What is Islamic Fundamentalism?

June 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

Muslim fundamentalism is fast becoming the chief threat to global peace and security as well as a cause of national and local disturbance through terrorism. It is akin to the menace posed  by Nazism and fascism in the 1930’s and then by communism in the 50’s”

According to the Reader’s Digest Universal Dictionary “fundamental” means “having to do with the foundation; elemental; basic”, and “fundamentalism” an “unswerving belief in a set of basic and unalterable principles of a religious or philosophical nature”. The term was traditionally used for christians who believed the Bible to be the literal truth even when it was found in conflict with modern scientific discoveries. “Fundamentalism” soon became a derogatory term. What purpose does the term serve when used in connection with Muslims?

Western science is built on the foundation of scientific discoveries of Muslim Spain before the inquisition, and unlike the bible, the Qur’an has never yet been proven to contradict reality. The Qur’an encourages scientific research. somebody believing the Qur’an to be the fundamental or elemental and basic truth, can hardly be accused of being irrational. nor can there be anything wrong with firmly holding on to “basic and unalterable principles” . Modern secular society, for example, has agreed on a Universal Declaration of Human Rights to establish such “basic and unalterable principles”. To try to frighten people of Muslim fundamentalism, therefore, make little sense. Still it is being done every day.

When democratic elections were cancelled in Algeria or when Muslim campaigners for democracy in Egypt were hung without proper trial, it was enough of a justification to brand them as Muslim fundamentalists. No further questions needed to be asked. Fundamentalist meant terrorist. Terrorist meant danger. Danger justified eliminating those responsible. On the other hand, when Israel bombed civilian areas in Lebanon or when Serb militia massacred innocent Muslim men, women and children in Bosnia, the term Jewish, or Christian fundamentalists was never used to refer to them.

In his book Pity the Nation on the long conflict in the Lebanon, Robert Fisk, one of the longest-serving British Middle East correspondents, spells out how emotional and ambiguous this use of language is. He says: “But ‘terrorism’ no longer means terrorism. It is not a definition; it is a political contrivance. ‘Terrorists’ are those who use violence against the side that is using the word. The only terrorist whom Israel acknowledges are those who oppose Israel. The only terrorist the United States acknowledges are those oppose the United States or their allies. The only terrorists Palestinians acknowledge – for they too use the word – are those opposed to the Palestinians. To adopt the word means that we have taken a side in the Middle East, not between right and wrong, good and evil, David and Goliath, but with one set of combatants against another. For journalists in the Middle East, the use of the word ‘terrorism’ is akin to carrying a gun”.

Yet, The time she worked for, and The Independent he now writes for still happily “carry a gun” and shoot at”Musilm Fundamentalists” or “Muslim terrorist” instead of objectively reporting the news. Prejudice against Islam is deep-seated, because nobody bothers to find out what Islam really means and what code of conduct the Qur’an prescribes for a Muslim.

Here, then are some of the “fundamentals”, “basic and unalterable principles” of the Qur’an, Muslims believe in.

“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy hand- hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all things” Surah 2 (Al – Baqarah/The Cow), verse 256

we bestowed (in the past) Wisdom on Luqman: “Show (thy) gratitude to God.” Any who is (so) grateful does so to the profit of his own soul: but if any is ungrateful, verily God is free of all wants, Worthy of all praise. Behold, Luqman said to his son by way of instruction: “O my son! join not in worship (others) with God: for false worship is indeed the highest wrong-doing.” And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), “Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal. “But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn to me (in love): in the e nd the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did.” “O my son!” (said Luqman), “If there be (but) the weight of a mustard-seed and it were (hidden) in a rock, or (anywhere) in the heavens or on earth, God will bring it forth: for God understands the finest mysteries, (and) is well-acquainted (wi th them). “O my son! establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid what is wrong: and bear with patient constancy whatever betide thee; for this is firmness (of purpose) in (the conduct of) affairs. “And swell not thy cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth; for God loveth not any arrogant boaster. “And be moderate in thy pace, and lower thy voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass.” Surah 31 (Luqman), verse 12-19

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). Surah 49 (Al – Hujurat/The Chambers), verse 13

Say: “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than God.” If then they turn back, s ay ye: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to God’s Will). Surah 3 (Al – Imran/The Family of Imran), verse 64

Say: “We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between on e and another among them, and to God do we bow our will (in Islam).” Surah 3 (Al – Imran/The Family of Imran), verse 84

Say: Will ye dispute with us about God, seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that We are sincere (in our faith) in Him? Surah 2 (Al – Baqarah/The Cow), verse 139

Those who believe (in the Qur’an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians, and the Christians, and the magians, and the polytheists, – allah will judge between them on the day of judgement: for Allah is witness of all things. Surah 5 (Al – Ma’idah/The Table Spread), verse 17

These then, are the fundamentalists of Islam. do you find anything fundamentally wrong with them? do they make you feel afraid? do you feel endangered by someone who follows them? Surely not.

So next time, somebody talks about “Muslim Fundamentalism” or “Islamic Fundamentalism” , laugh at them, because you know better, and they don’t know what they are talking about. Let no – one frighten you about Islam, which literally means “a religion of peace through submission to God”.

