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What’s Wrong With Islam & Muslims?

May 31, 2012

An updated version of the original blog post entitled: “What’s Wrong
With Islam/Muslims”, with repaired links to ahadith & tafsir and
new links added to ayat & Shari’ah for greater clarity and
detail.

This labor of love was undertaken as a direct result
of increased blog trafic resulting from an inaccurate assertion about
this blog’s ownership & management. Seeing that rarely visited
pages were receiving hits from the new visitors, I decided to update
this popular post and give it its own page so that visitors to the home
page can easily find it.

Update 07/08/12:

Recent changes to an external site broke links to Reliance of the Traveller.  If they break again, try this alternative source:


http://www.shariahthethreat.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/reliance_of_the_traveller.pdf

What’s
wrong with Islam?

Islam is aggressively violent, by
design; irreparably. I quote Islamic law.[Emphasis added for clarity.]

As
for subsequent times,
there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.The first is when they
are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a
communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he
says, “Jihad is a communal obligation,” meaning
upon the Muslims each year
.[Reliance of
the Traveller,
Book O9.1]

Jihad is something  Muslims
must do against non-Muslims every year. Exactly what is it?

Chapter
O9.0: Jihad [Emphasis
added]

(O:
Jihad
means to war against non-Muslims
, and is
etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.

What is its practical application?

O9.8:
The Objectives of Jihad

The
caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians…

O9.9

The
caliph fights all other peoples 
until they
become Muslim (O: because they are not a people with a Book,…

How does that apply to the United States of America?

Between  1779 and 1815, the Barbary pirates were attacking
America’s merchant marine, seizing boats, enslaving their crews and
stealing cargo. They demanded payment of tribute for safe passage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War

In
1786 Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy to
London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman or (Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman
Adja). They asked him by what right he extorted money and
took slaves
.
Jefferson reported to Secretary of State John Jay, and to the Congress:

The
ambassador answered us that
[the right] was founded on the Laws of the
Prophet (Mohammed), that it was written in their Koran, that all
nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that
it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could
be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and
that every Mussulman (or Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure
to go to heaven
. [3]

Allah said:

8:39. And fight
them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e.
worshipping others besides Allâh) and the religion (worship) will all
be for Allâh Alone [in the whole of the world ]….

9:29.Fight
against those
who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid
that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those
who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people
of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with
willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Muhammad said:

“I have
been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to
be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers,
face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and
property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them
except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.”

 Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8,
Number 387

Caliph Umar’s general told the Persians:

…Our Prophet, the Messenger of
our Lord, has ordered
us to fight
you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e.
tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:– “Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred),
shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never
seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master.”
Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 53,
Number 386

Compare the answer of Sidi Haji
Abdrahaman to Bukhari4.53.386:

  • ordered
    us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya
  • that
    it was their right and duty to make war upon them
  • Whoever
    amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise

    • every
      Mussulman (or Muslim) who should
      be slain in battle was sure
      to go to heaven
      .
  • whoever
    amongst us remain alive, shall become your master

    • to
      make slaves of all they could take
      as prisoners.

Compare what Allah said to what Moe said:

  • fight them
  • Fight against those who
    • I have
      been ordered to fight the people

Compare Reliance of the Traveller, Book
O, Chapter 9, paragraph 8 to Rodwell’s translation of 9:29:

Objections:

What’s
Wrong With Muslims?

If they believe and are faithful, they obey Allah’s commands by joining
the Jihad, striving hard with their lives and their wealth. If not
called to fight, they support Jihad with Zakat. How did the Holy Land
Foundation raise $13M for Hamas?

8:2.  The believers
are only those who
,
when Allâh is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His
Verses (this Qur’ân) are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses)
increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone);

49:15Only those are
the believers who

have believed in Allâh and His Messenger, and afterward doubt not but strive with their wealth and their
lives for the Cause of Allâh
. Those! They are
the truthful.

61:10O
You who believe!
 Shall
I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a 
painful torment.

61:11.
That you believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad ), and that you strive hard and fight
in the Cause of Allâh with your wealth and your lives
,
that will be better for you, if you but know!

61:12.
(If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into
Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of
‘Adn ­ Eternity [‘Adn (Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great
success.

61:13. And also
(He will give you) another (blessing) which you love, help
from Allâh (against your enemies)
and a near victory
. And give glad tidings (O
Muhammad ) to the believers.

What is the relationship between Allah & Muslims?

9:111. Verily, Allâh
has purchased of the believers
their lives and their properties
; for the price
that theirs shall be the ParadiseThey fight in
Allâh’s Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed.

It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurât (Torah)
and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur’ân. And who is truer to his
covenant than Allâh? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have
concluded. That is the supreme success .

  • They
    fight in Allâh’s Cause, so they
    kill (others) and are killed.

That’s
what Muslims do; they kill.  That’s what’s wrong with Muslims:
they worship and obey a bloodthirsty demon who commands them to
subjugate
 us.

What’s more, they earn Brownie Points by taking any step to injure or
enrage us i.e.: terror attacks.

  • 9:120.
    It was not becoming of the people of Al-Madinah and the bedouins of the
    neighbourhood to remain behind Allâh’s Messenger (Muhammad  when
    fighting in Allâh’s Cause) and (it was not becoming of them) to prefer
    their own lives to his life. That is because they suffer neither thirst
    nor fatigue, nor hunger in the Cause of Allâh, nor they take any step to raise the anger of disbelievers
    nor inflict any injury upon an enemy but is written to their
    credit as a deed of righteousness. Surely, Allâh wastes not the
    reward of the Muhsinûn

    •  (V.9:120) Muhsinûn: Doers of
      good, i.e. those who perform good
      deeds totally for Allâh’s sake only without any show-off or to gain
      praise or fame, etc., and they do them in accordance with the Sunnah(legal ways) of Allâh’s
      Messenger, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم.

      [3] (V.9:121)a) Islâm demolishes all the previous
      evil deeds and so do migration (for Allâh’s sake) and Hajj(pilgrimage to
      Makkah). (Sahih MuslimVol.1, Chapter 52, Page 18)b) What is said regarding the superiority
      of a person who embraces Islâm sincerely.

