The ‘Brave German Woman’ and Europe’s Islam Question

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). 


CBN-Heidi-Mund-700-ClubSeveral are the important lessons learned from last year’s “Brave German Woman” incident.  

Context: On November 10, 2013, a Muslim imam was invited to give the Islamic call to prayer inside the Memorial Church of the Reformation in the city of Speyer, Germany—a church dedicated to honoring Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.

“When the brave German woman, whose real name is Heidi Mund, heard about the event, she prayed,” reports CBN News.  Not sure what she would do upon arrival, she grabbed her German flag emblazoned with the words “Jesus Christ is Lord” and headed for the concert:

“Until the imam started with his shouting [“Allahu Akbar!”], I did not really know what to do. I was just prepared for what God wants me to do,” she told CBN News.

Then the Muslim call to prayer began, and Heidi said she felt something rising up inside her.

“I would call it a holy anger,” she recounted. “And then I rose with my flag and I was calling and proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord over Germany”…

And she repeated the words of Martin Luther in 1521 after he refused to recant his faith in scripture alone: “Here I stand. I can do no other” and “Save the church of Martin Luther!”

Video shows another concert-goer trying to calm her by saying, “This is a concert for peace.”

Mund can be heard responding in German, “No it’s not! Allahu Akbar is what Muslims scream while murdering people! Don’t be fooled! Don’t be fooled! This is a lie!”

She was thrown out of the church.

“They should have thrown the imam out and not me because I am a believer in Jesus Christ, but he serves another god. This Allah is not the same god. And this is not the truth.”

“This ‘allahu akbar,’ they use it when they kill people,” she argued. “This is, for me, worship to an idol, to their god. And when a Muslim calls ‘allahu akbar’ in a church, that means this church is not a church anymore, it’s a mosque.”

For more details on this story, check out CBN News’ various interviews and videos of and with Mund.

Now for some lessons concerning the significance of this anecdote:

Mund’s observations about the phrase “Allahu Akbar” are spot-on.  Islam’s war cry, signifying the superiority of Muhammad’s religion over all things, the takbir (“Allahu Akbar”), is habitually proclaimed in violent contexts, specifically attacking and slaughtering non-Muslims, whether beheading “infidels” or bombing churches.

Muhammad himself used to cry it aloud prior to attacking non-Muslim tribes that refused to submit to his authority and religion.

Accordingly, Mund’s outrage at hearing an Islamic imam hollering out Islamic supremacist slogans is justified.   Proclaimed in a church, “Allahu Akbar”—which in translation literally means “Allah is greater [than X]”—means “Allahu is greater than the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible, and Father of Christ.”  

And assuming the imam proclaimed Islam’s credo or shehada as is standard in the Muslim call to prayer (that “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) that too is tantamount to declaring that the biblical God is false, and the message (or Koran) delivered by Muhammad—which includes a denunciation of Christ’s divinity, death, and resurrection—is true (see for examples Koran 4:157, 4:171, 5:17, 5:116, 9:30-31, 19:35). 

This is precisely what the vandal who earlier painted in Arabic the phrase “Allahu Akbar” across the door of another German church likely had in mind.

Yet despite all this, despite the fact that only two or three generations ago, almost every Christian would have been incensed to hear a Muslim shouting Islamic slogans that by nature contradict Christianity inside a church, Mund was chastised by fellow Christians for her stand and kicked out.  

This speaks volumes about how far Western European nations have plummeted into a cesspool of moral relativism, where even in prominent churches Christian truths are attacked, and those who take a stand are ostracized for being “intolerant”; it speaks of the naivety and nihilism that predominate in the West; of the effects of years of brainwashing and indoctrination in the name of “multiculturalism,” crippling the ability to think rationally; of how political correctness has censored not only words but the ability for people to connect-the-dots in the quiet of their own minds.  

There is, however, a flipside to all this: Mund’s video denouncing the imam “went viral,” says CBN News, signifying its appeal; and many who saw it interpreted her actions as “brave”—hence the appellation.  “Bravery” often refers to an act that, while laudable, few have the courage to do.  That this title is so naturally and widely applied to Mund suggests that there are many who agree with her; they just lack the same courage, or conviction, to take a vocal stand—hence why she is the “Brave German Woman.”

The fact is, beneath Western Europe’s nihilistic veneer, many there would agree with Mund’s sentiments.  Not all are sheep.  But due to the aforementioned forces—decades of indoctrination in militant secularism/atheism, multiculturalism, Christian-bashing, and political correctness—they are unable to articulate their grievance.  

