Two Qur’ans, or Maybe Two Muhammads?

September 15, 2010 at 4:45 PM

When a person takes the time to read through the Qur’an, it appears that there are contradictions.  For instance, Surah 5:36 reads “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is execution or crucifixion, or the cutting off the hands and feet from opposite sides or exile from the land...”

Earlier, in Surah 2:256 states, “Let there be no compulsion in religion.”  Huh?  How can on one hand Muslims be taught that those who wage war against Allah and his apostle, to kill, cut off, or exile from the land those who stand opposed to Islam, then, Muhammad apparently teaches that no one should be forced or coerced regarding religion?

If Muhammad indicated that Allah taught him Surah 2:256 and Allah also revealed Surah 5:36, is there not a contradiction here?  I’m quite sure those steeped in Islam have a very convoluted answer for this seeming conundrum.  However, maybe the answer is simple and is found in the life of Muhammad himself.

Peter Hammond notes in his book Slavery, Terrorism & Islam that when his first wife was alive, Muhammad had but one wife.  This wife – Khadeja – “courageously spoke out against idolatry and polytheism in Mecca and encouraged friendship with the Christians.  The later Muhammad, after the death of his first wife and flight to Medina, accumulated at least 15 more wives, including 9 year old Aisha, started raiding caravans, massacred 600 Jews for failing to acknowledge him as the prophet, and propagated the doctrine of Jihad.  In a sense, there are two Muhammad’s and two Qurans.  The early pre-Medina Surahs demonstrate the tolerance and respect for Christians, whereas the later Surahs unleashed Jihad.” [1]

Obviously, something happened to Muhammad after the death of his first wife.  On one hand, we have the compassionate side of Muhammad seen, and then we have the vengeful side of Muhammad.  Muslims are then left to decide either:

  1. which version of Muhammad they will follow, or
  2. whether they will allegorize the Qur’an or take it literally

It really cannot be both.  This is merely one example of a seeming contradiction in the Qur’an.  By looking at Muhammad’s life, we can easily see this disturbing separation.  Hammond continues, “Violent words that are accompanied by violent actions cannot be dismissed as merely symbolic.  Muhammad engaged in 47 battles, ambushes and raids on merchant caravans in his lifetime.  The Hadith names 27 individuals who were assassinated on Muhammad’s words and over 600 Jewish men who were beheaded for refusing to accept Muhammad as a true prophet.” [2]

Apparently, history reveals to us that at least for Muhammad, the notion of Jihad was not metaphorical.  It was literal.  He took on those he considered to be the enemy and he killed them.  He seemed to have no qualms about it either.  Yet today, there is a group of Muslims within Islam that attempt to tell the world that Jihad means “inner struggle,” even though this was clearly not the case with Muhammad.

Aren’t good Muslims supposed to do what their prophet teaches?  If so, then it would appear as though the Moderate Muslims have it wrong, and those radicals have it correct.  Of course, it’s possible that some Muslims pick and choose what they prefer to obey from the Qur’an.  There are professing Christians who do the same thing, but that does not mean it is correct.

Once Muhammad’s first wife died, Muhammad changed.  Gone was the desire to be friends with Christians or Jews.  The new desire was to slay anyone who refused to receive him as prophet.  It is a fact that Muslim Turks slaughtered more than 1.5 million Christian Armenians in 1915, crucifying many of them.

This holy war of Islam seems to know no bounds.  “There are at least 40 million Muslim youth in Madressas (Muslim religious schools) being taught to memorize the entire Quran and much of the Hadith.  These schools have been described as ‘breeding ground for potential terrorists.’  There are 37,000 Madressas in Indonesia alone – the vast majority of which are supportive of Bin Laden and vitriolically anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Israel and anti-Jewish, glamourising the suicide bombers of the Intafada.  These Madressas have been described as ‘Jihad factories’.  The 1 million students in 10,000 Madressas in Pakistan have been described as ‘perfect jihad machines’ (The Making of a Terrorist by Jeffredy Goldberg, Readers Digest January 2002).” [3]

Yet in spite of all of the above, there are Muslims who want us to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and as one Muslim said to me recently, “we believe in peace.”  Peace, Allah’s way, is the only peace that Muslims search for, yearn for, and work toward.

We will look more at the historical record of Islam soon.  The reality is that as it turns out, though possibly greater in number, the radical Muslims make their presence known over and above the moderate Muslim as they shout, scream, demand, and kill to get their way.

We need to see the big picture and hopefully now, you are starting to get a grasp of it.  More to come!

[1] Peter Hammond, Slavery, Terrorism & Islam, page 22

[2] Ibid, page 23

[3] Ibid, 28

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