The truth about Islam
Thursday 2 August 2018
Islam does not mean peace. Mark Durie, specializing in Islamic language, says in the Independent Journal article that Islam was first called the religion of peace as late as 1930. This became more popular in the 70’s since Muslims would present their religion to the West. The Qur’an never says that Islam is the religion of peace.
Nor does this do the tradition of Muhammad. The Arabic word Islam means “surrender.” It is attached to the word, “salaam”. Durie thinks this is a military metaphor that comes from aslama meaning “surrender”. This means that one is surrendered in warfare. That was the way Muhammad used the word. He said to his neighbor, “If you surrender, you will have peace”.
Peace then comes after the war, as one has surrendered to Islam. According to David Cook, “Understanding Jihad”, Muhammad was directly involved in 86 battles. This is more than 9 battles a year. Afterwards, Islam spread through the sword. To quote Nabeel directly, “Apart from the first thirteen years of Islamic history, when Muslims were not enough to fight, Islam has always had an elaborate practice or doctrine of war.”
So war is the only thing Islam can promise. The war against the unbelievers, ie us.