Fitzgerald: Social justice in Islam

Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald borrows a title from Sayyid Qutb in addressing a common dhimmi misconception:

We often hear that Islam has a rich tradition of fighting against “inequality” and for “social justice.” These claims need to be held up to the light. In fact, Islam is based on “inequality.” It is the only belief-system in the world that recognizes, and legitimizes, for all time, slavery — because slavery was good enough for Muhammad, al-insan al-kamil, the Perfect Man.

The Arabs were the first and the last and the most aggressive and cruel of slave traders in black Africa. The Arab enslavement of black Africans never ended; it continues today, most notably in the Sudan and Mauritania. Slavery was outlawed in Saudi Arabia officially only in 1962, and only because of Western pressure — just as a century before, the African slave trade by the Arabs was severely curtailed only by the power of the British navy. Even today there are reports that indicate that slavery is still unofficially practiced in Saudi Arabia, behind those tall walls of the compounds of the rich who run and own everything in that country. For more on the enslavement of black Africans, see J. R. Willis, or Jan Hoogedorn’s “The Hideous Trade” (about the seizure and castration of young blacks whose survival rate was 10%).

Of course, the Muslims also raided Western Europe for slaves. Europeans built the palace of Moulay Hassan in Morocco (see “White Gold” by Giles Milton, about Thomas Pellow). Muslim slave raiders also ventured into Eastern Europe, including the territories of the Slavs (Slaves), seeking more slaves. Finally, women were seized from Georgia and Circassia to fill the harems (and harems were not limited, as some Westerners appear to think, to the Muslim rulers).

But even without the long and continuing history of slavery or near-slavery, the nonsense about “equality” and “social justice” can be shown for what it is by the example of all the wage-slaves who occasionally manage, in London or New York, to run away from their cruel Saudi or Kuwaiti masters. Then the tales of what they endured are fleetingly the subject of attention, and then the door into Arab Muslim reality is slammed shut by some well-paid lawyers and other fixers.

In the Gulf states, the treatment of Filipino workers (Pinoys) and especially nurses, as well as of Indian and Pakistani and Sri Lankan and Thai workers, has been hair-raisingly horrible. They suffer both as non-Muslims and as non-Arabs, for the Arabs are careful to make not one distinction, but several: 1) Muslim or non-Muslim 2) if Muslim, Arab or non-Arab 3) if Arab Muslim, what kind of Arab Muslim? These distinctions are made at every level, in every encounter, in every situation. Even the governments of the Asian countries whose nationals are treated with such cruelty have on occasion protested.

As for “social justice” in the sense of economic justice, one wonders what those who have swallowed this line actually know about the Muslim countries, where despots and a handful of the rich rule and simply steal the country’s wealth. In Pakistan, a handful of zamindars and generals rule over a primitive and self-primitivizing population. In Iran, the main objection to the rule by mullahs is their vast corruption. In Kuwait, the U.A.E., and all the other statelets of the Gulf, while there is so much money coming in that everyone gets a cut, the ruling family — the Al-Sabah in Kuwait, the Al-Thani in Qatar, the Al-Maktoum in Dubai — gets the largest share. And of course, the most fantastic thievery, the greatest theft in history, was that by the House of Saud in the country they named after themselves, “Saudi” Arabia.

As for the related myth of Muslim lack of materialism, those who believe in that nonsense have apparently wandered into the wrong room in the Museum of Religions and mistaken the exhibit on Buddhism for that on Islam. There is only one serious pastime in every rich Muslim country: shopping. And more shopping. Shopping in the gold souk. Shopping in the clothes stores. Shopping for electronic gewgaws. Shopping for the very latest in computer stuff. Going to Europe for more shopping: London, Paris, Rome. Via Condotti, rue du Faubourg St.-Honore, Fifth Avenue, Rodeo Drive. Shop, shop, shop.

Read any of the accounts by those who lived in Saudi or the Gulf statelets — for example “Money Rush,” or the novel “Eight Months on Ghazzah Street” by Hilary Mantel. There you will see that the rich Arabs in their buying habits, men and women, resemble no Westerner so much as Paris Hilton. Whole countries full of hypocritical, meretricious, vicious, brutal, corrupt, Jihad-funding people — and with the buying desires of Paris Hilton or Michael Jackson, or both of them combined.

Then finally there is the grinding poverty in much of Saudi Arabia, endured by those who have the misfortune to be unconnected to the ruling family or any of their hangers-on. They endure this poverty out of the way of prying Western eyes, in districts where only the poor themselves, and those trusted to tell no tales, may venture. This is a story yet to be told.

