The Koran Condemns

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Condemned

What the Koran condemns or disapproves of:

  • Kufr (disbelief). (Throughout the Koran.)
  • Shirk (worshiping other things besides Allah). ("it is as if he had fallen from the sky" 22:31)
  • Murder. (4:92-93; 5:32)
    Conditions may apply.
  • Girl infanticide. (81:8-9)
  • Rejectors of the Koran. ("They are the worst of creatures." 98:6)
  • Apostasy.
  • Polytheism.
  • Polytheists. ("Pagans are unclean" 9:28)
  • Idols. (22:30)
  • Zina (fornication or adultery). (24:2; 25:68; 60:12)
  • Marrying the fornicators with the chaste. (24:3)
  • Marrying an ex-wife of your father. ("shameful and odious, an abominable custom indeed" 4:22)
  • Marrying polytheists. (2:221)
  • Marrying the widows of the Prophet. (33:53)
  • Sex with a menstruating woman. (2:222)
  • Homosexuality. (7:80-81; 26:165-166; 27:54-55; 29:28-29)
  • Alcohol/intoxicants. (5:90-91)
  • Gambling. (5:90-91)
  • Theft. (5:38)
  • Defrauders. (83:1)
  • False testimony. (22:30)
  • Practicing magic. (113:4)
  • Causing annoyance to the Prophet (by staying for a chat after the meal). (33:53)
  • Believing that angels are female. (37:150; 43:19)

Not Condemned

What the Koran does not condemn or disapprove of:

  • Slavery.
  • Sex with slave girls. (It's actually explicitly allowed.)
  • Child abuse.
  • Child marriage.
    In Islam girls are considered to be mature as soon as they menstruate (at least according to orthodox interpretations.)
  • Spousal abuse.
    In fact, hitting is permissible in certain situations according to 4:34.
  • Rape. (Though Zina is considered a sin.)
    Forcing your wife to have sex isn't considered rape by orthodox Muslims.
  • Racism.
  • Honour killings.
    Although murder is condemned, mentioning this explicitly would have done the world a lot of good.
  • Genital mutilation.
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