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Practicing Islam

In this blog I have some more videos from Youtube. Some Muslims might object to me posting some of them, but hopefully they will reflect a little before becoming irate and see what I am actually trying to illustrate.

Before watching them, first read these verses from the Koran and then as you watch the videos try to find how many times these commandments from the Koran are being broken. I have grouped them according to various topics.

Causing Corruption or Mischief in the Land

And of the people are some who say, “We believe in Allah and the Last Day,” but they are not believers. They [think to] deceive Allah and those who believe, but they deceive not except themselves and perceive [it] not. In their hearts is disease, so Allah has increased their disease; and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie. And when it is said to them, “Do not cause corruption on the earth,” they say, “We are but reformers.” Unquestionably, it is they who are the corrupters, but they perceive [it] not. (Koran 2:8-12, Sahih International)

Do no mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the Mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good. (Koran 7:56, Yusuf Ali)

And unto Midian (We sent) their brother, Shu’eyb. He said: O my people! Serve Allah. Ye have no other God save Him. Lo! a clear proof hath come unto you from your Lord; so give full measure and full weight and wrong not mankind in their goods, and work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering thereof. That will be better for you, if ye are believers. (Koran 7:85, Pickthall)

But those who break the covenant of Allah after contracting it and sever that which Allah has ordered to be joined and spread corruption on earth – for them is the curse, and they will have the worst home. (Koran 13:25, Sahih International)

“So fear Allah and obey me. And do not obey the order of the transgressors, who cause corruption in the land and do not amend.” (Koran 26:150-152, Sahih International)

There is the type of man whose speech about this world’s life may dazzle thee, and he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; yet is he the most contentious of enemies. When he turns his back, his aim everywhere is to spread mischief through the earth and destroy crops and cattle [wal-nasla, literally, and offspring. See Koran 32:8.]. But Allah loveth not mischief. When it is said to him, “Fear Allah”, he is led by arrogance to (more) crime. Enough for him is Hell; an evil bed indeed (to lie on)! (Koran 2:204-206, Yusuf Ali)

And seek by means of what Allah has given you the future abode, and do not neglect your portion of this world, and do good (to others) as Allah has done good to you, and do not seek to make mischief in the land, surely Allah does not love the mischief-makers. (Koran 28:77, Shakir)

Displaying Hatred Instead of Love

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do. (Koran 5:8, Sahih International)

Ye are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah… Lo! Ye are those who love them though they love you not, and ye believe in all the Scripture. (Koran 3:110,119, Pickthall)

Every one pursues his goal. Compete with each other in performing good deeds. (Koran 2:148, Muhammad Sarwar)

Verbally Provoking Quarrels

Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them. For Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (Koran 17:53, Yusuf Ali)

Doing Evil

O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. He only orders you to evil and immorality and to say about Allah what you do not know. (Koran 2:168,169, Sahih International)

Believers, submit yourselves to the will of God as a whole. Do not follow the footsteps of Satan; he is your sworn enemy. If you are seduced after you have received the authoritative guidance, know that God is Majestic and Wise. (Koran 2:208,209, Muhammad Sarwar)

O you who have believed, do not follow the footsteps of Satan. And whoever follows the footsteps of Satan – indeed, he enjoins immorality and wrongdoing. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but Allah purifies whom He wills, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (Koran 24:21, Sahih International)

Looking at a Woman’s Body Too Much

and Not Guarding One’s Modesty

Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss. (Koran 24:30,31, Yusuf Ali)

Disobeying Jesus

And when Jesus brought clear proofs, He said, “I have come to you with wisdom and to make clear to you some of that over which you differ, so fear Allah and obey Me.” (Koran 43:63, Sahih International)

Shouting

“O my son, establish prayer, enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient over what befalls you. Indeed, [all] that is of the matters [requiring] determination. And do not turn your cheek [in contempt] toward people and do not walk through the earth exultantly. Indeed, Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful. And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys.” (Koran 31:17-19, Sahih International)

Unbelief, Wickedness, and  Rebellion

And know that among you is Allah’s Messenger: were he, in many matters, to follow your (wishes), ye would certainly fall into misfortune: but Allah has endeared the Faith to you, and has made it beautiful in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you unbelief, wickedness, and rebellion: such indeed are those who walk in righteousness;- (Koran 49:7, Yusuf Ali)

Ridiculing, Insulting, and Name-Calling

O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers. (Koran 49:11; Sahih International)

Murder

For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. (Koran 5:32, Pickthall)

How many times did you see Muslims break those commandments in the Koran in these videos? Do you think that they were practicing Islam?

Well, this is why so many non-Muslims are Islamophobic and dislike Muslims. They see things like these on TV and on Youtube and they think that all Muslims are like that. Most non-Muslims have never read the Koran. For them, the only Koran they know is what they see in videos like these.

Back in my Protestant days, I remember hearing a preacher say that the only Bible some people ever read is you. Well, that is the way it is with the Koran. Most non-Muslims have no interest in purchasing a Koran, let alone reading it. So, they form their opinions about the contents of the Koran based on what they see Muslims doing.

