For several months, the world’s media and political organizations have been concentrating on the unrest in the Middle East. But, in view of all that is happening, one has to ask why is it happening, how is it happening, and who is behind it? Of course, the quick answer to these questions, and the one put forward by the world’s mainstream media, led by Al Jazeera, but with CNN and others dutifully following the party line, is that this is a revolution for democracy! The oppressed people in the the Middle East want democracy! But, lets wait a minute and look at that claim, along with the people behind the curtain.
First, any claim that the people in the Middle East want “democracy” can be dismissed out of hand for two reasons. For one, you do not see a huge contingent of women in the constant barrage of video coverage from the countries affected. If this was really about democracy, then the people to spear-head that movement would clearly be the women of the Arab Muslim world, for they are the people who have been forced into second class status since the insane, epileptic, barbarian, pedophile Mohammad invented Islam in the seventh century. To look at women in the Middle East is a totally depressing exercise. People walking around in black (read hot!) garments that cover them, literally, from head to foot, only allowing their face (or sometimes just eyes) and hands to be visible is a clear violation of human rights. While this clear violation of human rights is hard to fathom in the 21st century, you don’t hear any outcry about it from any countries; not even the “feminists” in the Western, civilized world. Why is that? The second reason that “democracy” is not the real goal in the Middle East is because democracy is a totally foreign, and in fact forbidden, concept under Islam.
We keep hearing the main-stream media (especially CNN and Al Jazeera) parroting that the Arab Muslims want democracy. Well, that sounds great, but what do they mean by “democracy”? Is it the democracy espoused by Plato and enshrined by modern Western states such as the United States? Well, actually, NO! What they mean by democracy is the ability to impose sharia law, and to reinstate the Islamic ummah, previously known as the Caliphate. If their desire for democracy was imposed on the world, it would result in an Islamic theocracy, or Caliphate, similar to Iran, but encompassing over 1 billion people, and enslaving most of the people who live in the countries that comprise the Organization of the Islamic Conference! In other words, if Iran’s wet dream comes true, at least 20% of the world’s population would come under the boot of Islam. Women would be legislated to the status of second class citizens, and Jews and Christians would be condemned to third class citizenship. Atheists like me, Buddhists, Hindus and others would be condemned to death. Obviously, I do not accept that barbarian pronouncement, and neither should anyone else!
And I am not the only person who maintains that Islam and democracy are mutually exclusive. There have been many Muslims who have stated, quite clearly, that Islam and democracy are incompatible. I’ll start with Yussuf al-Ayyeri, an al Qaeda member who was killed in Riyadh in June, 2003. In his last book, “The Future of Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula after the Fall of Baghdad”, he wrote:
“It is not the American war machine that should be of the utmost concern to Muslims. What threatens the future of Islam, in fact its very survival, is American Democracy.” (1)
One of the most influential Muslim authors of the 20th century was Sayyid Qutb. He was a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. (As I have stated in an earlier article, the predictions of which seem to be coming true day by day, Egypt will almost certainly be controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood after the revolution for “democracy” in Egypt, thus bringing about another Islamic theocracy in line with that in Iran.) In his book “Milestones”, Qutb stated:
“Whoever says that legislation is the right of the people is not a Muslim.” (2)
Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a Palestininian-Jordanian theologian, stated:
“…democracy is a religion but it is not Allah’s religion.”
He further stated that it is a religious obligation of Muslims to:
“…destroy those who follow democracy, and we must take their followers as enemies–hate them and wage a great jihad against them.” (3)
Another well-known Muslim cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir (who did some prison time in connection with the 2006 Bali bombings), stated:
There is no democracy in Islam, so do not try to interpret the Qu’ran and turn Islam into a democracy to suit your needs. God’s law comes first. It is not up to the will of the people to decide what is right and how to live. Rather the will of the people have [sic] to be bent to suit the will of God. It is not democracy that we want, but Allah-cracy! The principles of Islam cannot be altered and there is no democracy in Islam or nonsense like ‘democratic Islam’….Democracy is shirk (blasphemy) and haram (forbidden).” (4)
And, since the main-stream-media is dancing in the aisles about the “democratic” revolution in the Middle East, perhaps it is time to look back at what the main-stream-media was saying in 1979 about the “democratic” revolution in Iran.
On Feb. 12, 1979, Time magazine reported
a sense of controlled optimism in Iran. . . . Iranians will surely insist that the revolution live up to its democratic aims. . . . Those who know [Khomeini] expect that eventually he will settle in the Shi’ite holy city of Qum and resume a life of teaching and prayer. It seems improbable that he would try to become a kind of Archbishop Makarios of Iran, directly holding the reins of power. Khomeini believes that Iran should become a parliamentary democracy, with several political parties.
