islam debate

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Dear Friends,

Currently involved in a local debate over Islam, please pray for me.
The police might be involved if misrepresentation has its way.
In the Norwich 'Evening News' and the 'Eastern Daily Press', I praise God that everything I said has been accurately reported.
So there is nothing to be ashamed of or to apologise for.
Please pray that God will be glorified and that the true Gospel will be a focus of attention.
Please forward this e-mail to your friends.

God bless you!
Yours ever in Christ,
Alan C. Clifford







Dear Friends,

However unpalatable or non-pc the truth is to many people today, we need to know the facts about Islam.
While the racism of the BNP is abhorrent, Nick Griffin's recent Newsnight remarks regarding Islam are correct: "We have a monster in our midst."
Here is some documentary proof for this alarming statement.
The only antidote to this evil religion is the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ.
May God graciously restore its presence and influence in our country!

Yours faithfully in Christ,


Selected and introduced by Dr Alan C. Clifford, Pastor, Norwich Reformed Church (
Extracts are taken from The Koran, tr. N. J. Dawood ( Penguin Classics, 4th revised edition, 1974; reprinted 1986).
Of The Koran Interpreted (Oxford World Classics paperback, 1998), the English translator, A. J. Arberry states candidly: 'I have called my version an interpretation' (p. xii). However, in his introduction, Baghdad-born N. J. Dawood states that he was careful to avoid 'turning the text into an interpretation rather than a translation' (p. 11).

The IPCI edition of the Quran (Islamic Vision, Birmingham, England, 1999) is not a reliable translation.
An Arabic specialist (whose name is withheld for security reasons) states that this translation is calculated to deceive. It presents a soft version of Islam for western readers.
There are numerous examples of defective translation. Also the extensive notes often contradict the Quranic text.

Those who wish to assert that Islam is a tolerant religion, committed to peaceful methods of propagation, should reflect carefully on the following quotations.
Unlike their less hostile brethren, it is obvious that militant Muslims are more consistent with their 'holy book'.
While the justly-condemned violence and persecuting activities of so-called Christians - past and present - are emphatically condemned by the Bible (see Matthew 5: 43-5; 26: 52; Romans 13: 10; 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5; Ephesians 6: 12), the Qur'an positively teaches the use of force.
The highly contrasting depictions of the character of God in the Bible and the Qur'an and their consequent impact on personal behaviour are too obvious to miss.
It is indeed chilling to note N. J. Dawood's reminder that, apart from the opening verses and a few passages in the Qur'an, 'the speaker throughout is God' (p. 9):

'Believers, retaliation is decreed for you in bloodshed' (Sura 2: 178).

'Fight for the sake of Allah those that fight against you, but do not attack them first. Allah does not love the aggressors. Kill them wherever you find them...if they attack you put them to the sword...Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme...If any one attacks you, attack him as he attacked you' (Sura 2: 190-4).

'Fight for the cause of Allah' (Sura 2: 244).

'Those that deny Our revelations We will burn in Hellfire...As for those that have faith and do good works, We shall admit them to gardens watered by running streams, where, wedded to chaste virgins, they shall abide for ever...the believers who do good works, whether men or women, shall enter the gardens of Paradise' (Sura 4: 55-7, 124).

'The true believers fight for the cause of Allah, but the infidels fight for idols. Fight then against the friends of Satan' (Sura 4: 76).

'Therefore fight for the cause of Allah' (Sura 4: 84).

Allah has given those that fight with their goods and their persons a higher rank than those who stay at home. He has promised all a good reward; but far richer is the recompense of those who fight for Him...' (Sura 4: 96).

'Unbelievers are those who declare: 'Allah is the Messiah, the Son of Mary'' (Sura 5: 17).

'When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them...' (Sura 9: 5).

'...make war on the leaders of unbelief...' (Sura 9: 12).

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