“Remember the rule: in Muslim countries, be careful to conform your behavior to Muslim sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, be careful to conform your behavior to Muslim sensibilities,” stated Robert Spencer, of lesson garnered from the details spelled out in the above article posted at Jihad Watch.
And why, I ask you, is the truth in Spencer's statement so?
I’ll tell you why: It is so, because, as the Qur’an declares, the Muslim knows, “… people who strive against Our Signs [(The Qur’an)], trying to nullify [--declare them meaningless--] such people will be summoned to the Punishment [and will not escape it].” (Surat Saba’ [Sheba]: 34:38; Tafsir Al-Jalalayn.)
They likewise know, when their “beloved prophet” sent his letter to “ Musaylima the liar,” “[‘the apostle’] he wrote …: ‘From Muhammad the apostle of God to Musaylima the liar. “Peace be upon him who follows the guidance.”’” (Ishaq, P, 649.)
Tafsir makes clear precisely what that statements means: ““Peace be upon those who follow the guidance. [They alone will be safe from punishment.]” (Al-Jalalayn, Surat Ta Ha: 20:47) In other words, only those who follow the Muhammad-provided guidance of the Qur’an will be those free from being amongst the summoned to “Allah’s painful punishment.”
The truth in Spencer’s cited statement above is so because, littered along and soaked up by the long twisted paths, byways, highways and hallways of Islamic history, are the remains, is the shed blood of those who resisted submission to Islam.
Pretend all you want to such is not so, fact stands. It testifies, it declares, as the Qur’an declares, “You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day who are loving to anyone who opposes Allah and His Messenger.” ( Ibid, al-Mujadila: 58:22.)
The Qur'an likewise asserts, “Those who disagree [and] oppose Allah and His Messenger will be subdued and overcome as those before them were subdued and overcome [when they opposed their Messengers before]….The unbelievers will have a humiliating punishment.” (Ibid, al-Mujadila: 58: 5.)
For such reasons, the book the Muslim lives guided by, declares, commands and declares, “…God said …. ‘I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, so strike off their heads and cut off all their fingers, because they opposed God and His apostle and he who opposes God and His apostle (will find) God severe in punishment. (Surah al-Anfal: 8:12- 13, as cited in "Ishaq".)
For such reasons, on the pages of sira, credited to the work of hafiz al-Bayhaqi , citing the actions of the one every Muslim is commanded to walk in the footprints of; as he gave instructions to be given to new "believers," sira relates as follows:
He [al-Bayhaqi] stated, “Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Hafiz related to us, quoting Abu al-Abbas Hazam…. Who said, ‘the following is the letter we have that the Messenger of God (SAAS) wrote to ‘Amr b. Hazam when he sent him to Yemen to give religious instructions to its people, to teach them the sunnah, the orthodox practices of Islam, and collect their alms payments….
“ ‘ He wrote, “ In the name of God, the most Merciful and Beneficent. This is a document from God and His Messenger….
“ ‘ “ ‘He commands ….
“ ‘ “ ‘Any Jew or Christian who genuinely accepts Islam and properly performs in accord with the faith of Islam shall be (considered) a believer, and shall enjoy all the rights and obligations they have. Those who remain in their Judaism or Christianity shall not be made to change their faith. But each of the their adults, whether male or female, free or slave, shall pay …. Those who fulfill this shall have the protection of God and His Messenger; those who refuse shall be considered the enemies of God, of His Messenger and of all believers….’”’” (Ibn Kathir, al-Sira al-Nabawiyya, V. IV, P. 104.)
In brief here, for those with eyesight who study Islam, the picture is clear: only those who continue to fight and resist Islam and its injunctions, resist and fight against the desires of its followers, they are those who will be fought. They are those who will be, according to the above cited “Word of Allah,” "summoned to the Punishment [and will not escape it].”
It is clear, “Allah and His Messenger” made clear, from the Islamic perspective, there are but two sides.
On the one side: “Allah, His Messenger,” the believers, and those subjugated to the said. On the other side: those who oppose Allah and His Messenger and the terms brought by the two, thus those, whom the said identify as, as cited above, “considered the enemies of God, of His Messenger and of all believers.”
Once more, for not trite reason, the Qur’an commands:
Fight those of the people who were given the Book who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day [--shown by the fact that they did not accept the Prophet, may Allah bless and grant him peace, --]and who do not make unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful … and do not take as their din the din of Truth, [which confirms and abrogates other dins], until they pay the jizya with their own hands [--meaning the Jews and the Christians who must pay it in submission or directly with their actual hand--] in a state of complete abasement [--humble and subject to the judgments of Islam….]” (Al-Jalalayn, Surat at-Tawba 9: 29.)
Pretend, wish all you want, there is a third or more position between those who support Islam and those who resist and reject it, there is no such option. One either opposes Islam and fights against its institutions, or one bows to it, submits to and advances it. As did and does the Italian priest in the above linked to Jihad Watch article.
Thus, the question pressed to all is simple: which side are you on? Which side?