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What does the Koran say about "infidels?" Is Islam a "religion of peace?" What does the
Quran say about women? Do Muslim men get served by 72 virgin girls and "young boys of their own, as fair as virgin
pearls," when they go to Paradise?
Quotes from the Koran/Quran
"About sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of the
unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted
to show goodwill toward humanity. About seventy-five percent of Muhammad's biography (Sira) consists of jihad
waged on unbelievers."
Dr. Moorthy Muthuswamy
(Quotes below are from N.J. Dawood's The Koran: with a Parallel Arabic Text,
Penguin Classics, 1990)
This Book is not to be doubted.... As for the unbelievers, it is the same whether or
not you forewarn them; they will not have faith. God has set a seal upon their hearts and ears;
their sight is dimmed and grievous punishment awaits them.
If you doubt what We have revealed to Our servant, produce one
chapter comparable to it. Call upon your idols to assist you, if what you say be true. But if you
fail (as you are sure to fail) then guard yourselves against the Fire whose fuel is men and stones,
prepared for the unbelievers.
It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. He that accidently
kills a believer must free one Muslim slave... He that kills a believer by design shall burn in
Hell for ever. He shall incur the wrath of God, who will lay His curse on him and prepare for him a
Let not believers make friends with infidels in preference to the
faithful - he that does this has nothing to hope for from Good - except in self-defense. God
admonishes you to fear Him: for to God shall all return.
God's curse be upon the infidels! Evil is that for which they have
bartered away their souls. To deny God's own revelation, grudging that He should reveal His bounty
to whom He chooses from among His servants! They have incurred God's most inexorable wrath. An
ignominious punishment awaits the unbelievers.
Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. Scalding
water shall be poured upon their heads, melting their skins and that which is in their bellies.
They shall be lashed with rods of iron.
Whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape from Hell, back they
shall be dragged, and will be told: "Taste the torment of the Conflagration!"
Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power to do so.
Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the
enemy of God and your enemy...
Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one
another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. God does not guide
Quran 5:51, "The Table," Dawood, p. 116
Believers, know that the idolaters [non-Muslims] are unclean. Let them not approach the Sacred
Mosque after this year is ended.
They ask you about menstruation. Say: 'It is an indisposition. Keep aloof from women during
their menstrual periods and do not approach them until they are clean again; when they are clean,
have intercourse with them whence God enjoined you....'
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 and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them.
If you are in doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating,
know that their waiting period shall be three months. The same shall apply to those [of your wives]
who have not yet menstruated.
If you fear that you cannot treat [orphan girls] with fairness, then you may marry other women
who seem good to you: two, three, or four of them. But if you fear that you cannot maintain
equality among them, marry one only or any slave-girl you may own.
The righteous shall return to a blessed retreat: the gardens of
Eden, whose gates shall open wide to receive them. Reclining there with bashful virgins for
companions, they will call for abundant fruit and drink.
God has purchased from the faithful their lives and worldly goods, and in return has promised
them the Garden. They will fight for the cause of God, they will slay, and be slain. Such is the
true promise which He has made them in the Torah, the Gospel and the Koran....
As for the righteous, they shall be lodged in peace together amid gardens and fountains, arrayed
in rick silks and fine brocade. Even thus; and We shall wed them to dark-eyed houris.
Quran 44:51-54, "Smoke," Dawood, p. 497
On that day [the unbelievers] shall be sternly thrown into the fire
of Hell . . . But in fair gardens the righteous shall dwell in bliss, rejoicing in what their Lord
will give them. Their Lord will shield them from the scourge of Hell. He will say: Eat and drink to
your hearts content. This is the reward of your labours.
They shall recline on couches ranged in rows. To dark-eyed houris
[virgin girls] We shall wed them. . . . Fruit We shall give them, and such meats as they desire.
They will pass from hand to hand a cup inspiring no idle talk, no sinful urge; and there shall wait
on them young boys of their own, as fair as virgin pearls.
Reclining there upon soft couches, they shall feel neither the
scorching heat nor the biting cold. Trees will spread their shade around them, and fruits will hang
in clusters over them.
They shall be served with silver dishes, and beakers as large as
goblets; silver goblets which they themselves shall measure: and cups brim-full with
ginger-flavoured water from a fount called Salsabil. They shall be attended by boys graced with
eternal youth, who to the beholders eyes will seem like sprinkled pearls. When you gave upon that
scene, you will behold a kingdom blissful and glorious.
Allah's Apostle [Muhammad] said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the
widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy),
and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand."
The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and
consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till
It is better for a girl to marry in such a time when she would begin menstruation at her
husband's house rather than her father's home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent
place in heaven.
