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Why This Book? .......................................................7 Why Do They Hate Us? ..........................................11 Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets ..........................15 Words from the Quran ............................................21 Islam through the Ages ...........................................32 The End of an Empire .............................................39 Islam Is the Answer.................................................43 Recipe for Genocide ...............................................51 Millennial Fervor, 1979 ..........................................57 The Third Jihad .......................................................63 Allah’s Divine Law (Sharia)...................................69 Why They Hate Us..................................................77 Glossary ..................................................................84 For Further Information ..........................................89
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The only way you can stop us is to give up your democracy. If you give up democracy and freedom of speech and start to stop us and ban us, that’s the way you can stop us, but that means we succeed. We can say to the people, you see, democracy, hypocrisy. We always said so. —Sheik Omar Bakri, England
ot long ago, like most of you, I knew very little about Muslims and the religion of Islam. So, following my wife’s lead, we began to read and attend lectures and dialogues held at churches and a local university. Wellknown Muslim leaders came from all over the country to teach us about Islam. What I first noticed was that the Muslims we met graciously welcomed us. They gave us nice handouts, served great treats, and produced well-organized seminars. They were smart, articulate, and successful in both business and professions. My second impression was that they were not at all afraid to present their views even when they seemed at odds with what most Americans believe. Nobody challenged them. I thought, “Are people asleep or is this what is called political correctness?” The subject of this book, I think, lies well below the radar of most Americans. Most of us are caught up in the battle of everyday life. Things like work, health, food and fuel costs, taxes, etc. keep us so busy that we forget to be thankful for what we have and there just isn’t time to worry about a few radicals that are causing trouble a long ways from our home. We want change but we’re not quite sure what kind. A concept we don’t want to think about is that there are people, those who follow radical Islam for instance, who have a different plan for our lives. Their program is long range, well thought out, and focused on the destruction of our society. My wife, with me on the sidelines, have gone through many books, DVDs and lectures. We have visited mosques and traveled to the Middle East twice. The resources we’ve explored were produced by a variety of people and organizations, and include many primary sources.
If you want to know even more. I think you will find that Islamist thought and action is meanacing and something that you should definitely know more about. How. Especially those outside of the United States. It was getting late. not sad. Weather wasn’t the worst of our problems. lit against darkening clouds. with waves surging and crashing in explosions of spray halfway up the cliffs. Other adventures followed in the weeks to come. could we find our safe haven? As we motored cautiously along shore. Do you know what I mean by everything? Few Americans can even grasp the concept! It makes me sad. financed by Saudi Arabia. The day my husband and I set out in our 22’ powerboat for a 5-week. that’s not politically correct. but the sun sank faster as evening approached. they have to give up everything. MAD. It guided us in to safety. It used to be called treason but now. Away from the harbor. the Quran and the Hadith? Or their history? Or what is happening around the world at the present time? Thanks to political correctness. we left in midafternoon. teach the extremist Wahhabi view of Islam and sell books in their attached bookstores that advocate the overthrow of our government. sending a big curling wave 7 . well-lit. That. alive. It can also be dangerous. to know that many large mosques in this country. We were floating threequarters of a mile or so from its face when a huge wall of ice broke off and thundered into the sea. Would not a good test be to read their holy books. Then there was our first glacier. read everything you can find written by those who have escaped Islam’s hold. Especially in their own language (usually Arabic). I’ll never forget the image of a remote island lighthouse. I Why This Book? gnorance can be bliss. We could clearly see the point we had to round in the distance. secure in the cove we were desperately seeking. It puzzles me when I keep hearing that Islam is a religion of peace. then I say you haven’t read or heard what current Islamist leaders themselves say about these concepts. both in and out of the United States. Once long ago he woke to find his flat-bottomed boat balanced atop a rock! Ripples lapped gently several feet below! All he could do was wait for the water.6 Islam is a large and rapidly growing religion. High birth rates and active proselytization have contributed to the growth. winds rose and waves began to toss us around. no. is the purpose of this book. The tide had gone out! My husband has an even better story about a falling tide. Why. atop cliffs sheer to the sea. We rounded the point in twilight and searched for the entrance to the cove as the last grey light faded to black. We bought some of our books from those bookstores. even in the highest levels of our government and amongst the various branches of Christianity. Take the time to probe deeper. I guess. Attendance at mosques by young people is soaring. the most welcome sight of my life came into view. we make concessions to groups that we would not for individuals. Our destination was a protected anchorage to the north of a large island. Are we so anxious for change that we would agree to Sharia law and give up freedom as we have known it? What about all those who have fought and died to preserve our American freedoms? If you say Islam is compatible with present Constitutional law and democracy. We woke one morning and looked out to see our anchor securely attached to shore. then. my friends. 500-mile trip in the Inside Passage. Usually to do that. is it necessary to kill those who leave the faith? Even more surprising is the large number of people who seem to believe the peace story. straining our eyes. It was a big boat. now. People once in find it very difficult to get out.
Some are spectacular. women. in her ignorance. They cherish many of the values I hold dear. But ignorance can be dangerous! In this case. in which Muslims killed more than a million fellow Muslims in the 1980s? What about Algeria.000 Muslim men. My goal has been to see the world through their eyes. rational.8 9 toward us. We panicked! We’d surely sink! But by the time the wave reached us. keep their wits about them. After the tragic events of September 11. we were always advised. listened to lectures. Unseen beneath a stormy surface are vital keys to meanings. I love research. even those with whom I disagree. 2001. I have greater respect for all of them as a result. afloat and intact but empty. and a lot less worried about others. the Ivory Coast. I’ve read and read. Stick with the ship. News can distract more than inform us. and willfully choose to make decisions rationally rather than emotionally. to be respectful. When gales rise and storm clouds darken. it was no more than a gentle undulation.000 Christians killed in northern Nigeria by Muslims who were celebrating September 11? Why. if Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of peace. Or like being a juror. circumspect and rational. “Why. Kosovo and Bosnia combined! What about the 3. Bliss is a happy state of mind. part of me wishes I were still ignorant. and objective. causes. where fundamentalists slaughtered more than 130. Still. and connections. On the subject of this book. to learn what is true. Muslims have repeatedly assured me that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. I listen to prosecution and defense arguments. allowed students to name a stuffed bear Muhammad? Excellent questions. neither of which is remotely true! We are all individuals. that Islam is a religion of peace. I sought deeper understanding. Although I have made every effort to be balanced. I wonder how we survived that first year! From today’s vantage. I realize that we should have been a lot more worried about some things. For me it’s like solving mysteries or gathering pieces of a puzzle and putting them together. people must be ready and cautious. Looking back now. Liberia. I accept facts that are agreed upon by both sides and critically examine “facts” that are in dispute. viewed documentaries. some two million people have been butchered to date! That’s more than died in Rwanda. consider the testimony of “witnesses” and pay very close attention to cross-examination as I evaluate witness credibility. and children during the 1990s? And there’s Sudan! In Darfur and the south. that the word Islam itself means peace. People on all “sides” tend to be emotional rather than rational. were the streets of Sudan packed with angry Muslims brandishing swords and calling for the death of a British schoolteacher who. Muslims are individuals. I’ve been privileged to meet and interact with Muslims holding a variety of opinions. The people aboard had panicked. They rivet our attention for a while but quickly fade when something new and compelling occurs.” What is their cultural perspective? This was a difficult book to write. We just have to understand what they mean when they say the word “peace. Current events are analogous to waves and froth on the surface of the sea. My conclusion after much study? Islam is a religion of peace. Non-Muslims tend to assume all Muslims are the same. the direction of the tide…all are critical to a true understanding of danger. to dissociate . Islam is a topic that always seems to arouse strong feelings. suicide bombings? What about the Iran-Iraq War. and Muslims tend to assume all non-Muslims are the same. after years of boating. It can take more than you can. They come and they go. engaged in interfaith dialogues and visited mosques. and perished. more dangerous than I ever imagined. abandoned ship. the strength of the current. I maintain. I try to view situations from various perspectives and withhold judgment until there is enough evidence to be compelling. then. Boats have been found after hurricanes. The underlying topography. “What?” you may ask.
Muslims are not all Islamists. I resolved to do better. But I can’t forget that Hitler attained his position of power in large part because individuals like me chose to studiously look the other way. The premeditated tragedy seemed incomprehensible. 3. even hatred from some people! From most. I thought all parents would react the way mine did to provocations or misbehavior. surely we could get the world back on track toward the peaceful future that seemed all so possible after the end of the Cold War. Muslim means “one who submits. If we are to have power to ride out the storm. Some preliminary comments: 1. You can agree or disagree. I expect cool indifference. It took exposure to other families and other perspectives to eventually undermine my assumptions and convince me that the biggest part of the situation in my family had nothing to do with me. Islam is the name of the religion. If Dad was angry. So why bother? Wouldn’t it be easier to say nothing. I did not take into account my father’s history or his way of perceiving things. whether we want it or not. Check to see if it is true. but not necessarily in the first. I mistakenly thought everything was about ME.” Those who submit to Allah are called Muslims. Once I have said my piece. it must be my fault. is that I lacked an adequate frame of reference. accusations. That indicates to me that he may be an Islamist himself. As a child. This book focuses on Islamism the political ideology as distinct from Islam the religion. I’m just one tiny person in a very big world. W Why Do They Hate Us? hy do they hate us? Anguished Americans searched their souls after 9-11. I encourage you to verify what I say. to be more careful. to hide my head in the sand and think happy thoughts? I could surely persuade myself that I can’t make a difference. to study harder in school. Because of my personality and perhaps my status as the eldest child. I fear readers may not do the same. It summarizes countless hours of research so you don’t have to do the research yourself. Islam means “submission. People were too busy with their own lives to care. so he couldn’t help but love and appreciate me. Any Muslim who thinks this book denounces Islam is saying he believes they are one and the same. “Slander” means “false accusation. What is obvious in the second example. then my family would be as peaceful and loving as I dreamed it could be. to listen and obey. That. I thought. we need understanding. 4. or at least sympathetic. As elections loom in America. As I cried myself to sleep. content to know I have not been complicit. 11 . my conscience will be clear and I will be free to turn my attention elsewhere. 2. I anticipate anger. I assumed all families were like mine. Not that I was flawless or perfectly innocent. But my childhood belief that I was the center and cause of events. anyway. until such a tsunami of destruction washed over the world that they had no choice but to rearrange their priorities! Knowledge is power. would surely solve my problems.10 myself from panic or emotion. to please him. If I could change myself. we individually must exercise a precious right to choose who will guide our ship through the impending hurricane. which was within my power. I will use the specific word “Allah” rather than the generic word “God.” “Allah” is accented on the second syllable. or even choose not to read what I have to say at all! I simply present this information for your consideration.” Truth is not slander. I had no historical perspective. I feel compelled to say something.” It is accented on the second syllable. to do anything. I blamed myself for harsh words or spankings that came my way. anything. insane! We must have done something to deserve it! If we could pinpoint our errors and rectify them.
To clarify the distinction: Islam is a centuries-old faith. Our assumptions need to be challenged and our frame of reference expanded. a one-time CBS insider. In its September 2001 issue (which came out before the attack on America). Al Ahram. confirmed my suspicions about reporters in his book Bias: I learned much more about the atmosphere that breeds suicide bombers from one short article in Commentary magazine than I have from watching twenty years of network television news. more akin to the utopian movements of communism and fascism than to what Americans think of as “religion. an Italian journalist based in Israel. even leaders. that reveal critical misunderstandings. most Americans. She tells us about a hit song in Cairo. When ignored and allowed to grow and spread. and the West Bank with the catchy title “I Hate Israel. has application for America today. a “Mein Kampf” if you will. Perhaps an understanding of how the perpetrators of 9-11 view things would shed more light than self-examination. written in the 1950s by Sayd Qutb. in a way. Japan’s invasion of Manchuria in September 1931 was the beginning of World War II. In Europe. written in 1925. I was a small part of a big picture. It’s a book that inspired Osama bin Laden. was flawed.” Why didn’t I know this? Did you know that? No one thought to ask. clearly presents the political ideology I will refer to as Islamism. but few people seem aware even of the basics! Reporters and top leaders make statements that astound me. This lesson. I think. . Only a minority of Muslims are Islamists. far less significant than I had initially assumed. Islamism is a 20th century political ideological movement. Steeped in a warrior culture and believing itself under divine rule. Milestones. there was an article by Fiamma Nirenstein. When found and treated quickly. entitled “How Suicide Bombers Are Made.12 13 that others were right and I was wrong. Had people in the West read Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Bernard Goldberg. Damascus. she tells about a “river of hatred” that runs through not just the most radical of Arab nations but also much of what we like to think of as the “moderate” Arab world. Its national slogan was Hakko Ichiu (Bringing the Eight Corners of the World Under One Roof). it is possible that war in Europe could have been avoided. exists for the Islamist movement. But cancer is not the equivalent of the body. Perhaps millions of lives could have been saved. cancer causes little trouble. It’s elementary. She tells us about a series of articles that ran in the leading government-sponsored newspaper in Egypt. Perhaps Hitler could have been stopped. They regularly quote from the Quran to justify their actions and shout Allahu Akhbar as they do their deeds. Expanding my vision to see things through my father’s eyes shed far more light on my situation than searching my own soul. the identity of the enemy and his goals were clear.” In it. Every door I’ve opened while researching history and Islam has led to five more doors. Cancer originates in our bodies. that I had power to unilaterally change circumstances that impacted me. At the present time. seem unclear about the identity and goals of the enemy or whether we even have an enemy! Yet a manifesto. Japan aimed to expand and subjugate all others. Muslims protest what they call the unfair association of Islam with terror or violence. but it seems clear that terrorists themselves seen an association. By the time of that attack. Perhaps we are a much smaller part of a very big picture than we imagine ourselves to be. An analogy to describe the relationship might be cancer. I could continue to research this topic forever! But I’m compelled to share what I know.” Islamism has its roots in Islam but is not equivalent to Islam. I am not an expert. the enemy’s identity and goals were not so clear. but every Islamist is a Muslim. Our bodies nourish it. cancer causes death. and taken it seriously. about how Jews supposedly use the blood of Christians to make matzah for Passover. “Why do they hate us?” when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941.
