Reza Aslan Lies About Islam and His Credentials

It should go without saying that no matter what a person’s credentials are, their argument should be evaluated on it’s own merits. Whether or not the argument made is fallacious and/or the argument makes false claims and/or is true and accurate is most important. So, I have focused on Aslan’s arguments as such. However, Aslan has argued that his credentials are consequential, making it unavoidable. So I will not avoid the question of his credentials.

I will deal with all of this in two parts; 1. Aslan on Religion and 2. Aslan on His Own Credentials

I ripped this out in the last 2 hours, so it will be a little rough. I will hopefully edit this and add to it it. This is what I found with one quick search between between breakfast and coffee. In other words, this is just a quick demonstrate that Aslan is considerably wrong where it matters. I may search for more examples in the future, but I may never have the time to do so.

  1. Aslan on Religion

Reza is famous for claiming that terrorism has nothing to do with religion. This is obviously a lie. Hopefully it is not necessary to demonstrate to you that religion is an inextricable motivating factor for religiously motivated terrorism (not all terrorism, but religiously motivated terrorism). If someone attacks Planned Parenthood and says he is doing it to discourage the practice of abortion because it is against Christianity then that person is in fact a Christian terrorist (by definition). Obviously, many acts are also motivated by politics, social factors, psychology and other factors, but it is unrealistic to deny the fact that violence can be religiously motivated. So, Aslan is wrong on this point.

Reza often says that texts can be interpreted in infinitely elastic ways, etc. and that therefore if the Qur’an says (9:5) “Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them” it is not different than “I do not like green eggs and ham”. Would anyone here argue that all text is equal insofar as they can be said to be motivating factors for violence? In other words, would you argue that verses like “Kill all the townsfolk and spare none” in the Bible is just as innocent as “See spot. See spot run.”? No. Obviously not, unless one is to completely deconstruct language until it is meaningless and useless. You can join Aslan in doing so, of course, but in order to communicate effectively, one must use the agreed upon conventions of language.

Aslan denies, ignores or dismisses the central message of the Qur’an. The Qur’an does in fact say, “fight in the way of Allah until over the whole world, religion is only for Allah” and to “lay in wait” so you can, “slay the unbelievers wherever you find them” (Pickthall, 1955) and that it gives 3 choices for every person on the planet (Antitheist, 2015);

First choice – convert to Islam

Second choice – be subsumed into Islamic society, living under Sharia as a dimmi (a person with almost no rights and who must pay the jizya – a tax for not converting to Islam) or

Third choice – death

My article What You Should Know About Islam (Antitheist, 2015) contains quotes, citations, references and a logical, accurate, valid and true argument that the Qur’an’s message makes it clear that the goal of Islam is to spread until there is one world under one rule under the religion of Islam. I encourage you to read it. Once you do, you will see how facile and dishonest it is to claim (as Reza claims) that the Qur’an is neutral.

Some have taken issue with Aslan’s comments on FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), trying to divert attention away from the fact that in huge numbers (but not in all cases) this mutilation is done by people of the religion of Islam, done in a religious context, in accordance with the tenants of Islam insofar as those people understand them. There is a debate as to whether or not it is actually supported by or proscribed by the Hadith(s). However, it is clear that huge numbers of victims of FGM are victims of a religious practice. So Aslan is categorically wrong (at best) or lying about Islam in this area as well. But there’s more devil in the details. If you want a more detailed focus on Aslan’s deception in this particular area, see the following (Sanders, 2014); http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/oct/02/reza-aslan/fact-checking-reza-aslans-retort-bill-maher/

 

  1. Aslan on His Own Credentials

You may or may not have read the article Stop Calling Reza Aslan a Fraud and Learn How Academia Works (Facciani, 2015). The author correctly writes;
“Reza Aslan has a B.A. in religion from Santa Clara University, an M.T.S in Theological Studies from Harvard; an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Iowa; and received his Ph.D in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Now a few atheists (even Glenn Beck) have pointed out that his PhD is in sociology and not in religion. Therefore, he must be lying and is a fraud! Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Academia is weird and sometimes the name on your degree does not match up with your expertise. What really matters is what area your research is in (i.e. your dissertation).”

You may have stopped after reading that, convinced of this argument. But with more information, one sees how this is not correct or valid.

