Whereas in Judeo-Christian culture it is axiomatic that God has created “all men equal” and thus all human beings have certain unalienable rights, such is not the case in Islamic culture. The mindset created by the Qur’an and its interpretive traditions (Hadith and classical tafsir [commentary]) reveal an attitude of Muslim superiority over everything non-Muslim. Even within the world of Islam, the superiority/inferiority scale measures all things: Allah is superior to any rival god; Muslims in their society are superior to the dhimmi (non-Muslims allowed to live within their midst under severe restrictions; Muslim men are superior to women; Sharia is superior to man-made laws; the Qur’an is superior to all prior revelation; Muslim armies will conquer all infidel powers….
Since in Islamic theology all human beings are viewed as slaves with no inherent rights or privileges over others, any superiority or inferiority is due to Allah’s will — his blessings or curses residing on individuals or groups. Islam naturally teaches that its god tends to bless its adherents, and to curse those who reject him and his revelation. There is no freedom to contest Allah’s determinations, only to decide whether one will become an obedient slave or disobedient one [even this is denied by some hard-line Muslim scholars who insist on Allah’s absolute fatalistic decrees — al-qadaa wa’l qadar].
As the foreign mindset of traditional Islam continues to encroach on Western societies, we are seeing increasing frictions between the mindset of Islamic supremacy and the freedoms we cherish. Four areas in particular are of critical urgency today:
- Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. While this phrase derives from the American Declaration of Independence, it sums up the prevailing Western view that all governments are responsible to protect the rights of their citizens to live out their dreams in safety and security as long as they don’t infringe on the same ability of others to pursue their desires. Such a view is absent in orthodox Muslim thought. Instead, the world is seen as a lifelong clash between the House of Islam (those living under divinely mandated Sharia) and the House of War (those who have never surrendered to the supremacy of Islam). Muslim thinking encourages the Islamic community to take advantage of, or plunder, or subjugate the non-Muslim world, appropriating the resources of the infidels for its own needs or pleasures. The model for this goes back to Muhammad himself, who turned to plundering passing caravans and raiding pagan tribal villages to support his poor, fledgling community of followers in Medina. In fact, one of his successful recruiting techniques was to promise potential warriors they would be able to keep whatever booty (whether goods or slaves) they took in battle against the infidels. This perspective has led to the supremacist belief among many traditional Muslims that the wealth and trophies of Western societies are free for the taking by any Muslims who are able.
What we are seeing in many parts of Europe today among Muslim migrants and refugees is this entitlement attitude, taking gross advantage of generous welfare systems (sometimes as a means of economic jihad — see for instance Anjem Chowdary’s brazen declaration to this effect in 2013, and 9/11 terrorist KSM’s vision of immigration jihad) and complaining that the free housing being provided at great cost and strain to local governmental institutions (see here) is sub-standard (see for example here). Even worse is the attitude of many new Muslim immigrants to their host population. Statistics in the last few years show an astronomical rise in crimes committed by “foreign” elements against native citizens. Last week (11/23) the Italian newspaper Il Giornale reported the results of a study on the linkage between immigration and crime in Italy. Entitled “More Immigrants = More Crime”, it showed that the rate of crime among legal immigrants was almost twice that of Italian citizens, while the crime rate among illegal immigrants was 70 times greater than that of legal immigrants. In Germany, the number of crimes committed by immigrants soared over 80% higher than 2014, to a total of over 200,000). Sweden, now known as the rape capital of the West, has the fastest growing Muslim immigrant population per capita. Rapes have increased from a reported 421 in 1975 to 6,620 in 2014. Of those, 77.6% of the rapists were described as “foreigners.”
Of course, this does not mean that every Muslim immigrant or refugee is a criminal, but the massive spike in statistics does make one wonder whether the supremacist “take what you wish from the infidel” attitude fuels this unprecedented crime wave that an overrun Europe is now experiencing.
2. Equal rights among the sexes. It’s no secret that orthodox Islam treats women as inferior to men, despite valiant but misguided efforts by Muslim feminists to the contrary. The Qur’an overtly declares:
Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great (4:34);
and that women are at the beck and call of their husbands or slave masters for sexual satisfaction:
Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth, when or how you will… (2:223).