(Quote taken from Khomeini's book, Tahrirolvasyleh, vol. 4, Darol Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990,
Source: Homa For more sensational and outrageous quotes regarding "taboo" issues, please see the Homa website.)
If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, an ewe, or a camel, their urine and their
excrements become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed and as
quickly as possible and burned.
(From The Little Green Book: Sayings of Ayatollah Khomeini, Political, Phylosophica,
Social and Religious, with a special introduction by Clive Irving, ISBN number0-553-14032-9, page 47 Source:
Eleven things are impure: urine, excrement, sperm...non-Moslem men and women...and the sweat of
an excrement-eating camel.
(From The Little Green Book, Source: Harwood's Mythology's Last Gods, 175)
Once Allah's Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o 'Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr
prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers
of Hell-fire were you (women)." They asked, "Why is it so, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "You curse frequently
and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A
cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you." The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient
in our intelligence and religion?" He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?"
They replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn't it true that a woman
can neither pray nor fast during her menses?" The women replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the
deficiency in her religion."
Mohammed promised his followers seven heavens in which:
They are to cohabit with demure virgins...as beauteous as corals and rubies...full-breasted
maidens for playmates...in the gardens of delight.... They're to lie face to face on jewelled couches, and be
serviced by immortal youths...young boys, their personal property, as comely as virgin pearls.... We created
the houris [dancing girls] and made them virgins, carnal playmates for those on the right hand.... We are going
to wed them to dark-eyed houris. [The Koran 55:56; 55:58; 78:33; 56:12; 52:16-17, 24; 56:35-38; 52:20]
Each Muslim man, in exchange for a lifetime of mindless obedience, was to be rewarded after
death with an unspecified number of pretty boys to bugger, plus eight heavenly houris, each more phallus-raising
than the others and each endowed with the capacity to grow a new hymen after each bout of sexual recreation. The
male chauvinist Muslim could thus satisfy his virginity fetish by deflowering them over and over again, for
eternity. When one compares Mohammed's gardens of delight with the Christian heaven of harps and celibacy, it
becomes apparent why significant numbers of Christian men turn Muslim while conversions the other way are almost
William Harwood, Mythology's Last Gods: Yahweh and Jesus, 248
In 1992, Islamic assassins had gunned down my good and brave friend Farag Foda, a professor and
columnist, a human-rights activist, and an outspoken critic of the Islamic militants. The murder had shocked Cairo
and terrified intellectuals... Egypt's most popular preacher, Abdel Hamid Kishk, a blind sheikh who constantly
attacked both the government and its official religious establishment...had been telling his audience that Muslims
who entered paradise would enjoy eternal erections and the company of young boys draped in earrings and necklaces.
Some of the ulema, the religious scholars at al-Azhar University, the governments seat of Islamic learning, had
disagreed. Yes, they said, men in paradise would have erections, but merely protracted, not perpetual. Other
experts disputed the possibility of pederasty in paradise. "Is this what concerns Muslims at the end of the 20th
century?" [Farag] Foda asked in a column in October magazine. "The world around us is busy with the conquest of
space, genetic engineering and the wonders of the computer, while Muslim scholars," he wrote in sadness and pain,
"were worried about sex in paradise."... he was killed.
Sharia Law practically means: stoning of women for "honor" offences including for the "crime" of
having been raped; beheadings for apostasy or blasphemy hand/foot amputations for "lesser" offences; public
hanging of homosexuals and outspoken women; incessant war against infidels and especially Jews; black slavery;
female sexual slavery; FGM [female genital mutiliation]; no democracy; no human rights; everyone down on their
knees; Mullahs as Gods; non-Muslims as dhimmis; no music except for drums (ask "Cat Stevens"); no dancing;
public floggings for "sexual crimes" such as flirting or speaking with an unrelated person of the opposite sex;
all women under the veil; prison rape-brothels run by the Mullahs; and so forth. It is perhaps the most cruel
and violent system of human life and social organization which has so far been invented, and it came to the
world from those populations once only living in the desert "dead heart of Arabia", but now lording over
gigantic sums of oil-wealth, and spreading their vile doctrines all around the world.
[The Koran is one of] the most stubborn enemies of Civilisation, Liberty, and the Truth which the world has yet
Some of the parchment pages in the Yemeni hoard seemed to date back to the seventh and eighth
centuries A.D., or Islam’s first two centuries - they were fragments, in other words, of perhaps the oldest Korans
in existence. What’s more, some of these fragments revealed small but intriguing aberrations from the stand Koranic
text. Such aberrations, though not surprising to textual historians, are troublingly at odds with the orthodox
Muslim belief that the Koran as it has reached us today is quite simply the perfect, timeless, and unchanging Word
of God.... What the Yemeni Korans seems to suggest, Puin began to feel, was an evolving text rather than simply the
Word of God as revealed in its entirety to the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century A.D.
