Islam and America 2012 Chapter.
September 12, 2012 49 Comments
NOTE: As I’m putting this into shape to publish I’m listening to reports on the attack yesterday on the US Embassy in Egypt. As I suspect many of you know an Embassy, although not a consular facility, is extraterritorial. In other word the US Embassy in Egypt (or for that matter London) is American territory. An attack on an embassy is de jure, cassus belli, In other words, by definition it is an act of war, although that is tempered by some factors like whether the host nation attempted to maintain security, as well as others. If you happened to think that think that our embassy guards are US Marines because they have pretty uniforms, well it doesn’t hurt but, in the last analysis they are doing the mission of all US armed forces: defending America, with whatever means necessary. The Embassy in Cairo has issued a very unacceptable statement effectively apologising for a film made in America, this is not acceptable. I do note that Washington has disowned this statement and the Secretary of State has issued a much stronger one.
I further note that a US Ambassador was killed in Benghazi, Libya yesterday as well. Ambassadors are very special people, in truth they are the diplomatic heirs of medieval Heralds, their personal safety is guaranteed by all parties. Accidents can happen, as we all know, but this was no accident.
So this leads me to draw the conclusion that 11 years to the day after the attack on the United States, Islamists (which are my focus today) are secure enough to overtly commit two acts of war against the United States in North Africa. This does not bode well for peace in the world. International relations, especially the peaceful kind cannot function without the diplomatic service being sacrosanct, all that is left without it is war.
Now, to the original article.
Like most of you, a huge amount of information rolls across my screen every day, so sometimes we miss nuggets that it would serve us well to read and understand. Lately two article have shown up here that I found very interesting and quite possibly important as we consider what our foreign policy should be toward Islamic countries. The first is a history of Mohammed, I can’t vouch for it’s veracity but, it fits with what I know of the history of the region, if you have knowledge either confirming or denying, I’d be interested. So here is I. Q. Rassooli of Islam Watch.
Although Muhammad was born to a Quraysh family in Mecca c570CE in ‘the light of recent history’, the fact remains that we actually know less about his life than on Abraham c2300BCE, Alexander the Great c356 BCE or Julius Caesar c100 BCE.
- His early life and his life in general are not documented because his pagan Arab surrounding was steeped in ignorance and illiteracy, with very little knowledge of writing or even the materials to use there of. Almost all that we know about Muhammad comes from one-sided ‘Islamic’ sources – invariably legendary, mythological and contradictory – none of which are PRIMARY or even SECONDARY.
The first ‘records’ of his life were written almost 150 years after his death by Ibn Ishaq’s ‘Sirat Rasool Allah’ (died c.767 CE) based upon – generally one sided and faded as well as altered Traditions – oral reports about him. These were subsequently preserved in the recension of ibn Hisham almost 200 years later (died c.833 CE). Another of the earliest sources was al Waqidi’s Kitab al Maghazi c.130 after the death of Muhammad.
The most revealing indication for the lack of veracity in the Traditions (oral stories allegedly describing what Muhammad said, did, instructed, etc in his life time) is one of the Islamic records based upon a life time of research by Imam al Bukhari c. 250 years AFTER the death of Muhammad. He allegedly collected about 600,000 Hadiths (Oral Traditions) of which about 7700 stories only, he was able to ‘verify’ as ‘authentic’. Of these 7700 about 2700 are basic and the others are variations. This represents an accuracy of reporting of 0.45%, which by any standard of logic and fairness is an abysmal veracity figure, upon which almost 1.3 billion Muslims base their faith.
His father Abd-Allah, died before his birth. His mother Aminah (born in Medina) died when he was six years old and he was subsequently raised by his grandfather Abd al Muttalib. When the latter died, his upbringing was taken over by his paternal uncle Abu Talib. From his birth until the time that he was married, he was surrounded by his pagan people, the Quraysh. At the age of twenty-five, Muhammad was chosen by a independent and high-minded widow, who was fifteen years his senior; Khadijah, as a wealthy merchant’s widow, was operating a successful business that allowed Muhammad the luxury of an excessive amount of leisure time.
