Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors

May 10, 2013

…the relations between Muslims and peoples of other civilizations – Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Hindu, Chinese, Buddhist, Jewish – have been generally antagonistic; most of these relations have been violent at some point in the past; many have been violent in the 1990s. Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors. …Muslims make up about one-fifth of the world’s population but in the 1990s they have been far more involved in intergroup violence than the people of any other civilizations.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p.256

The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam

May 10, 2013

The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p.217

.In Islam, God is Caesar; in China and Japan, Caesar is God; in Orthodoxy, God is Caesar’s junior partner

May 10, 2013

Throughout Western history, first the Church and then many churches existed separate from the state. God and Caesar, church and state, spiritual authority and temporal authority had been a prevailing dualism in Western culture…In Islam, God is Caesar; in China and Japan, Caesar is God; in Orthodoxy, God is Caesar’s junior partner.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p.70

If Islam is the true religion, how come it doesn’t work anywhere?

April 11, 2013

As I learned Dutch, I began to formulate an almost impossibly ambitious goal: I would study political science to find out why this society (Netherlands), although it appeared to me as godless, worked when every society I had lived in, no matter how Muslim it claimed to be, was rotten with corruption, violence, and self-centered guile.

Aayan Hirsi Ali, Nomad, Simon & Schuster, 2010, p.xiv

There is a reason why Somalia, Pakistan and Sudan do not need to police their borders to stop unwanted immigration from the UK and the US. Migration flows in certain directions. People leave failed or dysfunctional states for more successful ones.

Later in her book Aayan admits Holland is not as godless as she might present her. In fact, the best case she gives for integration was from the Christians of the little town of Ede (pp.253-254).

 

 

 

Most inhabitants of hell are women according to Muhammad

April 11, 2013

The Prophet said, “I looked at Paradise and found poor people forming the majority of its inhabitants; and I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.”

Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 4:464, Narrated ‘Imran bin Husain , see also Bukhari 7:124, 7:125

Why Islam appeals to prisoners

April 7, 2013

As for Muslim proselytism in the prison—and Muslim literature has been insinuated into nooks and crannies there far more thoroughly than any Christian literature—it is directed mainly at the Jamaican prisoners. It answers their need for an excuse to go straight, while not at the same time surrendering to the morality of a society they believe has wronged them deeply. Indeed, conversion to Islam is their revenge upon that society, for they sense that their newfound religion is fundamentally opposed to it. By conversion, therefore, they kill two birds with one stone.

Theodore Dalrymple

There are more reasons than this why Islam appeals to young men in trouble with the law. Amongst others it gives a sense of belonging and perhaps of a wider family or community, a sense of something to belong to bigger than the rootless self. But the resentments with wider Western/Christian society are not hard to find if one scratches the surface of many a convert to Islam.

Most scholars agree that Jesus was executed by crucifixion on the authority of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem

February 26, 2012

Most scholars agree that Jesus was executed by crucifixion on the authority of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem.

Robert Funk, Honest to Jesus (San Fransisco, HarperCollins, 1996), p. 221

The importance of this quote is that Funk is very sceptical about the reliability of the gospels and thwe New Testament as history. However, even he admits that Jesus existed and died by crucifixion. To deny this would be to employ a scepticism to all history that would make almost nothing knowable.

Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be

February 18, 2012

Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be. For if no follower of Jesus had written anything for one hundred years after his crucifixition, we would still know about him from two authors not among his supporters. Their names are Flavius Josephus and Cornelius Tacitus.

John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, p. 145. Crossan, far from being a conservative Christian, denies the historical reliabilityof mjuch of the New Testament. Yet even he accepts the historical reality of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Jihad defined

November 8, 2011

In law, according to general doctrine and in historical tradition, the jihād consists of military action with the object of the expansion of Islam and, if need be, of its defence.

“Jihad” in the Encyclopaedia of Islam

Don’t be fooled when told that Jihad is only or primarily one’s internal struggle with sin.

Part of the Original Qur’an is missing

September 15, 2011
      Many (of the passages) of the Qur’an that were sent down were known by those who died on the day of Yamama … but they were not known (by those who) survived them, nor were they written down, nor had Abu Bakr, Umar or Uthman (by that time) collected the Qur’an, nor were they found with even one (person) after them.

(Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif, p.23).

It is reported from Ismail ibn Ibrahim from Ayyub from Naafi from Ibn Umar who said: “Let none of you say ‘I have acquired the whole of the Qur’an’. How does he know what all of it is when much of the Qur’an has disappeared? Rather let him say ‘I have acquired what has survived.'” (as-Suyuti, Al-Itqan fii Ulum al-Qur’an, p.524).