“The Quran Teaches That All Human Beings Are Equal”: Beliefs (Part I), from JihadWatch.org, with comments

 

In the latest example of Muslim propaganda, the Dallas chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America has put up twelve billboards.

Though there is a generic appeal to viewers to find out more about Islam by calling a hotline, 877-whyisam, or going to the website whyislam.org, the specific message that targets African-Americans on each billboard is this: ISLAM=Racial Equality. And with that assurance, when you have called that hotline and found out all kinds of good things – “the volunteers are trained to tell the callers that the religion promotes peace and does not condone any violence” — you will certainly want to Come To-Islam.

Where shall we start with this travesty? With a dozen, or several dozen, quotes from the Qur’an that mandate the killing, in various gruesome ways, of non-Muslims who refuse to convert, or to endure lives of permanent dhimmitude? If Islam “promotes peace and does not condone any violence,” then why are Muslims commanded in the Qur’an to tolerate non-Muslims, but to make constant war against them until they submit — some peace! And then non-Muslims are forced to endure all sorts of disabilities under the rules – some tolerance! – that insist on permanent submission to Muslims.

But, it might be argued, this inequality is not based on “race” but on “belief” — non-Muslims being considered permanently inferior to Muslims. The Dallas reporter sought validation for the billboards’ claims from none other than John Esposito, tireless Defender of the Faith, who is described as an “Islamic Studies professor at Georgetown University.” Esposito is also the head of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, an impressive-sounding title for some, a suspect one for others, given that the Center receives many millions of dollars in contributions from a Saudi prince. If you check out that Center’s activities here, you find that it appears devoted less to instructing and more to misleading ill-informed Christians about Islam, under the guise of disinterested scholarship. What the world gets are parodies of real scholarship, sanitized studies of Islamic doctrine, soothing sanctimony about all the terribly unfair attacks on an inoffensive Islam, and a manic focus on “Islamophobia” – that about sums up the “Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.”

Esposito, asked about the billboard campaign, did not disappoint. He declared that “the billboards’ message that Islam promotes racial equality is a valid one.” And he added that “the Quran teaches that all human beings are equal, regardless of race, sex or beliefs.” Apparently the reporter didn’t dare to take issue with this absurd statement; after all, Esposito is that impressive thing, a full professor, and what’s more, heads his own Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Surely that is Authority enough?

But we who are disinclined to simply accept Esposito’s claim that “the Qur’an teaches that all human beings are equal regardless of race, sex, or beliefs” may want to take a closer look. Where shall we start with this travesty? Why not with Esposito’s tossed-off claim that the Qur’an teaches “that all human beings are equal, regardless of ‘beliefs’”? In other words, Esposito is claiming that in Islam, non-Muslims are equal to Muslims. What do we find if we actually read the Qur’an? It’s accessible, it’s right on the Internet, and when you encounter textual difficulties, simply consult the commentary at “Blogging the Qur’an,” which is also online here.

We find many dozens of quotes that expand upon the description of non-Muslims as the “vilest of creatures” against whom war should be waged by Muslims, the “best of creatures,” until they submit. If they are Ahl al-Kitab, that is, People of the Book, Christians or Jews, they have available three options: to convert to Islam, or to submit to the many disabilities that non-Muslims must endure under Muslim rule, including the exaction of the capitation tax, or Jizyah, or to be killed. Those who are not People of the Book have it even worse: Hindus and Buddhists from India to the East Indies found that initially their only options were to be converted or to be killed. But after a while, their Muslim rulers wanted to leave some alive, and not require them to be converted. This was a policy based not on a sudden attack of tolerance, but rather reflected budgetary considerations, for if all non-Muslims were killed or converted, who would be left to continue to finance the Muslim state through the Jizyah?

When so much of the Qur’an and the Hadith are devoted to describing and prescribing war against non-Muslims, insisting that they are permanently inferior to Muslims, and describing in detail the often gruesome punishments they deserve, it seems extraordinary that anyone, least of all an “Islamic Studies professor,” who surely has read the Qur’an dozens of times, would dare declare that in Islam people of all beliefs are “treated equally.”

