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Islam: Religion of Ruin

Islam: Religion of Ruin
© 2017 John F. Rychlicki III Leilah Publications.
All rights reserved.

No True Muslim Fallacy     

The issue of religious extremism and violence has taken the leading role upon the comedic tragedy of the world stage.  Various subversive and insurgent political, financial, social, and cultural networks in Islam significantly contribute to the rise of ruin and global war in fundamentalist Islam.  The truth is that the religious dimension of this ruinous violence has its origins not in Wahhabi and Salafist theology; but in the origins of Islam.

Islamic apologists supply reactionary polemics to any critical appraisal to the faith, retreating to safe-groupthink words.  “Islamophobia,” “racist,” “bigot,” “Zionist,” are the safe-zone watchwords of Muslim apologists use to deflect the reality that dimensions of ruinous violence and oppression exist in Islamic doctrine.

Islamic apologists claim that any critical analysis of the Qur’an and Hadith is lost in interpretation, and will predictably retreat to their safe zone watchwords (Islamophobia).  Does the critical analysis, and even uninformed fear, warrant a label of clinical and psychological illness?  Fear is the forerunner of failure, and it is from fear that Islamic apologists retreat to their safe zone watchwords; fear of uncovering evidence that Islam is characteristically not a religion of peace.

A common logical fallacy persistently applied by Islamic apologists is the “No True Scotsman” (NTS) fallacy.  The failure of the Islamic “No True Muslim” fallacy empties out to its logical conclusion, paving the path to other logical fallacies, such as the apex fallacy (also semantic apex fallacy), when someone evaluates a group (Muslims) based on the performance of best group members, (“peaceful,” “moderate” Muslims) not a representative sampling of the group.  This illogical tool is vital in Islamic denialism and victimization.

Islamic apologists persistently apply the NTS fallacy to distance themselves from “extreme” or “radicalized” groups (and vice versa), but this does not prevent such extremists actually being religious Muslims, because they themselves certainly claim the contrary. Moderate Muslim leaders, for example, are well known for declaring Islamic extremists as “not true Muslims” as Islam is a “Religion of Peace.”  In the following sections, we will nullify and void this fallacy using the pillars of Islamic doctrine, the Qu’ran and Hadith.

Violence in the Qu’ran

The following ayat (verses) are only an abbreviated selection of the verses in the Qu’ran that can and have been used in the history of Islam justifying religious violence in the name of God and the glories of martyrdom in a “holy war.

2:190-193 “Fight in the cause of God those who fight you … And slay them wherever ye catch them … And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in God …”

2:216 “Fighting is prescribed for you and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But God knoweth and ye know not.”

2:224 “Then fight in the cause of God and know that God heareth and knoweth all things.”

3:157-158 “And if ye are slain or die in the way of God, forgiveness and mercy from God are far better than all they could amass. And if ye die, or are slain, Lo! It is unto God that ye are brought together.”

3:169 “Think not of those who are slain in God’s way as dead. Nay, they live finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord.”

4:74-75 “Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of God whether he is slain or gets victory, soon shall we give him a reward of great value. Those who believe fight in the cause of God and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil, so fight ye against the friends of Satan, feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.”

4:89 “They but wish that ye should reject faith as they do, and thus be on the same footing as they. But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of God. But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them…” (emphasis mine)

4:95 “Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no hurt and those who strive and fight in the cause of God with their goods and their persons. God hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than those who sit at home.”

5:33 “The punishment of those who wage war against God and His apostle and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land. That is their disgrace in this world and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.”

5:54 “O ye 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 amongst you that turns to them for friendship is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust.”

8:12-17 “Remember thy Lord inspired the angels with the message: I am with you. Give firmness to the believers. I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. Smite ye above their necks and smite all their fingertips off them. This because they contend against God and his apostle. If any contend against God and his apostle, God is strict in punishment … O ye who believe. When ye meet the unbelievers in hostile array, never turn your backs to them. If any do turn his back to them on such a day, unless it be a stratagem of war … he draws on himself the wrath of God and his abode is Hell, an evil refuge indeed.”

8:59-60 “Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better of the godly. They will never frustrate them. Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of God and your enemies and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom God doth know..”

8:65 “O apostle! Rouse the believers to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred. If a hundred they will vanquish a thousand of the unbelievers, for these are a people without understanding.”

9:5  “… fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem.”

9:14 “Fight them, and God will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame …”

9:29 “Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and his apostle nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth even if they are of the people of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

47:4 “Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks, at length when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them) … but if it had been God’s will, he could certainly have exacted retribution from them (himself), but (he lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the way of God, he will never let their deeds be lost.”

