Golden Rule Islam

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Golden Rule Islam

Islam’s apologists say that Islam just needs a reform. After all, Christianity and Judaism have been reformed. But the apologists never get around to saying what the reform would be.

There are many kinds of reform possible to Islam, but does anyone care if they reformed prayer by praying towards LA rather than Mecca? No. The only thing that kafirs care about is how Islam treats us. We want our treatment changed. We want political Islam reformed.

Islam’s treatment of us can be found in one word–kafir. The Koran says that a kafir (unbeliever) can be robbed, killed, tortured, mocked, insulted, beheaded, raped, crucified and on and on. The Hadith and the Sira agree with the Koran. Every single reference to the kafirs is negative, offensive and hateful.

The word “kafir” illustrates both of political Islam’s principles–submission and duality. The Trilogy (Koran, Sira and Hadith) says that every kafir in the world must submit to political Islam.

The Koran also establishes dualism with its ethical system. A Muslim is not to kill another Muslim; a kafir may be killed, or not. A Muslim is not to lie to another Muslim; a kafir may be deceived or not. And so on. Islam has one set of ethics for Muslims and another set of ethics for the kafir–dualistic ethics.

The later political Koran written in Medina frequently contradicts the early religious Koran written in Mecca. The Koran gives a rule for removing the contradiction by saying that the later Koran “abrogates” the early Koran. But the earlier Koran is still true; it was given by Allah. So in Islam both sides of a contradiction can be true. This gives Islam its dualistic logic. Our unitary logic says that if two things contradict, then one of them is false

This dualism accounts for the two types of Muslims–the good Muslim at work and the Taliban Muslim. Both Muslims are “real” Muslims. Dualism gives the “good” Muslim plausible deniability when they say that jihadists are not “real” Islam. Dualism means the “good” Muslims and the jihadists are just two ends of the same stick.

The Koran, Sira and Hadith are filled with demands for all kafirs to submit to Islam. Kafirs can submit by joining the religion or submit by being a dhimmi (an apoligist). Either way, the Koran constantly demands that all kafirs submit to Islam.

So what kafirs want to reform about Islam is its principles of political submission and duality. What principle can be used to reform Islam? The key is how Islam treats the “other”–the kafir. The Golden Rule tells us how the “other” is to be treated. Every culture in the world has the Golden Rule as part of its heritage. But not Islam.

So what happens if we apply–treat others, as you want to be treated–to political Islam? All of the hurtful, hateful and harmful duality and submission disappear. What is amazing is how much of the Islamic doctrine goes away. About 61% of the Koran disappears. The Sira loses 75% of its words and 20% of the Hadith vanishes.

And those figures are low. All of the abusive words about women would go away as well. So the above reductions would be even bigger.

The Golden Rule even changes Hell. Islamic Hell is primarily political. Hell is mentioned 146 times in the Koran. Only 9 references are for moral failings–greed, lack of charity, love of worldly success. The other 137 references to Hell involve eternal torture for not agreeing that Mohammed is right. That is a political charge, not a morals failure. Thus 94% of the references to Hell are as a political prison for dissenters. The Golden Rule would empty the political prison.

Think how wonderful a Golden Rule Islam would be. No arguments, demands, accusations, law suits, threats, pressure, hateful speech, killings, or bombings. A Muslim could even be a true friend to a kafir. Islam would develop a sense of shame and admit to the terrible suffering of the 270,000,000 kafirs killed in jihad. A Golden Rule Islam would ask forgiveness about all the suffering of the dhimmis. A Golden Rule Islam would also admit to running the slave trade in Africa by killing and capturing the slaves they sold to the white slave traders.

Women would not have to be beaten and wear the hijab or burka. Honor killings would stop. Muslims could join us in the human race.

But all of those wonderful thoughts vanish when you realize what else it would mean to Islam. Mohammed had only 150 followers in Mecca after preaching the religion for 13 years. But when he went to Medina and became a politician and warlord, he conquered all of Arabia in 9 years by averaging a violent event every 6 weeks.

Duality and political submission were the principles that gave Islam its victory. Why would Islam drop the only principles that yielded success? Duality and political submission have crushed the world that believes in the Golden Rule.