So much for “equality.” So much for “social justice” under Islam.

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  1. says

    I saw a program on the Haj a few years ago, before Islam was such a hot topic. It centred on a black Muslim from the UK. At one point he got very pissed off as one of the arabs assumed he was someone’s slave.

    Doubt they’d show that on TV these days.

    PS, is the word for black and slave the same in arabic?

  2. says

    Black people have been enslaved on such a scale that the term black has become synonymous with slave. The mixed-race, predominantly Negroid but self-avowedly “Arabic” denizens of the transitional sub-Saharan zone have been indoctrinated into treating their pure-black southern neighbors with racist disdain. (To this day it can be dangerous to one’s life to ask a dark-looking but Arabic-speaking Sudanese or Mauritanian Moslem if he is “black.”)

    Islam’s Wretched Record on Slavery.

  3. says

    When I was in school, one of the party lines we were taught was how Islam treated all Muslims equally, unlike the wicked Hindus with the caste system and the like. But re-reading the Indian history books that I have, it looked like the orignal Turkic/Afghan invaders of India, and their descendents, were the upper strata of society, while new converts from Hinduism or Buddhism were treated like dirt. This seems to parallel what I recall reading in Islam Unveiled about Egyptian copts serving with the Mamluk sultans sometimes enjoying a higher stature than new Egyptian converts to Islam (do shoot me down if I’m mistaken).

    Other than the Arab/Kurd, Arab/Berber and Arab/African Blacks, are there other Islamic divisions worth noting? (Note that in India, Muslims, who have culturally adapted nothing from Hindus, have imported the caste system, much to the chagrin of the leading Imams in Jama Masjid)

  4. says

    There is only one serious pastime in every rich Muslim country: shopping.

    This is a G-rated website, so I ain’t gonna mention what the other favorite pastime is.

    MO HIJABS MO SAND CRABS MO METHAMPHETAMINE DIRTY LOUSY MUFTI LABS MO

    Reading Fitzgerald’s essays is becoming mo & mo like reading a calculus equation. The variables just keep getting bigger, and he justs keep getting more certain that he’s right.

    And he is right.

  5. says

    “Eight Months on Ghazzah Street” by Hilary Mantel.

    That is such a good book. It may be out of print, or was last time I tried to get it as a present for someone. It was written a while ago eighties, I think, and I read it before I knew anything about Islam – before 2001. It would be worth my while reading it again and considering how many of the things Mantel describes derive from Islam, rather than, as appeared to me at the time, Saudi culture.

    (All her books are good.)

  6. says

    Irshad Manji points out that Pakistani Muslims are discriminated against by Arab Muslims

    Thank god for small favors. At this point I’ll take whatever I can lay my hands on.

  7. says

    Outlaw Islam. It is an ongoing criminal enterprise. Slavery,violence,and the destruction of the US Constitution are all illegal in the United States. Islam cannot separate itself from these and still be Islam.

  8. says

    The Arab-Muslim rulers in Jerusalem were quite greedy –not only for the jizya and kharaj, but for all sorts of fees, exactions, irregular taxes, etc.
    And this to the point of almost groveling for money from the hapless dhimmi. The posts below contain quotes from Jewish documents from the Cairo Genizah, from before the Crusades.

    http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2005/11/exploiting-jews-in-jerusalem-before.html
    http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2005/11/muslimsarabs-exploiting-jews-in.html

  9. says

    Could someone refer me to any articles or publications that deal with everyday life in the Muslim world, especially in the Arab regions?

  10. says

    Could someone refer me to any articles or publications that deal with everyday life in the Muslim world, especially in the Arab regions?

  11. says

    There are all sorts of propaganda magazines — ARAMCO World, that kind of thing. Put out with Arab, usually Saudi, money, often with some American or British former diplomat given the biggest title and the biggest salary. Pictures of the noble Bedu, pictures of the brand-new “woman’s college” or some such tribute to a phony progress, pictures of a gold souk or those luxury hotels with $9,000-a-night suites (Muslim “social justice”), everything you might expect.

    That’s it. There are no magazines depicting reality in the Arab states. They are closed societies, that only seem open. Occasionally a brave journalist or two manages to publish an article or two, in the London Arab-language press. Some bloogers, such as The Religious Policeman, will give you the truth. And so will a few journalists. But this “everyday life” business — what Arab country is going to deliver the truth about that to the outside world? Might as well dust off old copies of “USSR Magazine” from the 1950s and read about the splendors of the kholkhoz.

