The Resumption of the Islamic Futuhat Throughout the World
The Resumption of the Islamic Futuhat Throughout the World
By Jacob Thomas
13 September 2018
The Wall Street Journal published on 29 August 2018, an article with this headline:
“A Visit to Islamic England: Muslims headed to Friday prayer while non-Muslims went the other way. No one made eye contact.” The author, Andy Ngo, continued:
“Other tourists may remember London for its spectacular sights and history, but I remember it for Islam. When I was visiting the U.K. as a teenager in 2006, I got lost in an East London market. There I saw a group of women wearing head-to-toe black cloaks. I froze, confused and intimidated by the faceless figures. It was my first encounter with the niqab, which covers everything but a woman’s eyes.”
The article was replete with descriptions of the vast changes that had taken place in England since it had opened its doors to Muslims from the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, and Southeast Asia. Mr. Ngo’s shock was great at one place where a sizeable part of the community was Islamic:
“But I was unprepared for what I would see next in Luton, a small town 30 miles north of London… At the Central Mosque, I met a friendly group of Punjabi-speaking young men. “You’ve come to see Luton?” one struggled to ask me in English. The young men asked me to follow them through the town center. The men finally led me to a discreet building that housed a small Islamic center… I was led upstairs to see him. The imam asked me if I was prepared to convert. … I told the imam I wasn’t ready for that, but I would appreciate any literature I could take home. He led me to a bookshelf and said I could have whatever I wanted. I grabbed the first booklet that was in English. It was by Zakir Naik, a fundamentalist preacher from India.””
I was not surprised by the article. There have been similar reports about Muslim residents of the West who are working hard in their Da’wa (Islamic propaganda) to Islamize the Western world. I have already dealt with this subject in previous articles: The Incompatibility of Islam with Western Civilization https://www.answering-islam.org/authors/thomas/incompatible.html
Islam & the Decline of the West https://www.answering-islam.org/authors/thomas/islam_west.html
My purpose for re-visiting this subject, is to point out that Muslims’ migration to other lands is a type of “soft” Futuhat (Conquests.) A fact that has been ignored by Western governments for several decades. The Wall Street Journal article points to this reality. Muslim communities establish their own Islamic zones, where life doesn’t differ from the lands where they had lived. Having established their mini Daru’l Islam, they seek to gain converts among the citizens of the host countries.
It’s astonishing how those Muslims living in Luton can ignore the fact that their parents had left Muslim countries because Islam, as a worldview, had failed to provide them with decent living conditions and freedoms which they now possess in the lands of the Kuffar! On the other hand, Muslim intellectuals living in their homelands do recognize these realities; some are working hard to reform and renew their societies to meet the mounting challenges of the Twenty-First century.
For example, the Egyptian author, Sayyed Al-Qimni, is well-known as a critic of traditional Islam. He is active in the promotion of Civil Society where religion (Islam) is kept out of government, and where all citizens regardless of their beliefs or unbelief, are free to express themselves. His lectures are archived on YouTube and can be easily viewed. The following are excerpts from his critical comments on Islam, and the behavior of some of its prominent leaders.
“When I appeared on the MBC network, and to my left sat the well-known American Islamist Mr. Nihad Awad, who heads the American-Islamic organization CAIR. The program’s subject was ‘Islamophobia.’ It took place before the events of September 2001. Mr. Nihad Awad brought with him a film prepared by his organization and screened it for us to prove to us that America was hostile to Islam and hates Muslims, and that American Muslims are subject to ethnic discrimination and racist fanaticism and that the organization therefore requires financial support from Muslims to protect the Muslims in America.
“As proof of CAIR’s activity in the U.S. and to attract the required support, he related a story about a book that was in front of him. He [claimed] that this book was written against Islam, was used for teaching American pupils, and contained grave damage to the Prophet of Islam – because it discussed the Prophet’s marriage to Safiya, after her father, her brother, her husband, and all her tribe were killed. [Nihad Awad added that] CAIR sued [in the matter] and won, and that this section was removed from the book…
“I reached out my hand and picked up the book and was surprised by its title: ‘The Religions in the World. ‘It was not a book dedicated to Islam. I skimmed the table of contents and saw that it presented all the world religions in general, apparently because they [the Americans], in their public education, do not teach so-called Islamic or Christian education.
“Do you feel, as I do, the magnitude of this tragedy? It is our tragedy, not the Americans’. This is because the story [about the Prophet’s marriage to this woman after killing her family members] is historical truth and there is a consensus [regarding its truth], in all the Islamic traditions. [Our heritage] sets out in detail the reasons for this incident, the kind of war that was being fought then, and the rules of war [that prevailed at that time] – according to which the women of the defeated side were the captives of the victor.
“But the organization CAIR vehemently denies that this event occurred. This is also a mockery of the democracy and noble laws of America, by a deception that exploits the progress [that guides American] legal values, and by a blatant lie to eradicate the story from an American [school] book. The Americans, out of respect for Muslims and their religion … ordered that the story be expunged from the [school] book, and even accused its authors of ethnic extremism – which is a terrible accusation in America…”
“All of these people defend Islam in a false and distorted way. They want it as it is, so that they can continue getting their benefits and to control the people and to keep applying secretly what they deny in public, just like Al-Qaradhawi’s secret marriage. The ‘democratic’ Al-Qaradhawi issued a fatwa permitting the killing of Americans in Iraq. But he did not demand of his son Muhammad to leave his university in Florida to join the mujahideen. He did not demand of his youngest son to leave the American University in Cairo and seek martyrdom. When he demanded a boycott of America and England, he had three daughters studying in England, and one daughter studying in Texas”
Another Egyptian, now living in Germany, Hamed Abdel-Samad, has been outspoken in critiquing Islam. His lectures are archived on YouTube, his regular program is known as THE BOX OF ISLAM, is usually in Arabic. However, several are in German, English, and French. Here are two samples of his programs:
Box of Islam by Hamed Abdel Samad (English) – Mohammad and Aisha
The “Box of Islam” series is a long-running web series in Egyptian Arabic where Hamed Abdel Samad tackles several cultural and religious issues that were once a taboo in the Arabic-speaking world.
In his latest book, “The Case against Mohammed,” Hamed Abdel-Samad presents a fierce assessment of the influence of Mohammed. He portrays the Prophet as an ambivalent personality, with the negatives outweighing the positives. In our DW Interview, Abdel-Samad – himself the son of an Imam – describes why he no longer believes that Islam can be reformed. https://www.dw.com/en/the-case-against-the-prophet/av-18771849
When Muslim scholars are now telling the true story of Islam across the last 1400 years, why are several Western politicians, governmental office holders continue to ignore that the Islamic Futuhat have resumed. Muslims no longer use armies to spread their rule over the world; rather, they migrate to the West on both sides of the Atlantic and create enclaves where Shariah is enforced. In some Western lands, such as France, Britain, Germany, and Scandinavia, their numbers are growing rapidly. Muslims, accustomed to Utopian dreams, look forward to the time when Daru’l Islam, covers most of the planet. They don’t realize that should that happen, what they had enjoyed in the early days of migration, would evaporate. As Sayyid al-Qimni put it on 23 February 2012,
“We Have Tried Islamic Rule for 1400 Years and It Has Failed.”