Six days after the Islamic attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush made a public appearance with members of the terrorist-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations at the Islamic Center in Washington, DC saying: “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith… let me quote from the Quran, itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule. The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. [Sura 30:10] That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace … When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.” This is right in line with what Pope Francis said in 2013: “Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Quran are opposed to every form of violence.” Such statements come off as an appeasement to Muslims rather than an elucidation of Islamic doctrine.
First and foremost, Islam does not mean peace but submission: “Truly the religion in the sight of Allah is submission.” (Sura 3, 19) — I explain this in detail, as the etymology of “lslam” in my book Islam: Religion of Peace? The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up. It is true that Bush was trying to contain the violent reactions against Muslims in the United States by Americans who were justifiably angry — this of course did not warrant such indiscriminate assaults. Nevertheless, Bush’s pretext, convinced many that, as he would reiterate a year later: “Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others.” This, as the verse he recited in 2001, has to be read in context with the following verses of the same sura: “And as for those who had believed and done righteous deeds, they will be in a garden [of Paradise], delighted. But as for those who disbelieved and denied Our verses and the meeting of the Hereafter, those will be brought into the punishment [to remain].”
As the Quran states that the disbelievers to be punished are the People of the Book: Jews and Christians, as well as Hindus, atheists, etc.: “The disbelievers among the People of the Book and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding therein; it is they who are the worst of creatures.” This is sustained by another verse in the Quran: “Indeed, the vilest of animals in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved [kafirs: Jews and Christians].”
Many Muslim scholars and other apologists who argue that Islam means peace and is against the murder of the innocent recite this verse: “If anyone slays [kills] a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” What is illusive about this is that this verse, as presented, does not exist anywhere in the Quran. It is, instead, a distorted version of verse 32 of the fifth sura, which states: “For that cause, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land; it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one; it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs.”
The ordinance is in reference, as per the preceding verses, to the killing of Abel by his brother Cain. Verse 32, which begins “for that cause” (reason), meaning “for the reason Cain killed Abel,” is followed by the decree given to “the Children of Israel” (the Jews) who, according to Muslims, received an earlier set of scriptures. Effectively speaking, this is applied to Muslims who as the new chosen people should not kill other Muslims. The verse likewise sanctions killing as an act of vengeance against those who cause disharmony in the umma (community), as seen in the context of the following Quranic verses:
“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.”
It is quite apparent that the pseudo-verse 32 as presented by apologists, just as the one recited by President Bush, are both misleading to those not familiar with the Quran, to say nothing of the hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad that encourage violence. Does this mean that Muslims are not peaceful? No. Yet unlike the historical atrocities committed by Christians, which are not mandated by the Gospels, let alone committed by Jesus, Islam cannot claim the same. All one has to do is read the Islamic texts.
The death toll in the history of Islam since its inception fourteen hundred years ago is nearly two-hundred-seventy-million: one-hundred-twenty-million Africans during the slave trade, sixty-million Christians, eighty-million Hindus, and ten million Buddhists. While the number of Jews killed in jihad does not significantly affect the final tally, the jihad in Arabia against them has been 100 percent effective. Does Islam mean peace? I beg to differ. Islam is rather a way of life in which its leaders seek global rule at any cost: “(O Muhammad), warn them of the coming of a Day when We shall bring forth a witness against them from each community and We shall bring you forth as a witness against them all; (and it is for that purpose that) We sent down the Book [the Quran] to you which makes everything clear, and serves as a guidance and mercy and glad tidings to those who have submitted to Allah.” The sooner the West realizes this, the better.