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Listen to Me: Islam Does Not Command War Against Jews

Let me clarify these misconceptions about Islam so that there is no excuse for warmongers and those who wish to shed oceans of blood.
Turkish political and religious commentator Sinem Tezyapar.

Turkish political and religious commentator Sinem Tezyapar.

In an op. ed. piece for the Jewish Press, I cited from the Qur’an to show that war is an exceptional matter for Muslims, an unwanted obligation to be fulfilled in limited circumstances, and for defensive purposes only.

In response, I’ve been denounced and accused of being a Trojan horse, the wolf trying to devour Little Red Riding Hood, of not being a Muslim or being the worst kind of liar, misguided, deceiver, of practicing taqiyya, of disseminating propaganda with the intention of deceiving Israelis & Westerners, of using jihadist tactics in disguise, etc.

The most moderate reaction has been that I am young, naive… and don’t know my religion and the real world.

Despite the criticism, I stand behind my words, and I say further that Hamas or any other Islamic group that uses violence against civilians is doing wrong according to the Qur’an and that Jews, Christians, and Muslims must and can live co-exist together in harmony and peace. The reactions to my statements have been along the following lines: “What about the jihad verses in Qur’an? What about taqiyyah? What about abrogation of the verses which counsel peace?”

Let me clarify these misconceptions about Islam so that there is no excuse for warmongers and those who wish to shed oceans of blood.

War and violence in the Holy Books - Admittedly, there are commandments about war in the Qur’an, and those verses pertain to self-defense. The Tanakh and the Gospel also contain provisions about war and violence, and there are verses full of killing, especially in the Torah. The passages about war in those are, just as with the Qur’an, in regard to self-defense. The Torah and the Gospel command peace and love, and contain commandments about love and affection too. A person of love will interpret that in one way, and a cruel person in another. One can interpret it truly if one looks at it sincerely. For instance the Gospel speaks of blood up to the manes of the horses; it speaks of nobody being saved apart from 144,000 Jews. These are actually metaphorical and must be elucidated within the general tone of the Gospel, which is one of love and affection prevailing. But if someone insists on interpreting it in terms of violence, if he adds additional things to it out of his own mind, then a climate of violence will of course ensue. But a real Jew or a real Christian would never murder innocent people simply because there exists verses regarding killings in their Holy Books. In the same way, people who will look at Islam and the Qur’an through the eyes of love will not come up with violent interpretations.

Dictators against Prophets’ divine message - Let us not forget that the Prophet Mohammed was a prophet who sought to spread the pure faith of the Prophet Abraham, which is faith in God, the One and Only and ascribing no equals to Him, in a pagan society which had been dominated by idol worship. Like many prophets whose names appear in the Tanakh, the Prophet Mohammad has been commissioned for transmitting the message of God. It was impossible for the prophets to make any concessions on this, and they carried the true message, even at the cost of their own lives, to the most extreme leaders of their times and the most perverse communities. Conveying this message sometimes meant to oppose the tyrant Nimrod, as in the case of the Prophet Abraham, and sometimes to oppose dictators such as Pharaoh, as with the Prophet Moses. At all such times, believers found opposition from people who sought to take their lives. Despite circumstances where no one enjoyed freedom of expression, all the prophets communicated God’s message without regard to the cost. And this is no different in Islam as well.

War (qital) and jihad are not the same - The basic claim of the accusations and reactions trying to portray Islam as violent -God forbid- is that there are verses about jihad in the Qur’an and that these speak of killing. First and foremost, jihad and war are entirely different concepts: Jihad is not synonymous with holy war, as some misguided people think. Jihad means rather exertion, which is to strive, to make effort toward some object identified to the will of God as revealed in the Qur’an. Some worthy objects of jihad include strife against one’s egoistic passions, or to make an intellectual challenge against irreligion, radicalism or fanaticism. One convinces people with scientific and intellectual evidence. To expose the signs of God’s existence, to convey His revelation, to explain the malice of atheistic ideologies etc… These are the legitimate objects of the “jihad” for a Muslim, not beating someone about the head, killing someone or forcing a person to embrace Islam as an act of coercion.

About the Author: Sinem Tezyapar is an executive producer on Turkish Television. She is a political and religious commentator and a peace activist. She can be reached on Facebook, and Twitter.


