Friday, September 9, 2011

What do devout Muslims really believe in? You need to read the Qur'an to find out.

Is the Qur’an being preached, taught and read today as an ancient, dated  historical document or as a living testament that guides Muslims in their everyday life? What does this have to do with Muslim relations in America today? Has our society become so politically correct that we cannot debate the issues openly and fairly without fear of spreading condemnation against an entire religious group? An open debate cannot begin unless both sides of the issue are heard yet our liberal news media seems to take this as a one-sided issue.
Barack Hussein Obama’s pro-Muslim administration has identified and labeled Christians as potential terrorists because of our love for guns and Bibles while ignoring the fact that 99.9% of all terrorist activity in America has been planned or carried out by Muslims. Because of this labeling it is appropriate to compare what Christians believe in and what Muslims believe in.
Almost every religion has a violent past. The Christian Holy Bible has The Old Testament that is filled with violence but that was all changed with the birth of Jesus Christ and is reflected in The New Testament. The Qur’an is completely different because it has never been through a reformation period and it remains as much intact today as it was written in the 7th Century. Muslims today like to refer to themselves as a Religion of Peace in spite of their glorification of death. Muslims often make reference to the peaceful passages in the Qur’an without mentioning the fact that those passages were spoken words of the Prophet Muhammad when his was recruiting the local Arabs for his army. Virtually unheard is any mention of the term Abrogation as it refers to the handling of contradictory material within the Qur’an because it defines the rule that an earlier passage is replaced by a later one. Thus a peaceful quote from the Qur’an during the early stages of Islam is replaced by a command toward violence in the latter passages. Wikipedia explains abrogation:
Naskh (نسخ) is an Arabic language word usually translated as "abrogation"; it shares the same root as the words appearing in the phrase al-nāsikh wal-mansūkh (الناسخ والمنسوخ, "the abrogating and abrogated [verses]"). It is a term used in Islamic legal exegesis for seemingly contradictory material within or between the twin bases of Islamic holy law: the Qur'ān and the Prophetic Sunna. Over the last century, there have come to be serious objections to the very idea of Naskh within the Muslim community; returning to a dissenting attitude from early Muslim history (e.g., Abu Muslim Al-Asfahani 948–1038 C.E).
Naskh employs the logic of chronology and progressive revelation. The different situations encountered over the course of Muhammad's more than two decade term as prophet, it is argued, required new rulings to meet the Muslim community's changing circumstances. Or, from a more theologically-inflected stand-point, the expiration points of those rulings God intended as temporary all along were reached. A classic example of this is the early community's increasingly belligerent posture towards its pagan and Jewish neighbors:
Many verses counsel patience in the face of the mockery of the unbelievers, while other verses incite to warfare against the unbelievers. The former are linked to the [chronologically anterior] Meccan phase of the mission when the Muslims were too few and weak to do other than endure insult; the latter are linked to Medina where the Prophet had acquired the numbers and the strength to hit back at his enemies. The discrepancy between the two sets of verses indicates that different situations call for different regulations.
For a religion of peace, the Qur’an contains hundreds of references to death, slaughter, torture and war against non-Muslims whom it identifies specifically as Jews and Christians (the People of the Book). In fact, an analysis of the Qur’an shows that over 60% of the context in its 114 chapters which are called Suras and 6,236 verses which are called Ayats are devoted to treatment and relations with non-believers, or infidels. One must conclude that any Muslim today who considers himself today to be devout is a person who believes in the content in the Qur’an, not as any historical text but as a living, current set of rules and is willing to follow its commands. This has become a proven fact in light of a Pew Research poll taken of Muslims in America that revealed that over 20% agreed with the actions of Muslim suicide bombers.
It seems that every major American city has some representative from CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, that gets a lot of free coverage in the news denouncing the people who spread fear about Muslims but seldom is heard of any of the actual statements or opinions from these so-called fear-mongers that are labeled as Islamophobes. A few recent cases in the news show a coordinated effort to spread pro-Islamic propaganda and misinformation.
CBS News Chicago ran this story yesterday,
Islamic-American Group: Link Between 9/11, Muslim Religion Must Stop
September 8, 2011 7:52 AM

CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of a local Islamic-American organization says that after this year, except for remembering its victims, it’s time for America to move on from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Ahmet Rehab of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says many people still are under the false impression that Islam is a radical religion, and that its believers want to change the U.S. into an Islamic state.
The Cincinnati Enquirer ran another lengthy article sympathizing with the plight of Muslims who feel they are victims in the backlash of 9-11. And once again on the front page of today’s newspaper the Enquirer fills the news with false propaganda as it provides another soapbox for the local CAIR representative. Without bothering to mention the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding trial in Dallas, Texas.  In that trial in 2008, the U.S. Dept of Justice identified CAIR as one of a number of Muslim groups in the USA that had raised funds to support the terrorist group Hamas.
Local Muslims continue to advance relations

Basel Saqr wears facial hair today because of the events of 9/11.

