The superbly insightful Bill Warner discusses the Dalai Lama’s dhimmitude:
The Dalai Lama said Sunday that “it’s totally wrong, unfair” to call Islam a violent religion. This is not the first time that the Dalai Lama has spoken up to say that Islam is not violent. Where does he get his information? He bases his statements on what his Muslim friends have told him.
For the Dalai Lama these Muslims represent the real Islam. They are not violent, and therefore, there is a peaceful Islam.
The Dalai Lama does not recognize the existence of a civilization called Islam. Islam has a highly detailed political doctrine that determines 100% of what a Muslim does to kafirs (kafirs is what the Koran calls unbelievers). This political doctrine includes what being “nice and moderate” to kafirs really means.
His opinions are of no consequence to Islam. Islam defines absolutely everything about a Muslim, down to how to say, “Hello”.
Start with the basics. All Muslims believe that there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet. Simple, but it demands that Muslims follow the Koran and the perfect pattern of Mohammed’s words and deeds (his Sunna). The Sunna is found in the Hadith (Traditions of Mohammed) and the Sira (Mohammed’s biography). Today, these three texts, the Trilogy, are available in readable editions.
The doctrine of political and religious Islam is contained in these three books. It is very simple–three books–a Trilogy. To know Islam, read the Koran, Sira and Hadith; don’t go and ask your Muslim friends.
This “peaceful Muslims = peaceful Islam” statements are actually about Muslim-ology, not Islam. It is perfectly fine to study Muslims, but do not draw conclusions about Islam from them. There is a cause and effect relationship that is confused. Islam causes Muslims. Muslims do not cause Islam. Muslim-ology teaches little about Islam.
This means that you judge Muslims by Islam, not Islam by Muslims. If you want to know anything about Islam read the Trilogy. If you want to know if someone is a moderate Muslim, use Islam to measure them, not personal opinion.
Islamic doctrine says that moderation consists of patterning your life after Mohammed’s perfect example and living by the Koran. By this standard of moderation, Osama bin Laden is a moderate Muslim. Osama follows the example of Mohammed, the warrior jihadist, and the later Medinan Koran. The Koran has two parts and the second part is about politics and jihad. A jihadist is a moderate Muslim.
But wait, what about those other moderate Muslims? They follow the Islam of the earlier Meccan Koran. So they are moderate too.
Islam is dualistic and has two different kinds of moderate. Here is the bad news. Islam is a process, not just a name. Both the Koran and the Sira, Mohammed’s life, show a process of starting off with civility, then demanding and next moving to violence as Islam grows stronger.
Mohammed preached the religion of Islam in Mecca for 13 years and gained 150 followers. He went to Medina and became a politician and warrior in jihad. In 10 years he conquered all of Arabia and died without an enemy left standing. Just as there are two Korans, there are two Mohammeds. Islam is dualistic in its nature.
Mohammed’s life was a dualistic process, an Islamic process of success. Those “moderate” Muslims represent the early stages of Islamification.
In Islam, doctrine matters, and doctrine is what the Dalai Lama doesn’t understand. What is his justification for ignoring it? Read his statements and comments. He never, ever, not even once, quotes any Islamic doctrine. He merely asserts that his Muslim friends have told him what Islam is. What if he asked different Muslims? He would get different answers.
The Dalai Lama is a hypocrite. In addressing Buddhism, he is very careful to quote doctrine and facts. When he talks about Islam, he just repeats what his Muslim friends say.
Here is the real tragedy. The Dalai Lama is not different from George Bush or any other politician. They know absolutely nothing about Islam, just what their Muslim “friends” tell them.
When will we have leaders who can talk from knowledge about the doctrine of Islam found in the Koran, Sira and Hadith? Hello Dalai, if you want to be a leader quote the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith, not your Muslim friends.