“Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny” – Muhammad Iqbal
Many of my prior posts have referred to various aspects of Islam, such as its judicial side and its political side. By just discussing the political and Sharia aspects of Islam, I don’t want to imply in any way that there exists a religious Islam that is fine. There is not.
I know that Islam appeals to the religious impulse; but I could easily argue that communism and Nazism also harnessed the religious impulse and that millions of people believed in those ideologies with religious devotion and fanaticism. The fact that faith is exhibited by its adherents does not confer religious status on an ideology. In order to do battle with an enemy, we must learn all we can about him. We must understand what Islam is and what it is not.
When we hear about religion in the west we automatically assume that it conforms to certain criteria. We assume that religion has as its goal the moral development of the person. We assume that religion by nature treats all human beings with dignity and respects their right to choice. We base these assumptions on the Judeo-Christian heritage of our western society. Even our laws and the U.S. constitution give specific rights and protection to religion and its practice in our society at large. When we consider these laws, we must remember that they were framed in a time when Islam was unheard of in western societies. These laws were framed to protect religions that meet certain criteria. There are four major tests that religions must pass in order to be offered religious protection. These tests are as follows:
- Adherence to the religion must be a personal choice.
- No religion should demand that those who leave it be killed.
- A religion must never mandate the killing and subjugation of those who choose not to belong.
- A religion must be in accord with basic human rights.
Islam fails all four of these crucial tests. Islam rejects the principle of voluntarism that is common to all authentic religions. Islam has spread through war and slaughter. There has never been peace in Islam. The moderate Muslims can claim that Islam is peaceful, but they do not have anything other than their opinion to shore up their arguments. How can they argue with the Koran which explicitly says “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” and “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.” Considering that the writings of the Quran are considered the very words of God, they are immutable, and not subject to individual interpretation; they must be interpreted literally. The moderates don’t have a leg to stand on, and the fundamentalists know this.
Islam demands that those that leave the faith must be killed. Once a person is a Muslim, they are always a Muslim. Many of the apostates that have turned from this faith live in hiding, cannot trust that their own families won’t murder them, and oftentimes end up as political refugees in the west. Often we read in the news of immigrant Muslims killing their daughters that become westernized seemingly without remorse. This is a direct result of Quranic brainwashing that teaches adherents that those that don’t follow Allah are not human beings and thus it is not murder to kill them. What kind of twisted ideology justifies a man killing his own daughter? Islam turns family member against family members. Islam turns nations against nations. Just look at my post on “Peaceful Islam” for a record of the deeds of Islam.
Islam is the only “religion” that requires territorial sovereignty. Its laws are not laws of the heart but rather laws of the land. This makes Islam totally incompatible with western civilization. Sharia law is the only law for Muslims, and their religion does not allow submission to nonbelievers.
Islam does not adhere to equality under law. They believe that women are less than men, and they believe that unbelievers are less than believers. The only way for nonbelievers to live peaceably with Muslims is if they pay the Jizya tax (a tax on Christians and Jews in Islamic societies). Unfortunately, even paying the Jizya tax is no guarantee you will not be butchered or hunted to extinction. Muslims can renege on their agreements with unbelievers any time.
The Quran does nothing to build the moral quality of the believers. The Muslim submits to the rules and ordinances of Allah, nothing more and nothing less. Material obedience is elevated above all considerations of Truth, Goodness, and Morality. Control of the body is everything to the Muslim. The Muslim mind is totally focussed on the material world.
Worship is defined in Islam as obedience to Islam and Islam represents the entire will of God for all men. In Islam God is unknowable, and his will is all things. This is the equivalent of saying there is no God. If God’s will is everything that happens, that means that even the will of man is God’s will, and if that is the case there is no difference between God’s will and man’s. Since there is no difference between God’s will and man’s then there is no God. Thus, the only god the Muslim’s have is Islam itself.
The broadest definition I can give to religion is that it is the pursuit of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. These values stand apart from the world, in fact, they evaluate the world. When we pursue value we incorporate those values into ourselves. In pursuing Goodness we become good, in pursuing Truth we reflect truth, in Beauty we reflect and appreciate the beauty of creation. True religion leads us to God and allows us to experience God’s love.
Islam subordinates everything to itself. Islam is considered the highest value; thus Truth, Beauty, and Goodness are considered contained within Islam itself. There is no higher truth than Islam, no higher good than Islam, nothing more beautiful than Islam. Islam, Islam, Islam, Islam, Islam! Islams goal is not to lead men to seek those higher values; it is considered those higher values itself. Islam exists only to perpetuate itself. Islam is like the cancer of religion. It is anti-religion. When we talk of Faith, we refer to a growing trust in a loving God as we know him, when the Muslim speaks of faith he speaks of trust in Islam itself (since God cannot be known in Islam). When we pray it is an intimate and personal communication with our Creator, when a Muslim prays it is communal and a rote formula. They all pray the same prayers at the same time facing the same direction while doing the same movements. These prayers serve only to cement communal solidarity and provide no intimacy between man and God. When we worship God we adore His beauty, are thankful for his love, and express our gratitude. In Islam worship is defined as obedience to Islam.
Islam is not a religion as we understand religion. Islam has more in common with communism and totalitarian government systems than it does with religion. What makes Islam unique is that it does contain some primitive spiritual elements. Islam should not be given religious protection in the West, it does not qualify as a religion, nor does it merit such protection. Islam has nothing positive to contribute to our society. Just as in Europe, we are going to see Muslims press for their laws to become the laws of our land, and they have already begun by suppressing criticism of Islam. Considering the effect that Muslims have in society, we have every right to critically analyze Islam. Islam is clearly a threat to our way of life, our culture, and our safety. If we continue to classify Islam as a religion and give it the full protection and benefits religions receive in America, we will be helpless to contain it and it will continue to grow and spread.