If they are treated “equally,” as Esposito claims, then why is it that Muslims are commanded to impose severe social, political, and economic disabilities on those non-Muslims who wish to remain alive, but not to convert? Why have Muslims engaged in the wholesale destruction of churches and synagogues, of Hindu and Buddhist temples, if in Islam all “beliefs” are “treated equally”? Why can’t non-Muslims repair their places of worship, or build new places, without the approval of Muslims? Just how “equal” are those People of the Book, Christians and Jews, against whom the Qur’an inveighs, and against whom so many stories are told in the Hadith? And even worse is the treatment meted out to Buddhists and Hindus who, not being Ahl al-Kitab, or People of the Book, have two options only, either to convert or die, according to the texts of Islam. (As noted above, some were kept alive as quasi-dhimmis so that they might continue to supply the Jizyah needed by the Islamic state).

Does this fit the claim of John Esposito, “Islamic Studies professor,” and recipient of millions of dollars of Saudi largesse for his Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding,” that the “Qur’an teaches that all human beings are equal, regardless of… beliefs”? Would it not be truer to say that the Qur’an is uncompromisingly a Manuel of Inequality, which sets Muslims above non-Muslims, and for all time, and that the main, obsessive theme of Islam – in the Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira – is the tremendous unbridgeable gulf between Muslims (“the best of peoples”) and their permanent inferiors, that is, all non-Muslims (“the vilest of creatures”)?

In making his casual claim that “the Quran teaches that all human beings are equal, regardless of race, sex or beliefs” Esposito shows his contempt for his audience, for he must assume that they are so ignorant of Islam, so unlikely of critically checking up on his remarks, so likely to be impressed by mere titles (Professor of Islamic Studies, Head of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding), that he can get away with making such a preposterous claim, that Islam teaches that those who have different beliefs are treated “equally.” How wonderful it would have been if the Dallas News reporter had challenged this remark, if only by quoting in his piece a few of the Qur’anic verses that flatly contradict Esposito – say, 98:6, 3:110, 9:5, 9:29 – with the remark that “in light of these verses, perhaps Professor Esposito may want to revise his views.” But no one ever does bother to check, or to challenge such remarks, whether from laziness, or simple parti pris.

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        • john spielman says

          December 11, 2016 at 3:33 pm

          John Esposito is nothing but a liar and shill and an old worn out academic whore FOR HIS PIMP – Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

    1. Richard James says

      December 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      ““the Quran teaches that all human beings are equal, regardless of race, sex or beliefs.”” ?

      The Koran doesn’t even teach that all muslims are equal. John Espostito is a quisling wholly owned by the Saudis

    1. Angemon says

      December 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      the specific message that targets African-Americans on each billboard is this: ISLAM=Racial Equality.

      Someone should have told that to muhammad 1400 years ago, seeing how the worst example of a ruler he could think of was an “African whose head looks like a raisin”. And didn’t the islamic state stated that if they ruled America they would have kept the slave trade going? Blacks who claim to be muslims should be ashamed of themselves.

        • PJG says

          December 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

          Black people who convert to Islam are not looking for “equality”. They already have that. The type of black person who converts to Islam is looking for an excuse to get whitey.

    1. Mac-101 says

      December 11, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Just a little search into Africa and Muslims and Slaves including the present day should settle anyone’s questions. Perhaps a little search into the word Abed would help!

    1. dee miller says

      December 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Simple disinformation. I encourage all seekers of truth to get your own copy of the koran, and educate yourselves.
      I have found great ignorance abounds from the second hand knowledge disseminated by the muslim world. Go to the original texts. And the truth shall set ye free…

    1. Classroom Watch says

      December 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      “the Quran teaches that all human beings are equal, regardless of race, sex or beliefs.”

      Scandalous that this obvious deception is promoted by a Saudi funded professor.

