Here we go again.
K 8:59-60 (Sahih International) “And let not those who disbelieve think they will escape. Indeed, they will not cause failure [to Allah]. And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows.”
K 33:26 (Yusuf Ali) “And those of the People of the Book who aided them – Allah did take them down from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts. (So that) some ye slew, and some ye made prisoners.”
K 59:2 (Pickthall) “He it is Who hath caused those of the People of the Scripture who disbelieved to go forth from their homes unto the first exile. Ye deemed not that they would go forth, while they deemed that their strongholds would protect them from Allah. But Allah reached them from a place whereof they recked not, and cast terror in their hearts so that they ruined their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers.”
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.”
No doubt Dr. Gallo (and others) would respond that those verses are “taken out of context.” That’s the usual pathetically lame response when people can’t defend their positions with facts. I’ve read and studied the Koran (Dawood trans. and cross-checked with Yusuf Ali and Pickthall’s translations), the Sira, Sirat Rasul Allah, (literally the “Life of Allah’s Messenger”) by Ibn Ishaq, translated by A. Guillaume as The Life of Muhammad, pertinent parts of the Hadith (Bukhari and Muslim), and the “Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law” (Sharia), Reliance of the Traveller (sic). I have my own personal copies of each except for the Hadith. So I know the context.
If you want to know the truth about Islam – the context – you have to become your own expert by reading these books for yourself. Don’t trust others to do your thinking for you. There are many former Muslims who rejected Islam after doing exactly that; they read the source books for themselves in a language they could understand. One of them, M.A. Khan, wrote the book Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery (2009) that exposes the theological and historical truth about Islam. He was born and raised a Muslim in India, but as an adult moved to the West for higher education. He remained a Muslim until after 9/11/2001 when he finally learned the truth about Islam by reading its source books. The author’s Preface speaks volumes.
“Weird as it may sound, I still believed in Islam. I thought the terrorists, acting in the name of Islam, were misguided. After 9/11, I slowly started reading about Islam: Quran, Sunnah, and Prophet Muhammad’s biographies; I hadn’t read them in the thirty-five years of my life. I was shocked. I had been told all my life that Prophet Muhammad was the ideal human being: most merciful and just; that Islam is the most peaceful religion; and I believed it. But the Quran reads like a manifesto of open-ended war against non-Muslims for converting them or subjugating them into horribly degraded dhimmi subjects. In his prophetic career, especially during the critical last ten years, Prophet Muhammad was anything but what a peace-loving, merciful and just person stands for.
“My curiosity grew. Over the past years, I have done extensive research on Islamic theology as well as on Islamic history: from Prophet Muhammad to modern times. It has been a harrowing tale of forced conversion, brutal imperialism and devastating slavery. It’s a saga of great human tragedy – all in the name of Islamic holy war or Jihad, the foundational creed of Islam. This tragic tale is the subject of this book” (emphasis mine).
Some Islamic apostates founded the web site http://www.apostatesofislam.com/. Many of them also rejected Islam after reading its foundational texts. On their home page they wrote a paragraph titled “Why Mohammad was not a prophet” that corroborates Khan’s conclusions. Read it. Read their testimonials too.
So it is beyond naive for Dr. Gallo to state “The central question is, ‘ Can terrorist groups be brought in from the cold and eventually see the political process as legitimate?’ ” Their “political process” with non-Muslims is jihad, and Sharia states “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and it is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion” (emphasis mine; Reliance of the Traveller, section o9.0, JIHAD.) Now, “warfare” can take the non-violent “stealth jihad” of the Muslim Brotherhood or the “sword jihad” of al-Qa’ida, but Islam commands Muslims to wage jihad until Islam rules the world under Sharia law.
The irony of Dr. Gallo’s position is that he found the real truth in his study of the Haqqani network: “Through our research, we found that the Haqqani network’s commitment to al-Qa’ida is predicated upon an ideologicalcommitment to the philosophy of expansive, global jihad” (emphasis mine). It is not a “philosophy,” though; it is an Islamic categorical imperative.
To conclude, the article quotes General Abizaid and General Petraeus: “We’re not going to kill our way out of this war. You’re going to win this war by changing the mindset, changing the ideas.” The strategy proven to work by the apostates above is to educate Muslims, especially American Muslims, to the truth about Muhammad and Islam in its foundational texts. And “the truth will set them free.”
“Know your enemy.”
Inland NW ACT Chapter Leader, Spokane, WA