      Narrated
      Abu Sa‘îd Al-Khudrî رضي الله عنه: Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم
      said, “If a person embraces Islâm sincerely, then Allâh shall forgive
      all his past sins, and after that starts the settlement of accounts:
      the reward of his good deeds will be ten times to seven hundred times
      for each good deed, and an evil deed will be recorded as it is unless
      Allâh forgives it.” (Sahih Al-BukhariVol.1, HadithNo.
      40A
      )

      Narrated
      Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه : Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
      “If anyone of you improves (follow strictly) his Islâmic religion, then
      his good deeds will be rewarded ten
      times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed
      will be recorded as it is.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol.1,Hadith No.4DB)

      [Translator’s
      footnote; bold & links added.]

Objections:

  • I have Muslim
    friends; nice people, well behaved.

    • Muslims are explicitly commanded, in several ayat, not to
      befriend Kuffar. I will cite one of them.
    • 60:1. O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e.
      disbelievers and polytheists, etc.) as
      friends, showing affection towards them
      ,
      while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth (i.e.
      Islâmic Monotheism, this Qur’ân, and Muhammad ), and have driven out
      the Messenger (Muhammad ) and yourselves (from your homeland) because
      you believe in Allâh your Lord! If you have come forth to strive in My
      Cause and to seek My Good Pleasure, (then take not these disbelievers
      and polytheists, etc., as your friends). You show friendship to them in
      secret, while I am All-Aware of what you conceal and what you reveal.
      And whosoever of you (Muslims) does that, then indeed he has
      gone (far) astray, (away) from the Straight Path
       .
  • Most
    Muslims don’t engage in Jihad.

    • Yet.
      They haven’t been called by their Imam or Mullah. The Ummah is large
      and the battlefronts are relatively small. Once a sufficient number
      have answered the call, the rest are relieved unless an emergency
      occurs
      .

      • Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52,
        Number 311
        :Narrated
        Ibn ‘Abbas:The
        Prophet said, on the day of the Conquest of Mecca, “There is no
        migration (after the Conquest), but Jihad and good intentions, and when you are called for
        Jihad, you
        should immediately respond to the cal
        l.”
      • Abu Dawud Book 14, Number 2497:Narrated
        AbuUmamah:The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: He who
        does not join the warlike expedition (jihad), or equip, or looks well
        after a warrior’s family when he is away, will be smitten by Allah with
        a sudden calamity. Yazid ibn Abdu Rabbihi said in his
        tradition: ‘before the Day of Resurrection”.
  • Jihad
    is an anachronism, only applicable to Moe’s lifetime.

    • Abu Dawud Book 14, Number 2526 Narrated
      Anas ibn Malik:The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said:
      Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person
      who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him
      unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from
      Islam for his any action; and jihad
      will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet
      until the day the last member of my community will fight with the
      Dajjal (Antichrist). The tyranny of any
      tyrant and the justice of any just (ruler) will not invalidate it. One
      must have faith in Divine decree.
    • Abu Dawud
      Book 23,
      Number 3455
      :

      Narrated
      Abdullah ibn Umar:

      I
      heard the Apostle of Allah, (peace_be_upon_him) say: When you enter into the inah
      transaction, hold the tails of
      oxen, are pleased with
      agriculture, and
      give up conducting jihad (struggle in the way of Allah). Allah will make disgrace
      prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your
      original religion.

Take a cold, clear eyed second look at
Abu Dawud 23.3455.

  • give
    up conducting jihad
    (struggle in the way of Allah). Allah
    will make disgrace prevail over you,

    • Allah will curse the Muslims if they abandon making war
      in favor of productive pursuits.
  • until
    you return to your
    original religion.

    • Jihad; making
      war is their religion!!!!!

Akhter Can’t Answer These Challenges!

November 28, 2008

From Akhter’s comment:

Muslims claim that their faith promotes justice, peace, and freedom. Critics of the faith (and some Muslims themselves) cite verses from the Qur’an that seem to promote violent, armed warfare. How can these different images be reconciled?

Answer: The entire Qur’an, taken as a complete text, gives a message of hope, faith, and peace to a faith community of one billion people. The overwhelming message is that peace is to be found through faith in God, and justice among fellow human beings.

From What does the Qur’an say about terrorism? [http://islam.about.com/od/terrorism/f/terrorism.htm] under the byline of Huda:

Muslims claim that their faith promotes justice, peace, and freedom. Critics of the faith (and some Muslims themselves) cite verses from the Qur’an that seem to promote violent, armed warfare. How can these different images be reconciled?

Answer: The entire Qur’an, taken as a complete text, gives a message of hope, faith, and peace to a faith community of one billion people. The overwhelming message is that peace is to be found through faith in God, and justice among fellow human beings.

Our correspondent must be:

  • ignorant
  • incoherent
  • inarticulate

or indolent. In any case, he is a plagiarist.

The entire Qur’an, consists of two types of verses: clear and ambiguous. The former are easily understood; to be believed & implemented. The latter are known only to Allah and left for him to implement. This fact becomes clear when we read 3:7 and its tafsir.

Surahs 8 & 9 contain clear, imperative verses which sanctify & mandate perpetual warfare; aggressive conquest. These two Surahs are full of rabble rousing & warmongering, but they are not the exclusive containers thereof, rabble rousing & warmongering are superintending threads woven throughout Allah’s book. Worse yet, they are exemplified in Moe’s Sunnah. Moe testified that he was ordered to fight the people until they do things his way. Click that link, read the hadith, then use the Sunnah link in the left side bar to find the index to Sahih Bukhari and read Books 52, 53 & 59. See how peaceful & benign Islam ain’t.

Islamic law, Shariah, is derived from what Allah & Moe said in the Qur’an and did on the battlefield as well as in the Mosque. It clearly states that Jihad against Kuffar in their home countries is a communal obligation binding upon Muslims in every year. [O9.1] It clearly states that the Caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians & Zoroastrians, citing 9:29 as the basis of that statute. [O9.8] It clearly states that the Caliph fights all other people until they become Muslim. [O9.9]

The numbers in the paragraph above refer to the Book, Chapter & Paragraph of the cited text in Reliance of The Traveller. Use the search engine in the tool bar to find them. Read them and curse Islam.

All of which must be mis-translated, mis-interpreted or taken out of context. Yeah, right. Ibn Kathir spent his long life studying and teaching the Qur’an & Sunnah. His exegeses is widely accepted as authentic. It presents the Arabic text, English translation, relevant ayat & ahadith upon which his explanation is based. Which of these is at variance with the obvious prima facie meaning of the text?