  12. says

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I have not posted earlier on your website, and I would be so much obliged if you grant me the honor to participate in the ongoing discussion you are having about Islam, social justice, and behaviors of muslims.
    I find a great deal of what you have written to be so much right (it hits a bulls eye spicially when you are talking about the behaviors of muslims). But to be honest with you I find that you make a mistake when you try to paste the behaviours of societies claiming to be under the hood of Islam to Islam it self as a religion or faith.
    I might be biased because I am not just a muslim (or at least hoping that I might be one) but also I am an arab.
    I do not want to be a defender for Islam, for I do not claim to be an expert in the subject, but I had my experience in it as a normal practicioner. I only wonder if the lines of your blog might be wide enough to include another perspective. I would really be so much obliged and thankful if you allow me to participate in your discussion.
    On another hand I would like to thank you for offering me a better understanding of this subject through the opinions and ideas you present in your discussion.
    Finally, I would appreciate it also if I can answer any of the questions that you may have about my faith or any other related issues.

  13. says

    Sure.

    Here’s one.

    Anwar Shaikh, an apostate from Pakistan, now living in Wales, has written “Islam the Arab National Religion.” Many others, including Iranians,Pakistanis, and even Malaysians, have pointed out how Islam is a vehicle for Arab imperialism — cultural, linguistic, and political. Those who convert to Islam become Arab-centered. They often take Arab names. They are encouraged to be indifferent, or even hostile, to their pre-Islamic or non-Islamic histories, and to concentrate only on Arab history, and especially on what, Muslims are taught, took place in 7th-century Arabia. Five times a day they turn toward Arabia. They are encouraged to emulate seventh-century Arabs, and to follow their customs and ways. Many find it appealing to adopt pseudo-Arab lineages (hence all those “Sayeeds” in Pakistan).

    Now, could you discuss the previous paragraph in the light of three recent examples of the phenomenon of Arab supremacism within Islam.

    Start with the treatment of the Berbers in Algeria and the law that made the use of the Berber language outside the home a crime — a law repealed a year or two ago not out of conviction, but because of Berber pressure (beginning with riots years ago in Tizi-Ouzou). punishment for speaking Berber (recently ended because of Berber pressure. Describe the oppression of the Berbers in the life and work of the greatest modern Berber writer, Kateb Yacine.

    Now proceed to the Al-Anfal attacks on the Kurds, carried out by Arabs in Iraq. Why was it, do you think,that not a single syllable of protest was made about this mass murder of the Kurds, by the Arag League, by a single Arab leadewr or so-called “intellectual,” either in or outside Iraq? What is it that causes the Kurds to vote in favor, by 98%, for independence from the Arabs?

    Now discuss the mass murders of the black African Muslims in Darfur by Arabs in the Janjwaeed? Report after report, hundreds of them, describe how the Janjaweed rape, loot, kill, and in so doing, always make mention of the “black dogs” who “deserve to die” and so on because they are not, of course, Arabs.

    What, if you were not a Muslim — can you imagine that possiblity — would you make of this and much other evidence? What would you make of the way that even Muslim non-Arabs (no need to describe what happens to non-Muslims) are treated in Arab societies?

    Discuss below. Take all the time in the world.

  14. says

    On the issue of slavery, I do not know why most people do not know that Islam, as a religion, had made the policy of freeing slaves a part of the daily acts that muslims should do to please their God. Islam made it a part of the routine worship! For the Islam it does not matter if you are black or white, for God looks at you as a human. God looks at your deeds not your color.
    So for the issue of equality one thing that can be credited to Islam is that it recognized slavery as a social crisis and worked on presenting solutions to solve it. Now whether the solutions were implemented or not that is the problem of the societies not the Islamic faith. You cannot condemn christianity as a faith because Hitler has commited atrocities, nor you can condem Judasim if a soldier of Israel Defense Army killed a child.
    I always have respected Islam because one of the commarades of Muhammed, or if we can say so, one of his apostatles was a black slave (Bilal Bin Rabah) who was freed by Islam and went on to become one of its greatest leaders.
    In conclusion, Islam as a faith or philosophy struggelled to free slaves, but muslims failed theirselves and their religion by drifting away behind their greed and love for money. It is really disgusting to see that muslims are the most notorious slave traders. If there should be Jihad then it should be directed against those greedy traders in Sudan, Muritania, and central Africa, for Jihad in its core is to protect the weak from the unjust, and there is no greater unjustice than slavery. By he way freeing a slave is considered to be one form of Jihad by some clerics.
    Muslim societies really suffer from vast problems and those you speak of are just th tip of the iceberg, if you really look at the brutal way women are treated in those societies you will be sick. If you are going to be sick by that then I advice you not to look at the way they treat minorities,………, etc and you can go on for a long list of anamolies.
    All those problems were not caused by Islam, it was caused by the society itself, decades of backwardness, colonization, ignorance, poverty, just a few possible reasons to name.
    The surprising issue is that those problems are not knew, they go back to centuries in the past even before the Memluk era and the crusades, but the alarming issue now is that corruption is spreading to the religion itself. In the past all the diseases did not dare stain the faith of Islam but now some people (Wahabbis) in Saudi Arabia ( whic should be called Hijaz, its true name before getting hijacked by the saudi family) are trying to turn Islam into a form that resembles or even extended the version of Christianity at the times of inquisters and dark ages were the church (now masjid or Jame’a) becomes the despotism for the people. They are trying to rule by the name of Islam while they are as far away from Islam as a greedy dark-age pope was from christianty.

