Or why the Koran is so difficult to understand, why we non-Muslims should take more notice of Islam and why the religion of peace has always been the religion of war……
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My blogs tend to focus on the inherent weaknesses of Christianity, but this blog is about all Islam for a change. It’s the promised sequel to On Discussing Christianity with Christians. Even though I went to church regularly for 30 odd years, I was never a fully signed up Christian, and knowing what I now know about Christianity, I never will be. Having now looked closely at Islam, I realize I’ll never be a Muslim either, for more or less the same reasons. I still don’t profess to know much about the finer points of Islam, but the internet provides quick access to relevant data and you can grasp the basics without too much time & effort. You usually find most of the heavy lifting has already been done by far more knowledgeable people. Obviously it’s important to avoid confirmation bias, especially when researching emotive subjects like religion. Fortunately I belong to that small group of individuals who seem totally immune to all religious influences, so avoiding confirmation bias is usually not a problem. I also have nearly 30 years experience in research & development to fall back on.
- So what is Islam?
- What do Muslims believe?
- Why do they believe it?
- And why are our liberal elites a threat to our society
Islam is the world’s second largest religion, and it currently has 1.7 billion Muslim believers, the vast majority of whom are Sunni Muslims. The remaining minority [c 10%] are Shia Muslims, most of who live in Iran. For more details of the Sunni-Shia divide and why it exists see “Islam’s Sunni-Shia Divide Explained” and/or “What is the Shia-Sunni Divide?”
Generalized technical details about Islam [all supplied courtesy of “The Hadith” by Bill Warner] can be summarized as follows. Islam is defined by the Islamic Trilogy, which consists of the Koran [the words of Allah], the Sira & the Hadith [the words & actions of Mohammed]. The Sira & the Hadith together make up the Sunna of Mohammed. Mohammed is regarded as the ideal man for all times and all places, and all male Muslims are expected to emulate him. He is seen as the model political leader, model husband, model warrior, model philosopher, model religious leader and model neighbor. This Trilogy itself is a seamless whole that defines Islam, and it is the source and basis of all Islamic politics, diplomacy, history, philosophy, religion and culture. Basically, if it’s in the Trilogy then its Islam and if it’s not in the Trilogy then it’s not Islam. No one text in this Trilogy can stand by itself, and apparently it is actually impossible to fully understand any one text without the other supporting texts. This is why there’s so much confusion concerning Islam. Even Muslims have great difficulty properly understanding their Koran, and consequently, they are forced to rely on an army of specialist scholars to remedy this problem.
There are two specific aspects of Islamic doctrine that deserve special mention, namely Al Wala’ Wal Bara’ and Taqiyya.
Al Wala’ Wal Bara’ (Love and Hate for Allah’s Sake) is a concept in Islam which signifies loving and hating for the sake of Allah. Loving for the sake of Allah means to love Allah and to show loyalty to him by following his Sharia. It means to love all that is good and permissible in the Quran and Sunna. It is to love those who are obedient to Allah and to defend and assist them. Hating for the sake of Allah signifies showing anger towards those who oppose Allah and his believers, and if necessary, fight them in order to uphold and spread the way of Allah. Top of Allah’s hate list is the Jews, closely followed by the rest of us Non Muslims [Kafirs]. Al wala wal Bara is one of the more important aspects of Islam, because it guarantees the preservation of the Ummah, and it distinguishes the believer from the disbeliever. True believers must hold fast to all that is pleasing to God, and withdraw from and oppose, all that is displeasing to Allah. Its aim is to maintain the purity of Muslim society, and to rid Muslims of all non Muslim vices such as wasting time pursuing self indulgent material desires.
Taqiya or Taqiyya [taqiyyah in Arabic] is the precautionary denial of religious belief in the face of persecution. Muslims can feign apostasy to protect both the individual and a community. The practice is emphasized in minority Shia Islam, but it is much less prominent in majority Sunni Islam. However, Sunni Muslims waging jihad against non-Muslims deliberately use taqiyya to deceive the enemy, and they regard this deception as being equal to other universal military virtues, such as courage, fortitude, or self-sacrifice. Islam is often portrayed as the religion of peace, yet its adherents are responsible for the majority of terror attacks around the world. Islamic apologists emphasize Islam’s high ethical standards, and yet others stress Islam’s dual notions of truth and falsehood. Muslims are exhorted to be truthful, but deceit is both prevalent in Islam, and divinely sanctioned by the Koran. Scriptural authority for taqiyya is derived from two verses in the Koran, namely 3:28 and 16:106. Islamic scholars do agree these two Koranic verses sanction taqiyya, but they disagree as to how & why they sanction it. They also disagree about what taqiyya actually permits Muslims to do in practice. Nevertheless, Taqiyya is of fundamental importance in Islam, and practically every Islamic sect practices it.
