"Watch out that you are not deceived......" Luke 21:8

 

Islam - an introduction

Dear Muslim    Salaam and welcome to you, if you have come to this page via a search engine.  However, you should know that this page is by Christians and aimed at Christians and does not presume to lecture you about your faith.  The object is to introduce Christians to the concepts of Islam which are held by some, but not all Muslims.  Please accept our apologies if any of the following does not apply to you.      From responses to this page it is clear that there are issues which we could profitably discuss, so the new page, "Dear Muslim" is an attempt to meet that need.

The new century has seen considerable interest in Islam.   Prince Charles wishes to be the King of a multi-faith Britain and visits mosques and Islamic study centres.  Various television programmes are screened, giving a positive picture of Islam.   Various Inter-Faith forums are being set up.

The World Trade Centre attack of September 11th 2001, carried out by Islamic terrorists led by Osama bin Laden has caused more concern about the realities of Islam, as ordinary citizens are now starting to experience the fear so familiar to  the Israelis.   Sadly, there were attacks, abuse and even murders of ordinary Muslims in the USA and other western nations.   Our leaders rightly plead that such attacks should not happen in civilized countries but they also make some ill informed pronouncements.    The purpose of this page is to seek the truth.    (See Footnote 1)

It should be noted that this page is a worst case scenario rather than an all encompassing explanation of everything you might want to know about Islam.   Wildolive certainly does not suggest that the Muslim next-door is a bloodthirsty jihadist. This page looks at problem areas that are found in core teachings of Islam - even if most Muslims practice only the personal religion component of Islam.

There is not just one brand of Islam that may be simply explained; there are different denominations and different degrees of interpretation and practice. The Christian or Jew may well have amiable relationships with some Muslims of some denominations. The major threat comes from the Wahabi branch of Islam that is being sponsored and advanced by the Saudi kingdom.

So what is the reality of Islam, and militant Islam?

What do the Qur'an(Koran), the Hadith   and the Sunna say ?  (see footnote 2)

What does it mean for us ?

What does it mean for us and the Muslims living in our streets?

What are the major misunderstandings?

 

"The name "Islam" means "Peace" "  

(George Bush and Tony Blair among others)

The word "Islam" means Submission, and "Muslim" means one who submits. 

This submission is no mere word; it is central to Islam, personally for the believer, in the family (to the patriarch) and for a wife (to an extent which western women can not comprehend). "Submission" is also a world- wide component of Islam.  This is associated with "Jihad" (so called Holy War). The world is divided into only two categories in Islam "the house of peace", those nations in submission to Allah and Islam, and "the house of war", those nations not under Islam. The duty of every Muslim is to work towards the whole world coming into "the house of peace".   This may be accomplished by winning over converts, but failing that, by force of arms.

For Statistics of Islamic "Peace" see Islam - Peace?

The "Five Pillars of Islam".

Visitors to a mosque will be told of the five pillars of Islam, "Belief, Prayer, Almsgiving, Fasting and Pilgrimage",  but there are actually six. 

Jihad is the sixth pillar; Jihad meaning "holy war" or struggle.  It may be that many Muslims in the West see the struggle as spiritual and are horrified by acts of terrorism, but that may be why they chose to live in the West.   Many Muslims in western countries came to escape from the excesses of fundamentalist nations.   However, Jihad and Submission are deep in Islam and both may be demanded of them when the time is right.    A Pastor in the USA got into terrible trouble for pointing out the violence implicit in Islam, but look for yourself at the writings and the history of its Prophet, an you will find a story of violence and cruelty.   

The wife of Britain's Prime Minister told an interfaith gathering that the use of the term "Jihad" is an example of insidious prejudice and that the word means "struggle".   "Jihad" does indeed mean struggle, but taken in its context in the Koran and in the preaching of Muslim clerics (video clips with translations available on www.memri.org) it clearly means an armed struggle against non-Muslims and especially the Jews.

In 2002,  thirty wars were raging in the world, of which twenty eight were Islamic.   Three hundred suicide bombings had been carried out by Islamic militants in fourteen countries.  (it is not just a Palestinian phenomenon)

Shahada

The Shahada "the testimony, an Islamic creed declaring belief in the oneness of Allah and the acceptance of Muhammad as Allah's prophet. The declaration, in its shortest form, reads:

لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
lā ilāha illā-llāh, muammadun rasūlu-llāh
There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

Since the Shahada is the Muslim's confession of faith, I would be most unhappy about children taking part in Islamic events as part of school religious education events, in which they might be encouraged to join saying it.

Since this design appears on the flag of Saudi Arabia, I requested that the Saudi flag not be put up in church among other nations' flags as part of a World Cup outreach event.

Hudna

In these Islamic Holy wars (Jihad) there is no permissible outcome other than victory - Peace agreements are tolerated under the concept of "hudna".   Hudna is the principle that it is all right to make a truce with an enemy who is too strong, in order to build up strength to attack again once the odds are favourable.   Mohammed used a hudna against Medina.   Land once held by Islam and then lost, may never be allowed to remain in the hands of infidels.   The Oslo Peace Accord, the "road map"  and other peace processes should be viewed in the light of hudna.

Jihad - Holy War - a warped version of Islam?

Our leaders tell us that Islamism, Islamic terrorism, jihad or whatever you want to call it is a perversion of Islam. To evaluate this assertion we must look at what real, unperverted Islam is. During a panel discussion sponsored by the Hudson Institute last January 2010, retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West, who did combat duty in Iraq, responded to a Marine who asked the question, how do you answer people who say that terrorists are following a "warped" version of Islam?

See also Jihad and Muslim Fanatics and Islamophobia

Is Violence fundamental to Islam ?

