What is in the Koran?
It is a book of submission and dominance.
I’ve recently finished reading the Qur’an. The Qur’an doesn’t hold a candle to the Bible for literary value; that’s for sure! I wasn’t looking for the word, “love”, but now that you mention it, I don’t recall it either. I went to the online Koran and did a search for the word, “love”. It returned NO references at all. Check out the URL link in the source list, below, if you’d like to see for yourself:
The central theme or message (by word-count) of the Qur’an is an obsession with believers, non-believers, unbelievers, disbelievers, misbelievers and ex-believers. There doesn’t appear to be a single page that doesn’t exhort believers to believe or disparage non-believers for not believing. It’s truly unrelenting! If you were to remove all the text exhorting believers and threatening disbelievers, there wouldn’t be much left of the Qur’an.
As the second-largest religion in the world, I anticipated that Islam’s Qur’an would be a great book, like the Bible. But instead of a great literary epic, it’s more like a nagging father preaching the same limited things over and over and over . . . I waited for SOMETHING of spiritual value, something transcendent or inspiring, but found nothing noteworthy. Instead of the “religion of peace” I keep hearing about, the Qur’an paints a religion of submission and dominance. It seems neurotically and unapologetically insecure because of its obsession with believers versus non-believers.
The extremity of violence in the Qur’an doesn’t really exceed that found in the Torah (Old Testament) but violence is emphasized a whole lot more; taking up a higher percentage of text.
Muhammad repeatedly retells the stories of Noah, Abraham, Lot, Moses and Jesus (among others), giving those stories his own interpretation. It’s interesting how crudely he synopsizes the stories: it’s as if he’s retelling, from memory, stories that he’s heard – NOT stories that he’s studied and can easily reference from a Bible sitting on his table. The assertion that Muhammad was illiterate seems plausible to me, based on the crudeness of the writing in the Qur’an. I’m told the Qur’an is supposed to be heard, out loud, in Arabic. The recitation is allegedly rhythmic and music to the ears. Maybe so . . . but the contents of the words is what matters to me; they’re pedestrian and uninspired, at best.
Some claim that Muhammad was illiterate but wrote the Qur’an via divine inspiration or divine writing. Historians say that Muhammad’s followers recorded his every move and every word. Long after Muhammad was dead, these writings were collected (along with oral tradition?) and assembled into the Qur’an. Even if Muhammad did not personally write those crudely paraphrased biblical stories, they are allegedly his words recorded by his followers.
According to the Qur’an, as followers of Abraham, Jews and Christians are “People of the Book” (dhimmi). They are relatively lucky: as Muslims wage Jihad on the world, the conquered subjects are forced to convert to Islam or die unless they’re People of the Book. These lucky souls get an exemption but must pay dearly for it . . . with their liberties and their pocketbooks. It’s interesting to note – and very telling – that ex-Muslims are the most cursed of all people. Apostasy earns you the death penalty; a sentence that’s still carried out to this very day, particularly if you’re public about it. Many ex-Muslims, for fear of execution, are currently living in hiding; exiled to more tolerant countries where they can live anonymously. How’s that for a “peaceful” religion? Ridiculous! Sounds more like the mafia and the FBI’s Witness Protection Program to me!
The death sentence for apostasy is indicative of the neurotically insecure preaching of the Qur’an. The Qur’an actively encourages and enforces fundamentalism at every opportunity. The Qur’an is “obvious truth” and disbelievers are willfully mocking Allah. Believers need to keep away from disbelievers for fear of being led astray. Only believers have the truth and the rest are following obvious lies.
To me, a sure sign of religious fundamentalism is ridiculously ignorant arguments in defense of one’s religion. The new Creation Museum, in Kentucky, is a Christian example. On Yahoo answers, I read postings from Muslims that are obviously rehashed Islamic propaganda. Stupid stuff like: Muhammad knew about quantum physics (it’s in the Qur’an!) and evolution is proof of Allah’s grand design, etc. The arguments ignore large bodies of contradictory evidence and common sense. And forget about disputing anything they say . . . they’ll just quote scripture and brand you as a disbeliever who will eventually suffer Allah’s wrath.
In the Qur’an, Muhammad frequently boasts of cities that disbelieved and met with grievous woe at the hands of Muhammad’s marauders. It’s a sign of Allah’s greatness that the cities were laid low. I’ve often heard that Islam is a religion of peace. Yes, there are verses that indicate the use of violence should be reserved for self-defense . . . but there’s much more which clearly indicate that being non-Muslim is all the excuse Muslims need to bring you glad tidings of grievous woe. That phrase, “glad tidings of grievous woe”, and its variants, crop up frequently in the Qur’an. It cracks me up every time. LOL, it’s my new catch-phrase.
