Allegations

Does the Quran Incite Violence?

It is alleged that several verses of the Holy Quran incite believers to commit violence against non-Muslims by way of aggression.

Islamic Supremacy?

It is alleged that several verses of the Holy Quran state the inferior status of non-Muslims or non-believers. Several verses (as given below) are cherry-picked unreconciled with the teachings of the Quran and the practice of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (on whom be peace) to illustrate this allegation.

Freedom of Religion & Conscience

It is alleged that some verses of the Holy Quran deny freedom of religion and conscience which can form the basis for extremist ideology that looks to enforce conversion of non-Muslims to become Muslims.

Taqiyyah (Deception)

It is alleged that the Quran supports a concept known as Taqqiyah, where by a Muslim may conceal the true nature of his or her beliefs while outwardly declaring something contrary to their true beliefs. They would supposedly do this to wait upon favorable conditions when they can pursue their true beliefs.

Slavery

The allegations that Islamic teachings advocate slavery or don’t outright outlaw slavery can be broken down into the following points:

Oppression of women?

It is alleged that the Holy Quran and the Islamic tradition is oppressive to women. Verses of the Holy Quran are showcased by detractors as promoting the inferiority of women, misogyny and abuse against women.

Homosexuality

It is alleged that the Islam requires Muslims to oppressively enforce Sharia law which includes death as a punishment for homosexuality. Verse 7:81 is oft quoted as validation for such allegations.

Honor Killings

It is alleged that since verses 18:66-83 speak of slaying a child because he would rebel and bring dishonor to his righteous parents, they are the inspiration for the crime of honor killings. Honor killings are done to a member of one’s family if they are thought to bring a grave dishonor or shame upon the family by indulging in sinful activity such as adultery. However, as evident in the explanation below, there is no such sanction in these verses. Islamic teachings forbid the unjust taking of a life.