The Muslim as Dhimmi

I would like to speak with you today about the Muslim as a Dhimmi.  (Dhimmis are Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims (defined by Muslims as Kafirs) living in Islamic countries as second-class subjects with virtually no rights as citizens.)  I’ve given several talks in which I try to show people that it is the Sharia and the status of “Dhimmi” (D-H-I-M-M-I) that is the root cause of the disappearance of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism in Islamic countries.  And usually what I do is this:  I go through something called the Dhimma, which was a “treaty granted by . . .  Muhammad to the Jewish and Christian populations whom he had subjected,” which included other “peoples vanquished by the Muslims and considered to be protected by their treaty of surrender,” [See The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam From Jihad to Dhimmitude, Bat Ye’or, page 472]  i.e., horrible rules that the conquered Kafirs were coerced into obeying.  But in order to really drive the point home I would like to pretend that the Moslems have signed a Dhimmi Treaty with our culture, with our civilization, and let’s see what it feels like to put the shoe on the other foot.  What would it be like if the Muslim were a Dhimmi in America today?

Every one of the following examples I’m going to give you were the conditions under which Christians in Islamic countries were subjugated.  To start off with:  Muslims are forbidden to build new mosques.   Muslims are prohibited from issuing their call to prayer any louder than can be heard from the sidewalk of the mosque.  (This is a corollary of the prohibition of Christians’ freedom to ring church bells loud enough to be heard by their congregation.)  A minaret shall not be higher than 15 feet.  Muslims cannot build houses greater in height than the height of houses owned by Christians.  Muslims are forbidden from attaining any position of authority over Christians.  Muslims shall not vote nor will they be recognized as citizens in any Kafir nation.  Muslims are prohibited from serving in the military, police force nor hold any government position.  Muslims shall not testify in Kafir courts nor will they be permitted to sue any Kafir.  Muslims shall not give shelter in their mosque or homes to any jihadi.  Muslims shall not teach Islam to any Kafir.  Muslims shall not manifest Islam publicly and they shall not attempt to convert any Kafir and they will not prevent any Mohammedan from leaving the religion of Islam if they so wish.  Muslims shall not own or carry any weapons.  Muslims shall not drive cars, although they will be able to operate mopeds and ride bicycles.  Muslims shall not display their books in the marketplace and Muslims will pay the Islamic tax (Jizya) of 50% of their income.  Once a year they will shave their heads and kneel before the Kafir to present the Jizya.  Any act of disobedience by an individual Muslim could result in collective punishment and nullify the Dhimma and cause the Kafirs to riot, murder and burn down the homes and mosques of the Muslims.

Now as you hear these rules, and it should be absolutely clear that if these laws were enacted and enforced in America Muslims would leave or they would apostatize and convert, which is exactly what Christians did in Turkey, the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East.  The same thing happened to the Buddhists and the Hindus when they were forcibly subjected to rules just like these and so, after a while, in utter desperation, they converted.  It may have taken centuries, but they converted or escaped from the totalitarian Islamic countries.  Now that you’ve seen how the Dhimma treats the Muslim as a Dhimmi, you can see that no Muslim would ever volunteer to immigrate to a Kafir country and allow themselves to be subjected to the same treatment to which Islamic countries subjected Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus.

The enforcement of the Dhimma is a good example of the dualism of Islamic supremacist countries.  In other words a Weltanschauung of “us versus them” or the Muslim over the Kafir.

Utterly lacking in Islamic culture is The Golden Rule:  “do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

This exercise of the Muslim as a Dhimmi is a juxtaposition of Dualism and The Golden Rule in reverse (i.e., we will now do unto you, what you have done unto us for centuries).

If you would like to learn more about life as a Christian, Jew or Hindu living in an Islamic totalitarian country I recommend two more fascinating books, in addition to the book cited in the footnote:  The Dhimmi:  Jews and Christians under Islam and Understanding Dhimmitude:  Twenty-one Lectures and Talks on the Position of Non-Muslims in Islamic Societies, both by Bat Ye’or.

7 Responses

  1. […] is a man-made document of ignorance, jahiliyah that must submit to sharia.  Non-Muslims are dhimmis, third class citizens.  All governments must be ruled by sharia law, and unlike common law, sharia […]

  2. Tom

    Dr.Warner, thank you so much for your courage. I have Christian friends from Iraq, who recently lost everything they had because of their faith. They had not only material properties stolen, but also several family members( including children) slaughtered like animals without mercy. They were not idol worshippers( in theory, not kafirs). Once I heard you say about Muslim tolerance: “The data does not support the theory. Therefore, the theory is wrong.”. Your arguments are solid, valid and true. Hope much more people, from all backgrounds( Islamic included), with a sincere thirst for truth will hear your voice with open ears and hearts.

  3. melletje1965

    Thank you Dr. Bill for another acurate insight on Islam. I just wish there were more people who would actually do a little more research on the true nature of Islam and learn the facts. The West and Europe have become more and more ignorant on the subject and it will be their downfall. As long as our politicians and leaders don’t or won’t see the truth we will become victims of Islam.

  4. jameel.syed

    Dr Bill, Appreciate you putting this together. However, I feel there is some diconnect which I would like highlight here.
    To my understanding Quran clearly define a Kafir as an idol worshipper and differentiates a Kafir from Christians and Jews. The latter are referred as the People of the Book. In some other places they are also referred as Children of Israel.

    Does your argument still holds true with the above definition of Kafir?

  5. Smokey1977

    I have been trying since I first read the Muslim Brotherhood in America’s plan to destroy us by what they call their “Civilization-Jihad Process” and, as of yet, I cannot get a politician to even respond to this question: “Is the Muslim Brotherhood in North America (MB) (Ikhwan) our friend or foe? Please provide me with links to the source material that provides you with your view(s).”

    Here is the plan they wrote but, as of yet, no response from a politician! Will you folks start asking this question of your politicians”

  6. mccode

    God bless Dr. Bill Warner, Bat Ye’or, Robert Spencer, David Wood, Pamela Geller, Raymond Ibrahim.

  7. Veritas No

    Thank you for clarifying dhimmitude. Would you be willing to write a piece about how a news host might pose questions to a Muslim guest, for instance an Imam or Muslim apologist, that would serve to enlighten American viewers about what Islam really is?

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