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Why Rape is Haraam

December 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Rape is Haraam

Last year in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve, several women were raped by migrant refugees. They even raped a volunteer female police officer. This rape epidemic has spread all across Europe. Pseudo-Islamic extremists rape and even gang rape white, European women and girls. What is so sad is that many of the rapists are committing these crimes with impunity. In many Middle Eastern countries, the rape victims are blamed for being raped and the rapists are excused. If a woman is outside her home in Saudi Arabia without a male relative as a chaperone, she can be raped with impunity. If a woman is not wearing enough clothing to cover her body and her head sufficiently according to the opinion of some religious scholars, she can be raped with impunity. None of these reasons for rape are justified by the Koran. Actually, any sexual activity outside of marriage is haraam according to the Koran. So, raping a woman who is not one’s wife is against the teachings of the Koran. All rape including domestic rape is in fact haraam according to the Koran.

A man must be married to a woman before he can have sexual intercourse with her. Four things are required in order to form an Islamic marriage.

First, both the man and the woman must be monotheists.

Wed not idolatresses till they believe; for lo! a believing bondwoman is better than an idolatress though she please you; and give not your daughters in marriage to idolaters till they believe, for lo! a believing slave is better than an idolater though he please you. These invite unto the Fire, and Allah inviteth unto the Garden, and unto forgiveness by His grace, and expoundeth His revelations to mankind that haply they may remember. (Koran 4:32, Pickthall)

A Muslim may even marry a virtuous Jew or a Christian.

And so are the virtuous women of the believers and the virtuous women of those who received the Scripture before you (lawful for you) when ye give them their marriage portions and live with them in honour, not in fornication, nor taking them as secret concubines. (Koran 5:5, Pickthall)

“Those who received the Scripture” before them are the Jews and the Christians.

Secondly, there must be mutual consent on the part of both the man and the woman to enter into a marital relationship. Women, according to the Koran, have rights similar to those of men.

And they (women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in kindness, and men are a degree above them. (Koran 2:228, Pickthall)

A woman can, therefore, choose which man she wants to marry. A man can choose which woman he wants to marry. A Muslim woman can even marry a virtuous Jew or Christian since she has “rights similar to those of men.” (See Koran 5:5.) A woman cannot be inherited against her will from a deceased relative.

O ye who believe! It is not lawful for you forcibly to inherit the women (of your deceased kinsmen). (Koran 4:19, Pickthall)

Obligatory levirate marriages existed in Old Testament times (Deuteronomy 25:5-10), but according to the Koran such marriages are no longer obligatory on the part of the woman. Slave-girls could choose to remain chaste and their owners had to respect their choice. So, even a slave-girl could refuse to marry her master.

Force not your slave-girls to whoredom that ye may seek enjoyment of the life of the world, if they would preserve their chastity. And if one force them, then (unto them), after their compulsion, lo! Allah will be Forgiving, Merciful. (Koran 24:33, Pickthall)

A divorced woman can marry whoever she wants. This verse from the Fourth Surah implies that she has a choice in the matter when it speaks of “an agreement between them,” that is, between the divorced woman and her new fiancé.

And when ye have divorced women and they reach their term, place not difficulties in the way of their marrying their husbands if it is agreed between them in kindness. This is an admonition for him among you who believeth in Allah and the Last Day. That is more virtuous for you, and cleaner. Allah knoweth; ye know not. (Koran 4:232, Pickthall)

The Pseudo-Islamic practice of arranging forced marriages is, therefore, contrary to the teachings of the Koran. In some Middle Eastern countries, young women are forced into marriages with men without their consent.

Thirdly, if a man intends to marry a woman, he must utter “a recognized form of words.”

But plight not your troth with women except by uttering a recognised form of words. (Koran 2:235, Pickthall)

The Koran does not explicitly say what those words should be. It says “recognized” meaning that he should use words that are recognized as expressing an intention to marry by the vast majority of the people within the society in which he lives.

Finally, he must give her a dowry.

