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Dutch Islamic scholar: “No Western country has successfully integrated Muslims”

“Dutch author and sociologist Ruud Koopmans said this week that Muslims are more difficult to integrate into Western society than other migrant groups because of a literal interpretation of the Quran prevalent among Muslims.”

Koopmans called this a “threat to world peace.” Most Muslims agree that “Muslims should return to the roots of Islam,” while a whopping “75 percent think there is only one interpretation of the Qur’an possible to which every Muslim should stick.” That interpretation is normative Islam, and the one that resulted in over 11 million Muslims being murdered for not being Muslim enough since 1948, along with innumerable non-Muslims. It’s also the same interpretation that for a millennium and more has divided the world into two camps: the House of War (Infidel countries) and the House of Islam (Islamic countries), with the mandate that the latter must conquer the former.

Jihad Watch and other organizations that support the principles of free society in the West have been warning about these truths for a long time, while Leftists and Islamic supremacists work to obscure them and continue to erode the foundations of societies that are built on human rights and freedom. It is key to understanding the global jihad to accept the fact that the jihad imperative is rooted in Islamic doctrine. Understanding this will enable the West to stand firmly for freedom and establish sensible policies, including an end to the open-door immigration that advances the hijrah (jihad by immigration).

“Islamic Scholar: No Western Country Has Successfully Integrated Muslims,” by Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, March 8, 2019:

Dutch author and sociologist Ruud Koopmans said this week that Muslims are more difficult to integrate into Western society than other migrant groups because of a literal interpretation of the Quran prevalent among Muslims.

Ruud Koopmans, professor at the Berlin Social Science Center and author of several books including Contested Citizenship: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europetold the Danish newspaper Berlingske that whereas most groups of migrants integrate relatively quickly, especially from one generation to the next, Islam stands out as an exception.

“Although it’s not completely absent in Muslims, the change is much slower,” he said, noting that a literal interpretation of the Quran prevents them from integrating into Western countries.

In an earlier published study titled “Fundamentalism and out-group hostility,” Koopmans compared Muslim radicalism with Christian radicalism to better understand why Islam stands out for its isolationism.

“Almost 60 percent agree that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam,” he wrote, while “75 percent think there is only one interpretation of the Qur’an possible to which every Muslim should stick.”

Koopmans, who has been studying Islam for over twenty years, also found that “65 percent say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.”

Regarding Christian citizens on the other hand, Koopmans found that fewer than 4 percent “can be characterized as consistent fundamentalists.”

“I conclude that the Islamic world is lagging behind rest of the world when it comes to democracy, human rights, and political and economic development,” Koopmans told Berlingske in his interview this week.

“The main problem is how many Muslims and, globally, how many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a way that basically claims that the Qur’an and the Sunna must be taken literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century,” he said.

“Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace. Secondly, it prevents integration,” Koopmans concluded.

Although it is politically taboo to draw distinctions between ethnic groups when it comes to immigration, some scholars, including Pope Benedict XVI, have urged the West not to assume that all cultures share its basic suppositions about the human person and society.

Prior to his election as pope, Joseph Ratzinger wrote that “the interplay of society, politics, and religion has a completely different structure in Islam” than it does in the West.

Unfortunately, he added, much of today’s discussion in the West regarding Islam “presupposes that all religions have basically the same structure, that they all fit into a democratic system with its regulations and the possibilities provided by these regulations.”

“The Koran is a total religious law….

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission.

VIDEO: Experts refute Muslim Mohammed Hijab’s lies about the history of jihad

Tuesday evening David Wood and I spent an hour shredding some fashionable and politically motivated lies about Islamic history.

EDITORS NOTE: This column with video and images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. Get the book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, which does a great deal more of this, here. Read more columns by Robert Spencer.

Linda Sarsour attacks Israel supporters, accuses American Jews of ‘dual loyalty to Israel’

Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jews of a dual loyalty to Israel in a Facebook post calling for support for Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, following a backlash over her announcement that she supports boycotting Israel. Sarsour wrote….that Omar is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. This is not only coming from the right-wing but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East; it is surrounded by Muslim countries that seek to obliterate it simply for being the Jewish state. It is no secret that from the day of its birth in 1948, Israel has fought for its existence, after the Holocaust that was aided by jihadists.

