Introduction to Islam

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Islam means “submission.” A Muslim is “one who submits.”

In the 7th century Muhammad coined the Arabic term “Islam” (submission) as the political military entity of his cult and “Muslim” (someone who submits) for his followers. Muhammad originally had less than 50 followers.  That eventually led to 100 followers, that led to thousands. To increase the number of his followers, Muhammad  utilized measures of Jihad and forced submission to Islam – under the sword. Conquering villages by death or submission to Islam, his Muslim followers adhered to his measures of brutality and genocide. In an early jihad military force, Muhammad murdered over 900 Jews by beheading them himself, as an example to his followers – all in the name of Allah.

The following are some key points from “ISLAM 101″ by, Gregory M. Davis.

1. The Basics

a. The Five Pillars of Islam

The five pillars of Islam constitute the most basic tenets of the religion. They are:

1. Faith (iman) in the oneness of Allah and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad (indicated by the declaration [the Shahadah] that, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”).

2. Keeping of the five scheduled daily prayers (salah).

3. Almsgiving (zakat).

4. Fasting (sawm).

5. Pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca for those who are able.

The five pillars in and of themselves do not tell us a lot about the faith or what a Muslim is supposed to believe or how he should act. To understand Islam and what it means to be a Muslim, we must come to understand Muhammad as well as the revelations given through him by Allah, which make up the Quran.

b. The Quran — the Book of Allah

According to Islamic teaching, the Quran came down as a series of revelations from Allah through the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad, who then dictated it to his followers. Muhammad’s companions memorized fragments of the Quran and wrote them down on whatever was at hand, which were later compiled into book form under the rule of the third Caliph, Uthman, some years after Muhammad’s death. The Quran is about as long as the Christian New Testament. It comprises 114 suras (chapters), not to be confused with the Sira, which refers to the life of the Prophet. The Quran comes exclusively from one source: Muhammad. It is through the life of Muhammad that the Quran must be understood, as the Quran itself says. His wars and killings both reflect and inform the meaning of the Quran. Furthermore, the strict literalism of the Quran means that there is no room for interpretation when it comes to its violent injunctions. It is through the example of the warlord and despot Muhammad that Muslims understand the Quran.

c. The Sunnah — the “Way” of the Prophet Muhammad

In Islam, Muhammad is considered al-insan al-kamil (the “ideal man”). Muhammad is the model par excellence for all Muslims in how they should conduct themselves. It is through Muhammad’s personal teachings and actions — which make up the “way of the Prophet,” the Sunnah — that Muslims discern what is a good and holy life. Details about the Prophet — how he lived, what he did, his non-Quranic utterances, his personal habits — are indispensable knowledge for any faithful Muslim. Knowledge of the Sunnah comes primarily from the hadiths (“reports”) about Muhammad’s life, which were passed down orally until codified in the eighth century AD, some hundred years after Muhammad’s death. The hadiths comprise the most important body of Islamic texts after the Quran. Because Muhammad is himself the measuring stick of morality, his actions are not judged according to an independent moral standard but rather establish what the standard for Muslims properly is. The entire Islamic moral universe devolves solely from the life and teachings of Muhammad.

[Personal note: Since Mohammad married Aisha at age 6 - child brides and pedophilia are permitted; since he cut off the hands and feet of thieves - this is condoned; since he stoned adulterers or murdered them - this is allowed; since he beheaded infidels, those who refused submission to Islam, apostacised, dishonored him, or blasphemed - this is the chosen method of execution; since he had multiple wives and concubines - polygamy is accepted; since he abused and beat his wives - wife abuse is permitted; since women and children were captured as sex slaves, booty, stealing, and looting - rape and slavery of infidels is practiced; and since he performed raids of jihadi - this is mandatory that all faithful Muslims partake in jihad]

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24; Narrated Ibn Umar: Allah’s Apostle said: “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people (infidels) until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.”

It is from such warlike pronouncements as these that Islamic scholarship divides the world into dar al-Islam (the House of Islam, i.e., those nations who have submitted to Allah) and dar al-harb (the House of War, i.e., those who have not). It is this dispensation that the world lived under in Muhammad’s time and that it lives under today. Then as now, Islam’s message to the unbelieving world is the same: submit or be conquered.

d. Sharia Law

Unlike many religions, Islam includes a mandatory and highly specific legal and political plan for society called Sharia

(pronounced “sha-rïe-uh”), which translates approximately as “way” or “path.” The precepts of Sharia are derived from the commandments of the Quran and the Sunnah (the teachings and precedents of Muhammad as found in the reliable hadiths and the Sira). Together, the Quran and the Sunnah establish the dictates of Sharia, which is the blueprint for the good Islamic society. Because Sharia originates with the Quran and the Sunnah, it is not optional. Sharia is the legal code ordained by Allah for all mankind. To violate Sharia or not to accept its authority is to commit rebellion against Allah, which Allah’s faithful are required to combat. [Severe penalties, prison or death may result from one who rebels].

There is no separation between the religious and the political in Islam; rather Islam and Sharia constitute a comprehensive means of ordering society at every level. While it is in theory possible for an Islamic society to have different outward forms — an elective system of government, a hereditary monarchy, etc. — whatever the outward structure of the government, Sharia is the prescribed content. It is this fact that puts Sharia into conflict with forms of government based on anything other than the Quran and the Sunnah.

