia that Islam does – all from a deluded psychopath which is what he would be diagnosed by a shrink of today.

  • Mr Marshall, thank you for displaying these verses and encouraging others to read for themselves about what Islam actually teaches. Since Islam is a REVEALED religion anyone with a decent brain and reading skills can figure things out. People who say Islam is peaceful never go to the source texts (Quran, hadith or Sira). They just make assertions and seek to deflect a true understanding about the dangers that Islam possess to the values of the West. Beliefs are important and as we have recently learned from the tragic events in Paris, some Muslims take seriously the commands to kill and subjugate (e.g. Quran 9:29) non-Muslims.

    • I agree. Islam was revealed, alright. But revealed by whom? By he who is a liar and the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning? Could be. When I read the Qur’an, I certainly can’t help but think that very thing.

      • Revealed by Mohammed who was
        the founder of Islam. I use the word ‘revealed’ to mean that it is not an
        esoteric belief system but one that is clearly laid out in the words of
        their scriptures. So therefore knowledge
        of Islam is possible and is accessible to everyone. You do not need to be a Muslim to know what
        Islam teaches and promotes. We all need
        to understand this, simply to protect ourselves and societies.

        • And I was speaking of Satan, the real revealer of Islam.

  • Randall Ward

    The only thing that matters to me is that muslims are the most murdering group that have ever existed on earth; they have murdered about 250 million people so far. What is going to happen when the muslims that aren’t worried about retaliation, gets a deliverable nuclear weapon or weapons. They intend to cause the West to fall.

  • Sam Lake

    Muhammad, who all Muslims follow, was a terrorist. That is all any one needs to know. Islam is violent to the core.

  • elise

    Sometimes I wonder if anyone one on this website actually read the bible. Or possible I am reading a diffrent one than them. Because the bible told me that God is the only one who can judge and anyone who judges is a pretender trying to achive God like levels (maybe not in so many words).

    And I have read the bible many times, I find solas in the words and their meaning and comfort from gods word. But that does not mean it is with out faults.

    We all know the seven deadly sins right: well I want to talk about jealousy and wrath. Why? Because God CONSTANTLY exhibits both. The first commandment anyone? “Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me”. That is gods word… Right?

    I can go on but it honestly pains me to do so. My point just is you can make any religion sound bad if you pick it apart like that.

    Thank you for reading

  • johny fake name

    Lol okay I see you Dr Marshall.
    I see what your up too.

    This too will be deleted soon because I am a level headed christan. A Christian who can see the flaws in my own religion and not be brainwashed by people like you to keep people like us in power

    Please tell me how blood-thirsty Muslims are while our religion sits on a bible that says it’s okay to own slaves. A bible that says you can stone your wife if she does not listen to you (not in those word). And a history FAR bloodier than Muslims with nearly 300 years of torturing pagans to join Catholicism.

    Or can we ignore that.

  • “On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this, The point is clear in the case of Muhammad. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning, Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms. Nor do divine pronouncements on the part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be. seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place any faith in his words believe foolishly.”
    St Thomas Aquinas – Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapter 16, Art. 4.

  • Steve R.

    Islam is NOT a religion of “peace”, regardless of what our polically-correct, nit-wit politicians declare!
    The only thing they learn from history is…NOTHING…!!!

  • Steven

    Can someone please explain to me how Islam ever received the reputation of being a religion of peace? Everything that I have read about Islam has been written by Catholics, and I have seen absolutely no evidence from the foundation of Islam to its current practices to lead me to understand how anyone can could confuse it as a religion of peace.

  • o’day

    (I assume you don’t mean to offend anyone in here) You’re quoting these verses outta the context . These chapters were revelaed to muhammad at the time he was in the city of Medina since their homes n city had been sacked by unbelievers (in the city of Mecca) n they had to leave the city . Otherwise they weren’t allowed to fight anyone in any condition . Look at the verses which were revealed to muhammad during thirteen years when he was in the holy city of Mecca .
    Now tell me would you hug anyone who has invaded your city n has killed your friends n your family ? what would you really do ? you know US goverment destroyed 2 countries after the disaster of 9/11 . I think US is not an islamic country . is it ?

    These are the ones you should have posted (If you’re really looking for right ones):

    (3:20) (6:108) (9:6) (11:115) (15:85) (18:29) (23:96) (25:63) (41:34) (43:83) (60:7) (73:10) (109:1-6) …

    after readin’ these verses you’d certainly know how peacful Islam is . have look at the book of “Deuteronomy”

  • Jacob

    It wouldn’t be at all hard to paint the same picture of the Catholic God with quotes from the bible. After all, he did kill an entire generation of first born children seemingly out of rage. That doesn’t sound very peaceful. It is important when trying to get an understanding of something so vast as Islam to look more deeply than at just a few verses.

