By Mike Ghouse
March 22, 2015
I am responding to the following surreal claims by an unknown, but well circulated piece called “13 Doctrines of Radical Islam ISIS “ with a singular purpose; To provide the moderate majority (of all faiths) with facts, and to help them not entertain any doubts about the word of God. God loves us all and has given us the free will to manage peace and harmony in the world, so all of us can live without fear of the other.
Finding the truth is your own responsibility, if you are curious about these propaganda verses, please buy at least three different translations of Quran and figure it out yourselves for your peace of mind is your business.
However, if you want to counter any one of those guys who either innocently or deliberately circulate false material, here is a readymade response for you to forward. Always go to www.WorldMuslimCongress.com or www.Quraantoday.com and search up for Maligned verses.
I will tear this propaganda apart and present the right quotes to each one of these 13 misquote. These guys write whatever they want and pass it out as the verses from Quran. I have responded to many of these men and women including Noni Derwish and others. The one that made the biggest mess was Geert Widlers, the hate filled man from Sweden who duped the US Congress and Senate members with his falsities and sold them the 14 minute film called Fitna.
In the Middle Ages, European leaders commissioned a hostile Quran translation to foster warfare against Muslim invaders. Later, Muslim leaders produced another translation to inflame Muslims against Christians and Jews. The European Kings commissioned the monastery of Abbey to deliberately mistranslate Quran to paint as a cult that will threaten their lives – and coined the word “Muhammadan” for the first time in 1142 AD. It was all for politics, and we need to reject these false translation, the other one was by a Muslim man “Hilali Khan” who has deliberately mistranslated nearly 60 verses to cause ill-will towards Jews, Christians and others. Please reject those.
The most popular and authentic translations are by Muhammad Asad, Yusuf Ali and Pickthal, however there are a few verses not dealt well in their translations and Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar has righted the wrong understanding in verse 4:34 for example.
Many of the following verses are not in Quran, and where additional explanation is needed, I have added two or three translations to give little more clarity. To get the full understanding, the simple formula is read three verses before and after the give verses, and you simply cannot go wrong.
Mike Ghouse, Muslim Speaker, thinker and a writer. World Muslim Congress, Dallas, Texas Link
American way and Quran Formula
When it comes to law and order, Quran formula is similar to American laws, here is how it works.
1. If bad guys stop in front of your property and march in to throw you out
2. You tell them to back off
3. If they still come towards you, you warn them to back off
4. If they make an attempt to attack you
5. You attack and chase them
6. If they run and hide behind the bushes
7. You hunt them down wherever you can find them and kill them on your property
Every one of those verses that advocate, “Hunt them down where ever you can find and kill them” verse, the same formula is adopted and in addition Quran advocates the following – Stop the pursuit, if they repent, surrender and retreat from attacking you.”
I am sick of these guys who present only half truth. Finding the truth is your own responsibility, go buy three different translations and figure it out yourselves. Your peace of mind is your business.
Now, here are those 13 propaganda verses and my response directly from Quran. I hope no one is gullible enough to buy this propaganda. In the future if you see these, please visit the Quran, read three verses before and three verses after the verse and you will appreciate the wisdom of all loving merciful and just God.
1. You Can Rape, Marry and Divorce Pre-Pubescent Girls; Qur’an 65:4
Real Verse: 65:4 (Asad) Now as for such of your women as are beyond, the age of monthly courses, as well as for such as do not have any courses,  their waiting-period - if you have any doubt [about it] - shall be three [calendar] months; and as for those who are with child, the end of their waiting-term shall come when they deliver their burden. And for everyone who is conscious of God, He makes it easy to obey His commandment:
This is goofy and there is nothing to discuss, next?
2. You Can Enslave For Sex And Work; Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 5:89, 33:50, 58:3, 70:30
I will pick first and the last of the 6 verses.
4:3 (Asad) And if you have reason to fear that you might not act equitably towards orphans, then marry from among [other] women such as are lawful to you  - [even] two, or three, or four: but if you have reason to fear that you might not be able to treat them with equal fairness, then [only] one - or [from among] those whom you rightfully possess.  This will make it more likely that you will not deviate from the right course.
