Archive for the ‘Shariah Law’ Category

.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

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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).

 

 

 

Maimonides on Islamic treatment of the Jews

January 13, 2011

There is a claim that the Jews were much better treated under Islam than under their Christian counterparts. Whilst the ‘Christians’ are far from a model of toleration, the current clamour in certain quarters of Western academia (and obviously by Muslim propagandists) to paint dhimmitude as some benevolent, protective apparatus for religious minorities, must be treated with great scepticism.

Maimonides (1135-1204), wrote to the Jews of Yemen, who were then experiencing severe persecution at the hands of their Muslim rulers. In it, Maimonides describes his assessment of the treatment of the Jews at the hands of Muslims:

… on account of our sins God has cast us into the midst of this people, the nation of Ishmael [that is, Muslims], who persecute us severely, and who devise ways to harm us and to debase us…. No nation has ever done more harm to Israel. None has matched it in debasing and humiliating us. None has been able to reduce us as they have…. We have borne their imposed degradation, their lies, their absurdities, which are beyond human power to bear…. We have done as our sages of blessed memory have instructed us, bearing the lies and absurdities of Ishmael…. In spite of all this, we are not spared from the ferocity of their wickedness and their outbursts at any time. On the contrary, the more we suffer and choose to conciliate them, the more they choose to act belligerently toward us.

Maimonides, “Epistle to the Jews of Yemen”, translated in Stillman, Norman. The Jews of Arab Lands: A History and Source Book. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America. (1979), pp. 241–242 See also Martin Gilbert’s In Ishmael’s House

Deadly Tradition

July 21, 2010

On March 11, 2002, fifteen Saudi schoolgirls died as they attempted to flee from their school in the holy city of Mecca. A fire had set the building ablaze. The girls ran to the school gates but these were locked. The keys were in the possession of a male guard, who refused to open the gates because the girls were not wearing the correct Islamic dress imposed on women by Saudi law: face veils and overgarments. The “indecently” dressed girls frantically tried to save their young lives. The Saudi police beat them back into the burning building. Officers of the Mutaween, the “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice,” as the Police are known in Saudi Arabia, also beat passers-by and firemen who tried to help the girls. “It is sinful to approach them,” the policemen warned bystanders. It is not only sinful, it is also a criminal offence.

Geert Wilders

This incident was reported by the BBC and notes that even the Saudi media made a rare criticism of the religious police.

“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” Matthew 15:3

Conversion to Islam, payment of the poll tax, or death

September 15, 2009

Under the ‘Code/Ordinance/Pact’ of Umar Jews and Christians lived as dhimmis paying a poll-tax (jizya) to the Muslim state as an expression of their submission. (Many documents say they should experience some kind of humiliation while making the payment – e.g. by being struck on the neck). They were not allowed to build new churches or synagogues or repair those in areas occupied by Muslims. They were not allowed to display the cross outside churches or to hold public religious processions outside. Their clothes should be different from the clothes worn by Muslims. Often they had to wear a badge to mark them out from Muslims, and sometimes they were required to shave their heads. They were forbidden to ride on horses, and had to ride on mules or donkeys. They were required to show respect to Muslims-for instance, by giving up their seats to them.

It is (for them to choose between) conversion to Islam, payment of the poll tax, or death. Ibn Khaldun (1333-1406), Arab historian.

Colin Chapman, Cross and Crescent: Responding to the Challenge of Islam (Leicester, IVP, 1995), pp. 284-5, 287.