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Don’t take the Jews and Christians as Friends? Let's bring an end to this common mis-conception.

FATEEN 2009/12/15 22:46:54
One common verse that Christians like to quote from the Quran is verse 5:51 which reads:

5:51 O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends: They are but friends to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.
Christians like to quote this verse then go on to argue that Muslims are not allowed to be friends with Christians and Jews.

The point of this entry to sodahead is to simply show that Muslims are allowed to be friends with Christians and Jews, and that the verse is actually wrongly translated into friends.

I will first quote a fatwa by a group of scholars concerning this very issue:

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOn...

5:51 O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends: They are but friends to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.



The first point to be noted is that, in the verse above, the word Awliya is often incorrectly translated as friends (Awliya is the plural and its singular is wali and the concept is walaah). As a result, many people are under the misconception that this verse commands Muslims to distance themselves from Non-Muslims and to avoid friendship with them. This is far from the truth, as we shall see after examining the meaning of the word Awliya. The Qur'an says:

3:122 ...Allah was their WALI (protector), and in Allah should the faithful (Ever) put their trust.

This verse indicates that a wali is one in whom trust is placed for protection, as the Qur'an always declares God the protector, wali, of the righteous. As Dr. Saeed Ismail Sieny concludes his discussion on Walaah by writing:

As we have discovered above, the root of the word "al-walaah" does not include love, support, etc., and that the core meaning rests on guardianship. (Sieny, The Relationship Between Muslims and Non-Muslims; Toronto, Al-Attique Publishers Inc., 2000, p. 102, emphasis added)

And Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi writes:

In the verse you quoted, the word "Awliya" is used. It is a plural and its singular is "wali". The correct translation of the word ""wali"" is not "friend" but it is someone who is very close and intimate. It is also used to mean "guardian, protector, patron, lord and master". In the Qur'an this word is used for God, such as

“Allah is the Protector (or Lord and Master) of those who believe. He takes them out from the depths of darkness to light…” (Al- Baqarah: 257)

There are many other references in the Qur'an that give this meaning. The same word is also sometimes used in the Qur'an for human beings, such as

“And whosoever is killed unjustly, We have granted his next kin "wali" the authority (to seek judgment or punishment in this case)…”(Al-‘Isra' :33)

It becomes clear that the word Awliya cannot be taken as simply referring to friendship, as it contains a much more complex meaning, including dependence and guardianship. Therefore, a more accurate translation of the verse would be:

5:51 O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your protectors: They are but protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.

Therefore, the referred verse does not prohibit friendship with Non-Muslims at all. Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi writes:

The Qur'an does not say that non-Muslims cannot be Muslims' friends, nor does it forbid Muslims to be friendly to non-Muslims. There are many non-Muslims who are good friends of Muslim individuals and the Muslim community. There are also many good Muslims who truly and sincerely observe their faith and are very friendly to many non-Muslims at the same time. Islam teaches us that we should be friendly to all people. Islam teaches us that we should deal even with our enemies with justice and fairness. Allah says in the Qur'an in the beginning of the same Surah Al-Ma’dah:

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as witnesses to fair dealings and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just, that is next to piety. Fear Allah, indeed Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” (Al-Ma’dah :8)

In another place in the Qur'an, Allah Almighty says:

“Allah forbids you not with regard to those who fight you not for your faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them. For Allah loves those who are just. Allah only forbids you with regard to those who fight you for your faith, and drive you out of your homes and support others in driving you out, from turning to them for protection (or taking them as wali). Those who seek their protection they are indeed wrong- doers.” (Al-Mumtahinah: 8-9)

Moreover, Allah Almighty has described Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as "a mercy" to the worlds. He was a sign of Allah's Mercy to all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims. In his kindness and fair treatment he did not make any difference between the believers and non-believers. He was kind to the pagans of Makkah and fought them only when they fought him. He made treaties with the Jews of Madinah and honored the treaties until they broke them. He, peace and blessings be upon him, is reported to have received the Christians of Najran with kindness in his Masjid in Madinah. They argued with him about Islam, but he returned them with honor and respect. There are many examples from his life that show that he was the friendliest person to all people. (SOURCE)

And as Muhammad Asad writes:

