Jihad Tourism

882_largeby Anat Berko
Special to IPT News
October 2, 2013

Algerian Mosque Terror Financing Draws Scrutiny

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Ex-Boko Haram Member: Headquarters in Iran, Training in Afghanistan, Motivated by Quran

wpid-Nasir-IsiakuEx-Boko Haram Member Speaks To A Gathering Of Christians (H/T Pamela Geller)

By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com:

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“I joined the Bafarawa Arabic Islamic Centre in 2010 and they were teaching us Arabic language. Every year, we take about 20 people to Iran for special training because our zonal headquarters is in Iran. Our own group is called sh*tte but we have the same agenda with the Boko Haram sect. You people have only been hearing of Boko Haram, but there are other deadly Islamic groups that are also part of Boko Haram sect. I can count up to six of them that I’m very much aware of.

Whenever we heard that any of the sects was fighting Christians, we always joined them. My own group has been an Islamic movement for a long time, even before I was born. It reigned in the north during the Abacha military regime and it has many branches in the north. We are in major northern states such as Kastina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kano, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Zaria among others.
Sometimes, when we want to wreak havoc on Christians, we hire our own bus because we have our own weapons, which we use against the Christians. We usually join the Boko Haram sect whenever they wanted to fight the Christians or the soldiers because we usually hear that soldiers kill our Boko Haram brothers in Maiduguri, Yobe and Potiskum.

I used to be one of the most trusted hands in the group because I was a very obedient and loyal follower. I had my own secret office where I received delegates from our sponsors whenever our leader wasn’t around and where I attend to the needs of any of our members.
This is why I didn’t participate in many of our attacks against the Christians or the soldiers because I used to take care of the home front. Our leaders usually psyched us up, they brainwashed us to fight against Christians because they are enemies of Allah. They taught us that the more Christians we were able to kill, the more our chances of entering Alijonan (heaven).

Many of our trainings hold in the night, around 10pm. There is a bush around the school where we usually go for trainings.

Some aspects of the training we receive are not ordinary; we used to drink what one could call spiritual water because it is not ordinary water. We also used to receive strange visitors who were not equally ordinary humans. We receive the visitors in a strange way, our leaders used to summon them: they used to instruct us to recite some passages in the Quran and whenever we do that, the visitors would appear to us during those unholy hours. They could come in three or four. They appeared like humans but they are not humans. We know they are not humans. They usually fortify us with charms for the task before us. They used to instruct us to be strong and fight.

Our leaders also used to render a lot of assistance to support our cause. They bring a lot of money in a pick up van and asked us to use the money to buy guns. Many of our supplies come from the zonal headquarters and sometimes, there is a popular Bayelsa man who is, though a Christian, supporting our cause in cash and kind. I can’t remember his name now. The Bayelsa man gave us money and also supplied us with weapons for the mission.

I am the second in command in my camp in our group, and whenever our president travels to the headquarters in Iran, I used to coordinate the group and receive our sponsors on his behalf. This is why I am able to sit with the sponsors and know what happens.

We had vowed to first kill all Christians in Kaduna before dealing with others in the north. Whenever we take the spiritual water, we become more daring to do any evil. It makes us more dangerous and if we were annoyed at such moment, we could kill. The water also fortifies us against gunshots. When we have taken it, bullets will not harm us. Also, we get mystery ring from our leaders. About eight of us were selected for the ring, and that ring provides almost anything we asked from it. It is like a personal power for us.

I can’t recall the number of people I have killed. I don’t use gun most times. We usually use guns to shoot people on the leg. If we ask a victim: “Will you become a Muslim or not? And he or she refuses, we slaughter the victim like a goat. And after killing the victim, we collect his or her blood in a very small cup and then drink it. After drinking the blood, the victim’s ghost could not hunt us in dreams. That is what our leaders told us. And indeed, once we taste the blood of people we kill, we will not see them in our dreams.

Sometimes, when we don’t feel like drinking the blood from the cup, we used our fingers to touch the victim’s blood and taste it. It will still prevent ghost of victim from hunting us in dreams.

We used to kill Christians because we believe that by killing them, we will enter heaven at death. Our leaders used a Quranic passage that seems to support our action (Recites some Quranic lines). In interpretation, the passage says: “O you believers, you should not be friendly with your enemies.” ‘Believers’ here means we, the Muslims and ‘enemies’ are the Christians.