The precepts of Sharia may be divided into two parts:

1. Acts of worship (al-ibadat), which includes:

Ritual Purification (Wudu)
Prayers (Salah)
Fasts (Sawm and Ramadan)
Charity (Zakat)
Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj)

2. Human interaction (al-muamalat), which includes:

Financial transactions
Endowments
Laws of inheritance
Marriage, divorce, and child care
Food and drink (including ritual slaughtering and hunting)
Penal punishments
War and peace
Judicial matters (including witnesses and forms of evidence)

As one may see, there are few aspects of life that Sharia does not specifically govern. Everything from washing one’s hands to child-rearing to taxation to military policy fall under its dictates. Because Sharia is derivate of the Quran and the Sunnah, it affords some room for interpretation. But upon examination of the Islamic sources, it is apparent that any meaningful application of Sharia is going to look very different from anything resembling a free or open society in the Western sense. The stoning of adulterers, execution of apostates and blasphemers, repression of other religions, and a mandatory hostility toward non-Islamic nations punctuated by regular warfare will be the norm. It seems fair then to classify Islam and its Sharia code as a form of totalitarianism.

2. Jihad and Dhimmitude

a. What does “jihad” mean?

Jihad literally translates as “struggle.” Strictly speaking, jihad does not mean “holy war” as Muslim apologists often point out. However, the question remains as to what sort of “struggle” is meant: an inner, spiritual struggle against the passions, or an outward, physical struggle. As in any case of trying to determine Islamic teaching on a particular matter, one must look to the Quran and the Sunnah. It is evident that a Muslim is required to struggle against a variety of things: laziness in prayer, neglecting to give zakat (alms), etc. But is it also plain that a Muslim is commanded to struggle in physical combat against the infidel as well. Muhammad’s impressive military career attests to the central role that military action plays in Islam

b. Hasan Al-Banna on jihad

Below are excerpts from Hasan Al-Banna’s treatise, Jihad. In 1928, Al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood, which today is the most powerful organization in Egypt after the government itself. In this treatise, Al-Banna cogently argues that Muslims must take up arms against unbelievers.

All Muslims Must Make Jihad; it is an obligation from Allah on every Muslim and cannot be ignored nor evaded.

Allah has ascribed great importance to jihad and has made the reward of the martyrs and the fighters in His way a splendid one. Only those who have acted similarly and who have modeled themselves upon the martyrs in their performance of jihad can join them in this reward. The weaknesses of abstention and evasion of jihad are regarded by Allah as one of the major sins, and one of the seven sins that guarantee failure.

The rules of jihad according to the Hanafi School, said: ‘Jihad linguistically means to exert one’s utmost effort in word and action; in the Sharee’ah {Sharia — Islamic law} it is the fighting of the unbelievers, and involves all possible efforts that are necessary to dismantle the power of the enemies of Islam. It becomes the duty of each and every Muslim to make jihad. He should prepare himself mentally and physically such that when comes the decision of Allah, he will be ready.

c. Dar al-Islam and dar al-harb: the House of Islam and the House of War

The violent injunctions of the Quran and the violent precedents set by Muhammad set the tone for the Islamic view of politics and of world history

Islamic scholarship divides the world into two spheres of influence, the House of Islam (dar al-Islam) and the House of War (dar al-harb). Islam means submission, and so the House of Islam includes those nations that have submitted to Islamic rule, which is to say those nations ruled by Sharia law. The rest of the world, which has not accepted Sharia law and so is not in a state of submission, exists in a state of rebellion or war with the will of Allah. It is incumbent on dar al-Islam to make war upon dar al-harb until such time that all nations submit to the will of Allah and accept Sharia law. Islam’s message to the non-Muslim world is the same now as it was in the time of Muhammad and throughout history: submit or be conquered.

i. Taqiyya — Religious Deception

Due to the state of war between dar al-Islam and dar al-harb, reuses de guerre, i.e., systematic lying to the infidel, must be considered part and parcel of Islamic tactics. The parroting by Muslim organizations throughout dar al-harb that “Islam is a religion of peace,” or that the origins of Muslim violence lie in the unbalanced psyches of particular individual “fanatics,” must be considered as disinformation intended to induce the infidel world to let down its guard. A telling point is that, while Muslims who present their religion as *peaceful* abound throughout dar al-harb (among un-believers), they are nearly non-existent in dar al-Islam (Muslim countries). A Muslim apostate once suggested to me a litmus test for Westerners who believe that Islam is a religion of “peace” and “tolerance”: try making that point on a street corner in Ramallah, or Riyadh, or Islamabad, or anywhere in the Muslim world. He assured me you wouldn’t live five minutes.

[Personal note: The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing, precaution, guarding." It is employed in disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims. Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur'an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a "religion of peace". A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart. Taqiyya has been used by Muslims since the 7th century to confuse, confound and divide 'the enemy.']

A problem concerning law and order {with respect to Muslims in dar al-harb} arises from an ancient Islamic legal principle — that of taqiyya, a word the root meaning of which is “to remain faithful” but which in effect means “dissimulation.” It has full Quranic authority (3:28 and 16:106) and allows the Muslim to conform outwardly to the requirements of unislamic or non-Islamic government, while inwardly “remaining faithful” to whatever he conceives to be proper Islam, while waiting for the tide to turn. (Hiskett, Some to Mecca Turn to Pray, 101.) Volume 4, Book 52, Number 269; Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet said, “War is deceit.”

Historically, examples of taqiyya include permission to renounce Islam itself in order to save one’s neck or ingratiate oneself with an enemy (infiltration and immigration). It is not hard to see that the implications of taqiyya are insidious in the extreme: they essentially render negotiated settlement — and, indeed, all veracious communication between dar al-Islam and dar al-harb — impossible.

d. Jihad Through History

There has never been a separation of the political-military and the religious in Islam, this development was entirely natural by Islamic principles.

By the time of his death in 632 AD, Muhammad had extended his control in a series of raids and battles over most of southern Arabia

“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.”

