Love Your Neighbor or Fight your Neighbor?

At the bottom of Page 8 the New Testament is quoted.

Likewise, in the New Testament, when Jesus Christ, the Messiah , is asked about the Greatest Commandment, he answers :
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. / Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, / “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” / Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with
all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ / This is the first and greatest commandment. / And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ / On these two commandments hang all the
Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

The Ulama continues addressing the greatest commandment, then on Page 11, they get around to addressing the command to  love your neighbor.

There are numerous injunctions in Islam about the necessity and paramount importance of love for—and mercy towards—the neighbour. Love of the neighbour is an essential and integral part of faith in God and love of God because in Islam without love of the neighbour there is no true faith in God and no righteousness. The Prophet Muhammad  said: “None of you has faith until you love for your brother what you love
for yourself.”xviiiAnd: “None of you has faith until you love for your neighbour what you
love for yourself.”xix  However, empathy and sympathy for the neighbour—and even formal prayers—
are not enough. They must be accompanied by generosity and self-sacrifice. God says in the Holy Qur’an:
It is not righteousness that ye turn your facesxx to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believe th in God and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the prophets; and giveth wealth, for love of Him, to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and to set slaves free; and observeth proper worship and payeth the  poor-due. And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the pious. (Al-Baqarah 2:177) And also:  Ye will not attain unto righteousness until ye expend of that which ye love.  And whatsoever ye expend, God is Aware thereof. (Aal ‘Imran, 3:92) Without giving the neighbour what we ourselves love, we do not truly love God or the neighbour.

The two references given are to ahadith, not the Qur’an. If neighborly love is so important to Allah, it should be in the Qur’an, since the Qur’an confirms the Gospel.  A search of the Hilali & Khan translation turned up no matches for “love your”. A search of all ten translations available at http://quranbrowser.com likewise came up empty.    With this fact in mind, lets examine the two ayat quoted above.

2:177. It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, and each and every act of obedience to Allâh, etc.) that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allâh, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, to the orphans, and to Al-Masâkin (the poor), and to the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and to set slaves free, performs As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and gives the Zakât, and who fulfill their covenant when they make it, and who are As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.) in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles). Such are the people of the truth and they are Al­Muttaqûn (pious – see V.2:2).

That is charity, not  love; its about parting with your wealth.  Perhaps we’ll hit paydirt in  3:92.

3:92. By no means shall you attain Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, etc., it means here Allâh’s Reward, i.e. Paradise), unless you spend (in Allâh’s Cause) of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allâh knows it well.

What is the meaning of spending in Allah’s cause? What has it to do with neighborly love?  Lets see how it is used in other ayat.  There are 90 matches to “spend in” and 12 of them are Surahs. (I use software that searches the Qur’an, Hadith & Tafsir as a unit.)

2:195. And spend in the Cause of Allâh (i.e. Jihâd of all kinds, etc.) and do not throw yourselves into destruction (by not spending your wealth in the Cause of Allâh), and do good. Truly, Allâh loves Al-Muhsinûn (the good-doers).

2:272. Not upon you (Muhammad ) is their guidance, but Allâh guides whom He wills. And whatever you spend in good, it is for yourselves, when you spend not except seeking Allâh’s Countenance. And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.

8:60. And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.) to threaten the enemy of Allâh and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allâh does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allâh shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.  [In a previous post I reproduced the Yusuf Ali translation, we need a little variety.]

Before calling me a fool and a liar, click the link within 2:95 above and read the Tafsir of that verse; contemplate the explanation of throwing yourself into destruction!!!

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5 Responses to “Love Your Neighbor or Fight your Neighbor?”

  1. Defamation of Religions Resolution Revised « Freedom Ain’t Free & Take Our Country Back Says:

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  2. Sharifa Says:

    “And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.) to threaten the enemy of Allâh and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allâh does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allâh shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly. [In a previous post I reproduced the Yusuf Ali translation, we need a little variety.]”

    That aya of the Quran was in reference to the Battle of Badr. The brackets: “(tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.)” have been added in by extremists. If you read the Quran in proper Arabic it says no such thing. How could it anyway as tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc. didn’t even exist back then.

    • dajjal Says:

      In the 7th century, cavalry & archery were at the top of Arabian military technology. Moe used whatever was available to him, and would have used explosives & war machines had they been available.

      The ayeh is not limited to a single battle; this is made clear by the reference to others unknown. With rare exceptions, when I post ayat, I link the Surah:Ayeh number to a table containing 10 translations so that readers can compare them. I frequently provide links to Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir as well. Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir 8:60

  3. Dajjal Hunter Says:

    Hello,

    what kind of freak are you? people like you deserve being banged up for stupid lies. only thing i can say is go to youtube and look up muslim shot keeper converts robber. His muslim he was held in his shop by some guy to rob him. the muslim guy pulls out a gun and asks the robber why? the robber replied. just wanted some money for my family. the muslim guy pulls out some cash and gives it to him. the robber then says i want to become muslim. he then did the vows there in the shop. the reason why the robber wanted to become a muslim is because how the muslim shopper reacted and forgave him plus gave him money. i can give a million and one explainations with news reports. you up against the work your lies are imune. i suggest you close this blog and educate your self and get of claiming peoples taxes. LOL

    • dajjal Says:

      If I had published any lies in this post, you would be celebrating them with detailed glee. But I did not lie, so you can’t do the victory dance.

      Up against the reality of Islamic doctrine, your touching anecdote falls flat. Shari’ah demands amputation of a hand for theft, and Moe forbade merciful judgment, saying that he would cut off his daughter’s hand if he caught her stealing.

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