The Islamic State Has Nothing to Do With Islam?

An-image-from-the-jihadist-Twitter-account-Al-Baraka-news-on-June-11-2014-allegedly-shows-militants-from-ISIL-hanging-the-Islamic-Jihad-flag-AFPWhatever they may disagree about, Western leaders are in complete agreement about one thing: the new self-styled caliphate, the Islamic State, has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. It’s a comforting, reassuring vision for Western non-Muslims facing a massive influx of Muslim immigrants and jittery about the prospect of Islamic terrorism, except for just one problem: it’s entirely false.

Barack Obama has made it clear: “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.” David Cameron intoned: “What we are witnessing is actually a battle between Islam on the one hand and extremists who want to abuse Islam on the other. These extremists, often funded by fanatics living far away from the battlefields, pervert the Islamic faith as a way of justifying their warped and barbaric ideology – and they do so not just in Iraq and Syria but right across the world, from Boko Haram and al-Shabaab to the Taliban and al-Qaeda.”

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf emphasized that Obama meant what he said: “ISIL does not operate in the name of any religion. The president has been very clear about that, and the more we can underscore that, the better.” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declared: “[ISIL]’s so-called caliphate has no moral legitimacy; it is a regime of torture, arbitrary punishment and murder that goes against the most basic beliefs of Islam.” The British opposition agrees: Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said that Islamic State “extremists are beheading people and parading their heads on spikes, subjugating women and girls, killing Muslims, Christians and anyone who gets in their way. This is no liberation movement — only a perverted, oppressive ideology that bears no relation to Islam.”

Cooper’s statement was a bit more specific than most others of its kind, and shows up the weakness of all of them. For every Islamic State atrocity she enumerated, there is Qur’anic sanction:

Beheading people: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4).

Subjugating women and girls: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them” (Qur’an 4:34).

Killing Muslims: “They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliya’ (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allah (to Muhammad SAW). But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold) of them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliya’ (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them” (Qur’an 4:89).

Killing Christians: “Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

Even if the Islamic State is misinterpreting or misunderstanding these verses, it is doing so in a way that accords with their obvious literal meaning. Yet this denial from Western leaders is nothing new. Obama, for his part, excuses and apologizes for Islam every time a jihadist atrocity affects the U.S. in some way. Of course, most would wave away his denial as a political necessity, and ask why it matters anyway — why does it make any difference whether or not what the Islamic State is doing is in accord with Islamic texts and teachings? Among other reasons, because it will help determine how much support the new caliphate will ultimately get from Muslims worldwide, and will serve as an indicator of how much we can expect to see the actions of the Islamic State replicated by other Muslims elsewhere.

The blizzard of articles and statements from Muslims and non-Muslims, including the leaders of the principal nations of the Western world, assuring us that what the Islamic State is doing has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam are designed to reassure non-Muslims in the West that they need not have any concerns about massive rates of Muslim immigration and the Muslims already living among them: “Not to worry, folks, your friend Ahmad down at the office will never start acting like those nuts in the Islamic State.”

One problem with this is that it prevents authorities from calling upon Muslim communities to teach against the doctrines that the Islamic State acts upon, and to work for genuine reform. And so the door remains open to the possibility that the actions of the Islamic State could be repeated in Western countries. Barack Obama and David Cameron would do far better to confront the Islamic State’s Islamic justifications for its actions and call on Muslims in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere to teach against these understandings of Islam that they ostensibly reject.

But they never do that, and apparently have no interest in doing it. Instead, they foster complacency among the people of the U.S. and Britain. For doing so, they may never pay a price, but their people will almost certainly have to pay, and pay dearly.

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  • Johnnie the Jew

    Yeah, open fires, dogs and unfortunately you have to leave the shot guns in the car or van now. And the bawdy English roses, insatiable rambunctiousness, non PC humour and anti establishment banter, are all simply irresistable Americana. Don’t you just envy me right now? Sorry. Here’s a joke I just heard ” Discover the stone age, become a muslim”. Pretty damned cute ay? Yee-haaa

    • Americana

      Pub humor wouldn’t leave a Muslim standing and all the onlookers would be rolling on the floor! Your favorite pub is???? I’ve always loved one in Oxford called “The Trout.” It sits right on the riverbank in just a lovely spot. Only flaw is the local Lord began raising peacocks and they’re now naturalized. Their calls are horrendous and, like all roosting birds, they’ve got this urge to put up a tremendous row as they settle for the night. Another favorite is a pub in Scotland that’s near Ian Fleming’s family home. So many great pubs and such good camraderie! I have a hard time believing they’re having a hard time making it economically in this day and age.

