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Deism versus Islam
The agenda of Islam: a War Between Civilizations
by Professor Moshe Sharon
The war has started a long time ago between two civilizations -
between the civilization based on the Bible and between the
civilization based on the Koran. And this must be clear.
There is no Fundamental Islam
Fundamentalism is a word that came from the heart of the
Christian religion. It means faith that goes by the word of the Bible.
Fundamental Christianity, or going with the Bible, does not mean going
around and killing people. There is no fundamental Islam. There is
only Islam full stop. The question is how the Koran is interpreted.
All of a sudden we see that the greatest interpreters of Islam are
politicians in the western world. They know better than all the
speakers in the mosques, all those who deliver terrible sermons
against anything that is either Christian or Jewish. These western
politicians know that there is good Islam and bad Islam. They know
even how to differentiate between the two, except that none of them
know how to read a word of Arabic.
The Language of Islam
You see, so much is covered by politically correct language that,
in fact, the truth has been lost. For example, when we speak about
Islam in the west, we try to use our own language and terminology. We
speak about Islam in terms of democracy and fundamentalism, in terms
of parliamentarism and all kinds of terms, which we take from our own
dictionary. One of my professors and one of the greatest orientalists
in the world says that doing this is like a cricket reporter
describing a cricket game in baseball terms. We cannot use for one
culture or civilization the language of another. For Islam, you've got
to use the language of Islam.
Driving Principles of Islam
Let me explain the principles that are driving the religion of
Islam. Of course, every Moslem has to acknowledge the fact that there
is only one God.
But it's not enough to say that there is only one God. A Moslem has
to acknowledge the fact that there is one God and Mohammed is his
prophet. These are the fundamentals of the religion that without them,
one cannot be a Moslem.
But beyond that, Islam is a civilization. It is a religion that
gave first and foremost a wide and unique legal system that engulfs
the individual, society and nations with rules of behaviour. If you
are Moslem, you have to behave according to the rules of Islam which
are set down in the Koran and which are very different than the
teachings of the Bible.
Let me explain the difference.
The Bible is the creation of the spirit of a nation over a very,
very long period, if we talk from the point of view of the scholar,
and let me remain scholarly. But there is one thing that is important
in the Bible. It leads to salvation. It leads to salvation in two
In Judaism, it leads to national salvation - not just a nation that
wants to have a state, but a nation that wants to serve God. That's
the idea behind the Hebrew text of the Bible.
The New Testament that took the Hebrew Bible moves us toward
personal salvation. So we have got these two kinds of salvation,
which, from time to time, meet each other.
But the key word is salvation. Personal salvation means that each
individual is looked after by God, Himself, who leads a person through
His word to salvation. This is the idea in the Bible, whether we are
talking about the Old or the New Testament. All of the laws in the
Bible, even to the minutest ones, are, in fact directed toward this
fact of salvation.
Secondly, there is another point in the Bible, which is highly
important. This is the idea that man was created in the image of God.
Therefore, you don't just walk around and obliterate the image of God.
Many people, of course, used Biblical rules and turned them upside
History has seen a lot of massacres in the name of God and in
the name of Jesus. But as religions, both Judaism and Christianity in
their fundamentals speak about honouring the image of God and the hope
of salvation. These are the two basic fundamentals.
The Essence of Islam
Now let's move to the essence of Islam. Islam was born with the
idea that it should rule the world.
Let's look, then, at the difference between these three religions.
Judaism speaks about national salvation - namely that at the end of
the story, when the world becomes a better place, Israel will be in
its own land, ruled by its own king and serving God.
Christianity speaks about the idea that every single person in the world can be
saved from his sins, while Islam speaks about ruling the world. I can
quote here in Arabic, but there is no point in quoting Arabic, so let
me quote a verse in English. "Allah sent Mohammed with the true
religion so that it should rule over all the religions."
The idea, then, is not that the whole world would become a Moslem
world at this time, but that the whole world would be subdued under
the rule of Islam.
When the Islamic empire was established in 634 AD, within seven
years - 640 - the core of the empire was created. The rules that were
taken from the Koran and from the tradition that was ascribed to the
prophet Mohammed, were translated into a real legal system. Jews and
Christians could live under Islam provided they paid poll tax and
accepted Islamic superiority. Of course, they had to be humiliated.
And Jews and Christians living under Islam are humiliated to this very
Mohammed Held That All the Biblical Prophets Were Moslems
Mohammed did accept the existence of all the Biblical prophets
before him. However he also said that all these prophets were Moslems.