70:30 (Asad) [not giving way to their desires] with any but their spouses - that is, those whom they rightfully possess [through wedlock] - :  for then, behold, they are free of all blame,
Self-Explanatory and the verse quote in the propaganda is completely false
3. You Can Beat Sex Slaves, Work Slaves, and Wives Qur’an 4:34
4:34 (L. Bakhtiar) Men are supporters of wives because God gave some of them an advantage over others and because they spent of their wealth. So the females, ones in accord with morality are the females, ones who are morally obligated and the females, ones who guard the unseen of what God kept safe. And those females whose resistance you fear then admonish them (f) and abandon them (f) in their sleeping places and go away from them (f). Then if they (f) obeyed you, then look not for any way against them (f). Truly, God had been Lofty, Great.
Comment: “beat them” was the interpretation that was produced for its full history, however, a scholar by the name Laleh Bakhtiar, had done thorough research in 2012 and has rectified the error. The Arabic word for beat is Daraba, which was used 21 other times in Quran to mean “separation” and sorry to say, men have always interpreted what suits them, and this is one of the few instances. Quite a lot is written about it including my own presentation at World Muslim Congress:http://www.worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2014/05/wife-beating-is-culture-of-men-and-not.html
4:34 (Asad) MEN SHALL take full care of women with the bounties which God has bestowed more abundantly on the former than on the latter,  and with what they may spend out of their possessions. And the righteous women are the truly devout ones, who guard the intimacy which God has [ordained to be] guarded.  And as for those women whose ill-will  you have reason to fear, admonish them [first]; then leave them alone in bed; then beat them;  and if thereupon they pay you heed, do not seek to harm them. Behold, God is indeed most high, great!
4. You Will Need 4 Muslim Male Witnesses To Prove a Rape; Qur’an 24-4
24:4 (Asad) And as for those who accuse chaste women [of adultery], and then are unable to produce four witnesses [in support of their accusation], flog them with eighty stripes  and ever after refuse to accept from them any testimony - since it is they, they that are truly depraved!
 The term Muhsanat denotes literally ‘‘women who are fortified [against un-chastity]", i.e., by marriage and/or faith and self-respect, implying that, from a legal point of view, every woman must he considered chaste unless a conclusive proof to the contrary is produced. (The passage relates to women other than the accusers own wife, for in the latter case - as shown in verses 6-9 - the law of evidence and the consequences are different.(Quran Ref: 24:4 )
 By obvious implication, this injunction applies also to cases where a woman accuses a man of illicit sexual intercourse, and is subsequently unable to prove her accusation legally. The severity of the punishment to be meted out in such cases, as well as the requirement of four witnesses - instead of the two that Islamic Law regards as sufficient in all other criminal and civil suits - is based on the imperative necessity of preventing slander and off-hand accusations. As laid down in several authentic sayings of the Prophet, the evidence of the four witnesses must be direct, and not merely circumstantial: in other words, it is not sufficient for them to have witnessed a situation which made it evident that sexual intercourse was taking or had taken place: they must have witnessed the sexual act as such, and must be able to prove this to the entire satisfaction of the judicial authority (Razi, summing up the views of the greatest exponents of Islamic Law). Since such a complete evidence is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, it is obvious that the purpose of the above Quranic injunction is to preclude, in practice, all third-party accusations relating to illicit sexual intercourse - for, "man has been created weak’’ (4:28) - and to make a proof of adultery dependent on a voluntary, faith-inspired confession of the guilty parties themselves. (Quran Ref: 24:4)
Self-explanatory – everything in Quran is a two way street, if a woman is suggested to wear modest clothing, invariably, men are told to lower their gaze.
5. Kill Jews and Christians If They Do Not Convert or Pay Jizya Tax; Qur’an 9:29
9:29 (Asad) [And] fight against those who - despite having been vouchsafed revelation [aforetime]  -do not [truly] believe either in God or the Last Day, and do not consider forbidden that which God and His Apostle have forbidden,  and do not follow the religion of truth [which God has enjoined upon them]  till they [agree to] pay the exemption tax with a willing hand, after having been humbled [in war]. 
There is no mention of Jews and Christians, the propaganda masters have made it up.