      • Johnnie the Jew

        Well guess what, Americana. My response to your above reply was mysteriously erased. Someone is on to me. I blame it all on that juvenile delinquent Snowden, personally. Anyway, that was about 8 hours ago. I’m not keeping bad company here, am I ? You certainly have your critics on FPM. And you’ve mentioned that some of your postings have been taken down. I hope you’re not a damned ‘commie’ ?!! And i’ve fired some nasty stuff your way previously. But,being somewhat inebriated, after another classic English pub evening i’m on my ‘fave’ website. Now for the stark difference. My point is that not everybody is worth saving. Especially our most ardent and pernicious enemy. Nobody has the time – at least 300 years – to wait for these primitives to get up to speed with our world. By contrast, I have no problem with african animist tribes living their lives in their environment only, the same way they have lived for 1000s of years. I actually find that a bit neat. The animist haven’t a clue about commercialising their belief, or interest therein. Islam, by comparison, is a vacuum packed, order on line commodity, covering a whole range of criminalities. Thanks in large part by insipid, dullard, socialist support groups. The plague is different. Its boundaries are all encompassing and with only one mission. In short, you really have to get over that one. No sympathy on that over here. Before I forget, here’s another little joke from a cosy corner, a snug bar, as they’re known in proper olde English pubs: “catch a life threatening disease, become a muslim”. You gotta hand it to the English for their great sense of humour and wit. Not to mention satire. Chris Morris is the muts nuts ! Think 80s here – Brasseye. Now lets see if this makes the firewall. Remember what I said now. Start making sense on human fall out. Yours didactically, the bounder.

  • Johnnie the Jew

    An accurate insight Drakken. Lee Rigby stood a lot of middle England on alert to the danger. Over 60 mosques and islamic community centres were attacked. When an Englishman has his back up against a wall, or thinks his back is up against a wall, watch out. It’s in the blood and there’s plenty of history to draw upon to prove the point.

  • hiernonymous

    I offered a comment above. Short version: I think a system at Iron Dome may well allow some chemicals to get through even if intercepted, but I wouldn’t think it would make things worse. If I were on the receiving end of chemical attacks and had an Iron Dome system, I’d use it.

  • Pete

    Not high enough for all the stuff to burn up. I’ve taken a CBRD course years ago. I’ll have to review it. I’d much rather clean up a dispersed bomb than an exploded one. Period. Full Stop.

    You should see the Youtube video of CBR warfare set to the HEAVY metal song “Get down with the Sickness”.

  • AnneM040359

    Just like the little Dutch boy who puts his finger in the leaking dike. Mr. Jasser will do what he does but the facts are on the ground.

  • Johnnie the Jew

    She’s well and truly snookered now Drakken! Another deluded, ‘equality’ driven,fantasist, hope mongerer. Mary, oh so quite contrary, should do some charity work in one of these crapholes for areal taste of reality. Mental myopia and its finest !

  • Johnnie the Jew

    Excellent point well made.

  • hiernonymous

    Israel has a different system to use against more sophisticated short- and medium-range ballistic missiles – it’s called Arrow. Iron Dome was designed to deal with more primitive artillery/rocket sorts of threats.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    It’s funny how you complain about the censorship here at FPM — when the fact is, most anyone here who has criticised your damn, dumb, Jew hating death cult would be imprisoned for doing so in any islamic state (and now, many non-islamic states as well) or dead — regardless of whether said criticism was polite or not.

  • Vainlee

    Dar Al Islam !

  • Michael Garfinkel

    So, it’s pretty much what I thought; Britain is on-the-ropes, and is in for a terrible time.

    Well, as Churchill said, the new world will save the old.

    Let’s pray the Americans come to their senses and elect an adult administration.

    PS Sorry for the delay – I just saw this post.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    I didn’t quite get your questions regarding Creationism – but I do think the argument for “Intelligent Design” is surprisingly persuasive.

    You mention DeSade. I remember- was it Diderot- who said that if he were to meet God he would address Him with the accusatory exclamation “How dare you?”

    The French are a mystery to me.

  • hiernonymous

    I couldn’t say.

  • ron44

    Their so called holy book ok’s lying to the infidel to deceive them. That is all you need to know concerning this so called religion of peace. That explains their ever move in politics and media.

  • hiernonymous

    There’s nothing unreasonable about your concerns, I just don’t have any comments to offer on the subject.

  • Pete

    I have not been marking your posts as spam, but I should.

    In fact as you have seen I have taken your posts, put them in quotes and started my posts with those quotes so people will understand what i am talking about. I do so just in case you get embarrassed and erase your own posts.

    • Americana

      If I post something, a reasonable amount of thought has gone into the post and I doubt very much I’ll be so ashamed of the posts subsequently I’ll feel the need to erase them. Just because you disagree w/me doesn’t nullify the points in my posts. But go ahead, laud your perspective and denigrate mine. Until the people I respect disagree w/me, I’ll feel I’m in reasonable company w/my understanding of how we should best cope w/this worldwide jihad situation.

      • Pete

        Usually you get no thumbs up. Sometimes you get 1 or 2.

        Hierno would encourage you to keep posting but I don’t see him up voting you.

        It is possible to upvote your self. so when i see 1 or 2 “Guest” upvotes for your comments, it is to be taken with a grain of salt.

      • Pete

        “I’ll feel I’m in reasonable company w/my understanding of how we should best cope w/this worldwide jihad situation.”

        If you are talking about 50+year olds with soft hands who read Foreign Policy Magazine or the like.

        Then yes you are in reasonable company.

  • Pete

    All generals are not created equal. Some are politicians. Some go wobbly.

    Look at this peace plan that was rejected.

    I would take it. I tell my kids that land is valuable even if it has no vegetation, no access to navigable waterways, no water, and no minerals worth exploiting at the time. there is always something you can do with it to make it valuable.

    And here is the idi0t Abbas turning land down.