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Today I want to cover some of the news items I have posted on our Facebook page.

Australia’s terrorism laws

allahThe first Item I want to look at is from Australia where some imams are a little upset with the government. The Australian government is about to pass a law that will make it a criminal offense to if you advocate, promote, or encourage violence and terrorism.

Here is what the lawyer for the Muslims had to say:

At hearings before the committee on Wednesday, barrister Ertunc Yasar Ozen from the Muslim Legal Network (MLN) said he was concerned that “reciting verses from the Qur’an in a sermon … could be interpreted as advocating a terrorist act”.

This should make it plain to all who want to understand that it is not just a few radicals that are for jihad, but that it is, in fact, Islam itself. Just reading their scriptures advocates, promotes, and encourages violence and terrorism. More specifically, their scriptures command these things against non-Muslims.

Not every Muslim follows the teachings of Muhammad and the Qur’an. Most Muslims have never read the Qur’an and do not promote this kind of behaviour. Just like most who call themselves Christians don’t follow the Bible, most who call themselves Muslims don’t follow many of the teachings of Islam.

We also need to understand that those Muslims who do follow the teachings of Muhammad and the Qur’an will support jihad. They will support it either through actually joining the battle or by supporting it in some way.

Here is a verse out of the Qur’an that commands Muslims to do what they do:

Surah 8:12: I [Allah] am with you, give firmness to the believers. I will instil terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. Smite ye above their necks and smite all their fingertips off them.

Allah says he is going to put terror into the hearths of unbelievers (non-Muslims) and the Muslims are to participate in this by beheading and cutting off their fingertips. This is why Muslim’s choice way of killing non-believers is by beheading and dismemberment.

The Sharia Law Book, called the Reliance of the Traveller, gives us the official interpretation accepted by all branches of Islam. In this legal book it says the following about jihad:

Section 0.9.0″ Jihad means to war against non-Muslims. It is etymologically derived from the word “mujahadah” signifying warfare to establish the religion.

If you are going to be a good Muslim, and you want to follow Muhammad and his teachings, you are going to perform jihad, you are going to war against the non-Muslims.

This is not my interpretation, it is the interpretation of the jurists of Islam, the scholars who know Islamic or Sharia law. This is official Islamic jurisprudence.

Here are the verses quoted to support this interpretation:

Surah 2:216: Fighting is prescribed for you…

Surah 4:89: Slay them wherever you find them…

Surah 9:36: Fight the idolaters utterly…

The law book also quotes from the Hadith which are the official words and acts of Muhammad. The Hadith are considered just as authoritative as the Qur’an. Muhammad said:

I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.

In other words, as a prophet of Allah, Muhammad, is to fight and other Muslims are to fight with him. He further said:

To go forth in the morning and in the evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.

Here we learn that the value of jihad is greater than everything this world has.

There are five pillars of Islam laid down by the Qur’an. Many clerics add jihad as the sixth pillar.

Section 9:8: The caliph makes war on Jews, Christians, ans Zoroastrians, the people of the book.

Zoroastrians are a kind of Jewish cult and are mentioned in the Old Testament. They still exist in areas around Iran.

This is supported again by verses from the Qur’an.

Surah 9:29: Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the last day and who forbid not what Allah and his messenger have forbidden, and do not practice the religion of truth.

If you are going to be a good Muslim you are ordered to fight those who don’t believe in Allah, and don’t practice Islam, even if they are the people of the book (this means the Bible to them). You are to fight them “until they pay the jizia and are humbled.”

Is it any wonder these Australian imams are a bit upset? If these laws are passed their religion will violate the laws of the land.

Here is another item from our Facebook page:

The Comparison Between Islam and Nazism


Most of us would call Nazism evil because of what it has done and what it stands for. Those who would not call Nazism evil must be evil themselves.

America considers Nazism an enemy to our country and our values. Strangely Islam, which has the same values and goals, is considered peaceful. This is something difficult for me to understand.

It is time we wake up and see what is going on. It is time to take a stand against this evil.

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