Islamic apologists assert that Qur’anic verses in support of fighting, were for a special historical dispensation concerning the persecution of Islam. They assert that since prophet Muhammad was persecuted in Meccah for the first thirteen years of his ministry, he was justified in his military actions in the last ten years of his life in Medinah and to preserve the new religious movement against pagan and tribal oppression. The fallacy with this logic is that nowhere in the Qur’an are the above commands to fight are restricted to a special time or against a specified dispensation against a special populace.

            In surah 9 At-Taubah, Muslims by “divine commandment” are instructed to subdue and humiliate pagans referred to as idolaters and wage war upon them.

9:3 A proclamation to the people from God and His apostle on the day of the greater pilgrimage:

God and His apostle are under no obligation to the idolaters. If you repent, it shall be well with you; but if you give no heed, know that you shall not be immune from God’s judgement.

Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers,

9:4 except to those idolaters who have honoured their treaties with you in every detail and aided none against you. With these keep faith, until their treaties have run their term. God loves the righteous.

9:5 When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.

In these verses, Muhammad is the aggressor, the breaker of peace and armistice, and murderer; forcing pagans to convert to Islam under compulsion.  These passages are clearly and concise edicts for war, to attack Pagans once the holy months are completed.  Special dispensation is provided under “divine immunity” to wage war against Pagans (9:3), having no “obligation to the idolaters.”

Per surah 9 At-Taubah, there is only one way out for pagan idolaters to be spared from being slain. They must repent, establish regular prayers, and practice regular charity, effectively converting under compulsion. As for people of the book, i.e. Christians and Jews, we read the verse in the same surah v. 29, which tells us the way out of being slain is “until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”  In other words, they must pay protection money and accept to be subdued, i.e. second class citizens, even if they live in their own homeland.

O believers, the idolaters are indeed unclean; so let them not come near the Holy Mosque after this year of theirs. If you fear poverty, God shall surely enrich you of His bounty, if He will; God is All-knowing; All-wise. Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled. The Jews say, ‘Ezra is the Son of God’; the Christians say, ‘The Messiah is the Son of God.’ That is the utterance of their mouths, conforming with the unbelievers before them. God assail them! How they are perverted! They have taken their rabbis and their monks as lords apart from God, and the Messiah, Mary’s son — and they were commanded to serve but One God; there is no god but He; glory be to Him, above that they associate..”  -Surah 9:28-31

Muhammad’s actions speak loudly here. Committed near the end of his life, they clearly portray what he wanted his followers to continue to do: attack and conquer non-Muslim people.  Surah 9:5 is corroborated by 9:28-31, 9:123, and other ayat. 9:28-31 is also reinforced by Muhammad’s invectives. He walked the walk that he talked. He taught to make war upon and subject others, and he did just that. The jihad against the Christians and Jews followed the same direction against the pagans: ever expanding.

On war and the capture of women and slaves:

4:24 Dawood “Also married women, except those whom you own as slaves . Such is the decree of God. All women other than these are lawful to you, provided you seek them with your wealth in modest conduct, not in fornication. Give them their dowry for the enjoyment you have had of them as a duty; but it shall be no offence for you to make any agreement among yourselves after you have fulfilled your duty. God is all-knowing and wise.”

This hadith documents the means in which Muhammad and his mujahideen implemented this edict:

Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah be pleased with him): O Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-‘azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 008, Number 3371)

Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri said: “The Apostle of Allah sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Quranic verse: “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” They are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Volume II, Book V. Kitab Al-Nikah (Book of Marriage), Chapter 711: To Have Intercourse With Female Captives Of War, Number 2150, p. 577)

sūrat āl ʿIm’rān 3:28 “Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security. Allah biddeth you beware (only) of Himself. Unto Allah is the journeying.”

sūrat 5:51 Al-Ma’dah “O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends (auliya). They are friends (auliya) one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is one of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.”

sūrat 47:34-35 Muhammad “Indeed, those who disbelieved and averted people from the path of Allah and then died while they were disbelievers – never will Allah forgive themSo when in warfare with the enemy do not be faint of heart and cry out for peace in humiliation when you have the upper hand. Always bear in mind that God is with you, and He will never diminish the reward of your good deeds.”

sūrat āl ʿIm’rān 3:151 “We shall cause terror to enter the hearts of the faithless for their considering things equal to God without authoritative evidence. Their abode will be fire, a terrible dwelling for the unjust.”

sūrat āl-Anfal 8:39 “And fight with them until there is no more fitna and religion is all for Allah.

sūrat At-Taubah 9:73 “O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.”

sūrat At-Taubah 9:123 “O you who have believed, fight those adjacent to you of the disbelievers and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous.”

sūrat Al-Fath 48:29 “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate, seeking Bounty from Allah and Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of  prostration. This is their description in the Taurat. But their description in the Injeel is like a seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, it then becomes thick, and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe  and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and an immense reward.

sūrat At-Taubah 9:30 “And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouths. They imitate the saying of the disbelievers of old. Allah’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!”