Islam rapidly spread into the territories of Byzantium, Persia, and Western Europe in the decades after Muhammad’s death. The Arab Muslim armies charged into the Holy Land, conquered what is now Iraq and Iran, then swept west across North Africa, into Spain, and finally into France. In the history of jihad, the slaughter of civilians, the desecration of churches, and the plundering of the countryside are commonplace.

The Muslim armies traversed the land in every direction, raping women, killing warriors, destroying fortresses, burning and pillaging everything. Most raids they massacred every man and carried off the women and children as captives (slaves).

ii. The Second Major Wave of Jihad: the Turks, 1071-1683 AD

Some twenty-five years before the first Crusading army set out from central Europe for the Holy Land, the Muslim Turkish (Ottoman) armies began an assault on the Christian Byzantine Empire. Constantinople, the jewel of Eastern Christendom, finally fell in 1453 to the armies of Sultan Mahomet II. Lest one ascribe the atrocities of the first wave of jihad to the “Arabness” of its perpetrators, the Muslim Turks showed they were fully capable of living up to the principles of the Quran and the Sunnah.

Paul Fregosi in his book Jihad describes the scene following the final assault on Constantinople:

Several thousand of the survivors had taken refuge in the cathedral: nobles, servants, ordinary citizens, their wives and children, priests and nuns. They locked the huge doors, prayed, and waited. {Caliph} Mahomet {II} had given the troops free quarter. They raped, of course, the nuns being the first victims, and slaughtered. At least four thousand were killed before Mahomet stopped the massacre at noon. He ordered a muezzin {one who issues the call to prayer} to climb into the pulpit of St. Sophia and dedicate the building to Allah. It has remained a mosque ever since. Fifty thousand of the inhabitants, more than half the population, were rounded up and taken away as slaves. Mohomet {II} ordered all the leading nobles, officials, and citizens all arrested and decapitated. He sadistically bought from their owners {i.e., Muslim commanders} high-ranking prisoners who had been enslaved, for the pleasure of having them beheaded in front of him. (Fregosi, Jihad, 256-7.)

e. Dhimmitude

Islam’s persecution of non-Muslims is in no way limited to jihad, even though that is the basic relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

After the jihad concludes in a given area with the conquest of infidel territory, the dhimma, or treaty of protection, may be granted to the conquered “People of the Book” – historically, Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians. The dhimma provides that the life and property of the infidel are exempted from jihad for as long as the Muslim rulers permit, which has generally meant for as long as the subject non-Muslims — the dhimmi — prove economically useful to the Islamic state. The Quran spells out the payment of the jizya (poll- or head-tax; Sura 9:29), which is the most conspicuous means by which the Muslim overlords exploit the dhimmi. But the jizya is not merely economic in its function; it exists also to humiliate the dhimmi and impress on him the superiority of Islam.

… just as the dhimmis are prohibited from building churches, other things also are prohibited to them. They must not assist an unbeliever against a Muslim … raise the cross in an Islamic assemblage … display banners on their own holidays; bear arms … or keep them in their homes. Should they do anything of the sort, they must be punished. Forbidden to construct houses of worship or repair extant ones, economically crippled by the jizya, socially humiliated, legally discriminated against, and generally kept in a permanent state of weakness and vulnerability by the Muslim overlords, it should not be surprising that their numbers dwindled, in many places to the point of extinction. By refusing to convert to Islam and straying from the traditional constraints of the dhimma, the dhimmi (infidel) had implicitly chosen the only other option permitted by the Quran: death.

f. Jihad in the Modern Era

In 1876, Muslims massacred 30,000 Bulgarians for allegedly rebelling against dhimmitude; in 1896, 250,000 Armenians were slaughtered; in 1915, a jihad massacre was again waged against the Armenians, no longer protected as they were by the dhimma. The anti-Christian jihad culminated in 1922 at Smyrna, on the Mediterranean coast, where 150,000 Greek Christians were massacred by the (Muslim) Turkish army. All in, from 1896-1923, some 2.5 million Christians were killed, the first modern genocide. Following World War I, various jihads have been fought around the globe by the independent Muslim nations and sub-state jihadist groups. The most sustained effort has been directed against Israel. The fact is, the percentage of conflicts in the world today that do not include Islam is pretty small.

As we have seen, contrary to the widespread insistence that true Islam is pacific even if a handful of its adherents are violent, the Islamic sources make clear that engaging in violence against non-Muslims is a central and indispensable principle to Islam. Islam is less a personal faith than a political ideology that exists in a fundamental and permanent state of war with non-Islamic civilizations, cultures, and individuals. The Islamic holy texts outline a social, governmental, and economic system for all mankind. Those cultures and individuals who do not submit to Islamic governance exist in an ipso facto state of rebellion with Allah and must be forcibly brought into submission. The misbegotten term “Islamo-fascism” is wholly redundant: Islam itself is a kind of fascism that achieves its full and proper form only when it assumes the powers of the state.

The spectacular acts of Islamic terrorism in the late 20th and early 21st centuries are but the most recent manifestation of a global war of conquest that Islam has been waging since the days of the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th Century AD and that continues apace today.

This is the simple, glaring truth that is staring the world today in the face — and which has stared it in the face numerous times in the past — but which it seems few today are willing to contemplate.

It is important to realize that we have been talking about Islam — not Islamic “fundamentalism,” “extremism,” “fanaticism,” “Islamo-fascism,” or “Islamism,” but Islam proper, Islam in its orthodox form as it has been understood and practiced by believing Muslims from the time of Muhammad to the present.

The mounting episodes of Islamic terrorism in the late 20th and early 21st centuries are due largely to the geostrategic changes following the end of the Cold War and the growing technical options available to terrorists.

With the collapse of Soviet hegemony over much of the Muslim world, coupled with the burgeoning wealth of the Muslim oil-producing countries, the Muslim world increasingly possesses the freedom and means to support jihad around the globe. In short, the reason that Muslims are once again waging war against the non-Muslim world is because they can.

