BY David F. Effiong
In a book edited by T. I. Okere (“Religion in a World of Change: African Ancestral Religion, Islam and Christianity” Whelan Research Academy, 2002), it was written that the type of love Islam teaches the Muslims to have is selfless and universal love. Such a love recognizes, conceptualizes and practicalizes religious plurality and the concept of peace in Islam (264). Yet it is recorded: fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)…Surah 9:5. At the end of this article therefore, you should be able to decipher the real deal in Islam.
Islam is in constant battle with writers, authors and other media figures who express their opinions openly in the free world. Many people have sacrificed their lives because they had a different opinion than that of Muslim fundamentalists. Dr. Farag Foda, a victim of one of the Islamic movements wrote a note of warning to Egypt, the Arabic countries and the world about the dangers of fundamental lslam when he wrote: what kind of time in our history is this? This is the time when if someone asks a question, the other party answers him with bullets…if they think for a second that we will rest our pens from writing or our mouths from voicing opinions, they are expecting the impossible. This is not about courage; it’s about logic. Dying in defense of democracy and unity of our nation is better than living with this stinking thinking (Mark, 56).
A little over a decade ago the free world was stunned when the Ayatollah Khomeini, the new leader of Iran after its revolution, made a death threat in response to a novel published in England. The book was “The Satanic Verses,” written by a British author of Indian descent named Salman Rushdie. In his book, Rushdie criticized Islam in a sarcastic way. Khomeini promised three million dollars to whoever killed Rushdie. In response to Khomeini’s threat, the British police kept Rushdie in their protection. This author has to live in great fear of the sword of lslam for the rest of his life. Even after his public apology to Muslims and Islam, he has to live in hiding. The parliament of Holland passed a law that grants political asylum to persons who have left Islam and converted to other religions, such as Christianity.
A vehement protest was published in the “Muslim World League Journal,” a magazine published in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In an article titled, “The Right of Political Asylum for Muslim Renegades in Holland,” the magazine complained that this decision was made by two Christian political parties in Holland who were “acting as if converting to Christianity is a reason for persecution.”
When you become a slave of Allah, you give up your rights. Just as a democracy is an unacceptable form of government because it is man-made, Islam says that human rights are unnecessary because they are also a man-made idea that is not found in the Quran. Islam does not acknowledge or respect human rights, women’s rights or democracy.
All these are Western ideas from infidels; therefore, Muslims do not acknowledge them. That is exactly what Sayyid Qutb, the founding father of modern jihad, said in his book Social Justice in Islam. There is a basic principle in the Islamic law called “Al-Qaeda Al-Faquhia,” which states, “Anyone who denies any of the Islamic truth is an infidel.” The application of this principle means that anyone who does not comply with Islam principles completely must be killed. This can be applied to:
Muslims renegades – those who leave the Muslim faith (no freedom of religion).
Those expressing opinions against Islam (no freedom of speech) (Mark A. Gabriel, 55).
It was Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, one of the clearest writers and thinkers of modern jihad and the founder of Pakistan’s fundamentalist movement had written; Islam is not a normal religion like the other religions in the world, and Muslim nations are not like normal nations. Muslim nations are very special because they have a command from Allah to rule the entire world and to be over every nation in the world. No Islamic nation, government or parliament will ever be able to protect a renegade Muslim from the sword of Islam.
No one can stop the sword of Islam from taking the lives of ex-Muslims unless free countries follow the example of Holland and offer some protection to those people. Islam is the faith of struggle, revolution and war. Islam doesn’t want a little piece of the world – it wants it all. If Allah is God and the Quran is true, the Christian can be sure he is lost – no matter how zealous he may be; the reverse would actually be the case (G. J O. Who is this Allah, 1990).
From the murder of the poet Beni Nadir to the killing of women and children to killing leaders who break Islam law (Nigeria’s Sharia Law attempts to coat this even more) to the legalization of sex orgies among the faithful Muslims; the death of Muhammad birthed the logic of death even till this moment. Muhammad is alive! Death has no power over him because most of his followers detest the enlightenment. It is therefore not a taboo to notice that the core principle of Islam is violence!
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My name is David Francis and the nature of my engagements include:
Philosophy (University of Jos, Nigeria); Research Consultant (St. Albert’s Institute, Fayit-Fadan, Kaduna, Nigeria); Editor (Sapientia African Leadership Formation Programme, e. V Address: Badenstedter Street, 99 30453, Hannover, Germany); Editor (African Home Reintegration, Spinnereistrasse 1A 30449, Hannover, Germany); Literature (S. E. M. S. Nassarawa State, Nigeria); Former Associate Editor, “Periscope Magazine,” Abuja and Columnist, “Seekers Delight Magazine,” Kaduna.
I simply try to question the ‘happy darkness’ by encouraging more hands to minimize ignorance. Just a dose of knowledge, is enough in training the mind, to conform to nothing except truth. Let’s ride this train together!
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