Friday, 25 December 2015

Osama bin Laden, the most famous terrorist, emulated the example of Mohammed

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, we should finally consider a fact which is bordering taboo in our Western societies where the culture of political correctness has prevailed. If we are to have a chance of successfully standing up to terrorism, we have to find and identify its causes first. We cannot keep turning a blind eye to the real motivation of jihadists, which is openly declared by the terrorists themselves.

Hopefully, after Paris no one considers the myth of “lone wolves” who carried out the attack due to a psychological disorder relevant. In the context of terrorism of 21st century, the claim that these attacks were caused by the economic frustration of poor people doesn’t hold either. Prominent terrorists prove the opposite – they often rank among the most educated and financially secure members of society. Osama bin Laden, probably the most famous terrorist, is an excellent example. Bin Laden viewed his activity as a jihad, just like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the leader of the IS), who has a Ph.D. in Islamic studies, views his own activity today. Jihad was a religious duty for bin Laden, which he clearly declared, accompanying his words with quotations from the Islamic doctrine. Bin Laden directed the following statement at Saudi intellectuals who tried to talk to Americans in a conciliatory tone and conceal the violence in Islam.

Osama bin Laden

“In fact, Muslims are obligated to raid the lands of the infidels, occupy them, and exchange their systems of governance for an Islamic system, barring any practice that contradicts the sharia from being publicly voiced among the people, as was the case at the dawn of Islam... Thus they make claims and speak about Allah without understanding. They say that our sharia does not impose our particular beliefs upon others; this is a false assertion. For it is, in fact, part of our religion to impose our particular beliefs upon others. Whoever doubts this, let him turn to the deeds of the Companions [of Mohamed] when they raided the lands of the Christians and Omar imposed upon them the conditions of dhimmi[tude]... Let the signatories review them so they know that we are to force people by the power of the sword to [our] particular understandings, customs, and conditions, all in order to induce debasement and humility, just like Allah commanded when he said: "[...] until they pay the jizya by hand, in complete submission and humility." [Koran 9:29] Now, if you are incapable of jihad and placing people into the religion, like the Companions did, your impotence does not mean that it is not a legitimate aspect of the religion.”
Source: Raymond Ibrahim: The Al Qaeda Reader (pp. 50-51).
Center for the Study of Political Islam

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Terrorism, or Jihad?

Media are today full of information about jihadist attacks in Paris. However, most of them use incorrect terminology and don’t call things as they are. This is caused by a low level of knowledge of Islamic doctrine and ignorance of Political Islam.

1)  ‘Islamism’ (as an ideology) and ‘Islamist‘ (as a person practicing ‘Islamism‘) are fabricated terms without real meaning. The correct words are ‘Political Islam‘ and ‘jihadist‘.

- Political Islam: 51 % of the doctrine of Islam is devoted to Political Islam. Doctrine refers to the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith (which is related to unbelievers, or Kafirs). Therefore, Islam is not only a religion but is also a political ideology.

- Jihadist: every Muslim should follow the example of Mohammed, which is mentioned 91 times in the Koran. Mohammed was the perfect example of jihadist.

2) Terms ‘terrorism‘ (as a violent act) and ‘terrorist‘ (as a person causing violence) aren’t correct in connection with Political Islam. Correctly, they should be called ‘jihad‘ and ‘jihadist‘. A person doing a violent act based on the doctrine of Political Islam is primarily jihadist and,  secondarily, it can be said that the person is a terrorist (in the semantics of western terminology). 31 % of the Islamic doctrine is devoted to jihad.

Jihad in the Doctrine of Political Islam

Excerpts from the Koran:

Koran 2:216 You are commanded to fight (jihad) although you dislike it. You may hate something that is good for you, and love something that is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not.

Koran 4:89 They would have you become Kafirs like them so you will all be the same. Therefore, do not take any of them as friends until they have abandoned their homes to fight for Allah’s cause (jihad). But if they turn back, find them and kill them wherever they are.

Koran 9:29 Make war on those who have received the Scriptures (Jews and Christians) but do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day. They do not forbid what Allah and His messenger have forbidden. The Christians and Jews do not follow the religion of truth until they submit and pay the poll tax (jizya) and they are humiliated.

Koran 4:95 Believers who stay at home in safety, other than those who are disabled, are not equal to those who fight with their wealth and their lives for Allah’s cause (jihad).

