Thursday, September 29, 2011

NPR Propaganda Misrepresents Islam

While I was composing another post, NPR's Morning Edition was spewing the standard lies, denying the fatal facts of Islam and condemning FBI training materials which accurately describe Islamic doctrine & practice.  The printed word can not reproduce the arrogant condescension dripping from the narrator's lips as she condemned the training program without demonstrating fallacy or bias.  Lets start with the transcript, when Steve Inskeep introduces the subject.

 Material from FBI courses gives agents a particular view of Muslims in America. It suggests that even mainstream Muslim Americans could be suspect. Rather than being told that terrorists were the problem, some agents were apparently told that Muslims were the problem.

even mainstream Muslim Americans could be suspect

    Define "mainstream Muslim" and enumerate the distinguishing characteristics by which distinguish them from potential suspects.  Do they know and believe Allah's word; his threat and promise? Do they obey Allah and emulate Moe or not?  Can you tell by sight or smell?

terrorists were the problem

    Were the Magnificent 19 Muslims?  The confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad indicates that the plotters are Muslims and proud of what they did in Allah's name. The confession indicates that they acted in conformity to religious obligation: Allah's imperatives and Moe's exemplary conduct.

    Was Muhammad bin Abdullah a Muslim?   His bragging about being a terrorist: victory through casting terror, is recorded in two hadith in the collection of Sahih Bukhari: 1.7.331 & 4.52.220. Is mainstream Islam anything other than what he preached and practiced as recorded in the Qur'an [3:151, 8:12, 57, 60; 33:26, 27; 59:2, 13   & hadith?  Allah said that he would cast terror and that he did cast terror, resulting in the death of the men of a Jewish tribe and the enslavement of their widows and orphans. He said that the Jews were more afraid of Moe and his army than they were of him. He commanded Muslims to deal harshly with their victims to strike terror into "those behind them". He commanded them to maximize their military strenth to "strike terror".  But the self-annointed experts of NPR instruct us  that terrorism is not an element of mainstream Islam.  If Islam's canonical texts do not define Islam, what does?

Muslims were the problem

    Without Muslims, Islam would be nothing more than musty books on library shelves. It is Muslims who are the foot soldiers of  Islam. It is Muslims who, in obedience to Allah; in emulation of Moe, stage terror attacks all over the world.

And it came out recently in Wired magazine that a counterterrorism training session at the FBI training center in Quantico, Virginia was teaching agents that Islam was a violent religion and that basically if you are a Muslim and religious, you should be seen as suspect.

Islam was a violent religion

    Where did the instructors get that idea?  Could it be from the Qur'an? [2:216, 190, 8:39,679:29, 111, 123, 47:4, 48:15-20]  Could it be from the hadith? [Riyad-us-Saliheen Book 11, Chapter 234] Could it be Islamic law? [Reliance of the Traveller, Book O, Chapter 9, Hedaya, Volume II, Book IX, Chapter 1] Could it be from Moe's biography? [The Sealed Nectar]

Muslim and religious: suspect

    Exactly why should we suspect anyone who is not a Muslim of plotting an act of Islamic terrorism?  Why should we not be suspicious of Muslims?  Who is more likely than a Muslim to obey Allah and emulate Moe by attempting to cast terror into the hearts of disbelievers?  When you hear hoof beats, do you look for horses or unicorns? 

[...] these were classes on Islamic doctrine that talked about the relationship between Islam and terrorism.

relationship between Islam and terrorism

    Apparently there is something wrong with teaching FBI agents about the relationship between Islam and terrorism. FBI agents must be kept ignorant of Allah's sanctification, imperative & Moe's example of casting terror into the hearts of disbelievers.  Of course, they have no need to know about it.

And let's be fair here, there are different interpretations of Islam, some of them certainly would seem to be violent interpretations of Islam, but most Muslims have argued that overwhelming majorities of Muslims are peaceful and that they have a peaceful religion. So did the training overstate what you can know about the different varieties of this religion?

different interpretations of Islam

    What is the difference between Sunni, Shi'ia & Sufi concerning jihad & terrorism?  Which mainstream school of Islamic law rejects offensive warfare against disbelievers and terrorism?  Al-Shafi'i had something to say about the obligation to perform jihad.Compare what he said to Reliance O9.1.

    How does that Shafi'ite fiqh differ from that of Al-Ghazali, a Sufi?

violent interpretations of Islam

    Is anyone better qualified to interpret the Qur'an than the man who first recited it?  How did he interpret it?

Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.' And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah." Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, "O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?" He replied, "Whoever says, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah', faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have."

    Allah said "fight them until" Moe said "I have been ordered to fight".  Exactly how can anyone dispute and disprove the obvious?  Would you prefer a second opinion? [Sahih Bukhari 9.84.89, Sunan Abu Dawud 14.2635 ]

majorities of Muslims are peaceful

    Have they not been called to fight yet [48:16, Sahih Bukhari 4.52.79] , or are they hypocrites [9:91...129]? How did the conquests of Syria, Yemen, Egypt, North Africa and India happen if most Muslims are peaceful?

they have a peaceful religion

    If they do, it ain't Islam!  Jihad is defined in Islamic law as "to war against non-Muslims". Islam is not a religion, it is a way of life: intra-species predation. Its religious component is jihad.

