Posted by: Paul Chiariello | January 15, 2011

Muslims Want to Chop off Your Head? Verses from the Bible and Quran

A while ago I had a little debate with an old friend of mine over e-mail.

He said, “I simply can not accept the notion that Islam is a religion of peace or unity for all humanity, and thus dismiss that notion as mere delusion potentially mingled with ignorance.  It is one rather of exclusivity: peace for those who submit and then war, hate, and death for those who do not submit, which is carried out by its followers… To put the Qur’an in my own words, ‘Convert right now or I’ll cut off your head and you’ll rot in hell you stinking rotten heathen!!’  Where’s mercy?”

Below is a list of passages I picked up from the Quran (and some ahadith) to balance the debate.  I also threw in some New Testament passages (the OT is ‘Old’ news, so lets ignore it for now) to show that there are passages that can be and have often been historically taken out of context for Christianity as well.

No Compulsion in Islam

2:256 There is no compulsion in religion, for the right way is clear from the wrong way.

16:82 But if they turn away from you, (O Prophet remember that) your only duty is a clear delivery of the Message.


This post has been republished on the blog APPLIED SENTIENCE.

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  1. Hey man, this is the first time I’ve been on this blog but this post caught my interest!
    You might enjoy this debate between two intelligent and charismatic guys, one a muslim the other a christian
    They talk about a number of the things you mentioned specifically, and it’s just a very useful debate for seeing the two different perspectives on things.
    Let me know what you think when you get a chance!

  2. […] Muslims Want to Chop Off Your Head: Verses From the Bible and the Quran. […]

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