Saturday, December 10, 2011

Islam is not a Pacifist Religion

Anestos Canelides’ latest essay concerns the Islamic concept of Holy War as propounded by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Taliban fighters

Islam is not a Pacifist Religion
by Anestos Canelides

We are told that Jihad is merely an inner struggle, but that is only half the truth.

There are two definitions for Jihada or struggle. The first one is the greater Jihad, or the inner struggle against, say, the flesh and temptation. The second is the lesser Jihad or the war of conquest against the infidel via the sword of Allah. The lesser Jihad is what we fear while Islam and some of its followers today still dream of world conquest and the restoration of the Caliphate. The late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini makes this all very clear in his 1989 essay reprinted in The Legacy of Jihad by Dr. Andrew Bostom (page 226).

The Ayatollah states in his essay that Jihad is struggle against idolatry, sexual deviation, repression and cruelty. The definitions of these terms are different in Islam than amongst non-believing Westerners. The motives for wars of conquest by the non-believers are of course not so noble and pure as Islam’s reasons for war. The Ayatollah asserts that the conquests launched by the infidel are aimed at promoting animal lusts and pleasures.

Jihad, to the Islamicist, is pure and holy. When territories are lost to the armies of Allah, Muslim fundamentalists are unconcerned, even if whole countries and cultures are wiped out. They don’t care if their victims are made homeless or die in the process of conquest. This is simply because all countries conquered in the name of Allah will be marked for everlasting salvation. It is in order to save us — the infidel — that Muslims struggle against us in the cause of Allah.

The Ayatollah also clearly says, “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war.” Islam clearly believes that the faithful must kill all those nasty unbelievers, or they will kill them (the Muslims). Muslims must attack before they are devoured by the infidels, and they must not surrender to the unbeliever.

This seems somewhat infidelophobic to all of us unbelievers, or to moderate Muslims who oppose the fundamentalist version of Jihad.

War is much more than an inner struggle to orthodox Muslims such as the late Ayatollah. It is a struggle by the sword against unbelief. He again states, “Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! Does this mean we should surrender (to the enemy)? The sword is the key to paradise, which can open only for holy warriors.”

There are literally hundreds of other Qur’anic verses and hadith sayings that assure Muslims of the value of war, and urge them and to wage Jihad against unbelief with the sword.

The Ayatollah also asks and answers a rhetorical question at he end of his essay: “Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who can make such a claim.”

To Orthodox Muslims such as Ayatollah Khomeini, Jihad is truly a holy war against those that don’t believe. It is not only an inner struggle against those spiritual demons we all face day to day, but a tool of conquest in the name of Allah. The Muslims must save us from our unbelief.

Previous posts by Anestos Canelides:

2010 May 29 The Last Empire
  Jun 18 The Muslim Devastation of India
  Aug 20 Are They Lying to Us?
  Sep 28 Devshirme: A Muslim Scourge on Christians
  Oct 6 AIFD: Friends of America and Freedom
  Dec 3 A 19th-Century Jihad on American Shipping
2011 May 29 Borders, Language and Culture
  Oct 18 The Jihad Against Dogs
    31 Slavery and Jihad
  Nov 15 Abuse of Power


George Pal said...

Wickedness practiced religiously does not make for religion but pathology. It's not that you pray five times a day that recommends for religious status, it's what one prays for. Islam is on no account a religion, peaceful or otherwise. If the broad definitions of cultural anthropology insist on it being a religion it must also be remembered that by those criteria infant sacrifice to Moloch and sacrificial exenteration are also religions. Both, and other collective pathologies, make the religious cut, yet neither/none would be welcome in polite company, enlightened society, or higher civilization - nor should Islam.

Anonymous said...

"The Ayatollah asserts that the conquests launched by the infidel are aimed at promoting animal lusts and pleasures."

This is the same Islam that exhorts Muslims to conquer all infidels then murder the men and enslave the women and children in sex harems. Remember that the boys are considered girls until bearded - giving Muslim men the 'right' to rape their harems of dancing boys dressed in women's clothes and make-up.

This is the same Ayatollah who religiously sanctified grown men having sexual relations with helpless infants and animals.

Ayatollah Khomeini's quotations on sex with children and animals (go to middle of page)

VRM said...

In the west, jihad is inner struggle, in India it is inner struggle plus defensive war and in the middle east it is a tool to subjugate the kuffar.
Taqqiya you know.

Aeons said...

My concerns about Islam grew after looking closely at it. Through all the sects.

In an effort to get a better handle on what was bothering me, I started to look at what the words being used meant. They looked good to my eye, they their context was always just a bit off.

Here are the weasel-words that sound good to a Western ear and what they actually mean. In any sect.

Rationality: to accept that the revealed truth of the Quran. To submit to the evident and apparent, which is Allah.

Freedom: Submission to the will and laws of Allah is the source of all freedom.

Freedom: The introduction of the Light of Islam remove the darkness of polytheism, existentialism, and freedom of expression, and doctrinal deviation.

Social Reform: Security and safety found in the perfection of the salvation of Islam.

Religious freedom: Living under Shariah

Slavery: the place of those conquered when they resist Islam. Slavery is a better place in Islam, with slaves being entreated to be treated with compassion and the possibility of freedom through virtuous acts of their owners.

Compassion: want for others to be free of suffering.

Suffering: a state that occurs when one has not surrendered to Allah's will and those who serve Allah, living in sin which is living in the state of unbelief.

Mercy: something you grant magnimously out of position of power.

Forgiveness: To forget something, ignore matters as if they do not affect you, to cover things up. Something you only give from a position of strength.

Wrong: things which are forbidden by Shariah. To not enjoin with the will of the servants of Allah.

Charity: to support infrastructure that supports social reform.

Justice: placing things in their rightful place, that rightful place is defined by Shariah.

Equality: knowing and living with your legitimate rights as defined by Shariah, and your individual defined contribution assigned to your service to the society and community and by your resources granted by that assigned contribution.

Wisdom: to understand the mysteries revealed in the Quran and by the Prophet and act in accordance with them.

Tolerance: to be compassionate towards apostates. To want apostates to be free of suffering. To want apostates to be free of the state of living in the sin of unbelief.

Benevolance: to come into a grateful state of belief.

Intellect: submission to the total body of principles, theology, ideology, and revealed truth of Islam.

Logic: a way of understanding only available to the servant-scholars of Islam.

Reason: to be free of the taint of the sin of unbelief.

wheatington said...

Would someone explain what sexual deviation means to a Muslim. Muslim barrows practise nothing but sexual deviation to my Western educated mind.

Any Muslim barrows care to take a stab that?

Anonymous said...

Wheatington: Because Islam is a Satanic religion, everything is the opposite of Christianity.

Thus, to a practicing Muslim, sexual deviancy is a strong traditional Christian nuclear family - borne of freely chosen romantic love - and lifelong marriage - between ONE husband and ONE non-clitorized wife - acting in an equal loving partnership to raise mentally, spiritually, and intellectually healthy children - who recognize and fight Islam as a mortal enemy of both Christianity and Western culture.