Wednesday, July 4, 2007

How did they get so confused?

To all readers: Tomorrow, I'm travelling to Cape Cod with my family on vacation. I'll be there for 3 weeks. Have no fear- I'll have internet access. I promise to post but blogging may be a little light. Don't forget about me!
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How did they get so confused? Why weren't Muhammad Haneef, Mohammed Jamil Asha and the other British terrorist suspects told that Islam is a religion of peace? Who taught them this perversion of Islam? Which mosque did they frequent in which a "hijacked" version of Islam was preached?
I'm outraged that this peaceful, pacifistic religion is used so often to justify violence. What is it about Islam that is so prone to misunderstanding? How did Osama bin Laden, Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad get to be such big Misunderstanders of Islam? Didn't anybody tell them that "Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against the innocent." (in CAIR's words) How dare Islamophobes like the Ayatollah Khomeini teach “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: 'Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies.'”! Is he suggesting that Islam is somehow connected to violence? How hateful and bigoted! What about the Muslim Brotherhood whose credo is "Allah is our objective, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."? Don't they know that Islam teaches love and tolerance? How was it that they got so confused about the true meaning of Islam?
Islam is peaceful! Muhammad taught love of all peoples and to respect other religions and beliefs. Anyone who believes that Islam is aggressive is a hateful Islamophobe. It sickens me to think of all of the horrible Islamophobic books that push the idea that Islam mandates warfare. The worst of all is the Qur'an: "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal harshly with them. Know that Allah is with the righteous" (Q:123) How hateful! What about sura 8:12- "I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!" It's absolutely repulsive the lies told about Islam. How did such a great world religion get perverted so much? How is it possible that a wonderful faith like Islam gets such abuse? Why did Muhammad state in his farewell address "'to fight until all men proclaim 'there is no god but Allah!'? Didn't anybody tell him that Islam forbids warfare? He should have known that when he slaughtered the Jewish tribes of Khaybar. How could he have dared to teach that "The Hour {of the Last Judgment} will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him." (Sira p.550 Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177)? Why didn't he listen to CAIR?
The falsehoods that are told about this great religion! Every religion has been used to promote violence and Islam is no exception. Disregard the fact that the fatwas issued by Pat Robertson for the deaths of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are nowhere to be found. Forget that there have been no mobs of Jews marching in New York and Monsey claiming that Judaism will take over the world. Ignore the nonexistent holy war that Buddhists have been waging against the infidels. There is absolutely nothing violent or intolerant about Islam! Racist hillbilly slackjawed neocons are the only ones who would suggest warfare being a part of Islam.
I call upon all real Muslims to evict the hateful Islamophobes like Bin Laden, Ayatollah Khomeini and Muhammad from your midsts and to tear up the hateful Qur'an which makes it seem like Islam teaches beligerence and expansionism. It just reall makes me wonder how so many people could "hijack" such a tolerant religion...

14 comments:

Der Baron von Bornstein said...

You make a good point.

When people feel oppressed, they become militant. They rebel. They rally behind those who give them answers. And what happens? The militancy spills over. The enemy becomes vague and there becomes no organized, intelligent way of working towards change.

Eqbal Ahmad makes a great point about where and when this Violence began.

"Jihad, which has been translated a thousand times as "holy war," is not quite just that. Jihad is an Arabic word that means "to struggle." It could be struggle by violence or struggle by non-violent means. There are two forms, the small jihad and the big jihad. The small jihad involves violence. The big jihad involves the struggles with self. Those are the concepts. The reason I mention it is that in Islamic history, jihad as an international violent phenomenon had for all practical purposes disappeared in the last four hundred years. It was revived suddenly with American help in the 1980s. When the Soviet Union intervened in Afghanistan, Zia ul-Haq, the military dictator of Pakistan, which borders on Afghanistan, saw an opportunity and launched a jihad there against godless communism.

The U.S. saw a God-sent opportunity to mobilize one billion Muslims against what Reagan called the Evil Empire. Money started pouring in. CIA agents starting going all over the Muslim world recruiting people to fight in the great jihad. Bin Laden was one of the early prize recruits. He was not only an Arab. He was also a Saudi. He was not only a Saudi. He was also a multimillionaire, willing to put his own money into the matter. Bin Laden went around recruiting people for the jihad against communism."

You can read one of his books on the internets: http://www.lipmagazine.org/articles/featahmad_134.shtml

Bar Kochba said...

