For every opinion or belief someone may hold there will be another party who just as strong opposes that idea. Both sides usually claim to sit with the best arguments, the real facts and the best world view, and (ironycally) both sides regard the other as being indoctrinated, blind to the obvious and outright stupid.
Most people only expose themselves to information that matches their own worldview. It is uncomfortable to do otherwise. Still, we would like to give to you some information surprising information about ISLAM. We also urge you to look further than mainstream media and, if you can find the time for it, read the Qur'an yourself.
To get started we would like to present you the three things you probably did not know about Islam.
1. Islam has not been hijacked.
That Islam has been hijacked is what non-Muslims naturally assume because they assume that all religions are the same.
The reason non-Muslims are so easlily confused is that most of us don't realize the difference between the Qur'an and every other religious book we are familiar with.
The Christian Bible is a collection of writings from various authors written sometimes hundreds of years apart, with parables, advice and dreams, collected together into one book. Same with the Jewish Torah.
Even those of us in the West, who are neither Christians nor Jews, are still familiar enough with these religions to know this much, and therefore we assume the same is true for the Qur'an.
But the Qur'an is only one book, written by one man, in his own lifetime. It is meant to be taken literally, and it is not full of symbolism or vague analogies.
It is mostly direct commands. Of course, the Qur'an contains contradictory statements just like other religious books, but the Qur'an itself provides the reader with a way to know what to do with the contradictions.
It is explained in the Qur'an that if you have two passages that contradict each other, the one written later supersedes the one written earlier. Most Westerners are unaware that the peaceful, tolerant passages were written early in Mohammed's prophetic career. According to the Qur'an those passages have been abrogated by later, more violent and less tolerant passages.
So, when most Westerners hear Jihadists quoting violent passages from the Qur'an, and then peaceful Muslims quoting peaceful passages they interpret that the way they would if someone was quoting the Bible or the Torah. They think to themselves, Oh, there must be many different and contradictory passages, like there are in other religious books, so Muslims can pick and choose what they like and justify whatever actions they want to take. But the Qur'an is nothing like that. There is no picking and choosing. It says very explicitly and in no uncertain terms that a Muslim must not alter or ignore any part of its very clear and direct message, or they will burn in a fiery torment forever.
2. Striving to institute worldwide Shari'a Law is a religious duty.
Many people don't realize how politically-oriented Islam is at its core. In fact, Islam is less of a religion than it is a "religious ideology." It includes a mandatory and highly specific legal and political plan for the whole society: Shari'a. There is no separation between the religious and the political in Islam. Rather, Islam and Shari'a constitute a totalitarian means of ordering society at every level including: ritual worship, transactions and contracts, morals and manners, beliefs and punishments.
In the Qura'n Allah makes it clear that man-made governments, such as a democracy, and free speech, such as criticizing the Qura'n, are abominations, and must be eliminated.
The modern expression "Creeping Shari'a" is used to describe the slow, deliberate, and methodical advance of Islamic Law in non-Muslim countries. Official Shari'a courts already operate in the UK, handing cases raging from divorce and financial disputes to domestic violence. Attempts to introduce Shari'a in the legal system in Germany, Sweeden and other European countries are ongoing.
While Shari'a already has a foot in our door in the matter of minor disputes like inheritance and domestic violence, it should concern you that Shari'a commands that:
- Drinkers and gamblers should be wipped.
- Allows husbands to hit their wives allows and injured plaintif to exact legal revenge literally and eye for an eye.
- Shari'a commands that a thief must have the hand cut off.
- Commands that homosexuals must be executed.
- Orders unmarried fornicators to be whipped and adultures to be stoned to death.
- Orders death for both Muslim and non-Muslim critics of Muhammed, the Qura'n and even Shari'a itself.
- Orders apostates to be killed.
- Commands offensive, aggressive and unjust Jihad
As written in the Qura'n, Shari'a is the law of Allah. Any other form of government is a sin. It is the duty of every Muslim to keep striving until all governments have been converted to Shari'a Law.
3. Muslims are allowed to deceive non-Muslims if it helps Islam.
For non-Muslims, this principle, called Taqiyya, is another surprising concept of Islam.
While most other religions speak highly of truthfullness, the Qura'n instructs Muslims to lie to non-Muslims about their beliefs and their political ambitions to protect and spread Islam.
There are many examples of today's Islamic leaders saying one thing in English for the Western press and they saying something entirely different to their own followers in Arabic a few days latter. Deceiving the enemy is always useful in war and Islam is at war with the non-Islamic world until the whole world follows Shari'a Law.
All non-Muslims living in non-Islamic states are therefore enemies. So, deceiving Westerners is totally acceptable -- even encouraged -- if it can forward the goals of the spread of Islam.
As a recent example, the Islamic American Relief Agency were seemingly raising money for orphans but in fact giving the money to terrorists. They deceived good-heartened Western infidels into giving money to organizations that were actively killing Western infidels.
Do the research yourself. This is not an isolated case.
Islam as a religion of peace
Muslims organizations worldwide often declare Islam as a religion of peace, but what does that really mean? It seems easy for a Muslim to quote a few peaceful verse from the early parts of the Qura'n while by following the principle of Taqiyya neglecting to mention the fact that it has been officially abrogated by later more violent verses.
According to the Qura'n the world will be at peace only when Islam and Shari'a reign in every country -- and never until then. This is why every Muslim can truthfully say that Islam is a religion of peace.
If any of these points took you by surprise - then there is surely much more you still don't know.
This subject will affect you in the near future. So, take the chance to inform yourself now -- before it does.
http://tinyurl.com/abrogations1 --> http://www.muhammadanism.org/Quran/abrogation_koran.pdf
http://tinyurl.com/taqiyya1 --> http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/011-taqiyya.htm
2:106 None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?
16:101 When We substitute one revelation for another,- and Allah knows best what He reveals (in stages),- they say, "Thou art but a forger": but most of them understand not.
17:86 And if We please, We should certainly take away that which We have revealed to you, then you would not find for it any protector against Us.