So many Muslims have this belief that everything between the two covers of the Koran is just
God’s unaltered word. They like to quote the textual work that shows the Bible has a history and did not fall
straight out of the sky, but until now the Koran has been out of this discussion. The only way to break through
this wall is to prove that the Koran has a history too. The Sana’a fragments will help us do that.
The impact of the Yemeni manuscripts is still to be felt. Their variant readings and verse
orders are all very significant. Everybody agrees on that. These manuscripts say that the early history of the
Koranic texts is much more of an open question than many have suspected: the text was less stable, and therefore
had less authority, than has always been claimed.
To historicize the Koran would in effect delegitimize the whole historical experience of the
Muslim community. The Koran is the charter for the community, the document that called it into existence. And
ideally though obviously not always in reality Islamic history has been the effort to pursue and work out the
commandments of the Koran in human life. If the Koran is a historical document, then the whole Islamic struggle of
fourteen centuries is effectively meaningless.
R. Stephen Humphreys
There is no hard evidence for the existence of the Koran in any form before the last decade of
the seventh century.
My idea is that the Koran is a kind of cocktail of texts that were not all understood even at
the time of Muhammad. Many of them may even be a hundred years older than Islam itself. Even within Islamic
traditions there is a huge body of contradictory information, including a significant Christian substrate; one can
derive a whole Islamic anti-history from them if one wants.
...until the Crusades Islam was indistinguishable from Judaism and... only then did it receive
its independent character, while Muhammad and the first Caliphs are mythical figures.
...the history of early-medieval Arabia is nearly all legend. Like Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and
other founders of patriarchal religions, Mohammed lacks real verification. There is no reliable information about
his life or teachings. Most stories about him are as apocryphal as the story that his coffin hangs forever in
mid-air "between heaven and earth," like the bodies of ancient sacred kings.
The only real source of historical information about pre-Islamic Mecca and the circumstances of
the Koran's revelation is the classical Islamic story about the religion's foundation...
The Koran claims for itself that it is "mubeen," or clear. But if you look at it, you
will notice that every fifth sentence or so simply doesnt make sense. Many Muslims and Orientalists will tell you
otherwise, of course, but the fact is that a fifth of the Koranic text is just incomprehensible.
[The canonization of the Koran involved the] attribution of several, partially overlapping,
collections of logia [sayings] (exhibiting a distinctly Mosaic imprint) to the image of a Biblical prophet
(modified by the material of the Muhammadan evangelium into an Arabian man of God) with a traditional message of
salvation (modified by the influence of Rabbinic Judaism into the unmediated and finally immutable word of
...the prominent Egyptian government minister, university professor, and writer Taha
Hussein...devoted himself to the study of pre-Islamic Arabian poetry and ended up concluding that much of that body
of work had been fabricated well after the establishment of Islam in order to lend outside support to Koranic
mythology.... [T]he Iranian journalist and diplomat Ali Dashti...repeatedly took his fellow Muslims to task for not
questioning the traditional accounts of Muhammad's life, much of which he called myth-making and
...it is time [for Islam] to assume, along with all of the great cultural traditions, the modern
risks of scientific knowledge.
For a long time scholars have considered Islamic origins as basically unproblematic. It seemed
fairly straightforward: the founder was a figure of relatively recent history, amply documented, and many of his
own writings and sayings survived. True, there had been a frenzy of fabrication, but early Muslim scholars
themselves had seen this early on and moved to weed out spurious hadith (traditions of the founder's
sayings and deeds). What was left seemed ample enough, as did the text of the Koran, the revelation of Allah to
Muhammad. Even if one could not confess with Muslims a belief in the divine inspiration (actually, dictation) of
the Koran, one still agreed the text preserved the preachments of Muhammad. The most recent generation of students
of Islam, however, have broken with this consensus. Gunter Luling is joined by many in his opinion that Western
scholars of Islam and the Koran had simply accepted the official party line of Muslim jurists and theologians
regarding the sources for Muhammad and early Islamic history.... In fact, Western Islamicists had done everything
but accept the Koran as the revealed Word of God. In retrospect one wonders why they balked at this last
The Koran was assembled from a variety of prior Hagarene texts (hence the contradictions
re Jesus' death) in order to provide the Moses-like Muhammad with a Torah of his own....
