The Taliban attack on Christians in which two Christians were killed and their aggressive warnings painted on church walls to Pakistani Christians to "convert to Islam or face death" is in keeping with the "noble" teachings of Islam.
Read the following verses.
A) "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most merciful." [Al-Qur'an 9:5]
"If the pagans repent and establish regular prayer" clearly means if the pagans become Muslims spare them but if they do not become Muslims and worship Allah by establishing regular prayer (namaaz) slaughter them wherever they're found once the forbidden months have past.
Muslim apologists usually indulge in specious arguments while justifying the controversial "Jiziya" tax forcibly extracted from "dhimmis" (non-Muslims living under Islamic law) in return for certain rights and privileges.
The following verse and explanation refute the rosy interpretation given to the Jiziya:
B) Quran IX/29: "Fight those who do not profess the true faith (Islam) till they pay the jiziya (poll tax) with the hand of humility."
This verse in Quran gave birth to the law that all non- Muslims living in an Islamic state have to pay the Jiziya or poll tax for the privilege of being there. These people are called dhimmis and are allowed to live and work in the Islamic lands under the following 20 disabilities:
They are not to build any new places of worship.
They are not to repair any old places of worship which have been destroyed by the Muslims.
They are not to prevent Muslim travellers from staying in their places of worship.
They are to entertain for 3 days any Muslim who wants to stay in their homes and for a longer period if the Muslim falls ill.
They are not to harbor any hostility or give aid and comfort to hostile elements.
They are not to prevent any one of them from getting converted to Islam.
They have to show respect to every Muslim.
They have to allow Muslims to participate in their private meetings.
They are not to dress like Muslims.
They are not to name themselves with Muslim names.
They are not to ride on horses with saddle and bridle.
They are not to possess arms.
They are not to wear signet or seals on their fingers.
They are not to sell or drink liquor openly
They are to wear a distinctive dress which shows their inferior status and separates them from Muslims.
They are not to propagate their custom and usages among the Muslims.
They are not to build their houses in the neighborhood of Muslims.
They are not to bring their dead near the graveyards of the Muslims.
They are not to observe their religious practices publicly or mourn their dead loudly.
They are not to buy Muslim slaves.
A civilized society ought to go by enlightened standards of conduct and should treat all citizens equally without discriminating on grounds of faith, ideology, gender or sexual leanings.
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