I’ve recently and reluctantly reached some conclusions regarding radical Islam.
I’ve reached the conclusion that Islamic radicalism is a symptom not a cause. Regrettably, I’ve been forced to conclude that the cause is Islam itself.
I base this assessment upon Islam’s holiest and most fundamental theological tenet, which when fully appreciated inexorably leads to the logical conclusion that it is Islam itself, which makes war upon Israel and the West.
That tenet compels Islam to do so and allows for no deviation from that path. It also allows for no internal reform of Islam, makes reformation impossible and accounts for the silence of ‘moderate’ Islam.
That tenet is simply this; Muhammad didn’t write the Qur’an (Koran) GOD did…
Muhammad made this most extraordinary theological claim in establishing his religion, which led to certain immutable assumptions from which Islam cannot retreat because to do so, would destroy Islam’s theological foundations and collapse the entire theological rationale and edifice.
Muhammad claimed that the Archangel Gabriel physically visited him and perfectly (he’s an angel) transmitted God’s words directly to Muhammad for transcription. That Muhammad merely took dictation and that Gabriel was there to make sure that he got it exactly right.
Thus, the Qur’an is the perfect word of God, directly from the ‘big guys’ mouth and therefore inviolate.
Theologically, to change even one word, even one comma is to distort God’s own, perfect words and that, no mere man may do.
Upon this claim by Muhammad rests his assertion that he is God’s prophet and because Muhammad brings God’s words directly to mankind, Islamic doctrine concludes that Muhammad is God’s final prophet.
There are theological contradictions in the Qur’an but since Allah cannot be perfect if he contradicts himself and, as God’s perfect, final prophet, Muhammad can’t contradict himself either, by long settled Islamic doctrine, the later violent passages supersede the earlier, more peaceful passages. Moderate Muslims know this and that is why they are so strangely silent in the face of their culpability in the violence upon innocents.
Quite simply, the radicals are on far firmer theological ground in their interpretation of Islam than the moderates and because of the aforementioned foundational tenets of Islam, the moderates have no theological basis for opposing the ‘radicals’, who are simply following Muhammad’s dictates to follow the Qur’an’s dictates, i.e. to follow God’s dictates…to conquer the world.
This is also why Islam cannot reform itself, for to do so it must ‘reform’ the Qur’an, which would necessitate rejecting Muhammad’s claim that the Qur’an is the direct, perfect word of God. Which logically destroys Muhammad’s claim to prophethood through his claim that Gabriel visited him. Literally begging the question; if Muhammad got something as basic as the Qur’an’s authorship wrong, what else did he get wrong?
The inevitable theological result is that Islam’s theological foundation is removed and the entire rationale for Islam disappears, collapsing into dust.
Medieval Islam is confronted with the modernity of the West’s culture…an existential struggle that leaves Islam no choice but to engage in a fight to the death. Either the West is subdued or eventually Islam will no longer be Islam.
Osama bin Ladin, the radical Imams and Mullahs know this and that is why they hate the West. To them, we are the great Satan and nothing can change that because the alternative is the abandonment of their religion’s theological foundations.
Which is exactly what the moderates have done, while living in denial of the theological reality, simply ignoring the parts of the Qur’an that they find uncomfortable.
Wherein the problem lies for the moderates is that participation in the ‘Ummah’ requires the condoning of the inherent violence of the Qur’an and the radicals who follow its dictates, which by Western standards and law, equates to criminal culpability in the violence.
Thus, moderates are confronted with a fundamental paradox; to remain Muslim means to participate in the violence by fulfilling Burke’s dictum; “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”.
But to overtly reject and condemn the violence means to condemn and reject Islam’s tenets and dictates and commit apostasy.
So moderates have to decide, do they stand on the side of love or hate?
“For a man cannot serve two masters”…he will turn to one or the other”
“Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all!…Islam says: Kill the [ non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. … Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! …”
“Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!”
“There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths [sayings of the prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”
“Those who oppose the mullahs oppose Islam itself; eliminate the mullahs and Islam shall disappear in fifty years. It is only the mullahs who can bring the people into the streets and make them die for Islam– begging to have their blood shed for Islam.”
those who study jihad will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. All the countries conquered by Islam or to be conquered in the future will be marked for everlasting salvation. For they shall live under Allah’s law.”
There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun [or] joy in whatever is serious.”