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197 Responses to “Listen to Me: Islam Does Not Command War Against Jews”

  1. Sorry but I have read the Quran and it not only requires war – but demands GENOCIDE. Yes WAR and HOLY WAR are to very different words and Jihad is much worse than mere Qital.

    There is no more racist – vile – and hateful book ever written on the planet. It makes Mein Kampf look like a kindergarden reader in comparison.

  2. Sorry but I have read the Quran and it not only requires war – but demands GENOCIDE. Yes WAR and HOLY WAR are to very different words and Jihad is much worse than mere Qital.

    There is no more racist – vile – and hateful book ever written on the planet. It makes Mein Kampf look like a kindergarden reader in comparison.

  3. Please read it till the end before making any comments! Thank you!

  4. Ev Max says:

    I just don't think a majority of Muslims, even after reading this, will be convinced and they are the ones who most need convincing. My impression is that among the majority of the world's Muslims, certainly among most Egyptians, Pakistanis, Indonesians, Turks, Muslim Bosnians, Muslim Nigerians and Syrians, that Israel is nothing more than a murderous state that needs to be eliminated and that the they need to be at constant war with Jews. That is what most Muslims from these nations seem to believe and changing their minds seems to be impossible.

  5. Ev Max says:

    I just don't think a majority of Muslims, even after reading this, will be convinced and they are the ones who most need convincing. My impression is that among the majority of the world's Muslims, certainly among most Egyptians, Pakistanis, Indonesians, Turks, Muslim Bosnians, Muslim Nigerians and Syrians, that Israel is nothing more than a murderous state that needs to be eliminated and that the they need to be at constant war with Jews. That is what most Muslims from these nations seem to believe and changing their minds seems to be impossible.

  6. Daniel Greenfield says:

    While your call for building bridges is laudable, building it on a basis of denial of what most Muslims actually practice and believe does not accomplish anything.

    Mohammed's wars against Jews were not defensive, and they culminated in the expulsion of Jews from the region.

    The defining approach is still, "O yes who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. And whoso among you takes them for friends is indeed one of them. Verily, Allah guides not the unjust people." Quran 5:51.

    And the Hadiths make all that even clearer.

  7. Throughout the 13 years they lived in Mecca our Prophet (saas) and the Companions were subjected to terrible duress, attacks and slanders; they were forced to leave their homes and threatened with death. But they never resorted to violence despite all this aggression and oppression. When the oppression in Mecca increased, they migrated to Medina, and during the Medina period they only engaged in wars that were unavoidable and for defensive purposes. For example, the Battle of Badr began when the Meccan pagans gathered their armies and attacked the Muslims, intending to martyr them. At Hendek the Muslim erected obstacles around the city in order to protect themselves, and the fighting was purely defensive. In short, the wars in the past were all unavoidable and defensive, the result of direct and ferocious attacks by pagans. None was an offensive war.

  8. Unjustified killing is a sin in Islam… if someone kills another person–unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth–it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. Our Messengers came to them with Clear Signs but even after that many of them committed outrages in the earth. (Surat al-Ma’ida, 32).
    (Believers are) those who do not call on any other god together with Allah and do not kill anyone Allah has made inviolate, except with the right to do so, and do not fornicate; anyone who does that will receive an evil punishment. (Surat al-Furqan, 68).

  9. Daniel Greenfield says:

    Regarding your quote of Qur’an, 4:91, you cut off the first part of the verse. So why don't we look at the full verse in the Sahih International translation.

    "You will find others who wish to obtain security from you and [to] obtain security from their people. Every time they are returned to [the influence of] disbelief, they fall back into it. So if they do not withdraw from you or offer you peace or restrain their hands, then seize them and kill them wherever you overtake them. And those – We have made for you against them a clear authorization."

  10. Daniel Greenfield says:

    As for killing as a method of propagation of Islam, see Quran 4.89.

    "They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper."

  11. Thanks for this insightful article Sinem. Some ignorant people who are unaware of the Koran are mislead about Islam requiring a sort of bloody war against any group of people. ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE AND LOVE.

  12. Prophet Mohammad (saas) was very affectionate and protective towards Christians and Jews living in the area. As Islam commands, there is no oppression in religion and everyone is free to practice their faith as long as they are respectful to others..

