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Is Allah the Author of Islamophobia?

There is a debate concerning the origins of the term Islamophobia. Should it be traced back to the 1970s or 1990s? And there is a debate concerning the usage of the term. Is it Islamophobic to be afraid of radical Islam? But a Christian colleague of mine who is an expert in Islam made a suggestion to me. He believes it is Allah himself who is the author of Islamophobia, and he finds support for this in the pages of the Quran.

He bases this concept on a well-known verse which states, “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” (8:12).

So, the source of the terror is twofold. First, Allah himself will strike terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. Second, Muslims are to smite their enemies in specific ways, beheading them and chopping off their fingertips.

Other passages call for barbaric punishments, including: “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement” (5:33).

I’m aware, of course, that there is debate among Muslim scholars as to the application of verses like this. Did they apply only to wars in which Mohammed was fighting? Do they apply in an ongoing way in times of martial conflict? Or do they apply more universally in Islam’s war against the unbelieving world?

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