Why We Cannot Rely on Moderate Muslims
According to Dr. Daniel Pipes, Omar Ahmad, the long-serving chairman of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, reportedly told a crowd of California Muslims in July 1998, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran ... should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
In 2005, three Dallas-area brothers were convicted of supporting
terrorism by funnelling money to a high-ranking official in the
militant Palestinian group Hamas.
One would normally think that an organization that has convicted terrorist supporters among its members and whose leading members have stated a desire to replace the US Constitution with sharia would be shunned by Western media and political representatives. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
In August 2006, a poll revealed that most Americans favor profiling
of people who look "Middle Eastern" for security screening at
locations such as airports and train stations. News wire Reuters
stated that the "civil rights and advocacy organization" CAIR
protested against this.
The Kentucky office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has been conducting "sensitivity training" for FBI agents in Lexington, examining "common stereotypes of Islam and Muslims" and ways in which to improve interactions with the Muslim community.
Meanwhile, a survey revealed that 81% of Detroit Muslims wanted sharia in Muslim countries. Yehudit Barsky, an expert on terrorism at the American Jewish Committee, warned that mainstream US Muslim organizations are heavily influenced by Saudi-funded extremists. These "extremist organizations continue to claim the mantle of leadership" over American Islam. Over 80 percent of the mosques in the United States "have been radicalized by Saudi money and influence" Barsky said.
The northern Virginia-based Muslim Students' Association (MSA)
might easily be taken for a benign student religious group. At a
meeting in Queensborough Community College in New York in March 2003,
a guest speaker named Faheed declared, "We reject the U.N., reject
America, reject all law and order.
So, what happened to the famous "moderate Muslims" in all this? That's a question writer Robert Spencer asks, too. Imam Siraj Wahaj is in great demand as a speaker. In 1991, he even became the first Muslim to give an invocation to the U.S. Congress.
However, he has also warned that the United States will fall unless
it "accepts the Islamic agenda." He has lamented that "if only Muslims
were clever politically, they could take over the United States and
replace its constitutional government with a caliphate."
Mr. Spencer notes that "The fact that someone who would like to see
the [US] Constitution replaced has led a prayer for those sworn to
uphold it is just a symptom a larger, ongoing problem: the government
and media are avid to find moderate Muslims -- and as their
desperation has increased, their standards have lowered."
Professor Walid Phares gives an explanation of such religious
deception, part and parcel of Jihad while Muslims are in a weaker
position: "Al-Taqiya, from the verb Ittaqu, means linguistically
'dodge the threat'.
"These agents were acting on behalf of the Muslim authority at war,
and therefore were not considered as lying or denouncing the tenets of
This deception "has a civilizational, global dimension versus the
narrow state interest of the regular Western subversive methods."
Muhammad Atta was named by the FBI as the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was also a student in Germany, where he was described as quiet, polite and inconspicuous. This strategy of using religious deception, smiling to the infidels while plotting to kill them, has become a common feature of many would-be Jihadists in the West.
According to Robert Spencer, secular clothing is actually in
accord with instructions in a captured Al-Qaeda manual to appear to be
a secular, assimilated Muslim with no interest in religion.
Ambassadors to the Czech Republic from Arab nations and members
of the Czech Muslim community were outraged by a documentary aired on
TV that used hidden camera footage of conversations in a Prague
mosque. The footage showed a reporter pretending to be someone
interested in converting to Islam.
An Arabic-speaking journalist had on several occasions visited a
large mosque in Stockholm, and noticed that what the imam said in his
speech in Arabic didn't match the Swedish translation. "America rapes
Islam" imam Hassan Mousa roared in Arabic.
Examples such as these leave non-Muslims with a very powerful dilemma: How can we ever trust assurances from self-proclaimed moderate Muslims when deception of non-Muslims is so widespread, and lying to infidels is an accepted and established way of hiding Islamic goals? The answer, with all its difficult implications, is: We can't.
Does this mean that ALL Muslims are lying about their true agenda, all of the time? No, of course not. Some are quite frank about their intentions.
Norway's most controversial refugee, Mullah Krekar, has said in public that there's a war going on between the West and Islam, and that Islam will win. "We're the ones who will change you" Krekar told. "Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes."
Mullah Krekar "Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children. By 2050, 30 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim." He claimed that "our way of thinking... will prove more powerful than yours." He loosely defined "Western thinking" as formed by the values held by leaders of western or non-Islamic nations. Its "materialism, egoism and wildness" has altered Christianity, Krekar claimed.
In The Force of Reason, Italian journalist and novelist Oriana
Fallaci recalls how, in 1972, she interviewed the Palestinian
terrorist George Habash, who told her that the Palestinian problem was
about far more than Israel.
Fallaci thought he was referring simply to terrorism. Only later did she realize that he "also meant the cultural war, the demographic war, the religious war waged by stealing a country from its citizens -- In short, the war waged through immigration, fertility, presumed pluriculturalism."