Explain the use of imperative terms:

  • order
  • command.

Explain the triumphalism:

  • Muslims will conquer
  • Muslims will Dominate

Square your explanation with:

Explain

No Muslim can truthfully & accurately meet these challenges. It won’t be done because it can’t be done, because Islam is mercenary & martial, a war machine & murder cult, not a legitimate religion.

Rejecting Inter-Religious Dialogue

November 28, 2008

A Beliefnet article by Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld: Pope Says No to Inter-Religious Dialogue raises questions about  quotes from a recent book blurb written by Pope Benedict XVI. [See the New York Times for the details.]  I offer a few selected quotes from Rabbi Hirschfeld interspersed with my comments.

The alternative understanding of the Pope’s most recent comments is that he actually finds all other belief systems defective and their members best served by only a single outcome i.e. conversion to the Catholic faith.

He is a Catholic, isn’t he?

Can it be that he finds real inter-religious dialogue impossible because at all costs any conversation which accords full and equal dignity to other’s faith is impossible for him?

It could be, but I strongly doubt that case. In fact, it is Islam which is supremacist & intolerant, denigrating other faiths.  One commenter said that “G-d does not have a religion”.  Allah does not agree.

3:19. Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. Those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy, after knowledge had come to them. And whoever disbelieves in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, then surely, Allah is Swift in calling to account.

Too often it is people of different faiths deciding to bracket the particulars of their faith in order to gather for a few moments of kum-ba-yah. In that sense, the Pope is on to something, but he has it exactly backwards. Real interfaith dialogue IS possible, but only when we DO Not bracket that which we believe.

Dialogue can run into a brick wall when the two sides hold diametrically opposed positions. If Christians and Muslims discuss Jesus Christ, a Jew may find himself holding their coats and spectacles while they settle the dispute with their fists.  One side declares him to be the divine son of God sent to save mankind,   the other declares him to be fully mortal, Allah’s slave & messenger.  One side claims his crucifixion, death & resurrection, the other denies them.  If Christianity’s beliefs are false, then it is all in vain. If they are true, then Islam is superfluous.  The two positions can not be reconciled.

Dialogue demands difference, but it demands difference without denigration.

There is the crux of the problem. Islam denigrates Judiasm & Christianity and declares unremitting war upon them. The current interest in inter religious dialogue got its spur from a correspondence between  138 of the Ulema and Pope Benedict. The Ulema’s missive, titled “A Common Word Between Us and You“,  A common word originates in  the Qur’an.

3:64. Say: ‘People of the Book! Come now to a word common between us and you, that we serve none but God, and that we associate not aught with Him, and do not some of us take others as Lords, apart from God.’ And if they turn their backs, say: ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims.'[Arberry]

Islam demands that Christians deny Christ. This is a demand that we embrace Islam; the same extortionate demand which was made in a letter dictated & dispatched by Muhammad to the Byzantine Emperor.

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. This letter is) from Muhammad, Apostle of Allah, to Heraclius, the sovereign of Byzantine…….. Peace be upon him who follows the Right Path. Now then, I call you to embrace Islam. Embrace Islam and you will be saved (from Allah’s Punishment); embrace Islam, and Allah will give you a double reward, but if you reject this, you will be responsible for the sins of all the people of your kingdom (Allah’s Statement):–“O the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Come to a word common to you and us that we worship None but Allah….bear witness that we are Muslims.’ (3.64) [Sahih Bukhari 6.60.75][Further contextual details in 1.1.6]

What is there to discuss other than terms of surrender?

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Al-Taqeyya Refuted.

November 13, 2008
akhter has made another long, target rich comment in Arch Idiot. Targets are marked with superscripts, my responses follow in an enumerated list linked to the superscripts. Click the superscript and use your Backspace key to return to the comment.

Question: Aren’t there some verses of the Qur’an that condone “killing the infidel”?1

Answer: The Qur’an commands Muslims to stick up for themselves in a defensive battle — i.e. if an enemy army attacks, then Muslims are to fight against that army until they stop their aggression. All of the verses that speak about fighting/war in the Qur’an are in this context.2

There are some specific verses that are very often “snipped” out of context, either by those trying to malign the faith, or by misguided Muslims themselves who wish to justify their aggressive tactics.3

For example, one verse (in its snipped version) reads: “slay them wherever you catch them” (Qur’an 2:191). But who is this referring to? Who are “they” that this verse discusses? The preceding and following verses give the correct context:

“Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevails justice and faith in God; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression” (2:190-193).4

It is clear from the context that these verses are discussing a defensive war, when a Muslim community is attacked without reason, oppressed and prevented from practicing their faith. In these circumstances, permission is given to fight back — but even then Muslims are instructed not to transgress limits, and to cease fighting as soon as the attacker gives up. Even in these circumstances, Muslim are only to fight directly against those who are attacking them, not innocent bystanders or non-combatants.5

Another similar verse can be found in chapter 9, verse 5 — which in its snipped, out of context version could read: “fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).” Again, the preceding and following verses give the context.

This verse was revealed during a historical period when the small Muslim community had entered into treaties with neighboring tribes (Jewish, Christian, and pagan). Several of the pagan tribes had violated the terms of their treaty, secretly aiding an enemy attack against the Muslim community. The verse directly before this one instructs the Muslims to continue to honor treaties with anyone who has not since betrayed them, because fulfilling agreements is considered a righteous action. Then the verse continues, that those who have violated the terms of the treaty have declared war, so fight them… (as quoted above).

Directly after this permission to fight, the same verse continues, “but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them… for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” The subsequent verses instruct the Muslims to grant asylum to any member of the pagan tribe/army who asks for it, and again reminds that “as long as these stand true to you, stand ye true to them: for God loves the righteous.”

Any verse that is quoted out of context misses the whole point of the message of the Qur’an. Nowhere in the Qur’an can be found support for indiscriminate slaughter, the killing of non-combatants, or murder of innocent persons in ‘payback’ for another people’s alleged crimes.6

The Islamic teachings on this subject can be summed up in the following verses (Qur’an 60:7-8):7

“It may be that God will grant love (and friendship) between you and those whom ye (now) hold as enemies. For God has power (over all things), and God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

God does not forbid you, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for God loves those who are just.”

