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Islam - Peace and Tolerance

Article from The Berean Call, April, 2002

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Question: I believe that Islam is a religion of tolerance and peace. Your criticism of Islam contradicts our President and other high-level members of government here and abroad as well as both Christian and Muslim leaders. Isn’t it time to admit you’re wrong?

Answer: Presumably, non-Muslims who equate Islam with peace and tolerance are simply ignorant. Muslim leaders, however, who do so are knowingly saying whatever is expedient for the furtherance of Islam’s goal of world dominion. They know many verses like this in the Qur’an: “When you meet the unbelievers, then it is smiting of the necks [strike off their heads]….” (Surah 47:4).


Muslims have historically spread Islam through conquest, whenever and wherever they could. It is either confess that “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet” or lose one’s head. As Islamic authority Ahmad Hasan az-Zayat states in Al-Azhar, Cairo, Egypt, “Holy war [jihad] is…a divine obligation. The Muslim [knows] his religion is a Qur’an and a sword….”


All 19 terrorists who attacked America last September 11 were devout Muslims acting “in the name of Allah.” Logically, I thought the attack would expose Islam’s violent nature. Instead, Muslim leaders have become popular speakers in high demand and Islam is being hailed as a religion of peace and tolerance. More than 30,000 Americans have converted to Islam since 9/11/01! 1


One such speaker is Imam Fawaz Damra. A local TV station aired a tape of Damra promoting “a Palestinian Holy War” with “rifles [aimed] at the sons of monkeys and pigs, the Jews.” The Qur’an declares that some Jews were turned into apes and swine (Surah 5:60). Damra called the broadcast an “outrageous” attempt to “discredit” him—but the exposé didn’t reduce his popularity.2


As in all Muslim countries, in the hundreds of Islamic schools across America (many subsidized by Saudi Arabia) Israel’s existence is not admitted on any map. The Washington Islamic Academy just outside Washington, D.C. has 1,300 students. Its eleventh-graders study from a textbook which states that on “the Day of Judgment…Muslims will fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say, ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him.’ “3 These are Muhammad’s words!


On the Oprah Winfrey show of October 5, 2001, Queen Raina of Jordan said, “The important thing is the spirit of Islam. That is all about tolerance…and human dignity…Islam…doesn’t impose anything on other people….” She must know that Muhammad said, “He who relinquishes his faith, kill him” and that, in obedience, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries where shari’a (Islamic law) is enforced execute Muslims who turn to another religion.


Muhammad said there could be only one religion in the world. He wiped out the Jews in Arabia and no Jew is allowed there today. In Saudi Arabia only a Muslim may be a citizen; no non-Muslim place of worship may be built and non-Islamic worship is forbidden, even in the sanctity of one’s home. This is “tolerance”?


I challenge anyone to give even one example of where Islam has ever brought peace and tolerance. There are none. There are more revolutions, assassinations and terrorism in Muslim countries than in all the rest of the world, Muslim against Muslim. From 1948 to 1973 there were 80 revolutions in the Islamic world, 30 of them successful, including the murder of 22 heads of state.


Egypt’s Anwar Sadat, a Muslim, was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood. East Pakistan rebelled against West Pakistan in 1971 and became Bangladesh. In the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq, 1,000 tons of poison gas were used and deaths numbered more than in World War I. This is peace?


Sudan’s Muslim government in the north has killed about 2 million black non-Muslims in the south, enslaved thousands who are sold to other Muslim countries (Khadaffi buys them for $15 each), and brutally oppresses and tortures in trying to force everyone into “peaceful and tolerant” Islam. In Nigeria, where 16 of the 19 northern states have adopted shari’a, thousands of non-Muslims are being killed and hundreds of churches burned down. In Indonesia, Christians are being killed daily and churches and villages are being destroyed by Muslims who are determined to force everyone into Islam. This is tolerance?


In Algeria about 100,000 people have been slaughtered in the last decade, Muslim against Muslim. Our task in Afghanistan will be to bring peace among its warring factions. The rival warlords are all Muslims who kill one another in the name of Allah. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had to call upon non-Muslims to bring peace. If Islam is peace, why must “infidels” obtain it for Muslims!


There are repeated appeals for tolerance toward Muslims in this country. But those who make such appeals never mention the oppression and slaughter of non-Muslims in Muslim countries. Enough of this one-way street! Shouldn’t every mosque in the West be shut down and allowed to reopen only when Muslim countries provide comparable freedom? Tell your Senator and Congressman!


Muhammad claimed that Allah had commanded him to “fight against all people until all confess there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” Islam must take over the world and that includes America. Abdulrahman Alamoudi, director of the American Muslim Council, told a conference of the Islamic Association for Palestine, “[T]he United States will become a Muslim country, even if it takes 100 years.”


Said Alamoudi, “I have been labeled by the media in New York a supported of Hamas [part of Arafat’s fatah, and responsible for most of the terrorism in Israel]. I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hesbollah [Party of Allah].”4 The latter has been responsible for countless Katyusha rocket attacks upon Israel, the kidnapping and murder of many Americans, and for the bombing of the American Marines barracks in October 23, 1983 causing the death of 241 Americans.


The freedoms we grant Muslims in America are being used to destroy those very freedoms. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), with ties to terrorists, is organizing Muslim voters: “Our goal….is to register more than 100,000 new Muslim voters over the next eight months.” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesman, explained that he “wants to see the United States become a Muslim country.”5


Don’t be deceived by the peaceful face Islam currently shows in America. Professor James A. Beverly of Toronto writes, “In 1999 I had lunch with an American whose identity I must conceal lest I place his life in renewed danger….[Because] he no longer believed in Islam…he abandoned his faith. As a result, he received death threats—not in Sudan, or Libya, or Iraq, but in the United States.”6


Islam is “peace and tolerance”? Never has such a blatant and destructive lie been believed by so many. Every Christian must see that this lie is refuted and the truth about Islam made known as widely as possible. Otherwise the consequences will be horrible beyond our imagination.


  1. The Washington Times, Jan.16, 2002.
  2. Rachel Zoll, “Pre-attack rhetoric coming back to haunt Muslim clerics” (Daily News, Oct.27, 2001), p 20.
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,4666100,00.html. (sorry - link no longer good)
  4. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=26545
  5. Ibid.
  6. James A. Beverly, “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” (Christianity Today, Jan.7, 2002), pp 41-42.

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