CSPI could produce a Koran, Sira and Hadith that would use the Golden Rule. It would be a thin volume, but what Muslim would buy it?

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  5. DrMotley

    Great article and fantastic site. Been fighting this plague on my own for a few years but this site puts things together brilliantly.

    As I’ve said before it’s the nonbeliever, who can question what he reads, knows Islam better than the permanently blinded follower.

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  8. Democracyistheanswer

    More than 5 years after this article was published, no Moslem has posted an Islamic version of the Golden Rule.

    Like the unicorn, an Islamic Golden Rule of reciprocity doesn’t exist.

  9. Bill

    Way too long, edited down to about 500 words.

  10. khalid ibrahim

     Then, angels of Allah, the Exalted, will turn his direction towards the country of Syria and having gone there, he will perish. At the time when Dajjal will be heading towards Syria, Imam Mahdi will be busy fighting a holy war with Christians on the front of Constantinople. Hearing that Dajjal had emerged, he would return to the country of Syria and will assemble his troops for a battle. At the time of ā��Fajrā�� salat, when the congregation will be in a standing position before the start of prayers, Hazrat Isa (alayhis sallam) will descend. Imam Mahdi will bring him forward to lead prayers and will himself go behind, but Hazrat Isa will order him to lead. After finishing prayers, Hazrat Isa (alayhis sallam) will go out to face Dajjal. Dajjal will run off upon seeing Hazrat Isa(alayhis sallam) and will start melting like lead. Hazrat Isa (alayhis sallam) will overtake him at Bab-e-Lud (at present under Israeli possession) and kill him. All these Hadiths give the image of Isa(alayhis sallam) eschatological role as a contender of Dajjal. 1 There is a deceptive war going on against Muslims and Islam. Certainly Muslim people are among those suffering from war in all parts of the world as world powers and different groups seek control. There is also the war of words as people speak for or against Islam, and there are even Muslims fighting Muslims. Allaah has forbidden treachery and has condemned those who do it. Allaah says They are those with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time and they do not fear Allaahā�� [al-Anfaal 8:56] And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ā��Every betrayer will have a banner on the Day of Resurrection, by which he will be known.ā�� (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6966; Muslim, 1736) And it was narrated that Maalik said: ā��I heard that ā��Abd-Allaah ibn ā��Abbaas said: ā��There is no people who betrays their covenant but Allaah gives their enemies power over them.ā�� (al-Muwattaā��, Baab ma jaaā��a fiā��l-wafaā�� biā��l-ā��ahd) Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: ā��War is deceit.ā�� (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3029; Muslim, 58).

  11. Bill

    This was too long, 6300 words. I trimmed out the first few thousand words

  12. khalid ibrahim

    This was the background in which this verse was revealed. At this point let us bear in mind an impprtant rule on which there is a consensus. The rule is that even if a Qur’anic verse is revealed in a particular background, the rule laid down by it in general terms must be taken as of universal application and must not be restricted to that particular event. Now, we can turn to the meanings and exegetic aspects of these verses. The Holy Qur’an says:those who believe, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. Then, if you quarrel about something, revert it back to Allah and the Messenger, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is good, and the best at the end. [59]. It means: ‘Surely, Allah commands you to fulfil trust obligations towards those entitled to them.’ As to who is the addressee of this command, there are two probabilities: It could have been addressed to the general body of Muslims, or it could have been addressed particularly,to those in authority. What is more obvious here is that the verse is addressed to everyone who holds anything in trust. This includes the masses and also those in authority.

  13. Facts that the West is ever in denial of!

    Excellent presentation on this material, Bill.

  14. Democracyistheanswer

    Dear DWI,

    Here is another illustration of how Islam has no use for the Golden Rule. It is from Mohammed’s official biography:

    Ali Ibn Abi Talib

    In his book, “The Biography of the Prophet” (part 3, p. 113), Ibn Hisham relates this episode:

    “Ali Ibn Abi Talib encountered a man called ‘Umru and told him, ‘I indeed invite you to Islam.’ ‘Umru said, ‘I do not need that.’ ‘Ali said, ‘Then I call you to fight.’ (This was the same policy Muhammad used with those who rejected his invitation.) ‘Umru answered him, ‘What for my nephew? By God, I do not like to kill you.’ ‘Ali said, ‘But, by God, I love to kill you”‘ (see Al Road Al Anf part 3, p. 263).