Yet, whether they are able to express it or not, they remain disgruntled at Muslim affronts and weak responses from European elites.

After all, Muslims hollering Islamic slogans inside European churches is not quite an infrequent phenomenon.  Last Christmas, the Chaplain of Royal Holloway University invited a veiled Muslim woman to read Koran verses during church service, again, despite the fact that the Koran contradicts the key tenets of Christianity.

Sometimes Muslims “invite” themselves to churches.  Thus, days ago, also in the UK, a Muslim man—“dressed like a terrorist” and wearing a bandana with the Arabic phrase, “Allahu Akbar”—entered a church during service and started yelling things like “this is rubbish, you should be preaching Allah, turn to Islam, we send boys of 10 to war.” 

And last Easter in France saw a Muslim man dressed in traditional Islamic attire enter a church during mass, set up his carpet next to the altar and start reading the Koran.

This is to say nothing of the violent crimes and rapes Muslims are increasingly responsible for in Europe.

The point is, more and more Western Europeans are becoming disgruntled, even if most are not yet “brave” enough to show it, and even if the powers-that-be, including media and government, continue to downplay and suppress them.

Days ago, for example, Britain’s Liberty GB party leader Paul Weston was arrested and is facing up to two-years’ jail time simply for quoting Winston Churchill’s unflattering observations about Islam in public.  

In short, time will tell whether the powers-that-be will allow legitimate criticism of Islam to vent in Europe, or whether they will continue to suppress it—until the simmering cauldron of discontent spills over in ways much more dramatic than quoting Luther or Churchill, as has happened all too often in European history.  

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  • Texas Patriot

    An extraordinary act of defiance and bravery by an extraordinary Christian woman. At a time when when the tyranny of Islamic supremacism is on the rise in Christian churches and secular governments throughout the Western world and beyond, courage like Heidi Mund’s is rare indeed. She may well be the Joan of Arc who starts a bonfire of light and truth and begins to turn the tide against the forces of submission and slavery which are now encroaching on the very heart of Western Civilization. May God be with her and protect her during these dangerous days and desperate hours.

    • GinoMachiavelli

      Amen.

    • carpe diem 36

      i cannot quite believe that she is going to have many followers. the general public was so indoctrinated that they are unable to think for themselves, do not know how to judge because they were so miseducated that the ability to make an intelligent judgement was destroyed in their minds. this is what the left has succeeded in doing, and i do not know how we can every counter that, education to change that is not strong enough, and it is not even in future.

      • Texas Patriot

        Thomas Jefferson said that the courage of one man will make a majority. In this case, the courage belonged to one woman.

  • zanzamander

    I have always said that “Allah” does not mean God, not in the way that everybody understands it, but it is a proper noun, a name given by Mohammad exclusively to the Islamic deity.

    Also, that the “call to prayer” the adhan is intolerant towards all non-Muslims (although predictably, but not surprisingly, Obama thinks it is wonderful to the ears!). It repeats the line “God is greatest” using the adjective in superlative form. This can only, grammatically, be used comparatively – so the question is: in comparison to who? Well all other non-Islamic Gods is the answer.

    All Muslims know this, yet we’re lead to believe that “Allah” means God. No it doesn’t mean God – it means a God of Muslims whose name is “Allah”. And that he is the greatest – akbar in comparison to all non-Islamic Gods because “.Ash-hadu an-lā ilāha illā allāh i.e. “I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah” – repeated twice!.

    Also the adhan clearly marks out Mohammad as the messanger of Allah thereby shutting the door on all other prophets of other Gods.

    So, this call to prayer is nothing but an intolerant, offensive and an insulting chant towards all non-Muslims and therefore should be banned.

  • Kony Simson

    Heidi, reveals a big problem within the Church and Christianity: The deception of politic correctness has infiltrated the ‘Body of Christ’ to an alarming level.

    If the Church wants to restore as much credibility as possible, she must not be willing to compromise on any core issues. I would like to point out two subjects.

    Jesus is the only way to salvation, and the Bible is the only revelation of God that contains that witness and testimony.

    The second, the opposing spiritual forces against the Church excisting out of Satan and his demons are a reality and are expressed explicitly through the diabolical religion of Islam.

    The Church does not only need to be without compromise concerning proclaiming the gospel, but also must be willing to expose the workings of the ‘Kingdom of Darkness’ without compromise, and that does mean to be 100% politic incorrect concerning the tenets and religion of Islam. (Ephesiand 5:11)

    • masher

      Well said.