Koran 8:41 Know that a fifth of all your spoils of war belong to Allah, to His messenger, to the messenger’s family, the orphans, and needy travelers.

Excerpts from the Sira (biography of prophet Mohammed):

M448 After all the victories, some Muslims said that the days of fighting were over and even began to sell their arms. But Mohammed forbid this, saying, ‘There shall not cease from the midst of my people a party engaged in fighting for the truth, until the Antichrist appears.’ Jihad was recognized as the normal state of affairs. (Bill Warner: The Life of Mohammed – the Sira)

I690 The captives were taken into Medina. They dug trenches in the market place of Medina. It was a long day, but 800 Jews were beheaded that day. Mohammed and his twelve-year-old wife, Aisha, sat and watched the slaughter the entire day and into the night. The Apostle of Allah had every male Jew killed. (Bill Warner: The Life of Mohammed – the Sira)

Excerpts from the Hadith (prophet Mohammed’s traditions):

[Muslim 001,0031] Mohammed: ‚I have been ordered to wage war against mankind until they accept that there is no god but Allah and that they believe I am His prophet and accept all revelations spoken through me. When they do these things I will protect their lives and property unless otherwise justified by Sharia, in which case their fate lies in Allah’s hands.’

[Bukhari 4,52,142] Mohammed: ‘To battle Kafirs in jihad for even one day is greater than the entire earth and everything on it. A spot in Paradise smaller than your riding crop is greater than the entire earth and everything on it. A day or a night’s travel in jihad is greater than the entire world and everything on it.’

[Bukhari 4,52,96] Mohammed: ‘Anyone who arms a jihadist is rewarded just as a fighter would be; anyone who gives proper care to a holy warrior’s dependents is rewarded just as a fighter would be.’

[Bukhari 1,2,35] Mohammed said, ‘The man who joins jihad, compelled by nothing except sincere belief in Allah and His Prophets, and survives, will be rewarded by Allah either in the afterlife or with the spoils of war. If he is killed in battle and dies a martyr, he will be admitted into Paradise.’

Center for the Study of Political Islam

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Political Islam: A New Point of View

Islam is a political system that has subjugated civilizations for 1400 years.

We must know Islam to defeat political Islam.

Islam is both a religion and a political system. It is the political system that affects everyone, Muslims and non-Mus­lims. It is the political system that needs to be addressed by non-Muslims.

Islamic politics are outlined in the life of Mohammed and his traditions. The Koran declares that Mohammed is the perfect pattern of life. Political Islam is mostly determined by the example of Mohammed as found in 3 books - the Koran, the Sira (his biography) and Hadith (traditions). Until you know Mohammed, you cannot know Islam.

Differing Points of View

There is a tacit social assumption that only a Muslim's point of view about Islam is the "right" view. However, over half of Islams doctrine is about the non-Muslim, the Kafir. This means the non-Muslim has a unique point of view, that is quite different from the Muslim, who is to subjugate the Kafir.

As an example, on several occasions Mohammed had enemies assassinated. For Muslims this was a triumph, since the enemies had denied the prophet-hood of Mohammed. For Kafirs it was an act of evil. Apologists might say that others have done worse. By definition, these points of view cannot be resolved, but all sides must be heard in the marketplace of ideas.

Separating religion from politics

The Islamic religion itself is of no consequence to Non-Muslims. However, the politics of Islam is of the greatest im­portance. For example, prayer is a religious act, but demanding that rooms in public schools be set aside and work stopped for prayer is a political act. When Muslims pressure us to change work, play, schools and culture, those are political demands. If we reject these political demands, as is our right, there is no religious consequence to Muslims.

How can you know Mohammed and political Islam?

Analytical techniques simplify the books that portray Mohammed. Reading the biography and traditions of Mo­hammed can be done in a week. Once you realize that the entire purpose of Islam is to reproduce Mohammed, the perfect Muslim, then you will see that it is the political doctrine that must be dealt with, not Muslims, or the reli­gion.

What to do?

1) EDUCATE YOURSELF. Teach yourself the doctrine and history of political Islam.
2) EDUCATE OTHERS. Publicly call attention to the human rights atrocities created by Islam's political ide­ology. Tell others to read these books and focus on the politics of Islam, not the religion.
3) MOTIVATE POLITICALLY. To remain silent in the suffering of persecuted Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists is to side with the oppressors and participate in evil. We must tell their stories until the world weeps. We must demand a call to action at the government level to refuse to tolerate these opposing acts of freedom.

