Zaheer Baig posted a comment on my “About Page” on my WordPress blog called NeoConservative Christian Right (NCCR). Raig is an apologist for Islam and is pursuing the deceptive (or self-deceived) line that Islam is peace and goes on to include other Quranic lies pertaining that Biblical persons were and always have been Islamic:
Islam is a natural way of life that encourages one to give due attention to their relationship with God and His creation. Islam teaches that it is through the doing of good deeds and seeking the pleasure of God that souls find true happiness and peace. It is in this context that the word Islam derives from the root word “salam,” or peace.
God sent Prophets to teach mankind how to worship Him; starting with Adam, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the last of the messengers, Muhammad (peace be upon them all). The Islamic position is that all of these prophets came with the same message, that there is no deity worthy of worship except the One True God, known in Arabic as Allah.
Vlad Tepes found an interesting quote about Islam from the irreligious yet seeker of a self-satisfactory answer about that which is divine – Voltaire (1694-1777):
“The Koran teaches fear, hatred, contempt for others, murder as a legitimate means for the dissemination and preservation of this satanic doctrine, it talks ill of women, classifies people into classes, calls for blood and ever more blood.Yet, that a camel trader sparks uproar in his tribe, that he wants to make his fellow citizens believe that he talked to the archangel Gabriel; that he boasted about being taken up into heaven and receiving a part of that indigestible book there, which can shake common sense on every page, that to gain respect for this work, he covers his country with fire and iron, that he strangles fathers, drags away daughters, that he leaves the beaten a free choice between death and his faith: now this is certainly something that no-one can excuse, unless he came as a Turk into the world, unless superstition has stifled any natural light of reason in him. ”
Voltaire was no friend of Christianity or any revealed religion including Islam. And yet he was also wise enough to provide an astute observation of that theopolitical religion’s Quran. In the first paragraph I called Zaheer Baig deceptive; however I also gave him (actually I don’t know if the person is male or female) the benefit of the doubt by throwing in parentheses “self-deceptive”. I mention this because there are a number of Muslims that toe the line about “Islam is Peace”. Frankly if you examine the Islamic writings as did Voltaire you will discover that Islam is so far from peace that is laughable not to exchange “peace” for “violent”.
To be clear though deceiving or self-deceived Muslims will tell a non-Muslim (Islam labels as kafir) that Islam is peace and quote Quranic references that show a shining light of a religion that embraces a brotherhood who has an opportunity to submit and worship their deity Allah which in turns provides the assurance of peace.
At al-Islam.org there is a demonstration ecstatic relationship between Allah perceived as the Creator and that deity’s so-called creation:
We cannot understand certain questions in this regard unless we know what sort of relationship there exists between Allah and the creation. …
Anyhow the relationship between Allah and the creation is not of the sort that exists, for example, between father and son, that is between two things existing independently but related to each other. The sun and its rays are an example of a closer relationship. In this case also the sun and its rays are two different things, each having a separate existence to some extent. Man and his mental and physical faculties are an example of another kind of relationship.
Even in this case man and his faculties are not identical, though they are closely related. Unlike all these examples, the relationship between the existing things and Allah, Who is the source of their existence, is of quite a different kind and cannot be compared to any of the relationships mentioned above. At several places in the Qur’an and the traditions the relationship between Allah and His creation has been described as Allah’s glory. The Qur’an says:
When his Lord revealed His glory to the mountain. (Surah al-A’raf, 7:143).
There is a sentence in the Samat Supplication which says:
‘By the light of Your glory You revealed to the mountain and thus sent it down crashing…’
We said earlier that the first possibility about the definite article in al-Hamdu is that it might be denoting comprehensiveness. In that case hamd (praise) would mean all praises, and the word ‘hamd’ as well as the word, ‘ism’ will have a sense of multitude. From this point of view ‘al-hamdu lillahi’ would mean that every praise that is made is that of Allah, for it is always the praise of some aspect of His manifestation or glory.
The sun manifests itself in its rays. Man is manifested in his seeing and hearing faculties. Allah manifests Himself far more clearly in every creation of His. Therefore, when anything is praised actually a manifestation of Allah’s glory is praised.
