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Monday, November 26, 2007

Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 9, "Repentance," verses 14-28

Robert Spencer has the latest installment here.

Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar cited verses 14 and 15 to justify his March 3, 2006 attack at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in which he attempted to run down people with an SUV, injuring nine:

YUSUFALI: Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers,

And still the indignation of their hearts. For Allah will turn (in mercy) to whom He will; and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

PICKTHAL: Fight them! Allah will chastise them at your hands, and He will lay them low and give you victory over them, and He will heal the breasts of folk who are believers.

And He will remove the anger of their hearts. Allah relenteth toward whom He will. Allah is Knower, Wise.

SHAKIR: Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.

And remove the rage of their hearts; and Allah turns (mercifully) to whom He pleases, and Allah is Knowing, Wise.

But who are them - "pagans" in general, or the specific tribes against whom Mohammad warred?

There's more, including the Ayatollah Sistani's list of najis - persons or things that are ritually impure. Note that najasat, cited in item 10, is a derivative of naji. Note also that this is list is a Shi'ite teaching; this article doesn't state whether the Sunni list varies from this one. The classification of nonbelievers as unclean is derived from verse 28.

Click the "Koran" label to see all my posts on this series.

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