27 February 2017

Around the world we have seen outbursts of horrific violence and Dark Ages-style wars initiated by Muslims in the name of ISLAM’s Allah.

There are terrorist groups or “nations” who even dare call themselves by that name.  ISIS does not call itself a “radical ISLAMIC State” – something Western based pundits would much prefer they called themselves and thereby agree with the opinions held and expressed by most of these experts, viz. that they are “only” against radicalized ISLAM in any form or shape.

No. ISIS calls itself the ISLAMIC State, meaning that it alone embodies the true face of ISLAM which – if Muslims want to be true Muslims – they would force upon the whole world, if needs be, even by violence!

So it is with the Hizb’Allah – which nearly all the West considers a terrorist entity – and which is now helping the Russians and their patron, Iran, to keep Assad, in power over his own battered Syrian people – hundreds of thousands of which he has murdered.

Hizb’Allah means the party of Allah.  Thus it renders its god, (duped by many westerners into believing that he is the one true God, the God of Israel), a terrorist chief!

Or should we refer to the sovereign nation of Iran, which, run by its Muslim mullahs and clerics, supports worldwide terrorism via Hamas, Hizb’Allah and many other agents in order to force upon the world – as the Ayatollah Khomeini began to do – what it maintains to be the only pure expression of the Muslim faith?

Can one picture the gross absurdity in this if all of these manifestations truly represent what they believe Allah’s will to be – and the West in its foolishness still believes this Allah to be the same as the God worshipped by Christians and Jews, meaning that this deity is at war with Himself?

During his not very long life Mohammed fought more than 50 wars, establishing his religion through violent Jihad.  Is it any wonder, then, that a good Muslim wants to follow “the prophet’s” example and thus continue on this grisly path?  Jesus our Lord never initiated a single war. When, in His defense, one of his closest disciples struck a soldier who came to bind Him, Jesus not only rebuked Peter for using his sword; He healed the wounded man.  Mohammed did the opposite, encouraging violence against anyone who dared oppose him.  Is it any wonder, therefore, that so many Muslims believe that to be really a good disciple of Mohammed they have to follow this example and spread his faith through by jihad and terror?

Which brings us back to the question: Who is the good Muslim – if these practises were not only the example of Mohammed, but is the clear teaching of the Quran he authored.

As Hebrew University’s Islamic expert Professor Moshe Sharon says: “Islam had the sword before it had the Quran.”

Here are some relevant Quranic suras:

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad], nor acknowledge the religion of truth [Islam], from among the people of the book [Jews and Christians] until they pay the Jezia [special taxes paid by the Jews and Christians who do not want to denounce their religion] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Surat Al-Tawbah 9:29)

And fight them on until there is no more sedition (literal translation) and religion [Islam] becomes Allah’s in its entirety. (Surat Al-Anfal 8:39)

… I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips of them this because they contended against Allah and His Messenger: If any contend against Allah and His Messenger. Allah is strict in punishment. (Surat Al-Anfal 8:12)

For those who argue that violent history is also true of Judaism and Christianity, they need to first and foremost compare the origins of these faiths.

As mentioned, the Lord Jesus never initiated a war.  And during the days recorded in the Hebrew Bible (“Old Testament”) though David fought his battles for his people with God’s help, God did not permit him to build Him a house (temple) on His holy hill because he had fought those wars.  Only Solomon (man of peace), during whose reign not a single war was fought, was permitted to do this.

How different then are the origins and beginnings of ISLAM!  ISLAM thus is the only religion which has sanctified war and terror and elevated this to jihad or holy, Allah-willed war!

A “bad” Muslim, then, is one who is moderate, tolerant of another’s faith, willing to live in peace and to respect the laws and practices of the nation he has chosen to be a resident of, and eschewing efforts to force sharia law upon that nation!  In this respect he is a “bad” Muslim, for he does not want to follow the teachings of the Quran and example of Mohammed.

To ascertain therefore who today is a peace loving (therefore not so good) Muslim, he/she must fully denounce all acts of terror and intimidation being perpetrated in the name of Allah and ISLAM.

“Good” Muslims are those:

– who flew their planes into New York’s Twin Towers or into the Pentagon for Allah and ISLAM, massacring thousands of men and women and receiving in the afterlife – as promised in the Quran – seventy virgins in Paradise.

– who kill and murder Kenyan Christians and burn their houses of worship

– who kidnap, rape and enslave girls in Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda and other places, like those of Boko Haram

-who go on a rampage of killing and destruction when their feelings are hurt and their honor is deemed slighted by cartoons in Copenhagen or France or in Israel.

No, presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, ISLAM is not – I repeat not – a religion of peace as you all have maintained.  It is from its inception a religion of war, of jihad.  A good Muslim is one who follows that path.  And, when they do, there are so few ‘bad’ Muslims who dare to publicly challenge or upbraid them!

Where, then, is that famous “majority of peace-loving Muslims”?

Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Director ICZC