Islam: The Learning Curve

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.

“Yes.” …

“And you BELIEVE this?”

“Yes.”

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).

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Antifa and the PKK

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a Kurdish nationalist terrorist group whose members are also hardcore Communists. In the following video, the former CIA station chief Brad Johnson discusses the embedding of a large group of Antifa operatives with the PKK in Syria. The antifas went to Syria to gain combat experience, and the survivors are now presumably fanning out across the West to put their new-found skills to work for the sake of the cause.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing and uploading this video. Make sure you watch the second half, which is from footage that the PKK and Antifa produced jointly:

Thank Heaven for Little Girls

This week’s edition of Dymphna’s Greatest Hits discusses a case in Yemen from more than fourteen years ago. However, like so many accounts of Islam in the Middle East, it could just as well be from today.

Thank Heaven for Little Girls

by Dymphna
Originally published on May 1, 2005

Each new case further illuminates a degraded culture in which girls — little girls — are used as pawns and scapegoats. With a heavy heart, here is yet another.

The woman in Pakistan — remember the stoning last week? — was named Amina. So is this one: Amina Al-Tuahif. She’s from Yemen, though she has lived in a moral universe so far removed from ours she might as well be from another planet.

  • In 1984, Amina al-Tuahif was born.
  • In 1995 she was married off. Age eleven.
  • In 1996, when she reached her menarche, she was impregnated. Age 12.
  • In 1998, (January), her husband was killed. She was pregnant with her second child. Age 14.
  • In 1999, following a confession arrived at under torture, she was found guilty of the murder of her husband. She was sentenced to death. Age 16.
  • In the next few years, she went through a series of appeals but at each juncture the sentence was upheld. While girls her age in America were trying to decide which prom dress to wear, she was contemplating her death.
  • In 2002, she was raped by a prison guard and impregnated. Her third pregnancy. Age eighteen.
  • In May, 2003, her son was born. Shar’ia law, compassionate in every detail, commuted her sentence until he reached the age of two — old enough to be weaned.

You’d think they’d just take the baby and let someone else raise it, wouldn’t you? But in Yemen (and the rest of the Muslim world) no one wants the offspring of a condemned woman and a rapist… not even her family. So Amina got to keep her son with her. Consider this: what is it like to have a baby in prison? What do you do for diapers? Do you get enough food for a nursing mother? You think? In Yemen?

Meanwhile, what about her other children? She’s not allowed to see them. Anyway, the younger daughter died in a car crash last year.

It is now May, 2005. Time to die. Tomorrow, her lawyer will arrive at the jail to take Amina’s son away. No one wants him. Amina must travel alone with her guards back to the village where they will kill her. Her parents are not permitted to see her. Age? Twenty-one.

So we have her story now. All the usual compassionate agencies and governments are making the usual attempts at intervention on her behalf. Perhaps they will succeed. Perhaps not.

Such a short, sad life.

Do you think it might be possible to save these little girls? If they’re going to be sold off anyway, why can’t we buy them? So many people want children. All these big, empty houses over here. All those sad little girls in the desert.

There is something very wrong with this picture.

A Letter to the Editor of Newsweek

The latest installment of Dymphna’s Greatest Hits was first posted in the spring of 2005. The specific abomination purveyed by the Lügenpresse is no longer obvious, as it was when she posted it, but that makes it essentially timeless, since the sentiment could just as easily apply today to virtually any MSM story about Islam. If anything, the taqiyya of the press has gotten even worse in the interim.