It was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, who “proposed an Arab revolt all across the Middle East to fight the Jews,” and who ultimately worked with Hitler and Eichmann in executing the Holocaust. In 1942, during World War II, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Hassan al-Banna, established MB branches in Transjordan and Ottoman South Syria (what is referred to as “Palestine”). The MB propaganda against Israel, and its aim to obliterate it, has thus been the dominant ideology in the Palestinian territories since World War II.

Sarsour supports the jihad against Israel, but pretends that she is standing for “democracy” and “free speech,” neither of which have any place in the Palestinian territories and in the Islamic states that surround Israel. BDS is nothing more than a calculated scheme to delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel. It is a sly promotion of anti-Semitism, and aims ultimately to destroy Israel via economic sanctions.

Benjamin Netanyahu ignited a firestorm when he rightly stated at the 37th World Zionist Congress three years ago:

“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here.’ ‘So what should I do with them?’ he asked. He said, ‘Burn them’.”

Prior to Netanyahu’s words, it was relatively easy to find this historic reference to al-Husseini’s conversation with Hitler, but when one does a Google search now,  Netanyahu’s reference is central and is surrounded by remarks about how shocking Netanyahu’s words were. What is actually shocking is the Grand Mufti’s remarks. And those of Ilhan Omar:

Omar’s tweets about Israel have earned her notoriety in the pro-Israel community. In 2012, she said that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings.” Defending that tweet earlier this year, she said on the same platform that calling attention to the “Israeli apartheid regime” was not anti-Semitic…The statement appears to contradict her comments during a candidates’ forum at a Minneapolis-area synagogue in which Omar affirmed her support for Israel’s right to exist under a two-state solution and said she did not support BDS.

The Muslim Brotherhood and other stealth jihadists are the ones who have hypnotized the world with their deceptions, promulgated under the guise of “diversity,” “anti-racism,” and concern for “human rights.”

Israel has defended itself from obliteration while Sarsour and Omar cast it an “apartheid regime.” Meanwhile, scores of Arab Israelis openly discuss with tourists their happiness living in Israel compared with the abuses of their own people by the Palestinian Authority. Worse is that Sarsour and Omar have been aided in spreading their anti-Semitic propaganda by Westerners who mindlessly support the BDS movement and share its willful and shameless ignorance of history.

Although Sarsour claims to support human rights, she is silent about the gross abuses committed by her coreligionists against non-Muslims, gays and women. Add in the ongoing efforts to obliterate the tiny Jewish state, surrounded by large Muslim nations that are Muslim nations today because they were conquered by the vilest of means: bloody jihad, torture and the sanctioned taking of infidel sex slaves. What an advocate for human rights Sarsour makes.

Linda Sarsour

“Muslim Activist Sarsour Accuses American Jews of Dual Loyalty to Israel,” JTA, November 19, 2018:

Activist Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jews of a dual loyalty to Israel in a Facebook post calling for support for Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, following a backlash over her announcement that she supports boycotting Israel.

Sarsour wrote in the post on Thursday that Omar is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. This is not only coming from the right-wing but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”

Sarsour, a leader of the Women’s March who has come under fire for not disassociating herself or the movement from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has made anti-Semitic and bigoted statements for decades, most recently comparing Jews to termites, also called for people to post messages of support to Omar on social media. “You don’t have to support BDS and have every right not to but we cannot stand by idly while a brave Black Muslim American woman is targeted for saying she will uphold the constitution of the United States of America as a member of the US Congress,” Sarsour wrote.

In the comments section on the post in response to the criticism, Sarsour singled out the Anti-Defamation League. In an online petition in support of Omar, Sarsour wrote that she was alarmed by “organizations like the ADL using their platforms to attack a trailblazing Black Muslim woman in order to undermine advocacy for Palestinian human rights.”

The post raised the ire of the American Jewish Committee which responded in a tweet that: “Accusing Jews of dual loyalty is one of the oldest and most pernicious antisemitic tropes. No surprise to see it coming from @LSarsour. How long will progressive leaders continue to look the other way in the face of this hate?

Ilhan’s campaign on Wednesday told the Muslim Girl website that she “believes in and supports the BDS movement.” It added that she “does, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

The statement appears to contradict her comments during a candidates’ forum at a Minneapolis-area synagogue in which Omar affirmed her support for Israel’s right to exist under a two-state solution and said she did not support BDS. She said that BDS “stops the dialogue” and is “counteractive” to achieving a two-state outcome….

