Regular readers of my posts know that I consider
every instance of kvetching & caterwauling about Islamophobia as a
teachable moment: an opportunity to redouble my condemnation of the
world’s most evil institution.
appears to have been composed in another language and translated into
English. I am dipping a few choice floaters from the septic tank
for detailed refutation. Use the link at the beginning of this
paragraph if you desire to immerse yourself in the sewage.
Only one man was fully qualified to interpret Islam:
the man who “revealed” it. Moe exemplified
Islam in his speech & conduct while not “revealing” the
Qur’an. Exegetes use parallel ayat & relevant hadith
to determine what each ayeh means.
Tafsir Ibn Kathir is detailed & loquacious but
looking up ayat is not an easy task. I suggest using the search engine
at http://www.qtafsir.com/ . Tafsir al-Jalalayn & Tafsir Ibn Abbas are older, less detailed and have
pick lists for selecting the surah & ayeh numbers.
Moe’s “revelations” & sunnah are codified in
Shari’ah. Reliance of the Traveller, a 1251 page tome which
can be purchased from Amazon, is widely accepted and certified as
authentic & accurate by sheikhs at Al-Azhar. Turn to Book O, Chapter 9 for the damnable details of
offensive warfare: its definition, communal obligation, practical
application and regulations.
Risala is the code of the Maliki school of Islamic
jurisprudence. It is less wordy and more legible than Reliance. Chapter 30 covers jihad. Hedaya is the code
of the Hanifi school, arcane, dense and printed in an archaic type
face. Volume II, Book IX, Chapter I confirms the
offensive & perpetual nature of jihad in stark terms. The second chapter fills in some gaps concerning
jizya: its punitive purpose, substitution for execution &
associate “Islam” to “terrorism”
Why would we think of Islam when terrorism is
mentioned? In the ’70s, hijacking airliners & fragging
airline terminals were popular activities in various parts of the
world. Who perfected those arts? Who has been waging a war
of terror against Israel for more than sixty years? Who
perpetrated the attacks on New York, London. Madrid, Beslan &
Muslims do not want us to learn of the terror nexus
in Islam’s scripture & tradition but, so long as the First
Amendment is in force, I will reveal that connection. Allah said
something about the subject. Of course the terror of the day of
judgment is irrelevant. Note the highlighted phrases in the
How many a township have We destroyed! As a raid by night, or while
they slept at noon, Our
terror came unto them.
many a township) people of townships (have We destroyed) We tormented!
(As a raid by night) or day, (or while they slept at noon, Our terror)
Our punishment (came unto them). [Tafsir Ibn Abbas]
We shall cast
into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in
worship with Allâh, for which He had sent no authority; their abode
will be the Fire and how evil is the abode of the Zâlimûn (polytheists
- Allah then mentioned the defeat of the unbelievers on
the Day of Uhud, saying: (We shall cast terror) fear of you such that
they run from you (into
the hearts of those who disbelieve) the unbelievers of Mecca (because
they ascribe unto Allah partners, for which no warrant hath been
revealed) either in a Scripture nor taught by a messenger. (Their
habitation) their dwelling-place (is the Fire, and hapless the abode of
the wrong-doers) the dwelling-place of the unbelievers is the Fire.
[Tafsir Ibn Abbas]
- Allah then mentioned the defeat of the unbelievers on
(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, “Verily, I am with you,
so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror
into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the
necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.”
your Lord inspired the angels) it is also said that this means: when
your Lord commanded the angels, ((saying:) I am with you) I will help
you. (So make those who believe stand firm) in war; it is also said
that this means: give those who believe the good news of victory. (I
will throw) cast (fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve) the fear of Muhammad
(pbuh) and his Companions. (Then smite the necks) their heads
(and smite of them each finger) each shaped finger. [Tafsir Ibn Abbas]
Therefore, if you overcome them on the battlefield, deal with them very
sternly, so as to
strike terror among them, and to serve as a lesson for their
successors. Perhaps, they would remember! [Dr.
Munir Munshey & Dr.