A Letter to the Editor of Newsweek

by Dymphna
Originally published on May 16, 2005

Newsweek
251 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019-1894

Dear Sir,

If it bleeds it leads, right? So there you are, Newsweek. You have a great story to pursue. Don’t let the fact that you also have the blood of many lives on your hands get in your way. In your moral universe, that’s a small price to pay for the story. Especially if it’s a story that makes your country look bad. Just make sure you spell the names correctly:

NEWSWEEK’S IRRESPONSIBLE REPORTING USES
ISLAMIC TACTICS TO ATTRACT READERS

The ‘Islamic tactic’ you used in this case is called taqiyya. More than a millennium old, taqiyya is lying for the sake of your cause. It’s a useful tool in the quest for making America look bad, one that has been employed successfully by your fellow “journalists” Eason Jordan and Dan Rather. Not to mention the declarations of the “Afghan quagmire” crowd, or the endless lamentations of the New York Times over Abu Ghraib. You are in esteemed company. And how many people died as a result of all these machinations? Do you care?

Vietnam is over. Unfortunately, you and your ilk don’t appear to grasp this. You are stuck in a time-warp quagmire of your own making, the one you helped create back then to turn the hearts and minds of your fellow citizens against your own soldiers. But your fellow citizens aren’t virgins anymore. Having been lied to, led on, fed half-truths and canned dissembling, having been assured that gossip and rumor are fact-checked truth with a big “T”, we no longer believe anything you have to say.

And for that, for your slanted, morally obtuse search for muck and for what-might-be-so-let’s-pretend-it-is, you have made us all into fact-checkers. After all the lies and misleading, if you claimed it was raining outside, we’d still go to the window to check.

New motto for dealing with the MSM: distrust and then dig for the truth. It might not be in your version of the story; it’s surely in the steaming pile you made nearby.

Sincerely yours,
Gates of Vienna

Eid al-Adha: When Muslim Streets Run Red With (Animal) Blood

Eid al-Adha: When Muslim streets run red with (animal) blood

by SF

The Muslim calendar year is strictly lunar, and consists of twelve lunar months, making a year of 354 or 355 days. That is because Muhammad wanted to show that Islam is “holier” and “truer” than both Judaism and Christianity. Since Jews have a mixed solar/lunar calendar, and Christians a purely solar one, Muhammad chose one that neither of the others use. (Just as he chose Friday as the Muslim holy day rather than Jewish Saturday or Christian Sunday.) But using a purely lunar calendar removes from it any linkage to the seasons. As a result, for every solar year, the Muslim calendar is short by eleven days, and so, year by year, Muslim holidays shift a bit through the different seasons.

Islam itself is a form of Judaism. Jewish Rabbis living in Arabia taught Judaism to Muhammad. Then he killed them and created an arabized version of Judaism. Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) was originally called Eid al-Qurban. But when the Muslims realized that “Korban” was the unique Hebrew word used by Jews for sacrifice, they changed the name. “Hajj” itself is the Arabic pronunciation of the unique Hebrew word designating a pilgrimage festival. The Hajj celebrates Abraham’s sacrifice of Ishmael at Mecca.

The Koran tells us that the Jews and Christians are liars who falsified their scriptures. According to “Islamic truth”, Abraham was a Muslim, and not a Jew. Allah ordered him to sacrifice his favorite son Ishmael (not Isaac). This was to be done at Mecca, and not Jerusalem. But, similar to the Jewish story, at the last moment allah tells Abraham not to sacrifice his son, and to substitute an animal in his place.

Each year this event is commemorated throughout the Muslim world (in the USA this year it was on August 10 and 11). In Muslim countries, halal animals (kosher for Muslims) are slaughtered. (Australia profits by shipping tens of thousands of live sheep to Muslim countries, while liberal New Zealand recently stopped this practice.) Muslims cannot eat pigs, but can eat camels, cows, and sheep. In Muslim countries, Eid is celebrated by slaughtering and butchering these animals in public. Any good Muslim man can do the slaughtering. The mandatory method of slaughter is to cut the animal’s throat with a knife. It often happens that this slaughter is botched, with the result that the bleeding animal runs screaming in pain through the streets of the town.

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Qatar Kills Bin Laden’s Son

The following guest-article by Barry Webb was published at Vlad Tepes on Monday.