For those unaware of the term, a tilth is a field available for plowing and planting. The image we are given is that wives and sex slaves are like fields for their masters, available to be plowed (by the male sex organ) and planted (by the man’s sperm) whenever and in whatever way the master chooses.
The Qur’an also declares that a man can have up to four wives at a time, whereas a woman can only have one husband (see 4:3). It is legal for an older man to marry a pre-pubescent girl down to the age of 9 (see 65:4); this is based on the example of Muhammad who at the age of 54 consummated his marriage to Aisha when she was 9. A man is free to divorce his wives at any time, for almost any reason, but a woman can seek divorce only in limited circumstances. The legal testimony of a woman carries half the weight of that of a man, so that in “he said, she said” cases, the man always comes out on top (see 2:282). Likewise, a female heir is entitled to half the inheritance granted to male heirs (see 4:11).
In the authoritative Hadith traditions (second only to the Qur’an in importance), women are lumped together with dogs and donkeys as things which cause a man’s prayers to be annulled if one of then should cross in front of him as he prays (Sahih al-Bukhari, 1.9.490). In another account, Muhammad admonished women to give alms liberally because he had seen into the mouth of hell and discerned that the majority of its inhabitants were women. When asked by the women why this should be so, he gave three reasons: 1) women complain/curse frequently and are ungrateful to their husbands; 2) they are deficient in intelligence (as is seen by the fact that their testimony is worth half that of a man’s); and 3) they are deficient in their religious commitment (because they cannot pray or fast during their monthly periods, when they are ritually unclean). See Sahih al-Bukhari, 1.6.301).
The supremacy with which many Muslim men look down upon women is seen not just in the way they abuse infidel women through rape and assault, but in how they treat their own female family members. German authorities report that increasing numbers of Muslim women and girls are fleeing the refugee centers around Germany and seeking out safe homes for battered women and children because of the traumas of sexual assault and rape, attempted honor killings, and forced marriages foisted upon them by Muslim men. New shelters are being opened as quickly as possible to handle this unanticipated need.
Men with a supremacist mindset do no see this as an issue needing attention, since women exist primarily for the pleasure of their men
3. Freedom of religion. Islam knows no such thing, except perhaps in theory. Some will point to the existence of dhimmis within Muslim societies, who were able to keep their religious commitments as monotheists (principally Jews and Christians). Yet the whole point of the dhimmitude pact was to make life so miserable for dhimmis by the legalized persecution they had to endure from the Muslim state that they or their progeny would finally convert to Islam. In the meantime, the Islamic state profited from the exorbitant annual jizya tax that all dhimmis were required to pay in a ceremony emphasizing their humiliated status.
Islam claims that it offers freedom of religion — in one direction. Non-Muslims are welcome to convert to Islam. But once you do, it’s “Welcome to the Hotel al-Sharia” (with apologies to The Eagles):
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! “
According to all eight schools of Shari’a law (4 Sunni and 4 Shia), the act of leaving Islam is an offense worthy of death. The sword of Damocles hangs over the head of any doubter thinking of fleeing Islam, whether for another religion or into agnosticism or atheism. You can “secede in place”, i.e., give up any allegiance to Islam privately, but you cannot declare publicly that you are no longer a Muslim. Maintaining one’s status as a Muslim under the threat of a death sentence hardly qualifies as freedom of religion the way we understand it in the West.
But Islam declares its supremacy over all other religions and systems of thought, and so it is unthinkable that any Muslim would turn to something inferior to the “true religion.” It is only good and right that Islam should use the threat of execution (as an act of mercy, of course) to keep all Muslims on the straight and narrow, according to its leaders.
These three friction points that I’ve enumerated are only the more obvious conundrums facing those who think that orthodox Islam and Western societies can successfully integrate into one large and happy family. It looks to me like something is going to have to give on one side or the other. But for me, these three matters are non-negotiables.
Are you ready to give up your unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The equality of the sexes? Freedom of religion? Me neither. But if the supremacist mindset of Islam continues to press upon us, these fundamental rights will all be under siege.