Jihad has never stopped and has continue non-stop during all of Islamic history. Whevener there as a lull in jihad, it was because of a decline in the fortunes of the islamic world rather than a theological change.
Jihad never ended and still continues unabetted today. 400 years ago, the Turks threatened the Western world.
Here is a brief summary of modern jihad (between the 1600 and 1980s!) from Jihad Watch:
Following its defeat at the walls of Vienna in 1683, Islam entered a period of strategic decline in which it was increasingly dominated by the rising European colonial powers. Due to its material weakness vis-à-vis the West, dar al-Islam was unable to prosecute large-scale military campaigns into infidel territory. The Islamic Empire, then ruled by the Ottoman Turks, was reduced to fending of the increasingly predatory European powers.

In 1856, Western pressure compelled the Ottoman government to suspend the dhimma under which the Empire's non-Muslim subjects labored. This provided hitherto unknown opportunities for social and personal improvement by the former dhimmis, but it also fomented resentment by orthodox Muslims who saw this as a violation of the Sharia and their Allah-given superiority over unbelievers.

By the late 19th century, tensions among the European subjects of the Empire broke out into the open when the Ottoman government massacred 30,000 Bulgarians in 1876 for allegedly rebelling against Ottoman rule. Following Western intervention that resulted in Bulgarian independence, the Ottoman government and its Muslim subjects were increasingly nervous about other non-Muslim groups seeking independence.

It was in this atmosphere that the first stage of the Armenian genocide took place in 1896 with the slaughter of some 250,000 Armenians. Both civilians and military personnel took place in the massacres. Peter Balakian, in his book, The Burning Tigris, documents the whole horrific story. But the massacres of the 1890s were only the prelude to the much larger holocaust of 1915, which claimed some 1.5 million lives. While various factors contributed to the slaughter, there is no mistaking that the massacres were nothing other than a jihad waged against the Armenians, no longer protected as they were by the dhimma. In 1914, as the Ottoman Empire entered World War I on the side of the central powers, an official anti-Christian jihad was proclaimed.

To promote the idea of jihad, the sheikh-ul-Islam’s {the most senior religious leader in the Ottoman Empire} published proclamation summoned the Muslim world to arise and massacre its Christian oppressors. “Oh Moslems,” the document read, “Ye who are smitten with happiness and are on the verge of sacrificing your life and your good for the cause of right, and of braving perils, gather now around the Imperial throne.” In the Ikdam, the Turkish newspaper that had just passed into German ownership, the idea of jihad was underscored: “The deeds of our enemies have brought down the wrath of God. A gleam of hope has appeared. All Mohammedans, young and old, men, women, and children must fulfill their duty. … If we do it, the deliverance of the subjected Mohammedan kingdoms is assured.” … “He who kills even one unbeliever,” one pamphlet read, “of those who rule over us, whether he does it secretly or openly, shall be rewarded by God.” (quoted in Balakian, The Burning Tigris, 169-70.)
The anti-Christian jihad culminated in 1922 at Smyrna, on the Mediterranean coast, where 150,000 Greek Christians were massacred by the Turkish army under the indifferent eye of Allied warships. All in, from 1896-1923, some 2.5 million Christians were killed, the first modern genocide, which to this day is denied by the Turkish government.

Since the breakup of the Islamic Empire following World War I, various jihads have been fought around the globe by the independent Muslim nations and sub-state jihadist groups. The most sustained effort has been directed against Israel, which has committed the unpardonable sin of rebuilding dar al-harb on land formerly a part of dar al-Islam. Other prominent jihads include that fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, the Muslim Bosnians against the Serbs in the former Yugoslavia, the Muslim Albanians against the Serbs in Kosovo, and the Chechens against the Russians in the Caucasus. Jihads have also been waged throughout northern Africa, the Philippines, Thailand, Kashmir, and a host of other places throughout the world. In addition, the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks around the world have been committed by Muslims, including, of course, the spectacular attacks of 9/11/01 (USA), 3/11/04 (Spain), and 7/7/05 (UK). (For a more comprehensive list of Muslim attacks, visit www.thereligionofpeace.com.)

The fact is, the percentage of conflicts in the world today that do not include Islam is pretty small. Islam is making a comeback.