    “A Christian Najran delegation came to Medina at the time of the afternoon prayer and entered the Masjid-i Nabawai. Arriving when our Prophet (saas) and his people were still peforming the afternoon prayer, the Christians turned to the East and prepared to worship.SOME COMPANIONS WISHED TO PREVENT THEM WORSHIPING, BUT THE PROPHET (SAAS) COMMANDED THAT THEY BE LEFT ALONE AND PERMITTED TO WORSHIP.” (Tabarî, Ibn Kathir, Razî, Qurtubî; Surah Al‘Imran, 3/1-61; Part of these commentaries dealt with the beginning of the Surah, and some with the 61st verse, known as the mubahala verse).(Hamidullah, The Prophet of Islâm, trans.: Salih Tug, Ankara 2003, I, 920; Saricam, The Prophet Muhammad and His Universal Message, 278.)

  13. OUR PROPHET (SAAS) SPREAD OUT HIS CLOAK FOR THE NAJRAN CHRISTIANS TO SIT ON DURING THEIR VISIT.

    In addition, according to some accounts, our Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) attended their weddings, visited their sick, and was generous to them. THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAAS) EVEN SPREAD OUT HIS CLOAK SO THAT THE CHRISTIANS OF NAJRAN WHO CAME TO VISIT HIM COULD SIT ON IT.

  14. OUR PROPHET (SAAS) ROSE TO HIS FEET AS THE FUNERAL PROCESSION OF A JEW CAME PAST.

    Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah:A funeral procession passed in front of us and the Prophet stood up and we too stood up. We said, “O Allah's Apostle! This is the funeral procession of a Jew.”He said, "Whenever you see a funeral procession, you should stand up." (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 398).

  15. That's really a very good article. True Islam is the Islam revealed by God in the Qur’an and manifested by our Prophet (saas). All forms of barbarism, unnecessary acts of violence and unjust aggression are forbidden by Islam. God does not approve of wars:
    …Each time they kindle the fire of war, God extinguishes it. They rush about the earth corrupting it. God does not love corrupters. (Qur’an, 5:64)

  16. Read AlQur'an from a non-bias translators, like the one translated by Sir Zafrullah Khan, Maulwi Sher Ali or any translations Officially published by Islam International Publications.

  17. Dan Hischar says:

    Lets" tell the WHOLE truth about jihad, which has TWO meanings.The second of which you failed to mention is the PHYSICAL struggle which calls for the destruction of the enemies of Islam!

  18. Daniel Greenfield says:

    Regarding (Qur’an, 9:6).

    Again much is left out.Let's start with 9'5.

    "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

    "And if one of the idolaters seek protection from you, grant him protection till he hears the word of Allah, then make him attain his place of safety; this is because they are a people who do not know."… till he hears the word of Allah means until he becomes a Muslim.

    Finally 9.29 gets to the point.

    "Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection."

  19. Dan Hischar says:

    That's the problem Daniel,they omit the parts that reveal Islam for what it really is.

  20. Yes it does. It also commands that you cover your hair, and not pluck your eyebrows.
    It's very easy to dismiss/ignore the unsavoury teachings of islam when you are in a position to do so.

  21. War in Islam is only for self-defense not the other way around. The Koran commands that the killing of one person is like killing all people. It is such a major haram.

  22. The term jihad means intellectual struggle; meaning preaching the word of Islam like I am doing at the moment for example.

  23. Thank you for such a provocative and informative article. For those that previously posted, just a few facts. The Holy Qur'an forbids war, with the exception of self defense, and even then it is very limited. The Jews will remain in the Holy Land til the end times, and so it is written. This is Allah's will.This messenger of peace brings the Truth, she has fulfilled Allahs, God's, Hashim's Will. The Radicals are happy to see that their twisting of the Holy Qur'an divides us. We are together, in our Search for peace.

  24. Liad Bar-el says:

    You, Sinem Tezyapar and your associates, need to first convience your brothers and sisters as well as all of your leaders about your message of peace in place of their hate before you come to us here in Israel asking us to give away our land to you on a promise of what you think the Quran states. To date, none of us here in Israel has seen anything from the Muslim world to the likes of what you have stated.

  25. Nothing is impossible Ev Max. At the time it was thought that it was impossible for Mehmed the Conquerer to take Constantinople but he was successful. This bigoted mindset can only be changed through education; and this education can come from such articles and TV shows and publishing blogs that can reach millions of internet users and discussing and talking with each other, explaining that we don't need to fear one another and we can really live in peace. It is very possible indeed.

