Mubarak Deceived Israel Like Muhammad Deceived Infidels?

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


In light of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s ongoing trial, Western readers may be surprised to learn who some of Mubarak’s staunchest defenders are: Salafi Muslims, that is, those Muslims who practice the 7th century Islam of Muhammad, often referred to as “radicals.”

Sheikh Mahmoud Amer, leader of Ansar al-Sunna in Damanhur, recently appeared on the Egyptian news program Life Today arguing that, according to Sharia, it is illegal to try Mubarak, whose dealings with Israel—specifically the charge that he sold gas to it at cheap rates—were similar to prophet Muhammad’s dealing with infidel enemies.  I translate the most relevant excerpt:

He [Hosni Mubarak] was the imam [Muslim leader]; all his actions have their circumstances.  Regarding this gas issue you’re talking about, whoever said that exporting gas to enemy combatants, Jews or otherwise, is impermissible?  Who among the Muslim jurists [fuqaha] said this? The prophet himself died while his armor was held by a Jew [an infidel enemy] as collateral; and in the Battle of the Trench [627], the prophet negotiated with one of the polytheist tribes [enemies] to give them dates, Medina’s main source of income, just so they would quit the war—because “war is deceit”; he negotiated for this purpose . Nor did divine inspiration [Allah] come down to censure him for his actions, had such actions violated Sharia.  So, show me one jurist saying that it is impermissible to deal with enemy combatants—I do not say treaty-holders, as there is a treaty between us and the Jews, but I posit that between us and the Jews is war.  So who among the classic jurists said that it is impermissible to deal with combatants, buying and selling? Here are the books of jurisprudence… I say the prophet negotiated with the polytheists to give them free dates just to keep their strength at bay at that time [as opposed to Mubarak, who only sold gas cheaply, Muhammad went one step further giving things for free]. So these are political and military matters, and the authority is free to pick whichever he deems most appropriate.

Along with stressing Muhammad’s attempt to appease Islam’s infidel enemies with gifts when the latter were stronger than the Muslims, the sheikh also stressed that Mubarak was the “sultan”—an Arabic-Islamic term of special significance, conveying a certain form of sovereign political and temporal authority in Islam, complete with dispensations unavailable to the average Muslim.

Nor are these arcane notions; al-Qaeda itself has stressed these exact points.  When discussing the permissibility for Muslims to deceive infidels, the late Osama bin Laden often alluded to Muhammad’s attempt to appease the infidel tribe; and Ayman Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s new leader, quotes Islam’s jurists as “unanimously agreeing” that “it is forbidden to overthrow” Muslim rulers, even if they are “cruel and despotic” yet “it is obligatory to wage jihad against” Muslim rulers found to be “apostate infidels” (The Al Qaeda Reader, pgs. 26-27, 121-122, 129 ).

The non-hijabbed, Westernized looking female host, somewhat flustered, retorted: “Excuse me sheikh, but this issue of comparing the actions of our blessed prophet and a former president, I mean, forgive me, but maybe one can’t speak on or judge between similar circumstances.”

Then Montaser al-Zayyat, an Islamist lawyer who regularly represents jihadists—including, formerly, Zawahiri—chimed in saying he too “found it hard listening to the sheikh,” insisting that Mubarak should be condemned for selling gas to “the Zionists, for this is a betrayal of the [Egyptian] people.”

Eventually, the debate descended into the usual shouting and yelling, with the sheikh boasting that at least Mubarak was a hero in Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel, and asking the hostess and Zayyat, “Where were you on October 6, 1973?…  Did you ever shoot a single bullet at a Jew?!

This leads to the most telling aspect of this whole anecdote: while the two Muslim experts on Sharia argued over many things, there was no disagreement over two points—enmity for Israel and Jews, and the permissibility of using deceit to undermine them.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If our federal government weren’t so completely incompetent, it would automatically assume that ALL MUSLIM COUNTRIES are the enemy and act accordingly, because they are the enemy. It would never be stupid enough to assume that a few, i.e. Iran, are so-called radical, but the rest are so-called moderates. The truth is all of them are our enemies without a single exception. The biggest difference is some are overt but most are covert and deliberately deceptive.

    Look at Pakistan, for years the US government has been providing it billions of dollars and financing the jihad being waged against us in Afghanistan at the same time. Hell, Pakistan is even openly betraying us today, but it knows that the US government is so incompetent that it will never cut off the spigot of aid to them.

    It’s like mass Muslim migration to the West; all Muslim immigrants migrating to the West are jihadists. Indeed, just because a Muslim, for all intents and purposes, appears to be perfectly law abiding and peaceful, it doesn’t mean that Muslim is not a jihadist.

    The truth is Muslims are forbidden from living in the Dar al Harb (the realm of unbelief) unless it is in the cause of Allah and for the purpose of jihad and conquest. Thus, it means that aforementioned Muslim is a stealth and deceptive jihadist instead of a peaceful and moderate Muslim like most people ignorantly assume, as demographic conquest is the most prevalent form of stealth and deceptive jihad taking place in the world.

    Indeed, jihad, in stark contrast to terrorism, which are two mutually exclusive things altogether that are always nevertheless conflated together as being the same thing, can take place both via violent and non-violent means. While terrorism, on the other hand, always involves only violence.