A New York Times editorial reassured readers that “moderate, progressive individuals” were advising Khomeini. The Times predicted the Ayatollah would provide “a desperately needed model of humane governance for a third-world country.”
It reminds me of the global warming hoax. Back in the 70’s the main-stream media was publishing stories about the coming ice age; today they are publishing stories about global warming. Hard to believe that they can always be wrong, but maybe that is possible!
What about the thoughts and ideas from modern Muslim leaders? Well, lets look at what Ayatollah Khomeini has to say about democracy after he was in power. (He said a lot of contradictory things before he came into power, which, again, should be setting off alarm bells in relation to what we are hearing from groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in relation to the situation in the Middle East.)
“Don’t listen to those who speak of democracy. They all are against Islam. They want to take the nation away from its mission. We will break all the poison pens of those who speak of nationalism, democracy, and such things.” — In a meeting with Iranian students and educators, Qom, March 13, 1979
“The intellectuals, the writers, those who have information and thoughts, you see some of them take their pens and in the name of democracy they write whatever they want and they cause disagreements. This group of so-called intellectuals has to correct themselves. Whatever we are suffering is from this group of intellectuals and judges. What we are suffering is because of them. — In a talk in Qom, July 23, 1979
“Those who are trying to bring corruption and destruction to our country in the name of democracy will be oppressed. They are worse than Bani-Ghorizeh (4) Jews, and they must be hanged. We will oppress them by God’s order and God’s call to prayer.” — In a talk at the Fayzieah School, Qom, August 30, 1979
“These writings, these speeches, these wrong activities, these democratic programs are separations from Islam. All these voices are blasphemy and are atheistic.” — in a talk to the Representatives from Tabriz, Qom, September 19, 1979
“In the revolution that was achieved in Iran, people were screaming that they wanted Islam; these people did not rise up so their country could have democracy.” — In a meeting with the Islamic Republic Television and Radio Committee, Qom, December 10, 1979
OK, I can hear you screaming that these are all Islamists, not main-stream Muslims. But, that is one of the problems. What is a main-stream Muslim? Is it a person who calls themselves a Muslim, but does not really believe all the myths, lies, and legends that they has been taught all of their lives and who does not pray 5 times a day and who does not follow other Islamic rules? I am sure there are plenty of those people, but they would not be considered truly Muslim by most Muslims, by definition. The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated, in reference to the use of the term “moderate Islam”:
“These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
He is not only, supposedly a “moderate Muslim”, but the Prime Minister of a NATO country! (Interestingly, by the way, it was the leader of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, who disbanded the Islamic Caliphate in 1924, which is what many Muslims consider to be the point that marked the downfall of Islam, and a fact that they want to see reversed. I believe that the events in the Middle East, today, may be an attempt by Muslims, led by Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, to reinstate the Caliphate. The following lament about the loss of the Caliphate is from the Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir. (5)
It was a day like this 79 years ago, and more specifically on the 3rd of March 1924 that the kuffar [unbelievers] were able to reap the fruits of their tireless efforts of plotting and planning, which they had expended for more than a hundred years. This happened when the criminal English agent, Mustafa Kemal (so-called Ataturk, the ‘Father of the Turks’!) announced that the Grand National Assembly had agreed to destroy the Khilafah [caliphate]; and announced the establishment of a secular, irreligious, Turkish republic after washing his hands from responsibility of the remaining Islamic lands which the kuffar occupied in the First World War.
Since that day the Islamic ummah has lived a life full of calamities; she was broken up into small mini states controlled by the enemies of the Islam in every aspect. The Muslims were oppressed and became the object of the kuffar’s derision in Kashmir, Philippines, Thailand, Chechnya, Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Palestine and other lands belonging to the Muslims until what happened to the Muslims became the subject of studies and statistics. Thousands were killed, millions dispossessed and the honor of tens of thousands has been violated amongst other calamities. Anyone who reads the papers or hears the news always finds the Muslims under a state of oppression, humiliation and killings; and this is prevalent in every report.
