Monday, August 27, 2007

Winds of War: Is a Muslim Reformation a Blessing or a Curse?

Many of us see parallels between Islam today and Holy Roman Empire of the Middle Ages. Islam’s all encompassing socio-political-religious system is similar to the Rule of the Holy Roman Empire and the Popes who headed it up. Just as Christian morals, ideals and ideas permeated the society of the Middle Ages to its core as ruled by the Holy Roman Church, so does Islam at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Islamism is the socio-political arm of the religion of Islam just as the Catholic Church was the socio-political arm of the Holy Roman Empire. To fully recognize our enemy is too understand the roots of Islamism in Islam – not the roots as fascism. Many believe that Islamism can only be defeated when the religion of Islam itself is reformed – just as the Catholicism was reformed and helped break the power of the Holy Roman Empire and the Church.

But would such a reformation be a blessing or a curse? And what if the Islamic reformation has already begun – but not the way we’d like?

One school of thought is that the Islamic reformation is really the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism and that it began shortly after Ataturk terminated the Caliphate and made Turkey a secular sates. In response, this produced the formation of the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamic fundamentalist goals that are incorporated in The Project.

Now, Diana Miur in her interesting article in the Washington Post entitled Risks in a Muslim Reformation has her take on an Islamic Reformation.

A Reformation is sweeping through the Muslim world. Westerners are generally aware that the Shiite and Sunni sects of Islam are struggling for dominance in Iraq. But more broadly, the words and doctrine promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis or Wahhabists are eerily similar to those of our 16th-century forebears.

Like the followers of Martin Luther and John Calvin, Islamic reformers reject the interpretations of generations of scholars in favor of seeking the word of God directly in scripture. The Protestant Reformation did precede the things these men admire about modernity in the West, including women’s emancipation, political liberty, scientific breakthroughs, the wealth and opportunity created by the Industrial Revolution, and permission to think freely regarding God. But all this came later, and the Reformation was only part of what brought them about.

The Reformation was a time of intense focus on God and what He requires of people. As a movement, it was enthusiastic, narrow and far from tolerant. It and the Counter-Reformation brought two centuries of repression, war and massacre to the West. It’s unlikely that anyone who lived through it would consider wishing a Reformation on Muslims.

The conviction of having the Word direct from God can empower individuals to rebuke, to command and even to kill in His name. Protestant determination to follow the word of God straight from the Bible was accompanied by a desire to purify Christianity by emulating the beliefs and practices of the early church. Hassan al Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; Sayyid Qutb, a leading Muslim Brotherhood thinker; and Ibn Wahab, the founder of modern Salafi, or Wahhabist, Islam, call upon Muslims to return to the uncorrupted beliefs and practices of early Islam and to become as pure as Salafis, or the first three generations of Muslims. To become, as it were, Puritans.


It doesn’t take a Ph.D to see that stifling Puritanism is what fundamentalist Islam teaches today.

The call to purity appeals in part because in the Muslim world today corrupt holders of wealth and power resist moderate attempts at reform, much as the corrupt holders of wealth and power in the church and states in Luther's Europe resisted moderate reform.

Western pundits have debated whether Arabs who voted for Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood in the Palestinian and Egyptian parliamentary elections were voting for the Islamist religious program or voting against corruption. Surely it was a two-for-one deal. To vote for the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas is to vote against corruption and for returning to the purity of the days of the prophet Muhammad. This was a compelling idea when preached by Calvin. It is compelling still.


She did see differences between the Reformation and the changes going on in Islam today. In Islam, it’s the radical reformers who reach for the sword. In the Reformation, it was those in power - the Church and state officials- who resorted to violence.

Her conclusion?

In the near term, though, the Islamic Reformation will divide Muslim society as the Reformation divided Europe. A fervent minority in many countries is already pressing for narrow interpretations on issues such as veiling, whether to listen to music and replacing secular laws with religious codes. As we have seen in Europe and more recently in Afghanistan, Muslim Puritans are likely to take over communities where they are far from being the majority. Meanwhile, the majority has yet to construct an effective ideological defense of moderation.

It’s a devil’s choice today in Islamic countries. Support the secular dictators who have little chance of instituting western freedoms in their countries and who fuel the types of Islamic fundamentalism that is happening today – or support the growing influence of those who would take Islam back to the 7th century.

The choices are not pretty but we need to establish some kind of strategy that will help us walk a middle path.

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3 Comments:

  • Thanks for taking on this controversial and dangerous but critical issue.

    I think you'll want to see this site:

    The Truth About Islam
    http://islamwatchers.blogspot.com


    This subject constitutes an evil most could never imagine.

    No Dhimmi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:23 PM  

  • The thing is Islam cant be reformed. The Bible was a book inspired by God and written by man. The Qur'an is a book that always existed, written by Allah and passed down to Mo. To reform Islam would be to reform Allah's words and that isnt going to happen.

