Thursday, September 07, 2006

Qur'anic Backgrounds to Osama bin Laden

Could a true expression of Islam hope and bring harm against non-Muslims, especially Jews and Christians?

“Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in God nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and his apostles have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.

“The Jews say Ezra is the son of God, while Christians say the Messiah is the son of God. Such are their assertions by which they imitate the infidels of old. God confound them! How perverse they are!” (Qur’an 9:29).

Why has Osama bin Laden financed the mujahideen and al-Qaeda and, more-recently, lived in caves? What are (some of) his religious reasons?

“Believers, why is it that when it is said to you: ‘March in the cause of God,’ you linger slothfully in the land? Are you content with this life in preference to the life to come? Few indeed are the blessings of this life, compared to the life to come.

“If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men. You will in no way harm Him: for God has power over all things.

“If you do not help him [i.e., Muhammad], God will help him as he helped him when he was driven out by the unbelievers with one another. In the cave he said to his companion: ‘Do not despair, God is with us.’ God caused his tranquility to descend upon him and sent to his aid invisible warriors, so that he routed the unbelievers and exalted the Word of God. God is mighty and wise.

“Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of God, with your wealth and with your persons. This will be best for you, if you but knew it.” (Qur’an 9:38-41).


Stoned-Campbell Disciple said...

Thanks for this post. I am going to have go do some digging in the Koran.

Bobby Valentine

Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

The Qur'an is full of such verses, many much more strident. The more you read in it and the historical background of Muhammad, all the atrocities he commited and that his followers have ever since in this world, the scarier it is.

So many people around us are so completely uninformed and uneducated about all of the evils of Islam. I have a huge notebook full of detailed historical facts, pictures and graphics and the like about the history of Islam that my son taught (on a college level, really) for about 3 or 4 months to an adult Bible class in Woodbridge, VA. It's frightening and terrible.

These are very troubled and turbulent times we live in and it doesn't look to me like there is a chance for this world to get any better unless Christians rise up world wide to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all they can.

Patrick Mead pointed out in his blog a few months ago, in comment I believe in the middle of a discussion about the state of the world, that people are being born faster than God's word can possibly be preached to all of them because of space and time limitations. Which means that more and more people will be lost eternally. That's frightening, as well.

It came up because of Patrick's prayer that the Lord come quickly.

preacherman said...

Great post.
I have studied the Koran and it gives validation to what is going on today.
I enjoy doing prison ministry and a recent study in prisons in the U.S. revealed that the fastest growing religion among inmates is Islam.
The Koran promotes violence. It is a violent religion. "Infedals, kill them where they are and where you find them." "Behead them with the sword."
I appreciate your honest and boldness in this post.
Thank you and God bless.
I enjoy your blog.