The leaders of our group and the sponsors are many. Our sponsors are wealthy Nigerians. They are in government, and many are past Nigerian leaders. If I mention their names, you would think I am just telling lies. We have governors, senators who sponsor us heavily. Our sponsors are many (Names mentioned are withheld). You wouldn’t believe some of them are really part of us. We usually invite them to the graduation of the students in the school. That is when many know them as part of us.

We have days we go to town to preach and win more members. On such days, we add a red cap to our white T-Shirt and trousers. On another occasion when we put on black caps, it means we won’t fight.

We have infiltrated the Nigerian forces. We have our members in the police and army. Those members help us a lot whenever we want to fight. 

However, we are very secretive, my blood brother who was not a member didn’t know I was part of the sect. I kept my association with the sect secret from people close to me who don’t share our views about Christians. My father loved me very well.
Right from the time we attended Chachangi School, a lower school in my place, our Islamic instructors had been drumming it into our ears that we should tighten our belts to fight the Christians. They instructed us to always be armed, either with knife or gun. They even told us to have our own gun and get license for it.

My own area in Kaduna is Torumada, it is a haven for many Islamic terrorists in Nigeria. Before I joined the Shiite school, I took part in several fights in which we massacred many Christians. The Christians in Sokoto are most vulnerable to attacks from our people because they are just within our reach, but they have also been very lucky because a major Islamic cleric in the state is always pleading that we shouldn’t touch them.
We actually found out many places in Sokoto where Christians are living. One of them is Ota Road, but in order to respect our Islamic cleric, we haven’t touched them.

Boko Haram has their men trained in Afganistan. I don’t know if you have been hearing about the Taliban, those who sacrifice their lives through suicide bombing. The Talibans are the ones who are training Boko Haram men. I know Boko Haram usually have about 60 men who go for training in Afganistan. They train them on how to go on suicide bombing, make their own bombs and fight and do other dangerous things. They also provide them with sophisticated weapons such as bombs and all that.

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Imam on Temple Mount: Let America be destroyed!

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In a gathering on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem marking the first Friday of the Ramadan, an imam of the Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir organization incited a crowd of hundreds of Muslims calling for the destruction of America, France, Britain and Rome. The fiery speech was made on July 12, 2013. The original Arabic video was translated by the Clarion Project and can be seen below.

The imam, Ismat Al-Hammouri, said a number of times, with the crowd repeating after him:

“Allah is Greater! Let America be destroyed!”

“The Caliphate is the answer!”

“Listen, Obama, we are a nation that does not bow down, and the Caliphate will return!”

“Listen, Obama. and the Caliphate will return!”

 

 

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Al Qaeda affiliate’s grave new warning: Inflicting mass casualties on U.S. a top priority

AQAP_Malahim_Rimi_Americans_2Jun2013REL_ICDV03056_STILL_01.1By Shaun Waterman:

The military commander of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen is threatening new attacks against America, saying its people will never be safe until the U.S. government stops “attacking and oppressing” Muslim countries.

The six minute Arabic-language audio statement by Qasim al-Rimi, entitled “Message to the American Nation” was released on the Internet with English subtitles by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which U.S. officials rank as one of the most dangerous affiliates of the terror network.

“Your security is not achieved by despoiling other nations’ security or by attacking and oppressing them,” al-Rimi says, according to excerpts published by IntelCenter, a private firm that tracks extremist messaging for clients including U.S. military and government agencies.

“Your security is achieved by stopping the foolish, who rule you, from oppression and aggression. Know that oppression and aggression rebound on the throats of the perpetrators,” said al-Rimi, who was listed as AQAP’s senior military commander and a terrorist by the U.S. government and the UN Security Council in 2010.

“Your leaders are assaultive, oppressive and tyrannical, and you stand behind them cheering, supporting and voting for them,” he added.

The message “supports a justification for mass casualty attacks targeting civilians as it shifts responsibility” for the U.S. military’s actions from the government to the American people, said Ben Venzke, CEO of IntelCenter.

He added that such warnings — required by Islamic jurisprudence to allow Americans to mend their ways before being attacked — typically opened a “threat window” before an attack of uncertain duration.