ʾAḥādīth and other theological citations

ʾAḥādīth, or hadith, are narratives concerning a deed or sermon of the Prophet Muhammad reported by his companions. ʾAḥādīth are broken down into various classes such as the Hadith Qudsi in which God Himself speaks, and the Hadith Nabawi in which the words, and the Sunnah, custom or practice, of Muhammad are recorded. The narratives and religious doctrine of Muhammad, in addition to being repeated for the spiritual edification of the Muslim, were codified as legally binding dispensation. Hadith thus became a second source of law in addition to the law found in the Qu’ran.

Sahih Bukhari (52:73) – Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords’.

Sahih Muslim Book 001, Number 0033:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abdullah b. ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and they establish prayer, and pay Zakat and if they do it, their blood and property are guaranteed protection on my behalf except when justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah.”

Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib:

A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet (peace be upon him) and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 38, Number 4349

Al-Adab al-Mufrad by Al-Bukhari, translated by Aisha Bewley, chapter XDIII. The People of the Book.

  1. When a dhimmi writes and gives the greeting, he is answered..
  2. Abu ‘Uthman an-Nahdi said, “Abu Musa wrote to a Persian grandee and greeted him in his letter. He was asked, ‘Do you greet him when he is an unbeliever?’ He replied, ‘He wrote to me and greeted me, so I have answered him.’”
  3. Abu Basra l-Ghifari reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I will ride to the Jews tomorrow. Do not give them the greeting first. If they greet you, then say, ‘and on you.'”
  4. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Do not give the People of the Book the greeting first. FORCE THEM TO THE NARROWEST PART OF THE ROAD.”
  5. The People of the Book are forced to the narrowest part of the road
  6. See 1103.
  7. When someone greets a Christian whom he does not recognise
  8. ‘Abdu’r-Rahman said, “Ibn ‘Umar passed by a Christian who greeted him and Ibn ‘Umar returned the greeting. He was told that the man was a Christian. When he learned that, he went back to him and said, ‘Give me back my greeting.’”

More examples in the hadith collection of Bukhari, the most authoritative book in Sunni Islam, second only to the Qu’ran:

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 9 vols. translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan, Al Nabawiya: Dar Ahya Us-Sunnah, n.d..:

Ibn Haban in his Sahih, vol. 14, p. 529, narrates: Muhammad said: “I swear by Him who has my soul in his hands, I was sent to you with nothing but slaughter.”

In his Musnad (vol. 2, p. 50) Imam Ahmed narrates by Ibn Omar: “the Prophet said: ‘I was sent by the sword proceeding the judgment day and my livelihood is in the shadow of my spear and humiliation and submission are on those who disobey me.’”

Omar Ibn al-Khatab said: “I heard the prophet of Allah saying: ‘I will cast Jews and Christians out of the peninsula and I won’t leave any one in it but Muslims.’” (Sunan Abu Dawud, vol. 2, No. 28, from the Muhaddith program)

Ibn Ishaq and al-Waqidi report that the prophet said the morning after the murder (of Kab Ibn al’Ashraf), “Kill any Jew you can lay your hands on.”  (El beddayah wa alnihaya – Ibn Katheer – vol. 4 – in the chapter on killing Ka’ab bin al’Ashraf)

“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords.’” (vol. 4, p. 55)

“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,’ and whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,’ his life and property will be saved by me…” (vol. 4, p. 124)

“It is not fitting for a prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free them with ransom) until he has made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land…” (vol. 4, p. 161)

“Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (vol. 9, p. 45)

“An infidel spy came to the Prophet while he was on a journey. The spy sat with the companions of the Prophet and started talking and then went away. The Prophet said (to his companions), ‘Chase and kill him.’ So, I killed him. The Prophet then gave him the belongings of the killed spy.” (vol. 4, pp. 181-182)

Some people from the tribe of Ukl came to the Prophet and embraced Islam. The climate of Medina did not suit them, so the Prophet ordered them to go to the (herd of milk) camels of charity and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). They did so, and after they had recovered from their ailment (became healthy) they turned renegades (reverted from Islam) and killed the shepherd of the camels and took the camels away. The Prophet sent (some people) in their pursuit and so they were (caught and) brought, and the Prophet ordered that their hands and legs should be cut off and that their eyes should be branded with heated pieces of iron, and that their cut hands and legs should not be cauterized, till they die.” (vol. 8, pp. 519-520)

