More Exonerated "Suspects"
More Verses Being Used to Denigrate Islam
2:191 - 4:34 - 5:51 - 8:12 - 9:5 - 9:14 - 9:29 - 25:52 - 47:4
These verses were and are “The Usual Suspects.”
But, of course, the devil doesn't sleep; so more verses are being circulated with evil claims being made about them.
Once again we will address them. We are unlikely to convince the haters but we hope this will give readers a foundation as to where the errors and correct answers are.
Remember first and foremost that that man's avowed enemy operates by deception. All we have to do is sincerely seek the truth.
What is the latest 'crop' of false suspects?
Let's peek at one email/post making the hate-rounds...
"Check the Quran.
The QURAN says;
♡ You can rape, marry and divorce pre-pubescent girls; Qur’an 65:4
♡ You can enslave for sex and work; Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 5:89, 33:50, 58:3, 70:30
♡ You can beat sex slaves, work slaves, and wives Qur’an 4:34
♡ You will need 4 Muslim male witnesses to prove a rape; Qur’an 24:4
♡ Kill Jews and Christians if they do not convert or pay Jizya tax; Qur’an 9:29
♡ Crucify and amputate non—Muslims; Qur’an 8:13, 47:4
♡ You will kill non—Muslims to receive 72 virgins in heaven; Qur’an 9:11
♡ You will kill anyone who leaves Islam; Qur’an 2:217, 4:49
♡ You will behead non—Muslims; Qur’an 8:12, 47,4
♡ You will kill and be killed for Al’llah (verse of the sword) Qur’an 9:5
♡ You will terrorized non—Muslims: Qur’an 8:12, 8:60
♡ Steal from non—Muslims: Qur’an Chapter 8 (booty/spoils of war)
♡ Lie to strengthen Islam;Qur’an 3:26, 3:54, 9:3 16:106, 40:28"
The above verses, reordered for clarity
2:217 - 3:26 - 3:54 - 4:3 - 4:24 - 4:34 - 4:49 - 5:89 - 8:12 - 8:13 - 8:60 - 9:3 - 9:5 - 9:11 - 9:29 - 16:106 - 24:4 - 33:50 - 40:28 - 47:4 - 58:3 - 65:4 - 70:30
and let's not forget ALL of Surah 8 !
Eliminating the ones we already addressed in "The Usual Suspects" we are left with...
2:217 - 3:26 - 3:54 - 4:3 - 4:24 - 4:49 - 5:89 - 8:13 - 8:60 - 9:3 - 9:11 - 16:106 - 24:4 - 33:50 - 40:28 - 58:3 - 65:4 - 70:30 and Surah 8
Let us look at these verses. (Safi Kaskas translation is used this time, unless otherwise noted).
They ask you about fighting during the sacred month. Say, "Fighting in it is a big offense. But turning people away from the path of God, denying Him, preventing access to the Sacred Sanctuary, and expelling its residents is a bigger offense to God because sedition is a bigger offense than murder. They will not stop fighting you as long as there is the possibility of turning you away from your faith. But if any of you denies the faith and dies in a state of unbelief, their deeds will come to nothing in this world and the Hereafter. They will be in Hell, where they will remain forever.
The claim: "You will kill anyone who leaves Islam"
The reality: Nothing in this verse referse to apostacy.
Say, "God, Lord of all dominion, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty from whom You will;
You exalt whom You will, and You bring low whom You will. Goodness is in Your hand. You can do anything."
The claim: "Lie to strengthen Islam"
The reality: The author seems to think God's power and dominion is a lie. We can't fix him, but we can remind others of the truth.
And they [the unbelievers] plotted [against Jesus] but God caused their schemes to fail, for God is the best of all plotters.
The claim: (again) "Lie to strengthen Islam"
The reality: The author seems to think God's power to plan is a lie. We can't fix him, but (again) we can remind others of the truth.
If you fear that you will not be fair to the orphans, then you may marry two, three, or four, from among the orphans' mothers, if they seem good to you. However, if you fear that you may not be able to treat them with equal fairness, then marry only one or from those whom your right hands held in trust. This will make it more likely that you do not deviate from the right course.
The claim: "You can enslave for sex and work"
The reality: The author seems think that marrying is enslaving, or that forced marriage is allowed.
It is important to note that the verses addressed in this lecture are NOT a comprehensive list. So, these are not the only ones that believers will encounter when addressing some of the negative messages against Islam. But, as already noted, The Usual Suspects list consists of the more commonly addressed.
In conclusion, when we see such verses taken out of context, the appropriate response is simply to put it back into its Qur’anic context. And, when see a verse distorted by bad translation; the best answer is to seek and offer the complete meaning of the original Arabic.
We never need invent a response - The truth already is in the Qur’an.
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