Islam: A Religion of Peace?
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Here's a very interesting and timely email I got today. i thought it most informative and from a rather well credentialed source as well.


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Quote:Dear William,

Hope all is well with you.I'm simply sharing with you. I have an Orthodox priest friend and his recently retired Metropolitan had written the
commentary below (3 parts) which my friend sent to all of his Church members and to me. It is obvious that he is quite well read.
I hope you find it interesting.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving that is ever so meaningful.

NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE

— Part One —

by

Metropolitan Ephraim




In the article “A Notable Coptic Priest,” we touched briefly on the remarkable work that Father Zakaria Botros is doing in bringing the words of the New Testament to millions upon millions of Moslems, who formerly had no access to the Holy Scriptures.

In the articles that follow, with God’s help, we intend to bring to your attention more information on Islam that is taken from its own primary sources. These texts, we believe speak for themselves.

The quotations that follow are taken from the Koran:



But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity then open the way for them.

(Surah 9:5 [see also Surah 2:193])



Therefore; when ye meet the unbelievers (in fight) smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly in (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom, until the war lays down its generosity or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens.

(Surah 47:4)



The following is from the Hadiths:



Mohammad said: “No Muslim should be killed for killing a kafir (infidel).”

(Hadiths, vol. 9:50)





From the Middle East Media Research Institute

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has published on its website a film and transcript of the July 19, 2010, Egyptian Al-Rahma TV broadcast “Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: The Desire to Shed Blood, Smash Skulls, and Sever Limbs for the Sake of Allah Is an Honor for the Believer.”

Excerpts of the broadcast include the following comments by Muhammad Al-Arifi:



There is no doubt that a person whom Allah enables to sacrifice his soul, and to fight for the sake of Allah, has been graced with a great honor. The Prophet Muhammad said that the dust of battle for the sake of Allah and the smoke of Hell shall never meet in a man’s nose….

Devotion to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer….

Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight [the Muslims]. By Allah, the infidel countries today — the United States and its allies — dare to fight the Muslims, to rape their women and turn them into widows, and to inflict their corruption on Islam and the Muslims on a daily basis only because they see that the Muslims do not even consider fighting the infidels and conquering their countries….

The Koranic verses that deal with fighting the infidels and conquering their countries say that they should convert to Islam, pay the jizya poll tax, or be killed [emphasis added]. If the Muslims had implemented this, we would not have reached the humiliation in which we find ourselves today.”[1]



This sermon is solidly based on the Koran, the Sira, and the Hadiths.

So, when we here in America speak of “freedom of religion,” is a belligerent, totalitarian philosophy included in this concept?

Is Islam a “religion of peace”? Is it, strictly speaking, a religion at all — as we understand the term?

Next: Is the Bible as violent as the Koran?

NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE

— Part Two —



The Political Violence of the Bible and the Koran


One of the most frequently used arguments heard in the defense of Islam is that the Bible is just as violent as the Koran. The logic goes like this. If the Koran is no more violent than the Bible, then why should we worry about Islam? This argument is that Islam is the same as Christianity and Judaism. This is false, but this analogy is very popular, since it allows someone who knows nothing about the actual doctrine of Islam to talk about it. “See, Islam is like Christianity, Christians are just as violent as Muslims.” If this is true, then you don’t have to learn anything about the actual Islamic doctrine.

However, this is not a theological argument. It is a political one. This argument is not about what goes on in a house of worship, but what goes on in the marketplace of ideas.

Now, is the doctrine of Islam more violent than the Bible? There is only one way to prove or disprove the comparison and that is to measure the differences in violence in the Koran and the Bible.

The first item is to define violence. The only violence that matters to someone outside of either Islam or Christianity or Judaism is what they do to the “other,” political violence. Cain killing Abel is not political violence. Political violence is not killing a lamb for a meal or making an animal sacrifice. Note, however, a vegan or a PETA member considers both of these actions to be violent, but it is not violence against them.

The next item is to compare the doctrines both quantitatively and qualitatively. The political violence of the Koran is called “fighting in Allah’s cause,” or jihad.

We must do more than measure the jihad in the Koran. Islam has three sacred texts: Koran, Sira, and Hadith, the Islamic Trilogy. The Sira is Mohammed’s biography. The Hadith are his traditions  —  what he did and said. Sira and Hadith form the Sunna, the perfect pattern of all Islamic behavior.

