Today Boris Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph that Jihadi John et al should not be ‘glamourised’, that rather they must be debunked. I agree with that, of course.
“They are not even religious: many are said to have a very sketchy knowledge of the Koran. They are hopeless hypocrites who claim to despise the West but who pathetically wear Nike trainers and daub their temples with expensive Chanel cologne (Egoiste, appropriately, the preferred aroma). Many of them are losers: twits, twerps and misfits who are hopelessly caught up in a mobile-assisted pornography of violence.
Perhaps it is because Boris wrote my Christmas reading biography of Churchill, and has been brave in the past on Islam, that I had started to want to see aspects of Churchill in him. For we need a big man of Churchill’s bravery and stature to combat the poison of Islam in the West before we too are reduced to rubble like Raqqa or Tikrit. So it was with disappointment that I read on as Boris wrote;
“I believe – and I certainly want to believe – that this jihadi madness is rejected by the overwhelming majority of Muslims; and yes, I was dismayed by the recent BBC poll in which 27 per cent said they had “some sympathy with the motives behind” the Charlie Hebdo shootings. But, then, there was no control sample of the rest of the non-Muslim population, and I am afraid that there are plenty of non-Muslims who found the cartoons offensive, and plenty of readers of this paper who object (rather more than I would, perhaps) to needless insults to religion.” (Daily Telegraph, 2 March)
This is the problem – our leaders and the media WANT to believe that there is no problem with Islam or with our large Muslim communities. Yet the constant feedback coming through – the Rotherham and Oxford child abuse, Birmingham Trojan Horse, the school where Amwazi (Jihadi John) is thought to have become radicalised, young girls going to join Isis, Lee Rigby being brutally murdered on London streets, Charlie Hebdo, and so on ad infinitum, sadly – is that there is a VERY big problem with Islam in our Western nations.
“The “Muslim Mafia” were not popular among their peers as they were considered too judgemental.
“They had a very specific set of values,” she added.
“Quintin Kynaston was full of that. It was 70 per cent or 80 per cent Muslim. There was only one white kid in our class.
“In every year there was a set that was the Muslim Mafia that hung out together and were very religious.
“So many of them are second generation immigrants whose parents are still very much in touch with their culture.
“I think there was a system of grooming at Quintin Kynaston because there have been a few of them.
“They petitioned to have a prayer room so they could pray five times a day and they always went to Regent’s Park mosque every single Friday.
“I think that’s where it happened. A lot of them suddenly got very religious.” (Daily Telegraph, 2 March)
And of course, the poll of British Muslims in which 11% have sympathy with those who want to fight against Western interests (BBC/ComRes poll) shows that far from being ‘isolated events’ these attacks on our people, our Western way of life, are a symptom of a problem with Islam in Britain.
This is the letter I fired off to The Daily Telegraph in response to Boris’ article:
It is sorely disappointing that today Boris Johnson joined the majority of the media commentators jostling for the chance to claim that Isis has ‘nothing to do with Islam’. I’m afraid that this is a patent falsehood and hope it stems from ignorance rather than purposeful falsehood. It is clear to anyone who spends a half day scouring the content of the texts of Islam and the history of conquest and caliphates which have led to hundreds of millions dying or being made to convert to Islam by force that Islam is in fact steeped in warfare and demands its followers to pursue non-believers through jihad until they are no more.
Please could you ask Boris to read this brief book on the Islamic conquest of India? Before Islam forcefully took over large parts of India there were only Buddhists and Hindus where now there is Pakistan and Afghanistan, Bangladesh – this is written by a Muslim so shouldn’t be labelled propaganda – it is a fact which is too often obscured in the debate about Islam which seems to centre of ‘victims’ of ‘Islamophobia’ rather than victims of Islam!
I have to say that I find it very worrying when so much of the media are telling this lie, time and again. When we are fighting those that follow Islamic texts to the letter abroad (Isis etc) and who explicitly tell everyone that they are Islamic, and still our leaders and media tell us it is a perversion of Islam. Muslim nations such as Iran and Saudi are in flagrant breaches of human rights, and are implicated in the funding of global terrorism and still we trade arms and oil with them.
Meanwhile in our lands there is vigorous, open promotion of the concept of Jihad, demands for a caliphate and sharia law from groups such as Hizbut-tahir (http://www.hizb.org.uk/) and in our prisons, Muslim schools and public universities. These are what ‘radicalised’ Emwazi and others – yet our leaders simply turn a blind eye until someone is butchered.
I personally blog in critique of Islam and fear for my life for doing so. Yet the police arrest people for sticking ‘Ban Halal’ stickers on supermarket products rather than those inciting hatred and Jihad. The media’s denial of the roots of Jihad within Islam’s core texts colludes with the narrative promoted in Islamic media (Islam Channel and social media especially) which tell Muslims that they are the victims of persecution. In fact it is Muslims who are the greatest persecutors or other Muslims – NOT the West.