So, even though Muslims are actually forbidden to deceive other Muslims, they can legitimately deceive non-Muslims in certain circumstances. According to Sharia Law [the body of legal rulings that defines how a Muslim should behave in all circumstances] deception is permitted in certain situations and even deemed obligatory in others. One of the few books devoted to the subject [At-Taqiyya fi’l-Islamf (Dissimulation in Islam)] was written by Sami Mukaram, a former Islamic studies professor at the American University of Beirut and author of some twenty-five books on Islam. His book clearly demonstrates the ubiquity and broad applicability of taqiyya, and it clearly demonstrates that taqiyya is not limited to Shia Muslims feigning apostasy to avoid persecution by Sunni majorities.
Sunni Muslims in Western societies are themselves minorities surrounded by their traditional enemies [Christian infidels], but in this particular case, the infidels rarely acknowledge this historic enmity. Nevertheless, regular use of taqiyya in the West proves useful in many circumstances, notably concealing the long term intentions of many proactive Muslim leaders, and defusing potential opposition to these long term aspirations. Deceiving the Kafir is just one facet of doing whatever it takes to promote the Islamic cause and speed up their long term goal, namely eventual Islamisation of the World. Head on clashes with Western culture have so far proved totally ineffective, so now it’s all about a revised game plan, namely deception & subterfuge. As history shows, it worked extremely well for Mohammed 1400 years ago.
Combine this deception & subterfuge strategy with the recently adopted charm strategy, and who knows where it will all lead. Can’t comment on what’s happening in Europe & America, but UK children are increasingly being exposed to Muslim culture at a very young age. Mosques are now throwing open their doors and inviting us in, and they’re only too happy to show us to what being a Muslim is all about. Trouble is, we only see what they want us to see, namely the harmless rituals of the sanitized version of Islam portrayed in the West. This is not the real Islam, practiced in Islamic countries. It’s just the nominal Islam practiced by most nominal Muslims in the West, and who knows what’s really going on behind closed mosque doors.
One percent of the world’s Muslim population is 17 million. This means there must be at least 17 million more dedicated Muslims, all of whom are probably determined to carry out Allah’s wishes one way or the other. I suspect the frequent suicide bombings, and the increasing numbers of lone wolf terror attacks, are just the tip of an unseen iceberg. Eventual Islamisation of the West may seem impossible but:
- time is on their side
- our widespread ignorance of Islam is on their side
- our apathy & self indulgence is on their side
- our indifference to the potential threats posed by Islam is on their side
- Western efforts to shut down all criticism of Islam is on their side
- the support of many Western political establishments is one their side
- blow back from our incessant meddling in the Middle East is on their side
Every innocent Muslim we kill over there is yet more grist to their mill. Eventually, I think we may well end up reaping what we sow, but for the time being at least, I think we can continue to enjoy our sizzling pork sausages & our succulent bacon sandwiches. More details about Taqiyya can be found here: https://www.meforum.org/2538/taqiyya-islam-rules-of-war https://www.britannica.com/topic/taqiyyah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiya.
Unlike Christianity, Islam is far more than a simple religion. It’s a top down prescriptive ideology dictating every facet of a Muslim’s life, ranging from simple tasks like how to drink a glass of water [like Mohammed did], to more important issues like how to treat the Kafir [any non-Muslim]. It dictates what a Muslim should do, it dictates when he should do it, and it dictates how he should do it. The what, when & how details are contained in individual hadiths [traditions pertaining to what Mohammed allegedly said and/or did]. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these individual hadiths, all of which have been compiled and recorded in various collections called Hadiths. There are two authoritative Hadiths. The Bukhari Hadith was compiled by Muhammad Ibn Ismail Al-Bukhari, and it contains 6000,000 hadiths. The Muslim Hadith was compiled by Abu Al-Husayn Muslim. These individual hadiths are sorted into different categories, and many of them are used simply to dictate the Muslim’s every day daily life. Many others, however, are related to political Islam, and they define how Muslims should treat non Muslims [Kafirs]. Anyone who doesn’t believe/accept that Mohammed is the one true prophet of Allah, the one true god, is by definition, a Kafir. The term Kafir is a pejorative term meaning far more that simple non believer. The Koran defines Kafir as evil, disgusting and the lowest form of life and it says the Kafir may be deceived, plotted against, hated, enslaved, mocked, tortured and worse.
Unfortunately, these days there are hoards of well educated liberal elites, all of whom seem totally ignorant of even the basics of Islam, and they’re falling over themselves trying to convince us that there’s nothing to worry about, because as everyone knows, Islam is the religion of peace. These white, “well educated” but still ignorant liberals also strive endlessly to shut down all criticism of Islam, even legitimate evidence-based criticism from experts like Bill Warner and Robert Spencer. Both these experts lecture regularly on political Islam and its hidden agendas, and both attract a lot of flak from these left-leaning ignorant liberal elites.
