Being a Progressive (really, who can’t help being progressive being a Canadian?), I am well aware of just how much we owe to Islam in the West. Without Islam, the West would have lost ties to Greek civilization and we’d never have known Plato, Socrates or Aristotle. Western medicine would not have advanced beyond blood letting and leaches, our mathematicians would never have learned Algebra or figured out “zero” and our navigators would never have figured out how to get out of their harbours. But this is just the tip of the iceberg – the real advances of Islam are its social innovations – its perfect societal rules handed down from the maker of the universe to mankind for us to dutifully follow!
It is well known how women dress in Islam with many Muslimahs dutifully wearing Allah approved head bags in the West to maintain their modesty and to get one step closer to Allah. Those wishing to get a leg up on attaining eternal paradise cover their entire bodies, head to toe in the colour that goes with everything in Islam – black. In other less developed religions, the acts of people are thought to be weighed by deities but in Islam, your ticket to heaven is greatly discounted by merely following Allah’s dictates for dressing, eating, warring & procreating. Cutting off heads is optional – praying five times a day is essential!
You may ask just what I know about Islam. Every Progressive knows lots about everything that is important. I was even a card carrying member of the NDP when I graduated from university! Leave the details about internal combustion engines to your grease monkey mechanic and the reason why your doors stick to the home handyman – the real important stuff in life is taught in mosques. We’re only here for a while – Allah’s s paradise is forever. So let’s start working towards forever shall we?
If you are reading this, I know that you have read the Koran. You probably have even memorized your favourite verses. But you probably realize that you can’t tell how many stones you need to throw at the devil during the hajj or which hand you need to use to cleanse yourself when nature calls and you’re wandering in the desert. That’s why there are scholars of Islam and that’s why there are books like “Reliance of the Traveler”
The book is, as Amazon reports, a “Manual of Islamic Sacred Law”. It includes certificates of approval from venerable Islamic organizations including Al Azhar University (the Institution lauded by ex-President Obama as a “light of learning for so many centuries” in his Cairo address to the Muslim world).
This book is a legitimate source of information concerning Islam. It contains hundreds of pages of divinely inspired direction for living one’s life as a faithful Muslim. In the following, I highlight some troubling beliefs held by faithful Muslims as explained by revered scholars. I provide some other sources showing how the theory is put into practice today. You can download the text of the book & search an on-line pdf copy here:
The section “Justice” (p 583 o1.1) identifies major sins called enormities in Islam. This book cites Islamic scholars who use primary Islamic sources (the Koran, Hadith) to explain the necessary punishments for major transgressions.
The following chapters describe the three major transgressions that are punishable by death in more detail.
Apostasy is one of only three “crimes” in Islam so grave that transgressors are to be executed. For those of us in the West, this may be unbelievable but support among Muslims for this is alarmingly high. See http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-beliefs-about-sharia/ below; this excerpt from that Pew poll shows that this penalty has strong support in many Muslim majority states and is evidently a belief held by many millions and not just a tiny minority of Muslims who allegedly “pervert” Islam.
So far we have learned that a married adulterer shall be killed, an apostate shall be killed and we will see that justice in Islam means executing someone “in retaliation” for murder.
See English translations of verse 2:178 below that is cited above as taken from the Muslim Students Association at the University of Southern California website (this is a very good resource for reading the Koran and the Hadith). The verse encourages believers to execute not necessarily the murderer but to retaliate for murder for example by killing a woman to retaliate for the murder of a woman. Notice above (circled) that no retaliation is prescribed for killing a non-muslim.
There are many beliefs in Islam that tolerant people in the West refuse to acknowledge are orthodox beliefs like:
Female genital mutilation (recommnended):
The next time someone cherry picks verses from the Koran, read them for yourself for a reality check. Obama said “The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.”
This is what the Koran actually says:
YUSUFALI: On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
PICKTHAL: For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth.
SHAKIR: For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.
YUSUFALI: The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;
PICKTHAL: The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom;
SHAKIR: The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,
This widely repeated verse is abridged and taken out of context by apologists for Islam. It is quoted to show how progressive and tolerant Islam is, but the verse is actually vile when read in full and in context. It prescribes extremely brutal punishments (of the kind ISIS employs) for those who are guilty of the worst sin in Islam – corruption (or spreading mischief). Unbelief is the biggest enormity (biggest sin) in Islam – worse than murder.
I suggest that the more you read about Islam, the more events in the news and its 1400 years of bloody history will make sense to you. It will explain the ‘unexplainable’ events like thousands of Muslims rioting and killing people over cartoons, Muslims turning a blind eye to the barbarity of ISIS and providing an endless pool of recruits for them (or Boko Haram, or Al Shabab ….). Western Muslims for murdering their overly Western daughters for not wearing a hijab and Muslims refusing to assimilate in any land where they settle. In history, an understanding of Islamic beliefs will explain the Armenian Genocide, the mass murders at Chios, the burning of Smyrna, Dhimmis, slaves markets in Constantinople, Barbary pirates, Janissaries and Jihad.