A poster at Jihad Watch wrote recently: “There was a man from the Muslim Canadian Congress on who seemed like a decent, thoughtful man. But, when asked about the death sentence for apostasy, he said he would not say if it was right or wrong. He said he was troubled by it and agreed that most Muslim scholars interpreted the text as meaning what it says: apostates must be killed. So, he is troubled by it, but he won’t renounce it. Why the heck not?”
He will not renounce it for the same reason that Hamid Mir accuses Robert Spencer of forcing him, Hamid Mir, by pointing out the real contents of Qur’an and Hadith, to learn of certain disturbing and unpleasant teachings of Islam and, having learned about them, accept them in toto.
For Hamid Mir asked Robert: “Why are you pushing me to adopt a more radical form of Islam?”
What Hamid Mir is admitting to is that he does not possess the moral freedom to weigh things and choose for himself. If it turns out that Islam says thus and so, as Robert maintains, then the supposedly heretofore innocent-of-all-this-unpleasant-stuff Hamid Mir has no choice: if it turns out to be part of Islam, then he must slavishly obey.
That is why he accuses Robert of forcing nice moderate Muslims such as — Hamid Mir — of having now to accept, and follow, the unpleasant commands of Islam that Robert has apparently uncovered, and that before Robert Spencer came along, Muslims such as Hamid Mir simply didn’t know about. And how is Robert doing this forcing? By pointing out what the contents of the canonical texts (Qur’an, Hadith, Sira — that is, the canonical biographies of Muhammad) actually contain.
An absurdity from first to last.
But of great significance is the admission that no matter what the Qur’an and Hadith might say, if they say it, then Hamid Mir will slavishly obey. For what is Islam but a belief-system that is uninterrupted by the workings of the individual conscience? In Islam, there is no mental freedom. You must submit. You must yield to the submission that Islam demands of its adherents. You cannot examine critically. You cannot consider, as Jews and Christians not only consider but recognize, that your own belief-system may not lie outside time, but has been created within history, at a certain time and a certain place and for certain aims. In the case of Islam, the goal was to create an Arab national religion at a time when the Arabs were already starting to conquer other, much richer, more industrious, wealthier, more settled communities of Christians and Jews (and a little later, Zoroastrians). The aim in the case of Islam was both to justify and promote the conquest of non-Muslim lands and peoples by the Muslim Arabs.
Whatever Allah tells him in the Qur’an, Hamid Mir will obey. That’s what he says, that’s what he reveals, when he exclaims to Robert, “Why are you pushing me to adopt a more radical form of Islam?”
The mentality of a slave, openly recognizing that he is a slave, and who refuses to be anything but a slave, who is ready to submit — to Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira.
For Islam demands submission. Submission is all. Not thought, not questioning, not deciding that some parts must be rejected. Submission to the declared will of Allah. It is a religion that encourages mental slavery, that demands mental slavery. Some escape by becoming apostates. Others can’t do that, don’t know quite how to do that. So they pretend and live a lie, based on willful ignorance.
But now there is no room for willful ignorance. Everything is now capable of being known, and is being more widely known, among Infidels too, so there is no longer a possibility of denying or pretending. Those who call themselves Muslims must choose. The jihadi recruiters are asking them to choose. And so should Infidels.
Once to every man and nation/Comes the moment to decide.
It’s up to them. If they continue to call themselves loyal Muslims, after learning and digesting thoroughly what Islam is all about, that is a declaration of war on Infidels. The war may be conducted openly, or it may be conducted through the deception that Muhammad talked about (“War is deception”) and certainly practiced. But they should be seen as soldiers in that war being conducted against all Infidels — perhaps not active soldiers, perhaps merely on inactive duty, in the reserves, but soldiers nonetheless in an army of enemy aliens whose hostility to us has no end, because no end to such hostility is permitted by the Qur’an and Sunnah. And that must be grasped and thoroughly assimilated by Infidels.
Hamid Mir need not remain on the side of the mujahedin, on the side of the Qur’an and Sunnah, now that there is no question that he knows the bases of their teachings. What he chooses to do now will be telling.