I have said many times that I am sick and tired of hearing the old, and obviously false, platitude that Islam is a religion of peace. It may be a religion of pieces, but it never was, and never will be, a religion of peace. Islam divides the world into two houses; Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb. Those phrases roughly translate into the house of peace and the house of war. That may be where the bit about peace came from, but that is, obviously, only half of the story. Sure, if all of the world is conquered by Islam (and only one particular variant), then there will be peace. Of course, that can never happen.
Most people that know anything about Islam realize that there are two basic versions; Shi’a, and Sunni. But, there are actually many other smaller subdivisions of Islam including Wahabi (popular in Saudi Arabia), Alawism (popular in Syria), Sufism, and many others. And, in general, these groups do not agree on what Islam is and they often consider the other sects to not even be Muslims. For example, according to a 2012 Pew poll, in Egypt, the largest Muslim nation in the Arab world, 53% of Muslims say that Shi’a Muslims are not really Muslims. Most Arabs are Sunni Muslims. Thus, if Egypt was to develop a caliphate, many of the residents of Iraq, Syria, and most of the people in Iran would have the choice of converting to Sunni Islam or being put to death; usually by having their heads cut off, since that is the preferred method for getting rid of apostates in the Koran. For example, Koran 8:12 states:
[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”
Thus, we clearly see that the Koran instructs Muslims to behead unbelievers. So, why the fuss about members of the Islamic State beheading unbelievers? This is part of the ideology of Islam, and you cannot separate the ideology from the “religion”. They are one and the same.
And, if you want to insist that ISIS is just taking things to the extreme and beheading is not a part of modern, mainstream Islam, I would point out that Saudi Arabia, our supposed “friend” beheaded at least 8 people in August 2014 according to the United Nations. Moderate Saudi Arabia beheads people, including those under 18, for such heinous crimes as drug smuggling, sorcery, adultery, and apostasy. (For those who don’t know, apostasy means leaving Islam.) And, as the prime minister of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan stated, “There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it” (1)
Indeed, a recent Pew poll found that a majority of most Muslims surveyed believe that there is only one interpretation of Islam, as shown in the following graphic.
The obvious problem is that while most Muslims believe that there is only one true Islam, each sect needs to kill members of the other sects because they are obviously apostates since there is only one true Islam, and their “true” Islam is wrong!
I also heard people complaining about members of the Islamic State raping women, selling them into slavery, or taking them as wives after they conquered an area. Why the fuss? The Koran and Hadith are very clear on this point in many verses. Take the following example.
And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess. [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
When the Koran frequently refers to “those your right hand posses” it is referring to slave women. Slaves are perfectly acceptable in Islam. In fact, Mohammad himself had a slave girl named Mariyam who was a Christian.
Another interesting fact is that it was Muslim traders who brought many of the black slaves to the United States in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. Given this fact, you really have to wonder why so many African Americans are drawn to Islam.
If you still think that Islam does not condone making slaves of captured women and raping them at will, then read the following from one of the Hadith. (The Hadith is a collection of stories and sayings that go along with the Koran in defining the ideology and even law (Sharia) that is the very basis of Islam.) This is from Abu Dawud, Volume 2, #2150.
The apostle of Allah sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the apostle of Allah were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Quranic verse, “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess”
So, again I ask, why are we being told that ISIS is not Islamic and that their behavior violates the tenets of Islam? They seem to be following it to the letter.
Another thing that I often hear is that most Muslims , like most Christians, don’t really take their religion seriously and don’t believe the barbaric garbage that fills the Koran and Hadith. But, there are some pesky facts that would tend to indicate that is just not true. While I don’t think most Christians really believe that someone was born of a virgin or arose from the dead (although they will say they do “to get along”), in many Muslim majority nations, the Muslims do take their religion seriously. In a recent Pew poll, a startling percentage of the Muslims polled stated that religion is very important in their lives.
And, most Muslims in the same survey said that they believed that the Koran was the exact word of God.
The biggest problem with Islam is that it is not just a religion like Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or other mainstream religions. It is also a system of laws and government called Sharia that is based on the ideology of Islam. And, in a huge percentage of Muslim nations, the Muslim citizens favor making Sharia the law of the land. (In many cases even believing that non-Muslims should also be subject to Sharia law.) This is, after all, what the Taliban and ISIS have done. It is what we see in other Islamic Hell-holes like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. Now, ISIS simply wants to re-establish the caliphate which is central to Islam. The following graph from a recent Pew poll shows the percentage of Muslims that favor making Sharia law the law of the land.
And, what happens when Sharia law becomes the law of the land? Well, of course, you end up with a nation ruled by barbaric 7th century rules and procedures. For example, Sharia calls for stoning to death as a penalty for adultery, and, not surprisingly, you see that atrocity supported by a huge number of Muslims as the following graph from a recent Pew poll shows.
So, Obama tells us that we need to attack the ideology of ISIS. In truth, that means that we need to attack Islam. We need to admit that ISLAM IS THE PROBLEM. We need to realize that we are not going to destroy Islam with airstrikes. We are not even going to destroy the worldwide plague known as Islam with “boots on the ground.” And, we should not be surprised when most Muslim nations don’t show much real enthusiasm for destroying the Islamic State. After all, it represents the true Islam that many want to see.
We can’t even begin to destroy the enemy until we tie the ideology that our “leaders” keep insisting is barbaric to Islam. The two are inseparable. Most Muslims are Muslims because of the accident of their birth, just like most Christians are Christians by the accident of their birth. Children are indoctrinated (brainwashed) with a particular religious ideology almost from birth. By the time they are old enough to think for themselves, the damage has already been done in most cases. They believe the myths, lies, and legends they have been taught by their parents and their society and it is rare, indeed, when someone uses some critical thinking and realizes that their religion is false and what they have been indoctrinated to believe is not true.
The following graphic from that recent Pew poll clearly shows the strength of religious indoctrination in Muslims.
If Hitler had declared himself a god and claimed that Nazism was a religion, today, I’m not sure if our insane political correctness would not allow us to defeat this evil. I’m afraid that it may be many hundreds of years before we can defeat Islam. We may not have that much time.