Islamic Relief and Islamic terrorism

Islamic Relief and Islamic terrorism

FANTASY ISLAM (KAFIR EDITION), PART II

FANTASY ISLAM (KAFIR EDITION), PART II

John Esposito channels the Koran

 

Fantasy Islam (Kafir Edition): A game in which an audience of non-Muslims wish with all their hearts that Islam was a “Religion of Peace,” and a Kafir (non-Muslim) strives to fulfill that wish by presenting a version of Islam that has little foundation in Islamic Doctrine.

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Originally posted 2016-12-27 00:00:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

7 Myths About Islam

7 Myths About Islam

One of the few positive effects of 9/11 has been renewed American interest in Islam and the Middle East. Unfortunately, much of the information disseminated in the media about those topics is ignorant and misleading. This is unfortunate because any hope that the predominantly-Christian West and the Muslim world might transcend conflict requires that the former be accurately informed about the latter (and vice-versa, but that’s an issue for another column). There are in particular seven myths about Islam and Islamic history that have been repeated so often in the media that they’ve achieved conventional wisdom status.

First, it is untrue that Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. (Mormonism and Scientology also claim this, but few outside of Salt Lake City and Hollywood believe it.) As Philip Jenkins of Penn State University demonstrates in his work Christianity—in particular Pentecostalism—is the world’s most-rapidly growing faith. Currently there are 2 billion Christians and 1.3 billion Muslims (out of a world population of 6 billion), and in the 21st century Christianity will maintain its lead, thanks to explosive growth in sub-Saharan Africa and China.

Second, despite the claims of even President Bush in a number of public statements, Islam is not solely a “religion of peace.” Yes, there are verses of toleration in the Qur’an: Sura(chapter) al-Baqarah:256 says “there shall be no compulsion in religion;” Sura al-Furqan:65ff says that Allah will be merciful to those who repent and do good works; and Sura al-Nisa’:19ff enjoins Muslim men to provide financially for wives and ex-wives. But verses such as these are arguably outweighed by others: Sura Anfal:12ff and Sura Muhammad:3ff command the beheading of unbelievers; Sura al-Nisa’:34ff allows for beating of one’s wives and in verses 74ff and 94ff, promises great reward for those who die fighting for Allah; Sura al-Ma’idah:51 says “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” Of course there are violent sections in the Bible—or at least in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament (Joshua and David were military leaders as much as religious ones). But no one denies that, as many—both Muslim and non-Muslim—deny these violent and misogynistic passages in the Qur’an. Many arguments can be made against such verses (they must be contextualized, they are applicable only to that time, they are metaphorical, etc.) but one cannot say they do not exist. Someone who simply rehashs that “the Qur’an teaches peace” obviously hasn’t read it. No doubt most Muslims do not read the passages about decapitation as a blueprint for today. But just as some Christians take literally, for example, the command of to Christ handle poisonous snakes (Luke 10:19), some Muslims take literally the injunction to behead unbelievers. And the latter practice is a bit more injurious to other folks than the former.

Third on the misinformation parade is the allegation that jihad does not mean holy war. This falsehood crops up often in text books and in the media, where the politically-correct tirelessly repeat that jihad actually means only “striving to be a good Muslim.” This is half-right. But early on in Islamic history, jihad came to mean fighting against unbelievers in order to expand the territory under Muslim rule. al-Bukhari lived in the 9th century CE and was the most authoritative compiler of sayings attributed to the prophet Muhammad; he mentions jihad many times as meaning “holy war.” Jihad as “Muslim piety” is mainly the province of the Sufis, the mystics of Islam, and has become a minority view today. Furthermore, Islamic history is chock-full of leaders declaring jihads against their enemies—even the moderately Muslim Ottoman Empire declared a holy war against the French, British and Russians in World War I!

Fourth is the whopper that Islam spread peacefully from Arabia, as if the followers of Muhammad went door-to-door ringing doorbells and handing out brochures. From the mid-7th century CE Muslims militarily overran regions and then pressured the conquered to convert. (Yes, Christian kingdoms did the same—but, again, no one denies that!) Muslim Arab armies destroyed the entire Persian Empire (modern Iran), replacing its official Zoroastrian religion; about the same time they invaded the surviving Christian Roman (Byzantine) Empire and within a few decades had taken half its territory. In 732 CE a Muslim army from Morocco was in France! By 750 CE Muslims ruled from the Iberian Peninula to India. And Muslim armies would stay on the offensive for the next millennium, with only two exceptions: the “Reconquista” in Iberia and the Crusades.

