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| Jesus and the Jihadis|
Craig A. Evans and Jeremiah J. Johnston
Chapter 11 - Reforming Islam, the Cult of Death
October 22, 2017
Hello to another blessed day given to us by the mercy and grace of God! Today, we continue our book, Jesus and the Jihadis, by the author Craig A. Evans and Jeremiah J. Johnston. And we look at chapter 11, Reforming Islam, the Cult of Death, with the sub-title, Women in Islam and Ayaan Hirsi Ali – the Reformer.
The authors open up the chapter by telling us of a time when they attended the 2015 National American Atheist Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. They were there leading a nonprofit group called Christian Thinkers Society (CTS) with a mission to inspire Christians to become thinkers and for thinkers to be Christians. It was at the convention that they met Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim turned atheist, and who was the keynote speaker at the convention. It was there she said, “Let’s stop going after Christians and Christianity. Let’s go after Islam as the most threatening doctrine of our time. Let’s ask them those questions that we put to the other religions.” And the authors were extremely surprised to hear a person articulate against global Islamic extremism, the Qur’an, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The author’s purpose for attending the convention was to film with many atheists and ask the “why” question. Why had many of them left Christianity for atheism? Several interviews took place but mostly two answers were given. One atheist, a former Catholic, became an atheist in his Old Testament class at divinity school, not understanding aspects of the Old Testament. Another atheist, a former Southern Baptist, said the lack of critical thinking skills drove him to question everything about his faith. But the two main reasons that enforced their atheism was why there was suffering in the world and the lack of critical thinking. This is all said in order to explain the very purpose as to why the authors were there. But when they filmed Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s story, they were moved.
Ayaan’s story of survival is a difficult and rough one. In her early twenties, Ayaan was living in Somalia where she escaped an arranged marriage and fled to the Netherlands, leaving behind her family and ultimately her faith in Islam. As a child, Ayaan was subjected to female genital mutilation, rigid obedience to Islam, and she began questioning the faith of her upbringing. After her escape and experience of being disowned by her family, all alone Ayaan worked as a maid cleaning factories in the Netherlands and learned Dutch. Eventually, she graduated with a degree in political science from Leiden University in 2000 and began speaking about the abuses of women within Islam.
Four years after she had graduated, Ayaan wrote the screenplay for Submission, a short film directed by Theo van Goh, which depicted the horrors of Islamic mistreatment of women. Less than three months after the film aired on Dutch public television, van God was brutally murdered on a public street in Amsterdam. He was shot, stabbed, and mutilated after an unsuccessful attempt at beheading him. His assailant, Mohammed Bouyeri, left a note harpooned to van Goh’s body threatening the life of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Since then Ayaan has lived under constant threat and requires security personnel at all times. In 2005, Ayaan was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and in 2013 became a United States citizen. Ayaan, now an ardent atheist, serves as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a best-selling author and courageously tells of the threat of Islam on civilization. Ayaan hopes to be for Islam what Martin Luther was for Christianity – a reformer.
Ayaan made several bold statements for her colleagues at the National American Atheist Convention. First, she stated that not all religions are the same. One of her contrasts were that if you left Christianity the worst thing that will happen to you is that you may end up divorced or your neighbors may disown you. But for Islam, the difference is life or death. Ayaan’s focus during the convention was her passionate plea to view Islamic as a much greater threat than Christianity ever will be. Ayaan continues to tell the people the fact that Muslims all over the world want her dead for leaving Islam and that she isn’t the only one in danger. In fact, as she states, anyone who doubts the Qur’an and Muhammad are subjected to persecution and risks death. Ayaan further contrasts that if you are gay in the United States, the worst thing the Christian community can do is not serve you cake. However, if you are gay, or even accused of being gay in Islam, you are led to the highest point of your local town, on top of buildings or a hill, and thrown off the edge where an angry mob wait for you on the ground to stone you if you somehow survive the fall. The Hadith commands, “If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.”
Ayaan continues by applauding Christians for their commitment to critical thinking, discussion, and engagement, unlike Muslims. Islam is the religion of discrimination and the cult of death. Ayaan is an apologist defending the freedom of conscience for all humanity. People should be free to worship as they choose or not worship at all. In an Islamic society, religious freedom does not exist. If you are a woman in Islam, you are already in hell. You are a slave and you have no rights. If you are raped or abused, it is your own fault. She further quotes, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” According to Ayaan, unlike Islam, critical thinking has enriched Christianity more than anything else.
