Imam Rauf’s sanctioned lies, Bloomberg’s folly, On burning the Koran, and Hartford Ct

Posted on September 9, 2010

September 08, 2010

New Koranic Dissimulation (Taqiyya) From Imam Feisal Rauf

Andrew G. Bostom

Imam Feisal Rauf  makes the following comment that includes a quote from the Koran near the conclusion of his treacly 9/7/10 New York Times, Op-Ed:
The Koran declares in its 36th chapter, regarded by the Prophet Muhammad as the heart of the Koran, in a verse deemed the heart of this chapter, “Peace is a word spoken from a merciful Lord.”
Rauf is quoting, selectively sura 36, verse 58 (36:58; Arberry translation): “‘Peace!’ – such is the greeting, from a Lord All-compassionate.”
But the next verse, 36:59 states, “Now keep yourselves apart, you sinners, upon this day!”
The noble sounding verse 36:58 refers to the Muslims who are to be kept apart from the disbelievers, i.e., the non-Muslims, at Resurrection.
For example, the classical commentary of Ibn Kathir (d. 1373) calls v. 36:59, “The Isolation of the Disbelievers and Their Rebuke on the Day of Resurrection.” Suyuti (d. 1505), another seminal Koranic commentator, referring to v. 36:59 says simply, “Separate yourselves from the believers!” While the modern al-Hilali and Khan Koranic translation and  commentary states, “And O you the Mujrimun-criminals, polytheists, sinners, disbelievers in Islamic Monotheism, wicked evil ones-[Note: All lumped together!] Get you apart this Day (from the believers)”
Al-Tabari (d. 923), author of perhaps the earliest and most important authoritative Koranic commentary, explains Koranic verse 3:28, which sanctions “taqiyya,” Islamic religious dissimulation, as follows (translation by Raymond Ibrahim):
If you [Muslims] are under their [non-Muslims’] authority, fearing for yourselves, behave loyally to them with your tongue while harboring inner animosity for them … [know that] God has forbidden believers from being friendly or on intimate terms with the infidels rather than other believers-except when infidels are above them [in authority]. Should that be the case, let them act friendly towards them while preserving their religion.
One can only conclude that Imam Rauf’s selective citation of Koran 36: 58, without the requisite context of the accompanying verse 36:59, is a deliberate act of “taqiyya” — sanctioned lying to infidels.


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