A Grand Design Made to Order (Part II: Shariah Islamic Law)
By: Guest Authors
by: Debra Rae
Professor of Intercultural Studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. J. Ray Tallman, contends rightly that â€œthe obvious can be ignored no longer: Islam is in search of world dominance.â€ï€† Consistent with their theology and worldview, Islamists purpose to impose a code of laws and rules to govern all citizens of their world community whether forged by consent or conquest.
This code said to govern dar-al-Islam (the Islamic world order) comprises, not a single book, but instead various compilations of precedents found within the Qurâ€™an and Sunnah of the Prophet. Shariah Islamic law is deemed the rightful path to an allegorical water hole in the desert.
In 1776 Grand Patriot of the Jacobin Society Adam Weishaupt formulated a dandy scheme to grasp control by fomenting crisis (whether natural or engineered) and, then, offering a viable â€œfix.â€ Keeping in mind Weishauptâ€™s so-called Law of Fives, consider the sly camel who gradually achieves total dominance by entering, overcoming, and then occupying a targeted place of refuge, his masterâ€™s tent.
Once the Arab falls for the dromedaryâ€™s clever ruse, heâ€™s ousted from his own tent. Within the context of his new reality, the exiled master faces new rules imposed upon himâ€”rules with promise to show him the way (purportedly, to the nearest oasis). This, of course, illustrates how the Islamic â€œpresence principleâ€ operates.
New Landlord; New Terms for Tenancy
If the camelâ€™s former master is an unbeliever, heâ€™s relegated to the ranks of the hated dar-al-bughd. If instead heâ€™s a Zionist/Jew or Crusader/Christian, then the evicted believer is protected under the so-called Pact of Umar. As a dhimmi (a conquered Jew or Christian living under Islamic law), he is allowed to exist. However, Muslims remain his superiors, and he is subject to poll and land taxes; only by paying the jizya is he exempt from military duty.
For the good of the community, Shariah law strips individuals, as our banished Arab, of many God-given rights. For instance, no one may testify against a Muslim in any court of law, no matter the crime. Non-Islamic religious symbols are disallowed, and â€œthe conqueredâ€ may not build new churches or synagogues. Nor may they construct their own houses higher than those of Muslim neighbors. Forget keeping up with the Al-Jones!
When imposed, Shariah Islamic law is not optional; and social implications for an Islamic nation are profound. Westerners should note that there is no Arabic word for â€œdemocracy.â€ Moreover, other than Israel, there are no functioning democracies in the Middle East.
Women especially are vulnerable to Islamic social restrictions. Called â€œtoysâ€ by the Prophet, child virgins can be forced by their fathers to wed; and marriages in general are typically arranged. Sex is the manâ€™s right, not the womanâ€™s.
The Prophet said â€œI was shown the Hell-fire, and the majority of the dwellers were women who were ungrateful [to their husbands].â€Â² Hence, the Qurâ€™an admonishes men to beat their wives if they fail to obey. To a Western woman, itâ€™s understandable why a Muslim wife might willingly send her husband to warâ€”even martyrdomâ€”and, if that doesnâ€™t work, find a wayâ€”any wayâ€”to divorce him honorably.
Proclaiming Peace; Delivering Destruction
Without doubt Islam is the largest non-Christian religion in the world. Itâ€™s believed that some fifteen percent of the worldâ€™s in excess of a billion Muslims sympathize with extremism. A spokesperson for the military wing of HAMAS in Gaza admits: â€œOur people love death.â€ Furthermore, he adds, â€œour goal is to die for the sake of God; and if we live, we want to humiliate Jews and trample on their necks.â€Â³
So much for a kinder, gentler Islam.
Be sure, when Muslims are in the majority, and their enemy is judged to be weak, the Medina Approach endorses war-mongering to impose the non-democratic cultural imperialism of an Islamic republic. Accordingly, threat of global terrorism has drastically changed Americaâ€™s structure of government to include a Department of Homeland Security, and formerly free-as-the-wind-blows Americans willingly surrender rights and comforts once taken for granted. Frequent flyers attest to it.
Political Correctness: An Unlikely Ally
One of Islamâ€™s most distinguished theologians Al-Ghazzali (1058-1111) once wrote: â€œKnow that a lie is not wrong in itself. If a lie is the only way of obtaining a good result, it is permissible. We must lie when truth leads to unpleasant results.â€ï€‰
Because expediency dictates the essence of truth, Muslims are known for releasing inaccurate statistics with highly exaggerated numbers. Within Islam, relative truth parallels absolute truth. The Qurâ€™an is considered the sole book of divine absolute truth; however, freedom of religion is by no means absolute. Rather, itâ€™s an example of relative truth.
