It is a good try, but as with all other attempts to make Islam look different from what it really is, it fails.
Muslims for loyalty are handing out half a million leaflets across the country in early Australia Day celebrations to end extremism and prejudice.
‘Love for all, hatred for none’ is the motto the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association are hoping to share with fellow Aussies this year, through leaflets adorned with the national flag.
The intention of the ‘Loyalty to Homeland’ leaflets is to profess the Ahmadiyya movement’s love of Australia, with the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s declaration that: ‘Love of one’s country of residence is part of faith’.
‘The idea [behind the leaflets] is to instil in the hearts and minds of the children that love of a country of residence, their homeland, is part of their faith,’ Mirza Ramzan Sharif, a national Ahmadiyya spokesperson, told Daily Mail Australia.
He said the community had been celebrating Australia Day for more than a decade, and that loving one’s place of residence had been part of their faith for 1,400 years.
All sounds very inclusive, and that bit about loving one’s country is pretty cool, eh? Trouble is, it doesn’t mean that at all. The Muslim interpretation is narrow in the extreme, and certainly does not extend to infidel states like Australia.
Qur’an 4:59, the verse on which this claim is based, reads:
O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.
Even without going any further, the translation makes clear it is Muslims in authority, not anyone else!
Islam Q&A confirms this very narrow interpretation:
Ruling according to anything other than that which is in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger reaches the level of kufr when two conditions are met:
- When he knows the ruling of Allaah and His Messenger; if he is unaware of it, then he does not commit kufr by going against it.
- When what makes him rule by something other than that which Allaah has revealed is the belief that it is a ruling that is not suitable for our time and that something else is more suitable than it and more beneficial for people.
If these two conditions are met, then ruling by something other than that which Allaah has revealed constitutes kufr which puts a person beyond the pale of Islam, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whosoever does not judge by what Allaah has revealed, such are the Kaafiroon (i.e. disbelievers)” [al-Maa’idah 5:44]. The authority of the ruler becomes invalid and he has no right to be obeyed by the people; it becomes obligatory to fight him and remove him from power.
If you believe that the above interpretation can possibly apply to an infidel or kuffar government in a Western democracy, then you are a better man than I am.
And that’s what really irritates me about these attempts to make Islam look inclusive. They all rely on misrepresenting the true nature of Islam in a subtle way, in order to deceive the infidels.
The example above is a classic – viewed from Western eyes, it makes a lot of sense, but from Islam’s perspective it is utterly false.
The other one is the endless selective quotation of Qur’an verse 5:32:
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.
See? See? Islam is a Religion of Peace after all!! Well let’s take a look at the whole verse, shall we?
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.
It applies specifically to the Jews, in very specific circumstances, and in case you need any further confirmation, take a look at 5:33, the next verse:
Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.
This is the problem that Muslims in the West who genuinely want peace will always face. They have to contradict or twist the words of the Qur’an to do so, leading to the kind of false interpretations that we see above.
The only way in which ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ will ever come to fruition is if the many divisive and violent verses in the Qur’an are reinterpreted or removed. Until then, Muslims will always be able to use the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad to legitimise acts of violence and hatred towards non-Muslims.