It is now the viral gotcha moment of the Clinton v. Trump Presidential campaign: Mr. Khan, the Muslim father of a U.S. soldier who was Muslim and who died defending the United States, proffering a booklet of the U.S. Constitution to Mr. Trump, and Mr. Trump reacting.
Of course, we all grieve for any U.S. soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice for protecting this country. However, it is not too late for Mr. Trump to turn his political misstep in his handling Mr. Khan into the ultimate political win, and focus America and the world on the true danger: the exact provisions of the Koran that exhort its followers to extreme wanton violence against not only non-Muslims, but Muslims as well. Mr. Trump should proffer Mr. Khan a copy of the Koran that contains the violence-exhorting sections that modern-day Jihadists look to as their inspiration.
In the this regard, one can find no better explanation of Islam is the religion of violence than in heroic Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s seminal article “Islam is a Religion of Violence” published in the renowned Foreign Policy magazine on November 9, 2015. For those of you are not aware of Ms. Ali, she was born in Somalia as a Muslim and came to realize Islam as a new “fascism” and she has worked to stop female genital mutilation. She lives under constant death threats, and is now an atheist.
In Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Foreign Policy essay she explains:
“Anyone seeking support for armed jihad in the name of Allah will find ample support in the passages in the Quran and Hadith that relate to Mohammed’s Medina period. For example, Q4:95 states, “Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home).” Q8:60 advises Muslims “to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know.” Finally, Q9:29 instructs Muslims: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Mainstream Islamic jurisprudence continues to maintain that the so-called “sword verses” (9:5 and 9:29) have “abrogated, canceled, and replaced” those verses in the Quran that call for “tolerance, compassion, and peace.”
As for the example of Mohammed, Sahih Muslim, one of the six major authoritative Hadith collections, claims the Prophet Mohammed undertook no fewer than 19 military expeditions, personally fighting in eight of them. In the aftermath of the 627 Battle of the Trench, “Mohammed felt free to deal harshly with the Banu Qurayza, executing their men and selling their women and children into slavery,” according to Yale Professor of Religious Studies Gerhard Bowering in his book Islamic Political Thought. As the Princeton scholar Michael Cook observed in his book Ancient Religions, Modern Politics, “the historical salience of warfare against unbelievers … was thus written into the foundational texts” of Islam.”
And while we’re at it we shouldn’t forget the lovely Koranic quote of: “And KILL them (the unbelievers) wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.” (Sura 2, verse 191).
So, instead of bothering with Mr. Khan, Mr. Trump should expose the very cause of Islamic violence: the Koran itself and the modern-day Muslims who want to live as Mohammad lived and murder and pillage and convert “unbelievers” like Mohammad did in the early 600’s A.C.E.