The Prophet passed by me at a place called Al-Abwa or Waddan, and was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, ‘They (i.e. women and children) are from them.” (i.e. pagans).(vol. 4, pp. 158-159)

After Abu Afak was murdered, Asma wrote a poem blaming Islam and its followers of killing their opponenets:

When Muhammad heard what she had said he said, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?”  Ummayr b. Adiy al-Khatmi who was with him heard him, and that very night he went to her house and killed her.  In the morning he came to the apostle and told him what he had done and he [Muhammad] said, “You have helped God and His apostle, O Umayr!”  When he asked if he would have to bear any evil consequences the apostle said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads about her”, so Umayr went back to his people. Now there was a great commotion among B. Khatma that day about the affair of bint [girl] Marwan.  She had five sons, and when Umayr went to them from the apostle he said, “I have killed bint Marwan, O sons of Khatma.  Withstand me if you can; don’t keep me waiting.”  That was the first day Islam became powerful among B. Khatma.

The day after Bint Marwan was killed the men of B. Khatma became Muslims because they saw the power of Islam.”

Ibn Katheer el bedayah wa alnehaya – vol. 5 – in the mention of the year 11 of hijrah also found in- Ibn Hisham – dar al jeel Beirut – vol. 6 Umayr B. Adiyy’s Journey to Kill Asma D. Marwan

Doctrine of Abrogation

According to Naskh, the doctrine of abrogation, meaning to annul or cancel something with appropriate or legal authority. Islamic theologians hold two main positions on abrogation:

Abrogation was abrogating older scriptures – Torah and Injil and not the Quran.

The Quran itself claims that no part of it is at variance with another, and hence the doctrine of Abrogation is not supported within the Quran.  Later texts supersede the earlier whenever there are inconsistencies, or they are said to “abrogate” the earlier texts.  Suyuti in his book استنباط التنزيل   Istenbat al tanzeel says: Every thing in the Qur’an about forgiveness is abrogated by verse 9:5. Al-Shawkani in his book السيل الجرار Alsaylu Jarar 4:518-519 says: Islam is unanimous about fighting the unbelievers and forcing them to Islam or submitting and paying Jiziah (special tax paid only by Christians or Jews) or being killed.   [The verses] about forgiving them are abrogated unanimously by the obligation of fighting in any case.

Muslims and non-Muslim apologists counter that violence in the Quran and Hadith must be examined contextually within the scope of history and culture.  Islam is not a “religion of peace” intrinsically.  Islam as a spiritual philosophy, religious doctrine, and codified ethics is culturally exclusive and subversive.

The Interpretation of Islamic Scripture is a form of reasoning (Interpretative Reasoning) that requires knowledge & expertise. In the Islamic Tradition, as in any other Tradition or Knowledge, there is a system of Authority one is required to be part of if one wishes for his Opinions to be Authoritative & not discarded. Understanding the Qu’ran requires the mastery of Classical Arabic (of the Qu’ran).  Properly understanding the meanings of the ayat in the Qu’ran requires knowing what the one who was given the authority to explain it (the Prophet) had to say about them. That is to say, knowing the Prophetic Tradition: the Hadith, which amounts to an estimated 103,000!

Islam is culturally exclusive.  Violent ideas have violent consequences.  Apologists supply reactionary polemics to any critical appraisal to the faith, retreating to political safezone-groupthink ideas.  They employ the age old “No True Scotsman” logical fallacy.  “Islamophobia,” “racist,” “bigot,” “Zionist,” are the safe-zone watchwords of Muslim apologists use to deflect the reality that dimensions of ruinous violence and oppression are embedded in Islam.

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Demons of Islam

Demons of Islam

© 2016-2017 John F. Rychlicki III Leilah Publications.  All rights reserved.

The demonic roots of Islam branched out in the chaotic conspiratorial subversions of the earlier salaf-i (“devout ancestors, or pious predecessors”) of the Prophet Muhammad, and his sahabah (aṣ-ṣaḥābah, الصحابة‎‎ meaning “the companions”).  The integral cultural elitism in Islam that has nurtured violence and political subversion was modernized and integrated into the home of the Prophet Muhammad by Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab (1703 – 22 June 1792).  Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab was a scholar from the Hanbali school of jurisprudence in Nejd, central Arabia.