  15. says

    Dont muslims know there own history?, they are forever slagging the west for its part in relocating millions of africans to a life of slavery.

  16. says

    On the issue of berber I am totally with you condemning the really stupid behavior of the algerian state in that issued such a law but I may have a broader understanding of their mentality when I know that the algerians were having the same treatment from the french government when it was colonizing them and banning the arabic language so I agree that the ban on the berber language is not just stupid but outrageous. But at least my trust in the Berber people who have survived with their language for thousnads of years tells me that they will survive to see the collapse of the government that banned their language and mock it for enternity in their litriture! But as I may agree with you on the burtality of this atrocity I may disagree with you that Islam was its cause. On the opposite Islam called for respecting other languages; for Mohammed asked his apostatles to learn the languages of other people in order to communicate with them and not to force arabic language on them. In my opinion the main reason of such stupid behaviour of the algerian govermnet stems from the memories and customs they inherited from their french occupiers.
    Now on the issue of Arab Nationlism and Islam. I would like to clarify to you that the main enemies of Muhammed at his life were not the jews nor the romans or persians, his enemies were the arab themselves. With his message he revolted against them and their nationalism and he used to call nationlism and tribalism symptoms of Jahilieh (the era of ignorance) which he was sent to change. Talking about Jahilieh did you know that Arabs used to kill their babies if they were females? it is another face of Jahilieh that Muhammed fought as much as he fought against tribalism and Nationalism. Ohh God I am the defender again. Please do forgive me if I appeare so much passionate with Islam! Anyway, that does not mean that I endorse any of these sick issues that the so-called muslims commit.
    Anyway back to the issue of nationalism in his last speech (khotbat alwada’a) an event that is dear to muslims as the last supper of Jesus Christ to christians, Muhammed proclaims the following: Oh people there is no differnce between you. No difernce between arabs and non arabs. There is no differnce between black, red, or white. All of you are the same and the only differnce you have in eyes of God is the differnce you make by your good deeds (Takwa).
    So tha is the view of Muhammed on nationality, the Qura’an has lots of other citations and verses that deals spicifically with this issue but there is no space to talk about them now.
    On the other hand all those invitations by Muhammed did not find listening ears at the arab public and those merchants arabs, who lost ther influence by Muhammed, tried after his death to gain some of what they lost according to the arab’s famous dogma: if you can not beat them, join them. And so they joined Islam not to be muslims but to use it to their own interests; and from there political Islam was born. Out of Banu Omaiah and Quraish (the leading arab merchant tribes) who tried to spread their influence where ever the reliion spread its message. Do you know that those beduins proclaimed that in order for god to hear your prayer you should pray in arabic????!!! They refused to translate the Qura’and they even always tried to gain some advantage on other muslims by their language and relations with Muhammed? Though, as earlier discussed, Muhammed said that no nation has advantage over another nation! Well the idea is clear with them, they are merchantes and for them nothing sells better than sex and religion, so they tried to become that middleman between the people and their God. I hope you can understand me. Those arabs even killed the sibling of Muhammed who opposed them (Al-Hussain the grand son of Muhammed) and the shiaites sect now founded their belife on the regret of not helping AL-Hussain against those arab opressors. By the way I am sunny and not Shiait.
    I hope you would forgive me if I made in typos or misakes for it is already 5:29 am here and I have not slept till now, was studying and then got pleased by seeing this blog and discussing these matters with you.
    Thank you again for allowing me this space and freedom to talk. Hoping that I will come back soon after I get some hours of sleep.

  17. says

    For the Islam it does not matter if you are black or white, for God looks at you as a human.