at the time of Muhammad’s birth. An idealistic young man. Islamists are. They do not openly carry arms or conduct operations in accordance with accepted laws or customs of war. idolatry and tribalism around him. we must take a look at its context and its roots in the history of Islam itself. he was distressed by the poverty. His mother died when he was about six years old and relatives took him in. a child was born in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula who was destined to change history.14 In Afghanistan and Iraq. and piety is honored in the broader culture. No one cared about the poor and the unfortunate. tend to focus on the present or the future and to disregard or debunk history. they don’t wear uniforms or otherwise identify themselves. His grandfather had an important position as custodian of the Kaaba. Abdullah (literally “slave of Allah”) died before he was born. Marvin Zonis. Islamists blend in and camouflage themselves! Contrary to the Geneva Convention. We need to do so. We may soon be forced to choose between one nation under God. on the whole. as well. or thirty-ninth hearing—is in my opinion the single most impressive political ideology which has been proposed in the 20th century since the Bolshevik Revolution. Americans. 15 . Most victims of Islamist ideology to date have been Muslims. the son of Abraham.” Unfortunately for us and for innocent Muslims. fourth. Muslims are not the enemy. was one of 360 gods whose idols were worshipped at the Kaaba in Mecca. They may be very pious. Allah. we cannot hope to comprehend how they frame events and perceive the world.D. If we agree with their vision. we should be clear about what the Islamist vision is and decide whether it’s something we want. director of the Middle East Institute at the University of Chicago. we can cease resisting and cooperate with them to implement it! But before we panic and jump for that quick “fix”. Is it compatible with our own vision and values? Do we even have a vision? What exactly do we value? What is worth living for. For them. what is worth dying for? The Islamists have answered those questions for themselves. said to have fallen from heaven. The fierce desert tribes engaged in continual bloody wars of honor and endless rounds of revenge. Without a knowledge of their history and symbols. injustice. and even more important. 570. … If we accept that Bolshevism is a remnant of the 19th century. raised a warning: The message from Iran—no matter how bizarre or trivial it sounds on first. Dr. then I want to argue that we’ve had only one good one in the 20th—and it’s this one. Allah was represented by a black stone. Way back in 1984. or one world under Allah! o understand Islamism. Mecca was an important destination for pilgrims traveling to pay homage to the gods as well as a center of trade. T Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets Did you know that America and its allies could instantly end the wars and terrorist attacks? Islamists have a utopian vision for the future of all mankind. In the year A. They answer to no authority but Allah. moderates and so-called “collaborators. the past is alive! Heroes of the faith are esteemed and emulated by young Muslims. not something we can see from the outside. Travelers from far-away places exposed young Muhammad to a wide variety of cultures and ideas. What differentiates Islamist fighters from Muslim civilians is something in their heads. That is not the case in the Muslim world. His father. second. Baby girls were buried alive. … This powerful message will be with us for a very long time—no matter what happens to Khomeini. His family was part of the ruling Quarysh tribe and his lineage traced to Ishmael.
and the Kingdom of God has been established here on earth. not from the first revelation. They later married and had four children. Muhammad and a group of followers fled north to Medina. ‘Read in the name of your Lord. ‘I do not know how to read (or what shall I read)?’ Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me. Book 1. too. Muhammad returned home profoundly disturbed.D. When he was about 40 years old. The Quran. Khadija. who was 15 years his senior. that Muhammad had been chosen to be a Prophet! She became his first convert. In time.’ Thereupon he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I could not bear it any more. something strange happened. He continued to receive revelations from Allah through the angel Gabriel. between religious and secular. 1:3: Suddenly the Truth descended upon him while he was in the cave of Hira. Muhammad entered the service of a wealthy widow. He then released me again and asked me to read but again I replied.” (John 18:26) and . of Medina according to the revelations he received. In A. “Cover me! Cover me!” She covered him until his fear passed and then he told her what had occurred. and then released me and said. When his wife and influential uncle died. “The angel caught me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it any more. is the literal and uncorrupted word of Allah. who has created (all that exists). who created man from a clot. his ideas and leadership were welcomed. time itself began when Muhammad became a political leader. — offers a total way of life Maryam Jameelah that Islamists call “the correct and complete system of life for the entire human race. those who felt threatened conspired to kill him. She believed the vision was from Allah. spirit and matter. The concept itself is based in part on Jesus’ teachings that “My Kingdom is not of this world. 622.” That is why Muslims believe Islam is the last and greatest of all religions. There are not even words in Arabic to express the concept of a separation between church and state. Muhammad liked to retreat into peaceful desert solitude to meditate and worship Allah for days at a time. Bukhari Hadith Volume 1. No sons survived to adulthood. adding. including a daughter Fatima. Muhammad is the ideal man whose example should be emulated. which would later become known as Divine Law (Sharia). He then released me and again asked me to read and I replied. then called Yathrib. It is significant that the Islamic calendar dates from the Hegira (migration). provides a perfect system that can only be polluted by attempts at reform. Muhammad returned to the cave and received more revelations. There. Islam does not recognize any kind of separation between soul and body. something that did exist and flourish in the age of Muhammad and can exist and flourish in any age whenever there are sincere believers and men of faith. For Muslims. It for it is perfect in itself. the perfect revelation from the one true God. which he related to a growing group of followers. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. He cried to his wife Khadija. Islam. they believe. a book I was given by a prominent Muslim leader: Muhammad was the only Prophet who fulfilled his mission and completed his work in his lifetime. he became popular enough to challenge the established order. Islam is Islam can never be “reformed” not simply a religion.16 17 At the age of 25. and he reorganized the government It is critical to understand that there is no distinction in Islam between what Americans would call “church” and state. According to Islam in Focus. in the view of nearly all Muslims. ‘I do not know how to read. … The Prophet added. “I fear that something may happen to me. religion and life. but it is something of this world. so foundational in America.” Khadija was more excited than afraid. The Kingdom of God is not an unattainable ideal or something of the Hereafter only. According to Islam in Focus. … The religion of God has been completed by Muhammad in concept as well as in application.
The battle cry Allahu Akbar (literally “Allah is greater”) was used even in those early days.. This as the best model for man in was a prototype for the piety and perfection. The Prophet set out for Khaybar and reached it at night.) As a political leader. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches. had been monogamous. enemy to fight) then it will be a miserable morning for those who have been warned. Muhammad allowed them to continue to cultivate the oasis as long as they paid him a tribute of half their produce. In the culture of the time. they will vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers.881: Allah’s Apostle gave the land of Khaibar to the Jews on the condition that they would work on it and cultivate it and they would get half its yield. Bukhari Hadith Vol 7. When they saw the Prophet.64 describes one marriage: The Prophet married her (Aisha) when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Bukhari Hadith Volume 3. dhimma. they said. the Jews came out with their bags and spades.000 troops and captured it with little resistance.e. All idols except for the black stone associated with Allah were smashed and destroyed. this would have been an acceptable course of action. after winning a subsequent battle. but soon withdrew. they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred. he would never have been accepted as an esteemed leader by desert warriors. he marched on Mecca with 10.e. patient and persevering. Muhammad became convinced the Jews of Medina had betrayed him. Allahu Akbar! (Allah is Greater) and Khaibar is ruined. Bk 62. In the battle of Badr in 624.. He then attacked the Khaybar oasis to the north. a concessionary —Islam in Focus charter granted to unbelievers in lands conquered by Muslims. Muhammad reserved the right to break the agreement and expel the subject Jews Muhammad stands in history whenever he wished. In response. Muhammad.234: After a month-long siege. According to an authoritative history. in contrast to norms at the time. “Muhammad and his army!” The Prophet said. Book 52. 4. The Kaaba became established as the center of Muslim worship. Muhammad planned to ambush a large caravan en route to Mecca. If there are twenty amongst you. the Jews surrendered. … There were 600 or 700 in all. Muhammad moved to unite warring tribes and subdue all enemies. … Then the Apostle went out to the market of Medina and dug trenches in it. 3. at the Battle of the Trenches. Muhammad prevailed. credited their god Hubal with the victory.. though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900. . in his 25-year marriage to Khadija. After she died. The Meccans. The Life of Muhammad by Muhammad bin Ishaq (d 773): Then they (the Jews) surrendered. married 12 other wives. His three hundred men were challenged by 950 Meccan troops. Book 50. When the day dawned. ten thousand Arabs attacked Muslim forces at Medina. for whenever we approach a nation (i.18 19 “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s. Bukhari Hadith Volume 4. 7. . Muhammad signed a ten-year hudna (truce) with Meccan leaders.” (Mark 12:17) (Admittedly.. Christians have not always followed Jesus’ teaching on this point. which was being cultivated by Jews. and the Apostle confined them in Medina. In 627. till his death). miraculously. In 628. Had he not been militarily successful in that culture. and then she remained with him for nine years (i. The Quarysh tribe of Mecca killed some of Muhammad’s men. A revelation from Allah ensued: Sura 8:65: O Apostle! Rouse the Believers to the fight. allowing Muslim pilgrims to visit the Kaaba.
20 Muhammad also married Zaynab. ew people in the West have read the Quran or the Hadith. memorized by his followers and later written down. One of his wives. The Quran consists of 114 suras (chapters). From a Western or Judeo-Christian perspective. became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle. It is considered authoritative but is not the word of Allah. 1. Two or three or four.” Sura 33:21: Ye have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day. The Prophet cut off the hands and feet of the men belonging to the tribe of ‘Uraina and did not cauterize (their bleeding limbs) till they died. The Quran is a collection of the revelations Muhammad said came to him from Allah through the angel Gabriel. a cousin and former wife of his adopted son. It places many revelations of the Quran in historical context and records the words and deeds of the Prophet and his followers. as long as they are treated equitably. It is Islamic doctrine that all previous written revelations from Allah had been hopelessly corrupted. was Christian. Muslims do not believe the Quran is translatable. All rival texts were destroyed to ensure against corruption. not all of Muhammad’s actions and teachings would be judged praiseworthy. Except for the first sura. is Allah’s final book. perfect and applicable to all people for all time. Only 21 . Because Muslims believe the Quran is valid for all time and for all people. I will quote directly from the Quran and Hadith. Maryam. but we are herein endeavoring to understand the perspective of Muslims. no water was given to them. and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron. F Words from the Quran Another Hadith adds an additional detail to the story: Bukhari Hadith Volume 8. His very name means “Highly Praised One. specifically Islamists. The translation of the Quran I cite (Abdullah Yusif ‘Ali’s) was a gift from a Muslim leader.795: Allah declared all of Muhammad’s conduct to be praiseworthy. The Medinan suras tended to be longer than the earlier Meccan ones. compiled in final form approximately 200 years after Muhammad died. especially the Jewish and Christian Bibles. and who engages much in the Praise of Allah. They were put in ‘Al-Harra’ and when they asked for water. Rayhana. it is arranged in order from longest sura to shortest. A final authoritative version was compiled in approximately 652 during the reign of the Caliph Uthman. or have accurate knowledge of what Muslims believe or why. Another. according to Islam. The Hadith describes a case of Muhammad’s treatment of two men who had accepted and then renounced Islam: Bukhari Hadith Volume 1. The word “Quran” literally means “recitation.234: The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon.” The words were recited by Muhammad. … Those people committed theft and murder. Book 4. was Jewish. Muslims are allowed no more than four wives at a time. The Hadith is a collection of traditions. With the exception of the Prophet. without reference to chronology. when possible without comment. 8. In this section. Divine Law (Sharia) still allows men four wives at a time. Sura 4:3: Marry women of your choice. Book 82. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done). The Quran.
Please continually keep in mind that Islamism is a 20th century political / ideological movement with roots in Islam. and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity. but if they repent. the topic of this book. and seize them. Use www. the best of peoples for the people. enjoining what is right. Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things? Verse of the Sword This verse from the final sura revealed to Muhammad abrogates more than 100 previous revelations: Sura 9:5: According to Ibn Tamiyya (d 1328). It is distinct from the religion of Islam. I will cite only representative verses. I encourage you to check the context of verses for yourself. There is much discussion of abrogation in the Hadith.” means. are most relevant to an understanding of Islamism. This is not a complete list of doctrines and beliefs. Muslims believe.searchtruth. that ye may guard yourselves from them. but We substitute something better or similar. however. The doctrine of abrogation holds that later suras abrogate. 4. 47 and 58 are among those revealed in Medina. The Verse: “You (true Muslims) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind. however.com to find additional teachings on these and other matters. Muslims throughout the world recite the Quran and pray in Arabic. evolved for mankind. then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them. 9. Superiority of Islam and Muslims Sura 3:110: Bukhari Hadith Volume 6. Warnings About Non-Muslims Sura 3:28: Let not the Believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that. as you bring them with chains on their necks until they embrace Islam. 5.22 23 Arabic can convey the true meaning and beauty of the text. and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war). That is important. whether or not they speak or understand Arabic. 8. In Medina he was first permitted and later commanded to kill unbelievers. Muhammad was prohibited from killing in Mecca. 22. These verses. The principle itself is based on a verse from the Quran: Sura 2:106. The Quran itself. Book 60. Success of Islam Guaranteed Sura 4:141: When the forbidden months are past. in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution. and Muslims may well protest that this gives an unbalanced picture of Muhammad’s teaching. Abrogation (naskh) As mentioned above. 6:80: Ye are the best of peoples. Never will Allah grant to the unbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers. Muslims are strongly discouraged and in some places prohibited from from reading the Bible. The Quran contains apparent contradictions. or render null and void. forbidding what is wrong. even critical information. accessed through the Islamic web site. Because I want to keep this concise. then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving. Most Muslims are not Islamists. . None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten. The Verse of the Sword is Allah’s final word on the subject. 3. Most Merciful. beleaguer them. www. earlier ones. The Hadith I cite is Bukhari’s. because of the doctrine of abrogation.searchtruth.com. They are cited by Islamists again and again. and believing in Allah. abrogates the Bible. Suras 2. the Quran itself does not tell us in what order suras were revealed.
Book 67. In some cases.” Sura 58:5: Bukhari Hadith Volume 4. They are but friends and protectors to each other. the angels. And the Unbelievers (will have) a humiliating Penalty.—except under compulsion. and all the people. Sura 2:225: Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths. Any one who. to abide therein (For ever). Those who resist Allah and His Apostle will be humbled to dust. 4:269: Bukhari Hadith Volume 7. as were those before them: for We have already sent down Clear Signs. if I take an oath and later find something else that is better than that.24 25 Sura 3:73: Sura 3:118: Believe no one unless he follows your religion. Sura 4:144: Sura 16:106: Fate of Non-Muslims Sura 3:85: Sura 4:56: If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah). Whoever betrays a Muslim. especially to Unbelievers. then I do what is better and expiate my oath. Wise. O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. utters Unbelief. O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves? Sura 4:93: Islamists have circumvented this prohibition by using the following verses to justify takfir. “By Allah. his heart remaining firm in Faith—but such as open their breast to Unbelief. and none of his Compulsory or optional good deeds will be accepted on the Day of Resurrection. . any Muslim with a voting card has been declared apostate. Book 52. and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good). And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Book 80. never will it be accepted of him. We shall change them for fresh skins. and He is Oft-forgiving. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. Most Forbearing.747: Sura 8:12 Taqiyya (Dissimulation or Deception) Muslims are given explicit permission to lie. Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali (1058-1111): The Prophet said. 7:427 Takfir (Declaring Muslims to be Unbelievers) In general. that they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power. We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often as their skins are roasted through. Sura 5:51: O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. on them is Wrath from God. after accepting faith in Allah. but for the intention in your hearts.” It is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible. and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty. Muslims are prohibited from killing other Muslims. and Allah willing. his recompense is Hell. Bukhari Hadith Volume 8. If a man kills a believer intentionally. “War is deceit. in this respect will incur the curse of Allah. worthy of death. The Prophet said. if there is a greater good to be attained. Those who reject our Signs. 8. I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.