Wahhab was concerned with the way the people of Nejd engaged in practices he considered polytheistic, such as praying to Islamic sahabah (saints, and companions); making pilgrimages to tombs and special mosques; venerating shrines, and using votive offerings. He was also concerned by what he viewed as a laxity in adhering to Islamic jurisprudence.  Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab learned Islamic Hanbali theology under Muhammad Hayat al-Sindi in what is now Basra, Iraq.  While instituting his violent reformist practices, Wahhab caught the ire of local tribal Sheikhs who forced him to flee.

Wahhab proceeded to Damascus, but because of his doctrines and he could not remain. Since he could not return to Medina or Mecca, he went back to the Najd of his father, Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wahhab, who was then still the ‘alim of the region.  Both Wahhab’s brother Sheikh Suleiman ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab and father opposed his reformist theology, going so far as to condemn him in published essays.

Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab was invited to settle in Arabian Diriyah by tribal chieftain Muhammad bin Saud. In 1744C.E. after some time in Diriyah, Wahhab’s powerful patron agreed that, together, they would bring the warring tribes of the Arabian Peninsula back to the “true” principles of Islam. According to historians, when they first met, bin Saud declared:

This oasis is yours, do not fear your enemies. By the name of God, if all Nejd was summoned to throw you out, we will never agree to expel you.”  (- Madawi al-Rasheed, A History of Saudi Arabia: 16)

Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab replied:

You are the settlement’s chief and wise man. I want you to grant me an oath that you will perform jihad (Struggle to spread Islam) against the unbelievers. In return you will be imam, leader of the Muslim community and I will be leader in religious matters.”  (-Madawi al-Rasheed, A History of Saudi Arabia: 16)

Wahhab had a number of sons and daughters and married one of his daughters to Muhammad ibn Sa’ud, the tribal chieftain. His sons, Husayn, ‘Abd Allah and Ibrahim, became judges after their father. Even now, his sons, one after another, hold religious offices in Saudi Arabia.  Muhammad ibn Saud fulfilled the demonic pact by leading armies into Nejdi towns and villages to eradicate rival Sh’ia practices. Saud’s jihad rallied the Nejdi tribes to the Al Saud-Wahhabiyya. By 1765 Muhammad ibn Saud had established Wahhabism–and with it the kingdom of his family and Wahhab’s children–over Nejd.

After Muhammad ibn Saud died in 1765, his son, Abd’al Aziz, continued the Wahhabi advance. In 1801 the Al Saud-Wahhabi armies sacked Karbala, the Shi’a shrine in eastern Iraq that commemorates the death of Husayn. In 1803 they took control of the Hijaz.  The Ottoman Turks, the most dominant political institution in the Islamic world in the era, refused to concede Hijaz to local chieftains. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Ottomans were not in a position to recapture the Hijaz, because the empire had been in decline and overextended for more than two centuries.

The core of Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab’s violent teachings are found in two of his more popular books, Kitab at-Tawhid (The Book of the Unity of God), and the Kashf ush-Shubuhaat (Clarification of the Doubts).  To ensure Wahhab’s community would enjoin his “reformist” degenerate religion moral enforcers known as mutawwiin (literally, “those who volunteer or obey”) have been integral to the Wahhabi movement since its conquest of the Arabian Peninsula. Mutawwiin have served as missionaries, as enforcers of public morals, and public “administrators” of Islam. Wahhab had died in 1792 but his ideology would infest Islam, reconstituting its demonic and jihadist origins on the Arabian Peninsula.

In the first quarter of the nineteenth century, forcing the Arabian tribes to submit to Wahhabism was an asset to Abd al Aziz in forging cohesion among the peninsula. Wahhab revived the notion of a community of zealots, united by their submission to Allah.  Wahhabism helped to forge a sense of religious identity that superseded parochial loyalties. By abolishing the tribute paid by inferior tribes to militarily superior tribes, Wahhab’s patron, Abd al Aziz, undercut tribal hierarchies of power and made devotion to Islam and to himself as the rightly guided Islamic caliph the one axis that would reestablish Islam in the new Kingdom, and across the world.

Abdulaziz ibn Saud (ruled 1932–1953) deployed Wahhabism as a religious and political network of uniting the Peninsula’s tribes. Submission to Allah’s absolute will, as interpreted by Wahhabism and upheld by the House of Saud became a jihad. Wahhabism served Saud’s descendants in the ruling family as a bulwark against Arab Nationalist rivals like Egypt, Syria, and Iraq, who were supported by the Soviets during the 1960s and 1970s. Faced with that rise of secularism and fueled by oil money, King Faisal ibn Abdulaziz al-Saud (ruled 1964–1975) decided the propaganda of Wahhabism, which proclaims the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the sole rightful defender of Islam, would become the long-term strategy for Islamic subversion.