As Dan Arel writes (2015), Facciani is right (in that quote above) but this is beside the point because;

“this is not what Aslan tells the public. He clearly states he is a professor of religion, not that he once was, and he says time and time again he has a Ph.D. in the history of western religion, which he does not.

He lies and conflates his credentials to be something they are not. Why not just stand by the credentials you have?

No matter how you slice it, Aslan is misleading people about his credentials.

And the reality is, all of this would be meaningless if Aslan didn’t tout his credentials each and every time someone pointed a camera at him or anytime someone questioned his defense of Islam or statistics about female genital mutilation or women’s rights under Islamic law. The fact he uses his “credentials” to act as though he is above criticism means his credentials are worth discussing. Unfortunately for him, he should have been more honest.” (Arel, 2015).

In this piece, Arel gives first qualifies his argument with, “Now to be clear, I despise everything about FrontPage Magazine, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.” before then quoting from the nevertheless accurate article by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh (Arel, 2015). As Dr. Rafizadeh writes;

“In actuality, Reza Aslan is not a “professor of religion,” and what he claims he does “for a living” is an outrageous inaccuracy. Reza Aslan is an associate professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of California, Riverside. He teaches there based on his Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from Iowa, his relevant academic credential.” (Rafizadeh, 2013)
As Rafizadeh points out, Reza has said (on national TV, I will add), “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees including one in the New Testament . . . I am an expert with a Ph.D. in the history of religions . . . I am a professor of religions, including the New Testament – that’s what I do for a living, actually . . . To be clear, I want to emphasize one more time, I am a historian, I am a Ph.D. in the history of religions.”as well as saying, “I have a BA, MA and PhD in the history of Western Religions so yes, again, I am an ACTUAL expert in Judaism.”

But much of that is a lie. As Rafizadeh writes;

In actuality, Reza Aslan is not a “professor of religion,” and what he claims he does “for a living” is an outrageous inaccuracy. Reza Aslan is an associate professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of California, Riverside. He teaches there based on his Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from Iowa, his relevant academic credential.

In addition, Reza Aslan received his PhD in sociology – not “History of Religions” – from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009.

I used to teach at the University of California at Santa Barbara and I am familiar with the prominent theologians, professors and academic scholars at the school. None of these individuals that I met considered Reza Aslan even remotely close to being a scholar in religion. After all, he received his PhD in sociology. At first, I did not know of Reza Aslan. But when his name was brought up, I asked a director of one the departments at the university – who prefers to remain anonymous – for more information. He stated simply that Reza Aslan is a hungry self-promoter who begs for media attention and appearances, and who repeatedly misrepresents his credentials. He added that it goes without saying that Reza Aslan is laughed at within scholarly circles, and that academics do not consider Reza Aslan even a minor religious scholar.

Secondly, the expertise – which Reza Aslan claims is based on his PhD – should be determined by the topic of the dissertation. Reza Aslan’s dissertation, titled “Global Jihadism as a Transnational Social Movement: A Theoretical Framework” reveals that if he is an expert based on his PhD, he should be an expert on social movements in early twentieth-century Islam, not on Christianity or even modern Islam.

Third, although Reza Aslan calls himself a “historian,” he has never attainted (sic) a degree or had professional training in history, and has never even taken an elementary course in historiography for that matter. His dissertation focuses on the events and movements of the twentieth century and does not apply any historical methods or archival research. In addition, his dissertation is also an abnormally short one – approximately 130 pages double-spaced – which seems to have been written for publicity purposes for his book, Beyond Fundamentalism. Reza Aslan has been exploiting the situation in the United States after 9/11 to self-promote and make profits through these exaggerations and fabrications.

Fourth, Reza Aslan is a self-proclaimed “scholar,” yet his background is inconsistent with academic scholarly standards. Reza Aslan has barely published any papers or articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Fifth, Reza Aslan received his PhD in 2009. Yet, there are several interviews and events before 2009 where Reza Aslan sounds as if he is a professor with a PhD.

