It is a convenient, and I’ll admit, still a somewhat helpful statement to say, “What the KKK is to Christianity is what ISIS is to Islam.” The problem with it is, it is not true.
By “not true,” I mean it is not objectively, factually, academically true. Not because I said so, but because of one crucial distinction:
The KKK is disobeying what the Bible commands, while ISIS is obeying what the Qur’an says.
This statement is not Islamophobic, nor is it a matter of interpretation of the Bible or the Qur’an, it is simply true. Trust me, I am very much against Islamophobia, but I am also simultaneously against ignorance. I don’t mean ‘ignorance’ in the insulting way, I mean it simply as the Dictionary definition of the word: lack of knowledge or information. The good news is, we don’t have to be ignorant in order to not be Islamophobic.
I will show you simple passages from Jesus/the Bible and Muhammad/the Qur’an. Questions that arise are likely answered in my articles I’ve linked to at the bottom of this page. Regarding the KKK analogy and Islamophobia, I do understand the heart behind it and I want to validate that heart–there are a lot of similarities between the brutality and hatred of the KKK and ISIS and the feelings of loving Muslims toward ISIS are like the feelings of loving Christians toward the KKK. This can and should help us Christians to empathize with the large number of loving, Cultural Muslims. But the answer is not in falsely comparing the Bible to the Qur’an and saying they are the same when they are factually and objectively not (you just have to open the pages). The answer is in comparing cultural Islam to fundamental Islam, something I write a lot about in the posts linked to below.
In looking at Jesus’ words in comparison to the Qur’an’s, one will find that the KKK is nothing like the Christian’s version of ISIS because they are the furthest version of Jesus or the Bible’s teaching, whereas ISIS is in line with the teachings of the Qur’an. We need to hold a religion to what its founder said and did, not to what its contemporaries say and do, many of whom have completely neglected or forgotten the founder’s words. Contemporaries will change through the ages. Leaders will come and go. Different doctrines and false doctrines will emerge. But the founder and the original Scripture (whether Bible or Qur’an) text will never go away. Ever. No matter what anyone tries to change or reform, there will always always always be people who follow the founder and the original Scripture (whether Bible or Qur’an) text. For the Bible, I am certainly one of them.
Jesus/Bible: (Matthew 5:38-47)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
Al-Ma’idah 5:33-34 says, “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption (mischief) is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment…
(Al-Baqarah, 2:191, 193) says, “And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing…And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshiping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (Alone).”
Al-Anfal 8:12-13 “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.” That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger – indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.”
Al-Tawbah, 9:5 “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way.
Muhammad 47:4-6 “So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah’s Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam), until the war lays down its burden. Thus [you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam (i.e. are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire) or at least come under your protection], but if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost, to top He will guide them and set right their state. And admit them to Paradise which He has made known to them (i.e. they will know their places in Paradise more than they used to know their houses in the world).”
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