IS ISLAM REALLY A PEACEFUL RELIGION?

19 June 2016

Just because somebody believes in his religion or philosophic outlook does not – I repeat – does not oblige the rest of mankind to tolerate or accept it as something that needs to be defended at all cost.

The Nazis – at least many of them – held to their abhorrent hate filled ideology, also based on the philosophies of the Thule Society, in a near passionate religious fervor. This did not make the Western allies to shy away to condemn it ferociously and to fight it to the end.

There are today many strange cults which subscribe not only to very unacceptable inhuman philosophies but, because of by their accepted violence, form a real danger to normal society. None of these dangerous cults should be rewarded by acceptance or tolerance.

There is these days however much often politically correct sounding discussion about ISLAM and radical ISLAM as so to speak an aberration of true ISLAM.

I believe this is often thus conveniently explained by commentators more out of fear to upset the sensitivity of Muslims generally than because it is factually true.

Anyway in regard to previous dangerous religions or philosophies there usually was not such a restraint to be politically correct. We just knew the Nazi philosophy as such was evil – so the philosophy of other violence preaching groups like Ku Klux Klan etc. So why this double standard in relation to the violent nature easily proved or documented in regard to the origins of ISLAM?

Now for the record: The Lord Jesus never initiated or fought a war for the cause of His Father – He even refused the ardent defense of Him the night He was betrayed – by Simon Peter who after he cut off the ear of Malchus was told to put his sword away. Jesus fought no war and therefore was shown to be the Prince of Peace. Mohammed on the other hand not only fought numerous wars in the name of Allah (more than fifty!!) but defended himself with the utmost violence just as many of his followers do today with the slightest disrespect to their fanatically held beliefs – violence seems nearly always to be their answer and reaction and jihad and holy war was from the very beginning by Allah accepted means to subjugate people to the teachings of ISLAM. As the key ISLAMIC Professor Moshe Sharon brilliantly remarked: “Islam had the sword before it had the Quran.”

The Quran is full of quotes telling true Muslims to kill and maim “the infidels” as for instance we can read in Surat al-Ma’idah 5:33:

The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.

Thus a good Muslim is a person who is supposed to kill and massacre in the name of their god: Allah.

That’s why it is so difficult for a real Muslim who reads these Quranic verses and sees the violence with which Mohammed spread his religion to criticize similar actions of murder and massacre today. For this was the way ISLAM became a world religion and this is the way in which thousands of adherents to ISLAM today believe that it is Allah’s will to subjugate by stealth or jihad the whole world to come under the teachings of ISLAM.

Thus ISLAM is not a peaceful religion and never was and if some of the good Muslims say it is – they have a lot of work to do to truly make it a peaceful religion.

Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Director ICZC