Thinking that the Qur’an is political is a thoughtcrime. My latest in PJ Media:
In the nasty little totalitarian state that is Los Angeles, and anywhere else the Leftist intelligentsia reigns supreme), diversity of all sorts is encouraged — except for diversity of thought. And so the idea that a Trump supporter could be co-hosting a radio show is absolutely unacceptable, much less one who makes outrageous statements like … Islam is “political.”
This unbearably offensive, abhorrent statement came from former Brady Bunch actress Susan Olsen, who got into a verbal altercation recently with actor Leon Acord-Whiting after he appeared on LA Talk Radio’s “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics” show, which Olsen co-hosted. Olsen, according to Acord-Whiting, called him a “homophobic slur,” and LA Talk Radio subsequently fired her.
In the course of complaining about Olsen, Acord-Whiting called her a “Trump fanatic” who had dared to say, among other egregious “right-wing” statements, that “the Koran is a political tract”:
It is always useful to measure the statements of anti-free speech totalitarians against the facts. Is the Qur’an a political tract? Let’s see.
It commands Muslims:
Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and do not practice the religion of truth, even if they are of the People of the Book — until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.
Is that a political statement? Islamic authorities think so. Pakistani politician and Islamic scholar Maulana Maududi wrote this in his commentary on Qur’an 9:29:
The purpose for which Muslims are required to fight is not, as one might think, to compel the unbelievers into embracing Islam. Rather, its purpose is to put an end to the suzerainty of the unbelievers so that the latter are unable to rule over people. The authority to rule should only be vested in those who follow the True Faith; unbelievers who do not follow this True Faith should live in a state of subordination.
Anybody who becomes convinced of the Truth of Islam may accept the faith of his/her own volition. The unbelievers are required to pay jizyah (poll tax) in return for the security provided to them as the dhimmis (“Protected People”) of an Islamic state. Jizyah symbolizes the submission of the unbelievers to the suzerainty of Islam.
Majid Khadduri was 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)
Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee is 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 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. … 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.
A Shafi’i manual of Islamic law — endorsed by the most prestigious institution in Sunni Islam, Al-Azhar University in Cairo — 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.
It 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)
Sure seems that many Muslims think Islam is political.
Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said:
Have no doubt … Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world.
Omar Ahmad, co-founder and longtime board chairman of the influential Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood front group known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has said:
Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.
Certainly “extremist” Muslims think Islam is political. Times Square car bomb terrorist Faisal Shahzad declared:
Jihad, holy fighting in Allah’s course, with full force of numbers and weaponry, is given the utmost importance in Islam. … By jihad, Islam is established. … By abandoning jihad, may Allah protect us from that, Islam is destroyed, and Muslims go into inferior position, their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim.
And why is Leon Acord-Whiting, a gay man, so intent on defending Islam? If he were living in an area run by Sharia-adherent Muslims, he wouldn’t last long. A hadith says:
The Prophet cursed effeminate men (those men who … assume the manners of women) and those women who assume the manners of men, and he said, “Turn them out of your houses.” The Prophet turned out such-and-such man, and Umar turned out such-and-such woman. (Bukhari 72.774)
Another hadith depicts Muhammad saying:
Whoever is found conducting himself in the manner of the people of Lot, kill the doer and the receiver. (al-Tirmidhi 1:152)
Read the rest here.