    In fact, the violent varieties of jihad taking place in the world today relative to the non-violent varieties of jihad are miniscule. Nonetheless, the violent varieties of jihad always gets misconstrued as being terrorism, while the non-violent stealth and deceptive varieties of jihad, which again takes place exponentially far more prevalently, in the West continues to be totally undetected and unacknowledged today.

    Indeed, without the millions of Muslim stealth and deceptive non-violent jihadists with their thousands of mosques and madrassas already living in America as a fifth column on 9/11, the 9/11 jihadist attacks would have been completely impossible.

    Nevertheless, how did GWB react to this reality? Did he move to immediately ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage? Not quite, he ignored the 1400 years of continuous jihad conquest and declared that Islam is a Religion of Peace being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, and then like a Dhimmicrat on steroids, he used the 9/11 jihadist attacks as an excuse to massively expand the size, scope, and power of the federal government and also pursued two extremely counterproductive fantasy based nation-building missions, both of which have turned into the two biggest strategic blunders in US history. As a matter of fact, the chickens are coming home to roost in Iraq today, and the same thing will inevitably be happening in Afghanistan in the not too distant future.

    Indeed, had GWB been the president of the USA immediately following WWII instead of HST, I have no doubt that he would have declared that Communism was a totalitarian ideology of peace being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, and then he would have opened up the floodgates for mass Communists immigration to take place in America, while also pursuing silly fantasy based nation-building missions in Eastern Europe trying to win the hearts and minds of Communists.

    The sixth and most important pillar of which Islam stands makes it an obligatory duty for every Muslims to fight jihad in the cause of Allah. It doesn’t make it an obligatory duty only for extremists and an obligatory duty only for radicals, and then give the so-called moderates a pass. Instead, it makes it an obligatory duty for ALL MUSLIMS, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Hence, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists, a few are violent jihadists, but most are stealth and deceptive non-violent jihadists, and the ones that aren’t jihadists aren’t Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that must be executed per the dictates of Islam.

    Indeed, can anyone point to a single non-Muslim country anywhere in the world where mass Muslim immigration has occurred and where the overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants readily assimilated and integrated and matriculated into becoming contributing and productive citizens?

    • Regina

      "Indeed, can anyone point to a single non-Muslim country anywhere in the world where mass Muslim immigration has occurred and where the overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants readily assimilated and integrated and matriculated into becoming contributing and productive citizens?
      Well why is that? I often wondered (though feel there are many differences in Obama and what these progressives have done and are doing to America than Bush), but I could never understand how-here our freedom has been erroding- yet we're suppose to give them Democracy and help clean up the mess? Anyhow, I look at the crisis we're in..yet isn't this still a reflection of where we are as a people? It's eerily prophetic..
      Obama -confronting B. Netanyahu on the 67 border
      O -appointing Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Professor of Law at the University of Richmond and founder and president, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, to serve as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom!!

      • Regina

        Continued-
        Yes, in the same happy month of June O decided to pander to the LGBT- puke, (as this was the same month my son was born).
        Weiner- his wife's and families ties to both the M brotherhood and sisterhood- the Clintons….
        But it goes on and on..where are the parents of those kids who attend these government schools- where they're still singing the Education matra..who go on to attend collages where they learn to then hate America and just become indoctrinated with all the above crap?
        Oh and Obama the race bai and Soros's justification for the war in Libya (Responsibility to Protect Act) Puke again when you think of the deliberate famine, slavery rape and starvation in Somalia where 92 percent is under Islamic control?
        It's beyond belief (picking sides between government and protestors in the Middle East who both hate Israel and the U.S and seek Sharia law. – .No, this has to be the fulfillment of prophesy-

        • ObamaYoMoma

          GWB was a stealth leftist masquerading as a “compassionate conservative,” i.e., a liberal. BHO, on the other hand, is a radical far leftist on steroids. The problem is our politics in this country and our federal government have been hijacked by the left.

          • Regina

            Well it is obvious things certainly unraveled under the guy with a vision on steroids (lol)? So when we all go a voting..often we're thinking of an imperfect choice for the one who is more favorable to those principals we've held dear. What else are you going to do? I see a lot of troubling things out there, but I have to weigh this against the everyday people down my block and yours, who mindlessly drive their kiddies to these government schools – responsible for all this CHANGE.. They just go on- get a job ..raising the next generation while never batting an eye or asking important questions? When that happens, their kids have to tredge new territory. Someone perhaps could of been elected that would of turned the tide in a favorable direction..but sadly many needed to see what could not see in this current administration. We'll see-

          • Regina

            Well now its leftist on steroids going for the juglar! When we go a voting, we often try to elect one most favorable to the principals we hold dear, what else are we to do? Now, to balance this, we have to take a look at all the folks down our lane dropping off our future at those government schools where they learn all that indocrination? As long as parents keep singing the Education Mantra they will head off to college to finish the job then reward all of us by hating on America!

          • http://inthepacific.blogspot.com/ Regina

            Sorry, I thought my previous comment was deleted-

  • TexExpatriate

    I simply could not resist re-casting the title of this piece. Mubarak Deceived Israel Like Muhammed Deceived Infidels and Obama Deceived Americans. People scoff when Obama is characterized as a Muslim, but let me point out that if you are born of a Muslim father, you are Muslim by birth. Obama has never denied his Muslim birth or heritage. On the other hand, I don't think that is the chief reason he is a danger to American and all Liberty. That's because he is a Leninist.