The Real Koran
got hold of a copy of the Koran and I started to find out for myself what
is in the book which rules and guides the hearts and minds of one billion
Muslims, about twenty percent of the world's population. I began by looking
for the verse which has been quoted again and again since September 11th,
by George Bush, Tony Blair, Iain Duncan-Smith, and an endless string of
journalists: "Whoever kills a soul is like one who has killed the whole
of mankind." This sentence is at the heart of the Politically Correct campaign
to ensure that the war fever against Islamic terrorists doesn't lead to
an explosion of hostility against Muslims per se. After all, isn't it clear
evidence that Islam is at root a peaceful, loving religion, Christianity
with a towel on its head?
Indeed it would be, if it were genuine. But the problem is that this quotation is a PC fabrication. Just look at what Sura 5, Ayat 32 actually says:
... whoever kills a soul, not in retaliation for a soul or corruption in the land, is like one who has killed the whole of mankind; and whoever saves a life is like one who saves the lives of all mankind. Our messengers came to them with the clear proof; but afterwards many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.So, far from killing never being allowed, it is permitted under the law of "an eye for an eye" in the case of murder, or in the case of "corruption in the land." Lest it be thought that this may only be a matter of concern for New Labour Paymaster Generals, the very next ayat (verse) continues:
Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this life, and in the life to come theirs will be a terrible punishment.Which makes it all too clear that while the Koran teaches its followers to respect the sanctity of life of other good Muslims, those who "fight Allah and his Messenger" (i.e. Mohammed) should be killed and mutilated, or banished. Some three thousand individuals in the World Trade Center got Option Number One, many of them almost to the letter.
The most cursory reading of the Koran makes it clear that, to a good Muslim, the commissions and omissions of key Western governments -- particularly the USA and the UK -- and of the assorted "usurers" and "exploiters of the poor" in the World Trade Center, do indeed qualify as anti-Allah and "corrupting the land." The unfortunate cleaners and caterers seem to be written off as collateral damage.
But surely, says the Westerner reared on half-forgotten Christian ideas of forgiveness and chivalry towards non-combatants, Allah wouldn't condone the deaths of innocent civilians in such a Holy War? Well, here's Allah's view of collateral damage, from Sura 27:
48: And there were in the city nine individuals, who worked corruption in the land and did not set things right.... 50. They schemed a scheme and We schemed a scheme, while they were unaware. 51. See then what was the outcome of their scheming: We destroyed them together with all their people. 52. Their houses are in ruin, on account of their wrongdoing. There is a sign for a people who know. 53. And we delivered those who believed and were God-fearing.The significance of ayats 48, 50, 51 and 52 is plain to see; 53 needs a moment's more thought. It tells the devout Muslim that there can have been no innocent victims anyway (even those who professed to be Muslim but took their pay packets from the Great Satan), because Allah would have delivered them by making them late for work that day.
There are several references in
the Koran to unbelievers which advise toleration and state that an individual's
religious belief, or lack of it, is a personal matter between himself and
Allah. But these pluralist passages are heavily outnumbered by condemnation
of the Infidel typified by Sura 9.73: "O Prophet, make war on the unbelievers
and the hypocrites, and deal harshly with them. Hell shall be their home:
an evil fate."
Similarly, the thoroughly reasonable Sura 10.99 asks Muslims: "Had your Lord willed, everyone on earth would have believed. Will you then compel people to become believers?" But only a few pages before, the same Islamic Word of God exhorts the faithful to "make war on the infidels who dwell around you and let them see how harsh you can be" (9.123). The problem is that the infernal passages in the Koran by far outnumber the ecumenical.