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with images first appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission.

Sharia manual preaching jihad warfare and hostage taking found in airport prayer room

What could possibly go wrong? It’s a religion of peace!

“‘It could certainly radicalise someone’: Muslim imam discovers Sharia law book preaching jihad and hostage taking in Melbourne airport Islamic prayer room,” by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, November 15, 2018:

A Muslim imam has discovered a Sharia law book advocating jihad and hostage taking in Melbourne international airport’s Islamic prayer room.

Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi, a Shia imam who campaigns against Islamic extremism, saw the Arabic language book shortly before boarding a flight.

The Adelaide-based Shia religious leader and author made a video of himself flicking through the index, which featured references to jihad, ‘taking hostages at war’ and taxing ‘infidel’ non-Muslims.

Shortly before boarding his flight, he told Daily Mail Australia a fundamentalist Sunni Islamic law book had the potential to ‘certainly radicalise someone’.

‘It can turn a regular traveller or a frustrated, vulnerable traveller into an extremist,’ he said, shortly after midday on Thursday. ‘It goes against national security.’

Sheikh Tawhidi said that while the book of Islamic jurisprudence was possibly planted by an activist, Melbourne airport needed to ‘take action’.

Several hours later, Melbourne Airport tweeted to Sheikh Tawhidi to confirm they had removed the Arabic language book, Fiqh us-Sunnah, by Egyptian Sunni Islamic scholar As-Sayyid Sabiq.

‘Thanks for your message. We have a publicly accessible multi-faith prayer room open to travellers of various religions,’ it said.

‘The book has been removed for assessment of its suitability.’

The book about the practices of the Prophet Mohammad was authored by a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a pan-Sunni Islamist group campaigning for a global Islamic caliphate….

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by rawpixel on Unsplash.

Muslim Diversity Visa Lottery Winner Offered to Murder Obama for ISIS

“What I am saying is, to shoot Obama and then get shot ourselves, will it do? That will strike fear in the hearts of the infidels.”

Now that’s diversity. And it comes straight from the Qur’an: “And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may strike fear in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know, whom Allah knows” (8:60).

Of course, no one would have dreamed of trying to screen Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev for jihadist sentiments. That would have been “Islamophobic.”

Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev

“Diversity Visa Lottery Winner Offered to Kill Obama for ISIS,” by Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News, January 17, 2018:

Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev was both lucky and evil.

His luck was demonstrated when he won admission to the United States through the diversity visa lottery; his evilness, by his stated willingness to assassinate the president of the United States or commit a terrorist attack in New York City — if he could not travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, and if that is what the Islamic State ordered him to do.

When Juraboev was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Oct. 27, 2017, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill summarized his case in a statement released by the U.S. Justice Department.

“The defendant in this case lived in Brooklyn while making plans to travel to Syria to support a design(at)ed terrorist organization,” O’Neill said. “If that was not successful, the defendant schemed of bombing Coney Island or killing the president of the United States.”

This story starts in 2011.

“Juraboev, a national of Uzbekistan, was admitted to the United States as a diversity visa lottery recipient in 2011,” said a report issued jointly this week by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

Three years later in 2014 — according to an Oct. 25, 2017 sentencing letter that then-Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Bridget Rohde sent to U.S. District Judge William Kuntz — Juraboev “first came to the attention of the government with his online postings on an Uzbek-language social media website.”

The website, according to the U.S. attorney, “propagated ISIS’s ideology and called for its Uzbek-speaking audience to join ISIS.”

On Aug. 8, 2014, Juraboev, then about 24 years old, went to this site and posted an alarming message.

“Greetings!” he wrote. “We too wanted to pledge our allegiance and commit ourselves while not present there. I am in USA now but we don’t have any arms. But is it possible to commit ourselves as dedicated martyrs anyway while here?

“What I am saying is, to shoot Obama and then get shot ourselves, will it do?” Juraboev said.

“That will strike fear in the hearts of the infidels,” he said….

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

ISIS justifies sex slavery of infidel women by quoting the Qur’an

“Question 4: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive? Allah the almighty said, ‘successful are the believers who guard their chastity, except from their wives or the captives and slaves, that their right hands posses for then they are free from blame (Koran 23:5-6). Note: the words ‘captives and slaves’ don’t exist in the original version of Quran.”