Abraham was a Moslem. In fact, Adam himself was the first Moslem.
Isaac and Jacob and David and Solomon and Moses and Jesus were all
Moslems, and all of them had writings similar to the Koran. Therefore,
world history is Islamic history because all the heroes of history
Furthermore, Moslems accept the fact that each of these prophets
brought with him some kind of a revelation. Moses, brought the Taurat,
which is the Torah, and Jesus brought the Ingeel, which is the
Evangelion or Gospel - namely the New Testament.
The Bible versus the Koran
Why then is the Bible not similar to the Koran?
Mohammed explains that the Jews and Christians forged their books.
Had they not been changed and forged, they would have been identical
to the Koran. But because Christians and Jews do have some truth,
Islam concedes that they cannot be completely destroyed by war [for
Nevertheless, the laws a very clear - Jews and Christians have no
rights whatsoever to independent existence. They can live under
Islamic rule provided they keep to the rules that Islam promulgates
Islamic Rule and Jihad
What happens if Jews and Christians don't want to live under the
rules of Islam? Then Islam has to fight them and this fighting is
called Jihad. Jihad means war against those people who don't want to
accept the Islamic superior rule.
That's jihad. They may be Jews; they
may be Christians; they may be Polytheists. But since we don't have
too many Polytheists left, at least not in the Middle East - their war
is against the Jews and Christians.
A few days ago, I received a pamphlet that was distributed in the
world by bin Laden. He calls for jihad against America as the leader
of the Christian world, not because America is the supporter of
Israel, but because Americans are desecrating Arabia with their filthy
There are Americans in Arabia were no Christians should be. In
this pamphlet there is not a single word about Israel. Only that
Americans are desecrating the home of the prophet.
The Koran sees the world as divided into two - one part which has come
under Islamic rule and one part which is supposed to come under
Islamic rule in the future. There is a division of the world which is
Every single person who starts studying Islam knows it.
The world is described as Dar al-Islam (the house of Islam) - that's
the place where Islam rules - and the other part which is called Dar
al-Harb - the house of war.
Not the "house of non-Muslims," but the
"house of war." It is this house of war which as to be, at the end of
time, conquered. The world will continue to be in the house of war
until it comes under Islamic rule.
This is the norm. Why? Because
Allah says it's so in the Koran. God has sent Mohammed with the true
religion in order that the truth will overcome all other religions.
Within the Islamic vision of this world, there are rules that
govern the lives of the Moslems themselves, and these rules are very
strict. In fundamentals, there are no differences between schools of
However, there are four streams of factions within Islam with
differences between them concerning the minutiae of the laws. All over
the Islamic world, countries have favored one or another of these
schools of laws. The strictest school of law is called Hanbali, mainly
coming out of Saudi Arabia. There are no games there, no playing
around with the meanings of words. If the Koran speaks about war, then
There are various perspectives in Islam with different
interpretations over the centuries. There were good people that were
very enlightened in Islam that tried to understand things differently.
They even brought traditions from the mouth of the prophet that women
and children should not be killed in war.
These more liberal streams do exist, but there is one thing that is
very important for us to remember. The Hanbali school of law is
extremely strict, and today this is the school that is behind most of
the terrorist powers.
Even if we talk about the existence of other
schools of Islamic law, when we're talking about fighting against the
Jews, or fighting against the Christian world led by America, it is
the Hanbali school of law that is being followed.
Islam and Territory
This civilization created one very important, fundamental rule
about territory. Any territory that comes under Islamic rule cannot be
de-Islamized. Even if at one time or another, the [non-Moslem] enemy
takes over the territory that was under Islamic rule, it is considered
to be perpetually Islamic.
This is why whenever you hear about the Arab/Israeli conflict, you
hear - territory, territory, territory. There are other aspects to the
conflict, but territory is highly important.
The Christian civilization has not only been seen as a religious
opponent, but as a dam stopping Islam from achieving its final goal
for which it was created.
Islam was created to be the army of God, the army of Allah. Every
single Moslem is a soldier in this army. Every single Moslem that dies
in fighting for the spread of Islam is a shaheed (martyr) no matter
how he dies, because - and this is very important - this is an eternal
word between the two civilizations. It's not a war that stops. This
was is there because it was created by Allah. Islam must be the ruler.
This is a war that will not end.
Islam and Peace
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. It
is an eternal war until the end of days. Peace can only come if the
Islamic side wins.
