Michael Copeland’s latest essay discusses the fact that all basic Koranic instruction violates existing laws in the UK against “radicalization.”
by Michael Copeland
Here is the scene. An instructor gives orders to his civilian listeners. He tells them:
- You are the best of people, by divine right.
- All others are filthy, unclean, lower than animals.
- They are enemies.
- You must hate enemies.
- You cannot be allies with enemies.
- You must instil fear and terror in enemies.
- You must kill enemies.
- You are soldiers in a righteous army.
What do you call this process? Could it be a
“process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism”?
It could. That is the UK Government’s definition of “radicalisation”.
Radicalisation can thus be encouraged and achieved by an instructor. The instructor could be in a room, on the internet, or even be a book.
Consider now these instructions:
- You are the best of peoples raised up for mankind.
- Non-members are unclean, the vilest of beasts, apes and pigs.
- Non-members are the enemy.
- Non-members must be hated.
- Do not take non-members as allies.
- Kill the enemy wherever you find them.
- Capture them and besiege them, lie in wait for them in ambush.
- Strike terror into their hearts.
- Strike at their necks, and strike off their fingertips.
- Fight them and kill them until our instructions prevail over all others.
- No-one may change these instructions.
- These instructions are valid for all time.
- No choice is available: obedience is required.
- One who denies any instruction has to be killed.
- Anyone is entitled to perform the killing:
- There is no penalty, because it is killing someone who deserves to die.
These instructions are, indeed, inescapable: there is no leeway. Where are they from?
These are the instructions given in mosques. All are from the Koran and the Manual of Islamic Law.
Teachers of Islam are not permitted to teach differently.
What is the conclusion?
- The Koran instructs “radicalisation”.
- The Koran is the root (Latin radix) of this process.
- The Koran commands killing.
- Islam — ordinary basic orthodox Islam — violates UK criminal law.
In English law, and Scottish law, incitement to violence is a criminal offence.
Instructing listeners to kill or attack others is a criminal offence.
Planning a place where such instructions are given is conspiring to abet crime.
Planning Committees who authorise such premises are being party to crime.
The Koran, which is part of Islamic law, is: “true, … universal and trans-time” (Ahmad Saad, North London Central Mosque), and “valid from eternity to eternity” (Sam Solomon, former professor of Sharia law).
- “You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind” 3:110.
- Unbelievers are “unclean” 9:28, “the vilest of beasts” 8:22, as “apes and pigs” 5:60, “the most despicable” 98:6.
- “Allah is an enemy to the disbelievers” 2:98.
- “between us and you animosity and hatred forever” 60:4.
- “do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends” 5:51
- “Kill unbelievers wherever you find them” 9:5.
- “Capture them and besiege them, lie in wait for them at every place of ambush” 9:5.
- “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers” 3:151. “Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” 8:12.
- “Fight the unbelievers and kill them until the governance, all of it, is Islam” 8:39.
- “None may change his words” 18:27.
- “It is not fitting for a believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and his Messenger, to have any option about their decision” 33:36.
The Manual of Islamic Law, “Reliance of the Traveller”:
|o8.0||Leaving Islam is the ugliest form of unbelief (kufr)…|
|o8.1||When a person …apostatizes from [leaves] Islam he deserves to be killed.|
|o8.7||Acts that entail leaving Islam ….|
|(7) to deny any verse of the Koran.|
|o8.4||There is no indemnity [punishment] for killing an apostate [one who leaves Islam] (O: or any expiation [blood money], since it is killing someone who deserves to die).
Roots of Violent Radicalisation, 2012, UK Govt., a free download [pdf].
The Koran may be consulted online.
The Manual of Islamic Law, “Reliance of the Traveller”, may be purchased online
Previous posts by Michael Copeland:
|2014||Oct||15||The Mindset Need|
|2017||Dec||28||Tariq Ramadan: The Artful Dodger of Oxford