“Denialistanis”, it seems, view the World through a special lenses, one that shows everything as a struggle between a feeble Muslim ‘David’ and a towering Kafir ‘Goliath’… For, the eventual victory of that Muslim David is foreseen as to be the proof of being on God’s side... - Anonymous
In an article, entitled How are Muslims supposed to treat people of other faiths?, Shaheed International says: “Tolerance is the attitude that should govern the dealings of all peoples with one another. Religious tolerance is an essential principle of Islam and Muslims are ordered to have good relations with peoples of all religions and be kind and courteous to everyone. Muslims are ordered by the Qur’an to uphold their promises and agreements with non-Muslims and not betray or transgress against them…”
In this respect, my office colleague said: Allah does not forbid you from those – who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who are just.’ (Quran 60:8).
And my colleague is very effervescent about this Qur’anic verse, and insists that ISLAM is of a “Peace Loving Peoples”.
As Islam portrays to be a peace-loving religion, does it incline towards violence? To me, it is both!
Islam has embedded a whole spectrum of dubious positions. Some Muslims may be brought up liberally-minded and adapt themselves to Western democratic and pluralistic values; others are simply fundamentalists, who struggle actively for a reformation of Islamic societies, and still others are militant extremists, prone to violence. Among those dedicated Muslim activists show to be peace-loving conservatives as well as those hidden Islamic terrorist jihadist supporters! It is importantly apparent not to lump all Muslims and Islamic fundamentalists together? And Do We Really Have Anything to Worry About ISLAM?
Yet, we plainly forgot the universal maxim that one can fool some people all the time and all the people for sometime but never all the people all the time!
Most people are simply unaware that Islam is simply NOT a religion, but a totalitarian political cult-like ideology, which compels its believers into blind obedience, teaches severe Intolerance, with cruel brutality and locks all Muslims and non-Muslims into a struggle deriving directly from the 7th-century nomadic, predatory, Bedouin culture created by Prophet Muhammad.
Islam simply means “submission” to the will of Allah (period) and to those teachings as depicted in the Qur’an which include Islamic Jihad – the genocidal slaughter of infidels by the Islam’s swords – killing by beheadings, showing great intolerance toward other religious beliefs, as well as forcing all peoples unto submissions to Islam. The ultimate goal of the Islamic Jihad is establishing the domination of Islam over the entire world!
In Islam, one is considered “moderate” if one supports the goals and tenants of the Islamic Jihads, if not the tactics. Those, who totally reject the sadistic and violent teachings of Islam, are considered apostates of Islam and, as such, are willfully condemned to immediate death! Whereas moderate means - sensible; restrained; judicious; fair; temperate; & reasonable. So, moderate Muslims are supposedly considered to be very peaceful “in spite of Islam” and not because of it!
The “religion of peace” is a concept that the West is so eager to embrace [?] – all in the name of political correctness of simply refusing to believe that a major world religion capably poses such an overwhelming and devastating threat to the existence of humanity at large.
What lies behind apparently peace-loving Muslims?
FOR ON ONE SIDE of this debate, we have peoples who say that "the majority of Muslims are simply peace loving people..." The implication is that because of such thoughts, we can all just forget about it and contently relax, as this ever-growing presence of Muslims in our midst is actually not a problem or any issues? Whilst, on the other side, we have people who say that Islam is TRULY a totalitarian, aggressive, violent ideology that has already made inroads into modern Western societies with their aims of usurping Western democratic governments and replacing their democratic laws with the Islamic Shari’ah Law.
Is it supposedly possible that both sides are scrupulously correct? Let me explain….
First of all, I think that everyone can agree that there are a few dedicated Islamic Jihadists, who openly commit all kinds of violence in the name of Islam and that they are supposedly not "peace loving peoples" by anyone's definition but of their own. They may think of themselves as peace-loving, because they think that once the whole world has submitted to the total rule of Islam, then this world will forever be at peace. But the methods these Islamic Jihadists use to achieve their envisioned peace are by suicide bombings, human beheadings, and by flying hijacked airplanes into populated buildings.
There could also be a number of good Muslims committed to forcing Islamic Shari’ah law on the World by rioting and with the intended threat of making riots. These understandably good Muslim peoples are the ones, who protest and riot when a Danish cartoonist publishes cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, for example – those ensuing riots killed around 187 innocent hapless peoples worldwide! It is perceived as a violation of Muslim morality for anyone to draw Prophet Muhammad’s picture or to even criticize him, and thus these violence intimidated many infidels living in Western democracies into restraining themselves from re-publishing those cartoons. So in this way, the compelling threat of Islamic violence enforces Shari’ah Law on all Western democracies.