  1. Reference to the “kill them” verses, in the second list below, is a distraction tactic designed to divert attention from the generic outcome oriented imperatives to genocidal conquest. These imperatives have neither chronological nor geographic limitations. Their terminal conditions are broad and open ended: termination of resistance, worship for Allah alone, subjugation & extortion. Moe said that Jihad would continue to the last day. Examine Allah’s imperative Jihad. [Emphasis added for clarity.] Why did Ibn Kathir describe these as orders? Why did Moe say that he was ordered to fight?
    1. 8:39. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allâh) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allâh Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allâh), then certainly, Allâh is All-Seer of what they do.
      1. The Order to fight to eradicate Shirk and Kufr
    2. 9:29. Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
      1. The Order to fight People of the Scriptures until They give the Jizyah
    3. 9:123. O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allâh is with those who are the Al-Muttaqûn (the pious – see V.2:2).
      1. The Order for Jihad against the Disbelievers, the Closest, then the Farthest Areas
    1. 2:191, a specific, defensive/retaliatory reference to Mekkan pagans.
      1. Fighting in the Sacred Months
    2. 4:89, a specific reference to the Mekkan pagans.
    3. 4:91, generic command to kill those who seek security from Islam.
      1. Returning the Salam, With a Better Salam
  2. The assertion that the Jihad verses are entirely defensive is a prime example of al-taqeyya; absolutely false. Islamic Jihad came in three dispensations
    1. prohibited, when Moe had no army
    2. permitted, for defense, when Moe gathered forces at Medina
    3. mandated, for aggression when Moe’s army was large enough to conquer Mekkah. The three ayat quoted above are from the mandatory dispensation.
  3. Notice this phrase ordered to fight in point 1 above. It is bold, blue & underlined because it is a hyperlink; click it to read a hadith in which Moe declares that he was ordered to fiight the people. Each ayat I cite is linked to the Qur’an. Most of those links display a table of ten alternative translations for comparison. These ayat are confirmed by hadith. The quotes of 8:39 & 9:29 are followed by sub points which are linked to topics in Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir. Those tafsir confirm the fact that the quoted ayat are mandates to conquer, not defensive. Another hadith details the orders Moe issued to his generals in the field. Those orders make it plain that they related to aggression, not to defense. Yet another hadith reveals the fact that Jihad is the religion of Islam. While no further confirmation is required, the congruent pattern is completed by Islamic law.
    1. O-9.8: The Objectives of Jihad
      The
      caliph (o-25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians
    2. O-9.9
      The
      caliph fights all other peoples until they become Muslim
    3. Al-Shafi’i (God have mercy on him) said: “The least that the imam must do is that he allow no year to pass without having organised a military expedition by himself, or by his raiding parties, according to the Muslims’ interest, so that the jihad will only be stopped in a year for a (reasonable) excuse.” He said: “If he did not undertake the sending of enough troops to fight, those who are absent (must) go out, and consider as an obligation that which God (who is praised) said.”
  4. 2:190 is from the second dispensation, permission to fight in self defense. Examine the Hilali & Khan translation and their footnote.
    1. And fight in the Way of Allâh[1] those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allâh likes not the transgressors. [This Verse is the first one that was revealed in connection with Jihâd, but it was supplemented by another (9:36)].
    2. (V.2:190) Al-Jihâd (holy fighting) in Allâh’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islâm and is one of its pillar (on which it stands). By Jihâd Islâm is established, Allâh’s Word is made superior, (His Word being Lâ ilaha illallâh which means none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and His Religion (Islâm) is propagated. By abandoning Jihâd (may Allâh protect us from that) Islâm is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihâd is an obligatory duty in Islâm on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.[…]
      1. By Jihad:
        1. Islâm is established
        2. Allâh’s Word is made superior
        3. His Religion (Islâm) is propagated
      2. Compare that definition to the definition in Sharia.
        1. O9.0 (O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.[…]
    3. 9:36 refers us to the footnote to 2:193
      1. [3] (A) (V.2:193) Narrated Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنهما: Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “I have been ordered (by Allâh) to fight against the people till they testify that Lâ ilâha illallâh wa Anna Muhammad-ur-Rasûl Allâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh عز وجل and that Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is the Messenger of Allâh), and perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât) and give Zakât , so if they perform all that, then they save their lives, and properties from me except for Islâmic laws, and their reckoning (accounts) will be with (done by) Allâh.” (Sahih Al-Bukhâri, Vol.1, Hadîth No.24).
        (B) See (V.8:39) and its footnote.

        [2] (V.8:39)
        A) See the footnote of (V.2:193).
  5. Al-Baqarah permits defensive Jihad. Al-Anfal, Al-Taubah & Al-Fath mandate offensive Jihad. In every case, the fighting is to be limited so as to preserve maximal booty. The widows & orphans of the victims are booty for Muslims; to be raped and sold into slavery. Al-Taubah was 113 in sequence of revelation; it abrogates the more tolerant & less violent Surahs
    1. O9.13

      When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.

  6. The ayat which sanctify and mandate aggressive, offensive Jihad, revealed in Al-Anfal & Al-Taubah and quoted above are imperatives, to be believed and acted upon. The aggressive imperatives are confirmed by hadith, tafsir & Sharia, all of which I have linked to above. Writing about the ayat issued under the first two less aggressive dispensations only distracts from the commands to offensive Jihad; it does nothing to change objective factual reality.
  7. Surah 60 was 91 in sequence of revelation. It is abrogated by Al-Anfal & Al-Taubah.

The Qur’an describes itself as Allah’s final and perfect word. 3:7 tells us that it contains commandments revealed in clear verses.

  • 3:7. It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad ) the Book (this Qur’ân). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book [and those are the Verses of Al-Ahkâm (commandments, etc.), Al-Farâ’id (obligatory duties) and Al-Hudud (legal laws for the punishment of thieves, adulterers, etc.)]; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials, etc.), and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allâh. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: “We believe in it; the whole of it (clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord.” And none receive admonition except men of understanding. (Tafsir At-Tabarî).
  • The Mutashabihat and Muhkamat Ayat
    • Allah states that in the Qur’an, there are Ayat that are Muhkamat, entirely clear and plain, and these are the foundations of the Book which are plain for everyone. And there are Ayat in the Qur’an that are Mutashabihat not entirely clear for many, or some people. So those who refer to the Muhkam Ayat to understand the Mutashabih Ayat, will have acquired the correct guidance, and vice versa. This is why Allah said, (They are the foundations of the Book), meaning, they are the basis of the Qur’an, and should be referred to for clarification, when warranted,(And others not entirely clear) as they have several meanings, some that agree with the Muhkam and some that carry other literal indications, although these meaning might not be desired.The Muhkamat are the Ayat that explain the abrogating rulings, the allowed, prohibited, laws, limits, obligations and rulings that should be believed in and implemented. As for the Mutashabihat Ayat, they include the abrogated Ayat, parables, oaths, and what should be believed in, but not implemented. […]

Exactly what the Hell is unclear or ambiguous about this?