With that “note,” Morocco World News is trying to give the impression that the Islamic State is playing fast and loose with the Qur’an in justifying slavery. This is, unfortunately, not the case. Those whom “their right hands possess” are universally understood by Islamic exegetes to be referring to slaves; even Islamic apologetic sources that try to minimize the reality of slavery in Islam acknowledge that this term refers to slave women.

“ISIS’s “Science” of Slavery: How ISIS Justifies Enslavement of Yezidi Women with Islam,” by Johanna Higgs and Amal Ben Hadda, Morocco World News, June 26, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Slavery, possibly one of the worst human horrors occurring on this earth at this time. In 2014, ISIS invaded the small town of Sinjar in Northern Iraq and began to carry out what has now been described as genocide against the Yezidi people. Thousands of young women and girls were dragged off to be sold as sex slaves in markets.

Yezidi women who have returned from captivity have described a system of organized rape and sexual assault, sexual slavery and forced marriage. Guidelines for slavery have been established and they have repeatedly used a narrow and selective interpretation of the Quran to justify their barbarous acts of sexual violence.

According to Amnesty International, it is estimated that there are still as many as 3 800 girls being held as slaves by ISIS.

In a small makeshift IDP camp in the centre of Erbil Bese Qawal, Hana Xwededa and Fayza Haji, three Yezidi women who fled their homes in Sinjar when the violence with ISIS began to unfold. They had spent over a year living with another small group of Yezidi’s in a few ramshackle buildings with little certainty as to what the future would hold. As they sat in their small home they quietly described the horror that forced them to flee,

‘When the first assaults started, ISIS tried to stop us from fleeing. They wanted to kill the men and take the women. They tried to capture us but we managed to escape into the mountains. They burned our home, we came here with nothing,’ said Qawal as she leaned back against the wall. All three women sat somberly in the room as small children darted in and out.

‘They wanted to take the women as slaves. Our family is safe but we know some of the girls who were captured. They are selling girls as young as 8 or 9 years old in markets.’

When asked why they believed that ISIS was targeting the Yezidis, Qawal looked at the ground and replied quietly, ‘by god I don’t know. We are poor people.’

The Yezidi’s have been persecuted by the surrounding Muslim communities for many centuries. A minority in the region the Yezidis constitute only 1.5 percent of Iraq’s estimated population of 34 million. Of Kurdish descent, the Yezidis are generally considered to be a pre Islamic sect with an oral tradition as opposed to written scripture, though there are several ideas as to where the Yezidi culture originated.

For ISIS this makes them unbelievers of the worst kind, more so than Christians and Jews who are considered to have some limited protections according to their descriptions in Quran as ‘people of the book.’

It is for this reason, that ISIS has proclaimed their right to enslave Yezidi women.

ISIS considers their rules of enslavement as a ‘science that has been almost absent in modern Islamic jurisprudence,’ or what is known as fiqh. The word figh is an Arabic term meaning ‘full understanding’ and refers to the body of Islamic law extracted from detailed Islamic sources.

In a pamphlet released by ISIS, they highlight the need to practice this ‘science’ throughout the Islamic Caliphate, which they seek to establish throughout the world.

This pamphlet, through its questions and answers, uses interpretations of the Quran, as defined by various Sunni Islamic scholars to justify their acts of slavery. These scholars, using interpretations as defined by the exegesis, use the term ‘right hand possession’ as meaning ‘female slave’.

Some of the questions and answers of the pamphlet are as follows,

Question 3: Can all unbelieving women be taken captive?

There is no dispute among the scholars that it is permissible to take such women who are characterized by original unbelief such as the women from among People of the Book ie Jews and Christians.

Question 4: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive?

Allah the almighty said, ‘successful are the believers who guard their chastity, except from their wives or the captives and slaves, that their right hands posses for then they are free from blame (Koran 23:5-6).

Note: the words “captives and slaves” don’t exist in the original version of Quran

Question 6: Is it permissible to sell a female captive?

It is permissible to buy, sell or give as a gift female captives and slaves for they are merely property.

