Posts Tagged ‘islam’

The Brits Are Screwed…Among Others

May 21, 2008

Found this on mypetjawa, rather disturbing.  The police are practically begging the man to stop, and wind up sounding the retreat horn.  One more in a long line of problems they’re having over there. 

Then there’s the case of the cartoonist in the Netherlands who was arrested the other day.  For the horrible offense of “publishing cartoons which are discriminating for Muslims and people with dark skin.”  The man makes cartoons, and publishes them anonymously, for obvious reasons.  The Dutch authorities spent three years uncovering the man’s identity, took ten officers to arrest him, and told him “Now we’ve got you!” and “…Do you understand what it means when you’re identity gets known?”.  The obvious meaning is that the man’s life is now in jeopardy, since the Dutch government was so intent on making him public.  They just had to interrogate him for thirty hours

The cartoonist whose real name I won’t post) had charges filed against him by a Dutch jihadi by the name of Abdul Jabbar Van de Ven, also known for calling for the death of Geert Wilders, on live television, right after his compadres slaughtered Theo van Gogh.  They can’t, of course, go after the Hate Imams, the teenagers who rape with impunity, or harass native Christian women into wearing the hijab.  Nooo, that would be bigoted, of course!  Go read at the kleinverzet site for more information on the situation, the Judge who ordered the investigation and arrest, and some of the cartoons.  Also, more information is available on youtube, here and here.

Of course, Europe isn’t the only one in trouble, they’re just closer to dhimmitude* than we are.  By a bit.  Mark Steyn is being shut down, or they’re attempting to, in Canada, along with Ezra Levant.  For exercising the awful crime of free speech.  As in warning people, in a public manner of the threat of creeping sharia. 

Then, right here at home, in Minnesota, an epileptic student teacher, who requires the use of a service dog for his safety, lost his position before he had completed it.  Why?  Because a muslim student threatened to kill the dog.  That’s right, a student who threatens violence is rewarded for his actions, and a disabled student, trying to support himself instead of sucking on the government teat, is punished.  For the sick student’s actions.  Only in the multiculturalist, moral relativistic world of the Left does a violent criminal get preference over someone with a physical disability.  At least, when it’s one of our future overlords, he does.

These are just a small number of recent cases around the Western world, in which people’s rights are being eroded away to the benefit of people whose stated goal is the subjugation of the entire world.  The whole Earth is divided into two, and only two categories.  Dar al Islam, and Dar al Harb.  Translation?  House of Islam, and House of War.  That’s it.  You are muslim, or we are at war with you.

 

*Rules for dhimmis, under sharia law:

  • We shall not build new monasteries, churches, convents or monks’ cells in our cities or in Muslim neighborhoods. Should any of theses fall into ruins or disrepair, we shall not repair, by day or night, those in our own neighborhoods or those situated in the quarters of the Muslims.
  • We shall keep our gates wide open for passersby and travelers. All Muslims that pass our way are to be given board and lodging for as many as three days. We shall not hide any spy from the Muslims or give them sanctuary in our churches or shelter them in our homes.
  • We shall not proclaim our religion publicly nor attempt to convert anyone to it. We shall not forbid any of our kin from entering Islam if they desire to do so.
  • We shall show respect toward Muslims. If they wish to sit, we shall rise from our seats.
  • We shall not seek to resemble Muslims by imitating any of their garments, turbans, footwear or parting of the hair. We shall not imitate their way of speech.
  • We shall not mount on saddles, gird ourselves with swords, bear any kind of arms, or conceal weapons on our bodies.
  • We shall not engrave Arabic inscriptions on our seals.
  • We shall not sell fermented drinks.
  • We identify ourselves as non-Muslims by clipping the fronts of our heads.
  • We shall always dress in the same manner wherever we go and we shall bind the zunar, identifying us as non-Muslims, around our waists
  • We shall not display our crosses or our books on the roads or in the markets of the Muslims. We shall use only clappers very softly in our churches. We shall not raise our voices in mourning when following our dead. We shall not shine lights on any of the roads of the Muslims or in their markets. We shall not bury our dead near the Muslims.
  • We shall not take slaves who have been allotted to Muslims.
  • We shall not build houses of taller elevation than the houses of Muslims.
  • We accept these conditions for ourselves and for the people of our community, and in return we shall receive safe-conduct.
  • If we in any way violate these regulations, for which we ourselves stand surety, we forfeit our covenant [dhimma] status and shall become liable to the penalties for contumacy and sedition.”

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Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 20, “Ta Ha”

April 11, 2008

Via Hot Air:

This early Meccan sura “has no rival,” says Muhammad Al-Ghazali, “in its uncompromising affirmation of the Absolute Unity of Allah.” It takes its name from the two Arabic letters that begin it, ta (ﻁ) and ha (ﻩ). Ibn Abbas and other early commentators have suggested that ta ha (طه) is actually a phrase from an ancient Arabic dialect, meaning “O man,” in which case it may be that here Allah is addressing Muhammad, as he does in v. 2 — where once again consoles his downcast prophet, telling him he is not being given the Qur’an in order to distress him. Everything belongs to Allah (v. 6) and he knows all secrets (v. 7), for he has the best names – that is, the highest attributes (v. 8).