Qatar Kills Bin Laden’s Son

by Barry Webb

A Saudi guest on Sarah Damdhawi’s tafa’alkom program aired on al-Arabia TV on 04 August 2019 said that: “Qatar killed Hamza bin Usama bin Laden as a gift to the U.S.

A little background is in order here. Hamza, the son of Usama bin Laden, was the future of al-Qaeda. He was the sole figure on this planet whose pedigree and family background could have made it possible to unite all terrorist groups, Sunni and Shi’a, into one “terrorist superpower.”

As a result of Hamza’s potential as a terrorism Fuhrer (and Hamza’s personal threat to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the U.S.), the U.S. had placed a one million dollar reward on his head.

At this point one might ask, why would Qatar, one of the world’s top three state sponsors of terrorism, snuff out one of their key assets as a gift to the Trump administration?

The answer can be found in last week’s arms deal between Trump and the Emir of Qatar. That was part of the price that Trump asked for in exchange for modern weapons. The rest of the price was, of course, the billions of dollars that will go into U.S. companies and the payrolls of U.S. workers.

A nice pre-election package. Money, and the elimination of Hamza bin Usama bin Laden. A win-win for Trump and the U.S. Right?

Not so fast.

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Hello, This is Your Caliph Speaking!

Yesterday I posted our Hungarian correspondent László’s hypothesis about a possible coded message contained in the latest jihad poster for the Islamic State. Today he sends the follow-up below, with this note: The post of my hypothesis motivated me to do some more research to see if it can actually be proven. The answer is probably in the affirmative.

Hello, This is Your Caliph Speaking!

A Secret Koranic Message on an ISIS Poster Refers to al-Baghdadi’s Sermon

by László

The hypothesis, posted previously at Gates of Vienna, that an ISIS poster contains a hidden message for the Ummah seems to be proven because the supposed message has actually the same core content as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph of the Islamic State, has preached. And this fact allows for a further hypothetical conclusion: the poster could be intended to be seen as a message from the Caliph.

This is how Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s (in)famous 2014 sermon commences:

Truly all praise belongs to Allah. We praise Him, and seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evils of our souls and from the consequences of our deeds. Whomever Allah guides can never be led astray, and whomever Allah leads astray can never be guided.

See also “ISIS Rhetoric for the Creation of the Ummah”.

The numbers (6:39) on the suicide belt express a message that is very similar to that of Baghdadi’s, and therefore may indeed refer to the content of this verse:

Koran 6:39

“But those who deny Our verses are deaf and dumb within darknesses. Whomever Allah wills — He leaves astray; and whomever He wills — He puts him on a straight path.”

The subsequent Koran verses are also in line with the content of al-Baghdadi’s sermon.

Baghdadi says:

We seek refuge with Allah from the evils of our souls and from the consequences of our deeds.

This refers to the same event as these verses, namely the judgement of Muslims’ deeds by Allah when they die:

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So Do You Have to Be Crazy to Convert to Islam?

Over and over again we learn that Muslims who commit atrocities in the name of their faith suffer from psychological problems. But what about converts to Islam? Are they also lunatics?

So do you have to be crazy to convert to Islam?

by SF

Historically, before Muhammad, the countries of Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco were 100% Christian, while Iran was 100% Zoroastrian. Now, after Muhammad, they are all nearly 100% Muslim. So what happened?

If you ask a Muslim (or a Muslim-enabler in the EU or the Democrat Party), he will gladly tell you that this is “proof” of how Islam is “superior and preferable” to Christianity.

But how does history itself answer that question?

Well, clearly, if Islam conquers your non-Muslim country, then you are inevitably (sooner or later) totally screwed. Islam is a supremacist “religion”. Only Muslims, as the beloved of Allah, are true human beings, while all non-Muslims are less than fully human. When Muslims conquer your non-Muslim country, you lose all your wealth, property, and possessions to the Muslims (unless they first choose to enslave you or kill you outright). You and your children then become permanent second-class people, despised, degraded, humiliated, impoverished, and marginalized. Islam is like a boa constrictor: it starts squeezing you and never stops.

