US President Donald Trump repeatedly rebukes the media for “dishonest” coverage and “fake news.”
Despite its fury over the accusations, however, the press continues to prove him right — albeit inadvertently.
Take a recent New York Times piece as an example. In their article, titled “Trump Pushes Dark View of Islam to Center of U.S. Policy-Making” (Feb. 1), authors Scott Shane, Matthew Rosenberg, and Eric Lipton cite a questionable source — Prof. Asma Afsaruddin of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University — to prove their point that the president is promoting a “master narrative that pits the Muslim world against the West.” This, they claim, appeals to Trump supporters, “who know nothing of Muslims or Islam beyond news reports of terrorist attacks.”
Although Americans may be more familiar with Islamist attacks in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent than with the perpetrators or the religion, it is the Quran’s content, the Prophet Muhammad’s sayings and conduct and current fatwas that, regardless of Trump’s rhetoric, have driven a wedge between the Muslim world and the West.
Indeed, contrary to what The New York Times piece asserts, it is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself.
The following Quranic verses, still in wide use today, serve to illustrate:
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