Can Islam Peacefully Co-Exist? The Qur’an Speaks For Itself.

Western ideologues commit themselves to the ideal of an international community of brethren. Interfaith dialogues, for example, are designed to try and find sturdy commonalities among various religions to build bridges of friendship and cooperation.

While they are wonderful ideals, they are ill-fated. Kindness is not always reciprocated with kindness.

When I speak publicly about the Islamic commitment to world domination and a worldwide Caliphate, people often respond, “You probably don’t have any Muslim friends,” suggesting that, if I did, I wouldn’t have these opinions. My response is that, “Muslims can be very nice people. I have known several who have assured me that Islam is a peaceful religion.” Indeed, their own conduct seems to affirm their assurances.

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However, I also know what the Qur’an and the Sayings of Muhammad teach– and there is little peacefulness in them.  In fact, the Qur’an warns Muslims that they cannot be friends with non-Muslims:

  • [Surah 3:27] “Let not the believers take the disbelievers for friends rather than believers. And whoever does this has no connection with Allah unless it is done [deceptively] to guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully.”
  • [5:54] “O ye who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends and protectors to each other.”
  • [60:1] “O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth.”
  • [60:4] “Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibraaheem [Abraham] and those with him, when they said to their people: ‘Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allaah, we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred for ever until you believe in Allaah Alone.’”

How do Muslims understand these verses? This is an important question simply because when you cite surah to a Muslim that disagrees with his position, he will tell you that you have to understand the historical context before you can understand the surah. This is why I also like to consult Islamic commentators who write to other Muslims. One commentator writes (; fatwa 59879):

  • “Undoubtedly the Muslim is obliged to hate the enemies of Allaah and to disavow them, because this is the way of the Messengers and their followers.
  • “Based on this, it is not permissible for a Muslim to feel any love in his heart towards the enemies of Allaah who are in fact his enemies too.
  • “But if a Muslim treats them with kindness and gentleness in the hope that they will become Muslim and will believe, there is nothing wrong with that, because it comes under the heading of opening their hearts to Islam. But if he despairs of them becoming Muslim, then he should treat them accordingly.”

Islamic friendship-deception is part of a larger practice known as Taqiyya, which authorizes Muslims to deceive non-Muslims for the sake of advancing Islam.

Knowing this, how then should Christians relate to Muslims? As a Christian, I must receive the Muslim in love, in the hope of pointing him to the Gospel (Eph. 6:12). Christians also have a responsibility to help him learn the truth (2 Tim. 2:24-26):

  • And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

These passages, and many others, suggests that Christians should be willing to embrace their Muslim neighbors with genuine kindness. However, kindness doesn’t mean that Christians are to give Muslims a platform to spread their ideology and take others captive by it. To do this would be to partake in their evil works. Sadly, this is the substance of many of the interfaith dialogues.

Shouldn’t Christians find it strange that they are never invited into a Mosque to speak about Christianity?

What does this suggest about Christians welcoming Muslim refugees into America? If they are truly Muslim, they must obey the teachings of Muhammad, which allegedly come from their god, Allah. What do these teachings require of a Muslim? One consistent teaching requires the death of the infidel if he refuses to convert or to submit entirely to Shari’a law:

  • (Surah 8:37) “Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion (Islam) reigns supreme.”
  • (4:5) “When the Sacred Months are over, kill those who ascribe partners [like Jesus] to God wheresoever ye find them; seize them, encompass them, and ambush them; then if they repent and observe prayer and pay the alms, let them go their way’.”
  • “…kill the disbelievers wherever we find them” (2:191) and “murder them and treat them harshly” (9:123); and “Strike off the heads of the disbelievers” (8:12, cp. 8:60).

In Islam, what is understood by these many commands to commit jihad until the entire world is under the Islamic Caliphate? Ibn Khaldun, the 15th-century Tunisian historian, explained:

  • In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force… Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations.

Knowing these things, what does Christ’s love require of his followers? He came to comfort the afflicted and not to unleash murderers upon the innocent. This must also be our concern. If we were to instead bring murderers and rapists into our communities, this would bring the Church into disrepute.

Immigration is a form of Jihad, known as hijra:

  • He who emigrates (from his home) in the Cause of Allah [Jihad], will find on earth many dwelling places and plenty to live by. And whosoever leaves his home as an emigrant unto Allah and His Messenger, and death overtakes him, his reward is then surely incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And when you (Muslims) travel in the land, there is no sin on you if you shorten your Salat (prayer) if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you, verily, the disbelievers are ever unto you open enemies. (Qur’an 4:100-101).

How could Western idealism serve Americans by bringing into their neighborhoods those who want to rape, kidnap, and kill them? It must not! Idealism is essential to life and the well-being of society, but when idealism is not directed by wisdom, it either dies or becomes malignant.

This column is a shortened, revised version of the original, which was previously published on Mann’sWord.


Daniel Mann

Daniel Mann has taught theology, Old Testament, and Apologetics at the New York School of the Bible for 24 years and has written several books, including Embracing the Darkness: How a Jewish, Sixties, Berkeley Radical Learned to Live with Depression, God’s Way. He is a contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal. Follow him:, or join his Facebook groups, Apologetics for Today, Seekers with Questions about Christianity, Christians with Vexing Issues Seeking Truth and Straight Talk.

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