The literal interpretation in Arabic of the term ‘right hand’ means any promise or commitment that must be observed and respected. So the term, ‘right hands possession’ semantically means the obligation to fulfill promises. This could be relevant to different contexts, particularly those regarding social commitments such as caring for orphans, marriage, and recently, this term was referred to in relation to surrogacy. In the Quran, both men and women are called to respect what their right hands possess.

However, when the word ‘possession’ is added, ISIS interprets this as female slave.

Through this traditional interpretation of Quran, ISIS has publically and officially sanctioned their use of slavery and rape. The ‘right hands possession,’ means for them that ‘religiously’ they can have sex with ‘unbelieving’ women, virgins and young girls, captured during war even if it is outside the institution of marriage. They consider this as a reward for their war efforts and is a motivator for soldiers to fight….

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The Islamic State attack on Paris is not ‘nihilism’ but a ‘sacred strategy’

One of the most important Christian writers on Islam and the global Muslim persecution of Christians, Anglican pastor and theologian Mark Durie, weighs in on the struggle to accurately render the meta-narrative concerning the Paris Jihad Attacks.

For a variety of reasons, there are a great many policymakers, media analysts, elected officials and ordinary citizens who are having an extremely difficult time understanding what is happening (see John Kerry’s “legitimacy” comments). Mark Durie offers a practical corrective to the West’s epistemological blindness, and a sliver of a ray of hope that all is not yet lost.

“Paris attacks were not ‘nihilism’ but sacred strategy,” by Mark Durie, November 17, 2015:

Janet Daley

LEADING commentator Janet Daley’s article in Saturday’s TelegraphThe West is at war with a death cult’ stands for everything that is woeful about European elites’ response to Islamic jihad.

It is a triumph of religious illiteracy.

The jihadist enemy, she asserts, is utterly unintelligible, so beyond encompassing in ‘coherent, systematic thought’ that no vocabulary can describe it: ‘This is just insanity’, she writes. Because the enemy is ‘hysterical’, lacking ‘rational demands’, ‘negotiable limits,’ or ‘intelligible objectives’ Daley claims it is pointless to subject its actions to any form of historical, social or theological analysis, for no-one should attempt to ‘impose logic on behaviour that is pathological’.

Despite this, Daley then ventures to offer analysis of and explanations for ISIS’ actions, but in doing so she relies upon her own conceptual categories, not those of ISIS.

Her explanations therefore fall wide of the mark.

‘Civilians’

Daley writes: ‘We face a violent and highly contagious madness that believes the killing of civilians is a moral act.’  Here she appeals to Western concepts of war, reflected, for example, in the Geneva Convention, which provides detailed principles for the ‘protection of civilian persons’.

Yet the first step in understanding a cultural system alien to one’s own, is to describe it in its own terms.

ISIS does not subscribe to the Geneva Convention.  Its actions and strategies are based upon medieval Islamic laws of jihad, which make no use of the modern Western concept of ‘civilian’.

They do, however, refer to the category of disbelievers (mushrik or kafir).

ISIS believes that killing disbelievers is a moral act, in accordance, for example, with Sura 9:5 of the Qur’an, which states :‘Fight and kill the idolators (mushrik) wherever you find them’.

Not nihilism

Daley writes: ‘The enemy has stated explicitly that it does not revere life at all’ and ‘Civilians are not collateral damage in this campaign: their deaths are the whole point.’  She goes on to lament that the latest French attacks lack any purpose, but are ‘carried out for the sheer nihilistic thrill of it’.

The claim that ISIS does not ‘revere life’ seems to refer to any number of statements by Islamic radicals, including an ISIS militant who vowed to ‘fill the streets of Paris with dead bodies’, and boasted that ISIS ‘loves death like you love life’ (see here).  This is a theological reference to a series of verses in the Qur’an in which Jews are criticised for desiring life (Sura 2:94-96, 62:6-8).

According to the Qur’an, loving life is a characteristic of infidels (Sura 3:14; 14:3; 75:20; 76:27) because it causes them to disregard the importance of the next life.  The taunt much used by jihadis, ‘We love death like you love life’,  implies that jihadis are bound for paradise while their enemies are hell-bound.

The point of these statements is that Muslims are willing to fight to the death, while their infidel enemies will turn back in battle. This is not about reverence for life, but about who has the will to win. This has nothing to do with nihilism, which is a belief that there are no values, nothing to be loyal to, and no purpose in living. In fact ISIS fighters have strong and clear loyalties and values, alien though they may be to those of Europe.

