Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Battle Islam- First Rebuttal and History of Islam- ChallengerThough it is useful to look at fundamentalism, it is also useful to look at the entire picture. In order to do this, one has to establish exactly what Islam is, what it is not, and its relationship to the concept of religion. Merely stating that Islam is a religion is not sufficient in defining its aims or exactly what it is.
According to the authority that Dan appealed to to define fundamentalism, Islam and religion are defined as such:
1. The religion of the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism; Islamism. Their formula of faith is: There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.
2. The whole body of Mohammedans, or the countries which they occupy.
3. Islam - the monotheistic religion of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
Synonyms: Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islamism
Re`li´gion Pronunciation: rė`lĭj´ŭn
n. 1. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.
2. Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice.
3. (R. C. Ch.) A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion.
4. Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct.
According to that, it is established that Islam is the religion followed by those who strictly adhere to its' principles and values. Those values include the three houses of Jihad, and they can be extracted by examining the history of Muhammed (you will not find PBUH here.) From this, I will guide you through a watered-down history lesson on the birth of the so-called Religion of Peace. However before I do, I must finish my rebuttal.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share the Old Testament as sacred text, however, as Dan pointed out, Religion changes. This has happened with two of the three of the former. Since the writing of the old testament, Christianity has since ceased punishing those who sleep with a menstruating woman, has ceased the justification of rape and plunder, has ceased the justification of holy war. Has the Pope declared war on any country in recent memory? Of course not! However, we find that in Islam, it is still common practice to:
Publicly behead capital offenders (Sura 16.126)
Cut off the hands of simple thieves (Sura 5.38)
and a myriad of other offenses with rather harsh punishments, such as:Crimes subject to the death sentence included murder, apostasy from Islam, adultery, drug smuggling, and sabotage. Under certain conditions, rape and armed robbery could also lead to execution. Executions could be carried out by beheading, firing squad, or stoning of the convicted person in a drugged state. All seventeen executions carried out in 1990 were by beheading.
Flogging with a cane was often imposed for offenses against religion and public morality, such as drunkenness and gambling and the neglect of prayer requirements and fasting. Although the flogging was painful, the skin was not broken. The purpose was to degrade rather than cripple the offender and serve as a deterrent to others. United States citizens have been flogged for alcohol related offenses, usually receiving from thirty to 120 strokes. A Kuwaiti sentenced to prison in connection with terrorist bombings in Mecca was condemned to receive a total of 1,500 lashes over the course of his twenty-year sentence.
from: allrefer Reference
What one should realize from reading all this, is that Islam HAS NOT changed ENOUGH to be the Islam Dan is talking about. Sharia, or Islamic law, is administered to this day, and whaddaya know? It is defined by the very teachings of Muhammed and the Koran! Apostasy from these core teachings carry the penalty of death. Islam will not change these tenets because in order to stay Islam, it cannot. Islam to this day is defined by what was written in 624 AD, and the edicts of the prophet Muhammed. Though they share scriptures from both of the other two major middle-eastern religions, the addition of Islamic texts added mostly warrior ideology and justification for war than peace. "Jesus" (I use quotes because I cannot prove he existed as a person) advocated peace at all costs, while Muhammed was a warrior.
Speaking of which, let us begin our history lesson, shall we?
I will condensethis down for you.
Our antihero, Muhhamed, was born in 570 CE. For the first 40 years of his life, nothing really significant happened (or events that would interest us at IB.. kinda sucks, doesn't it?) but in 610 AD, after meditating in the desert, Muhhamed claimed to have seen the angel Gabriel, who commanded him to publish the "religion of God."
Given that the Meccans worshipped a black hunk of stone (yes, don't say it) his teachings and preachings didn't go over well. So like any Bostonian fleeing the DNC, he went to the rival city of his hometown: Medina. Medina took Muhammed in, and received him much more warmly than the Meccans, and eventually he gathered a large following. When he had enough followers, he conquered Mecca with a relatively (to our modern armies) small army, but no small amount of blood. What is important to note here is that the conquest of Mecca was a HOLY WAR.
Once the Nation of Islam started to form, the war did not stop. Remember Suras (2.191, and 9.123)
[2.191] And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.In 636, Muhammed had conquered Syria, in 637 it was the entirety of Persia, and by 641, his forces reached Alexandria, and conquered it. Islam spread through war, and eventually pushed its way further into Asia, Carthage in 698, into Spain in 711 (no puns, please,) and into Saharan/sub Saharan Africa. In 751, they learned paper making from their POW's... from China. In 1529, Vienna itself was under siege by the Moslem invaders. Note that none of these conquests were peaceful, and note that ALL WERE HOLY WARS. The Islam in practice here is taken directly from the suras as is commanded by the Islamic texts themselves. The same words and same actions are still practiced today all over the middle east, and Sharia was almost enacted into LAW in.... *drum roll*.... *cymbal crash*Canada.
[9.123] O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil).
Islam is not an ideology that is localized, or alien to certain parts of the world. Through migration, terrorism, and the third house of Jihad (the war of conversion,) Islam has made itself present in every populated continent on this planet earth (minus the obvious Antarctica.. though I suspect Moslems have been there before...)
The doctrine of Jihad and conversion has remained unchanged since its inception, and with Neville Chaimberlain-esqe appeasement from the West, you will see more bloodshed in your lifetime from the arms of Islamic warriors. In fact, the Philippines are having an Islamic Terrorism problem even after they caved into demands from Zarqawi!
Think about it- the world's fastest growing religion- were there any other religions that pushed their boundaries as successfully as Islam without aggressive war? The answer to that question is an easy "no." Were the Southern Philippines peacefully converted? No. Was Nepal? No. India? No. Persia (Iran, the 'stans)? No. Northern Africa and Spain? No. Arabia? No. Anywhere?! No. Though the Christians, Romans, Egyptians did many of the same dastardly acts, it does not change the fact that Islam is not a religion of peace. It is far, far from it. To say that by calling Islam a religion of war you must also call Christianity a religion of war defies logic- though they share some core values... They are far different from each other, and are not synonymous. What characteristics one has are not necessarily a part of the other- Islam is not Christianity.
I offer my apologies to anyone I have infuriated or offended anyone. As I said, this would not be easy to stomach.