The Myth of Islamic/Muslim toleration towards other religions in North America

I have had several requests for information about whether the terrorist attacks are characteristic of Islam in general or were they an aberration? Many ask, "Though obviously most Muslims in North America do not in anyway condone the violence in New York City (World Trade Centre) and the Pentagon, does the Koran? In other words, when we hear that the terrorists in no way reflect the true nature of Islam, is that correct?"

The basic principle here is that Western society and Islamic society cannot coexist. When Muslims become strong enough, they will demand the implementation of "Shariah." Shariah is Islamic law that is based upon the Qur’an and Ahadith. This is the law that makes women virtual prisoners in a man’s house, causes the to wear the veil, and makes them second class citizens. It is the law that demands the execution of those who blaspheme Muhammad, Islam or the Qur’an. This is the law that will not allow Christians to attempt to convert a Muslim and will imprison or execute a Muslim convert unless he recants. This is the law the required US soldiers in Desert Storm to hide their Bibles. This is the law that Muslims want to see replace the constitution of the United States.

Islam has historically developed in four stages:

1. Evangelism:

  • Evangelism continues until persecution arises or Muslims have developed a large power base.
  • Characterized by great tolerance of others and their beliefs
  • Don’t be fooled by the "tolerant" face of Muslims you meet in the US today.

2. Consolidation

  • A power base is now established
  • Tolerance diminishes and greater demands are placed upon adherents

3. Revolution

  • All opposition, no matter what kind, is challenged and either eradicated or subdued

4. Islamic State

  • The Qur’an becomes the "law of the land."
  • Religions other than Islam are forbidden to evangelize.

If the Muslims can overcome by peaceful means, that is the avenue that they will take, but if they cannot win by peaceful means, "jihad" is the next step. Most American and European Muslims advocate co-existence and will quote the Qur’an, Surah (chapter) 2, Ayah (verse)

  • 256 where it says: 2:56. There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.

However, the other side of the story is expressed by one of today's foremost Islamic apologists, Ahmed Deedat of South Africa, when he writes,

"In the battle for the hearts and minds of mankind, "cruci-FICTION" is the only card the Christian holds. Free him from his infatuation and you will have freed the Muslim world from missionary aggression and harassment."

From the book, Crucifixion or Crucifiction by Ahmed Deedat, Published by Islamic Propagation Centre International, Madressa Arcade, Durban 4001, R.S.A. 1st print March 1984 P.9

In his eyes, a Christian simply trying to teach a Muslim the truth is "aggression." The Muslim response to aggression is jihad. Jihad means "holy struggle" It is used to describe an individual's struggle in his personal life to become more as Allah would have him be, but it is also used as a term to describe a communities resistance to attack. Hence Sadam Hussein called for a "holy war" against the US during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Here are some important quotes from the Qur’an.

  • 25:51 Had it been Our Will, We could have sent a warner to every center of population, 25:52 Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive (Jihad, NR) against them with the utmost strenuousness, with the (Qur’an).
  • 61:9 It is He Who has sent His Apostle with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, that he may proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it). 10 O ye who believe! shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty?- 11 That ye believe in God and His Apostle, and that ye strive (Jihad, NR) (your utmost) in the Cause of God, with your property and your persons: that will be best for you, if ye but knew!
  • 9:19 Do ye make the giving of drink to pilgrims, or the maintenance of the Sacred Mosque, equal to (the pious service of) those Who believe in Allah and the last day, and strive with might and main in the cause of Allah? And Allah guides not those who do wrong. 20 Those who believe, and suffer exile and strive with might and main, in God’s cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of God: They are the people who will achieve (salvation).
  • 2:190 Fight in the cause of God, those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. 191 And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out: For tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; But fight them not at the sacred Mosque unless they first fight you there; But if they fight you, Slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
  • 2:216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But God knoweth, and ye know not. 217 They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say: "Fighting therein is a grave (offense); but graver is it in the sight of God to prevent access to the path of God, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members. Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be Companions of the Fire and will abide therein.
  • 2:244 Then fight in the cause of God, and know that God heareth and knoweth all things. 245 Who is he that will loan to God a beautiful loan, which God will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is God that giveth (you) want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.
  • It should come as no surprise to learn that Allah is on the side of the Muslims when they go to war. Surah 22, (Al-Hajj) makes this abundantly clear.
  • 22:38 Verily God will defend (from ill) those who believe: verily, God loveth not any that is a traitor to faith, or shows ingratitude. 39 To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight) because they are wronged-and verily, God is Most powerful for their aid- 40 (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right-(for no cause) except that they say, "Our Lord is God." Did not God check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of God is commemorated in abundant measure. God will certainly aid those who aid His (cause); for verily God is Full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (Able to enforce His Will).
  • Surah 4, (An-Nisa) promises heaven for those who fight in the Cause of Allah, and calls all who oppose Islam the "friends of Satan." 4:74 Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter, to him who fighteth in the cause of God, whether he is slain or gets victory, soon shall We give him a reward of great (value). 75 And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? Men, women, and children whose cry is: "Our Lord! rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from Thee one who will protect; and raise for us from Thee one who will help!" 76 Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil: so fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan. 77 Hast thou not turned thy vision to those who were told to hold back their hands (form fight) but establish regular prayers and spend in regular charity? When (at length) the order for fighting was issued to them, behold! a section of them feared men as, or even more than, they should have feared God: they say: "Our Lord! why hast Thou ordered us to fight? Wouldst Thou not grant us respite to our (natural) term, near (enough)?" Say: "Short is the enjoyment of this world: the Hereafter is the best for those who do right: never will ye be dealt with unjustly in the very least!
  • Surah 47, (Muhammad) again promises paradise to the believer who dies in battle. 47:4 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been God’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the way of God, He will never let their deeds be lost. 5 Soon will He guide them and improve their condition. 6 And admit them to the Garden which He has announced for them. 7 O ye who believe! if ye will aid (the cause of) God, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly. 8 But those who reject (God), for them is destruction, and (God) will render their deeds astray (from their mark).

And this is just the beginning. Commenting on the peaceful nature of Muslims in the US and Europe, Dr. Siddique, writes the following:

"The intensity of oppression, tyranny, and hostility faced by the new Muslims in America and the rest of the West is not as severe as was faced by the early Muslims or faced by the Muslims involved in revolutionary struggles like those in Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria. The reason is simple: that Islamic struggle in its revolutionary form has not yet started in the West and Muslims have not yet threatened the very system of the West."

Written By Ney Rieber