Rehab Dughmosh, a Muslim woman who tried to murder people with a golf club and a knife in a Canadian Tire store last June, appeared in court Friday and was furiously defiant:
Damn your legislation, damn your nationality, go to hell. Hey you infidels, I do not worship what you worship.
In saying this, she inadvertently provided us infidels with some useful information about Islam’s legendary tolerance. Dughmoshwas quoting chapter 109 of the Qur’an.
Chapter 109 is an early Meccan sura — that is, a section of the Qur’an that Muslims believe dates from the early portion of Muhammad’s prophetic career. In Mecca, he was solely a preacher of religious ideas, not a military or political leader, as he became later in Medina.
Indeed, this chapter of the Qur’an is usually presented as an example of the tolerance of Islam.
Here it is in its entirety:
Say, ‘O disbelievers, I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshippers of what I worship. Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship. Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.
But in her court appearance, Rehab Dughmosh was not sweetly quoting it as a sign of her tolerance. She was spitting it out as part of her repudiation of Canadian law and her demand to be tried only under Sharia — where she would be found not guilty, as war on infidels is mandated in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
At a previous court appearance in June, Dughmosh exclaimed (through an Arabic interpreter, of course):
I meant to harm those people. I reject all counsel here. I only believe in Islamic Sharia law. I would like to revoke my Canadian citizenship that I received. I don’t want to have any allegiance to you.