The US State Department believes that Washington can contain the
Muslim Brotherhood and its ilk through dialogue and should avoid any
further clash with them, because this "would only fan hatred and
incite more attacks against US interests."
At the same time, the new Brotherhood leader Muhammad Mahdi Othman
'Akef said in 2004 to Arab media that America is 'Satan' and "will
Besides, exactly what does "dialogue" mean, anyway? Poul E.
Andersen, former dean of the church of Odense, Denmark, warns
against false hopes of dialogue with Muslims.
When Mr. Andersen raised the issue of dialogue with the Muslim
World League in Denmark, the answer was: "To a Muslim, it is
artificial to discuss Islam. In fact, you view any discussion as an
expression of Western thinking."
In Britain's The Spectator, Patrick Sookhdeo writes about the myth of moderate Islam:
"The peaceable verses of the Koran are almost all earlier, dating from Mohammed's time in Mecca, while those which advocate war and violence are almost all later, dating from after his flight to Medina.
What is a moderate Muslim? In 2003, the Associated Press touted as
a "moderate" a cleric who told Saudi radio that terrorist attacks in
his capital violated "the sanctity of Ramadan."
During his speech at the opening of the 10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference on Oct 16, 2003, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia stated that:
"We are all Muslims. We are all oppressed. We are all being humiliated." "1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way." "Today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."
Mahathir talked about how Muslims could win a "final victory" and recalled the glory days when "Europeans had to kneel at the feet of Muslim scholars in order to access their own scholastic heritage."
Farish Noor, a Malaysian scholar who specializes in politics and
Islam, says that the idea of a secular state is dead in Malaysia. "An
Islamic society is already on the cards. The question is what kind of
Islamic society this will be."
While NATO soldiers are risking their lives to establish a "democratic and moderate" regime in Afghanistan, a former regional governor who oversaw the destruction of two massive 1,500-year-old Buddha statues during the Taliban's reign was elected to the Afghan parliament. Mawlawi Mohammed Islam Mohammadi was the Taliban's governor of Bamiyan province when the fifth-century Buddha statues were blown up with dynamite and artillery in March 2001.
In the same, Western-supported, moderate Afghanistan, the police
arrested six people for stoning to death an Afghan women accused of
Ashram Choudhary, Muslim MP in New Zealand, will not condemn
the traditional Koran punishment of stoning to death some homosexuals
and people who have extra-marital affairs.
Centre Democrat Ben Haddou, a member of Copenhagen's City Council, has stated:
"It's impossible to condemn sharia. And any secular Muslim who claims he can is lying. Sharia also encompasses lifestyle, inheritance law, fasting and bathing. Demanding that Muslims swear off sharia is a form of warfare against them."
Read that statement again, and read it carefully. Muslims in the
West consider it "a form of warfare against them" if they have to live
by our secular laws, not their religious laws. Will they then also
react in violent ways to this "warfare" if they don't get their will?
Federal Treasurer Peter Costello said Australian Muslim leaders
need to stand up and publicly denounce terrorism in all its forms. Mr.
Costello has also backed calls by Prime Minister John Howard for
Islamic migrants to adopt Australian values.
Hammasa Kohistani, the first Muslim to be crowned Miss England, warned that "stereotyping" members of her community was leading some towards extremism. "Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway. It will take a long time for communities to start mixing in more."
So, if radical Muslims stage mass-murder attacks against
non-Muslims, the non-Muslims must not show any anger because of this,
otherwise the moderate Muslims may get insulted and become terrorists,
Unfortunately, Jihad-supporters are allowed to stifle Western
defense capabilities by feeding them Politically Correct propaganda.
U.K. police officers were given "diversity training" at an Islamic
school southeast of London, the private Jameah Islameah school in East
Sussex, that later became the center of a terrorism investigation.
In August 2006, following the unveiling of a plot to blow up
several airliners between Britain and the USA, Muslim leaders summoned
to talks with the Government on tackling extremism made a series of
demands, which included the introduction of sharia law for family
As Charles Johnson of blog Little Green Footballs dryly commented, this is an interesting viewpoint: Only by receiving special treatment and instituting a medieval religious legal code can Muslims be treated "equally."
After the plot against the airliners was uncovered, a large number of UK Muslim groups sent a letter with veiled threats to PM Tony Blair, stating that "It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad" and that the British should "change our foreign policy" in addition to allowing Muslims more sharia. The same thing happened after the bombs in London in 2005.
If we watch closely, we will notice that Muslims are highly
organized and have prepared long lists of demands. Every act of
terrorism, or Jihad as it really is, is seen as an opportunity to push
even greater demands.
It is true that Jihad is not exclusively about violence, but it is very much about the constant threat of violence. Just like you don't need to beat a donkey all the time to make it go where you want it to, Muslims don't have to hit non-Muslims continuously. They bomb or kill every now and then, to make sure that the infidels are always properly submissive and know who's boss.
