Muslim Cleric Explains What Islam Means In Light Of Paris Terror Attack
Perhaps some of the Islamic extremist apologists should take note of what Anjem Choudary writes in the USA Today
People know the consequences: Opposing view
Why did France allow the tabloid to provoke Muslims?
Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.
Although Muslims may not agree about the idea of freedom of expression, even non-Muslims who espouse it say it comes with responsibilities. In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Muslims consider the honor of the Prophet Muhammad to be dearer to them than that of their parents or even themselves. To defend it is considered to be an obligation upon them. The strict punishment if found guilty of this crime under sharia (Islamic law) is capital punishment implementable by an Islamic State. This is because the Messenger Muhammad said, “Whoever insults a Prophet kill him.”
Yes, most Muslims do not go on rampages when insulted. Most never get involved in terrorism, honor killings, suicide bombings, and similar actions. I’d say most just want to be left alone. That said, what Choudary writes is what is being taught in so many mosques, madrasas (Islamic schools), on-line, and, it appears in the Koran! Most of the issues in the past with Christianity are in the past, like centuries and millennium in the past, and were often done in contradiction to the words of the Bible. The Koran, as Choudary points out, specifically tells Muslims to kill whoever insults Mohammed.
Remember, these are not my words, these are the words of Islamist clerics, just like Choudary.
Perhaps it is high time that Liberals, and especially those in the Western media, understand just what it is that the Islamist view of Islam means. Instead of running toothless editorials about Charlie Hebdo standing solidly for free expression, and that western media should all do the same, Western media should actually do this. They should expose what the so-called extremist viewpoint means, rather than dancing around the issues and offering apologies. Enough with the “hey, it’s just a small minority of the 1.6 billion Muslims”. They should not, though, ask Muslims to apologize for what the extremists are doing in the name of Allah and Mohammed (though the media should acknowledge that they are, in fact, doing it in the name of Allah and Mohammed – I’m looking at you today, Ezra Klein). Even though leftist media outlets do ask Conservatives, Republicans, Christians, Tea Party members, etc, to apologize when one incident happens. What the media should do is ask Muslims to stand up against the extremists, much like during the Civil Rights era, when white people were told to step up against the entrenched racism, Jim Crow, and segregation against Blacks.
This all starts with understanding what, exactly, the Islamists stand for, what they mean, that they mean what they say, and what they want to do. Liberals need to acknowledge the reality, rather than their own kneejerk reactions, their yammerings about tolerance and multiculturalism.