Is Muslim violence a proof against Islam?

This is a comment to an article about the role of Zionism in the Norway massacre.

 

Name any nation that is not at war…  you can’t.  Nearly every country in this world is in some sort of conflict.  No matter what religion the majority of their citizens claim.  Read the news:  Buddhist Thailand vs. Buddhist Cambodia, over a temple.  Civil wars and rebels all over the Christian nations of Africa.  The secular and Christian nations of the West occupying, attacking or aiding conflict all over the world.  Zionist Jews in Palestine.  Hindus committing atrocities in Kashmir and against Muslims and Christians in India.  It’s everywhere.  EVERY religion has members that are fighting, that kill innocent people, that commit murder and rape, that embezzle, scandal, scam, scheme and plot, rob, plunder and steal, commit adultery, abandon children, can’t read or write, molest children, bribe their way out of justice, etc., etc., etc….  And secularists, atheists, agnostics, and humanists get in on it too, so don’t blame religion

 

As you can see, a religion’s texts are a proof for or against its members.  They are not a proof for or against it.  You measure a religion by its book, and you measure its members by its book, too.  They either live up to it or fall short of it.

 

Let us look at an example.  It is true that many Christians were at the forefront of abolishing slavery worldwide (many were also the leaders of enslavement).  Should we judge Christianity by that?  According to some places in the Old Testament and Romans 13.1, opposing the laws that allowed slavery were AGAINST what they consider to be the word of God.  In other words, they had to step OUTSIDE Christianity to free slaves.

 

Islam’s Qur-an and Hadeeth (Prophetic narration) literature support abolition and forbid enslavement outside of the context of war-captives when there is no exchange for prisoners.  So while many Muslims were involved in the slave trade, they were stepping OUTSIDE of Islam to keep slaves.

 

Judge them by the book.

 

The United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence, celebrated symbols of freedom, enslave Africans, dispossess Native Americans, deny the rights of non-landowning white males, and deny the rights of all women.  So freedom, justice and equality can only be achieved by stepping OUTSIDE of America’s founding principles.

 

This is why we Muslims argue from our book.  That, not the action of the next Muslim you walk past, is Islam for us.  We only know the Qur-an as Islam.  We don’t know what every Muslim in the world is doing and why, but we will argue as strongly against a (seemingly) good deed as we will against a bad one if it is inconsistent with our law and doctrine.

Oh my God!! They're eating ice cream...

The truth is that Muslims also do a lot of good things, for the sake of Allah, in the name of Islam, to get a reward in heaven, etc.  Find them and what they do.  See, do they outnumber the wrongdoers?  I leave that as an open question to any sincere seeker of accurate information, I won’t answer it for you.

 

Personally- and this is admittedly subjective- I’ve been around the world and read and heard viewpoints from many walks of life.  I was in NYC on 11 September 2001 and accepted Islam there 3 years later.  Islam is my free choice because after research and experimentation, I found it to be the best and most complete way of life.  I won’t lecture you that I’m right, but I assure you that I’m aware and sincere.  See for yourself:  https://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/11/

 

So please, do justice to yourself and stop ignoring all the wrongdoing and conflicts involving non-Muslims, and all the good done by Muslims, to prop up an argument that is an offense to intelligence, reason, history and logic.   Islam is singular in its establishment of justice and right.  Why do some Muslims act to the contrary?

 

Ask them.

 

For more on the accusations of rape, sexism/masochism and slavery in Islam:  https://qahiri.wordpress.com/category/stockholm-syndrome/

To see the deceptive and erroneous nature of Islamophobia and WikiIslam exposed:  https://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/dealing-with-doubt/

To see whether Islam is incompatible with democracy:  https://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/is-democracy-islamist/

To see if there is any difference between Arab culture and Islam:   https://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/is-islam-arabian-part-i/

To read what Islam actually is:   https://qahiri.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/what-islam-is/

 

Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters

The wider implication of the Norway attacks is the formulation of “security” policies targeting white Christians, the majority population of most Western countries. This step towards complete control of the population has already been planned, but now there’s the requisite excuse. People of the revealed Books should unite around our right to believe…

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Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters,

In this, the aftermath of the terrible attacks in Norway, I ask that we all continue in prayer for the victims and their families.  Their loss and grief is the severest aspect of the tragedy, but, in scope, it is not the greatest.  The wider and more lasting tragedy of these attacks is what I see happening to you.