The work of “real” scholars of religions – not of creative writing – in the United States and across the world speaks for itself, without the need for the author to shamelessly self-promote, boast oneself as a “prominent thinker” and “scholar of religions,” and to beg hungrily for media appearances with insatiable greed. Regardless of the inaccuracy of his self-descriptions, respectable scholars never flaunt their degrees so arrogantly. There are countless scholars and academics that have more prestigious PhD degrees in actual “religion,” which they obtained at a younger age and have had for decades (again, Aslan received his in 2009 at the age of 37). However, these intellectuals seldom boast or even mention their degrees. This shows that the aforementioned author only obtained his degree for flaunting purposes. Finally, the author has found the environment after 9/11 extremely advantageous for himself to exploit, self-promote, and to make profit. (Rafizadeh, 2013)

Also, read what author Elizabeth Castelli writes in her piece Reza Aslan-Historian? Yes, the Author Was Attacked on Fox News for Daring to Be a Muslim Writing about Jesus. But Does His Book Actually Meet the Historical Standards He Claims? which is referenced below with a link to the source (2013). In a nutshell, she too explains how Aslan lies about his credentials.

References

Arel, Dan. “Islamic Apologist Reza Aslan Lie about His Academic Credentials.” Danthropology. Patheos, 13 Aug. 2015. Web. 27 Dec. 2015. <http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/08/islamic-apologist-reza-aslan-lied-about-his-academic-credentials/>.

Castelli, Elizabeth. “Reza Aslan-Historian? Yes, the Author Was Attacked on Fox News for Daring to Be a Muslim Writing about Jesus. But Does His Book Actually Meet the Historical Standards He Claims?” The Nation. 09 Aug. 2013. Web. 27 Dec. 2015. <http://www.thenation.com/article/reza-aslan-historian/>.

Facciani, Matthew. “Stop Calling Reza Aslan a Fraud and Learn How Academia Works.” According to Matthew. Patheos, 14 Aug. 2015. Web. 27 Dec. 2015. <http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending HYPERLINK

Pickthall, Mohammed Marmaduke. Meaning of the Glorious Koran. New York: Mentor Religious Classic, 1955. pages ix, xii. Print.

Rafizadeh, Majid, Dr. “The Lies and Misrepresentations of Reza Aslan.” Frontpage Mag. N.p., 4 Aug. 2013. Web. 27 Dec. 2015. <http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/199374/lies-and-misrepresentations-reza-aslan-dr-majid-rafizadeh>

Sanders, Katie. “Fact-checking Reza Aslan on Bill Maher’s ‘not Very Sophisticated’ Rant on Islam.” @politifact. PunditFact, 2 Oct. 2014. Web. 27 Dec. 2015. <http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/oct/02/reza-aslan/fact-checking-reza-aslans-retort-bill-maher/>.

See also;

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun”& HYPERLINK “

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun”ref_blog=danthropology HYPERLINK “

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun”& HYPERLINK “

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/08/stop-calling-reza-aslan-a-fraud-and-learn-how-academia-works/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=danthropology&ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun”ref_post=according-to-fox-news-the-war-on-christmas-has-already-begun>.

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Media Lies – ‘Burkini Battle’ in Corsica, France, August 13th, 2016

The media lied about the “Burkini Battle”. This is what actually happened! On August 13th, 2016, Muslim Migrants declared Sisco Beach to be theirs (in Bastia, on the island of Corsica, France) and attacked people for being white (because they stereotyped them as infidels) on “their” beach. When infidels arrived, the Muslims attacked them. The Muslims attacked a nude sun bathing woman. No one took photos of women in burkinis. There were no burkinis. The infidels did not attack the Muslims, the Muslims attacked the infidels.

Here are links to the sources used in this video;

(2016, August 14). YouTube. Corsica: Muslims ATTACK locals, LOCALS FIGHT BACK! – YouTube. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCxsjZ…

(2016, August 14). YouTube. Corsica II The locals are back, and now they’re mad. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/results?searc…

(2016, August 15). YouTube. Muslims attack beach goers Corsica . Retrieved August 21, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPdC… Shaw, L.

