Before I read the Koran, I was a Muslim. All my life, I have wanted communion with God, and I have felt that worship is nothing less than full devotion to the way of righteousness. It is in aiding the poor and the needy, curing the sick, forgiving one another (for the son of man on Earth has the power to forgive sins), and repenting of our sins that every human knows righteousness. It is in loving our neighbors truly as ourselves that God breathes a divine unity into humanity. Life, the process of exercising a good will, expending of that which has been provided to us, has forever seemed to me a holy, mystical experience, and as long as mankind participates in this exercise, it does well. This is the root of my religious belief and the term “Muslim,” referring to one who submits to the Lord of Being captures it perfectly.
People of the Book! Why do you dispute concerning Abraham? The Torah was not sent down, neither the Gospel, but after him. What, have you no reason? Ha, you are the ones who dispute on what you know; why then dispute you touching a matter of which you know not anything? God knows, and you know not. No; Abraham in truth was not a Jew, neither a Christian; but he was a Muslim and one pure of faith; certainly he was never of the idolaters. – The Holy Koran
Nor was the Koran available to Abraham. Nor was it available to Jacob, Noah, Samuel, David, Job, Jesus, or any of God’s prophets and beloved children who lived righteous lives in the times of the Old and New Testaments, bringing peace and liberation to the world. In their virtue they did nothing other than follow the same moral injunction of autonomy which stands before each and every human life. The holy creative force of the universe bestows upon us our great power, asking only that we live by it alone, and in the life of every autonomous soul which takes up this commandment is testimony to the goodness of God’s ways. All of us, brothers and sisters, prove the goodness of God to one another by sharing in the same source of our freedom the divinity of creation.
It is in this way that I consider myself a Muslim. It pains me to no end to see my beloved heroes of days past slandered and defiled in any of the endless ways to which we are forced to bear witness. Men committing unspeakable atrocities stand and pronounce themselves my brothers, and while I hope for a sudden epiphany to strike them, I am not optimistic. I have no authority, and most of the swelling masses of humanity cannot hear me speak, so I speak when I can, but rarely is there an opportune moment to discuss these matters.
“So why not rant on the Internet?” I thought.
It is He who sent down upon thee the Book, wherein are verses clear that are the Essence of the Book, and others ambiguous. As for those in whose hearts is swerving, they follow the ambiguous part, desiring dissension, and desiring its interpretation; and none knows its interpretation, save only God. And those firmly rooted in knowledge say. ‘We believe in it; all is from our Lord’; yet none remembers, but men possessed of minds. – The Holy Koran
Those who stand up before the world’s media and desire violence, doing immense corruption in the land, appear to believe themselves to stand in the name of Islam. And yet, to me, it is as if they have never even seen the Book. Everything which they are now doing is covered thoroughly in the Koran. They show mankind the utter depths of depravity which humans might reach by not only committing such corruption in the land, but by appearing entirely convinced of their righteousness. All of us should fear such a loss of autonomy, for they are encumbered and constrained by their irrationality, coerced under its weight into their paths of destruction.
They divide themselves into sects,
Those who have made divisions in their religion and become sects, thou art not of them in anything; their affair is unto God, then He will tell them what they have been doing. – The Holy Koran
they claim to love God as they worship corruption and senselessly butcher his children,
And some men there are who say, ‘We believe in God and the Last Day’; but they are not believers. They would trick God and the believers, and only themselves they deceive, and they are not aware. In their hearts is a sickness, and God has increased their sickness, and there awaits them a painful chastisement for that they have cried lies. When it is said to them, ‘Do not corruption in the land’, they say, ‘We are only ones that put things right.’ Truly, they are workers of corruption but they are not aware. – The Holy Koran
and they declare their Muslim, Israelite, and Christian siblings infidels.
Surely We sent down the Torah, wherein is guidance and light; thereby the Prophets who had surrendered themselves gave judgment for those of Jewry, as did the masters and the rabbis, following such portion of God’s Book as they were given to keep and were witnesses to. – The Holy Koran
They know so little of the faith they pronounce of themselves that it is truly terrifying. That human beings can fall into such depths of moral blindness worries me endlessly. They have extremely little knowledge of Islam, and even less of the Hebrew and Greek writings with which the Koran stands as an equal. The most wonderful insights of the beautiful capstone to the Abrahamic faith are neglected entirely as the flood of ignorance barrels forth. They rush to decry any who refuses their unfathomably brutal totalitarianism borne of their evil desires. Symptomatic of their withered moral fiber is their arrogant certainty that they know the interpretation of the word of God, and somehow their shallow, illiterate thought is taken by them not as an embarrassing emblem of a morally impoverished life but somehow as indication that they alone have received the one true message.
