Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Golden Rule in Islam?? Not a chance!

Howard P. Kainz of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin writes in First Things March 2011, page 10:

“In my research, I have found that there are clear cognates to the Golden Rule in Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Judaism but that Islam mandates reciprocity and amity only among fellow Muslims—not with unbelievers. In fact, one finds in the Qur’an the exact opposite of the Golden Rule. For example, Surah 48:29 reads, ‘Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against unbelievers [but] compassionate among each other.”

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