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5 Ways the Quran Explains Today’s Headlines

“O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is one of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”

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Robert Spencer

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August 16, 2014 - 2:43 pm
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Nihad Awad of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has claimed that “research has shown that anti-Islam prejudice goes down when people interact with ordinary Muslims and have greater knowledge of Islam.” Accordingly, he says, “it might also be a good idea for Americans of other faiths to borrow a Quran from a Muslim friend, neighbor or co-worker. In that way, knowledge may be increased as bonds of friendship are formed.”

Awad is right. Americans should read the Quran. If they did, they would find that it makes sense of a great many recent events that might otherwise remain inexplicable, bereft of clear motive or purpose.

5. The kidnapped aid workers in Syria.

It was revealed Thursday that two young aid workers from Italy, Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, were kidnapped in Aleppo by Islamic jihadists. Western non-Muslim analysts routinely cite such stories as evidence of the evil of the jihadis — or else as evidence of how self-defeating their jihad is, if they would even try to drive out of their lands the people who have come there to help.

But the Quran makes the reasoning behind the abductions clear. Islam’s holy book directs Muslims to wage war against unbelievers, killing them by beheading and taking captives who may then be freed or ransomed: “Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of bonds; and afterward either grace or ransom till the war lay down its burdens” (47:4).

Islamic law has elaborated from these passages four options for the treatment of captives:

As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first, to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, “When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [Islam] then strike [their] necks” (Qur’an sura 47, verse 4) (Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, The Laws of Islamic Governance).

The decision as to what is “most beneficial” is made on the basis of what is most beneficial for Islam. But whatever decision is made, under Islamic law, the abductions themselves are not crimes. Two naïve young Italian girls in a jihadist-controlled area of Syria – from the jihadist perspective, there would be no downside to abducting them. The only possible negative effect could be a suspension of Western aid, but jihad groups watch the West closely, and know by now that there is essentially nothing they can possibly to do stop that aid from flowing.

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I don't think the Muslims will ever embrace American culture. They take from us but give nothing in return. In a military battle, they cannot be depended on not to shoot Americans. I don't think they can be trusted....the words of that illiterate prophet trump all others.
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Or the West can threaten to permanently obliterate the centers of Islam (e.g., Mecca, Media, Gom).
Muslims wouln't mind dying in their crusade against the West, but they would not risk losing the core institutions of Islam.
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Western civilization can spend the next decade ( if we last that long )
Trying to contain and defeat the Jihadist forces of Islam.
We can keep struggling in the quest for the Democratization of Islamic states which we already did and failed at after investing billions in money and blood.
We can try to strengthen the so-called 'moderate branches of Islam, if there is one. They're either being cowed Into silence or winking and nodding to their Islamist brothers.
We can continue to use drones and special forces and police actions but so far That hasn't been effective. The violent Jihadists reproduce faster than we can neutralize them.
We can try making nice with the organizations of 'Soft-Jihadists' who advance Sharia and Jihad through usually peaceful and legal
Means (like the Muslim Brotherhood Obama's been backing for
The last six years) but that backfired.
The problem of violent Islamic Jihad is more widespread and virulent today than it was even at the height of its glory days when Hordes of Jihadists Advanced on Spain and other parts of Europe, something happening again even at this moment. For Over 1400 years of Jihadist violence, of murder and enslavement, forced conversions, and abuse Of women and children ...and yet still In this modern day and age Islam remains more a retro-sixth century ideology of bloody conquest than anything resembling a religion of peace and harmony.
The world can't wait for this backward cult of Muhammad to somehow 'reform' itself.
Not when nuclear and chemical weapons of Jihad very soon will be within the reach Of religious psychopaths and end-of-days fanatics who yearn for martyrdom.
When a beehive is burnt the surviving bees are disoriented
And dispersed. Certainly there are many angry bees initially but then they lose their ability to sting and just Disappear and scatter into the countryside and soon die.
There's a lesson in this. The hive is in Mecca. It's called the
Kaaba. Or we can continue getting stung for the rest of history!


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With a President like O., The Muslims have the upper hand all over the world.
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A friend has always chided me for my thinking about a friendly co-worker who was a semi-devout muslim. He’d not fast on Ramadan but rather nibble out of sight, and occasionally he attended a mosque. He was fairly well-educated and made a good income, but didn’t seem to be particularly dedicated to anything. He did however make a pointed reference once to his being pulled over “for driving while brown” some months after 9/11. And I’ve always felt that if something slight were to change, in him or in the country, he would have to make a choice: embrace America and all it is, despite his olive complexion; or embrace his religion and let it undergird and guide his thinking. And I’ve always figured that if one could live in America and still not be strongly tied to it, then when push comes to shove, he would embrace his religion. And I thought that was a bit scary.
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I don't think the Muslims will ever embrace American culture. They take from us but give nothing in return. In a military battle, they cannot be depended on not to shoot Americans. I don't think they can be trusted....the words of that illiterate prophet trump all others.
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The Koran is a hate crime owner's manual.
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"Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”

I think allah needs to re-think that. It seems to me that muslims live a very crappy life, unless of course you are one of the money grabbing leaders.
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and yet we still have media that tell us that there are moderate muslims.