The Koran is the smallest of the three books, the Trilogy. It is only 16% of the Trilogy text. This means that the Sunna is 84% of the word content of Islam’s sacred texts. This statistic alone has large implications. Most of the Islamic doctrine is about Mohammed, not Allah. The Koran says 91 different times that Mohammed is the perfect pattern of life. It is much more important to know Mohammed than the Koran. This is very good news. It is easy to understand a biography about a man. To know Islam, know Mohammed.

It turns out that jihad occurs in large proportion in all three texts. Here is a chart about the results:



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It is very significant that the Sira devotes 67% of its text to jihad. Mohammed averaged an event of violence every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life. Jihad was what made Mohammed successful. Here is a chart of the growth of Islam.



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Basically, when Mohammed was a preacher of religion, Islam grew at the rate of 10 new Muslims per year. But when he turned to jihad, Islam grew at an average rate of 10,000 per year. All of the details of how to wage jihad are recorded in great detail. The Koran gives the great vision of jihad  —  world conquest by the political process. The Sira is a strategic manual and the Hadith is a tactical manual of jihad.

Now let’s go to the Hebrew Bible. When we count all of the political violence, we find that 5.6% of the text is devoted to it. There is no admonition towards political violence in the New Testament.

When we count the magnitude of words devoted to political violence, we have 327,547 words in the Trilogy and 34,039 words in the Hebrew Bible. The Trilogy has 9.6 times as much wordage devoted to political violence as the Hebrew Bible.



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The real problem goes far beyond the quantitative measurement of ten times as much violent material; there is the qualitative measurement. The political violence of the Koran is eternal and universal. The political violence of the Bible was for that particular historical time and place. This is the vast difference between Islam and other ideologies. The violence remains a constant threat to all non-Islamic cultures, now and into the future. Islam is not analogous to Christianity and Judaism in any practical way. Beyond the one-god doctrine, Islam is unique unto itself.

Another measurement of the difference between the violence found in the Judeo/Christian texts as opposed to that of Islam is found in the use of fear of violence against artists, critics, and intellectuals. What artist, critic, or intellectual ever feels a twinge of fear if condemning anything Christian or Jewish? However, look at the examples of the violent political threats and murders of Salman Rushdie, Theo van Gogh, Pim Fortuyn, Kurt Westergaard of the Danish Mohammed cartoons, and many others. What artist, critic, or intellectual has not had a twinge of fear about Islam when it comes to free expression? The political difference in the response to the two different doctrines is enormous. The political fruit from the two trees is as different as night and day.

It is time for so-called intellectuals to get down to the basics of judging Islam by its actual doctrine, not making lame analogies that are sophomoric assertions. Fact-based reasoning should replace fantasies that are based upon political correctness and multiculturalism.



—Bill Warner, Director, Center for the Study of Political Islam



Next: Is Sharia Law compatible with the United States Constitution?


NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE

— Part Three —

by

Metropolitan Ephraim




In the “Christian Edition” of the Jerusalem Post (October, 2010), author Nonie Darwish writes that Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf claims that Islamic Sharia Law is compatible with the United States Constitution. In response to this claim, she provides us with the following list of Sharia laws, so that all can see for themselves how well the Imam’s claims stand up under scrutiny:

1.      It is obligatory for a Muslim to lie if the purpose is obligatory. That means that for the sake of abiding by Islam’s commandments, such as jihad, a Muslim is obliged to lie, and should have no feelings of guilt or shame.

2.      Jihad, defined as “war against non-Muslims to establish the religion,” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (caliph). Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule.

3.      A caliph can seize power by force.

4.      A caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases rape.

5.      A percentage of zakat (charity money) must go towards jihad.

6.      It is obligatory to obey the commands of the caliph, even if he is unjust.

7.      A caliph must be a Muslim, a non-slave, and a male.

8.      The Muslim public must remove the caliph if he rejects Islam.

9.      A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.

10.  A Muslim will be forgiven for the murder of: 1) an apostate; 2) an adulterer; 3) a highway robber.

11.  A Muslim will not be executed if he kills a non-Muslim, but will be executed for killing a Muslim.

12.  Sharia never abolished slavery or sexual slavery. A master will not be punished for killing his slave.

13.  Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, and flogging even for crimes such as adultery.