“Pay the exemption tax with a willing hand, after having been humbled” . Humbled- meaning acceptance of their wrong, not necessarily subduing. It is a common practice in the US if the suing party is silly and outrageous, the attorney fee incurred is granted to the wrong doer. It is a penalty for the unwanted aggression.
6. Crucify and Amputate Non-Muslims; Qur’an 8:12 and 47:4
8:12 (Asad) Lo! Thy Sustainer inspired the angels [to convey this His message to the believers]: "I am with you!"  [And He commanded the angels:] "And, give firmness unto those who have attained to faith [with these words from Me]:  `I shall cast terror into the hearts of those who are bent on denying the truth; strike, then, their necks, [O believers,] and strike off every one of their finger-tips!" 
8:13 (Asad) This, because they have cut themselves off from  God and His Apostle: and as for him who cuts himself off from God and His Apostle - verily, God is severe in retribution
47:4 (Asad) NOW WHEN you meet [in war] those who are bent on denying the truth,  smite their necks until you overcome them fully, and then tighten their bonds;  but thereafter [set them free,] either by an act of grace or against ransom, so that the burden of war may be lifted:  thus [shall it be]. And [know that] had God so willed, He could indeed punish them [Himself]; but [He wills you to struggle] so as to test you [all] by means of one another.  And as for those who are slain in God’s cause, never will He let their deeds go to waste
7. You Will Kill Non-Muslims to Receive 72 Virgins in Heaven: Qur’an 9:111
9:111 (Asad) BEHOLD, God has bought of the believers their lives and their possessions, promising them paradise in return, ,[and so] they fight in God's cause, and slay, and are slain: a promise which in truth He has willed upon Himself in [the words of] the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Qur'an. And who could be more faithful to his covenant than God? Rejoice, then, in the bargain which you have made with Him: for this, this is the triumph supreme!
9:111 (Y. Ali) Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah. Then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.
Two translations have been checked, and there is no mention about Virgins. Some men have interpreted Supreme Achievement to getting girls, but that is not in Quran. Wrong people always resort to propaganda to malign religion, or recruit guys with girl greed.
8. You Will Kill Anyone Who Leaves Islam; Qur’an 2:217, 4:89
I will be presenting three translations for you to see the difference in expression.
2:217 (L. Bakhtiar) They ask thee about the Sacred Month and fighting in it. Say: Fighting in it is deplorable and barring from the way of God and ingratitude to Him. And to bar from the Masjid al-Haram and expelling people from it are more deplorable with God. And persecution is more deplorable than killing. And they cease not to fight you until they repel you from your way of life, if they are able. And whoever of you goes back on his way of life, then, dies while he is one who is ungrateful, those, their actions were fruitless in the present and in the world to come. And those will be the Companions of the Fire. They are ones who will dwell in it forever.
2:217 (Y. Ali) They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say: "Fighting therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in the sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members." Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you Turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be companions of the Fire and will abide therein.
2:217 (Asad) They will ask thee about fighting in the sacred month. Say: "Fighting in it is an awesome thing (grave transgression); but turning men away from the path of God and denying Him, and [turning them away from] the Inviolable House of Worship and expelling its people there from - [all this] is yet more awesome (greater transgression) in the sight of God, since oppression is more awesome (greater transgression) than killing." [Your enemies] will not cease to fight against you till they have turned you away from your faith, if they can. But if any of you should turn away from his faith and die as a denier of the truth - these it is whose works will go for nought in this world and in the life to come; and these it is who are destined for the fire, therein to abide. (Please note I have used the world Awful in place of Awesome)
9. You Will Behead Non-Muslims, Quran 8:12 and 47:4 (8:12 Was Covered Earlier)
47:4 (Y. Ali) Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah's Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.
