Radical Eye for the Infidel Guy: Inside the Strange World of Militant Islam

Radical Eye for the Infidel Guy: Inside the Strange World of Militant Islam

by Kevin J. Ryan
     
 

Are you tired of hearing that Islam is a religion of peace while terrorist plots are uncovered, beheadings of prisoners are broadcast on the Internet, and carnage in Iraq has become routine? Are you fed up with the politically correct whitewashing of the obviously grim realities of radical Islam? Kevin J. Ryan uses sardonic humor and a streak of radical irreverence

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Are you tired of hearing that Islam is a religion of peace while terrorist plots are uncovered, beheadings of prisoners are broadcast on the Internet, and carnage in Iraq has become routine? Are you fed up with the politically correct whitewashing of the obviously grim realities of radical Islam? Kevin J. Ryan uses sardonic humor and a streak of radical irreverence to expose Islamist ideology for what it really is and to help you develop your own Radical Eye.

Combining the debunking zeal of Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason with Mad magazine’s irreverent view of history and politics, Ryan has written the most politically incorrect — and funniest — book on radical Islam that you’re ever likely to read.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Kevin Ryan manages to pull off the impossible: he tells the truth about Islam and Sharia while keeping a light, humorous touch. Gallows humor, sure, but it packs a punch: this book will go a long way toward waking up sleeping infidels to the magnitude of the problem we face."
Robert Spencer
Author of the New York Times best sellers
The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

"It takes considerable courage to write anything remotely critical of Islam. It takes even greater courage to write anything satirical or humorous about a religion that has no sense of irony, as the Danish cartoon affair recently reminded us. Hence Kevin Ryan’s irreverent and hilarious look at Islam is doubly welcome, though the humor should not blind us to the underlying grim reality that Mr Ryan documents so well."
Ibn Warraq
Author of Why I Am Not a Muslim and many other books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591025078
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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RADICAL EYE FOR THE INFIDEL GUY

Inside the Strange World of Militant Islam
By KEVIN J. RYAN

Prometheus Books

Copyright © 2007 Kevin J. Ryan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59102-507-8


Chapter One

WAR PART I

Or, How to Food a Religion of Peace and Declare War on the Rest of the World

"Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a Holy war ..." -The Prophet Muhammad

IN SEARCH OF TRUE ISLAM

On 9/11 more than two thousand innocent men, women, and children were murdered by devoutly religious men who claimed they were doing God's work. But "Islam is a religion of peace," George Bush assured us, as did several other world leaders and various "experts" on Islam.

That tragic day was for many Americans and Westerners the first introduction to Islam. Maybe it was an aberration; maybe it was as the experts described-just a few sick people twisting a perfectly peaceful religion to their evil ends.

Then, when the United States invaded Afghanistan we learned that the Taliban, who had built their society on their understanding of Islamic principles, had been terrorizing the Afghani people for seven years, murdering dissenters, confiscating property, beating people publicly for minor religiousinfractions, and selling women into sexual slavery.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

Then we noticed that there was a spate of homicidal bombers killing innocents in Israel. Apparently, this had been going on since 1994, when Yasser Arafat signed the framework of agreements designed to bring peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

In Bali, Indonesia, on October 12, 2002, over two hundred people were killed and hundreds more injured in an attack directed at the infidels in a nightclub. Most of the victims were vacationing mothers from Australia.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

In March of 2003, United States and coalition forces invaded Iraq and quickly deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. The coalition found overwhelming evidence of systematic murder and torture of innocents, as well as hundreds of thousands of bodies in mass graves-many of whom were women and small children. When the world learned of this, many Islamic governments as well as large sectors of the Muslim "street" responded with outrage-directed against the United States. From virtually all Islamic nations, terrorists flocked to Iraq to fight the coalition and reinstate the murderous Ba'athist regime. These fighters cite the call of Islam as their motivation. In fact, Osama bin Laden himself said that his primary reason for his war against America and 9/11 was religious-the presence of American Infidel soldiers on the "holy" Arabian peninsula.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

Also in March 2004, Muslim terrorists bombed a train station in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and injuring 1,800. The terrorists were motivated by a desire for their own Muslim nation.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

In September 2004, Muslim Chechnyan separatists attacked a school in Beslan, Russia and took hundreds of students and adults hostage. They denied their captives food and water, subjecting them to extreme physical and psychological abuse for three days. When the terrorists caused an explosion and the surviving children ran for their lives, the attackers shot them in the back. Later we learned that the Chechnyan murderers had international support from Muslims in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

Also in 2004, we learned about the crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan, where Arab Muslims committed genocide, rape, and general abuse against the local black Muslim population. We also heard about the previous Sudanese genocide committed against Christians in that nation, where the victims number in the millions.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

In July 2005, Islamic terrorists killed fifty-two people when they bombed three London subway trains and a bus. Two weeks later, another group of Muslim radicals attempted, and failed, to repeat the attack. And then, almost exactly one year later, in July 2006, militant Islamists killed more than two hundred people in a mass transit attack in Mumbai, India.

