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August 6, 2009

Robert Spencer at WND: 'Misunderstanding' Islam?

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

In his piece at today, Robert Spencer addresses the fact that jihadists claim Islamic authenticity, while "moderates" remain silent, blatently failing to effectively counter the jihadists' claim in Muslim communities. And he points out that while Islamic spokesmen in the West, as well as non-Muslim scholars and analysts, say there is no imperative to "spread Islam throughout the world," and certainly no "offensive Jihad," those who, like Dutch politician Geert Wilders, point out otherwise are routinely dismissed as "bigots," "hatemongers," and "Islamophobes." This cognitive dissonance is immense, and as American Islamic jihadists such as Daniel Boyd continue to be active, it becomes increasingly imperative for government and law enforcement officials to confront the facts honestly, before it's too late.

Here are a few excerpts:

Misunderstanding Islam? By: Robert Spencer, Thursday, August 06, 2009

It is a unquestioned dogma of American policymakers and the mainstream media that Islamic jihadists have twisted and hijacked the authentic, peaceful teachings of Islam, and are motivated not by Islamic imperatives but by poverty exacerbated by ignorance and other factors. Yet from the words of the Islamic jihadists themselves, one gets just the opposite impression: recent statements by a variety of Islamic jihadists reinforce the fact that jihadists gain recruits and justify their actions within the larger Islamic community by claiming for themselves the mantle of Islamic authenticity. And while virtually all Western policymakers and analysts are convinced that they actually have no claim to that authenticity, self-proclaimed moderate Muslim groups have never yet formulated an Islamic response to these claims that is comprehensive and convincing enough to counter the jihadist challenge among Muslims worldwide.

Recent examples abound. New tapes have come to light this week, on which accused North Carolina jihad plot ringleader Daniel "Saifullah" Boyd saying, "The blood of Muslims has become cheap in the marketplace. It has become cheap because Muslims have abandoned the jihad....I love jihad. I love to stand there and fight for the sake of Allah."

Meanwhile, a boy in Pakistan, one of a large group of pre-teens whom the Taliban recruited to become suicide bombers, explained that the appeal to them was purely Islamic: "They just told us that they (army) are against Islam, are against the Quran. They said wage jihad against them; we are waging jihad for the Quran."

And on Al-Jazeera television on July 21, two representatives of the Lebanese branch of the Islamic supremacist group Hizb Al-Tahrir (which recently held a convention in Chicago) made statements about jihad that differed sharply from the "jihad is a spiritual struggle or at best a war of self-defense" line upon which Islamic apologists in the West insist. Salah Al-Din 'Adhadhda of Hizb Al-Tahrir's Lebanese press bureau declared: "We have come here to talk about the pinnacle of Islam - Jihad for the sake of Allah." He said that jihad, "like other precepts of the Shari'a," had been "subjected to distortion and perversion, due to the ideological and cultural invasion from which our nation continues to suffer." But in this he didn't mean that its true, peaceful or spiritual meaning had been obscured. On the contrary, he declared that Muslims must work toward "the conquest of the capitals of the world by the message of Islam, in order to save and liberate humanity, by pulling the people out of the darkness and tyranny of capitalism into the light and justice of Islam."

Read it all, here.

So, are we really "misunderstanding" Islam? When Muslims around the world rise up and vociferously condemn in both word and deed, the jihadists' violence, intolerance of non-Muslims, and such pursuits as "the conquest of the capitals of the world by the message of Islam," then, just then, maybe we'll start to believe them. Until that time, there's no reason to believe that jihadists aren't what they say they are - the authentic holders and representatives of Islam, its message, and its goals.

Related: Tarheel Jihad [Aukhil (Islamic Center Representative) sees in the arrests of Boyd and his henchmen a new opportunity to claim victim status for Muslims in the United States -- even as a plot by Muslims in his community to kill non-Muslims has been uncovered. Now that's chutzpah, but of course with the mainstream media focus on "backlash" against the Muslim community after every arrest of Islamic jihad plotters since September 11, Aukhil is hardly a trail blazer.]

Posted by Abdul at August 6, 2009 6:41 AM

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