Upon visiting an Iranian mosque in Tehran, I was reminded of just how welcoming Islam is to the purportedly protected dhimmi. A banner prominently posted over the mosqueâ€™s door read: â€œChristians are not welcome. They will be losers in the after world.â€ Just a year later, I rearranged my itinerary to skip Algiers when its local newspaper announced that every American should be shot on the spot! Thanks, but no thanks.
A Matter of Opinionâ€”But Whose?
Perhaps surprisingly, Muslim readers are free to interpret the Qurâ€™an as they wish. To them, falsehoods are not liesâ€”just differing perspectives. Speaking of which, political correctnessâ€”i.e., viewpoint discriminationâ€”requires acknowledgement that Islam is a kind religion, one of peace and charity, even though some eighty percent of all Imams (spiritual leaders) in the United State sanction the Wahabi movement.ï€Š
Yet no Christmas carols, prayers, or Bible reading are allowed, but as part of their seventh-grade curriculum, Excelsior Elementary School in Byron, California, ran a three-week course in which students assumed Islamic names, recited Muslim prayers, and memorized Surras (verses) from the Qurâ€™an.
Forget Lent, but require kids to fast for a day during the ninth month of the Muslim lunar year (Ramadan)? Câ€™mon, folks. Get a grip.
To Harm or Not to Harmâ€”That is the Question
Called the Mecca Approach, a conciliatory stance is sanctioned in Islam, but this applies primarily when Muslims perceive themselves to be in the minority. A popular Arab saying goes like this: â€œWhen your enemy is strong, kiss his hand and pray that it will be broken some day.â€ The takiya right allows a Muslim to â€œfake peaceâ€ when one is proven to be weak.
Islamic Doctrine of Abrogation
Muslims speak of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in terms of a three-camel caravan by which Judaism goes just so far in truth, then camps. Christianity picks up from there by introducing greater truth, but Islam alone reaches the final destination. Hereâ€™s the bottom line: The Islamic Doctrine of Abrogation elevates revelation given later over and above earlier revelation. Hence, Islamâ€™s revelatory truth naturally exceeds that of its predecessors.
Keep in mind that Quâ€™ran verses were written in two different cities at two different periods of time. Whereas the first ninety-two (written in Mecca) advocated non-harm to People of the Book, the last twenty-four (written in Medina) sanction harm to non-Muslims. In accordance with the Doctrine of Abrogation, this latter revelation effectively abrogates the earlier conciliatory one in favor of non-harm.6
Shed Blood a Given
In a CFR journal Foreign Affairs (August 1975), Arthur Schlesinger Jr. linked â€œharmâ€ to the New World Order which, he demanded, wonâ€™t be achieved â€œwithout paying for it in blood.â€ In a speech delivered at the session on Humanism and Islam at the IHEU World Congress 2002, Azam Kamguian openly testified of his own shed blood at the hands of brutal Islamists; and he is by no means alone.
From AD 33 to Y2K fully nine million Christians have been murdered by Muslims. Since 1979, a hundred thousand men, women, and children were executed in Iranâ€”all in the name of Allah. Two million Christians were killed in the Sudan genocide alone. Add to that the same number of Armenians in Turkey, and weâ€™re talking lots of bloodshed. Today, about 160,000 Christians die yearly for their convictions.ï€‹
Pretty is as pretty does. Politically-correct characterizations to the contrary cannot negate this truth. Dressing an attack bull in a pink tutu in no way alters the nature of the beast.
1. Dr. William Wagner, How Islam Plans to Change the World (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2004), 9.
5. Steven Emerson, American Jihad (New York: Free Press, 2002), 160.
6. Wagner, How Islam Plans to Change the World, 67, 70-71.
7. David Barrett, George T. Kurian, and Todd M. Johnston, World Christian Encyclopedia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), 1:11.
A researcher, master educator and writer, Debra Rae holds two undergraduate degrees (in education and theology) and two graduate degrees (masters of education and ministries). She has traveled Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America, Europe and Australia. Co-host of WOMANTalk Radio, Debra has been a guest on hundreds of other programs; and she is a contributing columnist/editor to online news magazines, including WOMANTalk.us. Having written a chapter for collected works of How to Overcome the Most Frightening Issues You will Face This Century, Debra has authored two books, ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural -Isms.