WHEN THE ONLY THING LEFT IS ISLAM

May 12, 2010

Islam is the great pandemic and it will spread as long as the Quran and Hadith are read by those who interpret the texts literally and wish to emulate the life of Muhammad.

When Katie Couric asked Mayor Bloomberg his opinion as to whom the person might be who left the car bomb in Time Square the mayor responded: Home-grown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.

At first I found the mayor's response odd, but in light of the number of recent terrorist attacks carried out by the Tea Party and Mormons his statement makes perfect sense. Nevertheless to everyone's bewilderment the terrorist turned out to be a Muslim. But how could this be when Islam is a religion of peace?

Fortunately the mayor made a statement that explained the matter:

And I want to make clear that we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers. All of us live in this City and among any group there's always a few bad apples, but the people who live in this city are proud of the fact that this is the city that gives everybody from every place in the world an opportunity, no matter what religion they practice, no matter where they or their parents came from. It's the City where you can practice your religion and say what you want to say and be in charge of your own destiny, and we're going to keep it that way. People from every corner of the world come and live here in the same buildings and the same neighborhoods, and that's what makes this the greatest city on Earth.

Well that's good news. It wasn't Islam's fault; this man was just one of a "few bad apples."

Mayor Bloomberg's comments shouldn't surprise us. After all we heard the same thing from the White House. In his speech at West Point on December 1, 2009 President Obama explained his decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan as follows:

I make this decision because I am convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of the violent extremism practiced by al-Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak. This is no idle danger; no hypothetical threat.

The President went on to describe al-Qaeda as "a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world's great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents."

And on January 07, 2010 the President stated:

We are at war.  We are at war against al Qaeda, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that attacked us on 9/11, that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, and that is plotting to strike us again.  And we will do whatever it takes to defeat them.

In order to better understand just how "radical" al-Qaeda and the "few bad apples" are compared to "genuine" Islam it is imperative for us to investigate the claim that by acting violently al-Qaeda does indeed distort and defile Islam as President Obama claims and who better to demonstrate for us what genuine Islam looks like — and acts like — than its founder, Muhammad?

By examining Muslim sources that document the actions and teachings of Muhammad we can accurately compare authentic Islam to the contemporary actions of al-Qaeda.

According to the Quran — the holiest book of Islam — Allah commanded Muhammad to instill fear into unbelievers. This demands repeating. Muhammad was commanded to instill fear into unbelievers! This was accomplished by barbarically cutting off their heads and fingers:

Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them." This because they contended against Allah and His Messenger: If any contend against Allah and His Messenger, Allah is strict in punishment. (Surah 8:12-13)

In the Hadith — the traditions of Muhammad and second in importance only to the Quran — it is documented that Muhammad said he was commanded by Allah to fight unbelievers until the only religion that remained was Islam:

I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah." (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 8, Number 392)

In the earliest biography of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq, it is stated that Muhammad mercilessly ordered the decapitation of anywhere between 600-900 prisoners of war. Let us be clear. Not soldiers engaged in combat, but helpless prisoners:

. . . went out to the market of Medina and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches . . . there were 600 or 700 in all, though some figure as high as 800 or 900 . . . By Allah it is death.

If al-Qaeda — which decapitated Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 — is "a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world's great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents" — to use President Obama's own words — what does that make Muhammad? From what we know of Muhammad, is it unreasonable to conclude that he himself would be a member of al-Qaeda if he were alive today?

As we can see the similarities between the actions of Muhammad and al-Qaeda are striking. The reason is that the teachings in Islamic holy texts and the actions of its founder motivate violent and merciless behavior toward unbelievers until they convert, submit or are killed. This is a grotesque statement for people under the delusion that all religions are peaceful merely because they are "religions." I suggest such people hold their tongue until the read the holy books — from cover to cover — of a religion before they attempt to describe it.

The Quran and Hadith are littered with brutal teachings regarding the treatment of unbelievers. These "radicals" or "extremists" or "bad apples" — whatever the popular media and our fearless politicians wish to call them in order not to offend — are literally following the teachings and actions of the founder of Islam-Muhammad. Consequently, even if all of the Muslim literalists fell off the planet tomorrow a percentage of future generations will arise to take their place because al-Qaeda is not the problem, Islam is the problem. It is a virus that can infect anyone regardless of race or gender, turning its victims into beings who wish to kill for Allah. Islam is indeed the great pandemic and it will spread as long as the Quran and Hadith are read by those who interpret the texts literally and wish to emulate the life of Muhammad:

I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah." (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 8, Number 392)

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