The demonic and occult origins of Wahhabist and Salafi Islam intertwine with the jihadist and purist teachings of a network of theologians, the foremost Ibn Taymiyyah.  Ibn Taymiyyah is the epithet and title of Abu’l-‘Abbas Taqi ad-Din Ahmad ibn ‘Abd al-Halim. He was born in the territory of Harran in present-day Turkey. Ibn Taymiyyah migrated with his father to Damascus, Syria, and there he acquired scholarship in religion and jurisprudence.

In many ideological and intellectual issues, he held abhorrent and radical views towards non-Muslims, Sufi and Shi’a Muslims.  Ibn Taymiyyah believed in anthropomorphism, concerning Allah maintaining that Allah has a hand, foot, eye, tongue and mouth, and occupies a space in Jannah, the highest level of Paradise. In order to prove his case, he resorted to the literal text of Qur’anic verses, maintaining that Allah is sitting on a throne in Jannah.

Sufism, a society of initiated mystics that predates Islam, is the Arabic parent of Freemasonry, the true “Eastern Star” of the Western Mystery Schools.  The Arabic word for Mason, is al’Banna, “builder.”  The fundamental word for the Royal Arch School of Masonry is Jahbulon, composed usually of the Hebrew letters, Aleph, Beth, and Lamed – A, B, and L.  According to The Rev. Canon Richard Tydeman, in an address to the Supreme Grand Chapter of England on 13 November 1985, the word is a compound of three Hebrew terms:  יהּJah, I AM, which indicates eternal existence,  בּעלB’El, on high, in heaven) and  און On, strength; pronouncing three aspects or qualities of Deity, namely Eternal Existence, Transcendence, and Omnipotence and equating to The True and Living God.

According to Stephen Knight, following Walton Hannah, the word is a compound of the names of three gods worshipped in the ancient Middle East: Yahweh/Ja, Baal, and  On, a name in Genesis in the Bible in Potiphar priest of On; thought in older times to be a name of Osiris.  The letters A, B, and L represent the Islamic watchword al’Banna.  To the Sufi builders, the word intimates initiation and the three letters symbolize key meditation postures.  A, alif, is the kneeling posture.  The second letter, B, ba, is symbolic of prostration and concentration.  The third letter, L, lam in Arabic is shaped like a rope.  To the Freemason, lam means ‘the rope which binds all in initiation.’

The letters alif, ba, and lam according to the mystic Abjad table when added together produce the sum of 33.  Alif  ﺎ  = 1, ba ﺐ  = 2, and lam ل = 30.  According to the Sufi builders, this code is an intimation of the letter Q, the Masonic letter ‘G,’ inscribed by the builders with a pentagram.  Orthodox Islam, both Sunni and Shi’a generally prohibit the practice of Freemasonry, and forbid Muslims to join Masonic Lodges in Arab nations with a sharīʿah legal system,  An influential body interpreting Islamic Law correlating interfaith dialogue is the Islamic Jurisdictional College.  At its meeting on 15 July 1978, it issued an opinion concerning “The Freemasons’ Organization.”  The IJC declared: “After complete research concerning this organization, based on written accounts from many sources, we have determined that:

    Freemasonry is a clandestine organization, which conceals or reveals its system, depending on the circumstances.  Its actual principles are hidden from members, except for chosen members of its higher degrees.

    The members of the organization, worldwide, are drawn from men without preference for their religion, faith, or sect.

    The organization attracts members based on providing personal benefits.  It traps men into being politically active, and its aims are unjust.

    New members participate in ceremonies of different names and symbols, and are frightened from disobeying its regulations and orders.

    Members are free to practice their religion, but only members who are atheists are promoted to its higher degrees, based on how much they are willing to serve its dangerous principles and plans.

    It is a political organization.  It has served all revolutions, military and political transformations.  In all dangerous changes, a relation to this organization appears either exposed or veiled.

    It is a Jewish Organization in its roots.  Its secret higher international administrative board are Jews and it promotes Zionist activities.

    Its primary objectives are the distraction of all religions and it distracts Muslims from Islam.

    It tries to recruit influential financial, political, social, or scientific people to utilize them.  It does not consider applicants it cannot utilize.  It recruits kings, prime ministers, high government officials and similar individuals.

    It has branches under different names as a camouflage, so people cannot trace its activities, especially if the name of “Freemasonry” has opposition.  These hidden branches are known as Lions, Rotary and others.  They have wicked principles that completely contradict the rules of Islam.  There is a clear relationship between Freemasonry, Judaism, and International Zionism.  It has controlled the activities of high Arab officials in the Palestinian problem.  It has limited their duties, obligations, and activities for the benefit of Judaism and International Zionism.