Then verses 9-99 tell yet again the story of Moses, which has already been touched on in suras 2, 7, 10, and 17. But, as Al-Ghazali observes, “every time the story appears different aspects of it emerge. Each version has details which are not included in any other version.” But the repeated aspects have their usefulness as well. Al-Ghazali also points out that this sura is very concerned with reminding and bidding the faithful to remember truths that they have already learned: the Qur’an itself is a reminder (v. 3); the believers should pray regularly so as to remember Allah (v. 14); Moses asks Allah to be given Aaron as a helper, so that together the brothers can praise and remember him without ceasing (vv. 29-34); Allah grants this, and warns Moses not to grow slack in remembering him (v. 42); Allah instructs Moses to go speak to Pharaoh so that perhaps Pharaoh will remember or show some fear of Allah (v. 44); Allah never forgets (v. 52), but after the mysterious Samiri fashions the idol of the calf, he tells the people that this is their god, but that Moses has forgotten that (v. 88); Allah tells Muhammad that he told him the whole story of Moses again as a reminder (v. 99); Allah gave the world the Qur’an so as to bring some people to remember him (v. 113); Adam forgot his covenant with Allah (v. 115); Allah will forget on the Day of Judgment those who forgot his signs (ayat, or verses of the Qur’an) in this world (v. 126).

Sufis say that when Moses approached the Burning Bush and heard the voice of Allah (vv. 10-17), he attained the states of fana, or absorption of the self into the deity, and baqaa, life in union with Allah. His shoes, they say, represented his separation from Allah, which is why Allah tells him to take them off (v. 12). According to Ibn Masud Baghavi in Ma’alimut-tanzil, what Moses saw wasn’t actually fire at all, but the heavenly light (Nur) of Allah.

Anyway, Allah equips Moses with the staff that turns into a snake (v. 20) and a hand that would turn brilliant white “without disease” (v. 22), and sends him off to confront Pharaoh. Allah grants Moses’ request to take Aaron along (v. 36) and tells him the story of how he was plucked out of the river by “one who is an enemy to Me and an enemy to him” (v. 39) as a baby and returned to his mother (v. 40). The story is told as if the hearers are already familiar with the outline of the story of Moses from the Book of Exodus.

When Allah tells Moses and Aaron again to go to Pharaoh (v. 44), they respond that they’re afraid “lest he hasten with insolence against us, or lest he transgress all bounds” (v. 46). Allah responds that they should not be afraid, for he is with them, and sees and hears everything – recalling the message of consolation he gave to Muhammad in vv. 5-7. So Moses and Aaron do their duty, telling Pharaoh that Allah is the only God and has “made for you the earth like a carpet spread out” (v. 53), and that punishment awaits the disbelievers (v. 48). But Pharoah rejects their message (v. 56) and says he can match their miracles (v. 58). When his magicians, however, profess their faith in Allah (v. 70), Pharaoh threatens them in language that eerily foreshadows Allah’s own recommended punishment (revealed later) for those who make war against Allah and Muhammad (5:33): he tells them he’ll crucify them, or amputate a hand and a foot on opposite sides (v. 71). Evidently the punishments are fine – the only problem is the person administering them, and for what reason.

Allah saves the Israelites from Pharaoh by parting the sea so that they pass on dry land (vv. 77-79). Moses ascends the mountain to meet Allah, but doesn’t receive the Ten Commandments. Instead, Allah asks him why he hurried up the mountain in advance of his people (v. 82) and tells him that he is testing Moses’ people by allowing Samiri to lead them astray (v. 85). Moses scolds Aaron for doing nothing when he saw them beginning to go astray (v. 92). Samiri explains that he took “a handful (of dust) from the footprint of the Messenger” to fashion the calf (v. 96). Muslim commentators generally agree that he took this dust from one of the hoofprints left by the angel Gabriel’s horse, as Gabriel led the Israelites in battle. Moses punishes Samiri, telling him “thy punishment in this life will be that thou wilt say, ‘touch me not’ (v. 97). Ibn Kathir explains: “This means, ‘Just as you took and touched what was not your right to take and touch of the messenger’s foot print, such is your punishment in this life, that you will say, ‘Do not touch (me).’ This means, ‘You will not touch the people and they will not touch you.’” This may be a hint that Samiri is a Samaritan – a people who generally did not (and do not) intermingle with outsiders.

