Ia2 Is Islam a Peaceful Religion, what do Moslems Say?
When the Danish newspaper, Iyllands-Posten published twelve cartoons last October depicting the prophet Mohammad, it received so many threats it had to hire security guards to protect its staff. The Pakistani Jamaaat-e-Islami party offered a large reward to anyone who killed any of the cartoonists. On 2/7/2006 5000 people in Pakistan chanted "Hang the man who insulted the prophet," and burned effigies of one cartoonist and Denmark's prime minister. (Cartoon Protests Deadly in Afghanistan, 2/8/2006) A number of the cartoonists – terrified for their lives – went into hiding (The Hypocrisy of the Cartoon Campaign, Frontpagemag.com 2/7/2006). The Following are Placards held by Muslims in Front of or on the way to the Danish Embassy in London, Protesting Cartoons Of the Prophet Muhammad (2/3/06). The cartoons expressed the opinion that Islam was violent, the chants and signs of the demonstrators, the death threats and the reward for the death of the cartoonists prove that Islam is violent.
My favorite cartoon of the one's they protested against is:
Muslims demanded an apology from the Danes and some Danes with backbone posted the a web page which can be viewed by clicking here.
Moslems often tell Westerners that Islam is a religion of peace. What is important is what they tell other Moslems. Khaled Kishtainy, writing in the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, says talk of "love and peace in Islam" is just a cover for violence
His best proof of this, he says is the 1984 world congress on "The Nonviolent Political Arab Struggle" in Amman, Jordan, which he called "nothing but hypocrisy and propaganda."
Kishtainy writes: "In the congress documents in the English [version] they published my speech, but they removed it from the edition in Arabic!!! All this was in an attempt to deceive the Westerners, and not in order to educate the Arabs to peace. (wnd.com 4/17/04)
Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Malaysia today (Thursday), the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad said: [Muslim] peace treaties with the Jews and others, he reiterated the Moslem view that such treaties are tactical, and are a prelude to victory, rather than peace: "The Koran tells us that when the enemy sues for peace we must react positively. True, the treaty offered to us is not favorable. But we can negotiate. The Prophet did, and in the end he triumphed." (Israel ME Politics, Conflicts and Conspiracies)
Mahathir Mohammed's speech helps us understand Hamas spokesman and co-founder Abd al-Aziz al-Rantissi who told journalists on Sunday Jan 2004, that the movement had come to the conclusion it was "difficult to liberate all our land at this stage, so we accept a phased liberation." firstname.lastname@example.org 26 January 2004
Walid Shoebat, a reformed PLO terrorist said he was not motivated by nationalism or the desire for self-determination as much as he was by his Islamic education. "I was not only a terrorist, I was also terrorized by my beliefs," Shoebat recalled, "since I had to gain enough merit and good deeds to go to heaven but never was sure if my good deeds would outweigh my bad deeds. So it was taught to us that to die fighting the Jews [would] ease Allah's anger towards my sin and I [would] be secured a good spot in heaven with beautiful wide-eyed women to fulfill my most intimate desires, so either way I would win - terror was the only way." Article: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=56867, January 27, 2004
What religious leaders preach to other Muslims tells us a lot about whether Islam is a religion of peace. In Pakistan
Robert Spencer in an interview with Jamie Glazov recounted that:
Islamic leaders using loudspeakers urged Muslims to rise up and eliminate Christians. They also passed a resolution demanding that Yousaf Masih, a Christian accused of desecrating the Quran, be publicly hanged. (Islamists call for elimination of Christians, wnd.com 12/13/05)
Once I received a death threat from a man in Pakistan who wrote to me: “I will be violent against anyone who hurts muslim feelings about Prophet. It is a religion of peace for everyone until some duckhead sprews out his damn saliva on a senstive topic as this. Spencer will be delivered.” The irony of what he was writing seems to have been lost on him.
Nor is this idea solely the province of kooks. The internationally influential jihad theorist Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) maintained that violent jihad is a necessary part of establishing true peace, which equals the supremacy of the Sharia: “When Islam strives for peace, its objective is not that superficial peace which requires that only that part of the earth where the followers of Islam are residing remain secure. The peace which Islam desires is that the religion (i.e. the Law of the society) be purified for God, that the obedience of all people be for God alone, and that some people should not be lords over others” (Milestones, p. 63). That is, peace is established when Islamic law rules a society.
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