Fight Islam because it’s Intolerant, Not because it’s False

Last week, the National Post published several excerpts from Christopher Hitchens’ book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. One of the excerpts was about Islam: What Did Muhammad Say? Who Knows?

Below is a copy of my comment on that excerpt, which I have also published in the open thread. (The copy below has been slightly edited to correct some structural errors.)

As a person who used to follow the Islamic faith most of my life, I must admit that Hitchens has done an excellent job in covering historical facts on it. However, I do not agree that the inaccuracies and falseness of a religion make it ‘poisonous’.

I am hoping that Hitchens’ book covers more about the dangers of following Islam under the assumption that its historical documents are credible. That way, we would be looking into the Muslim mindset and realizing how dangerous Islam is to humanity. The only way Islam can be ‘reformed’ is by cutting out huge chunks of the Quran and eliminating the example of Muhammad altogether (which is impossible, since Quran-ic verses like 33:21 dictate that Muslims must follow Muhammad’s example):

Quran 033:021
Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the latter day and remembers Allah much.

For example, when Muhammad was 50, he ‘married’ his best friend’s 6-year-old daughter and raped her 3 years later (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Hadith 234). This is why the female legal age for ‘marriage’ in Iran is nine.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Hadith 234:
Narrated Aisha:

The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years)… Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.

When poets like Ka’ab bin Al-Ashraf, Abu Afak (a centenarian), and Asma’ bint Marwan (a mother) wrote poetry mocking and/or criticizing Muslims, Muhammad had them assassinated. Following his example today, we see that Muslims attempt to kill anyone who dares speak a word against their role model (or draw a cartoon, for that matter).

One of Muhammad’s most well-known examples of mass murder was the massacre of at least 600 Arab Jews from the tribe of Banu Qurayza. In fact, Muhammad proudly stated that before the end of life as we know it, Muslims will massacre all the Jews (e.g. Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Hadith 6985).

Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Hadith 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

Jihad progressed in three stages in Islam. The final stage was a declaration of war against the entire world. According to Quran 9:29, non-Muslims are to be offered conversion to Islam, subjugation as humiliated second-class dhimmis (only applicable to Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians), or war. (See also my older post, Question on Dhimmitude.)

Quran 009:029
Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

The Sunna (example of Muhammad in his biographies and Hadiths) is clear on how he treated the non-Muslims of Arabia. After breaking the Hudaybiya Treaty with the Meccans, conquering Mecca, and busting their idols (because Islam is a religion of tolerance), he gave the pagans four months to convert or face death (Quran 9:1-5). On his deathbed, he ordered his followers to “expel the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 288).

Religion is like a placebo. Those who believe in it can do a lot of good for themselves and mankind. Who are we to say that anything that’s false is bad for us? Is Santa Claus bad for our children?

The problem with Islam is not in its inaccuracies, but rather in its intolerance. Belief is a personal choice made by an individual. I have no problem with people believing in Jesus, Buddha, or Mother Goose for that matter. But when a ‘religion’ preaches hatred and intolerance for all those who differ from its adherents, then this ‘religion’ should be declared as a banned political ideology no different from Nazism.

In the name of Allah, the Merciful… We’re Breaking up Your Family!

What’s that again? Islamic values keep a family united?
(H/t: FFI)

Everywoman looks at the crime of apostasy; how a baby can be torn from its parents because a Muslim woman dared to marry a non-Muslim.

The Trouble with Islam

Someone’s looking for a fatwa!

US Islamic Centre: “Aposates must be sentenced to death… and by the way, Islam is a very merciful religion.”

I don’t get it. Why do Americans tolerate such intolerance in their own backyards? This is an insult for all the brave soldiers who are risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to form democracies: Furor over author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s visit stirs debate on religious freedom.

(h/t: Little Green Footballs)

Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali’s appearance.

“She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death,” said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976.

Hirsi Ali, an atheist, has been critical of many Muslim beliefs, particularly on subjects of sexual morality, the treatment of women and female genital mutilation. In her essay “The Caged Virgin,” she also wrote of punishment, noting that “a Muslim’s relationship with God is one of fear.”

[...]

Although ElBayly believes a death sentence is warranted for Hirsi Ali, he stressed that America is not the jurisdiction where such a crime should be punished. Instead, Hirsi Ali should be judged in a Muslim country after being given a trial, he added.

“If it is found that a person is mentally unstable, or a child or disabled, there should be no punishment,” he said. “It’s a very merciful religion if you try to understand it.”

Zahida Chaudhary, a member of the education council and education secretary at the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Monroeville, insisted that Islam is a peaceful religion.