Historians and Muhammadan authors NEVER dwell upon the subject that, according to the traditions, Muhammad did not grow up in loving or secure surroundings. His mother gave him away to be suckled by Halima for several years before he was returned to her.
No child who grows up without love, affection, warmth, hugs, kisses, words of endearment and encouragement could possibly evolve into a normal human being. Muhammad was, as a result, a creature without empathy, a self centered loner, without compassion or having the ability to truly love others. The Ahadith and the Quran reflect this state of mind in numerous verses and instances as will be shown later.
Although Khadijah was of the Quraysh tribe, she nonetheless had already espoused theHanif tradition (the belief in the One and Only God of Abraham). Muhammad was very much influenced by Khadijah’s Hanif background. She also closely associated with her Christian relatives – especially her cousin Waraqa bin Naufal bin Asad bin ‘Abdul ‘Uzza – as well as by the extremely important and pervasive ‘Jewish’ presence in that part of Arabia.
Since he was surrounded by monotheistic (Jewish, Christian and Hanif) influences, he was inspired to create a scripture for his Pagan Arab tribes similar to that of the People of the Book. His admiration for these Scriptures knows no bounds as reflected very clearly in numerous verses of the Quran. The fact that the Quran is replete with references to the Bible and Rabbinic literature is a singularly important testament to the great influence that the Jews had on the mind of Muhammad.
His primary intention at the beginning of his own perceived mission was to lead his Pagan Arabs into the light of the One and Only God of Abraham. He must have been in contact with both Jews and Christians – in Mecca, Madina and travels – learning from their Scriptures and/or reading some of them. The Hadith alludes in some pages to the fact that he was literate (Bukhari 1:114; 3:863) as well as two verses in the Quran to this effect (S25:4/5). Moreover and after all, how could he have been trading business on behalf of his wife, being able to sign contracts and count, if he were illiterate?
Continue reading History of the Arabs: Muhammad’s Horrors and Ironical Legacy
The second is an open letter to their former co-religionists from a group of ex-Moslems. In some ways it seems to confirm the first but, too much could be made of this as the sources are quite close together and so it may be that they influenced one another. Still it is a view, that we are not often presented with. In my mind it is a very valid view.
Muslim apostates hailing mainly from South Asia, founded the website ‘Islam Watch.’ Some of them left Islam after the 9/11; others, apostates prior to that fateful day. They say that they left Islam out of their own conviction when they discovered Islam is not a religion at all. Most of them took a prolong period of time to study, evaluate, and contemplate on, this religion of their birth. After meticulously scrutinizing Islam, they concluded that it is not a religion of peace at all, as touted by smooth-talking, self-serving Muslims and their apologists from non-Muslim from backgrounds. The website encourages contributors to write under pen names because of the danger associated with the critiquing of Islam.
The following article “An Ex-Muslim’s Open Letter to Muslims of the World“ was published in Islam Watch (http://islam-watch.org) on Sunday, 18 March 2012.
Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters
Greetings in the name of Allah, the beneficent and the Merciful!
Today we are fortunate to watch what is happening in the world on TV from our living rooms – whether it is tsunami, floods, earthquakes, plane crashes, refugee camps, the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan etc. In this panorama of world events, we also watch our Muslim brothers continually involve in unending fights in Palestine, Kashmir, Southern Thailand, Mindanao (Philippines), Nigeria, Chechnya, Burma, Xinxiang province in China etc. We also watch Muslims killing Muslims, or Sunnies fighting against Shiites Ahamadias, Bahais, often attacking their Mosques using suicide bombers.
The world is watching us with renewed interest, especially after the Al Qaeda attacks on America, London, Spain, Bali and Mumbai. People have started calling our Holy Quran A WAR MANUAL OR A TERROR MANUAL. Is it not a sad thing?
Please pay careful attention to this letter, which is being translated into 300 to 400 languages and sent to about 500 million Muslims and non-Muslims around the world.