The Society of the Muslim Brothers chartered in 1928 in Cairo, Egypt by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Sheikh Hasan Ahmed Abdel Rahman Muhammed al’Banna.  When Hasan al’Banna was twelve years old, he became a student of the Hasafiya Sufi order, becoming a fully initiated member in 1922.  Banna’s father was as student of Abduh, and himself was greatly influenced by Rashid Rida’s Salafi fundamentalism.  The Muslim Brotherhood originated as a religious social organization, tutoring the illiterate, establishing charitable hospitals and providing endowment for local enterprises. As the Brotherhood’s social influence widened starting in 1936, it began stridently opposing British colonialism in Egypt.

In 1952 the Egyptian monarch King Farouk I was overthrown by nationalist military officers led by Colonel Gamel Abdel Nasser and General Muhammad Naguib supported by the Brotherhood.   On 26 October, an assassination attempt was carried out against Nasser during a rally in Alexandria.  The attempt to assassinate Nasser was suspected by the Brotherhood.  This led to the regime acting against the Brotherhood, executing Brotherhood leaders on 9 December in 1954.  The Brotherhood was banned and this time thousands of its members were imprisoned, many of them held for years in prisons and concentration camps, and tortured.   On February 12, 1949 in Cairo, al’Banna who was a Freemason, was assassinated.

The influence of Freemasonry in Egypt and Arab countries struggling with post-colonial revolutionary sentiment cannot be overlooked.  Hanna Abi Rashid, chief of the masonic lodge in Beirut, wrote: “Jamaluddin al’Afghani was the chief of the masonic lodge in Egypt, which had about three hundred members, most of whom were scholars and state officials. After him, the leading master Muhammad ‘Abduh became the chief. ‘Abduh was a leading freemason. No one can deny that he has spread the masonic spirit in Arab countries.” [Da’irat al’maarif al’masoniyya, p. 197, Beirut, 1381/1961.]  “As revealed by Abduh, al’Afghani developed in his students a practical inclination: he encouraged them to engage in the publication of magazines, to put in motion a current of opinion and to join, like he himself did, the masonic lodges of French inspiration.” (Tariq Ramadan, Aux Sources du Renouveau musulman, D’al-Alfghani a Hassan al’Banna un siecle de reformisme islamique, Paris: 1998, p. 54)

At the same time Afghani started to introduce himself into the French circles of freemasonry. He introduced, as we have seen, the Egyptian intellectuals of his entourage who were to be, later, the principal actors of the ‘Urabi Revolution. These circles had a crucial importance for al-Afghani: not only because they allowed him to spread his ideas but also because he was able to meet with influential people in the political environment. Thus we can affirm, without any doubt, that this is the period, in which al’Afghani, thanks to the recognition and to the personal engagement in the creation of an associative body conceived on the model of the masonic circles, was able to accentuate his involvement in establishing political influence and alliance with the powers.”  (ibid., p. 85)

In this period Afghani came forward as a political figure in two ways: by using a Freemasonic lodge as a vehicle for political intrigue and change, and by influencing people through oratory.” (Ali Rahnema, Pioneers of Islamic Revival, London: 1979, p. 17)  “The Documents corroborate and help to date Afghani’s membership and activity in the freemasons of Egypt….Most discussions of Afghani’s masonic activity begin it in 1877 or 1878, but the Documents include a letter from him applying for membership in a masonic lodge which dates from the spring of 1875 and a note saying he had entered a lodge in Muharram 1293/February 1876. Unfortunately the name or rite of the lodge is not included. The Documents also include invitations to sessions of Italian lodges from early 1877 through 1879 and documents beginning in January 1877, from the Eastern Star Lodge, which was affiliated with the Grand Lodge of England….The lodge, with al’Afghani as its leader, was to become an important instrument in the growing Egyptian crisis of 1878 and 1879.” (Nikki R. Keddie, Sayyid Jamaluddin al’Afghani,” Berkeley: 1972, p. 92)

After the attempted assassination of Nasser in 1954, the Egyptian government used the incident to justify political oppression of the Muslim Brotherhood, imprisoning a young Sayyid Qutb and many members for their vocal opposition to the Nasser regime.  Sayyid Qutb was prolific author, tutor, Islamic theologian, poet, and leading scholar of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and ‘60s.  Qutb died during his imprisonment in 1966.

