In my first three articles, we have looked at the indisputable facts verifying that Muhammad was indeed a man of war, that the Qur'an is a book of war and that history reveals the attitudes and beliefs of the disciples of Muhammad which testify to a constant theme of aggression, war and conquest. Islam is different than all other religions in that its core doctrine is world domination by violence, if necessary. Islam is more a political organization than a religion. Islam, unlike Christianity, is not content with living peacefully with other religions on earth, but it is focused on ruling the nations on earth, initially through propaganda, then deception, intimidation, violence and jihad. I continue to quote from the book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to ISLAM (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer.
"It is not just Muhammad’s opinion. It is the law.
Okay, so Muhammad was commanded to fight against people until they became Muslims or submitted to Islamic law. And the Qur’an teaches warfare. But that doesn’t mean Muslims have taught all this, right?Aren’t you just cherry-picking embarrassing verses in an attempt to make Islam look bad?" Pg 37
"In a word: NO. The unpleasant fact is that violent Jihad warfare against unbelievers is not a heretical doctrine held by a tiny minority of extremists, but a constant element of mainstream Islamic theology. Islam is preoccupied with legal questions; indeed, Islamic law contains instructions for the minutest details of individual behavior, as well as regulations on the structuring of government and relations between states."
"It also contains unmistakable affirmations of the centrality of Jihad warfare against unbelievers. This is true of all four principal schools of Sunni Muslim jurisprudence, the Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali, and Shafi’i, to which the great majority of Muslims worldwide belong. It is a commonly accepted principle in the Islamic world that the “gates of ijti-had,” or free inquiry into the Qur’an and Islamic tradition in order to discover Allah’s rulings, have been closed for centuries. In other words, Islamic teaching on principle matters has long been settled and is not to be called into question. (To be sure, there are reform-minded Muslims today who have called for a reopening of the “gates of ijithad” so that Islam can be reinterpreted, but so far these calls have gone unheeded by the most important and influential authorities in the Islamic world.)"
"Therefore, barring a general reopening of the “gates of ijithad”, which seems extremely unlikely, these rulings will remain normative for mainstream Muslims. All four principal Sunni schools agree on the importance of Jihad."
"PC Myth: Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. This, of course, is the mother of all PC myths about Islam. Yet, its persistence and resilience in the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary, both from Islamic theology and today’s newspapers, is not simply due to naïve multiculturalism and cynical duplicity. Even the Muslim Brotherhood theorist, Sayyid Qutb, one of the twentieth century’s foremost advocates of violent jihad, taught (without a trace of irony) that Islam is a religion of peace. However, he had a very specific kind of peace in mind: “When Islam strives for peace, its objective is not that superficial peace which requires that only that part of the earth where the followers of Islam are residing remain secure. Islam is a religion of the peace that will come when everyone is Muslim or at least subject to the Islamic state. And, to establish that peace, Muslims must wage war." Pg 42
"Islam is unique among the religions of the world in having a developed doctrine, theology, and legal system that mandates warfare against unbelievers. However, many will claim that even by marshaling this evidence, I am trying to make people think that every Muslim is a terrorist, and that your Arab or Pakistani convenience store clerk is secretly plotting the violent downfall of the United States. Some will even say that I am trying to incite violence against that convenience store clerk and other innocents. This is, of course, arrant nonsense, but it does indicate that some clarification is needed. In the first place, the fact that warfare against unbelievers is not a twisting of Islam, but is repeatedly affirmed in the Qur’an, the Hadith, the example of Muhammad, and the rulings of every school of Islamic jurisprudence, does not make every Muslim a terrorist." Pg 43
"There are several principal reasons for this. One is that because the Qur’an is in difficult, classical Arabic, and must be read and recited during Muslim prayers in that language only, a surprisingly large number of those who identify themselves as Muslims have scant acquaintance with what it actually says. Although the media establishment continues to interchange the words “Muslim” and “Arab”, most Muslims worldwide today are not Arabs. Even modern Arabic, much less classical Qur’anic Arabic, is foreign to them. They often memorize the Qur’an by rote without any clear idea of what it actually says. A Pakistani Muslim once proudly told me that he had memorized large sections of the Qur’an, and planned to buy a translation one day so that he could find out exactly what it was saying. Such instances are common to a degree that may surprise most non-Muslims." Pg 43
"Up until recent times other cultural factors have also prevented Muslims, particularly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, from acting on or even knowing much about Islam’s actual teachings on how to deal with unbelievers. That is changing, however. In those areas and elsewhere around the world Muslim hardliners; though not always financed by Saudi Arabia, have made deep inroads into peaceful Muslim communities by preaching violent Islam as the “pure Islam” and calling Muslims back to the full observance of their religion." Pgs 43 & 44
"This recruitment focuses on the Qur’an and other key Islamic texts. Take, for example, the case of Sahim Alwan, an American citizen and leader of the Yemeni community in Lackawanna, New York, and one time president of the mosque there. He has the distinction of being the first American to attend an al Qaeda training camp. Why did he go? He was convinced to do so by Kamal Derwish, an al Qaeda recruiter. Alwan explained that Derwish taught him that the Qur’an “says you have to learn how to prepare. Like, you gotta be prepared just in case you do have to go to war. If there is war, then you would have to be called for Jihad. And that was the aspect of the camp itself, for going to learn how to use weapons, and stuff like that.” Of course, there are some Muslims who are working to bring about change within Islam, but it is difficult to discern their motives. The prominent American Muslim spokesman Siraj Wahaj, for instance, is often presented as a moderate."
