Images of burning cars, crazed rioters, and perplexed politicos have filled our screens the last few days. Arab Spring has disappeared as quickly as it arrived. The reversal has stunned the world. But it shouldn’t have.
As radical Muslims stormed the American embassy in Egypt, black flags waved in the background declaring “There is no God but Allah.” A militant who attacked the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya shouted, “The Americans are infidels and we are going to finish them.”
Why would these Muslims want to harm Americans who supported their quest for freedom? Why would they attack a country that sends billions of dollars in aid to their countries?
The answer lies in the Quran and Hadith. Muslims believe that anyone who rejects Allah as the only true god is an infidel or kaffir. Islam’s holiest books, the Quran and Hadith, make clear the punishment for those who refuse Allah.
Sura 9:123 (Quran) “O you who believe, fight those of the unbelievers near you and let them see how harsh you can be. Know that Allah is with the righteous.”
Sura 4:89 (Quran) “Seize them (infidels) and slay them wherever you find them: and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”
And just to be clear about how Mohammed felt about killing infidels he said in the Hadith, a record of his sayings, (vol 9:50), “No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir (infidel).”
These three verses are but a small sampling of the admonitions laid down in two of Islam’s holiest books. Jesus warned his disciples (Jn 15:18) that “if the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.” And Jn 16:2 says “…yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”
The fact that the United States and Israel are the target of radical Islam is no accident. Both countries have the largest concentration of Christians and Jews in the world. The Quran paints a bulls eyes on Christianity and Judaism as these verses demonstrate:
Sura 5:51 (Quran) : “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them for friendship is of them.”
From the Hadith: “The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, so that Jews will hide behind stones and trees and the Stone and the tree will say, O Muslim, O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me; come and kill him. The only exception will be the box-thorn for it is one of the trees of the Jews.”