The Real Islam
By Steven Luotto
Rome is the Capital of Catholicism. Though far
from true, for simplicity's sake, let's call it the capital of
It took a bit of a fight (so did the building of the first MacDonald's)
but the Muslims pulled it off. They got to build a Mosque. And in a show
if good will, they were allowed to build it in a lush green park and make
it the biggest Mosque in all of Europe.
It didn't matter at the time that no churches were allowed to be built in
Okay. Who gets to be Imam? It's a very sensitive spot. There's tension,
but also a genuine attempt at goodwill on the part of the Catholics
towards Islam. Everything has to be perfect, because willy nilly
everything will be under scrutiny. Logically it will be the best face of
Islam which calls itself the religion of peace and brotherhood.
They get an Egyptian fellow called Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa.
Perched high on his pulpit, his voice reverberates against the Carrara
"Oh Allah bring triumph to the Islamic fighters in Palestine and
Chechenya and elsewhere in the world. Oh Allah, help us annihilate the
enemies of Islam. Oh Allah make certain everywhere the victory of the
Nation of Islam!"
Then Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa thundered:
"In the eyes of Islam, there is not the slightest doubt that the
operations of the mujahidin against the Jews of Palestine are legitimate.
They are operations of martyrdom, and the "authors"
(perpetrators) are martyrs in the name of Islam. Because all of Palestine
is a 'Dar al-harb', Territory of War. The entire Jewish society illegally
occupies an Islamic Land."
Moral of this short story: the Imam's words are recorded by a reporter
from the left wing and politically correct "La Repubblica"
newspaper (Italy's leading leftwing daily) and the Minister of the
Interior busts Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa for inciting violence.
Though the issue has simmered, most Muslims were upset and calling it an
injustice (interference with their freedom of religion). I undertook a
quick and haphazard tour of some Italian Islamic sites and read articles
and editorials. Most strenuously defend Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa
(even going so far as to consider him a worker who was illegally fired).
The only exception was an Imam from Salerno.
So if not "true Islam," this is Islam in front of the POPE,
where imaginably they would want to show their very best and friendliest
side, all the more so in light of the Pontiff's pacifist stance in the war
on Iraq, his kissing of the Koran and the "positive" comments he
had recently made during his visit to Kazakistan about "genuine"