Alnatour insists that he does: “As a Muslim American who continually strives to do everything I can for the betterment of my community and this nation, I am tired of being asked to apologize and condemn terrorism that I have absolutely nothing to do with.” And he adds: “As a practicing Muslim, I know that my religion teaches peace. I am so certain of this fact that I will award anyone $10,000 if they can find me a verse in the Quran that says it’s ok to kill innocent people or to commit acts of terror. This is an open offer that will never expire.”
Where do I pick up my $10,000?
“And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers — but if they give over, surely God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is God’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.” (Quran 2:191, 192, 193)
“We will cast into the hearts of the unbelievers terror, for that they have associated with Allah that for which He sent down never authority; their lodging shall be the Fire; evil is the lodging of the evildoers.” (Quran 3:151)
“This is the recompense of those who fight against God and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement…” (Quran 5:33)
“When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!’” (Quran 8:12)
“Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy…” (Quran 8:60)
“Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.” (Quran 9:5)
“Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.” (Quran 9:29)
“And when We desire to destroy a city, We command its men who live at ease, and they commit ungodliness therein, then the Word is realized against it, and We destroy it utterly.” (Quran 17:16)
There are so many more passages that I could list – so many that Alnatour should pay me a million. We rarely hear Muslims condemn the Islamic texts and teachings that inspire jihad. On the contrary, in the wake of jihad slaughter, they make generic, weak statements against the killing of innocents, knowing full well that under Islam, non-Muslims are not considered “innocent.” What programs have been instituted in the Muslim world to teach against the jihadi view of Islam? What is the Muslim world doing to expunge the genocidal texts from the Quran?
Yet Alnatour claims that his “religion blatantly stands against” violence. Really? Where does his religion stand against jihad? He claims: “Muslims condemn terrorism, we always have. This is a fact. And just as I shouldn’t have to reassure you each morning that the sky is still blue, Muslims should not have to reassure you that we still condemn terrorism every single time a terrorist attack occurs. And frankly, if you don’t already believe that Muslims condemn terrorism by now, then no apology or repeated broken-record condemnation from any Muslim or Muslim organization will help cure your intolerant hatred.”
These are hollow and kneejerk condemnations. Where are Muslims actually doing something to stop jihad terror activities in their own communities? Muslims in Brussels sheltered Paris jihad killer Salah Abdeslam for months. The Muslim community aided and abetted and hid the mass murderers.
Alnatour claims that Muslim terrorists aren’t Muslim because they kill other Muslims. But these Muslim victims are not considered Muslims by their murderers. Sunnis don’t consider Shia to be true Muslims, and Shi’ites feel the same way about Sunnis, etc. And Islam has a death penalty for heresy and apostasy.
Alnatour whines: “Why are Muslims the only group that are required to apologize for and condemn the actions of criminals that associate with their group? To put things into perspective, ask yourself: Why aren’t all white males asked to apologize for the slavery that white males endorsed less than two centuries ago?”
Where is the concern about the mass slavery in the Islamic world? Also, the “white man” did take responsibility for slavery, and fought America’s bloodiest war to stop it, at the cost of 650,000 American lives.
No matter how airtight and compelling the evidence I present here is, one thing is certain: Alnatour will cop out of his offer and say that the Quran verses I quoted don’t mean what they obviously do mean. He will deny that I or anyone has met his challenge, knowing full well that if the media deigns to cover this, it will cover for him, and the Huffington Post will run his response advancing the preposterous idea that “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Quran 47:4) doesn’t mean “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks.”