Much of the hysteria about “Islamophobia” in the U.S. is driven by ignorance: not, as is commonly claimed, the ignorance of racist, redneck yahoos about the true, peaceful nature of Islam, but the ignorance of well-meaning non-Muslims about the violent and supremacist aspects of Islam. Cynical and deceptive Islamic supremacist spokesmen make use of the latter ignorance all the time – most recently, in Memphis imam Yasir Qadhi’s claim that I “fabricated” the idea that Islam has an imperative to subjugate non-Muslims.
Years ago, the imam Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Brotherhood’s principal arm in the United States, showed up at a lecture I gave at a synagogue. After I explained the motivating ideology of al-Qaeda and other jihad groups with copious references to the Qur’an and Sunnah, Bray stood up during the question-and-answer period and drawled, “I’m just a simple country Muslim from Norfolk, Virginia, and I have never even heard of this version of Islam you’re talking about today.”
Yeah, sure, Mahdi, and my uncle is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But Bray knew that his jocular display of ignorance of the jihadist view of Islam would play well to an audience that knew little to nothing of Islamic doctrine. Many other Muslim spokesmen have played this same game over the years, not only affecting ignorance of the violent and supremacist teachings of Islam, but even claiming that “Islamophobes” invented them.
And so we come to Yasir Qadhi, who claimed on his Facebook page Thursday that “Islamophobic bigots like Spencer have fabricated this myth of us Muslims (less than 1 % of this land!) having desires to subjugate the rest of the 99 % to our laws and religion. Sadly, many innocent Christians believe these lies, and Spencer continues to profit from that fear.”
I fabricated that myth, eh? What immense power Qadhi thinks I have!
In reality, the idea that any Muslims in the U.S. wish to subjugate non-Muslims comes from Omar Ahmad, Hamas-linked CAIR’s co-founder and longtime Board chairman, who once said: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” He denies saying those words, but the original reporter still stands by her story. And Hamas-linked CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper once said: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.” Meanwhile, according to a captured internal document, the Muslim Brotherhood (to which all the major Muslim groups in the US are linked) is dedicated in its own words to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house….so that it falls, and Allah’s religion is victorious over other religions.” Think that document is inauthentic or unimportant? Think again. Then there is the Washington, DC imam who wants to “establish an Islamic State of America by 2050.”
And of course, these Muslims in the U.S. did not originate this idea. It comes from the Qur’an and Muhammad. The Qur’an prescribes violence until the world is Islamized: “And fight them until there is no fitnah and religion, all of it, is for Allah.” (Qur’an 8:39)
Fitnah is disturbance, upheaval, disorder, chaos. According to numerous early Muslim authorities, including Ibn Abbas, Abu Al-`Aliyah, Mujahid, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, Ar-Rabi` bin Anas, As-Suddi, Muqatil bin Hayyan and Zayd bin Aslam, the statement that Muslims must fight until there is no more fitnah means that they must fight “so that there is no more Shirk.”
Shirk is the association of partners with Allah — i.e., calling Jesus the Son of God. So this verse, although it was revealed in the aftermath of a seventh-century battle between Muslims and pagans, has a universal application. A mainstream Islamic commentary on the Qur’an, the Tafsir al-Jalalayn, glosses it this way: “And fight them until sedition, idolatry, is, exists, no more and religion is all for God, alone, none other being worshipped.”
Muhammad himself said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah, and he who professed it was guaranteed the protection of his property and life on my behalf except for the right affairs rest with Allah.” (Sahih Muslim 30)
Islamic conquest will result in the subjugation of non-Muslims. The Qur’an commands Muslims to fight “the People of the Book,” that is, primarily Jews and Christians, until they submit to Muslim hegemony and pay a tax: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).
Muhammad is depicted in a hadith echoing this: “Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them…. If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. (Sahih Muslim 4294)
Question for Dr. Yasir Qadhi: did I write all this material?
He won’t answer, of course. It’s easier for him simply to call me an “Islamophobic bigot,” and know that most of his audience won’t know enough to be able to challenge his ridiculous claims. It’s hard to believe that Qadhi’s act will continue to fool people for much longer. But it’s working just fine right now.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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