The Muslim Religion Research Project Part 1

So, I’m sort of trying to read through the Koran, or Qur’an, or whatever is the proper spelling…

Nobody ever quotes from the Koran when they make their arguments about the Muslim religion. I believe I read somewhere that it isn’t really acceptable for the Koran to be in any other language than the original Arabic.

I figure it is time to possibly do a bit of research as the left seems to believe in a peaceful religion and the right seems set on the idea that it is an inherently violent religion. I am inclined to believe in the religion being violent, but I see nearly no quotation of the Koran from the people or places that make their claims about the religion.

I hear about Sharia law, but I don’t know where to even begin to look to find it.

So this is going to be part 1 of an ongoing series of me trying to figure out Islam.

The place I go to read the Koran is http://quran.com and when I first started to read, the Koran is a bit hard to follow. So it may take a while for me to truly contextualize what is going on in the Koran.

To me, it seems almost like a whole bunch of meaningless quotes or a sort of praise or prayer to Allah. However, I have initially decided to dig a bit and try to find the violence as I mostly would like to at least confirm the alleged violent nature of Islam as far as their holy book or Allah commands. (I really don’t know if Allah and God are interchangeable, but there is a verse I read that makes me believe that Allah is not God.)

I came across this interesting verse of the Koran at 9:14

Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people

This verse comes after what appears to me to be how the disbelievers or polytheists can create treaties with Muslims. And then what happens when the treaty duration is finished. Plus their punishments for not believing or disrespecting Islam. It seems that once the treaty is ended, the non-Muslims are supposed to be killed unless they repent.

This verse caught my eye the most because it appears to say that you fighting people who disbelieve is Allah punishing them. It isn’t those who don’t believe will end up spending eternity in hell. What it is is those who don’t believe are to be sent to hell by your hand.

I will concede that it is possible there may be some context in the previous chapter of the Koran, but if the Koran is anything like the Bible, a new Chapter is, well, a new Chapter. Plus, you can generally dive into the Bible anywhere and get the context within the chapter.

A little further on 9:29

Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in 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.

Jizyah is a tax on non-muslims. What seems to be going on here is those who do not convert to Islam are to be fought until they are either all killed or they surrender. If they do not convert, they have to pay a tax if they wish to live and not believe in the Muslim religion. This verse seems to have a contradiction as the people can’t really be considered giving a tax willingly while under threat of violence if they do not give.

This next one is interesting 9:30

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?

This is where I start believing that God and Allah aren’t interchangeable. I am also a bit confused, though I don’t really know much about the Jewish faith, I don’t believe Jews have a Jesus like figure.

Let me add in the next verse 9:31

They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah , and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.

These two verses lead me to believe that Allah is not God. I could be wrong in that belief, but I am inclined to believe that Islam has a totally different deity. The way I see it is that if the Jews and Christians are deluded, then Islam is saying that Jesus was either just a regular person like everybody else, was not the son of Allah in that he was Alla incarnate, or that Jesus was the son of God and not the son of Allah. (I am passing on including Ezra in this as I really have no clue where that comes from in the Jewish faith.)

Now, I believe the next verse helps confirm that Allah and God are not one in the same. Even if we ignore the capitalization of the word ‘god’ as the capital God is the god of the universe, it appears that God is not Allah though the use of the word ‘Him’. He, His and Him are used through the chapter and they all appear to reference Allah. Plus, it doesn’t really make sense that the word God is used and then deity is used if God was supposed to indicate a general god in the way deity is a word for god. Though it may be something is lost in the translation, I concede that if that is the case.

So far, I am inclined to believe that there is reason to suggest that Islam is inherently a violent religion. In small numbers or as individuals, I do not believe there is much threat. If their numbers become so significant that they can either form their own government or get into a government, then there may be worry about the implementation of the violent policies of the Koran. It may be that the alleged peaceful Islam evolves into what people call radical Islam as their numbers grow.

P.S. If anyone knows more than I do on this subject, or if you believe I am wrong in my analysis, feel free to let me know so I can take that into account and fix anything I may have wrong. I am trying to get the facts to be a bit more knowledgeable on Islam.

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