When asked, “Is Islam a religion of peace?” what should one reply? We are often told by the politically correct western media, that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by extremists who have perverted it, and have used it to justify violence. In a way that’s the media’s job, but those who aren’t in the position of having to make everyone happy, as our news media and politicians often are, can say with confidence that the aforementioned assumption is simply not true. Islam is clearly not a religion of peace by definition, because it justifies violence and unfathomable hatred. A religion that ever justifies violence cannot be considered a religion of peace.
The purpose of The “Infidel’s” Guide to Islam is to educate the nonbeliever or “infidel” (as some Muslims say), to the truth about Islam and what it says. Here you will find the information you need to contradict the lies often told by those who profess the faith, and its sympathizers. This pamphlet is not urging any violence or discrimination towards Muslims in any way, shape or form. Rather, this pamphlet will arm you with knowledge and debate as your primary weapon over the false claims made that are used to spread this religion, and lie to its critics. Do not be the stereotypical ignorant westerner who knows nothing of Islam or its history. Muslims are counting on you being ignorant of the truth of Islam, its history and its culture. This guide is designed as an introduction for non-Muslims to be educated for the ideological debate between Islam (submission) and western liberal democracy (freedom) that simply have irreconcilable differences. How long do we have to tolerate the intolerant?
-Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve -Surah 8:55
Islam on “Infidels”
What does Islam say about those who don’t blindly submit to the “revelation” of Mohammad? Islam contains two sacred texts, one is the Qur’an, the central book considered by Muslims to be the literal word of god (Allah), and the other is the Hadith, which are the written sayings and teachings of the Islamic “prophet” Mohammad. When one reads the “holy” Qur’an he or she will quickly find a plethora of insults, hatefulness, and utter disdain towards all non-Muslims. In the Qur’an, Allah has absolutely no tolerance or sympathy, and has reserved a special place in hell for the infidel. All the good deeds any non-believer does is worthless in the eyes of god (5:5). Behold what this supposed “religion of peace” says for the fate of non-Muslims: Those who deny their lord, for them will be cut out a garment of fire: over their heads will be poured out boiling water. With it will be melted what is within their bodies, as well as their skins.
The Qur’an further says, as if that’s not enough torture:
In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them. –Surah 22:19-21
Only the sickest, most sadistic reader gets pleasure by contemplating the torments of non-Muslims, and rejoices in their discomfort. I wonder what goes on through the mind of the Muslim when he or she reads these verses.
When it comes to Jews and Christians the “holy” Qur’an says:
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled. The Jews say, "Ezra is the son of Allah "; and the Christians say, "The Messiah is the son of Allah ." That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded? –Surah 9:29-30
The Qur'an says that Christians and Jews are to be trusted or tolerated (2:109) but also says numerous times that they are not to be trusted and association with them will lead to unbelief (3:100) and that it is better not to befriend them (5:51). These contradictions are more evidence that the Qur'an is man-made and comes from the mind of one deluded man.
And to polytheists the message is somewhat more severe:
Fight and slay the Pagans wherever you 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 pay Zakah (charity), then open the way for them, for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful. -Surah 9:5
There is a complicated relationship we are told in the Qur'an of how Muslims are supposed to deal with polytheists. Before Islam, Arabia was mostly full of polytheists, and when Islam got started it castigated the perceived idol worship of many pagan traditions. This lead many to see Islam as a threat to their ways and conflict inevitably broke out. Treaties were created and the Qur'an says that if the pagans honor the treaty they are not to be harmed (9:4) but as Surah 9:5 says above, once the treaty period is over, the pagans are to be killed if they do not submit to the codes of Islam.
It seems to be that the wager one must make, given a powerful Islamic force is: Islam, or death. True the restrained infidel has a choice and is not physically forced to convert, for it must be sincere. However, given the circumstances, who can argue that this is really a free choice, when the alternative is death? So as you can see, there is clear justification for violence and war against non-believers, and lethal intimidation for conversion to Islam.
Sure you’ll hear the opposing view that in the Qur’an it says “if any one slew a person…it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people” (Surah 5:32). I’m not denying that there are messages of peace in Islam, but the messages of hate toward the non-Muslim far out-weighs the few messages of mercy. In truth the Qur’an is full of contradictions to its own claims, which I will address in a later chapter. The Islamic god is a god who hates, whose love is purely conditional. One can literally pick a random page of the Qur’an and start reading and within a few pages or so, hit a sour note on Allah’s view toward the non-believer where sadistic details ensue. Eventually it gets to the point of utter redundancy.