    It is obvious from the dialogue that ‘Umru does not want to fight because he does not want to kill ‘Ali while he is defending himself. In this story, the ‘evil kafir’ expresses the Golden Rule.

    He wonders, “I do not want to embrace Islam. But it is against my ethics to kill someone.” But ‘Ali says to him, “By God I love to kill you,” and he did kill him. He expressed al-Walaa wal-Baraa.

    Read that Sira, old man!

  15. Democracyistheanswer

    Dear DWI,
    There is no hate whatsoever in my heart, for I follow the Golden Rule. I love all humanity as myself.

    However, Islam follows ‘Al-Walaa wal-Baraa’. Al-Walaa wal-Baraa is the BEST supported doctrine in Islam according to Islamic jurists. It the second most important essential of faith (usul ud-deen).
    You have no choice whatsoever but to follow the Divine Command to ‘hate the kafir’ and ‘love brother Moslems’. If you ‘hate’ all kafirs ‘for the sake of Allah’ (because 2/3 of the Koran expresses Allah’s hate for them)…you cannot love the kafirs as you would love a Moslem.

    Koran 28:86 says, “Therefore lend not thou support in any way to those who reject Allah’s Message.”

    This is unmistakenly clear. You must not help, love or aid the kafirs.

    No Golden Rule for Islam! Allah said so.

    You are missing that all the verses you quote are either directed towards ‘brother’ Moslems only or they are not interpreted as you think by ijma (consensus). You have failed to do your homework, Student.

    Islam does not allow speaking nicely to kafirs, let alone ‘supporting them in any way’:

    Islam Q&A clearly states: “IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE for us to greet non-Muslims first, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade that, and because THIS IS A HUMILIATION FOR THE MUSLIM when he starts to honour a non-Muslim. THE MUSLIM IS HIGHER IN STATUS before Allaah, so he should not humiliate himself in this manner.”

    Finally, the alleged prophet of Islam clearly used compulsion to force people into Islam (against the Golden Rule): The Biography of the Apostle”, part 4, Ibn Hisham says (page 134):

    “Muhammad sent Khalid Ibn al-Walid to the tribe of the children of Haritha and told him: ‘Call them to accept Islam before you fight with them. If they respond, accept that from them, but if they refuse, fight them.’ Khalid told them: ‘Accept Islam and spare your life.’ They entered Islam by force. He brought them to Muhammad. Muhammad said to them: ‘Had you not accepted Islam I would have cast your heads under your feet”‘


    There is compulsion when Mohammed finds it convenient.

    Dear DWI, You are introducing doctrines into Islam that Mohammed/Allah did not put there. You are a deviationist and an innovator. All innovation is bad.

    Get cough syrup and a copy of the Sira, old man. You failed to beat the Sira.

  16. DealWithIt

    WOW! Democracyistheanswer,

    I am impressed with the zeal and energy you put into your demonising of the Islamic faith.

    You cannot seek the truth with closed eyes or skewed vision.

    I quote you here:

    “Islam is a supremacist, world-conquest ideology using techniques which today are associated with the political philosophy known as fascism. The chief technique of domination is enslavement of its victims.”

    Ahem (cough and chuckle), replace the word “islam” in the paragraph above with “capitalism” and there you would have an accurate description of our American way (of which I am becoming increasingly embarrased).

    As a student of theology, I can say unequivocally that much of what you say regarding the “Golden Rule” in Islam is clearly being written just from opinion and contradicts much of what I know about the Islamic faith. (Again, this is my mode of study – I am not speaking out of simple hear-say).

    My friend, Free your heart from hate – only then can you really seek the truth.

  17. Democracyistheanswer

    Dear Anas,

    You wrote:

    “This is the Golden Rule in Islam:

    Repel evil with good.”

    “Good” in the Islamic understanding means everything that supports the political advancement of Islam. “Evil” is anything that resists Islamic hegemony.

    The height of “good” in Islam is shariah law…applied worldwide.

    We know that “al-Walaa wal-Baraa” is one of the three faith fundamentals (usul ud deen) of Islam. It is the doctrine that teaches the complete separation of Muslims from the infidels socially, culturally, politically and religiously.

