Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Koran & Peace on Earth
[Sura 5.51] O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.
Antisemitism has been a central construct of Islamic theological teaching since Islam’s creation as a religion 1,400 years ago. It is human to react but the choices we make define us as individuals, as a group and as a nation.
Syncretism is defined as attempting to combine the teachings and beliefs of different religions or philosophies. China throughout its long history has reacted to external and internal threat by absorbing what was useful to it and rejecting what was not.
Islam states that everything good is Islamic and conversely, nothing bad is (Islamic). Islam is theologically and culturally colonialist. As an argument for conquest it is very neat and tidy. And like the soul, as arguments go, it is wholly un-provable. The narrative goes like this:
Islam has always existed. The best ideas were always Islamic. Therefore all the great religious ideas in history were Islamic. Mohammed was the final figure in this pantheon of human development. There is no one after him.
The denouement of this exquisite theory is that everything past and present is the patrimony of the Islamic faithful. In simple terms, the conquistador sees, he takes. This is Islam. Peace and brotherhood are conditional and finite.
Bin Laden’s Feb. 1998 Fatwa opens with the Koranic reference, Sura (Chapter) 9:5 “Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)”
Bin Laden’s fatwa explicitly calls on all Muslims to “kill the Americans and their allies, civilians and military”. It also includes Koranic Justification from Sura 8:39: “And fight with them until there is no more ‘persecution’ and religion should be only for Allah”. It may be claimed that Bin Laden and other Islamic Nazis take quotes from the Koran out of context but only a fool would deny the inflammatory nature of such Koranic quotes. And then we have the Hadith and there is no misinterpreting so many narratives on the words and deeds of Mohammed, slavishly adhered to by fundamentalists globally. Their intention then as now was and is surely to unite Mohammed’s people and enforce by conquest their domination over a fractured world. You may call it imperialism or even something less provocative; however those who call for the West’s Moslem’s to follow the Korans precepts are inciting sedition. They are calling for the subversion of Western civilization. Ahmadinejad has certainly celebrated this by his belief in a messiah whose coming is contingent upon disorder, chaos and worldwide disaster as the coming of the 12th Imam allegedly demands. One can hardly say, with an ideology based on chaos that betrayal is not in the arsenal of fundamentalist Islam as practiced in Western Society.
In its purest, fundamentalist form Islam is absolutist; unmoved by mercy, pity or tenderness. Morally impoverished, it celebrated 911, the Madrid, Bali and London Bombings and handed out sweets in rejoicing when a three month old Jewish baby was beheaded. That is not Islam at the crossroads. A faith whose inspiration is a book replete with messages that extol domination and conquest can and does justify every act of bestiality known to humanity and then theologically blames it on its victims.
The Hadiths are narrative interpretations of the words and deeds of Mohammed. They are taken as important tools for both understanding the Koran and therefore for interpreting Islamic Law. The Hadiths contain foul and hateful quotes but perhaps the most famous is the one that is most quoted by Islamists of all ranks and unsurprisingly is in Hamas’s online charter for all to see: “The Day of Judgment would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, (or servant of Allah), there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him (or her).” (Suhih Muslim 41:6985)
The Gaza Flotilla that launched from Turkey on 31st May 2010 contained 6 ships. Only one had no aid on board (although most of the aid on the other ships, if time specific (such as medicines), was expired and therefore worthless. On their ‘no aid’ ship of hate (the Mavi Marmara) the activists cried out: “heiber heiber al-Yahud Jish Mohammad sa-yaud”—the Muslim call for the destruction of Jews. And for the sake of those having a hard time with the text, Nordin Sirin (one of the leaders of IHH, the Islamist organization that launched the ship and a Jihadi activist) also published it in a Turkish article titled: “God is Great, This is the Time to Destroy Israel.” (This is quoted from an article by journalist Ben-Dror Yemini in the Israeli Ma’ariv Newspaper on March 18, 2011). We can assume that the Global press as well as the misnamed western peace activists knew what they were getting involved in when they boarded this ship. Therefore, and for the record, these western activists are more than simple fellow-travelers of Arab/Islamic hegemony; they are complicit in actively inciting genocide. How convenient that the BBC and Guardian amongst others in the west refused to discuss this point in any of their many propaganda pieces for Western consumption.