"Islam is a faith of culture and beauty"

The BBC broadcast a beautifully produced series, "Islam, Empire of Faith" which was screened during a week featuring various programmes about Islam and Muslims.  It is indisputable that Islam has left much architecture and art of great beauty and the producers had many beautiful images of worship and life.  However, the lushness of the production revealed its blatant advocacy of Islam instead of a serious study its the history, achievements beliefs and practices.   Not one critical word was said, and unpleasant facts of history were completely ignored.    The use of the word "Empire" is accurate, however.   Islam is much more than just a personal religion; it is a complete system of government and legal system (Sharia).  The Islamic Empire rose in place of the Roman Empire.

Islam, we were assured, was a benign conqueror and always built on the civilizations it took over, allowing existing religions to continue.  Certainly the architectural heritage from these times is magnificent but this  overlooks the religious persecution practiced even to this day in Muslim dominated lands.   Did the producers assume viewers could not remember  abuses such as those suffered by western women who married Muslims and later regretted it?  (see below)

Islam and conquered Cultures.

Extract from article by Daniel Pipes

In some cases, conquerors turn non-Islamic holy places into Islamic ones, thereby asserting the supremacy of Islam. This can be done by converting them into Islamic sanctities, such as the Kaaba in Mecca, the Cathedral of St. John in Damascus, and the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople; or building on top of them, such as Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India.

The Taliban blew up a monumental sixth-century Buddha statue in 2001.

The Taliban blew up a monumental sixth-century Buddha statue in 2001.

Muslims of one denomination sometimes destroy the legacy of other Islamic sects. Recent examples include the tomb of Sidi Mahmoudou, a medieval structure in Timbuktu (2012), Sufi tombs in Libya (2012), and the libraries of Mosul (2015). But best known is the Saudi destruction of antiquities in Mecca since the 1990s, applying strict Wahhabi principles of non-intercession; even Muhammad's tomb in Medina is in jeopardy.

 

Deception   

(The Arabic word is Taqiya - "Guarding oneself")

The Muslim is allowed to practice deception in three areas -  In military matters, in matters concerning his wife, and in matters concerning his faith.   The West is willingly having the third form of deception practiced upon it in very concerted but subtle ways.

"Islam, Christianity and Judaism are the three great monotheistic religions, and all worship the same god"

This is an matter of argument and the use of words.

Arabic has just one word for the supreme God, "Allah", and thus in any translation of Judeo-Christian writing the name of  God will be translated as Allah. Deeper discussion here - Same God?

The sacred books of Islam include the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospels as well as the Qur'an, which they believe was the word of Allah revealed to Mohammed through the archangel Gabriel. 

The Ka'aba in Mecca, to which Muslims pray five times a day,  is believed to have been erected by Abraham and Ishmael after Abraham had been about to sacrifice Ishmael at God's command but was prevented at the last minute and sacrificed a ram instead.  (Note that Ishmael replaces Isaac in the account known to Jews and Christians)    The Ka'aba is a huge square edifice in Mecca, which held the 360   tribal gods of Arabia (one for each day of the lunar year)  until Mohammed and his followers smashed all but Allah,  (originally al-Ilahi, the Moon God - the reason for the crescent on the top of mosques)

How can Allah be the same god as YHVH , the God of Israel, worshipped by Jews and Christians, if he demands his followers destroy first the Saturday people (Jews) and then the Sunday people (Christians)?       (this doctrine is not for western consumption of course, but is chanted, in Arabic, with great fervour after Friday prayers.)  (The Qur'an actually calls for the pagans to be slaughtered first and "the people of the book" to be slaughtered at judgment day if they fail to convert to Islam.)   

The Qur'an repeatedly affirms that Allah has no son, and this is inscribed around the inside of the Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem - How can this be the same god as the Father of Jesus / Yeshua the Messiah?

See Muslims and Jesus for further, surprising, discussion of Islam's teachings.

Visit www.answering-islam.org.uk/index.html for a really thorough discussion of how Islam compares with Judeo-Christian faith.    

'Islam respects Jews and Christians as "The People of the Book"'

Many in the west believe Islam claims to be the successor to Judaism and Christianity, and respects Jews and Christians as "the people of the book." But Itamar Marcus, of PMW, explained as follows.

There is a big mistake in western thought, that Islam teaches that first Judaism was God’s religion and then Christianity, and then it reached Islam. This is not true. Traditional Islam teaches something else. “God gave Islam to the Jews – the Jews distorted it, so God gave it to Jesus (Jesus was a Muslim prophet) – the Christians likewise distorted it and ultimately Mohammed was the only one who preserved it. (Sura 5 )"

“The source of Judaism is the Mosaic law which is the continuation of Islam of our master Abraham. The Bible, when translated correctly, is the continuation of Islam. Today the Jews practice ritual customs that are not mentioned in the original Bible.” What is the original Bible? The original Bible was what God gave to Abraham and what God Gave to Jesus, and it was Islam. "

The western mind can not understand how Islam could be said to have existed before the Prophet who gave it - but that is not a problem to Islam, since it asserts that even Adam was a Muslim prophet.

"Islam is a tolerant faith, which respects other faiths."

Islam in the USA and UK is peaceful, if not tolerant.  It has to be while it is a minority faith.  Watch the news (even our biased media) for a while and note what happens in lands where Islam is the state or even majority faith.  Muslims converting to Christianity are murdered by their families.  Saudi Arabia often beheads people publicly for offences we would hardly consider capital.  Young women are kidnapped or become victims of "honour killings"  by their families for departing from marriage traditions.   In just one week in August 2002, in Pakistan,  Islamic groups attacked the Muree Christian School and shot dead six people, and bombed  a Christian Hospital causing more deaths.   

