17. Does Islam sanction “honor killings?”
No. According to Islamic teachings, no Muslim may sanction or support murder; the Qur’an explicitly forbids such actions (16:59, 5:27-32). In fact, the Qur’an does not mention “honor killings”, and in Islamic teachings, there is no such thing as excusable murder. The term “honor killings” used in some cultures is an attempt to describe murder as something religiously acceptable. It is not religiously acceptable in Islam.
“no Muslim may sanction or support murder”
Well, according to Mohammed: From the Sharia: o1.0 The blood of a Muslim is not lawful to shed, unless he be one of three:
A married adulterer some killed in retaliation for killing another, or someone who abandons his religion (Islam) and the Muslim community.
The Sharia allows a parent to murder both their children and grandchildren. Murder of children is part of honor killing. From the Sharia:
0.1.2 (4) The following are not subject to retaliation: a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring
18. What is Taqiyya? Does Islam encourage American Muslims to deceive and lie?
Taqiyya is an Arabic word that means to hide your faith in times of persecution in order to protect your life and family. It does not allow one to deceive and lie. Muslims are allowed to practice Taqiyya when open declaration of their faith leads to death and torture.
A similar teaching can be found in Judaism: Maimonides, one of the great Jewish Torah scholars, taught that one is allowed to lie about one’s religion in order to save one’s life, and many Jews who were forcibly baptized in medieval Christian Europe engaged in the same kind of practice to protect their lives and remain committed to their faith. Given the very restricted contexts in which such behavior is allowed in both religions, it would be wrong to accuse Islam or Judaism of actively encouraging believers to deceive others.
Islam commands all Muslims to speak the truth and conduct themselves honestly in personal, political, and professional relationships. In the Qur’an, God commands Muslims: “And do not mix the truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth while you know [what it is] (2:42).”
“Does Islam encourage American Muslims to deceive and lie?”
Islam does not recognize such as a thing as an American Muslim, only Muslims. But Mohammed repeatedly advised Muslims to lie if it would advance Islam, so that would include American Muslims too. When deception advances Islam, the deception is not a sin. From the Hadith: Mohammed asked, “Who will kill Ka’b, the enemy of Allah and Mohammed?”
Bin Maslama rose and responded, “O Mohammed! Would it please you if I killed him?”
Mohammed answered, “Yes.”
Bin Maslama then said, “Give me permission to deceive him with lies so that my plot will succeed.”
Mohammed replied, “You may speak falsely to him.”
Remember that the normal state between Islam and any Kafir culture is war. The shortest hadith is:
War is deceit.
19. What is Sharia?
Sharia stands for Islamic or sacred law. It is an Arabic word meaning “the way” or “the path to water.” For centuries, Muslim scholars have given a broad definition of Sharia reflecting the diversity of interpretations on how Muslims have attempted to best understand and practice their faith.
The general definition of Sharia as understood by most American Muslims is as follows:
“Sharia as understood by most American Muslims”
This statement makes it sound like Sharia is up to the local Muslims to work out as they see fit. Who cares what a few Muslims think Sharia is? Sharia is not left up to the Muslim citizens, but to the experts who must base all of their findings on the Koran and the Sunna of Mohammed.
Sharia represents how practicing Muslims can best lead their daily lives in accordance with God’s divine guidance. It may be generally defined as the Islamic law revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammad. That divine law was then interpreted by Muslim scholars over the centuries. Among the primary aims of the Sharia are the achievement of justice, fairness and mercy.
“the primary aims of the Sharia are the achievement of justice, fairness and mercy”
Actually, according to the Sharia, justice can only come from the Sharia. There is no justice under our man-made-ignorant Constitution.
And what about the implied secondary aims? Well, those include the control and rule over the Kafir dhimmi.
The five major goals of the Sharia are the protection of sound religious practice, life, sanity, the family, and personal and communal wealth. The acknowledgement of sound local customs throughout the world is one of the five basic maxims of the Sharia according to all Islamic schools of law.
Sharia is overwhelmingly concerned with personal religious observance such as prayer and fasting. Just as many observant Jews follow Halakha, many observant Muslims follow some aspect of Sharia.
“Sharia is overwhelmingly concerned with personal religious observance”
It is true that Sharia concerns itself with question of religious questions such as how to pray, but it also true that it concerns itself with law, punishment, contracts, divorce, courts, personal hygiene, personal conscience and every other aspect of life. And Sharia includes how to rule over the Kafir, make war with them, give them separate justice, tax them and dictate how their religion will be conducted.
The Sharia is not so overwhelming concerned with religion that it does not have the space for jihad against the Kafir and making the Kafir be ruled as a dhimmi, a semi-slave.
The Jewish law, halakha, does not concern itself with the Gentile, only the Jew. As an example, Jews are forbidden to eat pork, but they do not try to make the school cafeteria kosher. The Sharia not only dictates that Muslims not eat pork, but that the cafeteria be halal (Islamic kosher). If you protest that that is not happening now, it will. Wait until Islam becomes strong enough. The Sharia is to be implemented a step at a time.