(2016, August 18). The Clarion Project. The Burkini Battle: What Really Happened in Corsica. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.clarionproject.org/analysi…

Barell , R. (2016, May 26). The Huffington Post. Masturbating Men Will Find Their Hands Pregnant In The Afterlife, Muslim Televangelist Warns. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/…

DW. (2016, August 18). DW Made for Minds. Merkel Says Burqa Likely Hinders Integration in Germany. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.dw.com/en/merkel-says-burq…

Here are links to some news reports that contain falsehoods. BBC. (2016, August 15). BBC. France Corsica brawl: Mayor bans burkinis amid tensions. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-…

Bumberg, A. (2016, August 16). 11 Tweets That Sum Up The Absurdity of The Burkini Ban. Huffington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/1…

KGS,. (2016, August 18). The Tundra Tabloids. Of Corsica Local Indigeneous Youths Battle Against Muslim Settler Invaders Over Burkini Pic. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://tundratabloids.com/2016/08/of-…

Mettler, K. (2016, August 16). The Washington Post. Burkini beach brawl leads third French city in a week to ban the swimsuit for Muslim women. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/m…

Mulholland, R. (2016, August 14). The Telegraph UK. Man ‘injured by harpoon’ during riot on Corsica beach after tourist takes photo of woman in burkini . Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/…

Plucinska, J. (2016, August 15). Politico EU. Corsican town bans burkinis. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.politico.eu/article/corsic…

RT. (2016, August 14). RT Russian Times. Violent Corsica brawl: 4 injured, cars burnt in clashes between locals & N. Africans. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from https://www.rt.com/news/355890-corsic…

Sims, A. (2016, August 15). The Independent UK. Burkini ban: Corsican town becomes third in France to prohibit full-body swimsuits. Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wor…

Everybody Draw Muhammad Day 2015 – What You Should Know About Islam

In this video, for every claim I make I cite a valid reference. I say nothing that is not based on credible sources that you can and should check on yourself.

If you think something I say is incorrect, the burden of proof is yours to demonstrate where I go wrong.

It should go without saying that if you expect to be taken seriously, you will cite credible sources and provide references.

الإسلام

Islam does not mean “peace.” Islam means “submission”,

submission to Allah for Muslims and submission to Islam for non Muslims (1).

You can see this submission on the primate level in the body language of Islamic prayer prostration.

The Islamic prayer position is exactly the position the submissive ape takes in regard to the dominant ape – one of making the anal opening available for the taking.

It is a way of saying “I submit to you, I make myself vulnerable to you to demonstrate my submission to you. I am afraid of you.”

This word “submission” or ISLAM sums up the essence of Islam. It is all about submission, every human over the entire planet must submit to Allah as a Muslim or submit to Islam as a dhimmi (a non-Muslim citizen in an Islamic state with restricted rights required to pay a tax for being a non Muslim (2)) or submit to the sword on your neck.

As we will see, in Islam, there is no other choice. In Islam, there are only 3 choices for every human on the planet – conversion to Islam, subjugation as a second class citizen, or death (2).

No other choice is permitted in Islam. No one is ALLOWED to live in peace. Islam does NOT mean peace as in NON VIOLENCE. Not at all.

Islam means submission and the achievement of that submission through violence and subjugation. So why is it that in the media we here “Islam means peace”?


Taqiyya

Well, here is something else you should know about Islam. In Islam, there is the doctrine of taqiyya. Taqiyya is deception for the sake of self-preservation (4).

With taqiya, a Muslim is permitted to not say the truth if it causes trouble for them. They are also permitted to flat out lie.

You must keep this basic fact in mind when learning about Islam because Islamic sources and individual Muslims can and will lie about Islam. This is why it is crucial to go to objective sources rather than to Islamic sources which are, by definition, subjective at best and, by their own doctrine of taqiyya, intentionally deceptive at worst.

Scriptural sanction for taqiyya can be found in the Qur’an 3:28 and 16:106.

Islam is not a race. Islam is not an ethnicity. Islam is a religion.

I say this because there are always a few idiots who either imply or directly say that criticism of Islam is racist.

Islam is a monotheistic religion and one of the three Abrahamic religions along with Judaism and Christianity.

These three religions are called Abrahamic because they all consider Abraham to be their patriarch and Abrahams’ covenant with God to be the root of their religion.

If you know the covenant of Abraham, the story where Abraham is so submissive to god that he is willing to murder his own son for god, then it is easy to see why there would be such an emphasis on submission rather than on something like moral strength or love or something positive like that.

القرآنal-qur’ān

Islam’s holy book is the Qur’an القرآن al-qur’ān – means “the recitation” because it is the recitation of the message of god via the messenger Jibril (5) the archangel (called Gabriel in the Christian tradition) to the prophet Mohammed.

In contrast to the Bible, the Qur’an is clearly defined as the direct word of god and the story of its authorship is clearly defined and detailed.

