- Religion and Philosophy
The Usual Suspects or Verses:''slay them wherever ye catch them'' as an example
Many Christians argue against the Quran, claiming that it is a cryptofascist book which incite hatred and violence towards them.They quote all the time some war verses from Quran out of its proper context to bash Islam and denigrate Muslims.Those verses are called by Waleed Kavalec:''The Usual Suspects or Verses''1,because always the discussion or any hot debate revolves around them,they are below as he lists them :
2:191 - 5:51 - 8:12 - 9:5 - 9:14 - 9:29 - 25:52 - 47:4
But here in this short hub,I am going to focus on the most controversial verse 2:191 which is in fact a very simple Quranic defensive war command , snipped out its context deliberately by ignoring the preceding verse which shows to whom it was addressed :
“And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.”
Now ,let s have a look to the preceding verse 2:190:“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.
On the light of the above verse, there is no need to paint a warlike picture or a Spielberg horror scene.Muslims have to fight back those who fights them first without transgressing the limits that are permeated in the Quran and the Mohamed's teachings (peace be upon him)such killing innocent bystanders or noncombatants ,cutting trees,tumbling down walls..
To sum up,any verse should be read in their textual and historical context.One should read few verses before and few after to grasp the true meaning of the message.It is true that some Muslims use some Islamic texts for their own goals but it is true as well with other religions.