We must blame ‘Islamism’ for Islam’s evils – because it’s got ‘nothing’ to do with Islam.

Islam as a distinct entity from Islamism is an interesting idea – and so powerful that most world leaders are professing it is the only truth on this issue. But it is not an idea which anyone who has actually read the Koran and the Hadith (Muhammad’s biographies) can hold. In fact, all the Islamic terrorists the world has seen since the 1980s have been inspired not by random rage but by these core texts of Islam.

It would be wonderful if there really were a terrible bunch of people called ‘Islamists’ who focus solely on the less peaceful aspects of Islam as an excuse to wage war. After all, there are so many nice Muslims who are not waging war and live peacefully amongst us – what else are we to do about them otherwise?

I had a conversation with an American liberal yesterday, who believes Islam can be reformed. Clearly, Maajid Nawaz (above) also holds this belief. It is an honourable one, and I wish it were possible – but it is not. Not when one considers that both the Koran and the Hadith are FULL of hatred and discrimination for unbelievers, apostates, other faiths, women and ‘hypocrites’ or bad Muslims.

“Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.” (From The Atlantic ‘What Isis Wants’.)

Muhammad himself advocated killing and war in his lifetime- he sanctioned and ordered murders, burnings, lootings and conquest, to the point that from his start as a lowly trader, he became the leader of a powerful new Islamic State of his own. The horrific barbarism of Isis seems inhumane and completely divorced from any conceivable spirituality or morality. Yet, they are doing only what Islam’s beloved ‘prophet’ Muhammad did, or ordered others to do, in his own lifetime.

“…[Isis and Al-quaeda] are closely identified with the jihadist wing of a branch of Sunnism called Salafism, after the Arabic al salaf al salih, the “pious forefathers.” These forefathers are the Prophet himself and his earliest adherents, whom Salafis honor and emulate as the models for all behavior, including warfare, couture, family life, even dentistry.” (From The Atlantic ‘What Isis Wants’.)

When one reads one of the countless passages in Koran and Hadith (Muhammad’s biography) that are full of violence, which Isis is emulating to the letter, it seems disingenuous to continue asserting, as all in authority in the West are today, that ‘Islam is peace’;

Hadith Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 259: Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle sent us in a mission (i.e. am army-unit) and said, “If you find so-and-so and so-and-so, burn both of them with fire.” When we intended to depart, Allah’s Apostle said, “I have ordered you to burn so-and-so and so-and-so, and it is none but Allah Who punishes with fire, so, if you find them, kill them.”

“….The prophet had their men killed, their children and women taken captive. The captives divided among the Muslims. Then the Messenger began taking the homes and property that were closest to him.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari/ Vol 5:512)

The prophet said, “I have been awarded victory by terror; so the treasures of the earth are mine.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari/ Vol 9:127)

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 286: Narrated Salama bin Al-Akwa:

“An infidel spy came to the Prophet while he was on a journey. The spy sat with the companions of the Prophet and started talking and then went away. The Prophet said (to his companions), ‘Chase and kill him.’ So, I killed him.” The Prophet then gave him the belongings of the killed spy (in addition to his share of the war booty).

These Hadiths are taken from the authentic collection of Sahih Al-Bukhari – a book that is accepted unanimously by all Muslims (except Shias) across the globe. One has to wonder then – what do all our nice fluffy Muslims think when they read their beloved ‘prophet’ telling people to kill others, burn others, stone adulterers, behead and kill for his own sake?

“Muslims can say that slavery is not legitimate now, and that crucifixion is wrong at this historical juncture. Many say precisely this. But they cannot condemn slavery or crucifixion outright without contradicting the Koran and the example of the Prophet. “The only principled ground that the Islamic State’s opponents could take is to say that certain core texts and traditional teachings of Islam are no longer valid,” Bernard Haykel says. That really would be an act of apostasy.” (From The Atlantic, What Isis Wants).

