Dear Mosque Mouse,
For We can think of nothing else of which to call you then that my illusionary keeper of Islamic moderation. What better analogy then to equate you with (in the spirit of ecumenical reaching out of course) then the meek, mild, and surly moderate in tone, Christian Church mouse.
He takes up but little room. Is satisfied with but the scraps from the larders of his more vocal and publicly active brethren of the faith. His voice is small and seldom heard from. Yes, an apt description indeed.
You talk (when you talk at all) of Islam being a kind and just religion. Of Allah and “The Prophet” being wise and just in all their dealings and in their actions regarding the carrying out of “The Law”. Yet daily We are witness to further acts of barbarism, terror, corruption, and hatred, done in their names. Still there is not even a hint of a great gnashing of teeth, or a rising tide which seeks to cleanse your “faith” of it’s apparent (by your words) debauchment and debauchers.
We are sorry in sounding so harsh. You must appreciate, however, that in not hearing from you We grow both more disheartened and impatient. Can you not understand (or perhaps understand far too well) with the stated goals of your brothers in faith in what may eventually be called Palestine, along with the actions and heated rhetoric from your fellows in Iran, We will have little choice but to take action. Much like a parent would with an errant child who refuses to behave.
Yet, even at this late date, We still (have some) hope in hearing from you. You may answer our questions as put forth in our first two letters, and We offer you one more this time around.
Please find your voice. Though there are some amongst our ranks who have, how shall we say it, a more imaginative view of the world then is warranted, there are far more of us who will be able to see the followers of Islam for what they really are. Non the less We offer you the chance (yet again) to prove us wrong.
The Civilized World
Do you accept the Christians and Jews as fellow People of the book or not? And ancillary to that. If you do, then why the undisguised hatred of Israel? Or is this oft times stated tolerance nothing but a sham?
We are curious. It states in your most holy of holy works that “on them shall be no fear.”(1) Yet in many more places there are conditions (or pre-conditions) to those who follow Christian or Jewish faiths.(2) And by sura 9: 030, (It seems your Prophet after wining a number of battles, and feeling quite smug about things. Now has had quite enough tolerance for other “Peoples of The Book.) it becomes quite clear as to what the real status of Christian or Jew is to be.(3)(4)
So, which is the “real face” of Allah-Islam. Is it the one put forth by the earliest writings of Muhammad or the one which came to light after he was feeling his political/religious/military oats? (And, oh Main Stream Muslim, beware! We know which writings are considered to take precedence. We are also aware, with in some sects of your faith, of toleration for lying to the infidel in order to achieve your goals.)
YUSUFALI: Those who believe (in the Qur’an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
PICKTHAL: Lo! those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans, and Christians – Whosoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right – there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
SHAKIR: Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabians and the Christians whoever believes in Allah and the last day and does good– they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve.
“USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts”, http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/005.qmt.html#005.069
YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
PICKTHAL: Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.
SHAKIR: 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.
“USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts”, http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/009.qmt.html
YUSUFALI: The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!
PICKTHAL: And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!
SHAKIR: And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!
YUSUFALI: They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah: there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).
PICKTHAL: They have taken as lords beside Allah their rabbis and their monks and the Messiah son of Mary, when they were bidden to worship only One Allah. There is no Allah save Him. Be He Glorified from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him)!
SHAKIR: They have taken their doctors of law and their monks for lords besides Allah, and (also) the Messiah son of Marium and they were enjoined that they should serve one Allah only, there is no god but He; far from His glory be what they set up (with Him).
YUSUFALI: Fain would they extinguish Allah’s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).
PICKTHAL: Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah disdaineth (aught) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse.
SHAKIR: They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, and Allah will not consent save to perfect His light, though the unbelievers are averse.
YUSUFALI: It is He Who hath sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).
PICKTHAL: He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion, however much the idolaters may be averse.
SHAKIR: He it is Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may be averse.
YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! there are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in Falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from the way of Allah. And there are those who bury gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah: announce unto them a most grievous penalty-
PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (men) from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom,
SHAKIR: O you who believe! most surely many of the doctors of law and the monks eat away the property of men falsely, and turn (them) from Allah’s way; and (as for) those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in Allah’s way, announce to them a painful chastisement,
“USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts”, http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/009.qmt.html
(4) No individual quote from this source, because the whole thing is worth reading and stands quite well on its own merits. What I find amazing, but as my reading increases, no longer surprising, is the agreement by most who take the time to read the Qur ‘an almost always arrive at the same conclusions.
“JIHAD THE TEACHING OF ISLAM FROM ITS PRIMARY SOURCES – THE QURAN AND HADITH”, A study by Rev. Richard P. Bailey http://answering-islam.org.uk/Bailey/jihad.html