  • Frank

    This site is established to teach how to recite Qur’an with very skilled Qa’ri’s according to Tajweed rules. For USA and UK residents at affordable fee

  • 3220blues

    You are extremely guilty of taking only the phrases from the Quaran that suit your narrow view. This is EXACTLY what enemies of your own religion do. You should be ashamed of yourself, both as a christian and a human being.

    28:55, And when they hear vain talk, they turn away from it and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we do not seek out the ignorant.”

    I’m not a christian, OR a Muslim. I’m just disgusted.

  • Ali

    Islam is the truth this is out of context, typical you’re not the only one who looks into the Quran and picks up verses like these, if you want to understand the Quran read the chapter of where you took the verses from, in Islam killing 1 innocent being is as if you’ve killed the whole of mankind.. and saving 1 is as if you’ve saved the whole of mankind there is no book that has a solution for this world other than the Quran.

  • Ali

    There are over 1 Billion muslims in the world, if this was true and our religion was not meant for peace then you’d all be dead by now, like any religion there are bad misguided people you cannot blame us all for it.

  • O’day, you ignore the doctrine of abrogation (Qur’an 2:106) whereby the older (peaceful?) verses are replaced by the more recent (violent-promoting) verses in the Quran. But at least you gave us some verses to chew on.
    Ali, you just make assertions. Why not tell us in detail what is inaccurate with this essay? Also the author is speaking of the teachings of Islam not blaming ‘all’ Muslims for anything. The one verse you allude to is in the context of chopping off feet and hands should the offender cause fitna in the community. Why not try again?!

  • Monkeyking

    so let me get this straight you think Islam is evil because they defend them selves when they get attacked? seriously dude return that doctorate(if you actually have one) because no academic could be as retarded as you

    “…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.”

    [Al-Qur’an 6:151]

  • Taher Abdelrahman

    I love the way at the end you state ‘make up your own conclusion’ because it’s extremely clear you have cherry picked quotes that satisfy your hatred towards a religion that encourages peace but also encourages morality and justice. But what I love most is that you do not explain any of the quotes the Quran is not like the bible there wasn’t gaps between each chapter (eg 100 years) unlike Jesus in the bible Muhammad is more pragmatic he has a religion to start so he has to justify how a society must be run instead like Jesus Muhammad has been sent to correct those who have gone astray but unlike Jesus he was sent to the world. So I urge those who really truly believe Islam is a religion of violence to read the Quran or the life of the prophet PBUH than ‘make up your own conclusion’

  • This is especially important after the attacks in Paris.

  • we shall seek peace in all we do, what are you doing pointing fingers? this is just whatbyou want to believe. Im not a muslim but jist as well Im not a hater. God is in control, it is we who are sinners who dont know what going on. Remember the original sin: dont eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I suspect you have just been doing that.

  • EricOfManchester

    A former Muslim Jihadist was just on CNN earlier today. He said there needs to be more intervention programs to help Muslims from becoming Jihadis. Well, sure, ok. But given the many branches of Islam, given there is no single voice in Islam, given there will always be a percentage of Muslims who become jihadis, given the so called Moderate Muslims will always go along with Sharia Law over Democratic Law, we are left with a single question concerning Muslims: Should they be allowed into Western countries?

  • EricOfManchester

    And, what about the Hadith. Aren’t Muslims supposed to try to emulate the actions of Muhammad found in these books?

  • Metro

    There is the Mecca and the Medina Quran. They are together in one volume but quite different. The first is before success in overrunning others, thus the verses tend towards getting on with other groups. The Medina verses are after military success, and the gloves are off. As someone else mentioned, abrogation comes into play here, and the sense is that the doctrine was being “broken to them slowly”. Unfortunately, the “full revelation” is to absolute violence, domination by forcing conversion, ownership of humans, all rewarded with sexual depravity – interspersed with Judeo-Christian ideas that would appeal to those groups, but stripped of free-will and a God who is anything other than unpredictable power and will. That is a fundamental difference.

  • Alicia Summers

    Kumbaya is not in the Islamic hymn book I’m afraid…

    I detest Islam, NOT Muslims, just like I detest Nazism, NOT Germans and I detest Stalinism, NOT Russians.

    In Islam, *all* non-Muslims are called *unbelievers*, *infidels* or *kafir*(derogatory).

    Islam is a murderous, fascist, supremacist ideology with a veneer of religion, founded by a mass murderer, slave owner and mass rapist that all Muslims are espoused to emulate.