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The hadith that you refer to which speaks of the Greater and Lesser jihad is a very unreliable hadith that has no significance in Islamic law. Muhammad however promised that the gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the sword (Sahih Muslim Book 020, Number 4681). Jihad is clearly physical warfare as the Qur'an paints it to graphically, as in striking off the fingers of the infidels. Jihad has never meant to be a non-violent internal struggle. That is why Islam has never considered poets, artists and philosophers to be 'martyrs'. If jihad is an internal struggle in the soul, then why does the Qur'an exempt the blind, lame and sick from it (Q 48:17)?
Closing your eyes to the inherent violence of Islam will not make it go away.

nanc said...

baron - you are as full of shiite as a christmas turkey! how did america help izzie jihad? well, unless you count jimmuh cawtuh...

nanc said...

p.s. - b.k. - good vacation to you!

Michael said...

Have fun in Cape Cod, BK.
Fun post, too.
Is it just me, or is the baron's repetitious crap getting tiresome to read?

nanc said...

michael - i'm sure all the crappe he talks must leave a horrid taste in his mouth.

WomanHonorThyself said...

will never forget u bro..email me..my addy is at the Contact info on my site!...great read here..Nothing was 'highjacked' except the mind of the Libs!!

ZionistYoungster said...

Hi Bar Kochba,

You requested I add a link to your blog some time back. Because of things in real life, it dropped out of my mind, until yesterday, when seeing your comment on Oleh Musings reminded me. I've added your link. Great site, keep it up, and don't start with those ideas of getting tired like I recently did! ;-)

HaShem bless you.
ZY

ZionistYoungster said...

Sehr geehrter Baron,

You cite Reagan's enlisting of Bin Laden against the Soviets.

The Cold War was a different time. In fact, whenever I picture something from before September 11, 2001, I can't help picturing it as a black-and-white photo first. During the Cold War, the world was too busy participating in or observing the clash between the two superpowers to be bothered about the Islamic threat. And the 1990's was the official "End of History" decade, when everyone lay back to have a good rest.

So Reagan had an excuse--the Cold War. Today there's no excuse: the USA/USSR dichotomy is no more, and 9/11 has nailed down this conflict as being with Islamic Fascism, aided and abetted by Marxism (multiculturalism, political correctness, etc.) in the West. Reagan had an excuse to pit the Taliban against the USSR. You, now, don't have any excuse in continuing to pin down Islamic imperialism on "oppression" and all those material reasons. Doctors aren't of the working-class who are led to sigh against the oppression of the burgeoisie by any means possible.

Brooke said...

You have fun on vacation with the family, BK!

najistani said...

Americans, have you any idea what's lurking in your hospitals?


"45 Muslim doctors planned US terror raids ...
A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site.
Police found details of the discussions on a site run by one of a three-strong "cyber-terrorist" gang.
They were discovered at the home of Younis Tsouli, 23, Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London heard.
One message read: "We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America." .....

Investigators have found no link between the Tsouli chat room and the group of doctors and medics currently in custody over attempted car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow.

However, sources said it was "definitely spooky" that the use of doctors for terrorist purposes was being discussed in jihadi terrorist circles up to three years ago.

Part of the inquiry into the London and Glasgow incidents will focus on whether al-Qa'eda has recruited doctors or other medical professionals because they are less likely to attract suspicion and can move easily around the western world."

From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/05/nterror405.xml

The Merry Widow said...

dbvb is not aware of the hadiths and what they teach, nor the sunnas. That is where mohammadism's rubber meets the road. And they aren't pretty.
BK-Travel safely with your family, have a wonderful time and return, refreshed and renewed!
Go with G*D!

tmw

beakerkin said...

Ah the old Blowback theory spread by Communist and imbeciles. Obviously der is what most often comes out of the Union Square sewer.

The key figure who got the lions share of the CIA money and did the actual fighting was Ahmad Shah Masoud of the Northern Alliance.

Bin Laden was a nobody who raised funds and did next to zero fighting. Hakmatyar did the most out of that lazy lot.

Duh Baron forgets the Commies were using poison gas, mines shaped like toys and collective executions. Apparently either he has forgotten over 1,000,000 died in that invasion.

Of course Commies killing Muslims or placing them on cattle cars to Siberia to die are forgotten.

What an imbecile!!!!!

FLORIAN said...

I think we should start asking the current administration why he continues to allow Iraqis and Saudis move here seeking "asylum". BS!!!! I really don't care about the situation in the ME. These people are incompatable with Western Values and Society. Send em' back.