The  riots around the world in early 2006, over cartoons depicting Mohammed, were an orchestrated campaign against the western world.   The cartoons appeared in September but the riots suddenly erupted in February.  (Hardly spontaneous)   On 18th February, fifty  Christians  were murdered and thirty churches were burned down in  Nigeria.  In moderate United Kingdom there was an ugly demonstration outside an embassy in London, with placards calling for massacres and beheadings.   This was particularly significant in the United Kingdom, where a religious hatred bill had recently been (miraculously) amended to prevent its being used by Muslims to silence other faiths.    The demonstrations succeeded in intimidating the government and the police, while "moderate" protests sought to persuade the government to amend the law to prohibit depictions of Mohammed.   The United Kingdom's Muslim population joined the world wide Muslim community to push for Muslim religious practice and taboos to be imposed on non Muslims. A campaign followed the Pope's quote of a Medieval monarch's critical remarks about Islam.

The Barnabas fund ( www.barnabasfund.org )  monitors the suffering of Christians (mostly) in Muslim lands and seeks to alert Christians in order that they may support their suffering brethren in prayer.   It is said that a Christian, somewhere, dies for his (or her) faith every three minutes.   (Barnabas Fund believes this figure may be slightly high)

Feature articles and letters to the editor have abounded in the broadsheet newspapers of Britain, arguing about the real nature of Islam.  One letter quoted Surah 18:29 of the Qur'an in support of the claimed tolerance of Islam,

  "Proclaim this is the truth from your Lord; whoever will believe, let them believe, and whoever will let them disbelieve."  
Subsequently another letter pointed out that Surah 18:29 continues,
  "Verily, we have prepared for the disbelievers a Fire whose walls will be surrounding them.  And if they ask for help  (relief, water etc) they will be granted water like boiling oil that will scald their faces.  Terrible the drink and an evil resting place."
   Selective use of parts of Qur'an verses hardly constitutes a frank inter-faith dialogue!

The Qur,an also says,

"Those that make war against Allah and his apostles and spread disorders in the land shall be put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the country"   Qur'an 5:33

"It is not for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made wide slaughter in the land"   Qur'an 8:68

"Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and hypocrites and deal sternly with them.  Hell shall be their home, evil their fate"  Qur'an 66:9

Mohammed was succeeded by Omar, who produced a charter laying down the conditions under which Jews had to live.  The same charter applied to Christians, and it was applied down through the centuries.  

Dhimmi status

The non-Muslims had the status of Dhimmi.  They were :-  

forbidden to touch the Qur'an required to wear distinctive clothing
required to wear a yellow badge not allowed to practice their religion in public
not allowed to own a horse to bury their dead without public grieving
to pay special taxes - Jizya not allowed to defend themselves against a Moslem
not allowed to testify against a Moslem forbidden to build new synagogues
not allowed to have houses or tombs higher than those of Moslems to have their graves level with the ground so that anyone could walk over them.

ISIL said Christians who wanted to remain in the "caliphate" that the Islamic State declared, August 2014, in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a "dhimma" contract - a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as "jizya".

When Jordan, illegally, occupied Jerusalem from 1948-1967, all Jewish residents were expelled and barred from the Western Wall.  The Jewish Quarter was destroyed, including 58 synagogues.  Around three quarters of the tombstones on the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery were dismantled and used as army latrines.  This was done under King Hussein, the most moderate of Arab rulers.   Joseph's Tomb was desecrated by the Palestinians.   (See www.shechem.org/kyos/engkyos.html for pictures )

In their drive to dominate Sudan, Muslims have killed two million  Christians, many by their version of crucifixion.  (The offender has his hands nailed  to a tree above his head.  A man comes up with two swords, cries "Allah hu Akbah" and cuts the victim in half)

See Footnote 3 concerning Islamic tolerance in western nations.

Blasphemy

Sharia rules on Blasphemy have been the reason for many deaths of non-Muslims, both in judicial executions of Christians and other non-Muslims under Sharia and in terrorist attacks and riots. ( Mohammed Cartoons )

But Islamic leaders are seeking anti-Blasphemy rules as International Law - protecting Islam from criticism or satire.

Why should Blasphemy be a matter for law anyway?

Firstly, remember that Islam / Sharia is not compartmentalised into Faith and life; civil and national. Islam is total and all encompassing. Under Islam it is not sufficient to consider blasphemy a sin against GOD (Allah for Muslims) that will be punished by GOD. To Islam it is a crime that must be punished by Islam / Muslims. To the Islamic mind, this law should be applied to everybody; not just Muslims, who are under Shaaria.

If international law for Blasphemy is enacted, it would apply to all religions, and therein is a problem for Islam and Muslims.

How is Blasphemy defined? For the purposes of Islam, Blasphemy covers any disrespect or defamation of Islam or the prophet of Islam.

But Islamic teaching and scriptures contain the most strident defamation of other religions. Therefore, Should Islam Be Banned for Blasphemy?

Excerpts from this article by Raymond Ibrahim of Middle East Forum. ( February 12, 2015 )

Soon after Muslim gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo offices, which published satirical caricatures of Muslim prophet Muhammad, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)—the "collective voice of the Muslim world" and second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations—is again renewing calls for the United Nations to criminalize "blasphemy" against Islam, or what it more ecumenically calls, the "defamation of religions."

However, to gain traction among the international community, the OIC cynically maintains that such laws should protect all religions from defamation, not just Islam (even as Muslim governments ban churches, destroy crucifixes, and burn Bibles). Disingenuous or not, the OIC's wording suggests that any expression that "slanders" the religious sentiments of others should be banned.

To understand this, consider what "defamation" means. Typical dictionary-definitions include "to blacken another's reputation" and "false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel." In Muslim usage, defamation simply means anything that insults or offends Islamic sensibilities.

What, then, do we do with Islam's core religious texts—beginning with the Koran itself— which slanders, denigrates and blackens the reputation of other religions? Consider Christianity alone: Koran 5:73 declares that "Infidels are they who say God is one of three," a reference to the Christian Trinity; Koran 5:72 says "Infidels are they who say God is the Christ, [Jesus] son of Mary"; and Koran 9:30 complains that "the Christians say the Christ is the son of God … may God's curse be upon them!"