Secondly, Ayaan points out that Islam “threatens the very core of civilization!” She states that Islam controls the mind and is totalitarian to its core. Islam oppressively forces you to not feel compassion. Ayaan then quotes the Qur’an: “The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication – flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment.”
Then, Ayaan describes a horrific account of a woman in Mogadishu who had complained to a Sharia tribunal about being raped. Unsurprisingly, she gets sentenced to death by stoning. An innocent Muslim man, a bystander watching her stoning, attempts to intervene and is shot on the spot. An eight-year-old boy runs to the aid of the woman and is killed. Islam says you cannot have compassion. The end of civilization as we know is when citizens are unable to show charity and have compassion on others. This is the message of Islam – no compassion for the infidel.
Finally, Ayaan speaks on the fact that not all Muslims are the same, which means that not all Muslims are extremists. There is a growing minority of Muslims who wish to have reform. Despite the government saying the opposite, Ayaan states emphatically that if you want a case study of how Muhammad wanted Islam to be implemented, look at the Islamic State! She states, “If I ever imagined hell, it is the Islamic State.” And, as she states, that is what Muhammad wanted of all Muslims.
According to the Qur’an Muhammad “is the Messenger of Allah and an excellent example of character.” This may have been the case according to some in the seventh century when Mohammad lived but we shall now judge if he really is. While the purpose for this book is not to provide a biography of Mohammad, we shall look at some recommended reading in the endnotes on Mohammad’s life and look at some of the more controversial aspects of his life.
Mohammad endorses enslavement of all types. Actually, he personally owned two “black slaves,” as it was stated in the Qur’an. In Sahih Muslim 10.3901, it tells us, “he bought him for two black slaves, and he did not afterwards take allegiance from anyone until he had asked him whether he was a slave (or a freeman).” Muhammad was charitable enough, he endorsed sex-slavery as a gift from Allah, and enjoyed offering sex-slaves as gifts in four different suras: Qur’an 33.50, Qur’an 4.3, Qur’an 4.24, and Qur’an 23.1-6.
Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam writes, “Islam has enslaved more people than any other culture. Muslims do not acknowledge this or apologize for their history of enslavement of all races and faiths. A little known fact is that the highest priced slave in Mecca was always a white woman. The Sunna states that Muhammad’s favorite sex-slave was a white Christian woman. Islam still practices slavery in Africa. It is found in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, the Sudan and other Islamic areas that are near Kafirs.”
We also know that Muhammad enjoyed sex. The Hadith reminds us that Muhammad could have sex with all eleven of his wives in one night. In Bukhari 1.5.268, it reads:
Anas bin Malik said, “The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number.” I asked Anas, “Had the Prophet the strength for it?” Anas replied, “We used to say that the Prophet was given the strength of thirty (men).” And Sa’id said on the authority of Qatada that Anas had told him about nine wives only (not eleven).
Furthermore, men who dominate women “are in charge of women,” according to the Qur’an. They can be beaten and even scourged. In Qur’an 4.34, it reads, “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly).
Muhammad also permitted “temporary marriages” when engaging in Holy War, where the jihadists can temporarily take on a new wife. This is obvious intentions as to what Muhammad wanted to allow. And so, the Islamic State knowing this, uses this temporary marriage to rape and brutalize women. Muhammad also said that a man should never be questioned as to why he abused his wife. Dawud 11.2142, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.” Also, in Bukhari 7.62.125, it tells us that hell is full of women, predominantly: “The Prophet said: ‘I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.” In case the reader missed it, Muhammad again states it in the next passage, Bukhari 7.62.126, “The Prophet said, ‘I looked at Paradise and saw that the majority of its residents were the poor; and I looked at the (Hell) Fire and saw that the majority of its residents were women.’” Women have no equality and few, if any, rights in Islam and much more inequalities can be shown.
Islam and Christianity are totally different. The apostle Paul commanded husbands to love their wives compassionately and self-sacrificially. In Ephesians 5:25, it reads, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” The message of the New Testament, recognizing the Judeo-concept of equality is founded in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus even stated that the second greatest commandment after loving God was, “’You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.’” (Mark 12:31) With his last words, Jesus ensured that his beloved disciple would look after his mother, “Here is your mother.” (John 19:27) Luke 8 records that women supported Jesus’ earthly ministry and those same women were the first witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Women play a central role in Christianity. They are equal, loved, respected, and cherished. And that concludes chapter 11, Reforming Islam, the Cult of Death.