Indeed, the ummah [global Muslim community] is not in a situation as she used to be under the banner of Islam, when she used to be ruled by the Khilafah state that united the Muslims. She was not divided as we see today by borders drawn up by the kafir colonialists or dispersed by oppressive laws of residence. The Muslim used to travel from one corner of the Muslim lands to another without anyone asking him who he was or describing him as a foreigner. When the Khilafah existed the Muslims witnessed the power of Islam through the power of the Khilafah. They led the word under the banner of the Khilafah that applied Islam and conveyed it as a message, guidance and light to the world. However, where is the Khilafah? It existed in the past, but it was destroyed and suspended as a system…
Those were critical nights in which the political entity of the Muslim was destroyed. At the time the Islamic ummah was supposed to raise its sword in the face of this treacherous agent who consigned Dar al-Islam into Dar al-Kufr and realized for the kuffar a dream they had wished for a long time. However, the Islamic ummah was overwhelmed, in the worst state of decline. So the crime took place and the kuffar tightened their grasp over the Islamic lands and tore it up into pieces. They divided the one ummah into nationalities, ethnicities and tribes; they tore up the single country into homelands and regions in which they established borders and barriers. In place of a single Khilafah state they established cartoon states and installed rulers as agents to carry out the orders of their kuffar masters. They abolished the Islamic Sharee’ah from the sphere of ruling, economy, international relations, domestic transactions and the judiciary. They separated the deen from the state and confined the Islamic deen to certain rituals, like those in Christianity. They worked to destroy the Islamic culture and uproot the Islamic thoughts to plant in their place western thoughts and culture.
Never mind the fact that Ataturk eliminated the Caliphate specifically to destroy Islamic “culture” and uproot Islamic “thoughts” because he realized that Islamic “culture” and “thoughts” had been central to the decline of the economic and social well-being of Muslims!
As a final example of how democracy and Islam are mutually exclusive, lets look at what is said by people at the head of CAIR (Council of Islamic American Relations, although I prefer to call them the Conspiring Assortment of Islamist Reactionaries). In 1998, Omar Ahmed, the co-founder and long-time chairman of CAIR stated:
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Ahmed, of course, later denied making the statement, although the author who quoted him stands by the quotation.
Given that the Muslim Brotherhood stated the following about their mission in the United States, and given that CAIR is just a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the above statement seems entirely reasonable and perfectly in alignment with the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, and, by extension, any other democracy.
4- Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America:
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan 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 believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and
have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.
(The above document, in its entirety, should be required reading for all people in the media and the United States government, since it clearly spells out the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood, and it does not bode well for civilization! This document is in Arabic in the beginning and it has the English translation in the second half.)
As Robert Reilly points out in his excellent 2010 book, “The Closing of the Muslim Mind”:
The problem is that democracy is the answer to a question that the Arab Islamic world has not asked. As Middle East analyst Elie Kedourie remarked, “There is nothing in the political traditions of the Arab world which might make familiar, indeed intelligible, the organizing ideas of constitutional and representative government.” This is why, until recent neologisms, there were no words in Arabic for “citizen,”, “democracy,” “conscience,”, or “secular.” It is also why, as Bassim Thib explains, “in the ideology of Islamic fundamentalism–or for that matter, in the minds of Islamic peoples–democracy is not an important issue.” How could it be otherwise? This led to the frustration of various reformers such as Muhammad ‘Abduh, who said, “The Orient needs a despot who would force those who criticize each other to recognize their mutual worth,” and Kemal Ataturk, who famously declared, concerning his efforts to impose democracy in Turkey, “For the people, despite the people.” (6)
It is vital to remember that the Iranian revolution, while presented before the fact as a democratic revolution, was nothing of the sort. It resulted in a brutal Islamic theocracy. Iran clearly wants to be the leader of the Islamic ummah. It has been covertly (and overtly) meddling in Iraq to turn it into an Iranian satellite state once the United States is gone, and it is meddling in the various revolutions in the Middle East. It is possible that we may even see Iran send troops into Bahrain to try to “protect” the majority Shia population from the “occupying” Sunni troops from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. It’s proxy, Hamas, is stepping up hostilities in Israel, obviously in an attempt to force Israel to strike back in self defense. This will obviously tend to turn the world against Israel when “innocent civilians” are killed due to the fact that Hamas and Hezbollah deliberately put their weapons and armories in civilian locations, even going so far as to shoot missiles and other arms from hospitals and schools! And, while all of this is going on, Hamas operatives and al Qaeda operatives are working to destabilize Egypt and Libya. It is not impossible that we will see the whole Middle East blow up in the next few weeks. If this happens, the Iranians could get their dream of the domination of the Middle East, the Muslims could get their beloved Caliphate back, oil will go to over $200/barrel, and the terrorists will have the modern weapons of war that were restricted to state actors, before.
1. The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist, by Robert Reilly, Copyright 2010, ISI Books, pages 187-188
5) The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), by Robert Spencer, Copyright 2005, Regnery Publishing, Inc. pp. 185-187
6) “The Closing of the Muslim Mind” by Robert Reilly, Copyright 2010, ISI Books, pages 187-188 pp. 130-131