often hear claims Muslims don’t condemn terrorism and that Islam condones
violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of
terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the
Prophet Mohammad. We reject anyone of any faith - who commits such brutal
acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not
about hatred and violence. It’s about peace and justice.”
was a very encouraging initiative.
However, I was disturbed to read in a gripping new book, “Islam, Islamism
and the West,” that in 1998, Omar Ahmed, CAIR’s chairman, declared “Islam
isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The
Qur’an...should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only
accepted religion on earth.”
Pipes, wrote in “Commentary” that CAIR has tried to intimidate or silence
critics who say anything negative about Islam. For example, when Father
Richard John Neuhaus, a distinguished Catholic priest who edits “First
Things,” condemned contemporary Islam’s “resentments and suspicions,
alternating with low-grade jihad in the form of the persecution of
Christians, international terrorism and dreams of driving Israel in to the
sea,” CAIR asked the Catholic Church to “investigate” Neuhaus, and CAIR’s
supporters sent “a cascade of abusive mail accusing him of being `obviously
mentally ill,’ and `doing the work of Adolph Hitler.’”
like to believe the recent bombings in London were the acts of crazed
Islamic radicals. Yet the British named the four alleged perpetrators, who
were the nation’s first suicide bombers. Three were born in Britain from
families of Pakistani origin and appeared to be normal young men. Shahzad
Tanweer, 22, was a noted cricket player, for example.
no denying it’s payback time for what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan,”
a British Muslim boutique owner told The New York Times. “You’ve been
bombing people for the last two to four years, so you are going to get a
backlash. There were 24 Muslims killed in Iraq today.”
However, that is twisted logic. The Iraq bombings were caused not by
British troops but by an Iraqi suicide bomber who drove into a crowd
gathered around U.S. soldiers giving out candy and toys to children.
paramount difficulty for Westerners is to understand Muslim logic. The
criteria for truth used by Westerners is “based on evidence about the human
world” while Muslim logic is based on “the word of Allah as revealed to his
Prophet Mohammed and recorded in the Koran” reports “Islam, Islamism and
the West,” written by Baroness Caroline Cox, a famous member of the House of
Lords, and John Marks.
does the Koran (Quran) say that is relevant to the London bombings? Consider
this verse: “Fight those who believe not in Allah...nor hold that forbidden
which has been forbidden by Allah and his Prophet, nor acknowledge the
religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the People of the Book (Jews and
Christians) until they pay the jizya (tax) with willing submission and feel
themselves subdued.” (Surah 9:29)
“Muslims must fight unbelievers, those who allow things Allah forbids, and
Jews and Christians unless they pay the jizya tax. The options for other
unbelievers are to accept Islam or be killed,” write Cox and Marks.
“Muslims believe that when they die they go to the grave to await the day of
judgment, when Allah will decide, on the basis of works done on earth, who
goes to Paradise and who to hell. (Surah 101:6-9). The only way to guarantee
going to to Paradise - and avoid Allah’s verdict on the day of judgment - is
to die in jihad while fighting the enemies of Islam (Surah 8:39, 4:74).
Muslims are peaceful, not interested in jihad. However, Saudi Arabia has
financed the building of “more than 1,500 mosques and 202 colleges and
almost 2,000 schools for educating Muslim children in non-Islamic
countries,” according to a Saudi newsmagazine.
what message? In 2002 a sermon in a Saudi mosque urged parents to educate
“the children to Jihad and to hatred of the Jews, the Christians and the
infidels.” A 5th grade
Saudi textbook: “The whole world should convert to Islam and leave its false
religions lest their fate will be hell.”
Arabia refuses to allow Christian church construction. Fifteen 9/11
terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans were Saudis.
Ominously, however, the London bombers were home-grown.