In 1991, he even became the first Muslim to give an invocation to the U.S. Congress. And why not? Not long after the September 11 attacks, he said just what jittery Americans wanted to hear from Muslims: “I now feel responsible to preach, actually to go on a jihad against extremism.” Pg 44
"Whether his true thoughts are more extreme remains unclear; after all, he has also warned that the United States will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda” He has lamented that “If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.” In the early 1990s, he sponsored talks by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman in mosques in New York City and New Jersey. Rahman was later convicted for conspiring to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, and Wahaj was designated a “potential un-indicted co-conspirator.” Pg 45
"The fact that someone who would like to see the Constitution replaced has led a prayer for those sworn to uphold it is just a symptom of a larger, ongoing problem: The government and media are eager to find moderate Muslims-and as their desperation has increased, their standards have declined. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to find Muslim leaders who have genuinely renounced violent jihad and any intention, now or in the future, to impose Sharia on non-Muslim countries."
Nonetheless, there are enormous numbers of Muslims in the United States and around the world who want nothing to do with today’s global jihad. While their theological foundation is weak, many are heroically laboring to create a viable moderate Islam that will allow Muslims to coexist peacefully with their non-Muslims neighbors. They are to be commended, but make no mistake: This moderate Islam does not exist to any significant extent in the world today. Where Muslims do coexist peacefully with non-Muslims, as in Central Asia and elsewhere, it is not simply because the teachings of jihad have been reformed or rejected; they have simply been ignored, and history teaches us that they can be remembered at any time." Pg 45
"Muslim spokesmen in the United States have worked hard to present a vision of Islam as benign, open, and accepting. They depict Islam as akin to Judaism and Christianity and, like them, liable to be “hijacked.” Most Americans today accept this as axiomatic and many would consider rejecting it an act of “racism,” despite the fact that Islam is not a race and most Muslims in the world today are not members of the ethnic group with which they are most often identified, the Arabs. But there’s just one problem with the common view: It isn’t true. We’ve already seen how thoroughly Islam is a religion of war; it is also profoundly, a religion of intolerance." Pg 47
"PC MYTH: ISLAM IS A TOLERANT FAITH.
Jews and Christians, goes the PC line, lived in harmony with Muslims during the era of the great Islamic empires of the past. When jihad terrorists bombed Madrid on March 11, 2004, commentators unctuously reminded the world that when Muslims ruled Spain, it was a beacon of tolerance where Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in peace and harmony. When jihadists bombed synagogues in Istanbul on November 15, 2003, the commentators intoned that the bombings were particularly heartbreaking in a city that for so long had known tranquility among Muslims, Jews, and Christians." Pgs 47 & 48
"This unquestionable dogma of Islamic tolerance has important political implications. It discourages anti-terrorism investigators in Europe and America from monitoring activity in mosques. It helps perpetuate the mistaken notion that Islamic terrorism comes from political grievances and socioeconomic imbalances. European governments with rapidly growing Muslim populations use it to reassure themselves that in old Al-Andalus, Islamic hegemony wasn't all that bad. European and American politicians and religious leaders woo the growing Islamic communities in their nations, trying to win their political support and assuming that they will assimilate easily and become peaceful, active participants in the political process. Why not? Islam is tolerant and teaches pluralism. What could be a better foundation for participation in Western democracy?" Pg 48
"The idea of a tolerant Islam has even been taken up at the United Nations. The Turkish daily Zaman reported March 2005 that at a UN seminar, "Confronting Islamophobia: Education for Tolerance and Understanding," "the tolerance that Ottomans showed to people of different religions was held up as an example to be adopted even today" and was lauded as a "social model in which different religions and nations lived under the same roof for hundreds of years." Pg 48
"It doesn't seem to have come up at the UN that when the different religions lived under the same roof, one was the master and the others lived as despised inferiors." Pg 48