    The world is divided into the House of Islam and the House of War, the *Dar al-Islam* and the *Dar al-harb*. The Dar al-Islam is all those lands in which a Muslim government rules and the Holy Law of Islam prevails. Non-Muslims may live there on Muslim sufferance. *The outside world (non-Muslim), which has not yet been subjugated, is called the “House of War,” and strictly speaking a perpetual state of *jihad*, or holy war, is imposed by the law*.

    The treatment of the infidels in Islam is divided into two categories. The polytheists, pagans, idolaters and heathens have the choice of converting to Islam or suffer death. The Jews and Christians, whom the Koran calls people of the book, can retain their religion but on the sufferance of accepting humiliation and subjugation to Islam and payment of *Jizyah* (poll-tax/extortion) to the Islamic rulers [For more detail read this article: Unfettered Religious Freedom in Islam – A Fact or Fiction? – by Alamgir Hussain].

    Now, let us have a closer look at what the Koran says about the infidels:

    Remember in Islamic jurisprudence, the “peaceful” verses in the Koran are abrogated and superceded by the “violent verses”.

    _Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them_ (2:191)

    _Make war on the infidels living in your neighboorhood_ (9:123)

    _When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them_ (9:5)

    _Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax_ (9:29)

    _Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable_ (3:85)

    _The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them_ (9:30)

    _Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticise Islam._ (5:33)

    _The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque_ (9:28)

    _Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies_ (22:19)

    _Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them_(47:4)

    _The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them_ (8:65)

    _Muslims must not take the infidels as friends_ (3:28)

    _Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an_ (8:12)

    _Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels_ (8:60)

    The Qur’an certainly proclaims that when the time is appropriate, Muslims must use force to convert the unbelievers to Islam. For the non-Muslims, the alternative to this is to pay the humiliating protection money (Jizya tax) or be killed (by beheading, of course). A militarily dominant Islam, without doubt, precludes the peaceful co-existence with the unbelievers if the Muslims have to abide strictly by the unalterable stipulations of the Qur’an.

    One has only to look at the life of *Jesus Christ* and compare it to Muhammad to see Muhammad was a false prophet that Jesus warned about…

    *JESUS* preached *LOVE*, *PEACE* and *FORGIVENESS* but one has to turn away from *SIN*…He performed numerous *miracles* and *resurrected* from the dead, proving He was the *Son of God*…He warned of false prophets who would come after Him and said one would know them by their *fruits* and not to trust or believe in them…

    Muhammad…Performed *no miracles*, died and *stayed dead*…was a mass murderer, warlord, apostate, heretic, slave owner, sexual deviant, and all-round psychopath…That is *fruit rotten to the very core*

  • Macmooski

    Is Islam a religion of peace? NO. The “god” they follow is not our God; they lie, kill and maim for the demon they honor. Islam is an abomination.

  • cminca

    So here are some words from the Bible. “If you want to understand a religion, read its original texts. They will show you the truth on the matter. Again, make your own conclusions.”

    Deuteronomy 17
    If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant; 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

    Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed. (Exodus 22:19 NAB

    They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB

    2) But any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die.’ You may wonder, ‘How will we know whether the prophecy is from the LORD or not?’ If the prophet predicts something in the LORD’s name and it does not happen, the LORD did not give the message. That prophet has spoken on his own and need not be feared. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NLT)

    From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. “Go up baldhead,” they shouted, “go up baldhead!” The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces. (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB)

    Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants. (Isaiah 14:21 NAB)

    “Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, “Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple.” So they began by killing the seventy leaders. “Defile the Temple!” the LORD commanded. “Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!” So they went throughout the city and did as they were told.” (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)

    Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children. (Isaiah 13:15)

    Hmmmmm…..doesn’t sound very peaceful to me.

    • Alicia Summers

      Christians follow JESUS CHRIST and His New Covenant. Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subject to interpretation as anything else in the Quran.

      Remember in Islamic jurisprudence, the “peaceful” verses in the Koran are abrogated and superceded by the “violent verses”.

      _Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them_ (2:191)

      _Make war on the infidels living in your neighboorhood_ (9:123)

      _When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them_ (9:5)

      _Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax_ (9:29)

      _Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable_ (3:85)

      _The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them_ (9:30)

      _Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticise Islam._ (5:33)

      _The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque_ (9:28)

      _Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies_ (22:19)

      _Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them_(47:4)

      _The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them_ (8:65)

      _Muslims must not take the infidels as friends_ (3:28)

      _Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an_ (8:12)

      _Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels_ (8:60)

      • cminca

        So Christians don’t follow the Bible? You mean like Leviticus 18:22? How about the 10 commandments?
        As others have pointed out–the OP cherry picked verses out of one portion to prove his point.
        You can have it one way–you can have it the other–but you can’t have it both.

