Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Why is it that only a tiny minority of Western Muslims take up terrorism?
The orthodox answer is the risible claim that "Islam is a religion of peace" and that the jihadis are perverting their religion to make it condone violence.
I have read the Koran, keep my copy of it handy and from time to time check in it to confirm that it says the things that people say it says. And there can be no doubt that is a document of hate -- hate for non-Muslims. It is suffused with anger. And its commands to attack and subdue unbelievers are clear.
So why do most Muslims in the Western world NOT go on Jihad? Why do they ignore the clear precepts of their holy book? They wage ferocious religious wars in their Middle East heartland so why do they mostly go quiet among us? I think it is because they actually like the comforts of life in the West and know that anyone who goes on Jihad here will certainly end up dead.
Our good lifestyle has corrupted them. As it has done for Christians, a soft modern lifestyle has defused religious passions. For social reasons, many modern day Muslims may go to the Mosque on Friday but their degree of religious committment is probably little different from the degree of committment to their religion that is observable in modern-day adherents of the Church of England. Anglican bishops 400 years ago were burnt at the stake for their religion but the only burning to bother them these days would be burnt toast.
So what is to be done to stop the terrorist attacks?
Before I answer that I reproduce below a comment from here that gives chapter and verse for what the Koran says:
The Quran is divided into the Meccan Quran and the Medinan Quran. The Meccan Quran contains some peaceful verses Q 2:256; 5:32; 3:64; 4:56; 109. But each of these Meccan verses was revealed when Muhammad was weak.
When Muhammad went on hijra to Medina and established the first Islamic State he revealed the full Quran containing the sharia law mandate to use violent jihad, terrorism, subversion, hijra (hostile migration and demography) and dawa to subjugate all people to sharia.
The war doctrine and mandate to govern globally is contained in very clear verses of the Quran 2:190-3; 8:12; 8:39; 8:60; 9:05; 9:29; 9:111 and 47:4. But here is the point. It is very clear sharia law that the later Medinan Quran abrogates the earlier Meccan one - So that the peaceful verses are replaced by the imperialist ones. The doctrine of abrogation is a mainstream interpretation not simply a minority interpretation.
The mandate to jihad for the global caliphate is not simply a minority interpretation. It is the very clear word of the Quran. It is mandatory for all sharia compliant Muslims. The Quran makes clear that all Muslims must follow sharia law to the letter and engage in jihad (Q 9:111; 2:216; 33:36).
Thankfully however, many Muslims do not follow this clear command, and a small number of reformist Muslims admit that this command to jihad exists but do not follow it and in fact renounce it – making them technically apostates for which the sharia law punishment is death
A proven solution
The Western world has faced this problem before and defeated it. I refer to the fanatical religious code known as Bushido in Japan. Japanese warriors in WWII make Jihadis look like children playing games. Many armies have claimed that they will fight to the death but only the Japanese have ever done it. So why did they suddenly cave in and surrender, thus abandoning everything they stood for?
Nuclear weapons. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts subdued one of the most ferocious religions the world has ever seen. They would work just as well with the Muslims. Take out one of their holy cities with a small nuclear device and then keep taking out the rest of their holy cities until attacks on the West cease.
The firebrand Muslim preachers would rapidly lose their fire and counsel restraint instead of Jihad. It would certainly make them angry but the threat to their religion would trump that. As their holy cities vaporize, it would powerfully suggest itself to everyone that Allah is not on the side of the Muslims, thus threatening the very foundation of their religion. The mullahs could not afford that and would go to great lengths to limit the carnage.
I don't think Trump will do it but one day someone will. I see no other solution -- JR.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).