Considering that the word "infidel" (kafir) is one of Islam's most derogatory terms, what if a Christian book or Western cartoon appeared declaring that "Infidels are they who say Muhammad is the prophet of God—may God's curse be upon them"? If Muslims would consider that a great defamation against Islam—and they would, with the attendant rioting, murders, etc.—then by the same standard it must be admitted that the Koran defames Christians and Christianity.

Nor is such defamation of Christianity limited to Islam's core scriptures; modern day Muslim scholars and sheikhs agree that it is permissible to defame and mock Christianity. "Islam Web," which is owned by the government of Qatar, even issued a fatwa that legitimizes insulting Christianity.

The grandest irony of all is that the "defamation" that Muslims complain about—and that prompts great violence and bloodshed around the world—revolves around things like cartoons and movies, which are made by individuals who represent only themselves; on the other hand, Islam itself, through its holiest and most authoritative texts, denigrates and condemns—in a word, defames—all other religions, not to mention calls for violence against them (e.g., Koran 9:29).

Halal Food Law in non-Muslim nations

Halal is an Arabic term meaning "permissible" and while it is often associated with meat, it refers to anything that is allowed in the Islamic faith.  It is the opposite of 'Haram', 'not lawful'.

The main issue is meat and how it is slaughtered.

It is good that a tolerant society allows members of a particular faith to practice its requirements as long as they do not contravene the law of the land, and this is the situation in Britain. The problem is that Muslims are pressing for all meat to be halal and many big suppliers are willing to oblige, thinking that by meeting this requirement they can keep everybody happy and ensure the widest possible market for their produce.

However, A leading European Muslim cleric has urged the international Muslim community to conquer the world through the halal movement. Dr Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sanjak, Croatia and Slovenia is reported to have said that the halal movement can enable Muslims to rule the global economy because its food and other services are the basic needs of every human being. He claimed halal means “pure and hygienic”, and that the non-Muslim world has no hesitation in accepting it.

Therefore - Accepting Halal regulations is a significant step towards accepting dhimmi status; as non-Muslims under Muslim Law ( Sharia).

This raises two important issues - The Imposition of Halal and The Permissibility of Halal for Christians?

See Halal

Sharia can be incorporated in our Nation's Laws

According to Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams (Head of Anglican denomination)

If you look through the requirements of Sharia you will find it difficult to see how Sharia can be incorporated into our national Law or Constitution; Sharia must be supreme and all must be subject to it; either as Muslims or as dhimmi (second class, subservient) citizens.

Check for yourself - Sharia.

In Britain, Sharia is already available within some Muslim communities. It has jurisdiction , apparently, only in civil matters but there are an alarming number of honour killings in Britain. Check out how Sharia treats women to make up your mind whether a Muslim woman would willingly place herself under Sharia jurisdiction.

"Muslims living in the West are not militants like those in Muslim lands."

Muslims should not all be branded as extremists. See Reforming Islam - Moderate Islam

The Muslim Ummah - family

Ummah or Umma. The word literally means community or people. When it comes to Islam, it means the whole community of Muslims bound together by ties of religion- OED.

There are many sects within the Muslim community, but the whole of it is considered Ummah. The word encompasses everyone who is a Muslim.

The implications of this appear similar to the worldwide body of Christ (Christians) and Jews in every nation. However, the difference lies in the nature of Islam; being more than just religious faith - an all encompassing empire that includes faith, morality, law, government and commitment to world subjugation to Allah.

Thus Muslim allegiance (for a serious Muslim) will override national loyalty, while Christians and Jews are encouraged to seek the good of the nations where they live (even if as exiles) Jesus taught us to "give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."

Not to be confused with Ulama - usage by Muslims refers to the religious elite of scholars at the top of the sectarian hierarchy. They mainly specialize in fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and are considered the arbiters of sharia law by mainstream sects. Wikipedia

"Muslims respect the religious freedom of the West."

This may well be true; they may have fled the extremist lands.  However, as reported in the Daily Telegraph on October 13th,  "Terrorist recruitment and fundraising by Islamic militants, centred on a London mosque were ignored for years by British security services. . . Several suspects arrested in the global swoop on al-Queda network have connections with the Finsbury Park mosque."   The informant said that the mosque is respectable at the times of prayer, when ordinary worshippers are present but is used for preaching hatred and instructing in terror the rest of the time.   Britain refused to extradite the imam to countries where he is wanted on charges of forming terrorist groups.   When the trial of Imam Abu Hamza was concluded and sub-judice evidence was made public, it was found that the Finsbury Park mosque had contained many inappropriate items of terrorist paraphernalia .    Apparently the UK government believes we can tolerate the preaching of hatred in mosques,  as our tolerance will be respected and the presence of Muslims will protect us from attacks. 

 

A survey of 1170 Muslims randomly sampled in various cities in Britain in late 2001 produced the following statistics (published on teletext news)

40% felt Osama bin Laden had cause to wage war on the USA.

11% thought there was justification for the September 11th attack on USA.

40% thought UK Muslims fighting for the Taliban are right. 

96% thought the alliance bombing of the Taliban in Afghanistan should stop.

September 11th is commemorated by a Muslim group in England.

Christian evangelists preaching on the streets of East London were arrested by the Police at the insistence of the Muslims living in the area, who claimed to be offended.  

Islam must be taught in Britain's schools, along with other religions, but it may not be taught critically as all other religions are.  

The BBC has a list of questions about Islam which must not be discussed.  (censorship)   The restrictions on Christian satellite channels are even worse, driving them from the UK.

A Christian speaker on his own Christian satellite TV programme is often taken "off the air"  by "technical difficulties" whenever he addresses unpleasant issues about Islam.