And give unto the women (whom ye marry) free gift of their marriage portions; but if they of their own accord remit unto you a part thereof, then ye are welcome to absorb it (in your wealth). (Koran 4:4, Pickthall)

If these four Koranic requirements are not met, then a man and a woman do not have a legitimate right to have sexual intercourse with each other. Since rape is sexual intercourse with a woman against her will, the second requirement for marriage has not been met. Pseudo-Islamic extremists probably rape polytheistic women, too. When they do that, the first requirement for marriage has not been met. Rape is unlawful sex.

The Koran is not the only holy book that forbids rape. The Bible does, too. In the Torah, which is “a light and guidance for mankind” (Koran 6:92), it says:

And if there be a young damsel espoused to a man, and a man should have found her in the city and have lain with her; ye shall bring them both out to the gate of their city, and they shall be stoned with stones, and they shall die; the damsel, because she cried not in the city; and the man, because he humbled his neighbour’s spouse: so shalt thou remove the evil one from yourselves. But if a man find in the field a damsel that is betrothed, and he should force her and lie with her, ye shall slay the man that lay with her only. And the damsel has not committed a sin worthy of death; as if a man should rise up against his neighbour, and slay him, so is this thing; because he found her in the field; the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to help her. (Deuteronomy 22:23-27, LXX)

Death by stoning was abrogated by Jesus. (See John 8:1-11.) There is, therefore, no death penalty for adultery or fornication. Adulterers and fornicators are supposed to be disfellowshipped, not put to death. (Koran 4:26; I Corinthian 5:11) A rapist needs to be excluded from society by being exiled or imprisoned. The principle for excluding him from society can be derived from this verse in the Koran.

If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four (reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other) way. (Koran 4:15, Yusuf Ali)

The four witnesses in this verse are probably four men who had sexual relations with the woman who may very well have been practicing prostitution. They probably repented and testified against her. Four witnesses are not needed in the case of rape, because the woman who was raped in the field in the passage from Deuteronomy did not need four witnesses. (Deuteronomy 22:25-27) Most rapes do not happen in front of four men. They usually occur in a secluded location where  no one is watching. The rape victim’s testimony is sufficient to convict her rapist in many cases, because if the sex were consensual she most likely would not testify against him. Requiring four witnesses to convict every rapist would not be an abrogating revelation of Allah. Abrogating revelations are better than or similar to the abrogated ones. (See Koran 2:106.) Requiring four witnesses is not better than the revelation of Allah in Deuteronomy 22:25-27.

Four witnesses are needed to convict prostitutes and those who have had sex in public (Koran 4:15; 24:4), but not rape victims. Witnesses need to be cross-examined in the same way that the Holy Prophet Daniel did in the case of Susanna. (Koran 4:26. See the History of Susanna. In the Septuagint, this is the first chapter of the Book of Daniel.)

A prostitute is a menace to the social order of a society. Therefore, she should be excluded from society in order to prevent further damage to the moral fabric of society. The rapist is a threat to society as well. Therefore, he, like the prostitute, should be excluded from society by either imprisonment or exile.

Among the Pseudo-Islamic extremists in Europe is the practice of taharrush. To the Pseudo-Islamic practitioners, this is a game which results in the gang rape of a woman. It is a part of Pseudo-Islamic Arab culture. It is haraam because the men who violate these women are not married to them. The Koran says:

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. (Koran 17:32, Sahih International)

Sexual Immorality Forbidden

In the Bible, it says:

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality. (I Thessalonians 4:3, NKJV)

Now the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (I Corinthians 6:13, NKJV)

God Forbids Immorality

 Here is a video showing this barbaric Pseudo-Islamic practice of taharrush.

The CBS News reporter, Lara Logan, was a victim of this Pseudo-Islamic practice of gang rape. She talks about her experience in this video.