” Or Matthew 5:44: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. clarifies the concept: If Muslims are weak. “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say. Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward. Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods. Bukhari Hadith Volume 4. when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah. for the Prophet made a truce with the Quarysh for that long. and ye dislike it. Slay them wherever ye catch them. 195: Allah’s Apostle said. Sura 4:95: Sura 9:38-39: Sura 9:111: Sura 9:52: . Its maximum duration is 10 years. Book 52. for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause. turn to him the other also. bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. not long before his death. Sura 58:5: Sura 2:216: Those who resist Allah and His Apostle will be humbled to dust. Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt.” The Quran was revealed in a culture that glorified war and conquest. as is related by Abu Dawud. At length. Islam does not teach pacifism. Umdat as-Salik. But Allah knoweth. It includes the internal struggle against temptation as well as the overt struggle against unbelievers. a truce may be made for ten years if necessary. If someone strikes you on the right cheek. ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life. is entitled “Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihad). as were those before them: for We have already sent down Clear Signs. and turn them out from where they have Turned you out. as compared with the Hereafter.” Sura 47:4: When ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight). and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons.26 27 Hudna (Truce) The word translated “peace treaty” in English is hudna in Arabic. An entire book of the Bukhari Hadith. for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression. when ye have thoroughly subdued them. Let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression. that. Unless ye go forth. Oh ye who believe! What is the matter with you. smite at their necks. And the Unbelievers (will have) a humiliating Penalty. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you. He will punish you with a grievous penalty. but if they cease. a medieval jurist. and slay and are slain.” It is the struggle against evil in all forms. and ye know not. and put others in your place. and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. There are no teachings in Islam comparable to that in Matthew 5:39: “Do not resist an evil person. exhorted Muslims to spread Allah’s religion to all the earth. Say: “Can you expect for us (any fate) other than one of two glorious things—(Martyrdom or victory)?” Dawa (Spreading the Faith) Muhammad. Book 52. Fighting is prescribed for you. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). and that ye love a thing which is bad for you.’” Sura 2:191: Sura 2:193: Jihad The word jihad literally means “struggle. ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.
even publicly. Book 52. a home and money before he can marry. the penis of the Elected never softens. Sura 2:154: Say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead. such as exists in most Muslim lands today. the family celebrates the martyr’s wedding to the houris. or fought or been slain—verily. it is said.” We have created (their Companions) of special creation. Besides. The erection is eternal. Sura 2:154: Say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead. or been driven out therefrom. All sins. Killing I have more than once heard Muslims refer to Sura 5:32 to support the point that Islam is opposed to the taking of life. otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty. And made them virgin—pure (and undefiled). Sura 5:32: If any one slew a person—unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land—it would be as if he slew Sura 3:195: . equal in age. they are living. 4. and from His presence is the best of rewards. Family members of those who die in the way of Allah are highly esteemed in the culture and the family may receive $25.28 29 Abdullah Azzam.46: Martyrdom provides the only assurance of salvation. the Fruit of the Gardens will be near (and easy of reach). as you read this.000. A young man must have a job. will be forgiven at the first spurt of blood. that in a strict Muslim society. or suffered harm in My Cause. Sura 56:35-37: iniquities.—A reward from the presence of Allah. Azzam also said that jihad is to achieve martyrdom and is mandatory for the salvation of humanity.” Nay. A shaheed proceeds directly to the highest level of Paradise and is married to 72 or more houris (virginal angelic beings). that can be practically impossible. wrote in his book In Defense of Muslim Lands: Jihad is dawa with a force. Those who have left their homes.—Beloved (by nature). and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing beneath. there is no dating. I will blot out from them their Muslim writer and teacher Suyuti (d 1505) wrote: Remember. The sensation you feel each time you make love is utterly delicious and out of this world and were you to experience it in this world you would faint. Suicide is prohibited in Islam. Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Cause into Paradise if he is killed. though ye perceive (it) not. this allows those who have chosen this type of death to commit sins on earth they might otherwise shun. but death in the way of Allah is highly praised. Young men and women are not allowed to mix. for the Companions of the Right Hand. until there remains only Muslims or people who submit to Islam. Rather than grieve. and is obligatory to perform with all available capabilities. whom no man or Jinn before them has touched. and all will have appetizing vaginas.” Nay. called by a Muslim biographer “the main pillar of the jihad movement in modern times”. Each elected will marry seventy houris. Sura 55:54: Bukhari Hadith Volume 4. restraining their glances. which literally means “witness. whose inner linings will be of rich brocade. They will recline on Carpets. chaste.” It refers to those who die in the way of Allah. though ye perceive (it) not. they are living. besides the women he married on earth. Each time we sleep with an houri we find her virgin. In a poor economy. In practice. Seventy members of his family escape Judgment Day and are guaranteed entrance to Paradise. … In them will be (Maidens). Death in the Way of Allah The word translated “martyr” in English is shaheed.
They seek to overthrow all current governments. The very next verse says that all who reject faith are evil. so that the believers become confused concerning the true nature of the struggle.. No Compulsion in Religion Here is another verse that is often quoted out of context to demonstrate Muhammad’s teaching of tolerance toward unbelievers. we only Want to make peace!” Of a surety. Israel. That means all Muslim lands! The Islamists believe themselves above all national laws. A Muslim can have only two possible relations with dar al harb: peace with a contractual agreement or war. Sura 2:257: Although most Muslims entrust judgment to Allah. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. Sura 5:33: The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger.. are responsible for “mischief in the land”. Anyplace not in the house of Islam (under Sharia) is in the house of war until such time as all the world is united in perfect submission to Allah.” The house of Islam (dar al-Islam) and the house of war (dar al-harb). Again. and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter. or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides. They are enemies only because of their belief. Greece. Sura 2:256: Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy handhold. and it is that place where the Islamic state is established and the Sharia is the authority and Allah’s limits are observed. as they are obstacles in the way of universal freedom. It is the duty of Islam to annihilate all other systems. . however. and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution. The enemies of the Believers may wish to change this struggle into an economic or political or racial struggle. The Believers must not be deceived. that never breaks. or crucifixion. Dar al-Islam. Sura 4:76: Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah. Lands that have once been in the house of Islam (such as Spain. in Milestones: There is only one place on earth which can be called the home of Islam (dar al-Islam). Islamists support eliminating the “evil ones” in the here and now. What is “mischief in the land”? I did a search for the term in the Quran. That raised a question for me. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the evil ones…. it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of the darkness He will lead them forth into light. but they realize (it) not. they are the ones who make mischief.” they say: “Why. though they do not realize it. or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world. and if any one saved a life. and parts of China) remain forever the property of the house of Islam. According to Sayd Qutb. The Islamist innovation was to declare all Muslim lands where Divine Law (Sharia) is not strictly enforced to be part of dar al-harb and therefore legitimate targets of jihad. Sura 2:11-12: Unbelievers. When it is said to [the Unbelievers]: “Make not mischief on the earth. and those who reject Faith fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.30 31 We have never. Sayd Qutb in Milestones: Allah’s rule on earth can be established only through the Islamic system. . the whole people. heard the verse placed in context with the very next verse. even those who want peace. This is a question of belief and a battle of belief. Dar al-Harb Muslims divides the world into two “houses. The rest of the world is the home of hostility (dar al harb).
A Byzantine official at the time of Egypt’s fall wrote of the invading Arabs: “We have seen a people who love death more than life. When Allah’s Apostle had conquered Khaibar. 3.D. The primary complaint of Osama bin Laden is that infidel American troops have been allowed to defile the holy soil of the Arabian Peninsula. The first caliph was Abu Bakr. with their keen sense of history.” In ensuing centuries. they proceeded to “fight all men until they say. they may have gone on to conquer all of Europe. Book 39. ‘There is no God but Allah. Most Europeans and Americans do not. Had the Muslims prevailed in that battle. According to the Hadith.’” Another of his final instructions was. ‘There is no God but Allah. “Expel the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula. 632. Allah’s Apostle told them. remember that. something clearly prohibited by the Prophet himself. A vastly inferior force led by Charles Martel stopped the advance.’” Their 100-year campaign was one of the most spectacular in history.D. No one could withstand their zeal. Just 100 years after the death of the Prophet.483: When Allah’s Apostle died and Abu Bakr became the caliph some Arabs renegade (reverted to disbelief). or the Rightly-Guided Caliphs. Islamic influence extended from Portugal to India. After Abu Bakr subdued the apostates and unified the Muslims. Uthman (644-656) and Ali (656-661) are called the Companions of the Prophet. and to whom this world holds not the slightest attraction. The Wars of Apostasy were successful by 633 A. who had led the people in prayer during the Prophet’s illness.531: Umar expelled the Jews and the Christians from Hijaz. The numbers below refer to years in the Gregorian calendar. . Some Muslims count them as the only true Caliphs (successors of Muhammad). he wanted to expel the Jews from it as its land became the property of Allah. Bukhari Hadith Volume 2. (Abu Bakr decided to declare war against them). His Apostle. Bukhari Hadith Volume 3. India. and the Muslims. Muslims subdued all Arabian tribes and conquered Yemen. they (Jews) kept on living there until Umar forced them to go towards Taima’ and Ariha’.33 M Islam through the Ages uhammad died in A. Modern-day Muslims.” The Rightly-Guided Caliphs The first four caliphs. He left his followers a clear mandate: “I was ordered to fight all men until they say. Allah’s Apostle intended to expel the Jews but they requested him to let them stay there on the condition that they would do the labor and get half the fruits. Book 23. Muslims went on to conquer parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Abu Bakr (632-634).” So. as long as we wish. China and Indonesia. Umar (634-644). All Jews and Christians were expelled as Muhammad had directed. 635 Damascus 637 Iraq and Persia 638 Jerusalem 639 Syria 642 Egypt 688 Carthage 702 Berbers in North Africa 711 Across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain 718 Attacked France 732 Defeated and turned back at the Battle of Portiers The first jihad ended less than 200 miles south of Paris. 32 This is significant. “We will let you stay on thus condition. 2.
Jews were required to clean latrines and carry away dead animals. Different provisions were added in different areas over the centuries. Provisions were not identical in all quarters of the vast Islamic empire or at all times. questions arose as to how conquered Christians and Jews (“People of the Book”) were to be treated. writing in the 1950s. and Samaritans red ones. • No shelter could be given to any spy. After peace (i. • Non-Muslims may not wear clothing worn by Muslims or seek to resemble them in any way. • No redemption of anyone made prisoner by Muslims. Non-Muslims could not be buried near Muslims. There were never guarantees against false accusations or mistreatment. • No efforts to convert people to Christianity. and feel themselves subdued. until they pay the Jizya with willing submission. They were granted protection in exchange for carefully observing provisions laid out by Muslim authorities. (even if they are) of the People of the Book. • No noise of worship (singing. etc. bells. own a Muslim slave or testify in a Muslim court. for example. • Muslim travelers must be provided three days’ board and lodging. which would sully the feet of the Muslims. Non-Muslims had no inherent human rights.). nor acknowledge the religion of Truth. It was said that the rain would wash dirt off of them. Christians blue ones. • No riding animals or bearing arms. • No selling of fermented drinks. Buildings that fell into ruin could not be repaired.34 35 Pact of Umar Under Umar. Jews were required to wear yellow patches. • No display of crosses or religious symbols. as understood in the West. Jews were forbidden to wear shoes outside the Jewish quarter. all non-Muslims were required to pay a special tax called jizya: Sura 9:29: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day. nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His apostle. was generally collected in a humiliating public ceremony. As prescribed in the Sura 9:29. In Morroco. • Voices could not be raised in mourning or when following the dead.” The Pact of Umar became a prototype for concessionary charters granted to non-Muslims under Muslim rule throughout history. Life for non-Muslims could be better or worse depending on the ruler in charge at a particular time. Umar was the only caliph who enforced Islam in its true form. of course. The Pact of Umar (c. the second caliph. In Persia. 640) allowed the Christians of Syria to become “protected persons” (dhimmis) as long as they observed the following provisions: • No churches or other religious buildings could be built. • No use of Arabic inscriptions or alphabet. They could not hold public office.e. thereby providing a pattern for modern-day Islamists. In Yemen between 1846 and 1948. vast territories came under Muslim rule for the first time. • Non-Muslims must wear distinctive clothing and cut their hair as authorized. the jizya. shofars. • No teaching of the Quran to non-Muslim children. Non-Muslims were not allowed to have authority over Muslims. Jews were forbidden to go outside when it rained. Qutb wrote. • No houses to be built overtopping Muslim houses. In order to ensure that dhimmis would “feel themselves subdued”. • “Whoever strikes a Muslim with deliberate intent shall forfeit the protection of this pact. “Islam made the community so rich that as happened in the days . • No efforts to keep people from converting to Islam. Islamic rule) was established. • Non-Muslims must always respect Muslims and rise from their seats when Muslims wished to sit. a high tax non-Muslims paid for protection. According to Sayd Qutb.
That event is still commemorated by Shiites every year with tears and mourning on the Day of Ashura. The Shia (partisans of Ali) believed that succession should be hereditary. Subsequent Crusades were less successful. in 1492. Approximately 10% of today’s Muslims are Shiite. The Sunni. The Shia wanted Ali’s son Hussein to be caliph.” Shia/Sunni Split Muhammad had no sons who survived to adulthood. Umayyad Caliphs Umayyud rule began after Ali. and later mounting a surprise attack. The second was colonialism. Richard the Lion-Hearted persuaded Saladin to once again allow Christian pilgrims to visit Jerusalem. The First Crusade (1096-1099) ended with the capture of Jerusalem. they conquered the old Byzantine capital of Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul. a criminal who converted was absolved of all sins and freed. The Umayyads tended to favor Arab Muslims over new converts. but he was killed in a bitter fight in 680. Ferdinand and Isabella married and united the power of two European kingdoms. as a result of Islamist political ideology. Islamists take particular offense at the idea of electing human beings to legislate rather than enforcing laws already laid down by Allah Himself (Sharia). was assassinated. Only recently. The third and current crusade is the perceived effort by the West to subvert Islam ideologically by “polluting” it with Western and Christian ideas concerning democracy. Pope Urban II enjoined Christians to Crusade in order to recapture the Holy City so that Christian pilgrims could safely travel there. 1326-1922 Ottoman Empire The Ottoman Turks began winning control of the Islamic Empire in 1326. believed that caliphs should be chosen for their piety and abilities. have Shia and Sunni begun to work cooperatively toward a common goal. During that time. Book 23.36 37 of Umar bin Abdul Aziz there remained not even a single man in it who was poor enough to deserve or receive alms. through Ali.475: Modern-day Sunni Muslims claim democracy was instituted in Islam centuries before anyone in the West implemented it. In 1453. Pope Urban II used the same incentive. including Muhammad’s widow Aisha.* At the end of the Third Crusade in 1192. 750-1258 Abbasid Caliphs The Abbasid caliphs ruled from 750-1258. as stated in this Hadith: Hadith Volume 2. the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law. In 1095. Saladin recaptured Jerusalem in 1187 after making a hudna (treaty for up to ten years to allow Muslims to gain strength). leading some to suggest that he borrowed the idea from the Muslims. The empire was the third largest in history by percentage of population. 2. and you people must listen to him and obey him. 661-750. beginning with Napoleon’s capture of Egypt in 1798 and ending with independence after World War II. The Umayyad capital was in Damascus. The first is what we call the Crusades. valid for 10 years at most. Not much later. the fourth caliph and Muhammad’s cousin. Most Mongols eventually converted to Islam. laid waste the capital city of Baghdad and sowed salt in the fields. It was during this time of crisis that Ibn Taymiyya wrote what would later inspire Abdul Wahhab and modern-day Islamists. . equality. the Seljuk Turks invaded. Whoever is chosen by the people after me will be the caliph. human rights and women’s rights. They murdered and robbed Christian pilgrims and captured the city of Jerusalem. and he died without designating a successor. Under Islam. 1258 Mongol hoards under Genghis Khan invaded from the north. A call for help went out to Rome. Together they * When Yasser Arafat referred to the Oslo Accords as “the peace of Saladin” he confirmed that the agreement was a hudna. Islamists believe there have been three distinct crusades. They then expanded into Europe in the second great jihad.