Muslim Education

Daily Telegraph, London, 21 November 2010

Muslim pupils learn to cut off hands of thieves

Muslim children are being taught how to chop off thieves’ hands and that Jews are plotting to take over the world at a network of Islamic schools, it has been disclosed.

Up to 5,000 pupils attending weekend schools across Britain are being exposed to textbooks claiming that some Jews were transformed into pigs and apes, and that some offences could be punished with stoning. One book for six year-olds warns that those who do not believe in Islam will be condemned to “hellfire” in death.

Another text for 15 year-olds teaches that thieves who break Sharia law should have their hands cut off for a first offence and their feet amputated for a subsequent crime. Teenagers are presented with diagrams showing where the cuts should be made.

Tonight’s Panorama on BBC One will claim that the books were discovered at a network of 40 private schools teaching the Saudi Arabian national curriculum. The programme claims to have uncovered evidence apparently linking the schools to the Saudi embassy. Officials at the embassy deny any link.

And the day after

As the BBC’s Panorama revealed last night, our education system is worryingly vulnerable to groups seeking to perpetuate intolerance.

These revelations are disturbing.  As the Coalition Government expands the academies programme and gives the green light to more Free Schools, these questions are going to come into even sharper focus: are our existing legislative and regulatory safeguards — in both the state and independent sectors — enough to protect schools from extremist influences?

See Palestinian Media Watch for the worst excesses of Muslim education.

Muslim Emigration / Immigration - Hijrah

Why are Muslims moving in? Is it just in pursuit of a better life and western freedoms?

Hijra is the concept, or strategy, of Migration modelled on that from Mecca to Medina by Muhammad and his followers.

This notion is important both religiously and politically and is legally obligatory on a Muslim as preparatory to other forms of jihad for the victory of Islam and Muslims in other countries. This was established when Muhammad said:

I command you with these five which Allah has charged me with: assemble, listen, obey, hijra and jihad.

Thus he declared hijra as preparatory as well as pairing it with Jihad. Muhammad further added migration to continue as long as the enemy is fighting, in other words resisting Islam. Hijra.is obligatory as long as kufi - or apostasy abounds.

Sura 8:72 ...those who believed and adopted immigration and fought for Islam with their wealth and their persons in the cause of Allah.

Sura 9:20 ...Those who believed and suffered migration, and strive with might and main in Allah's cause, with their wealth and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah: they are the people who will be winners.

So migration precedes jihad and they are inextricably linked.

Collective migration, or the congregating in one area, brings in the awareness of an Islamic identity: it enables Islam to he noticed in the abode of apostasy, through its demands and refusal to integrate and assimilate, and it helps to change, dismantle and finally annihilate the existing socio-political system of that society.

So the grand mosque at Newham, East London may not he needed, but such edifices are to prove a point more than its actual usage or need.

Quoted from "The Mosque and its place in Society" by Belteshazar and Abednego

(ex Muslims writing under assumed names)

The position of Women in Islam

See separate page Islam on Women

Subjects covered

Under Islamic Law, a Muslim woman is worth half as much as a Muslim man.  

Wife beating is Qur'an sanctioned and is dutifully carried out.    

Honour killings

Temporary Wives - Effectively, Sharia compliant use of a prostitute.

Rape - Any woman claiming to have been raped requires two male witnesses to support her.

In Mohammed's military campaigns, conquered males were all slaughtered but the women were saved as spoils of war, not as wives but as concubines - sex slaves.

Islam and non-Muslim girls - Muslim Men are responsible for 91% of UK Child Rape Cases

Muslim Rapists Prefer Blondes

Taharrush - western women are encircled of men and sexually harassed, assaulted, groped and raped.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Suicide Bombers

Polygamy - a man is allowed to have four wives and there are Muslims in Britain claiming benefits for more than one wife!

 

The Veil

Muslim women (and even schoolgirls) in western nations are making an issue of wearing versions of the veil that cover everything except a slit for the eyes, demanding recognition of Sharia.

 

Muslims and Pornography

While most of the Muslim world is profoundly sexist (and while porn is everywhere there, too), few Muslims approve of porn. Indeed, its leaders often castigate the West for exposing women in a sexually explicit way.

See separate page Islam on Women

African people and Islam and the Slave Trade

Many African Americans feel an affinity for Islam, especially among the prison population.   The 2001 Durban conference sought to punish white nations for the sins of the past concerning slavery. 

What never comes out is the place of taking and trading in slaves in the history and traditions of Islam. Neither is Islam's present day involvement in slave trading often mentioned. Slavery is thriving in some Muslim lands and forms part of the ethnic cleansing of Christian and Animist black Africans from Sudan.

In the chaos that has overtaken Libya since the overthrow of Col Ghadaffi, slave markets are thriving openly under the control of the Islamic factions that control the nation. In these slave markets, economic migrants from the south are degraded and sold, in accordance with Islamic traditions. Somehow this escapes the concern of liberal, socially aware activists.

The Islamic slave trade has been many times worse and is lasting much longer than the trade involving Britain and America, which was abolished 200 years ago. (see article)

www.christianaction.org.za TheScourgeofSlavery - See also Piracy and Islam, below

Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan announced in a recent lecture,

"Slavery is a part of Islam, " . "Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam."
He argued against the idea that slavery had ever been abolished, insulting those who espouse this view as
"ignorant, not scholars. They are merely writers. Whoever says such things is an infidel."

Al-Fawzan is no maverick. He is:

"The West, Islam and Islamism" by Cox and Marks covers slavery very well.

What does Islam teach about black people? Found on the Internet.....

Assalam alaykum! My Sister told me that some Arabs believe that all black people will enter Hellfire. I want you to clarify the issue. She said that there are hadiths stating so and here is the reference: Ibn Hanbal narrated a report that in effects states that God created the white race (dhurriyah bayda) from Adam's right shoulder and created the black race (dhurriyah sawda) from Adam's left shoulder, then decreed that those on the right shoulder of Adam will enter heaven, and those on the left will enter hell. Ibn Hanbal Musnad (6:492).

