A poster at this website recently observed: “In Dubai, you see many, many Muslim teenagers of both sexes shopping like crazy and buying Western-style clothes and products. Even though beauty pageants are frowned upon in Muslim societies, they thrive in Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, and Lebanon. All over North America and Europe, Muslim communities even hold their own pageants and allowing the women to wear swimsuits or bikinis. In Cote d’Azur in France and on the beaches of Spain and Italy, you see many Middle Eastern women sunbathing topless or virtually naked. When you do a search in iTunes for French or German rap music, you will see a long list of artists of Middle Eastern/Muslim persuasion.”
This posting appears to suggest that the ideology of Islam somehow is breaking down, because Middle Easterners go shopping just as Infidels do, and there are beauty pageants and so on.
This is common. Many believe that American pop culture is not the cause of jihad, as Dinesh D”Souza claims, but its remedy: as soon as Muslims fall in love with Britney Spears, they will lay down their arms. But this is partly irrelevant and partly exaggerated. As for shopping — so what? If the same frantic spending goes on in the Islamic world as in the West, or actually far more so, what does that prove? There is nothing to do in Dubai, there is nothing to do in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, except to shop, shop, shop (or go home and use your domestics, those semi-slaves from abroad, in any way you see fit) or to pray. What does that mean about attitudes toward Infidels? It means nothing. The non-stop consumerism of Arabs and Muslims shows only that they are hypocritical in their attacks on the “consumerist” West.
And the same goes for drug use, which is so widespread in Teheran, for example, or behind the hotel doors of so many rich Saudis and other Arabs. And as for prostitution and pornography, nothing in the West rivals what the Arabs are routinely involved with. Use your imaginations. You know what sums of money they possess. You have been able to experience them, in any capital of the West. Figure it out.
These beauty pageants? A handful, and only in a few places where Islam is deliberately constrained. Why this should be cause for Infidel rejoicing is unclear. And the fact that some Middle Eastern women may, here and there, behave differently when allowed to, on the European littoral of the Mediterranean, means nothing as far as the essential malevolence toward Infidels inculcated by Islam goes.
Why is such trivia constantly brought up, as if to divert Infidel attention from the main thing? The main thing is not whether Muslim men allow, here and there, Muslim women to do this or to do that. The main thing is how, in Islam, a division between Believer and Infidel is inculcated, and a state of permanent war between Dar al-Islam and dar al-Harb is mandated. And Muslims are keenly aware of the duty, collectively or sometimes individually, to support the Jihad fi sabil Allah, Jihad in the path of Allah, to remove all obstacles to the spread of Islam wherever they may exist, and to work for this using whatever instruments are available and effective. The goal is that Islam dominates, and Muslims rule, everywhere.
There are differences in the means chosen or preferred (terrorism, the money weapon, Da’wa, demographic conquest). There are differences in the time frame — see the Slow Jihad of Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah (they want that Western money, they want that Jizyah faucet turned on again), and the Fast Jihad of Meshaal and Hamas (they don’t want to pretend for one minute, even to get that Jizyah from the Infidels, that they have a goal other than the ultimate destruction of Israel or, for that matter, any other Infidel state or power that might exist in what was once a Muslim possession — and of course, ultimately there is no different treatment to be meted out to those parts of the world that were never part of dar al-Islam).
Why exaggerate the trivial, as if it were of some comfort? If there is a topless beach, for the Christians no doubt, in Lebanon — so what? What does that have to do with the beliefs and consequent menace of the primitive masses of Muslims, in the Middle East, and now in Western Europe as well?