These arrogant liberals often know nothing about Islam, yet think they know more than the experts. However, it’s well established that those who believe they know most, usually know the least. They are in fact, just full of the omnipotence of ignorance. When the abject ignorance of these liberal elites is combined with their arrogant self assurance, and their usual “good education”, they become a distinct danger to the rest of society. Their blatant ignorance of Islam is in fact, both Islam’s greatest ally, and our biggest threat. They automatically label anyone voicing concerns about the potential threat posed by political Islam, as a racist, bigoted “Islamophobe”, and they strive endlessly to shut down all criticism of Islam. In doing this, these arrogant ignorant liberals are simply aiding & abetting the Islamic cause, albeit unknowingly.
Having now realized what political Islam actually is, and more importantly, what it means to real Muslims, I personally share both Bill Warner’s and Robert Spencer’s concern. There are far too many Koran passages inculcating hatred for us non-believers, all of which for many Muslims, are just as true today as they were 1400 years ago when Mohammed first cited them. Here are some of the hostile verses that can be found in the Koran:
2:65 Allah transforms disobedient Jews into apes: “And well you know there were those among you [Jews] that transgressed the Sabbath, and We said to them, “˜Be you apes, miserably slinking!”
2:89 Unbelievers, particularly Jews, are accursed: “When there came to them [Jews] a Book from Allah, confirming what was with them — and they aforetimes prayed for victory over the unbelievers — when there came to them that they recognized, they disbelieved in it; and the curse of Allah is on the unbelievers.
2:191-193 Fight and kill unbelievers until “religion is Allah’s,” i.e. Islamic law rules all societies: “And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”
3:28 Don’t take unbelievers as friends and allies, unless it is for “fear of them,” i.e. deceptively for protection of oneself or of Islam: “Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends, rather than the believers — for whoso does that belongs not to Allah in anything — unless you have a fear of them. Allah warns you that You beware of Him, and unto Allah is the homecoming.”
3:110-112 Muslims are the best of people, Jews have earned Allah’s anger: “You are the best nation ever brought forth to men, bidding to honour, and forbidding dishonour, and believing in Allah. Had the People of the Book believed, it were better for them; some of them are believers, but the most of them are ungodly. They will not harm you, except a little hurt; and if they fight with you, they will turn on you their backs; then they will not be helped. Abasement shall be pitched on them, wherever they are come upon, except they be in a bond of Allah, and a bond of the people; they will be laden with the burden of Allah’s anger, and poverty shall be pitched on them; that, because they disbelieved in Allah’s signs, and slew the Prophets without right; that, for that they acted rebelliously and were transgressors.”
3:151 Strike terror in unbelievers: “We will cast into the hearts of the unbelievers terror, for that they have associated with Allah that for which He sent down never authority; their lodging shall be the Fire; evil is the lodging of the evildoers.”
3:181 Jews are bound for hell: “Allah has heard the saying of those who said, “˜Surely Allah is poor, and we are rich.” We shall write down what they have said, and their slaying the Prophets without right, and We shall say, “˜Taste the chastisement of the burning.–
4:3 Sexual slavery of infidel women:“If you fear that you will not act justly towards the orphans, marry such women as seem good to you, two, three, four; but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own; so it is likelier you will not be partial.”
4:160 Jews do evil, turn people away from Allah: “And for the evildoing of those of Jewry, We have forbidden them certain good things that were permitted to them, and for their barring from Allah’s way many”¦”
5:17 Christians — believers in divinity of Christ — are unbelievers: “They are unbelievers who say, “˜Allah is the Messiah, Mary’s son.” Say: “˜Who then shall overrule Allah in any way if He desires to destroy the Messiah, Mary’s son, and his mother, and all those who are on earth?” For to Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and of the earth, and all that is between them, creating what He will. Allah is powerful over everything.”
5:33 Crucify or amputate the hands and feet of those who make war against Allah and Muhammad: “This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”
5:41 Jews listen to falsehood and pervert the meaning of their Scriptures: “O Messenger, let them not grieve thee that vie with one another in unbelief, such men as say with their mouths “˜We believe” but their hearts believe not; and the Jews who listen to falsehood, listen to other folk, who have not come to thee, perverting words from their meanings, saying, “˜If you are given this, then take it; if you are not given it, beware!” Whomsoever Allah desires to try, thou canst not avail him anything with Allah. Those are they whose hearts Allah desired not to purify; for them is degradation in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”
5:51 Don’t take Jews and Christians as friends and allies: “O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Whoso of you makes them his friends is one of them. Allah guides not the people of the evildoers.”