BS.

The Turkish Prime Minister stated that there are no moderate Muslims, ISLAM is ISLAM, so if you can lie and deceive, who do we believe the liars and deceivers because to be muslim you must follow the letter of the Koran.
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Erdogan should know about not"moderate Muslims"...his "so-called moderate"country is the one that shelters the Hamas leader active in Judea and Samaria that funds the terror in that region and was responsible for the kidnapping of the three yeshiva students and it was revealed today that they were planning a lot more, plus a coup over Fatah.
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The USA signed a deal with Saudi Arabia in 1971 giving them free reign over Liquidity of the USD and providing them with nearly unlimited wealth. Since then Terrorism has been spread by Saudi's through funding of Wahhabi schools, Sharia law implementation, funding of Hamas, the MB, terror attacks including Mumbai and 9/11 and now funding of ISIS.

At some point the line needs to be drawn clearly and without fear by Mainstream media and sites like PJM ; Saudi Arabia funds global terror on a wholesale scale and we continue to ignore source of global terror and focus on these fronts like ISIS and Hamas...they are the front line but masterminds and funds come from Saudi sources
Lets stop pretending and instead demonstrate courage in journalism and start posting the truth about Saudi Arabia.
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What is the significance of the fact that PJ Media now freely discusses the Quran, but never mentions the Bible.
Half the battle has been lost, it seems.
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The content of the Bible is well known. There is still a huge number of people who don't know beans about the Koran.
9 weeks ago
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Western civilization can spend the next decade ( if we last that long )
Trying to contain and defeat the Jihadist forces of Islam.
We can keep struggling in the quest for the Democratization of Islamic states which we already did and failed at after investing billions in money and blood.
We can try to strengthen the so-called 'moderate branches of Islam, if there is one. They're either being cowed Into silence or winking and nodding to their Islamist brothers.
We can continue to use drones and special forces and police actions but so far That hasn't been effective. The violent Jihadists reproduce faster than we can neutralize them.
We can try making nice with the organizations of 'Soft-Jihadists' who advance Sharia and Jihad through usually peaceful and legal
Means (like the Muslim Brotherhood Obama's been backing for
The last six years) but that backfired.
The problem of violent Islamic Jihad is more widespread and virulent today than it was even at the height of its glory days when Hordes of Jihadists Advanced on Spain and other parts of Europe, something happening again even at this moment. For Over 1400 years of Jihadist violence, of murder and enslavement, forced conversions, and abuse Of women and children ...and yet still In this modern day and age Islam remains more a retro-sixth century ideology of bloody conquest than anything resembling a religion of peace and harmony.
The world can't wait for this backward cult of Muhammad to somehow 'reform' itself.
Not when nuclear and chemical weapons of Jihad very soon will be within the reach Of religious psychopaths and end-of-days fanatics who yearn for martyrdom.
When a beehive is burnt the surviving bees are disoriented
And dispersed. Certainly there are many angry bees initially but then they lose their ability to sting and just Disappear and scatter into the countryside and soon die.
There's a lesson in this. The hive is in Mecca. It's called the
Kaaba. Or we can continue getting stung for the rest of history!


Yoelarry
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The first step would be to lump All Muslims together and not give them any of the perks they think is their due. Don';t allow them in the military or in any public office, Treat them as they treat non Muslims. Don't allow women to drive, make them wear ID of some sort. If the moderate Muslims want inclusion make them jump through hoops to get it
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Or the West can threaten to permanently obliterate the centers of Islam (e.g., Mecca, Media, Gom).
Muslims wouln't mind dying in their crusade against the West, but they would not risk losing the core institutions of Islam.
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They shouldn't just threaten.....DO IT!
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Just don't forget the other major infestations: Teheran, Baghdad, Istanbul and Cairo. And you don't really have to hurt the lay people or especially the women. Just the priesthood class, their acolytes, and their terrorism training centers, commonly called mosques.
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It is very important to understand that what was "revealed" to the Prophet (PBUH or else) in Mecca at the beginning of the rise in power of the Prophet (PBUH or else) is superseded by the final revelations to the Prophet (PBUH or else) in Medina. The Quran has conciliatory writings about "The People of the Book" in Mecca but totally different in Medina... the last instructions are the final word....abrogation of previous contradictory texts. Extremist Jihadists just read the Quran as the Prophet (PBUH or else) understood them and lived them. ...
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Thanks (again) Robert. I just read your book "Did Mohammed Exist?" I would highly recommend that book to all who have read this article.

None of the "radicals" are radical at all, they're just Muslim believers; that's all it takes to go from pleasant neighbor to mass murderer in a day.
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