For a while now, I’ve been reading comments, Facebook posts and so on about how Islam and the Quran, its holy text, are so violent.
That has been the main argument made for why Islam is not compatible with the west.
Growing up in a Muslim family, I was never taught to be violent or to hate people, but to show compassion, tolerance and to help anyone in need. I remember numerous times when my parents would help out those in need by providing them with food, money or anything else that they needed.
After hearing all of this negative rhetoric about how violent the Quran was, I decided to read it for myself. When I read it, I did not view it as being violent at all. Granted there are certain passages, that when taken out of context seem very violent, but within context they are not.
My opinion about the prevalence of violence in the Quran may be biased since I was raised in a Muslim family.
However, researchers have been able to put data behind unearthing the question regarding of which religious text is more violent. To do so, they use software called OdinText to analyze the text of the Quran, the New Testament and the Old Testament.
The results show that violence and destruction are referenced about 5.3 percent of the time in the Old Testament, 2.8 percent of the time in the New Testament and 2.1 percent of the time in the Quran.
Also, forgiveness and grace were mentioned much more often in the Quran than the other two texts. In the Quran it was referred to about 6.3 percent of the time, the New Testament about 2.9 percent of the time and the Old Testament just 0.7 percent of the time.
Since the Quran was originally written in Arabic, it can be translated in many different ways. According to email correspondence with a source, the best translations come from Tarif Khalidi and Ahmed Ali. For those looking for a more readable version, Tarif Khalidi would be the best choice. For those looking for a more academic version, Ahmed Ali’s translation would be the better choice.
The bogus claim that Islam is inherently more violent than Christianity is not founded by any objective examination, but by fear and misunderstandings of the Quran.