After seeing so much of terrorist attacks by our self-proclaimed Jihadist brothers, non-Muslims have started reading our Holy Koran, Hadith and Sira, and are raising so many questions. Only ten questions are given here with explanations. Please be ready to answer them..
1. Why Allah changed his own statements in the Holy Quran?
The following are examples of the good and kind verses, Allah revealed to our Holy Prophet in Mecca when he had only one wife, Kadhija.
- “Be patient with what they say, and part from them courteously” (Q.73:10)
- “To you be your religion, and to me my religion.” (Q.109:6)
- “Therefore be patient with what they say, and celebrate (constantly) the praises of your Lord” (Q.20:103)
- “…and you will find the nearest in love to the believers (Muslims) those who say: ‘We are Christians”; because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.” (Q.5:82)
- “We well know what the infidels say: but you are not to compel them”. (Q.50:45)
- “Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant” (Q7:119)
- “Pardon thou, with a gracious pardoning.” (Q.15:85)
- “Tell those who believe, to forgive, to forgive those who do not look forward to the days of Allah.” (Q.45.14)
- “Those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians – any who believe in Allah and the last day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Q.2:62)
- “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book, except what is best.” (Q.29:46)
After the death of Kadhija, our holy Prophet married Sawda, and then under-aged 9-year-old Aisha at the age of 53 and by this time he became very powerful in Medina. However, the Jews and Christians had rejected his claim of prophethood and his call to embrace Islam. Now the attitude of the Prophet and tone of Allah’s subsequent verses dramatically changed. Let us now take a look at the new Koranic verses, and also reflect a little on why Allah could not honour his own earlier words.
- “Oh you who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find harshness in you” (Q.9:123)
- “I will instil terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite above their necks and smite all their finger tips off.” (Q.8:12)
- “Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him.” (Q.3:85)
- “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them.” (Q.9.5)
- “slay them wherever ye catch them.” (Q.2:191)
- “Humiliate them and impose on them a penalty tax if they are Christians or Jews,” (Q.9:29)
- “Allah deceived and Allah is the best of deceivers” (Q 3:54)
- “Muslims do not take Jews and Christians as your friends” (Q 5:51)
- “Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the last day, and fight people of the book.” (Q.9:29)
- “O people of the Book (Jews and Christians), do you find fault with us, except that we believe in Allah? Shall I inform you of him who is worse than this in retribution from Allah? Worse is he whom Allah has cursed and brought His wrath upon, and of whom He made apes and swine and he who served idols. Such are in worse plight and far more astray from the straight path” (Q.5:59-60)
If Jews and Christians are the breed of monkeys and pigs in the eyes of Allah, then how it is possible that out of 820 or so Nobel Prize winners, 800 belonged to the People of the Book (Christians 620, Jews 180)?
Have you noticed that all inventions and discoveries that we use today, from safety-pin to aspirin, were made by people who never read our Holy Quran?
How we, the Muslims, can demand respect from others without any contribution to humanity?
Continue reading An Ex-Muslim’s Open Letter to Muslims of the World
I read the Quran years ago and can attest to this much, there is a decided dichotomy between the earlier and later part of the book, far greater, for example than the differences between the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. If these people are right, then Islam is not so much a religion as a cult of personality built on an organized crime figure, which is not a good thing for the rest of us.
I would say this information is too thin to base actions on but, it is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of Islam.
- “Obama, Obama, there are still a billion Osamas!” (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- US diplomatic offices attacked in Egypt, Libya – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- English-Language Film Innocence Of Muslims Sparks Protests, Violence For Mocking Muhammad (mediaite.com)
- Egyptian protesters scale US embassy wall in Cairo to condemn film (guardian.co.uk)
- American killed in Libya protest over anti-Muslim film – CBC.ca (cbc.ca)
- U.S. ambassador to Libya killed after consulate in Benghazi stormed (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- The Empty Chair Strikes Again (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Photos of attack on U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya (riehlworldview.com)