Indeed, and invoking the now much-abused Jefferson Quran. The idea that Jefferson somehow revered Islam because he had a Quran in his possession is akin to saying FDR admired Nazism because he had a copy of Mein Kampf.
Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates: America’s first confrontation with the Islamic world helped forge a new nation’s character. By Christopher Hitchens
America’s first and second foreign wars were against Muslim states. First under Jefferson and then Madison.
When Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated in March of 1801, he inherited the then ongoing terror by the Barbary Muslim states (the Ottoman Regencies of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, along with independent Morocco). The Europeans had staved off war with the Muslim powers through treaties that involved annual payments of tribute (jizya). Jefferson refused to be held hostage to Muslim rulers seizing American merchant ships, holding the crews for ransom, demanding the U.S. pay jizya to the Barbary rulers. Jefferson went to war and won. Hence the resounding declaration in the Anthem of the United States Marines, the Marines’ Hymn, ‘From the Halls of Montezuma / To the Shores of Tripoli’ as in Libya.
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The Barbary jihad piracy which confronted America soon after our nation was established (i.e., between 1786-1815), was an enduring, formidable enterprise. During the 16th and 17th centuries, as many Europeans were captured, sold, and enslaved by the Barbary corsairs as were West Africans made captive and shipped for plantation labor in the Americas by European slave traders. Robert Davis’ methodical enumeration indicates that between one, and one and one-quarter million white European Christians were enslaved by the Barbary Muslims from 1530 through 1780. White
“Several muslim countries along the North African coast had established the tradition of plundering the ships of European and American merchants in the western Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic, capturing the crews and then demanding ransom from the respective governments for their release. In a joint message to their superiors in Congress, Adams and Jefferson described the audacity of these terrorist attacks, pirates leaping onto defenseless ships with daggers clenched in their teeth. They had asked the ambassador from Tripoli, Adams and Jefferson explained, on what grounds these outrageous acts of unbridled savagery could be justified: “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of the prophet, that it was written in their koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their [islams] authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners….”
“America’s First War on Terror” by Dr. Bostom:
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, then serving as American ambassadors to France and Britain, respectively, met in 1786 in London with the Tripolitan Ambassador to Britain, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja. These future American presidents were attempting to negotiate a peace treaty which would spare the United States the ravages of jihad piracy—murder, enslavement (with ransoming for redemption), and expropriation of valuable commercial assets—emanating from the Barbary states (modern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, known collectively in Arabic as the Maghrib). During their discussions, they questioned Ambassador Adja as to the source of the unprovoked animus directed at the nascent United States republic. Jefferson and Adams, in their subsequent report to the Continental Congress, recorded the Tripolitan Ambassador’s justification:
… that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.
Thus as Joshua London’s Victory in Tripoli elaborates in lucid prose, an aggressive jihad was already being waged against the United States almost 200 years prior to America becoming a dominant international power in the Middle East. Moreover, these jihad depredations targeting America antedated the earliest vestiges of the Zionist movement by a century, and the formal creation of Israel by 162 years—exploding the ahistorical canard that American support for the modern Jewish state is a prerequisite for jihadist attacks on the United States.
The last time the left pulled this revisionist myth out of was when another jihadi was sworn in.
Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib to be sworn in on Jefferson’s Qur’an: “Muslims were there at the beginning”
Tlaib’s statement here is part of the ongoing effort to rewrite early American history to put Muslims in it, and to recast Thomas Jefferson as an Islamophilic multiculturalist. Reality was different. Jefferson owned a Qur’an because he understood that one must know one’s enemy in order to know how to defeat him. In 1786, Jefferson and John Adams met in London with Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, the eyalet (administer) of Tripolitania’s ambassador to London. Jefferson recounted in a letter to Congress what Abdrahaman’s response was when he and Adams asked him “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury”:
The ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
Thus it had been since the beginning of Islam, and thus it would remain. This particular eruption of the long hostility that Barbary piracy represented came to a head in 1801, when Yusuf Karamanli, the bashaw of Tripoli, increased his demands on an already cash-strapped republic, demanding 220 thousand dollars up front and twenty-five thousand dollars each year from the United States. The new president, Jefferson, opted to go to war rather than continue paying these increasingly exorbitant tributes. Emerging victorious against the Barbary states in 1805 and again in a second war in 1815, the Americans freed themselves from paying tribute and put an end to this long episode of jihad on the high seas.
Get more details about this first American defense against the jihad in The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS.
“Rashida Tlaib to use Jefferson’s Quran for swearing-in ceremony,” Roya News, December 23, 2018:
US Congressman Rashida Tlaib revealed that she will be sworn in as a member of the US Congress by swearing on an English translated copy of the Quran, by George Suss in 1734, a copy obtained by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Tlaib will borrow this version of the Qur’an from the Rare Books and Special Collections section of the Library of Congress.
“It’s important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam is somehow foreign to American history,” said Tlaib, “Muslims were there at the beginning. … Some of our founding fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now.”…
Talib also decided to wear a traditional Palestinian thobe (dress) on the day she is sworn in into US congress.
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