Verses 100-112 warn about the dreadful Day of Judgment. Then verses 113-123 tell us that Allah has sent down an “Arabic Qur’an” so that people may fear him (v. 113) – this is one of the verses that establishes the proposition that the Qur’an is essentially in Arabic and cannot be translated. Allah tells Muhammad “be not in haste with the Qur’an before its revelation to thee is completed” (v. 114). This is because, says Ibn Abbas, Muhammad would recite revelations rapidly as they were being revealed, trying to remember them. He should trust in Allah’s power to make him remember. After that the Qur’an returns to the story of Adam’s fall; Satan tempts Adam to eat from the Tree of Eternity (v. 120) – not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as in Genesis. Allah expels Adam and Eve from the Garden but tells them that those who follow his guidance will not lose their way (v. 123).

Verses 124-135 conclude the sura with more warnings: the disbelievers will be raised up blind on Judgment Day (v. 125); Muhammad should be patient with the unbelievers (v. 130), because their punishment is coming (v. 129); nor should Muhammad envy their worldly goods (v. 131); the unbelievers ask for a sign, but they have ignored all of Allah’s previous revelations (v. 133).

Next week: Sura 21, “The Prophets”: “Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning, yet they heed not and they turn away.”

(Here you can find links to all the earlier “Blogging the Qur’an” segments. Here is a good Arabic/English Qur’an, here are two popular Muslim translations, those of Abdullah Yusuf Ali and Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall, along with a third by M. H. Shakir. Here is another popular translation, that of Muhammad Asad. And here is an omnibus of ten Qur’an translations.)

As usual, click over and read through the comments.  There is always an enlightening Q&A that goes on with Spencer.

Youtube? Or Dhimmitube?

April 2, 2008

Via Hot Air: 

They caved when Pakistan pulled this on them. They caved when someone objected to Nick Gisburne’s exercise in Koran quotation. They cavedwhen one of our own anti-jihadi Vents was alleged, without explanation, to contain “inappropriate content.” They’ll cave this time too, although for the moment they’re playing it cool:

The government of the world’s most populous Islamic state says YouTube has two days to take down a Dutch lawmaker’s provocative film on the Koran or it will block access to the popular video-sharing Web site…

In response to queries, a YouTube spokesperson said the site allows people “to express themselves and to communicate with a global audience.” [See the above links. — ed.]

“The diversity of the world in which we live — spanning the vast dimensions of ethnicity, religion, nationality, language, political opinion, gender, and sexual orientation, to name a few — means that some of the beliefs and views of some individuals may offend others,” she said.

Videos that breach YouTube guidelines are removed, and some graphic material is restricted if not suitable for all audiences, the spokesperson added.

CNS says it’s a two-day ultimatum but Reuters says the ban is already in effect. Question for our techie readers, assuming this isn’t over even their heads: How hard would it be to filter individual videos like “Fitna” if you wanted to block them inside, say, a company? It would be as simple, I’m assuming, as imposing some sort of keyword block, but is there any way to limit that block to a single site or would you necessarily have to block that keyword for the entire Internet? My point is simply to discern how much of this is rank intimidation by Indonesia to get YouTube to pull the clip globally versus how much is a simple fascist inclination to “protect” its own people from the horrors of this particular video via targeted filtering software.

Elsewhere in “Fitna” news, jihadis are using it to justify violence ex post factoand women bulled into wearing burqas are burning Dutch flags. Business as usual, in other words.

This is somehow not surprising.  Youtube has a disturbing record for allowing jihadi videos (see my post ‘stop the cyber-jihad’ for instructions on how to fight this bilge), while they cave to any threats by the Religion of Peace™.  Youtube hasn’t pulled the videos yet, but count on it.  If so, LiveLeak still has it up, there are numerous other links, and I have it up on Veoh. 

It’s out there, and no amount of bullying is going to keep it down.  The video itself isn’t insulting to islam at all, Wilders made a point to keep it toned down.  The point that the RoP isn’t peaceful at all has been made by the very threats they continue to make, and the riots around the world.

LiveLeak Reposts Fitna

March 31, 2008

Good for LiveLeak…  Yesterday, they reposted the movie Fitna, with this statement:

 ** 30/3/2008: Liveleak Update **

On the 28th of March LiveLeak.com was left with no other choice but to remove the film “fitna” from our servers following serious threats to our staff and their families. Since that time we have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering better protection for our staff and families. With these measures in place we have decided to once more make this video live on our site. We will not be pressured into censoring material which is legal and within our rules. We apologise for the removal and the delay in getting it back, but when you run a website you don’t consider that some people would be insecure enough to threaten our lives simply because they do not like the content of a video we neither produced nor endorsed but merely hosted.

God Bless those people, having the courage to stand up to bullies, and for the rights of free speech.

Hezbollah Training Children As Young As Six Years Old

March 29, 2008

Carl in Jerusalem posts in reference to a Time story about the terrorist, Iranian front group Hezbollah and their indoctrination of children, Hitler Youth-like.

