The wife and I were traveling at the time of the Fort Hood shooting, and didn’t have a clue about it until we laid down at the hotel and turned on the TV. We tried to play catch-up for twenty minutes, but still didn’t have any information. It was as if the news channels were purposely omitting the alleged shooter’s name for long periods of time.
Finally, I got online and started reading about the day’s events and the soldier’s history. I also read about President Obama’s request for people to not “jump to conclusions.” What exactly does that mean?
What it means is that Major Nidal Malik Hasan was a disgruntled Muslim, but we shouldn’t take that into consideration. What it means is that Hasan made disturbing comments about the United States’ involvement in the Middle East to students, but we shouldn’t take that into consideration. What it means is that Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” according to several witnesses, before he opened fire on his comrades, but we must not take that into consideration.
When a pastor came out in front of his congregation and said that he prayed for Obama’s death, I condemned his actions. When a Christian killed a doctor who performed abortions, I condemned his actions. When a “family values” Christian Republican politician is listed as having cheated on his wife with prostitutes, I condemned his actions.
When a Christian does something inherently un-Christian, I have no problem telling people, “He/she doesn’t reflect Christianity.”
Christianity is not, doctrinally, a violent religion. If you read Jesus’ teachings, He was stunningly anti-violence. He taught peace with other me. He taught us to turn the other cheek. He taught to love your enemies.
Does the teachings of Islam teach a love for your enemies?
You decide. Here are a few verses from the Qur’an:
9:5-6 – Kill those who join other gods with God wherever you may find them.
4:89 – They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah’s way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.
8:39-42 – Say to the Infidels: if they desist from their unbelief, what is now past shall be forgiven; but if they return to it, they have already before them the doom of the ancients! Fight then against them till strife be at an end, and the religion be all of it God’s.
2:191-193 – “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]…and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
5:33 – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
8:12 – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
9:123 – “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”
48.29 – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves”
From the Hadith:
Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”
Abu Dawud (14:2526) – The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)
Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
Muslim (20:4645) – “…He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!”
Muslim (20:4696) – “the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: ‘One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihid died the death of a hypocrite.'”
Tabari 9:69 “Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us” The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.
Ibn Ishaq: 992 – “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” Muhammad’s instructions to his men prior to a military raid.
From The Religion of Peace (a web-site dedicated to the nature and origins of Islamic violence:
Other than the fact that Muslims haven’t killed every non-Muslim under their domain, there is very little else that they can point to as proof that theirs is a peaceful, tolerant religion. Few verses in the Qur’an can be construed to fit the contemporary virtues of religious tolerance and universal brotherhood, and those that do are earlier “Meccan” verses that are obviously abrogated by later ones. Small wonder that Muslim apologists spend a lot of time speaking of the “risks” of trying to interpret the Qur’an without their “assistance.”
Far from being mere history or theological construct, the violent verses of the Qur’an have played a key role in the many massacres in Muslim history, including the brutal slaughter of tens of millions of Hindus for five centuries beginning around 1000 AD with Mahmud of Ghazni’s bloody conquest, including the massacre of those who defending their temples from destruction. Buddhism was very nearly wiped off the Indian subcontinent. Judaism and Christianity met the same fate (albeit more slowly) in areas conquered by Muslim armies, including the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe, including today’s Turkey. Zoroastrianism, the ancient religion of a proud Persian people is despised by Muslims and barely survives in modern Iran.
So ingrained is violence in the religion that Islam has never really stopped being at war, either with other religions or with itself.
Muhammad was a military leader, laying siege to towns, massacring the men, raping their women, enslaving their children, and taking what was once the property of others for his own. On several occasions he rejected offers of surrender from the besieged inhabitants and killed those whom he could take prisoner. He inspired his followers to battle even when they did not feel it was right to fight, threatening them with Hell if they did not, promising them slaves and booty if they did. Muhammad allowed his men to rape traumatized women captured in battle.
It is important to emphasize that Muslim armies waged aggressive campaigns, and it was the companions of Muhammad who made the most dramatic military gains in the decades following his death. The principle set in motion early on was that the civilian population of a town was to be destroyed (ie. men executed, women and children taken as slaves) if they defended themselves. Although modern Muslim apologists often claim that Islam only attacked in self-defense, this is not only an oxymoron, but it is flatly contradicted by the accounts of Muslim historians and others going back to the time of Muhammad.
If I heard a massive outcry from the Muslim community every time something like this happened in the name of Islam, I would feel much better, but that’s not what I’m hearing. From the American Muslim community, I hear nothing but silence. From the Middle Eastern community, these actions are met with applause in the streets. What is the real Islam?
Hasan might not have been part of a terrorist organization, but he WAS, by definition, a terrorist.