Somalia is an Islamic nation, meaning that Islam is the law of the land. How’s that working out for them? Consider these recent headlines:
- Muslim parents of a 17-year-old Somali girl who converted to Christianity severely beat her for leaving Islam and have regularly shackled her to a tree at their home for more than a month . . . LINK
- Islamic extremists beheaded four Christian orphanage workers recently after kidnapping them last month, according to eyewitness accounts . . . LINK
- Muslim extremists early Monday morning killed a Christian convert . . . LINK
Jihad, Tolerance, and Religious Freedom
Given the above events (and many more like them), it seems incredible that Islam continues to experience growth in numbers of adherents across the globe. Even America is promoting the spread of Islam. How is this happening? Is it the well-reasoned arguments of Islamic Apologists? Hardly. Rather, it may be the result of a strategy that plays off the ignorance of “tolerant” host countries who allow the gradual takeover of Islamic ideology until it is too late to stop it. I call this Islam’s “new jihad.”
Even though the Islamic term “jihad” is usually used to refer to so-called holy wars or terrorist activity, it can refer to virtually anything that helps the spread of Islam. “Jihad” can mean, for example:
- To exert one’s utmost for the cause of Islam
- To dedicate all one’s resources to the cause of Islam
- To fight against the enemies of Islam on all possible fronts for the cause of Islam
Different situations dictate which strategies are followed. (SEE END OF ARTICLE FOR ISLAMIC JIHAD QUOTES.)
The real “jihad” in America and Europe is not extremists flying planes into buildings, or suicide “martyrs” bombing disco joints. Rather, it is the gradual, political, and even reproductional, takeover of the country. We need to answer in kind before it is too late.
Now, I am all for religious freedom in America and for keeping the State out of the Church. But Americans need to realize that this is NOT the case with Islam. Although Muslims living in non-Muslim countries demand indulgence for their own beliefs, given the political power necessary they should impose their own beliefs on all others. Muslims are under religious obligation to not simply “evangelize” people into Islam, but to force the issue politically or violently.
“Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a state on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which nation assumes the role of the standard-bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State. Islam requires the earth—not just a portion, but the whole planet.” (Abul A’La Maududi, Jihad in Islam, p. 6)
This would not simply entail a transfer from America as a “Christian Nation” to one where Muslims just happen to be in the majority:
Religion, as based primarily on the Qur’an, is a part of the system, which informs all the other aspects of the Islamic system. Religious doctrine, however, is viewed in Islam as a preamble to Islamic law, the Shariah (divine law), which is a comprehensive code governing every aspect of life, because Islam is a religion primarily oriented toward law rather than theology. (LINK)
Non-Violent Jihad: Islamic Expansion in the West
Of course, it’s easy to extend political tolerance to a religious group until they take over the government and start legally murdering converts and torturing children. But by then it is too late to do anything about it. In several ways America seems to be making the same mistakes as Europe. In Great Britain, Sharia Law is now in effect in several areas, and the Islamic birthrate is now over 7x that of the non-Muslim. Abandoning the Christian faith in lieu of personal autonomy (aided by a low birth rate) and “tolerance,” the doors for Islam are thrown wide open. (What is the typically religion-hating ACLU doing about it? Guess!)
With some 6 million adherents in the United States, Islam is said to be the nation’s fastest-growing religion, fueled by immigration, high birth rates and widespread conversion. One expert estimates that 25,000 people a year become Muslims in this country; some clerics say they have seen conversion rates quadruple since Sept. 11. (LINK)
“Deploying this strategy globally, Muslims can take political control of the Western world without firing a shot.” (LINK) Could this happen in America? Sure it could. Between birth control, selfishly small fmailies, abortion, etc., Islam could simply outnumber non-Muslims in a couple generations. The well-known city of Dearborn, Michigan – the tenth largest city in the U.S. - is reported to have the second largest Arab population outside the Middle East. It might simply be a matter of time before Islamic rule becomes the majority position.
The Possibility of Violent Jihad
Speaking of firing shots, this option is not unavailable to the devout Muslim. Tolerance is a fine thing, but it can be used by the less scrupulous until other means are available. Should breeding or political correctness not win the day, there are commands in the Quran and the Hadith regarding violent means of spreading Islam (as it was originally accomplished). Sound paranoid? Read the words of Muhammad himself in the Qur’an concerning what to do once treaties with non-Muslims expire:
Fulfill your engagements with them [unbelievers - i.e., non-Muslims] to the end of their term, for God loveth the righteous. But when the forbidden months [of the treaty] are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them. (from Surah 9:4-5)
Non-Muslims include all non-Muslims – but especially Jews and Christians. The same Surah says:
“Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are perverted!” (from Surah 9.30 cf. 5:71-73)
Thankfully, the majority of Muslims do not follow these instructions (for a variety of reasons – ethical as well as theological). But sadly, it seems that in countries where Islamic Law is the law of the land, violence often accompanies it.
If Americans remain unaware of Islam’s clearly-stated agenda to implement its ideology in every country on earth, then we may wait until it’s too late to react. This is an issue of American freedom, not Islamic persecution. Nor is this about racial profiling, hatred, or prejudice. Personally, I don’t care how many Muslims want to live in America, and I don’t mind if they worship in Mosques or stop in the middle of the sidewalk to pray . . .
I just want them to live here as Americans (and thankfully, some Muslims agree).
The Qur’an on Jihad
- “Those who follow Muhammad are merciless for the unbelievers but kind to each other.” (48:29)
- “Enmity and hatred will reign between us until ye believe in Allah alone.” (60:4)
- “Make war on them until idolatory does not exist any longer and Allah’s religion reigns universally.” (8:39) (2:193)
- “Fight the unbelievers in your surroundings, and let them find harshness in you.” (9:123)
- “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them, capture and besiege them and prepare for them every kind of ambush.” (9:5)
The Hadith on Jihad
- ‘O Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and hypocrites and deal rigorously with them; their home shall be Hell’ (IX.73).
- ‘O believers, fight the infidels who dwell around you, and deal rigorously with them’ (IX.124).
- ‘Do not yield to unbelievers, but strive against them in a strenuous Jihad’ (XXV.54).
- ‘Fight for the cause of Allah with the devotion due to Him‘ (XXII.77).
- ‘Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah with your wealth and your person’s (IX.41).
- ‘Fight against the (idolaters) until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme‘ (II.189 and VIII.40).
- ‘Fighting is obligatory for you, and you dislike it. But you may dislike a thing although it is good for you, and love a thing although it is bad for you’ (II.212).
- ‘Allah loves those who fight for His cause’ (I.XI.4).
- ‘The true believers are those…who fight for His cause with their wealth and their persons’ (XLIX.15).
- ‘When you meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks; ‘ (XLVII.4).
- ‘Allah has given those that fight with their goods and their persons a higher rank than those who stay at home. He has promised all a good reward, but far richer is the recompense of those who fight for Him; rank of His own bestowal, forgiveness and mercy’ (IV. 97).
- ‘Those who…fought in the path of God have the hope of the mercy of God…’ (II.215).
- ‘Those that . . . fought and died for My cause shall be forgiven their sins and admitted to gardens watered by running streams…’ (III.194).
- ‘As for those who are slain in the cause of Allah, He will not allow their works to perish…He will admit them to the Paradise‘ (XLVII.5).