5:59-60 Jews cursed, made into apes and swine: “Say: “˜People of the Book, do you blame us for any other cause than that we believe in Allah, and what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down before, and that most of you are ungodly?” Say: “˜Shall I tell you of a recompense with Allah, worse than that? Whomsoever Allah has cursed, and with whom He is wroth, and made some of them apes and swine, and worshippers of idols — they are worse situated, and have gone further astray from the right way.–
5:64 Jews accursed: “The Jews have said, “˜Allah’s hand is fettered.” Fettered are their hands, and they are cursed for what they have said. Nay, but His hands are outspread; He expends how He will. And what has been sent down to thee from thy Lord will surely increase many of them in insolence and unbelief; and We have cast between them enmity and hatred, till the Day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah will extinguish it. They hasten about the earth, to do corruption there; and Allah loves not the workers of corruption.”
5:72 Christians are unbelievers: “They are unbelievers who say, “’Allah is the Messiah, Mary’s son.’ For the Messiah said, ‘Children of Israel, serve God, my Lord and your Lord. Verily whoso associates with Allah anything, Allah shall prohibit him entrance to Paradise, and his refuge shall be the Fire; and wrongdoers shall have no helpers.’”
5:82 Jews most hostile to the Muslims: “Thou wilt surely find the most hostile of men to the believers are the Jews and the idolaters; and thou wilt surely find the nearest of them in love to the believers are those who say “˜We are Christians”; that, because some of them are priests and monks, and they wax not proud.”
6:91 Jews deny, conceal divine revelations: “They measured not Allah with His true measure when they said, “˜Allah has not sent down aught on any mortal.” Say: “˜Who sent down the Book that Moses brought as a light and a guidance to men? You put it into parchments, revealing them, and hiding much; and you were taught that you knew not, you and your fathers.” Say: “˜Allah.” Then leave them alone, playing their game of plunging.”
6:146 Jews insolent: “And to those of Jewry We have forbidden every beast with claws; and of oxen and sheep We have forbidden them the fat of them, save what their backs carry, or their entrails, or what is mingled with bone; that We recompensed them for their insolence; surely We speak truly.”
7:166 Jews are apes: “And when they [Jews] turned in disdain from that forbidding We said to them, “˜Be you apes, miserably slinking!–
8:12 Allah will terrorize unbelievers; Muslims should behead them: “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, “˜I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!–
8:39 Fight unbelievers until Islam reigns supreme: “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”
8:60 Make war against enemies of Allah: “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to terrify thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.”
9:5 Slay the idolaters: “Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”
9:28 Idolaters unclean: “O believers, the idolaters are indeed unclean; so let them not come near the Holy Mosque after this year of theirs. If you fear poverty, Allah shall surely enrich you of His bounty, if He will; Allah is All-knowing; All-wise.”
9:29 Fight and subjugate the Jews and Christians: “Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.”
9:30 Jews and Christians assailed by Allah: “The Jews say, ‘Ezra is the Son of Allah’; the Christians say, ‘The Messiah is the Son of Allah.’ That is the utterance of their mouths, conforming with the unbelievers before them. Allah assail them! How they are perverted!”
9:31 Jews and Christians have taken their clergy and holy men as lords: “They have taken their rabbis and their monks as lords apart from Allah, and the Messiah, Mary’s son — and they were commanded to serve but One Allah; there is no god but He; glory be to Him, above that they associate.”
9:73 Be harsh with unbelievers: “O Prophet, struggle with the unbelievers and hypocrites, and be thou harsh with them; their refuge is Gehenna — an evil homecoming!”
9:111 Paradise guaranteed to those who kill and are killed for Allah: “Allah has bought from the believers their selves and their possessions against the gift of Paradise; they fight in the way of Allah; they kill, and are killed; that is a promise binding upon Allah in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Koran; and who fulfils his covenant truer than Allah? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him; that is the mighty triumph.”
9:123 Fight the unbelievers, be harsh with them: “O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you; and let them find in you a harshness; and know that Allah is with the god fearing.”
47:4 Behead and slaughter the unbelievers; take others captive: “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads. So it shall be; and if Allah had willed, He would have avenged Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will not send their works astray.”
48:29 Be merciful to believers, not unbelievers: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are hard against the unbelievers, merciful one to another.”
62:6 Jews should long for death: “Say: ‘”You of Jewry, if you assert that you are the friends of Allah, apart from other men, then do you long for death, if you speak truly.”‘”
98:6 Unbelievers are the worst of creatures: “The unbelievers of the People of the Book and the idolaters shall be in the Fire of Gehenna, therein dwelling forever; those are the worst of creatures.”
