Does the Quran contain hate speech?

A Muslim once accused me of spreading bigotry and hate.  I told him that I do no such thing.  I stand for human rights for all, regardless of skin colour, race, religion, or sexuality.  I do however speak out against certain bad ideas.  Religions are ideas, and ideas do not have rights.  There is nothing wrong with discussing why you agree or disagree with Communism, Christianity, Nazism, Buddhism, Atheism, or Islam.  They are just ideas.

The Quran actually attacks not just kufr (disbelief), but people (non-Muslims).  See for yourself!

The only time where people want to prevent discussion of certain ideas is when they know their ideas are bad, and when you hold them up to the light of scrutiny, they fall apart.

The point of this post is to highlight the hypocrisy of those who want to silence dissent against Islam under the guise of “hate speech” while ignoring the hateful statements contained in their favourite holy book.

Muslims believe the Quran talks about specific incidents that happened in Muhammad’s life, while containing lessons and divine guidance for all of eternity. Because the Quran is a book borne out of a hostile situation between Muhammad and his enemies what you find is this hostility and antagonism is frozen in time.  When you read the following verses, ask yourself:

Does this book foster peace and mutual cooperation or bring hatred, contempt, and antagonism? 

Who are the worst creatures?  Well, the deaf dumb and blind of course!

The example of those who disbelieve is like that of one who shouts at what hears nothing but calls and cries cattle or sheep – deaf, dumb and blind, so they do not understand. (Quran 2:171)

Verily! The worst of (moving) living creatures with Allah are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not (i.e. the disbelievers). (Quran 8:22)

What was that? Who are the worst creatures?  Those who disbelieved

Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved, and they will not [ever] believe – (Quran 8:55)

May Allah destroy Jews and Christians

The Jews say, “Ezra is the son of Allah “; and the Christians say, “The Messiah is the son of Allah .” That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded? (Quran 9:30)

Note: The statement described here about Jews is actually false, but don’t let that get in the way of Allah cursing them.

Those pesky Jews and Christians again

Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures. (Quran 98:6)

The disbelievers are filth

O you who have believed, indeed the polytheists are unclean… (Quran 9:28)

*Some say “Spiritual filth”, as if that makes it better

Allah cursing them again and setting up his eternal BBQ

Indeed, Allah has cursed the disbelievers and prepared for them a Blaze. (Quran 33:64)

Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – upon them will be the curse of Allah and of the angels and the people, all together (Quran 2:161)

Interestingly here even humans and angels are joining in the cursing festival! Seems like a favourite pastime of Allah.

Prayers to get victory over disbelievers

Instead of praying for humanity to be at peace, it’s always about dominance and victory over the disbelievers.  Such an antagonstic hostile world-view.

… You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people. (Quran 2:286)

…  and give us victory over the disbelieving people. (Quran 3:147)

And in the following verse Allah promises he will never let the disbelievers win. Why is it always a fight?

… and never will Allah give the disbelievers over the believers a way [to overcome them]. (Quran 4:141)

Don’t take them as allies. We wouldn’t want to live in a peaceful world where we work together peacefully, would we?

O you who have believed, do not take the disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do you wish to give Allah against yourselves a clear case? (Quran 4:144)

Be stern against disbelievers:

O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; (Quran 5:54)

Protect each other from disbelievers:

The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief. (Quran 8:73)

Oh look, Jews hate Muslims!

You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah ; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, “We are Christians.” (Quran 5:82)

Prepare an army to terrorize them.

And let not those who disbelieve think they will escape. Indeed, they will not cause failure [to Allah].

And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged. (Quran 8:59-60)

There is also the Antisemitism in the Quran and Sunnah

In conclusion, the Quran does not foster goodwill towards disbelievers. It contains hatred in many forms such as prayers, dehumanizing descriptions, curses, and general statements of hostility.  It is hypocritical for Muslims to claim it’s hate speech to criticize Islam while spreading a doctrine that is full of hate.  Ideas do not deserve rights.  People deserve rights.  Unlike Muhammad’s Quran, I do not condone attacking people or groups.  Only ideas.

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