We have revealed to thee as We revealed to Noah, and the Prophets after him, and We revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, Jesus and Job, Jonah and Aaron and Solomon, and We gave to David Psalms, and Messengers We have already told thee of before, and Messengers We have not told thee of; and unto Moses God spoke directly – Messengers bearing good tidings, and warning, so that mankind might have no argument against God, after the Messengers; God is All-mighty, All-wise. – The Holy Koran
To list the direct contradictions in the Koran with the actions of modern so-called “Islamic extremists” or “radicals” would compel the posting of the entire Koran. I can think of no more ill-fitting label for these murderous psychopaths than “Muslim.” On the contrary, an Islamic extremist is a man who has given all his possessions to the poor. A radical Muslim is one who is too humble to be found despite his great virtue. These disgusting terrorists, on the other hand, are in no way Islamic unless we simply grant that title to any who proclaim it of themselves.
All this transpires, according to the perpetrators, for the sake of Mohammad and the Koran. Compounding this outrageous lie is the implied premise that the Koran should outweigh God’s other messengers and that it should stand above the Tanakh, the Talmud, and the Gospel. This, too, is a lie of outrageous proportions. It surprises me that I should be the one to point out what seems so obvious, but Islam is so much more than the Koran. Muslims lived before and will live long after Mohammad and the Koran came to be. Mohammad is but one of God’s Prophets, and though he is to be revered and respected as such, he is not to be singled out as superior or inferior in any way among them.
Those who disbelieve in God and His Messengers and desire to make division between God and His Messengers, and say, ‘We believe in part, and disbelieve in part,’ desiring to take between this and that a way – those in truth are the unbelievers; and We have prepared for the unbelievers a humbling chastisement. And those who believe in God and His Messengers and make no division between any of them, those-We shall surely give them their wages; God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. – The Holy Koran
The original rationale for the prohibition of depictions of Mohammad was derived from this very principle. Those in authority among the people worried that they would begin to worship Mohammad, and of this concern was borne the prohibition of his depiction. This point is utterly lost on the Infidel State (IS).
And some of them believe in it, and some believe not in it. Thy Lord knows very well those who do corruption. If they cry lies to thee, then do thou say: ‘I have my work, and you have your work; you are quit of what I do, and I am quit of what you do.’ – The Holy Koran
And when they meet their neighbors whom they are to love, they slaughter and rape them, pillage and destroy them, and cause the world to fear the work that God has sent down upon them. They could do no more grievous sin, and for them there can only be a painful chastisement. Fear for them, and for what we must do to stop them, for even the justified slaying of one’s brothers is a grievous burden to bear.
Therefore We prescribed for the Children of Israel that whoso slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, shall be as if he had slain mankind altogether; and whoso gives life to a soul, shall be as if he had given life to mankind altogether. Our Messengers have already come to them with the clear signs; then many of them thereafter commit excesses in the earth. – The Holy Koran
These terrorists martyr themselves to every satan, relishing in their cowardly ignorance and indulging themselves in bloodlust. They do not avoid violence, repulsed by the incursion of destruction and death as one who is truly guided, but they seek it. They create entire political entities to provide them the oppressive power they crave in their dying hearts. They begin wars and attack the powerless. Empowered even by the sheer self-destruction of their sin, they commit massacres and atrocities.
And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you, but aggress not: God loves not the aggressors. – The Holy Koran
And yet, we must stand bravely in the shadowy faces of our brothers, and we must strive to constrain them and prevent harm to any of God’s children, but when the wages of death have been so fully paid, there may be those who will simply drive forth in their demented rage, and only the most adept warriors can prevent these aggressors’ deaths.
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live? – Ezekiel
Individuals who live now have more power than ever before, and a few men can cause thousands of deaths. The righteous must be towers among men in whose shadow the weakened find shade, and against whose walls the weapons of the aggressors fail. The way of God is rigorous, for it is by the very exertion of the requisite effort that it is brought into existence