Does Islam Preach That Infidels Be Killed?

It does not. A reader asked me this question in 2004 on my old, now defunct, blog, and despite my dislike for how it was phrased, I kept it as-is because it is in the minds of many. My conclusion today is the same as it was then. Actually, as I continued to study Islam in-depth, I became ever more convinced that Islam not only forbids such forms of violence; rather, it preaches quite the opposite.

An imam and Muslims participate in the fourth World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, on Oct 27, 2011. Derivative of a photograph of Stephan Kölliker under CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

An imam and Muslims participate in the fourth World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, on Oct 27, 2011. Derivative of the original photograph of Stephan Kölliker under CC BY-SA 3.0.

I am aware that some articles on the Internet argue otherwise. They say that Islam’s primary sources, the Quran and the Sunnah, prohibit Muslims from living in harmony with people of other faiths.

Islam’s primary source, the Quran, contains verses that command the believers to “not kill a soul that God has forbidden, except in the course of justice.”1Quran 17:33 It applies to everyone, regardless of their religion, race, sex, etc. And the phrase “except in the course of justice” keeps the door open for a state to administer capital punishment for major crimes. Continue reading →

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1. Quran 17:33