According to Islamic tradition, the Quran was dictated to Mohamed beginning December 22nd, 609 C.E. to 632 C.E. (common era) when he was 40 years old while he was meditating in a cave outside of Mecca and continued over the next 23 years until the year 632 (5) which was the last year of Mohammad’s life.

Mohammad was illiterate and so he did not write down the words that he heard dictated to him. He recited them.

It was later that Mohammad’s fellow Muslims wrote them down, and not entirely without dispute as to what exactly the recitation was.

Nevertheless, compared to the Bible, the Qur’an’s origins and exact wording are relatively undisputed.

It refers to itself as “the discernment or the criterion between truth and falsehood” Of course, no one in their right mind would believe something is true simply because it says it is true.

The Qur’an is composed of suras or chapters and ayahs or verses.

These are not arranged in chronological order from oldest to newest or nor do they tell an epic story with a beginning middle or end.

The Qur’an is mainly concerned with moral teaching and assumes that the reader already knows the Torah and the Gospels of the Bible.

However, each sura is like a piece of a puzzle and overall, it does tell a story of Mohammed’s career as a prophet and the spread of Islam, first peacefully and later by the sword as we will see.

These surahs are arranged roughly in size order. They do not tell a story or series of stories like the Torah or Bible does, but it does often refer to events told in those books.

If you notice, this makes Islam somewhat reliant on these scriptures from the other two Abrahamic religions of Judaism and Christianity.

To know which suras are older and which are newer you need to know whence they were revealed.

Some were revealed at Mecca and others at Medina.

Those revealed at Mecca are the earlier/older ones and those revealed at Medina are the newer ones.

Why does this matter? Because of the doctrine of naskh.

As with the Torah and the Bible, the Qur’an has contradictory messages of peace and violence. In fact, these are sometimes referred to as the “peace suras” and the “sword suras”.

However, unlike the case of the Torah or the Bible, there is a doctrine that resolves the apparent contradictions in the Qur’an.

Naskh (نسخ) means “abrogation” (6).

This doctrine recognizes that the Qura’an was revealed gradually over the course of many years and that in this time the scripture evolved.

In Naskh, newer suras could abrogate or overrule older ones (6).

So, where there is apparent conflict between peace and violence, it is the newer sura that overrules the older one (6).

Some translations of the Qur’an tell you when a given sura was revealed.

But there is also Hadith which is the body of literature purporting to be historic accounts of Mohammad and Islam.

It is in the Hadith tradition that we learn of the life of Mohammad and when and how the Qur’an was recited.

These were first revealed in a cave outside Mecca and later in a cave outside of Medina. These were written down after Mohammad’s death in 632 CE (7).

Make no mistake, there are peaceful suras, but these are overruled by the later abrogating sword suras. At the end of this essay, we will look at some of these sword suras.

The Qureysh people of Mecca in the Arabian peninsula considered themselves to be descendants of Abraham, the patriarch of the Jews and Christians, the other two Abrahamic traditions (7).

At Mecca was (and still is) the Ka’bah, a shrine supposedly made by Abraham for the worship of the one god in a time and place where everyone else worshiped multiple gods and goddesses (7).

At the time, there were some people who turned away from polytheism and Mohammad would become one of them after retiring to a cave to meditate and then suddenly having something like an epileptic fit in which he was visited by the angel Jibril who then recited the some of the Qur’an to him (7).

Over many different sessions, the Qur’an was revealed to Mohammad.

The Qur’an makes it very clear that there is only one god.

It took some time before Mohammad shared these revelations with others but a small community of Muslims grew around him in Mecca (7).

At the time, they had to coexist peacefully with the polytheistic majority as a matter of survival.

These earlier revelations are the parts of the Qur’an that speak of peaceful coexistence and things like “no compulsion in religion.”

Later, however, Mohammad and his followers made the haj, the pilgrimage to Medina.

It is at Medina that they gained enough followers and enough power to stand a chance against the polytheists in battle and naturally it was the revelations received at this time and place that emphasize violent aggression and a never ending struggle for dominance until “over the whole world, religion is only for Allah.” and so on and stuff about chopping off fingers and heads and all that peaceful stuff (7). These are the “sword suras”.

Make no mistake, these later “sword suras” abrogate, or supersede the earlier “peace suras.” that Muslims tend use to confuse non Muslims.

