Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Communism and Islam

In an American Thinker article, Dr. Andrew Bostom quotes an essay by Bernard Lewis called "Communism and Islam." [International Affairs,Vol. 30, No. 1(Jan., 1954), pp. 1-12]. It reads:
I turn now from the accidental to the essential factors, to those deriving from the very nature of Islamic society, tradition, and thought. The first of these is the authoritarianism, perhaps we may even say the totalitarianism, of the Islamic political tradition.... Many attempts have been made to show that Islam and democracy are identical-attempts usually based on a misunderstanding of Islam or democracy or both. This sort of argument expresses a need of the up- rooted Muslim intellectual who is no longer satisfied with or capable of understanding traditional Islamic values, and who tries to justify, or rather, re-state, his inherited faith in terms of the fashionable ideology of the day. It is an example of the romantic and apologetic presentation of Islam that is a recognized phase in the reaction of Muslim thought to the impact of the West.... In point of fact, except for the early caliphate, when the anarchic individualism of tribal Arabia was still effective, the political history of Islam is one of almost unrelieved autocracy...[I]t was authoritarian, often arbitrary, sometimes tyrannical. There are no parliaments or representative assemblies of any kind, no councils or communes, no chambers of nobility or estates, no municipalities in the history of Islam; nothing but the sovereign power, to which the subject owed complete and unwavering obedience as a religious duty imposed by the Holy Law. In the great days of classical Islam this duty was only owed to the lawfully appointed caliph, as God's vicegerent on earth and head of the theocratic community, and then only for as long as he upheld the law; but with the decline of the caliphate and the growth of military dictatorship, Muslim jurists and theologians accommodated their teachings to the changed situation and extended the religious duty of obedience to any effective authority, however impious, however barbarous. For the last thousand years, the political thinking of Islam has been dominated by such maxims as "tyranny is better than anarchy" and "whose power is established, obedience to him is incumbent."

...Quite obviously, the Ulama of Islam are very different from the Communist Party. Nevertheless, on closer examination, we find certain uncomfortable resemblances. Both groups profess a totalitarian doctrine, with complete and final answers to all questions on heaven and earth; the answers are different in every respect, alike only in their finality and completeness, and in the contrast they offer with the eternal questioning of Western man. Both groups offer to their members and followers the agreeable sensation of belonging to a community of believers, who are always right, as against an outer world of unbelievers, who are always wrong. Both offer an exhilarating feeling of mission, of purpose, of being engaged in a collective adventure to accelerate the historically inevitable victory of the true faith over the infidel evil-doers. The traditional Islamic division of the world into the House of Islam and the House of War, two necessarily opposed groups, of which- the first has the collective obligation of perpetual struggle against the second, also has obvious parallels in the Communist view of world affairs. There again, the content of belief is utterly different, but the aggressive fanaticism of the believer is the same. The humorist who summed up the Communist creed as "There is no God and Karl Marx is his Prophet!" was laying his finger on a real affinity. The call to a Communist Jihad, a Holy War for the faith-a new faith, but against the self-same Western Christian enemy-might well strike a responsive note.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hijra and conquest of the world by demographics (Demographic Jihad)

Janet Levy wrote a very nice article The American Thinker. Its title is The Hijra  and it discusses the Islamic concept of Hijra.

The Hijra (which I examined previously) replicates Mohamed's pilgrimage from Mecca to Medina.  It is a Koran-sanctioned struggle for world domination by Islam, involving millions of Muslims who live outside of Muslim countries and are stealthily and gradually endeavoring to eradicate non-Muslim cultures and governments to institute Islamic shari'ah law.  This demographic jihad, in which polygamous marriages and Koran-sanctioned liaisons produce countless offspring, gravely threatens the free world.  It challenges the principles of free speech, freedom of religion, equal rights for women and other freedoms and human rights taken for granted by Western, Judeo-Christian societies. 

The Left seems to more and more support Political Islam. This fact may result in the end of international socialism. At the end Islam will take over and "liberate"  us all.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Copts - Present-day Dhimmis - see how you (or your children) will live under Islam if you just do nothing

The Copts are the original Egyptians citizens before Egypt was conquered by the Arab Muslims in the 8th century AD. As Christians under Islam they became dhimmis, living under the grace of their Muslim masters, always paying the Jyzia tax. In the beginning of the Arab occupation, the Copts still maintained a certain autonomy. With the growth of Islamic fundamentalism the Copts turned from majority to minority, living under duress, as the Encyclopedia Coptica says:

The Christian face of Egypt started to change by the beginning of the second millennium A.D., when Copts, in addition to the Jyzia tax, suffered from specific disabilities, some of which were serious and interfered with their freedom of worship. For example, there were restrictions on repairing old Churches and building new ones, on testifying in court, on public behavior, on adoption, on inheritance, on public religious activities, and on dress codes. Slowly but steadily, by the end of the 12th century, the face of Egypt changed from a predominantly Christian to a predominantly Muslim country and the Coptic community occupied an inferior position and lived in some expectation of Muslim hostility, which periodically flared into violence. It is remarkable that the well-being of Copts was more or less related to the well-being of their rulers. In particular, the Copts suffered most in those periods when Arab dynasties were at their low.
The Encyclopedia Coptica reports that in the 19th century the Jyzia tax was lifted. Further Western influence forged modern Egypt. With the re-emergence of Islamic fundamentalism with the foundation of the Islamic Brotherhood in the 1920's, the Copts have been subject to persecution and terror. 

  • Sep 2010 - Christian Copts Living As Slaves to Muslims in Egyptian Village - Bassem Shehata, 25, an IT graduate who attended the rally at the Patriarchate, said in an aired interview with Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub “We live in utter slavery. If Copts, some of whom are landowners, disobey orders of the big Muslim families, they are flogged.” Bassem said that last year his 14-year-old brother Shenouda was tied by members of a Muslim family to a pole, beaten and tortured in front of his father just because the father did not lend them his tractor. “Each time my father begged for mercy for his child, he was also beaten.” He said despite the family feeling “broken inside” his father refused to report the incident, fearing reprisals from the Muslim family (PERSECUTION).
  • Sep 2010 -  AINA adds that "nearly 1000 Copts in the village of 3000 live in servitude to Muslim families, especially a large one called Al-Khawaimin, which includes the mayor, the village Shaikh, a large number of relatives and their friends. Copts are not allowed to sell their livestock on the market but have to sell it to Muslims in the village at a fraction of their fair price, and hire agricultural machinery only from village Muslims at the highest prices. "If Copts do not obey, they are subjected to harsh punishments," he said. "These include threats of killings, abduction of girls, destruction of crops, burning of houses and beatings."