Discussing Islam – A losing battle?

JMM articles / by / on December 26, 2012

Islam, Sharia, jihad and terror. Daily, more things appear in the news about  the truth of Islam from a multitude of venues. Why do people refuse to hear this  truth?

“Perhaps these things that seem important to me are unimportant, but they are  all a part of the great human tragedy that stands before us. And if I could do  something, which I can’t, to make the world better, I would try to have it more  tolerant, more kindly, more understanding; could I do that and nothing else, I  would be glad.”

These were the words of Clarence Darrow during his closing argument in the  case of People v. Henry Sweet on May 11, 1926 and as the saying goes, “the more  things change, the more they stay the same”. The point that Darrow was making  was just because some things seemed unimportant, it didn’t mean they were and if  one would listen, not just hear, but listen, they too may come to realize the  truth.

When I set out to learn about terrorism at a very early age I had no  intention of learning anything about, let alone becoming what many have called  an “expert” on Islam. I didn’t care about Islam, I didn’t really care about any  religion other than my own, I wanted to learn about terrorism and that is what I  did.

I started with the history of terrorism, what better way to study a subject  than to start at the beginning? I started with the Zealots and the Sicarii in  biblical times and learned about terrorism from its original roots all the way  up through the 21st Century. Throughout my studies there was one defining factor  that kept showing up and the more I learned the more it reared its ugly head,  Islam.

I’ve been called an Islamophobe, a racist, a hater of Muslims – you name it,  I’ve heard it. Funny thing though, other than Muslims, every person who has ever  called me something along these lines knew nothing about Islam.

Most people have never read the Bible, so to ask them to read the Quran is  like pulling teeth. Most people only expose themselves to information that  matches their own opinions because it is easier and more comfortable; that’s  just human nature. Most people think of Islam as a religion rather than a  theocracy and therefore assume, “it’s a religion like Christianity or Judaism  and cannot possibly call for death to other religions or war or violence because  Christianity and Judaism doesn’t.”

Most people just don’t want to hear or know the truth if it goes against  their own morals. It’s easier to say “you’re wrong, Muslims are no longer like  that, that was in the 600’s, they are modernized now, and stonings no longer  happen, they don’t want to dominate the world with Sharia, you’re nuts”. Yes,  they would rather believe that, then to hear, learn or face the truth.

To paraphrase Walid Shoebat, the PLO terrorist who converted to Christianity  and wrote the book “Why I left Jihad”; In order to understand Islam you must  stop looking through Western eyes.

Most people are unaware that unlike the Old and New Testaments (numerous  books written over hundreds of years by several people) that the Quran was one  book, based upon the revelations and preachings of one illiterate man, compiled  shortly after his death from oral and written records. The Quran is meant to be  taken literally and again, unlike the Bible, it has few vague or symbolic  analogies.

Many people are unaware that when the Quran contradicts itself, the passage  written later supersedes the one written earlier. All the parts of the Quran  that speak of peace and tolerance were written early on and according to the  Islamic tradition, all those passages have been abrogated later by much more  violent and less tolerant passages.

Surah 2:106 “And for whatever verse We abrogate or cast into oblivion, We  bring a better or the like of it; knowest thou not that God is powerful over  everything?”

Surah 16:101 “When We change one verse for another (God knows best what He  reveals), they say: ‘You are an imposter.’ Indeed most of them have no  knowledge.”

To make the issue confusing, the Quran is not arranged in chronological  order. The first nine Surahs are at the start because they are the largest.  Surah 2 is earlier than Surah 1 and earlier than Surahs 3 to 9.

A much-quoted early verse which is “peacecful”:

Surah 2: 256 There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now  distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD  has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer,  Omniscient.

Is abrogated later by several violent and intolerant verses such as this:

Surah 9: 5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters  wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare  for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the  poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

So, when most people hear Jihadists quoting violent passages from the Quran  and then other Muslims quoting peaceful passages, they interpret it same way  they would if someone was quoting the Bible or the Torah and they think to  themselves “there are contradicting passages just like in other religions and  Muslims can choose which one they want and justify whatever actions they want to  take.”. The problem is that the Quran is nothing like that and makes it  explicitly clear that you must never alter any part of its message or you will  burn in a fiery torment forever.

The fact that Islam is more of a religious ideology than a religion is clear.  Islam includes a mandatory and specific legal and political plan for the whole  society known as Sharia. There is no separation between the political and the  religious in Islam.

Fact: The Quran says that Sharia is the law of Allah and any other form of  government is a sin.

Fact: The Quran says that man-made laws and governments (Democracy) and free  speech (such as criticizing the Quran) are abominations and must be  eliminated.

Fact: Striving to institute worldwide Sharia law until all governments have  been converted is an Islamic religious obligation for all Muslims.

As I explained in my article “Call PETA, no one else is doing anything” some  Sharia law facts are:

• Sharia law commands that drinkers and gamblers are to be whipped.

• Sharia law allows husbands to hit their wives.

• Sharia law allows a plaintiff to exact legal revenge, literally an eye for  an eye.

• Sharia law commands that a thief must have a hand cut off.

• Sharia law commands that homosexuals be executed.

• Sharia law orders unmarried fornicators to be whipped and adulterers to be  stoned to death.

• Sharia law allows obligatory female genital castration.

• Sharia law requires women to obtain permission from husbands for daily  freedoms, such as leaving the house unescorted by a male family member.

• Sharia law instructs compulsory acceptance of polygamy and forced child  marriages.

• Sharia law requires the testimony of four male witnesses to prove rape.

• Sharia law orders death for both Muslim and non-Muslim critics of the  Quran, Mohammed and even Sharia itself.

• Sharia law orders apostates to be killed.

• Sharia law commands offensive, aggressive and unjust Jihad.

• The Quran instructs Muslims to lie to further and protect Islam.  (Taqiyya).

There you have the FACTS. I don’t care if you are a Liberal or a  Conservative, average or intellectual, if you have not bothered to read any of  the Quran then you do not know Islam. Don’t assume that because it is a “religion” let alone “the religion of peace” that this is something that won’t  affect you.

I have often ended many of my articles and speeches by saying “Tell someone.  Educate someone. Whether it is your spouse, a friend or a co-worker, stand up  and speak up for what you know is right.” This time I ask you to educate  yourself, if you don’t have the desire to buy and read the Quran, go online and  look up some of what I have stated here. If after your own research you decide  that Islam is a “religion of peace” and most Muslims are “moderate”, then as  Clarence Darrow said “it is unimportant, but they are all a part of the great  human tragedy that stands before us”.

Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism  and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for  35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children  were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law  enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. His articles have  appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Frontpage Mag, Family Security Matters and  dozens of other sites. He can be heard every Thursday night at 8PM est. on  his own radio show “America Akbar” on Blog Talk Radio. He can be reached  through his website gadiadelman.com.

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