      Even more scandalous that this similar lie is taught to children by the BBC at the expense of the British taxpayer:

      “Islam teaches that prejudice and discrimination of any kind are wrong, because we are all creations of Allah and are therefore equal.”

      https://classroomwatch.wordpress.com/category/uk/

    1. Porky The Crusader says

      December 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Yes Koran teaches a lot thing, it teaches either how to wipe your arsehole…..We learn a lot in the Koran,He never ceases to amaze me….

    1. Stan Lee says

      December 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Everyone equal? Really? Today, reports from Egypt, the largest populace Muslim country in the Mid-East/Africa, a Coptic Christian Church was blown-up by its “equals,” the Muslims.
      There is probably other distressing news concerning Islam today, the destroyed Coptic Christian Church was only one incident.
      Oh yes, Mrs. Merkel of Germany, has named a Muslim as Germany’s Secretary of State, and he insists that Shariah is compatible with German law!
      I suppose I’ve been under a different impression, I thought German law was a reflection of EU (Brussels) law? (Which isn’t so good for any place anyway)
      In any event, the new German Secretary of State says Shariah is compatible with prior German laws, therefore I surmise that the next announcement from Germany will be that Shariah has become official law for Germany. That is proof positive that Merkel should be certified as insane.
      How much does anyone reading this trust Shariah law if one is not a Muslim?

    1. Benedict says

      December 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      A person that has been radicalized by his religion is the most truthful and reliably billboard to be found. How come that radicalized Muslims excel in intimidation, violence and terror instead of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”?
      The answer is a revealing disclosure of the dark, demonic nature of Islam.

    1. davej says

      December 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      This is the “big lie” technique as practiced by Goebbels and countless other propagandists. Like the “Religion of Peace”, if many people say it often enough it gains some credibility despite being outrageously untrue. In America the unwarranted respect given to people’s “personal faiths” means that such claims tend to be accepted at face value and the truth will be glossed over.

      I think CAIR sees that there is increasing interest in, or should I say suspicion of, the Islamic ideology given the drumbeat of terror attacks around the world and they would like to preemptively direct that interest in their favor. Of course they are assisted in this effort by a passive and acquiescent media.

      You can contact the naive and incompetent reporter by email: nmartin@dallasnews.com

      Perhaps suggest that some fact checking might be in order, lest they turn out to be as wrong about Islam as almost all of them were about Trump.

      In the vacuum that is the average American’s knowledge of Islam they step forward with smooth and comforting words intended to continue the deception and soothe the infidel lambs on their way to the slaughter.

    1. davej says

      December 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      ” We enter the Parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with it’s own weapons. If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this bear’s work, that is it’s own affair. We do not come as friends nor even as neutrals, we come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we come.” – Joseph Goebbels.

    1. ibrahim itace muhammed says

      December 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      mr angemon,you missed the point.that is why i have been saying you base your criticism agains islam on trial and error.in the studying any authority,especially quran and hadith,context is very important.in that hadith you refered to the holy prophet muhammad was telling muslims that whoever is appointed as their leader they must obey him even if he is a slave.in that time most slaves in arabia were blacks.the arabs questioned how can a black slave be their leader.the prophet told them this is allah’s decree.he pointed at one black slave with raisin head saying even if he like this man with raisin head is appointed as your leader you must obey him.the prophet was not saying all blacks have raisin head.i refer you to hashiyat by sawy a commentary on this hadith.in reality bilal was clear example who led muslims in various capacities.the prophet made it clear in his last sermon that all human races are equal.arab is not superior to non-arab and vice versa.white is not superior to black and vice versa.the holy quran stated that piety determines who is more imortant in the sight of allah.ie allah loves those who fear him most.it has nothing to do with world status.it is spiritual. as for non muslim dhimmis required to pay jizya tax.it is their own contribution for their protection.muslims are required to pay zakkat levy to assist the poor including poor dhims.see hamidullah:islam law of war and peace for details

        • Sushi Roll says

          December 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm

          How much were the Coptic Christians from St Mark’s in Cairo required to pay for their protection? Apparently not enough! In Chicago that was the function of racketeers!