    By Blogger Richard, at 12:49 PM  

  • ISLAM: TEACHINGS OF HATE ,TERROR, WAR, SLAVERY, RAPE

    What you will be reading is the language of pure hate, terror – not the words of any ALLAH – not the teachings of any ALLAH but the words and teachings of a 7th century Arab chieftain – Muhammad.
    Muslims believe that every word of the Koran is the divine word of ALLAH. Not only is the Koran the divine word of ALLAH but the LAWS OF ALLAH TO BE OBEYED WITHOUT QUESTION.

    To any rational, normal person reading these verses (and these are just a small sample of the 1000’s and 1000.s of the teachings of hate, terror, cruelty, depravity etc that are Islam.) the claim by Muslims that they are reading the words, teachings, laws of ALLAH is insanity. There is no Islamic fundamentalism, political Islam, jihadists etc who have hijacked the religion. There has been no hijacking. These demented souls are following exactly the teachings of the Koran – they are following in the footsteps of their founder – the man of evil – Muhammad. In the end – IT’S ALL ABOUT ISLAM.

    No ALLAH who is ALLAH would ever teach the following words of violence, war, terror. You can hear Muhammad yelling at his followers – “ Slay the Idoltars” giving instructions of war – “ lie in wait for them in every ambush” Do you think ALLAH, Creator of the universe would order murder and micro manage these murders telling Muhammad how to kill his prey. Muhammad gave these instructions – “lie in ambush.” All the Kornic teachings are the teachings of Muhammad. He created the ALLAH of the Koran. Muhammad invented ALLAH, and staged the revelations to give him authority over his followers and justification to war against the neighboring tribes of so called idoltars (pagan Arabs) and Jews and Christians – the first infidels that faced the murderous onslaught of this killer and murderous conquering ideology. When Muhammad spoke, he was speaking the word of ALLAH – the laws of ALLAH - that had to be obeyed without question. How could the word of ALLAH be challenged. By morphing into ALLAH and His messenger, Muhammad set up the perfect totalitarian system whereby his rule could not be challenged. Muhammad was ALLAH and ALLAH was Muhammad. The ALLAH of the Koran never existed except in the mind of Muhammad.

    Fight in the way of Allah 2:190

    No ALLAH would ever instruct mankind to “fight in His way”.

    Slay disbelievers wherever you find them.2:191

    No ALLAH would ever instruct “Slay disbelievers”

    BUT IF THEY TURN BACK, THEN SEIZE THEM AND KILL THEM WHEREVER YOU FIND THEM, AND TAKE NOT FROM AMONG THEM A FRIEND OR A HELPER. (4:89)

    Can you imagine ALLAH telling mankind to seize people and kill them.

    The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom; 5:33

    Can you comprehend ALLAH ordering people to be “killed, crucified, hands and feet cut off.

    I WILL CAST TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE. THEREFORE STRIKE OFF THEIR HEADS AND STRIKE OFF EVERY FINGERTIP OF THEM. 8:12

    No ALLAH the creator of the universe would ever teach 8:12. Beheading people as a law of ALLAH – this is truly evil – truly blasphemy against ALLAH.

    Ye (Muslims) slew them not, but Allah slew them 8:17

    If ALLAH murdered human beings He would no longer be ALLAH. He would be nothing more then just a murderer

    To insure a lion’s share of booty for himself: “And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war), a fifth share is assigned to Allah, 8:41

    This is insane. How can any NORMAL, RATIONAL person believe in an ALLAH that shares in booty? This is sick.

    It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land 8:67

    How can you believe in an ALLAH who instructs the murder of all prisoners? This law was an order from ALLAH to murder all prisoners until Arabia was conquered for Islam. Take no prisoners. Kill them all. “Make slaughter in the land.” The word slaughter is so outrageous that only the insane can believe in Islam.

    Smite the necks of the disbelievers whenever you fight against them. Those who die fighting for Allah will be rewarded. 47:4

    Again, behead the disbelievers. Osma bin laden and all the beheaders of Islam are following the Koran. They are following the laws of ALLAH. If you can believe such evil then your soul is lost forever. Only people with truly evil souls can believe in such insanity.

    Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain 9:111

    9:111 is the teaching that has been used by Muhammad and his lieutenants to mobilize the suicide bombers, the beheaders, the jihadists to kill and slaughter millions. An estimated 270,000,000 people have been murdered because of 9:111 over the past 1400 years. No ALLAH would ever teach 9:111 for if ALLAH gave such a law He would be the greatest killer in all the universe – not an ALLAH of love and peace and goodness but a mass murderer on the scale of a Hitler or Stalin or Muhammad.

    Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low. 9:29

    9:29 is the declaration of war as a law of ALLAH against the infidels. This LAW OF WAR is permanent and will not end until all the infidels are murdered or pay a subrogation tax or convert to Islam. This is criminal. Again and again – this is not ALLAH’s law – this is Muhammad’s law. There is no way you can claim to be a peace loving Muslim and leave this evil in the Koran.

    THEN SLAY THE IDOLATERS WHEREVER YOU FIND THEM, AND TAKE THEM CAPTIVES AND BESIEGE THEM AND LIE IN WAIT FOR THEM IN EVERY AMBUSH, 950

    Kill those who join other gods with Allah wherever you may find them 9; 5-6

    And He brought those of the People of the Scripture who supported them down from their strongholds, and cast panic into their hearts. Some ye slew, and ye made captive some. 33:25-26

    Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter 33:60 –61
    33:25-26 / 33:60-61 is the massacre and beheading of the Banu Qurayza Jews described later in this article. The hate of Muhammad pours like rivers of blood from these hideous words. The Koran is coated in the blood of the innocents.

    Following are the Quranic teachings from ALLAH that celebrate the slaughter at Banu Qurayza. Muhammad personally beheaded 600 to 900 Jews. The women and children were sold into slavery.

    Quran-8:17—It is not ye who Slew them; it is God; when thou threwest a handful of dust, it was not Thy act, but God’s…..” (Allah said, the killing of surrendered soldiers were done by the wish of Allah)

    Quran-8:67—“It is not fitting for an Apostle that he should have prisoners of war until He thoroughly subdued the land….” (Allah insisting Prophet to kill all the prisoners, and should not keep any surrendered prisoners alive until He (Prophet) occupied entire Arabia.”

    Quran-33:25- “Allah turned back the unbelievers [Meccans and their allies] in a state of rage, having not won any good, and Allah spared the believers battle. Allah is, indeed, Strong and Mighty.”

    Quran-33:26- “And He brought those of the People of the Book [Jewish people of Banu Qurayza] who supported them from their fortresses and cast terror into their hearts, some of them you slew (beheaded) and some you took prisoners (captive)”

    Quran-8:67—“It is not fitting for an Apostle that he should have prisoners of war until He thoroughly subdued the land….” (Allah insisting Prophet to kill all the prisoners, and should not keep any surrendered prisoners alive until He (Prophet) occupied entire Arabia.”

    Quran-8:17—It is not ye who Slew them; it is God; when thou threwest a handful of dust, it was not Thy act, but God’s…..” (Allah said, the killing of surrendered soldiers were done by the wish of Allah)

    One can find all following verses of Sura Anf’al from Allah inviting Muslims to enjoy booty sanctioned for them. Below are some examples how Quran openly supported Islamic jihadi’s immoral acts:

    Quran-8:69—“But (now) enjoy what ye took in war (booty), lawful and good; but fear God…” (Allah encouraging Muslims to accept booty spoils of war “Maal-E-Ganimat”) Had there not been a previous sanction from God, you would have been sternly punished for what you have taken. Enjoy therefore the good and lawful things which you have gained in war, and fear God. (Surah 8:69)

    Quran-8:1— “They ask thee concerning (things taken as) spoils of war (booty). Say: "(such) spoils are at the disposal of Allah and the Messenger: So fear Allah, and keep straight the relations between yourselves: Obey Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe."

    Quran-8:41— “And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war), a fifth share is assigned to Allah, - and to the Messenger, and to near relatives, orphans, the needy, and the wayfarer, - if ye do believe in Allah and in the revelation We sent down to Our servant on the Day of Testing, - the Day of the meeting of the two forces. For Allah hath power over all things.

    Quran-33:27- “And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented (before). And Allah has power over all things.” [Merciful Allah asked Prophet Muhammad to confiscate entire properties of the surrendered Jews]

    THE CRIMINAL LAWS OF ALLAH

    1. Killing, murder, slaughter of all infidels that have not converted to Islam.

    2. Killing, murder, slaughter of all apostates of Islam.

    3. Islam orders death for Muslims and possible death for non-Muslim critics of
    Muhammad and the Quran and even sharia itself.

    4. Muslims deserve death for doing any of the following (Reliance of the Traveler pp. 597—98, o8.7): (1) Reviling Allah or his Messenger; (2) being sarcastic about 'Allah's name, His command, His interdiction, His promise, or His threat'; (3) denying any verse of the Quran or 'anything which by scholarly consensus belongs to it, or to add a verse that does not belong to it'; (4) holding that 'any of Allah's messengers or prophets are liars, or to deny their being sent'; (5) reviling the religion of Islam; (6) being sarcastic about any ruling of the Sacred Law; (7) denying that Allah intended 'the Prophet's message . . . to be the religion followed by the entire world.'