It is paramount to note, however, that, even if no major terrorist attack ever occurs on Western soil again, Islam still poses a mortal danger to the West. A halt to terrorism would simply mean a change in Islam’s tactics — perhaps indicating a longer-term approach that would allow Muslim immigration and higher birth rates to bring Islam closer to victory before the next round of violence. It cannot be overemphasized that Muslim terrorism is a symptom of Islam that may increase or decrease in intensity while Islam proper remains permanently hostile.

3. Conclusion

The chief barrier today to a better understanding of Islam — apart, perhaps, from outright fear — is sloppy language. Let us take, to start with, the much-vaunted “war on terror.” Upon scrutiny, the phrase “war on terror” makes as much sense as a war on “blitzkrieg,” “bullets,” or “strategic bombing.” The “war on terror” implies that it is perfectly fine if the enemy seeks to destroy us — and, indeed, succeeds in doing so — as long as he does not employ “terror” in the process. “Terrorism,” it should be obvious, is a tactic or stratagem used to advance a goal; it is the goal of Islamic terrorism that we must come to understand, and this logically.

As should be plain to anyone who has examined the Islamic sources, to take the violence out of Islam would require it to jettison two things: the Quran as the word of Allah and Muhammad as Allah’s prophet. In other words, to pacify Islam would require its transformation into something that it is not. [There is no such thing as moderate Islam].

Drawing their inspiration from Muhammad and the Quran, they are invariably disposed to violence. The unhappy (yet, truthful) fact is that Islam today is what it has been fourteen centuries: violent, intolerant, and expansionary. It is folly to think that we, in the course of a few years or decades, are going to be able to change the basic world outlook of a foreign civilization. Islam’s violent nature must be accepted as given; only then will we be able to come up with appropriate policy responses that can improve our chances of survival.

38 comments on “Introduction to Islam

  1. While I agree that radical Islam is a major problem, (same as radical anything) I think your portrayal of Islam in general is uninformed, misguided and, sorry to say, just plain wrong.

    The six principles of Shariah are:
    1. The right to the protection of life.
    2. The right to the protection of family.
    3. The right to the protection of education.
    4. The right to the protection of religion.
    5. The right to the protection of property (access to resources).
    6. The right to the protection of human dignity.
    The six principles of Shariah have already been introduced into mainstream America. They’ve just been forgotten. However if you’re so inclined you can still find them in the US Constitution. There is even reference to Islamic values inside the US Supreme Court, in the dome. Thomas Jefferson even learned Arabic, and took key items from the Qur’an to put in the Constitution. The same document which Obama is ignoring and burning.

    Jihad is not America’s problem. “Jewhad” is the real enemy. Jewhadi terrorism, supported by the fundy Christians, the Geller-ites and the Hagee-ites is rotting America from the inside out. They are pushing the gay agenda, porn, abortion, multi-culturism, open borders, wars of aggression, etc. etc. etc.

    So, while I a straight, married, Lutheran here in Northern Michigan, agree that radical Islam is an issue….it is by no means the biggest threat to America.

    Check this out and tell me I’m wrong: http://www.takeourworldback.com/911whodunit.htm

    A nation cannot survive the traitors inside its gates. Those traitors are not Muslims, trust me! They are Khazari atheistic Jews. How else can 2% of the US population have 60% of the influence in government?

    • re: Dennis;

      You are clearly an anti-semite so I am not going to waste too much of my valuable time on your response. I could easily disprove your racist ideological indoctrinated views with true historical fact. You source a webpage that is obviously anti-semitic.

      Here.. I will disprove one claim.. which will bring all of the rest into question.

      The reference to “750,000 displaced palestinians from their historical homeland in 1948.” LOL.. what a joke.

      See.. I study history. True history. Not a biased view that only goes back to 1948. My history books go all the way back to the beginning.

      Like 6,000 years worth of history. The Torah and the Holy Bible (Brit Chadasha) were written thousands of years ago.. and they clearly speak of the Jews in Israel.

      Not to mention.. there was and never has been a “Nationality” of people called “palestinians.” Why? Because there has never been a nation called “Palestine.”

      If you study maps throughout history, (which I have).. you will see that prior to the 7th century.. there was never any reference to “Palestine.” Then, after the rise and spread of the Ottoman Empire.. the land was conquered (by the muslims) and a “Region” (Not a nation) was formed in Jordan. That “region” was called palestine.

      But, you already know that. You just refuse to look because it conflicts with your antisemitism.

      You profess to be a “Christian” but, your fruits tell the truth.

      If you were a “Christian”, you could NOT be against Israel. Remember, Yeshua (Jesus) was/is/and will always be a Jewish Rabbi. (He was NOT a Christian Pastor.) Do you know what “religion” he converted His followers to while He was here on earth??

      Judaism!

      Were you thinking “Christianity?” The term “Christian” was given by the Romans in the 4th Century. How could He convert people to a “religion” that did not even exist yet?

      Please wake up my brother.

      God said.. (referencing Israel).. “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you..”

      I am going to be honest with you about something Dennis…

      I started off this comment with a little bit of an attitude towards you.. and I intended on making a point or two and then, signing off.

      But, somewhere along the way of this message.. my heart has changed towards you.

      I think you are worth my time. And, I know you are worth His.

      If you afford me the opportunity.. I will reveal His truth to you. Never will you see so clearly…

      I would like to talk to you at some point in the future.. maybe we could pray together.

      And, I’ve had this site for a year and a half.. and you are the first person I have ever offered that to. (And, now I feel guilty for that..)

      Hope to hear from you.

      Blessings of His love and peace be upon you.

