For some reason, many people in the West simply cannot accept the truth about Islam. Even after they research it, they insist on dividing Muslims from what they call ‘radical’ Muslims, or ‘Islamists.’ This is what Glenn Beck has been teaching, and it is repeated here, by Raymond Ibrahim, both of whom should know better:
But they are wrong, and here is why they are wrong and why it matters:
Suppose you want to know what a word means. Where would you go to find the definition? Would you ask some guy on the radio, or on You Tube, or would you go to the dictionary? If you do not go to the dictionary, you are opening yourself to accepting a mistake. That guy on the radio or You Tube may be wrong, but the dictionary will not be wrong. By definition, credible dictionaries are the highest authority on what words mean because they are the record of such things. There is no higher authority. The dictionary is it. Just as the definition of a word is the end of the issue. Once we know what it means, that is the end of it: there is no more debate. Well, the same applies to matters of religion, and in the case of Islam, the highest authority is Muhammad.
Muhammad’s commandments are assumed to have come from Allah, the Muslim god. Therefore, they are the end of any and all discussion for Muslims. Whatever Muhammad said is the law for Muslims — period. Muhammad’s commands are recorded in the Qur’an and in the Hadith/Sunna (customs and sayings of Muhammad). Now, I am not so ignorant as to not be aware that, when a word can mean more than one thing, there can often be a debate over which definition a word is meant. Likewise, there are areas of legitimate debate over what Muhammad may have meant — but not many. For you see, Muhammad said he was the perfect Muslim, and that his life is the perfect example for how a Muslim should live. This is why Muhammad’s official biography is also considered to be a holy book of Islam: because it helps provide guidance to Muslims by showing how Muhammad lived his life. From the Hadith:
Ishaq:467 “Allah addressed the believers and said, ‘In Allah’s Apostle you have a fine example for anyone who hopes to be in the place where Allah is.’”
The command to obey extends to the Imam, as well:
Bukhari: V4B52N203 “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘We are the last but will be the foremost to enter Paradise.’ The Prophet added, ‘He who obeys me, obeys Allah, and he who disobeys me, disobeys Allah. He who obeys the chief, obeys me, and he who disobeys the chief, disobeys me. The Imam is like a shelter for whose safety the Muslims should fight.’”
Shari’a Law is derived from Muhammad’s commands and personal example. Muhammad commanded all Muslims to follow and obey, and if they do not, he said they are hypocrites and should be killed:
Ishaq:322 “Allah said, ‘Do not turn away from Muhammad when he is speaking to you. Do not contradict his orders. And do not be a hypocrite, one who pretends to be obedient to him and then disobeys him. Those who do so will receive My vengeance. You must respond to the Apostle when he summons you to war.”
Again, those who try to leave or change Islam — according to Muhammad, the ultimate authority on Islam — they are hypocrites. This doe snot mean they are not ‘Muslim enough,’ as Beck and others try to say. According to Muhammad — the highest authority on Islam — it means they are not Muslims at all:
Qur’an:33:60 “Truly, if the Hypocrites stir up sedition, if the agitators in the City do not desist, We shall urge you to go against them and set you over them. Then they will not be able to stay as your neighbors for any length of time. They shall have a curse on them. Whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain without mercy – a fierce slaughter – murdered, a horrible murdering.”
In this Qur’anic passage, Muhammad was speaking against those who called themselves Muslims, but who disobeyed Muhammad’s commands and example. They were trying to make a more peaceful religion out of Islam, so Muhammad ordered them killed. This is because Muhammad said Islam does not change:
Qur’an:48:22 “If the unbelieving infidels fight against you, they will retreat. (Such has been) the practice (approved) of Allah in the past: no change will you find in the ways of Allah.”
Bukhari:V9B88N174 “I heard the Prophet saying, ‘Islam cannot change!’”
This means there can be no ‘reformation’ of Islam, and all those who say otherwise are actually claiming the seat of Muhammad/Allah. In short, they are claiming to be a higher authority that Allah, the Muslim god. According to Muhammad, such people should be killed. This is not a perversion of Islam. None of this is a perversion of Islam. it is simply Islam — as Muhammad taught and practiced it! This means nearly everything we see ISIS doing is Islam — as Muhammad lived it, himself! Now let that sink in, because it is true. The reality is that Beck and Ibrahim are wrong and this guy is correct:
And Brigitte Gabriel does an even better job of explaining the problem:
So, for the last time (I hope), understand this and find the courage to accept it:
Muhammad defines Islam — no one else!
Shari’a is based on Muhammad’s commands as well as the way he lived his life. ALL Muslims are obligated to obey Shari’a law. It is not optional — per Muhammad.
Those who call themselves Muslims but do not obey Muhammad’s commands and follow his example are not Muslims — per Muhammad’s command! They are hypocrites — per Muhammad!
Hypocrites are to be killed — period! Per Muhammad!
Those how try to leave or change Islam are also hypocrites/apostates and they are to be killed — per Muhammad!
Islam does not and cannot change — period! — per Muhammad!
Anyone who argues differently is to be killed — per Muhammad!
Now, if we still lived in a rational world, this would be the end of all debate over this issue and the Western world would take appropriate action to defend itself from Islam. But the West, the birth place of modern reason, has renounced the use of reason. Instead, we have succumbed to post modernism and political correctness. These things are strong delusions, and they have blinded us to reality. It is why people who should know better continue to argue that the sky is green and grass is blue — or that there are ‘good’ Muslims and ‘Islamists.’ Were Muhammad alive today, he would tell us the ‘good’ Muslims are ISIS and the ‘moderate’ Muslims are hypocrites — but then, who cares what Muhammad thinks? We have convinced ourselves that we know better than the people who defined their own beliefs. And so it is that many of us reject the truth and chose instead to listen to people who tell them that we do not need to fear Islam, only the people who are misusing it. Sadly, tragically, those voices are as insane as they believe their ‘Islamists’ to be.
NOTE: I have not ‘cherry-picked’ from the Qur’an or Hadith. They are filled with similar citations. You can read a selection of them for yourself here.