Sahib Mustaqim Bleher was Born in in 1959 in Heidelberg, Germany  into a protestant Christian family. During his school days he took an Interest in newspaper journalism which became his later career. He embraced Islam in 1980, and later moved to Britain. He has translated several titles of Islamic Literature from Arabic to German and presently maintains a small publishing enterprise in the UK, where he lives with his wife and children. He also holds the position of general secretary of the Islamic Party of Britain .

Source: Mustaqim Islamic Art and Literature

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The Crucifixion Of The Quran

April 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

Is this:

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Really as bad as this:

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One Christian Pastor seems to think so.

Highly respected evangelical pastor John Piper made a startling yet insightful comment Tuesday when he compared the burning of the Islamic holy book to crucifying Christ.His comment comes amid reports that at least 24 people have died, including seven United Nations employees, in Afghanistan since Friday over the burning of the Koran by a fringe Florida pastor in March.

It wasn’t a burning of the Quran, it was the burning of a Quran. There are millions like it. Paper with ink printed on it. Easily duplicated and replaced. Unlike the life of a human being.

Pastor Piper will make a splendid dhimmi.

Source: Jawa Report

Most Moderate Muslim Males in Bangladesh: Gives us dowry we like or..

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

When wives are set on fire for their dowry

At least 249 women were killed in 2010. Out of anger or vengeance, husbands throw kerosene on their wives and set them on fire. The problem is widespread despite the fact that Islamic law, which is in place in Bangladesh, requires would-be husbands to pay a price for their future wives[…]

Under the existing dowry system, a bride’s family must pay her future groom a sum of money. The practice first appeared some 50 years ago. Before that, would-be husbands had to pay instead a ‘bride price’ to the woman’s family in accordance with Islamic law. The change appears to be the result of an imbalance in the country’s demography, as there were more women than men of marriageable age at that time. For example in 1950, the population of women of marriageable age was 10 per cent more than that of eligible men; by 1975, the percentage had risen to 43.

However, men do not necessarily demand a dowry before marriage; in some cases, they do it afterwards to assert their authority over their wives when the latter do not obey. Violence can ensue in a number of situations in a society where tradition places the husband in a position of superiority.[Emphasis mine..ed]

Not all families are willing or financially capable of paying a dowry for their daughters, a situation that some husbands see as an insult that calls for vengeance.

This kind of tragedy occurs in both big cities and small villages, among upper middle classes as well as the poor. A few months ago for instance, a university professor was killed over her dowry.
Note: No Qu’ran was burned…just sayin..

Source: Jawa Report

2 of 11 Killed in Deadly Attack on U.N. Office at Koran-Burning Protest Were Beheaded

April 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

Update on Raw Video: Afgann Protestestses Against Korean Burning (Update: Protestestseser baner-Terry Jones is a Terroraist)

Afghan insurgent eyed as ringleader

An Afghan insurgent from one of the country’s hotbeds of militancy is thought to be the ringleader of a bloody attack Friday on a United Nations compound as hundreds protested the purported burning of a Koran by a Florida pastor.

At least 11 people, including seven foreigners, were killed in the storming of the U.N. compound in the northern Afghanistan city of Mazar-i-SharifTwo of the foreigners were beheaded, Reuters reported[Emphasis mine..ed]

The demonstration in Mazar-i-Sharif turned violent when some protesters grabbed weapons from the U.N. guards and opened fire, then mobbed buildings and set fires on the compound, officials said. Demonstrators also massed in Kabul and the western city of Herat for peaceful demonstrations.

Afghan authorities announced the arrest of more than 20 people, including a militant from Kapisa province who they suspect was the ringleader of the assault, said Rawof Taj, deputy provincial police chief. Further information about the suspects wasn’t immediately available.[…]

U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain LeRoy said the top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan, Staffan De Mistura, who is in Mazar-i-Sharif, believes “the U.N. was not the target.”

“They wanted to find an international target and the U.N. was the one there in Mazar-i-Sharif,” LeRoy told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York.ROPMA

Source: Jawa Report.

I will admit that Islam is becoming something else in the World. Beheading non-Islamic!?!? hmm there’s something seriously going wrong.

Because Only An “Honorable” Man Would Beat His Wife

March 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam delivering a lecture o...

You read that headline correctly.

This video is clips from several different Islamic debates about whether wife-beating is acceptable under Islam. During one part, a Muslim laughs at a man who said an honorable man would never beat his wife, and then replies, “I laughed at the claim that an honorable man doesn’t beat (his wife), because only an honorable man would beat her. There are disciplinary beatings that are permitted by Islam, which are practiced by honorable men.”

Islam respects a woman so much its better to beat her, abuse her, or kill her than to allow her to have her own life, lest she might mess up and displease Allah.

I’m not really surprised some men convert to Islam. There are evil people in the world, so it makes sense to embrace a “religion” that promises salvation and paradise to those who commit evil. Why not embrace a faith that elevates your status above all other humans and places you just short of a god? If you have no humanity or common decency, why not embrace the only conventional “religion” that gives you the authority – and the duty – to maintain other human beings as slaves?

But why on earth would a woman willingly convert to Islam? The very best she could hope for is to be treated like a pet in this life, and then, if she is deemed worthy enough to enter paradise, live as a perpetual virgin to be raped over and over and over for all eternity.

I just don’t understand it.

Source: The Jawah Report.

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