The above passages are taken from the Koran itself, but Islam actually devotes some 51 % of the Trilogy to the Kafir. This enormous interest in the Kafir can be broken down as follows [statistics again courtesy of “The Hadith” by Bill Warner]:
- 64% of the Koran is devoted to the Kafir.
- 37 % of the Hadith is devoted to the Kafir.
- 81 % of the Sira is devoted to the Kafir.
The enormous amount of time and effort devoted to the Kafir, both in describing how awful we non Muslims are and in prescribing how best to deal with us, lays waste to any claim that Islam is the religion of peace. Islam is in fact the religion of war, and this conflict with the non Muslim world has been raging on and off for 1400 years. Past conflicts were invariably conventional, symmetrical clashes between two large armies. They simply slogged it out to see who would be the eventual victor. Today we see an increasing preference for asymmetrical warfare in which small groups of Islamists, and even lone wolves, target innocent non Muslims civilians. The more Kafirs they kill and the more casualties they cause the better. These Muslim Jihadi’s are brain washed to believe that if they get killed carrying out jihad [Allah’s will], then they themselves will be fast tracked into Muslim heaven and greeted by vestal virgins eagerly awaiting their arrival. See “Tears of Jihad” by Bill Warner for a rough estimate of how many Kafirs have died as a direct result of political acts of jihad.
I appreciate the Old Testament [OT] contains lots of unsavory stuff, and one can point to many verses advocating violence against perceived enemies of the Jews. Today, however, apart from a tiny minority of hair brained fundamentalists, most of today’s Christians now think the violence found in the OT is totally irrelevant, and certainly nothing to do with Christianity. The Koran, however, is a totally different beast. The Koran is just as perfect today as it was when it was first written 1400 years ago. Muslims the world over still sees it as a perfect record of Allah’s perfect words as relayed by Allah’s perfect prophet. Nothing has changed for 1400 years and nothing will ever change because perfection cannot be improved. That’s why today’s transgressors are still punished in exactly the same way they were punished 1400 years ago. In a nomadic society deprived of our more conventional bricks & mortar solutions, removing a thief’s hand as punishment was understandable. Of necessity, all punishments back then had to be implemented on the hoof so to speak.
However, nothing ever changes where Islam is concerned and even today, what Allah prescribed 1400 years ago is what Allah prescribes now. Muslims have never “built cars & trains & boats & planes”, and they never will. Most of today’s Muslims now rely on oil revenues to pay others to do it for them. The main focus of the Muslim world is, and always will be, the promotion of Islam and the spreading of Sharia Law. In the eyes of Muslims, the Non-Muslim world must be totally eradicated, because only then, will their final Muslim peace descend & reign supreme. So what all Kafirs should know, but don’t, is that this covert “final peace aspiration” of all Muslims, can only be achieved at our expense. However, to be perfectly fair to both Islam and Muslims, we Kafirs are given a choice.
- we can become Muslims
- We can become slaves
- Or we can become dead
Muslims not only consider Mohammed to be the one true perfect prophet of the one true perfect god, they themselves are brain washed from birth to believe Muslims are themselves special people deserving of special treatment by all non Muslims. This superiority mindset explains why many Muslims consider us Kafirs to be both unsavory and unclean. This self-appointed air of superiority is not a problem in its own right. Muslims & their extremely demanding Allah are no different in this respect, to Jews and their equally demanding God. The problems start when Muslims come to the west, and then expect us to change our ways and accommodate their archaic customs, simply because they claim they’re special and deserving of special consideration by us mere Kafirs. They simply see us as unwanted impediments slowing down implementation of Allah’s plans for a perfect peace, a peace which can only be implemented once the Kafir problem has been resolved. All Muslims therefore have a duty to promote, protect and implement Islam and Sharia Law wherever & whenever possible. Kafirs must go, and the sooner the better. Anything speeding up this process is acceptable in the eyes of real Muslims. Their options include old fashioned physical jihad, new fashioned financial Jihad and simple everlasting emotional Jihad. The latter involves nothing more than giving a sympathetic ear to those engaged in more positive actions.
Physical Jihad was always the preferred option in the past, and many still see it as a fast track to heaven and the awaiting vestal virgins, but these days the battle for hearts and minds is moving away from the conventional battlefield, and away from battles fought using conventional weapons. Today the battle is being fought covertly behind closed doors, and their main weapon is mega money, and ready access to unlimited funds. Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries are currently investing billions in the West to win the unseen battle for hearts & minds. This enables them to offer American Ivy League universities enormous grants so that later, they can apply pressure to look more favorably on their cause. It enables them to finance institutions designed covertly to influence opinion. It enables them to finance institutions designed to misdirect attention and sow misinformation about long term Islamic plans. It enables them to purchase influence by corrupting strategic politicians and strategic public officials, and it enables them to finance the construction of more & more mosques to recruit more and more Islamist followers. The covert nature of all these multifaceted Islamist activities makes it virtually impossible for non Muslims to assess the full extent of their effect in the West. However, we do know these Islamists are highly motivated. We do know what their ultimate goal is. We do know much of their covert activity is focused within the walls of the many mosques now existing in Western societies. We also know they have access to unlimited funds. Therefore, draw your own conclusions.
