CHARLOTTE, NC, November 29, 2015 – If you are among those who apologize for Islam regardless of what its adherents do or say, then you’re going to love the new Study Quran.
Supposedly years in the making, five Muslim scholars have assembled a manuscript designed for non-Muslims to convince them that the Koran doesn’t really mean what it says.
In other words, Muhammad’s guidebook for all Muslims since the year 622, which is read, and memorized in many cases, and frequently quoted by Islamic jihadists as the revealed word of God through his prophet, doesn’t really say what the Islamists says it says except when they use it to justify their actions.
If you find that confusing, it’s because you are supposed to find it confusing. Thinking such as this is partially what makes it impossible to negotiate with the Islamic world.
Add to the mix that American President Barack Obama endorses such convoluted thinking with his own obscure rhetoric and you have a dangerous recipe for misjudgment and inaccurate understanding of Islam.
Following the recent attacks in Paris, Obama took to the microphone often to reiterate his belief that ISIS represents “twisted interpretations of Islam.”
Thus we get Study Quran created especially for infidels who are unable to read and interpret the Koran for themselves.
Robert Spencer, a staunch critic of Islam, and founder of Jihad Watch responds to the study by saying, “If the mainstream claim that Islam is a Religion of Peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists were remotely true, then it would be easy to find Qur’an-based refutations of the Islamic State’s understanding of Islam…But such purported refutations have generally been exercises in deception designed to make Westerners feel good about Islam rather than genuine attempts to induce Islamic jihadists to lay down their arms and take up the cause of peace.”
The popular misconception is that ISIS and other terror organizations do not want the West to understand Islam, especially high ranking officials in the West. While it might be that jihadists benefit from ignorance of Islam in many, if not most, non-Muslim governments, the truth is that the Islamic State actually does want the West to “get it” when it comes to Islam. ISIS believes that “understanding” what they are attempting to achieve will further expand their goals and ideals.
The opposite of that are Muslim scholars like Mehdi Hasan an Al Jazeera journalist who says “I never advise a non-Muslim who wants to find out more about Islam to blindly grab the nearest copy of an English-language Quran they can find.”
Why would he? It doesn’t take any amount of serious interpretation to read and understand what the Koran is all about. What does take time is sorting out the Mecca chapters from the Medina chapters and determining the chronology of the passages in order to give them context.
These off-the-wall interpretations come from Muslim scholars who will go to the wildest extremes to skew Koranic translations into something they are not.
As Spencer says, “ISIS presents itself as a return to the roots of the religion, back to a time when the Quran was the only guide for Mohammed and his companions — no commentary, no debates. But its brand of Islam, known as Wahhabism, emerged in the 18th century. It is a relative latecomer to the tradition and has always been a minority view among Muslims, scholars say.”
One of the editors of Study Quran, Caner Dagli, argues that “the Quran does allow the justified (emphasis added) use of force.”
Anyone who has been paying attention since 9/11/01 should know by now that an Islamist can “justify” just about anything if suits his purpose. Jihadists learned that from Muhammad, as well.
One of the debates in the study comes from Chapter 4:34 of the Koran which states: “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, forsake them in beds apart, and beat them.”
This particular verse was problematic for Maria Dakake, the only woman on the Study Quran team. The George Mason University scholar came through with flying colors however, when she rationalized that these were not the words of Muhammad, but the wishes of the Koran, which is, of course, God.
If that makes sense, then perhaps you qualify as an Islamic scholar. Any way you look at it, it is the same old mumbo jumbo where the “ends justify the means.”
And how do we know, because Barack Obama says so.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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