In the video Lara says that the men called her an Israeli and a Jew, although she is neither of these. Even if she were a Jew or an Israeli, they should never treat her the way they did. In the Koran, it says:

Let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. (Koran 5:8, Pickthall)

The first generation Muslims loved those who did not love them (Koran 3:119) and were called by Muhammad “the best community that has been raised up for mankind.” (Koran 3:110) Those Pseudo-Islamic extremists clearly were not living up to this ideal by sexually assaulting Lara Logan.

The Devil Encourages Immorality

Not all rapes carried out by these Pseudo-Islamic extremists are done collectively as gang rapes. Here are two videos about Muslim hypocrites who are raping women in Sweden and Norway.

In the last video, the rapist told his victim that “he had the right to do exactly as he wanted to a woman.” Well, we have already seen that the Koran forbids sex outside of marriage and it clearly forbids rape when it calls the Torah a light and guidance for mankind. Rape is forbidden in the Torah. Therefore, the rapist was not practicing Islam. He was practicing Pseudo-Islam.

Hypocrites

Many of the Pseudo-Islamic extremists blame the woman for not covering her body sufficiently, but that is still not the woman’s fault. The woman is still the victim. The Koran provides two things that men can do to keep from falling into the sin of sexual immorality (zina). They can “lower their gaze” (Koran 24:30) and pray (Koran 29:45).

Lower Your Gaze

Prayer Preserves from Sin

The example of Joseph is also given in the Koran. The Koran says that Joseph did not commit adultery with Potiphar’s wife because he had seen “the proof of his Lord.” (Koran 12:24) Knowing that there really is a God who is watching our actions can help one to be more vigilant against sin.

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

There is really no excuse for this kind of behavior. Those Pseudo-Muslims cannot say that Islam teaches them to behave this way. The Koran clearly forbids sexual immorality. A man can only have sex with his wife. He cannot force a woman to become his wife. Women can choose whom they want to marry. (Koran 2:228; 4:19,232; 24:33) If they are using any of those unreliable hadiths written down over two hundred years after Muhammad died to support this barbaric and criminal practice, well, I think you know what I think about that if you have been reading my blogs. Is it really possible to produce a reliable nine volume encyclopedia of stories telling about what someone said and did two hundred years after he has died? Is it possible to produce six different encyclopedias like that one two hundred or three hundred years after someone died? What does the Koran say?

And follow not that of which you have not the knowledge; surely the hearing and the sight and the heart, all of these, shall be questioned about that. (Koran 17:36, Shakir)

And they have no knowledge thereof. They follow but a guess, and lo! a guess can never take the place of the truth. (Koran 53:28, Pickthall)

I am very skeptical about any hadith that clearly contradicts the teachings of the Bible and the Koran.

Are You Missing a Prayer during Salat?

December 4, 2016 Leave a comment

This blog post is directed toward my Muslim readers, primarily. I am saying this only to get you to think and not with malicious intent.

I have wondered what exactly it is that Muslims pray during their prayers. So, I went to a few Islamic websites and I read the prayers. It was interesting. The prayers seem to be very good prayers. (To calm the fears of fellow non-Muslims, they do not pray that God will help them kill more Jews and Christians. So, there is no need for Islamophobia whenever you see them pray.) There is one prayer that is prayed quite frequently. It is the Fatihah. This is the first chapter of the Koran. It is very short — only seven verses.

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
The Beneficent, the Merciful.
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech for help.
Keep us on the right path.
The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors. Not (the path) of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray. (Koran 1:1-7, Shakir)

Jesus said:

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:7-13, NKJV)

In the Koran, it says:

The Messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers — we make no distinction between any of His Messengers — and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (Koran 2:285, Pickthall)

The Koran says that we should obey Jesus.

And (I come) confirming that which was before Me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey Me. (Koran 3:50, Pickthall)

When Jesus came with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), He said: I have come unto you with wisdom, and to make plain some of that concerning which ye differ. So keep your duty to Allah, and obey Me. (Koran 43:63, Pickthall)

It also says that the Gospel is “a guidance to mankind” and in it is “guidance and light.” (Koran 3:3,4; 5:46) So, shouldn’t you be praying the prayer that Jesus told us to pray when you pray as well?

