Important Concepts for Understanding Islam
1. By Islam, we mean the belief system.
2. Not all Moslems! Moslems come in all degrees of piety and adherence to Islamic doctrines.
3. Where to find the truth about Islam? The Koran. The Sayings of Muhammad. The Most Respected Islamic Religious Authorities (not Moslem spokespersons!).
4. Fundamental Premise of Islam: The Koran is Allah’s Literal Word — Perfect. Complete, immutable, and valid for all of eternity.
5. How Islam views the world: Everything is for Allah. No separation of religion and the rest of life. Not countries but believers versus unbelievers. Moslems superior to non-Moslems. Men superior to women. Human Rights. Cairo Declaration.
6. Islam is not a religion like other religions. Islam is a complete way of life. Islam is an ideology: Totalitarian and Imperialist. Mosque = Center for Propagation of Ideology. Irreconcilable conflict of loyalty.
Highlights of Islamic Ideology*
1. Dehumanization of non-Moslems:
— Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
2. Non-Moslems are enemies:
— The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4: 1 01)
3. Terrorizing non-Moslems:
— We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
4. Holy War against Non-Moslems:
— Muhammad said: "Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, … "
5. Death to apostates:
— Mohammed said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him."
6. Women are inferior to men and should be beaten:
— Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other … Good women are obedient. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, forsake them in beds apart, and beat them." (4:34)
7. Allah says Women may be exploited sexually:
— Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields when and as you please. (2:223)
8. Muhammad’s attitude toward women:
— Mohammed to women: "I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you."
9. Islam’s attitude toward Jews
— Allah’s Apostle said, "You (i.e, Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘0‘Abdullah (l.e, slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.’ "
*NOTE: The numbers in parentheses are the verses from the Koran.
1. — Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
2. — The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4: 1 01)
3. — Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
4. — Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
5. — Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. (2: 193)
6. — We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3: 151)
7. — I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8: 12)
8. — Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given [i.e. Christians and Jews] … until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. (9:29)
9. — Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. (9:73 and 66:9)
10. — Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. (9: 123)
1. — Mohammed said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, (Bukh. Vol 9, Book 84, Number 59:)
2. — Muhammad said: "Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, … ”
3. — Allah’s Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘0 ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.’ ”
Sharia Islamic Sacred Law
From one of the most popular manuals of Sharia Law, Reliance of the Traveler: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, approved by the highest Islamic religious authorities of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and America.
1. "JIHAD means to (make) war on non-Muslims"
2. ”The Caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians … "
3. "The Caliph fights all other peoples until they become Muslims."
Straight from the Mouths of Respected Islamic Religious Authorities (beware of Moslem "spokesmen.")
MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. "The Ikhwan (the Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the unbelievers so that it is eliminated and God’s (Allah’s) religion is made victorious over all other religions."
HAMAS CHARTER (Branch of the Muslim Brotherhood). "Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious." "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
IBN KHALDUN (D. 1406). Jurist, renowned philosopher, historian, and sociologist – summarized the consensus opinions from five centuries of prior Muslim jurisprudence with regard to the uniquely Islamic institution of jihad:
"In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the [Muslim] mission and [the obligation to] convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force …. The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty for them, save only for purposes of defense …. Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations."
AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI, the most important Moslem leader of the 20th Century, said:
"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! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies …. 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, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other Koranic psalms and Hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim."
SHEIKH WAJDI HAMZA AL-GHAZAWI, AI-Manshawi Mosque, Mecca, October 6, 2001. (Barely four weeks after 9/11.)
"The meaning of the term ‘terror’ used by the media … is Jihad for the sake of Allah. Jihad is the peak of Islam. Moreover, some of the clerics … see it as the sixth pillar of Islam. Jihad –whether Jihad of defense of Muslims and of Islamic lands such as in Chechnya, the Philippines, and Afghanistan, or Jihad aimed at spreading the religion — is the pinnacle of terror, as far as the enemies of Allah are concerned. The Muhajeed who goes out to attain a martyr’s death or victory and returns with booty is a terrorist as far as the enemies of Allah are concerned … Jihad is the peak of Islam … Jihad, oh believers, is an integral part of our religion. The word ‘terror’ is used to damage this mighty and blessed foundation." —
ABDUL MAUDUDI, one of the two most widely read and respected Islamic thinkers of the 20th Century, said:
"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 purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, … regardless of … which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State." (Jihad in Islam p9)
"The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy."
ALI GOM’A, the grand mufti of Egypt, In the daily AI Ahram (April 7, 2008), he says, "Muslims must kill non-believers wherever they are unless they convert to Islam." He also compares non-Muslims to apes and pigs, not only the Jews.
YUSUF AL QARADHAWI, the most influential and respected Islamic religious authority in the world today, the spiritual leader of the fundamentalist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, urged on AI Jazeera TV (Jan. 9, 2009) Muslims to kill the Jews, not only in Israel but also worldwide. He added, "No peace can be made between us (Muslims) and the non-believers. This is what our holy book says. This is what Allah says."
DR. MUHAMMAD SA’ID RAMADAN AL-BUTI, Egyptian scholar from AI-Azhar university. In his book, "Jurisprudence in Muhammad’s Biography" he writes that offensive and not defensive war is the "noblest Holy War" within Islam:
"The Holy War (Islamic Jihad), as it is known in Islamic Jurisprudence, is basically an offensive war. This is the duty of Muslims in every age when the needed military power becomes available to them. This is the phase in which the meaning of Holy war has taken its final form. Thus the apostle of Allah said: ‘ I was commanded to fight the people until they believe in Allah and his messages … The concept of Holy War (Jihad) in Islam does not take into consideration whether defensive or an offensive war. Its goal is the exaltation of the Word of Allah and the construction of Islamic society and the establishment of Allah’s Kingdom on Earth regardless of the means. The means would be offensive warfare. In this case, it is the apex, the noblest Holy War. "
SEYYID QUTB, one of the two most widely read and influential Islamic writers of the 20th Century, ideologist and theoretician of the Muslim Brotherhood.
"It is the duty of Islam to annihilate all such systems (i.e. other societies) as they are obstacles in the way of universal freedom."
"The reason for jihad … is to establish God’s authority in the earth …. "
"Jihad in Islam is simply a name for striving to make this system of life dominant in the world."
If you would like to learn more about Islam and the threat which Islam presents to our civilization, please read Brigitte Gabriel’s book, They Must Be Stopped, and Robert Spencer’s books, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs. Also, visit their websites: www.actforamerica.org and www.jihadwatch.com. And, consider joining ACT!ForAmerica. Email: email@example.com.