Source: The Times
By Bryan Appleyard
A leading Muslim scholar’s encyclopaedia of the holy book proves Islam does not condone terrorism, he says
To the terrorist’s eye it is there in black and white: “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them.”
That is in the fifth verse of the ninth chapter of the Koran. It is known as the Sword Verse and, to angry jihadists around the world, it is God’s order to kill non-believers. But according to Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri it is anything but.
“In all 114 chapters,” says Qadri, “there’s not a single verse of holy Koran that permits any Muslim to kill non-Muslims in general.” The Sword Verse, he argues, refers to one specific battle between Muslim and …