  • Davros11

    As I keep saying, we need to expose Islam for the satanic cult that it is and let all people know that Mohammed was a pedophile and rapist of women!

    • carpe diem 36

      ain’t gonna help., the useful idiots are too many and too far gone to re educate them. we are lost to the political correctness.

      • masher

        Its a good thing Jesus didn’t think that way. He came here to speak the truth knowing he would be betrayed and executed. Speaking the truth to power is always difficult.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Islam is a Satanic Cult and as such, there is no affinity between our Judeo-Christian God, and Allah, Muhammad’s satanic construct. Mohammed himself, a pedophile, rapist, slave master and trafficker, murderer and looter can never be confused with Christ.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/loveunderlaw Loveunderlaw

      BULLSHIT! Quit passing the buck to Father Satan that the evil Abrahamic religions are guilty of committing against the World.

      • HairRazor

        To your credit, the Lord spoke of those who were neither “hot nor cold” in receiving His word. In your vehement rejection of Christ, you have been honorably mentioned for your passion. Although misguided by 180 degrees and destined for eternal torment with Satan, you are not of the tepid/double minded who are spewed from the mouth of God. And although the time is short, you still have a chance to receive the love and forgiveness of our Savior Jesus Christ.

  • Nightowl

    This brave lady is looking for partners to start a Free Christian University in Germany, and is also starting a radio program to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to her nation. I’d like to know how we can help her. Needless to say, there needs to be many more like her willing to resuscitate a dying land. Only the truth about Jesus can save Europe from the many lies that oppress it.

  • Tab Numlock

    Nothing good comes from Semitic religions. Why can’t we go back to a native European one? Those didn’t seem to cause problems.

    • CowboyUp

      You obviously don’t really believe that, because to post your comment you had to use things invented by Christians and Jews.

      • Tab Numlock

        Judeo-Christianity caused a 1,000 year Dark Age. It wasn’t until the Reformation when the dictatorial power of the catholic church was ended that Western Civ returned to Roman levels. If Alexander hadn’t spread Greek learning all over the Middle East, Christianly would have exterminated Western Civ.

        • CowboyUp

          The collapse of the Roman Empire caused the Dark Ages, and Judeo-Christianity didn’t cause that. Even if it had, my point still stands.

    • Larry

      Hitler tried bringing back Nordic gods…didn’t work out too well either for him nor Germany.

  • CombatMissionary

    Europe,
    When your men are slaughtered, your women raped and your children converted at the point of bayonets daily, perhaps then you’ll understand who you’re dealing with. Hopefully it won’t be too late for you.

  • JohnJ

    She should get a medal, and any misguided Christian who invites an imam into a church vilified. How I hate political correctness and its ethical and moral blindness.

  • Gary Dickson

    I have a question for the so-called Christian churches in Germany.

    If they are so happy to have a Muslim imam recite the Islamic call to prayer in their sanctuary, will they soon be receiving an invite in kind to recite any passage from the Bible – for example, the Lord’s Prayer or Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – in a mosque?

    The reader would be a woman with the usual Christian-type clothing.

    • cross has the last word

      I was visiting a mosque here in Germany. There I asked the muslims what they are thinking about Allah is the same as the God of the bible. If allah states that he has no son, but my god has a precious son who died for our sins. Are they realy the same? The muslims said to me that they are not the same, they are two with different characters.
      Okay, this I wanted to hear from your mouth. So the church should accept this truth. Why is she so fearful to preach the Gospel of the true God of the bible? There is no reason to be ashamed about Jesus. He will be ashamed for us before his father if we are ashamed about him. True repentance sets us free from cowardness.Lord Jesus help Europe into true repentance about the holcaust and Israel. We dont have a right to forget before we have repented deep enough. The cross is able to eliminate our egos and then life can begin.

      • Gary Dickson

        You’re absolutely right.

        The “church” must start calling again for people to turn to God from rebellion against him and to trust in the Lord Jesus as their Messiah and Deliverer.

        At the same time, the “church” must start actively blessing and praying for the people of Israel – Jews – both those in the Diaspora and those in the nation of Israel.

        For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing.

        Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate, and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom. Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.
        – Ephesians 6 (CJB)

        • cross has the last word

          Amen. Thank God, he has in all nations a remnant. He unites this remnants through his Word so that we have one tongue. God is strong in the weak and he will bring his plan into action, All honor belongs to him. The enemy will not succeed.

