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A Look at the Critical Issue of Islam in America

Written by Col. Thomas Snodgrass

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Whether we admit it or not, Shari’a-allegiant Muslims throughout the world are at war with non-Islamic civilization, specifically including America and Israel, based on mandates in the Muslims’ sacred book, the Quran, and in Islamic law. 

In the ten plus years since Islamic jihadists, acting in the name of their god Allah murdered almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11, daily life in the United States has been tremendously altered by such security measures as waiting in long lines to pass through magnetometers at professional sporting events and submitting to invasive body searches before taking airline flights. In view of these remarkable changes in the way we go about our everyday activities, it is amazing that the following question is not asked, discussed, or analyzed at length in public forums: What exactly has caused such far-reaching and heretofore unusual infringements on the personal freedoms of Americans?

Of course, the answer is not some nondescript or nebulously “radical” terrorism as is commonly and inaccurately reported in the media and misleadingly alleged by the US Government; instead it is purposeful jihad by Shari’a-allegiant Muslims to subjugate non-Islamic believers under Islamic Shari’a law. Recognition of this fact may be politically incorrect and socially discomforting, but it is undeniable.

The logical follow-on question then should be: What does this Islamic jihad against us mean to Americans? First and foremost it does not mean that we are necessarily at war with worldwide Islam. But it does means that, whether we admit it or not, Shari’a-allegiant Muslims throughout the world are at war with non-Islamic civilization, specifically including America and Israel, based on mandates in the Muslims’ sacred book, the Quran, and in Islamic law, the Shari’a, which instructs how the Quran should be implemented in practice.

Quran Sura 9:5 – “And when the sacred months [four periods during the year when tribal warfare was forbidden on the Arabian peninsula in Muhammad’s time] are passed, kill those who join other gods with Allah wherever ye shall find them; and seize them, besiege them, and lay wait for them with every kind of ambush: but if they shall convert, and observe prayer, and pay the obligatory alms, then let them go their way, for God is Gracious, Merciful.” [Kill those who do not receive Islam as their faith, but spare those who convert to Islam.]

Quran Sura 5:51 – “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them for friendship is of them. This is because Allah does not guide an unjust people.” [Such friendship makes any Muslim a enemy of their own and deserving of the same fate as the unbeliever. Allah explicitly states that Jews and Christians are enemies of Muslims and any Muslim who befriends them is deserving of the punishment of infidels, which is usually death.]

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O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.

The scriptural basis for jihad . . . is such Quranic verses as:

  1. “Fighting is prescribed for you'' (Quran 2:216);
  2. “Slay them wherever you find them'' (Quran 4:89);
  3. “Fight the idolaters [non-Muslims] utterly'' (Quran 9:36);

and such hadiths [Collections of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad] as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

“I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat [Zakat are alms for poor Muslims that are considered to be a religious duty, and the payment is expected to be made by all practicing Muslims who have the financial means]. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah''

As these core Islamic theological pronouncements make clear, the central organizing principle of Islam is to impose the religion on all non-Muslims through the imposition of the Islamic Shari’a law on them. Shari’a encourages, but does not compel, non-Muslims to (1) convert, while their other Quran-Shari’a dictated choices are (2) to not convert but to submit to Islamic rule by accepting second-class citizen status [dhimmitude] and paying protection blood money to spare the dhimmi’s life, which is called a yearly “poll tax” [jizya], or (3) to fight to the death.

To summarize, the ultimate goal of Islam is to establish Islamic Shari’a legal authority throughout the world, since Islam is not just a religion, it is a theocratic dictatorship government as well. Furthermore, no other form of secular government or belief system (democracy, monarchy, communism, etc.) is acceptable to Islam because man-made constitutions and laws contradicting the Allah-given Shari’a are blasphemy. Again, recognition of these facts about Islam may be politically incorrect and socially discomforting, but these truths are undeniable based upon Muslim writings the religion considers sacred.

The next logical question should be: Do all Muslims really believe all of the above? To answer that question, it is necessary to classify Muslims into three different categories.

First are the secular Muslims, or “cafeteria Muslims,” that accept the cultural trappings of Islam, but reject the call to jihad. The majority of the world’s Muslims belong to this category.

Second are two different variations of traditional Muslims.

  1. Muslims who study, understand, and practice Islam, but have a personal problem with jihad in its violent form; and therefore, prefer to define their jihad as a personal spiritual battle to become a “better Muslim.” But, by definition, must not a better Muslim be a committed individual who supports the ultimate goal of Islam – spreading Shari’a through jihad? If not, then these Muslims must be in fact secular or cafeteria Muslims.
  2. Muslims who fully recognize that jihad means fighting non-Muslims to subjugate them, but do not take part themselves because they are physically unable to due to circumstances beyond their control, or they fear that participation would cause them to lose wealth, position, or family.

Third are fundamentalist Muslims (i.e., Salafists, Wahhabists, Khomeinists) who literally believe the Quran and Shari’a passages quoted above (and much more) and are completely committed to carrying out violent jihad. These Muslims are Shari’a-allegiant jihadists. While the number of Shari’a-allegiant jihadists is considerably less than the total Muslim population worldwide, given more than one billion Muslims around the world, even as small as ten percent dedicated to imposing Shari’a on non-Muslims would put the number of active jihadists at about one hundred million, which is unquestionably a substantial threat to Western civilization by any rational analysis.

rightsidenews_camps_02It is only the third group of fundamentalist Muslims that are prone to violent jihad and that we must actively contend with to counter their war on us, but the problem is how do we differentiate the first two secular and traditional groups from the fundamentalist third, especially within the United States? The obvious problem is that, with the central organizing principle of Islam being to impose the religion on all non-Muslims through the imposition of the Islamic Shari’a law by jihad, secular or traditional Muslims one day may be fundamentalist Muslims the next. The important point that must never be discounted is the core jihad concept of Islam; consequently, every Muslim – secular, traditional, and fundamentalist – is propagandized about jihad throughout their religious practice. In matters of religious faith, the predictability of the individual intensity of religious devotion, fervor, and activism at any given time is an unknown.

Where does this leave us as a society? While we must respect the First Amendment right of Muslims to practice their religion in this country, we must also be constantly aware that the Islamic sacred books, the Quran and Shari’a, mandate the spread and imposition of the Islamic religious law through violent jihad. This call to jihad is the message that has been documented as often being conveyed in mosques in America (Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques); consequently, individuals who are secular or traditional Muslims may metastasize into fundamentalist, Shari’a-allegiant Muslims with no warning. According to the report, 40 Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11 – The Heritage Foundation, the U.S. continues to be under unrelenting Islamic jihadist attack.

Col. Thomas Snodgrass, USAF (retired), was stationed in Peshawar, Pakistan, where he worked daily with Pakistani military personnel for more than a year and had many subsequent dealings with Muslims as an intelligence officer during a thirty year military career. |  | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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