The fifth tiresome myth is that the European Catholic Crusaders started the war with Islam and that for eight centuries Muslims have been brooding over the horrible injustices thereof. Actually, the Crusades, 1095-1291, were simply the first time that European Christians managed to take the fight to their enemy’s territory. And besides: why are the Crusades being constantly used as a club with which to beat the West—remember the scathing attacks on President Bush when, not long after 9/11, he referred to a “crusade” against terrorism?—when the Muslims won? Usama bin Ladin’s constant references to Americans as “Crusaders” is thus a perfect marriage of historical illiteracy with keen psychological insight into his enemy’s self-hate.

Another fairy tale about Islam is that poverty produces terrorists. This hoary myth tells us more about the worldview of its American adherents than it does about the ranks of the Islamists. Most of the 9/11 and London bombers were university-educated and at least middle-class. The same is true for Palestinian suicide bombers and most likely those in Iraq. Naive Americans take their domestic paradigm about poverty and crime—that the former causes the latter—and apply it to a context where it doesn’t fit Regarding the recent London bombings, a British terrorism expert said that “socioeconomic background does not appear to [have] play[ed] a role.” Poverty may be necessary, but it is hardly sufficient, to explain Islamic terrorism.

And finally, we have politically-correct mendacity number seven, which even British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently repeated: that Islam has been “hijacked” by terrorists. In this view Bin Ladin, the ayatollahs in Iran, the former Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the Saudis with their Wahhabism (a particularly puritanical brand of Sunni Islam)—all are twisting a “moderate” religion to suit their purpose. The “Islam = peace” brigade essentializes Islam as peaceful. UBL essentializes it as jihad. Although there are Qur’an verses, and sayings of Muhammad, on both sides, many do support Bin Ladin and his ilk. Also, Islamic history is replete with Muslim scholars whom the modern Islamic fundamentalists draw upon. The most famous is Ibn Taymiyah who, 700 years before George Bush said “you’re either for us or against us,” divided the world into the domain of Islam and that of war. The only good ruler is a Muslim ruler, asserted Ibn Taymiyah. And by that he meant one that enforces shari`ah, or Islamic law. Most Muslims do not agree, but some do. (And only 10 percent of 1.3 billion is 130 million.) But it is no use pretending that the UBLs of the world have falsely “hijacked” Islam. Indeed, their view of the faith—however intolerant and violent it may seem—has a basis in Islamic theology and history.

Islam is where Christianity was before the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and then the Enlightenment led the West to divorce religion and state, thereby removing (mostly) the threat of religious-based warfare. As a fellow monotheist with Muslims, I pray that the moderate strands within Islam win out over the more fundamentalist ones, allowing that civilization to follow suit. And for we in the West to help with that, we need to open our eyes to the reality of the harsher aspects of Islam and Islamic history. Anything else is simple—and dangerous—self-deception.

Originally posted 2016-12-09 13:08:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

THE FANTASY ISLAM OF MIKE MOHAMED GHOUSE

THE FANTASY ISLAM OF MIKE MOHAMED GHOUSE

A moderate Muslim’s personal version of Islam — and its curious non-relationship with Islamic doctrine.

Fantasy Islam: A game in which an audience of non-Muslims wish with all their hearts that Islam was a “Religion of Peace,” and a Muslim strives to fulfill that wish by presenting a personal version of Islam that has little foundation in Islamic doctrine.

As I pointed out in an earlier article, “Fantasy Islam” is a popular game among many non-Muslims and so-called “moderate” or “reformist” Muslims.  Mike Mohamed Ghouse appears to be such a Muslim.

Ghouse was born Mohamed Ghouse in India (He adopted the name “Mike” later).  He was raised as a Muslim until he became an atheist in the late 1960s; he returned to Islam in the late 1990s and lives in the United States. Ghouse is a frequent guest commentator on Fox News and syndicated talk radio programs, and he writes for major newspapers. Ghouse also plays Fantasy Islam.

Apostasy

In an article titled “Qur’aan on Apostasy,” Ghouse makes the following claim about the punishment for apostasy:

Unfortunately, it is a common belief that ‘death’ should be the punishment for apostasy. However, the Qur’aan mentions nothing of such punishment, so why should we impose such a cruel and inhumane form of punishment? Are we so insecure about our own religion that if anyone is to leave it we kill them?

But Ghouse is wrong: In 4:89 of the Koran Allah commands Muslims to take hold of those apostates who have left Islam and “kill them wherever you find them.”

And, for the sake of argument, even if it wasn’t in the Koran, death for apostasy is still a part of Islam because that is what Muhammad commanded.  Muhammad said that death was the penalty for a Muslim who left Islam (e.g. Sahih Al-Bukhari, Nos. 6878 and 6923; and Sahih Muslim, No. 1676). Muhammad even specified the nature of that death:

If someone changes his religion – then strike off his head!

Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik ibn Anas, 36.18.15, in a section titled “Judgement on Abandonment of Islam.”

So we see that this “cruel and inhumane form of punishment” for apostasy is well-grounded in Islamic doctrine.

Muslim-Americans ‘Uphold’ the U.S. Constitution

In an article titled “Muslims are an integral part of American Heritage,” Ghouse made the following statement:

As American Muslims we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution.

Islamic doctrine, found in the verses of the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad (the Sunnah), is diametrically opposed to the U.S. Constitution.  Consider just these three amendments to our Constitution:

1st Amendment – Freedom of Religion and Speech: The penalty for a Muslim who wants to leave Islam is death (4:89 and Sunnah).  Non-Muslims are given the option of fighting to the death, converting to Islam, or paying the jizyah (9:5, 9:29, and Sunnah).  Once Allah and Muhammad have decided on a matter, Muslims are not allowed to disagree (33:36, 4:115), and criticism of Muhammad is cursed by Allah and punishable by death (33:57, and Sunnah).

8th Amendment – Cruel and Unusual Punishment Is Prohibited: Islam commands the following punishments: Flogging (24:2), Stoning (Sunnah), Amputation for Theft (5:38 and Sunnah), Beheading (8:12, 47:4, and Sunnah), Crucifixion (5:33), and Cutting-off of Hands and Feet from Opposite Sides for waging war against Islam (5:33).

13th Amendment – Prohibition of Slavery: Slavery, and using captured non-Muslim women as sex slaves (“those whom your right hands possess”) is allowed in Islam (e.g. 2:221, 4:3, 4:24, 4:92, 23:6, 24:58, 33:50, and Sunnah).

So just by considering these three amendments, we can see that if Muslim-Americans believe in Islamic doctrine, they cannot “uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined” in the Constitution.

The ‘Best Way to Understand’ the Koran

What is the “best way” to understand the Koran? Ghouse wrote this simple explanation:

The best way to understand Quran [sic] is to remember, “If it is not about justice, mercy and creating harmony”, then the translation is wrong.

The immediate response to Ghouse’s statement is to look at the preceding section involving the three Amendments to our Constitution.  There is little justice, mercy and harmony there.

But Ghouse also said that Marmaduke Pickthall’s translation of the Koran, The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, was one of three translations he recommends.  So let’s look for the justice, mercy and harmony in some of the verses from Pickthall’s translation:

  • “Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you.  Allah knoweth, ye know not.” (2:216)
  • “In truth the disbelievers [non-Muslims] are an open enemy to you.” (4:101)
  • “O ye who believe!  Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends.  They are friends one to another.  He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them.  Lo!  Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.” (5:51)
  • “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.  But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free.  Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” (9:5)
  • “O Prophet!  Strive against the disbelievers [non-Muslims] and the hypocrites!  Be harsh with them.  Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s-end.” (9:73)
  • “Lo! those who disbelieve [in Islam], among the People of the Scripture [Jews and Christians] and the idolaters, will abide in fire [sic] of hell.  They are the worst of created beings.” (98:6)

There is not a lot of justice, mercy and harmony in these verses from Pickthall’s translation, so according to Ghouse’s standard, he appears to be recommending a translation of the Koran that is “wrong.”

Allah Loves Everybody

In an article titled “Quran is not for Muslims,” Ghouse wrote that

God [Allah] is not the God of Muslims and no where he claims that in Quran [sic]…God loves us all, and no one is deprived of his love…

In reality we find that in the Koran Allah states that the only religion acceptable to him is Islam (e.g. 3:19 and 3:85).  And Allah states that Islam is to be made superior over all other religions, even if the non-Muslims don’t like it (e.g. 9:33, 48:28, and 61:9).  Allah curses the Jews and Christians (9:30).  He states that non-Muslims are among the worst of creatures who “will abide in the fire of Hell” (98:6), while Muslims are the best of creatures (3:110 and 98:7).  Non-Muslims are “open enemies” to Muslims (4:101) and Jews are among the worst of those enemies (5:82).  And Allah commands Muslims to be harsh toward non-Muslims (e.g., 8:57, 9:73, 9:123, and 48:29) and to kill those non-Muslims (9:5).

In spite of Ghouse’s claim, and as I noted in more detail in a previous article, Allah is only the god of Islam and the Muslims, and Allah has no love for non-Muslims.