The camp trains some 200 children (boys and a few girls ages 6 to 18) about a dozen of whom live in the barracks full time, several having dropped out of school. Here they learn to use firearms, practice hand-to-hand combat, and are taught Palestinian nationalist ideology. In these photos, blindfolded young fighters disassemble and re-assemble assault rifles (above), and make presentations about the specifications and capabilities of various common weapons, including rocket propelled grenades (below) [I didn’t reproduce the pictures – follow the link to see them. CiJ].
The two phases in the development of a Hizballah fighter are like Boy Scouts and Boot Camp. During the first phase, Hizballah recruiters keep an eye out for young Shia Muslim students in both Hizballah-run schools and the national school system. They look for energetic kids, violent kids, and smart kids, from the age of seven into the late teens, and begin taking them on field trips and workshops where they are given a through ideological indoctrination, and then as they get older, a brief introduction to the AK-47 assault rifle.

Two important themes stick out: from the beginning, the training stresses the path to martyrdom, which is achieved through honesty, prayer, and combat. And from the start, Hizballah organizes its child recruits into the basic cellular structure of the organization.

 I got done reading a great post by Yid With Lid a little while ago, called Muhammed Was Meshugga.  An excellent read on the history of Jew hatred among muslims, starting with ol’ Mo’ himself, going down through the ages. 

This fits with what I’ve already learned, including reading passages in the Quran, that instruct muslims to slaughter the Jews.  For people who buy into the mistaken idea that the ‘conflict’ is only related to the Jews moving back into the area they have occupied for 3,000 years, should take a look at some facts.  Combine those facts with the instructions in the Quran, you might learn a few things, and maybe (hopefully) adjust your view of the world. 

BTW, Elder of Ziyon came across some pictures of Jerusalem, ca 1901.  Hint:  the ‘Third Holiest Place In Islam’?  Looks kinda deserted to me.  I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

There’s much more to the story at Time, and Carl, as usual, has excellent insight on the subject.  Read both the story and Carl’s take, and learn.  Remember.

Don’t Call Us Violent, Or We’ll Kill You!

March 29, 2008

Well, the violent, religious supremacists have hit a blow.  LiveLeak, who bravely decided to post the film Fitna, was forced to take it down for the safety of their employees.  Try to view the film on that link, and you get this message:

Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly affect the safety of some staff members, Liveleak has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers.

This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the netbut we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else.  We would like to thank the thousands of people from all backgrounds and religions, who gave us their support.  They realised LiveLeak.com is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one.

Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can accept one anothers culture.

We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high.

LiveLeak.com  (emphasis mine)

Here’s a link you can still watch the movie.  The version I have posted previously still works, for now, and I have a copy I downloaded myself. 

Infidel Blogger Alliance has a list of locations to download and watch the movie from:

Here’s a list of other sites that are hosting Fitna:
AJM (dedicated server — very fast)
Bivouac-ID (French subtitles)
Czech Infidel (Czech subtitles)
Daily Motion (flagged as inappropriate — must register to see it)
Google video
Isohunt (links to torrent sites)
Rapid Share (flv format)
Rapid Share (wmv format)
The Pirate Bay (bit torrent)

Pastorius adds: And when you are finished watching that, check out these important videos:

Islam: What The West Needs To Know
Obession
MEMRI

And then, there’s this:

Here are the next five parts:

Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, Part 2

Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, Part 3

Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, Part 4

Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, Part 5

Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, Part 6

IBA has more must-see links as well.  Read up folks, because this is coming our way.  As they say, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

The Movie Fitna, Released

March 28, 2008

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the Geert Wilders film Fitnaand Network Solutions’ decision to pre-emptively censor it. NS was requesting Wilders submit the film to them, and let them decide whether or not to take the block off his website.  Wilders refused.  It would appear that either some fancy lawyering by Wilders, the negative attention brought to the matter, including all over the blogosphere, and even on the Glenn Beck television and radio shows, or a combination of the above, encouraged Network Solutions to rethink the matter.  Today, the film is up at themoviefitna.com.

I just got done watching it, and was impressed.  There is nothing in there that was done as hateful, merely a handful of quotes from the Koran (although it was a tiny percentage of related material from it which exhorts followers to kill, enslave, and take over the world), with pictures and video of terrorism, the results thereof, and footage of muslims themselves following what their holy book tells them to do. 

Anyone who has informed themselves on this topic, the footage is nothing new.  The treatment of women, gays, Jews, and anyone else who isn’t muslim.

If you’re new to this subject, be prepared.  Some of the footage is violent, but watch.  Spread the the word.  This matter isn’t just because of what America has done, or the Jews have done.  These same things are happening on every continent on the planet, minus of course Antarctica.  It’s happening to Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and other muslims as well. 

Currently, the number of deadly attacks made by islamic terrorists who are using the Quran and Hadith as their theological justification is pushing 11,000.  Since 9/11.

Don’t believe me that every continent, every religion, young and old are being attacked?  Follow the above link.  They keep track of the attacks, and list them.

Now, Fitna. 

Spread the word.  Europe is in serious trouble, and we are following them.