They also commissioned Columbus to find another way to the Indies in order to circumvent overland travel through the hostile Ottoman Empire and provide an alternative to the dangerous sea voyage around Africa. the Greeks won a war of independence with the Turks. which had been under Muslim rule for some 800 years. British historian Hillaire Beloc wrote in 1938: It has always seemed to me possible. gradually declined. also supported by European powers. Of that turning point in history. More calls for independence and selfgovernment followed. According to Muslim Maryam Jameela in The West vs. for the last few decades.38 drove the Muslims out of Spain. The Turks conquered the Balkan Peninsula and much of Eastern Europe. … But not so very long ago. Why didn’t we know that? . religion.” 39 September 11. the Ottoman Empire. in the shape of Islam’s crescent moon. They twice besieged Vienna. but were defeated after bakers heard tunneling under their shop and informed authorities. Nationalism Perhaps the greatest challenge to the Empire was the rise of the modern nation-state. Trade relations with Europe accelerated and due to the Industrial Revolution. Vienna’s bakers created the croissant. travel to Jerusalem and the Middle East became more common. who routed the Turks and broke the siege. the Empire built up a huge trade deficit. Lands were ceded for the first time in 1771. and even probable. Islam. 1683. To commemorate the momentous victory. The following year. into a state of confusion. less than a hundred years before the Declaration of Independence…Vienna was almost taken and only saved by the Christian army under the command of the King of Poland on a date that ought to be among the most famous in history— September 11. an international conference in London confirmed Greece’s right to self-government. that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent. With the invention of the steamship and the railroad. “Perhaps no idea has done Islam more harm than the modern concept of nationalism. Jerusalem was tied to Europe by telegraph in 1865. Nationalism called into question the very basis of political life in the Middle East. In 1829. to Russia. European governments set up protectorates and embassies in various parts of the Ottoman Empire.” Osama bin Laden himself declared the September 11 attacks to be a heroic retribution for historical injustice that targeted “the main enemy [America] who divided the umma [Muslim community] into small and little countries and pushed it. A The End of an Empire fter the defeat at Vienna. one of the largest in history. The suggestion that Islam may re-arise sounds fantastic—but this is only because men are always powerfully affected by the immediate past: one might say they are blinded by it.
came to an end. beginning the era of colonialism in Muslim lands. the Turks began a concerted campaign to utterly exterminate the Christian Armenians. No Royal Edict could be effectively enforced in the huge Ottoman Empire but knowledge of it unleashed fury among local Muslims and brought untold misery upon subject peoples. They promised to guard its territorial integrity in return for its neutrality. The United States.” Eighty years? 2001 – 80 = 1921. nearly two million had perished in forced deportations. In 1875. Everyone. the Turks had mounted their last desperate defense It is difficult for Westerners in a modern culture that barely comprehends the meaning of “honor” to grasp the sense of . obstinately rejecting the clear light of truth. Armenian Genocide In 1894. The world generally ignored the plight of the Armenians. the Ottoman Empire issued the Royal Edict of 1839. Such a profound change. Islam was challenged by a changing world. of the Angels and of man collectively.” he declared. Young German officers quartered in Istanbul during World War I observed this first modern genocide and made no attempt to stop it. The battle was fierce. The Ottoman debt grew to crippling proportions. was perceived by many Muslims as a subversive heresy imposed by infidels in order to weaken Islam. the Empire defaulted on a debt of more than a billion dollars. Upon them rests the curse of Allah. Few people today are even aware that this massive slaughter occurred. death marches. At Europe’s insistence. By the end of World War I. the Islamic caliphate. But the Turks secretly allied with Germany while continuing to accept payments from the Allies in return for promised neutrality. It was carved up into “nations. The British navy attacked the Dardanelles in 1915 with a view to conquering Istanbul. Palestine and Lebanon in the wake of that edict. Napoleon conquered Egypt in 1798. Allah has created them to be partisans of Satan. What happened around 1921? The Ottoman Empire.40 41 “What America is tasting now is only a copy of what we have tasted. was founded in 1776. without regard to race or background. The Ottomans joined the war in 1914. “Our Islamic nation has been tasting the same for more than eighty years of humiliation and disgrace. filthy dhimmis. granting all subjects equal rights under the law. humiliation Muslims felt at being placed on equal footing with the despised. As Europe’s influence increased. pressure grew for their emancipation. The Allies in World War I made every effort to keep the Ottoman Empire out of the war. with its constitutional democracy and Bill of Rights. Historians say they took the idea back home to Germany and applied it in World War II with mechanical efficiency. Caliph Umar had written to the Imperial Governors during the early Golden Age of Islam: O ye who believe! The non-Muslims are nothing but dirt. Western travelers were shocked at the treatment of dhimmis under Ottoman rule. with its Declaration of the Rights of Man.” Human Rights English monarchs agreed to a Bill of Rights in 1689. was welcome to adopt the true faith. though they themselves imagine that they are doing fine work. The French Revolution occurred in 1789. and thousands more throughout Muslim lands. whose whole endeavor in this life is useless. and prison camps. most treacherous in regard to all they do. in a proud and ancient civilization with beliefs deeply rooted in the past. Those who refused were the embodiment of Evil. insolent. Unknown to the British at the time. A theologian at Cairo’s esteemed Al-Azhar University wrote of the dhimmis at the time: These people have broken their covenant and violated their pledges: how then are we going to retain our obligation to protect them? Tens of thousands of Christians and Jews were exterminated in Syria. Muslim superiority was clearly taught in the Quran.
men had arisen to advocate a reversion to “pure” or “true” Islam. called in German assistance. It’s all bad and I told Balfour so.42 and were in flight when. Islam. one of President Wilson’s confidants. The seeds for future conflict were plentifully sown and we are reaping the results today. The Turks rallied. under Kemal Ataturk. They are making a breeding place for future war. that Arabs would prefer competent European rule to incompetent Turkish rule. as millions chant several times a day in prayer. and allowed corruption to seep in. Some advocated learning from the West and incorporating new ideas and technologies into the service of Islamic ideals. Had the British pressed that attack and captured Istanbul so early in the war. the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. the British naval commander lost heart and retreated. Defeat by Christian Europe led to a farreaching moral and intellectual crisis. The Sultan was deposed and fled into exile. as practiced by Muhammad himself and the Rightly Guided Caliphs. how could the kafirs (infidels) have possibly prevailed? Different Muslim philosophers answered the question differently. You are flying in the face of four millenniums of history if you draw a line around Iraq and call it a political entity! . Ibn Taymiyyah (1263-1328) At various times in the past when Islam suffered loss of prestige. Perhaps the years of devastating trench warfare that shook the world to its foundations could have been avoided. Muslims had compromised with unIslamic ideas. Turkey. and Mawdudi in Pakistan. was the answer. and just 259 days later were able to defeat a modern European army. Many assumptions were made at the time based on erroneous understandings of Islam. Britain assumed. insisted that Allah had allowed the “humiliation” of the Muslims because they had neglected true religion. including the Wahabbi (Salafi) sect in Saudi Arabia. they could perhaps have encircled Germany and won a relatively easy victory. The ancient Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1922. they claimed. Europeans with almost no knowledge of Islam or Middle Eastern culture drew lines on a map and created “nations. 43 The sleepy Middle East Gertrude Bell had described as “a land of make believe” began to awaken from its centuries-long slumber. Lawrence) worked to rally the support of Arab warriors. said of the plan to partition the Middle East: An American missionary said. suppressed Islam as a relic of the past and looked foward to a future of secularization and modernization. Contradictory promises were made in the heat of war. 1915. They had always viewed the glorious and victorious history of Islam as proof of the religion’s truth. T Islam Is the Answer he fall of the Ottoman Empire and the end of the Caliphate shocked Muslims. If Islam is superior and Allah is greater. Post War One British strategy to defeat the Ottoman Empire was to encourage Arab tribes to rise up against their Turkish overlords. “Lawrence of Arabia” (T. It brought into doubt the very truth of the Muslim worldview. on March 18.” Colonel House. thanks in part to help from America. Many sought refuge in Communist ideology or Nasser’s pan-Arabism.E. One of these men was Ibn Taymiyyah. Islamists. Some advocated modernization and the separation of religion and government. for example. The Allies eventually prevailed in the so-called “War to End All Wars”.
he reasoned. Everything rightfully belongs to Allah. in 1744. Anyone who disagreed he denounced as apostate. a city near Mecca. establishing protectorates. not caring how many fall. Muslim Brotherhood and Sayd Qutb (1906-1966) In Egypt. man. veritable messengers of death from whose grasp no one escapes. the House of Saud finally succeeded in driving the Hashemites out of Arabia and gaining control over the entire Arabian Peninsula. an agreement sealed by marriage. His goal was to purify Islam by returning to the original principles of the Salafs (righteous ancestors) and eliminating all innovations. including the Tomb of the Prophet in Medina. Britain was encroaching on holy soil. (2) Rebuff infidels from Muslim lands. eradicate all corruptions and forbid innovation. Abdul Wahhab formed a warrior group. He also asserted that possession of land by unbelievers is illegitimate. During World War I. In their attack on Taif.” Survivors who surrendered were put to the sword. the Muslim umma (community). endeavoring to gain control over the Muslin holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Adherents call it Salafism. saying that Muslims had wrongly adopted the European custom of worshipping saints. after the World War. They know their history. They must once again place spiritual values at the center of their lives and enforce Divine Law (Sharia). and child they saw. Clearly. The Ikhwan surrendered to the Egyptians on—you’ll never guess— September 11. In 1922. Outsiders call his interpretation of Islam Wahabbism. non-Arabs.. advancing rank upon rank with only one desire—the defeat and annihilation of the enemy. in Saudi Arabia. Islam would rise again if Muslims would return wholeheartedly to pure worship. who were mere men.. deserving of death. sparing neither boys nor old men. Allah had turned his back on the Muslims because the Muslims had turned their backs on Allah. They normally give no quarter. even cutting babies in cradles. ruled the empire. An Arab witness described their fierceness as warriors: I have seen them hurl themselves on their enemies. The Ikhwan attacked Iraq and massacred thousands of Shiites. Islam was again in decline. they “killed every woman. (3) Expand until all the world submits to Allah’s Divine Law (Sharia). Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab was so convinced of the truth of Ibn Taymiyyah’s thesis that he copied all his writings by hand. governed by Divine . Muhammad ibn Saud. the Muslim Brotherhood rose in the 1920s to oppose the West’s nation making. Only the superior firepower of European weapons employed by Egyptian troops finally ended the Wahhabi campaign.44 45 He lived in what is now Turkey during the disastrous Mongol invasions. prescribed in the Quran. They even desecrated Sunni shrines. The Wahhabi mission was threefold: (1) Cleanse Muslim society and restore it to its original purity. Wahhab gained followers after reinstituting such practices as the stoning of adulteresses. The Ottoman Turks. the Muslims. It maintained that only one nation. the Creator of the world. 1818. The covenant between Wahhabi religious authorities and the House of Saud stands to this day. Abdul Wahhab (1703-1792) Centuries later. sacking their shrines. The House of Saud engaged in military campaigns over the next 140 years. utterly fearless of death. Abdul Wahhab gained influence when he made a covenant with a powerful tribal leader. and should revert by Divine Right to adherents of Allah’s religion. the British supported both the Sauds and their long-time rivals the Hashemites in the fight to undermine and defeat the Ottoman Turks. the Ikhwan (Brothers). Wahhab and his descendants would forever have religious jurisdiction over any territory Ibn Saud or his descendants conquered. which he regarded as corruptions. He legitimized jihad against fellow Muslims based on the doctrine of takfir..
especially boxing. he saw men and women mix freely. hospitals. He was distressed that Egyptian culture was becoming so westernized. leader of the Brotherhood. “Islam. wrote. “Kill him!” With his own eyes.” he wrote. “The turn of Islam and the Muslim community has arrived. You enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong. and you believe in Allah. According to Qutb. He refused to marry because he could not find a woman of sufficient “moral purity and discretion. they turned against him. factories.S. The Muslim Brothers set up a “state within a state” in Egypt. no law except from . struggle (jihad) is our way. with educational institutions. Hundreds were imprisoned. even dance “chest to chest” in the basement of a church. The solution was for a vanguard to return to the practice of true Islam.” Muslim Brothers give allegiance only to Allah. is keeping us from living the sort of life which is demanded by our Creator. Capitalism. Milestones. spiritual values.” he wrote. “It is the nature of Islam to dominate. at the moment the Muslim community ceased to enforce Divine Law (Sharia). where he heard people shout. with the help of force and oppression. “Our aim is to first change ourselves so that we may later change the society. not to any human government. certainly not to any government supported by kafirs (the West). became the leading intellectual of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 60s. “There is no sovereignty except Allah’s. commercial and financial enterprises. and to extend its power to the entire planet. and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations. Followers should be steadfast. newspapers. the Prophet is our leader. Many of its offshoots are classed as terrorist organizations by the U. Western society was hopelessly corrupt! It had usurped Allah’s sovereignty by allowing mere humans to create laws. the last Divine Message for Humanity. He was horrified by American materialism and what he saw as neglect of higher. Qutb claimed that the problem was that true Islam had been lost in history. and a private army. Their fascination with appearances and haircuts and sports repulsed him.” he wrote. allowed the rich to get richer and the poor to suffer. To this day. Sayd Qutb. It is a guide for all the inhabitants of this planet in all their affairs until the end of time. to renounce their families and past lives and submit themselves completely to Allah. in a statement echoed by Islamists today. Hassan al-Banna.” Relatives who were concerned about his growing rejection of Western values hoped that travel to America in 1948 for higher education would break down his stereotypes. “is a universal message. establish a base (“Al Qaeda” literally means “the base”) and proceed to extend their influence until all the world was united under the banner of Islam.” The credo of the Muslim Brotherhood was: “Allah is our objective. Qutb attended the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley. Qutb returned to Egypt utterly disgusted with Western culture and embraced strict Islam. He was shocked by how much time Americans spent on their lawns. to impose its law on all nations. The Brotherhood supported Nassar but when he refused to enforce Sharia. tortured and executed. the Brotherhood opposes and aims to eliminate all Arab and Muslim national governments. and gradually work to establish Allah’s perfect system of government throughout the entire world. mankind desperately needed new leadership. not to be dominated. ordained as the religion for the whole of mankind. Allah himself had said it in the Quran! Sura 3:110: You [Muslims] are the best community raised for the good of mankind.46 47 Law (Sharia) was legitimate.” Qutb encouraged those who responded to his call to cut themselves off from jahiliyyah (ignorance) completely and start a new life. forbidden in Islam. who I mentioned in the introduction as the author of the Islamist manifesto. the Quran is our constitution. government. He wrote: Our aim is to change the jahili system at its very roots— this system which is fundamentally at variance with Islam and which.
regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of establishing an A true Muslim. had “revealed the law which is the correct and complete system of life for the entire human race. What comparison would the loss of some lives—even if it were thousands or more—be to the calamity that would befall mankind as the result of the victory of evil over good? Muhammad’s mission. were accountable to Allah alone. would never assume the culture and way of life of non-Muslims.” True Muslims. one religion. he said. The word jihad literally means “struggle. “means to bring human beings into submission to Allah. But the Islamic principle is that we should suffer a lesser loss in order to save ourselves from a greater one. debasement. not to any human government. Mawdudi asserted that Islam and democracy are mutually exclusive because one relies on the sovereignty of God and the other on the sovereignty of man. assassins felt justified killing him in the name of Allah. was for the devout to oppose. through the Prophet. Mawdudi defined jihad very specifically: The greatest sacrifice made in the way of Allah is jihad. It must be evident to you from this discussion that the objective of Islamic ‘Jihad’ is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of State rule. “Muhammad’s teachings are meant for all the children of Adam. he said had been “to teach the best of morals. even the Muslims. or subjugation. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme. Qutb stressed that all the earth. the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution. Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it.” The way to establish the utopian society he envisioned was jihad. He is bound to prevail. Anwar Sadat was the first victim of this new reasoning. The Islamic revolution.” The days of ignorance were the days before Muhammad received his revelations. to free them from servitude to other human beings so that they may devote themselves to the One True God. If you understand the character of a true Muslim. to purify humanity of all filth and to wipe out the prejudices and superstitions of the days of ignorance. and no authority of one man over another. one culture. one law.” Allah. or any other Western values. to deliver them from the clutches of human lordship and manmade laws. he said.” In speeches and interfaith dialogues. By declaring Sadat an unbeliever after he made peace with infidel Israel and called for separation of religion and state. the practice of declaring Muslims to be unbelievers (kafir) if they did not strictly follow the Quran and Sharia.” Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi (1903-1979) Qutb admired and was influenced by the writings of Pakistani Sayyid Abdul Ala Mawdudi. The purpose is to abolish the existing system and to replace it with a new system. women’s rights. value systems and traditions…. He popularized takfir. Islam does not intend to confine this revolution to a single State or a few countries. are sent for the entire human race.” wrote Qutb. He urged Muslims to establish an Islamic state under Divine Law (Sharia) and to reinstitute the caliphate. was for all the world: One banner. . he said. as the authority in all respects belongs to Allah. and are valid until the end of time. The only hope for mankind. “Islam. Muslims insist it means “self-struggle” or the struggle against sin and temptation. Takfir led to bloody internecine war and the murder of “collaborators”—Muslims who supported modernization. even rulers who called themselves Muslims. in Qutb’s view. In it man sacrifices not only his own life and belongings but destroys those of others as well.48 49 Allah. ideological Islamic State. No power on earth can overwhelm or subdue him. one civilization and one form of government. destroy and replace every ruler who rebelled against Allah’s perfect will. not bloody warfare. you will be convinced that he can not live in humiliation.
The Islamist vanguard slowly began to grow. bin Laden’s accomplice. “I never dreamed that such cruelty.” 51 . relief from the humiliation and a clear agenda for the future. the Muslim Brotherhood’s message that Allah had abandoned the Muslims because they had abandoned his law and gone their own way provided a plausible explanation. Eisenhower immediately arranged for Generals Bradley and Patton to tour the camps. in his book The Arab Predicament (1981). Its fruits became manifest in the acts of a wealthy. Even combat-hardened troops were shocked. and savagery could really exist in this world. Greatly as we may quarrel with the rationality or objectivity of political ideas. denied. Eisenhower captured the Ohrdruf and Buchenwald concentration camps in Nazi Germany. When Americans reached Ohrdruf.” Anticipating that people would be unable to comprehend the full scope of the horror. After the disastrous defeat by Israel in 1967. wrote: S Recipe for Genocide The roots of Islamism are deep. bestiality.50 had become jahilli (ignorant of divine guidance) because they had ignored Allah’s perfect law. starvation.” Wahhabi religious leaders welcomed exiled Muslim Brothers from Egypt as well as Mawdudi from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia in the 60s and 70s. later called Qutb’s “martyrdom” (he was hanged by Nasser in 1966) “the spark that ignited the Islamic movement. from preschool up. He ordered every American soldier in the area who was not on the front lines to come and see for themselves the evil they were fighting to oppose. omeone once wrote: “One of the lessons of the Holocaust was that people of good will are often unwilling to believe that people who threaten evil will in fact carry out their malevolent intentions. but the word itself came into being after a far more familiar event that occurred during the next Great War. idealistic and devoted student of Sayd Qutb’s brother Muhammad. they defy logic and create their own realities. In April 1945. justified or not—grip people and are in turn gripped by them in their struggles. A student named Osama bin Laden. All education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. we may want people to be more discriminating. he arranged for ample documentation by eyewitnesses. He understood that human deeds so utterly evil would eventually be challenged.” The first modern-day genocide was the Armenian Massacre in World War I. photographers and filmmakers. How a political doctrine seizes people’s imagination is a mysterious thing. More than a thousand bodies of prisoners who died of bullet wounds. Their similar beliefs melted into a powerful hybrid. for we have seen it over and over again. in our age we do not quarrel with the phenomenon. American forces under General Dwight D. Eisenhower said the atrocities were “beyond the American mind to comprehend. the sawa (Islamic reawakening) began. When Nassar died in 1974. they were confronted with piles of bodies. abuse and disease were left unburied. stretching all the way back to the Prophet himself. but we accept it as a fact of life that ideas—logical or not. The Power of Ideology Lebanese writer Fouad Ajami. We may wish it to be otherwise. Ayman al-Zawahiri. or dismissed as “propaganda. Islamist ideology had been born. was entrusted to the Wahhabi religious leaders in 1963.” He wrote to his wife.
Underlying self-doubt. To their credit. The criminal considers himself above rules and authorities. they have not been treated well. Qutb puts it this way: The eternal struggle for the freedom of man will continue until the religion is purified for God. He believes. And without doubt those who have grasped this knowledge are superior to all others. that we are so protected from the reality of evil that we cannot remotely comprehend it. To be “looked at wrong” is a putdown. The remedy is to find out who is responsible for the mistreatment and rectify it. Evil.52 53 Within living memory. Need to dominate or exert control and desire to right perceived wrongs. To evaluate the destructive potential of Islamism (the political ideology as distinct from Islam the faith). 1. Said Islamists to Iraqi (Muslim) voters: . are a putdown. such as peace with justice. The idea that anything exists between the two extremes is alien. attempting to find commonalities in how they thought and processed information. By the way. A criminal is hypersensitive to criticism or what he perceives to be “putdowns.. that has occurred.. that he is entitled to do as he wishes and to receive what he wants or expects. He sees himself as either a victor or a victim. it may be helpful to examine the roots of murderous behavior. most Americans believe. Allah has imposed inferiority on you and will not remove it from you until you return to your religion. Dr. People who were not even alive at the time of the Holocaust are telling living survivors that what they experienced did not occur.. The entire history of Islam is full of jihad. If people will not accept the testimony of eyewitnesses and the uncoerced confession of the perpetrator. Criminals and terrorists have a radically different worldview than most Americans. it would follow. Dr. For groups.. According to Sayd Qutb in Milestones: The glory of the Islamic belief shines forth as never before. 4. It is consistent and comprehensive in their minds. Wafa Sultan. I spoke with a Syrian-born doctor. If people are not behaving well.” Criticisms others might consider minor or trivial he perceives as ego threats. It is not necessarily actual injustice that is the source of resentment. but perceived injustice. This is often combined with resentment about the current state of affairs and a desire for revenge. Use of anger or violence to silence critics and restore dominance. Americans have a strong tendency to believe that people are good by nature and will naturally behave well if treated well. According to Osama bin Laden: 3. if you or someone you know has any doubts. . Difficult life conditions. they have never denied what happened. resides not in individuals but in circumstances. there is a desire to “purify” or “cleanse” the group in order to reclaim past glory and create a “better world. whether or not caused by the victim group. they don’t care what is true. Attempts to “understand” them by forcing the grid of our own assumptions on them are doomed to fail. The general patterns they found were hauntingly similar. Sense of inherent superiority and feelings of entitlement. events that raise doubts about their superior status are a putdown.” Individuals who participate in mass killings generally see their actions as noble and necessary to serve a higher good. To be told what to do is a putdown. Her concern is that Americans will discount what she says. 2. Stanton Samenow spent decades with murderers. Later. sincerely and without malice. Violence intimidates bystanders and impugns their right to criticize. you can write the German embassy for verification. who is writing a book about her experiences with evil in her country of origin. Ervin Staub studied the common elements leading to genocide and mass murder. We need to listen to what they tell us. Groups that perpetrate genocide believed they had a right to rule over “lesser” groups.so that the earth may be cleansed of corruption. Anything short of honor is shame. In the case of groups. A criminal believes he must dominate or be dominated.
Special army units or militias are trained and armed. Symbols are forced upon unwilling members of the pariah group. The dominant group denies the humanity of the pariah group. we will shadow you and catch you. insects or diseases. Dr. and we will cut off your heads and the heads of your children. Islamist ideology provides the “spark”. At this stage. post-genocidal stage. Gregory H. As the downward spiral progresses. “There is a point at which only inducing fear by the use of power will stop perpetrators from destruction. Classification. … To those of you who think you can vote and then run away. this century will be the period of victory for the oppressed over the oppressors. Each stage continues throughout all those that follow. because fanaticism overcomes the desire for self-preservation. the tendency to believe that people who suffer. A murderer believes his victim “had it coming to him” and shows righteous indignation when he is caught or challenged. are most vulnerable. Dr.54 55 5. Often . An authority structure becomes well-established and works to strengthen obedience. somehow deserve to suffer because of their deeds or character. Participants in acts of genocide exhibit “just world thinking”. At times not even that will work. The target group cannot prove its innocence or lack of evil intent. Transfer of blame to others. Genocidal killers insist that their victims provoked the killings. They provide the fuel. People are first divided into “us” and “them. intervention becomes more and more costly. Romantic and idealized views of past glory contribute. rage. he suggests. Organization. People are relieved to have dangers clearly defined rather than face an unspecified threat. 5. Staub wrote. Dehumanization. The following sign was hung over the former American Embassy in Tehran after the Iranian Revolution: We will make America face a severe defeat… Allah willing. sometimes by wearing masks. Would-be perpetrators are encouraged to think of themselves as superior. relieving people’s sense of responsibility for their own situation. with an eighth. Lack of protest or moral outrage confirms perpetrators’ faith in what they are doing. much of a threat. Members are equated with animals. or militaristic with great emphasis on honor and shame. All of these preconditions exist in the Arab/Muslim world. Certain preconditions make some cultures much more likely than others to commit genocide. especially those already devalued. Tyrannies typically emerged when the ideology of superiority was accompanied by the perception that they did not receive the respect that was due them. Individuals in highly authoritarian cultures that discourage dissent and limit access to competing ideas are especially likely to believe propaganda. He refuses to accept responsibility for his choices and actions. According to Dr. depends on intervention at every step. Perpetrators view their actions as self-defense. 2. We vow to wash the streets of Baghdad with the voters’ blood. Hate speech encourages members of the majority group to fear their intended victims. Stanton outlined Seven Stages of Genocide. Instigation gives rise to anger. lies and conspiracy theories that make genocidal actions seem reasonable and even inevitable.” 1. Groups that are monolithic and suspicious of outsiders. Polarization. vermin. rumors. This most easily succeeds when the scapegoat is in the minority and is not. Dehumanization is the most essential condition for guilt-free massacre. Individual identity is weakened. Symbolization. Prevention. 3. The most severe violence occurs when a group perceives that its superior position is being eroded or threatened by the rise of a rival group…. Staub. moderates are eliminated. and welcome propaganda that helps justify their actions. 4. and a desire to retaliate. in truth. Aggressiveness is tested and rewarded. Propaganda is broadcast to polarize and radicalize the general population.” A scapegoat is selected and identified. Plans are made to exterminate the target group.
which dates from 622 when Muhammad assumed the mantle of governmental as well as religious authority. com. September 11 was a “trial genocide. and no one could do a thing about it. (Muslims use a lunar calendar so their year is shorter than a solar year. Individuals may be forced to carry ID cards or wear distinctive dress. both Shia and Sunni. Islam will be victorious in all the countries of the world. but not for killing thousands of noncombatants. In the extreme. Small scale trial genocides may take place to assess public outcry or support and to set the stage for molding public opinion. And: Those who study Islamic holy war will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. Whatever happens to us in future. 7. No one admits personal responsibility. When. … Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against 57 . He has written to President Bush and offered to serve as his personal mentor and guide should he choose to embrace Islam. The center does not hold.pmw.) You may remember the speculation that accompanied the approach of Y2K in the Gregorian calendar. Some people saw the beautiful promise of a new beginning. Some people thought 2000 would bring the end of the world. Osama bin Laden was widely criticized in the Muslim press. Denial. The Ayatollah mocked and disparaged the West.il) will show that they have been well into step 5 for some time. 6. Preparation. only rapid and overwhelming armed intervention can halt genocide. is our own responsibility.” It would be naïve to assume detailed preparations are not being made to accomplish their stated goals. shock waves coursed through the Muslim world. www. hostages were held for 444 days. Bin Laden has since remedied that situation. At this stage. U.memritv. a fresh start. in the view of Islamists. in February 1979.com.memri. He has also written to the American people and appeared on television. (after Hegira). inviting each of individually to submit to Allah. He was criticized for not first clearly inviting America to repent and submit to Allah as required in the Quran. In some cases.org.D. www. How far have Islamists proceeded along this continuum? A quick look at Arab media (www. 8. Khomeini shouted his defiance to the world: The governments of the world should know that Islam cannot be defeated. the Ayatollah Khomeini took power and instituted Divine Law (Sharia) in Iran. camps or prisons may be built to house intended victims. thought Iran heralded a new beginning. and Islam and the teachings of the Quran will prevail over all the world. Extermination.H. nonaggression at this stage is suicidal. the One True God.S. The same kinds of speculations and expectations rippled throughout the Muslim world as the calendar approached 1400 A. We have been duly warned.56 the first to be killed in a genocide are moderate members of the perpetrator’s own group and their families. 1979 brought the beginning of the 15th century on the Islamic calendar. Evidence may be destroyed. Those who longed for the return of Muslim dominance. Houses are marked. Extremes take over and negotiation becomes impossible. Perpetrators blame the victims or suggest that the they invented the story. T Millennial Fervor: 1979 he year A. Lists of victims are made. Infidel America was humiliated by a Muslim who dared. They have clearly stated their intention to eliminate Israel and humiliate/destroy the United States.