But Islam is a religion of peace.

Unsophisticated people without a full understanding of the context, history, and nuance of each of these situations might conclude that Islam is not really peaceful-or at least not primarily so. In fact, it's tempting to conclude that Islam is downright pugnacious.

But which is it? The overwhelming number of acts of murder and brutality, or the handful of experts who tell us about Islam? The question remains: Is Islam really a religion of peace?

Here's an illuminating statistic: Muslims were involved in twenty-six of the fifty ethnic conflicts of the 1990s, according to Harvard's Samuel P. Huntington, author of The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order. He goes on to say, "Muslims make up about one-fifth of the world's population, but in the 1990s they have been far more involved in inter-group violence than the people of any other civilization. The evidence is overwhelming."

By now, we can almost hear the voice of political correctness asking: But Islam is a religion of peace. It has been perverted, or something ... um, right?

Most Americans and westerners would like to believe that Islam is intrinsically peaceful, but plenty of evidence has been piling up to suggest otherwise. Terrorists and radical Muslim spiritual leaders are singularly unhelpful in convincing the world of their tranquil, nonsectarian agenda. And they virtually always evoke their religion of peace when they commit or justify murder. In fact, "Allah Akbar!" (God is Great!) are the last words of almost all homicide bombers. Clearly, these radicals all think they are practicing "true Islam."

Who's right? The experts we see on TV, or the terrorists themselves? Are radicals practicing "true Islam" or fake, brutal, and murderous not-really-real Islam?

The search for true Islam takes us to the Muslim prophet Muhammad, who founded Islam and the first Islamic state. We'll also look at the Qur'an, the holy book the Prophet revealed to the world, which is the basis of Islam. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad was Allah's chosen messenger and today still consider him "the perfect role model in all situations." Thus, if terrorists have really hijacked a noble, peaceful religion, then we can't go wrong by going back to these two sources, Muhammad and the Qur'an, which are the basis of everything that followed.

MUHAMMAD: ISLAM'S GROUND ZERO

Born in what is now Saudi Arabia in 570, Muhammad was a merchant in the pagan town of Mecca, whose chief industry was catering to the many pilgrims who came to worship their different gods, see various pagan artifacts, and visit shrines-including the "black stone" that now sits in the cube-shaped building called the Ka'ba that is at the center of the Mosque in Mecca, the holiest mosque in all of Islam.

Apparently, Muhammad would often seek the solitude of a cave in the nearby mountains and on one of these trips in 610 he was visited by the angel Gabriel who told him that he was the Prophet of Allah, the one true God, and that it would be his responsibility to spread Allah's final revelation to man. Gabriel would visit Muhammad from time to time for the rest of his life, revealing more of Allah's will, which he conveniently provided in Arabic.

Since Muhammad could neither read nor write, he would recite the verses given to him by Gabriel to friends who wrote them down on whatever was handy-anything from leaves, to rocks, to goat and camel bones. These verses, or Suras, form the Qur'an (a word which means, literally, recitation). According to Islamic doctrine, the Qur'an follows and supercedes Allah's previous revelations of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, which Muslims also recognize but see as precursors to the "true faith," Islam.

Now, you could make the argument that even if he did speak to an angel, Muhammad might not have remembered Allah's words precisely and that the people writing them down might have changed things slightly, as happens in the children's game "telephone." According to Paul Fregosi in his book Jihad in the West, one of the transcribers, Abdallah ibn Saad, would invent his own verses to add to the ones that the Prophet dictated to him. When he was found out, he fled and barely escaped Muhammad's wrath.

A few years after Muhammad's death there was an effort made to compile a definitive record of the Qur'an, and all other versions were destroyed. This new Qur'an was not organized by theme, or even chronologically, but its 114 Suras were organized-more or less-from the longest to the shortest.

The Suras vary wildly in form and structure and, according to Qur'anic scholar Gerd R. Puin, "every fifth sentence or so simply doesn't make sense ... the fact is that a fifth of the Qur'anic text is just incomprehensible" (italics in original), even in Arabic. The Islamic holy book is also replete with contradictions, the most famous being the conflicting messages to "kill the Infidel where you find him," and other, more tolerant statements to respect "People of the Book," or to "bear with them and wish them Peace."

Islamic scholars invented a concept called abrogation to explain these apparent and sometimes egregious contradictions. Abrogation says that being all-powerful, Allah is more than able to revise his revelation as he sees fit, and that later suras will supersede earlier ones. The problem is that since the suras are not organized chronologically, there's no reliable way to know which ones came first. Careful readers will remember that Allah and the Qur'an are eternal and unchanging, and they might ask why Allah would want or need to revise his own will over time if He is eternal and stands outside time, but that kind of talk will not get you invited to many dinner parties in Saudi Arabia.

Reason would lead you to conclude that perhaps, just perhaps, the Qur'an is not the precise word of God. Even if Muhammad did speak to an angel, maybe there was a bit of human error in the dictation and/or the transcription and compilation of the book.

