So it was yesterday when a Chicago imam, Azam Akram, spoke at the College of DuPage west of the city about ISIS and terrorism.
He evidently thinks some people are stupid.
From the Daily Herald:
Islam means peace. Anyone who claims otherwise, he says, is mistaken.Let's take these one at a time.
The Quran does not encourage violence. Akram says he has never read a phrase in the religious text that supports acts like stoning or beheading.
And extremism needs to be stopped. One way to join in that effort, he says, is to quit using the term "Islamic State," or "ISIS."
"To say any of these people are Muslims is wrong," he said. "The word 'ISIS' gives these monsters legitimacy."
Does Islam mean peace? No, it means submission or surrender, its root word comes the Arabic word for peace. The Middle East, which is dominated by Muslims, is anything but peaceful.
Sura 47:4 from the Quran is quite violent.This verse--note "smiting of the neck"--has been used by jihadis to justify beheading infidels.
Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of bonds; and afterward either grace or ransom till the war lay down its burdens.And besides, Saudi Arabia, which is governed by sharia law, beheads someone on average once every two days. And while there is no Quran justification for stoning, there is in a hadith, one of the sayings attributed to Muhammad.
"Do you think I'm stupid," Akram?
As for the name, Islamic State--well, it's what they call themselves. I call myself Marathon Pundit as well as John. And besides, as Iowahawk noted last week, "ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has a PhD in Islamic theology from Islamic U of Baghdad."
No, I'm not stupid.
Yes, there are peaceful Muslims. But please, imam, don't distort the truth.
Does the Bible condone stoning? Amazingly enough, yes it does. Take a look at Deuteronomy 22:21. But you never hear about Jews or Christians stoning adulterers.