Geert Wilders, Network Solutions, and Dhimmitude

March 25, 2008

Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch House of Representatives.  He has been a fierce critic of both the unrestricted immigration (primarily from islamic countries), and the militancy of these immigrants, who take over entire neighborhoods, harass non-muslim women who aren’t wearing the hijab, and and attack, even rape the citizenry with abandon.  (an excellent primer on this is Bruce Bawer’s book, While Europe Slept)  Due to Wilders’ outspokenness and leading a movement to protect Dutch citizens, he has received numerous death threats, has constant bodyguards, and an assassination attempt was foiled by the police.

In recent weeks, Wilders announced that he was working on a short film documenting abuses by muslims, and quoting the Quran to show where these monsters get their theological excuses for their terror. 

A couple of months ago, he registered the domain name fitnathemovie.com with a  company called Network Solutions, the fifth largest domain supplier and hosting company in the world.  They happily took his money, he put no substantial content on the site, except for a picture:  fitna002.jpg  This is a picture of the Quran, with the words Allahu Akhbar (the Arabic words for ‘God Is Greatest), and the release date of the film, March 23, when he would post the film on this site. 

There has been much talk of this matter for many weeks, especially in The Netherlands.  Network Solutions did nothing with the site…until a few hours before the release date.  They then took the site offline, and if you tried to view the site, you were given this message:  networksolutions.jpg  This is is telling us that the site has been suspended, and Network Solutions is investigating the matter due to complaints about the site, and possible TOS violations.

Now, riddle me this, Batman:  There was no substantial content on the site, except for a picture of the Quran, which is revered by well over a billion people across the world.  Exactly what content was it that was so offensive to people that led to NS pulling the site?  Most likely, a flurry of threats from muslims in Europe and America.  Washington Post reporter Brian Kerbs reports that in an interview with Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group devoted to online civil rights, a representative “said it was the first case he’d heard of in which a U.S.-based registrar had preemptively suspended a domain name for violating its use policy.” 

Never happened before… 

In Krebs article, he reports that he interviewed a representative from Network Solutions, Susan Wade.  She claimed that the company had received several complaints in recent weeks (again, complaints about exactly what on the site?).  Krebs went on to say this:

In the meantime, she said, a decision was made to deactive the site given the potential violence that the movie could spark. She said Wilders could still access the site himself and was free to move or redirect its content to another domain.

“When you look at the history and violence surrounding this particular situation…some of the bad things that have happened or could happen, that was part of what we were thinking in suspending the Web site,” Wade said.

Wade said the company hadn’t received any specific threats regarding the site, but that
Network Solutions employees had been reminded this week about observing regular physical safety and security measures at work.  (emphasis mine)

Let me interpret that for you:  They are scared.  This is exactly the message Wilders has been trying to get across to Europe, and the West.  These people are coming in in droves, taking over, and time to stop this is running out.  Wilders has said that his movie is a “last warning for the West,” and that “if need be, I will personally distribute DVDs in the Dam [central square in Amsterdam].”  He has also warned of a “tsunami of Islamisation” in Holland.  A wonderful editorial cartoon on the Wilders (hat tip Atlas Shrugs) says it all: 

wilders_legend.jpg

The blogosphere has gotten all over this matter, uncovering information about NS, including this little tidbit at Creeping Sharia:

Update: It appears Network Solutions may have woken up and suspended the domain names for Hizbollah – cached versions availableon that big search engine but “Server Not Found” error on the Hizbollah links. Did Network Solutions just realize Hizballah is listed by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization?

If in fact they did, and the record was updated today, it only took them ten years:

Domain ID:D849804-LROR Domain Name:HIZBOLLAH.ORG Created On:06-Feb-1998 05:00:00 UTC Last Updated On:24-Mar-2008 17:45:24 UTC Expiration Date:05-Feb-2009 05:00:00 UTC Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions LLC

 Let us not forget that Hizbollah is a radical terrorist group, classified as such by the State Department, backed by Iran, and responsible for Israel’s last war, two years ago.  They don’t host the site, but do hold the domain name.  As said above, it took them ten years, and a flurry of complaints from me, and countless other bloggers in the last few days, to realize this? 

I was just about to post a link to a blog on NS’s site, to go leave comments.  There had been well over 200 comments earlier, I left one as well.  I just checked again, there are zero comments.  They took them all down.  I attempted to call their number to complain (again, I called and emailed Saturday night, was assured they would get back to me the next day. Nada.), and got a message saying they are ‘experiencing higher than usual call volume’.  Great work, guys! 

Here’s some contact info:  Network Solutions
Roy Dunbar, CEO
10 Azalea Drive
Drums, PA 18222
800-333-7680
www.networksolutions.com

Email address for complaints:  http://customersupport.networksolutions.com/

Rusty reports his own conversation earlier:

But I was making her very uncomfortable…I could actually hear her blanching over the phone!
I explained why I was contacting her (she was already aware of Fitna), and when I was done explaining my gripe (forcefully), she asked me if I had any specific questions for her.
So I asked her some specific questions, and informed her they were for an article I was writing for a popular conservative blog…where upon her voice became even gloomier:

Read More “Pushing Back – My Conversation With Network Solutions”

1. “Why did you remove a website for TOS violations when there was nothing but a parking page with the text “Coming Soon”, and a photo of the Quran?”
She directed my attention to the notice on the page, saying “It is what it is.”