The person who did this, and whoever he was in concert with, have played right into the hands of the polities they claim to oppose.  Now- and you will soon see much to prove this- the white Christian is a threat.  This is profoundly significant, for the populations that Western polities are working to disenfranchise and control are majority white Christian societies.  With the two attacks in Norway, an excuse has been provided worldwide to profile, infiltrate, imprison without due process, and create divisions in this group.  It is already happening.  Google articles about the event and you will see headlines with words like “white” or “ethnic Norwegian”.  His race is being highlighted in a way that would otherwise be considered racist, and that is no mistake.

Now, the white Christian is the culprit.  Now, the white Christian is a target. 

If you believe in living by the words of the Bible, you are a fundamentalist.  If your beliefs or words conflict with the polities-that-be or their security apparatuses, you are an extremist.  So-called right-wing militias, with their Christianity-tinged ideologies, will soon be falling under the microscope, as part of a wider strategy of disarming the populace by ending the right to bear arms.  Legitimate questions and grievances are radicalism.  Missionaries and evangelists are recruiters.  Maybe not today, but very, very soon.

You may have been thinking all along that your government and politicians are Christians like you, and that you live in a Christian country.  If so, you have been wrong.  Your politicians have always and only been opportunists, for their own political survival, and the greater opportunity lies with an establishment of polities beyond the reach of democratic machinations.  This is not conspiracy theory, I don’t ascribe to that.  But is there not something that induces politicians to vote against their voters, as they often do?  Aren’t there persons and bodies of political and economic influence whose status is not subject to elections?  Why were your rights changed from life, liberty and property, to life, liberty and the “pursuit of happiness” when the Declaration of Independence was revised?

A religion and book should not be judged by the actions of a few criminals, even if they claim to act in their name.  Rather, the evaluation and judgment should be based on nothing other than a fair reading of the texts.  Nonetheless, you are about to start seeing a subtle, but growing association of the Norwegian terror act with a larger, wider demographic, your demographic, you… 

Prepare for the outrage of lone wolves being broadcast around the world as the spokesman.  Your way of life will be attacked from without and within as both ignorant adherents and prejudiced commentators quote scripture out of context and make the extremes look like the core, as obvious vagabonds are touted as priests.

Welcome to my world. 

As a black person, I have watched my whole life as the actions of a few have been used to label the many, and it was never the good actions.  As a recent convert to Islam, it is only doubly so, even though innumerable scholarly articles have invalidated miscreant acts as illegal in Islamic law.  There is a part of me that could gloat in “white folks getting a taste of their own medicine” or seeing another religion get attacked the way mine does, but the greater jihad is to strive against the base parts of our nature, so I will not do that.  I honestly don’t feel that way anyways.  How could I when most of my family and many of my friends are Bible-believing Christians?  I do not celebrate the calamity that has doubly befallen me befalling you.  Rather, I welcome you.

I invite you.

Though we differ in religion, we worship the same god, Allah.  Do you object to this name?  Why?  The Arabic word ‘Allah’ is nearly identical to the Aramaic word Jesus used.  It is very close the Hebrew words of Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon, peace be upon them and all prophets.  It is certainly much closer than the Germanic ‘god’ or the derivatives of the Greek “theos” (dieu, dios, etc.).  It is the word your Arab co-religionists use to this day. 

Our god is one and the same.  We share the duty to research and uphold the integrity of the revealed books:  the scrolls of Abraham, the instructions of Moses, the songs of David and the good message of Jesus, peace be upon them all.  We share the duty to stop the oppression and expulsion of our respective brothers and sisters in faith in the land we both consider holy.  We also share the duty to defend the right to live by revealed religion, a right that is being threatened for all of us.  It is on this, the common and obvious points, that we should unite and cooperate, inclining towards peace, and leave the differences to the debates of our respective scholars.

 “…and nearest among them in love to the believers will you find 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” (Qur-an 5:82).

Your brother in Humanity,

al-Qahırıĩ