But there is a way out: convert! Islam is indeed supremacist, but it welcomes all comers, and by converting, you regain your rights and status.

Clearly, this “carrot and stick” method was incredibly successful in the countries that Islam conquered. One technique they used was to first approach the non-Muslim peasants, and tell them that they could become the new masters if they converted. Then they approached the defeated ruling class, and told them that if they did not convert, then their former slaves would become their new masters. This was quite effective. It is hypothesized that most Hindu converts to Islam came from the “untouchable” caste.

But, as they say, that was then and this is now. Who converts to Islam nowadays in a Western country, where Muslims cannot force you? Hardly anyone. The men who do so are all unsuccessful, resentful losers, many with a prison background. They convert because they believe that they can acquire a new sense of self-worth; and that even better, they now become justified by Allah in seeking revenge on their non-Muslim former oppressors. (So if someone proudly tells you that he just converted to Islam, then run away, because otherwise the next thing you know he might be holding your severed head in his hand, while recording it for the internet!)

It is more surprising that even some women convert to Islam. They turn out to be ones who feel lost, have little self-respect and self-worth, and want to be “owned” (like when they were children living with their parents), so that Islam (like any good cult) provides them with meaning, importance, identity, community, and a rigid, secure social structure.

Previous posts by SF:

2019   Jul   18   Is America Heading Towards a Second Civil War?
        26   How Do Muslims Justify Emigrating to Non-Muslim Nations?
 

A Second Son of Hamas Defects

Back in 2010 a Palestinian named Mosab Hassan Yousef caused a sensation by defecting from Hamas and converting to Christianity. His case was significant, because he was the son of Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas.

Now a second son of Hassan Yousef has made the news by defecting from Hamas. His name is Suhaib Yousef, and he differs from his brother in that he did not convert to Christianity, nor did he ever work for Israeli intelligence.

Suhaib moved to a South Asian country (it looks like it might be Malaysia or Indonesia) to live in exile, and there he agreed to meet with an Israeli journalist. The resulting documentary is below.

Many thanks to D@rLin|{ for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Did A$AP Rocky Beat Up a Mujahid?


A$AP Rocky’s Afghan victim and a dead mujahid with a similar tattoo

By now just about everybody in the world is aware of the case of A$AP Rocky, an American rapper who (along with his entourage) allegedly beat up an Afghan culture-enricher while on tour in Sweden. Mr. Rocky is currently languishing in a Swedish jail, awaiting trial. His case drew massive international attention after President Trump tweeted his support of the rapper.

Swedish investigative reporters have now uncovered a possible jihad angle to the A$AP Rocky case. Many thanks to Tania Groth for translating this article from Samhällsnytt:

The A$AP Afghan is said to have an Islamist neck tattoo

Information has emerged about the Afghan man suspected of being beaten by the hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky and his companions. Among other things, the migrant has a tattoo on his neck that is said to pay tribute to Islamist terrorism.

Social media have recently drawn attention to the preliminary investigation protocol on the very controversial altercation that took place in central Stockholm at the end of June. Since the article was published, more data has emerged from the more than 550-page preliminary investigation protocol.

The interrogation shows, among other things, that the 19-year-old man, according to his own testimony, followed the rap partner and that he believes this was the cause of his anger.

[PHOTO with text:

Line 1:   I think they got mad because I followed them.
Line 2:   I don’t quite understand: It happened where I sat (possibly the Afghan’s own broken Swedish about the location of the altercation) (Olofgatan/Apelbergsgatan).
Line 3:   I will be traveling to Iran from the 20th to the 31st.]
 

It also appears that the man immigrated to Sweden from Iran as a so-called unaccompanied refugee child with the stated age of 14, and that he is now going to travel on vacation to the country he fled from.