    You are out to lunch. In Islam, only a muslim can be a human being. All others are subhuman. And there is no God of Abraham in Islam, only Allah, a pagan moon diety. I’m sure you can find the passages where Mohammad (poo be upon him) called for the enemies of his cult to be taken as slaves if not outright killed.

  18. says

    Ohh sorry I have missed commentig on the other issues you raised.
    On the issue of Kurds, I doubt that even kurds themselves could have condemned such an action while Sadam was in power! By the way Saddam does not have an islamic background, he is baathist, a preverted version of mixed socilism, nationalism, and comunist dogma. And after all those Kurds whom Saddam had slughtered where all Muslims as their Shiait brothers in the south who were crushed in that dirty Anfal campaign. This is just how Arabs treated minorities, and that is not just a patented treatment to arabs, it is spread in all the thrid world countries, take masacars that happened in Africa, Khmir Rouge in Asia, or Yougslavia, it is not the buhdism that asked for the killing of a million asian there as it is not the islam that asked for the killing and masecars that happen in the Islamic world. It is not Islam also that caused Tsunami! Those problems are a reality but we need to fight their causes not Islam. Islam is clear on the issue of bloodshed, the Quran says that who kills one human being is as if he has killed all humanity and the one who heals or helps one human being is like healing the whole humanity. Islam is derived from Salam a word derived from Shalom in hebrew which means peace, but as christianity called for love and tolerance that did not stop the people from using it for bloodshedding. The problem is not the faith. Instead of attacking the faith why do not we attack oppression, poverty, ignorance, and try to spread a bit of freedom and see what will happen.
    On Darfur, my heart bleeds for every drop of blood that is shed on that ground. That ground needs life not death, it needs every hand to build and help develop it. The masecar should be stopped and every criminal of those Janjaweed should be labeled as a war criminal and every one that supported such actions should be condemened.
    Finally if I was not a muslim I would not even know what am I speaking about. I might even be talking exactly the same way like you. For I am a human and I can not bare to see my brothers and sister of humanity suffer, and still I suffer for these atrocities and pray that they stop, but I can not accept that we label a religion as the cause of all the troubles in the world then go to sleep thinking that we have figured it all out. No, that is just laziness and just an excuse not to tackel the main reasons behind those sufferings. If islam would go away from the face if this earth, would the genocides end? will the people stop hurting each other? No it won’t, not even if Islam, christianity, Judaism, Buhdism and all other religions disappreare from the face of this earth would suffering stop. It should be our duty as humans to stop them. No religion has hands of its own nor does any religion know how to hold a gun and shoot a person. It is we humans who have hands, guns, greed, and motives to kill each other, and it would be much more better for all of us to help each other live better and solve our issues rather than just attacking each other beliefs.
    That is my point, your beliefs are not the cause of your problems, it is your environment and yourself that either cause you problems or pleasures.
    Thank you again for bearing me, and if I offended anyone by anyway, I appologize. Oh God I cannot even my open my eyes now, hope that I was able to explain my point in an understandable manner for I can not even go back to review what I have typed. I end now wish that all of us will enjoy peace and harmony and learn to accept our differnces and solve our conflicts.

  19. says

    Ohh God, I guess I am going to sleep after all! Dear friend somethingAboutIslam, I do not know who told you that muslims think that every nonmuslim is a subhuman being! Or that we do not believe in the God of Abraham! I claim that I am a muslim and I have never had such Ideas. In fact my sacred book (Qur’an) which, to m humble knowldge, happens to be the book of all the muslims I know states that our God is that God of Abraham, Moses, and all the other heavenly prophets. The Islamic belief is based upon on believing of all the heavenly books and prophets. We should believe that the bible is from God as well. We conform so much to element of the jewish believe, but differ a little bit from christianty in that we believe that Jesus is a great and honorable prophet but not the son of God. That is a little bit of the belief of muslims. We donot believe of the sun or moon as Gods but we believe in their creator and the creator of the universe as the sole God who happens to be the same God of Moses.
    On the other issue of killing and enslavement, I think I explained that in more detail in my previous comments. I hope that I may have clarified any misconceptions you had had about my belief.

  20. says

    6ulysses9-

    When you wake up, trying really reading the Qur’an. And Hadiths.

    Mohammad sanctioned and encouraged rape, pedophilia, assassination, plundering innocent caravans for loot -to promote his “holy” warfare, slavery, beheading those who opposed his religious domination of Arabia, lying to neighbors in order to trick them into ‘peace treaties’ (until his power base was sufficiently strong enough to attack and destroy the naive suckers who fell for his “cease fire”), and a litany of other despicable crimes against humanity, sanity and common sense.