[T]his means that all we thought we knew of the Prophet Muhammad is really a mass of fictive
legal precedents meant to anchor this or that Islamic practice once Muhammad had been recast as an Arab Moses. And
the question of the origin of the Koran is no longer "from Allah?" or "from Muhammad?" but rather "from Muhammad?"
or "from countless unnamed Hagarene jurists?"... And it becomes equally evident that the line between the Koran and
the hadith must be erased, for both alike are now seen to be repositories of sayings fictively attributed to the
Prophet and transmitted by word of mouth before being codified in canonical written form.
Robert M. Price
Sharia [Islamic law] is totally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Women are inferior under Islamic law—their testimony in a court of law is
worth half that of a man; their movement is strictly restricted; they cannot marry non-Muslims. Non-Muslims living
in Muslim countries also have inferior status under Islamic law; they may not testify against a Muslim. In Saudi
Arabia, following a tradition of Muhammad, who said that "two religions cannot exist in the country of Arabia,"
non-Muslims are forbidden to practice their religion, build houses of worship, possess religious texts, etc.
Non-believers or atheists in Muslim countries do not have "the right to life"; all the major law schools, whether
Sunni or Shia, agree that they are to be killed. (Muslim doctors of law generally divide sins into great sins and
little sins. Of the 17 great sins, unbelief is the greatest, more heinous than murder, theft, adultery, etc.)
Slavery is recognized as legitimate in the Koran. Muslim men are allowed to cohabit with any of their female
slaves, and they are allowed to take possession even of married female slaves. One does not have the right to
change one’s religion if one is born into a Muslim family; here is how the great commentator Baydawi sees the
matter: "Whosoever turns back from his belief, openly or secretly, take him and kill him wheresoever you find him,
like any other infidel. Separate yourself from him altogether. Do not accept intercession in his regard." And here
are the punishments in store for transgressors against the Holy Law: amputation, flogging, crucifixion, and stoning
Islamists are attempting to impose Shariah Compliant Finance (SCF) on Western institutions to
use our own financial strengths against us. The most serious problem with SCF is that it legitimates and
institutionalizes Shariah law (i.e., Islamic law), a theo-political-legal doctrine violently opposed to Western
values. With $1-$2 trillion petrodollars annually looking for an investment home, blind exuberance is driving
financial institutions to adopt SCF, without even a minimal baseline for legal compliance. This willful blindness,
and lack of both transparency and due diligence may cause SCF to be the next sub-prime crisis, but this time with
Legal Risks: Western financial institutions which adopt SCF may have criminal and civil exposure
to claims of aiding and abetting sedition and the material support of terrorism, securities fraud, consumer fraud,
racketeering, and antitrust violations, as well as exposure to tort claims for sedition and terrorism, and for the
violation of internationally recognized norms of the law of nations.
...sharia finance [is] the most serious--and most notorious--example of Islamic separatism. But
who cares about that, when there is so much money to be made? ..."Islamic finance has rapidly emerged as one of the
most dynamic segments of the global financial services industry and is today a global phenomenon. There are Islamic
finance institutions operating in over 75 countries and with assets estimated at around US$700 billion, a figure
which is growing at a rate of about 15% a year." With a May 2008 report declaring that approximately $4 trillion
was available for investment in the Middle East, Islamic separatism in the form of sharia finance has become a big
businesss--with Western financial institutions hurrying to get in on it by accommodating Muslims in setting up
parallels financing structures in the West....
What's more, sharia finance is another tool of Islamic separatism; instead of assimilating into
American society, Muslims are demanding, and receiving, parallel financial institutions that reinforce the idea
that they are unique, not subject to the laws and norms to which the rest of us are subject--a privileged class. At
the same time, sharia finance initiatives are giving Islamic interests increased control over Western economic
...what will be the outcome of this kind of thing? Holton predicts that "at best, the result
could be Muslim enclaves in Western communities in which sharia supercedes native law." Or "at worst, sharia could
start to creep into our lives and laws, changing our way of life little by little over time." That would be
entirely in line with the stealth jihad goal of Islamizing American society.
The agents of this societal change are, all too often, Islamic scholars who have made no secret
of their support for Islamic supremacism, whether advanced by violent or non-violent means. Holton notes that Mufti
Muhammad Taqi Usmani, who has served on the Board of the Dow Jones Islamic Index (IMANX) and still holds a place on
the sharia Advisory Board of several international financial institutions, explains that "the purpose of Jihad aims
at breaking the grandeur of unbelievers and establish[ing] that of Muslims." He further insists that Muslims in
Western countries "must live in peace until strong enough to wage Jihad"--and once they are strong enough, they
will "establish the supremacy of Islam."
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