A Muslim born in Kuwait who was clean shaven before the attacks, Saqr decided to change his appearance to illustrate what he said is the true face of Islam.

"After 9/11, the image of Muslim men with beards got associated with terrorists, and I wanted to show people that you can have a Muslim man with a beard who does not support terrorism or hateful acts against innocent people," said Saqr, a permanent U.S. resident living in Amelia and board member of the IHSAN Muslim community and mosque in Milford.
The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in Blue Ash, still receives hate mail, which has increased to about a dozen a year in recent years.
"We receive threats and report them to authorities," said Karen Dabdoub, executive director of CAIR-Cincinnati. "(Yet) there are a lot of good things. People respect and want diversity. They want a connection with people who are different. They learn about Islam and see shared values."
As Jihad Watch pointed out: “CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case. Its operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several of its former officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Several of its other officials have made Islamic supremacist statements. CAIR also was involved in the Flying Imams’ intimidation suit against the passengers who reported their suspicious behavior.”

Thanks again to Jihad Watch for reporting these comments from Congressman Allen West, a Republican who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida.

"Congressman Allen West says 9/11 lessons unlearned, sees threat from radical Islam,"
by Anthony Man for the Sun-Sentinel, September 8:

    Congressman Allen West said Wednesday the nation hasn't learned the lessons from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks largely because political correctness is hobbling political leaders from confronting the threat he sees from Islamic extremists.

    West, a Republican who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, made his comments at a Washington, D.C., event at which he hosted the screening of a conservative Christian group's film "Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega Mosque."

    "My fear is that maybe we could end up forgetting what happened on 9/11 because of certain things like political correctness or this desire to be a multicultural America. But in being a multicultural America, we must never forget the fundamental principles and values that made us great," West said.

"Have we really learned a lesson from 9/11? I don't think we have. I think we are so anxious with this fast food type of mentality that we can quickly move beyond something that were not willing to sit back and really assess what is really happening in and around us," he said.

    West said the political correctness intimidates people from saying what he believes is true about Islam.

    "If we continue down this road, as I call it multiculturalism on steroids, then we're going to present a gap by which we can get exploited time and time again. So I think that we have to start kind of like in baseball the umpire calls a ball a ball and a strike as strike and it's time that we start calling some strikes out there."

    "I am not sitting up here and condemning people who call themselves Muslims," West said. "Now is the time we have to challenge this ideology. If we are to peacefully coexist they have to come into the 21st Century and push aside a lot of these 7th Century ideas they still hold."

    West said he thinks that makes Islam a particular threat.

    "We have to understand that the major religions of the world, Judaism and Christianity did go through reformations. Now when you look at this next major religion, I call it a theocratic political construct ideology, they need to go through a reform of the process as well.

    "Ever since Muhammad left Mecca and took his Hijrah to Medina there was a violent turn to this faith that is called Islam. And we must confront that and we must understand that….
So what is the point in trying to explain the truth to people who choose to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the facts. And to the rest who already know the facts but are unwilling to speak about them. The problem isn't with Muslims, it is with what they believe and how much they believe in it. Muslims will continue to face skepticism and suspicion from patriotic Americans until they stand up and condemn the terrorist groups such as Hamas, al Qaida and Hezbollah and the supporters of terrorism such as CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood. It is not enough for them to simply say they are for peace unless they condemn the actual organizations that have given them a bad name. And ten years after those 19 Muslims attacked America, why in God's name are we allowing a Muslim symbol of conquest to be built on the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center and Shanksville, Pennsylvania? Is this all because the Democrats are running New York City and Washington?


1 comment:

  1. Oldironsides,

    Thanks for the lesson - that does tie some things together. I hadn't considered the Reformation angle that you discussed. Well done.

    I have a hard time getting my arms around the fact that a guy like Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy calls himself a "devout Muslim" for the same reasons that you suggest. Every time I hear him speak and all the digging I have done indicates that he's a great American. Perhaps a Muslim Martin Luther?


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