- (If thou comest on them) if you imprison them (in the
war, deal with them so
as to strike fear
in those who are behind them) such that they serve as a lesson to those
who are behind them, (that haply they may remember) i.e. take
admonition and avoid breaking their treaties. [Tafsir Ibn Abbas]
- (If thou comest on them) if you imprison them (in the
Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power,
including steeds of war, to strike terror
into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others
besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye
shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye
shall not be treated unjustly.[Abdullah Yusuf Ali]
ready for them, for fighting them, whatever force you can, the Prophet
(s) said that this refers to ‘archers’, as reported by Muslim, and of
horses tethered (ribāt is a verbal noun, meaning, ‘restraining them
[for use] in the way of God’) that thereby you may dismay,
the enemy of God and your enemy, namely, the disbelievers of Mecca, and
others besides them, that is, other than those — namely, the hypocrites
or the Jews, whom you know not: God knows them. And whatever thing you
expend in the way of God, its requital, shall be repaid to you in full,
and you will not be wronged, [you will not] be diminished anything
thereof. [Tafsir al-Jalalayn]
And those of the people of the Scripture who backed them (the
disbelievers) Allâh brought them down from their forts and cast terror into
their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed, and a group (of
them) you made captives.
And He caused you to inherit their lands, and their houses, and their
riches, and a land which you had not trodden (before). And Allâh is
Able to do all things.
He brought down those of the People of the Scripture, namely, the
[Banū] Qurayza, who had supported them from their strongholds (sayāsī
is the plural of sīsa, and is that in which one fortifies himself
[against an enemy]) and He cast terror
into their hearts, [so that] some, of them, you slew,
and these were
the combatants, and some, of them, you took captive, namely,
children. [Tafsir al-Jalalayn]
He it is Who drove out the disbelievers among the people of the
Scripture (i.e. the Jews of the tribe of Banî An-Nadîr) from their
homes at the first gathering. You did not think that they would get
out. And they thought that their fortresses would defend them from
Allâh! But Allâh’s (Torment) reached them from a place whereof they
expected it not, and He cast terror
into their hearts, so that they destroyed their own dwellings with
their own hands and the hands of the believers. Then take admonition, O you
with eyes (to see).
is He Who expelled those who disbelieved of the People of the
Scripture, namely, the Jews of the Banū al-Nadīr, from their homelands,
[from] their dwellings at Medina, at the first exile, that is, their
exile to Syria, the last [exile] being their banishment to Khaybar by
‘Umar during his caliphate. You did not think, O believers, that they
would go forth, and they thought that they would be protected
(māni‘atuhum is the predicate of an, ‘that’) by their fortresses
(husūnuhum, the agent of the verb [māni‘atuhum], with which the
predication is completed) from God, from His chastisement. But God, His
command and His chastisement, came at them from whence they had not
reckoned, [from whence] had never occurred to them, from the part of
the believers, and He
cast terror (ru‘b or ru‘ub) into their hearts, by having their
chief Ka‘b b. al-Ashraf slain, destroying [as they did] (read
yukharribūna; or yukhribūna, [derived] from [4th form] akhraba) their
houses, in order to take away with them what they valued of wood and so
on, with their own hands and the hands of the believers. So take heed, O you who
have eyes! [Tafsir al-Jalalayn]
(believers in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism) are more awful as a fear
in their (Jews of Banî An-Nadîr) breasts than Allâh. That is because
they are a people who comprehend not (the Majesty and Power of Allâh).
Go back and re-read 8:57 in the light of the last
highlighted clause in 59:2. Muslms are to treat victims harshly so as
to strike terror in those behind them, their next anticipated victims.
In 59:2, we are told to take warning from the example of the Bani
An-Nadir. Intelligent readers will get a clue.
Allah’s Messenger also had words concerning terror,
fewer than Allah’s but so stark as to settle the matter beyond any
shadow of doubt.
- Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 7, Number 331:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
The Prophet said, “I have been given five things which were not given
to any one else before me.
made me victorious by awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a
distance of one month’s journey.
2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for
praying and a thing to perform Tayammum, therefore anyone of my
followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due.
3. The booty
has been made Halal (lawful) for me yet it was not lawful for anyone
else before me.
4. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of
5. Every Prophet used to be sent to
his nation only but I have been sent to all mankind.
- 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), and while I was sleeping, the
keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my
hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and
now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did
not benefit by them).
Allah said that he would cast terror and that he
cast terror resulting in death, enslavement, destruction &
dispossession. Moe said that he was made victorious with terror.
Can you get a clue? Muslims, politicians, educators, clerics
& the media are liars when they deny the obvious connection between
Islam and terrorism: terrorism is an intrinsic sacrament of
monolithic & static
There are many sects; which of the mainstream
schools of Islamic jurisprudence rejects the communal object of
offensive jihad? How has Islam changed in the last 14
centuries? How do you improve upon perfection?
How do you change that which is immutable?
- None can
change His Words. [6:115]
- No change can
there be in the Words of Allâh, this is indeed the supreme
- None can
change His Words, [18:27]
- No change let
there be in Khalqillâh (i.e. the Religion of Allâh Islâmic
Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not.
