Islam has spawned many sects that are
master practitioners of the art of double standards. As far as
Muslims are concerned what is good for Muslims is not good for the
non-Muslims; and, what is bad for Muslims is good for non-Muslims.
What complicates matters is that there is no way of knowing which
of the dozens of at-each-other’s-throat sects is the legitimate
Islam. As sooner as Muhammad died his religion of peace became a
house of internal war: jockeying for power and leadership started,
sects formed and splintered into sub-sects, and bloodletting began
The internal infighting in Islam is presently playing in full
color—in red—most dramatically, in the Iraqi theater. Shiite raid
Sunni civilians, slaughter them like sheep, and toss their bodies
like trash in the streets or the rivers. The Sunnis return the
favor with just as much viciousness and savagery.
Question: if this is the way these Muslims treat each other, how
would they deal with the infidels, when they have the chance?
Answer: these devoted followers of Muhammad would deal with the
infidels exactly the way Muhammad did: behead the non-believers,
take them as slave to hold or sell, or make them pay back-breaking
Some may objects that writings like this are little more than
hatemongering and fanning the fire that rages between Islam and
the non-Islamic world. They may further flash the Islamic
apologists’ few well-worn-out propaganda cards as evidence for
their contention that Islam is not what its detractors claim.
Here are the few favorite cards:
* There is no compulsion in religion says the Quran—the full
context is never shown.
* “Islam,” means “Peace,” so Islam is religion of peace.
* “For you, your religion, and for me, my religion,” Muhammad
reportedly has said.
The Muslims and their apologists quickly run out of their few
cards and the rest of the Islamic deck is all about intolerance,
hatred, and violence toward the infidels and all others who are
not true Muslims, even toward those who consider themselves as
Muslims. Shiites, for instance, judge the Sunnis as traitors to
Islam and Sunnis condemn the Shiites as heretics. Each side deems
the other worthy of death and hellfire.
This internecine Islamic war of the religion of peace is not
confined to the Shiite-Sunni divide. There are so many internal
divisions within each side that listing and describing them
comprehensively would be encyclopedic.
So, who is right? What are the facts about Islam and how does
Islam impact the ever-shrinking village earth and its inhabitants?
Admittedly, this is a huge question and cannot be answered
satisfactorily in one article. However, some facts can be
presented to help the reader decide.
There is no need to belabor the point that Islam is not and has
never been a religion of peace. The word “Islam,” is derived from
“taslim,” which means “submission,” while the term for “peace,” is
“Solh.” Another derivation of the word “taslim,” is “salamat”
which means “good health,” and so on.
Irrespective of what the term “Islam” may mean, the facts on the
ground conclusively demonstrate Islam’s violent nature from its
very inception. No need to go back to the time of Muhammad and
examine the historical records. Just a few from contemporary
events should make the point.
Here is a partial list: the savage Shiites-Sunnis bloodletting in
Iraq; the barbarism of the resurging Taliban in Afghanistan; the
genocide in Sudan’s Darfur; the Somalis killings; the Iranian
mullahs murder of their own people and support of mischief abroad;
the cross-border attack on Israel by Lebanese Hizbollah; the
incessant terrorist acts of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatwa of the
Palestinians against Israel; the bombing of Shiites mosques in
Pakistan and the Shiites retaliation against easy innocent
Clearly, there is no place on the planet where Muslims reside that
is in peace from the religion of peace. Spain, France, Holland,
England Thailand, and Indonesia, have already been attacked while
others such as Belgium have been threatened and sanctioned.
Stretching the benefit of the doubt beyond limits, one may believe
that all these acts of horrors are committed by a small minority
of thugs and radicals who happened to be Muslims.
Fine, let us ignore all those “fringes” for now: those who are
giving Islam a bad reputation. And never mind Saudi Arabia, the
cradle of barbarism fixed in formaldehyde since Islam’s inception.
Also, let us overlook the dastardly Shiite fanatics presently
ruling (ruining) a great nation of Iran. Iran Shiite Hitlerists
are hell-bent on wiping Israel off the face of the planet while
viciously devastating Iran’s own largest minority—the Baha’is; the
people universally-recognized as law-abiding and peaceful.
Would someone account for what is happening in the “civilized”
Islamic country of Egypt? The world owes Egypt a debt of gratitude
for giving it the Muslims Brotherhood—the lead promoter of Sunni
hatred toward the infidels with chapters and front organizations
in much of the world. With typical Islamic hypocrisy, the Egyptian
government claims that the Muslims Brotherhood is outlawed, when
in actuality the Brotherhood holds twenty-five percent of the
seats in the Egyptian parliament. The same country that gave the
world vicious American killers like Al Zawahiri is the recipient
of huge largess from the American taxpayer.
And the latest shameful action of the Egyptian government is the
issuance of identity cards that requires listing of one’s
religion. In order to be issued an ID card which is essential for
just about any and all exercises of the rights of citizenship, the
individual must list his religion as one of the three sanctioned
faith: Islam, Christianity, or Judaism. No one is allowed to leave
the religious affiliation blank or list any other religion.
Buddhists, Hindus, Baha’is or agnostics and atheists have to
either lie and fake a religious affiliation or run the serious
risk of having to survive as non-entities in the “crown jewel” of
modern and moderate Islamic society.
These are the conditions on the ground wherever Islam rules.
Violence of all forms is endemic to Islam and is not confined to
any fringes. Islam itself is the fringe. A fringe that is
oppressive, hateful of others and violent to the core.
The world must confront Islam and demand that it mends its ways in
conformity with the Bill of Rights, where every man, woman, and
child is fully entitled to equal treatment under the law,
irrespective of any and all considerations.
Amil Imani is an Iranian-born American citizen and pro-democracy
activist residing in the United States of America. He maintains a
website at amilimani.com