“While [the attack] could be in the near-term, historical patterns have shown the threat window to extend as far out as a year or longer between warning and attack,” he said.
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The Islam I Knew

islam_title1By M. Kamal:

In my work revealing the destructive menace of Islam, I receive messages from Muslims everywhere accusing me of, and calling me, everything imaginable and unimaginable .

I have been accused of being a hate monger bent on deforming the image of Islam. I am called a Zionist, a liar, and every insulting name a woman can be called.  Although I was raised in Egypt and educated in a Muslim school system and indoctrinated on the “glories” of Islam since birth, I am also accused of being ignorant about Islam itself. In their critiques against me, many of them are practicing what is called “Taqqiya”.

Taqqiya or the holy lie, is permissible in Islam in order to deceive non Muslims about the true Islamic agenda; complete domination, by force if necessary.

Many Muslims are actually ignorant of the biggest part of their own Islamic doctrine: Jihad, derived from the Arabic root-word mujahada, meaningwarfare to establish the religion. While jihad is physical, there are other forms of jihad that are practised as well: funding terrorism, making propaganda, converting non-Muslims to Islam (even by force like in the case of Egypt and Pakistan), suing those who dare to criticize islam or to reveal its truth, islamic immigration to non-muslim lands, breeding so much, electronic jihad etc……

Many Muslims instead compel themselves to live with one perspective about Islam; that it is being hijacked by terrorists and extremists and that Islam teaches peace and love toward all of humanity, friend or enemy, Muslim or infidel.

Amazingly these relatively peaceful people think they are the “True” Muslims and the representatives of Islam’s real image… And some naive non-Muslims swallow this bait, failing to detect the hook and fire that waits behind it.

It is easier and mentally more secure for them to accept at face value that Islam contains no evil. Ironically, many of the same people believe that guns, not the people who pull their triggers, bear the destruction, injury, and death they deliver. As such, non-Muslim defenders of relieve themselves of inquiry and accept the Muslim apologist defence that Islam is innocent of all charges of evil.

As a former Muslim, who is not ignorant of its worldview, requirements, and laws, I want to attract your attention to one very important fact: You may meet or know some relatively peaceful Muslims around you, but that does not mean that Islam itself is peaceful, which will be their claim. It must be. They are not permitted by their own law to portray Islam in a negative light, particularly to non-believers, even if they are discussing Qur’anic or legal elements (those that outside observers find unsavoury).

Most Muslims have ever read very little of the Qur’an, let alone read, or understand, most of it . Lot of them learned to recite some verses from the Qur’an without understanding its meanings . Most Muslims in non-Arabic speaking countries (which comprises most of the world’s Muslims) who memorize the Qur’an in Arabic do so only phonetically, not understanding a word they are reciting.

They have been taught that the poetic rhythm of the Qur’an alone, is sanctifying and will reward them with favour in the hereafter. Most Muslims know only of the Qur’an what is read to them on Friday prayers.

Read more at No Compulsion

American Muslim Jurists: Offensive Jihad — Not Yet

156x147x3LPK19nTduHE_png_pagespeed_ic_V7NAL6Wc89By Ryan Mauro:

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) opposes offensive jihad in the West, but for reasons that may surprise you. In an Arabic fatwa (religious decree) that doesn’t appear on its English website, it states that “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time [emphasis added].”

This doesn’t mean that all jihad is to be abandoned. “With our current capabilities, we are aspiring towards defensive jihad, and to improve our position with regards to jurisprudence at this stage. But there is a different discussion for each situation,” it said.

It is important to notice that it was issued in Arabic on the website of its Secretary-General, Salah Al-Sawy. Even though AMJA is based in Sacramento and its mission is to serve their American Muslim audience, it decided against issuing this fatwa in English. If it wasn’t translated by the Translating Jihad blog and reported by Andrew Bostom in 2011, we probably wouldn’t know about it.

AMJA Secretary-General Salah Al-Sawy

AMJA Secretary-General Salah Al-Sawy

Deception is something that AMJA approves of. In an English-language fatwa on its website, issued by Al-Sawy inAMJA Secretary-General Salah Al-Sawy 2005, Muslims are authorized to lie for the sake of “repulsing evil” if there are “compelling strokes of necessity.” In that case, “he can indirectly say something that his listener can understand something else.”

