By one brief act of malevolence, America’s “Fun Capital,” Orlando, has been transformed into a center of grief and heartbreak. Very early last Sunday morning, Omar Mateen, a devout, mosque-attending Muslim, unobtrusively entered a crowded, gay nightclub, called 911 to declare his allegiance to ISIS and its caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and then proceeded to shout “Allahu akbar” (Allah is greater”) while using an assault rifle to mow down some 100 people, 49 of whom so far have died (the rest have serious if not critical injuries).
While Florida state and local officials were quick to identify this as a terror attack perpetrated by a Muslim and inspired by his allegiance to radical Islam, our President (who presumably has access immediately to the best intelligence money can buy) was much more circumspect. He called it a hate crime and an act of terror, but retreated behind the verbal smokescreen that “We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.” Hence, not one word on the dangers posed by radical Islam, in spite of all the obvious evidence placarded on news broadcasts.
What would lead a 29 year old man to be filled with so much hatred against blacks, women, and homosexuals to plan the murderous attack which has left our nation speechless with disbelief? Some have argued that he was an unstable personality, and that mental illness is the cause of such evil. Perhaps that is true. Yet there are thousands of mentally unstable persons here and throughout the world who do not plan and execute a massacre against innocents. Clearly, Omar Mateen cited his link with radical Islam as the motivator and justification of his actions. Since the 9/11/2001 al-Qaeda attacks on this country, there have been some 28,589 Muslim terror attacks around the world. Are all these attackers certifiably mentally ill? Not likely. But even if we grant such a faulty premise, what is it about radical Islam that attracts them to such evil in the name of Allah, and why do we not see similar trends in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.?
The hatred and violence of Omar Mateen is easily explicable for those who know the teachings of Islam.
His mistreatment of women can be traced to the misogyny written into Islamic law — women have half the legal status of men under Sharia’, their share of inheritance is half that of male siblings, they cannot marry outside the faith (though a Muslim man can), they can marry only one man (while Muslim men can have up to four wives and as many female sex slaves as they can capture or afford), they can be beaten by their husbands if they refuse to submit and all lesser efforts to bring them into line have failed), they can be divorced simply by the oral decree of their husbands for no reason other than the husbands’ whim or will. According to many Muslim jurists, women exist for the pleasure of men, period. It’s not hard to see how such attitudes can lead Muslim men to devalue the lives of women.
His hatred of blacks could easily find its origin in the fact that Islam condones slavery, particularly of non-Muslims. Muhammad himself owned dozens of slaves over his prophetic career. He bought and sold them, gave them and received them as gifts, created them out of conquered tribes who became war booty, freed some, executed others. The darker the skin color, the more likely one would be relegated to slavery, unless the person in question converted to Islam. So prevalent was this practice that even today in Arab Muslim lands the standard Arabic word used to describe a dark-skinned person is ‘abed, which literally means “slave,” rather than the word “aswad,” the Arabic equivalent to “black” in English. That’s how ingrained skin-color prejudice is in the Arab Muslim mind, which then bleeds over into the larger worldwide population of Muslims.
Concerning homosexual behavior, the teachings of Islam as well as the legal code of shari’a are crystal clear, beginning with the Qur’an:
And (remember) Lot, when he said to his people: “Do you commit the worst sin such as none preceding you has committed in the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns)? “Verily, you practice your lusts on men instead of women. Nay, but you are a people transgressing beyond bounds (by committing great sins).” And the answer of his people was only that they said: “Drive them out of your town, these are indeed men who want to be pure (from sins)!” Then We saved him and his family, except his wife; she was of those who remained behind (in the torment). And We rained down on them a rain (of stones). Then see what was the end of the Mujrimun (criminals, polytheists, sinners, etc.). [Qur’an 7:80-84]
And when Our Messengers came to Lot, he was grieved on their account and felt himself straitened for them (lest the town people should approach them to commit sodomy with them). He said: “This is a distressful day.” And his people came rushing towards him, and since aforetime they used to commit crimes (sodomy, etc.), he said: “O my people! Here are my daughters (i.e. the daughters of my nation), they are purer for you (if you marry them lawfully). So fear Allah and degrade me not as regards my guests! Is there not among you a single right-minded man?” They said: “Surely you know that we have neither any desire nor in need of your daughters, and indeed you know well what we want!” He said: “Would that I had strength (men) to overpower you, or that I could betake myself to some powerful support (to resist you).” They (Messengers) said: “O Lout (Lot)! Verily, we are the Messengers from your Lord! They shall not reach you! So travel with your family in a part of the night, and let not any of you look back, but your wife (will remain behind), verily, the punishment which will afflict them, will afflict her. Indeed, morning is their appointed time. Is not the morning near?” So when Our Commandment came, We turned (the towns of Sodom in Palestine) upside down, and rained on them stones of baked clay, piled up… [Qur’an 11:77-82]
