Without violence, Islam would cease to exist. The vast majority of Muslims do not commit violent crimes in the name of Allah but a significant number of the 1.3 billion followers, that is the clerics and the true believers, will do whatever it takes to establish and maintain Islamic rule worldwide.
Those who say that Islam is a peaceful religion and is compatible with democracy (George Bush) are either lying or have never studied the history of the religion and the violent, criminal life of its founder, Muhammad.
The Quran, Islam’s holy book, is used by both “moderates” and “radicals.” It is the same book. The only difference is that the moderates, like moderates in any religion or organization, have a life to live and are minimal participants. The radicals (true believers), however, will commit or support any acts, including violence, to defend and spread this theology of hatred and terror.
These are the real Muslims. Without them, Islam, which has nothing positive to offer humanity, would fade away as the modern secular world attracts the less ardent majority. Or, as an Iranian cleric said a century ago, “Islam will perish.”
To understand why Islam is associated with violence, one only has to look at the life of Muhammad and the huge influence he has on Muslim men. The Hadiths, a record of the words and deeds of the prophet, are second only to the Quran in importance to the faithful. All Muslim men are encouraged to emulate Muhammad, whose life is considered to be the highest standard of behavior for mankind (by Muslims, that is).
The facts, though, present a different picture if we judge him by generally accepted standards of good behavior.
For example, while in exile in Medina (Yathrib), Saudi Arabia, the prophet was ridiculed by the Jews for trying to convert them to Islam. Muhammad handled these criticisms by ordering his detractors assassinated. In the case of Abu Afak, a 120 year old Jewish man who urged people to reject the false prophet, Muhammad had Salem Ibn Umayr run a sword through the elderly man while he slept.
After his murder, a jewish poetess named Asma Marwan spoke out against Islam and Muhammad, asking who would stop him? Hearing this, another hit man, Umayr b, Adiy al-Katmi, went to the woman’s home, removed the baby she was nursing and killed her by the sword. Muhammad told the killer: “You have helped God and his apostle, O Umayr.” This became the generally accepted way of silencing the critics of Islam and the prophet.
Muhammad’s influence is evident today as those who speak negatively of either put their own lives at risk. Remember the fatwa pronounced by the Ayatollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie in 1989? He sentenced the writer to death for blasphemy and insulting Islam in his book,The Satanic Verses.
Then there was Theo van Gogh, a filmmaker who was killed by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Muslim, on an Amsterdam street in 2004 for making a film about women abused by Islam. He stated that, “If I ever get free, I would do it again.” [The reason? Van Gogh had insulted Islam.
The list of atrocities by Muslims against Muslims and non-Muslims for merely speaking out or writing about Muslim violence is long and spans centuries. There is no tolerance in Islam.
In addition to assassinations, Muhammad launched a jihad against Jewish villages to take care of the enemies of Islam. In April of 627, after the surrender of the Beni Quraidha near Medina, the prophet had all of the men and boys of fighting age (about 900) beheaded. His campaign wiped out most of the Jews in the area. The women and children were taken as slaves and their property divided among the Muslim army. Muhammad took Rayhana Bint Zayd, a beautiful Jewish woman, to add to his collection. Her brother, husband and father had just been beheaded by the prophet’s army of Allah.
Muhammad set the standard for beheading those who refused his “religion.” Muslims were emulating the prophet when they beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan and Nick Berg and Paul Johnson in Iraq.
The prophet is also the inspiration for the Arab Muslim jihad/turned ethnic cleansing of Black Africans in the Sudan. The methods are the same, though. They include: mass murder, rape, torture, looting and slavery.
The Quran is filled with exortations from Allah to commit violent acts against non-Muslims. For example:
- Sura 8:12 “I shall instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers; Smite ye above their necks (behead them) and smite their fingertips off.”
- Sura 47:4 “Therefore, when you meet the Unbelievers (in fight), strike off their heads…”
Aside from the blood and gore, this perfect example of the Muslim man found the time to consumate his marriage to Aisha, who was nine at the time. This is the legal age for girls to marry today in a number of Muslim countries.
Muhammad also married the wife of his adopted son after observing her assets one day. Allah, through the angel Gabriel, told Muhammad that he concurred with his decision.
The record is clear. Islam is a violent religion and will bring about a new dark age if its adherents are allowed to reach their goal of a world ruled by Islamic law (sharia).
See: “Hiding the Truth About Islam” and “Muhammad and Women” at raykania.com
Note: Blasphemy laws are enforced in some Muslim countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia where the death penalty is in effect. In Pakistan:
Blasphemy Law 295-B Defiling, etc. copy of Holy Quran. Whoever fully defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Quran or of an extract therefrom or uses it in any derogatory manner or for any unlawful purpose shall be punishable for imprisonment for life.
295-C Use of derogatory remarks, etc. in respect of the Holy Prophet. Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.