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Do you believe that Islamist terrorists act from religious motives?

The Quran makes no bones about it:

"Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers." - Sura 2:98

"Kill them [unbelievers] wherever you find them. Fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah." - Sura 2:191- 193

"Fighting is enjoined on you, and it is an object of dislike to you; and it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you, and Allah knows, while you do not know." - Sura 2:216


Mlaheji thinks I have taken the many quotes out of context.

He is hereby invited to supply the context for each quote from the Quran. If he can disprove my thesis, he is welcome to do so.

If he fails to respond to each quote, we regard that as admission that the statements stand on their own merits.

20 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Sura 5:51: "O you who believe (Muslims)! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whosoever among you takes them for a friend, then surely shall become one of their number; surely Allah does not guide (those Jewish and Christian) people."

  • Pico
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I've never read the Quran so I'll have to assume quotes like those are correct. If they are, then of course the Islamic terrorists act from religious motives.

    There will always be people that take religious text literally. We have a similar problem in the US with the Bible. Look at all the people who want to change laws because God 'wants' things done a certain way. We at least have enough freedom and diversity in the US that keeps one religion from totally ruling the lives of all people in every way. If we were all Christian or all forced to practice Christianity, if it were taught in schools and completely controlled the government in all forms, eventually our country would end up producing dangerous religious zealots who believed we should stone women to death if they were not virgins on their wedding night (it's in the Bible). Get a few zealots in office and suddenly we'll all be getting shot for 'desecrating' the Sabbath. Literal translation of the Bible would become more and more acceptable in a country led by unbridled Christianity.

    I'm never surprised that Muslims talk about how the Quran preaches love and peace. Christians say the same about the Bible. Both books say some messed up things, especially when it comes to killing people that don't follow the 'rules'. The Quran is no worse than the Bible. The problem is that religion has been allowed to get out of control in some Islamic countries and has gone unchecked for centuries upon centuries. All I can say about that is that literal translation of all ancient religious text is BAD when it comes to Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

  • 1 decade ago

    NO! I do not believe that is the reason for their hate. It is JEALOUSY. Logically, no real God would tell anyone to kill. All are given a freedom of choosing . To be killed for the reason that they adhere to is impossible for a loving God to command. Some people are so ignorant that they would believe anything. The terrorists are using their religion as a scapegoat to murder and torture. They don't care how or who they hurt and murder. Innocent children that haven't even had a chance to choose. But I say now, it is the beginning of the end for all mankind as we know it. God will now allow the terrorists to take over with their Koran. The world wants peace as our God promises. Not by killing millions of people. We will not bow down to Allah. We are wrong to allow this kind of thinking into our country. We are wrong for allowing the atheists to overide our Christian roots. We are wrong to let our little children learn to be liberal because we are too easily pursuaded into believing the sins of greed are right. Morality is not being taught in most of our schools. We have allowed too much freedom on our networks. God help us all. I love this country with all my heart but we will be truly doomed if we don't make a difference. I don't hate any religion..I do hate what terrorists are trying to make the world believe as a Holy war. No I don't think so...far from it. Just a power struggle for some little group that want to be a super power. Allah also taught about peace. There are many that use the Koran who believe in peace on earth rather than hatred for other religions. If the peoples of the world would leave others religion alone and make peace instead of war, wouldn't this be a wonderful world, where all nations could walk together in harmony. So sad so many young people are so easily led...God forbid!

  • 1 decade ago

    The history of the Quran is quite important to understanding Muslims and the vastly different sects that exist in the Muslim religion. The Quran is really just a compilation of things Muhammad said in his lifetime. He himself did not write them down but after he died his followers gathered all they could find about his teachings and recorded them in one book. Because the "wisdom" of Muhammad is recorded in one book from the teachings of his whole life, there are many things in the Quran that seem to conflict. In some parts of the Quran, Muhammad talks about being peaceful toward all men, while, in others as you have noted, he talks about hostility toward those of other religions. What this enables Muslims to do is focus on the parts of their religion they want to while neglecting the others. So, the radicals, focus on the texts that talk much about the hatred of the infidel. On the other hand, the peaceful Muslims, focus on the sections that talk about peace and love toward all men. In my opinion, the contradictory content seems to nullify the whole of the Quran because who becomes the authority to decide what stays and what goes? hope this helps

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Out of context again...

    Have you read your Torah lately?



    The first one: you didn't even quote the complete verse.

    "Whoever is the enemy of Allah and His angels and His messengers and Jibreel and Meekaeel, so surely Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers."

    [Qur'an 2:98]

    If you're my enemy, I'm your enemy. Fair enough?


    The second one: heres the previous verse

    "And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits."

    [Qur'an 2:190]

    Fight those who fight you, not fight just because they're unbelievers.

    And the next verse:

    "But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

    [Qur'an 2:192]

    Basically, they're forgiven if they cease to fight you.

    You didn't even quote 193 completely either:

    "And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers. "

    [Qur'an 2:193]


    The third one:

    Whats wrong with this?

    Its a duty of a Muslim to fight in defense of his land, family, and religion.

    Fighting isn't exactly pleasant, but you have to do it if necessary.

    And you will be rewarded for it.


    And you should have emailed me if you wanted me to reply. I don't sit and watch all my answers all day, you know.


  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    although you don't state you are christian, most people who post these quotes from the Qur'an are christians.

    How do christians feel when someone asks them to explain Deuteronomy 13: 6-10 ?

    (13:9 is the one that says to kill them, but I have included surrounding verses, so it CAN be taken IN context)

    if you want to truly understand these verses from Qur'an, a good explanation of them is in this article, "War in the Qur'an"

  • 1 decade ago

    their motives are religious, but they think that by blowing up non-Muslims theyll go directly to heaven, which is not is a sin for muslims to kill unless they are in war for their religion...besides, these terrorists are just extremists, and believe me, regualr Muslims hate them just as you guys do...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All religions do that...expecially chrisitianity...look at the deaths arnd the world...who cause them all?, watch ur own back...

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    disgusting they ought to study the sentences for this form of crime the undeniable fact that he would be out so quickly and loose to accomplish his perverted objectives - possibly somebody will teach him the blunders of his procedures whilst interior...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No religions teach or encourage terrorism. Terrorists are definitely unbelievers or false believers.

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