In the recent BND article regarding the Muslims’ proclaiming their faith as peaceful, Imam Saleh stated “Whoever kills one person, acts as if he kills all mankind.” President O’Bama and British Prime Minister David Cameron often use these verses to exemplify the peaceful nature of Islam as seen by the Islamic majority (moderate Muslims). You can certainly find this proclamation in the Quran in Surah 5:32.
However, if one reads the very next verse Surah 5:33, the reader will see that Islam advocates killing or crucifying (cutting off hands and feet) anyone who opposes Allah. Jay Smith of London, England, an expert on radical Islam explains the difference between radical Islam and moderate Islam by using the term The Law of Abrogation. Citing Surah 2:106 and Surah 16:101, Smith explains that Muslims are ordered to abrogate (replace) the weaker verse with the stronger verse. i.e. when there are dichotomous verses such as those mentioned above, Islam advocates the stronger of the two (Surah 5:33). The assumption is moderate Muslims do not follow The Law of Abrogation. Radical Muslims do.
Smith gives another example such as above in contrasting Surah 2:256 and Surah 2:257, adding that there are 149 verses in the Quran that advocate violence. This violence includes cutting off hands and feet, slaying the disbeliever, beating wives, and flogging adulterers. I highly recommend viewing Smith’s interview in the internet video “The Crisis With ISIS.”
Thomas Fohne, Columbia