Sadly, they frequently tend to get their will, and the donkey, or as in this case, the British, do what the Muslims want. A hospital in northwest England has introduced a new surgical gown modeled on the burka, allowing female Muslim patients to cover themselves completely. The blue "Inter-Faith Gown" is the first of its type in Britain and has being tried out at the Royal Preston Hospital.
Professor Moshe Sharon teaches Islamic History at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He gives this description of how a temporary truce, a hudna, is used as an Islamic strategy against infidels:
"Peace in Islam can exist only within the Islamic world; peace can only be between Moslem and Moslem." "With the non-Moslem world or non-Moslem opponents, there can be only one solution - a cease fire until Moslems can gain more power.
I have earlier quoted how even Norwegian diplomat and United Nation's envoy Terje Röd-Larsen, a key player during the Oslo Peace Process in the 1990s, later admitted that "Arafat lied all the time."
The Arabs never wanted a peace with Israel. They wanted to buy time until they were strong enough to win. The peace overtures by the Israelis were interpreted as a sign of weakness. The so-called Treaty of Hudaybiyya, signed while Muhammad and his supporters were not yet strong enough to conquer Mecca, has become a standard for Islamic relations with non-Muslims ever since.
Sharon states that "Thus, in Islamic jurisdiction, it became a legal precedent which states that you are only allowed to make peace for a maximum of 10 years. Secondly, at the first instance that you are able, you must renew the jihad [thus breaking the "peace" agreement]." "What makes Islam accept cease-fire? Only one thing - when the enemy is too strong. It is a tactical choice."
Furthermore, the Islamic world has not only the attitude of open war. There's also war by infiltration, as we can see in Western countries now. Is there a possibility to end this dance of war? According to Moshe Sharon, the answer is, "No. Not in the foreseeable future. What we can do is reach a situation where for a few years we may have relative quiet."
As Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald says of moderate Muslims:
"They are still people who call themselves Muslims, and we, the Infidels, have no idea what this will cause them, or could cause them, to do in the future. We likewise have no idea what their children, or their grandchildren will see as their responsibility as Muslims.
This is, unfortunately, very true. In November 2005, an
intelligence study obtained by Canada's National Post said that a
"high percentage" of the Canadian Muslims involved in extremist
activities were home-grown and born in Canada, a marked shift from the
past when they were mostly refugees and immigrants: "There does not
appear to be a single process that leads to extremism; the
transformation is highly individual.
Hugh Fitzgerald wonders how many of our Muslim immigrants will be truly moderate. How many of them
"will turn out to be like Ayaan Hirsi Ali? One out of 20? One out of 100? One out of 1,000? One out of 100,000? How many of the men will turn out to be like Magdi Allam in Italy, or like Bassam Tibi in Germany?
Youssef Ibrahim of the New York Sun is tired of the silence from the Muslim majority:
"Hardly any Muslim groups, moderate or otherwise, voiced public disapproval of [Dutch Islamic critic Theo] van Gogh's murder except in the most formulaic way." "In Islam, "silence is a sign of acceptance" as the Arabic Koranic saying goes."
A just question, which increasing numbers of Europeans are asking,
too. A big part of the answer lies in the elaborate Eurabian,
pro-Islamic networks that have been built up by stealth over decades,
and hardly ever debated by European media.
It is possible that those Western countries where the infidels are
strong enough will copy the Benes Decrees from Czechoslovakia in 1946,
when most of the so-called Sudeten Germans, some 3.5 million people,
had shown themselves to be a dangerous fifth column without any
loyalty to the state.
The most civilized thing we can do in order to save ourselves as a
civilization, but also to limit the loss of life among both Muslims
and non-Muslims in what increasingly looks like a world war, is for
Westerners and indeed non-Muslims in general to implement a policy of
containment of the Islamic world, as suggested by Mr. Fitzgerald.
I have compared Islam to the movie "The Matrix" where people are turned into slaves by living in a make-believe reality designed to keep them in chains. In the movie, everybody who hasn't been completely unplugged from this artificial reality is potentially an agent for the system. I have gradually come to the conclusion that this is the sanest way to view Muslims, too.
Some would argue that it is a crime and a betrayal of our own values to argue for excluding Muslims from our countries or even expelling some of the ones who are already here. I disagree. The relatively small number of Muslims we have in the West now has already caused enormous damage to our economy, to our culture and not the least to our freedoms.
As I have demonstrated above, it is perfectly accepted, and widely
practiced, by Jihadist Muslims to lie to non-Muslims about their true
agenda. I have also demonstrated that the relationship between
radicals and so-called moderates is a lot closer than we would like to
At the end of the day, what counts isn't the difference, if any,
between moderate Muslims and radical Muslims, but between Muslims and
non-Muslims, and between Muslims and ex-Muslims.
Fjordman is a blogger who writes an occasional essay called the Fjordman Report. He writes on Islam, Scandinavian affairs and global politics. He lives in Trondelag, Norway.
This was published september 8, 2006 on the Gates of Vienna website:
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