The pendulum is slowly swinging their way, and typically, our response to this unseen onslaught is acceptance of more & more state surveillance, and acceptance of increased state control, both of which we consider prices worth paying to combat this ever growing threat. As a result, the final end product in the West, the one that Orwell described in his book called 1984, looms ever closer on the horizon. Orwell’s only mistake was to under estimate how long it would take. Had he called his book 2084 instead of 1984, he would be heralded today as the ultimate soothsayer. What’s now needed, both in Europe & in America, is a concerted Christian push back, preferably led by the Pope. Unfortunately, the current Pope has recently gone rogue. Like most Muslims, he now seems to think the sun still shines forth out of Mohammed’s arse. He’s yet another well-meaning idiot being manipulated by Muslim clerics and other leaders of the Islamic world. They welcome the Pope’s current support, and behind the scene, they will continue to pull his strings as needed, and he will continue to dance to their tune.……but I digress.
I think we can say with some confidence, that even today, most if not all Muslims, both Sunni & Shia are systematically denied access to alternative views whilst growing up, and they are thoroughly brain washed from birth into believing they are special people deserving of special treatment by non Muslims. Muslims are not unlike the Jews in this respect. Muslims are also threatened with serious repercussions, even death, if they abandon Islam, and from a very early age, they are systematically taught that all Islam is good & everything else is bad. Their very black & white ideology divides the world into two parts, namely dar al Islam [House of Islam] and dar al Harb [House of War]. Dar al Islam [House of Islam] is often wrongly called the House of Peace by those claiming Islam means peace. Islam actually means submission (to the will of Allah). The binary Muslim world therefore consists of two categories of people, namely the Muslim ummah [community of Muslim believers] and the House of War inhabited by the unbelievers [we Kafirs]. Muslims are told The House of War will be at conflict – and subject to conflict – until it converts to Islam, and joins the ummah in peace or submission. Thus, the peace alluded to by many Muslim apologists, is in fact, the final peace that will descend to earth, only after the last non Muslim has been converted, eradicated or enslaved.
In essence, Islam’s philosophy is very simple. “If you’re not with us, then you’re against us”. This doesn’t mean every Muslim should be viewed as a threat to every non Muslim. Just as most Christians are nominal Christians, most Muslims are just nominal Muslims, happy to accept certain aspects of Islam & just pay lip service to the rest. This is especially true of Muslims now living in Western countries. They subscribe to the sanitized version of Islam currently presented to us in the West. To see real Islam in action you need to look further east. The major Islamic states are Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Mauritania, and Yemen but see Islam by Country for a more detailed breakdown of Muslim populations, both by country & by population. And as I’ve already mentioned above, if only one percent of the Muslim population were die-hard Islamists prepared to engage in some form of jihad, this translates to 17 million threats to our way of life.
Islamic culture and Western culture are just like oil and water – totally incompatible. Therefore multiculturalism is not usually an option where Muslims are concerned. Most Muslims in the West do not want to integrate into our culture, preferring instead to live together in Muslim ghettos embedded throughout our towns and cities. Eventually these ghettos become no go zones for both the local authorities and the surrounding indigenous population – effectively they become micro Islamic states within a state. Not all Muslims fail to integrate. Some do chose to compromise their rigid Islamic values and go part native. The problem facing Europe & America is not these Westernized Muslims; it’s those Muslims who blatantly refuse to compromise their rigid Islamic values. They migrate to the West from their Islamic world, usually as economic migrants rather than real refugees, and they set up shop in our communities. They then start demanding that we change our ways to accommodate their archaic values, and they make their demands, simply because they consider themselves worthy of special treatment. One of the more visible examples of such demands, is their insistence that we change our well established animal slaughter policies to accommodate their halal dietary needs. This usually becomes a real issue in our education system once the numbers of Muslim children become significant. Our concerted response to this audacity should be a simple go f*ck yourself! Unfortunately the response from our liberal elites and our political classes is a tad more accommodating. Muslims say jump, and they ask how high?