  26. Moe Winters says:

    It's all very well and good to interpret things in a more peaceful way, and without such fair and decent minded people, like you Sinem, the situation in the Middle East and the world over, would be far worse.. but where is the strength from the believers of the "Peaceful" Islam to combat the hoards and hoards of the un-peaceful "Jihadists" (as is people that believe 'holy war' in Islam means to eradicate all others)? When it comes to crunch time, I fail to see real peace lovers and moderates in the Islamic world unifying and mobilizing themselves to be able to repel the people who are armed to the teeth with deadly modernized weaponry screaming "Allahu Akhbar" while burning the flags of Western countries (not limited to the flags of the USA and Israel, even though they are most common)(also, the situation of Iran comes to mind where the Persian people are literally unarmed and hostage to the tyrannical Ayatollah regime). Seems to me the moderates, like you Sinem, need to put your words into much stronger actions or how can you expect people to believe in your peaceful vision. Where is the necessary change from the inside? The West can't be expected to face the very real and menacing actions of the large number of Islamists that are organized militarily and politically in the world without their being terribly messy consequences. Where are these masses of Muslim moderates who espouse your peaceful vision and will firmly stand and really fight against these armies of people that quite openly don't agree with your nice interpretation?? Where are they? We need them sorely…

  27. Actually the examples you just gave are not stated in the Koran. In Islam men and women are equal and equally treated so. Islam is a very modern religion which also encourages art and science.

  28. But the most important thing is we Muslims we love the People of the Book, because we believe in the same God, we pray to the same God and we are all children of Adam and Eve. I have many beloved Christian and Jewish friends and I believe that we can and will live in peace with one another.

  29. Thank you, Brother Liad, for the thoughtful comment. You will see Peace in our Time. The Turkish-Muslim Union is being formed. Hamas, Hezbollah, and their sponsor will be held accountable for it's actions. In the Ottoman times, the Jews were protected. It will happen again. We are fighting the same battle, against ignorance,bigotry, and hatred. In the end, Israel will stand, we will unite, and peace will prevail. insha'Allah, God Willing.

  30. You are absolutely right that we need to educate Muslims as well that People of the Book are our brothers and sisters whom we should be protective of and affective towards. There is a majority of people who feel the same here in Turkey as we do.

  31. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Sinem, Al Rassooli, an expert on the Quran, has dedicated his life to warning people of the evil of Islam. Also, for Islam to present to the public a sexually attractive woman to talk peace by exciting testosterone production which goes against every principle of Judaism distorts the mind into thinking that you are from the department of open minds when actually it is very closed. What you have said and in how it was presented in reality is putting the last nail in the coffin of religious corruption.

  32. Dan Hischar says:

    Treated equal? When was the last time a Muslim man was stoned? or had acid splashed in his face?How about a little girl that was shot in the head by a GREAT MUSLIM WARRIOR!!

  33. Oh, Ok, like that is it? Deny everything which isn't a koranic teaching. Ok, well verse 65:4 makes PAEDOPHILIA lawful, how about that one, eh?
    I've read what your hateful koran says about the people of the book, please don't bull**** me. And what it says about taking them as friends and helpers.

  34. Samia Khan says:

    Excellently written,, Yes Muslims and Jews should be realistic in their belief of being sincere. That they should try and think where we stand at loss. WE are all at loss how to make peace, but even one person who redeem the thought is most precious human , stand up for peace n love, study history and make truth stand out.

  35. Sinem, perhaps the clerics are not emphasizing this enough to their followers. How do you deliver this message in a clear way to the Moslems?

  36. Görkem Erdoğan Maskha'Allah. Very good Sister!!!!

  37. Can you publish and distribute this message to those who are being bombarded with the opposite propaganda by Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hisbollah, and other organization, who are preaching violence to their followers?

  38. I will write how… in another article God willing. I will explain the vision that we believe will bring solution. But they will not listen to this message at the moment. Not this way…

  39. Dan Hischar Brother Dan Hischar I of course agree with you that such actions applied by bigots/radicals are extremely violent and should be abandoned and the people responsible for such actions should be legally persecuted. However the examples you give do not belong to Islam; they are not stated in the Koran. Islam has one book and one book only. Such actions I believe are traditionally borrowed from other cultures and they don't represent a true devout Muslim.

