There’s a lot of money getting spent in America proselytizing for Islam. It is a highly active promotional effort. The effort includes charges of Islamophobia against anyone not accepting of the campaign at face value. There is a growing understanding that Islam is not a religion. By its own description it is a civilizational view. Americans seem to want to treat it as a religion. So where does the truth lie? How should America approach its interaction with Islam?
My suggestion for a good place to start is with the law of each. So, let’s take a comparative approach. Let’s compare the principles behind American law with those of Sharia, Islamic law. The first important distinctions between the two are who wrote each and changeability. American law is written by men and can be changed. Sharia is Allah’s law, which can never be changed. These differences are important to understanding each civilization.
Lets talk rights:
In America the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Islam does not allow freedom of religion. Sharia requires submission to Islam, to Allah. No other religions are tolerated. Even the people of the book are required to submit. Their handling is different but only marginally better than that of the Kafir, non-Muslims. Non-Muslims are subject to enslavement or worse, death. That appears to be a significant difference in terms of tolerance.
In America the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents Congress from making any law abridging the freedom of speech. Sharia does not allow free speech. Anything which offends Allah, Mohammed or another Muslim is prohibited. The factual nature of statement is not a defense. That would appear to be a significant difference in terms of tolerance but also in terms of acceptable defense for any expression.
In America the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents Congress from making any law abridging the freedom of the press. Islam does not allow freedom of the press. Sharia prohibits anything offensive to Allah or his prophet. Islamic law requires submission to Islam. That appears to be a significant difference in terms of tolerance.
Let’s talk wrongs:
American law affords equal protection to all citizens under the law in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. Islam does not provide equal protection to all people. Sharia does provide equal protection to Muslim men. Muslim women are disadvantaged as compared to Muslim men though to a lesser extent than Kafir. Non-believers under Sharia are significantly disadvantaged as compared to Muslim men and women. They are treated as property. This is a distinction that is a significant difference.
America law affords equal rights to women. Islam through Sharia does not. Muslim women are valued at half of Muslim men. In Islam Muslim women are subordinate to men. Not only are Muslim women subordinate to men they are considered inferior and required to submit to men. Should a woman not submit to her husband she may be beaten into submission through prescribed methods. Non-Muslim women can be enslaved. This does appear to be a significant area of difference in civilizational view.
In America the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This means all American citizens has a right to keep and bear arms. In Islam under Sharia this is true… but only for Muslims. In America we respect all people not only the ones who submit to our world view. Being willing to advance our beliefs is very different from being intolerant of the rights and beliefs of those who disagree with our views.
Let’s talk freedom:
From our Declaration of Independence, America “…holds these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” In America we respect the equality of all people. Islam does not. Sharia attributes little value to non-Muslims. It attributes only half the value to a Muslim woman attributed to a Muslim Man. Shall we count this as a significant difference?
In America we encourage freedom of thought. Islam does not. Sharia determines for Dar Al-Harb and Dar Al-Islam what is permissible and what is not. Dar Al-Harb means house of war and is used in reference to countries who have not submitted to Allah. Dar al-Islam means the house of Islam and is used in reference to countries that have submitted to Allah. If one is only allowed those thoughts which do not offend Allah can there be freedom of thought? How invasive and restricting must enforcement be under Islam?
In America we encourage freedom of artistic expression. It is protected, even when offensive. Islam does not allow free artistic expression. Sharia prohibits things which offend Allah or his prophet. Things that are spoken, written, artistic expression, tactile or visual experiences, thought, etc., etc., etc.… Submission to Allah requires monitoring and invites repression for the enforcement of Sharia as the only way in Islam. This appears to be a significant difference between the civilizations and their approach to support of their citizens.
Islam continually tells anyone who will listen that it is engaged in a civilizational struggle. The requirements of the law of Islam, sharia, are specifically spelled out and available for our review. The principles of Islam come from its source documents which are the Quran, the Hadiths and the Sira. Together the source documents form sharia.
None of us need, and probably none of us should rely on the musings of any random Muslim about Islam. Why? Because who knows how knowledgeable the individual may be in the teaching contained in the source documents? And, Islam has a doctrine called taqiyya, which is a Shia name, basically for authorized lying to non-believers. It is permitted under certain circumstances, typically those advancing the cause of Islam. In some cases this means by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability to defeat them.
So do your own homework. Get to know this group of more than 1.5 billion people. They say they mean to convert you using guile or force. Their leadership has told us they intend to do whatever it takes, for however long it takes. In the end there can be only one according to Islam. Their words not mine.