To understand that the Left is complicit in this war (and not just against Israel) is the only way that we will defeat this offensive against our civilization. Moderation is not an aspect of the beast and any theology based on global conquest is evil. They will engage western racists, left and right, to drink from their poisoned well of prejudice.
Muslims throughout their history viewed Jews as objects of ridicule and not fear. Jews had been conquered easily, and Islam ruled over them for 1,400 years - at least until the State of Israel came into existence. Christian Antisemitism only became an unwelcome adaptation because the Jews fought back. One cannot enslave an entire people for 1,400 years and accept their freedom with overnight magnanimity or grace. So conspiracy and fear have become part of the Muslim narrative of hate. And a return to a toxic relationship foundered on inequality, superstition and slavery is a return to barbarism.
In the twenty-first century the fascists of the Left mouthing the Palestinian narrative as if it were God’s word undermines not just the Zionist State of Israel but human civilisation. Jews had and they have the same right to self determination that the Arab Muslim world exercised in the twentieth century.
Jews have often been accused of disloyalty, this negative allegation rather than positive concept of dual loyalty. But disloyalty arises from the world of ideas only when faith has a hegemonic world view. Islam is hegemonic, Judaism is not.
The faith of Mohamed, Marx and Hitler are the same. They demand unconditional obedience to an ideology of absolutism. The conviction that there can only be “one way” leads to the natural conclusion that the rejection of such a view is a rejection of the totality of the ideology. Under such conditions genocide is inevitable.
There is a reason that the Islamic faithful insist we do not study their faith before we convert to it. Islamic self-belief is based on cultural, religious and personal renunciation. I should not have to question to what extent my neighbor practices dissimulation in their everyday lives. I do not need to disguise or hide my feelings. I am not taught that I am better than my Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist, Sikh or Hindu neighbours. I am not taught that the beliefs of others are wrong, foolish and misplaced and no one has the right to inform me that mine is superseded by a far superior model.
Judaism does not nor do I believe that it has ever believed that there was only “one way”. The Seven Noahide commandments stand in mute witness to the pluralistic nature of Judaism. This generosity and celebration of multi-culturalism has however made us a persecuted people.
Israeli religious tolerance has enabled evil men such as the head of the northern branch of Israel's Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ra'ad Salah, to deny any rights to Jews in their own land; deny Jews the legitimacy of their own historical dialogue, their own civilization and their own faith. Talking to these people is without benefit. Show trials however would not be without benefit. Sedition and treason in time of war are crimes not just against the state but against the people. Their trial should be on public TV, radio and the Internet and their obnoxious and obdurate theological views should be rubbed into the faces of Israel’s enemies. This is the only way to defeat them.
The opposing argument that tolerance is taught and that negative attributes rarely present a racial character is not born out by human history. People are only ever conditionally tolerant. It is why Islam failed the test of Greek Self-determination in 1821, it is why it failed the test of Armenian independence in the 1890’s and again in 1915 and it is why it continues to fail the test of Jewish independence today. These atrocities, acts of ethnic cleansing, attempted ethnic cleansing and genocide are part of the Islamic response to any demand for equality.
The renunciation of Islam’s vision for a global empire can only come about when it is theologically defeated. Every success, no matter how tainted in death and destruction, is in Islam, an act of affirmation. Islam has rarely, if only accidentally been a religion of Peace and Love. In the 21st Century it certainly is not.
Islam must have a reformation for the world to be safe from it. For the world to survive the first monotheistic faith must become the third missionary faith. Today’s Muslims call upon their shared history with the Christian world to divide and rule over all of us whatever we may or may not believe. They experience no shame in publishing and distributing every tract of lies and contempt the imagination can produce. Only when they are unable to justify either their actions or their theology will their thoughts change from conquest and murder to shared living and co-existence. But missionary faiths need to hate to justify conquest. Their history is an evil past unashamed in the present time. A new player who stands outside that virtue-less circle will force everyone to confront their record and the missionary of old will be unable to justify his or her history. And yes, it will also return to Jews everywhere a positive narrative about them-selves and about Israel. Renewal and re-dedication is needed in order to re-energize this fight against injustice.