MYTHS DEBUNKED: “Islam is not violent. What about the violent passages in the Bible?”

ANSWER: First, violent Biblical passages are irrelevant to the question of whether Mohammedanism is violent.

Bible and Koran differ greatly

Second, the violent passages in the Bible certainly do not amount to a standing order to commit violence against the rest of the world. Unlike the quran, the Bible is a huge collection of documents written by different people at different times in different contexts, which allows for much greater interpretative freedom. The quran, on the other hand, comes exclusively from one source: Muhammad. It is through the life of Muhammad that the Quran must be understood, as the Quran itself says. His wars and killings both reflect and inform the meaning of the Koran.

Not open to interpretation

Furthermore, the strict literalism of the Quran means that there is no room for interpretation when it comes to its violent injunctions. As it is through the example of Christ, the “Prince of Peace,” that Christianity interprets its scriptures, so it is through the example of the warlord and despot Muhammad that Mohammedans understand the Quran.

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(Source: JihadWatch)

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