47:4 (Asad) NOW WHEN you meet [in war] those who are bent on denying the truth,  smite their necks until you overcome them fully, and then tighten their bonds;  but thereafter [set them free,] either by an act of grace or against ransom, so that the burden of war may be lifted:  thus [shall it be]. And [know that] had God so willed, He could indeed punish them [Himself]; but [He wills you to struggle] so as to test you [all] by means of one another.  And as for those who are slain in God’s cause, never will He let their deeds go to waste:
47:4 (L. Bakhtiar) So when you met those who were ungrateful, then, strike their thick necks until you gave them a sound thrashing. Then, tie them fast with restraints. And afterwards either have good will towards them or take ransom for them until the war ends, laying down its heavy load. Thus, it is so! But if God willed, He Himself would have, certainly, avenged you. But it is to try some of you with some others. As for those who were slain in the way of God, He will never cause their actions to go astray.
10. You Will Kill and Be Killed For Allah; Quran 9:5
M. Asad, “And so, when the sacred months are over, slay those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God wherever you may come upon them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every conceivable place! Yet if they repent, and take to prayer, and render the purifying dues, let them go their way: for, behold, God is much forgiving, a dispenser of grace.”
Y. Ali “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. “
Personally, as a pluralist, I have a problem with the translations. Glad to see Asad explain “ascribe divinity to aught beside God” versus the world “Pagan” used by Yusuf Ali, and “Polytheists by many others”. I would not use the word Pagan, as God does not mean all Pagans, but those who are in war with you, forcing you to disbelieve. Asad is much closer to the meaning of Quran. Someday, I will write, to make it communicate the meaning to a Hindu, Jews, Christian or a Pagan.
11. You Will Terrorize Non-Muslims, Quran 8:12, 8:60
8:60 (Asad) Hence, make ready against them whatever force and war mounts  you are able to muster, so that you might deter thereby the enemies of God, who are your enemies as well,  and others besides them of whom you may be unaware, [but] of whom God is aware; and whatever you may expend  in God's cause shall be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.
 Lit., "tethering of horses" (Ribat Al-Khavl): an expression which signifies "holding in readiness mounted troupes at all points open to enemy invasion (Thughur)"; hence, tropically, the over-all maintenance of military preparedness.(Quran Ref: 8:60 )
 Lit., "God's enemy and your enemy" - implying that every "enemy of God" (i.e., everyone who deliberately opposes and seeks to undermine the moral laws laid down by God) is, eo ipso, an enemy of those who believe in Him.(Quran Ref: 8:60 )
12. Steal From Non-Muslims; Quran Chapter 8The Chapter Has 75 Verses… Unless One Is Pointed Out
13. Lie to Strengthen Islam: Quran 3:26, 3:54, 9:3, 16:106, and 40:28
3:26 (Asad) SAY: "O God, Lord of all dominion! Thou grantest dominion unto whom Thou willest, and takest away dominion from whom Thou willest; and Thou exaltest whom Thou willest, and abasest whom Thou willest. In Thy hand is all good. Verily, Thou hast the power to will anything.
3:54 (Asad) And the unbelievers schemed [against Jesus];  but God brought their scheming to nought: for God is above all schemers.
16:106 (Asad) As for anyone who denies God after having once attained to faith-and this, to be sure, does not apply to  one who does it under duress, the while his heart remains true to his faith,  but [only, to] him who willingly opens up his heart to a denial of the truth-: upon all such [falls] God's condemnation, and tremendous suffering awaits them:
 Lit., "one who is coerced, the while his heart is at rest in [his] faith". This relates to believers who, under torture or threat of death, ostensibly "recant" in order to save themselves. Although the Qur'an makes it clear in several places that martyrdom in the cause of faith is highly meritorious, "God does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear" (cf. 2:233 and 286, 6:152, 7:42, 23:62, and many other Qur'anic statements to the same effect).(Quran Ref: 16:106 )
40:28 (Asad) At that, a believing man of Pharaoh’s family, who [until then] had concealed his faith, exclaimed:  “Would you slay a man because he says, ‘God is my Sustainer’ - seeing, withal, that he has brought you all evidence of this truth from your Sustainer? Now if he be a liar, his lie will fall back on him; but if he is a man of truth, something [of the punishment] whereof he warns you is bound to befall you: for, verily, God would not grace with His guidance one who has wasted his own self by lying [about Him]. 
If you cannot put your name to what you believe, then it is not worth sharing it.
Mike Ghouse, President, America Together Foundation
Source: QuraanToday.com & WorldMuslimCongress.com