And (remember) Lout (Lot), when he said to his people: “You commit Al-Fahishah (sodomy the worst sin) which none has preceded you in (committing) it in the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns).” “Verily, you do sodomy with men, and rob the wayfarer (travellers, etc.)! And practise Al-Munkar (disbelief and polytheism and every kind of evil wicked deed) in your meetings.” But his people gave no answer except, that they said: “Bring Allah’s Torment upon us if you are one of the truthful.” He said: “My Lord! Give me victory over the people who are Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts). And when Our Messengers came to Ibrahim (Abraham) with the glad tidings they said: “Verily, we are going to destroy the people of this [Lout’s (Lot’s)] town (i.e. the town of Sodom in Palestine) truly, its people have been Zalimun [wrong-doers, polytheists and disobedient to Allah, and have also belied their Messenger Lout (Lot)].” Ibrahim (Abraham) said: “But there is Lout (Lot) in it.” They said:”We know better who is there, we will verily save him [Lout (Lot)] and his family, except his wife, she will be of those who remain behind (i.e. she will be destroyed along with those who will be destroyed from her folk).” And when Our Messengers came to Lout (Lot), he was grieved because of them, and felt straitened on their account. They said: “Have no fear, and do not grieve! Truly, we shall save you and your family, except your wife, she will be of those who remain behind (i.e. she will be destroyed along with those who will be destroyed from her folk). Verily, we are about to bring down on the people of this town a great torment from the sky, because they have been rebellious (against Allah’s Command).” [Qur’an 29:28-34]
In Sura 26:165-6, Lot is represented as upbraiding the men of Sodom with the following words, “Go you in unto the males of the ‘Alamin (mankind), “and leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your wives? Nay, you are a trespassing people!” (See also 15:28-74; 27:54-58 for additional renditions of the story of Lot. The fact that this story is repeated so many times in the Qur’an is evidence of its importance to Muhammad.)
According to Hadith traditions (second only to the Qur’an in authority, we find the penalty of banishment from the Islamic community for men who appear effeminate and for women who appear masculine. For those caught in the act of sodomy, the standard punishment is death by stoning.
Narrated Ibn Abbas: The Prophet cursed effeminate men and those women who assume the similitude (manners) of men. He also said said: “Turn them out of your houses.” He turned such and such a person out, and Umar [a principal companion of Muhammad] also turned out such and such person (Bukhari vol. 8, no. 6834).
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet said: If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done (Abu Dawud 38:4447).
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death (Abu Dawud 38:4448).
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet said: If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done (Abu Dawud 39:4447).
Lastly, according to Shari’a law as represented by the Shafi’i school (parallel with the other three Sunni schools), Allah’s imprecation rests on homosexuals: “May Allah curse him who does what Lot’s people did” (Reliance of the Traveler, p17.2). This same curse is repeated three other times in Shari’a exposition.
It is impossible to escape the conclusion that orthodox Islam treats homosexual behavior as among the worst of sins, indeed as a capital crime within Islamic jurisdictions. The popular, conservative Muslim mindset would hail Omar Mateen as a jihadi martyr who will be amply rewarded by Allah in heaven for penetrating the land of the Great Satan and executing such a large number of those under Allah’s curse while at the same time inflicting terror into the hearts of Western infidels.
Already we are hearing from left-wing poseurs that Omar Mateen’s actions have nothing to do with Islam, and indeed that the cause of his actions should be laid at the feet of mental illness, or even more inanely at the feet of conservative Christians who apparently have caused the violent, anti-gay culture which somehow infected him. This, in spite of the fact that Omar was a self-confessed radical Muslim whose religion pumped ample hate of blacks, women and gays into his spiritual veins. Please remember this as your ears are bombarded over the next few days with endless protestations that this attack had nothing to do with Islam, that Omar Mateen was moved by mental sickness rather than by religious convictions, and that Islam is truly a religion of peace which treats all human beings with equal love and dignity.