a savior for the Muslim world who has long been expected to return during the Hajj to cleanse Islam. (infidel) paramilitary forces. part of a minority representing only 10% of Muslims. in complete defiance of the sanctity of the place. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim! One Arab intellectual claims there were more political prisoners and “disappeared” individuals in the Arab world and Iran during the 1990s than there are people in the Gaza Strip.” Their subsequent announcement to the world echoed Muhammad’s deathbed command: We shall export our revolution to the whole world. In the end. put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. Religious authorities hesitated. the Hajj was suddenly interrupted. Not every Muslim was happy with the change. the Saudi government was deeply shaken. Could it be true? The standoff lasted for two weeks. As shivers of excitement ran through the Muslim “street”. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers. which is one of the most crowded areas on earth. Revolutionaries had smuggled arms and provisions into the labyrinth of tunnels beneath the Sacred Mosque in coffins so were well prepared. just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that the Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says Kill them [nonMuslims]. Although 68 revolutionaries were arrested and publicly beheaded. Until the cry ‘There is no god but Allah’ resounds over the whole world. Those [who say this] are witless. Iran challenged the Saudi government’s very legitimacy as guardian of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Iran’s Shah had been deposed. More than 70% chose Iran. 1979. The Mahdi is the Muslim equivalent of Messiah. . It is a pilgrimage required of every Muslim who is able to afford it. A rift between the House of Saud and the Wahhabi religious authorities widened. the Hajj symbolizes the unity and harmony of the Muslim umma (community) in submission to Allah. People from every tribe and tongue and nation gather to worship Allah together. which can be opened only for holy warriors! There are hundreds of other [Quranic] psalms and hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. and defeat all of its enemies before the end of the world. resurrect its past glory. The Sacred Mosque Every year some two million Muslims from around the world converge on Mecca during the Hajj. shivers of fear ran through national kings and presidents in the Muslim world. Thousands of people (Muslims) were held hostage and many shot. In the same way that the Olympic games symbolize unity for the community of nations. to end the standoff. Although Khomeini was Shiite. the Saudi government called on French. An Algerian English teacher asked her Sunni students in 1984 to write an essay on the country they most admired. The same thing could happen to them. 380 men met at the Tehran Hilton for a seminar on “the ideal Islamic government. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean we should surrender to the enemy? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise. I cannot emphasize too often or too strongly that Islam and Islamism are not the same thing! Muslims become the first victims of Islamist political ideology. Someone seized the microphone at the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and announced the arrival of the Mahdi. Sharia law was harshly enforced with stoning and cutting off of hands and feet as prescribed in the Quran. and is the high point of a Muslim’s life. just months after the Iranian Revolution and on the first day of the Muslim year 1400. there was widespread admiration for him throughout the Muslim world. there will be struggle (jihad). Thousands of Iranians were tried and executed within months. war.58 59 In March of 1982. On November 20.
you’re financing your own assassins!” After Afghanistan. Without oil and the creation of the Saudi Kingdom. The oil money has enabled them to spread this fanatical. but if hostilities can be avoided. . after Afghanistan. he clarified what he meant: Even in America. In the subsequent struggle. with Allah’s miraculous assistance. Even in 1989. even Muslim terrorists. Saudi Arabia alone poured some $70 billion into schools. and a few years later. During that war. In exchange for full control over Saudi media and education and funds to carry out dawa (proselytization) programs around the world. Saudi authorities began imposing crushingly strict and pointless rules. destructive form of Islam all over the Muslim world and among Muslims in the West. A competition began between religious leaders in two oil-rich states. some two million would die and five million would flee Afghanistan. 210 Islamic centers. the United States trained and supplied arms to Afghan resistance fighters.000 schools for Muslim children were established in non-Muslim countries alone. There were terrorists prior to 1979. Iran and Saudi Arabia. even in America.60 61 A solution was proposed. The Saudi government had more money than it knew what to do with thanks to its oil resources. and used this money to establish a network of well-endowed schools and colleges all over Christendom Afghanistan On Christmas Eve. and 2. that is better. mosques.500 mosques. unbelievers must be given an opportunity to learn the truth of Islam and to freely choose to convert before force is permissible. But Islamism came into its own in 1979. had defeated the mighty Soviets and brought about the collapse of communism. After the Mecca incident. Armed jihad can follow. perhaps fearing further extremist threats. Between 1982 and 2002. This is what the Saudis have done with Wahhabism. banks and social welfare plans. Wahhabism would have remained a lunatic fringe. what matters is our willpower. nothing in the world is impossible for us anymore—there are no superpowers or mini-powers. it then essentially adopted their ideology. said Islamists. The path to the realization of age-old Islamist dreams of world domination appeared open. You have to be willing to risk Holy War wherever you can carry it out. wrote: Though the government killed the extremists. The Soviet Army invaded Muslim Afghanistan. framed the difficulty this way: Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Nation obtained total control of Texas and had at its disposal all the oil revenues. Music was not allowed to be played in the Saudi media. Sulaiman al-Hattlan. Members of the religious police were granted more power to intervene in people’s personal lives. over who would exert the most influence in the Muslim world. and began to spread around the world. Women were banned from appearing on television. it would be no problem to conquer the corrupt and decadent West. Stores and malls closed during the five daily prayers. Bernard Lewis. According to the Quran. mujahideen. Islamist institutions filled the vacuum left by failing Muslim national governments and won the hearts of the people. the mujahideen felt invincible. some 1. the religious leaders agreed to support the Saudi regime and to help suppress rebellions. expert on Islam and the Middle East. Secular Afghans warned the Americans from early on: “For God’s sake. the Communist empire would crumble. A year later. the third pivotal event of 1979 occurred. The race was on to open the world to the Prophet’s message. The Saudi government did all this to please the Islamists. Said Abdullah Azzam in 1988: Oh Brothers. The Soviet army would be forced to withdraw in 1989. peddling their particular brand of Christianity. The legend grew that they. After the defeat of the tough Soviets. a Saudi journalist at Harvard. in 1989.
A man who exerts himself physically or mentally or spends his wealth in the cause of Allah is indeed engaged in jihad. educating them in Wahabbi madrassas (Islamic schools) and spreading the faith worldwide (dawa). Billions of Saudi dollars poured into supporting the refugees. then it is the duty of the neighboring Muslim countries to offer help. But in the language of Divine Law. however. If even they fail. defensive jihad. everyone is held guilty. everybody must come forward for jihad. then the Muslims of the whole world must fight the common enemy.62 Islamist Ideologues T Sayd Qutb 1906-1966 (Egypt) Mawdudi 1903-1979 (Pakistan) The Third Jihad he events of 1979 had changed everything. This concession vanishes for the citizens of an Islamic State when it is attacked by a non-Muslim power. This supreme sacrifice is the responsibility of all Muslims. a section of the Muslims offer themselves for participating in jihad. Jihad means to strive to the utmost of one’s capacity. this word is used specifically for the war that is waged solely in the name of Allah against those who perpetrate oppression as enemies of Islam. In this case. jihad is as much a primary duty as are daily prayers or fasting. If the country attacked does not have enough strength to fight back. the whole community is absolved of its responsibility. According to Mawdudi. In all these cases. Iran defied the world. But if none comes forward. If. 63 Hassan al-Banna 1906-1949 (Egypt) Abdullah Azzam 1941-1989 (Palestine) . an Islamist: Jihad is part of the overall defense of Islam. His every claim to being a Muslim is doubtful. The bloody Afghan war dragged on for a decade. One who avoids it is a sinner. Afghan refugees poured into neighboring Pakistan. Afghanistan was an authentic.
and no dialogues. utopian. … I have written Milestones for this vanguard. 2. To get rid of evil. Abdullah Azzam traveled and spoke throughout the West. To establish the Islamic state. To establish an Islamic nation. Azzam’s trademark slogan was. The reasons for jihad. gathered in To American Muslims at the First Conference on the Jihad in Brooklyn. Their utopian vision and the Afghan war united them. Anybody who looks into the state of Muslims today will find that their great misfortune is their abandonment of jihad. People sent money. 4. 3. which shared his vision of a pan-Islamic. To topple all infidel governments. Its goals? 1. To end the lordship of one man over others. Abdullah Azzam set out to establish Qutb’s vanguard.” Qutb had written: There should be a vanguard which sets out with this determination and then keeps walking on the path. Abdullah Azzam.64 65 Muslims from around the world joined the Afghan defense. is obligatory on you wherever you can perform it. Islamic society: This vanguard constitutes the solid base for the hoped-for society. until the last breath and the last beat of the pulse. Later. 2. more specific goals were laid out: 1. New York in 1989. 3. To establish Allah’s authority on earth. a Palestinian from Jenin. or until we see the Islamic state established. which would form the core of a new. but very few know there are exceptions to this case. including Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri. “Jihad and the rifle alone: no negotiations. Exiled from Egypt. Azzam was disillusioned by the secular nature of the Palestinian Liberation Organization of Yasser Arafat. The Al Qaeda organization was formed on August 20. … Many Muslims know about the hadith in which the Prophet ordered his companions not to kill any women and children. … We shall continue the jihad no matter how long the way. America provided the fighters with training and arms. To establish the truth. he said: The jihad. To abolish all the Satanic forces and Satanic systems of life. etc. hoping perhaps they’d be killed while doing some good for the cause. Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan on February 15. To expel all infidel troops from Muslim lands. military success proved Islam’s truth. he went to Saudi Arabia. . He helped found Hamas. you must wage jihad. In summary. the fighting. spreading the utopian vision and issuing a call to arms. It was the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. Allah had clearly supported them in their struggle. too. 1988. a country that welcomed fundamentalist dissidents. As in the days of the Prophet. Muslim countries freed violent prisoners to fight in Afghanistan. trans-national umma that would eliminate Israel and erase the artificial borders of Middle Eastern “nations” to unite all Muslims under the banner of Islam. fighting with the sword. 4. The word jihad means fighting only. Muslim Brothers and Islamists from around the world. Muslims do not have to stop an attack on Mushrikeen (unbelievers) if non-fighting women and children are present. 3. 2. Sharia). … Those who believe that Islam can flourish and be victorious without jihad and blood are deluded and have no understanding of this religion. 1989. are: 1. Peshawar and shared ideas. no conferences. To re-establish the caliphate by 2020. Miracle stories flew around the world. the true “father” of Al Qaeda (“Al Qaeda” literally means “the base”). Mujahideen were ecstatic. Azzam. had studied theology in Egypt and been inspired by Sayd Qutb’s ideas. To arrange human affairs according to the true guidance provided by Allah (Divine Law. invited Osama bin Laden to join him in Pakistan. And just as when you are in America you must fast…so. according to Qutb.
as we were told so often in lectures and interfaith dialogues. and especially the Arabian Peninsula where the Kaaba is. perhaps by men who preferred al-Zawahiri’s vision. It also proves they can run in less than 24 hours. But they are also building mosques and spreading a version of Islam that is alien to our Bosnian Islam.) The challenge after the Afghan war ended was to choose the next war front. Proclaimed Anas. (Remember. With the exception of those who are with us. they forgot about this title and left. but they were surprised when the Americans entered. especially in the Muslim world. it cleared from the Muslim minds the myth of superpowers. Azzam wanted the mujahideen to focus their efforts on eliminating Israel. A Bosnian official complained: We have a big problem with the Saudis. only some Muslims are Islamists. Allah ordered us in this religion to purify Muslim land of all non-believers. All Islamists are Muslims. had its centuries-old frescoes and ceramic tiles plastered over. and justice prevailed and the killing of those who slaughtered millions of Muslims in the Muslim republics. The Gazi-Husrevbeg mosque in Sarajevo. they are spreading around huge amounts of money to help rebuild Bosnia. In a May 1998 interview with John Miller of ABC News. We rely on Allah. Bin Laden said: We have seen in the last decade the decline of the American government and the weakness of the American soldier who is ready to wage Cold Wars and unprepared to fight long wars. This was proven in Beirut when the Marines fled after two explosions. After leaving Afghanistan they headed for Somalia and prepared for a long battle. all others are apostates and deserve to die!” Everyone with a voting card was slaughtered. the Americans who had dared to tread the holy soil of the Arabian Peninsula. the decadent and demoralized “far enemy”. … After Allah honored us with victory in Afghanistan. Azzam and al-Zawahiri disagreed. the Americans became more aggressive and oppressive. The youth were surprised at the low morale of the American soldiers and realized more than before that the American soldiers are paper tigers. one of the greatest Islamic structures in southeastern Europe. dragging their corpses and their shameful defeat and stopped using such titles. We are ready for all occasions. but with a view to spreading Wahhabi Islam.000 Muslims between 1992 and 2002. mujahideen killed some 160. After a few blows. There. and the leader of the new world order. thinking the Americans were like the Russians. they ran in defeat and America forgot about all the hoopla and media propaganda. and this was also repeated in Somalia. broke with Al Qaeda and took the Islamist jihad to his home country of Algeria. Abdallah Anas. Azzam opposed takfir. most of them Saudis.66 67 For Islamists. Tensions rose in the Al Qaeda ranks. “There is no neutrality in the war we are waging. Al-Zawahiri wanted to first conquer the “near enemy”. In 1996. the illegitimate so-called “Muslim” nations. jihad is clearly not solely an inner struggle against sin and temptation. After the assassination. The argument ended with Azzam’s assassination. . Conquering the “near enemy” (Muslim nations) didn’t proceed as well as hoped. Some 4000 mujahideen made their way to Bosnia. Al Qaeda then set out to topple any Muslim national governments that refused to enforce Divine Law (Sharia). the Great Satan who supported the Little Satan (Israel) and corrupt Arab governments. The youth ceased from seeing America as a superpower. After World War II. the focus shifted to a softer target. Saudi Arabian “charities” financed the restoration of Bosnian mosques that had been damaged in the war. Azzam’s son-in-law and successor. … about being the world leader. the “the head of the snake”. declaring Muslims to be apostates and rightful targets of jihad. After a few blows.