Daley’s claim that the deaths are ‘the whole point’ is also mistaken. While it is true that the jihadis consider killing infidels a meritorious act, potentially earning the killer a place in paradise (see here), and they consider being killed in battle against infidels a ticket to paradise, in fact the killings do serve a strategic purpose. This is to make infidels afraid, and thereby to weaken their will to resist Islamic dominance.

This strategy is commended by the Qur’an, for example in Sura 8:12, ‘I shall cast dread into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So strike above (their) necks and strike (off) all their fingers!’, as well as by the successful example of Muhammad in fighting the Jews of Medina, referred to in Sura 33:26-27, ‘He brought down from their fortifications those of the People of the Book who supported them, and cast dread into their hearts. You killed a group (of them), and took captive (another) group. And he caused you to inherit their land, their homes, and their wealth, and a land you had not set foot on.’  A similar passage is Sura 59:2, which ISIS has in fact been quoting in its celebrations of the Paris carnage.

It may seem to Daley that ISIS’ often-stated intention of defeating the West is fanciful, but the point is to understand ISIS, and as far as it is concerned, these deadly attacks are instrumental in weakening the will of infidels and hastening eventual victory.

Daley wonders what possible point these attacks could serve. She speculates:  ‘… what is the alternative that is being demanded? Sharia law? The subjection of women? An end to liberal democracy? Are any of these things even within the bounds of consideration? What could be accomplished by national self-doubt or criticism at this point, when there is not even a reasonable basis for discussion with the enemy?’  It is hardly a secret that the ultimate goal of ISIS is to bring non-Muslims everywhere  to convert to Islam or live under an Islamic caliphate as dhimmis. Sharia law and the subjection of women are part and parcel of this.

It is odd that Daley laments having no reasonable basis for negotiating with the enemy.  ISIS is not playing by a Western-style negotiating rule book. It is following Muhammad’s instructions to his followers to offer three choices to infidels: conversion, surrender, or the sword.  Bin Ladin has explained that the West’s rejection of this framework is the whole reason for its conflict with what he calls ‘the authority of Islam’:

“Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue; one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice, and it is: Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually? Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: [1] either willing submission [conversion]; or [2] payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or [3] the sword, for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.” (The Al Qaeda Reader)

It may seem unimaginable to European elites that ISIS is fighting for the goal of the surrender or conversion of Europe, but ISIS is thinking in time frames which extend to centuries, and their forebears conquered vast territories using such tactics.  A final act of conquest can be preceded by decades, or even centuries, of military raids.

For example, Constantinople: targeted by Muslims from the days of Muhammad, it was laid siege to the first time by Islam mere decades after Muhammad’s death, and again a century or so later. Finally, after eight centuries of spasmodic warfare, territorial encroachment, and occasional setbacks, Islam defeated the capitol of Eastern Christendom.

While killing is currently the main mode of ISIS’ attacks inside the West, if they could they would use other tactics as well, such as taking booty and slaves or destroying infrastructure, as they have been doing in Syria and Iraq.

Grievances

Daley claims it is pointless to argue with people who have no reasonable grievances, for ‘the French people did not deserve this, just as Americans did not deserve 9/11’.  However the important question is how ISIS sees its own motivations.  Their ideology teaches them that infidels deserve death, simply by virtue of their unbelief.  This has nothing to do with France’s history of colonialism or its treatment of Muslim minorities.  ISIS needed no appeal to grievances to justify killing and enslaving Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, so why should they view the people of France any differently?  Their objection to Europeans is that they are not Muslims, and their objection to European states is that they do not implement sharia law.

Irresponsible

It is irresponsible and dangerous to claim that a tenacious enemy is insane and incomprehensible. To refuse to acknowledge the ideology of ISIS, and to deny its relevance is tantamount to a death-wish.

Like so many other revivalist Islamic groups, ISIS believes that it will be successful if it stays faithful to its divinely-mandated goals and tactics.  It believes the nations of Europe are morally corrupt, weak infidels who love life too much to fight a battle to the death with stern Muslim soldiers who have set their hearts on paradise.  It believes Europe stands on the wrong side of history.