  40. So what about verse 65:4? Please answer, if you avoid the issue I'll take your silence as consent.
    What about your instruction to not take people of the book as friends and helpers unless it be to guard yourselves against them?

  41. Aziz Hoca says:

    In Quran, killing one man unfairly, unjustly is such a big sin as killing all the people in the world.

    THE VERSE:
    "For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than man slaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if be had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had: saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's sovereignty) , but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth." (5:32).

  42. Daniel Greenfield says:

    This isn't even omitting. It's carefully cutting out the verse being quoted.

  43. Azzam Zeki says:

    masaAllah…I hope that spreads peace between Jews and Muslims.

  44. John English says:

    Obviously Sinem & Gorkem have their very own. very sanitized, version of the Qur'an. The spin (taqiyya) will all stop when Islam rules the World & have no further use for it!

  45. Liad Bar-el says:

    John English, your talk back is one of the best, concise and truthful ones on this blog. You should be working for the Department of Communications instead of Domino's.

  46. My dear Sinem, you should go and live in Gaza under Hamas rule, I am sure you will be singing a different tune about Jihad, and Muslim religion.

  47. My dear Sinem, you should go and live in Gaza under Hamas rule, I am sure you will be singing a different tune about Jihad, and Muslim religion.

  48. Sister Ofra, True Islam is a loving Faith, The Holy Qur'an speaks against the violence, as does the Torah. Hard to accept, having endured 1000 rocket attacks upon your communities before a military response, I understand. The Qur'an calls for a restrained defense. The Jewish state seems to have met that requirement. The Radicals will have no place to turn, in time. We are working to combat the ignorance, bigotry, hatred, and the hijacking of Islam to wage war. The Turkish-Islamic Union, which will likely include Israel, will cause terror groups such as the 3 in question, to become extinct. This is God's will. The Holy Qur'an states that the Jews will live in the Holy Land til the end times. The threat of force cannot compare to Gods will. Education is key. We and our Jewish brothers and sisters will prevail. This is the only viable approach insha'Allah, God Willing.

  49. Sister Ofra, True Islam is a loving Faith, The Holy Qur'an speaks against the violence, as does the Torah. Hard to accept, having endured 1000 rocket attacks upon your communities before a military response, I understand. The Qur'an calls for a restrained defense. The Jewish state seems to have met that requirement. The Radicals will have no place to turn, in time. We are working to combat the ignorance, bigotry, hatred, and the hijacking of Islam to wage war. The Turkish-Islamic Union, which will likely include Israel, will cause terror groups such as the 3 in question, to become extinct. This is God's will. The Holy Qur'an states that the Jews will live in the Holy Land til the end times. The threat of force cannot compare to Gods will. Education is key. We and our Jewish brothers and sisters will prevail. This is the only viable approach insha'Allah, God Willing.

  50. Liad Bar-el says:

    I say to every Jew to not believe in Islam because our sage, the Rambam, Rabbi Mosheh Ben Maimon (Maimonides), wrote a formal didactic (teaching) letter to the Yemenite Jews in 1172 informing them that Muhammad (Islam) as well as his predecessor, Jezeus (Xtianity), are false prophets and insane.

  51. Liad Bar-el says:

    Sinem Tezyapar, you and your associates/managers, Ceylan Ozbudak, Adnan Oktar, et al, really should be making youtubes of interviews with people like Hasan Nasrallah, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the main financier of Islam, Saudi King Abdullah Alsoud. Concentrating your efforts on the Jewish Press instead gives the impression that you’re out fishing for those who are ignorantly lost from the general consensus of religious beliefs and practices. For your organization to state that they will set up Turkey as the spiritual center for the world just throws up red flags all over the place.

  52. Brother Liad, you are a Man of great faith, it is plain to see. No one is trying for conversion, only to draw upon the similarities of the 3 books of Faith. Not to dismiss any teachings, the Status Que cannot stand. Our Jewish brothers and sisters will be out numbered 10 to 1 by Muslims before this decade is out. Regardless, The Holy Qu'ran states that the Jewish people will be in the Holy Land ( Jewish State) until the end times. No one can alter God's will. The Turkish-Islamic Union will cause peer pressure in many Positive ways. The Ottomans protected the Jews, so it shall be again. We are together Brother Laid, in what Allah, God, Hashem wants for us, Peace and unity.

