Saturday, 21 May 2016 02:55

Are There Such Things as Love and Forgiveness in the Holy Quoran?

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If you are a Christian given to incessant moralizing about love and forgiveness when all around you are bodies of fellow Christians slaughtered by boko haram, you are as guilty of murder as the rampaging hoodlums masquerading as believers. And if you are a Muslim who does nothing else other than take the stand that such killings of Christians are not within the tenets of Islam, you are as guilty of murder as the violent suicide bombers and grenade throwers. The world must find a lasting solution to the Muslim and Christian problem or the earth will end up in total disarray.

I am beginning to rethink the commandment Jesus gave me in Matthew 5 verse 44: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." I am willing to support the argument  that Jesus' commandment does not apply to Nigeria and Nigerians. The Muslims do not feel comfortable in a loving relationship; they choose violence and hatred.

I am tempted to shut the Bible in great anger or try to burn it if I can, and then walk out of my dwelling one pitch-black night, aggressively pointing skyward to heaven, and screaming at the top of my lungs like a mad man: "Lord, Jesus, what love? I definitely can't love the Muslims because their Allah commands its followers to hate me, kill me, and have nothing to do with me. Look at Abuja, Nigeria and Kenya for examples. Where are the Nigerian school abductees? What love? Hah What love?"

The daily clashes between Islamic boko haran militants and the Nigerian security forces are news not worth writing home about. On Friday, September 20, 2013, as the Nigeria's state security commenced digging for arms at Abuja (near the legislators' residence) following tip-off by arrested Boko haran fighters, the security team came under heavy gunfire attack by other boko haran elements. Then, just the following day  Saturday, September 21, 2013, some Islamic gunmen went on a shooting spree at the Westgate Center in Nairobi, Kenya, leaving 59 dead and over 120 wounded. Consider the tragedy of 300 something Nigerian sleeping girls who were abducted in Chibok and whose unforgivable sin was the desire to learn to read, write, and 'rithmetic.

It is hard not to be convinced that Islam is a religion  entirely based on hatred, violence, and death. There is nothing remotely related to love in Islam. Is Islam a hoax perpetrated upon unsuspecting world?. I searched for the words FORGIVENESS  and LOVE in the Quoran and I found none. My question is this: Is Islam the figment of a cave dweller's imagination, the mindless, murderous and hebephrenic incantation of a mind gone kaput, of a cave dweller of Saudi Arabia, a mind that love and forgiveness cannot penetrate? A religion that does not preach love or forgiveness is the fortress, citadel, fortification, or stronghold of iniquity.

Every follower of Islam, every Muslim wherever he or she is found in the world, is enjoined to do one thing, and that thing is to hate the unbelievers with every fiber of his/her being. To enjoin is to command, instruct, direct, or charge Muslims to hate Christians or followers of Jesus Christ.

Jesus taught the world about love, forgiveness, and being long suffering. It appears that Islam envied the rapid spread of Christianity and harbored the political ambition to beguile and intimidate the world into accepting conversion to a religion that encourages  worship  of a deity that sponsors jihad and espouses no moral teachings such as love and forgiveness. Must a religion  operate through lies, intimidation, slavery, cruelty, and massacres of women, children, and the indefensible? Is the teaching of this violent sect simply a plagiarized and adulterated copy of the Jewish Pentateuch?

There are 109 verses in Quoran that call upon Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake  of Islamic rule.  Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.  Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

Quran (2:191-193) - "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive theom out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.

Quran (3:56) - "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help."

Quran (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority".

Quran (4:104) - "And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain..."

What drives a Muslim to want to kill others? What sort of radicalized speech would Imam give to inflame a Muslim to strap a bomb across his chest and  detonate it in the midst of people? How much hatred can the world endure and where does hatred come from? Why does Islam and its recalcitrant Allah, for that matter, goad its worshippers to "walk through the valley of death" in pursuit of enemies? Islam divides us rather than unite us. While my Bible preaches LOVE, the Quran teaches use of TERROR to intimidate and kill. The Quaran permits honor killing where a father is authorized to kill a child for disobeying family rules against loving or fraternizing with an enemy (Christian) or for bringing dishonor by marrying a Christian.

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

Quran (8:15) - "O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey's end."

Quran (8:39) - "And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah"   that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition.

Show these Quoran verses to Muslims and they are quick to tell you: "These are not from the Quoran" or " I don't know which Quoran you have." My Bible says basically the same thing in different translations.  The story is told of two young friends, one Igbo and the other Hausa, who promised to stand by each other when Boko haran first struck their city in Northern  Nigeria. To make the long story short, the Hausa friend joined the Islamists. Guess the fate of the Christian friend.

Submitted by Dr. James C. Agazie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment.