What about Muslims who are truly peaceful? This seems to be the question the whole world is asking these days, and it comes up daily, here where I work, at The Hatune Foundation. I bring to my mind my own American Muslim friends as I ask this. Many Muslims I know, who have been born into western cultures, love peace, tolerance, freedom, and equality, but they didn’t get these democratic values and laws from the Qur’an or Islam, and much less from Islamic history. On the other hand, they received these peaceful values from western culture and democracy, from their own upbringing, or from their own conscience which bears witness to these values. Many Muslims, who are truly peaceful and want to remain in Islam, are interpreting into Islam the good values they’ve learned.
The Qur’an and Islam, however, are impossible to reform while maintaining the foundations of the faith. Islam is bound by the doctrine of tanzīl, meaning “to send down”, which is the paramount belief in Islam, which states that the Qur’anic revelation descended, verbatim, from Allah (God) to Muhammad. The first step in becoming a Muslim is professing the Islamic creed, the Shahada, which is, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”. Not only does Islam profess and believe that Muhammad is the final prophet (statement) from God, but it also claims that the writing of the Qur’an is divinely inspired. It is, according to Islam, the only miracle Muhammad performed in his lifetime, being illiterate when he wrote it.
If some were to reform Islam, they would have to deny, twist, or make into symbols, every facet of the faith, reducing it to some kind of vague, or completely new, identity, which is far from traditional Islam. In other words, in order to be a truly peaceful Muslim, one must deny any literal authority of Muhammad and the Qur’an.
For Muslims who truly take the Qur’an as God’s word, however, there are only two possible ways for them to follow: fighting unbelievers, or putting on a peaceful appearance until they are prepared to fight. At the end of the day, the goal of Islam is to achieve world peace by conquering the world through war, in the name of Allah. Their Shariah (Islamic) Laws are incompatible with democracy, and traditional Islamic culture is impossible to integrate with western culture. Even allowing Muslims to practice Shariah Law, amongst themselves in Europe, through what has been called the Welfare Party (Refah Prtisi, RP), has been ruled against by the European Court of Human Rights, because it would deny democracy to those who would be subjected to it. This understanding, of the incompatibility between Islam and democracy, must be further explored in the West today, in light of the current struggles with Islam, which are worsening.
Can Islam be fully reformed? There is no doubt, in light of Islamic history, that the sentiments and devotion to traditional Islam and the paramount respect of the Qur’an and its commandments will prevail among those who read the Qur’an and have faith in it. “Radical Islam” is an unhelpful term that causes the unlearned and inexperienced to think that the Muslims who follow in such a way are projecting onto the Qur’an their own extreme interpretation, instead of seeing the truth that these “radicals” are only victims to the already radical Qur’an. The Qur’an and Islamic history inspire Muslims who practice “radical Islam”; these are simply taking the Qur’an at its word, in its most simple interpretation. In order to be politically correct towards modernized and westernized Muslims, though, this term “radical Islam” has been coined. Perhaps it really is a helpful term, on the other hand, though it is inaccurate, because it may push these to reform.
Nonetheless, even if some some think to reform Islam, which would be great for the sake of the persecuted, the passionate spirit of Jihad and the retribution of an angry Allah, demanding to be expressed through his people in war, and establish world peace through this “holy war”, as a sort of theocracy, would prevail in those who have faith in the divine inspiration of the Qur’an, and in Muhammad as Allah’s last and final prophet (word) to mankind.
Commonly linked to these questions about Islam is the comparison of the Qur’an and Islamic history to the Bible and Church history, mostly in light of the crusades and passages in the Old Testament. In the Biblical narrative, the nation of Israel was in a theocracy, initiated by God in Moses, which continued until the rise of kings. The wars that took place are clearly indicated in the text to be sovereign commands of God to a specific group at a specific time and place with a limited function in relation to the possession of the Promised Land and foundation of God’s redemptive acts through Israel and the Messiah. The wars were very specific as well, and Israel was never given, in the narrative, freedom to fight in general. In other words, the acts cannot be repeated or continued. The commands came also with directions of who not to war with. For more information on that, here’s a great blog on Old Testament Theology of War <
When the Jewish people demanded a king, they chose Saul. In response, God chose David, a representation of the Messiah. Nowhere, after this, does the Bible go back into a theocracy. In the fourteen generations before Christ, Israel was a theocracy, then a monarchy, and then a hierarchy. Jesus, in the New Testament, begins a new era and established the Church. Until the Second Coming of Christ, which is a God initiated event, the Bible commands Christians to respect the authorities in government (Romans 15), govern their own churches, spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, endure persecution and hardship, and live as foreigners and ambassadors, representing the Kingdom of God in the earth, waiting for the Second Coming of Christ. Never does the Bible command believers to kill others, or to establish religion through killing. It teaches against the killing of others.
The violence of the Qur’an, on the other hand, is incomparable to the Bible and Christianity. It commands all Muslim’s to go fight all non-Muslims and continue the “holy war” Muhammad began. It is not directed at only a specific group at a specific time and place. It is most obviously interpreted as commands to all Muslims. After three years of research and textual criticism of ten religions, Tina Magaard, who has a PhD in Textual Analysis and Intercultural Communication, said, “The texts in Islam are clearly distinct from the other religious texts, as they to a much higher degree call for violence and aggression against followers of other faiths. There are also direct incitements to terror. This has long been a taboo in Islam research, but it is a fact we have to acknowledge.” The violence of the Qur’an is outright. In fact, there is no assurance of salvation from Allah to his followers, except for the case of dying while fighting the “infidels”, which has led to so many suicide bombing attacks (Surah 61:10-12). What is considered suicide bombing, as it truly is, is actually “martyrdom” in Islam. The concept of persecution in Islam is that anyone who resists conversion to Islam is persecuting the Muslims. The concept of persecution in the Bible is that of a Christian who suffers persecution for their faith in Jesus, yet continues to follow him. Likewise, a martyr in Islam is what the West have called (usually) a “suicide bomber”, whereas a martyr in Christianity is someone who is killed for their faith.
Where the crusades lasted for 196 years, due to a type of heretical Dominion Theology that denied the ways of Christ and went back into a theocracy, from 1095 to 1291 (196 years), the “holy war” in Islam has continued in all of Islam’s existence from 610 AD to today (1406 years).
There is, however, a heresy happening in a small branch of Christianity called “Dominion Theology”, which seeks to bring Christians into places of governmental power and re-establish a theocracy and stone the sinners. It goes against the Biblical narrative, which commands the believers to wait on the government of the Messiah (Jesus) to be established, stating that Christians are strangers in the world, that Jesus’ “kingdom is not of this world, or else his servants would fight”, and that, after the Second Coming of Christ, the law and justice of God would go forth to all nations from Zion, where Christ rules after his Second Coming. Dominion Theology is dangerous and heretical. If it were to happen, it would be like the crusades all over again, or even like Constantinople, whom the desert fathers and mothers had to flee to the deserts from, in order to be truly Christian and not Christian because of nationality. Christianity is not meant to be a nationality or something one is born into. It is a religion of faith, respect of free will, and spreading the Gospel of Jesus. Islam, like Dominion Theology, is not so much a religious, as it is a political, movement that strives against democracy. The political movement of Dominion Theology, which has occurred in history, is neither part of traditional Christianity, nor a Biblical command, whereas, traditional Islam is true to the text of the Qur’an, and will always, unavoidably, be a political movement. Theocracy is inevitably the result of the lack of separation of church and state.
Freedom Of Speech: Our Vitality
On November 25, 2016, I travelled with Sister Hatune to hear her speak at Eberbach High School, four hours away by train. Her audience was a group of about 100 eighth and ninth graders. Sister Hatune values informing the younger generations on the current events in the Middle East and preparing them for the future. One teacher from the school, never having met Sister Hatune, tried to stop the meeting from happening because she had Muslim family members. Nonetheless, the majority of the teachers agreed, along with the students, to hear Sister Hatune and the information about the persecution in the Middle East. She also spoke about Islam, the poor, her life, and the work of the foundation. The students listened attentively and were very interested and even shocked, although she kept from them her worst images and stories. Days afterwards, she received a letter from the students. They want to hold a Christmas sale and have the funds they raise go to the foundation. All of the foundations donations go directly to the persecuted.
For the past month, the foundation has been housing a few homeless beggars from Romania. Sister Hatune keeps her doors open to all who are in need; she took these in and is providing them with food and accommodation. With the help of a translator, she told them that the foundation would help them find work and that they don’t have to go out to beg. She assured them, “You don’t have to be beggars all of your life. There are real solutions for you here.”
On November 27, Sister Hatune spoke to an audience of about 70 at a Catholic Church in Bad Driburg. One Catholic religious teacher found the information hard to hear because she didn’t understand the religion of Islam. She remarked, before the group, that Islam meant peace, although it really means “submission”. Her opinion was that Christians should open their doors to anyone, no matter what their life principles are, and no matter if they seek to kill or attack others. The audience made it obvious that they were not in favor of her stance. Sister Hatune, in response, answered with only the facts from her own copy of the Qur’an and the Muslim code of ethics.
She explained how Islam is in a self-declared “holy war” against all non-Muslims (Surah 47:4) and how they do not have true friendships with “non-believers” (Surah 5:51). It is not possible to integrate western culture with Islam because of the beliefs and practices they follow. In the Qur’an, 52.7% of it’s content is directly against non-Muslims. This includes threats, degrading remarks, calls to fight against them, and wishes of death on them. There are 206 verses, which are against anyone who is not Suni Muslim. Europe allowing into their countries so many Suni (radical) Muslims, who are “fleeing ISIS”, or simply immigrating in (for lack of border protection) is ridiculous. For news on Islamic terror in Europe since 2001, visit this site: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks/europe-attacks.aspx
It is difficult to differentiate between a Muslim who is peaceful because they have democratic or western values, and a Muslim who is peaceful because of “Taqiyya”. Surah 3:28 speaks of “Taqiyya”, meaning “concealment”. It reads, “Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security.” Here, Muslims are commanded not to be friends with non-Muslims. Nonetheless, if the Muslim is under dominion of a stronger adversary they are allowed to pretend to be friendly. Muslims, when they are not in dominion, are allowed to show friendship outwardly, but not from their heart. Abu Darda, one of Muhammad’s companions said, “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.” True, “Suni” or “radical” Muslims may remain under a cloak of peace until they are strong enough to win their wars without too much loss. Islam in not a religion of peace and is incompatible with democracy. Furthermore, if we believe that murder has no religion, then we also understand that Islam is not a religion at all, but an ideology.
One police in the audience, in civilian clothes, spoke to Sister Hatune after the speech about how many crimes are being committed and going unpunished because of religious tolerance and confusion towards the issues Islam brings. Sister Hatune said, “I’m sad and angry about the behavior of the politicians in Germany. Already now, the elderly people, mostly women, are afraid to go outside after 6 pm in big cities because of the amount of crime that has flooded in from Muslims. What is going on here? In our own country, we are afraid to go outside. In our own country, it is not allowed to speak the truth or even an opinion. Where is our democracy? Where is our freedom? Where are our human rights? Where is our equality?”
On the 28th, Sister Hatune travelled to Versmold Gütersloh, to speak to an evangelical church, completely packed with an audience of around 300 people. Her speech was similar to the day prior at the Catholic Church, and one politically correct evangelical priest in the audience tried to tell Sister Hatune that what she was saying was too harsh against Islam. He said that Islam is a part of Germany, and, as Christians, we must see Muslims who practice Islam as equals, and not as a threat. Sister Hatune always begins her speeches by making her audience aware that she is not politically correct, because she is not afraid to speak the facts in an unfiltered way. She is not afraid to offend anyone, because she understands that when she speaks against Islam’s ideologies, she does not demonize the individual. She defends democracy in her nation, and believes that others, who fight against democracy, should go elsewhere, where they can practice their own ideologies. She explained to the man the incompatibility of Islam and democracy.
In reflection to the past week, Sister Hatune remarked, “I am afraid that people are now already afraid to speak the truth. It is how it was during the rise of Hitler. The mouths of the people were closed, and then before they could open them again, it was too late. This same disaster is happening again. The people are unable to speak. They are silent and afraid to speak the truth. This will not end well in our future. We try, in our foundation, to be honest, to show the facts, and to say the truth, no matter what it costs. God is truth. Whoever is not in truth is the friend of the devil. Only the truth can win in a positive way. I wish that the European people and the western people of America, and all democracies, would be honest in democracy and defend human rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and equality, and to save theses godly rules. I wish that they would not give any space for the rules that come against human rights, like Shariah Law, dictatorship, and communism, where the humans are not equal and the classes are elevated. My thoughts especially go out to the women and children who are oppressed, or made to be servants of the men according to the Shariah Law . . . where the witness of two women is equal to one man. Where the women are like filth to the men who can use them as they like and beat them. She is not worthy and has to cover her face. Muhammad said that women are born for hell. These rules and ideologies, we do not need. We have to save our own rules and know our own faith. If we know, as Christians, and as democracies, our faith, and live according to that, standing together, no one can stand against us. We, the Christians, have lost our faith, though. We must speak. Jesus told us that that after him would come many false prophets. We must be honest to the words of Jesus and not accept the false prophets. It is clear that Muhammad is a false prophet. In his time, he slaughtered the Jewish people and all non-Muslims; for the past 1,400 years they have been cutting the throats of the human beings, like they are animals, in accordance with the Qur’an.
If we read the Bible and are honest with ourselves, we can see what 1 John 2:22 really looks like. Everyone can read what is says there.
My mission is for everyone to be honest with himself, with the world, with his faith, and to speak the truth. Instead of allowing religious tolerance and political correctness to keep the mouths of people shut, let us learn how to speak, how to argue, and how to value freedom of speech. This generation, though, has mostly lost its ability to argue, especially with the subjects of religion and ideologies. Some states don’t even have any classes on religion, and so, most people are ignorant to Islam.”