Keep in mind, that in order to protect themselves, Muslims are allowed to use taqiyya, that is, deception to dissimulate the truth.

Now, granted all of this is a simplification of the matter, of course.

It can be and indeed has been argued whether or not these suras in the Qur’an really do justify violent jihad.

This debate can fill entire volumes. But what matters is this; they ARE used to justify violent Jihad.

One thing that everyone must understand is that according to the Qur’an, you MUST fight in the way of Allah until over the whole world religion is only for Allah.

Does this mean convert every human to Islam? Well, no.

They can choose to live as a dimmi, that is a near slave, a person without rights and pay the dimmi tax. Or they can refuse to convert or to live in this humiliated subjugated state and, well, be murdered. There is no other choice. Convert, submit or die. Nice, huh?

Over and over again, the Qur’an commands violence. Islam has nothing to do with peace. Read the Quran.

And now for some parts of the Qur’an you should know about. But this is no substitute for reading the book itself. Read the Qur’an, if you can stomach it.

Keep in mind that the Qur’an makes many scientific claims that are demonstrably false but to list everything wrong in the Qur’an would take at least an other video or two,

So here we go, a few examples of the Qur’an commanding violence, and these all stand unaltered in their command. These “sword suras” overrule the older “peace suras.”

Qur’an Surah 2 The Cow (revealed at Al-Mecca, an earlier surah)

Qur’an 2:216 Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not.

Qur’an 2:244 Fight in the way of Allah, and know that Allah is Hearer, Knower.

Qur’an Surah 4 Women (revealed at Al-Madinah, a later surah)

Qur’an 4:74 Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.

Qur’an 4:104 Relent not in pursuit of the enemy. If ye are suffering, lo! they suffer even as ye suffer and ye hope from Allah that for which they cannot hope. Allah is ever Knower, Wise.

Qur’an Surah 5 The Table Spread (revealed at Al-Madinah, a later surah)

Qur’an 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;

Qur’an Surah 8 The Spoils of War (revealed at Al-Madinah, a later surah that abrogates earlier peaceful surahs)

Qur’an 8:12 When thy Lord inspired the angels, (saying): I am with you. So make those who believe stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger.

Qur’an 8:13 That is because they opposed Allah and His messenger. Whoso opposeth Allah and His messenger, (for him) lo! Allah is severe in punishment.

 

Qur’an 8:14 That (is the award), so taste it, and (know) that for disbelievers is the torment of the Fire.

Qur’an 8:15 O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them.

 

Qur’an 8:16 Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.

Qur’an 8:39 And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah. But if they cease, then lo! Allah is Seer of what they do.

Qur’an 8:57 If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.

Qur’an 8:60 Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others beside them whom ye know not. Allah knoweth them. Whatsoever ye spend in the way of Allah it will be repaid to you in full, and ye will not be wronged.

Qur’an 8:65 O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be of you a hundred (steadfast) they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are a folk without intelligence.

Qur’an 8:67 It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

Qur’an Surah 9 Repentance (revealed at Al-Madinah, a later surah that abrogates earlier peaceful surahs)

Qur’an 9:5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

Qur’an 9:14 Fight them! Allah will chastise them at your hands, and He will lay them low and give you victory over them, and He will heal the breasts of folk who are believers.

Qur’an 9:20 Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.

Qur’an 9:29 Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

Qur’an 9:30 And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!

Qur’an 9:38 O ye who believe! What aileth you that when it is said unto you: Go forth in the way of Allah, ye are bowed down to the ground with heaviness. Take ye pleasure in the life of the world rather than in the Hereafter ? The comfort of the life of the world is but little in the Hereafter.

Qur’an 9:39 If ye go not forth He will afflict you with a painful doom, and will choose instead of you a folk other than you. Ye cannot harm Him at all. Allah is Able to do all things.

Qur’an 9:41 Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew.

Qur’an 9:73 O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s end.

Qur’an 9:88 Allah hath made ready for them Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide. That is the supreme triumph.

Qur’an 9:111 Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah ? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph

Qur’an 9:123 O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).

Also see suras 2:216, 4:74, 4:104, 5:33, 8:12-8:16, 8:39, 8:57, 8:60, 8:65, 8:67, 9:5, 9:14, 9:20, 9:29, 9:30, 9:38, 9:39, 9:41, 9:73, 9:88, 9:111, 9:123 & etc.