2. “Why is an American based company willing to practice preemptive censorship, when there has not yet been any violation?”
Again, she had no answer.

3. “Is it Network Solutions’ common practice to remove websites on the day prior to their launch, after months of work have gone into promoting those websites?”
She said she was not aware of such a practice, but she could forward my question upward.

4. I informed her I was in the process of building a new, massive website (true), and that I had planned to host with Network Solutions prior to this debacle (not true).
I asked her why American companies should give Network Solutions their business, when her company has demonstrated their willingness to ruin their customers’ livelihoods for the sake of political correctness, and their own bottom line?
She just sort of sputtered, told me she understood my point, and assured me she’d look into it.

5. I asked her why an American based hosting company is more concerned about disgruntled Muslims than protecting free speech on the Internet?
Dead silence.

6. I asked her for contact information for her boss, Roy Dunbar (CEO of Network Solutions), as she was unable to provide me with answers to my questions, and she declined, stating she could not allow every complaint to go directly to him, because he was a busy man.

I informed her I too am a busy man, and that I had just wasted more than a half hour of my time, being shuffled from person to person, trying to get answers she was ultimately unwilling or unable to provide.

While these may appear to be two separate issues, that could not be further from the truth.  Wilders has been trying to warn people of how muslims are taking over by both force and by bullying tactics.  This episode with Network Solutions has shown that bullying works.  They get who knows what sort of threats, and they back down.  This has been the exact problem Wilders, Bawer, Pim Fortuyn, Hirsi Ali, and others have been trying to warn about. 

This is about more than ‘just’ free speech and the free flow of information on the internet.  This is about our future.  The Netherlands, England, and France are just the most visible cases of how their culture is surrendering to the soft jihad.  Forcing halal food for everyone in schools, forcing the prison systems to spend enormous amounts of time and money turning the toilets by 90 degrees so they don’t face towards or away from Mecca, attacking priests, sharia banking laws, forcing England to legitimize polygamy, and making the taxpayers give them welfare to boot…  The list goes on and on. 

This is important, folks.  Go to the website, call Network Solutions, let them know this is unacceptable. 

Blogging the Qur’an: Sura 18, “The Cave,” verses 60-82

March 16, 2008

Via Hot Air:

Sura 18’s importance in Muslim piety, noted last week, is affirmed in numerous ahadith. In one, a man was reciting the sura when “a cloud came down and spread over that man, and it kept on coming closer and closer to him till his horse started jumping (as if afraid of something). When it was morning, the man came to the Prophet, and told him of that experience. The Prophet said, ‘That was As-Sakina (tranquility) which descended because of (the recitation of) the Qur’an.’” As-Sakina is an adaptation of the Hebrew Shekinah, which refers in Jewish tradition to God’s presence in the world, and the cloud clearly recalls the cloud that accompanies God’s presence in Biblical passages such as Exodus 40:35. Like other Biblical concepts imported into Islam – notably, Jesus as the “Word of God” — it doesn’t have this strong a connotation in Islamic thought.

Verses 60-82 of Sura 18 contain one of the strangest, most arresting stories in the entire Qur’an: that of the journey of Moses and Khidr, one of the great road-trip stories of all time. Moses, traveling with his servant, forgets the fish they had carried along for their meal (vv. 60-64). Returning to retrieve it, they encounter “one of Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our own Presence,” (v. 65). In Islamic tradition this man is identified as Al-Khadir or Al-Khidr, or, more commonly, Khidr, “the Green Man.” Some identify him as one of the prophets, others as a wali, a Muslim saint. Abu Hayyan Al-Gharnati, a fourteenth-century commentator on the Qur’an, points to v. 82, in which Khidr says he didn’t act “of my own accord,” to argue that he was a prophet – for if he was prompted by someone else, who could have prompted a man so holy as to instruct a prophet like Moses except Allah himself? However, another fourteenth-century Islamic scholar, Ibn Taymiyya, noted that “the majority of the ‘ulema [Islamic scholars] believe that he was not a Prophet.”

Anyway, at the beginning of their encounter, Moses asks Khidr: “May I follow thee,” so that “thou teach me something of the (Higher) Truth which thou hast been taught?” Khidr is leery (vv. 67-68), and finally agrees as long as Moses asks him no questions (v. 70). Moses agrees.

