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Thursday, September 09, 2004
Smite at their necks
Now along comes a verse most violent and pointed directly at the events in Iraq the past months.

"Therefore, when you meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; at length, when you have thouroghly 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 (you are 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."[Qur'an 47:4]

Some will read other things into this verse, but all I see is the Islamic justification of beheading infidels. Not only the beheading, but the enslavement of those that the jihadis did not get to before the battle was over.

Behead the Unbelievers, enslave the survivors, and collect ransom on their heads. This is a test of your worthiness to enter paradise. Go into this battle unafraid for Allah will honor your deeds.

With this in the most revered text of the religion, how could anyone ever describe this as the "Religion of Peace"?

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