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Monday, January 30, 2006

At last, the truth about jihad

By Aussiegirl

Jamie Glazov, in today's FrontPage Magazine, interviews Andrew Bostom, a physician who has published many articles about the true nature of Islam, and specifically its concept of jihad. This is a must-read for anyone who continues to think of Islam as "a religion of peace". Yes, there will be peace, but the peace that follows the entire world becoming Muslim. Not a pretty picture.

FrontPage magazine.com :: The Legacy of Jihad by Jamie Glazov

The consensus on the nature of jihad from major schools of Islamic jurisprudence is clear. Summarizing this consensus of centuries of Islamic thought, the seminal Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun, who died in 1406, wrote:
"In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty because of the universalism of the mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force. The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty for them, save only for purposes of defense."
Only Islam, Ibn Khaldun added, “is under obligation to gain power over other nations.”


At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Pindar said...

Thanks for posting this wake-up call for anyone who doesn't believe that jihad is a bad thing for the West. I've read other articles by Mr. Bostom, and they are always informative and sobering. By the way, this book was recently reviewed in NRO under the title Going Medieval. Here is the most frightening quotation from this review: We are accustomed to looking at maps that show an area called “the Muslim world,” stretching from West Africa across the Middle East to Southeast Asia, as though this always has been and must be; but before the time of Mohammed these same areas were Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or Zoroastrian, among others. How did they make the switch, and what happened when they did? This is the topic The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims a new anthology edited by Andrew G. Bostom. This exhaustive, 759-page tome contains both primary-source material and interpretive essays, dating from the earliest period of Muslim expansion to the present day. One learns very quickly that the caliphate was established not by evangelism but by the sword, and the non-Muslims who were subjected to the rule of the caliphs were either forced to convert, allowed to live as social inferiors under a religious caste system called dhimmitude, or simply killed outright.
There was no question among the early Muslim scholars that their faith should spread to the four corners of the world, and as quickly as possible. According to Islamic teaching, the time before the advent of Mohammed was the period of Jahiliyyah, or ignorance of the guidance from God. Once Mohammed brought the word of God, there was no longer any excuse for ignorance. And once an area was liberated and its people enlightened, they could not go back. Any place that became Muslim had to stay Muslim; thus groups like al Qaeda define the hoped for neo-Caliphate as encompassing not only areas where Muslims currently live, but all such places were they ever had influence. More to the point, this is only the first phase of consolidation. They will not stop there. The ultimate step in the al Qaeda program is the conversion of the world to their brand of Islam, and the realization of the vision first pursued by Mohammed and his successors.
This is the enemy that civilization is facing.


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