The Deception of Islamic Tolerance
There have been riots between Hindus and Muslims in Kashmir last week. This news item says that a group of Muslims escorted a Hindu marriage procession to protect them from rioting Muslims in the Muslim majority area. It says “Prophet Mohammad has said the minorities are my sacred amaanat for the Muslim Ummat. It’s our religious obligation to protect them.” If Islam is bad then why these Muslims protected the minorities ?
I am myself a Hindu and am not defending Islam. I just want to know the reality. Why exactly these Muslims protected the minorities, if Islam teaches hatred?
In nowhere Muhammad said the minorities are my sacred amaanat for the Muslim Umma. This claim is a blatant lie. He said, “The unbelievers are unclean” (Q. 9:28), “don’t take them as friends and protectors even if they are your fathers and brothers” (Q. 9:23). “Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands and cover them with shame (Q. 9:14), and because “they do not acknowledge the religion of truth, make them pay Jizyah while feeling subdued and humiliated” (Q. 9:29). He didn’t say protect the unbelievers; he said strive against against them (Q. 25:52), slay them wherever you catch them (Q.2:191), and I will cast terror in their hearts (Q. 2:191).
This is just the tip of the iceberg. As you see there is nothing tolerant in these verses. The very fact that some Muslims had to protect Hindus from other Muslims is evidence that Islam is not peaceful. Why these Hindus needed protection? Obviously Islam is not interpreted by every Muslim equally. Whose interpretation is correct?
I quoted several verses that justify violence. The Quran and the hadith are full of hate teachings. Are there also good teachings such as the one you quoted? No there are none. The teaching “the minorities are my sacred amaanat” is a lie. I heard this many times, but it is not in the canonical books of Islam. If such teaching existed it would be in contradiction with all other teachings of Muhammad.
Now the question is why Muslims would fabricate such teachings when they go against their religion. There are two reasons.
One reason is that they are ignorant of Islam and are projecting their own natural goodness on their religion All humans are born good. We become evil through false indoctrinations and bad teachings. Put babies of different races and religions (of their parents) in one room and you’ll see they play with each other paying absolutely no regards to what color or religion they belong to. They may fight over a toy but never over race or religion. Through indoctrination, these children can grow up to hate one another for religion or color. Many Muslims don’t know that Islam requires them to hate the non-Muslims. If Muslims are tolerant, it is because they are ignorant of their religion.
But this does not mean they can remain tolerant for long. All it takes is someone with a better knowledge of Islam to show them the hate filled passages of the Quran and convert them into murderous beasts. I can do that in just a few hours. Give me a young impressionable Muslim, and I will give you a terrorist by the end of the day. It is very easy. All you have to do is read to them the Quran and show them a few hadiths. I can make any Muslim feel guilty and fearful of hell for being friendly and tolerant of non-Muslims.
The other reason is that Muslims are deceivers. Jihad has two wings: terror and deception (ro’b and taqiyah). Some Muslims specialize in terror and others in deception. So some Muslims pose as your protectors and will tell you Muhammad said the minorities are his sacred trust. Muhammad never said such thing. These games of deceptions are intended to fool people and they work. Obviously it has worked on you. You are impressed by this deception and you wonder if Islam is all bad how come some Muslims come to protect their Hindu neighbors from fellow Muslims.
If Islam were a tolerant religion, Hindus wouldn’t have needed protection. Do you see Christians, Hindus or Buddhists protecting the minorities among them against their fellow religionists? There is no need for that!
Muslims often do good works but they never do it silently for the sake of doing the right thing. Their good work is always accompanied with fanfare. The intent is to promote Islam through propaganda. For example, a Muslim family moves to a new neighborhood where they are the minority. They invite their neighbors for dinner or send gourmet dishes and halavs during the Ramadan to their non-Muslim neighbors. The intent is to make them like Islam. They always remind others that the reason they are so lovey-dovey is because their religion requires it from them. But that is a deception. Why they never show this love to the minorities in Muslim countries where they are persecuted systematically? Why minorities in Islamic countries need protection at all?
Every good thing a Muslim does is designed to impress you. He always has a hidden agenda. A Muslim will not do good, unless the intent is to deceive you. Alternatively, he is just ignorant of his religion.
Imam Ghazzali (1058-1111), arguably the greatest Islamic scholar noted, “Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If praise worthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible.”[ Ahmad Ibn Naqib al-Misri, The Reliance of the Traveler, translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller , Amana publications, 1997, section r8.2, page 745].
Needless to say that for a Muslim there is no goal more praiseworthy than promoting Islam. When a Muslim, smiles and says how much he loves your country and how he wants to be your friend, remember the following hadith. “(Verily) we smile for some people, while our hearts curse (those same people).” [Fath Al-Bāri, 10:544, quoted in Ibn Kathir, Tafsir, vol. 2, p. 141-143]