[Tafsir AtTabarî, Vol 21, Page 41] [30:30}
Where do Muslims assimilate? Where do they blend in,
drop their religious garb and language; where do they participate in
the labor economy?
no common values
“We love death more than you love life.” Their
highest aspiration is stated clearly in the motto of al-Ikhwan: “God
is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our
leader; Jihad is our way; and death for
the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”
Moe declared that he would love serial martyrdom as
reported in Sahih Bukhari 4.52.54.
Could it be possible that there is good reason for
us to view Islam as inferior? What Muslim satrapy was not a primitive,
backwards, undeveloped pit of misery prior to the discovery of massive
oil reserves under the sand?
Why would we associate Islam with barbarism? Perhaps
because of the Barbary Pirates? Or could it be because of chopping off
heads and hands? Could Allah’s bloodlust
for genocide have some bearing on this?
Why would Islam be viewed as violent and supportive
of terrorism? Could it be because of the Hindu, Assyrian & Armenian
genocides? Could Allah’s jihad imperatives in 8:39
which are codified in Reliance of the Traveller, O9.8 & 9.9
have something to do with this perception?
Perhaps Islam is perceived as political because it
conflates mosque and state. Could it be because Islamic law is derived
from the Qur’an?
criticism of the west is rejected
Islamic criticism is rejected because Islam
sees the speck in our eye, while ignoring the beam in its
own. With all its flaws, Western Civilization is far superior to
Islamic hostility should be used to justify
expulsion & exclusion of Muslims from Dar ul-Harb. Unfortunately,
our elected traitors lack the spinal fortitude to do what must be done
to preserve Western Civilization.
If we were not hostile to a war cult which seeks to
subjugate the entire world, we would be suicidally insane.
There is no good reason why the followers of divine
religions can not live together in peace. Christianity &
Judaism are not in conflict. Islam, the source of conflict, is
not a divine religion: it is demonic. Only a demon would
deliberately create one group of people for the fire and another for
Paradise. I refer to Moe’s creation myth contained in Malik’s Muwatta 46.1.2. Only a demon would set “great
slaughter” as his Prophet’s admission to Paradise.
Evidently they want to keep Iman & Salat and chuck out everything else. I doubt that its possible, but: if they can bring it off, the effects would be life saving. Imagine Islam totally pacified, without violence!
At minimum, their efforts may wake a few Muslims up to reality. I learned about Muslims Against Sharia from a post at Jihad Chat. Here is a sample.
- to educate Muslims about dangers presented by Islamic religious texts and why Islam must be reformed
- to educate non-Muslims about the differences between moderate Muslims and Islamists (a.k.a. Islamic Religious Fanatics, Radical Muslims, Muslim Fundamentalists, Islamic Extremists or Islamofascists)
- to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims alike that Moderate Muslims are also targets of Islamic Terror
The need for reform
Islam, in its present form, is not compatible with principles of freedom and democracy. Twenty-first century Muslims have two options: we can continue the barbaric policies of the seventh century perpetuated by Hassan al-Banna, Abdullah Azzam, Yassir Arafat, Ruhollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hizballah, Hamas, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, etc., leading to a global war between Dar al-Islam (Islamic World) and Dar al-Harb (non-Islamic World), or we can reform Islam to keep our rich cultural heritage and to cleanse our religion from the reviled relics of the past. We, as Muslims who desire to live in harmony with people of other religions, agnostics, and atheists choose the latter option. We can no longer allow Islamic extremists to use our religion as a weapon. We must protect future generations of Muslims from being brainwashed by the Islamic radicals. If we do not stop the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, our children will become homicidal zombies.
That is a small sample from their manifesto. Follow the link in this next excerpt to a long, detailed list of violent verses to be expunged.
- Outdated verses
The following verses promote divisiveness and religious hatred, bigotry and discrimination. They must be either removed from the Koran or declared outdated and invalid, and marked as such.
- Islam vs. violence
Islam has no place for violence. Any person calling for an act of violence in the name of Islam must be promptly excommunicated. Any grievances must be addressed by lawful authorities. It is the religious and civic duty of every Muslim to unconditionally condemn any act of terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam. Any Muslim group that has ties to terrorism in any way, shape, or form, must be universally condemned by both religious and secular Muslims.
Are they sincere? I believe they are. The group’s President endorsed the No2Jihad petition. That involves forswearing terrorism against Israel, the ultimate test for a Muslim.
Lets show some sincere support for http://www.reformislam.org.Blog them up and spread the word, particularly to your Moderate Muslim friends and associates. If Islam is to reform, it must start from within, and this effort could be the start.