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

      • This is way off. Let me point out one mistake; you typed “Were you thinking “Christianity?” The term “Christian” was given by the Romans in the 4th Century. How could He convert people to a “religion” that did not even exist yet?”

        In reality the name “Christian” came from the first century AD.
        “and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”-Acts 11:26

      • A couple of points Sharia Unveiled

        You have a pretty flimsy understanding of Christianity as evidenced by your and to rebut a post by immediately dismissing the person’s points on the basis that they are anti-semitic and racist is a bit like ‘the pot calling the kettle black’. You defeat your own stance by your dismissal.

        Your use of ancient maps to justify the existence of Israel and the non-existence of Palestine ignores the reality that just about each part of the world could be seen as belonging to different groups at various points in history. If we apply your map based logic to Britain, for example, the island nation could be long to Italy (thanks to the Romans) or the Scandinavian countries (thanks to the Vikings … hey one of their kings is even buried there) let along any of the other groups who’ve held sway there. I doubt too many would try to argue that Italy or northern Europe holds claim to Britain on the basis that at some stage, thousands of years ago, there was a map that showed that they did control that land. My point is that absence from history does not negate your right to a cultural, political or geographic identity today.

        I’m with Dennis on this, extremist Islam is a significant issue. I’d take it as far as to point out that extremists on either side of the fence is a significant problem. Those who argue for the eradication of an entire group of people whether it is extremists intending the annihilation of all non-Muslims or extremists intending the annihilation of all Muslims are two sides of the same coin.

      • re: Cath;

        Okay.. so we will just accept your.. “whoever is on the land today” theory.

        That would again yield.. Israel belongs to the Israelis because they are there now.

        There are only extremists in ONE “religion.”

        There are NO Christians murdering Hindus.

        There are NO Hindus murdering Jews.

        There are NO Jews murdering Buddhists.

        There are NO Buddhists murdering Christians.

        But, guess what Cath??

        There are MUSLIMS MURDERING THEM ALL!!

        So, don’t give me this.. “We are the world b/s and let’s all sit around the campfire singing kumbahyah..”

        If “you” desire to live in some fictitious dream world in the back of your own mind.. then, so be it.

        But, I live in reality. And, reality is this…

        My children deserve to live in a nation that is both free and secure.

        There has been a lot of bloodshed through the generations to preserve those rights.

        Blood of honorable men and women that was spilled on beaches, in valleys, over mountains and across desert plains.

        My suggestion to you is this: If you want to live with the muslims.. that is your right and I completely support it.

        Pack your bags and you can ride with them. Just don’t forget to pack a burqa.

        s/m @ sharia unveiled

    • Any defense of this cult can be traced to taqiyya, the directive that muslims must lie in defense and the advancement of islam. All one has to do is read any current events and you will see that since its creation, islam has been at war with anyone and any territory that does not submit. Islam is a cancer that should be eradicated.

      • re: billraisi;

        “YOU” are such an IGNORANT FOOL.. regurgitating what you have heard others INCORRECTLY state..

        “IF” you were an educated intellectual, or at least studied on the subjects you speak about..

        you would know “ISLAM” is the Arabic word for “SUBMISSION.”

        Idiot!

        - – - -

        s/m @ sharia unveiled

    • It seems to me, the 6 principles of Sharia you have presented here only apply to MUSLIMS! Under Sharia, those who reject Allah and Mohammed his messenger, have no such rights. In fact, they have absolutely no rights at all unless they SUBMIT…unless of course…the right to DIE! Also, Jesus did not come to start a “religion.” He absolutely HATED religion. Unless one is “born again,” it is impossible to tell the difference between the two. Christianity, historically, did not become a “religion” until Rome got hold of it and turned it into one. What Jesus did was to live a sinless life, die as a sacrifice to pay for all sin, making a way for all who believe to have a personal relationship with the Living God, and rise from the dead to validate His claims. Religion is a set of rules originated by man, in an attempt to please God and avoid condemnation. Whereas true Christianity is accepting by faith that God has reached down to us with the offer of free salvation; free because the price was already paid by His Son, Jesus Christ.

    • Thomas Jefferson was a learned man. He also defended the United States against chronic Islamic Jihadist Piracy. See: “The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World, by Frank Lambert (2005); Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror 1801–1805, by Joseph Wheelan (2003); To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines, by A. B. C. Whipple (1991, republished 2001); and Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation, by Joshua E. London (2005). Most recently, in his new general history, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present)” as listed by Christopher Hitchens in his article Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates printed in the City Journal online.

  2. There is no radical Islam; there is only Islam. The only difference between so called radicals and the others is timing. Some Muslims want to kill all Christians and Jews now, in order to pave the way for their Mahdi (savior). Other Muslims await the appearance of their Mahdi; at which time, all Muslims, along w/ their Mahdi, and their version of Jesus, (who converted to Islam while he was away), will begin killing all Christians and Jews who will not convert. Regardless of the rhetoric used, Muslims have made Christians and Jews the enemy, period.

  3. First off, jewish people are not semites, palestinians are. Secondly, islam taken as a whole is good while you’re portraying it as bad. If you really want to know, you should spend some time in an Arab and English speaking country. This is when you have an open mind, it’s likely you’re with the zionists etc

  4. No Christians killing anyone … Well, let us see … India features the NLFT and the MNCA both groups who identify as Christian and target Hindus in violent attacks, The Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda (remember Kony), in the USA the KKK both contemporary and historically along with the pro-life Cristian extremists who gun down dr’s who fo abortions – army of god from memory, then there were the Christian mob booted out of Jerusalem thanks to their attacks on … Jews ..Concerned Christians. There are a pile more … They illustrate nicely that extremism is not the soul preserve of one faith system. I’ve only touched on Christians … They draw from my own religion but a quick moment of research on each of the other religions, including your own, highlight the same pattern … Violent extremism exists in all systems and those who advocate extreme responses are as culpable.

