Collective Punishment Under Islam

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As Mark Durie points out in The Third Choice, a book on dhimmitude,

Even a breach by a single individual dhimmi could result in jihad being enacted against the whole community. Muslim jurists have made this principle explicit, for example, the Yemeni jurist al-Murtada wrote that “The agreement will be canceled if all or some of them break it” and the Moroccan al-Maghili taught “The fact that one individual (or one group) among them has broken the statute is enough to invalidate it for all of them.”

It should be noted that this approach applies to all non-Muslim groups —Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc.—living amidst Muslim majorities. Yet, because Christians are the most visible infidel minority in the Islamic world, most examples relate to them. The Copts, for instance, are especially targeted because they comprise the largest Christian bloc in the Middle East. (Centuries before the Muslim conquests, Egypt was a major center of Christianity, and Alexandria arguably equal to Rome in theological authority. The result is, after centuries of persecution, there is still a viable Christian presence in Egypt.)

Today, however, as the world shrinks—and as Muslims conflate the West with “Christianity”—the reasons to persecute Islam’s Christians grow: ethnicity and geography no longer matter; shared religion, even if nominal, makes all “Christians” liable for one another.

Consider Iraq: its persecuted Christians are being targeted in part “over their religious ties with the West.” Last year’s Baghdad church attack, when over fifty Christians were butchered, was initiated in “retaliation” to absurd accusations against the Egyptian Coptic Church.

Yet, nearly a millennium ago, it was the Copts who were massacred when their Western coreligionists—the Crusaders—made inroads into Islam’s domains. Again, the logic was clear: we will punish these Christians (Copts), because we can, in response to those Christians (Crusaders).

It is in this context that one can understand the rationale of the jihadists behind the Baghdad church attack, when they went so far as to threaten all Christians around the world as “legitimate targets for the mujahedeen [holy warriors], wherever they can reach them.”

Bold as that seems, “wherever they can reach them” simply means that it is the Islamic world’s accessible, vulnerable non-Muslims—Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus—not their Western counterparts, who will continue to be targeted, even as the West looks the other way.

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  • randy

    Sounds the abuse the natives suffered when the christians were stealing north america. Every western i seen always had thier victory mosque, i mean church.

    • ziontruth

      This thread is about the plight of Christians in the Islamic world right now, not about your hobbyhorse of long-past misdeeds and the idea that they should be avenged centuries afterward. Go crawl back under your rock, Marxist scum.

    • pinnie99

      Randy ur Stuck <never advanced ,brain dead.We r talking about today.We r experiencing barbaric treatment of individuals, being killed for no reason except there existance and beliefs.Grow up, wise up or shut up! America has !

    • pagegl

      Randy, you're starting to sound like a broken record. In case you're unfamiliar with the reference, records are old, vinyl discs used to record analog signals. When they were scratched they tended to skip and play the same thing over and over. I have to assume you needed the history lesson because you keep parroting the same, old dreary Howard Zinn Marxist view of American history. You should expand your horizons and attempt to learn what really happened as opposed to the far left glop that was originally posited by Soviet surrogates. You really do appear to be an affirmation of Goebbels statement about lies.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Sounds the abuse the natives suffered when the christians were stealing north america. Every western i seen always had thier victory mosque, i mean church.

      Actually, unlike with respect to Islam, Christians don't have a similar imperative to make Islam supreme.

      Moreover, the history of the world is replete with one group of people conquering another group of people and vice versa. Hence, I don't feel any sort of guilt whatsoever because the Indians weren't strong enough to fend off the European settlers. Indeed, why should I or anyone else for that matter feel guilty for what is normal evolution? Not only that, but I also agree with it. Only mentally incompetent self-hating leftwing loons are unhinged enough to feel guilty because Indians were conquered by European settlers. Damn you must live a very miserable and small life! Please, excuse us, but we don't care!

  • Asher

    What desolate unhappy people Islam represents, and they will never know peace or prosperity. They represent all that is Evil and tries to destroy everything that is good.

  • randy

    They are more “evil” then the chatholic pediphile church?

    • StephenD

      Awwww, you poor thing. Does it still hurt to think about it? Do you want to talk to adults about it?

      I can only liken your infantile posts as that; an infant reaching out for the attention of an adult. Well then, you just go right ahead you poor, poor thing. We'll listen to you…at least for a little while. After you're done crying and ranting and raving, maybe you can begin to heal, and grow.
      Come now, take a deep breath…there. Feels better already doesn't it? You are on your way.

    • kevinh

      By that you mean to say if any evil is allowed, then all evil must be allowed. Justice (or civilization, tolerance, etc.) must be absolutely perfect, or we will have no justice (or civilization, tolerance, etc.) at all.

      Just stand still. Say and do nothing. Someone else will do it for you while you maintain your self-righteousness intact.

      Kev

  • Mike

    May "Death to Allah" be our rallying cry.

  • BS77

    The West better wake up and wake up fast!!

  • Celestine

    We were all over South Africa with sanctions and political pressure because of Apartheid and rightly so, but where is our outrage and action in response to Islamic cruelty to non-muslims?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The more important question is why is the media allowed to present what is violent oppression and systematic persecution of Christians and all other non-Muslim unbelievers living in the Islamic world as second-class dhimmi citizens as tit for tat sectarian violence? Meanwhile, at the same time they swallow Muslim taqiyya as if it is irrefutable.