Mohammed Qutb, Sayyid’s brother, along with other prisoners in the Muslim Brotherhood, took political refuge under CIA sponsorship in Saudi Arabia following Nasser’s crackdown.  He was given different official positions at Saudi universities to teach and to carry out the mission of the Muslim Brotherhood. While in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Qutb conceived of the organization now known as the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), which was established in 1972, thanks to large donations from the wealthy Saudi bin Laden family.

Sayyid Qutb synchronized the core theological doctrines of modern Islamic theology: the Kharijites’ takfir, ibn Taymiyya’s fatwas and social prescriptions, Rashid Rida’s salafism, Maududi’s concept of the contemporary jahiliyya and Hassan al’Banna’s political activism.  Mohammed Qutb taught at Mecca’s Umm al’Qura University, and King Abdul’aziz University in Jeddah.  One of his fellow students was an aspiring Egyptian doctor, Ayman al ’Zawahiri.  He eventually became one of Egyptian Islamic Jihad’s strategic managers and recruiter.  While attending King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Osama bin Laden also became acquainted with Mohammed Qutb, and initiated into the Muslim Brotherhood.

In 1979, Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia, being one of the first Arabs to join mujahedeen fighting against Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.  Osama Bin Laden, at just twenty-two years of age, established the MAK, the Maktab al’Khidamat, or the Mujahedeen Services Bureau, based in Peshawar, Pakistan.  George Bush Sr., as vice president under President Ronald Reagan, was in charge of the covert operations that supported the MAK.  The MAK was nurtured by Pakistan’s ISI, Inter-Services Intelligence, and linked up with Pakistan’s Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Jamaat-e Islami, founded by Abul Ala Maududi, to recruit mujahedeen in Afghanistan.

By the late 1980s, the Maktab al’Khidamat expanded in fifty countries around the world.  Osama bin Laden then recognized that prospective Mujahedeen of the Maktab al’Khidamat did not have any military or intelligence training, and established the Bayt al’Ansar in Peshawar, Pakistan as a central training base, or al ’Qaeda.

The terrorists that carried out the September 11 attacks, the very same mujahedeen that waged guerilla warfare against Soviet invasion during the 1980s, were bankrolled by the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International founded by Pakistani financier Agha Hasan Abedi, himself a Freemason and occultist.

BCCI launched an international monopoly with its purchase in 1976 of 85% of the Banque de Commerce et Placements (BCP) of Geneva, Switzerland.  After the BCCI liquidated this bank, it installed Alfred Hartmann as chief executive. Hartmann then became the chief financial officer for BCC Holding and was affiliated with the Rothschild family, sitting on the board of directors of N.M. Rothschild & Sons, London, and president of Rothschild Bank AG of Zurich.  BCCI was initially incorporated in Luxembourg, famous for its lax banking restrictions, and soon branches and holding companies sprouted up around the globe: in the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands Antilles, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, and Washington DC.  BCCI’s main route of investment was financing Israeli arms into Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion.

Eighty percent of the 1,200 mosques operating in the US were constructed after 2001, the majority of which supported by Saudi financing. Saudi financial patronage, Wahhabi influence over Islamic institutions is considerable by 2003, according to testimony before the US Senate. Thousands of publications, published by the Saudi government and its religious networks, is filled with violent hatred toward Christians, Jews, and other Americans.  Their religious ideology disseminated across the country by 2006, according to a Freedom House report, a Washington-based NGO.

The nonpartisan report concluded that “the Saudi government propaganda examined reflects a totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite to violence.By 2013, 75 percent of North American Islamic centers relied on Wahhabi preachers who promote anti-Western ideas in person and online through their sermons and through the Saudi-produced literature.  This subversive literature is a trigger to often well-educated Muslims who cross the threshold into violent totalitarian religious ideology; sprouting countless radical insurgent websites from Sheikh Google and Sheikh Twitter.

Since 2011, between 100 and 150 new mosques are at various stages of planning and construction across the United States. Financial assistance for these “expansion projects” comes from “foreign organizations,” as US government sources suspect that much of the funding is actually funneled from Saudi sources through difficult-to-track chains of bank accounts and person-to-person cash transfers via PayPal and other software.

The issue of religious extremism and violence has taken the leading role upon the comedic tragedy of the world stage.  Through various subversive and insurgent political, financial, social, and cultural networks in Islam significantly contribute to the rise of ruin and global war in fundamentalist Islam.  The truth is that the religious dimension of this ruinous violence has its origins not in Wahhabi and Salafist theology; but in the origins of Islam.

 


Ezekiel 1:15-18 UFO..

“Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went. And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around.”
Ezekiel 1:15-18 (ESV)

 

 


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