If you’re a non-Muslim, it means that Muslims worship and condone a god who quite literally gets off on the idea of you being sadistically tortured forever upon your death. Some Muslims no doubt rejoice on the thought of the infidel’s fate. So can I be accused of misrepresenting the Qur'an? Can I be told that I’m making this all up? That I’m taking it out of context? I urge all of you to read for yourselves the full verses to get the full story. There are dozens of not hundreds of more quotes I can use to make my point. I don’t expect you to read the entire Qur'an, that’s why I’m summarizing it for you. Be educated and learn.
As for those who have converted to Islam and choose to leave it (apostasy) the Hadith unequivocally states the penalty for those who leave Islam: Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him. -Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57
This is said to have come from the mouth of Mohammad himself, a man considered so noble and honorable in his ways, that he was chosen by god to reveal to the world his final and unalterable revelation. I think it’s pretty clear that Mohammad had a pretty warped sense of morality, as you will find out more about later. Now let’s see what this “prophet” said about the fairer sex. Islam on Women
Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other - Surah 4:34
Well there you have it ladies, the gender wars are over. The debate over which gender is better has been finally settled, and all this time the answer was right under our noses, revealed to us in the “holy” Qur’an. Damn! That means every woman must regard herself as a little bit less than every man; from the lying salesman, to the communist dictator, to Mike Tyson and Flavor Flav.
As to those women on whose part you fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them -Surah 4:43
There has been great debate in the Islamic world over how to interpret this. In light of modern liberal democracy, many moderates of Islam say that to “beat them” means giving women gentle little love taps, which would leave no bruises. Other Muslims disregard this verse entirely, while conservatives wholeheartedly support beating disobedient women, even harshly. Also, it’s funny how the “perfect” word of the creator of the universe is allowed to be appended with other people’s opinions. The parenthesis “(lightly)” is inserted to try to make Islam appear a bit less harsh in light of modern attitudes towards domestic violence. But in parts of the Islamic world the unaltered version goes over quite well without controversy and is barely an issue. We can conclude from these verses that Islam does condone viewing women as second class citizens, who are to be beaten, lightly or not, when they get out of line after 2 warnings.
What about marrying underage girls? In Islam it is also condoned. The “prophet” Mohammad (may peace be upon him, …not) married a girl of 9, and might have been as young as 6, although it is commonly agreed that he waited until she was 9 to consummate the marriage. He also owned female slaves whom he was free to have sexual relations with, whether or not they consented. The Qur’an explicitly mentions rules pertaining to the sex lives female slaves. Behold: And those (men) who guard their chastity, except with their wives and (captives) whom their right hand posses – for (then) they are not to be blamed
So, husbands must guard their chastity except with their wives and female slaves. For those created inferior by Allah (women, female slaves), they must submit to all their husband’s, or master's sexual demands. The dignity of the slave woman is not ever Allah’s or Mohammad’s concern. Slavery is not a crime deemed worthy of admonishment by Allah to its perpetrators. Allah is of course the “most beneficial” and “merciful,” but makes a slight exception for women and slaves. Islam On Slavery
Islam, just like Christianity and Judaism, unfortunately condones human slavery. Slaves are often referred to as servants or maidservants. The Qur’an quite explicitly condones capturing women after a victorious battle, to be enjoyed as sex slaves for the conquering Muslims:
We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have paid their dowers; and those whom your right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom God has assigned you -Surah 33:50
Ah, the spoils of war. And we wonder why much of the Islamic world appears so far behind morally than the west. Further justifications for having sex with female captives can be found in Surah 23:6; Surah 4:24 (where sex with a married female slave is justified); and in Surah 8:69; Surah 24:32. Slaves not being equal to free men are mentioned in Surah 2:178. And Surah 16:75 says: Of two men: one a slave under the dominion of another; he has no power of any sort, and (the other) a man on whom we have bestowed goodly favors from ourselves….are the two equal? (By no means;) praise be to God. But most of them do not understand.