The word for black people in Muslim countries is Abd, meaning slave. (www.frontpagemag.com)

Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia only abolished slavery in the 60s and still maintain Apartheid for their black population.

Some muslims, even in countries like United Kingdom, have been found to be keeping slaves!

Muslim victimhood

Much of the argument practiced in the West, particularly in the UK, involves claiming oppressed minority status for Muslims as part of the process of claiming special privileges and provisions for Muslims at the expense of non-Muslims who then have to abide by Muslim sensitivities or Sharia dictates and prohibitions.

Other peoples' misfortunes will be claimed, eg "Holocaust" and events such as the Crusades will be raised in order to place the West at a moral disadvantage.

The Crusades

The Muslims are depicted as having been attacked for no reason in a peaceful civilisation in which non-Muslims including Jews enjoyed full rights and creative freedom. This is not an accurate depiction of the Crusades. Even though one would hesitate to justify the Crusades, "The Crusades were a response to four hundred years of aggression and expansion of Islam by war. While actions were carried out by both sides which are unacceptable by the standards of modern western societies, it is important to understand them in context. They were a long-delayed military response to centuries of conquest by jihad in which many Christians were martyred and lands which had been Christian for centuries - such as Byzantium and much of the Mediterranean - were conquered and ruled by Islam." (Cox and Marks)

See Dhimmi Status, above, for a summary of the conditions under which non-Muslims lived.

See also Sharia for an outline of the Islamic Law that dhimmis are expected to live under.

Islam and Charity

Zakat, meaning "charity" is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

See "The West, Islam and Islamism" by Cox and Marks for a thorough analysis of the way in which many Muslim charities are funding radical Islamist groups. (terrorists, one might say) Even the Muslim Red Crescent has been implicated.

In Northern Africa Dawa Islamia Islamic charity works alongside Jihad by offering aid after the Islamic militias have ravaged an area, but withholding aid until the afflicted have agreed to convert to Islam.

"Jerusalem is the third most holy place to Islam"

Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Qur'an, although it is mentioned 657 times in the Jewish Tanakh  (Old Testament) and 154 times in the New Testament.    Jordan controlled Temple Mount from 1948-1967 and during that time no Arab state made Jerusalem its capital and no Arab leader went to pray there.  The Temple Mount only became "the third holiest site in Islam" after that time.

The Qur'an, in Sura 17:1 says, 

"Glory be to Him who made his servant (Mohammed) go by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque."
  The sacred mosque is in Mecca, but calling Jerusalem the farthest mosque is strange, since there was no mosque in Jerusalem (nor any Islamic presence) in the time of Mohammed or until sixty years after his death.  It is not clear whether the night journey should be taken to be a vision or a literal journey, but was the occasion when Mohammed became the "last prophet".  There are many verses from the Q'ran in the Dome of the Rock, but none referring to Mohammed's visit.  

The Qur'an says that Israel is the home of the Jews, but Islam as practiced today is committed to driving out or destroying the Jews.

Mohammed's followers originally faced towards Jerusalem to pray, out of reverence to the God of their ancestor Abraham.  When the Jews in Medina refused to accept Mohamed as a prophet he put them all to the sword and decreed that his followers should pray facing the Kaaba in Mecca.  In Jerusalem, Muslims may be seen praying with their backs to the Dome of the Rock.

The Qur'an appears to say that Israel belongs to the Jews /Israel . . . .

Moses said unto his people (the Israelites):  "Remember the good deeds that Allah has done for you, who appointed and gave you prophets and rulers, something he has not given to any other nation in the world; and now, my people (the Israelites), enter the Holy Land which Allah has destined for you.  Do not turn back because otherwise you might be doomed and come to ruin."    Surah 5:20-21

Then we let the people (Israel), who were despised, inherit the Eastern and western parts of the land which we had blessed.  And the fair word of the Lord was fulfilled for the children of Israel because of their endurance.    Surah 7:137

Then we said to the children of Israel:  "Dwell in the land, and when the promise of the hereafter will be fulfilled, we shall bring you as a crowd gathered out of various nations."     Surah 17:104

These verses do not undermine Islam's hatred of the Jews or its opposition to Israel, because Moses (and the children of Israel referred to) were all Muslims; according to Islamic teaching. The fact that they lived long before Mohammed is not considered to be a problem. Islam teaches that the Israelites who fell short were cursed by Allah and turned into apes and pigs; legitimate targets for destruction.

Islam and Piracy?

Comments from Wikipedia, Telegraph and a review of “Somalia: The New Barbary?: Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa” by Martin N. Murphy

Somali piracy, that appeared in the early-1990s, raises the historical spectre of Barbary pirates. The world now fears Somalia has taken on its mantle by becoming a safe haven for terrorists wishing to wreak havoc on civilized societies. Western policy focuses on the failed state of Somalia and its poverty-stricken Islamic population, but is that the reason for piracy or is it just another manifestation of Islamism?

See more at: www.defenddemocracy.org-somalia-the-new-barbary-piracy-and-islam-in-the-horn-of-africa

The pirates' areas of operations comes close to Shabaab-controlled areas, and the two have had an uneasy co-existence. "The pirates pay Shabaab 'taxes' of up to $100,000 on ransom monies," Abdiwahid Mohamed Hersi told ABC News during a recent trip to Somalia. The relationship extends beyond just a cut of the ransom. Sometimes there is protection and training involved as well, says Andrew Mwangura of the East Africa Seafarer's Assistance Program, which tracks piracy in the region. "Some of the pirates go to Shabaab to receive weapons training," Mwangura claims. A full-fledged merger remains unlikely because, Mwangura says, it's not good for either group. Shabaab has publicly-stated its desire to rule all of Somalia using strict Sharia-law, and has been known to cut off the limbs of men and women accused of stealing items as small as cell phones. The group has also made public statements against piracy, calling it un-Islamic.