As regards the meaning of the "alliance" referred to here, see 3:28, and more particularly 4: 139 and the corresponding note, which explains the reference to a believer's loss of his moral identity if he imitates the way of life of, or-in Qur'anic terminology-"allies himself" with, non-Muslims. However, as has been made abundantly clear in 60: 7-9 (and implied in verse 57 of this Surah), this prohibition of a "moral alliance" with non-Muslims does not constitute an injunction against normal, friendly relations with such of them as are well-disposed towards Muslims. It should be borne in mind that the term wall has several shades of meaning: "ally", "friend", "helper", "protector", etc. The choice of the particular term - and sometimes a -combination of two terms-is always dependent on the context. (Asad, The Message of the Qur’an, emphasis added)

The second point to note is that although this verse makes a general statement, the ruling is specific and is to be applied in a context similar to the historical context. Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi wrote about this topic extensively in response to a similar question:

[The answer to this is that these verses are not unconditional, to be applied to every Jew, Christian, or non-Muslim. Interpreting them in this manner contradicts the injunctions of the Qur'an which enjoin affection and kindness to the good and peace-loving peoples of every religion, as well as the verses which permit marriage to the women of the People of the Book, with all that Allah says concerning marriage

and He has put love and mercy between you” (30:21)

and the verse concerning the Christians:

And thou wilt find those who say, 'Surely we are Christians,' to be nearest to them (the Muslims in affection...(5:82)

The verses cited above [verse 5:51] were revealed in connection with those people who were hostile to Islam and made war upon the Muslims. Accordingly, it is not permissible for the Muslims to support or assist them - that is, to be their ally- nor to entrust them with secrets at the expense of his own religion and community. This point is explained in other verses, in which Allah, The Most High, says:

They will spare nothing to ruin you; they yearn for what makes you suffer. Hatred has been expressed by their mouths, but what their hearts conceal is still greater. Thus have We made clear to you the revelations (or signs), if you possess understanding. Ah! You love them, but they do not love you…(3:118-119)

This ayah throws light on the character of such people, who conceal great enmity and hatred against the Muslims in their hearts and whose tongues express some of the effects of such hostility. (Al-Qaradawi, Al-Halal Wal Haram Fil Islam; US American Trust Publications, 1994, p. 340, emphasis added)

As Shaykh Qaradawi mentioned, verse 5:11 cannot possibly be taken as a prohibition of friendship since the Qur’an allows Muslim men to marry women from the People of the Book:

5:5 … virtuous women of the believers and the virtuous women of those who received the Scripture before you are lawful for you…

And the Qur’an describes the relationship of marriage to be a relationship with the deepest bond of love:

30:21 And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.

Also note that the Qur’an says:

60:8-9 Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of [your] religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show “Birr” with them and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice. Allah only forbids you respecting those who made war upon you on account of [your] religion, and drove you forth from your homes and backed up [others] in your expulsion, that you make friends with them, and whoever makes friends with them, these are the unjust.

The word “birr” is the same word used to describe a Muslim’s relationship with their parents which is considered the most sacred blood relationship in Islam. Therefore, Muslims are clearly commanded to deal with peaceful non-Muslims is a friendly and peaceful manner. The third point is that the specific groups being referred to in this verse were those hostile to Islam, and not all Jews and Christians in general. Concerning the historical context, the verse was revealed during a time when the Muslims were being attacked from many directions, including the Christian Roman empire and the Jews of Madinah. The Muslims had originally made a pact with the Jews of Madinah, but they were betrayed twice. So in this context, the Qur'an was telling the believers to be cautious in dealings with such enemies who oppose Islam, and not to trust them as protectors. As Jasser Auda writes:

It was revealed in certain historic circumstances, in which there was a war between the infant Islamic state on different occasions on four different fronts: the Romans, the Persians, the pagans of Arabia, and the Jews of Madinah. So, the historic context of the revelation of this verse is a situation of war between Muslims and the People of the Book (Jews, internally in Madinah, and Christians, through a Roman crusade). So, yes, Muslims were not allowed to make friends with the enemies who were fighting them and wishing to eliminate them from the face of the earth. Some Muslims say that since the verse has this historic context, then it is part of history and no longer applies. This is not correct! It is true that the verse has a history behind it, but this does not mean that it is no longer relevant. It is totally relevant but only in a context similar to the historic context. So today Muslims are not to make friends with Jews or Christians (or followers of any other religion for that matter) if they try to kill Muslims, kick them out of their homes, etc. (SOURCE)

The Qur'anic verse is relevant in a similar context to the historical context. A Muslim cannot take Jews or Christians or anyone as protectors if they oppose their religion and its teachings. The Muslims are encouraged to rely on each other for support. Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi writes:

It is obvious that Jews patronize the Jews and Christians patronize the Christians, so why not Muslims patronize Muslims and support their own people. This verse is not telling us to be against Jews or Christians, but it is telling us that we should take care of our own people and we must support each other. In his Tafsir, (Qur’an exegesis) Imam Ibn Kathir has mentioned that some scholars say that this verse (i.e. the one you referred to) was revealed after the Battle of Uhud when Muslims had a set back. At that time, a Muslim from Madinah said, "I am going to live with Jews so I shall be safe in case another attack comes on Madinah." And another person said, "I am going to live with Christians so I shall be safe in case another attack comes on Madinah." So Allah revealed this verse reminding the believers that they should not seek the protection from others, but should protect each other. (See Ibn Kathir, Al-Tafsir, vol. 2, p. 68) (SOURCE)[/

The groups prohibited for Muslims to take as protectors are described in the Qur’an:

The Holy Qur'an, 60:1 O ye who believe! Take not my enemies and yours as protectors,- offering them (your) love, even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you, and have (on the contrary) driven out the Prophet and yourselves (from your homes), (simply) because ye believe in Allah your Lord! If ye have come out to strive in My Way and to seek My Good Pleasure, (take them not as friends), holding secret converse of love (and friendship) with them: for I know full well all that ye conceal and all that ye reveal. And any of you that does this has strayed from the Straight Path. 60:2 If they were to get the better of you, they would behave to you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you for evil: and they desire that ye should reject the Truth.

So the Qur'an forbids taking those as protectors who expel the Muslims from their homes and who would betray and attack as soon as the opportunity arises. Those who have no respect for a Muslim’s beliefs and desire that the Muslim leaves their faith - they cannot be taken as protectors. This is the correct interpretation based on the context of the verse. To conclude, we once again quote Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi:

Muslims are allowed to have non-Muslims as friends as long as they keep their own faith and commitment to Islam pure and strong. You are correct in pointing out that a Muslim man is also allowed to marry a Jewish or Christian woman. It is obvious that one marries someone for love and friendship. If friendship between Muslims and Jews or Christians was forbidden, then why would Islam allow a Muslim man to marry a Jew or Christian woman? It is the duty of Muslims to patronize Muslims. They should not patronize any one who is against their faith or who fights their faith, even if they were their fathers and brothers. Allah says:

“O you who believe! Take not for protectors (Awliya') your fathers and your brothers if they love unbelief above faith. If any of you do so, they are indeed wrong-doers.” (Al-Tawbah : 23)

In a similar way, the Qur'an also tells Muslims that they should never patronize the non-Muslims against other Muslims. However, if some Muslims do wrong to some non-Muslims, it is Muslim’s duty to help the non-Muslims and save them from oppression . The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said that he himself will defend a Dhimmi living among Muslims to whom injustice is done by Muslims. But Islam also teaches that Muslims should not seek the patronage of non-Muslims against other Muslims. They should try to solve their problems among themselves. (SOURCE)

Islam is a religion of peace and compassion, therefore it requires its adherents to act in the best possible manner to other human beings. Verse 5:51 does not refer to friends, but protectors, and the historical context reveals that this verse prohibits Muslims from seeking the protection and allegiance of those who are hostile to the Islamic faith. It is not a reference to all Non-Muslims, as the scholars of Islam have clarified.






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  • bush forever! 2010/07/18 23:31:06
    bush forever!
    +2
    very intresting
  • FATEEN bush fo... 2010/07/19 02:38:09
    FATEEN
    +1
    Your welcome. There will always be a group doing what ever they can to create a devide amongst people.
  • Isma'ila (God has heard)! 2010/03/01 01:28:58
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    This a all very interesting. It is nice to know. Thank you.
  • FATEEN Isma'il... 2010/03/01 01:44:51
    FATEEN
    +2
    Most of the time when it is talking about disbelievers in the Qur'an its not even referring to Christians at all. Its referring to total disbelievers in the oneness of God and are trying to fight them because of their faith.
  • Isma'il... FATEEN 2010/03/01 01:55:13
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    Oh wow. I had no idea.
  • FATEEN Isma'il... 2010/03/01 01:59:07
    FATEEN
    +2
    And this is the thing that many crazy Muslims don't either no or remember nor do Christians who are vehement opponents want to acknowledge.