Listening to our media it would be thought that Muslims must live in fear of attacks due to ‘Islamophobia’ – yet there are no attacks. Instead there are attacks on non-Muslims BY Muslims, especially on Jews, who are feeling so unsafe they are fleeing to Israel or placing protection agents outside their Synagogues.
It is a disgrace that our leaders are pandering to Islam in preference of the rights and security of those in danger FROM Muslims – us non-Muslims. There is a narrative of supremacy within Islam. It is dictated to Muslims that it is their duty to force the lands they live in to adopt Sharia law. This is why we see so many groups like Hizbut Tahir and Al Muhajiroun which demand that Western nations are ruled by Islam:
“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,” (Isis propaganda).
But our media collude in the falsehood that Islam is peaceful each time they give the oxygen of publicity to Islamist groups such as Cage which want to pretend it is the actions of the West which have created Isis and Jihad more widely.
This ignores the fact that Jihad, murder, violence, torture, slavery and the butchery of human beings are traditions which began with the life of Islam’s prophet Muhammad.
The truth is that there are plenty of examples of Muhammad himself instructing and committing the same atrocities (and using the same particular violent methods that are being used today in the same circumstances) that are being committed all over the world by ”Islamic extremists”. As I’m sure you’re aware, non-Muslims are being beheaded, homosexuals are being thrown off buildings and stoned, Christians who don’t convert to Islam are being slaughtered, women believed to be guilty of adultery or prostitution are being stoned to death, women are being captured and used as sex slaves, anyone (including other Muslims) who interferes with or obstructs ISIS from accomplishing their mission is being brutally murdered…..and yet we are still being told that these acts have nothing to do with the real Islam and that it is a peaceful religion. We are told this by leaders, people in positions of authority and “moderate” Muslims.
But no-one in the mainstream media is challenging this. No-one is questioning whether these atrocities are consistent with Islam’s doctrine. Why? Have editors and journalists simply not researched the facts? Or, are they aware of the facts but too afraid to expose Islam’s true nature? Are we all so politically correct that we are prepared to sacrifice our own religion, our culture, our laws, our civilised existence for fear of causing offence?
During WWII did our leaders and media worry about the ‘Nazi-phobia’ that may result from giving the full picture of Hitler’s horror machine? No. Would our governments have shied away from declaring Nazi ideology deviant and corrupt? No. So why, when the roots of Isis lay in the fundamental texts of Islam, is there silence?
It is not we, ordinary people who simply want to protect our land and our culture who are a threat. We don’t want to harm Muslims. I simply want a future for my grandchildren free from the threat of violence from followers of an ideology which states all non-believers are ‘Kuffar’ and thus unworthy of respect and fair game for abuse and murder. This is what was at the root of the Rotherham abuse scandals as well as all the attacks on the West since 9/11 as well as Isis, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al-Quaeda, Janjaweed etc.
It is not just a coincidence that Islam informs the worst horrors being perpetrated today globally, nor that Hitler was a fan of Islam. See the following from a respected Muslim biographer of Muhammad, Bukhari:
“The Prophet sent (some people) in their pursuit and so they were (caught and) brought, and the Prophets ordered that their hands and legs should be cut off and that their eyes should be branded with heated pieces of iron, and that their cut hands and legs should not be cauterized, till they die.” goo.gl/Xdld0t
We won WWII and the Cold War in large part due to effective propaganda as well as military and intelligence powers – today we have propaganda FOR our enemy, the forces of Islam, being promoted over pro-Western, pro-Democracy, pro-Freedom, pro-Peaceful propaganda which we should be seeing if only to act as a counter to the multitude of Islamic propaganda flowing in FROM Islamic countries. Moreover within pro-Western propaganda intrinsically would also rest the entirely appropriate stigma that is important for crime prevention and draws a clear moral opprobrium against traitors to the country.
