Following each of the two full quotes is a shorter commonly used version. The first of these shorter quotes, is one as used by a Muslim fellow only identified as “Nazam, from the UK” where he made reference to a comment about a would-be Times Square bomber , which follows the Yusuf Ali quote. The second short quote, which follows the full text of Sura 5:32, as rendered in the Sahih International, is in two forms. Both are from the Sahih International, one includes the intro – “We decreed upon the Children of Israel” – and though this is somewhat uncommon for members of Islam to cite that intro, it has been known to happen. The other does not include the intro – “We decreed upon the Children of Israel”.
Following are the two sets of quotes, both in full and abbreviated (absent context) forms:
On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles [messengers] with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land. – Contains 86 words…
Let us begin by examining what the Ayah (Verse) opens with, shall we? The verse opens with, in almost any English rendering of the Qur’anic texts:
“…the Children of Israel…”
News Flash kids, the Children of Israel are NOT Muslims, and the Muslim people are NOT in any way, shape or form, the Children of Israel. That verse is an absolute and direct plagiarizing of Talmud. In the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin: Chapter 4, Folio 37a, that very thought is laid out squarely. Again, perhaps you are thinking – “big deal” – or – “so what” – both Jews and Muslims share a common piece of Scripture? Not so fast cowboy. Again the Qur’an verse opens with the Children of Israel, so even if it’s a valid piece of “scripture” contained in an Islamic book, it’s for the Children of Israel, and NOT for Islam or Muslims.
Continuing though, there is an additional “qualifier” (if you will) that has been placed into Islam’s Qur’anic text, NOT found in Talmud. The qualifier reads:
“…unless it be for murder OR for spreading mischief in the land…” [emphasis in all CAPS mine]
As the writer of the Article found in “Answering Islam” titled “Quran 5:32, Nazam, and Neglecting Context” points out – “The would-be Times Square bomber considers Americans to be spreading mischief in Palestine and around the world (practically all Muslims I know think this, even the ones who are American citizens). Accordingly, even if this verse were to apply to someone like Faisal Shahzad , he would still be justified in his slaughter.” – Again, to the Muslim mindset, causing, spreading or in any way promoting “mischief” in the land is a very, very broad term. If you do not wish to believe this, ask any Muslim that you know to define three things for you:
A) – What is causing mischief in the land?
B) – What does it mean to wage war against Allah?
C) - What does it mean to wage war against Allah’s Messenger(s)?
Continuing, no single text should ever be taken as an isolated, stand-alone passage, without context. Ergo, I recommend reviewing Ayah (Verse) 33, or better still read Sura 5:29 through 5:37 for some contextual substance. Beginning with Verse 33 look at what it says:
Now, please, think on these things before telling others that – “Islam’s all about peace” – do you have peace? Would you like peace? Would you like to know peace?
“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”