The Ubiquitous 2:62

Chapter 2, verse 62 of the Koran is commonly quoted by Muslim-Americans to indicate that Judaism and Christianity are respected in Islam and the adherents of those two faiths will be rewarded by Allah. Ghouse continues with this theme in the article “Quran is not for Muslims“:

[I]f you take care of his creation (neighbor), you need not worry; your rewards are with him. Just to make sure we understand this precisely, he says, whether you are a Jew or a Christian and by corollary other, if you take care of your neighbor, I will take care of you (2:62).Here is Chapter 2, verse 62

Verily, those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

In spite of what Ghouse and other Muslim-Americans claim, this verse only means that Jews and Christians would be rewarded for the good deeds they did before the advent of Islam. After the advent of Islam, righteous good deeds would be accepted by Allah only if they are done by Muslims.  And this verse was actually abrogated by 3:85 which stated that Islam is the only acceptable religion to Allah, and non-Muslims will be “losers” in the Hereafter (e.g. Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Tafsir Al-Qurtubi Vol. 1, and Tafsir Ahsanul-Bayan).

Conclusion

As is common in Fantasy Islam, Ghouse’s personal version of Islam has little, if any, support from Islamic doctrine, and actually often runs counter to that doctrine.  This appears to be of little concern for many in his non-Muslim audience because such personal versions relieve their concerns about Islam and allow them to continue to consider the jihadists as just a fringe group of “radicals” who have “hijacked” and “perverted” the Religion of Peace.  Ignorance, whether willful or not, can be a great anesthesia.  But anesthesia is only temporary and will not alter the world going on around you, and to which you will eventually reawaken.

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Islam 101

Islam 101

by Gregory M. Davis

author, Religion of Peace? Islam’s War Against the World
producer/director, Islam: What the West Needs to Know — An Examination of Islam, Violence, and the Fate of the Non-Muslim World

Available as a PDF document here http://www.jihadwatch.org/islam101.pdf

Islam 101 is meant to help people become better educated about the fundamentals of Islam and to help the more knowledgeable better convey the facts to others. Similarly, my book and documentary are meant to serve as concise explanations of the major moving parts of Islam and their implications for Western society. Islam 101 is a condensation of the book and documentary with the aim of lending clarity to the public understanding of Islam and of exposing the inadequacy of prevailing views. All should feel free to distribute and/or reproduce it.

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What Islamic Supremacism Really Is

What Islamic Supremacism Really Is

Our victory in this global conflict will only be assured when the majority of Americans (and all free people) truly understand the nature of the conflict. The common man is being willfully misled by the political and media elites about the religious imperative that is behind the Islamic war against the West. Most people have still never even heard of Islamic supremacism – or realize just how pervasive it is.

It starts with the Qur’an. In October 2011 I was on “Hannity” debating Muslim activist Michael Ghouse. On the show Ghouse presented me with an enormous Qur’an, courtesy of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): The Message of the Qur’an, Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad. Ghouse is a “moderate,” and this is supposed to be a “moderate” translation.

In it, Allah says to the Jews who “profaned the Sabbath,” “Be as apes despicable!” (2:65). And as for “women whose ill-will you have reason to fear,” the Qur’an says: “admonish them [first]; then leave them alone in bed; then beat them” (4:34; the bracketed word is in the book in this and all other quotes). This “moderate” Qur’an translation says that Allah has “disowned” the “hypocrites” — that is, people who pretend to be Muslim but aren’t really, or who were once Muslim but leave the religion. It says that if they “revert to [open] enmity,” the Muslims should “seize them and slay them wherever you may find them” (4:89).

Muslims should “fight in God’s cause against those who wage war against you, and do not commit aggression, for, verily, God does not love aggressors. And slay them wherever you find them” (2:190-191). Don’t commit aggression, but slay them wherever you find them.  Right. Muslims are supposed to fight against those who have “denied the truth” until “there is no more oppression and all worship is devoted to God alone” (8:39).  So now Muslims have to fight unbelievers until everyone worships only Allah.

Muslims are told to “fight against those who — despite having been vouchsafed revelation [aforetime] — do not [truly] believe either in God or the Last Day, and do not consider forbidden that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and do not follow the religion of truth [which God has enjoined upon them], till they [agree to] pay the exemption tax with a willing hand, after having been humbled [in war]” (9:29).

Those who have been “vouchsafed revelation aforetime” are the Jews and Christians.  The “Apostle” is Muhammad. So Muslims must fight Jews and Christians until they have been “humbled” and pay a special tax.

