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Reality Check: How Peaceful Is ‘The Most Peaceful’ Verse In The Qur’an?


In reality, even the most “peaceful” Qur’anic verse is itself yet another one among many that devout Muslims use to justify the slaughter of non-Muslims …

Isaiah 48:22, “‘There is no peace,’ says the LORD, ‘for the wicked.'”

By Mumin Salih, Islam Watch – “‘…whoever kills a person, it is as if he had killed all mankind. And whoever saves one it is as if he had saved all mankind…’

This short article discusses verse 5:32 in the Quran, which Muslims commonly quote when debating critics of Islam. Muslim intellectuals and Imams, as well as Western apologists, often quote this verse as evidence to support their false claims that Islam is a religion of peace. The verse is anything but peaceful and shames, not only the Quran, but Islam in general and all those who quote it.

Sooner or later, some readers with interest in Islamic issues, might come across Muslims (or Westerners) who quote verse 5:32 to spread the lies that Islam is a religion of peace, in which case the explanation in this article might come handy.

I watched on youtube a number of debates involving highly respected intellectuals who did not notice the Islamic trap in the verse. Examples of the debates I watched is the one between Tony Blair (a Muslim apologist) and the late Christopher Hitchens. The verse was also quoted by Muslims debating Douglas Murray and A Hirsi. More recently, Robert Spencer debated an Imam on BBC radio. The Imam quoted the verse but Spencer did not spot its weakness, which surprised me. Any way, all those critics of Islam did well in their debates despite missing an opportunity to expose Islam even further.

This is how the Muslims and Muslim apologists quote the verse:

‘whoever kills a person it is as if he had killed mankind ( or humanity) entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind ( or humanity) entirely.’

This is the verse in Arabic:

And this is the translation (The relevant part emphasized):

Q. 5: 32 ‘Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors’.

The underlined part is normally missed by those who quote the verse and appears as an extra explanation to make the point. Muslims understand the verse as a decree from Allah that: ‘whoever kills a person it is as if he had killed all mankind, and whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved all mankind . Indeed, with a meaning like that, the verse does look humane and peaceful.

However, the verse makes two exceptions from the decree, which are made clear in the underlined part, which is normally missed or overlooked- ‘Unless for a soul or for doing corruption in the land.’

The first exception: If the killing has been for revenge ( killing for revenge is allowed!)

Second exception: If the killing has been because the person killed has committed corruption (Arabic fasad).

The Arabic word ‘Fasad’ is translated as corruption. The Islamic understanding of fasad is committing practices or activities that are considered to be un-Islamic.

Un-Islamic activities include things like:

  1. Drinking alcohol,
  2. Eating pork,
  3. Denying that Mohammed was a prophet,
  4. Denying that Allah is God,
  5. Believing that Jesus was crucified,
  6. Teaching non Islamic ideas (like evolution),
  7. Listening to music,
  8. Making/watching films,
  9. Not complying with Islamic dress code,
  10. Adultery,
  11. Celebrating Christmas,
  12. Mixed parties… etc

If you think of it, you will find that ‘Fasad’ actually describes what is largely considered as a normal lifestyle in the non-Muslim World. Therefore, according to the verse 5:32, killing non-Muslims is OK, and has been excluded from the above decree.

In short, verse 5:32 prohibits killing Muslims (only) unless for revenge.

And that is the most peaceful verse in the Quran!” Source – Islam Watch.

  1. 08/27/2013 at 2:07 PM
  2. 10/13/2013 at 10:00 AM

    It is not like that. Fasad here means everything you do that can break 3 main things: Humanity, Nature, and Islam’s Faith. if you cool with us, we’re cool with you. if you “provocate”, we will counter it, sooner or later. this is peace. those terrorists who carried out their missions in the name of islam, are newbies, and they don’t actually understand in the meaning of Jihad. You see only the bad, not the good. In Indonesia, we’re cool. here, although non-Muslims are minority, we do not attack them. we never did. but when the Muslims become minority, you always attack us. why? and you said your religion is peace? you provocate us first. so it’s not our fault when it’s our turn. Islam’s rule is simple on every “War” and “Engagements” like this: do not attack until you are attacked. if so, then fight back…

    Thank you for your consideration.
    may you come to our religion soon.

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    • 10/14/2013 at 6:20 PM

      To ‘barrettm107…’ – Of course it’s not your fault–IT NEVER IS! muslims are so persecuted! All they want is a chance to serve allah in peace! “But those damned infidel kuffars just keep getting in the way! If they would just stop accusing us of committing heinous murderous attacks against innocent Christians and Jews and our wives and daughters and innocent children and priests and pastors and all the other people who “BREAK…ISLAM’S FAITH” we could be so “cool” with them–and with you! You see, we HAVE to KEEEL you, because you BREAK ISLAM’S FAITH!!!”

      Hey ‘barrettm107…’ – May you go crawl back under the rock you just came out from!!! Your very book of rules (koran) tells you that Jesus was AND STILL IS a “prophet” of your allah-god and that He will return to the Earth one day, just like He Himself said that He would. And then you turn right around and say that Jesus lied about being the SON OF GOD! SO WHICH WAS HE??? A PROPHET OF GOD OR A LIAR???

      YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!!!!! WAKE UP–ISLAM IS THE LIE AND JESUS IS EXACTLY WHO HE SAID HE WAS, GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, CRUCIFIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD!!!!! HE DIED FOR YOU–WHAT WILL YOU SAY TO HIM WHEN YOU SEE HIM FACE TO FACE????? YOU CAN TAKE IT TO THE BANK–THAT DAY WILL COME!!!!! JESUS CHRIST WILL EITHER BE YOUR SAVIOR OR YOUR JUDGE! THE DECISION IS YOURS!!!! “BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED, AND THY HOUSE….”

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