Saying the Sharia is like Jewish law is deceiving since the Jewish law does not impact non-Jews and the Sharia does affect non-Muslims.
Currently, 35 countries incorporate Sharia into their civil, common or customary law. The diverse manner in which these countries apply Sharia to daily life highlights how Sharia is neither static nor rigid but instead a reflection on how different communities interpret it.
“Sharia is neither static nor rigid”
This makes it seem like Sharia can be changed and it can at tactical levels, but not at a strategic level. Why? Every word in the Sharia must be based on Koran and the Sunna. So, Sharia is adaptive to the degree it can accommodate new demands within the bounds of the Sunna and Koran.
21. Is Sharia open to interpretation?
Yes. Within Islam, certain interpretations and applications of Sharia have changed over time and continue to change today. There is no one interpretation called “Sharia.” A variety of Muslim communities exist around the world, and each understands Sharia in its own context. No single official document encapsulates Sharia.
Since interpretation is a human process, it has always been pluralistic, prone to error, and dependent on human understanding, no matter the religion in question. Interpretation is also subject to conditions and times specific to a particular community of believers. Interpretations may vary significantly from country to country and community to community. This explains the great variety of ways Muslims have practiced their faith all over the world for the past 1400 years.
Any theological or moral system is vulnerable to misuse by extremists to promote violence. For that reason, it is important to be familiar with the history of a religious tradition and understand the widely-shared interpretation of its beliefs and practices.
“Any theological or moral system is vulnerable to misuse by extremists to promote violence.”
Promotion of violence is easy for political Islam, since the rise of Islam was based on the doctrine of jihad. Mohammed committed an act of violence on the average of every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life. That is the Sunna. So the use of jihad by Muslims is not extremist, but normative. Mohammed preached the religion of Islam for 13 years in Mecca and garnered only 150 followers. If he had not turned to jihad, there would have been fewer than a thousand Muslims when he died and Islam would have died with him. Jihadic violence is what gave birth to a successful Islam.
“the history of a religious tradition”
Well, the history of the religious tradition of jihad includes over 19,000 jihad attacks since 9/11/2001.
22. Is Sharia compatible with American law and values?
Many aspects of Sharia or Islamic law are consistent with modern legal rules found in American law. For example, both legal systems allow rights to personal property, mutual consent to contracts, the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings, and the right of women to initiate divorce proceedings.
“Many aspects of Sharia or Islamic law are consistent with modern legal rules”
This statement is an example of one of the forms of Islamic lying called kitman. Kitman is a half-truth. Sure, there are aspects of Sharia that are consistent with modern legal rules. But the Sharia is based on the absolute authority of the Koran and the Sunna. Therefore, the Sharia has no freedom of conscience or expression. The concept of jihad against Kafirs and dhimmitude of Christian and Jew are a permanent part of Sharia and they violate the very foundation of our legal system. It is illegal under the Sharia for anyone to tell a joke about Mohammed. Criticism of Allah and Mohammed are forbidden by all peoples.
26. Is the accommodation of Muslim practices in U.S. courts an example of what some have called “creeping Sharia” in the American legal system? How do you explain U.S. courts interpreting contracts based on Sharia law?
This talk about the legal system directs us away from the biggest intrusion of Sharia. Our textbooks are being altered to reflect a glorious Islam and a reduced Christianity and Judaism. Application of blasphemy laws to limit free speech is another “creeping” application of Sharia law. The Sharia demands that the Kafir be ruled and we are submitting to Islam in many arenas besides the courts.
27. How would state laws barring the use of Sharia or religious laws in courts affect Muslim Americans and other religious groups?
Legislation barring any consideration of “foreign” or “religious law” in the courts has the effect of potentially marginalizing and discriminating against all religious communities in America who have practiced their religious beliefs and customs peacefully for centuries thanks to the pluralistic and inclusive nature of the U.S. Constitution which affords such freedoms and rights to all American citizens.
“How would state laws…”
The language of this brochure shows that the Muslim Brotherhood is concerned about legal limitations to any part of the Sharia. Why should we be concerned about Sharia taking root in our civilization? Here is a curve that shows the effects on Kafir civilization. The data is taken from the Islamification of Turkey and shows how a Christian nation was annihilated over 7 centuries. The annihilation came from daily life under Sharia and occasional punishments with jihad to keep the Kafirs subservient to the Sharia.
What is important about this curve is that once the Sharia is in place, the result is always the same-annihilation of the native culture. Turkey, Algeria, Iraq, Egypt, Liberia, Jordan and Tunisia used to be Christian. Iran was Zoroastrian. Afghanistan was Buddhist, and Pakistan used to be Hindu.
But the state laws are not the only or best place to seek to limit the application of Sharia in our civilization. We must go beyond wanting the state to do what we should be doing at the grass roots in our local government.
Bill Warner, Director, Center for the Study of Political Islam
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