Political Islam is Islam's ideology about unbelievers, kafirs.
Welcome to the first self-study course on Islam.
We need to ask the question: why is this the first self-study course on Islam? There are many books on Islam, but the fact that there has never been a course presumes that you know nothing about Islam and then leads you step by step to provide a thorough knowledge of Islam. This course is in three levels. These talks are the first level, and at each level, you will see the whole picture of Islam.
Until now studying Islam has always been by scholars - university scholars and Islamic scholars. The university scholars are from the history, Arabic language, religion and Middle East studies departments. Each of these areas has its own narrow view of Islam. In the past, they've told us that Islam is very complicated and difficult to understand. Why? A university professor wants to be viewed as learned and intelligent. He wants you to think that he is the master of a very difficult and obscure topic. The same thing is true of an imam (a religious leader of Islam).
After September 11, 2001, the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Islam started receiving attention of a new kind of scholarship, scholarship that is not based on Arabic, history or religion. This new scholarship uses modern analytic techniques that are based on science, math and engineering.
The scientific method is a new way to study Islam. Analysis shows that Islam is both a religion and a political system and that the political system is the greatest part of Islamic doctrine.
What is the difference between religious Islam and political Islam? Do you remember when some Danish artists drew some cartoons of Mohammed? There were weeks of rioting, threats, lawsuits, killings, assassinations and destruction by Muslims. If Muslims want to respect Mohammed by never criticizing, joking about him and taking every word he said as a sacred example--that is religious. But when they threaten, pressure and hurt non-Muslims for not respecting Mohammed, that is political. When Muslims say that Mohammed is the prophet of the only god, that is religious, but when they insist that non-Muslims never disrespect Mohamed, that is political. When the newspapers and TV agreed not to publish the cartoons, that was a political response, not a religious response.
Let's consider the Koran:
Detailed statistical analysis shows that over sixty percent of the Koran is political in nature. That is, it tells how to relate to non-believers, not how a Muslim leads a good life. Less than forty percent of the Koran is actually devoted to the religion of Islam. This is a major insight, because when you study Mohamed's life, you also learn that the bulk of it was political, not religious.
The power of this course is that you will be able to sort out the religion of Islam and the politics of Islam. As a political system, Islam can be criticized as easily as you can criticize Communism, Nazism, Democrats or Republicans. They are all just political systems. It is still socially allowable to reject a political system. These lessons will free you from the religion of Islam.
This course is based upon Five principles of political Islam. When you understand these principles, you will be able to use them to educate and persuade others.
The first principle is that everything Islam does to the non-Muslim is based upon three texts-Koran, Sira and Hadith. The Koran is what Mohammed said Allah revealed to him. The Sira is Mohammed's biography and the Hadith is the Traditions of Mohammed and are small stories and sayings of Mohammed. Notice that what is common to Koran, Sira and Hadith is Mohammed. So really, everything that Islam does to non-Muslims is based upon Mohammed. What Mohammed does and says is so important that Islam has a word for it-Sunna.
This is not the way that Islam is discussed in the media or by politicians. Usually someone gives their opinion of Islam. In most cases they describe how Islam reacts to what we do. The media's view is that we act and Islam reacts. This course will teach you that what Islam does and says is based first of all on Mohammed, not us. The deep motivation is the Sunna of Mohammed.
The second principle is that most of the Trilogy is about the non-Muslim, not about the religion of Islam. Islam is primarily a political system.
The third principle is that all non-Muslims are kafirs. About 60% of the Koran is about the kafirs. Kafirs are all those who don't believe that Mohammed is the prophet of Allah. The Koran says that kafirs are hated by Allah and that Allah plots against kafirs. Kafirs are lower than animals and can be killed, robbed, tortured, crucified, enslaved and more. There is a good argument for kafir being the worst word in the human language. Christians, Jews, atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, animists, pagans and Zoroastrians are all kafirs.
The concept of the kafir is important is because so much of Islam is focused on them. For Mohammed, and therefore, Muslims, there is a vast divide between themselves and kafirs. It is so deep that Islamic ethics has one set of rules for Muslims and another set of rules for dealing with kafirs. There will be an entire lesson on Islamic ethics.
