What do devout Muslims believe? I am not an expert on Muslims or the Koran. It appears that neither the media nor the government is expert on these things either. Come to your own conclusions about whether terrorists are an extremist minority of Muslims who have twisted Muslim beliefs or if terrorists are the inevitable result of Muslim beliefs.
I have access to two differing English copies of the Muslim Holy book, the Koran. I do not know which translation is more accurate. I do not know why the numbering of some verses is different in each copy. I do not know why one translation refers to the verses as Surah and the other refers to the verses as Koran. There are many obvious contradictions in the Koran and in the lives and actions of Muslims. It is logical to me that contradictions in the Koran would produce contradictions in the lives of devout Muslims. I will quote from both copies and put the most relevant (to me) portions in bold.
Surah 2:256: There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah, he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing. Koran 2:255: There shall be no compulsion in religion. True guidance is now distinct from error. He that renounces idol-worship and puts his faith in God shall grasp a firm handle that will never break. God hears all and knows all.
Surah 3:28: Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully, and Allah makes you cautious of (retribution from) Himself; and to Allah is the eventual coming. Koran 3:28: Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful . . . he that does this has nothing to hope for from God . . . except in self-defence. God admonishes you to fear Him: for to Him you shall all return.
Surah 4:34: Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property, the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them, surely Allah is High, Great. Koran 4:34: Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. God is high, supreme.
Surah 5:33-34: The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement. Except those who repent before you have them in your power; so know that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Koran 5:34: Those that make war against God and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the country. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those that repent before you reduce them. For you must know that God is forgiving and merciful.
Surah 5:51: O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people. Koran 5:51: Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number, God does not guide the wrongdoers.
Surah 8:39: And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do. Koran 8:40: Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God*s religion shall reign supreme. If they desist, God is cognizant of all their actions; but if they give no heed, know then that God will protect you. He is the noblest Helper and the noblest Protector.
Surah 8:59-60: And let not those who disbelieve think that they shall come in first; surely they will not escape. And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in Allah*s way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. Koran 8:59-60: Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power to do so. Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to God. All that you give for the cause of God shall be repaid you. You shall not be wronged.
Surah 8:65: O Prophet! Urge the believers to war; if there are twenty patient ones of you they shall overcome two hundred, and if there are a hundred of you they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they are a people who do not understand. Koran 8:65: Prophet, rouse the faithful to arms. If there are twenty steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish two hundred, and if there are a hundred, they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of understanding.
Sura 9:3b-4: . . . and announce painful punishment to those who disbelieve. Except those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement, then they have not failed you in anything and have not backed up any one against you, ---so fulfill their agreement to the end of their term; surely Allah loves those who are careful (of their duty). Koran 9:4: Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers, except to those idolaters who have honoured their treaties with you in every detail and aided none against you. With these keep faith, until their treaties have run their term. God loves the righteous.
Surah 9:5: So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Koran 9:5: When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.
Surah 9:29: Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgement of superiority and they are in a state of subjection. Koran 9:29: Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in God nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the truth Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.
Wikipedia On The Meaning Of Taqiyya:
Quote from the Hagitha: (oral tradition)
Whoever changes his religion, kill him.
From an MSNBC report:
Pictures of suicide bombers decorate many mosques.
160,000 Christians per year are killed in Muslim countries. In 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male extremist. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim male extremists. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim male extremists. During the 1980*s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim male extremists. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim male extremists. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim male extremists. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim male extremists. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim male extremists. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim male extremists. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim male extremists. On 9/11/01 four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by Muslim male extremists. News reports showed hundreds of thousands of Muslims cheering those events. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by Muslim male extremists. In 2009 13 were killed at Fort Hood by a Devout Muslim.
So many thousands have been murdered by suicide bombers around the world that the reports have become routine rather than shocking.
Excerpts from Dr. Peter Hammond*s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat
Note: It appears that the descendants of Ishmael have simply inherited the characteristics of their patriarch prophesied in the Bible.
Genesis 16:11-12: And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man*s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
More quotes from Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: ---
It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.