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Very True - From a Muslim
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another 'born again' attack on Islam
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Posted March 15, 2003
Disturbing but an awareness that we all need to possess.
The book's cover displays a chilling photograph of the eyes of Mohammed Atta, one of the Islamic terrorist hijackers involved in the September 11 2001 atrocities. A fitting lead into this study of Islam and the underlying hatred behind these and other acts of terrorism. The writer has been a student of Islam for some 20 years and tries to explain without bias, what he personally declares as some of the misconceptions surrounding Islam. Whilst I might not agree with everything that the book contains, it is very well written and an extremely useful reference for those wishing to study these issues. The book states at the outset that most Westerners know very little about Islam and had little or no idea of the depth of hatred and hostility facing the West prior to September 11. The writer proceeds to declare that whilst the very many innocent Moslems should not be held guilty by association following these terrorist attacks, the likes of Osama bin Laden and co. actually meant precisely what they said & far from being extremists or perverters of Islam, they actually interpret Islam's tenets correctly. The book addresses how for many decades, endless incidents of violence, murder & terrorism have been publicly declared as `having nothing to do with Islam'. Claims still being echoed by senior Western politicians who blindly insist that Islam is a `peaceful religion' ignoring Islamic calls for worldwide domination and the destruction of the West and Israel. The book stating that to bracket Islam and peace is just wishful thinking with reference to the Islamic fighting against it's neighbours along the perimeter of the Islamic world, citing the violence against Hindus in India, Communists & Buddhists, Chinese, Jews and some `Christian' entities. Islamic `tolerance' of other religions is also studied with reference to the Quranic statement that `anyone who converts from Islam to Christianity deserves to die'. Numerous incidents are mentioned where those refusing to convert to Islam have been instantly executed on the spot. Amongst the many other issues addressed are the distressing treatment of women & how they are victimised under Shariah or Islamic law plus the appalling human rights record in the Islamic world. Slavery still surviving in some Islamic countries such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia & Mauritania, together with the still present dhimmi status attached to non-Moslems who are still regarded as second class, inferior citizens. There is also an analysis of why the Islamic region is such a fertile breeding ground for violence. Looking into the Islamic mindset, we see how many modern day Moslems are being fed on a Quranic diet of anti-Jewish/anti-Western diatribe. The book studies the incentives and fervour behind Islamic homicide/suicide bombings, citing the rewards for such actions outlined in the Quran under Sura 56; 15-24. An example is quoted of a 11 year old Palestinian youth publicly declaring to his class-mates, '...I will make my body a bomb that will blast the flesh of Zionists, the sons of pigs and monkeys...I will tear their bodies into little pieces and cause them more pain than they will ever know.' -His classmates responding 'Allah Akhbar (God is great)' and his Palestinian teacher shouting, 'May the virgins give you pleasure!' Speaking with a deep concern, I consider that this book is valuable in alerting people to the dangers of Islam which have impacted our lives and will no doubt impact our lives even more in the near future. There are two reasons which we must all be knowledgeable about this religion. Despite what many people say, what politicians and the media profess, Islam can here be seen as indeed a religion of war and bloodshed & that it is intent upon world domination. This is confirmed throughout many sections of the Quran and Hadith, the two main literary sources of Islam. To blindly ignore this, irrespective of how honourable the motives might seem, invites disaster. Might I respect
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Posted December 14, 2002
Analysis of Modern Islam Wihtout the "Politically Correct" Liberal Media Slant (Nor the Liberal Media Shameful Silence)
The critics of those who warn that Islamic terrorists' political philosophy are largely faithful to the text and history of Islamic doctrine, were they intellectually honest and not blindly and mindlessly obsessed with political correctness and fanciful and unrealistic notions of "inclusion" in the face of such a grave threat, would be hard pressed to deny the evidence set forth so cogently by Spencer in this book. After learning about the truth behind the text of the Koran and other Islamic doctrine, and placing it in historical context, it becomes obvious that in contrast to other religions like Christianity, which without question have had their dark sides both in doctrine and practice, the difference is that the textual provisions pertaining to violence (most notably death to nonbelievers) in the Koran is absolutist and largely devoid of any mollifying language that can be used to interpret the faith in a broader context (contrast the old and new testaments: "Eye for an Eye" vs. "If one strikes you offer him the other cheek") Of course, the blatantly biased and "inclusion/tolerance" conscious liberal media will NEVER tell you this disconcerting reality about this religion and the modern crisis that is spreading across the globe as a result of its absolutism, intolerance and anti-individualism. That is why all Americans MUST read this well researched and virtually unassailable book.
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