I hope you can soon start to rectify matters,
Martha van der Pol
And slay them wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out, for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. 2:191
And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and let there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression. 2:193
Fighting is prescribed for you, and you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not. 2:216
And forbidden to you are wedded wives of other people except those who have fallen in your hands (as prisoners of war). 4.24
Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of Allah, – whether he is slain or gets victory – soon shall We give him a reward of great value. 4:74
Of the Unbelievers: “seize them and slay them wherever you find them: and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks.” 4:89
Allah has granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit at home. 4:95
…”for the Unbelievers are open enemies to you.” 4:101
For the Unbelievers, Allah has prepared a humiliating punishment. 4:102
O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of Allah anything but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was no more than a Messenger of Allah… Do not say “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is One God: Glory be to Him: far exalted is He above having a son. 4:171
From those too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the Message that was sent to them: so We estranged them, with enmity and hatred between one and the other, to the Day of Judgment. And soon will Allah show them what they have done. 5:14
In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of Mary. 5:17
O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them for friendship is of them.5:51
They do blaspheme who say: “God is Christ the son of Mary.” They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a trinity: for there is no God except one God Allah. If they do not desist from their word of blasphemy, verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. Christ the son of Mary was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. 5:72- 73, 5:75
Of the Jews: ‘When in their insolence they transgressed all prohibitions, We said to them: “Be you apes, despised and rejected.”’ 7:166
They question you about (windfalls taken as) spoils of war. Say: ‘Booty is at the disposal of Allah and the Messenger; they belong to Us and are for Our benefit. So fear Allah, and adjust your way of thinking in this matter. Obey Allah and His Messenger.8:1
If people are obstinate, and refuse to surrender, know that Allah is your Supporter. And know that one fifth of all the booty you take belongs to Allah, and to the Messenger, and for the near relatives (of the Messenger). 8:4
Remember your Lord inspired the angels with the message: “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: you smite them above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.” 8:12
Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah. Whatever you spend in the cause of Allah shall be repaid to you and you shall not be treated unjustly. 8:60
O Messenger! Rouse the Believers among you to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, they will vanquish two thousand of the Unbelievers: for these are people without understanding. 8:65
…Then fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war…9:5
Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you to victory over them, heal the breasts of the Believers. 9:14
Fight those who do not believe in Allah … until they pay the Jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued. 9:29
… Allah will send His punishment from Himself or by our hands. 9:52
If the hypocrites, the sick of heart, and those who spread lies in the city [Medina] do not desist, We shall arouse you [Prophet] against them, and then they will only be your neighbors in this city for a short while. 61They will be rejected wherever they are found, and then seized and killed. (Haleem) 33:60
Therefore, when you meet the Unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks; at length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly on them… He lets you fight in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the way of Allah, – He will never let their deeds be lost. 47:4
It is He Who got out the Unbelievers among the People of the Book from their homes at the first gathering of the forces. Little did you think that they would get out: and they thought that their fortresses would defend them from Allah! But the wrath of Allah came to them from quarters from which they had little expected it, and cast terror into their hearts, so that they destroyed their own dwellings by their own hands and the hands of the Believers. 59:2
That is because they resisted Allah and His Messenger: and if any one resists Allah, verily Allah is severe in punishment. Whether you cut down O you Muslims the tender palm-trees, or if you left them standing on their roots, it was by leave of Allah, and in order that He might cover with shame the rebellious transgressors. 59:4,5
They will not fight you even together, except in fortified townships, or from behind walls. Strong is their fighting spirit amongst themselves: you would think they are united, but their hearts are divided: that is because they are a people devoid of wisdom. 59:14
Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure. 61:4
He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islamic monotheism) to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and His Messenger Muhammad) hate (it). 61:9
From Sahih al-Bukhari – a collection of hadith compiled by Imam Muhammad al-Bukhari, recognized by the overwhelming majority of the Muslim world to be the most authentic collection of reports of the teachings and practices of the Prophet Muhammad
“Narrated By Anas : The Prophet cut off the hands and feet of the men belonging to the tribe of ‘Uraina and did not cauterize (their bleeding limbs) till they died.” goo.gl/RylE7u
” The Prophet sent (some people) in their pursuit and so they were (caught and) brought, and the Prophets ordered that their hands and legs should be cut off and that their eyes should be branded with heated pieces of iron, and that their cut hands and legs should not be cauterized, till they die.” goo.gl/Xdld0t
“The Prophet ordered for some iron pieces to be made red hot, and their eyes were branded with them and their hands and feet were cut off and were not cauterized. Then they were put at a place called Al-Harra, and when they asked for water to drink they were not given till they died. (Abu Qilaba said, “Those people committed theft and murder and fought against Allah and His Apostle.”)” goo.gl/4wKdrQ
“Narrated By Ash-Sha’bi : From ‘Ali when the latter stoned a lady to death on a Friday. ‘Ali said, “I have stoned her according to the tradition of Allah’s Apostle.” goo.gl/24jE91
“Narrated By Jabir bin Abdullah Al-Ansari : A man from the tribe of Bani Aslam came to Allah’s Apostle and Informed him that he had committed illegal sexual intercourse and bore witness four times against himself. Allah’s Apostle ordered him to be stoned to death as he was a married Person.” goo.gl/1lzXzp and goo.gl/xsVZLL
Those who mocked Muhammad at Mecca were killed after he had retaken the city and asserted his authority. (4:241)
“Narrated By ‘Ikrima : Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'” – goo.gl/P9wuV7
On Age of Consummating Marriage:
“Narrated Aisha: The prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six. We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Harith Kharzraj. Then I got ill and myairfelldown.Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s messenger came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.”5,234