I remember my mother was once trying to google the internet to find out where in the Koran it says to kill the infidel. Actually, it does not really teach that. The killing in the Koran is almost entirely confined to warfare, which can only lawfully be waged for one of three reasons: self-defense, to liberate the oppressed, or to end religious persecution. (There are plenty of war passages in the Bible, too. Read them and ask yourself why are we not following the teachings in those passages today. Christian nations have fought many wars in the past. So, we Christians cannot truthfully say that the Muslims are the only ones who go to war.) The disbelievers (or infidels) in the Koran are the polytheists and the heretical Christians, like the Maryamites and the Sabellians. Trinitarian monotheists are believers. (Koran 30:2-5) Christians and Jews in the Koran are called People of the Scripture or People of the Book. We Christians are Kitabis, not Kuffaar.

Just as there are Christians who do not practice the teachings of Jesus, so are there Muslims who do not practice the teachings of the Koran.

The wandering Arabs say: We believe. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Ye believe not, but rather say “We submit,” for the faith hath not yet entered into your hearts. Yet, if ye obey Allah and His messenger, He will not withhold from you aught of (the reward of) your deeds. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Such are the sincere. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Would ye teach Allah your religion, when Allah knoweth all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and Allah is Aware of all things? (Koran 49:14-16, Pickthall)

Here are some more videos. The Koran says:

For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. (Koran 5:32, Pickthall)

Now watch this video.

Was the Muslim woman practicing Islam? (Think now. That child might even be a Christian child.)

Now, look at this verse in the Koran.

And seek by means of what Allah has given you the future abode, and do not neglect your portion of this world, and do good (to others) as Allah has done good to you, and do not seek to make mischief in the land, surely Allah does not love the mischief-makers. (Koran 28:77, Shakir)

Now, watch the video.

Was this Muslim practicing Islam?

In the Koran, it says:

Surely the righteous shall drink of a cup the admixture of which is camphor, a fountain from which the servants of Allah shall drink; they make it to flow a (goodly) flowing forth. They fulfill vows and fear a day the evil of which shall be spreading far and wide. And they give food out of love for Him to the poor and the orphan and the captive: We only feed you for Allah’s sake; we desire from you neither reward nor thanks: surely we fear from our Lord a stern, distressful day. (Koran 76:5-10, Shakir)

Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor unfortunate. (Koran 22:28, Pickthall)

It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards East or West; but it is righteousness – to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing. (Koran 2:177, Yusuf Ali)

One of the Five Pillars of Islam is giving to charity (zakat). In the Bible, it is called almsgiving. Were those Muslims in the three previous videos practicing Islam?

In the Koran, it says:

Do no mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the Mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good. (Koran 7:56, Yusuf Ali)

Do not seek to make mischief in the land, surely Allah does not love the mischief-makers. (Koran 28:77, Shakir)

There is the type of man whose speech about this world’s life may dazzle thee, and he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; yet is he the most contentious of enemies. When he turns his back, his aim everywhere is to spread mischief through the earth and destroy crops and cattle [wal-nasla, literally, and offspring. See Koran 32:8.]. But Allah loveth not mischief. When it is said to him, “Fear Allah”, he is led by arrogance to (more) crime. Enough for him is Hell; an evil bed indeed (to lie on)! (Koran 2:204-206, Yusuf Ali)

Now, watch this video.

I think that this man was arrested for encouraging terrorism in Great Britain. Many moderate Muslims interpret those passages in the Koran about spreading corruption or mischief in the land as applying to terrorism. If he was doing that, was he truly practicing Islam?

In the Koran, it also says:

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment. (Koran 5:33, Sahih International)

Great Britain has no death penalty. Crucifixion and amputation of hands and feet are human rights violations. Exile in this man’s case, if he is guilty, is not a good idea in this age. He will simply just start doing the same things in another country. Many Islamic countries use imprisonment instead of exile. So, by putting him in jail, is the government of Great Britain doing something which is congruent with the teachings of Koran 5:33?

[After studying the Koran and pondering on it for some time, I have changed my understanding of Koran 5:33. I believe that there are no criminal punishments mentioned in this verse. The verse is talking about the consequences that the polytheists would experience while waging an actual military war against Muhammad and the first generation Muslims. People fought with swords in the seventh century. So, someone could lose a hand and/or a foot in combat. The word translated “crucified” could mean “hanged.” Anjem Choudary and people like him are following in the footsteps of the devil which the Koran forbids us from doing. (Koran 24:21) The devil sows discord among men. (Koran 17:53) This is the activity of people who encourage terrorism. They, like the devil, are sowing discord among men. The Koran teaches that people should make peace among mankind. (Koran 4:114) The verses which command people to make peace and be at peace with others are not abrogated. “Peace is better.” (Koran 4:128) Abrogating verses are either similar to or better than the abrogated ones. (Koran 2:106) War, strife, and violence are not better than peace.]

Two more verses from the Koran.

God knows whatever is unseen in the heavens and in the earth. He is Well Aware of what you do. (Koran 49:18, Muhammad Sarwar)

Allah hath promised, unto such of them as believe and do good works, forgiveness and immense reward. (Koran 48:29, Pickthall)

I understand the words, “believe and do good works” to mean what St. James said in his Catholic Epistle about faith and works. “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26) Those who profess faith do not always possess genuine faith. Actions speak louder than words.

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