Khidr and Moses then get on a boat, which Khidr immediately scuttles – whereupon Moses breaks his promise for the first time, and upbraids Khidr (v. 71); Khidr reminds him of his promise (vv. 72-73). Shortly thereafter, Khidr murders a young man in an apparently random act, and Moses criticizes him again (v. 74), with the same exchange about the promise then following (vv. 75-76). Finally, Khidr rebuilds a wall that had fallen down in a town that had refused the two hospitality, and Moses scolds him yet again (v. 77), for he could have gotten wages for his action, which the two could have used to buy food and lodging.

Finally Khidr tells Moses that their journey is over, and explains his strange actions. (Muhammad commented: “We wished that Moses could have remained patient by virtue of which Allah might have told us more about their story.”) Khidr damaged the ship because a king is seizing “every boat by force,” but not ones that are unserviceable (v. 79) – presumably the poor owners of the boat could repair it once the king passed by. Khidr killed the young man because he would grieve his pious parents with his “rebellion and ingratitude” (v. 80), and Allah will give them a better son (v. 81). And as for the wall, there was buried treasure beneath it that belonged to boys too young to inherit it at this point — so repairing it gave them time to reach maturity while protecting the treasure from theft (v. 82).

Maududi enunciates the point of all this: “You should have full faith in the wisdom of what is happening in the Divine Factory in accordance with the will of Allah. As the reality is hidden from you, you are at a loss to understand the wisdom of what is happening, and sometimes if it appears that things are going against you, you cry out, ‘How and why has this happened’. The fact is that if the curtain be removed from the ‘unseen’, you would yourselves come to know that what is happening here is for the best. Even if some times it appears that something is going against you, you will see that in the end it also produces some good results for you.’”

The Qur’an translator Abdullah Yusuf Ali offers these four lessons from the story, including the idea that “even as the whole stock of the knowledge of the present day, the sciences and the arts, and in literature, (if it could be supposed to be gathered in one individual), does not include all knowledge. Divine knowledge, as far as man is concerned, is unlimited,” and “There are paradoxes in life: apparent loss may be real gain; apparent cruelty may be real mercy; returning good for evil may really be justice and not generosity (18:79-82). Allah’s wisdom transcends all human calculation.”

Another point emerges in Islamic tradition: don’t kill children, unless you know they’re going to grow up to be unbelievers. “The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) used not to kill the children, so thou shouldst not kill them unless you could know what Khadir had known about the child he killed, or you could distinguish between a child who would grow up to he a believer (and a child who would grow up to be a non-believer), so that you killed the (prospective) non-believer and left the (prospective) believer aside.” The assumption thus enunciated may help explain the persistence of the phenomenon of honor-killing in Islamic countries and even among Muslims in the West.

In Islamic mystical tradition Khidr looms large. The eighth-century Sufi mystic Ibrahim Bin Adham (Abou Ben Adhem) once claimed: “In that wilderness I lived for four years. God gave me my eating without any toil of mine. Khidr the Green Ancient was my companion during that time — he taught me the Great Name of God.” Some consider Khidr to be immortal (Ibn Taymiyya thinks so). This idea rests on many arguments. Bayhaqi recounts that when Muhammad died, the assembled mourners heard a voice – identified as that of Khidr – exhorting them to trust in Allah. The idea also has a basis in Muhammad’s own words. Once Muhammad was telling his followers about the Dajjal, the anti-Christ figure who plays a large role in Islamic eschatology. The Dajjal, he explained, would kill a person and bring him back to life, and then would try to kill him again but would not be able to do so. “That person would be Khadir.”

In view of his immortality, not a few Muslim (and even some non-Muslim) mystics through the centuries have recounted meetings with him – here is a tongue-in-cheek, more recent example, as a man runs into Khidr at Home Depot.

Next week: The appearance on the Qur’anic stage of…Alexander the Great!

(Here you can find links to all the earlier “Blogging the Qur’an” segments. Here is a good Arabic/English Qur’an, here are two popular Muslim translations, those of Abdullah Yusuf Ali and Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall, along with a third by M. H. Shakir. Here is another popular translation, that of Muhammad Asad. And here is an omnibus of ten Qur’an translations.)

No Compulsion In Islam, huh? Riiiiiiiiight…

March 16, 2008

Top Saudi cleric calls for writers’ deaths:

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s most revered cleric said in a rare fatwa this week that two writers should be tried for apostasy for their “heretical articles” and put to death if they do not repent.

Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak was responding to recent articles in al-Riyadh newspaper that questioned the Sunni Muslim view in Saudi Arabia that adherents of other faiths should be considered unbelievers.

“Anyone who claims this has refuted Islam and should be tried in order to take it back. If not, he should be killed as an apostate from the religion of Islam,” said the fatwa, or religious opinion, dated March 14 and published on Barrak’s Web site.

“It is disgraceful that articles containing this kind of apostasy should be published in some papers of Saudi Arabia, the land of the two holy shrines,” he said, referring to Muslim holy places in Mecca and Medina.

“The rulers should hold these papers to account … and all those who took part in the publication should know they were involved in the sin of heretical articles.”