“The Prophet Mohammed was a peacemaker and a role model for humanity,” she said. “My understanding is that he was a peaceful person who believed that religion was a choice. He tried to teach people and bring them into it, not punish them.”

Let me guess. I’m being hateful for quoting this imam! Right?

Before someone says, “This is not true Islam! Stop cherry-picking some bad imams’ words!”, here’s a list of Sahih Hadiths (words of Muhammad) on how to handle apostates. You don’t like them, don’t be Muslim. Simple.

Condemning Hate Makes Me a Hateful Person

A commenter on my blog post, in which I exposed some jihadis praising the Virginia Tech shooter, is calling me hateful for simply translating some remarks his fellow Muslims made:

I love how you’re instilling more hate in the world.

Hotmachete,

How did I instil more hate in the world? The hate is already here; it was expressed by your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. Why shoot the messenger? Do you complain to CNN each time they report a terrorist attack, and accuse them of being terrorists for simply reporting the news? What kind of logic is this you hold?

Did you also contact the Web site administrators of the two forums and complain to them about how these posters are supposedly misrepresenting your faith? Of course not. Are you willing to register at both forums (here and here) and condemn what they wrote? Or are your complaints only reserved for imaginary enemies from the House of War (the land of infidels Muslims are required to wage war against)?

Tell me, do the following verses instil more love in the world, Mr. Follower-Of-A-Peaceful-Yet-Misunderstood-Religion?

Quran 3:28

Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah.

Quran 8:55

Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve, then they would not believe.

Quran 9:5

So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.

Quran 9:14

Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace.

Quran 9:23

O you who believe! Do not take your fathers and your brothers for guardians if they love unbelief more than belief.

Quran 9:28

O you who believe! The idolaters are nothing but unclean.

Quran 9:29

Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

Quran 9:123

O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.

But you won’t condemn that. You’ll just condemn me for being ‘hateful’ enough to expose these verses. So when Muslims preach hate, it’s called dawa, when nonMuslims expose them, they’re called hateful?

Did you know that Islam shares the same branches of faith as Christianity and Judaism?

Judging from the above verses from your Religion of Tolerance, that did not seem to matter to Muhammad.

Here’s how your prophet viewed the Christians and Jews:

Sahih Muslim, Book 019, Number 4366

I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.

Sahih Muslim, Book 026, Number 5389

Do not greet the Jews and the Christians before they greet you and when you meet any one of them on the roads force him to go to the narrowest part of it.

If you’ve got some time to read more on Islamophobia, please read this: “Islamophobia” is ad hominem.

The Difference between Jews and Muslims

Let’s compare.

As a disturbed individual was randomly shooting his colleagues at Virginia Tech, a Jewish Holocaust survivor blocked a classroom door to protect his students from the shooter. This 77-year-old engineering professor heroically sacrificed his life on Holocaust Memorial Day by taking bullets the shooter meant for his students.

Rest in peace, Liviu Librescu:

And now, turning to our peace-loving Muslims at an Arabic Islamic forum, I translate some of their ‘condolences’:

Al-Jazeera reported 20 dead and 29 injured. Praise be to Allah.

Praise be to Allah for these calamities hitting America. By the will of Allah, more of this [will happen], following their defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

O Allah, keep America busy with itself, and enamor its people against it.

And on this site, the massacre is being referred to as “The Great Ghazwa of Virginia”:

(Ghazwa means ‘raid’ in Arabic, referring to the battles Muhammad and his followers fought against the non-Muslims)

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Translation: “The first picture of the South Korean Shaikh, Abu Mus’Ab Al-Virgini [the Virginian]” (an attempt to make him seem like Abu Mus’Ab Al-Zarqawi)
 

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Translation: “A Product of American [democracy + nationalism]. As Muslims, our real condolences to you is to help you absolutely destroy your criminal democracy. By the vulnerable people in the Earth.

And there’s a lot more.

Hmm, could these Muslims not see the love Islam preaches them to have for nonMuslims? I’ll help:

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220

I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy).

Quran 019:083

Do you not see that We have sent the Shaitans against the unbelievers, inciting them by incitement?

Quran 008:012

When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.

Ibn Ishaq:489

Do the bastards think that we are not their equal in fighting? We Muslims are men who believe there is no shame in killing.

Tabari IX:69

Killing disbelievers is a small matter to us.

Updates @ GMT 3:34 PM

  1. Another forum member remarks:

    We ask Allah to show us the wonders of His abilities on America. He is the guardian of that, and the one able to do it.