    Maybe you’ve only read as far as rote phrase “…Allah the Merciful and Compassionate…” and dozed off.

    The rest of the book (and the commentaries on the life of this “perfect” man by Buhkari, etc.) are illuminating.

    Ill-uminating.

  21. says

    This from http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/moongod.htm

    The religion of Islam has as its focus of worship a deity by the name of “Allah.” The Muslims claim that Allah in pre-Islamic times was the biblical God of the Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles. The issue is thus one of continuity. Was “Allah” the biblical God or a pagan god in Arabia during pre-Islamic times? The Muslim’s claim of continuity is essential to their attempt to convert Jews and Christians for if “Allah” is part of the flow of divine revelation in Scripture, then it is the next step in biblical religion. Thus we should all become Muslims. But, on the other hand, if Allah was a pre-Islamic pagan deity, then its core claim is refuted. Religious claims often fall before the results of hard sciences such as archeology. We can endlessly speculate about the past or go and dig it up and see what the evidence reveals. This is the only way to find out the truth concerning the origins of Allah. As we shall see, the hard evidence demonstrates that the god Allah was a pagan deity. In fact, he was the Moon-god who was married to the sun goddess and the stars were his daughters.

    See The reader must know that Ismael was a Hebrew.

    Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East. From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most wide-spread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god. In the first literate civilization, the Sumerians have left us thousands of clay tablets in which they described their religious beliefs. As demonstrated by Sjoberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshipped a Moon-god who was called many different names. The most popular names were Nanna, Suen and Asimbabbar. His symbol was the crescent moon. Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this Moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria. The cult of the Moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia. The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it into the word Sin as their favorite name for the Moon-god. As Prof. Potts pointed out, “Sin is a name essentially Sumerian in origin which had been borrowed by the Semites.”

    In ancient Syria and Canna, the Moon-god Sin was usually represented by the moon in its crescent phase. At times the full moon was placed inside the crescent moon to emphasize all the phases of the moon. The sun-goddess was the wife of Sin and the stars were their daughters. For example, Istar was a daughter of Sin. Sacrifices to the Moon-god are described in the Pas Shamra texts. In the Ugaritic texts, the Moon-god was sometimes called Kusuh. In Persia, as well as in Egypt, the Moon-god is depicted on wall murals and on the heads of statues. He was the Judge of men and gods. The Old Testament constantly rebuked the worship of the Moon-god (see: Deut. 4:19;17:3; II Kngs. 21:3,5; 23:5; Jer. 8:2; 19:13; Zeph. 1:5, etc.) When Israel fell into idolatry, it was usually the cult of the Moon-god. As a matter of fact, everywhere in the ancient world, the symbol of the crescent moon can be found on seal impressions, steles, pottery, amulets, clay tablets, cylinders, weights, earrings, necklaces, wall murals, etc. In Tell-el-Obeid, a copper calf was found with a crescent moon on its forehead. An idol with the body of a bull and the head of man has a crescent moon inlaid on its forehead with shells. In Ur, the Stela of Ur-Nammu has the crescent symbol placed at the top of the register of gods because the Moon-god was the head of the gods. Even bread was baked in the form of a crescent as an act of devotion to the Moon-god. The Ur of the Chaldees was so devoted to the Moon-god that it was sometimes called Nannar in tablets from that time period.

    A temple of the Moon-god has been excavated in Ur by Sir Leonard Woolley. He dug up many examples of moon worship in Ur and these are displayed in the British Museum to this day. Harran was likewise noted for its devotion to the Moon-god. In the 1950’s a major temple to the Moon-god was excavated at Hazer in Palestine. Two idols of the moon god were found. Each was a stature of a man sitting upon a throne with a crescent moon carved on his chest . The accompanying inscriptions make it clear that these were idols of the Moon-god. Several smaller statues were also found which were identified by their inscriptions as the “daughters” of the Moon-god. What about Arabia? As pointed out by Prof. Coon, “Muslims are notoriously loath to preserve traditions of earlier paganism and like to garble what pre-Islamic history they permit to survive in anachronistic terms.”