    Al-Walaa means love of Muslims:

    (Love-Al Muwalaat with Muslim believers only):
    – To Love
    – To keep close to
    – To befriend
    – To accompany
    – To help
    – To respect
    – To elevate
    – To have alliance with
    – To support

    Al-Baraa means hatred of the infidels: “Hatred for the sake of Allah, or Al Mu’adaat, this is the opposite of Al Muwalaat (love of Moslems), it is:
    – To Hate
    – To keep distance from
    – To be enemy to
    – To desert
    – To decline to help
    – To disrespect
    – To put down
    – Not to ally with
    – Not to support

    It is hard to know what your attitude is to the Golden Rule we are discussing. The Golden Rule refers to “others”…not just to “people like me” or “only those within my group.”

    It should be noted that “zakah” (Islamic charity) is never given to infidels.

    If you believe Muslims should treat kafirs generously, charitably and equally…if you believe Muslims and kafirs should socialize outside of work and become genuine friends…then you are supporting the Golden Rule.

    However, if you treated kafirs as equals you would be opposing Koran 28: 86: “Do not support the infidels in any way.”

    The Golden Rule means “supporting” people who are different from those “in my group” and being generous to them when they are in need.

    Clearly, Koran 28:86 forbids the Golden Rule.

    The verses you have quoted must therefore refer to showing good manners between “brother” Muslims and not between a Muslim and an infidel.

  18. Democracyistheanswer

    Islam has no “Golden Rule”…only dualistic rules.

    Dear Anas,
    You have completely misunderstood the unitary nature of Golden Rule and the bipolar ethics of Islam. You will learn about them on this website.

    Islam is a supremacist, world-conquest ideology using techniques which today are associated with the political philosophy known as fascism. The chief technique of domination is enslavement of its victims.

    The term “Golden Rule” was invented by Quakers and evangelical Christian abolitionists in the early 1800’s. It was used to awaken the conscience of those who did not see the evil of slavery.

    Apparently, you do not see the harm of Islam enslaving non-Muslims and depriving them of their civil liberties: freedom of expression, equality before the law, etc.

    Freedom is the first casualty of jihad.

    Please read all the articles on this website about “dualism” and then get back to me with your impression.

  19. Anas

    This is the Golden Rule in Islam:

    Repel evil with good:

    Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: “The Prophet never used bad language neither a ‘Fahish nor a Mutafahish. He used to say ‘The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.’ (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Virtues and Merits of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Companions, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 759)”

    Noble Verse 13:22 “Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; establish regular prayers; spend out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (Eternal) Home.”

    Noble Verse 23:96 “Repel evil with that which is best: We are Well-acquainted with the things they say.”

    Noble Verse 41:34 “Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel (evil) with that is better: Then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate!.”

    Noble Verse 28:54 “Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered, that they avert evil with good, and that they spend (in charity) out of what We have given them.”

    Noble Verse 42:40 “The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) Loveth not those who do wrong.”

    Restrain Anger:

    “It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). (The Noble Quran, 3:159)”

    “Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men; for Allah loves those who do good. (The Noble Quran, 3:134)”

    “Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant. (The Noble Quran, 7:199)”

    No foul language in public!

    “Allah loveth not that evil should be noised a broad in public speech, except where injustice hath been done; for Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth all things. (The Noble Quran, 4:148)”

    “Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them: for Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (The Noble Quran, 17:53)”

    “Who avoid vain talk; (The Noble Quran, 23:3)”

    “And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: ‘To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.’ (The Noble Quran, 28:55)”

    “When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme. If Satan ever makes thee forget, then after recollection, sit not thou in the company of those who do wrong. (The Noble Quran, 6:68)”

    “Who avoid vain talk; (The Noble Quran, 23:3)”

    “And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: ‘To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.’ (The Noble Quran, 28:55)”

    “So leave them to plunge in vain talk and play about, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they have been promised!- (The Noble Quran, 70:42)”

    “(The sinners will say:) ‘But we used to talk vanities with vain talkers;’ (The Noble Quran, 74:45)”

    Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: “The Prophet said, “Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up.

    1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays.

    2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.

    3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous.

