Sharia’s Sinister Smiles

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). 


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The totalitarian nature of Sharia law can only be grasped when one appreciates how thoroughly it permeates and dictates everything in a believer’s life—including when and to whom a Muslim may smile.

Popular Islamic TV preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hassan appears in this video clip asserting that, according to Sharia, it is “not at all permissible” for Muslims to smile at non-Muslims, “except in cases of da’wa.”

Often translated as “missionary work,” the word da’wa means to “call” or “summon” non-Muslims to Islam.  Because it shares the same goals of jihad—empowering and spreading Islam—da’wa is often seen as jihad’s nonviolent counterpart.

In fact, Sheikh Hassan himself asserts that “da’wa mode differs from jihad mode.  Jihad mode requires power, zeal, manliness—basically, a stern face and such.  But when in da’wa mode, you must smile, you must be gentle.”

As proof, he pointed out that when Allah ordered Musa and Harun (the biblical “Moses” and “Aaron”) to go and persuade that great infidel, pharaoh, to submit, Allah commanded them “to speak to him gently” (Quran 20:44).

Further demonstrating the stealth nature of da’wa, Hassan made abundantly clear that if a Muslim smiles to a non-Muslim “by way of heartfelt friendship, this is wala’ which Islam has forbidden, and which contradicts faith according to Muslim consensus.”

As proof, he quoted Quran 60:1: “O you who believe! Do not take my enemy and your enemy [non-believers] for friends: would you offer them love while they deny what has come to you of the truth [i.e., while they deny Islam]?”

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  • kafir

    i don't smile at muslims either. I do grin, laugh, gafaw, chortle, giggle, and snicker when they pass! A loud enough to hear "allahu snackbar", or "God bless Israel" is enough to help the cultist remove any remnents of even a dawa based smile from its mouth.

    But the women…….oh the women……To stare into their eyes for as long as possible when passing….with that grin….that laugh….that chortle….giggle. It's a hoot!! And oh, so friendly!!

    allahu snackbar!!

  • LindaRivera

    Islam's god is the absolute opposite of the One Glorious, Awesome, Majestic God of the Universe.

    Our Creator is so Wonderful, no one needs to be forced to worship Him! God did not make robots. God gave each one of us a free will and choice; declaring in the Bible: Choose this day whom you will serve.

    God is Absolutely Good and His character is Perfect!

    There is no mercy or love in Islam. There is no Golden Rule in Islam.

    God's Biblical requirement for ALL humanity is KINDNESS:

    Bible, Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

    • StephenD

      Linda, I love your posts but I've a real problem with your last quote becausae it can be misinterpreted.

      "the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

      Am I to take this to mean "doing justice" is to accept into my community practitioners of Islam? Because I am commanded to "love kindness" should I take this to mean I am to be kind always, even to child murderers? To "walk humbly" should I then behave as a dhimmi?

      No, I don't think for a minute the Lord would have us do any of this.
      I love kindness and therefore cannot tolerate Islam.
      I seek to do justice and so I fight against Islam.
      I am humble and therefore cannot venerate Mohammad or accept that his followers are "The Best of Peoples" as they are taught.

      I know you meant none of this by your post, but I wanted to clarify.

      • LindaRivera

        Hi Stephen,

        I was stunned and deeply shocked by your comment!!!

        God wants to PROTECT innocents! Therefore, we can NEVER allow Muslims into our countries because they seek to conquer us and take away ALL of our human rights! The Koran teaches, HATE, VIOLENCE and MURDER against all non-Muslims! That is INHUMAN!

        God NEVER told us to love murderers! GOD commanded:

        YOU SHALL NOT MURDER

        In the Bible, God gave the DEATH SENTENCE for murderers!

        I gave the Bible verse on justice and kindness to show that our Most Wonderful God is the absolute opposite of Islam's god!

        • StephenD

          Linda my dear friend, of course you must realize I said what I did to open the eyes of others and that I know you share my sentiments. I certainly meant no disrespect toward you. Clarification of what is TRULY required of us is critical. You know when the Left clergy gets hold of verses such as this they would twist it to mean exactly what I caution against. That was my point in posting.

          • LindaRivera

            Hi Stephen,

            Thank you! It is important that people don't misunderstand, and sometimes it's necessary to clarify things!

            Thank you, Stephen!

        • Reality

          "God NEVER told us to love murderers!"

          You love them and even call them heroes, your soldiers who kill women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.

          "GOD commanded: YOU SHALL NOT MURDER In the Bible"

          But you do murder Muslims in their countries!!!

          " God gave the DEATH SENTENCE for murderers!"

          You give murders Medal of Honor after they kill children and women.

          God is so proud of you for "obeying" his commandments! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0QYoGynjjc&fehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6hp8HMstkE&fe

          • LindaRivera

            Why do you LIE and make statements that are NOT true?

            I am OPPOSED to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
            There are HUGE numbers of people in America and Britain who are against these wars.

            I am also grieved that Muslims are CONSTANTLY murdering other Muslims in horrible terror attacks because they don't belong to the same sect of Islam. So sad.

          • kevinh

            If Islam didn't hide behind innocent women and children and use them as shields, then the outcome would have been different of course. Islam has done a great deal to lower the bar as far as collateral damage is concerned.
            As for the youtube videos, I'm afraid you'll need a more credible source than progressive Democracy Now!, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a person finally admitting that he simply shot people in cold blood and lied about it to get a medal which doesn't deserve, and then throwing the medal away. Good for him.

            K

      • LindaRivera

        Hi Stephen,

        Although this is not related to this article, please see my comments on 'Obama on the (Class) Warpath'.
        Most people are not aware of the WAR on American jobs and American businesses! People need to know!

  • Stuart Parsons

    There is a lot talk about GOD in these comments. Am I to assume someone has verifiable evidence for the actual existence of an omniscient deity. If so, please provide the evidence. I am keen to know if it is Jehovah, Allah, the plain old Christian God or some other manifestation of the plethora of mythical gods man has invented. …….. Odin perhaps. Oh my God ! Wouldn't it be awful if the Allha Akbar guy really existed. Most of us would be destined to have our skins repeatedly burned of while dinking a beverage similar to molten brass.

    • ziontruth

      Fine, and you go prove the materialist cosmogonies cooked up from the 19th century onward.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Everyone remember this article the next time a leftwing loon asks you how many Muslims do you know, or if they accuse you of lying because their Muslim buddies aren't like that, or if they say that one of their best friends is a Muslim, or if they say that they have had many Muslim girl friends, etc. Simply throw this back in their face and explain to them why they are not only unhinged mentally incompetent moonbats but also piss poor and dumb a$$ liars as well.

  • Anamah

    They are crap by choice.

  • jewdog

    It's the smile of the crocodile. Feed him and maybe he'll eat you last.