    During the nineteenth century, Amaud, Halevy and Glaser went to Southern Arabia and dug up thousands of Sabean, Minaean, and Qatabanian inscriptions which were subsequently translated. In the 1940’s, the archeologists G. Caton Thompson and Carleton S. Coon made some amazing discoveries in Arabia. During the 1950’s, Wendell Phillips, W.F. Albright, Richard Bower and others excavated sites at Qataban, Timna, and Marib (the ancient capital of Sheba). Thousands of inscriptions from walls and rocks in Northern Arabia have also been collected. Reliefs and votive bowls used in worship of the “daughters of Allah” have also been discovered. The three daughters, al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat are sometimes depicted together with Allah the Moon-god represented by a crescent moon above them. The archeological evidence demonstrates that the dominant religion of Arabia was the cult of the Moon-god.

    In Old Testament times, Nabonidus (555-539 BC), the last king of Babylon, built Tayma, Arabia as a center of Moon-god worship. Segall stated, “South Arabia’s stellar religion has always been dominated by the Moon-god in various variations.” Many scholars have also noticed that the Moon-god’s name “Sin” is a part of such Arabic words as “Sinai,” the “wilderness of Sin,” etc. When the popularity of the Moon-god waned elsewhere, the Arabs remained true to their conviction that the Moon-god was the greatest of all gods. While they worshipped 360 gods at the Kabah in Mecca, the Moon-god was the chief deity. Mecca was in fact built as a shrine for the Moon-god.

    This is what made it the most sacred site of Arabian paganism. In 1944, G. Caton Thompson revealed in her book, The Tombs and Moon Temple of Hureidha, that she had uncovered a temple of the Moon-god in southern Arabia. The symbols of the crescent moon and no less than twenty-one inscriptions with the name Sin were found in this temple. An idol which may be the Moon-god himself was also discovered. This was later confirmed by other well-known archeologists.

    The evidence reveals that the temple of the Moon-god was active even in the Christian era. Evidence gathered from both North and South Arabia demonstrate that Moon-god worship was clearly active even in Muhammad’s day and was still the dominant cult. According to numerous inscriptions, while the name of the Moon-god was Sin, his title was al-ilah, i.e. “the deity,” meaning that he was the chief or high god among the gods. As Coon pointed out, “The god Il or Ilah was originally a phase of the Moon God.” The Moon-god was called al-ilah, i.e. the god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. The pagan Arabs even used Allah in the names they gave to their children. For example, both Muhammad’s father and uncle had Allah as part of their names.

    The fact that they were given such names by their pagan parents proves that Allah was the title for the Moon-god even in Muhammad’s day. Prof. Coon goes on to say, “Similarly, under Mohammed’s tutelage, the relatively anonymous Ilah, became Al-Ilah, The God, or Allah, the Supreme Being.”

    This fact answers the questions, “Why is Allah never defined in the Qur’an? Why did Muhammad assume that the pagan Arabs already knew who Allah was?” Muhammad was raised in the religion of the Moon-god Allah. But he went one step further than his fellow pagan Arabs. While they believed that Allah, i.e. the Moon-god, was the greatest of all gods and the supreme deity in a pantheon of deities, Muhammad decided that Allah was not only the greatest god but the only god.

    In effect he said, “Look, you already believe that the Moon-god Allah is the greatest of all gods. All I want you to do is to accept that the idea that he is the only god. I am not taking away the Allah you already worship. I am only taking away his wife and his daughters and all the other gods.” This is seen from the fact that the first point of the Muslim creed is not, “Allah is great” but “Allah is the greatest,” i.e., he is the greatest among the gods. Why would Muhammad say that Allah is the “greatest” except in a polytheistic context? The Arabic word is used to contrast the greater from the lesser. That this is true is seen from the fact that the pagan Arabs never accused Muhammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshipped. This “Allah” was the Moon-god according to the archeological evidence. Muhammad thus attempted to have it both ways. To the pagans, he said that he still believed in the Moon-god Allah. To the Jews and the Christians, he said that Allah was their God too. But both the Jews and the Christians knew better and that is why they rejected his god Allah as a false god.

    Al-Kindi, one of the early Christian apologists against Islam, pointed out that Islam and its god Allah did not come from the Bible but from the paganism of the Sabeans. They did not worship the God of the Bible but the Moon-god and his daughters al-Uzza, al-Lat and Manat. Dr. Newman concludes his study of the early Christian-Muslim debates by stating, “Islam proved itself to be…a separate and antagonistic religion which had sprung up from idolatry.” Islamic scholar Caesar Farah concluded “There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and Jews.” The Arabs worshipped the Moon-god as a supreme deity. But this was not biblical monotheism. While the Moon-god was greater than all other gods and goddesses, this was still a polytheistic pantheon of deities. Now that we have the actual idols of the Moon-god, it is no longer possible to avoid the fact that Allah was a pagan god in pre-Islamic times. Is it any wonder then that the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon? That a crescent moon sits on top of their mosques and minarets? That a crescent moon is found on the flags of Islamic nations? That the Muslims fast during the month which begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky?