14.  Non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims under the law. They must comply to Islamic law if they are to remain safe. They are forbidden to marry Muslim women, publicly display wine or pork, recite their scriptures or openly celebrate their religious holidays or funerals. They are forbidden from building new churches or building them higher than mosques. A non-Muslim is no longer protected if he leads a Muslim away from Islam.

15.  It is a crime for a non-Muslim to sell weapons to someone who will use them against Muslims. Non-Muslims cannot curse a Muslim, say anything derogatory about Allah, the Prophet or Islam, or expose the weak points of Muslims. But the same does not apply to Muslims.

16.  A non-Muslim cannot inherit from a Muslim.

17.  Banks must be Sharia compliant, and interest is not allowed.

18.  No testimony in court is acceptable from people in low-level jobs, such as street sweepers or bathhouse attendants. Women in low-level jobs such as professional mourners cannot keep custody of their children in case of divorce.

19.  A non-Muslim cannot rule, even over a non-Muslim minority.

20.  Homosexuality is punishable by death.

21.  There is no lower age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place any time after birth, and be consummated at age eight or nine.

22.  Rebelliousness on the part of a wife nullifies the husband’s obligation to support her and gives him permission to beat her.

23.  Divorce is entirely in the hands of the husband, and is as easy as saying: “I divorce you.”

24.  There is no community property between husband and wife, and the husband’s property does not automatically go to the wife after his death.

25.  A woman inherits half what a man inherits.

26.  A man has the right to have up to four wives.

27.  The dowry is given in exchange for the woman’s sexual organs.

28.  A man is allowed to have sex with slave women and women captured in battle. If the slave woman is already married, her marriage is annulled.

29.  The testimony of a woman in court carries half the value of a man’s.

30.  A woman loses custody of her children if she remarries.

31.  To prove rape, a woman must provide four male witnesses.

32.  A rapist may be required to pay the bride-money (dowry) without marrying the victim.

33.  A Muslim woman must cover every inch of her body, which is considered awrah, a sexual organ. Not all Sharia schools allow the face of a woman to be exposed.

34.  A Muslim man is forgiven if he kills his wife on catching her in the act of adultery. However, the opposite is not true for women, since he “could be married to the woman he was caught with.”

Darwish concludes: “The above are all well-established Sharia laws in Islam. Will the learned Imam Rauf please tell us what part of the above is compatible with the United States Constitution?”  On our part, we ask: “Was the learned Imam Rauf, perhaps, following Sharia law when he lied so blatantly about what Islam really teaches?”
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I may have to use this if any arguments with the liberally minded come about.
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One of the most pervasive myths of our age is this nonsense about Islam being a peaceful religion. All one has to do is take an honest unbiased look at the koran and the history of islam to destroy it,but for done reason I honestly cannot fathom many people wish to bury their heads in the sand.
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(11-24-2015, 11:36 AM)Zedta Wrote: The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything 
Einstein

Truer words have NEVER been spoken about this piss poor excuse a religion called islam and its false prophet and antichrist muhammad!
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“It would take too long to tell you all the stories about this famous impostor (…) Mohamed’s religion consists of a monstrous mixture of Judaism, Paganism and Christianity. Mohamed propagated his religion, not through miracles or persuasive words, but through the force of arms. [It is] a religion that favors every sort of licentiousness and which, in a short time, allowed Mohamed to become the leader of a troop of brigands. Along with them he raided the countries of the East and conquered the people, not by introducing the Truth, not by miracles or prophecy; but for one reason only: to raise his sword over the heads of the conquered shouting: believe or die.” -- St. John Bosco
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(12-22-2015, 06:07 PM)Yochanan_Apocalypse Wrote:
(11-24-2015, 11:36 AM)Zedta Wrote: The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything 
Einstein

Truer words have NEVER been spoken about this piss poor excuse a religion called islam and its false prophet and antichrist muhammad!

Aii call you out as an ACLU spy Yochanan_Apocalypse!!! Not only are you trying to dicredit me but your trying to bring homeland secrity attention to Tracys site!!! With your Gun pushing post!!! I knew somthing that just wasent Kosher about you!!!
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In college I took many classes in Middle East politics and Islam. (It was always defended by the liberals) but one thing we learned is Muhammad grew up working on a major trade route and listened to all the talk by the Jews and Christians. And learned bł heavily about their religion. Hmm curious.


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Every time I hear someone say the phrase "Islam is a religion of peace"; I can't help but wonder if the person saying it really believes it...
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