  • novi arisman

    I had cross checked to the book version of Quran. The verses is different, either incomplete or changed words.

  • novi arisman

    Does Islam Promote Violence?


    Doesn’t Islam promote violence, bloodshed and brutality since the Qur’an says that Muslims should kill the kuffar where ever they find them?


    A few selected verses from the Qur’an are often misquoted to perpetuate the myth that Islam promotes violence, and exhorts its followers to kill those outside the pale of Islam.

    1. Verse from Surah Taubah

    The following verse from Surah Taubah is very often quoted by critics of Islam, to show that Islam promotes violence, bloodshed and brutality:

    “Kill the mushriqeen (pagans, polytheists, kuffar) where ever you find them.”
    [Al-Qur’an 9:5]

    2. Context of verse is during battlefield

    Critics of Islam actually quote this verse out of context. In order to understand the context, we need to read from verse 1 of this surah. It says that there was a peace treaty between the Muslims and the Mushriqs (pagans) of Makkah. This treaty was violated by the Mushriqs of Makkah. A period of four months was given to the Mushriqs of Makkah to make amends. Otherwise war would be declared against them. Verse 5 of Surah Taubah says:

    “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful.”
    [Al-Qur’an 9:5]

    This verse is quoted during a battle.

    3. Example of war between America and Vietnam

    We know that America was once at war with Vietnam. Suppose the President of America or the General of the American Army told the American soldiers during the war: “Wherever you find the Vietnamese, kill them”. Today if I say that the American President said, “Wherever you find Vietnamese, kill them” without giving the context, I will make him sound like a butcher. But if I quote him in context, that he said it during a war, it will sound very logical, as he was trying to boost the morale of the American soldiers during the war.

    4. Verse 9:5 quoted to boost morale of Muslims during battle

    Similarly in Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 5 the Qur’an says, “Kill the Mushriqs where ever you find them”, during a battle to boost the morale of the Muslim soldiers. What the Qur’an is telling Muslim soldiers is, don’t be afraid during battle; wherever you find the enemies kill them.

    5. Shourie jumps from verse 5 to verse 7

    Arun Shourie is one of the staunchest critics of Islam in India. He quotes the same verse, Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 5 in his book ‘The World of Fatwahs’, on page 572. After quoting verse 5 he jumps to verse 7 of Surah Taubah. Any sensible person will realise that he has skipped verse 6.

    6. Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 6 gives the answer

    Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 6 gives the answer to the allegation that Islam promotes violence, brutality and bloodshed. It says:

    “If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum,grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they are men without knowledge.”
    [Al-Qur’an 9:6]

    The Qur’an not only says that a Mushriq seeking asylum during the battle should be granted refuge, but also that he should be escorted to a secure place. In the present international scenario, even a kind, peace-loving army General, during a battle, may let the enemy soldiers go free, if they want peace. But which army General will ever tell his soldiers, that if the enemy soldiers want peace during a battle, don’t just let them go free, but also escort them to a place of security?

    This is exactly what Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur’an to promote peace in the world.

  • DLink

    The loud noise you hear in the distance are the crowds of peaceful Muslims protesting the actions of the militants??? RIIIGHT!!!

  • margherita

    All this seems totally out of context. Like another person has already commented, there are plenty of verses you could take out of the bible that, standing alone, would sound alot like these quotes from the quran. what is your point anyway? you are trying to spread fear and hatred of muslims? Do you think that is Catholic? because it’s not.

  • James Rattan

    Is Allah the Anti-Christ ?

  • John

    The Bible is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah and the story of the people he came from. The Ten Commandments were given to Moses as an antidote to the hideous pagan cult of Egyptology that the Hebrews escaped from; although some brought the pagan cult with them. That evolved into what Freemasonry is based on today, along with many other versions that time and traditions have altered a little. Islam was created 600 years after the Christ. Some of it was plagiarised from the Bible and paraphrased. But the basis of it, including murder, pedophilia, adulterous polygamy, are based on pagan Egyptology. There are probably more verses relating to theft and covetousness, but I’m not going to wasted time studying it. I think the ancient version of Masonry wrote it as a weapon against Christianity, as a tool of propaganda. It is a myth. There is no proof anywhere that Mohammed ever existed. Even his resurrection into heaven was plagiarised from Christianity, especially over the Temple Mount.

  • Michael Springthorpe

    Islam is Anti Christ. A central tenet : “God is not begotten NOR does He beget.” (Qur’an 112:1-4)
    In other words Jesus Christ is NOT the Son of God – His death on the Cross for the sins of Humanity is a LIE – the Resurrection is a LIE – and all that emanates from these are LIES!! You’re a great Bible teacher (In your own mind) Taylor. What can’t you see these things?