The same thing happened with the Draw Muhammad Day on Facebook, and with the American pastor, who wanted to burn the Qur’an. The perturbed violence and the threat of extremist views by those good Muslims around the world has indeed affected the behaviors of innocent peoples in free countries, forcing them to curtail their basic freedom of choices. The end result of all this is the ‘callings’ of enforcement of Islamic Shari’ah Law in Western democracies — not by changing what is written in the law books, but by scaring people of death into doing what mainstream Muslims insist non-Muslims must do!
Those good Muslims doing the rioting may, in fact, seem to be "peace loving peoples" in their daily lives in the opinion of everyone who knows them. And it could also be argued that everyone has a breaking point. Anyone can lose his/her temper if the offense is great enough, and perhaps they love their Prophet or their Qur’an so much so that by criticizing their Prophet or by burning their holy book, which was eventually just too much for them to understand… So they went berserk like anything, but really they are just quite normal, ordinary, peace loving Muslims in the rest of their lives…?
Another sizable percentage of good Muslims are dedicated to legally and nonviolently gaining concessions for Islam within Western democracies. They are pressing for halal foods in public schools, pressing for an Islamic limit on free speech and censorship in western Media so that Islam is never criticized. They are doing it in individual countries, and they're also doing it at the UN, to give significance to their impeccable religion! The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the largest voting bloc at the UN, and they are putting pressure on the rest of the countries to impose worldwide limits on free speech to the level categorically demanded by Shari’ah law!
All these admirably good people, simply working for the legal imposition of their religious significance in light of the Islamic Shari’ah law, may very well be peace-loving people, who do not engage in violence by themselves. But a very large percentage of such Muslims do not protest against the violent ones?
Their silence usually implies consent, but do they simply keep silent out of fear? The violent ones are, of course, capable of extreme violence, and those peace-loving ones could be afraid to speak out in protest against such violence in the name of Islam [some perceived thoughts by naïve peoples]? And they may not feel that they have an ideological leg to stand on, since the violence is sanctioned by Islamic doctrine and protesting against that violence is entirely prohibited!
Another large percentage of Muslims pay Islamic Zakats, which is a mandatory tithe to the mosques. This money is often used for Islamic Charities (to help fellow Muslims, according to Shari’ah law, and never to help non-Muslims). This money also mandatorily goes to fund Islamic Jihadists all over the World. Muslims paying the zakat may be considered peace-loving peoples by standard definitions, as it is a charitable thing to do for helping the helpless (Muslims)!
Another group of Muslims are creating avenues for "Islamic Shari’ah Financing", and a certain percentage of that money also go to Islamic charities, and by extension to fund Islamic Jihadists. Those, who put their money in Shari’ah financial institutions or pay the fees, could be peace-loving peoples, even though they are wittingly or unwittingly helping to finance killings or subjugation of non-Muslims to favored Islamic causes around the World!
Yet a sizable percentage of good Muslims, according to polls, wish to have some measures of Islamic Shari’ah law in Western countries, including things like Islamic limits on free speech and death penalty for apostates of Islam. In some places, a majority of those good Muslims feel this way. Such Muslims also do not commit any violence themselves and would be considered by many as peace-loving people?
When Muslims immigrate to Western democracies, they often form "enclaves", areas where primarily Muslims should live in proximity. The larger the numbers of Muslims in these areas, the more hostile they are to non-Muslims living close by. As a result, those non-Muslims have eventually to move away even in their own birth-lands. Then more and more Muslims move to these ghetto areas until it becomes, for all intents and purposes, a small Muslim state within a Western democracy.
These good Muslim enclaves are creating "no-go zones", where legitimate law-enforcement officers are reluctant to go, or where legitimate government authorities bend to Muslim demands (for fear of violent reprisals). There are more and more Muslim enclaves and no-go zones in present Western democracies, for example in Sweden, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Norway and in many other European countries, that are growing bigger and bigger with every passing year. And the same pattern has started spreading to Australia, America and Canada as well.
Wherever Muslims gain a sizable majority, the most dedicated among them begin pushing for local manifestations of the imposition of Islamic Shari’ah law. But it would probably be correct to say that most of the Muslims, who move in to a Muslim enclave from a Muslim country, are simply supposedly “peace loving peoples”. They are just good families, who are moving to an area, where they have relatives, and they want nothing more than the betterment of their life and raising their innocent children and be happy.
Let us just assume, that those who don't know much about their Islamic doctrine, and even if they do, they have chosen to quietly ignore the violent or political parts of it. They are still unwittingly helping to accomplish Islam's prime directives in many covert ways, they are helping those who are actively trying to convert Western democracies into new Islamic states. It may seem that even if they don't mean to, or yet they are just ignorant about it.