Allah the Father in the Koran

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

One question that a non-Muslim might have about the Koran is does it teach the Fatherhood of God like the Bible does? Well, I will answer that question by saying these three things. Number 1, the Fatherhood of God is not expressly stated in the Koran, but it is implied in several verses. Number 2, the Koran accepts Scriptures that say that teach the Fatherhood of God as authoritative. Number 3, the Koran calls Jesus “waladun” which means in Arabic “begotten Child.” So, yes, although the teaching of the Fatherhood of God is not expressly stated in the Koran, it is implied and Muslims are required by the Koran to acknowledge this doctrine. Otherwise, they will not be on the “straight path.” They will “wander far astray.” (Koran 4:136)

First, let us look at the verses in the Koran that imply the Fatherhood of God. In the Fifth Surah, it says:

(Both) the Jews and the Christians say: “We are sons of Allah, and his beloved.” Say: “Why then doth He punish you for your sins? Nay, ye are but men, — of the men He hath created: He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and He punisheth whom He pleaseth: and to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between: and unto Him is the final goal (of all)” (Koran 5:18, Yusuf Ali)

Here, what is being rejected by the Koran is the assertion of certain Jews and Christians that they are God’s children. The reason for rejecting this assertion is because God is punishing them for their sins. Since they are not spiritual children of God, they are only “men He hath created.” One who is not practicing sin, but righteousness, would, therefore, by implication be a child of God. The Fatherhood of God is implied in this verse.

When I first read this verse, I thought that it was contradicting a teaching in the Bible, but then, I remembered that the Koran confirms the Bible (Koran 3:3,4; 5:48; 10:38; 21:24; 41:43), it does not contradict it. The passage in the Bible that first came to my mind was this passage:

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.  (Hebrews 12:5-10, NKJV)

Then, I remembered that Blessed Augustine taught that a child of God can be disinherited by God and St. John the Theologian wrote in his First Catholic Epistle:

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. (I John 2:29, NKJV)

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. (I John 3:10, NKJV)

So, what Koran 5:18 is talking about when it speaks about Jews and Christians being “punished for their sins” is not divine chastisement of which the passage in Hebrews 12 speaks. It is something far more serious.

In the Ninth Surah, it says:

But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge. (Koran 9:11, Pickthall)

What this verse is talking about is how polytheists should be treated after they repent of their polytheism and become monotheists. They become the Muslims’ “brethren in religion.” The word, “brethren,” implies the existence of a Father, that is, God. Therefore, the Fatherhood of God is implied in this verse.

In the Forty-Ninth Surah, it says:

The believers are naught else than brothers. Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy. (Koran 49:10, Pickthall)

Here, believers are called “brothers.” It is interesting to note that Orthodox Christians are called “believers” twice in the Koran. (Koran 30:2-5; 85:7) So, if “believers are naught else than brothers,” then they have the same Father, namely, God. The Fatherhood of God is implied in this verse.

The Koran accepts the Bible as authoritative. The Koran requires that Muslims believe the Bible and obey all of the non-abrogated teachings in it.

Believe ye in part of the Scripture and disbelieve ye in part thereof? And what is the reward of those who do so save ignominy in the life of the world, and on the Day of Resurrection they will be consigned to the most grievous doom. For Allah is not unaware of what ye do. (Koran 2:85, Pickthall)

The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers – We make no distinction between any of His messengers – and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (Koran 2:285, Pickthall)

Lo! ye are those who love them though they love you not, and ye believe in all the Scripture. (Koran 3:119, Pickthall)

O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which He hath revealed unto His messenger, and the Scripture which He revealed aforetime. Whoso disbelieveth in Allah and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day, he verily hath wandered far astray. (Koran 4:136, Pickthall)

Lo! those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers, and seek to make distinction between Allah and His messengers, and say: We believe in some and disbelieve in others, and seek to choose a way in between; such are disbelievers in truth; and for disbelievers We prepare a shameful doom. But those who believe in Allah and His messengers and make no distinction between any of them, unto them Allah will give their wages; and Allah was ever Forgiving, Merciful. (Koran 4:150-152, Pickthall)