Verse Translations
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Pickthall Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.
Yusuf Ali Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
Hilali-Khan Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
Shakir Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
Sher Ali Fight those from among the people of the Book, who believe not in ALLAH, nor in the Last Day, nor hold as unlawful what ALLAH and HIS Messenger have declared to be unlawful, nor follow the true religion, until they pay the tax considering it a favour and acknowledge their subjection.
Khalifa You shall fight back against those who do not believe in GOD, nor in the Last Day, nor do they prohibit what GOD and His messenger have prohibited, nor do they abide by the religion of truth – among those who received the scripture – until they pay the due tax, willingly or unwillingly.
Arberry Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.
Palmer Fight those who believe not in God and in the last day, and who forbid not what God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who do not practice the religion of truth from amongst those to whom the Book has been brought, until they pay the tribute by their hands and be as little ones.
Rodwell Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.
Sale Fight against them who believe not in God, nor in the last day, and forbid not that which God and his apostle have forbidden, and profess not the true religion, of those unto whom the scriptures have been delivered, until they pay tribute by right of subjection, and they be reduced low.

There can be no doubt that 9:29 is imperative; that it commands aggression against Jews & Christians. Why else would O9.8 of Reliance of the Traveller cite it as the basis for perpetual Jihad against us? Why does Ibn Kathr say that :

  • Allah commanded His Messenger to fight the People of the Scriptures, Jews and Christians, on the ninth year of Hijrah, and he prepared his army to fight the Romans and called the people to Jihad announcing his intent and destination.

Why does Moe say that he was ordered to fight?

  • I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.
    • Our blood is not sacred to Muslims.
    • Our property is not sacred to Muslims.
  • I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,’ and whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,’ his life and property will be saved by me except for Islamic law, and his accounts will be with Allah,
    • You save your life from Muslims by becoming Muslim.
    • You save your property from Muslims by becoming Muslim.
  • I am commanded to fight with men till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us. When they do that, their life and property are unlawful for us except what is due to them.
    • Your life is unlawful to Muslims only after you become Muslim.
    • Your property is unlawful to Muslims only after you become Muslim.

Exactly what part of this is not abundantly clear?

ROPMA

September 19, 2008

ROPMA

Arch Idiot

July 20, 2008

The Arch Bishop of Canterbury  published his response to A Common Word Between Us and You July 14,2008.  It is titled: A Common Word for the Common Good. It is in the form of a 17 page, 124KB pdf file.

The preface offers a clue to the Arch Bishop’s attitude. [Emphasis added.]

We recognise that your letter brings together Muslim leaders from many traditions of Islam to
address Christian leaders representative of the diverse traditions within Christianity. We find in it a
hospitable and friendly spirit, expressed in its focus on love of God and love of neighbour – a focus which draws together the languages of Christianity and Islam, and of Judaism also.

Many words with little real meaning, too abstract to communicate anything but attitude, that of an ignorant fool.    Islam’s neighborhood, the neighbors whom it loves, consists of Dar ul-Islam; Dar ul-Harb is excluded. Lets see how Islam loves its ‘neighbors’.

Allah’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth! [9:33] Allah the Exalted encourages the believers to fight the polytheists, disbelieving Jews and Christians, who uttered this terrible statement and utter lies against Allah, the Exalted.[Ibn Kathir]

Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who are the Al-Muttaqûn [9:123]  Allah commands the believers to fight the disbelievers, the closest in area to the Islamic state, then the farthest. This is why the Messenger of Allah started fighting the idolators in the Arabian Peninsula. When he finished with them and Allah gave him control over Makkah, Al-Madinah, At-Ta’if, Yemen, Yamamah, Hajr, Khaybar, Hadramawt and other Arab provinces, and the various Arab tribes entered Islam in large crowds, he then started fighting the People of the Scriptures. He began preparations to fight the Romans who were the closest in area to the Arabian Peninsula, and as such, had the most right to be called to Islam, especially since they were from the People of the Scriptures.[Ibn Kathir]

Your letter could hardly be more timely, given the growing awareness that peace throughout the world is deeply entwined with the ability of all people of faith everywhere to live in peace, justice, mutual respect and love.

What ability?  Muslims are commanded by their demon to attack us, as documented above.  Here is a relevant example of Islam’s ‘mutual respect’ .

“I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.“[Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387]

Your blood & property are not sacred to Muslims until you become one of them, that’s their ‘mutual respect and love’.

In your invitation to “come to a common word” we find a helpful generosity of intention.

What  is the meaning of “a common word”?  Perhaps Allah will clue us in.

“O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims.”
[3:64]

For a full comprehension of the concept, you need to read the subsequent context, down to and including 3:81.

And (remember) when Allah took the Covenant of the Prophets, saying: “Take whatever I gave you from the Book and Hikmah (understanding of the Laws of Allah, etc.), and afterwards there will come to you a Messenger (Muhammad ) confirming what is with you; you must, then, believe in him and help him.” Allah said: “Do you agree (to it) and will you take up My Covenant (which I conclude with you)?” They said: “We agree.” He said: “Then bear witness; and I am with you among the witnesses (for this).” [3:81]

Allah requires us, as part of the “common word” to believe in and obey Muhammad.   Follow the context to 3:85,

3:85. And whoever seeks a religion other than Islâm, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

The “common word” does not include tolerance for Judiasm & Christianity.  Lets consider carefully the final sentence in 3:64. Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims.”  “If they turn away” first occurs in the second Surah.

but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition. So Allah will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. [2:137] So Allah will suffice you against them) meaning, Allah will aid the believers against them [Ibn Kathir]

To believe in an absolute religious truth is to believe that the object of our belief is not vulnerable to the contingencies of human history: God’s mind and character cannot be changed by what happens here in the world. Thus an apparent defeat in the world for our belief cannot be definitive; God does not fail just because we fail to persuade others or because our communities fail to win some kind of power. If we were to believe that our failure is a failure or defeat for God, then the temptation will be to seek for any means possible to avoid such an outcome. But that way lies terrorism and religious war and persecution. The idea that any action, however extreme or disruptive or even murderous, is justified if it averts failure or defeat for a particular belief or a particular religious group is not really consistent with the conviction that our failure does not mean God’s failure. Indeed, it reveals a fundamental lack of conviction in the eternity and sufficiency of the object of faith.