    • kilfincelt

      I think Christians should ask Imans if they can preach the gospel in mosques and see what happens. Could be very enlightening.

  • Coastliner

    In Britain the atmosphere has started to change recently. Although the disgraceful leftist news outlets like the BBC etc.. continue to down play negativity towards mohammedism and pander to it, the right of centre press are increasingly reporting on its insidious incursion into our daily lives. As well as the story about the bearded ones trying to infiltrate our schools system, the scandal of the general population being given the abomination that is ‘halal’ meat without their knowledge has also blown up this week. What is significant is that these newspapers are allowing comments with these articles and they are attracting literally thousands and thousands of posts that reflect the feeling of a large number of people in the country. People are starting to speak out. More and more of us couldn’t care less about the ‘racist’ tag or the idiotic ‘Islamophobia’ label – they are used so often that they are now meaningless. Eyes are opening and most do not like what they see when it comes to the alien cult that is spreading through our land. We have been silenced too long by the cultural Marxists that have ruined our society with their disastrous ‘multi culti’ doctrine. Too many people’s lived have been ruined by their evil witch hunt against anyone opposing their poisonous ideology. Although it seems fashionable for the counter jihad commentators to claim that Britain is ‘finished’ we are not – far from it. The resistance is just beginning.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Another interesting article from Mr Ibrahim. One thought that struck me whilst reading this article was the term ‘thoughtcrime’. Readers of George Orwell’s masterpiece ’1984′ will know what I mean. I quote Mr Ibrahim above; ‘…the effects of years of brainwashing and indoctrination in the name of “multiculturalism,” crippling the ability to think rationally; of how political correctness has censored not only words but the ability for people to connect-the-dots in the quiet of their own minds’ unquote. Remember how in ’1984′ the latest Newspeak dictionary was cutting the language down to the bone, so that no-one could even think a bad thought against the regime? Sound familiar? I hope Heidi Mund does no have to become a martyr. You know, a real martyr, not a crappy Islamic one. Oh, and the last paragraph scares me a bit. What if Europe does rebel?

  • Terri Bull

    Great stuff!,you have to stand up to these heathens.

  • masher

    The people letting in the Muslims are condoning the kidnapping, rape, and murder of innocent children. Open your eyes people. Islam is terror. Do you see Muslims rushing to protect the girls in Nigeria? Nope. You only see Christian nations helping.

  • HettyT

    Pardon me for asking, but I can’t help myself; just who is this witless church official who invited the imam?

  • IdolHanz

    Sounds like what Martin Luther did. The European People should revolt and so should the American people.

  • Argyraspide

    This event happened at the Memorial Church of the Reformation in the city of Speyer, Germany—a church dedicated to honoring Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation:

    From Martin Luther’s book “The Jews and their Lies”:

    What shall we do with the Jews?

    First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to
    bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so
    that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them.

    Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and
    destroyed.

    Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic
    writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and
    blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.

    Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach
    henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb.

    Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be
    abolished completely for the Jews.

    Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that
    all cash and treasure of silver and gold be
    taken from them and put aside for safekeeping.

    Seventh, I commend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a
    distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their breadin the sweat of their brow, as was imposed
    on the children of Adam.

    If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs,
    so that we do not become partakers of their abominable blasphemy and all their other vices and thus merit God’s wrath and be damned with them. I have done my duty. Now let everyone see to his.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    It would seem Muslims are very much in accord with Martin Luther

    • kilfincelt

      Martin Luther’s comments just reflect the European thinking of his day. Fortunately, Lutheranism is a religion and includes neither a political nor a social system. This means that people who were once anti-semitic can change their position without fear of any adverse consequences and, over time, many have. Also, most Lutherans are not taught to be anti-semitic by their pastors. That is not true of Islam.

      I grew up Lutheran and never heard one word against the Jewish people. I am also a supporter of Israel and its right to exist.

  • antioli

    Why aren’t people brave. What causes people to be afraid to even defend them selves. Perhaps it is the” Follow the Leaders” tendency of most people. Perhaps it is because they have seen others who have been made an example of,
    Maybe it is because they think they do not deserve rights.
    Maybe there has to be enough pain in the general public before they will act.

  • Alleged Comment

    Don’t forget the people that ALLOWED this. Traitors in your midst is how a country falls. Also a trusting lazy populace will also do that to ya!

    Don’t know which comes first, though. Sort of like the chicken and egg conundrum.