by Robert Reyto, DDS:
Muslim organizations repeatedly admonish us, “you don’t understand our religion” or “you just misunderstood what you read in the Koran.” Then they always say “we” need to explain to you what is in the Koran.
NO. No, thank you. I’ve read it myself. Several times. I also researched it, studied it and compared several translations. I read many related books and Googled articles on the internet. My Arabic speaking friends helped a great deal as well.
I should have read it sooner, because now I do understand Islamic distrust of all religions and Western civilization. I also understand their drive to dominate the world (8:39: “And fight with them until there is no more persecution [opposition] and religion should be only for Allah” or 9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah. until they pay the Jizya. and feel themselves subdued. ” or 24:55: “Allah has promised to those of you who believe. that He will most certainly make them rulers in the earth.” and others).
Islam claims that Jews and Christians “corrupted” their scriptures, so Allah sent down the last prophet with the last revelations and claimed that theirs is the only true religion, theirs is the only true God and only they know the truth. However, there is no explanation anywhere as to who corrupted them and when or what was corrupted. Yet Islam is so intolerant in its relationship to “infidels” that Muslims are urged not to be friends with anyone who is not Muslim (4:144, 5:57 and 5:51: “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends”).
Reading the Koran is possible for me in the U.S., but people in many Islamic countries can’t do it because illiteracy is high and education, especially for women, is quite limited. In addition, many Muslims don’t even read Arabic. The Imams tell them only those parts or verses which they want them to know.
The Koran is a difficult read for several reasons. The contents of many verses are frequently and thus annoyingly, repeated. Very little is in chronological order. The verses are not in consecutive thoughts and the history, as well as many biblical stories they quote, are radically different from the way we know them. All this leads to confusion and questions.
Muhammed (570-632 AD) received his first revelation when he was 40 years old which, along with later revelations, were first saved in the memory of those people who were present. Scribes then copied them on whatever was available at that time and place such as thin, flat bones, leaves, leather or parchments. It worked for a while, because all the verses in the Koran were revealed over a 23-year-period, so there was plenty of time for memorization.
Many Muslims, however, who memorized those revelations died in the war of Yamamah after Mohammed’s death. To preserve the Koran, the 1st Caliph Abu Bakr (reigned 632-634 AD) ordered Zayd bin Tabid to find all the fragments and collect the verses from the memory of those who were still living. Then the 3rd Caliph Uthman (reigned 644-656 AD) combined and collated them, ordered seven copies by four previous scribes and burned the rest. This project took over 25 years. There is, however, controversy and arguments amongst scholars about whether it took much longer than that and if verses were omitted or changed during the process. Since there are no outside sources other than Islam itself (Koran, Sira and the Hadiths), it is difficult to compare or evaluate the current Koran properly.
The Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible are based on love. God loves everything, people, animals, birds, plants, insects and He leads you to love Him. The overall effect is that God loves you and teaches you to love your neighbors as yourself.
Other than many verses from the early, peaceful Meccan period where Mohammed lived, I have found very little spiritual inspiration, pathos, piety, spiritual enlightenment, compassion, beauty or devotion in the Koran. In the later revelations from Medina, when Muhammed became a politician and a warlord, most verses seem like orders from Allah and are cold, rigid, intolerant and combative.
There is no ‘love’ in the Koran the way we understand and interpret love today. Allah, of course, does not love the sinners or the unbelievers (2:190, 3:31). But Allah does not love the believers either, unless they love him (3:31-32), so “love” in the Koran is very conditional. In addition, he admits that he will lead people astray (14:27, 30:29) and will populate Hell with men (32:13). References of true adoration of Allah from one’s heart are few and believers are urged in many verses to “fear Allah” (5:1-2, 2:194). This clearly shows that their perception of God is not the same as the perception of God of the Torah or the Bible.
Allah and Muhammed do not appreciate the life people have found and enjoy on this earth. According to them, it is the Hereafter that is the real life (29:64-69). The reason is that “God has purchased the Believer’s person and their goods; for theirs in return is Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, and slay and are slain.”(9:111).
Allah does not urge his believers to “do good work” in order to achieve peace or cooperate with their fellow man. There are no calls from Allah to serve and help people (other than those who are Muslims), to reduce suffering or spread harmony amongst people in different communities with dissimilar creed, color or religion. The verses clearly state that Islam’s aim is to rule the world with only one religion for everybody: Islam (as shown above, 8:39, 9:29 and 24:55).
For this reason, those Jews, Christians or other naive, uneducated or misinformed people who truly believe that we must work with Islamists, and there are many of them, towards the noble idea of “Tikkun Olam” (repair the world) had better read the Koran first, because there is absolutely no reciprocity or cooperation in it.
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Robert Reyto, DDS is a survivor of both Nazism and Communism and after 9/11 realized the new dangers threatening Western Civilization. For the past six years he has been studying Islam and speaking on the Myths and Realities of the Koran to draw attention to the misinformation disseminated by supporters of Islam. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.