War? Persecution? Terrorism? Where in Hell do they originate?  And why leave out genocide?

In the end, the Arch Bishop hopes for dialogue  and understanding. He says the two faiths need to learn about each other.

First, there is an urgent need in both our traditions for education about one another. We are all
influenced by prejudices and misunderstandings inherited from the past — and often renewed
in the present through the power of media stereotyping. Teaching and learning about the
reality and diversity of Islam as Muslims practise their faith should be a priority as important
to Christians as understanding of actual Christianity should be to Muslims.

Perhaps he could begin by reading Islam’s canon of scripture & tradition to learn Allah’s nature, his commandments and how Muhammad exemplified their execution.

Christianity and Islam share monotheism and prophets. Big deal. Christianity preceded Islam by 600 years. Muhammad plagiarized Christian and Hebrew apocrypha. He twisted nomenclature and chronology. Islam declares itself superior and final. Islam denies central tenets of Christianity and curses us. Islam declared war upon us. Islam declared open season on our blood and property.  Islam demands that we abandon our beliefs and adopt its beliefs & practices.  Anyone who thinks with his brain, not his anal sphincter need only read the Islamic texts cited above to understand these fatal facts.

How do you compromise with literalism, supremacism & triumphalism?  How do you find common ground with a sworn enemy who demands your conversion or death?

Deception Confirmed!

June 28, 2008

Concerned Reader has commented on A Common Word Between Us and You: Deception! at Go Burn With Muhammad. Due to the length of the comment and the issues raised therein, which make it a target rich environment, I am responding to the comment in this post. The comment is block quoted paragraph by paragraph with my comments and supporting evidence between the paragraphs.

This is an interesting perspective. I definitely did not get the same picture from the Common Word document that you did.

I read claims by Muslims in the light of Islam's canon of scripture,
 tradition, law & commentary.

I actually saw it as laying a foundation for dialog between people of the two faiths. The document was actually showing that Christianity has as its roots, monotheism, even if some within Christianity have erred into bi or tri-theism.

Islam has a monologue, not a dialog. Since Islam declares itself
 to be superior, the only true religion, and denigrates all others,
 it only speaks, it does not listen except for whimpers of surrender.

I also saw within the document, the most hopeful part I might add, an statement to the effect that Christians and Jews who remain within monotheism and obey the two Commandments–love God and love your neighbor do not need to convert to Islam to be of the faithful.

Both Judaism & Christianity are monotheistic. Educated Christians 
know that the trinity is three manifestations of one deity, not 
three deities.  Muslims play selective word games against us.
  • 2:62. Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve . [The Meaning of Mu’min, or Believer]
  • 3:119. Lo! You are the ones who love them but they love you not, and you believe in all the Scriptures [i.e. you believe in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), while they disbelieve in your Book, the Qur’an]. And when they meet you, they say, “We believe”. But when they are alone, they bite the tips of their fingers at you in rage. Say: “Perish in your rage. Certainly, Allah knows what is in the breasts (all the secrets).”
  • 9:29. Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
  • 9:30. And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouths. They imitate the saying of the disbelievers of old. Allah’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!

Read Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir of 2:62, linked after the verse above. That tafsir quotes 3:85, an extremely lucid expression of Islam’s intolerance. Allah cursed us and declared perpetual war upon us, which is reflected in Sharia.

The Reliance of the Traveller. Version 1.06 – By Ahmad Ibn Naqib Al-Misri
BOOK O: JUSTICE >> Chapter O-9.0: Jihad

O-9.8: The Objectives of Jihad
The caliph (o-25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o-11.4) -which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax (O: in accordance with the word of Allah Most High,
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled” (Koran 9.29)…

A genuine, sincerely professed peace overture would violate Allah’s ordinance, subjecting the Ulema to eternal damnation.

I would say that this is highly significant. This is actually setting a precedent for monotheistic pluralism. Although, yes, Christians and Muslims have much to talk about in regards to our understanding of Jesus and his nature. True biblical faith Christians should have no doubts about their monotheism and thus, we can move forward in sharing from the Scriptures about some of our differences in understanding regarding other shared terms, such as the Gospel (Injil), the Word of God (Kalimatullah), and Messiah (al-Masih).

Islam's 'understanding' of Jesus is documented in 
The Defamation of Jesus Christ. The Qur'an claims that it 
confirms the earlier scriptures. Allah also asserts that Satan 
corrupted Christ's teaching by throwing in falsehood.

Lastly, Islam and its use of Jihad found in the Qur’an is purely of a defensive nature, similar to Augustine’s just war. Many of the Scriptures being used by jihadis are taken out of their historical and even Qur’anic context. One ayat or verse is used, but all you have to do is read one verse before or after and you will discover that there are conditions being drawn both for when you are allowed to attack and when you are compelled to cease fighting.

Purely defensive?
  • 2:190. And fight in the Way of Allâh those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allâh likes not the transgressors.
  • 2:191. And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah is worse than killing. And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (the sanctuary at Makkah), unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
  • 22:39. Permission to fight is given to those (i.e. believers against disbelievers), who are fighting them, (and) because they (believers) have been wronged, and surely, Allâh is Able to give them (believers) victory

Those three ayat are obviously related to defensive warfare, but 9:29, quoted above and cited in Sharia as the basis for annual military expeditions against Kuffar, is clearly aggressive in nature. Why take my word for this? See what Ibn Kathir wrote about it.

  • The Order to fight People of the Scriptures until They give the Jizyah
  • This honorable Ayah was revealed with the order to fight the People of the Book, after the pagans were defeated, the people entered Allah’s religion in large numbers, and the Arabian Peninsula was secured under the Muslims’ control. Allah commanded His Messenger to fight the People of the Scriptures, Jews and Christians, on the ninth year of Hijrah, and he prepared his army to fight the Romans and called the people to Jihad announcing his intent and destination

That ain’t defensive warfare! Moe himself confirms this fact.

  • Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
    Narrated Anas bin Malik:
    Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, “O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?” He replied, “Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’, faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have.”

Moe was ordered to fight until his victims recite Shehada and do things his way. When they comply their blood and property is sacred to Muslims. That means that until we submit to Islam, its open season on us.! By submitting, we protect ourselves from Moe, saving our lives & property.

Lets look a little deeper into Reliance of the Traveler.

@O9.1: The Obligatory Character of Jihad…

As for subsequent times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.

The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, “Jihad is a communal obligation,” meaning upon the Muslims each year.

The second state is when non-Muslims invade a Muslim country or near to one, in which case jihad is personally obligatory (def: c3.2) upon the inhabitants of that country, who must repel the non-Muslims with whatever they can).

The first listed condition, when we are in our own countries, is clearly offensive, not defensive. Note that it must be performed annually. This quote from the Hidaya, cited in a Swedish forum, confirms the blindingly obvious.

The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the traditions which are generally received to this effect. […] When the Muslims enter the enemy’s country and besiege the cities or strongholds of the infidels, it is necessary to invite them to embrace the faith, because Ibn Abbas relates of the Prophet that he never destroyed any without previously inviting them to embrace the faith. If, therefore, they embrace the faith, it is unnecessary to war with them, because that which was the design of the war is then obtained without war. […] If the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax, it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them […]

“Those passages in the traditions” are fully documented with commentary in Riyud-us-Saliheen, Book 11, Chapter 234.

I wonder if part of the Common Word document mentioning war and defense has to do with the fact that our own president has used very religious vocabulary, even using the word “crusade”, in my opinion rather flippantly, esp. in this day and age. Considering some of the religious Right’s vocabulary on top of this, and what seems like a War on Terror becomes a war against Muslims, i.e. the statement by a Christian religious leader that Muhammad (saw) was a terrorist. If Muhammad (saw) was a terrorist, then would not those who follow the religion of Islam be the recipients of Bush’ war against terror?

Was World War II war against Panzers & Kamikazis or was it fought 
against National Socialists & Imperial Japan?  Terrorism is a 
tactic, not an enemy.  The enemy is an institution whose canon of 
scripture & tradition sanctifies & mandates casting terror as a 
battle tactic.
	President Bush's vocabulary  has been lacking in truth, 
moral clarity & consistency. War on Muslims? No, it is a war by 
Islam against Kuffar. Moe was a terrorist, and bragged about it.

Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 7, Number 331
Allah made me victorious by
awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month’sjourney. …

Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220:
Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing
the widest meanings, and I have been made
victorious with terror
(cast in the hearts of the enemy), …

I don’t really want to argue politics, but I think the Common Word Document is not seeking Christians converting to Islam. The document actually is encouraging Christians to return (if they’ve left) to monotheism. Secondly, that monotheistic Christians and Jews actually do not have to accept Islam, but can remain faithful within their own religions. I think this is highly significant–I guess it’s a glass half empty vs. half full kinda thing eh?
Blessings, Concerned Reader

The Ulema’s missive is obviously an example of dawa, a summons to submission, which is a condition precedent to mounting an attack. Its tone is condescending and its content is deceptive, as I clearly documented in A Common Word Between Us and You: Deception! The claim that we can remain faithful to Christianity and be accepted by Islam is demonstrably false, as I proved by ample evidence above. We are accused of Kufr in the form of Shirk: associating partners with Allah. Christianity and Islam are clearly contradictory and incompatible. Islam is clearly the sworn enemy of Jews & Christians.

Kiss Off, Abdullah!

March 26, 2008

Gulf News

Riyadh: A resolution calling for the enactment of an international pact to forbid religions from being defamed or insulted as well as their symbols, leaders and prophets has been voted out by the Saudi Shoura (Consultative Council).

“the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall work in coordination with Arab and Islamic groups and others at the United Nations to draft an international pact for respecting religions, their symbols and leaders, and prohibit insulting them in any way.”

The vote  was  77:33. Why? Because it would involve reciprocity.

“Some consider Buddhism, Qadianism and Baha’ism as religions. Can we make it obligatory for Muslims to respect these faiths and avoid criticising them?” 

Loyal readers of my blog posts will recall  Tolerance Must Be Reciprocal. Those who have not read it should take this opportunity to do so. If you read it but don’t remember much, a refresher course is in order.

Now comes King Abdullah, extending the hand of false friendship. He is calling for a dialogue.
From  Associated Press

“The idea is to ask representatives of all monotheistic religions to sit together with their brothers in faith and sincerity to all religions as we all believe in the same God,” the king told delegates to a seminar titled “Culture and the Respect of Religions.”

International agreement to enforce traditional family structure & morality?  Yeah, right.  Respect of religions? As in 9:30?

And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allâh, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allâh. That is a saying from their mouths. They imitate the saying of the disbelievers of old. Allâh’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!

If I owned an ass, I would not let the King kiss it.

About George Weigel’s Comments

February 10, 2008

George Weigel,  Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.  commented on the Ulema’s missive in an interview  with (CNA).  A transcript is available at the missive’s home page.

Jihadism, while a lethal distortion of Islam, nonetheless appeals to certain tendencies in Islamic self-understanding that can only be successfully overcome by a re-connection in the Muslim mind between faith and moral reason.

History confirms the lethality of Jihad. The ravings and writings of Muftis & Imams the world over  confirm  its continued appeal.  But can it be overcome, and was there ever a link between faith and moral reason in Islam?  Is Jihadism a distortion of Islam?

In the Qur’an, Allah tells Muslims that  Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh’s Cause) is ordained for you [Hilali & Khan 2:216]  prescribed, [Yusuf Ali] or  enjoined, [Shakir].  According to Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir :

Allah says, `He willed for you to meet the armed enemy ﴿rather than the caravan﴾ so that He makes you prevail above them and gain victory over them, making His religion apparent and Islam victorious and dominant above all religions. He has perfect knowledge of the consequences of all things, you are surrounded by His wise planning, although people only like what appears favorable to them,’

Al-Taubah 111 reveals the relationship between Allah &  Muslims. [Hilali & Khan]

Verily, Allâh has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allâh's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur'ân. And who is truer to his covenant than Allâh? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success .

This receives ample confirmation in As-Saff 9-14. O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allâh with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! [10-11 Hilali & Khan]

That vitiates the distortion theory!!