In the public debate, Iran has been described by the actors who are fighting for the right of all “unaccompanied” to stay in Sweden as deadly for Afghans to return to. One of these actors is Omid Mahmoudi, founder and chairman of the “group for unaccompanied minors”.

In 2016 Mahmoudi participated in the UR Contemporary to tell about his migrant journey from Afghanistan to Sweden. He stated, among other things, that Iran’s border guards execute refugees at their border; otherwise they risk up to five years in prison.

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Bringing It All Back Home

Earlier today I posted a video made by the ISIS Gals begging to be rescued from a prison camp in Syria. The clip below from Dutch TV news serves as interesting follow-up to the appeal by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Islamic State.

It seems that the Kurds have been given the short end of the stick: they are required to maintain a prison camp system for ISIS captives at enormous expense in both money and lives. In addition to the Kurds themselves, the American government is pressuring European governments to accept the return of “their” fighters from Syria, along with their jihad molls and their puir wee bairns.

If the Trump administration is successful, a substantial portion of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant will be dispersed among various Western European countries.

Many thanks to C for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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The Women of ISIS Are Looking For a Few Good Men…

…to rescue them and their puir wee bairns from a prison camp in Syria. The following video is in Arabic, but has been translated from the Dutch subtitles by C.

The translator includes this note:

VRT is the Belgian (Flemish) public broadcaster. They’re reporting on a story by a nonprofit called Jihadoscope. Jihadoscope claims this type of video is a new phenomenon, which began earlier this month.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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How Do Muslims Justify Emigrating to Non-Muslim Nations?

Our guest-essayist SF returns with an analysis of the Islamic Hijra to the West.

How do Muslims justify emigrating to non-Muslim nations?

by SF

Islam is a supremacist, totalitarian “religion”. It holds that Muslims are the only true human beings, and that all non-Muslims are inferiors who must be converted, enslaved, or killed. Yet today, more than ever, we see hordes of Muslims desperately fleeing their paradisiacal Islamic homelands for non-Muslim countries, particularly in Europe. And they pass through many other Muslim countries to get there.

What are the underlying causes?

1.   Overpopulation: Islam is a primitive, savage, tribal “religion”. The Koran tells all Muslims to have as many children as possible, so that they can be raised as Islamic holy warriors who can conquer the world in the name of allah.
2.   Islam arose and prevails in countries with limited natural resources, so that sooner or later it eventuates that there is just not enough to go around.
3.   The average level of intelligence in Muslim countries tends to be on the low side, so that they have trouble competing in our global economy, which favors technological prowess. As a result, they become economic migrants, leaving for liberal Western countries with generous welfare benefits.
 

How do they justify this?

1.   They say that allah made Western countries rich, and Muslim countries poor, so that Muslims will have an added incentive to wage holy war on the infidels and plunder them.
2.   Muslim religious teachers have established rules that allow Muslims to emigrate to non-Muslim countries:
    a.   The non-Muslim country must allow Muslims complete religious freedom.
    b.   The emigrating Muslims are to be considered as scouts who are sent to evaluate the non-Muslim country, and help prepare it for eventual Muslim conquest.
 

Because of these conditions, the Muslim emigrants have no problem killing any native non-Muslim who insults Islam, or engaging in acts of terror if the native non-Muslim host government does not show enough “respect” towards Islam and Muslims (an interesting way of showing their gratitude).

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ISIS Brides Want to Return Home to the Netherlands

The following news report describes the plight of two Dutch women who left the Netherlands and went to Syria as “ISIS brides”. Their husbands went to wage jihad for the Islamic State, and the wives accompanied them to keep house and whelp out their wee bairns.

Now the women want to return to the Netherlands, but the Dutch government is none too anxious to have them back. The puir wee bairns will undoubtedly be the deciding factor — who, after all, could resist them?

It’s not clear whether these women have “an immigration background” or are converts to Islam. Dutch viewers can probably tell from their accents. One of them seems to have blue or green eyes, so my guess is that they’re converts.

Many thanks to C for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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