Something else that really struck me while reading the Qur’an is how Jihad is integral to Islam. The Islamist extremists and Jihadis are actually practicing what the Qur’an preaches. I’ve heard that there’s no such thing as moderate Muslims and I think that’s true because any Muslim worth his salt has to sympathize with militant Muslims, based solely on their commitment to Islamic Jihad. After all, Muhammad himself brought Allah’s wrath to his fellow Arabs – why not follow his example with non-Arabs?
Take a look at what’s been happening in the world. Over the last century, Islam has spread to many countries. Fifty countries now have Muslim majorities. Everywhere they’ve spread, violence has followed. Their modus operandi is to populate an area then agitate, militate, and terrorize the region while demanding autonomy or outright rule. They organize and entrench so successfully that they always seem to get their way. Part of this strategy is to turn tolerance on its head. If you speak out or criticize Islam or Muslims, it’s your fault that you are killed for it. The world has learned that nothing is more effective than Muslim threats. The “free” press, for the most part (especially Europe), has been intimidated into silence.
The ultimate goal of Islam is one world under Allah. The push for this ideal has had its ups and downs but if people don’t wake up and pay attention, they will one day find themselves living under Sharia law. It may already be too late for Europe. The U.S. and Israel may be the last bastions of independence from Muslim undermining and Jihad; that’s why we’re the most hated by the Islamic world. We need to stop bending over backward for the Muslims. If EVERYBODY would read the Qur’an, public determination to face the very real threat of Jihad would be informed and boosted. I’m sure of it.
From “Seeker.” Under how many times word love in Koran on the web.
When I read your experience with opening the Koran, I was reminded of this brilliant analysis and statistical work by Amber Pawlik and was not sure you had ever read it.
The following is the section in which she summarizes her statistical analysis:
Here are the results of my larger study:
106/201 (52.7%) is hatred aimed at infidels, defined as:
*Threats towards infidels either in the afterlife or this life
*Degrading infidels by calling them evil, stupid, blind, deaf, liars, thankless, etc.
*Calls to fight against them.
*Verses that say “except the believers” when wishing death on non-believers were counted as hatred since avoiding death is not a positive to believers
*The threat or insult can be aimed at infidels in general or any specific infidel.
50/201 (24.9%) Deals with believers, defined as:
*Saying they are righteous
*Saying they will get good things
*Any mentions of one of the prophets was snuck into this category too
23/201 (11.4%) deal with Allah,
*Who he is
*That he is almighty
*Any of his creations
10/201 (5%) deal with the Day of Doom or the Day of Judgment
*Either the Day of Doom when destruction is sent on the earth or
*Day of Judgment when all are judged before Allah
*Any message pertaining to how God records what men do was assigned this category
4/201 (2%) are anti-woman
*That it’s OK to beat a woman
*Women and slaves get married off but have no choice in the matter and is very self-serving to Muhammad or men in general.
4/201 (2%) deal with giving to the poor in some way
2/201 (1%) deal with some kind of Muslim custom or etiquette, for instance
*How to divorce your wife
1/201 (0.5%)disapproves of a man who murdered someone, but only because it was for the wrong reason to kill someone.
1/201 (0.5%) actually says it is OK for people to have their religion while Muslims have theirs
Over 50% of the Koran deals with nothing but hatred aimed at infidels. You will notice Allah is mentioned a lot, as well as the goodness of believers and the Day of Doom/Judgment, the former being a day when the Koran gleefully exclaims that Allah will send destruction to the earth and destroy the infidels.
Notice how much of the Koran that deals with not just infidels but with the theme of believers versus non-believers, setting up believers as holy, righteous, almost perfect human beings and non-believers not just as wrong but as wretched scum. If you add up the number of verses that deal with infidels, believers, Allah, and the Day of Judgment/Doom, that percentage is a full 94%. This is really the only thing in the Koran as the Koran itself readily admits: “… This book is no other than a warning and a clear Koran, To warn whoever liveth; and, that against the Infidels sentence may be justly given.” Sura 36:69-70
You may notice that details outlining Muslim customs and etiquette do not take up much room in the Koran. In fact, Ramadan, from what I can tell, is only mentioned once in the Koran. You can see how seriously Muslims take Ramadan. Now imagine how seriously they take the rest of the 94% of the Koran.
There is no moral system outlined in the Koran—with the exception of allowing men to beat their wives, sleep with their slaves, and there is an occasional, “give to the poor.” There certainly is no unequivocal “Do not kill”; “Do not steal”; or “Do not lie,” let alone any other insight into how to behave properly as a human being. Most of the “moral” guidance given in the Koran is not a restraint on humans but permission to do what they want—mostly for men to do what they want.
From: View from the Right http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/011050.html