The following essay by Michael Copeland was originally published at LibertyGB in 2013.
Islam: The Learning Curve
by Michael Copeland
We all have a learning curve when it comes to Islam, journalists especially. Consider this exchange, between Tim Marshall of Sky News and an insurgent prisoner in Syria (www.news.sky.com 8 Dec 2012). He asks him:
“What is the future in Syria for the minorities…?”
“O.K., they have three choices, either they became a Muslim, or they have to pay the jizya, or to be killed.”
“Wheesh!!” [or something, expressing surprise and disbelief]
“Do YOU believe this?” he asks incredulously, and to the interpreter, “Does HE believe this?”
“It is the reality,” the interpreter replies.
“Ya, but does HE believe that this is what SHOULD happen?”
“So, he believes in it, after having the khilafa [Caliphate] … until the Muslims they became strong, so they can impose that.”
“Is this what you WANT?” asks Marshall.
“And you BELIEVE this?”
This reaction is probably shared by most of us in the West, who doubtless find it as hard to believe as the reporter did. We, however, are at a great disadvantage: we are not acquainted with the teachings of Islam. How does the prisoner’s statement square with Islamic doctrine? He has surely got it all wrong, yes?
To the contrary: a resounding NO. He has got it all right. He is expressing what the source texts say.
Koran 9:5 (amongst many others) gives the clear instruction:
“….kill the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent [convert to Islam], establish prayer, and give zakat [tithe money], let them [go] their way.”
Koran 9:29 commands Muslims to make non-Muslims submit, by force, into subordinate dhimmi status as second-class citizens. “Islam”, after all, means “Submission”.
“Fight those who do not …. adopt the religion of truth [Islam] … until they give the jizya [“protection” money extortion tax] with willing submission and feel themselves brought low.”
As Abu Hamza has explained, “When you fight, you fight to kill: you kill” (www.FaithFreedom.org 31 March 2012).