    CONCLUSION
    The pagan Arabs worshipped the Moon-god Allah by praying toward Mecca several times a day; making a pilgrimage to Mecca; running around the temple of the Moon-god called the Kabah; kissing the black stone; killing an animal in sacrifice to the Moon-god; throwing stones at the devil; fasting for the month which begins and ends with the crescent moon; giving alms to the poor, etc.

    The Muslim’s claim that Allah is the God of the Bible and that Islam arose from the religion of the prophets and apostles is refuted by solid, overwhelming archeological evidence. Islam is nothing more than a revival of the ancient Moon-god cult. It has taken the symbols, the rites, the ceremonies, and even the name of its god from the ancient pagan religion of the Moon-god. As such, it is sheer idolatry and must be rejected by all those who follow the Torah and Gospel.

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    Have Mercy used the word Zinji [=Negro or Black]. This reminded me that the plural of Zinji is Zanj. Bernard Lewis, who has been accused of presenting the rosey-hued picture of Islam, devotes a fair amount of space in his book, A History of the Arabs, to the Revolt of the Zanj. This was a revolt of black slaves forced to work on the salt flats in southern Iraq at the northern end of the Persian Gulf. The salty sea-water would come in with the tide and the Zanj slaves had to go out at low tide and collect salt from basins shaped on the sandy ground, after the seawater had evaporated. Not easy work as you can imagine. Some time during the Abbasid dynasty, as I recall, these slaves were moved to revolt and managed to hold out in southern Iraq against armies sent against them for 15 years. This was one of the great slave revolts of history, certainly deserving to be remembered like that of Spartacus. Yet, the so-called Left doesn’t remember the Revolt of the Zanj. After all, that might make the Arabs and Muslims look bad. So it ought to be overlooked. Nor do American Black nationalists seem to remember it. Most likely for the same reasons.

    For the info of Ulysses, this slave revolt took place during the Abbasid reign, before the Crusades. I really don’t think that the slavery it resisted could be fairly be blamed on European colonialism. But maybe some way can be found to do just that. Let me know.

    –by the way, Bernard Lewis later wrote a full book on Race and Slavery in the Middle East [or some such title]– the link below documents the slave trade from Darfur in the first half of the 19th century–before European colonialism there
    http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2006/03/slaves-from-darfur-around-1850-nothing.html

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    regarding the Ur that Wooley dug up, this was NOT the Ur of the Chaldees of Abraham. The syllable UR is an element in the names of various cities in ancient Mesopotamia: Uruk, Nippur, etc. Abraham’s Ur of the Chaldees [Ur Kasdim] was most likely Urfa in northern Mesopotamia. Wooley made an unwarranted identification between the Sumerian Ur in southern Mesopotamia and the Biblical Ur Kasdim.

    The Saba in southern Arabia that you mention was not the Sheba of the Queen of Sheba. She is described by Josephus [Antiquities of the Jews] as being “the woman who ruled Egypt and Ethiopia” and Sheba was apparently Meroe, at one time the Ethiopian capital, formerly named Saba, as Josephus also tells us in another place in Antiquities. Ancient Ethiopia was the northern Sudan of today, sometimes called Nubia, with its northern border at Aswan [Sweneh in the Bible, in Latin Syene]. Meroe, formerly Saba, is a known site downstream from Khartoum. The Queen of Sheba, who is named after her capital, apparently belonged to an Ethiopian dynasty ruling Egypt.

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    A Pakistani once told me that in his country Bangladeshis were looked down on as ‘little, dark and not proper muslims.’This may account for the enthusiasm with which Pakistani troops committed massacres and mass rapes in Bangladesh in 1971.

    Certainly the Bangladeshi national poet, Nazrul Islam, not only wrote Hindu as well as Muslim devotional poems, he actually played Krishna in an early Indian film! Bangladeshi women often wear a sari baring the midriff, like Hindu women – and in rural areas often dont even bother to wear a choli ( cutaway bodice) underneath – which would give your average Wahhabi a blue fit.No doubt the mullahs paid for by Saudi petrodollars are making strenuous efforts to change all this.

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    If anyone in the U.S. happens to live in the vicinity of a Nation of Islam mosque, could you do us a favor and print off some copies of the article Yojimbo linked to at 1:21 (“Islams Wretched Record on Slavery” – frontpage has a nice print feature BTW)- and distribute some copies in the vicinity of the mosque? Thanks for your help.