Blogging The Quran: Surah 8


The footnote (sorry I had to) says that the whole sura has something to do with the battle of Badr in which Muhammad informed his followers that they were going to attack a trade caravan from Mecca. Apparently they were in open warfare with the Meccans at that time.
That explains why Surah 8 is titled “The spoils of war”.

Who’s the real Muslim?

vv1-4
The real Muslim according to Mohamed here is the one who’s heart becomes full of fear whenever Allah is mentioned. They keep up prayer and spend benevolently out of what they have.
Now I have to stop right there because I’ve noticed already several times before but haven’t commented about it, that Mohammad lumps himself in with Allah all the time in phrases like “whatever we have given them.” Since Mohammad had a big problem with the trinity, I know he’s not quoting allah here. He must have meant he and Allah. Seems a bit presumptuous to me to claim that Mohamed gave you something. Last I heard he was just a man. I urge you to look through the Bible and find for me another prophet (besides Jesus) who would claim this kind of equality with God. That my friends really is blasphemy.

To War!

vv5-18
Apparently there was some dissension in the ranks. Two enemy parties had revealed themselves and quite a few muslims wanted to kill the weaker one (sounds like murdering terrorists to me). Apparently however they became convinced to attack the other group. (I’m not really sure of that but I’m guessing from the context).
We get down to nitty gritty when Allah apparently tells the angels to embolden the true believers (hence vv1-4) and to strike fear into the hearts of the unbelievers.

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” Sura 8:12

I’m guessing this is one of the verses that gives explanation to why Muslim terrorists are so keen to chop off thier victims heads. I’ve seen pictures of the bodies of Christians stacked in one pile and heads stacked in the other for this very reason. I wish I could forget those images, they were terrible! It brings to mind Revelation 20:4
“And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. ”

Never surrender

Ok, Hands up – how many of you think that the war in Iraq will end with some kind of militant surrender? Anyone? If you raised your hand you don’t understand what’s driving these people.
Starting with v15 Muslims are commanded *never* to retreat from unbelievers period.

Don’t ignore Allah or his prophet… or else

vv 19-41
The title says it all. This next block is a long warning against anyone ever resisting Mohamed or Allah. (to resist Mohammad is to resist Allah). According to Mohammad an instant guarantee of hell is the penalty for ever daring to second guess the prophet Mohamed. Disagreeing by the way includes not just doing something different or ignoring him, it also includes spending your money in a way that might in some way hinder the spread of Islam.
No wonder his followers ascribe demigod status to the guy. The first group of believers were so taken by the guy and believed him enough to be too scared to point out his inconsistencies and maniacal tendencies. He demanded absolute power and received it by threatening eternal damnation on anyone who would disagree with anything he said. Mohammad was a bit capricious to say the least.

Remember

vv42-63
Remembering allah is the key to victory. To which I must assume that those who die in battle are the ones that forgot him? I’m not entirely certain if that’s what this passage means but it sure sounds that way to me. If however you quarrel with other Muslims your “power” will leave you and you’ll be vulnerable.
A constantly repeated theme is the distinction between unbelievers and believers.
Muslim believers not only adhere to giving 5% of everything to Allah and Mohammad, but they don’t turn back in war. After all unbelievers are the vilest of animals in Allah’s site (Sura 8:55). I wonder by the way if that’s why Muslims consistently refer to Jews as pigs, monkeys and other animals but never as men.

To War!

vv64-75
We end where we started. Here Allah commands Mohammad to urge Muslims to go to war.
Of course when they go to war, the rule is simple “Take no captives” (Sura 8:67). Captives are only acceptable when you have triumphed completely in the war (not just the battle). I’m assuming then that the rule of war for Muslims is “kill them all” end of story. Isn’t that exactly what we see? The clerics have declared jihad and now mothers hope their sons grow up to blow themselves up and take out a few Jews and Americans with them. What fosters that kind of hatred? It’s not Muslim extremism. It’s Muslim believism.
They’re allowed to take the spoils of war but are commanded to kill anyone that isn’t a Muslim.

Anyone still interested in wondering why “Islamic fascism” is so violent?