I never said to Hats Off that his father tried to decapitate
him. His unreasonable, intemperate and emotional outburst to the story of
Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail (AS) in which both the son and the father willingly
submit to what they think is God's command clearly suggests that the story
triggers unpleasant dark memories in Hats Off's mind. Hats Off accusing Ibrahim (AS) of murderous
hatred for his son when the son came to no harm, makes sense only if this is a
projection of Hats Off's perception of his own father as having murderous
hatred for him.
The state of fitrah is explained by the following verse:
(7:172) When thy Lord drew forth from
the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them
testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who
cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!"
(This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never
What the verse means is that human beings are born with the
instinct or genetic memory to believe in a God with His attributes of Creator,
Sustainer etc. Thereafter his parents teach him to become whatever. Islam has
been separately called the Deen-e-fitrah or the religion in accordance with human
nature. This would be the claim of every other religion also and indeed Islam
as used in the Quran means the religion of submission to God. Is there any religion which is not about submission to God?
The article is about Islam’s attitude towards the peaceful “other”.
The verses that Ashok Sharma cites concerns the warring “other”. For a proper understanding
of the Quranic verses that deal with the warring "other"read:
Much discussed and debated Medinian Verses Relating to Fighting
The Qur’an features scores of verses exhorting the followers
of the Prophet to fight against their pagan attackers and violators of treaty
alliances, and those who first attacked them and expelled them from their
homelands. These verses, related to a transitional period of the revelation are thus specific to the context of the revelation
and do not form a part of its eternally binding definitive message. They must,
however, be retained in the Qur’an to attest to the defensive character of the
Prophetic mission that faced mounting hostilities from the pagans and
conspiracies from its own ranks (the hypocrites) and native Jewish tribes. However,
the Qur’an moderates its fighting verses with reconciliatory verses. Thus, a
passage dating from the late Medinite period asks the Muslims to be just and
virtuous to those who did not fight against them over religion, nor expelled
them from their homelands (60:8), and reminds them that their enemies
could eventually become their friends (60:7). The revelation also
clarifies that it forbade the Muslims to befriend only those who fought against
them over religion, and expelled them from their homelands and helped (others)
in their expulsion (60:9).
"God does not forbid you to be virtuous and just
to those who did not fight you over religion, nor drove you from your
homelands. Indeed, God loves the just (8). God only forbids you to befriend those
who fought against you over religion, and expelled you from your homelands, and
backed (others) in your expulsion; and whoever befriends them – it is they who
are unjust” (60:9).
Quoting a fighting verse in isolation as an eternally
binding dictate can grievously distort the message of the Qur’an. Most of the
verses related to fighting as often quoted in isolation or out of context by
Islam critical scholarship or literalist Ulema are referenced in Chapter 3 of my jt. exegetic work ref. below in a
broad historical matrix that sheds light on their historical context." Thanks!
information age, people can not be fooled. In the age of science and reason ,
one can not force people to believe in some archaic tribal ideas by force.
Please explain what do these Surahs mean ?
8:12 [Remember] when your Lord inspired to the
angels, "I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast
terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the
necks and strike from them every fingertip."