Muslims around the world have lots of children. Thanks to Islamic prohibition of interfering to Allah’s will in procreation, and by extension to “family planning”, they just populate and that helps the cause of Islam like nothing else. So, when they immigrate to Western democracies, in the hope of living on state welfares – a kinds of Islamic JAZYA paid by non-Muslim taxpayers – which helps their raising the children without any worries. Indeed, to them, more children means more welfare handouts and better life. In sum, the mostly want to thrive of hard work of the non-Muslim citizens of their country, and procreate as liberally as possible, which helps swelling the Muslim populace, who would add strength to bands of Muslims hoping to conquer their adopted land and enforce strict Islamic law and domination.
But, most of these people are probably not violent at all? They happily raise their children, telling them that they are Muslims and that the Qur’an is the word of Allah, but they don't explain to their children the political mandates of Islamic doctrine. They just want to come here to have a happy life and prosper.
When the kids become teenagers, some of them are susceptible to recruitment by the more orthodox (politically active or violent) peace-loving Muslims, because the teenagers have already been primed with a primary identity "I am a Muslim". The recruiter only has to say, "read your Qur’an and discover your Islamic obligations." And so we see that second-generation Muslims in Western democracies are more likely to become more radical and jihadist than their parents, even though their parents were rather peace-loving peoples!
This is another way peace-loving Muslims unwittingly help jihadists accomplish their sacred Islamic missions.
Muslim leaders and Middle Eastern oil billionaires another couple of groups that deserve mention. There are quite a few prominent peace-loving Muslim leaders, who exhort their followers to pursue Islam's prime directives. These are not isolated leaders with little influence and few followers. These are heads of state and influential people with huge numbers of followers. And there are Muslim billionaires (primarily Saudi Wahhabis), who are pouring their money into building big mosques and madarasas all over the Western world. They fund 90 percent of the world's Islamic institutions. Unfortunately, they are promoting Wahhabism, which is a branch of orthodox Islam — dedicated to jihad, dedicated to Islam's prime objectives, dedicated to eliminating all democracies and imposing Islamic Shari’ah law on all peoples of the World. This is not as impossible as it sounds. The world is far more Islamic today than it was even 20 years ago!
These oil billionaires have built and maintain most of the mosques in the United States and Canada, and 80 percent of these mosques are engaged in promoting jihad. Promoting the violent overthrow of the government by jihad or any other means is against local law, but it is overridden by the protection of religious freedom. Because the jihad they preach is not extraneous to their religious teachings, but inherent in them, freedom of religion has protected them.
These oil billionaires and Muslim leaders may have never done anything violent in their lives, and may only want a peaceful Islamic world. As a result, they will be considered "peace loving people" by standard definition, yet they are promoting destructive causes.
What one must also consider carefully is that it doesn't take a majority to cause serious troubles, which means that even if the majority of Muslims are peaceful, they would be irrelevant if there are a sizeable percent of Jihadists amongst them willing to die in their cause.
So let's get back to our original question: If the large majority of Muslims are peace-loving people, do non-Muslims really have anything to worry about?
The answer should be crystal clear to discerning minds.
And do peace-loving Muslims ever question Islam when they see the violence and hatred of the "fundamentalists"? We rarely hear any Muslims condemn the violence of those Islamic fundamentalists. Simply drawing a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad draws tens of thousands of Muslims to earth-shaking protests on the streets of London and New York. The majority of those protesters would fall within the peace-loving catergory. But horrible Jihadi violence upon innocent people such as the horrendous 9/11 attacks, 7/7 London attacks or the Madrid attacks never can draw the so-called peace-loving Muslims to street for protest.
With this, let me quote some divine passages from the "Holy" Qur'an for the reader to wonder as to why the so-called peace-loving Muslims behave in the way they do:
- Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war. (Qur’an 9:5)
- Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission. (Qur’an 9:29)
- Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah. (Qur’an 8:39)
- So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world). (Qur’an 8:39)
- Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, lay them low, and cover them with shame. He will help you over them. (Qur’an 9:14)
- Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place. (Qur’an 9:38)
- Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you. (Qur’an 9:123)
- The Messenger and those who believe with him, strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives in Allah’s Cause. (Qur’an 9:88)
- O’ Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding. (Qur’an 8:65)
- The revelation of the scripture is from Allah, The Mighty, The Wise. (Qur’an 45:2)
- And He has set firm mountains in the earth so that it would not shake with you. (Qur’an 16:15)
- Have you not seen how God makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them into a stack, and then you see the rain come out of it. (Qur’an 24:43)
- Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them.” (Qur'an 2:191)
- Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” (Qur'an 9:123)
- When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” (Qur'an 9:5)
- Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” (Qur'an 3:85)
- The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.” (Qur'an 9:30)
- Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” (Qur'an 5:33)
- The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque.” (Qur'an 9:28)
- Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” (Qur'an 22:19)
- Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them.” (Qur'an 47:4)
- The unbelievers are silly; urge the Muslims to fight them.” (Qur'an 8:65)
- Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” (Qur'an 3:28)
- Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” (Qur'an 8:12)
- Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” (Qur'an 8:60)
Let it be in your court now to decide whether Islam is a religion of peace.