    Yes, there are Jews now in Israel … Along with Christians, Muslims, Hindu and so on. Funny that the people who lived in the area prior to the establishment of the state of Istael post WWII seem to be supposed to miraculously evaporate. The State may not like it but it is either going to have to evolve and accept life as a multifaith state or physically make space on the map for the other group whose homeland is in the same geographic region … Alas Judaism was not the only faith in the region in biblical times.

    • re: Cath;

      There is a difference between one who “professes” to be a Christian and one who is a Christian.

      You are NOT a Christian just because you say you are, no more than you are an astronaut.. just because you say you are.

      A Christian is one who has the Love of the One Lord thy God in their heart, therefore making him incapable of murder.

      All of Christianity teaches.. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you..” “..turn the other cheek..” “..love your brother as you love thyself..”

      Islam teaches, preaches and indoctrinates violence, hatred and murder. You can murder and be a good muslim that follows the doctrines of al-qur’an and al-hadith.

      The same cannot be said for any other “Religion.”

      All other “Religions” teach peace.. and ONLY when one ignores or leaves those doctrines.. are they capable of violence.

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

    • Cath, you believe the brainwashing scum, obviously.
      Israel does accept citizens of all faiths. It’s clear the country does.
      The question is: why won’t Muslims allow a Jewish state alongside their 20+???
      Jews aren’t allowed to live in their countries, but Muslims must have a majority in the other?
      This is the answer: Muslims want the entire world to become subject to Sharia. They even admit it, but you won’t believe the very “people” you’re defending.
      For the record, Jews didn’t force ANYONE out of Israel for the creation of the state. The Arab leaders made their people leave! It’s well-documented. But, you don’t believe that either, I’m sure. I’m sure YOU’RE the one who knows, since you were there. The historians, witnesses, and citizens there (even the Arabs at the time) are all lying because of a conspiracy.

  5. Well that is a convenient get out of gaol free card … on that basis the Crusaders were not Christian. Whether you consider their actions defensive or offensive, they were violent acts in the name of Christ. Neither were those involved with the Inquisition. They are hardly shining lights of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. or ‘love your brother as you love thyself’. Those examples I gave are people who identify as Christian and see it as their duty to commit violence in the name of Christ. We don’t get to excuse their acts on the basis that we don’t see them as Christian (or whatever other faith they profess to) when they, themselves site their faith as a justification for their actions. The individual identifies their faith not the observer.

    Likewise, if we apply the logic that if you don’t do what your holy text specifies, the majority of the Islamic population is not actually Islamic as they are not out there killing the infidel. Apparently you can not be of a faith if you do not uphold the doctrine of that faith. The assumption that they are all just sitting there waiting, lurking is flawed simply as people die without having upheld the doctrine of their faith. There are somewhere in the realms of one and a half billion Muslims in the world … odd … they don’t all seem hell bent on hunting you down and making your life miserable. Our own fear mongering does a perfectly good job of that all by itself.

    Yup their holy text directs people to violence. It also includes values recognisable in other moral codes as listed by Dennis. Why is it hard to accept a proposition that suggests that in all faiths their are people who adhere to the literal and those who do not?

    • re: Cath;

      I apologize for delaying the moderation of this post.

      I had to wait until I had time to reply adequately.

      I believe the best (and only) “Judge” of who is or is not a “true Christian” would be our one Lord thy God Himself.

      What do you think His standard would be? Do you really think He would consider all who simply profess with their tongue to be a Christian as truly being a Christian? I think not. True faith is centered in the soul, heart and mind. Anyone.. I repeat anyone with a true love of our Lord thy God would be incapable of committing “murder” (which is the 6th Commandment) from the beginning. “Thou shalt not commit murder.” = The unjustifiable taking of a life.

      Anyone who violates this is NOT following the Jewish/Judeo-Christian Faith. Therefore, if they are NOT following the faith.. they do NOT belong to it.

      They can “SAY” they do.. but, we are judged according to our ACTIONS, not words alone. The fruits. “A tree shall be known by the fruit that it bears.”

      Islam on the other hand does NOT have a commandment stating.. “Thou shalt not commit murder.”

      To the contrary, they are COMMANDED to commit murder.

      If you had studied al-qur’an and al-hadith, you would know this. Muhammad (by his own admission) murdered 900 innocent Jews by beheading them.

      ALL MUSLIMS ARE COMMANDED to: “Follow in the way of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) SAW”

      A “Good Muslim” is usually a “Bad Person.”
      A “Bad Muslim” is usually a “Good Person.”

      Can you understand what I am saying.

      Judeo-Christianity and Islam are OPPOSITE!

      A person that strictly adhered to every word of the Holy Bible would be “near perfect.”
      A person that strictly adhered to every word of al-qur’an would be “a very, very evil person.”

      I see most muslims as the first victims of Islam.

      Their babies are born pure and innocent.. but, the indoctrination of Islam corrupts them.

      Our battle is NOT as much against muslims, as it is against Islam.

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

      • How can all of you have thinking like this:
        A “Good Muslim” is usually a “Bad Person.”
        A “Bad Muslim” is usually a “Good Person.”

        Actually I feel really sad when I read the statement above.
        All of you speak up like you know and understand, but actually you do not.

        yes, I am a Muslim, and I know exactly what my religion teach to me.
        That’s why I will be always in this true path.