We send not the messengers save as bearers of good news and warners. Whoso believeth and doeth right, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. But as for those who deny Our revelations, torment will afflict them for that they used to disobey. (Koran 6:48,49, Pickthall)

And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender. (Koran 29:46, Pickthall)

Unto this, then, summon (O Muhammad). And be thou upright as thou art commanded, and follow not their lusts, but say: I believe in whatever Scripture Allah hath sent down, and I am commanded to be just among you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. Unto us our works and unto you your works; no argument between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and unto Him is the journeying. (Koran 42:15, Pickthall)

The Bible clearly teaches the Fatherhood of God in two different senses. God, being our Creator, is the Father of all of His creatures.

And now, O Lord, Thou art our Father, and we are clay, all of us the work of Thine hands. (Isaiah 64:8, LXX)

God is also the spiritual Father of those who have repented of their sins and continue to strive to practice righteousness.

For Thou art our Father; for though Abraham knew us not, and Israel did not acknowledge us, yet do Thou, O Lord, our Father, deliver us: Thy name has been upon us from the beginning. (Isaiah 63:16, LXX)

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32, NKJV)

Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (II Corinthian 6:17,18, NKJV)

Since the Koran accepts the teachings of the Bible and commands people to believe its teachings, the Koran asserts the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God. The Koran acknowledges that God is everyone’s Father in the sense that He is their Creator. He is the “Father of spirits.” (Hebrews 12:9, NKJV) It also asserts that God is the spiritual Father of believers. This is a more restricted sense. He is not the spiritual Father of those who practice sin. Neither is He the spiritual Father of unbelievers.

Finally, the Koran calls Jesus “waladun.” This is an Arabic word which means “begotten Child.” Koran 4:171 says:

O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. (Koran 4:171, Pickthall)

The next part of the verse is often mistranslated. Here is the Arabic.

Sub’ḥānahu an yakūna lahu waladun. (Koran 4:171)

A better translation of these words than what people usually read in English translations of the Koran is:

Glory be to Him that He should be for Him a begotten Child.

That is, “Glory be to Jesus the Messiah that He should be for Allah the Father a begotten Child.” Jesus said:

For I proceeded forth and came from God. (John 8:42, NKJV)

Jesus’ procession from God is called “being begotten.” The Divine Essence does not possess genitals. Therefore, Jesus was not sexually begotten. This is only a theological expression. The Koran says:

And one of them who should say: Lo! I am a god beside Him, that one We should repay with hell. Thus We Repay wrong-doers. (Koran 21:29, Pickthall)

Jesus is not a separate God from Allah. He attributed the titles of Allah to Himself thereby affirming that He is Allah. (Compare John 8:58 with Exodus 3:13,14; Revelation 1:17 with Isaiah 44:6 and Koran 57:3.) However, He is distinct from Allah the Father because both He and the Father are two different hypostases of the same God. There is only one God. Jesus said:

I and My Father are one. (John 10:30, NKJV)

Jesus claimed the He and the Father are one God. They are the same God.

For those who have not read any of my previous blogs, I briefly explain the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is God in His entirety, but He is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is God in His entirety, but He is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God in His Entirety, but He is neither the Father nor the Son. The Father has neither an origin nor a beginning. The Son has an origin, but no beginning. The Holy Spirit has an origin, but no beginning. All Three are not three different Gods. They are one and the same God, but different hypostases of the same God. The mystery of the Trinity is that three wholes make one whole. 1 + 1 + 1 = 1.

In conclusion, the Koran does teach the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God. This doctrine is implied in certain verses in the Koran. (Koran 5:18; 9:11; 49:10) The Koran accepts the teachings of the Bible which teach the Fatherhood of God. The Koran calls Jesus “waladun” which means “begotten Child.” (Koran 4:171) This expression is a theological expression. The Divine Essence does not have genitals. God exists in three different hypostases: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All Three are one and the same God.