  2. One of the two sites is unavailable at the moment. I have no idea why but many other pages of the same Web site are inaccessible as well.
    I wish I had shown more photos with translations of their captions. I will do so once the site is back up. There were about a dozen photographs related to the Virginia Tech massacre, with captions mocking grieving students, policemen, school officials, and of course President Bush. The way the event was dramatized as a god-sanctioned ghazwa is just sickening.
  3. I realize that many Muslims are indeed sickened by the VT killings. This is despite of their religion, not because of it. The Islamic texts are filled with so much hatred for the ‘other’ they rejoice for their miseries. I have shown some examples of such hatred from reliable Islamic sources in my post.
  4. For the record, I am in no way linking Seung Hui Cho’s actions to any Islamic teachings. Cho was mentally disturbed. But so are those who share his happiness in the death of people whose only ‘crime’ was to attend school on Monday.

Update: @ GMT 1:53 AM, April 19: Site’s back up.

Question on Dhimmitude

A Buddhist friend and I got engaged in a discussion on dhimmitude, the second-class status some non-Muslims have in an Islamic state. During our discussion, she asked me, bluntly, if a Muslim is required to kill her if she were to refuse to convert to Islam after being offered to adhere to the faith.

A complex issue (as historically applied), but I’m sharing a relatively simplified response here for everyone’s reference. Feel free to make use of the material on this post, but please note that I may make additions and corrections to it as needed. 

In general, dhimmitude applied only for Christians and Jews. Zoroastrians were also allowed to live as dhimmis:

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 53, Number 384

… ‘Umar did not take the Jizya from the Magian infidels till ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Auf testified that Allah’s Apostle had taken the Jizya from the Magians of Hajar. 

(Magians practiced the predominant form of Zoroastrianism between the 3rd and 7th centuries.)

Out of the four schools of Islamic jurisprudence, only one (Maliki) allowed dhimmitude to be extended to all non-Muslims.

The Qur’anic reference to dhimmitude is in 009 : 029:

029

Three of the most recognized English translations of the verse are: 

YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

PICKTHAL: 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.

SHAKIR: Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

Historically, Muslims have applied the dhimmitude system to Buddhists and Hindus, although they were not mentioned in the early Islamic books. Muslims sometimes did kill them in the Middle Ages though. In theory, pagans must convert, be killed, or be enslaved. Such cases did appear in history but it depends on the practicability. 

A few more notes:

  • Are Buddhists and Hindus considered pagans by Muslims? Well, they have sacred books, but on the other hand, they can be considered as idol worshippers from an Islamic point of view.
  • When Islamic countries waged war against ‘pagans’ in East Asia, they did not massacre the women and children. Instead, they were taken as slaves who do not even have possession of their bodies. This is a topic on its own which I may write on someday:
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    Quran 004 : 024

    And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.

    But again, it was sometimes not strictly applied with Muslim expansion in Asia.

  • When Muhammad conquered Mecca in 630 A.D., he gave the pagans of Mecca four months to convert. Those who did not convert after the four-month safety guarantee were to be killed:
  • Quran 009 : 001 – 005

    009.001
    (This is a declaration of) immunity by Allah and His Messenger towards those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement.

    009.002
    So go about in the land for four months and know that you cannot weaken Allah and that Allah will bring disgrace to the unbelievers.

    009.003
    And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger to the people on the day of the greater pilgrimage that Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters; therefore if you repent, it will be better for you, and if you turn back, then know that you will not weaken Allah; and announce painful punishment to those who disbelieve.

    009.004
    Except those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement, then they have not failed you in anything and have not backed up any one against you, so fulfill their agreement to the end of their term; surely Allah loves those who are careful (of their duty).

    009.005
    So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

    Furthermore, on his death bed, one of his wishes was that the pagans must be turned out of the Arabian Peninsula:

    Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 288 

    Narrated Said bin Jubair:  

    … The Prophet on his death-bed, gave three orders saying, “Expel the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula, respect and give gifts to the foreign delegates as you have seen me dealing with them.” I forgot the third (order)” (Ya’qub bin Muhammad said, “I asked Al-Mughira bin ‘Abdur-Rahman about the Arabian Peninsula and he said, ‘It comprises Mecca, Medina, Al-Yama-ma and Yemen.” Ya’qub added, “And Al-Arj, the beginning of Tihama.”)

    (Repeated here and here)

    Another hadith from the Religion of ToleranceTM:

    Sahih Muslim, Book 019, Number 4366

    It has been narrated by ‘Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.

  • I am not an expert on the history of Jihad and dhimmitude in Asia, but I agree that it does deserve as serious an investigation as has been done for dhimmitude in Christian Europe. Buddhists and Indian historians should publish on these topics today, especially with the recent revival of fundamentalism trends in Pakistan, Indonesia, etc.