68 Bin Laden felt sure the “filthy infidel crusaders” would inevitably turn tail and run in the face of determined mujahideen. In the field of law. He will seek to build that government in which the powers of the state are considered a sacred trust from Allah and are used for the common welfare of all. in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip. and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. when Ayatollah Khomeini proudly and unilaterally declared war on “The Great Satan” (America). But the West is not willing to try it. an Islamic program.” and “fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression. can only lead to one of two conclusions that allow of no compromise: our defeat or that of the West. a just world. not a national government. Allah willing the next victory will be in Saudi Arabia. In the early 1950s. Islam ruled the world. He will seek to build that government in which every human being is a brother to one another. where the rights of the individual are respectfully upheld. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah. and it will make the Americans forget the horrors of Vietnam and Beirut. until the fall of the caliphate. World War III was declared by an individual. Islamists might say the current war was declared more than 1000 years ago. According to Mawdudi: In politics the sole objective will be to strive for the establishment of a government where peace.. I was in Sudan. where no form of exploitation or slavery are rampant. “and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together. we could instantly end terror and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Capitalism will fall soon. 69 . A Allah’s Divine Law (Sharia) ccording to Reda Sayam. an article in an Egyptian weekly clarified them from the Islamist point of view: The battle with the West . by the Prophet himself just before he died. Why are we unwilling to try Islamic government? If by doing so. the way it pleases all Muslims.civilians and military -. Islam was the dominant power in the world for the longest time of any empire. Some would put the date earlier. brotherhood and goodness reign. an Islamist living in Germany: We believe that the caliphate shall be restored and we believe that Rome shall be conquered. and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam. on February 23. Communism lasted only 70 years before it fell. in 1979 during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Most are committed idealists. We are wrong if we think our enemies are murderous monsters. America. and this great defeat pleased me very much.is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it. why not? Is this worth fighting and dying about? The utopian picture painted by Islamists is quite compelling. was the main impediment to Islamic unity. We offer the alternative. Otherwise it would not capture the imaginations of idealistic young Muslims who long for a better world. 1998 during the presidency of Bill Clinton.” When this took place. to a restored caliphate that would expand to all the world and bring lasting peace. defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. with these words: The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -. without oppression or tyranny.. The stakes are high. the sole remaining “superpower”. For more than a thousand years.
It would be much more fair to compare their ideals with our ideals. 20 million in the U. Escaped slaves from Sudan such as Francis Bok give living testimony that brutal slavery of black Africans by Muslim Arabs continues to this very day.R. Despite the oil wealth. Muslims argue that only under Umar did the Muslim society reach its zenith. or perhaps Islamist realities with American realities! It would certainly be unfair to compare American ideals with Islamist realities. etc. would change for us on a day-to-day basis? An exhaustive list would be far too long for the purposes of this book.” wrote Sayd Qutb in Milestones.. so I’ll just include a few examples. emancipating the dhimmis? . Democracy was instituted in Islam more than 1300 years ago. All were made equal before the law.” And again. Why are not the Muslims living in a utopia? To such an objection we can only say that the Muslims have lived in and enjoyed a utopia in a certain epoch of their history.” Let’s take a closer look. seem more inclined to support Islamists than the American government! Both believe in the perfectibility of human nature and the evil of capitalism. The utopia of Islam was realized and put into practice and production at full capacity. life under Ottoman rule wasn’t so great either. with such seemingly opposite values on women’s rights. the overall GDP at the end of the 20th century for all Arab countries combined was little more than that of Spain! Yet the Islamists claim their anti-capitalist economic program would eliminate poverty and provide a secure life for everyone in the world! In my conversations with Muslims I noticed they had a constant tendency to compare Islam’s ideals with America’s realities. as they are obstacles in the way of universal freedom. There’s really no way to disprove that assertion beyond all doubt. No religion or social system other than Islam has ever been able to realize its ideals in reality. The utopia of Islam can be re-established once again right here on earth. Remember the Royal Edict of 1839 in the Ottoman Empire. “It is the duty of Islam to annihilate all other systems.70 71 • • • • • • • Sounds pretty good! According to Muhammad Qutb: Long ago Islam freed humanity from all racial prejudices. they constitute more than half of those living in abject poverty. Umar lived a very long time ago. 30 million died in China. the Muslim will seek to offer a true example of justice and to prove an authentic protector of the rights of all— particularly the weak. Islam was the first to initiate the emancipation movement. “The purpose. Human Rights The concept of human rights and equality has always been considered subversive to Islam. Islam infused a spirit of love and cooperation throughout the society. Islamic government acts as guardian and custodian of all such people as happen to lag behind in the struggle of life. According to Islam in Focus. Somehow. He will respect the law. gay rights. there’s a disconnect between ideals and reality.S. make others respect it and will see that the law is administered justly and fairly. He will make sure that all get their due share and no injustice or oppression is inflicted on anyone. “is to abolish the existing system and replace it with a new system. specifically.S. The theocracies in Iran and Afghanistan under the Taliban have been anything but utopian for average Muslims. The ideals of Communism were also grand. If we did adopt Sharia (literally “straight way”) what. The reality was horrifying. A former deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia estimates that although Muslims make up 20% of the world’s total population. From the histories I’ve read. Both Leftists and Islamists cherish a utopian vision that first requires the overthrow of the current order. There has never been a class system in Islam. The utopian vision explains why people on the far Left.
the Organization of the Islamic Conference did put forth a charter of human rights in the United Nations. • A woman’s inheritance is half that of a man’s. • Men may have up to four wives. “Prevent the women from learning to write. “Islam permits women to go outside their houses only when there is really a genuine need for them to do so. The Prophet has said: “Any woman who puts on perfume and passes in front of men is a fornicator. A woman must never attempt to imitate a man. The wife must not go beyond a 30-kilometer limit without being accompanied by her husband or a relative. Dress and Appearance • No manner of walking. Status of Women • Women receive half the inheritance of men. • The exit must be authorized by her husband or guardian. • A wife must neither offend her husband nor hurt his feelings. looking and dressing in public that may instigate temptation. including her face. she must not discard any clothes covering her in case there is a man hiding. Sa’id Raja’I-Khorassani. • Women are exempt from all financial liabilities. her voice must remain normal.” According to Muhammad Qutb. No public displays of affection. • A woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s. Family Life • No community property of husbands and wives. and cooperative at all times. to avoid tempting any men who might be around. • If she neglects herself. Khomeini said one of the shah’s “most despicable sins” was that Iran was in the original group of nations that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. • Men may divorce a wife unilaterally. Others are disinherited. (Sura 24:31) • She must not put on perfume. Even at a female friend’s house. • No right to prepare your own will or to disinherit anyone. • No gold or similar adornment. In 1990. she must avoid being left alone behind a closed door with a man. • • • • • • • She must walk in a chaste and modest manner.” • She must not walk in the middle of the road among men.” Ghawji. • No adoption. be attractive. • Restrictions on education and work. the husband has the right to interfere with her freedom to rectify the situation. Sura 33:32 If inside a shop or an office. the Iranian delegate to the United Nations. systematically set out under what conditions a woman can leave her house: • She may leave only in case of real need. she must move with her head bowed down looking neither left nor right. • No pure silk.72 73 In 1985. stir suspicion or indicate immodesty and indecency. Sura 24:31 When talking to a stranger. . She must never shake the hand of a man. responsive. • Men may beat unsubmissive wives if other measures fail. Umar. • Women must cover all but their hands and feet. said the very concept of human rights was a Judeo-Christian invention and inadmissible in Islam. • Family members who convert to Islam inherit all family property. wrote. • No dating. • No speaking in public in the presence of young men. • No mingling of the sexes. • No premarital or extramarital sexual relations. • She must make herself desirable. as long as all are treated equitably. talking. • She must be well covered. Say no to their capricious ways. • No beauty parlors. arouse desire. The second caliph. It subsumed all rights to the controlling authority of Sharia. a Muslim scholar.
• A woman cannot testify alone. .” • No interest on money. of Islamic thought. According to Hanafi jurist Sarakhsi (d 1090): “The word of a dishonest Muslim is more valuable than that of an honest dhimmi. etc. • No dancing. Osama bin Laden wrote. • Fasting from sunup to sundown during the entire month of Ramadan. • Criticism of Islam or the Prophet carries a death penalty. laws deters people from Apostasy: Death. • No trial by jury. the core Food and Drink • No wine. However. Islamic way of life. • No waste of any degree or kind. • Three branches of government. cutting out of the tongue. Fornication: 100 stripes.) • No Sabbath or weekends. (You think I’m joking?) • Man rightfully owns only what he works for. crucifixion. Muslims will argue that there are strict rules of evidence that eliminate the possibility of wrongful convictions. the first before dawn (no sleeping in). then society is a better place. payment of 2. • No monopolies or price fixing by the government. Robbery with murder: death by the sword or crucifixion. 34 for an example.5% of yearly increase in net worth. Two women required. Drinking wine: 80 stripes. • No appeals. For example: Adultery: stoning. See p. flogging. • No benefits. • No cooperatives. golf. • No liquor or spirits. “The evil of capitalism has poisoned all life. Politics and Government • The Quran is the constitution.” • No piggy banks. All interest is “usury. • Judges can ignore any evidence they don’t care to hear. • Non-Muslims may not testify against Muslims.” • Hadd crimes (those specified in the Quran) are punishable by amputation of hands and feet. —Joseph Schacht Use of Time • No gambling. • Land left unused for 3 years may be claimed by others. especially no musical instruments. confessions (even under torture) can be accepted as proof.” (Football. Religion • 5 calls to prayer. • Zakat. • No meat or products of swine. Islamic law is the epitome • No retirement. • No right to a defense attorney. typical manifestation of the • No raises. the most • No bonuses. • No political parties with non-Islamic platforms. • No music. and kernel of Islam itself. • No “vain sports. President of Sudan Robbery on the highway: loss of hands and feet.” • No images of people or animals in art. —Hassan Turabi. “Music is the flute of the devil. committing these crimes. • No insurance. • Sentences imposed quickly. • No drama. Justice • No law is valid if it contradicts the Quran. If the harshness of our Homosexuality: Death. Theft: cutting right hand. • No TV or radio (unless for religious education).74 75 Economy • No capitalism. • Non-Muslims pay jizya and observe provisions of concessionary charters. Muhammad Qutb wrote. • Ritual cleansings before each prayer. with judicial the strongest. etc.
the Hadith and Muslim thinkers? I’m providing them with free publicity! Muslims gave me the Quran I cited and some of the books as well! I agree there is hate. She thinks back to those heady days and reflects that nobody was thinking about the “good old days” when they cut hands. for the overthrow of a corrupt Shah. know the future. But it’s not just “a bunch of guys in a cave somewhere. I Why They Hate Us struggled for hours and hours and hours to write some kind of hopeful conclusion with recommendations. I may be accused of inciting hatred by sharing this information. but in retrospect. Then I threw it all away. As much as possible. we can successfully navigate difficult waters even if our emotions scream that it’s impossible! I’ve heard it said (by a Muslim) that it’s ridiculous to think that a bunch of guys in a cave somewhere could bring down America. The jizya would be paid from the United States treasury. but be clear about where it originates! I can say with a very clear conscience that I feel no 77 . We are not at the mercy of the gathering storm.76 “Hmmm. biological and chemical weapons. native-born Americans and Europeans. Americans want “change. There is no other meaning of Islam. but we can learn from history. If we keep our heads and unite.” But we’ve lost perspective if we think things can’t get worse than they are right now. If someone does. This is Islam. “Is agreeing to Sharia the only way to avoid additional war and bloodshed?” No.” We’re talking about a utopian ideology that has tremendous appeal to very nice people. How can it be hateful to quote the Quran. America’s government could surrender and request a dhimma (concessionary charter) for our country as a whole. It has been my goal from the beginning to share facts and spare you my opinions. There may not be any. that any change will be an improvement! Wrote Sayd Qutb in Milestones: One should accept the Sharia without any question and reject all other laws in any shape or form. I don’t have easy answers. She had demonstrated for change. well-to-do.” you may say. But Islam cannot agree to this unless they submit to its authority by paying jizyah. then it is the duty of Islam to fight him until either he is killed or until he declares his submission. submission to God—is a universal Message which the whole of mankind should accept or make peace with. of course. Sayd Qutb allowed for one additional alternative: It may happen that the enemies of Islam may consider it expedient not to take any action against Islam. No political system or material power should put hindrances in the way of preaching Islam. stoned people and cut off heads in the public square. if Islam leaves them alone in their geographical boundaries to continue the lordship of some men over others and does not extend its message and its declaration of universal freedom within their domain. We cannot. Like Iranians in 1979. Even well-educated. An Iranian woman who rallied against the Shah and welcomed Khomeini’s Islamic theocracy soon found herself disillusioned. Islam—that is. That was true until the advent of nuclear. But until Americans agree there is a real problem (not a contrived one) and break free from the self-centered assumption that the problem is us. change per se was NOT good! She eventually fled to the United States. we will waste valuable time desperately needed to find answers. I have endeavored to relay undisputed facts.
And much worse. They have their own interests at heart. respect and care about Muslims. Our charity humiliates them. Because they can’t break free of their cultural framework. “The kafir can never be trusted for any possible good they do.and extramarital sex. and to mix freely with men. They see things differently. We cannot understand why they hate us if we remain imprisoned within our own cultural perspective. If Muslims can’t see the difference. and Islam. which demands either total dominance or total subjection. even homosexuality! Because we eat pork. humiliate and annihilate them because in our place. Our success humiliates them. without regard to the Creator’s wishes. John Stuart Mill wrote: “Nothing in the creed or practice of Christians does more to envenom the hatred of the [Muslims] than the fact of their eating pork. for me and for you. Because so many people in the Islamic world are drawn to our values and want what the West has to offer. After the Indonesian tsunami. Because we live in luxury rather than help the poor. This is an extremely serious threat.” Because we humiliated them by winning World War I. for the children. we should want to save them from the totalitarian dreams of Islamists! Muslim parents are losing their children to what one called “the biggest gang in the world”! People are being slaughtered in their beds. with Muslims its first victims. Because we have extended a helping hand to the Muslim world. The utopian dream is an illusion. . Back to the original question. • Because our government allows us to do what we want. Germans themselves suffered horribly as a result of Nazi ideology and their country was ruined. Because our government carved up the Ottoman Empire. (Those words were applied to dhimmis through the ages. the 20th century utopian political ideology. as compared to their failure in the modern age. they would want to dominate. but not all Germans were Nazis. an Islamist mufti said. They can’t imagine that we don’t want to dominate. I fear Islamist ideology but I don’t hate Islamists. I have attempted throughout to make it very clear that there is a difference between Islamism. Because Muslims in America must abide by man-made American laws and abide by a man-made constitution. the centuries-old faith. We have been accused of stealing body parts from Muslims killed in Iraq. to Islam. The center cannot hold. They have told us why they hate us.” America has been accused of deliberately dropping humanitarian food aid into heavily mined areas of Afghanistan. you will be able to peer through the worldview “glasses” of Islamists. we should really be concerned! That would mean mainstream Muslims agree that the Islamist interpretation of their religion is a true and correct interpretation! Nazi ideology originated in Germany. Because we are greedy and charge interest on loans. if they won’t distinguish between the 20th century ideology and their ancient religion. Because we allow and even encourage pre. in their view. humiliate and annihilate us. The reality of an Islamist world government would be a nightmare beyond description. Because of our material success. I disagree. I think they truly and sincerely believe that what they are doing is right and best for the world.) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Because we have women in our military. If we love. • Because we are arrogant and insolent. “Why do they hate us?” Hopefully.78 79 hatred toward Muslims or Islam. by now. Because we have despoiled the holy land of Saudi Arabia by being there. We humiliated them by coming to their aid against Saddam Hussein’s aggression. We usurp his sovereignty. We should listen! We should respect them and take them at their word! • Because we do not honor Allah or follow his law. and even place them in authority over men! Because we allow our women to dress and behave shamelessly.