    4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner.” (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Belief, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 33)”

    Narrated Jarir bin ‘Abdullah: “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.’ (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, ONENESS, UNIQUENESS OF ALLAH (TAWHEED), Volume 9, Book 93, Number 473)”

    When you yawn, cover your mouth:

    The son of Abu Said al-Khudri reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “When one of you yawns, he should keep his mouth shut with the help of his hand, for it is the devil that enters therein. (Translation of Sahih Muslim, The Book Pertaining to Piety and Softening of Hearts (Kitab Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqa’iq), Book 042, Number 7130)”

    Enter houses only after permission is granted to you:

    Noble Verses 24:27-28 “27. O ye believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until ye have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you, in order that ye may heed (what is seemly).

    28. If ye find no one in the house, enter not until permission is given to you: if ye are asked to go back, go back: That makes for greater purity for yourselves: and Allah Knows well all that ye do.”

    Don’t be stuck up!

    Noble Verse 17:37 “Nor walk on the earth with insolence: for thou can not rend the earth asunder, nor reach the mountains in height.”

    “And swell not thy cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth; for God loveth not any arrogant boaster. (The Noble Quran, 31:18)”

    No name-callings!

    “O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong. (The Noble Quran, 49:11)”

  20. Democracyistheanswer

    Where does the Golden Rule appear in the Koran?

    Short answer: Nowhere.
    Long answer: Nowhere in the Koran is there an expression of the Golden Rule”
    therefore, it is of no importance in Islam and Muslims have no reason to observe it. Since Islam’s most important message to humanity (the Noble Koran) does not contain the Golden Rule, it is logical that it was unimportant to Allah. This explains why he entirely omitted it from the Koran. The Golden Rule is held to be central by all religions except Islam. Muslims are surprised to learn their faith does not teach it.
    There is however, a very restricted version of the principle of reciprocity found in the Hadiths. The Hadiths are a non-binding collection of sayings and acts of Mohammed and his companions. They have much less authority than the Koran, but contain a version of the Golden Rule which applies only among “brother” Muslims. This Islamic “brotherhood rule” is not universal and does not apply to non-Muslims.
    Islamic reciprocity is restricted to interactions between Muslim “brothers”. (An infidel is not to be addressed as “brother” by a Muslim.)
    The Hadith quotes Mohammed as saying: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” (Number 13 of Imam al-Nawawi’s “Forty Hadiths.)
    Other Hadiths clarify the limitation of reciprocity to relations between Muslim brothers:
    Bukhari 9,85,83 Mohammed said: “A Muslim is a brother to other Muslims. He should never oppress them nor should he facilitate their oppression.” (Note: but he may oppress infidels)
    Bukhari 8,73,70 Mohammed said: “Harming a Muslim is an evil act; killing a Muslim means rejecting Allah.” (Note: but harming or killing an infidel is a mere misdemeanour.)
    Finally, the Koran itself makes it clear that brotherhood applies only towards other Muslims: (Koran 48:29) : “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are harsh against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other.”
    Such a standard is no higher than that of the mafia or another similar “crime family”. Islam does teach this, and there is the proof of it.
    Islam divides the entire world into Islam and the Kafirs (unbelievers) and has two separate sets of ethics for each sphere.
    The basis of the Golden Rule is the universal equality of all humankind, regardless of their religion, race or origin. It does not say: Do unto some persons, as you would have them do unto you, but do unto all persons as you would have them do unto you.
    Islam denies the universality of the Golden Rule because Islam starts with the division of all humanity, into two different groups: Islamic and non-Islamic. Every aspect of Islamic ethics is based upon this separation, thus Islam has two different ethical codes. Said another way, Islam has dualistic ethics. Thus, in Islam, “Good” is whatever advances Islam; “Evil” is whatever resists Islam.
    In the Koran, the main concern is that of forcing the peoples of the earth to submit to Islam and then keeping them in it, as if in a mental prison. Thus, Allah did not forget to include 164 verses commanding Muslims to go on jihaad (holy wars of conquest) and many verses commanding Muslims to murder renegades from Islam. Such verses are opposed to and irreconcilable with the Golden Rule.
    This is perhaps the strongest argument against Islam: The Golden Rule is missing from the Koran.

    Islam’s ethics are bipolar and dualistic.

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