Husein Mohammed: I’m a lawyer and a moderate Muslim
Husein Mohammed is an Iraqi Kurd and former refugee that came to Finland in the early 90’s, and by all accounts, he happens to be one of the more high profile success stories of refugees making a life in this country. Mohammed recently published a post on his blog at the Finnish online magazine, Uusi Suomi, in which he tries to deflate the claim that Europe is experiencing the threat of Islamization. According to Husein Mohammed in:
“Many non-Muslims appear to imagine that it’s the Koran’s strictest warmongering passages that would be in force, and that the peaceful ones are somehow outdated. Also, within certain circles, paranoid conspiracy theories about how Muslims intend to subjugate the entire world and to change it into a caliphate, has currency. Such conspiracy theories are a bit similar to those the Nazis invented about the Jews in times past.”
And the Saudis, the Iranians, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, haven’t grand designs for spread of Islam across the globe? What’s going on here? Is the West really that paranoid, have we really misunderstood the situation, are we unnecessarily spinning our wheels while other more important things are left unattended? Husein Mohammed thinks so. Here’s a thorn in the side of Mohammed’s first assertion. The Koranic principle of abrogation:
“None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah hath power over all things?” (Qur’an 2:106).
“When We substitute one revelation for another, — and Allah knows best what He reveals (in stages), — they say, ‘Thou art but a forger’: but most of them understand not.” Qur’an 16:101:
Spencer says that the Koranic verses, 16:101 and 2:106, refer to the substituting of revelations, in others words the words of Allah. But no one, including the TT, is talking of one verse cancelling out the other. Both the moderate passages, which took place when Mohammed’s group was still the minority in Mecca, and the violent and intolerant passages, which took place when Islam became a political and military force on the move to Medina, are all valid. It’s just that the verses from the later period are that much more so. It’s about Muslim clerics and scholars placing emphasis on whatever portions of the Koran that suit their own ideological views, what they deem fit, will determine the local Islamic community’s direction.
Bill Warner: “Dualism is the key to understanding Islam. On the surface many parts of the Koran contradict each other. The usual explanation is that the older, nicer verses are abrogated by the later verses. But in reality all of the Koran is true since it comes from the only god, Allah. Allah is perfection, and therefore, the contradictory statements in the Koran are all true. This violates Aristotelian kafir logic, but it defines the Islamic dualistic logic.
In Islam two contradictory things can both be true at the same time. So for every one of those statistically insignificant “good” verses, each one is weak, and the stronger harsh and violent verses are stronger. Contradictions are integral to Islamic logic. To put a fine point on the previous claim—the only good for kafirs in the doctrine of political Islam is negated somewhere else.
So Husein Mohammed himself is wrong, those non-Muslims who point to the more violent verses being in force today, are in fact correct. Husein Mohammed would be hard pressed to find any international Islamic institution that represents Muslim orthodoxy, that would condemn the violent passages in the Koran and Hadiths as being irrelevant, and no longer binding. As I stated before, it’s up to the local Muslim clerics and scholars and imams to place emphasis on the tolerant verses.
But the flip side to all that is, when fundamentalist Muslims come to town, and challenge the local imams about their neglect for Jihad, which has 100% validity within all orthodox Islamic institutions, the poor imam is left to twiddle his thumbs as the traditionalists take over his flock, for the imam has cannot refute the traditionalists’ claims, because of the dualist nature of the Koran.
Husein Mohammed also compares the warning about the Islamization of the West, to the anti-Semitic forgeries, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, though he only mentions what the Nazis thought, but that was what he was referring to. We only need to look to what Muslim leaders and their supporters are saying to conclude that Husein Mohammed’s assertion is ridiculous.
Omar Ahmad, Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” and, “The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal: Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesied by our Prophet Muhammad. Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam – this capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.
Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi: What remains, then, is to conquer Rome. The second part of the omen. “The city of Hiraq [once emperor of Constantinople] will be conquered first”, so what remains is to conquer Rome.’ This means that Islam will come back to Europe for the third time, after it was expelled from it twice… Conquest through Da’wa [proselytizing], that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through sword but through Da’wa.’
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini: “Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled or incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world….But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world.”
For more on Muslim groups who deem Europe ripe for the taking, read Middle East Quarterly’s
While the Brotherhood’s radical ideas have shaped the beliefs of generations of Islamists, over the past two decades, it has lost some of its power and appeal in the Middle East, crushed by harsh repression from local regimes and snubbed by the younger generations of Islamists who often prefer more radical organizations.
But the Middle East is only one part of the Muslim world. Europe has become an incubator for Islamist thought and political development. Since the early 1960s, Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers have moved to Europe and slowly but steadily established a wide and well-organized network of mosques, charities, and Islamic organizations. Unlike the larger Islamic community, the Muslim Brotherhood’s ultimate goal may not be simply “to help Muslims be the best citizens they can be,” but rather to extend Islamic law throughout Europe and the United States.
That type of thinking is real and is being put into action, there are people in place who are very dedicated to the core ideals of Islamic thinking, that Islam must reign supreme in every land. The only reason why we are presently faced with an outburst of Islamic re-assertiveness, culminating in the Islamization project of the West, is due to the assumption that Islam is now in ascendancy.
I spoke with Husein Mohammed in Helsinki, while waiting for the UPI seminar to begin, which featured OIC Sec-gen Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, he seemed like a very likable guy. I can only wonder though, what he thought about the OIC’s head man co-opting European advancements and technology, while claiming that “no Muslim good or bad could be anti-Semitic“.
Here’s something to ponder on. Coupled with the Islamization project, is the increase of anti-Semitism under the guise of criticism of the Jewish state of Israel. It is also used in tandem with the claims of victimization (read=Islamophobia) while Muslim leaders claim (OIC) that no Muslim could be anti-Semitic.
But sadly, once again, a “moderate” Muslim who has all the appearances of being a genuine moderate Muslim, can’t resist to defend Islam using some of the most flimsy of excuses. He believes that since the majority (in theory) are Muslim in name only, there is no need to worry that Europe will become an Islamic state, because only a handful of people actually believe in the literal reading of the Koran.
People like that are what made up the majority of those who took part in the Iranian revolution, and look what happened to them. They ended being dispatched from the land of the living as soon as the Islamic fundamentalist minority under Ayatollah Khomeini consolidated power for their movement, the rest is history.
One only has to look at the moves by key Islamic organizations, namely the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, to understand that the these powerful Muslim groups are very serious about ensuring that Islam has a sure footing inside Europe. UPI Administrative Assistant, Husein Mohammed is just plain wrong about the Islamization of Europe, is proceding as planned, and right under his very nose. KGS
NOTE: For more read Eurabia, by Bat Ye’or, whom the TT had the great pleasure in meeting in Brussels.