"The Qur'an calls Jews and Christians "People of the Book". Islamic law calls them dhimmis which means "protected" or "guilty" people the Arabic word means both. They are "protected because, as People of the Book, they have received genuine revelations ("The Book") from Allah and thus differ in status from out-and-out pagans and idolaters like Hindus and Buddhists. (Historically, the latter two groups have been treated even worse by Islamic conquerors, although as a practical matter their Muslim masters ultimately awarded them dhimmi status.) Jews and Christians are "guilty" because they have not only rejected Muhammad as a prophet, but have also distorted the legitimate revelations they received from Allah. Because of that guilt, Islamic law dictates that Jews and Christians may life in Islamic states, but not as equals with Muslims. One Muslim jurist explained that the caliph must "make jihad against those who resist Islam after having been called to it until they submit or accept to live as a protected dhimmi-community so that Allah's rights, may He be exalted, 'be made uppermost above all [other] religion' (Qur'an 9:33)." Pg 49
"While Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims are allowed to practice their religions, they must do so under severely restrictive conditions that remind them of their second-class status at every turn." Pgs 48 & 49
"The Christians’ agreement with the caliph Umar continues: We will not prevent any Muslim from resting in our churches whether they come by day or night...Those Muslims who come as guests will enjoy boarding and food for three days." The agreement also mandates a number of humiliating regulations to make sure that the dhimmis "feel themselves subdued" in accordance with Qur'an 9:29." Pg 50
The Christians promised:
"We will not...prevent any of our fellows from embracing Islam, if they choose to do so. We will respect Muslims, move from the places we sit in if they choose to sit in them. We will not imitate their clothing, caps, turbans, sandals, hairstyles, speech, nicknames and title names, or ride on saddles, hand swords on the shoulders, collect weapons of any kind or carry these weapons... We will not encrypt our stamps in Arabic or sell liquor. We will have the front of our hair cut, wear our customary clothes wherever we are, wear seat belts around our waist, refrain from erecting crosses on the outside of our churches and demonstrating them and our books in public in Muslim fairways and markets. We will not sound the bells in our churches, except discreetly, or raise our voices while reciting our holy books inside our churches in the presence of Muslims." Pg 50
"After these and other rules are fully laid out, the agreement concludes: “These are the conditions that we set against ourselves and followers of our religion in return for safety and protection. If we break any of these promises that we set for your benefit against ourselves, then our Dhimmad (promise of protection) is broken and you are allowed to do with us what you are allowed of people of defiance and rebellion.” All this is still part of the Sharia today." Pgs 50 & 51
"If they violate these terms, the law further stipulates that they can be killed or sold into slavery at the discretion of the Muslim leader. Dhimmis were also strictly forbidden, on pain of death, to proselytize among Muslims, a prohibition accompanied by a similar death sentence for Muslims who left Islam. Both of these, along with other provisions of dhimitude, remain part of Islamic law today." Pg 51
"In the fourteenth century, the pioneering sociologist Ibn Khaldun explained the options of Christians: “It is [for them to choose between] conversion to Islam, payment of the poll tax, or death.” Payment of the jizya often took place in a peculiar and demeaning ceremony in which the Muslim tax official hit the dhimmi on the head or back of the neck. Tritton explained, “The dhimmi has to be made to feel that he is an inferior person when he pays, he is not be treated with honour.” Pgs 54 & 55
"The infidel personally must place the money on the scales, while the collector holds him by the beard, and strikes him on both cheeks." Pg 55
"Non-Muslims often converted to Islam to avoid this tax: This is how the vast Christian populations of North Africa and the Middle East ultimately became tiny, demoralized minorities. Nowhere in the Islamic world today do non-Muslims enjoy full equality if rights with Muslims." Pg 56
We are all living in a world that is coming under a global jihad, whether it is propaganda or classified as terrorism. If the world does not awake to the true dangers of Islamic aggression, nation after nation will lose their innate right to freedom of expression through speech and life choices. Tyranny occurs in a nation when their people loose their right to debate and discuss issues openly, honestly, and thoroughly. Freedom of speech is the foundation of liberty and freedom for a nation. Examining the dangers of any religion is not hate speech, but is patriotic responsibility for its citizens. (To be continued...)
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