        I tried to read this article, and stop in this paragraph:

        [Personal note: Since Mohammad married Aisha at age 6 - child brides and pedophilia are permitted; since he cut off the hands and feet of thieves - this is condoned; since he stoned adulterers or murdered them - this is allowed; since he beheaded infidels, those who refused submission to Islam, apostacised, dishonored him, or blasphemed - this is the chosen method of execution; since he had multiple wives and concubines - polygamy is accepted; since he abused and beat his wives - wife abuse is permitted; since women and children were captured as sex slaves, booty, stealing, and looting - rape and slavery of infidels is practiced; and since he performed raids of jihadi - this is mandatory that all faithful Muslims partake in jihad]

        WHY DID I STOP?

        all parts of the above article just try to elaborate of the ambiguity of Islam, and try to emphasize them in wrong way. There are true explanation of them. I just will pick one of them because my time are also valuable :
        “Aisha at age 6 and said that pedophilia are permitted?” O My God, I can not understand in the way of your thinking.
        The TRUE teaching of Islam IS: pedophilia is NOT permitted. See? you took wrong conclusion!
        AND, it “became” a question now. Why did Muhammad SAW married Aisha at age 6?

        6?? YES., some source tell about this, AND also many source TOLD that about the age are more than 18 y.o.

        Even, the source that tell about the age 6, also tell that, The marriage was done because of Allah decision. But, they didn’t live in the same house till Aisha r.a. get her first period.

        Before you try to elaborate, you should try to think first. Many Muslim should have been realize this ambiguity and have given some true explanations of them. Because it always become question for non-Muslim for many times.

        My last words, You should ask every ambiguity of Islam to TRUE religion scholar than recite it from book. Because actually Islam is the List of peace,tolerance, true dignity of woman, science, and many more.

        Try to compare it with your religion (at least) IF you want to find the TRUTH

      • re: Aji;

        Thank you for your comment.

        I will address your primary contention. There are actually many references in sunnah al-hadith that confirm the marriage of muhammad to aisha at the age of 6 and the consumation (sexually) at the age of 9.

        There are 4 references in bukari and 3 references in muslim. These references were narrated by Aisha, herself.

        There are other references in abu dawud.

        See: Bukari Vol. 7 Book 62 Hadith #64 (This was narrated by Aisha herself.)

        If you wish to discuss the other subjects you mentioned or anything else, please write back.

        Thank you.

        Blessings of love and peace be with you always.

        s/m @ sharia unveiled

      • Re: sharia unveiled

        Al-hadits of Bukhari and Muslim focused on Halal and Haram problem in Islam. Al-Hadith is records of the prophet behavior that are written based on the recognition of the best friends (of Rasulullah) who are considered honest at that time. Hadith became further explanation for the Quran in Islam. In hadith, many case and problem are described in detail. In islam we have procedures in eating, (even) the way to enter the toilet/the way to clean ourself after doing sex/pee, how to sleep well and many more.

        Hadits that you try to elaborate is the ambiguous hadist that difficult to be accepted because of their narrator (we called them Perawi.) Though this is exist on Bukhari and Muslim, but it’s Perawi is totally ambiguous. He is Hisyam bin ‘Urwah.

        Imam malik, on his book, told that Hisyam can be trusted at every thing, except after he lived in Iraq. Because Iraq/Iran is the place of syiah, and most of syiah are not Islam, its the place where slander and Islamic problem come at that era. And the strangest thing and quite surprising as we know that the narrators(Perawi) of the hadith of ‘A’ishah age: all people of Iraq.

        That’s why, it is become problematic. You can not weaken teaching of Islam by explain this thing without deep elaboration. Islam is the perfect and the most detail teaching religion ever. We also believe on 25 prophet include Moses, Jesus. But the last and also the cover of all the prophets is, Muhammad SAW.

        Many Islam researcher have tried to evaluate this problem, and they conclude that this hadith is weak. They, the researchers also have tried to calculate the actual age of aisyah based on historical data. And they found conclusion that it should be more than 15.

        Regards

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  7. Having read your summary, I come to a frightening thought. Imagine, Adolf Hitler was successful and he based his success on the many precepts of his book, Mien Kempf. Fast forward thousand years, the third reich is almost a religion, the philosophy on Mien Kempf is spread across the world. The people running the world would be equally intolerant and Hitler would be their driving messiah.

    The similarity you present above and my thoughts are frightening indeed!

    • re: KR007;

      Yes.. the similarities between Nazism and Islamism are definitely evident. Hitler was actually a pretty big fan of Islam. And likewise, Islam was a pretty big fan of him. Hitler derived much of his idealogy from Islam. He was personal friends with the Mufti of Jerusalem (the Senior Muslim Religious Leader) and they met on many occasions.

      Here is a video you might find interesting: (It’s in German with English Subtitles)

      http://youtu.be/d51poygEXYU

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

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  9. One of the items I found most interesting about “Obsession” was the connection to Nazi ideology. Seems that while they are similar, its I bit more difficult to sound the call to arms this time, even with the enemy at the gates.

    Wonder if you can point me in the direction of an essay/text/etc that compares the works and teachings of Jesus to those of Muhammad. As they seem glaring in difference (Jesus denounced an Eye for An Eye while Muhammad decrees you take the whole head), I can only think that somebody has already done the leg work there and that you might have a reference available.

