Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2007.12.02 : Religion of Peace
Excerpts from the Koran (*) (pt I)

"And fight in the Way of All‚h [1] those who fight you … And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out."

"And fight them until there is no more Fitna (disbelief and worshipping of others along with All‚h) and (all and every kind of) worship is for All‚h (Alone)."

"Jih‚d (holy fighting in All‚h's cause) is ordained for you (Muslims)."

"[T]hose who disbelieve and deny Our Ay‚t (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) – such are the dwellers of the Fire. They shall abide therein forever."

"Have you (Jews) then no understanding? Know they (Jews) not that All‚h knows what they conceal and what they reveal?"

"And when there came to them (the Jews) a Book (this Qur'‚n) from All‚h … they disbelieved in it. So let the Curse of All‚h be on the disbelievers."

"And indeed We have sent down to you manifest Ay‚t (these Verses of the Qur'‚n which inform in detail about the news of the Jews and their secret intentions, etc.)."

"And do not marry Al-Mushrik‚t (idolatresses, etc.) till they believe (worship All‚h Alone). And indeed a slave woman who believes is better than a (free) Mushrikah (idolatress), even though she pleases you. And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-MushrikŻn till they believe (in All‚h Alone)."

"Your wives are tilth for you, so go to your tilth, when or how you will."

"Say (O Muhammad) to those who disbelieve: 'You will be defeated and gathered together to Hell, and worst indeed is that place of rest.'"

"O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Why do you mix truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know?"

"O you who believe! Take not as (your) Bit‚nah (advisers, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends) those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse."

"If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others."

"And that All‚h may test (or purify) the believers and destroy the disbelievers."

"And you had indeed longed for death (Ash-Shah‚dah – martyrdom) before you met it. Now you have seen it openly with your own eyes."

"We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve … their abode will be the Fire."

"And All‚h did indeed fulfil His Promise to you when you were killing them (your enemy) with His Permission."

"Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full."

"O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear All‚h, so that you may be successful."

"And those of your women who commit illegal sexual intercourse … confine them to houses until death comes to them or All‚h ordains for them some (other) way."

"Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because All‚h has made one of them to excel the other … As to those women on whose part you see ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next) refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful)."

"Surely! Those who disbelieved in Our Ay‚t (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), We shall burn them in Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for other skins that they may taste the punishment. Truly, All‚h is Ever Most Powerful, All-Wise."

"But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold of) them and kill them wherever you find them."

"Verily, the disbelievers are ever to you open enemies… And don't be weak in the pursuit of the enemy."

"For the wrong-doing of the Jews, We made unlawful for them certain good foods which had been lawful for them – and for their hindering many from All‚h's Way; And their taking of Rib‚ (usury) though they were forbidden from taking it and their devouring of men's substance wrongfully (bribery)."

"The recompense of those who wage war against All‚h and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides."

"Those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of All‚h and His Wrath, and those of whom (some) He transformed into monkeys and swines."

"And you see many of them (Jews) hurrying towards sin and transgression, and eating illegal things [as bribes and Rib‚ (usury)]. Evil indeed is that which they have been doing."

"Kill not anyone who All‚h has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Isl‚mic law)."

"So enjoy what you have gotten in booty in war, lawful and good, and be afraid of All‚h. Certainly, All‚h is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

"Then kill the MushrikŻn [idolaters] wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush."

"Fight against them so that All‚h will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give victory over them."

"Fight against those who believe not in All‚h … until they pay the Jizyah [tax on non-Muslims in states ruled by Isl‚mic law] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

"They [the believers] fight in All‚h's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed… That is the supreme success."

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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