Sura 22 contains more classics:
19. To the unbelievers, garments of fire shall be cut up and over their heads boiling water shall be poured; 20. Whereby whatever is in their bellies and in their skins shall be melted. 21. And for them are iron rods [which, the helpful footnote in my edition explains, are "To beat their heads with."]Nor is this vision of a riot in Bradford just a matter of damnation in the next world. The Koran also includes frequent exhortations to the Muslim Faithful to fight against the unbelievers in the here and now. Sura 9 provides some good examples:
38. O believers, what is the matter with you? If you are told: "March forth in the Way of Allah," you cling heavily to the ground. Are you satisfied with the present life rather than the Hereafter.... 39. If you do not march forth, He will inflict a very painful punishment on you. 41. Charge forth, on foot or mounted, and struggle with your possessions and yourselves in the Way of Allah.Such passages reinforce the message of Sura 4.95: "Those of the believers who stay at home while suffering from no injury are not equal to those who fight for the Cause of Allah with their possessions and persons."
The message is reinforced time and time again:
Fight those among the People of the Book [i.e. Jews and Christians] ... who do not profess the true religion, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. (9.29)Nor is it just a matter of hatred in spirit. The Koran recommends it in the highly practical form of ethnic cleansing as well:
Then their Lord revealed to them: "We shall destroy the wrongdoers (who refused to accept Allah). And We will make you dwell in the land after them." (14.13-14)The same theme runs through parts of Sura 33, with the addition of a promise to faithful Muslims of more countries coming under their sway in the future: "And he bequeathed to you their lands, their homes and their possessions, together with land you have never trodden" (33.27) .
It is possible that many members of the Muslim community, having come to regard non-Muslims as friends and to grow fond of their adopted country, may be inclined to shut all this bigoted nonsense out of their minds. But if they -- or their often alienated children -- read the Koran, they will find passage after passage warning them against taking unbelievers as friends and against the tolerance needed to keep the peace in a multiracial state:
Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you. (2.216)If those who interpret the Koran literally (as all good Muslims should) were to start putting all this bloodthirsty advice into practice as soon as they first arrived in a new country, the natives would probably wake up and smell the burning coffee. But Allah is described repeatedly in his book as a "schemer" -- "They schemed, but Allah also schemed. Allah is most profound in his machinations" (8.30) -- and Sura 4.101 suggests his people are clearly entitled to follow his example in order to keep the opposition off their backs: "And when you journey in the land, you are not at fault if you shorten the prayer for fear that the unbelievers will harm you. The unbelievers are your manifest enemies." Or as Allah states more succinctly: "Be patient with unbelievers until you have strength" (86.17).
The soft-hearted among our own
people will no doubt object that moderate Muslims tend to pick and choose
to follow the few tolerant verses rather than obeying the overall aggressive
and intolerant tone of the Koran. No doubt some do, but they are warned
against such Western-style tolerance in no uncertain terms in Sura 2.85:
"Do you, then, believe in one part of the Book and disbelieve in another?
The reward of those among you who do that is nothing but disgrace in this
world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be turned over to the
most severe punishment."
At a well-publicized meeting in Downing Street with Muslim community leaders, Tony Blair claimed that "there is no contradiction between being a Muslim and being a British citizen." For some Westernized Muslims who go along with the family religion without giving it much thought, this may be the case. But for any good Muslim who reads the Koran and accepts its claims to be the literal word of Allah the situation is different. There are several points in the Koran in which Muslims are ordered not to obey unbelievers (e.g. 3.149), and these verses are taken by Islamists as a divine license to reject any form of government which is not a strict theocracy run exclusively by Muslim clerics. When Muslim fundamentalists reject rulers like Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi as "un-Islamic," what are the chances of their obeying the gang of sodomites and crooks which calls itself New Labour?
An understanding of what the Koran really says -- as opposed to what liberal apologists for Islam tell us it says -- should lead anyone with an ounce of commonsense to realize that a growing Muslim population is a recipe for communal strife and violence, particularly in a country where Political Correctness prevents the political Establishment from closing the gates to the immigration flood, taking steps to reverse the tide, and resisting an intolerant minority which sees expansion and domination as its religious duty.
Edited and expanded from a text circulated by the British National Party. For more on Islam see Deception in Islam and Abrogated Verses in the Koran.