The journaille from the NYT are not just fake news propagandists. They are deliberately obtuse:
Islamic Kosovo wants its own army:
Kosovo asserts statehood with vote to create army
Kosovo has been guarded by NATO-led peacekeeping troops since it broke away from Belgrade in a bloody separatist war in 1998-99.
Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a move that has angered Serbia, which does not recognise the former province’s independence.
Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci hailed the army vote as “the best gift for the end of the year season.”
In other news:
France: Muslim cleric says it’s “impossible” that “Allah allows us to kill someone…Islam is a religion of peace”
The Qur’an forbids Muslims to kill other Muslims (4:92), but of course Cherif Chekatt did not set out in Strasbourg to kill Muslims, but non-Muslims. Kamal Naghchband was, alas, collateral damage, but at his funeral, the imam Eyup Sahin seized the opportunity to enunciate some general principles: “Do you think that Allah allows us to kill someone? It is impossible! Islam is a religion of peace (which) no act of terrorism can represent. The Prophet says ‘he who kills a person, it is as if he had killed all humanity.’ The best human being is not ‘the one who is most helpful for Muslims, for Jews, Christians or atheists, but for all humanity.’”
That’s nice, but is it Islamic?
Sahin is wrong about “he who kills a person, it is as if he had killed all humanity.” That is not ascribed to Muhammad, but is in the Qur’an itself: “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption in the land — it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one — it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” (5:32)
Note that this is not a general moral principle applying to everyone, but one only for the Children of Israel. Nor is it is not a general prohibition of killing: there are big exceptions for those who kill “for a soul or for corruption in the land.” And it concludes that even after this command was given, “many of them, after that … were transgressors” — so all it is really saying is that Allah gave a command to the Children of Israel and they transgressed against it. It isn’t anything more than yet another Qur’anic castigation of the Jews. Also, it is followed in the Qur’an by 5:33, which specifies the punishment for the corruption and transgressions of the Children of Israel: “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.”
Thus this passage is explaining what must be done with Jews who reject Muhammad, not dictating lofty moral principles. Ibn Warraq sums it up: “The supposedly noble sentiments are in fact a warning to Jews. ‘Behave, or else’ is the message. Far from abjuring violence, these verses aggressively point out that anyone opposing the Prophet will be killed, crucified, mutilated, and banished!”
And as for the “Islam is a religion of peace” business, they have to keep repeating this, because it is so contrary to fact and to the evidence of the daily headlines.
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Hundreds of people turned out Friday for the funeral of Kamal Naghchband, a father-of-three who fled violence in Afghanistan only to be gunned down and killed in this week’s Strasbourg Christmas market attack.
Naghchband, 45, had fled strife in Afghanistan to build a new life in France but became one of four people killed when a jihadist gunmen attacked the market in the northeastern French city on Tuesday.
“He was going to see the Christmas market and — in front of his children — he took a bullet,” one of his cousins told AFP.
Described by relatives as friendly and something of a joker, Naghchband survived a day in hospital in a coma before succumbing to his wounds.
He was the joint manager of a garage near the Strasbourg mosque where he would go to pray and where his funeral was held on Friday.
“Our brother martyr Kamal tells us ‘enjoy the moments you have in this world to do good’”, Imam Eyup Sahin said, standing before a coffin covered with a green cloth and a smiling portrait of Naghchband.
“Do you think that Allah allows us to kill someone? It is impossible! Islam is a religion of peace (which) no act of terrorism can represent,” he said.
“The Prophet says ‘he who kills a person, it is as if he had killed all humanity,” continued the Imam.
“The best human being,” he added, is not “the one who is most helpful for Muslims, for Jews, Christians or atheists, but for all humanity”.
Naghchband had lived in France for around 20 years. According to his Facebook page, he was from Kabul and studied in Mazar-i-Sharif, in the north of the country….