  10. I’ve been up since 2am reading the web news. This site caught my attention and I enjoyed the back and forth comments. My views on Islam have not change through the years. I worked in Tunisia for a couple of years and lived on board a drilling rig with Muslims. My experiences are as follows,,,
    The local Muslims on the rig were just like anywhere else I sailed. Treat them with due respect and they will respect you.
    I always carried a Bible with my during my travels. The Tunisian Custom agents would do a double take at me every time they saw my Bible.
    There was a intermittent “undertone” regarding the Muslims on board. A silence hovered over the rig at times. We later found out that one of the rig hands was a undercover agent of the gov’t checking on the Muslims. It scared them to no end. Fear changed their attitude immensely.
    While drilling, we hit H2S gas several times and the Imam from Tunis came to the rig, he slaughtered a lamb on the drill floor to drive “away the evil spirits” or it was offering to Allah. After he left the rig we had several more H2S hits. This became a “joke” through out the entire rig and fleet. Muslims and non-believers alike, joked about it.
    We had several Brits “beaten” by Muslim police in Hannibal for talking to “westernized” Tunisian women at a outdoor cafe.
    Personally, I think we should remove ourselves from their lands and leave them to their own demise. If you can’t assimilate into the country you immigrated, then go back where you came from. Do not bring “havoc” to your new country. If you were unhappy with the conditions in your motherland, stay there a work for a “change”, don’t come here and ruin our country. We do enough damage to ourselves.
    Non-believers and Muslims will never “mix” well, for any length of time. We differ so much our basic belief systems and the “extremes” from both sides will continue to incite hatred for each other.
    Of course, I am declared a “isolationist” and “racist” for my beliefs. For me, its like water off a ducks back.
    God Bless you all,,,

    • re: Michael D Baudry;

      First, please allow me to say “thank you” for taking the time to share your experiences and thoughts.

      The story you told from Tunisia was great.

      I completely agree with your conclusion in your last paragraph.

      I am sure you know.. that in any relationship, it takes two sides committed to giving 100% to achieve their common goal.

      A relationship between us and Islam is no different. But, at the foundation.. the goals of Islam are completely counter to all Western and Eastern cultural values and the foundations of those civilizations.

      Almost any American with even a minimal education knows that we are a nation of immigrantes and a culture of diverse ideals.

      We are not racist.. because neither Islam nor Muslim is a race. Islam is a “religion”.. and muslims are the practitioners of that belief.

      Muslims consist of ALL races on earth. Arab Muslims, Asian Muslims, Anglo Muslims, African Muslims, Hispanic Muslims etc.

      Don’t ever allow your adversary to define the narrative nor frame the debate.

      Here is just how accepting we, as Americans are:

      There are millions of Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, atheists, secularists and so on in the United States.. and there has been for many decades. When was the last time you heard of any group or individual calling for the Buddhists to be repatriated to their nations of origin? Of course, when was the last time a Buddhist hijacked a plane and flew it into any fixed structure?

      All of those religions above have doctrines and tenets that are not only completely different from our Judeo-Christian foundations as a nation.. but, they are equally unique in difference from each other. And yet, there is no ‘sectarian violence’ or ‘religious wars’ between any of them or with us.

      We do not expect people to arrive on our shores and check their cultures and religions at the door upon entry. But, what we do expect is a degree of acceptance and respect for our history, culture and foundation of laws and values. As Americans, we have proven time and time again to be accepting of those who accept us.

      The only group of people in the world that cannot accept our system of governance nor coexist with any other belief are those who practice Islam.

      And that we cannot accept.

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

  11. The ignorant remain ignorant when there is no desire to learn and seek knowledge. I desire to learn. May a non-extremist Muslim answer the following so that I can make informed decisions.
    1. Is it true that anyone who does not submit to Allah deserves death, if the answer is no, what reference from official Muslim literature can you use to support your answer.
    2. Is it true that there are special circumstances where rape can be is Justified under Islamic law. If the answer is yes what are these conditions. If not what reference from Islamic literature can you use to buttress your answer.
    3. Did Allah create the Universe, if yes please provide some reference from Official Islamic literature.
    4. Does Allah need human strength to execute his will on earth?
    5. Is Allah able to ‘deal’ with infidels without the assistance of his followers?
    6. Does Allah change his mind?
    7. Is there any reference in Islamic literature pointing out that Allah has Loves human beings, if yes what is Allah’s meaning of Love. What references extracted from official Islamic literature can be used to support your answer.

    • re: Seeker;

      I admire and respect your quest for knowledge.

      That is the path I followed. I did not seek out a ‘title’ or a ‘religion’ but rather..I went in search of the truth.

      Since you requested that a ‘..non-extremist muslim..’ answer your questions, I will refrain from answering them.

      Although, I have studied al-Qur’an and Sunnah al-Hadith since 1991 (22 years). If you do not receive a response per your request and you would like your questions answered..please let me know.

      I can provide you with the evidence from al-Qur’an and Sunnah al-Hadith.

      Peace and love be with you.

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

    • re: fromfame;

      Assalam alaikum.

      I am not sure if your offer is serious or if you are being facetious..

      ..but, if you are being serious, I would love to be your friend.

      - – - – -
      :)

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

  12. all people should understand that, the day will last day of universe (end of time) when there is no Muslim alive. all the people & everything of world will be destroy when there will no Muslim & day of Judgment will be start. so only Islam is the religion of peace.

    • re: ateeq sherazi;

      Pardon?

      I don’t follow your logic…

      If the world will end and no Muslims will be alive..how do you deductively reason ‘..Islam is the religion of peace..?’

      Muhammad was a “prophet” of war and attrition. He was a murderer of the innocent. He slaughtered 900 innocent Jews by beheading at Banu Qurayza. Muhammad was a thief who stole from the poor travelers by robbing caravans. Muhammad was a pedophile that preyed on little pre-pubescent girls. Muhammad was a child-rapist that forced himself onto little Aisha.

      ALL Muslims are instructed to ‘..follow in the way of Muhammad..’ therefore, I believe we can more accurately deduce from the historical precedence set by Muhammad that ALL Muslims are supposed to:

      1. Murder Jews

      2. Rob the poor

      3. Rape little girls

      And guess what Ateeq? Many Muslims around the world are successfully achieving that goal.

      And that is why “we” are here.

      Islam a ‘..religion of peace..?’

      LOL. Ha ha ha… yeaah right!

      Only the retarded would ever believe such a fallacy.

      - – - -

      s/m @ sharia unveiled

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