There is a difference in worldview between Biblical Christianity and Islam. The major difference at its core is deeply spiritual. This variance is as deep and drastic as the teachings and lives of Jesus and the Apostles as compared to Muhammad and his immediate successors.
All Muslim groups, including the Jihadis, see themselves as good Muslims. This is a most important point. Even the most violent Muslim groups see themselves as good Muslims. They believe they are being obedient to the words in the Qur’an and the traditions of Muhammad. Therefore if any Muslim group, Sunni or Shi’a, deviate or attack another Muslim group then that Muslim group must be bad. If you are a pious and practicing Muslim and other Muslims disagree with your group or attack your group then they must be bad or takfir. This perspective incentivizes the “good Muslims” to attack the bad Muslims. This helps explain how a Sunni Jordanian pilot was burned to death by ISIS. Since ISIS adherents see themselves as good the Jordanian pilot who bombed them could not possibly be a good Muslim. He was then treated as a heretic. Since Muslims who disagree with another Muslim sect are viewed as bad/misguided then this assures unending conflict between Muslims and with non-Muslims. This also helps explain why many Muslims feel they must defend Islam despite the facts. The quote below is often repeated.
“This barbaric act of ruthlessness and injustice is in no way associated with the religion of Islam.”
This means that there are no examples of barbarity, ruthlessness or injustice to be found in Islam. Now read what Al-Tabari and Bukari reveal.
Tabari VIII:96: “A raiding party led by Zayd set out against Umm in the month of Ramadan. During it, Umm suffered a cruel death. […] She was a very old woman. […] Umm’s story is as follows. Allah’s Messenger sent Zayd to Wadi Qura where he encountered the Banu Fazarah. Some of his Companions were killed, and Zayd was carried away wounded. […] When Zayd returned, he vowed that no washing should touch his head until he has raided the Banu Fazarah. After he recovered, Muhammad sent him with an army against the Fazarah settlement. He met them in Qura and inflicted casualties on them and took Umm Qirfah prisoner. He also took one of Umm’s daughters and Abdallah bin Mas’adah prisoner. Zayd bin Harithah ordered Qays to kill Umm, and he killed her cruelly. He tied each of her legs with a rope and tied the ropes to two camels, and they split her in two. Then they brought Umm’s daughter and Abdallah to the Messenger. Umm’s daughter belonged to Salama who had captured her. Muhammad asked Salama for her, and Salama gave her to him.”
Bukhari:V8B82N794, V8B82N797: “Eight Muslims from the clan of Uraynah were brought to Muhammad for murdering a camel Shepherd. Their eyes were gouged out with hot irons; their feet and hands were chopped off on opposite sides. Their remaining limbs were nailed to the desert floor, water was withheld until death. Some people of the Uraynah tribe came to Medina. When Muhammad learned that they did not like the climate. So Muhammad ordered them to drink the milk and urine of camels […]. They killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away the camels. When the news reached Muhammad he sent men to capture them. After they were captured and returned to Muhammad he ordered that their hands and feet be cut off on opposite sides. After this was done their eyes were branded with hot irons. They were crucified at Al-Harrah [Qur’an 5:33] and water was withheld from them until they died.”
Does the quartering of a very old woman, the sexual slavery of her daughter, the blinding of eight men, mutilation of their limbs, crucifixion of their remaining limbs, and withholding any sense of relief constitute barbarity, ruthlessness and injustice?
Then the obligatory seemingly peaceful verse is quoted to further deflect violence from Islam.
“The Holy Qur’an clearly states that ‘whosoever killed a person it shall be as if he had killed all mankind.’”
This citation seems to indicate that the Qur’an does not advocate or justify the killing of anyone. Is this the complete quote or has a significant portion of the quote been omitted?
Surah 5:32 On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
The quote as portrayed above is not accurate. In the verse cited, Allah is speaking to the Jews telling them how to behave but claiming they disobeyed the prophets and committed mischief and excesses.
Surah 5:33 The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;
Then the next verse which was completely omitted is directed to the Muslims and instructs them to execute, crucify, mutilate and expel the enemies of Allah and Muhammad. This is usually followed by those who need to assure us that Islam is a religion of peace.
“Islam is a religion which promotes peace…From cover to cover, the Holy Qur’an teaches love, affection, peace, reconciliation and the spirit of sacrifice. Anyone who portrays Islam as an extreme and violent religion filled with teaching of bloodshed has no link with real Islam.”
Surah 9:29 – “Fight against (the Christians and Jews) those given the scripture, who believe not in Allah or the last day and forbid what Allah has not forbidden through his Prophet, who do not follow (Islam) until they pay the penalty and are subdued.”
