Is Islam tolerant of other world religions?

Here’s the top article right now from National Review. (H/T ECM)


Non-Muslims are barred from entering the cities of Mecca and Medina — not merely barred from building synagogues or churches, but barred, period, because their infidel feet are deemed unfit to touch the ground. This is not an al-Qaeda principle. Nor is it an “Islamist” principle. It is Islam, pure and simple.

“Truly the pagans are unclean,” instructs the Koran’s Sura 9:28, “so let them not . . . approach the Sacred Mosque.” This injunction — and there are plenty of similar ones in Islam’s scriptures — is enforced vigorously not by jihadist terrorists but by the Saudi government. And it is enforced not because of some eccentric sense of Saudi nationalism. The only law of Saudi Arabia is sharia, the law of Islam.

[..]Saudi Arabia, the country from which 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers hailed, abides no pluralism or religious freedom. Sure, the Saudis will tell you they allow Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims to visit their country, which is awfully big of them. Still, the regime prohibits these infidels from polluting the kingdom with their Bibles, crucifixes, and Stars of David.

[…]In an Islamic country like Saudi Arabia, where they are in a position to impose sharia in full, that is exactly what they do. In other places, the degree of imposition depends on relative Islamic strength, and it increases as that strength increases. Thus, the standard Muslim position on “Palestine,” where Islamic strength is growing but not yet dominant: Muslims are to be permitted to live freely within the Jewish state, but all Jews must be purged from Palestinian territories. Again, that’s not an al-Qaeda position; it’s the mainstream Islamic view. To the extent there is a mainstream dissenting view, it is that the Jewish state should be annihilated immediately — not that the two sides should live in reciprocally tolerant harmony.

Not very tolerant!

4 thoughts on “Is Islam tolerant of other world religions?”

  1. Sura : 5:60 Allah transformed some Jews into monkeys and swines because of their disobedience [idolatry]

    Sura 9:5 When the sacred months of the Islamic calendar have passed, kill the Mushrikun [non-believers] wherever you find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush.

    Sura 9:123 Fight those of the non-believers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you.

    Mohammed said: “No Muslim should be killed for killing an infidel (Hadith vol. 9:50)

    People who declare that Islam is peace are useful idiots or liars.


  2. I recall watching an Aussie travel show – one of those “100 things you must do in your life”.

    One of them was to visit Mecca during the Haij. They seemed quite oblivious that they were giving advice that would end up in the death of 99% of their viewership if followed.


  3. To ask the question is to answer it.

    Christianity wants to “win” as much as Islam. But, with Christianity, we want to win consistent with free will — we do not want to bludgeon people into the faith. The same goes for social issues like gay marriage. We want to “win”. But we want to win by winning hearts and minds, not by political trickery and tactics and getting “our” guy on the supreme court. Coercion and Christianity are oil and water.

    Our greatest weapon is prayer. And, I suspect, it is under-utilized. Expect to “win” by arguments alone? Fuggedaboudit.

    Our God reigns in the heavens, and so we cry out, “your kingdom come! your will be done on earth — as it is in heaven! Hear our cry, O Lord!s


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