To combat this ideology it is necessary for Europe to prove ISIS wrong on all counts. It must show strength, not weakness. It must have confidence in its cultural and spiritual identity. It must be willing to fight for its survival. It must show that it believes in itself enough to fight for its future. It must defend its borders.  It must act like someone who intends to win an interminably long war against an implacable foe.

There is a great deal Europe could have done to avert this catastrophe.  It could, long ago, have challenged the Islamic view of history which idolised jihad and its intended outcome, the dhimma.  It could have demanded that Islam renounce its love affair with conquest and dominance.  It could have encouraged Muslims to follow a path of self-criticism leading to peace.  This lost opportunity is what Bat Ye’or referred to in a prescient 1993 interview as the ‘relativization of religion, a self-critical view of the history of Islamic imperialism’.

Instead the elites of Europe embarked on decades of religiously illiterate appeasement and denialism.

There is still much that European states could do to defeat ISIS.  They could, for example, inflict catastrophic military failure upon it as a powerful counter-argument to its theology of success.  This will not deliver decisive, final victory against jihadism, but it will make the supremacist claims of ISIS less credible and hurt its recruitment.  Islam’s laws of war allow Muslims to suspend their battle with infidels temporarily if there is no immediate prospect of victory and the risks to their cause are too great.

Europe also needs to act to suppress incitement of jihadi ideology by its clients, including the anti-Israeli jihadism of the Palestinian Authority.  It must put more pressure on the militarily vulnerable Gulf states to stop funding Islamic radicalism throughout the Middle East and exporting jihad-revering versions of Islamic theology throughout the whole world.

One hope for Europe is that Islamic populations will get tired of the doctrine of jihad and all its bitter fruits. There are some signs that this is already happening, and many of the Muslims who are now seeking asylum in their hundreds of thousands will have come to this conclusion.  However it seems likely that Muslim communities now established within Europe will be the last to reconsider their dogmas and their take on history, because they have not had to suffer first-hand the harsh realities of life under Islamic dystopias such as the ISIS ‘caliphate’ or Iran’s Islamic Revolution.  A 2014 opinion poll found that among French 18-24 year olds, the Islamic State had an approval rating of 27%, which must include the overwhelming majority of young French Muslim men.  For Europe, the challenge from within will be more enduring and intractable than the challenge from without.

Nevertheless, European states could still do much on their own turf. They could ban Saudi and other Middle Eastern funding to Islamic organisations, including mosques. They could stop appeasing Islamists in their midst. They could, even at this late hour, demand that the large and rapidly growing Muslim communities now well-established across Europe engage in constructive self-criticism of their religion, for the sake of peace.

This article first appeared in Lapido Media.

Mark Durie pastor of an Anglican church, a Shillman-GinsburgABOUT MARK DURIE

Mark Durie is the pastor of an Anglican church, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Founder of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness.

He is the author of The Third Choice – Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom, and of Which God? Jesus, Holy Spirit, God in Christianity and Islam.

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VIDEO: Muslim mastermind of Paris slaughter — “It is nice to see the blood of infidels”

“It is nice to see the blood of infidels.” For Abaaoud, this is a religious war, and that is all it is. It is only Western authorities who are sure that it is anything but that.

“Paris Massacre Mastermind: ‘It Is Nice To See The Blood Of Infidels,’” Breitbart Jerusalem, November 18, 2015:

TEL AVIV, Israel – An eerie video has surfaced in which the suspected mastermind behind the Paris massacre, Abdelhamid Abaaoud – aka “Abu Omar Al-Belgiki” – praises the “sweetness of martyrdom” and expresses joy at seeing the “blood of infidels.”

Abaaoud is at the center of a massive manhunt and is believed to have fled to ISIS-held territory in Syria although reports overnight suggest he could have been the target of a police operation in the Saint-Denis area of Paris designed to hunt down the perpetrators of last Friday’s terror attack.

According to European officials, Abaaoud is the link between the ISIS leadership in Syria and terrorists operating in Europe. He reportedly has close ties with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS’s self-proclaimed Caliph.

The 27-year-old terrorist grew up in Molenbeek, a suburb of Brussels known as a hotbed of radical Jihadist activity. According to the Associated Press, Abaaoud attended one of Belgium’s most prestigious high schools.