The two civilizations can only have periods of
cease-fires. And this idea of cease-fire is based on a very important
historical precedent, which, incidentally, Yasser Arafat referred to
when he spoke in Johannesburg after he signed the Oslo agreement with
Let me remind you that the document speaks of peace - you wouldn't
believe that you are reading! You would think that you were reading
some science fiction piece. I mean when you read it, you can't believe
that this was signed by Israelis who are actually acquainted with
Islamic policies and civilization.
A few weeks after the Oslo agreement was signed, Arafat went to
Johannesburg, and in a mosque there he made a speech in which he
apologized, saying, "Do you think I signed something with the Jews
which is contrary to the rules of Islam?" (I have obtained a copy of
Arafat's recorded speech so I heard it from his own mouth.) Arafat
continued, "That's not so. I'm doing exactly what the prophet Mohammed
Whatever the prophet is supposed have done becomes a precedent.
What Arafat was saying was, "Remember the story of Hodaybiya." The
prophet had made an agreement there with the tribe of Kuraish for 10
years. But then he trained 10,000 soldiers and within two years
marched on their city of Mecca. He, of course, found some kind of
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].
In Israel, it has taken over 50 years in this country for our
people to understand that they cannot speak about [permanent] peace
with Moslems. It will take another 50 years for the western world to
understand that they have got a state of war with the Islamic
civilization that is virile and strong. This should be understood:
When we talk about war and peace, we are not talking in Belgium,
French, English, or German terms. We are talking about war and peace
in Islamic terms.
Cease-fire as a Tactical Choice
What makes Islam accept cease-fire? Only one thing - when the enemy
is too strong. It is a tactical choice.
Sometimes, he may have to agree to a cease-fire in the most
humiliating conditions. It's allowed because Mohammed accepted a
cease-fire under humiliating conditions. That's what Arafat said to
them in Johannesburg. When western policy makers hear these things,
they answer, "What are you talking about? You are in the Middle Ages.
You don't understand the mechanisms of politics."
Which mechanisms of politics? There are no mechanisms of politics
where power is. And I want to tell you one thing - we haven't seen the
end of it, because the minute a radical Moslem power has atomic,
chemical or biological weapons, they will use it. I have no doubt
Now, since we face war and we know that we cannot get more than an
impermanent cease-fire, one has to ask himself what is the major
component of an Israeli/Arab cease-fire. It is that the Islamic side
is weak and your side is strong. The relations between Israel and the
Arab world in the last 50 years since the establishment of our State
has been based only on this idea, the deterrent power.
Wherever You Have Islam, You Will Have War
The reason that we have what we have in Yugoslavia and other places
is because Islam succeeded into entering these countries. Wherever you
have Islam, you will have war. It grows out of the attitude of Islamic
What are the poor people in the Philippines being killed for? What's happening between Pakistan and India?
Furthermore, there is another fact that must be remembered. The
Islamic world has not only the attitude of open war, but there's also
war by infiltration.
One of the things which the western world is not paying enough
attention to is the tremendous growth of Islamic power in the western
world. What happened in America and the Twin Towers is not something
that came from the outside. And if America doesn't wake up, one day
the Americans will find themselves in a chemical war and most likely
in an atomic war - inside the U.S.
End of Days
It is highly important to understand how a civilization sees the
end of days. In Christianity and in Judaism, we know exactly what is
the vision of the end of days.
In Judaism, it is going to be as in Isaiah - peace between nations,
not just one nation, but between all nations. People will not have any
more need for weapons and nature will be changed - a beautiful end of
days and the kingdom of God on earth.
Christianity goes as far as Revelation to see a day that Satan
himself is obliterated. There are no more powers of evil. That's the
I'm speaking now as a historian. I try to understand how Islam sees
the end of days. In the end of days, Islam sees a world that is
totally Moslem, completely Moslem under the rule of Islam. Complete
and final victory.
Christians will not exist, because according to many Islamic
traditions, the Moslems who are in hell will have to be replaced by
somebody and they'll be replaced by the Christians.
The Jews will no longer exist, because before the coming of the end
of days, there is going to be a war against the Jews where all Jews
should be killed. I'm quoting now from the heart of Islamic tradition,
from the books that are read by every child in school. They Jews will
all be killed.
They'll be running away and they'll be hiding behind
trees and rocks, and on that day Allah will give mouths to the rocks
and trees and they will say, "Oh Moslem come here, there is a Jew
behind me, kill him." Without this, the end of days cannot come. This
is a fundamental of Islam.
Is There a Possibility to End This Dance of War?
The question which we in Israel are asking ourselves is what will happen to our country? Is there a possibility to end this dance of war?
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.
