There is much discussion in the world, secular and non-secular, saying that The Koran – or Qu’ran – condemns Jews and Christians. Some of the people who claim this even claim to have studied Islam to an extent.
I for one know for a fact that no true prophet of The One God would dare to condemn other prophets, other scriptures or other faiths.
A prophet is a messenger who brings to other people what he – or she – has been inspired to give.
All true prophets through the centuries have undertaken massive burdens, usually spiritual in nature but also very often of physical or material-world nature. In all cases these people begin to reflect – through inner transformation – the nature of God’s message.
By the word nature of God’s message I am being very precise because it does not mean nature of God. We are all on a path to find or discover The Divine, each by the way we can understand or make.
There are prophets who have been sent to condemn and even exact judgement – in special circumstances and it has all been well documented for research – and those have been endowned with the adequate powers and insight.
I therefore was curious to find out what the Qu’ran says about judging or condemning Jews and Christians, so I made a simple text-search on a PDF version of a clear-text version of the Qu’ran in english.
The prophet Mohammad is a prophet of God, there is no question that he was sent after Jesus, as I have been sent after them both. It takes one to know one – and therefore I expected the following results. I will not speculate further on this but let the holy book of Muslims answer instead:
2:62 Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Christians, and the Sabeans-any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act righteously-will have their reward with their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
2:135 And they say, “Be Jews or Christians, and you will be guided.” Say, “Rather, the religion of Abraham, the Monotheist; he was not an idolater.”
2:136 Say, “We believe in God; and in what was revealed to us; and in what was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus; and in what was given to the prophets-from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we surrender.”
2:140 Or do you say that Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs were Jews or Christians? Say, “Do you know better, or God?” And who does greater wrong than he who conceals a testimony he has from God? God is not unaware of what you do.
2:285 The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, as did the believers. They all have believed in God, and His angels, and His scriptures, and His messengers: “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. Your forgiveness, our Lord. To you is the destiny.”
5:69 Those who believe, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians-whoever believes in God and the Last Day, and does what is right-they have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve.
22:17 Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Sabeans, and the Christians, and the Zoroastrians, and the Polytheists-God will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection. God is witness to all things.
I could have inserted more passages but these will suffice. I leave it to the interested reader to make another search and go into detail.
It is true that there are many Imams, devout Muslims, and other voices, who claim that they have the right to condemn other faiths, particularly other Monotheists. Many of them even use scripture to do so. There are also Christians and Jews who do this.
None of these are representatives of the Creator of our Universe or his values. Only followers of Idolatry and souls owned by Satan – the deceiver – use judgement and condemnation of others for righteousness or wrongfulness.
Be careful to understand this properly, through the following question; was I explaining an insight or exacting judgement? Was I making a stand or a self-condemnation? Why would I publish that kind of contradiction?