In a clip from 2014, Abaaoud is shown delivering a monologue from a trench in Syria. He asks, “What can be sweeter than martyrdom in the path of Allah?” According to a translation from MEMRI TV, Abaaoud also says, “It is nice to see … the blood of infidels” before calling upon his “brothers” to “hasten to jihad before it’s too late.”

View the MEMRI TV clip here.

In another video, Abaaoud drives a pickup truck dragging a pile of bloody corpses in Syria. Abaaoud laughs and tells the camera, “Before we towed jet skis, motorcycles, quad bikes, big trailers filled with gifts for vacation in Morocco. Now, thank God, following God’s path, we’re towing apostates, infidels who are fighting us.”

Abaaoud is also suspected of being the ringleader behind the Amsterdam-Brussels train attack in August.

In an interview with ISIS’s official English-language magazine, Dabiq, Abaaoud boasts that he is able to travel between Europe and Syria at will despite being chased by so many intelligence agencies. “My name and picture were all over the news, yet I was able to stay in their homeland, plan operations against them, and leave safely when doing so became necessary,” said Abaaoud. “I was even stopped by an officer who contemplated me so as to compare me to the picture, but he let me go, as he did not see the resemblance!”…

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Where the Islamic State came from and how to defeat it

Recently I was interviewed by The Conservative Book Club about my new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS. Get the paperback here and the kindle edition here.

“The Origins and Solutions to Defeating ISIS (Author Interview),” by Christopher N. Malagisi, Conservative Book Club, n.d.:

Congratulations Mr. Spencer on your new book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS! Can you give us an overview of your book, and what was your inspiration in writing it?

This book contains everything Barack Obama doesn’t want you to know about ISIS: who they are, where they came from, what they believe, what they hope to accomplish, how they are going about accomplishing their goals, and how they can be stopped.

My inspiration in writing it was a desire to clear away the fog of misinformation and disinformation from the Administration and the mainstream media regarding ISIS.

What three takeaways would you like readers to leave with after reading your book?

Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS

  1. ISIS is the most purely evil force the U.S. has faced since the Soviets and the Nazis.
  2. It is, like the Nazis, going to keep advancing until it is stopped by force.
  3. Contrary to Obama, it is very Islamic, and that is why it has made so many recruits among Muslims worldwide.

Where did ISIS come from exactly?

It is the old al-Qaeda in Iraq group led in the early 2000s by Zarqawi. It broke with al-Qaeda over questions of tactics – particularly over whether or not a caliphate should be immediately established in Iraq. Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda leadership wanted an Iraqi caliphate but thought that if it were established prematurely, the U.S. would destroy it.

The ISIS leadership differed, and established their caliphate. So far, they’ve been proven right: the U.S. hasn’t destroyed it.

If you could advise the presidential candidates on the GOP side, what advice would you give them on handling ISIS? What’s the strategy for degrading and eventually defeating ISIS?

Tell the truth about who they are and what they’re trying to do. Reconfigure our international alliances to eliminate self-defeating ties to jihad-enabling countries such as Pakistan; strengthen our alliances with nations that are threatened by jihad. Build with them a coalition of ground forces to destroy ISIS.

Don’t repeat the mistakes of the second Iraq war in the aftermath: eschew Wilsonian nation-building adventures and don’t endorse a Sharia constitution. Stand for American principles instead. Address the ISIS ideology at home, calling upon mosques and Islamic organizations to institute honest programs teaching against the ISIS understanding of Islam, or face surveillance and investigation.

Tell us a little more about yourself!

  1. Favorite Movie: Apocalypse Now
  2. Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad
  3. Favorite Food: Everything I should know better than to eat
  4. Favorite Drink: Vodka and tonic
  5. Favorite Band: The John Coltrane Quintet with Eric Dolphy
  6. Favorite U.S. elected official: Mayor Steven Choi of Irvine, California
  7. Where do you get your news from primarily?The Interwebs
  8. If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Emperor Manuel II Paleologos
  9. What do you do for fun? Watch baseball. Write preposterous short stories. Wish I could play the saxophone better.

What books, authors, or conservative-themed books, influenced your political philosophy and outlook on life?

  • Whittaker Chambers, Witness
  • Alan Drury, the Advise and Consent series, especially Come Nineveh, Come Tyre
  • George Orwell, 1984
  • T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
  • Ali Dashti, 23 Years
  • The Qur’an

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