In fact surely rather than assert that Isis has ‘nothing to do with Islam’, surely it is far more accurate to state that Isis is following Islamic texts and history to the letter – it is a fundamentalist Islamic sect. Isis have formed a caliphate, an essential requirement of Islam as the Caliph of Isis has stated:

“Baghdadi spoke at length of the importance of the caliphate in his Mosul sermon. He said that to revive the institution of the caliphate—which had not functioned except in name for about 1,000 years—was a communal obligation. He and his loyalists had “hastened to declare the caliphate and place an imam” at its head, he said. “This is a duty upon the Muslims—a duty that has been lost for centuries … The Muslims sin by losing it, and they must always seek to establish it.” (From The Atlantic, What Isis Wants).

For non-Muslims and westernised Muslims it is impossible to believe that the horrors we are witnessing with Isis could possibly be deemed religiously sanctioned. Yet they are. The fact is – there is no reformation of Islam possible. To reject the horror is to reject the actions of the ultimate role model, Islam’s ‘perfect person’, Muhammad, and to reject what his ‘god’ ordered in the Koran. The clear fact is this – if Muslims don’t like this they should become apostate – pick another faith. Other faiths have higher moral standing simply due to the fact that they were not created by one man who himself sanctioned slavery, murder, looting and polygamy. Reformists are already considered apostate by more fundamentalist Muslims – and since Islam means ‘Submission’, and forbids any questioning of the ‘word of god’ within the Koran, it is difficult to disagree.

“Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter.” (Sura 5.33)


Yet there do exist verses of peace in the Koran and instances when Muhammad paused from his looting and killing to display charitable impulses. Apologists for Islam tend to emphasise these as testament to the innate good-ness of the ‘faith’. Yet again, this is highly disingenuous. For in Islam, ‘god’s’ word as related in the Koran is to be heeded in a very specific way – the latter ‘revelations’ are seen as having ‘abrogated’ the earlier ones. It is not surprising to find out that the earlier verses were the peaceful ones, abrogated or superseded by the verses of the sword which came at a later date. Islam’s ‘god’ is always right, and allowed to contradict himself.

“Let there be no compulsion in religion; truth stands out clear from error” (Sura 2.256).Apologists for Islam often quote this verse, and most Westerners, unfamiliar with the Koran and imagining that it must obey the same theological logic as the Christian Bible, assume that Islamic scripture mandates religious toleration toward non-Muslims. That assumption is inaccurate.

The Koran includes many abrogated verses, called mansukh, and abrogating verses, nasikh; the latter cancel the former, rendering them invalid, though they nevertheless remain in the Koran and are deceptively quoted, for Western consumption, as though they still represented genuine Islamic beliefs. Nasikh and mansukh are legion: Of the Koran’s 114 suras (chapters), only 43 are without abrogated or abrogating verses. That is naturally surprising, and so unexpected that few Westerners are aware that significant segments of the Koran have been theologically annulled. Mohammed’s non-Muslim contemporaries were just as surprised.

How does one know, when two verses are contradictory, which is abrogated and which is abrogating? It is a question of date: Later texts abrogate earlier texts whenever there are inconsistencies between them. The Koranic verses that teach tolerance and peace, in particular those that prohibit compulsion in religion, are among the earliest of Mohammed’s many revelations and are thus liable to abrogation, whenever Allah felt the inclination to revoke his immutable word. Although Islam, unlike Judaism and Christianity, received its revelation from a single person within a short period of time, roughly twenty years, Mohammed was nonetheless able to impose upon his followers the implausible belief that the inerrant Muslim God had routinely changed his mind

“The pacific, tolerant message of Sura 2.256 reflects the historical circumstances of its composition. Islam was still then decidedly a minority faith and Mohammed and his small band of followers, in Medina and surrounded by non-Muslim enemies, were threatened with destruction. The early Koran of necessity presented religious tolerance as a divine command because nascent Islam had not yet acquired the physical power to compel conversion: “The Apostle had not been given permission to fight or allowed to shed blood … he had simply been ordered to call men to God, endure insult, and forgive the ignorant” (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah).

