Before I get into some specific things, I want to say a word about the reformers. They keep telling us that we need to get away from the things of the seventh century. Islam cannot have a reformation in the same way that Christianity had a reformation. If Sharia is divine law, it cannot be reformed any more than the Ten Commandments can be reformed. They express the character of God, and Sharia expresses the character of Allah. The only way to reform Islam is to completely denounce Islam and its Prophet.
I wrote my book, Refuting Islam, because buying the Reliance of the Traveller, will set you back about $40.00 on Amazon. My book takes those parts where we need to pay attention, and quotes the Reliance of the Traveller to explain what they mean.
On page 57 we start getting into how to use the book. When we get to about page 60, we look at how Islam treats non-Muslims. To begin with, they call us kafr, which means excrement, not a really nice word.
Islam is a religion of violent conquest to make the world subject to their god, Allah. Either you become a follower of Allah, a slave, or you are killed. In the Reliance of the Traveller, this is section o9.0 on jihad. Here is the definition of jihad:
“Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. “
Every reference gives quotes from the Qur’an and the Prophet to support what it says. To support this definition it quotes the Qur’an:
(1) “Fighting is prescribed for you” (Koran 2:216);
(2) “Slay them wherever you find them” (Koran 4:89);
(3) “Fight the idolaters utterly” (Koran 9:36);
Then it quotes the Prophet:
“I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah” (Bukhari)
Jihad is something that is prescribed for all Muslims as long as there is unbelief in the world.
It goes on to say who is obliged to fight.
ROT o9.4 Those called upon to perform jihad when it is a communal obligation are every able bodied man who has reached puberty and is sane.
We are even given the responsibility of the caliph:
ROT o9.8 The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o11.4)-which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax.
For those who do not know who the Zoroastrians are, they are mentioned in the Old Testament, and are considered by Muslims as people of the book, the Bible. If the people of the book, Christians and Jews primarily, don’t convert to Islam, you subjugate them and extort them through the poll tax. There are maximums and minimums The maximum is 50% of what you own, and 50% of what you earn.
Section o11 deals with how Muslims are to treat non-Muslims when they have the upper hand.
ROT o11.5 Such non-Muslim subjects are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and indemnity of life, reputation, and property. In addition, they:
(1) are penalized for committing adultery or theft, though not for drunkenness;
(2) are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar);
(3) are not greeted with “as-Salamu ‘alaykum”;
(4) must keep to the side of the street;
(5) may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims’ buildings, though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed;
(6) are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, to ring church bells or display crosses, recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays;
(7) and are forbidden to build new churches.
As you can see, this makes them second class citizens. Sharia is not compatible with our Constitution because this is a violation of its basic precepts. We not only have a Bill of Rights, but the Constitution guarantees equality under the law in both application and protection. There is neither equal protection nor equal application with the conditions imposed on non-Muslim under the Sharia.
We also have laws that look at men and women as equal under the law, but Islam does not. Quite the contrary, Islam oppresses women.
ROT m10.11 (3) It is obligatory for a wife to obey her husband as is customary in allowing him full lawful sexual enjoyment of her person. It is obligatory for the husband to enable her to remain chaste and free of want for sex.
This is supported by the following from the Qur’an in Surah 2:223:
“Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will…”
The meaning of tilth is a plowed field. Muslim scholars interpret this verse teaching the wife is a field for the man to plant his seed whenever and however he desires.
This next one was a bit of a shock to me when I first read it:
ROT W45.1 A woman is not obliged to serve her husband by baking, grinding flour, cooking, washing, or any other kind of service, because the marriage contract entails, for her part, only that she let him enjoy her sexually, and she is not obligated to do other than that. (A: Rather, it is considered sunna in our school for the wife to do the housework, and the husband (who is obliged to support her) to earn the living, since this is how the Prophet divided the work between Fatima and Ali.
It also says that a man may forbid his wife to leave the home, we call this being held against your will here in America. In section 10.5m it tells how a man is to treat is wives if he has more than one.
Again, can you see why Sharia is incompatible with our Constitution?
Here is what the Reliance of the Traveller has to say about apostasy:
ROT o8.0 APOSTASY FROM ISLAM (RIDDA)
Leaving Islam is the ugliest form of unbelief (kufr) and the worst….
ROT o8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.
ROT o8.2 In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.
ROT o8.3 If he is a freeman, no one besides the caliph or his representative may kill him. If someone else kills him, the killer is disciplined
ROT o8.4 There is no indemnity for killing an apostate
Here is an important question; If Islamic law clearly teaches that one who leaves Islam must return to Islam or be killed, how can Islam have freedom of religion? This is, of course, incompatible with our First Amendment. What Muslims mean by freedom of religion is that you are free to choose their religion.
It is a terrible thing to be trapped in this oppressive religion. Some, like Shahram, have had the courage to leave Islam despite the danger of being killed.
The other secondary sources are not a major as what we have been discussing. There are, as we mentioned earlier, the commentaries which explain the text. Since we have already explained this, let’s look at the other secondary source, the imams.
When it comes to the issue of jihad, there are a few names that are well known. Many of them have been killed by drone attacks, but their teaching is still on the Internet. Many of the jihadists in the West are found to be followers of some of these internationally known imams. The head of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, is also an imam.
These are secondary sources, and there is disagreement between some of them. The bottom line is that these imams are a source of Islamic doctrine.
We will continue next week exposing the sources of Islamic doctrine, be sure to join us then.
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