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In the Muslim viewpoint, the world is divided into two regions — those areas controlled by Islam, called Dar al-Islam (meaning the House of Islam) and those called Dar al-Harb (the House of War).
The Glorious Koran commands Mus­lims to fight non-Muslims until they exterminate all other religions, leaving Islam as the one and only religion in the world (Suras 2:193 and 8:39).

Muhammad is quoted as saying, “I have been ordered to fight with the people until they say, none has the right to be worshiped but Allah” (Hadith 4:196).

And the definition of terror -- Allah orders Muslims to terrorize non-Muslims on his behalf: “Strike terror(sic!)into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies” (Sura 8:60).

Allah then assures his followers that he will assist them: “I will instill terror into the hearts of unbelievers. Smite them above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. It is not you who slay them, it is Allah” (Sura 8:12, 17).

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The following comments are for "Glorious Verses"
by Teflon

I've heard terms like "Sword of Allah" before but I had no idea it could be taken so literally from the text. Its a little clearer to me now how a believer could be convinced that he or she actually is the physical arm of Allah, striking down the unbeliever.

I am not among the millions of Americans who bought a copy of the Koran in the last few years so that I could better understand why American civilians, business people specifically, were attacked. I understand it to be Ludite in spirit and opposed to the culture of the United States spreading around the world on the back of trade.

It has been my impression that reading the words of the Koran would not help me to understand the cultural differences between a man like me, who just happens to have been born in America, and a man who belives that detonating himself and ten, or a thousand other people is glorious or even helpful.

I also wonder whether any rationally minded person involved in such a thing has taken stock over the past few years and decades to determine whether or not their tactics have even worked.

I'm delighted to have access to your opinions and thinking on this. I am a great beliver in "you and I" dialog rather than "us and them" rhetoric. -Philo

( Posted by: Philo [Member] On: February 18, 2005 )

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