As all the existing things are the signs of Allah, they are His names. According to the second possibility we mentioned, the meaning would be diametrically different, and ‘al-hamdu lillahi’ would signify that no praise made by any praiser was that of Allah, although in this case also His glory is revealed in all the objects which are praised. But our praise cannot be absolute, nor are we capable of praising the Absolute Being.
WOW! If you are a person searching for divine attunement with an eternal deity that provides inner peace and inner fulfillment this sounds alluringly enticing. You’ll figure out that this represents Shi’ite theopolitical theology which in full disclosure probably represents only about 10% of Islam, but the significance is the deception is an English translation of some big dogs from Iran. Also it is crap compared the part of Islam that abrogates these enticing words.
Take note the alluring enticement is also among the Sunni that roughly represent about 90% of Islam as well:
The Sunni ideology is directly related to the doctrine of monotheism, in which the relationship between God and the elements of nature, either humanity or even non-living beings, is that of a continuous state of complete submission and worshipping from the side of the created to God, the Creator:
[Blog Editor: This essay gives the translation for Quran 17:44 but mistakenly sources Quran 44:17. Or the essay author sets the Surah first than the chapter but I don’t think so.]
This relationship of servitude takes place without any merging or sharing of the divine nature by the Creator and his creation, but it takes place while God is completely outside of and beyond the world.
According to the Sunni ideology, God is God and man is man. Their relationship is very close. …
But this closeness does not imply identification between the two. Moreover, orthodox Sunni belief tends to hold a transcendental vision of Godhead in the way it believes that Allah does not resemble his creation. Allah describes Himself in Quran saying:
This verse of the Quran encompasses that Allah is completely different from His creation in His attributes and actions.
Any created being, either man or any other element of nature, is liable to materialistic measures of existence, i.e. time and place which cannot be ascribed to Godhead. God exists but without a place. …
Although the relationship between God and man is that of servitude and submission to God’s will, it is not to be of subjugation or humiliation. On the contrary, it is of trust and respect. In the following long verse Allah the Almighty sheds light on the special and intimate relationship between Him and man amongst the other creations. He says:
We learn from these verses that God created humans with the purpose of being God’s vicegerents and trustees on earth.
According to the Sunni conception of God and His relationship with nature, nature is not the manifestation of God but of His infinite wisdom, capability and empowerment.
Okay, I realize I probably overshared on Shia and Sunni subject pertaining to the allure of Islam, but you need to understand just how sugarcoated the deception is and the nature of the theology is taught to Muslim adherents who should know that the Quran, Hadith and Sira are very violent against Muslims AND toward Muslims who deviate from the submission standards that make Islam theopolitical.
The reality is Islam is a dualistic theological ideology that mixes the standard of political governance in its submission process. The short explanation for this dualism is that two opposite Quranic statements or commands are both correct depending on the circumstances presented to the Muslim.
Not only are there two Korans, Meccan and Medinan, that are different in tone and subject matter, but also the Koran has many verses that contradict each other.
Koran 2:219 says that Muslims should be tolerant and forgiving to People of the Book.
Koran 9:29 says to attack the People of the Book until they pay the jizyah, the dhimmi tax, submit to Sharia law and be humbled.
Which verse shows the true nature of Islam?
The Koran recognizes its contradictions and even gives a rule to resolve the contradictions. The later verse abrogates (supersedes) the earlier verse. This does not mean, however, that the earlier verse is wrong or in error. This would be impossible since the fundamental hypothesis is that Allah created the Koran and, hence, the earlier verse must be true or Allah would be wrong.
But, the earlier verse is true and still used. Abrogation does not negate the early verse. Indeed, the earlier “peaceful” verse that is abrogated is the one most apt to be used in public discourse.
… In Koranic logic, two statements can contradict each other and both are true. This is dualistic logic.
… Duality includes the special case of abrogation and it explains how the entire doctrine of Koran and Sunna work. It is not just the Koran that is contradictory, but all of the Sunna.
In an earlier post by Bill Warner on Islamic Dualism he writes:
The Koran defines an Islamic logic that is dualistic. … … so in dualistic logic. All of the doctrine refers to two classes of people–Muslims and non-Muslims, kafirs. The doctrine that applies to kafirs is political in nature and is rarely neutral or positive. The part of the doctrine that applies to Muslims is cultural, legal, and religious. Follow link for rest of story.