Center for the Study of Political Islam

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Statement of the Center for The Study of Political Islam International regarding attacks in Paris on November 13th, 2015

We certainly all remember the events in January, when we heard about the attacks against the editors of Charlie Hebdo. This assault against free speech in Europe left us shaken. Yesterday’s attacks in Paris claimed more than ten times the amount of victims and Europe is shocked once again.

After each terrorist attack, representatives of different countries express horror and how they do not understand how something so terrible could have happened. This confusion stems from inability to name the cause of terrorist attacks. The political doctrine of Islam is the cause. Until we are as a society able to openly state this, we are going to be caught off guard by similar attacks over and over again and we will not be able to prevent them from happening.

A usual political reaction to a terrorist attack is the promise to strengthen secret service and other security forces. While these statements might soothe some citizens, they will not change a lot about the actual situation. No security force can protect the public space against all terrorist attacks. Let us remember how many promises about increased protection we heard in January and how many victims need to be buried in Paris ten months later.

Such a sad moment begs a question: What is the best way to honor the memory of the deceased? Wreaths and candles do not suffice. We should learn from the event. CSPI emphasizes several essential points:

  • We should understand that terrorist attacks themselves are neither a goal, nor the cause of the problem. The political doctrine of Islam is the cause of the problem. Its main goal is for all people around the world to submit to Islam and acknowledge that Allah is the only god and Mohammed is his messenger. As a significant authoritative hadith says: “Mohammed: I have been commanded to fight against people, till they testify to the fact that there is no god but Allah, and believe in me (that) I am the messenger (from the Lord) and in all that I have brought. [...]” (Muslim 001,0031) The tool leading to this goal is jihad. There are many forms of jihad and terror is one of them.

  • We cannot forget the role of submission in Islam. The word “Islam” itself means “submission”. Every person has to sooner or later submit to Allah. One of the ways to achieving this is evoking fear in the unbelievers. Surrendering to fear means submitting and therefore fulfilling the terrorist’s objectives.

  • We have to show courage. Not only as a society, but also as individuals. Because the change begins with each single person. Many of us would rather believe that all religions are full of love and lead to self-actualization. It is, however, not easy to find the courage, use critical thinking to evaluate the political doctrine of Islam and ask whether it leads the believers to understanding or to hatred.

  • We should be courageous in front of others. We must not be afraid to tell the truth just because it could offend someone. Freedom of speech is more important than any person’s hurt feelings. Unless we find the courage to stand up for our values, we are risking them.

  • Last but not least, we should not fall prey to easy solutions. Jihad in Europe is for sure going to provoke reactions. There are going to be people who will attack all Muslims. However, outbursts of anger are an expression of weakness rather than strength and harm the debate leading to the solution of the situation. In order to protect our society, it is important to unite, not turn against one another.

The problem is not the Muslims, but the political demands of Islam and endless Western tolerance (or better indifference) as the answer to it. If we can only show courage to name the problem and speak about it openly, perhaps we will also encourage millions of Muslims around the world to honestly look at the sources of Islam – the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith. In these texts, jihad against unbelievers is repeatedly praised as the highest of deeds.
Mohammed said, "To guard Muslims from Kafirs (infidels) in jihad for one day is better than the world and whatever is on its surface, and a place in Paradise as small as that occupied by the whip of one of you is better than the world and whatever is on its surface; and a morning's or an evening's journey which a slave (person) travels in Allah's Cause (jihad) is better than the world and whatever is on its surface." (Bukhari 4,52,142)

We must not be afraid to talk about political Islam openly and without emotions. Talk about the suffering it brings both to Muslims and non-Muslims. That way, we will shed light upon the cause of the problem. This is not going to be an easy way anymore. Nevertheless, if we immediately start reacting with courage and understanding, an array of future victims can be spared.

If the leading elites do not adopt a decisive position and again declare, that the events in Paris were an isolated action of a few deranged individuals, future attacks will take us by surprise again. If we insist that the Islamic doctrine is flawless and its political demands legitimate, we will confirm the terrorists’ premise. Unless we focus on the cause of the problem and not only dealing with the consequences, we will not be able to protect Europe as we have known it.

In order to truly honor the memory of innocent victims from Paris, we must find the courage to recognize political Islam.

CSPI International, November 14th, 2015