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New Year’s Eve Migrant Rape Crisis

It was reported that hundreds or up to 1,200 German women were sexually assaulted during New Years Eve celebrations of 2015/2016 in the cities Hamburg, Bielefeld, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Koln, Frankfurt and Stuttgard (1) by an estimated 2,000 men (2) mostly who were, according to the German police, men of “Arab or North African appearance.” (3) Nothing like this had happened before on such a huge scale. (4) More specifically, according to chief prosecutor Ulrich Bremer said that “the overwhelming majority” of the suspects were migrants; illegal immigrants and refugees though some of the media denied this. (5)

Also, and this is very important, according to the German people themselves, the police only report or release information on a small fraction of cases. (6)

We emphasise that this is only a fraction of the actual attacks, since the police not to all cases, a press releases. In Vienna, for example, a study was conducted with the result that more than 200.000 less than 2.000 press releases. To 647 of reported rapes, there were only 15 Pressemeitteilungen.” (7)

In contradiction to what the Minister of the Interior Ralf Jager tried to claim (Spiegel, 11 Jan, 2016), the perpetrators used social media to plan the gang rapes (8), called taharrush gamea in Arabic – yes, it’s a thing and it has a name (9) and, as I will show you later, it’s permitted in Islam, right out of the Quran.

Many news outlets would not report on this until after a public backlash (10) The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, blamed the victims, drawing harsh criticism from the German public. (11) She also said that it was, “completely improper” to say that the perpetrators were refugees. (12)

Speaking of denial and betrayal of the German people, Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphaliaster Jäger said, “We will not accept that groups of North African men gather expressly for the purpose of debasing women by sexually assaulting them.” (13) and he had the callousness to say that, “What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chat rooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women … This is poisoning the climate of our society.” (14)

The German people took it upon themselves to compile a map of crimes committed by the migrants and refugees which you can see here. The purple markers represent sexual assault and the red markers represent attacks of children including sexual assaults. Oh and black represents murder or attempted murder. (15) As you can see, there are some incidents recorded for Italy, Austria and Switzerland and sexual assaults on New Years Eve were also reported in Finland, Austria and Switzerland (16) and in multiple cities in Sweden (17)

In Helsinki, Finland, there were reports of “widespread sexual harassment”. (18) The Deputy Chief of police in Helsinki announced that, “There hasn’t been this kind of harassment on previous New Year’s Eves or other occasions for that matter… This is a completely new phenomenon in Helsinki.” (19) but the National Bureau of Investigation tried to deny that the sexual assaults in Helsinki were planned beforehand on social media as they were for other cities in Europe. (20)

Notes

(1) (Die Welt, 5 January 2016), (Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung, 24 January, 2016), (RP Online, 5 January, 2016)

(2) (Washington Post, 11 January, 2016)

(3) (BBC, 5 January 2016), (Deutsche Welle. 4 January 2016), (Reuters, 28 January 2016), (Wall St Journal, 5 January 2016)

(4) (BBC, 5 January 2016), (Deutsche Welle. 4 January 2016), (Reuters, 28 January 2016), (Wall St Journal, 5 January 2016)

(5) (Associated Press, 15 February, 2016), (Gutteridge,16 February 2016)

(6) (Einzenfel Liste, 2016)

(7) (Einzenfel Liste, 2016) (Correct!v, 2016)

(8) (Daily Express, 12 feb, 2016), (Focus, 11 Feb 2016), (Local, 12 Feb 2016), (Spiegel, 11 Jan 2016)

(9) (Welt, 7 Jan, 2016)

(10) (BBC, 5 Jan 2016), (Local, 5 Jan, 2016)

(11) (BBC, 5 Jan 2016

(12) (BBC, 5 Jan, 2016)

(13) (Deutsche Welle, 4, Jan 2016)

(14) (BBC, 7 Jan 2016)

(15) (Beltway, 3 March, 2016), (Einzelfall-Map, 2016)

(16) (News Corp Australia, 8 Jan 2016)

(17) (Sydsvenskan, 31 Jan 2016), (Sydsvenskan, 31 Jan 2016. ), (Sveriges Radio, 31 Jan 2016 )

(18) (Daily Telegraph, 8 Jan, 2016)

(19) (Yahoo News, 31 Jan, 2016)

(20) (Kirsi, 7 Jan, 2016)

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