Which brings to the fourth principle of political Islam: Islam has two ways to deal with kafirs. For the most part, Muslims make the same choice Mohammed did when he started Islam and was a preacher. But there is another choice. When Mohammed became a politician and warrior and spread Islam, he gave Muslims a second way to act towards kafirs. He rose to power by using deceit, war, and violence. All of this is detailed in the Sira and you will learn about it in this course. At the end of the course, you will see what moral choices Muslims have when they are with kafirs.
The fifth principle is that kafirs must submit to Islam's will in the public sphere. The word Islam means submission and a Muslim is one who has submitted to Islam. The Koran, Sira and Hadith make it clear that kafirs must submit to Islam in all politics. So all interaction between Islam and kafirs includes a pressure to speak and act in the way of Islam.
So the five principles of political Islam are:
Islam is based upon the Koran and what Mohammed did.
Most of Islam is political and is about what to do about non-Muslims.
All non-Muslims are kafirs, the worst form of life.
A kafir can be treated in two different ways.
A kafir is supposed to give way to Islam in all public matters.
In the last lesson you will learn how these five principles can be used for easy analysis and understanding.
The first level of this three level course is the audio programming. You're going to learn the why of Islam. If you'll look closely at what is said about Islam on the TV and written in the newspapers and magazines, notice that they don't explain "why" Islam does anything, except as a reaction to what we do. A typical explanation of Islamic terror is that it is because of something we did. But this is totally wrong. Islam has a highly detailed political view. Islam doesn't look to us to decide what to do. The majority of Islam is determined by its own political doctrine. Its political purpose is to annihilate all civilizations that are not Islamic. That sounds harsh, but once you understand the doctrine and history of Islam you will see something. Islam annihilates native cultures.
We were told in the media after September 11th that Islam had been hijacked, that the act of 9/11 was not Islamic. You're going to learn about the political theory of Jihad and once you understand the political theory, which is all based upon Mohamed, you'll understand that September 11th was by the book. It was exactly like Mohamed would have ordered it to be done.
Islam is not just a religion. Islam is a complete civilization. It has an ethical system; a doctrine of law, a political doctrine, and it has a highly detailed theory of Jihad. All of this is based upon Mohamed. Mohamed is one of the most fascinating men who ever lived. You're going to learn and be stunned that Mohamed was not a success as the prophet of Allah.
The religion of Islam failed. Mohamed taught the religion of Islam for 13 years and only got 150 people to believe him. Then he turned to politics and war. He called it Jihad, and in 10 years time he became the first ruler of all of Arabia. When Mohamed died he did not have a single enemy left in Arabia. Mohamed is the perfect Muslim; everything in Islam is based upon him. Actually, far more of Islamic doctrine is based upon Mohamed, than Allah and the Koran.
In this course you're going to learn about the Koran and how it is only about 20% of the doctrine of Islam. The bulk of the doctrine of Islam is established by Mohamed's perfect example, not his God, Allah. Every Muslim is a Mohammedan, because they pattern their life after Mohammed.
You are going to understand Mohamed as a political figure, as a man who changed the world. He became enormously successful at politics and that's where the success of Islam lies, in its politics.
Mohamed's biography is a sacred text. 75% of it is devoted to his life as a Jihadist and a politician. This reflects Mohamed's success.
You will also learn about the Koran and understand its basics.
We will have a lesson on women. Islam has an entire doctrine on how to treat women.
One of the most shocking lessons is on the roots of slavery. Everything you have been taught about slavery is only half right. Islam is the key to world slavery.
Islam has the most unique ethical system in the world. Islamic ethics have nothing in common with ours. There is no Golden Rule in Islam.
You will learn about submission and duality-the key concepts of Islam. Knowledge about submission and duality gives clarity of thinking.
You will learn about the most shameful word, dhimmi.. That one word contains an entire hidden and forbidden history.
There is one issue that people have when they hear about Islam. At work or school they have meet Muslims and they are nice people. So when you hear something grim about Islam, you may think, Well, Ahmed is not like that. If Ahmed is so nice, how can these dreadful things be true?
First, this entire course is about Islam, not Muslims. Muslims are people; Islam is a doctrine and an ideology. Before you can understand how Ahmed can be so nice, you must first understand the entirety of Islam. Islam is a dualistic ideology; it always has two answers. This is because there are two Korans and two Mohammeds. When you understand the dual nature of Islam, you will understand how some people, who call themselves Muslims, can be very nice. But you will also understand how they have some moral choices they can make that are not available to you. You also will never have to ask a Muslim anything about Islam. You will become your own expert. Islam is a most fascinating subject, particularly political Islam.