Bad Faith?

Koran 4.89 “They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah’s way; but if they turn back [to their homes], then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.”

The anniversary of the July tube bombings gave plenty of opportunity to reflect on how Britain had reached a point where some of its citizens were willing to blow up other citizens while they were simply on their way to work. Sadly, it was not an opportunity taken by many and once again we heard a chorus of voices telling us that British foreign policy was to blame for the deaths of the 57 commuters who were killed by four British Muslims.

The usual Islamic nutters were out in force to blame the invasion of Iraq for pushing young Muslim men to murder innocent civilians. At the time, Bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, popped out of his cave to claim that “Blair has brought you destruction to the heart of London, and he will bring more destruction, God willing”. That filtered through to other Muslim groups, not sheltering in caves in Pakistan, but in semi detached houses in London. Al-Ghurabaa, a home grown Muslim group, claim that “If anything the situation has deteriorated one year on from 7/7” and make the chilling prediction that “Another 7/7 is more likely in the climate in which we live today than it was a year ago.” Who is to blame for the fact that a Muslim might blow up more train travelers? “The government seems to always detract from the foreign policy thing, they don’t want to make it an issue”. Hizb ut-Tahrir said “It is very clear that the problem of global terrorism is a problem borne out of Western foreign policy”

But what is really disgusting is the way that this view has infiltrated mainstream politics. Sir Iqubal Sacranie, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, has also suggested that the tube bombings would not have taken place had Britain not engaged in military action against Iraq. Mayor of London Ken Livingstone mused that western foreign policy was to blame for the fact that four Muslims decided to slaughter 56 people in his city. It was a view which was reflected in the wider Labour Party with John McDonnell, chairman of the 500-strong Labour Representation Committee, asserting “Please do not try to tell us that the war in Iraq played no part. This assertion is simply intellectually unsustainable”.

That the war in Iraq was controversial is not in doubt by anybody, even Tony Blair. That is was wrong is a view shared by a great many British people including at least 750,000 who demonstrated against the invasion in February 2003, it is a view I share myself. But it has never occurred to me to blow up the other passengers on my train to work to make the point. The peace activist Milan Rai says that “In other words, if you are against terrorism, you should tell British Muslims: ‘You are wrong to be furious about the invasion of Iraq’; ‘You are wrong to be angry about the occupation of Afghanistan’; and ‘You are wrong to rage against the West’s support for the oppression of the Palestinians’”. No one is saying that, what we should be saying to British Muslims is that blowing up innocent people is a totally and utterly unacceptable way to register your protest.

So we return to the question; why did some British Muslims decide to kill other British people? Having established that opposition to the war doesn’t automatically make you a killer, perhaps there is another reason? Perhaps, quite controversially, it is the faith of Islam itself which is to blame? To put this to the test lets look at some verses from the book by which a billion Muslims worldwide, including 3 million Britains, live their lives by;

Koran 17:16-17 When we decide to destroy a population, we send a definite order to them who have the good things in life and yet transgress; so that Allah’s word is proved true against them: then we destroy them utterly. How many generations have we destroyed after Noah? And enough is thy Lord to note and see the Sins of his servants

Koran 8:37 In order that Allah may separate the impure from the pure, Put All the impure ones (Non-Muslim), one on top of the another in a Heap and cast them into Hell. They will be the ones to have lost

Koran 21:11 How many were the populations we utterly destroyed because of their inequities, setting up in their place other peoples

Koran 2:8-10 In their (Non-Muslims) hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease and grievous is the penalty they will incur, because they are false.

Koran 58:5 Those who resist Allah and His Messenger will be crumbled to dust, as were those before them: for we have already sent down Clear Signs and the Unbelievers will have a humiliating Penalty

Koran 44:43-50 Verily the Tree of Zaqqum will be the food of the sinful. Like molten brass it will boil in their insides, Like the boiling of scalding water Seize Ye Him and drag him into the midst of the blazing Fire Then pour over his head the penalty of Boiling Water

Koran 2:39 Those who reject faith (Islam) and belie our signs, They shall be Companions of the Fire and abide in it.

Koran 2:89-90The Curse of Allah is on those without faith (in Islam) Thus have they drawn wrath upon wrath on themselves and humiliating is the punishment of those who reject faith (Islam)

Koran 5:33 The Punishment for those who oppose Allah and his messenger is : Execution or Crucifixion or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides or exile from the land

Koran 9:35 On the day when Heat will be produced out of the wealth in the Fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their sides and their backs- “This is the treasure that ye buried for yourselves, taste ye then the treasures that ye buried.”

Koran 8:50 If you could see when the angels take the souls of the Unbelievers at death. How they smite their faces and backs saying “Taste the penalty of the blazing Fire”

All I have done is pick some of the bad stuff out of the Koran. There is much good, but if I can pull out all these passages which unequivocally advocate the murder of non Muslims, then it stands to reason that others will pull them out and use them in that way as well. Surely, if a young man dedicates himself to live his life by this book, containing these verses, it is “intellectually unsustainable” to believe that the faith of Islam itself played no part in motivating four young Muslims to slaughter what they saw as infidels on July 7th 2005.

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