Read more at Radical Islam

To Think or Not to Think: A Muslim’s ‘Outrageous Fortune’

20130210_islam_muslim_adult_child_largeby Edward Cline:

In his penetrating essay on the futility of Islam’s efforts to “reform”  itself through revolution, “régime change,” or purification, “Springtime for  Islam” (February 5th), Daniel Greenfield noted:

There is a peculiar tragedy to a religion which cannot escape its own  destructive nature, each time it reaches for some form of redemption, its hands  come up dripping with blood and it all ends in more bodies and petty  tyrannies.

“Reform,” of course, means to change oneself or some institution for the  better, from bad and corrupt to good and pure, or at least to the unobtrusive  benign. But, as Greenfield points out and stresses, the Arab Spring is in  reality a continuation of an ongoing “Arab Winter.” The “Arab Spring” was fueled  by Islam, and Islam is, by its foundational nature, destructive and  self-destructive.

Islam’s only redemption is in establishing a theocracy. Its commitment to  power and the indulgence of the earthly and heavenly paradise of loot, slaves  and violence, led to its own degeneration over and over again. Having no other  spiritual form than the exercise of power, it has corrupted itself each time,  and then attempted to exorcise the corruption through more of the same.

Any theocracy must be totalitarian. It can become totalitarian by  default or happenstance or by negligence, or it can become totalitarian  according to an instruction manual written by clerics and intellectuals friendly  to what they know in their minds are dystopias for the masses and paradises for  the rulers. Islam has its instruction manuals.

Islam governs an individual’s life from his sandals to his beard, from his  diet to the number of times a day he must demonstrate fealty to his icons, to  how he may lawfully (per Sharia law) treat his wives and children. It governs  his social relationships with his friends and enemies, and his enemies are  everyone who is not Muslim. The Koran,  the Hadith,  and the Reliance of the Traveler  all command it. They are how-to manuals  written chiefly in Arabic and translated into a dozen languages.

A Muslim accepts this state of submission – whether or not he’s read all the  manuals from beginning to end – for a variety of reasons, none of them  complimentary and too often those reasons become a Molotov cocktail blend  waiting to explode: a repressed, unacknowledged fear of the mortal consequences  of not conforming; mental inertia, encouraged by an unquestioning faith  in non-evidentiary assertions; a delusional sense of superiority (qua Muslim, and qua Muslim male); a sense of predestination; an  attitude of privilege and expectation of deference; and a borrowed sense of  omniscience.

After all, the propaganda goes, Islam will conquer men, neighborhoods,  cities, nations, and the globe. It is written. Fealty to Islam gives a  rank-and-file Muslim the comforting confidence that he’s on the winning side.  Why bother to think about it? Islam is like an advancing glacier, and he is but  a lump of ice on it. He doesn’t mind. He knows that he’s just dross, a grain of  ballast that helps to keep the Islamic corsair upright and afloat and its sails  taut in the wind.

Islam cannot be “reformed” unless its caretakers repudiate its instruction  manuals. But their repudiation would necessarily entail the repudiation of  Islam. When the manuals go up in flames, so will Islam.

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Documentary: Brave Israeli Reporter Infiltrates and Exposes European Muslim Community

Body of Truth:

I was recently emailed a documentary called: Europe’s Takeover by Islam.

This is the first part of a four-part Israeli documentary by Zvi Yehezkeli and David Deryi about the Islamization of Europe. It has been translated from Hebrew and subtitled in English.

The filmmaker is an Arabic-speaking Israeli whose appearance and flawless Arabic accent were sufficient to allow him to mingle freely with the Muslims in several “no-go zones” in Sweden and France, and to get an inside look at the Islamic mindset within the greater European community.

The film contains some shocking footage, including a middle aged, seemingly innocent Muslim mother, who then threatens to “Burn down Sweden” if her deported son is hurt in his native Iraq and an armed Muslim criminal fleeing from French police who jumps into the camera teams van and forces them to drive him to safety.

Welcome to Eurabia, 2012.

 

Ikhwan Taqiyya So Obvious Even the US Cairo Embassy Not Fooled!

Andrew Bostom:

September 12, 2012 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, or “Ikhwan” published an Arabic statement (translated the next day in English here) expressing its views unabashedly on the so-called “blasphemous” Muhammad film and Cairo US embassy attack.  The statement melds Holocaust negationism with transparent threats of violence.