Shabaab has its own, often brutal, court and justice system, and group elders in cities charge taxes on businesses. As long as the business pays the tax and follows Shabaab's laws, there's no issue. Mwangura says the business of piracy is no exception.

The Barbary pirates, sometimes called corsairs, were pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa, (the Barbary Coast) after the Muslim conquest of the area. Their predation extended throughout the Mediterranean, south along West Africa's Atlantic seaboard and even South America, and into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland. In addition to seizing ships, they raided European coastal towns and villages as far afield as Great Britain and Ireland, the Netherlands and Iceland to capture Christian slaves for the Muslim slave trade in North Africa and the Middle East.

One of the fundamentals of the Islamic faith is/was the acceptability, even the duty, of Muslims to wage war against the infidel.

When the Islamic forces were in a position of strength, almost all contact between them and the outside world was continuous and total war, war that did not distinguish between combatants and non-combatants. Official actions were supplemented by lesser raids, carried out by minor Muslim commanders and even by private individuals: For it was considered legitimate that the Muslim faithful should live off the infidel world. Whatever spoils could be taken, were divinely sanctioned.

Thus the coming of Islam signalled a wave of banditry and piracy and slave trading, worse than ever seen in the Mediterranean; certainly since the rise of Roman naval power.

Present day acceptability of piracy

Somalia - Islamic militants attack pirates who hijacked Saudi tanker, Sirius Star

Armed Islamic militants were reported to have entered the port of Haradheere close to where the ship is moored and home to many of the pirates behind her hijacking. A spokesman for the Islamists said his group was angry that pirates had attacked a ship owned by Muslims. An unnamed local tribal elder said, "The Islamists say they will attack the pirates for hijacking a Muslim ship"

(Piracy is OK as long as only infidel ships are attacked)

Islamic Eschatology   (end times prophecy)

Muhammad foretold the advent of one of his descendants, Al Mahdi (the guided one), who will materialize when the Muslim believers are severely oppressed in every corner of the world.  He will fight the oppressors, unite the Muslims, bring peace and justice to the world and rule over the Arabs.

According to The Qur’an and Hadith, Mahdi will be from among the family of the Prophet and will appear in one night just before the Day of Judgment.   He will escape from Madina to Mekkah where people will pledge allegiance to him, especially the Iraqi people, and he will fight in battles. He will rule over the Arabs for seven years and spread justice and equity on earth and eradicate tyranny and oppression. He will lead a prayer in Mekkah in which Jesus play a supporting role.

Mural errected in Tehran, Iraq showing the coming Mahdi with Jesus following behind.

Hazrat Isa bin Maryam (Jesus) is the Promised Messiah, and his advent will be a sign for the closeness of the Day of Judgment (Quran, 43:61).   Jesus will descend among Muslims, near the White Eastern Minaret of Damascus and he will pray behind Imam Mahdi. Jesus will fight with, chase, and kills Dajjal (the Anti-Christ) at the gate of Ludd, and then rule justly according to the Laws of Islam (not the Gospel).   The People of the Book (Jews and Christians) will accept Jesus as a Messenger of Allah and will embrace Islam (Quran 4:159). The Cross (Christianity) and Jizyah tax (on non-Muslims) will be abolished. Jesus will defeat Gog and Magog.   Everyone will be well off and hatred, jealousy, and grudges will disappear. Messiah will perform Hajj, get married, have children, and die after living on earth for 40 years and be buried in a grave next to Mohammed.   Afterwards, all believers will die before the advent of the Day of Judgment.

Information from www.irshad.org/islam/prophecy/mahdi.htm. Image of mural erected in Tehran from Shoebat Foundation.

http://answering-islam.org/Authors/JR/Future/ch18_a_summary_of_comparisons.htm

If Christians handled blasphemy like Muslims do, this depiction of Jesus would be worth a good rampage of violence!

The Challenge of Islam to Christians

What should our attitude be towards Muslims?   It would be all too easy to become xenophobic and hateful towards them.   Do not forget that the people who suffer most in Islamic states are the ordinary Muslims.  With so much of the world's oil in Islamic lands the people should be enormously prosperous, but most actually live in Dark Ages poverty.  

David Pawson has been given a message for Britain's church today.   Our Lord has put his finger on the reasons why Islam is overtaking us and why Britain is heading towards becoming a Muslim country.

This challenging teaching is available in multiple formats - http://davidpawson.org/resources/series/the-challenge-of-islam-to-christians

Buy or borrow  these cassettes !!The Spiritual Vacuum

Islam's attractions

Sounding the Alarm

Reality

Relationship

Righteousness

Listening to these talks it becomes clear that we Christians are sleeping while Islam is wide awake.   There are various reasons why Islam appeals, but one is that it presents itself better than the faith we are living out in the west.  (Islam is more masculine.)

In these talks, David Pawson explains both the challenges and the essential truths of our faith with great clarity and goes on to explain the significance of the   "Three Rs".   If we can humble ourselves before God and live in His fullness then Muslims will see in us what they lack  - in a way they are not able to at present.

the-challenge-of-islam-to-christians multiple formats

David Pawson refers, in this context, to his teaching on Habakkuk

Persecution is coming, but why should that surprise us.   Jesus promised it and perhaps it will wake up the church.

While David Pawson Explains why Islam is overtaking us, Melanie Philips explains how Islam is overwhelming Britain.

She has analysed the processes by which Britain has lost its identity, its pride, its Christian heritage and its common sense, charted through the events of History, Post Colonialism, European secularism, the ascendancy of the liberal judiciary, "Human Rights" statutes, the demoralisation of the Police, the inattention of the security services, the political manoeuvres of successive governments, Political Correctness, appeasement , the liberalisation of Education, the ignorance of the Church etc, etc. The non extremist Muslim community is also shown to be taking no real steps to curb the radicalisation it claims to abhor.