Tolerant MuslimBut when Islam became powerful, Allah’s eternal message changed. Islam could now “call people by the sword” — that is, compel conversion — and accordingly “verses of the sword” were conveniently revealed to the Prophet, verses that sanction and indeed command conversion of the Infidel by armed violence, which historically would be Islam’s preferred method. Sura 2.256 was thus abrogated by a later verse, composed after Mohammed had begun to prepare his new Muslim empire for Jihad against the non-Muslim world: “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush” (Sura 9.5). This “verse of the sword” not only abrogates 2.256, but also abrogates well over a hundred earlier verses that formerly taught peace and tolerance toward non-believers.
Only the later, abrogating verse now represents authentic Muslim teaching.” (From Flawless Logic).

The fact that there is no one central representative or leader of Muslims worldwide is another key impediment to reforming the ‘faith’.

Muslims essentially can listen to an Imam, Mullah or make up their own minds as to interpreting the fundamental texts of Islam. This leads to the great tumult of different voices all alleging to speak for all Muslims. Currently the ‘Caliph’ of Isis, Baghdadi is seen by those of a Jihadist understanding of the core texts as the one true leader of Muslims – which is why so many Muslims are flocking to join Isis – they believe they will be saved, that they are doing their religious duty.

Reformist Muslims see the core texts as open to interpretation, as metaphors rather than divine orders. As discussed above, fundamentalists consider these heretics. Reformist Muslim Farzana Hassan states this clearly here:

“Unless and until a Muslim has renounced polygamy and the Islamic doctrine of armed jihad as totally obsolete in the era of the modern nation state, he or she cannot and should not be considered a “moderate” Muslim. In addition, if they believe that Sharia should be a source of public law, then too, irrespective of their claim to be “moderate,” they are not. Other faith communities allow dissent to debate such issues. However, in Islam the slightest dissent is promptly frowned upon because Muslims who challenge accepted interpretations are seen as challenging divine law. The leadership also reinforces such attitudes and is responsible for perpetuating fundamentalist interpretations.

So the majority of Muslims are moderate in that they are not themselves violent. But the seeds of violence will remain as long as Muslims worldwide accept the doctrine of jihad as an essential element of their faith. With such a universal acceptance of the doctrine, there is always a danger of anyone tipping over to the dark side.”  (From: Clarion Project).

This is why it should be clear that whilst reforming Islam is a noble concept, it is ultimately doomed to fail. The seeds of Isis, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al-quaeda etc are in the core texts of Islam. Islam IS these core texts. It is inconceivable that simply by the power of rational debate ALL of the 2 billion Muslims in the world will become truly peaceful and modern. It would mean they all became apostate – the essential fact of Islam is that it is fundamentally violent and regressive – it tolerates no modernising, or at least not for long. Therefore to stand against horror, slavery, butchery, murderous conquest and pillage is to stand against Islam.

There have been periods of seeming progress within the Muslim world, but they are always followed by a return, often by violence, to medieval tradition – because this is what is clearly set out as the model for a good Muslim to follow, in the core texts. It seems pointless to believe in a belief system from which one has to pick and choose to remain on the right side of morality! Surely that is the key function of religion – to give moral grounding to humans? Islam does the opposite. So to be a good human being AND a good Muslim is a contradiction in terms. One can be one or the other, never both, as Isis and all those killing for Islam demonstrate so vividly today.

There is pathos in so few voices making themselves heard above the cacophony of ‘radical’ fundamentalists who after all only have to open a Koran for the following verses of hate and murder to flow out:

In ‘The Fatiha and the Culture of Hate – Interpretation of the 7 th verse through the centuries’ Sami A. Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh observes this:

“In one video, a little two-year-old girl answers questions about religion. Among them: “Who are those who are angered upon?” And the little girl replied, those are the Jews. “And who are those who are misguided?” Those are the Christians. What hope do we have in our young people when they are taught such discrimination from their childhood? Arab and Muslim society is burning in the fire of a hateful religious sectarianism. We are entitled to ask where do sectarianism and hatred come from? And how we can stop it without a radical change of the Muslim religion? The hatred generated by verse 7 towards Jews and Christians is not limited to the latter. Muslims are human beings like everyone else, and hatred can only provoke rejection from those who think among them. Each of us seeks an ideal in religion, any religion. But when one finds only hatred and discrimination in reading the founding texts of the religion in which one is born, one feels revulsion for this religion imposed by family, school, society and state. This may explain the wave of atheism currently sweeping the Arab and Muslim countries. Thus, the founding text not only gives rise to jihadist fanatics that cut heads, abduct women, enslave and impose degrading dress codes. It also gives rise to revolt against religion. We saw in the West when the Church wanted to exert power and stifle freedom of expression using bonfires on every street corner and inquisition courts. We see it today with Muslims burning the Quran and showing their rejection of Islam. Some sources estimate that the number of atheists in the Arab and Muslim world reached 75 million persons, a figure higher than the jihadists who are more visible through acts of violence. (From http://precaution.ch/tafsir/00_Fatiha_A4_e.pdf) ة The Fatiha and the Culture of Hate Interpretation of the 7 th verse through the centuries Sami A. Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh.)

Ex-Muslim Ali Sina encapsulates the meaning of the Koranic verses of violence thus:

“Muslims (essentially apologists) have tried to compromise these violent verses with the so-called context argument knowingly or unknowingly that context argument is very much against the simple logic Quran is meant for the entire humankind to the end of times.” (From Faith Freedom).

Ultimately, as Farzana Hassan says, the seeds of violence and evil are within Islam – ready to find fertile soil. In a society which is fragile and fragmented such as in the Middle East clearly it has been perfect for Isis to exploit the power vacuum and ancient prophesy that the end of times would occur when the armies of ‘Rome’ was destroyed in Syria. Yet in the West we are living cheek by jowl with millions of Muslims, some of which our governments have had to confiscate their passports to stop them leaving for Syria and Isis, so fervent is their desire to join this caliphate. In fact, in Islam, as Boris Johnson alluded to, it is possible to have one’s sins exculpated by dying in ‘holy’ war – so if a Muslim has developed a porn or prostitute habit in the West, a perfect route straight to heaven is decreed in Islam – lay your life down for Islam (preferably by killing infidels on the way).

If we do not let these people go to Syria, do we really think they will stop wanting to become Martyrs? Do we really think we are safe from another Paris, Copenhagen, Lee Rigby murder or Boston Bombing? No – I don’t think any of us who have researched Islam do think this. Which is why social media is full of brave anti-jihadis labouring under assumed names in order to not be tracked down by insane Muslims wanting revenge for imagined slights. The seeds of the next Adebolajo, Coulibaly or 7/7 bomber is in every Mosque, it’s free to read online, it’s in every Muslim home – it’s simply the Koran and the Hadith.

This is why Islam must be examined – it is nothing less than the father of Islamism – Islamists are simply more fervent believers than most Muslims – that does not exculpate Islam from responsibility for the threat we are currently facing. In fact it does the opposite – it shows ‘true’ Islam is a timeless threat which has no place in the modern, free Western world.

It is time our leaders faced up to this – and time that our leaders in politics and media in the West confronted the truth of Islam whilst we still can choose how we run our lands. We don’t want to end up as just another note in history – welcoming, generous nation states which opened up their borders to meek and humble Muslim immigrants only to find that given time they demand more and more privileges, from Mosques to Halal to Sharia Law, until we are no longer sovereign in our own lands (see the example of Indonesia, now the world’s largest population Muslim country, once Hindu and Buddhist only).

It is time for our leaders in the West to confront this threat with honesty – whilst all Muslims are not potential terrorists, TOO MANY ARE, because Islam is the mother-lode of a terrorism manual. It is time to end the fraud that it is we non-Muslims who are to be prevented from turning into rabid ‘Islamophobic’ rabble! We only want to conserve the peace and prosperity, the sanity and reason of Enlightenment principles – we do not want war – we want those that would wage war on us to be shown that they cannot.

Examining Islam in relation to human rights law is the first step towards removing the threat we are currently facing in the West. This must be done sooner rather than later – as the example of Isis shows, if Islamic totalitarianism is not nipped in the bud early, it soon grows into a horrific cancerous open sore on humanity that is difficult to cure.