Surah 2:191 – “Slay Them Where You Find Them And Drive Them Out Of The Places Where They Drove You Out, For Persecution Is Worse Than Slaughter. Don’t Fight With Them At The Place Of Worship Until They Attack First, And then Slay Them.”
Surah 2:216 – “Warfare is ordained for you though it is hateful for you, but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you and you love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows. You do not know.”
Surah 8:67 – “It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he has made slaughter in the land.”
Surah 9:5 – “When the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they repent, say the prayers, pay Zakat leave their way free.”
Surah 9:14 – “Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.”
Surah 17:16 – “When we would destroy a town we send a command to those who live at ease, afterward they commit abomination so that the word of doom has effect. We then annihilate it with complete annihilation.”
These verses tell Muslim literalists that non-Muslims are to be fought, subdued, slain and annihilated if they refuse to submit. Of course not all Muslims follow this literally but they can’t tell other Muslims that these verses are something less than authoritative holy revelation through their Prophet. The reason why all Muslim groups see themselves as good and refuse a comprehensive critical analysis of Islam’s authoritative texts is because Muslims generally have little or no concept of the seriousness of sin and since they come from their honor/shame based societies they refuse to ever point a finger at themselves. The problem will always reside with the “other”.
Whereas Islam is an ideology with a set of laws, abrogating verses and religious rituals/practices, biblical Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus, God-incarnate. Our God made Himself known to us. Through His appearing and teaching from the Jewish Bible [Tenakh] he taught us that we are ALL sinners. Therefore Biblical Christians do not see themselves as good. We see ourselves as sinners who are in need of a Savior. Jesus bloody death provided atonement for all the sins everyone would ever commit. His resurrection assures us that if we acknowledge our sinfulness and acknowledge Jesus as our Redeemer [Savior] and anointed King [Messiah], we will be resurrected into eternal life. Biblical Christianity is not a religion of law it is a relationship where we gain God’s grace. Our God is a holy God, and also a God of love and mercy. If we love God and love our neighbor (yes, this includes Muslims) and work to bring others in relationship with Him, and confess and repent of [ask forgiveness for] our sins, He is gracious and will do so. We also recognize that there are two other groups of people: those who observe a religion; meaning observance of rights and rituals where one tries to gain God’s favor and therefore save oneself; and those who are secular, agnostic, or atheist and either do not believe in God, or have given up on Him and live according to what is encouraged by society or by their own changeable mores believing there is nothing on the other side of death.
For Muslims who are reading this I invite you to read about Jesus in the New Covenant scriptures.
Surah 10:94 states,
So if you are in doubt, [O Muhammad], about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters.
Surah 21:7 goes on to state,
And We sent not before you, [O Muhammad], except men to whom We revealed [the message], so ask the people of the message if you do not know.
The Qur’an emphatically tells Muslims to ask Christians about the revelations that came before the Qur’an. I invite you to read it. What you will find is the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and New Covenants were all ratified in blood. The seriousness of sin cost the Israelites untold misery. The Great I AM YHVH conveyed in Leviticus 17:11 that there is NO remission of sin without the shedding of blood. In the New Covenant, which all Muslims are told to read in the Qur’an, you will learn about Jesus miraculous birth. Surah 19:20-21 states,
She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?” He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’ ”
Concerning Jesus miracles Surah 3:46-49 states,
He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” [The angel] said, “Such is Allah; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is. And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel. And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah. And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.
Muhammad neither had a miraculous birth nor did any miracles of healing, feeding or raising anyone from the dead. The Qur’an also states that Muhammad sinned. Surah’s 40:55; 47:19; 48:1-2 state,
So be patient, [O Muhammad]. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord in the evening and the morning.
So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah and ask forgiveness for your sin and for the believing men and believing women. And Allah knows of your movement and your resting place.
Indeed, We have given you, [O Muhammad], a clear conquest That Allah may forgive for you what preceded of your sin and what will follow and complete His favor upon you and guide you to a straight path
If you can be honest with yourself Jesus, who is mention 93 times in the Qur’an vice Muhammad mentioned by name 4 times, is clearly portrayed as greater than Muhammad. It cannot be said that Muhammad is greater or equal since Muhammad could not do what Jesus did. Furthermore Jesus was sinless in the New Covenant and the Qur’an calls him righteous i.e without sin. In the New Covenant you will learn that He is a loving God who became man to ransom his life for you because he loves you. You are not expected to die for him but love others into His Spiritual Kingdom. No matter how many times a Muslim proclaims the Shahada, says their rote prayers, gives alms, observes the Ramadan daylight fast, makes the Hajj or participates in Jihad none of these deeds can remove your sin or make you a more loving person towards all people. I invite you to ask your god Allah about the truth. When Allah does not answer then ask Jesus about the truth. He who is truly God will answer you. God bless you.