If you want to understand why Britain is so willingly capitulating to those seeking to destroy or subjugate us Buy This Book!

 

Islam in the U.K.

In the same week, in December 2007, that saw the issue of a Mosque in Oxford seeking permission to broadcast the muessin's call to prayer, we learned of a new website concerned with the issue of the proposed mega-mosque adjacent to the 2012 London Olympics complex.

November 2015 - Plans to build a "megamosque" in east London have been blocked by the Government, ending a 16-year battle,  the Daily Telegraph reports. www.christiantoday.com

The controversial plan from the Islamic Tablighi Jamaat sect would have created a mosque three times the size of St Paul's Cathedral near the Olympic Park in east London. It would have accommodated 9,300 worshippers in two gender-segregated prayer rooms and occupied 290,000 square foot.

You are urged to consider the issues of Islam stamping ownership on the U.K.!

Many will urge tolerance and acceptance of the faith of Muslims living in our community.  The word "Islamophobia" is used to imply that anyone who speaks against Islam is a kind of racist, and hater of Muslims.   This is missing the point !  We must love and accept our Muslim neighbour as a fellow human being and sinner for whom Christ died, but we are not to deny the death of Jesus by accepting the validity of another faith. 

If Islam can save its followers from condemnation, Jesus died for nothing and was deluded when he said,  "I am the way the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father except by me."  If Jesus was right, the Muslim needs Jesus and we will be withholding salvation if we deny the uniqueness of our gospel in order to be "inclusive" and politically correct.  

Is a mosque proposed for your town?

Is all this alarmist propaganda?

Don't just take my word for it. Check it out. What do the Muslims say they want?

They are not secretive; it is our leaders that tell us what they wish to believe Muslims want.

Read and hear what Muslims want in Britain?

 

www.islam4uk.com

This page was hacked and then removed after it became widely known about.

The march was also cancelled.

 

Don't know what Sharia is?

Check it out here Sharia and see if you think it is compatible with the law of your land.

See Footnote 3 also Muslim denominations and moderate Muslims

Not convinced that there is an Islamic agenda to take over?

See Islamisation for a breakdown of how nations are being taken over in stages.

What are Muslims saying? - Debate on Jordanian TV - translated by MEMRI

 

How should Christians relate to Muslims?

Pray for the world's Muslims, and the Muslims in our own nations, that the Holy Spirit will move mightily among them.  Remember, they are very precious to our heavenly Father.  Remember also that He was very gracious towards us in that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; will he not be the same towards them? 

Jesus said that one could not go and rob a strong man unless the strong man had first been bound.   If we want to see precious souls plundered from the grasp of Allah we must be earnest in prayer that the spirit behind Allah is bound.   Our God is able to do miraculous things if we will believe and pray.  

See Christine Darg's book,  "The Jesus Visions" for a taste.   Contact www.exploits.tv or www.jesusvisions.org for details.    Although the battle is getting fierce, we must remember whose God is greater;  more Muslims have been saved in the last fourteen years than were in the previous fourteen hundred!

Another Perspective on Islam

Ishmael was the first born son of Abraham but was not the child of promise whom God chose to be the one chosen as patriarch of His chosen nation.   Esau was also firstborn but was not the one chosen (Esau sold his birthright).   Esau and Ishmael were further related by marriage.    Esau was also known as Edom, and so the descendants of these two men were the ancestors of the Arab people who surround Israel.   It could be supposed that the sense of rejection of Ishmael and Esau became a national pain and source of resentment which still affects Arab outlook today.  Sadly, Mohammed reacted to this rejection by establishing an Arab version of the Jewish religion, but one which contradicts and denigrates Jews and Christians.  (Pointed out by Peter Tsukahira in Prophecy Today magazine June 2006)  

This is very sad, because being God's chosen people is not a status that the Jews have found easy to bear, but which by God's grace has been used to bring salvation to the whole world; through the Jewish Messiah.     If only Mohammed could have seen that the Jews were chosen for the purpose of bringing salvation to Arabs and all other Gentiles.   Praise God that He is saving Arabs and Jews and reconciling them.

With acknowledgment to Richard Booker's  "The Battle for Truth" , which explores "the myth of Palestine",  "The myth of Al-Quds",  "The myth of Arab refugees",  "The myth of Moslem tolerance",  "The myth of Yasser Arafat".    See  Internet  for a contact to obtain a copy.    

It is possible to obtain a very reasonably priced  English translation of the Koran from www.amazon.com

Victor Mordecai is in a position to understand what is really involved in Fundamental Islam.  Visit his website at www.vicmord.com , for an introduction, or to purchase his books and videos.

 

Footnote 1

Important warning

Wildolive, through this page, is not seeking to incite Islamophobia or racial/religious hatred, but urging Christians to be aware of the reality behind Islam.   We should not panic or engage in worldly political action like opposing the building of mosques or seeking legal protection for our religious freedom at the expense of theirs  (a dangerous two edged sword).     

We have a saviour who has won the victory and we must trust in Him.   A billion souls are captives of Islam and need our saviour - they need our prayers.

Footnote 2

The Hadith is the collected sayings of Mohammed and accounts of some of his deeds.   (The word Hadith is both  singular and plural)

Sunna are the teachings common in Islam, from whatever origin.

Footnote 3

Note that militant Islam in western nations is growing very aggressive in propagating its "victimized minority" role.  It is strange to see an intolerant religion using all available forms of pressure to stifle other faiths by calling on western values of tolerance.  Religious hatred legislation would play straight into the hands of those who seek to stifle all other faiths.  Street evangelists are already being arrested for preaching Jesus, when some Muslims claim to be offended.

 

Updated 11/04/16

 

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