Sunan Abu Dawud Book 23, Number 3455:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:

I heard the Apostle of Allah, (peace_be_upon_him) say: When you enter into the inah transaction, hold the tails of oxen, are pleased with agriculture, and give up conducting jihad (struggle in the way of Allah). Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your original religion.

    Jihad, commerce and agriculture are viewed as alternative economic systems; jihad is preferred over the other two. It becomes clear that jihad is their "original religion".

    The outline below has some quotes from the article in the outer node and the reality in inner nodes.


ramo qiddis said...

The author used translations of some authentic references whether they were verses of Quran or Hadiths of prohet Muhammed(PBUH). With all respect to his (her) effort .I agree too that no true Muslim can deny that Jihad is a must in Islam , but what is the jurisprudent definition of Jihad ?”It is granting all possible capability in the cause of Allah,directly ,or with the aid of property , or opinion , or augmentation the number of those travelling to Jihad (i.e medicating the wounded or preparing food and drinks …..etc.)look ;- Margin –Hashiet- Ibn Aabdeen-3/336.
However , The beginning of Allah’s permission to his Messenger to fight his enemies was in Surat Alhaj “ Permission to fight ( against disbelievers ) is given to those (believers) who are fought against, because they have been wronged ;and surely Allah is Able to give them victory- Those who have been expelled from their homes unjustly only because they said :- Our Lord is Allah -.For had it not been Allah checks one set of people by means of another ,monasteries ,churches, synagogues ,and mosques , wherein the name of Allah is mentioned much would surely have been pulled down .Verily Allah will help those who help His(Cause).Truly ,Allah is All-strong ,All-Mighty.” Surat 22 verses 39,40
An example , the incident of Beir Maoneh ,as Ibn Isaaq narrated … then he told how Amer bin Jaafer Molaaeb elasinneh came to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and pretended he liked if Muhammed would send some of his men to Najd ( a district in Saudi Arabia now ) to call its inhabitants to Islam . I wouldn’t tell all the story , but there was a plot , the Muslims more than 40 were surrounded in an ambush and killed .In other incidents some tribes would attack Muslim’s properties , kidnap shepherds ,kill people , other than the poetry of hatred against Muslims which was the propaganda media of that period ; All these deeds were causes to launch attacks against those enemies during the first phase of building the Islamic regime.
After strengthening the Islamic State in Almadina , the call – Addawa- to Islam began to spread outside the Medina , every place where the Muslims reached , the people were given to choose one choice of three : 1- to convert to Islam and become completely as any other Muslim whose soul, property and reputation all are prohibited against violation .2- to stay on one’s religion but in this case every individual has to pay Jezia(tax) – approx. 1 gold dinar a year and be protected under the laws of the Islamic state ,and at the same time the Dhimmi has full freedom to resume his economical activity unless he cooperates with an enemy , he shouldn’t be harmed in anyway 3- If the governor or the authority of a town refused both of the two mentioned suggestions, then it’s the war between us

Ben said...

Ramo, with each of my quotes you will find a link: bold, blue underlined text. Hovering your mouse over the link will disclose the url. Clicking it will open the url in a new window. Where context is insignificant, I have recently been linking to Islam Awakened which displays a table of 37 parallel translations. Where context is vital, I link to the King Fahd Complex with its Noble Qur'an which is easy to scroll through.

If you will read The Sealed Nectar, you will discover that Moe revealed Islam in three dispensations.

When weak, in Mekkah, he preached tolerance and forbearance.

When he formed an army, in Medina, he preached defensive and retaliatory jihad, in Surahs 22 and 2.

When his army was capable of conquering Mekkah, he preached offensive warfare in Surahs Al-Anfal & At-Taubah.

Examine the text under the heading "Islam was a violent religion"; the second, third and fourth sentences in that paragraph contain links to the Qur'an, hadith and Shari'ah.

8:39, 9:39 and their codification in Reliance & Hedaya leave no possibility of doubt. No Jews or Christians would be paying jizya if thy were not intimidated or conquered by Muslims.

The legal definition of jihad is given in Reliance of the Traveller, Book O, Chapter 9, Section 0, which is linked in the post. The full quote follows.

"Chapter O9.0: Jihad

(O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.

``We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.''

The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:

-1- ``Fighting is prescribed for you'' (Koran 2:216);

-2- ``Slay them wherever you find them'' (Koran 4:89);

-3- ``Fight the idolators utterly'' (Koran 9:36);

and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

``I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah'';

and the hadith reported by Muslim,

``To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.''Details concerning jihad are found in the accounts of the military expeditions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), including his own martial forays and those on which he dispatched others. The former consist of the ones he personally attended, some twenty-seven (others say twenty-nine) of them. He fought in eight of them, and killed only one person with his noble hand, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, at the battle of Uhud. On the latter expeditions he sent others to fight, himself remaining at Medina, and these were forty-seven in number.)"