The clashing of these incompatible cultures, and our reactions to it, are both becoming major problems throughout Europe. In the UK, these problems manifest themselves in many ways, ranging from Burka-clad Muslim women berating Western women for not wearing the hijab, to the systematic sexual exploitation of our young girls for profit by Muslim rape gangs. Effectively, this is real Islam being practiced by real Muslims living in the West. A minority of male Muslim’s simply feel they are entitled to do this to lowly female Kafirs. I stress again that not all Muslims currently living in the west are tarred with the same brush, but we do need to wake up and realise what’s going on and why. We in the West are now poised on the threshold of a slippery slope, one that could eventually lead to potential disaster if we continue to ignore the potential threats posed by Islam.
Our vocal liberal elites and our political classes all seem totally unconcerned by this obvious clash of cultures, and they seem determined to keep it that way. They’re already striving to shut down all criticism of Islam, and they’re already showing signs of being prepared to compromise our hard won rights to freedom of speech. Anyone trying to raise awareness of this potential problem is already automatically labelled as both a bigoted racist, and an ignorant Islamophobe, and if they do eventually get their way, “Islamophobia” could well become a criminal offence in the not too distant future. Islamists are already pushing hard to achieve this, and why wouldn’t they? Muslims are, after all, very special people deserving of special consideration, and they’re certainly not going to tolerate any criticism from us lowly Kafirs. What we non Muslims do, both now and in the near future, could well determine whether our children & grandchildren continue to enjoy the many benefits we now take for granted, Given the widespread apathy, and the endemic laissez faire attitudes found in most Western societies, I fear there’s a very good chance that some of them will end up as Muslims before they die.
Well that’s a flavor of Islam and Islamic beliefs, and some of the reasons why we in the West should show more interest in Muslims and where they’re coming from. Time now to quickly examine the origins of their Koran and assess its true veracity. Muslim’s regard their Koran as the last of a series of divine messages, that started with messages revealed to Adam, and ended with messages revealed to Muhammad. According to Muslims, these verbal messages from God were revealed to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. These “messages” started to arrive in 609 CE, and they continued at random intervals, until Muhammad’s death in 632 CE. The Koran is a record of these many messages that Mohammed allegedly received from the one true god Allah. Muhammad’s documented experiences whilst receiving these messages have now been well documented, notably by Ali Sina, by M. A. Sherlock and by F. W. Burleigh. These authors demonstrate that Muhammad’s many documented experiences, spread out over two decades, are not unlike Paul’s single documented experience on the road to Damascus. In other words Mohammed was a chronic epileptic suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy [TLE]. Muslims having trouble accepting this fact should not take my word for it. They can check out any or all of the three sources cited above. Better still, they can Google “Mohammed+TLE” and just follow their noses.
So either the Koran is the unalterable word of Allah, the one true god, as Muslims claim, or the Koran is just the demented ramblings of a deluded, chronic epileptic, suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy. Personally, I think the answer is all too obvious, but then I wasn’t indoctrinated from birth, and forced to accept a belief system that advocates death for apostates. A quick scan of the Koran indicates that it’s a random mixture of unrelated topics, and many of the earlier entries contradict later entries. The key to unlocking “Allah’s true meaning” is abrogation. Essentially this means an earlier entry is declared redundant if it contradicts a later entry i.e. when & where necessary, later verses tend to trump earlier verses. It’s no wonder most Muslims haven’t a clue what Allah was trying to tell them via Mohammed, and little wonder it takes a hoard of Koran specialist and experts to unravel it all.
In this respect Islam is even worse than Christianity, but is that any great surprise? The Koran is after all, partly the demented ramblings of a deluded psychotic epileptic suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy. The world is full of them and always has been, but whereas in Paul & Mohammed’s days, they were all deemed to be afflicted with the sacred disease , today we know they just suffered from a fairly common affliction called temporal lobe epilepsy [TLE]. The complexities & contradictions found in the Koran are exactly what one would expect from a simple chronological compilation of Mohammed’s many random delusional ramblings spread out over a period of some twenty years. Obviously, even the great Mohammed sometimes had difficulty keeping track of what he allegedly said. I also suspect his overall vision of Islam’s potential matured over time, and in some ways, one has to admire the brilliance of his creation, a simple self perpetuating war machine designed to achieve eventual world domination. It’s still got some way to go, but Mohammed ensured Islam’s many early successes in the Middle East and even after his death, he ensured the establishment of an Islamic world to rival the already well established Christian world. The two opposing ideologies have been competing for world domination ever since.
