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The "Islam" that Muslim activists introduce to the West these days is completely different from the Islam we knew and experienced in the Middle East. This is a new edition -revised, modified, expanded and abridged- of the real Islam. A major facelift operation has been taking place here. To their credit, I must acknowledge that the International Islamization movement, in recent years, has grown much in both intelligence and sophistication. They lacked power, so they decided to be smart. Since they could no longer use the sword to conquer the world, as they once did, they decided to use more cunning methods. Nevertheless, this undertaking of converting the West to Islam is not going to be easy. Muslim activists are faced with the big task of changing people's perception of Islam, and convincing them of the legitimacy of that religion. This, at a time when Western citizens are held hostage by Muslims, airplanes are hijacked, and a death sentence is issued against a popular writer just because he dared to criticize Islam. The following are some of the methods Muslim activists are now adopting:
1. Change Of Identity
They avoid referring to teachings that may offend the Western citizen. They never mention the Islamic code of punishment. They stress that they believe in Moses and Jesus. They no longer call Jews and Christians infidels, nor would they call them "Zionists" or "Crusaders". The last thing they want to do is to shock people. They'll have a Muslim host on their T.V. program with a Christian name like "Paul". Names like Mohammed, Mustafa and Omar are too strong to swallow. They use the term "Sunday School" in place of "Friday Class", and they end their speeches with the Christian expression, "May God bless you". They brag about being Americans, and have the American flag visible in the background of their program set. This is the same flag Muslims burned in their daily rituals in Iran, calling America "The great Satan".
2. Change Of Vocabulary
They are using now a completely new terminology. Words like "love" and "grace" are now part of their vocabulary. Theological Christian terms such as "salvation", "justification", and "sanctification" are now part of their teachings. They change Quranic translations to hide some of Islam's harsh teachings. An example is the new French translation of the Quran which has caused a tremendous furor among Muslim fundamentalists because it attempted to please the Jews by modifying some verses of the Quran that condemn Jews, such as a verse that used to read, "The people of Israel, after sowing corruption twice on earth for the purpose of dominating other people, will push themselves up into a position of extreme power before being punished by God." The new translation reads just the opposite: "The people of Israel will be twice destroyed as an innocent victim, and God will reward them by elevating them to great heights".
3. Change Of Strategy
Their new strategy lies in trying to be accepted, included and involved in all activities; religious, social and political. They are now becoming active in partisan functions in order to have a say in party platforms. They conduct letter campaigns to members of congress to influence legislation. They run for public offices in hope of reaching a position of authority. They make full use of their voting power to get concessions in their favor. They try to be represented on educational committees for the purpose of changing educational programs to go in line with their beliefs.
The Stage Of Weakness And The Stage Of Gihad (Holy War)
It seems that these new tactics we discussed are not without precedent in Islamic history. Mohammed Hassanein Heikal, the noted Egyptian author, refers to this concept in his book "Autumn Furor". He states, "So, the element of Gihad emerged in the ideology of Abul Alaa Almauroody. He went on to differentiate between two separate stages a Muslim community goes through: The stage of weakness -In it a Muslim community is unable to take charge of its own destiny. In this case, according to his thinking, they must withdraw for the purpose of preparing themselves to be capable of executing the secong stage. The Gihad stage -The time will come when the Islamic community has completed its preparedness and is ready to come out of its issolation to take charge, through Gihad. Abul Alaa Almauroody also compares the two stages of weakness and Gihad with Mohammad's struggle in Mecca then in Medina.
The Mohammad Of Mecca And Mohammad Of Medina
Historians agree that there is a big difference between Mohammed's personality in Mecca and his personality after his migration to Medina. In Mecca, Mohammed was weak, struggling to be accepted, often mocked at and ridiculed. He tried to appeal to them by being like Jesus, compassionate and loving. His teachings condemned violence, injustice, and neglect of the poor. However, after he moved to Medina and his followers grew in strength and number, he became a relentless warrior, intent on spreading his religion by the sword. This change in Mohammad's personality becomes apparent by comparing the Meccan and Medinan surahs. The following are some examples: In Surah 73:10 God tells Mohammed to be patient with his opponents, "Be patient with what they say, and part from them courteously". While in Surah 2:191 God orders him to kill his opponents, "kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from wherever they drove you out." In Surah 2:256 God tells Mohammad not to impose Islam by force, "There is no compulsion in religion", while in verse 193 God tells him to kill whoever rejects Islam, "Fight (kill) them until there is no persecution and the religion is God's". In Surah 29:45 God tells Mohammad to speak nicely to people of the Book (Christians and Jews), "Argue with people of the book, other than evil doers, only by means of what are better! and say, we believe in what has been sent down to us and sent down to you. Our God is the same as your God, and we are surrendered to Him." While in Surah 9:29 God tells him to fight the people of the Book, "Fight those who do not believe in God and the last day... and fight People of the Book, who do not accept the religion of truth (Islam) until they pay tribute by hand, being inferior". To justify this sudden change in the Quran's mood from peaceful to militant, conciliatory to confrontational, Mohammad claimed that it was God who told him so. It was God who abrogated the peaceful verses and replaced them with harsh ones. However the truth of the matter, as Almauroody puts it, is that Mohammad became strong enough to move from the stage of weakness to the stage of Gihad. Today, in the West, we are witnessing the Islamic stage of weakness, but let's not be fooled, the stage of Gihad is coming sooner or later. This meek little lamb will turn out to be a ravening wolf, and the sweet melodious "Baa Baa" will change to a thunderous roar.
--Men are superior to women.
"And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree over them". Surah 2:228
--Women have half the rights of men
A. In court witness "And get two witnesses out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women such as ye choose for witness." Surah 2:282 B. In inheritance "To the male a portion equal to that of two females". Surah 4:11
--A man may punish his wife by beating her
"...as to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them..." Surah 4:34
--A man may marry up to four wives at one time
"...Marry women of your choice two, or three or four". Surah 4:3
--A wife is a sex object for her husband
"Your wives are as a tilth unto you, so approach your tilth when or how ye will". Surah2:223
--Muslims must fight until their opponents submit to Islam
"But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them...and lie and wait for them...; but if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity then open the way for them". Surah 9:5
--Christians and Jews are cursed according to Islam
"The Jews call Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the truth". Surah 9:30
--A Muslim apostate must be killed
"But if they violate their oath after their covenant, and taunt you for your faith, fight (kill) ye the chiefs of unfaith: for their oaths are nothing to them". Surah 9:12
--Stealing is punished by amputation of the hands
"As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands: A punishment by way of example from Allah..." Surah 5:41
--Adultery is punished by public flogging
"The women and the men guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with a hundred stripes..." Surah 24:2
--Resisting Islam is punished by death, crucifixion or the cutting off of hands.
"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of the hands and feet from opposite sides or exile from the land..." Surah 5:36
--Every Muslim will pass over Hell
"Not one of you but will pass over it..." Surah 19:71
--Heaven, in Islam, is the place where a Muslim will be reclining, eating meat
and delicious fruits, drinking exquisite wines, and engaging in sex with virgins. "They will recline on carpets whose inner linings will be of rich brocade: the fruit of the gardens will be near. In them will be (Maidens), Chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched (virgins)." Surah 55:54-46
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