Pat Robertson said: “If we don’t stop covering up what Islam is. Islam is a violent…I was going to say religion but it’s not a religion…it’s political system; it’s a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination.”
I disagree. I don’t think Islam is not a religion. A religion purports to relate human beings to a deity, and Islam does purport to do that. But is Islam a political system that teaches world domination?
Don’t take Pat Robertson’s word for it, or mine. Let’s go to Majid Khadduri, an Iraqi scholar of Islamic law of international renown. In his book War and Peace in the Law of Islam, which was published in 1955 and remains one of the most lucid and illuminating works on the subject, Khadduri says this about jihad:
The state which is regarded as the instrument for universalizing a certain religion must perforce be an ever expanding state. The Islamic state, whose principal function was to put God’s law into practice, sought to establish Islam as the dominant reigning ideology over the entire world.…The jihad was therefore employed as an instrument for both the universalization of religion and the establishment of an imperial world state. (P. 51)
Don’t believe Khadduri? Very well. How about Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Shari’ah and Law of the International Islamic University in Islamabad. In his 1994 book The Methodology of Ijtihad, he quotes the twelfth century Maliki jurist Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad Ibn Rushd: “Muslim jurists agreed that the purpose of fighting with the People of the Book…is one of two things: it is either their conversion to Islam or the payment of jizyah.” Nyazee concludes: “This leaves no doubt that the primary goal of the Muslim community, in the eyes of its jurists, is to spread the word of Allah through jihad, and the option of poll-tax [jizya] is to be exercised only after subjugation” of non-Muslims.
Don’t believe Nyazee, either? How about Iran’s Thug-In-Chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Of course, he is no Islamic scholar, but he is a devout Muslim, and he learned Islam not from greasy Islamophobes but from…Islamic scholars. And he has said: “Have no doubt… Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world.”
Don’t believe Ahmadinejad? How about a Shafi’i manual of Islamic law endorsed by the most prestigious institution in Sunni Islam, Al-Azhar University in Cairo? It says that the leader of the Muslims “makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians…until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax,” and cites Koran 9:29 in support of this idea: “Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o9.8)
Evidently all these people are misunderstanders of Islam. Will CAIR denounce them? How about it, Honest Ibe? Or do you believe, Mr. Hooper, that it is just fine for Muslims to say this sort of thing anytime and anywhere, and it only becomes “hate speech” when Robertson says it?
CAIR Deception and Hypocrisy Alert: “CAIR asks McDonnell for more on Robertson, as Connolly weighs in,” by Rosalind Helderman in the Washington Post, November 18 (thanks to herr Oyal):
Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell continues to face calls for him to publicly repudiate donor and ally Pat Robertson today, even after a statement issued Tuesday evening in which his spokesman commented generally about the importance of the Muslim community to Virginia.
A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that McDonnell’s comment “a good statement as far as it went,” but said he did not believe it went far enough in directly disavowing Robertson’s remarks.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for CAIR, said the national group is working with Muslims in Virginia to decide how to proceed on the issue. But he said he continues to believe McDonnell needs to make a clear statement indicating he does not agree with Robertson’s stand on Islam. Robertson said last week that Islam is “not a religion” but a “violent political system” and called for Muslims to be treated like communists or members of a fascist party.
“[McDonnell’s] sending the message that he wants it both ways–he wants the support of a Muslim-basher. And he wants to work with Virginia Muslims. I think those two things are incompatible,” Hooper said.
Meanwhile, the political implications of the Robertson remarks are growing. U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly (D) has put out a statement Wednesday calling on Robertson to apologize for his comments. Connolly said he has heard from hundreds of constituents, both Muslims and others, offended by Robertson’s comments, which came in response to the Fort Hood shootings on an episode of the 700 Club last week.
“My feeling is that if public officials don’t speak out about this, our silence might be misconstrued,” Connolly said. “I, for one, am not going to be silent in the face of that kind of unbridled intolerance.”…