.. like the crusades. For those of us who fled tyranny. Americans often take these rights for granted. They may have the very best of intentions. We can express our opinions without fear of being tortured or killed. It’s not a secret that the American government has one enemy. America welcomes immigrants from all over the world and gives them refuge. Muhammad Qutb in Islam: The Misunderstood Religion: The wars of Islam sprang out of its wish to direct mankind to the right path if all peaceful means towards that end should prove ineffective. leader of Jamat Islamiya: Contemporary Muslim author Fathi Yakun: Until the nations of the world have functionally Islamic governments. you know how precious those rights are. Don’t Believe Me! Believe Them! Please believe them! Evil exists. Those who do evil may not be evil. the Muslim book of scripture. Sulayman S. We must learn—once more—to regard Islam as the norm by which the world is to be judged. and gives me human rights I could only dream of in my culture of origin. If people accept this message of Islam and agree to follow the truth. one of the Bali bombers: She believes America is far more vulnerable than we are willing to acknowledge. urges Americans to value what we have. Islam will shine again on the earth. in their heart of hearts.. It’s a religious war..80 81 America Is Not Invincible! I personally love America. should be the highest authority in America. I will close with a short selection of direct quotes. that the Muslims will win. Muhammad Asad. become real once all dissenters are exterminated. often in the guise of utopian visions that will certainly. believe they are doing good. Imam Samudra. allowing and encouraging them to worship however they choose. to resist Islamization. That is the Islamic movement all over the world. and Islam the only accepted religion on earth. cofounder of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In America. One of those immigrants. the hostilities between them and the Muslims cease forthwith. But if you have lived under tyranny as I have. Abu Bakar Bashir. speaking to Muslims: Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths. former Egyptian Nonie Darwish. if not for America. Frontline: . It’s all a matter of faith in the Quran. we are allowed and encouraged to be individuals. The war will never stop until the end of the world with the one exception. . Islam and democracy can never coexist. every individual who is careless or lazy in working for Islam is sinful. We can agree to disagree and bring about change within the system. Ahmed Sattar on PBS. . in the minds of adherents. They may sincerely. Nyang in Islam in the United States of America: Islam hopes to pay more than just lip service to the goal of a single world religion. I could include hundreds more. I am extremely grateful for the life this country has allowed me to live. in large part because we refuse to face reality. former Austrian journalist who converted to Islam and authored Islam at a Crossroads: We cannot and must not imitate Western civilization if we wish to preserve and to revive the values of Islam We must guard against the intellectual atmosphere of Western civilization which is about to conquer our society and our inclinations.. but to become dominant.. The Quran.. This country [America] allows me to practice any religion or no religion. where else could we run? Omar Ahmad.
Hamas leader in Gaza: Hassan al-Banna. orphans. before remorse will do you no good. director of The Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia: Those who believe that we will live in peace and dialogue forever are wrong. “Look. then you destroy that special thing America stands for. because if the American communities start going after each other. if we see America fragment. They endeavor to blend in. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty. with Allah’s grace. Blood must flow. Saad al-Fagih. the jihad is a religious duty because of the universalism of the Islamic mission and the obligation [to convert] everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force. …Take my word. I must add that we don’t only fight against the [Israeli] occupation. Our final goal is to kill the enemies of Islam. this is all a myth. a year later to Muslims: If only Muslims were more clever politically they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. Apologize today. Allah willing. all the enemies of Islam. if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America. We succeeded. There is way you can avoid this sort of clash. everywhere. Theologian and historian Ibn Khaldun (d 1406): Elham. first Muslim to deliver a daily prayer before the United States House of Representatives. you will be defeated. and the most exquisite of arts when practiced by the skillful artist. The terrorists actually want to provoke attacks on Arabs or Muslims in the United States. we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him.” Ayatollah Khomeini: The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah. the country will come to us. This is not a figment of the imagination but a fact. American Muslim leader Fayaz Azzam: . They want to break down what America stands for. Jordan’s King Hussein told an American reporter: The terrorists are trying to break down the fabric of the United States. There must be widows.82 83 Mauri’ Saalakhan in Islam & Terrorism: Myth vs. hands and limbs must be severed and limbs and blood must be spread everywhere in order that Allah’s religion can stand on its feet. Raed Said Hussein Saad. In the Muslim community. That’s what the terrorists want—they want to be able to turn to your friends here and say. Tomorrow we will lead the world. By Allah. our nation will sit on the throne of the world. If we were united and strong. Death is an art. Our goal is to spread Islam to all. founder of the Muslim Brotherhood: How can we tell which Muslims are Islamists? It isn’t easy. … Tomorrow. to raise an ideological generation that loves death like our enemies love life. a young woman of Hamas in an Israeli prison: Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al after the 2006 election: Siraj Wahaj. Reality: Sincere Muslims in every corner of the globe are threaded together by an ideology which is consciously or unconsciously imbedded within the very fiber of their being.
” Al Quds: Arabic for Jerusalem. Caliphate: One-world government under Islamic law. He will have the power to work miracles in order to mislead Muslims.” Peace is the final stage of dawa (spreading of Islam). We must how those we attempt to communicate with perceive things and define the words they use. Sayd Qutb: “The real servitude is following laws devised by someone. Al Aqsa: The mosque atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. quack. The first list is of English words. black person. but that you must understand what “peace” means to them? According to Sayd Qutb: “The peace which Islam desires is that the religion be purified for Allah.) Ablution: The practice of removing sins. Peace: The final stage of dawa (spreading of Islam) when all mankind has either converted or submitted. Ayatollah: Literally “sign of Allah.85 O Glossary Slavery: Life outside Islam. Caliph: Vice-regent of Allah and successor to Muhammad. the world will enjoy true and lasting peace and justice. Any territory that is not in the House of Islam is in the house of war.” Muslims believe he will be physically misshapen and blind in his left eye. He will deceive the faithful. Once Allah’s law (Sharia) becomes universal. Remember I said Islam is a relgion of peace. (All in one word. Dawa: Spreading of the faith. Qutb claimed that all the world was dar al harb because nowhere was Allah’s law being strictly enforced. which is a shrine. Tyrant: One who turns away from the Prophet of Allah is a tyrant. There are approximately 20 ayatollahs in the world. Words don’t translate exactly when the concepts behind words are missing or different. telling them that heaven is hell and vice versa. The state of having all relationships and priorities in order. Lands ruled by Divine Law. imposter. diseases or defilement through ritual washing.” Terrorism: Anything that hinders or suppresses Islam. Freedom from human authority Injustice: According to Mawdudi. Abrogation: Rendering a prior revelation null and void by replacing it with a new. Tyranny: According to Mawdudi. Dhimmi: Non-Muslim protected under a concessionary charter. Distinct from the Dome of the Rock. either by conversion or payment of jizya. Sometimes word definitions can open doors to other understandings of the world. proselytization. a person who disobeys Allah perpetrates the greatest of injustices. Dar al Islam: House of Islam. ne last thing. Cross-cultural understanding is difficult in the best of situations. when all mankind has submitted. Al Qaeda: Literally “the base. Dar al Harb: House of war. the worst of tyrannies. 84 . that the obedience of all people be for Allah alone. Dajjal: Islam’s anti-messiah. disbelief is tyranny. Freedom from lust and animal passions. Proceeds without bloodsheed unless there is resistance. Adam was the first caliph.” A high ranking Shia cleric and expert in Islamic law and history. Fatwa: A legal pronouncement made by a mufti (Islamic scholar) based on Sharia. The Mahdi will be the last. filth. Means “the deceiver. better one. Freedom: Elimination of jahiliyya (ignorance). according to Mawdudi. Abd: Slave. Some words have been intentionally redefined by Islamists for their own purposes.
a truce can be made for ten years if necessary. made of smokeless fire. A month of mandatory fasting between sunrise and sunset for all Muslims. with sides 34’ x 39’ covered with a black silk curtain.” May lead prayers or give sermons. Jizya: Protection tax that non-Muslims paid to Muslims to show their submission to Muslim rule. lacking good taste.” Prophesied redeemer of Islam. struggle.” Used specifically for uprising of Palestinians against Israel in 1987 and 2000. Later revelations abrogate. Hijab: Head covering and dress worn by Muslim women. Literally means “hide from sight or view. They can transform into humans or animals such as the snake. Must be the tallest structure in a town or village. Mullah: Junior Islamic religious scholar. untouchable. Kafir: Unbeliever. Refers to schools of Islamic law. The state of man before the Prophet Muhammad. Iman: Faith. before which he will be a common person. For Shiites. Ramadan: The month Muhammad received the first Sura of the Quran. low class. Jahiliyyah: Ignorance of Divine guidance. literally means “prohibited. He will be a descendent of Muhammad and will rule for seven years. The Muslim calendar begins with this year. Required at least once a lifetime for every Muslim who is physically and financially able. He will receive knowledge directly from Allah. Jahili. it is capitalized to mean a person who is a perfect example in everything. Islam: Literally “submission. Used of Christians. down to his very life. Originally served as a watchtower. Kaaba: Literally “cube. According to medieval jurist Umdat as-Salik. or render null and void. Hudna: Literally “calm” or “quiet. Mushrikeen: One who commits shirk by attributing partners to Allah. Qibla: Direction of prayer. previous ones.. Large granite structure. Qutb declared that all the world was jahili because it had neglected Allah’s law. Mufti: Islamic scholar who interprets Sharia and issues fatwas. often to gain strength. who will restore the world to a perfect Muslim society.” Houris: Virginal angelic beings. of which there are four. promised to those who die in the way of Allah. Harim: Woman.” Name of the religion. filling the world with justice and fairness. a person sacrifices money. Intifada: Arabic for “shaking off. Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca. Naskh: Abrogation. located in Mecca.” Hegira: Migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622. Fiqh: Understanding of details.” Holiest place in Islam. ignorant. forbidden. Mahdi: “Guided One.” A truce made for tactical purposes. Hadith: The traditions of the Prophet. . conceal.86 87 Fellaheen: Peasant. Originally Jerusalem but changed to Mecca. for the Prophet made a truce with the Quraysh for that long. Mujahidin: Jihad warrior. and to remove all the impediments to Islam—through tongue or pen or sword. 49’ high. material. Muezzin: The person who chants the call to prayer from the minaret five times a day. non-Muslim.” A struggle which a Muslim must launch against evil in whatever form or shape it appears. Jihad: Literally “strive.” Imam: Arabic for “leader. Quran: Literally “recitation. Mawdudi says it is “exerting oneself to the utmost to disseminate the word of Allah and to make it supreme. He will appear at the age of 40. collected and compiled approximately 200 years after Muhammad’s death.. and all that he has. infidel.” A collection of revelations from Allah to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. . In jihad. A race of supernatural beings lower than angels.” Jinn: Translated “genie” in English. “If Muslims are weak. Minaret: Tall graceful tower attached to an Islamic mosque.
Sharia: Literally “straight way. Sunna: Literally “trodden path. Great read! • The Roots of Evil.” Means the “way” of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunni: Those who follow the way or “trodden path” of the Prophet. Anyone who utters this sincerely is a Muslim. the Hadith and decisions by jurists through history. Shiites make up about 10% of Muslims. A Muslim is required to give 2. Mark graduated from Al Azhar University second in a class of 6000. ideas.5% of his income after expenses or of the increase in his net worth to support the poor and needy. Shaheed: Literally “witness. • Suicide Killers. Download it at obsessionthemovie. Taqiyya: Concealing or disguising one’s beliefs. He has a doctorate in Islamic studies and was an imam in Giza. Takfir: The practice of declaring a Muslim to be kafir. Meet Muslims who aren’t Islamists. Muslims must pray five times a day facing Mecca. by Anonymous. • Obsession. Zakat: Alms. by Pierre Rehov. feelings. Sheikh: Arabic word meaning elder of a tribe. There are several different schools of Islamic law. Subject: genocide. Twelfth Imam: The Shiite Mahdi. aired on PBS in 1994. DVDs: • Jihad in America.” Refers to one who dies in the way of Allah. by Nonie Darwish. This is the Islamist manifesto. revered old man or Islamic scholar. Ergun was a devout Turkish Muslim raised in the United States. by Erwin Staub. Shahada: The testimony that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger. Walid was an aspiring suicide “martyr” in Palestine in the 1980s. made for PBS Frontline. by Muhammad Qutb.com. Her father was a shaheed (martyr) in the 1950s. • Islam: The Misunderstood Religion. by Dore Gold. Sura: Chapter of the Quran. It is an unforgivable sin.” Body of Islamic law. Shia: Party of Ali. by Abul A’la Mawdudi. which began in 1974. convictions. Excellent history of the end of the Ottoman Empire. by David Fromkin. • Now They Call Me Infidel. derived from the Quran. Brigitte grew up as a Christian Arab in South Lebanon during the war. “Only through submission to the Will of Allah and by obedience to His Law can one achieve true peace and enjoy lasting purity. Shirk: Attributing partners to Allah.” Salat: Prayers. Sawa: The Islamic reawakening. The penalty for apostasy is death. Saudi Arabia’s history. especially in times of war. The oneness of Allah is the central doctrine of Islam. Nonie grew up in Gaza and Egypt. opinions and/or strategies. by Brigitte Gabriel. Books against Islamism by Arabs and Muslims: • Because They Hate. • A Peace to End All Peace. Recommended for Further Information Books by Islamists (these are banned in some countries): • Milestones. lord. • Three Cups of Tea. by James Bowman. • Honor: A History. . • Islam and Terrorism. by Mark Gabriel. • Hatred’s Kingdom. A former Iraqi comes to America and infiltrates Islamist meetings. Sawn: Fasting. by Ergun Caner. or apostate. This practice was sanctioned by Muhammad. by Sayd Qutb. Failure to pray without a reasonable excuse is a heinous sin.88 89 Salam: Peace. when he headed fedayeen operations for Nasser. Islamists. • Unveiling Islam. • Toward Understanding Islam. by Walid Shoebat. • Why We Want to Kill You. • Islam v. According to Islam in Focus. Other books: • Terrorist Hunter. Umma: Worldwide Islamic community.
I strongly encourage you to read the Bible for yourself. it has great potential to comfort the afflicted. America is a Christian nation. It will also afflict the comfortable. Find out why. No matter what you think of Christianity or the Bible. Muslims consider it a very great threat. It is very difficult to break away from their own cultural perspective in order to see the world through our eyes. They face the same challenge we do. Because of that. for yourself. If it is true. Religion is part of the fabric of life for Muslims. and I believe it is. No matter what you call yourself. Difficult days may lie ahead. From their perspective. you will not be comforted. . they think you are Christian! American popular culture. to them. is Christian culture. Most are born into the faith and know few if any Americans or Europeans personally. I must add one final note. if you are not Jewish. I hate being the bearer of bad news.90 If you comprehend the message of this book.