Barrak, who is thought to be around 75, is viewed by Islamists as the leading independent authority of Saudi Arabia’s hardline version of Sunni Islam, often termed Wahhabism.

He said the articles suggested Muslims were free to follow other religions.

Of course, knowing the history of the poor souls around the world who do indeed convert to other religions, or no religion at all, and their being hounded and threatened, or actually killed.  This isn’t just one man’s opinion, but common theology, and has been taught to the masses so they believe it as well. 

Here’s a revealing piece of conversation from the link above between an audience member (who gets it intellectually, but still believes in this filth) and one of the esteemed panel members:

Audience member: Sir, if you become an apostate, your punishment is death. There is a great problem that most of us, 70% of us, are Muslims because they were born to Muslim fathers and mothers. Before a person converts to Islam, he has the liberty to choose, but remember that if you want to convert from Islam, you will be punished by death. So you have the liberty to choose, but on the condition…

Al-Sweidan: That’s not liberty.

Audience member: It has conditions…

Al-Sweidan: What you are saying is: You have the right to become an apostate, but I will kill you.

Audience member: That’s right. I won’t tell him not to.

Al-Sweidan: What can be worse than being killed?

Audience member: That’s why he will not become an apostate.

Both the Sura (Quran) and Hadith are quite clear on the matter.  Apostates are to be put to death.  These leaders today are not preaching some radical, twisted interpretation.  They are following the prophet’s instructions to the letter. 

Sura 4:89  But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them”

Sura (9:11-12)“But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge. And if they break their pledges after their treaty (hath been made with you) and assail your religion, then fight the heads of disbelief – Lo! they have no binding oaths – in order that they may desist.”  This verse is speaking of infidels (ie. “slay the infidels wherever you find them” 9:5) who obviously become Muslims to escape the sword.

From the Hadith:

Bukhari (52:260)“…The Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’ ”

Bukhari (83:37)“Allah’s Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate.”

Bukhari (84:57)“[In the words of] Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”

Bukhari (89:271) – A man who embraces Islam, then reverts to Judaism is to be killed according to “the verdict of Allah and his apostle.”

Bukhari (84:58)There was a fettered man beside Abu Muisa. Mu’adh asked, ‘Who is this (man)?’  Abu Muisa said, ‘He was a Jew and became a Muslim and then reverted back to Judaism.’  Then Abu Muisa requested Mu’adh to sit down but Mu’adh said, ‘I will not sit down till he has been killed. This is the judgment of Allah and His Apostle (for such cases) and repeated it thrice.’  Then Abu Musa ordered that the man be killed, and he was killed. Abu Musa added, ‘Then we discussed the night prayers'”

Bukhari (84:64-65)Allah’s Apostle: ‘During the last days there will appear some young foolish people who will say the best words but their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have no faith) and will go out from (leave) their religion as an arrow goes out of the game. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection.'”

Here’s a sample video of what happens to Apostates under this Wahhabist way of ‘thinking’.  I won’t put it on here, only click over if you have the strongest of stomachs.  This isn’t Hollywood, isn’t fake, this is these people making their own videos, showing themselves in a (in their minds) wonderful light.

That’s on the back end of your life as a muslim.  The front end?  Compulsion?  Noooooo…..not at all!   Robert Spencer has a good article from about a year ago on the matter.

in the lands conquered by Muslims they offered, as Qur’an and Sunnah tell them to offer, only three possibilities to non-Muslims: death, conversion, or the status of humiliation, degradation, and physical insecurity known as that of the “dhimmi.”

That third option was open, of course, only if the conquered people happened to be ahl al-kitab, People of the Book, that is Christians or Jews…

Isn’t that a form of “compulsion” in religion? If one is forced to pay a burdensome tax, forbidden from suing Muslims at law, forbidden from repairing or building new houses of worship, forbidden from marrying a Muslim woman without converting to Islam first, forbidden from all kinds of things that add up to a condition that in many cases was nearly unendurable, isn’t that compulsion in religion?

And in any case, the meaning traditionally given to that over-quoted line (a favorite of apologists who assume that Infidel audiences will simply take it at face value) does not mean what it appears to say. It means merely that you cannot compel deep inner belief, but you can certainly compel outward conformity with it (i.e. outwardly showing belief in Islam, whatever one inwardly might feel).

Of course in Islam there is “compulsion in Islam.” It’s all over the place, and not only in the Middle East. When Christian schoolgirls are decapitated in Indonesia, and thousands of churches burned, or Buddhist villagers decapitated all over southern Thailand, or Hindus beaten to death in Bangladesh, or attacked in Pakistan, or driven out by the hundreds of thousands from Kashmir, when if they converted to Islam they would be left alone, surely over time that has its effect. Not everyone can heroically withstand such persecution and threat of murder and actual murder.

Read the whole thing.  In fact, if you want page after page after page of examples of compulsion in religion, go take a look at the search page for ‘compulsion in religion’. 

The libs are just going to loooove their ‘choice’ the new overlords give them.