One and a half billion Muslims are subjected to humiliation and abuse in the person of their leader, Mohammed, the Messenger of God, the Prophet of Islam, of mercy and good tidings for the whole world….The repeated abuse of the Messenger of God indicate the presence of hatred and bigotry in those who stand behind it, with ignorance, connivance and indulgence in those who permit such persistent abuse.

Thus hurting the feelings of one and a half billion Muslims cannot be tolerated, and the people’s anger and fury for their Faith is invariably predictable, often unstoppable. We denounce abuse of all Messengers of God, Prophets and Apostles, and condemn this heinous crime. We further call for criminalization of assaults on the sanctities of all heavenly religions.

Otherwise, such acts will continue to cause devout Muslims across the world to suspect and even loathe the West, especially the USA, for allowing their citizens to violate the sanctity of what they hold dear and holy. Hence, we demand that all those involved in such crimes be urgently brought to trial. Certainly, such attacks against sanctities do not fall under the freedom of opinion or thought. They are crimes and assaults against Muslim sanctities, and must not be tolerated by the countries where they are produced or launched, since they are also detrimental to the interests of those countries in dealings with the peoples of the Muslim world.

The West has passed and imposed laws that punish those who deny or express dissident views on the Holocaust or question the number of Jews killed by Hitler, a topic which is purely historical, not a sacred doctrine.

…[W]e cannot ignore the fact that these countries never made a move regarding the abuse until after the strong reaction seen across the Muslim world. We believe those countries should take appropriate actions and lay out clear and proper procedures to deal with such crimes, especially since preparations for this abuse took place plainly, right under the noses of authorities in those countries – over several months. Prevention is always better than cure.

Predictably the New York Times ignored this forthright pronouncement and published with glee on September 13, 2012 a taqiyya-laden letter by Khairat el-Shater, Deputy President, of the Muslim Brotherhood, expressing “relief” that US embassy staff in Cairo were unharmed.

However, by Thursday morning (9/13/12) Al Ahram reported that even the US embassy staff in Cairo responded with sobriety to the Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language Twitter account @Ikwanweb, which reposted a message from the group’s deputy head, Khairat El-Shater, (reiterating what he had published in the New York Times, formatted for Twitter) that he was “relieved none of @USembassycairo staff was hurt” and expressing his hope that US-Egypt relations could weather the events. The embassy noted that this reconciliatory tweet was posted while the Brotherhood’s Arabic-language Twitter account and its official website were both simultaneously  lauding the protests and calling for a million man march on Friday (9/14/12) . An Arabic language article on the Brotherhood’s website  was entitled “Egyptians rise to defend the Prophet’.” Highlighting the contradiction, the US Embassy in Cairo responded acidly from its own Twitter account:

Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too.

 

Crucifixions, Not Fictions

 …I reiterate my original conclusion: “there is little reason to doubt this crucifixion story.”

By Raymond Ibrahim:

I recently wrote an article based on Arabic reports that Muslim Brotherhood supporters had crucified Morsi’s opponents. Because it was picked up by several websites and disseminated far and wide, as usual, Islam’s apologists and others claimed “hoax.”

Readers sent me a couple of these articles which, upon further investigation, seem to be based on a National Post article titled “Egypt’s ‘crucifixion’ hoax becomes an instant Internet myth” by Jonathan Kay. He characterizes the crucifixion account as “a story worth dissecting — not because it’s true (it isn’t), but because it is a textbook example of how the Internet, once thought to be the perfect medium of truth-seeking, has been co-opted by culture warriors as a weapon to fire up the naïve masses with lies and urban legends.”

Alternatively, dissecting Kay’s claims is useful as it is a textbook example of how the Western mindset tries to rationalize away whatever does not fit its intellectual boundaries.

First, after mentioning the several websites that carried or quoted my article, Kay wondered how none of the “sources supply the original Sky reporting that purportedly outlines the facts.” Then, he offers the following sentence as its own paragraph, apparently as something of an eye-opening revelation:

“That’s because there is no Sky report on the subject.”

Actually, this big “aha” moment was made earlier and by someone else—me, in my original article. After posting the names of several Arabic websites that carried the same verbatim quote from Sky News, I pointed out that Sky removed its original report. I did not have to make this point, or mention Sky News at all, since other reports—including El Balad, a much higher trafficked Arabic website which I also quoted—independently mentions the crucifixions in original language and further adds that two people died. And that report, as of now, is still up.

