The tide may be turning.
In the past two week,
two events involving the Muslim world created disturbing images on TV. The first
was the Mohammed cartoon controversy and the second was the HAMAS elections
Why were there riots,
death threats, boycotts from Muslims just because of some cartoons? Why did
HAMAS win the elections? Both have the answer in the words and deeds of the
founder of Islam, Prophet Mohammed.
In the case of the cartoons, the illustrators certainly did not expect such a
violent reaction. Many of them are now in hiding, fearing for their lives. My
guess is that when they drew the cartoons, they felt prey to the politically
correct nonsense that Islam is a religion of peace and they assumed that
peaceful people will not want to kill them just because of some silly cartoons.
They were wrong.
The violent reaction
form the Muslim world is precisely due to Prophet Mohammed's behavior in the 7th
century. On the orders of the Prophet, Abu Afak, a 120 year old man was killed
for speaking against the Prophet. When Asma bint Marwan, a poetess spoke out
against it, she too was killed in front of her children.
To be fair, there was
no freedom of speech in the 7th century in many parts of the world. If you say
things that offend any medieval ruler, you are risking your life. Therefore
Mohammed's behavior was not unusual in his day. However, he is the founder of a
faith and his actions are recorded in the hadiths and are now forever part of
Islamic scriptures. Muslims regard their beloved prophet as the role model and
seek to imitate him.
Those believing that
Islam can be reformed will be disappointed. Since Islam's founder killed his
critics, it follows that his followers, even in the twenty-first century must do
the same. Apologists of Islam sometime claim that those hadiths showing Prophet
Mohammed ordering his men to kill his critics do not have reliable isnads
(chain of narration) and therefore must be rejected. If this is true, then
somebody forgot to tell Mohammed Bouyeri who murdered Theo Van Gogh or the
rioting Muslims offended by some silly Danish cartoons.
Next, we turn to why
the Palestinians elected HAMAS. Why did the Palestinians give HAMAS a landslide
victory? Most western newspapers simply say that the voters are tired of the
corrupt, inept Fatah party. Even so, why did the voters prefer a party that
promised to wage war with terrorist attacks to a party that promises to
Corruption and incompetence in the Fatah party obviously contributed to their
defeat. But the newspapers missed the most important reason. They have failed to
examine how religious beliefs affected their votes. Just as Christian voters in
prefer Republican Bush to Democrat Kerry, religious Muslims prefer Islamist
HAMAS to secular Fatah.
AMAS promises jihad
against the Jews and jihad is an important part of Islam. According to Islam,
once a territory becomes Muslim, it must forever be Muslim. Thus if the land is
subsequently lost, it must be recovered by jihad. See this excerpt from the
The Islamic Resistance
Movement believes that the
has been an Islamic Waqf throughout the generations and until the Day of
Resurrection, no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of
it. ... This is the status [of
the land] in Islamic Shari’a, and it is similar to all lands conquered by
Islam by force, and made thereby Waqf lands upon their conquest, for all
generations of Muslims until the Day of Resurrection.
The establishment of a non-Muslim state on previously Muslim land thus is an
affront to fundamentalist Muslims. What makes it worse is that the land was
taken over by the Jews. In Islam, Jews being People of the Book may be tolerated
once they are subjugated. But the Jews are portrayed as eternal enemies of Allah
who will be massacred in Islam's version of the End Times. This is clearly
mentioned in HAMAS' charter
in which Sahih Bukhari was quoted:
Abu Huraira reported
Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The
last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the
Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a
tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is
a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it
is the tree of the Jews.