By Roy Abbas

Does the Quran sanction killing of innocents?

Many argue that it does not

The truth however is the antithesis of this.

Here is the extract from Quran that has been quoted and shared by defenders of Islam in order to argue that Islam does not sanction killing of innocents and it actually values human life.

“…if any one slew a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people…”

However the truth is that the above extract is actually an act of prevarication by defenders of Islam. It’s basically a partial text

Now look at the full text from Quran

Chapter 5 verse 32 “…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people…”

It’s clear that the above verse comes with two caveats and conditions.  

Notice them below:

“Unless it be for murder”

 “Or for spreading mischief in the land”

Now it’s very easy for anyone to use the above verse to justify an attack on any group of people. This is because the above verse is highly vulnerable for blatant exploitation.

The pertinent question here is:

Who is going to decide the meaning of “mischief in the land” in the aforementioned verse?

What constitutes as mischief?

This could mean anything to anyone.  

ISIS correctly interprets the above verse since according to their ideology, the Western freedom and culture has been “spreading mischief in the land” so it is justified to target them.

For instance, ISIS has called Paris the “capital of prostitution and obscenity” in their official statement after the Paris Attacks

This means that ISIS had viewed “capital of prostitution and obscenity” as “mischief in the land” in their ideology and hence they carried out the attacks.  

Similarly anyone can classify anything as “mischief” and use the above verse to justify an attack on anyone.

This is why I say that the religion of Islam needs a complete reformation.

Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, has reached the same conclusion by saying “as a whole [Islam] is not well geared to reviving and modernising itself so that it meets the values and the norms of a 21st Century society”.







By Roy Abbas

I am posting this unedited version below. Original edited version is posted on Leftfootforward

It’s quite appalling to see how several people in Western media have responded after the Paris attacks. Some blamed the cartoonists for provoking Muslim faith and inciting religious hatred while others like Robert Fisk have blamed French occupation of Algeria (1830 – 1962) for Paris shootings. Fisk claimed that the disenfranchisement of the youth, economic deprivation, atrocities and legitimate grievances of Algerians has led to Paris events. Some on the far left like the inveterate anti American journalist Glen Greenwald started with Soviet style (whataboutism) and connected the Paris events with Israel while the annoying Assange, who is languishing in the Ecuador embassy, also tweeted some 5 year old telegraph report to obfuscate the Paris shooting issue.

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By Anas Abbas

Until recently Ben Affleck was considered by Muslim twitteratis and liberals to be an imperialist and racist for his movie “Argo” but now he’s turning out to be a hero for them after his latest adventurism on Bill Maher’s show. For me only Sam Harris and Nicholas Kristoff made some sense. Read the rest of this entry »


By Anas Abbas

crossposted from Times Of India

While the world was acknowledging Malala Yusufzai’s courage and applauding her commitment to education, Pakistan remained apathetic mainly because it was busy celebrating Ramazan in a holier than thou spirit, or was in a state of jubilation at the revelations of an Indian IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma who claimed that Indian government orchestrated the 2001 Parliament and 2008 Mumbai attacks. Malala’s speech was broadcasted live by major international TV channels, but Pakistani print, electronic and social media remained numb as the Satish Verma claim took the country by storm. Infamous political TV show anchor Mubasher Luqman did an entire Indian bashing show scrutinizing Verma’s claims by inviting the Pakistani male version of Ann Coulter, the psycho neurotic jingoistic Zaid Hamid. Similarly, various other vociferous Pakistani talk shows also focused on Indian bashing and praised the Kashmiri terrorists who have been locally revered as “Mujahideens”. Read the rest of this entry »


Note: This article was first published in last year. I am just reposting it on my own blog.  Please find the original link at the end of this article.

By Anas Abbas

In his book ‘Inside Al Qaeda and the Taliban’, slain journalist Syed Saleem Shehzad who spent considerable part of his research with al Qaeda militants, described comprehensively the formation of the new al Qaeda players and their strategic objectives in the lawless FATA region of Pakistan after the crippling defeat of the Taliban and al Qaeda in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

By Anas Abbas

Source: Dawn

If nothing else we Pakistani agree on one thing. Whatever little hope there appears is the last hope. A recent example of this was the invention of water as fuel for cars, which soon came crashing down. When we are too desperate for hope that is what happens. We believe it even if all evidence goes against it. But desperation is such a state that never lets a people learn. They bow down to miracles of crackpots just so that things change without their having to invest in knowledge and scientific progress.

Lately Pakistani urban youth has obsessed with another “Last Hope” who is an ideological lapdog of Hamid Gul and Jamaat-e-Islami whose looks and past athletic achievements are Read the rest of this entry »


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