Sheila Musaji, the editor of The American Muslim tells us that the leadership of the American Muslim community seeks to prevent its youth from becoming radicalized. The community is taking steps to fend off radicalization.
- CAIR’s announcement that they plan to set up a website specifically aimed at countering extremist interpretations of the Qur’an
- MPAC’s Building Bridges document
- ISNA’s statement Against Terrorism and Religious Extremism: Muslim Position and Responsibilities.
- A fatwa issued by twenty North American Imams.
- Muslims rallied in Detroit to protest the attempt to down Flight 253.
The ISNA statement dates back to '06; it consists of the maundering fatwa of '05. In '07, I took that fraudulent fatwa apart point by point in this post.
The new Canadian/American fatwa informs Muslims that attacks on those two nations are forbidden and that they are obligated to step in to prevent such acts if they become aware of them. One point in the fatwa is of particular interest.
“Therefore, it is an obligation upon us (Imams) to inform all Muslims around the world that Muslims in Canada and the United States have complete freedom to practice Islam." [...] “Therefore, any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on the freedom of Canadian and American Muslims. Any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on thousands of mosques across North America. It is a duty of every Canadian and American Muslim to safeguard Canada and the USA."It appears that terror attacks on Canada & America are only forbidden because the practice of Islam is unrestricted here. It appears that, if the practice of Islam was restricted by law, that attacks on us would be permitted.
The Detroit Free Press revealed the content of three signs at demonstration in Detroit.
“Not in the Name of Islam,” “We are Americans,” and “Islam is Against Terrorism.”Isn't Islamic terrorism performed in Allah's name? I distinctly remember hearing "Allahu Akbar" on the Flight 93 cockpit voice recorder. Is Islam really against terrorism? How do Muslims square that assertion with the Qur'an verses which sanctify terrorism and the two hadith in which Muhammad brags about being made victorious by terror? [3:151, 8:12, 8:57, 8:60, 33:26, 59:2, 59:13, Bukhari 1.7.331, 4.52.220]
The American Muslim and Arab communities are attempting to whatever they can to make it clear that we reject violence and extremism as solutions to anything.Reliance of the Traveller contains a list of acts which have the effect of apostasy. Two of them apply in this case.
Two verses of the Qur'an mandate perpetual conquest: 8:39 & 9:29. 9:29 is cited as the scriptural basis for Reliance O9.8, which makes conquest a regular item on Islam's agenda.
O8.7: Acts that Entail Leaving Islam
(O: Among the things that entail apostasy from Islam (may Allah protect us from them) are:-7- to deny any verse of the Koran or anything which by scholarly consensus (def: b7) belongs to it, or to add a verse that does belong to it;
-14- to deny the obligatory character of something which by the consensus of Muslims (ijma`, def: B7) is part of Islam, when it is well known as such, like the prayer (salat) or even one rak'a from one of the five obligatory prayers, if there is no excuse (def: u2.4);
O9.8: The Objectives of Jihad
The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o11.4) -which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax (O: in accordance with the word of Allah Most High,
"Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled" (Koran 9.29),
the time and place for which is before the final descent of Jesus (upon whom be peace). After his final coming, nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus' descent (upon him and our Prophet be peace), which is the divinely revealed law of Muhammad. The coming of Jesus does not entail a separate divinely revealed law, for he will rule by the law of Muhammad. As for the Prophet's saying (Allah bless him and give him peace),
"I am the last, there will be no prophet after me,"
this does not contradict the final coming of Jesus (upon whom be peace), since he will not rule according to the Evangel, but as a follower of our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) ).
A Muslim who rejects Jihad has, in effect, apostatized. If a Muslim is offended by violence, why does he remain a member of a violent cult? Islamic violence is not a solution to problems, it is a way of life. One hadith from Abu Dawud's collection is most enlightening. [Emphasis added.]
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:
I heard the Apostle of Allah, (peace_be_upon_him) say: When you enter into the inah transaction, hold the tails of oxen, are pleased with agriculture, and give up conducting jihad (struggle in the way of Allah). Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your original religion.
Muhammad told his followers that if they turn from conquest to trading and agriculture as a way of life, Allah would curse them until they revert to conquest. The reference to conducting jihad can't be jihad an-nafs, because it would not produce income.