But for Islam, the establishment of the state of Israel was a
reverse of Islamic history. First, Islamic territory was taken away
from Islam by Jews. You know by now that this can never be accepted,
not even one meter. So everyone who thinks Tel Aviv is safe is making
a grave mistake.
Territory, which at one time was dominated by Islamic
rule, now has become non-Moslem. Non-Moslems are independent of
Islamic rule; Jews have created their own independent state. It is
And (this is the worse) Israel, a non-Moslem state, is ruling over
Moslems. It is unthinkable that non-Moslems should rule over Moslems.
I believe that Western civilization should hold together and
support each other. Whether this will happen or not, I don't know.
Israel finds itself on the front lines of this war. It needs the help
of its sister civilization.
It needs the help of America and Europe.
It needs the help of the Christian world. One thing I am sure about,
this help can be given by individual Christians who see this as the
road to salvation.
APPENDIX: Ezra HaLevi, "Islamic History Expert: Moslem Peace with Israel?
Never!" Arutz-Sheva September 15, 2006,
Islam History Professor Moshe Sharon of Hebrew University told a
counter-terrorism conference Thursday, "There is no possibility of
peace between Israel and the Palestinians whatsoever - ever."
Sharon, speaking at the annual conference of Herzliya's Counter
Terrorism Institute, said that Iran is dead serious about obtaining
and using nuclear weapons in order to bring about its vision of an
Islamic End of Days.
The veteran expert on Islam says that Western officials fail to
grasp that the Arab and Islamic world truly see Israel's establishment
as a "reversal of history" and are therefore unable to ever accept
peaceful relations with it. From Moslems' perspective, "Islamic
territory was taken away from Islam by Jews. You know by now that this
can never be accepted, not even one meter.
So everyone who thinks Tel
Aviv is safe is making a grave mistake. Territory which at one time
was dominated by Islamic rule, now has become non-Moslem. Non-Moslems
are independent of Islamic rule and Jews have created their own
independent state. It is anathema. Worse, Israel, a non-Moslem state,
is ruling over Moslems. It is unthinkable that non-Moslems should rule
Sharon dismissed various peace treaties signed by Moslem and Arab
officials over the years as "pieces of paper, parts of tactics and
strategies... with no meaning."
Sharon's assessment focused on the danger posed by Iran. From
studying Iranian culture, literature, newspapers, broadcasts and
interviews with major players in the Islamic regime, Sharon concludes
that a deep belief in a Shiite messiah is at the root of Iran's
nuclear project. "They truly believe that the Shiite messiah, the 12th
Imam (also known as the Mahdi), is here, and that he will reveal
himself??? What moves the Iranian government and leadership today is
first and foremost the wish to bring about the 12th Imam."
Addressing the theological doctrine of how exactly the this Messiah
will be revealed, Sharon explained: "How will they bring him? Through
an apocalypse. He (the Mahdi) needs a war. He cannot come into this
world without an Armageddon. He wants an Armageddon. The earlier we
understand this the better. Ahmadinejad wants nuclear weapons for
Sharon has in the past insisted that the Western world was engaging
in great folly by differentiating between radical and peaceful Islam.
"All of a sudden we see that the greatest interpreters of Islam are
politicians in the Western world," he wrote sarcastically.
better than all the speakers in the mosques, all those who deliver
terrible sermons against anything that is either Christian or Jewish.
These Western politicians know that there is good Islam and bad Islam.
They know even how to differentiate between the two - except that none
of them know how to read a word of Arabic."
"The difference between Judaism, Christianity and Islam is as
follows: Judaism speaks about national salvation - namely, that at the
end of the story, when the world becomes a better place, Israel will
be in its own land, ruled by its own king and serving G-d.
Christianity speaks about the idea that every single person in the
world can be saved from his sins, while Islam speaks about ruling the
world. I can quote here in Arabic, but there is no point in quoting
Arabic, so let me quote a verse in English: 'Allah sent Mohammed with
the true religion so that it should rule over all the religions.'
"The idea, then, is not that the whole world would necessarily
become Moslem at this time, but that the whole world would be subdued
under the rule of Islam."
That, Sharon insists, is the plan, in black-and-white, of the Iranian regime.
"This is why [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad seeks nuclear
weapons," he emphasized. "The faster we realize this, the better."
Professor Moshe Sharon teaches Islamic History at the Hebrew
"The Agenda Of Islam - A War Between Civilizations" appeared on the
Betar UK website (http://www.betar.co.il) December 24, 2003.
Excerpts from Will Durant's The Age of Faith Pages 162-186 Pub. 1950
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