Kay then quotes a Sky News official who supposedly told him that the crucifixion claim

began on social media. It started getting pick-up from there and eventually reached us [Sky News]. Our reporters came across reports of the alleged crucifixions and a story very briefly appeared on the Sky News Arabia website. The story — which was taken down within minutes — was based on third-party reports and I am not aware that any of our reporters said or confirmed anything along the lines of what is quoted in the article… none of our correspondents confirmed this issue or commented on it.

Several points here:

First, Sky News admits to having published a story about crucifixions. Likewise, though it admits to taking it down, it never states that the crucifixion accounts are a “hoax” or even false. It simply offers no comment. This is not proof that the story is a hoax.

As for the claim that the report was “taken down within minutes,” in fact, someone forwarded me the Sky News link almost two days before I actually clicked it, and the article was still up and written exactly like a report. Investigative reporter Patrick Poole sent me a clear snapshot of the webpage before it was removed, which is before me.

The title, “Protesters Crucified in Front of Presidential Palace in Egypt,” is followed by the following standard reporting information: “Thursday, August 9, 3:19 am Abu Dhabi time; 11:19 pm Greenwich; Samir Umar [reporter], Cairo, Sky News Arabic,” followed by the portion I originally translated: “A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others.”

Moreover, the photo of the page shows 286 face book likes: one doubts that a report on a modestly trafficked website would reach that number if it was only up for mere minutes.

Kay also ignored the context of the crucifixions in my original article: Muslim Brotherhood supporters were brutalizing the media for constantly exposing the Islamist agenda—a well documented fact. A major news media facility was ransacked, popular anchors beat and terrorized. Soon thereafter, Brotherhood officials were appointed to “oversee” major media outlets in Egypt.

As I originally pointed out, Sky News may have “censored itself for fear that it would be next in the terror campaign against the media.” If this is the case—if Sky News had removed its report on Brotherhood crucifixions in light of the fact that the Brotherhood was in the process of abusing and threatening the media—would it then get itself in deeper trouble by, of all things, telling a Western reporter, “Yes, the Brotherhood crucified people and we took the story down in fear of the Brotherhood”? Not likely.

Kay also writes: “If that [crucifixion] happened, wouldn’t someone, you know, take a picture?… Maybe just a few shots with a cell phone camera from one of the tens of thousands of people who no doubt would have witnessed this Biblical horror in one of the most densely trafficked patches of real estate in the entire Arab world?”

One wonders if Kay has ever been around a wild pro-Sharia mob in Egypt savaging its opponents. It’s not pretty; the usual instinct is to run for one’s life, not take photos and thus further enrage the mob by collecting evidence against them. Likewise, if photos were the ultimate criteria to validate reports, then over 90% of all news stories become suspect for not carrying pictures.

Even so, yet another reputable Arabic website, Dostor Watany, did post a graphic picture, which appeared in my original article. It depicts a man rescued by security forces, with one side of his body literally carved off. But apparently doubting Kay needs to see the actual holes in the victim’s hands before he believes that the same Muslim Brotherhood supporters who mutilated this man could ever crucify someone.

Read more at IPT News

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

 

 

I’ve Read the Koran: Have You?

by Robert Reyto, DDS:

Muslim organizations repeatedly admonish us, “you don’t understand our  religion” or “you just misunderstood what you read in the Koran.” Then they  always say “we” need to explain to you what is in the Koran.

NO.  No, thank you.  I’ve read it myself.  Several times.   I also researched it, studied it and compared several translations. I read  many related books and Googled articles on the internet. My Arabic speaking  friends helped a great deal as well.

I should have read it sooner, because now I do understand Islamic distrust of  all religions and Western civilization. I also understand their drive to  dominate the world (8:39: And fight with  them until there is no more persecution [opposition] and religion should be only  for Allah” or 9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah.  until they pay the Jizya. and feel themselves subdued. ” or 24:55: Allah has promised to those of you who believe. that He will most  certainly make them rulers in the earth.” and others).

