Saving Western Civilization Demands that We Study Islam
~ Presenting a simple resource guide to gain a clear understanding of the REAL Islam
Sep 5, 2018
Why do Westerners need to study Islam? The answer is very simple.
If Islam were “just a religion,” studying it would not be necessary unless one simply wanted to learn about the religion.
However, Islam is not just a religion. It is also a political ideology that when put into practice results in loss of freedom, violence, and ultimately mass slavery of its populations. To many, this statement may seem “intolerant.” However, those who study Islam in depth, without apology for Islam, and those who study Islam’s historical record, will indeed find that Islam poses an existential threat to free civilizations.
This does not mean that “Muslims are bad.” That would be bigotry, because one must assess a person based on his or her character, heart, and actions, not based on race, color, or creed. Just to clarify, Muslims come from all races, and thus expressing discontent with Islam is not “racist.” It is also not “Islamophobic,” because it is not an “irrational fear” to be concerned about the loss of freedom under totalitarian ideologies. Islamophobic is a nonsense (but very clever) word, coined by Islamists to shut down criticism of Islam by impugning the mental state of those discussing it.
Many Muslims don’t study their own doctrines. Others ignore their doctrine, and just try to lead good lives. Many feel trapped by Islam, and in fact are Islam’s first victims—especially among women. Some support Islam’s goals, but don’t take direct action. At the end of this essay, there is a link to a fourteen minute video called By the Numbers, which reports on what Muslims around the world actually believe.
Thus, because of Islam’s political ideology, I believe that Westerners must study Islam. If we do not, preserving Western civilization with all of its freedoms and values will be very difficult.
I can say, based on my own experiences a number of years ago, and then later, as I independently studied Islam, based on the resources of many experts as well as the source texts, that the Western world suffers from vast ignorance about Islam.
I was in that category of ignorance.
If one doesn’t embark on at least an introductory study of these things, but instead only relies on Islamists or Islamapologists to tell them “the scoop,” they will be deceived. In this case, for the Western world as a whole, ignorance most certainly will be fatal.
Yet, too many Westerners have bought into Islamic propaganda that Islam is a religion of peace and that anyone who thinks otherwise is an Islamophobe.
Here’s an article by Raymond Ibrahim, an expert on Islam, that directly refutes the Islamapologists’ contention that Islam is a religion of peace:
Here's a graphic that I put together that summarizes—based on actions, not doctrine—why Islam is not a religion of peace.
Here are my resource recommendations to anyone interested in really finding out about the truth of Islam. I owe a tremendous debt to many experts, including, but not limited to: Bill Warner, Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, Raymond Ibrahim, and Robert Spencer.
Note that the key point in a study of Islam is to read Mohammed’s biography (the Sira) first, then read the Hadith (his traditions, words, and actions) and then read the Qur’an. Doing so puts the Qur’an in perspective.
Also, the Qur’an needs to be read in historical chronological order to make sense. (An early Caliph rearranged the order, so it’s very confusing.)
This is more fully explained in the books authored by Dr. Bill Warner, listed below.
Start with the source texts:
Sample Verses from the Qur’an:
Here are just three verses of many that express Allah’s hatred and condemnation of—and calls to violence toward—anyone who does not believe in Islam. There is no freedom of religion in Islam. Criticism is blasphemy. Leaving Islam is apostasy. Both are severely punished, including the punishment of death. This includes children born into Islam. They cannot leave.
The numbers next to the verses below are the Chapter (Sura) and Verse and the names in parentheses are the translators. An excellent resource for comparing translations of the verses of the Qur’an is here:
Study the resources at numerous websites about Islam, including:
Additional resources include:
There are, of course, mountains of additional resources. However, if you digest the resources above, you will have read 99.999% more about Islam than 99.999% of all Westerners—and many Muslims, who have not necessarily read their own source texts.
If enough Westerners study Islam in this way, then it will not only be of benefit to Western civilization, but will also benefit the millions of Muslims who want to leave Islam, but cannot. “Enabling Islam” does not help Muslims—the first and continuous victims of Islam.
Peter Falkenberg Brown is passionate about writing, publishing, public speaking and film. He hopes that someday he can live up to his favorite motto: “Expressing God’s kind and compassionate love in all directions, every second of every day, creates an infinitely expanding sphere of heart.”