Available in our Extremely Smart E-Store at Café Press, in the section entitled "Anti-Fundamentalist Designs," is a design for shirts, tote bags, and greeting cards that carries the pope's recent quotation of the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaelogos on the front, and on the backs of the shirts and bags and inside the greeting cards, the quotations from the Qur'an that appear on the large image that follows these remarks. The Qur'an clearly and repeatedly commands male believers to deal with unbelievers by converting them, by "the sword" if necessary; by subjugating them (and dhimmis live worse lives than slaves do); or by killing them. No other option is available. It is extremely telling that the pope, who made his remarks at the invitation of a Muslim scholar, quoted Manuel II Palaelogos in the course of trying to emphasize the need for reason and civility in religion — and male Muslims responded by murdering a Roman Catholic nun and firebombing a large number of Christian churches.
Another design available in the Extremely Smart E-Store says, "Palestinians carrying guns and firebombs explained, 'The attacks were carried out to protest Islam's image as a religion of violence.'" The "attacks" were the "protests" against the pope's quotation; the Palestinians made this statement, in almost precisely these words, on September 6, 2006.
An HTML version of these quotations from the Qur'an follows the JPG file. In Firefox, you can see the JPG full-size (roughly ten inches square) by right-clicking on it and selecting "view image." (Feel free to save it if you wish.)
“If you have made a treaty with infidels who are honorable, do not break the treaty until after the holy months are past. Then fight them and kill them wherever you find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and ambush them.” — Qur’an 9:4-5 . . . after all, honorable men deserve to be betrayed, ambushed, and murdered! (I say "men" because Muhammad refers to male believers as "you" and all others — including female believers — as "they." As you will see from the next quotation, Muhammad gave his true followers, "you," many rights over "them," and gave women zero rights over men.)
“Men are in charge because Allah made men superior to women. Therefore righteous women are devoutly obedient to men. And if ye are afraid that a woman might be disobedient to you, first berate her, and then immure her, and then scourge [idrib] her.” — Qur’an 4:34 (The translation "scourge" is the choice of Pickthal and many other translators. This word could also be accurately translated "flog severely." The apologists who translate it "beat lightly" are not being faithful to Muhammad's words.)
“Strike terror into the hearts of . . . your enemies.” — Qur’an 8:60 “And slay them wherever ye find them.” — Qur’an 2:191
Muhammad said, “May the hands of Abu Lahab perish! May he himself perish! Nothing shall his wealth and gains avail him. He shall be burnt in a flaming fire, and his wife, laden with faggots, shall have a rope of fiber around her neck!” — Qur’an 111:1-5 (Isn't this sweet? Abu Lahab was guilty of having the opinion that Muhammad was a crank and of "mocking" him — so his wife had to be punished almost as severely.)
“There came to Muhammad a woman from Ghamid and said, Allah’s Messenger, I have committed adultery, so purify me. He (the Holy Prophet) turned her away. [After she had borne her illegitimate child, Muhammad] pronounced punishment. And she was put in a ditch up to her chest and [Muhammad] commanded people and they stoned her.” — Hadith of Abu Dawud, #4428 (Kind of different from the way Jesus treated the woman taken in adultery, isn't it?)
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah or the Last Day, or acknowledge that Islam is the religion of Truth, even if they are Jews or Christians, until they submit to slavery to you willingly and feel themselves subdued.” — Qur’an 9:29 (The actual word is dhimmitude, which Muslims believe is slightly different from slavery. Muslims are incorrect in their belief, as they would know if they ever experienced it from the dhimmis' perspective.)
“Allah has purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs in return is the garden of Paradise: they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth. . . .” — Qur’an 9:111
“Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks.” — Qur’an 47:4
“We are clear of you . . . and have rejected you; and there has arisen between us and you enmity and hatred for ever, unless ye believe in Allah and Him alone.”
— Qur’an 60:4
Faithful and committed Muslims are likely to be insulted that a non-Muslim should dare to quote the Qur'an in this way. But the Qur'an says of itself that it is the perfect and complete word of God, flawless and unassailable; it says of itself that it is so perfect that it exists on a special table in heaven (Sura 85:21-22). The Qur'an says of itself, "The revelation of this book is from God, The exalted in power, full of wisdom. It is we [i.e., Allah] who have revealed the book to thee in truth" (Sura 39:1-2). If the Qur'an is as perfect as it says it is, then each verse is perfect and may be quoted by anyone, even unbelievers. If the Qur'an is NOT as perfect as it says it is — for example, when earlier-spoken, unassailably perfect verses are directly contradicted by later unassailably perfect verses, a contradiction known as "abrogation" — faithful and committed Muslims should quit with the bibliolatry already.
45219 : 06Oct09
Jerry Merchant and Mary Matthews