What are we to make of the glaring contradiction between the Koran’s claim that “there is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) and the many other verses that call for war, slavery, and death to those who refuse to submit to Islam (9:5, et al)—to say nothing of the militant behavior of the prophet of Allah, Muhammad? This is the question Stephen M. Kirby examines in his new book, Islam’s Militant Prophet: Muhammad and Forced Conversion to Islam.
Rather than offer speculations or cite nearly 1,400 years of Islamic history that is heavy laden with forced conversions, Kirby answers the question in an objective and meticulous fashion—in a fashion that any Muslim will be hard pressed to counter: he focuses exclusively on the career of Muhammad, from its beginnings in 610 till his death in 632, as recorded in Islam’s primary sources, the Koran and Hadith, and as understood or interpreted by Islam’s most authoritative scholars, such as Ibn al-Kathir. Along the way, readers are provided useful explanations—again, directly from Islam’s learned scholars themselves—of arcane or misunderstood doctrines, such as abrogation, which is essential for any exegesis.
The long and short of it all?
The command of “no compulsion in Islam” was a unique command that had doctrinal authority for only a little over two years. It was abrogated both by the Sunnah and the Koran. Its short lifetime was preceded and followed by commands that non-Muslims were to be given the option of converting to Islam, fighting to the death, or, at times, paying the Jizyah. Muhammad was indeed the militant prophet of a militant religion that supported forced conversions to Islam.
Before reaching this conclusion, Kirby offers example after example of Muhammad giving non-Muslims—pagan Quraysh, Jews, and Christians, almost always people who had no quarrel with him aside from rejecting his prophetic authority—two choices: convert or suffer the consequences, the latter of which often manifested as wholesale massacres.
[…the grim history of Christians in Egypt is outlined…]
In short, the Koran’s claim that “there is no compulsion in religion” seems more of an assertion, a statement of fact, than a command for Muslims to uphold. After all, it is true: no Muslim can make a non-Muslim say the words “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” But that doesn’t mean they can’t enslave, extort, plunder, torture, and slaughter them if they refuse.
In the fullness of time — 20, 50 years, say — there may well be a way to mindrape/program people into obedience and submission.
(Extra credit: Gary North, Will Ideology Be Programmed in 2050?)
I have no doubt that Islamic states and populations will use them in some fashion or other to enforce collective obedience and centralize power, as surely as a Socialist, or Secularist, or any other power-worshiping (as opposed to ethically-grounded) government will.
Christian societies and nations will be wise to stay off that path, though. For people with that kind of power will only demand more and more conformity, and work hard to crush all forms of dissent, disagreement, creativity, and liberty.
And they will get what they want – so many predicable biological gutted pseudo-mechanical half-men, without an ounce of independence or creativity.
So many hivemind unthinking robots merely await the day a single unexpected, inescapable change their programming hasn’t compensated for, before they rapidly perish.
So it is with all monist, collectivist, conformist cultures.
Once again: Christians, individually and as a culture, would be well advised to avoid that Satanic road to universal slavery. It promises absolute power over the mind of others, and delivers only mental rigidity, slavery, poverty, failure, and death.
And God spake all these words, saying,
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
— Exodus 20:1-3
Keep the First Commandment close to your heart, Christian, and look for ways to tear down the houses of bondage — be it Secularist, Islamic, Marxist, or any other flavour — in a manner that imitates the example set by Christ our King.
And obviously, don’t erect any slave nations yourself.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
— John 8:32
And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:
but the Son abideth ever.
If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed.
— John 8:35-36
Art thou called being a servant? care not for it:
but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman:
likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
— I Corinthians 7:21-23