    5. Islam allows the ownership of slaves – it is a law of ALLAH.

    6. ALLAH permits the raping of female slaves. Indeed in Islam - rape is not a sexual weapon – it is a weapon of war. Having murdered the woman’s man, Muslims can now - sanctioned by the law of ALLAH complete their final humiliation and domination of her body.

    7. ALLAH sanctions the seizing, looting and pillaging of property of murdered infidels.

    8. ALLAH demands a share of the proceeds realized from the sale of women and children and looted property. It is the law of ALLAH.

    9. ALLAH condemns most Muslim women upon their death to the fires of hell.

    10. The ALLAH depicted in the Koran is no ordinary god. He is the greatest slut master of the entire universe. ALLAH has created a deviant sexual paradise filled with virgins with big breasts and big eyes. These virgins re- generate as virgins every time a believer has sex with them. These righteous Muslim killers and murderers of ALLAH are blessed with eternal hard-ons. They are permitted by ALLAH to engage in all forms of orgies, group sex, and sexual depravity.

    11. ALLAH permits the following crimes to be committed in His name and greater glory. (1) Women and children are enslaved. They can either be sold, or the Muslims may 'marry' the women, since their marriages are automatically annulled upon their capture. (2) Muslims may have sex with slave women. Ali, Muhammad's cousin and son—in—law, did this. (3) Women and children must not be killed during war, unless this happens in a nighttime raid when visibility was low. Not as an act of mercy but as a commercial decision. They are money and sex on the hoof. (4) Old men and monks could be killed. (5) A captured enemy of war could be killed, enslaved, ransomed for money or an exchange, freely released, or beaten. One time Muhammad even tortured a citizen of the city of Khaybar in order to extract information about where the wealth of the city was hidden. (6) Enemy men who converted could keep their property and small children. This law is so excessive that it amounts to forced conversion. Only the strongest of the strong could resist this coercion and remain a non—Muslim. (7) Civilian property may be confiscated. (8) Civilian homes may be destroyed. (9) Civilian fruit trees may be destroyed. (10) Pagan Arabs had to convert or die. This does not allow for the freedom of religion or conscience. (11) People of the Book (Jews and Christians) had three options (Sura 9:29): fight and die; convert and pay a forced 'charity' or zakat tax; or keep their Biblical faith and pay a jizya or poll tax. The last two options mean that this immoral money flows into the Islamic treasury, to fund Muhammad’s jihadist army so why would Muhammad receive a revelation from God to dry up this money flow?

    12. ALLAH rewards suicide bombers and other killers and murderers Islamic martyrdom which guarantees Paradise to those who "kill and are killed" for Allah.

    14 All unbelievers are to be sentenced to Hell for all eternity.

    15. Murder is only wrong if the victim is a fellow Muslim.

    16. ALLAH teaches that women are fields to be used by men as they will.

    17. ALLAH teaches that women are worth one half of a man.

    18. ALLAH sanctions men to beat their disobedient wives.

    19. ALLAH does not allow Muslims to be friends with the infidels.

    20. ALLAH sanctions that Muslims must disown family members who reject Islam.

    21. Thieves have their hands cut off.

    22. ALLAH ordered that prisoners of war must be killed until all Arabia was conquered for Islam.

    23. ALLAH sent the Angel Gabriel with his merry band of warrior Angels to bring war, death and destruction to the enemies of Islam.

    24. ALLAH created a law allowing Muhammad to marry his adopted son’s wife. This law applied to all Muslim men.

    25. ALLAH created a law abolishing adoption.

    26. ALLAH created a law allowing Muhammad to rape slave women.

    27. ALLAH created a law allowing Muhammad to possess more then 4 wives.

    These are just some of the criminal teachings of ALLAH. Of course, these are not the teachings of any ALLAH. No ALLAH who is ALLAH would ever teach the evil and criminality of the Koran. These are the teachings of Muhammad. The ALLAH of the Koran never existed. He was created by Muhammad. Muhammad was ALLAH.
    All violence in the Koran is not the teachings of ALLAH. All references in the Koran to war, terror, violence are not the words of ALLAH. Waging war in the name of ALLAH and to the greater glory of ALLAH to spread Islam as the word of ALLAH is an obscenity against ALLAH himself. All teachings in the Koran are evil and an obscenity

    How can any normal person faced with such evil – ignore this evil – pray 5 times a day with a book filled with evil. To an ALLAH that is the incarnation of evil. To a founder – Muhammad – an evil criminal – a man who was personally guilty of murder, including by beheadings and crucifixion, rape, torture, kidnapping, extortion, slavery, mutilations, theft, adultery, false witness, abuse of women, physically and sexually, and sexual abuse of at least one child. Muhammad slaughtered unbelievers and masterminded over 60 massacres.

    By
    Larry Houle
    www.godofreason.com
    intermedusa@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Larry, at 8:15 AM  

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