Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shi'ite Cleric Sabah Shabr: "Islam Was Spread by the Sword, So What?!"

Sabah Shabr
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The Memri report for October 13, 2015, Clip No. 5486, shows Shi'ite Cleric Sabah Shabr proclaiming: "Islam Was Spread by the Sword, So What?!"
Sabah Shabr: Most Muslim countries were conquered violently, by force. Few are the countries conquered any other way. The people of Medina converted to Islam voluntarily. When the Prophet Muhammad made his hijra to the city, Islam was already prevalent there. It was not conquered by force. But Mecca was conquered by force. Iraq was conquered by force, and so were Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, and the countries of north Africa. Most Islamic countries were conquered by force . . . . Some may claim that Islam was spread by the sword. That's true. Islam was spread by the sword. So what?! Allah's true religion should be spread by the sword, by force. If you cannot talk people into converting to Islam, they should be made to convert by the sword. Such is the command of Allah. There is no need for all the sycophancy, and all the attempts to appease the Jews and the Christians, by saying: "Islam was not really spread by the sword. We had no other choice" . . . . [It is not that] they had no choice. They conquered the . . . countries by force. This is our duty according to the shari'a. This is the meaning of voluntary Jihad. What does voluntary Jihad mean? That the Islamic army marches on the lands of the infidels, and proposes that they convert to Islam. If they agree to become Muslims - fine. If they refuse, they are told that they should pay the jizya tax, if they are from the People of the Book. If they refuse to pay the jizya, they should be fought. If they are not from the People of the Book, they don't even get a chance to pay the jizya - either they convert to Islam or they are killed. There is nothing wrong with this . . . . [So, let] Islam be spread by the sword. There is nothing wrong with Allah's true religion being spread by the sword. The Christians and the Jews who live in Muslim countries must pay the jizya poll tax. They pay it annually, but the Islamic ruler can tell them to pay it monthly, or every six months. They pay in accordance with their financial capabilities. They cannot live in the lands of the Muslims for free.
Aside from these being the actual words of a Shi'ite cleric, this could easily have been uttered by the Sunni Islamic State! Remember these words: "If you cannot talk people into converting to Islam, they should be made to convert by the sword." In other words, if you can't win an argument rationally, use violence!

Thus Spake Sore Loser!



At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the status of this cleric? Memri refers to a youtube account of Sistani. Are these the views of Sistani also? What is the relationship, if any, of Sabah Shabr to Sistani, and to the shi'ite hierarchy? The answers to these things, or where to find the answers, would be interesting.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I wonder, too. Perhaps a scholar at Memri could be contacted.

I suspect that many Muslim clerics hold the same views as Sabah Shabr, but are canny enough not to say so quite so explicitly.

Jeffery Hodges

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