Our greatest critics of Islam confine their attack to the non-religious aspects of Islam, either its political side or its judicial side. But when we discuss political Islam or Sharia law alone, we imply that there is a religious Islam that is perfectly fine, that we don’t have to worry about. And we leave the major problems of Islamization – Muslim immigration, mosque building, the proselytizing in our prisons and military and the infiltration of our governmental institutions completely untouched but indeed untouchable.
So I think we need to step back a second and examine Islam as a whole and to broadly define the outlines of Islam – what it is and what it isn’t.
One thing we can definitely say about Islam is that is it not confined to a belief system. If it is a religion it is not a religion only. Islam is a total way of life and contains within itself a certain social system, judicial system, and political system which includes geo-political aspirations - the conquest and administration of territory.
Sometimes I compare Islam to a duck-billed platypus which superficially resembles an otter. Upon Inspection, You will find this animal has a duck-like bill, That it lays eggs, and has many other features which are not otter-like. So it cannot remain in the Animal category containing otters. It is simply too different and must have its own category. I think the same thing is true of Islam. It is far too different from the other religions to remain in the same category, it should be classified in its own category.
Secondly, I think it is obvious to Christians that Islam is its polar opposite and I believe nihilism lies between Christianity and Islam and that the morality of Islam is inverted.
Let me explain: religion supplies our world-view concerning the nature of reality. If we were to plot belief systems on a graph – on one side are religions which view G-d as good and the universe as a benevolent place – in the middle we have the view that there is no G-d and the universe is a pitiless and indifferent place, the view of material determinism which is the direction toward which our society is tending. On the other side of the view of G-d as malevolent and the universe is a vicious and unpredictable place – that G-d enjoys our suffering. This is where Islam lies.
The reason we can assert that the morality of Islam is inverted is that Islam consistently elevates material over spiritual considerations. That is, it elevates the material obedience to the dictates of the Islamic doctrine above all consideration of Truth or Goodness. Morality, conformity and even legality are all one and the same in Islam. Let me give you an example: The following are the words of the father of a failed female suicide bomber:
“'If I had known what my daughter was planning I would have told the Jews. I would have stopped her.”
“In our religion it is forbidden for a girl's body to be uncovered even at home. How could a girl allow her body to be smashed to pieces and then collected up by Jews? This is absolutely forbidden.”
We always see this pattern play out over and over again. Islamic Women are treated as if they were property because that is how they are defined by Islam.
For example, if a young girl runs away from home to marry her true love, she has in effect stolen the property that is herself from her family and the family will often try to kill her (Honour killing) to negate the theft and to assuage the shame and humiliation suffered by the family for not to being in full control of their daughter’s body as is required in Islam. In this way, Islam is totally materialistic – control of the body is everything. And the Muslim mind is focused fully on the material world.
Islam has become a substitute G-d for Muslims. Worship is defined as obedience to Islam and Islam represents the entire will of G-d for all men throughout all time, G-d's will is every single thing that happens, so if somebody disobeys Islam, It is G-ds will that he did so. If There is no difference between mans will and G-d's will to there is no G-d to seek in Islam, In Islam G-d is unknowable, transcendent and his will is all things, this is like saying there is no G-d at all.
Furthermore, when a religion becomes completely reduced to a doctrine and only a doctrine, it is no longer a living faith. It is dead. Islam may be complex and it maybe logical, but it is logic in the absence of living truth.
Religion in its broadest sense must be about the pursuit of higher value – of Truth, of Beauty and Goodness. As we learn from philosophy, the thinking used to be that these values stand apart from the world and evaluate the world. Truth is the measure of man, man is not the measure of truth. That is the essence of religious thought. And the interesting thing is that when we pursue value, as all true religions openly encourage, we incorporate those values into ourselves and as we pursue goodness, we become good, as we pursue truth we reflect truth in ourselves and we appreciate the beauty of G-d’s creation more and more. This is mostly known as spiritual growth. its goal is to lead men to G-d and lead them to experience G-d’s love.
Islam, on the other hand, subordinates everything to itself. Islam is the highest value and the spiritual values we just mentioned are thought to be entirely contained within Islam, even to be entirely contained within the Koran. Which is why after the rumor about Korans being flushed down a toilet at Guantanamo bay was started in 2005, scores of innocent people were killed and hundreds injured in rioting all over the Muslim world. Lives were sacrificed simply over paper and ink. We saw the same thing happen with the Muhammad cartoons over a supposed religious principle which concerns only the material world.
There is no higher truth than Islam, no higher good than Islam and nothing more beautiful than Islam. Islam has replaced G-d, you see, and its ultimate goal is not to lead men to seek those higher values. Islam exists to perpetuate itself, Simple.
Let’s take three simple religious concepts and look at how they are subordinated under Islam.
