Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: "There is indeed a clash of civilizations . . ."

Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum

From MEMRI comes a report that "Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of Jordan's Tahrir Party Discusses Jihad," Middle East Research Institute (Special Dispatch No. 4354, December 12, 2011):
"[Jihad] is in order to remove obstacles . . . . When we declare Jihad against . . . [a] state, for refusing to allow Islam to spread to the people . . . . [w]e give them a choice: Either to convert to Islam, or to pay the jizya and submit to the laws of Islam. The jizya is the . . . tax paid by non-Muslims . . . . We should fight the states and the armies . . . . [I]f a certain state insists on preventing the spread of Islam on its soil, we will fight that state . . . . [Samuel Huntington was right.] There is indeed a clash of civilizations . . . . If not for Jihad, Islam would not have reached us and all the other places. Within a quarter of a century, Islam reached most of the ancient world by means of Jihad . . . . [T]his is Islam's way of spreading . . . . [R]uling positions . . . are exclusively for Muslims. Anyone who is part of the rule –- the head of state, who is the Caliph, the empowered official, the executive official, the wali, or the governor –- must be a Muslim. Moreover, he must be a man . . . . The future belongs to Islam. The Islamic caliphate is bound to come, as was foretold by our Prophet Muhammad . . . . [T]here will be a caliphate following the path of the Prophet Muhammad."

When queried about the West's advantages by a political activist, Omar Abu Rassa, the sheikh retorted, "European countries live in prehistoric, pre-human times." When the activist pressed a bit further and asked about the West's "scientific accomplishments" and "freedom of thought," the sheikh asked, "What scientific accomplishments?! We [Muslims] brought them there." The report does not say if the sheikh also insists that Muslims brought freedom of thought to the West, but I assume that the sheikh's Tahrir Party is the same as the Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Party of Liberation, a Sunni pan-Islamic organization that has spread around the world, doubtless to bring true liberation of thought, i.e., submission to Islamic law.

I therefore infer that the good sheikh would also insist that Muslims bring authentic freedom of thought, the freedom to think whatever one wants to think so long as that thought remains a thought.

No freedom of speech, however . . .

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At 9:34 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I am at a loss for words, though as a mental exercise I'd like to suggest the image of the good Sheikh trying to make these points with the gorilla army in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

"But . . . but I thought they said 'guerrilla' army . . ."

Jeffery Hodges

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At 1:22 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Excellent point.

At 6:52 AM, Blogger whitney said...

“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society... then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them... We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”
Karl Popper

" Hence it is that all armed prophets have conquered, and the unarmed ones have been destroyed"
The Prince, by Nicolo Machiavelli

"... and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength"
Revelation 1:14

That sword coming out of Jesus' mouth is looking more and more like freedom of speech.

Long live the 1st Amendment.

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Gorilla army leader explaining reality to the Sheikh:

"You don't like human rights? Good, good. Neither do we, human."

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:56 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Whitney, I'm told that this particular two-edged sword cuts through the joints and even into the marrow . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:02 AM, Blogger whitney said...

Honestly, I am just relieved to find out He is armed and is intent on giving mo and his followers a thorough tongue-lashing, through joints and marrow if necessary.

At 7:05 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

The Big Mo needs a tongue lashing.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:07 AM, Blogger whitney said...



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