Islam claims that Jews and Christians “corrupted” their scriptures, so Allah  sent down the last prophet with the last revelations and claimed that theirs is  the only true religion, theirs is the only true God and only they know the  truth. However, there is no explanation anywhere as to who corrupted them and  when or what was corrupted. Yet Islam is so intolerant in its relationship to  “infidels” that Muslims are urged not to be friends with anyone who is not  Muslim (4:144, 5:57 and 5:51: “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians  for your friends”).

Reading the Koran is possible for me in the U.S., but people in many Islamic  countries can’t do it because illiteracy is high and education, especially for  women, is quite limited. In addition, many Muslims don’t even read Arabic. The  Imams tell them only those parts or verses which they want them to know.

The Koran is a difficult read for several reasons. The contents of many  verses are frequently and thus annoyingly, repeated. Very little is in  chronological order. The verses are not in consecutive thoughts and the history,  as well as many biblical stories they quote, are radically different from the  way we know them. All this leads to confusion and questions.

Muhammed (570-632 AD) received his first revelation when he was 40 years old  which, along with later revelations, were first saved in the memory of those  people who were present. Scribes then copied them on whatever was available at  that time and place such as thin, flat bones, leaves, leather or parchments. It  worked for a while, because all the verses in the Koran were revealed over a  23-year-period, so there was plenty of time for memorization.

Many Muslims, however, who memorized those revelations died in the war of  Yamamah after Mohammed’s death. To preserve the Koran, the 1st Caliph Abu Bakr  (reigned 632-634 AD) ordered Zayd bin Tabid to find all the fragments and  collect the verses from the memory of those who were still living. Then the 3rd  Caliph Uthman (reigned 644-656 AD) combined and collated them, ordered seven  copies by four previous scribes and burned the rest. This project took over 25  years. There is, however, controversy and arguments amongst scholars about  whether it took much longer than that and if verses were omitted or changed  during the process. Since there are no outside sources other than Islam itself  (Koran, Sira and the Hadiths), it is difficult to compare or evaluate the  current Koran properly.

The Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible are based on love. God loves  everything, people, animals, birds, plants, insects and He leads you to love  Him. The overall effect is that God loves you and teaches you to love your  neighbors as yourself.

Other than many verses from the early, peaceful Meccan period where Mohammed  lived, I have found very little spiritual inspiration, pathos, piety, spiritual  enlightenment, compassion, beauty or devotion in the Koran. In the later  revelations from Medina, when Muhammed became a politician and a warlord, most  verses seem like orders from Allah and are cold, rigid, intolerant and  combative.

There is no ‘love’ in the Koran the way we understand and interpret love  today. Allah, of course, does not love the sinners or the unbelievers (2:190,  3:31). But Allah does not love the believers either, unless they love him  (3:31-32), so “love” in the Koran is very conditional. In addition, he admits  that he will lead people astray (14:27, 30:29) and will populate Hell with men  (32:13). References of true adoration of Allah from one’s heart are few and  believers are urged in many verses to “fear Allah” (5:1-2, 2:194). This clearly  shows that their perception of God is not the same as the perception of God of  the Torah or the Bible.

Allah and Muhammed do not appreciate the life people have found and enjoy on  this earth. According to them, it is the Hereafter that is the real life  (29:64-69). The reason is that “God has purchased the Believer’s person and  their goods; for theirs in return is Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah,  and slay and are slain.”(9:111).

Allah does not urge his believers to “do good work” in order to achieve peace  or cooperate with their fellow man. There are no calls from Allah to serve and  help people (other than those who are Muslims), to reduce suffering or spread  harmony amongst people in different communities with dissimilar creed, color or  religion. The verses clearly state that Islam’s aim is to rule the world with  only one religion for everybody: Islam (as shown above, 8:39, 9:29 and  24:55).

For this reason, those Jews, Christians or other naive, uneducated or  misinformed people who truly believe that we must work with Islamists, and there  are many of them, towards the noble idea of “Tikkun Olam” (repair the world) had  better read the Koran first, because there is absolutely no reciprocity or  cooperation in it.

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Robert Reyto, DDS is a survivor of both Nazism and Communism and after  9/11 realized the new dangers threatening Western Civilization. For the past six  years he has been studying Islam and speaking on the Myths and Realities of the  Koran to draw attention to the misinformation disseminated by supporters of  Islam. He may be reached at ww707@reagan.com.