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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
Peter Falkenberg Brown

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.

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The Flag of ISIS

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:

https://raymondibrahim.com/2018/07/12/islam-apologists-like-john-esposito-dupe-americans-sharia/

Here's a graphic that I put together that summarizes—based on actions, not doctrine—why Islam is not a religion of peace.

The Bottom Line with Islam: It is ANTI-FREEDOM(Click on the image to see a larger version, and feel free to distribute the graphic at will.)

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:

  • Read Dr. Bill Warner’s condensed The Life of Mohammed: The Sira
    https://www.politicalislam.com/product/the-life-of-mohammed/
     
  • Read the condensed The Political Traditions of Mohammed: The Hadith for the Unbelievers:
    https://www.politicalislam.com/product/the-political-traditions-of-mohammed/

    (Both are condensed to focus on elements that are of concern to “kafirs,” i.e. “infidels,” because only the political aspects of Islam that dominate infidels are of concern, from the perspective of world peace.)
     
  • Read the abridged and annotated An Abridged Koran: The Reconstructed Historical Koran
    https://www.politicalislam.com/product/an-abridged-koran/
    This volume is in chronological order and removes the repetition. For example, the story of Moses was told 39 times in the Qur’an.

    => The abridged Qur’an above also includes relevant excerpts from the Sira and Hadith, placed at the correct chronological points. It’s extremely useful as a “road map” to the “real” Qur’an. One sees what Mohammed was doing when the various verses were “received.”
     
  • Then, it’s important to read the entire Qur’an in its chronological order. Warner lists various versions here:
    https://www.politicalislam.com/product/the-koran/

    I preferred the version by by J. M. Rodwell (Translator), G. Margoliouth (Introduction). A later edition of this sanitized the footnotes and introduction, so I recommend getting the older version. It’s available on Amazon, from Dover:
    https://www.amazon.com/Koran-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486445690

    Reading the full Qur’an in its chronological order, after reading the Sira and the Hadith and the above abridged/annotated Qur’an, makes the full Qur’an very easy to understand.

    It’s also very clear (in my opinion) that it’s quite badly written, jumping from topic to topic, and is absolutely chock full of verses that express “Allah’s” hatred of the infidel and any Muslim who backslides. It’s quite a depressing book to read. (I have many other adjectives to describe it: none complimentary.) However, to be credible in discussion, I believe the above texts are very important to read.

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:

http://islamawakened.org

  • “Say: (It is) the truth from the Lord of you (all). Then whosoever will, let him believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve. Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers Fire. Its tent encloseth them. If they ask for showers, they will be showered with water like to molten lead which burneth the faces. Calamitous the drink and ill the resting-place!” [18:29] (M. M. Pickthall)
     
  • Surely We shall cast those who reject Our Signs into the Fire; and as often as their skins are burnt out, We shall give them other skins in exchange that they may fully taste the chastisement. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise. [4:56] (Maududi)
     
  • I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. This is because they acted adversely to Allah and His Messenger; and whoever acts adversely to Allah and His Messenger—then surely Allah is severe in requiting (evil). [8:12-13] (Shakir) This! taste it then, and know that for the infidels is the torment of the Fire. [8:14] (Abdul Majid Daryabadi)

Study the resources at numerous websites about Islam, including:

Additional books and videos 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.”

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