The first one is Faith. When we use the word faith, we mean a growing trust in a loving, fatherly G-d. a G-d who can be known, a G-d who can be approached. In Islam, G-d cannot be known, there is no bridge to him. What Muslims mean by faith is faith in the truth and rightness of Islam itself. Intellectual assent to a doctrine has replaced living faith – man’s relationship with a higher reality.
The second is prayer. When we pray we open our inner life to G-d – it is an intimate and personal communication and is often a petition for G-d to strengthen us in virtue so we will be more prepared to meet the problems in our lives.
There is nothing personal or intimate about Muslim prayer. It is communal and a rote formula. Everyone says the same prayers at the same time facing the same direction, while performing the same body movements. Just like military style drills, these so called prayers have the effect of cementing communal solidarity, but not of increasing intimate contact with G-d. Personal petitions must be addressed correctly to one of the 99 names of G-d, otherwise the prayer is lost as though G-d were some sort of giant post office. There is no intimacy between man and G-d in Islamic prayer because it is basically impossible.
The third is worship by which we mean love, adoration and gratitude all being expressed to G-d. Often this is done in the form of a song. In Islam, worship is defined as obedience to Islam and since G-d is transcendent and we cannot know him, loving him is beside the point and is certainly not essential. Obedience is everything.
This concept is also a major stumbling block to democracy because to obey man’s law in Islamic thought is the equivalent to the worship of a man. Now, while I would agree that the worship of man is broadly a characteristic of the modern world, especially if we look at the rise of science and its promise of omniscience and even omnipotence, that all things can be known and done through the agency of science. I vehemently disagree that the Islamic total belief system and total regulation of life is the answer to anything. It is certainly not a way to grow closer to G-d. It actually leads men away from G-d and focuses the mind on the material world alone from morning till night, day in and day out.
Islam is not the answer! Islam is the problem!
For those who still insist that Islam remain in the religion category, they will eventually have to concede that Islam is either a false religion or an evil religion because it leads men to do evil action's, even toward their own families, which they have many of times. Of course there is no rule stating all religions must be good or lead to good actions.
Islam is also false because it is built on the fundamental lie that Muhammad was a real prophet, rather than a man simply pretending to be a prophet in order to gain power over people. Of course one can make the same claim about Joseph Smith or L Ron Hubbard or any number of other founders of man-made religions which have been created from time to time throughout history. A religion which venerates an evil man and raises him to the level of the perfect role model for human conduct, cannot help but lead men to evil action, even jihad.
This brings us back to our main problem: Should an evil religion, which functions in the opposite way from religion as we know it, receive the same benefits and considerations as every other worthy and tolerant religion?
Religion as we have known it has been good for society. It has nurtured morality, strengthened the family, fostered public service and encouraged social harmony. Islam, on the other hand, is self-segregating and fosters ideas of Muslim supremacy and thereby sows seeds of social discord. Even its tradition of charitable giving is solely for the benefit of fellow Muslims and it utterly destroys the family through its adoption of polygamy. Polygamous marriage is not marriage. It reduces shamefully women to the status of property. Even Mormon polygamy eventually does this.
With the Arab spring we can clearly see that when the governing police state is suddenly removed, Muslim societies across descend into violence, death and chaos. religious sects fight other sects, tribes fight other tribes, looting is common and men are reduced to defending their families against their neighbours. Needless to say, this is not what we expect from religion. We expect religion to uphold morality and civilisation standards. It is clear Islam doesn’t do that.
Now despite all the evidence that Islam is an immoral religion, there is a current of modern thought seeking to elevate a laudable personal virtue, that of tolerance, over the greater social principle of justice.
But is it just to tolerate polygamy in the name of religious freedom? The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 1878 that it is not. Is it just to tolerate the unequal right to inheritance for women? Is it just to tolerate forced marriage? Is it just to tolerate antisemitism? Is it just to tolerate the preaching of hatred toward non-Muslims? Is it just to tolerate the teaching that Muslims are superior to non-Muslims or that men are superior to women? Is it just to tolerate a parallel legal system based on inequality?
There are things that our society cannot tolerate and expect to survive. Justice must take its rightful place above tolerance.
So to reiterate – Islam is not a religion because:
- It is an amalgam of social, political and judicial systems as well as a belief system. It is neither one thing nor the other – Islam is unique
- Philosophically it is as far from other religions as it is possible to be. It lies beyond nihilism and its morality is inverted.
- In society Islam functions in the opposite manner from all other religions. Rather than producing peace and social harmony, it sows violence and social disruption.
When you consider the effort that went into arguing whether Pluto should be considered a planet or not, or how a newly discovered insect should be classified, or what constitutes organic produce, I really don’t think the ability to classify belief systems is beyond us. At the very least we must call into question this Islam-is-a-religion trump card that its defenders have been playing so successfully. And I think it could help remove the confusion in our own ranks and allow Islam to be criticized in its entirety, not just as a political or judicial system.
We cannot fight a lie of this magnitude with half of the truth!
- UK JDL -