In fact, according to Qur'anic scholar Toby Lester, "a major theological debate in fact arose within Islam in the later eighth century, pitting those who believed in the Koran as the 'uncreated' and eternal Word of God against those who believed in it as created in time, like anything that isn't God himself." But after a brief period where the Qur'an was believed to be metaphorical rather than literal, by the end of the tenth century the doctrine of "inimitability" was firmly established, making it clear that the Qur'an was the actual Word of Allah and, in fact, part of Allah himself. Thus, to deny the accuracy of any part of the Qur'an is to deny God himself.

Though Muslims believe that Muhammad was accurately relaying the word and will of Allah, some historians have speculated that he wasn't actually visited by the angel Gabriel and was simply trying to bring Judeo-Christian-style monotheism to the Arab people. Unquestionably, Muhammad was an Arab patriot and wanted his people to have the stature and political might he thought they deserved. As such, he wanted to forge a new Arab empire on par with the Persian and Byzantine empires. Thus, some of the verses in the Qur'an-like the prohibition against the common Bedouin practice of killing female babies at birth-are seen by some as an effort to eliminate some of the more barbaric practices of the time. And the murdering of female infants was one of the customs that cost Arabs significant respect from the other civilizations of the day.

The Qur'an also codified many seventh-century Arab customs and norms. Doing this in a religious text insured not only that the spiritual elements of Islam could be spread, but that many cultural aspects of Arab society could be propagated as well.

Many of the people who maintain that Islam is a religion of peace point to the various sections of the Qur'an that talk about peace or mercy, though a number of these were cribbed more or less directly from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The bottom line is that the Qur'an is about 135,000 words (about twice as long as this book) and is thus reasonably complex and can support a number of different interpretations. You could certainly cobble together a theology from the gentler parts of the book, but you would have to do quite a bit of work to ignore the clearly barbaric portions.

The point is there is some wiggle room in the Qur'an, so the best place to start in the search for "true Islam" is the life and works of Muhammad himself. All devout Muslims believe him to be nearly a "perfect man" whose life they can only hope to emulate. Certainly, the Prophet himself must have practiced true Islam or something pretty darn close to it.

IT'S NOT JUST A SET OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES, IT'S THE LAW

In the early days of this new religion, Muhammad started amassing followers among his friends and family in Mecca. His monotheistic religion was immediately at odds with the old guard in Mecca, whose life and economy were built around the business generated by pilgrims visiting the pagan shrines, and monotheism would dramatically hurt that business.

In 622, twelve to thirteen years after Muhammad's first meeting with Gabriel, he moved himself, his family, and about sixty families of his followers to the city of Medina where he was welcomed. This would become an important event in Islamic history and the year of the migration is the beginning of the Islamic calendar.

In Medina, Muhammad functioned as both a political and religious leader. As scholar Bernard Lewis puts it in his book The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years, as head of the Muslim Umma, or community, Muhammad "promulgated laws, dispensed justice, collected taxes, conducted diplomacy, made war, and made peace. The Umma, which began as a community, had become a state. It would soon become an empire." This status set Muhammad firmly apart from previous religious leaders like Jesus or Moses. It created a precedent that has continued to the present day in many Islamic nations like Iran, where leaders hold both political and religious power.

The Qur'an, as it continued to be revealed to Muhammad, expressed Allah's will in a number of religious, social, political, legal, and economic areas. People in the West tend to see Islam as just one of the three monotheistic religions and not really so different from Judaism or Christianity, but Islam is fundamentally different in that it is as much a political system as it is a religious one. Saudi Arabia, for instance, has no constitution other than the Qur'an and Islamic holy law (called Shariah), which is derived from a few books of collected stories from Muhammad's life. There can be no separation of church and state because they are one and the same.

It was Jesus Christ himself who gave us the notion of a separation of church and state when he said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's." For Muhammad and for anyone who follows his example, there is no such distinction. In fact, there cannot be.

When people talk about moderate or reformed Islam, they discuss making it compatible with Western notions of religion as an individual matter between the worshiper and his or her God, and a key to individual and personal human comfort and salvation. But for many Muslims, devotion must include strict adherence to Islamic holy law, which spells out-among other things-specific punishments for certain crimes like the amputation of hands for thieves and the death penalty for people who leave Islam. It also details the proper treatment of slaves.

So getting back to my wife's friend's suggestion that the rest of the world convert to Islam to make peace with Muslims, it's clear that conversion would entail more than just praying five times a day while facing Mecca.

There's a special term for a version of Islam that is strictly spiritual and not concerned with politics or law, it's called Not-Islam. Certainly it's not Islam as it was practiced by the Prophet.

Again, we can almost hear the PC voices saying: That's absurd! You don't expect us to believe that anyone outside of a small group of radicals are really fundamentalists, do you?

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Kevin Ryan has spent nearly twenty years as an editor and writer of movie and television tie-in books. He is the author of ten books, including the nationally best-selling novelization of the feature film Van Helsing and the critically acclaimed Star Trek trilogy, Errand of Vengeance. He can be reached at theradicaleye.com.

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