Essentially I see Islam as hate speech, as it turns Muslims who really listen to what the core texts say (ie the most fervently abiding Muslims) into haters of non-Muslims. We cannot keep giving freedom of speech and religion to those that will destroy us by using these against us.
Currently we are fighting wars abroad against the same people who live and benefit from our nation and openly preach hate towards us, and plot attacks on us. This is intolerable, but it will only get worse unless we take radical action now. As Ali Sina says,
“I am not in favor of mass deportation, and less in favor of casting terror in the hearts of Muslims. I hope to set them free with truth so they can be our friends, instead of our enemy. But the last thing I want is for the entire world to become Islamic State. I rather see Muslims expelled from Europe, America and Australia, even by force and coercion, than billions butchered by them a generation from now. I witnessed Shah’s cowardice when he failed to gun down a few hundred protesters in the Islamic uprising of 1979 and as the result over a million Iranians were killed by the Islamic regime and the country has become a giant prison. So I know a thing or two about pragmatism. If Islam is allowed to win it means the end of human civilization. If Islam wins, humanity will enter a dark age from which it can never emerge.”  Ali Sina.

Please sign and share this petition demanding our leaders examine Islam for human rights breaches – https://www.change.org/p/president-dean-spielmann-examine-whether-islam-is-antithetical-to-human-rights

From the Koran – not so peaceful verses:

“Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter.” (Sura 5.33)

“O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Whoso of you makes them his friends is one of them. Allah guides not the people of the evildoers.” (Sura 5.51)

“Allah revealed His will to the angels, saying: ‘I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!’ That was because they defied Allah and His apostle. He that defies Allah and his apostle shall be sternly punished by Allah.” (Sura 8.12-13)

“In order that Allah may separate the pure from the impure, put all the impure ones [i.e. non-Muslims] one on top of another in a heap and cast them into hell. They will have been the ones to have lost.” (Sura 8.37)

“And fight them until there is no more fitnah (disbelief and polytheism, i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah alone (in the whole world). But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah) then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.” (Sura 8.39).

“Muster against them [i.e. non-Muslims] all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to Allah.” (Sura 8.60)

“O Prophet, urge on the believers to fight. If there be twenty of you, patient men, they will overcome two hundred; if there be a hundred of you, they will overcome a thousand unbelievers, for they are a people who understand not.” (Sura 8.65)

“It is not for any Prophet to have prisoners until he make wide slaughter in the land.” (Sura 8.67).

“Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practice not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book [i.e. Jews and Christians] — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.” (Sura 9.29)

“If you do not go to war, He will punish you sternly, and will replace you by other men.” (Sura 9.39)

“Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal harshly with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.” (Sura 9.73)

“They [i.e. faithful Muslims] will fight for the cause of Allah, they will slay and be slain.” (Sura 9.111)

“O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you, and let them find in you a harshness, and know that Allah is with the godfearing.” (Sura 9.123)

“When We resolve to raze a city, We first give warning to those of its people who live in comfort. If they persist in sin, judgement is irrevocably passed, and We destroy it utterly.” (Sura 17.16)

“We have destroyed many a sinful nation and replaced them by other men. And when they felt Our Might they took to their heels and fled. They were told: ‘Do not run away. Return to your comforts and to your dwellings. You shall be questioned all.’ ‘Woe betide us, we have done wrong’ was their reply. And this they kept repeating until We mowed them down and put out their light.” (Sura 21.11-15)

“When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take a ransom from them, until war shall lay down her burdens.” (Sura 47.4)

“Mohammed is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.” (Sura 48.29)

“May the hands of Abu Lahab [Mohammed’s uncle, who had refused to embrace Islam] perish! Nothing shall his wealth and gains avail him. He shall be burnt in a flaming fire, and his wife, laden with firewood, shall have a rope of fiber around her neck!” (Sura 111.1-5)

Further reading:











http://library.flawlesslogic.com/verses.htm – on abrogated verses




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