I get emails virtually every day telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about, and I would ask those who write them or who aren’t sure to check my work against the Islamic sources I quote. I was recently contacted by a professor who did just that, and thereby realized that what I was saying was true.
But anyway, this email was different. The writer started out by saying to me:
You claim that you have studied Islam for 20 years,
but you have shown great ignorance about one branch of islam, “Jihad”.
Yes, I’ve heard that one before, that I’ve gotten jihad all wrong. But this guy went on to show that I was right even while telling me I was wrong:
Jihad is about striving against evil with your hand, tongue and heart. Put simply this means you can do jihad with force (i.e. military), by speaking out against evil or just hating the evil that you see (in your heart).
Quite so. And that jihad with military force, when directed against those whose only “evil” is being unbelievers, is what I am dedicated to opposing.
It just so happens that the ideologies which the rest of the world lives under including most of the muslim world is considered evil(capitalism or communism etc). Therefore these systems have to be abolished by all forms of jihad, whether military or not. Also note that it is the evil ideologies that are to be destroyed not the people living under them, they will become dhimmi’s.
Whew! That’s reassuring! We won’t be annihilated, we’ll just become second-class citizens! (And not actually citizens at all.)
Dhimmi’s are non muslims living under muslim rule and protection, for if they were attacked it would be the duty of muslims soldiers to protect them and risk their lives in doing so. In return for the right of this protection and the right to practice their religion they must pay a tax called Jizya. I admit their might be restrictions on how much they can practice their religion due to islamic morals but this has happened in the past and they managed to come to some compromises then so why not now. The dhimmi’s will not be treated badly because the prophet said “Whoever hurts a non-Muslim person under protection, I am his adversary, and I shall be an adversary to him on the Day of Resurrection.”, the prophet(pbuh) also said “One who kills a non-Muslim person under protection (Arabic: dhimmi) will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise.”. The prophet(pbuh) was very tolerant towards non muslims under his rule and God willing muslims would follow his example.
Note that this man is advocating imposition of the dhimma today, and he acknowledges freely that it will involve a special tax for non-Muslims as well as “restrictions on how much they can practice their religion.” Give him points for honesty: most Muslim spokesmen today will not admit that this is still part of Islam at all.
I don’t want to bore you so i’ll get to the point. Yes muslims want to rule the world but only because we feel we will abolish evil, corruption and corrupt ideologies off the face of the world. We want to bring the light of islam to the world and save it from its man made laws (which are spreading corruption) and replace them with divine laws. So you see we have good intentions but they can easily be misunderstood.
May God guide you.
I see it all now: Muslims want to rule the world so as to do good things. Well, that makes it all OK! How silly I have been to oppose this! If it weren’t for the numerous incompatibilities between Sharia law (and not just “extreme Sharia law”, either, as one silly new book styles it) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this would be just picture-perfect.
Sir, thank you for your email! And may God guide you too!