So Allah deserves praise for making the lives of slaves not equal even in his eyes. In Islam slaves owe their lowly position to Allah’s will and not anything that is their own fault. It is clear that the Qur’an goes into detail a little further than other faiths when it comes to the treatment of female sex slaves. It is said that the Qur’an mentions how to keep sex slaves more than it mentions the daily prayers 5 times a day. The Hadith says of slavery:
The Prophet said, 'The freed slave belongs to the people who have freed him -Bukhari (80:753)
Slavery in Islam is not only condoned but encouraged. The taking of “booty,” or the spoils of war, which often involves female sex slaves, allows Muslim men to enjoy a virtually unlimited amount of sex partners to satisfy them, whether they (or their husbands) like it or not.
Contradictions in the Qur’an
This is an exercise that requires a copy of the Qur’an in hand to compare contradicting verses. It’s amazing how many there are in the “perfect” word of the creator of the universe.
1. Have some passages in the Qur’an been changed?
Yes – 2:106; 16:101
No - 6:34; 6:115; 10:64; 18:27 2. How many angels spoke to Mary?
One – 19:16-19
More than one – 3:42; 3:45 3. How long is Allah’s day?
1000 years – 22;47; 32:5
50,000 years – 70:4 4. Who chooses the devil to be friends with unbelievers?
Allah chooses – 7:27
The disbelievers choose – 7:30 5. Was the Pharaoh drowned or saved?
Drowned – 17:102-103; 28:40; 43:55
Saved – 10:90-92 6. Will all Jews and Christians go to hell?
Yes – 3:85; 5:72
No – 2:62; 5:69 7. Did Mohammad ask for a fee?
Yes – 2:195; 8:41; 9:103; 9:111; 47:38; 57:10
No – 12:104; 36:21; 42:23; 52;40; 68:46 8. How should Jews and Christians be treated?
With tolerance – 2:109
With war – 9:29 9. Which came first heaven or Earth?
Heaven - 79:27-30
Earth – 2:29; 41:9-12 10. Will Allah forgive anything?
Yes, anyone and anything – 4:110; 39:153
No some people and things will never be – 4:48; 4:116; 4:137; 4;168; 9:80; 47;34; 63:3-6 11. How many angels fought Mohammad?
3000 – 3:124-126
1000 – 8:9-10 12. Is each person free to believe as he or she wishes?
Yes – 2:256; 18:29; 109:6
No – 3:32; 30:45; 18:29; 3:85; 3:28; 4:89; 4:144; 5:51; 60:1 13. How long did it take to create the heavens and the Earth?
6 days – 7:54; 10:3; 11;7; 50:38; 57:4
8days – 41:9-12 14. What was man created from?
Water – 25:54; 24:45
A clot of blood – 96:1-2
Clay – 15:26; 32:7; 38:71
Dust – 30:20; 35:11 15. Is Allah merciful?
Yes – 1:1-3; 1:163; 2:37; 2:54; 2:128; 2:143; 2:160; 2:173; 2:182; 2:192; 2:218
No – 2:7; 2:17; 4;56; 4:168-9; 5:33; 7:50 16. Does Allah make distinctions between his messengers?
Yes – 2:253
No – 2:285 17. Who was the first Muslim?
Abraham/Jacob – 2:132
Moses – 7:143
Mohammad – 39:12 18. Did one of Noah’s sons die in the flood?
Yes – 11:42-43
No -21: 76; 37:75-77 19. Does everything on heaven and Earth obey Allah?
Yes – 30:26
No- 2:34 20. When did the people repent for worshiping the golden calf?
Before Moses returned – 7:148-150
After Moses returned – 20:88-91 21. Could Allah have a son?
Yes – 39:4
No – 6:100-101 22. Can a man treat his wives fairly?
Yes it’s possible – 4:3
No, you can’t – 4:129 23. Did the Pharaoh’s wizards believe in Moses and Allah?
Yes – 7:120
No – 10:83 24. Who suffers loss if Mohammad was wrong?
Only Mohammad – 34:50
Everyone who listened to him – 16:25; 29:12 25. What will be the only food for people in hell?
Bitter and thorny plants – 88:6
Pus of washing of wounds – 69:36 Well there you have it, some of the many contradictions and immorality in the Qur’an. Go and read for yourself in the "holy" Qur’an. Do your research. Arm yourself with knowledge, and use debate as your weapon.
So when someone asks you, "Is Islam a religion of peace?" you'll now have an educated response.
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