So Muslims are supposed to beat women whose “ill-will” they “have reason to fear,” and kill those who wage war against them, and hypocrites who are in open enmity against them, wherever they find them. They must also fight against and subjugate Jews and Christians. Muslims who pray the required five daily prayers curse Christians and Jews no less than 17 times. Every day. It was no surprise, then, in May when, Breitbart News reported that “family members of Navy SEALs who died on duty in Afghanistan claim that an Islamic cleric ‘damned’ the servicemen’s bodies at their memorial ceremony.” They were, after all, non-Muslims.

That’s Islamic supremacism.

The history of Islam is the grim record of how this supremacist mentality has played out, and the brutal conflict it has caused. The Middle East was once a Christian region. Now, with the exception of Israel, it’s Islamic. Egypt, Syria, and other Christian lands were brutally conquered, and the non-Muslim populations subjugated. When the caliph Umar invaded Syria, he gave this order: “Summon the [conquered] people to Allah; those who respond unto your call, accept it [their conversion to Islam] from them, but those who refuse must pay the jizya out of humiliation and lowliness. If they refuse this, it is the sword without leniency.”

The same pattern played out all over the world. The record of jihad in India is extremely and unimaginably bloody. The history of India is teeming with Muslim monsters such as Timur the Terrible, who paraphrased the Qur’an: “‘O prophet make war against the infidels and treat them severely.’ My great object in invading Hindustan (India) had been to wage a religious war against the infidel Hindus.” And he did. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus were beheaded and towers were made of their skulls.  The warrior Babur was particularly fond of raising higher and higher towers of Hindu heads that the Muslims had cut off during and after every battle. He loved to sit in his royal tent and watch this spectacle. On one such occasion, according to The Koran and the Kafir by A. Ghosh, the ground flowed with so much blood “and became so filled with quivering carcasses that his tent had to be moved thrice to a higher level.”

Throughout Islamic history there have been as many as 270 million victims of jihadi wars, cultural annihilation, and enslavements.

The Muslim war against the infidel is monstrous, unremitting, and constant to the present day. And it is raging with increasing ferocity in the contemporary West, and everywhere non-Muslims live in proximity to Muslims. Just last week in Pakistan, Muslims attacked a Christian village and murdered a Christian teenager. In April in Egypt, Muslims burned Christians with Molotov cocktails. An Egyptian Muslim cleric explained, “I hate Christians and am disgusted by them.” In Indonesia on Christmas day, a savage Muslim mob pelted Christian worshippers with rotten eggs, bags of urine, and dung.

There are so many such incidents that this article would go on for a thousand pages if I listed them all. And they’re happening now in Europe and the United States as well. In my Breitbart piece last Saturday, I listed some recent Muslim attacks on Jews in Europe, including the recent attack in Sweden, where Muslims shot rockets and hurled pipe bombs at Jews and attacked Jews at a peaceful pro-Israel rally. In Germany, Muslims rioted, chanting “Jews out, Germans out, allahu akbar, f**k off Jews, kick the Jews out, burn the Jew.” A Hezbollah courier was found guilty of playing a role in a Cyprus jihad terror plot. Hezbollah was also behind the bombing of a bus full of Jewish tourists in Bulgaria. In Italy, a Muslim was jailed for a Milan synagogue bomb plot. There are now sweeping “no-go areas” for Jews in Europe.

Palestinian children are regularly taught that if they kill a Jew, they will go to heaven. And on Saturday, an Arab mob in Lyon, France attacked Jews who were walking to the synagogue.

All this is part of the same jihad – the jihad against the Jews, the jihad against the Christians, the jihad against Hindus, the jihad against all non-Muslims. Yet according to Pravoslavie, “the prime minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the time of Christian emperors in Byzantium ‘a dark chapter’ in history. In Erdogan’s view, in the fifteenth century, after invasion of Constantinople by Muslims, began ‘the time of enlightenment.’” Talk about delusional.

Islamic supremacists don’t want to bring enlightenment. The Muslim Brotherhood, to which all the major Muslim groups in the U.S. are tied, is dedicated in its own words, according to a captured internal document, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” so that “Allah’s religion is victorious over other religions.”

That’s Islamic supremacism.

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and author of the new book Freedom or Submission: On the Dangers of Islamic Extremism & American Complacency, as well as The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here.

FANTASY ISLAM (KAFIR EDITION)

FANTASY ISLAM (KAFIR EDITION)

John Esposito’s fairy tale version of Islam

Fantasy Islam (Kafir Edition): A game in which an audience of non-Muslims wish with all their hearts that Islam was a “Religion of Peace,” and a Kafir (non-Muslim) strives to fulfill that wish by presenting a version of Islam that has little foundation in Islamic Doctrine.

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Originally posted 2016-12-26 22:34:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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