    It was Christians who recognized Muhammad as that Prophet spoken of in their scriptures. It was Christians who first gave them Asylum. If you read Chapter 30 of the Qur'an it was a revelation concerning the Christians who lost a battle to the Zorostrians and the Muslims where disheartened by the lost, yet there was a promise from God that the Romans (Christians) will be victorious!
  • Isma'il... FATEEN 2010/03/01 02:07:28
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    +1
    Thank you for realizing that! I am glad that you are nice to Christians!
  • FATEEN Isma'il... 2010/03/01 02:30:42
    FATEEN
    +2
    I'm not always nice to them at least on sodahead. In real life, many of the discussions I have with people go alot different because people online are just so UGH!!!!
  • Isma'il... FATEEN 2010/03/01 02:39:57 (edited)
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    +2
    I know the felling! I just came across a question where someone was joking about abortion! At least I hope they were joking! I get so tired of evil people!
  • FATEEN Isma'il... 2010/03/01 16:13:07
    FATEEN
    +3
    I am too.
  • nightlight 2009/12/16 13:21:04
    nightlight
    +2
    Qur'an verse 5:51 was never mistranslated; it means exactly what it says. By claiming that this verse was mistranslated, you are just practicing taqiyya. And more and more people are waking up to the truth about Islam.
  • VICTORIA nightlight 2009/12/21 00:05:30
    VICTORIA
    +4
    In fact, in all His wisdom, God had seen it fit even to defend some churches, monasteries and synagogues:

    لَّذِينَ أُخْرِجُوا مِن دِيَارِهِمْ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ إِلَّا أَن يَقُولُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّهِ كَثِيراً وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ {22:40

    "They are those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right,- (for no cause) except that they say, "our Lord is Allah". Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause);- for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will)." (translation by Yususf Ali).

    God creates all of us human beings. Of different colours and races. And also religions. Had He wanted all of us to be His followers, He could have.

    وَلَوْ شَاء رَبُّكَ لآمَنَ مَن فِي الأَرْضِ كُلُّهُمْ جَمِيعًا أَفَأَنتَ تُكْرِهُ النَّاسَ حَتَّى يَكُونُواْ مُؤْمِنِينَ {10:99

    "If it had been thy Lord's will, they would all have believed,- all who are on earth! wilt ...

    In fact, in all His wisdom, God had seen it fit even to defend some churches, monasteries and synagogues:

    لَّذِينَ أُخْرِجُوا مِن دِيَارِهِمْ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ إِلَّا أَن يَقُولُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّهِ كَثِيراً وَلَيَنصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ {22:40

    "They are those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right,- (for no cause) except that they say, "our Lord is Allah". Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause);- for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will)." (translation by Yususf Ali).

    God creates all of us human beings. Of different colours and races. And also religions. Had He wanted all of us to be His followers, He could have.

    وَلَوْ شَاء رَبُّكَ لآمَنَ مَن فِي الأَرْضِ كُلُّهُمْ جَمِيعًا أَفَأَنتَ تُكْرِهُ النَّاسَ حَتَّى يَكُونُواْ مُؤْمِنِينَ {10:99

    "If it had been thy Lord's will, they would all have believed,- all who are on earth! wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to believe!" (translation by Yusuf Ali).

    That is His way. Because as oft said, there is no compulsion in Islam.
    (more)
  • FATEEN VICTORIA 2009/12/21 01:10:57
    FATEEN
    +4
    HE is one of these individuals who when you disprove him with the very book he uses to condemn Muslims as these fanatical blood thirsty terrorist. THe only one online getting blood thirsty and foaming at the mouth is nightlight and others like him.

    Great post, may Allah ta'ala reward you. Amin.
  • VICTORIA FATEEN 2009/12/22 21:14:22
    VICTORIA
    +2
    Jazakalakhairum Fateen! He will pop up again with new misinformation and run away when challenged, as always.

  • nightlight VICTORIA 2009/12/25 20:27:19
    nightlight
    +3
    Your reply is nothing but your usual nonsense and obfuscations of the truth. Have you run out of new tricks?
  • VICTORIA nightlight 2009/12/25 20:55:44
    VICTORIA
    YOu don't even have the remotest clue what I just said.
  • nightlight VICTORIA 2009/12/25 23:58:57
    nightlight
    +2
    You said nothing. As always.
  • FATEEN nightlight 2009/12/26 01:36:59
    FATEEN
    +1
    Sorry nightlight, I think that's you who runs.
  • nightlight FATEEN 2009/12/26 01:43:21
    nightlight
    +1
    Well. You can't even speak English. How sad.
  • Isma'il... nightlight 2010/03/01 01:30:10
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    There is nothing wrong with speaking anotyher language!
  • FATEEN Isma'il... 2010/03/01 01:48:39
    FATEEN
    +2
    That is the west for you. It is sad that most of the third world countries (nations of people with color) who live in huts and who can speak two, three even four languages! Yet many Americans can barely speak English!

