What Muslims believe, and what we don’t want to believe that they believe
Andrew Bostom brings our attention to a group of influential and mainstream American-based Muslim jurists who make quite clear what Islam mandates for its followers (and those who resist it) and what vision they have for America’s future. Among other things that Bostom cites, the Muslim jurists have openly endorsed, or rather restated standard Islamic rulings on, the execution of apostates and blasphemers, the stoning of adulterers, and marital rape. Bostom quotes one of the jurists, Dr. Salah al-Sawy, concerning the use of offensive jihad to enact the Islamization of America:
The Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time. With our current capabilities, we are aspiring toward defensive jihad, and to improve our position with regards to jurisprudence at this stage. But there is a different discussion for each situation. Allah Almighty knows best.
In other words, the Muslims in America are too weak at this time to use offensive jihad to overthrow the American government and replace it with Islamic rule, but they can use other, more discreet, means to work toward this goal and wait for the situation to change (through increasing Muslim immigration and birth rates) to an atmosphere in which armed violence would achieve the desired result. The jurist group has furthermore has denounced the American legal and political system as illegitimate and worthy of Muslims’ hatred and contempt.
So here is a prominent group of Muslim jurists educated in Islamic theology and jurisprudence, most, if not all of them, having memorized the entire Koran, telling us quite honestly and clearly what Islam teaches and that they are working toward the eventual Islamization of America. These are not the words or assumptions of Andrew Bostom, Robert Spencer, Srdja Trifkovic, Mark Steyn, Bat Ye’or, or Lawrence Auster, these are what the Muslims themselves are openly and unashamedly saying. Why is it that so few will honestly face these admissions and accept them for what they are? Forget the outright liberals, they are beyond reason and reality, but so few self-described conservatives will see Islam for what it is and take the necessary steps to counter it. If Americans and other Westerners won’t believe the Muslim jurists, whom will they believe?
In his article, Bostom refers to the 1990 Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, a statement by all (then) 54 Islamic majority countries, and thus the most significant expression of Islamic belief. It was reading this document which showed me the essential nature of Islam, as discussed in my 2004 FrontPage Magazine article, “The Centrality of Jihad in Islam.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 18, 2012 02:15 PM | Send