  53. Thank you , Brother. I am an American Muslim that has come full circle since 9/11. I was here to witness the Attacks,the murder of 3000 innocents, spent the best years of my life in pursuit of killers, and then found Allah, our creator. I would like to invite you to visit www, buildingbridges.com. This is A9 in Istanbul. We have guest scholars and Rabbis from around the world. Many from Israel itself. You are seeing a intellectual war being waged against bigotry, ignorance, and hatred that is far more effective than any military unit I ever served with. Brother please, A9 has a long history of Scholars and Leaders, even having won a Nobel Prize for Peace. Join us, it is in our own interest that our Jewish brothers survive and Flourish. God Willing. insha'Allah.

  54. Yori Yanover says:

    I received this comment from a friend by Email:

    Reading the comments on Sinem's article, one gets the impression that most Muslims here seek peace, while many comments by non-Muslims are negative, skeptical and pessimistic.

    As a proud Zionist and an Orthodox Jew from Jerusalem, I am rather confused and sad to see this.

    Yes, I know that most vocal Islamists preach violence and hatred, but I fail to understand why some Westerners are so eager to push ALL Muslims into the radical camp.

    Do we not want to encourage peace and tolerance? Have we fallen in love with being hated and terrorized?

    Sinem is saying that the Muslim radicals that preach hatred and violence are WRONG! Do we want her to shut up and join them?
    What on earth for?

    And how do we have the CHUTZPAH to tell this Turkish intellectual that we know HER religion better than herself and her friends?

    Let's be honest – Jewish and Christian sources also have tones of war and tones of peace. But we are free to choose the right path in every historical period. So why do we reject peaceful Muslims when they insist on adopting tolernace and acceptance? What do you hope to gain from this arrogant approach?

    We should be doing the exact opposite: Encourage people of good will and embrace them. This is the only hope for a better future for all humanity!

  55. Yori Yanover says:

    I received this comment from a friend by Email:

    Reading the comments on Sinem's article, one gets the impression that most Muslims here seek peace, while many comments by non-Muslims are negative, skeptical and pessimistic.

    As a proud Zionist and an Orthodox Jew from Jerusalem, I am rather confused and sad to see this.

    Yes, I know that most vocal Islamists preach violence and hatred, but I fail to understand why some Westerners are so eager to push ALL Muslims into the radical camp.

    Do we not want to encourage peace and tolerance? Have we fallen in love with being hated and terrorized?

    Sinem is saying that the Muslim radicals that preach hatred and violence are WRONG! Do we want her to shut up and join them?
    What on earth for?

    And how do we have the CHUTZPAH to tell this Turkish intellectual that we know HER religion better than herself and her friends?

    Let's be honest – Jewish and Christian sources also have tones of war and tones of peace. But we are free to choose the right path in every historical period. So why do we reject peaceful Muslims when they insist on adopting tolernace and acceptance? What do you hope to gain from this arrogant approach?

    We should be doing the exact opposite: Encourage people of good will and embrace them. This is the only hope for a better future for all humanity!

  56. Bob Carroll says:

    Absolutely. People would rather consign themselves to a future of endless conflict that admit to themselves that their preconceptions are less than 100% true.

  57. Liad Bar-el says:

    Yori and Bob you both have a lot to learn about the two main religions in this world which are based from its inception on destroying the Jews. You both will probably not understand this but I will say it anyway. Before these religions wanted to kill us with swords and some still do; however, now they want to kill us with love. In other words they both have the same objective…..to kill us via their religion. What you read here is pure taqiyya (concealing) of their world take over by this very destruction however "sweet" and seductive it may appear. No matter what kind of spin Islam puts on it, it's all a lie and if you both think not, then it has become an illusion in your heads. You both can see for yourselves that Islam has NEVER EVER "walked the talk" when the word peace was mentioned. Peace has been ALWAYS used as deception and instructed to do so by Muhammed, so as to buy time in order to build up forces ONLY for eventual war and dominate takeover of the world.

  58. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Someone I 'know' on Twitter told me that there was an earlier Koran, but it got destroyed and it was peaceful and loving. Now I understand about abrogation – that earlier – loving – verses were abrogated in favor of violent and hateful verses. My question is: Will the real Quran please stand up?

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