Christians claim Christianity’s pedigree is based on many reliable witnesses to an alleged resurrection in Jerusalem, but this alleged resurrection is itself based entirely on Peter’s unsubstantiated and unverifiable claims that Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem [see On Discussing Christianity with Christians]. Likewise, Islam’s pedigree seems to be based entirely on Mohammed’s unsubstantiated & unverifiable claims that he received messages from Allah via the angel Gabriel. It cannot be just simple coincidence that both Christianity & Islam now appear to stem originally from psychotic delusions experienced by specific individuals suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy. Looking back at history, we can see many other instances that probably resulted from similar experiences, notably Joan of Arc’ visions in 1429 and possibly John Wesley’s Alder Gate experience in 1738. However, although we can now readily explain the origins of both Christianity and Islam in terms of temporal lobe epilepsy, this simpler explanation will not convince vested interests wishing to preserve the current status quo, especially the hoards that currently enjoy gainful employment in the religion industry. I fully understand why the medical profession doesn’t speak out in favor of these new developments. The Vatican is a potent force, and it would readily destroy the career of anyone who broke ranks and stuck their head above the parapet. Likewise with Islam, but here the threat could potentially be more lethal. In both cases the orthodox machinery enforces the orthodox doctrine to ensure its survivals, and it does so by exploiting its three greatest assets, namely poverty, ignorance and our innate, biologically-driven need to believe.
So both Mohammed’s experiences whilst receiving his many revelations and Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus suggest that Islam & Christianity are just byproducts produced when psychotic experiences triggered by TLE are misinterpreted as divine revelations. This ignorance was understandable 1400 years ago, in the era of the sacred disease, but today we now recognize Mohammed’s & Paul’s experiences for what they really were. Paul’s failure to properly understand the true nature of his experience on the road to Damascus spawned Christianity & Mohammed’s failure to properly understand the true nature of his many similar experiences spawned Islam. Both Christians and Muslims will obviously be offended by these contentious claims, but I think the facts now speak for themselves.
Hope this blog about Islam helps you better understand where all these lone wolf Muslim “terrorists” are coming from & why. They are simply carrying out the jihad prescribed by Allah, and they are being encouraged to do this by the many unseen forces lurking on the internet, and by the Islamist minorities lurking in the ever increasing number of mosques in the Western world. In some ways I can sympathize with the misguided individuals carrying out these atrocities. The West [notably America] has fucked up the Middle East with its endless interventions to protect oil interests, and this intervention has resulted in the death/injury of thousands of innocent Muslim men, women & children, and all because, our misguided Western politicians think they can pursue our oil interests in the Middle East, and at the same time, democratize these Islamic countries. Imagine if it was the other way round with Muslims trying to fuck up America and/or Europe, and it was Muslim drones killing thousands of our innocent men, women & children. Need I say more……….?
As we sow so shall we reap. The 9/11 attack in America was just a wake up call, and a simple case of chickens coming home to roost. Unfortunately, most American still don’t understand this, and American foreign policy still continues to be driven by the industrial-military complex’s needs for profit. War is a very very profitable business and they know it. Their business model is very simple. Benefit from other people’s wars wherever possible, and if necessary, start your own wars. Our exploits in the Middle East have stirred up a hornets’ nest, and the final consequences of our incessant selfish meddling in other people’s affairs remains to be seen. Thousands of fighting-age, real Muslims are heading to the West every day, and in Europe at least, politicians see this mass migration as a potential solution to the looming demographic problems facing Europe. I think time will prove them wrong, and I also think a Lebanese-style civil war somewhere in Europe is a distinct possibility in the not too distant future.
For the last 1400 years Islam has threatened the non Muslim world, and it will continue to do so until there is no non-Muslim world to threaten. Being the perfect system, devised by the perfect Muslim, Islam itself will never change. Hopefully, what might change is the number of brave Muslims choosing to abandon Islam in search of less demanding, more secular world views. We should encourage Muslims to leave Islam, and warmly welcome those who dare to leave Islam, because leaving Islam is not easy. At best, it means being rejected by other family members, and at worst, it could mean being killed by other family members. This is not murder in the eyes of Islam-it’s simply Allah’s prescribed punishment for apostates. Real devout Muslims always put love of Allah before their love of family, just like some more fundamental Christians put love of their Christian God before love of their families. This extreme religiosity is simply an extreme response, to extreme innate, biologically driven needs to believe. See Religiosity-Biology or Brain Washing? for more on this subject.
Well, that’s all I want to say about Islam for now. If you take only one thing away with you let it be this:
Islam is not the religion of peace. Islam is a simple, self-perpetuating war machine programmed by Mohammed for eventual world domination. It has threatened the non Muslim world for 1400 years, and it will continue to do so, until the non-Muslim world ceases to exist. Only then can the covert “final peace aspirations” of all Muslims be realised. Only then, will their final Muslim peace descend & reign supreme.
The West needs to recognize the Islamic threat, and our liberal elites need to wake up and accept they’re simply being played by a smarter opponent. All round education about Islamic teaching is the only key to this perpetual dilemma confronting the West.
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