About the ideological conflict Mr.  Weigel says:

 Making compelling arguments in favor of the free society will reconnect us with the great ideas on which our liberties rest. Putting faith and reason into conversation will strengthen the unity of our diverse society. Defending religious freedom, and supporting those Muslim reformers who seek to make an Islamic case for tolerance and pluralism, reminds us that American civil society is built on truths about the dignity of human life.

Can America find leaders willing and able to make the compelling arguments for freedom, justice & dignity  against Islam’s intolerance, triumphalism & supremacism?  Can Islam be reformed, considering its perfection and the immutability of Allah’s word?

Merry Christmas from the Learned Scholars of Islam

December 27, 2007

I found at New Media Journal, a reference to a Yahoo News article about the Ulama’s Christmas greeting.  The text of the greeting is reproduced below, followed by a quote from a statement about the sanctity of innocent lives.  After quoting the documents, I will dissect them and expose the deceptions therein contained.

A Muslim Message of Thanks and of Christmas and New Year Greetings, December 2007

 In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

May God bless Muhammad and his kin and bless Abraham and his kin

Al-Salaamu Aleikum; Peace be upon you; Pax Vobiscum

Peace be upon Jesus Christ who says: Peace is upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I am resurrected (Chapter of Mary; the Holy Qur’an; 19:34).

During these joyful holidays we write to you, our Christian neighbors all over the world, to express our thanks for the beautiful and gracious responses that we Muslims have been receiving from the very first day we issued our invitation to come together to ‘A Common Word’ based on ‘Love of God and Love of Neighbor’ (see www.acommonword.com for the document and the responses).

We thank you and wish you all a joyous and peaceful Christmas Holiday Season commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, may peace be upon him.

We Muslims bear witness that: There is no god but God, without associate, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger, and that Jesus is His Servant, His Messenger, His Word cast to Mary, and a Spirit from Him …. (Sahih Bukhari, Kitab Ahadith al-Anbiya’).

We pray, during these blessed days, which have coincided with the Muslim feast of the Hajj or Pilgrimage, which commemorates the faith of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), that the New Year may bring healing and peace to our suffering world. God’s refusal to let Abraham (peace be upon him) sacrifice his son—granting him instead a ram—is to this day a Divine warrant and a most powerful social lesson for all the followers of the Abrahamic faiths, to ever do their utmost to save, uphold and treasure every single human life and especially the life of every single child. Indeed, it is worthy of note that this year Muslim scholars issued a historic declaration affirming the sanctity of human life—of every human life—as an essential and foundational teaching in Islam upon which all Muslim scholars are in unanimous agreement (see details at www.duaatalislam.com). May the coming year be one in which the sanctity and dignity of human life is upheld by all. May it be a year of humble repentance before God, and mutual forgiveness within and between communities.

 Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds.

The sanctity of human life: God has forbidden the killing of innocents whether
they be Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. All who take life without legitimate
justification commit a major crime and an atrocity before God.


  • May God bless Muhammad and his kin and bless Abraham and his kin.

“Abraham and his kin” includes the Jews,  of whom Allah said “They are the worst of creatures.” ; do the Ulama sincerely bless those whom Moe has cursed or are they unaware of 9:30?

  • Al-Salaamu Aleikum; Peace be upon you; Pax Vobiscum

This greeting contravenes Moe’s explicit command concerning greeting Kufar.

Sahih Muslim   Book 026, Number 5389:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not greet the Jews and the Christians before they greet you and when you meet any one of them on the roads force him to go to the narrowest part of it.

  • Peace be upon Jesus Christ who says: Peace is upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I am resurrected (Chapter of Mary; the Holy Qur’an; 19:34) [Ref. preceding ayeh 33.]
  1. PBUH: why? PBU Moe is explained.
    • 33:56. “Allâh sends His Salât (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy, etc.) on the Prophet (Muhammad ) and also His angels too (ask Allâh to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salât on (ask Allâh to bless) him (Muhammad ), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islâmic way of greeting (salutation i.e. As­Salâmu ‘Alaikum)” .[TheCommand to Say Salah upon the Propht] Clearly, Moe had some doubt concerning his own salvation and was seeking reinforcement, knowing that he was a sinner. Is there any doubt about  Jesus Christ’s eternal destination?
  2. On what day did Jesus die? 4:157. And because of their saying (in boast), “We killed Messiah ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allâh,” – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of ‘Iesa (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not [i.e. ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) ]:
      4:158. But Allâh raised him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allâh is Ever All ­Powerful All  Wise.
  • uphold and treasure every single human life and especially the life of every single child. Indeed, it is worthy of note that this year Muslim scholars issued a historic declaration affirming the sanctity of human life—of every human life—as an essential and foundational teaching in Islam upon which all Muslim scholars are in unanimous agreement

Is that so? Every human life is sacred to Islam, especially the children?  In Sahih Muslim, Muslim Book 019, Number 4294, we read: “do not kill the children”.  But in Book 019, Number 4321 we read: “It is reported on the authority of Sa’b b. Jaththama that the Prophet of Allah (may peace be upon him), when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during the night raid, said: They are from them.”

What is the reason for the injunction and for the exception, if life is sacred? In Sahih Bukhari  Volume 5, Book 59, Number 512 we read:   “Then the inhabitants of Khaibar came out running on the roads. The Prophet had their warriors killed, their offspring and woman taken as captives.”  Does that give you a hint? What did they do with captives? See 8:67 & 47:4.  What happened to Safiya?  What happened to the adolescent boys of the  Banu Qurayzah tribe?  But all human life is sacred, particularly the children, right?

If all human life is sacred to Islam, why did Moe say: I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.”   Clearly, our lives ain’t sacred to Muslims until we submit to Islam!!

  • The sanctity of human life: God has forbidden the killing of innocents whether
    they be Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. All who take life without legitimate
    justification commit a major crime and an atrocity before God.

Who is innocent? 5:33 establishes the punishment for making mischief against Allah: 5:33. “The recompense of those who wage war against Allâh and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter. ”  Who incurs that penalty? Ibn Kathir lets the cat out of the bag in his tafsir of this ayeh: “Wage war’ mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil. ” You are subject to the penalties imposed by 5:33 for disbelief!!!  If  you do not believe in and obey Allah and his Messenger, you ain’t innocent.  Whenever a Muslim’s lips are moving, his pen is writing or his fingers are on a keyboard, look out for the weasel words!!!


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