        • ECAW says

          December 12, 2016 at 1:23 am

          “the prophet made it clear in his last sermon that all human races are equal.arab is not superior to non-arab and vice versa.white is not superior to black and vice versa.the holy quran stated that piety determines who is more imortant in the sight of allah”

          Ibrahim – Either you do not know that this bit of the final sermon is a modern invention or think we here are too lazy to look these things up like like most of the kuffar:

          http://wikiislam.net/wiki/List_of_Fabricated_Hadith#Muhammad.27s_Farewell_Sermon

            • ECAW says

              December 12, 2016 at 1:30 am

              By the way, I noticed this at the end of your post:

              “muslims are required to pay zakkat levy to assist the poor including poor dhims”

              This is another falsehood. If you check your sharia you will see that it is expressly forbidden to give zakat to non-Muslims (Reliance of the Traveller section h8.24).

    1. PRCS says

      December 11, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      The billboard’s message is correct.

      Per Islam’s texts, every person on the planet–whether they know it or not–is a slave of Allah.

      Some, however, are more equal than others.

    1. warren raymond says

      December 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      “The Quran Teaches That All Human Beings Are Equal”

      True story. Only Muslims are human. The rest of us, we are the ‘vilest of creatures’, ‘sons of apes and swine’, we are ‘like cattle’….

      Don’t you speak Islamic?

    1. warren raymond says

      December 11, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      See if you can find any “equality” here:

      Describing unabashedly the purpose of the Koranic poll tax (as per Koran 9:29) of submission for non-Muslims brought under Islamic hegemony by jihad, Ibn Ajibah makes clear the ultimate goal of its imposition was to achieve what he called the death of the “soul”, through the dhimmi’s execution of their own humanity:

      [The dhimmi] is commanded to put his soul, good fortune and desires to death. Above all he should kill the love of life, leadership and honor. [The dhimmi] is to invert the longings of his soul, he is to load it down more heavily than it can bear until it is completely submissive. Thereafter nothing will be unbearable for him. He will be indifferent to subjugation or might. Poverty and wealth will be the same to him; praise and insult will be the same; preventing and yielding will be the same; lost and found will be the same. Then, when all things are the same, it [the soul] will be submissive and yield willingly what it should give. [Tafsir ibn ‘Ajibah. Commentary on Q9:29. Ahmad ibn Muhammad Ibn `Ajibah]

      * The honour of Islam lies in insulting kufr and kafirs. One who respects the kafirs dishonours the Muslims… The real purpose of levying jiziya on them is to humiliate them to such an extent that they may not be able to dress well and to live in grandeur. They should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It is intended to hold them under contempt and to uphold the honour and might of Islam.–

      Sufi saint Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624), letter #163

    1. Noah T says

      December 11, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      “The Koran teaches that all humans are equal” except that some are Apes and Pigs of course.
      I say that not all humans are created equal,the Muslims are wild beasts they are not equal to humans!

    1. ibrahim itace muhammed says

      December 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      mr no one,do you know that muslims pay more than dhimmis?a muslim pays 1/40 of his total asset as zakkat levy:while dhimmi pays less provided he has means.if he is poor he will not be made pay and he will from public treasury as social welfare.if you dispute that,why income tax in the west.note the why the reason why it is only muslims who are made to zakat levy is that because zakat is religious duty,and no- muslims will not be compelled to practice islamic tenets.

  1. duh swami says

    December 12, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Among his other charming attributes, Allah is a racist…He is an Arabic god, from Arabia, who wrote a book in Arabic for Arabs…It’s clear that Allah favors Arabs above all others…So while Islam has ‘equality, some Muslims (Arabs) are a little more equal than others…

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  1. θ says:

    Nothing is absolute in human relationship according to Islam. Moslems just love and hate the others, even compassionate and harm, on purpose to pave the way to heavens. What if eventually everyone could be saved from the fire of hell – despite not getting out of it – and everyone would return to worship God? Absolutism can’t be applied on humans. The misunderstanders of Islam fear of Moslems with irrational fear of Islamophobia more than they fear Islamic God.

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