    Its really sad, it really is sad.
  • Isma'il... FATEEN 2010/03/01 01:55:53
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    I know. I think that America needs to speak more than one language.
  • VICTORIA nightlight 2009/12/26 08:37:16
    VICTORIA
    Jazakalakhairum to you too nightlight.
  • nightlight VICTORIA 2010/01/01 22:05:21
    nightlight
    This is America. Can't you speak English?
  • Isma'il... nightlight 2010/03/01 01:21:32
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    +1
    There is nothing wrong with speaking another language!
  • nightlight Isma'il... 2010/03/05 13:46:12
    nightlight
    One should be able to speak the language of the country in which one lives.
  • Vikram VICTORIA 2010/01/20 15:37:49
    Vikram
    +2
    How long were you a non-Muslim? How much attention did you pay to your religion before converting religion that enourages terrorism. Look aroung and see how Muslims are killing each other and non-Muslims. Talibans read a lot of Quran and see what they do to Muslims and non-Muslims. Quran has nothing to offer to any one. Talibans have been followings Quran for 100s od years. Do you beleive in hadith which says Muslims will hear voices from trees and stones telling them to kill Jews?
  • VICTORIA Vikram 2010/03/01 01:17:50
    VICTORIA
    +1
    You seemed to have jumped on the personal attack bandwagon started by nightlight.

    Now, if you'd like to have a reasonable discussion, I'm all for that.
    However, you must display good manners, as will I.
  • Vikram VICTORIA 2012/04/25 17:44:43
    Vikram
    Just answer my question. You seem like a convert you will just make up stuff to defend your new found religion.
  • VICTORIA Vikram 2012/05/02 02:48:46
    VICTORIA
    Lol. Like I care.
  • VICTORIA Vikram 2012/05/02 02:50:23
  • Vikram nightlight 2010/01/20 15:22:19
    Vikram
    Your reply is nothing but your usual nonsense and obfuscations of the truth. Have you run out of new tricks?

    Al taqia allow Muslims to lie thru their teeth.
  • nightlight Vikram 2010/01/22 10:56:16 (edited)
    nightlight
    I believed that you are confused. I know that al taqiyya allows Muslims to lie and I agree with and support everything that you wrote in your reply above to Victoria.
  • Vikram VICTORIA 2010/01/20 15:20:42
    Vikram
    God creates all of us human beings. Of different colours and races. And also religions. Had He wanted all of us to be His followers, He could have.

    But Allah is not that God.

    Allah is a God of Muslims only.


    According to the following hadith Muslims will start hearing voices (symtom of psychosis)...............Book 041, Number 6985:


    Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.




  • VICTORIA Vikram 2010/03/01 01:19:46
    VICTORIA
    What exactly is it you are responding to here?
    I am not sure where you get your info- but you give insufficient info to track the hadeeth you are quoting here.
  • Vikram VICTORIA 2012/04/25 17:49:12
    Vikram
    You call yourself a Muslim and you can't find a hadith. Just search Internet for Jews stones tree Abu and you will find it. This is what Muslims teach their kids in schools.
  • VICTORIA Vikram 2012/05/02 02:49:50
    VICTORIA
    The help you need is above my pay grade.
  • VICTORIA Vikram 2012/05/02 02:50:33
  • VICTORIA Vikram 2012/05/02 02:51:53
  • Vikram nightlight 2010/01/13 17:57:31
    Vikram
    +1
    O ye who believe!..............that means only Muslims believe in God. You say “Allah is the Protector (or Lord and Master) of those who believe. He takes them out from the depths of darkness to light…” (Al- Baqarah: 257) " Every day Muslims are killing each other with suicide bombings. There were about 500 bombings in Pakistan last year and Muslims destroyed over 300 schools. These translations you say are wrong have been done by Islamic scholars. There are many hadiths thay say your prophet married a 6 year old girl Ayesha. There are lot of Muslims who can prove Ayesha was 12-20 years old when prophet married her. Muslims are experts in distorting truth. Most sects of Islam can't even get along with each other.

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