Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Caliphate - It's Good For You

The return of the caliphate

If Bush and Blair are serious about reform in Muslim countries, it must include not just democratic reform, but also economic development. As the people of the US and the EU know, creating economic blocks to allow this to happen is an imperative. The EU managed to bring together a war-ravaged continent, on the basis of economic cooperation, which has led to further union. There can be no doubt that there will eventually be a similar model for Muslim countries. Instead of a president or a commission, there might be what is called a caliph. It's not the names but what the institutions do that matters. A restored caliphate is entirely compatible with democratically accountable institutions. The aim of Islamic law, contrary to popular belief, is not punishment by death or amputation of body parts. It is to create a peaceful and just society, with Islamic scholars over centuries citing its core aims: the freedom to practise religion; protection of life; safeguarding intellect; maintaining lineage and individual rights. This could be the basis for an Islamic bill of rights. The vision of any kind of new caliphate, shared by Muslims worldwide, is a distant one. But it is a vision that is needed, and one that should actually be supported by the US and Britain if they are sincere about the development of the Muslim world. The revival of a strong Muslim civilisation would be for the betterment of the whole world.

7 Comments:

At November 01, 2005 2:59 PM, Blogger France Sucks said...

Here are some nice quotes from the Religion of Peace to calm your soul with their gentleness and message of universal love:

When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.

Q 9:5


Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.

Q 9:73


Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient.

Q 4:34


Here's some more:

“Seize him, and bind him, And burn him in the Blazing Fire. Further, make him march in a chain the length of seventy cubits! This was he that would not believe in Allah Most High." (Koran 69:30-37)


“Strike off the heads of the disbelievers"; and after making a "wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives" (Koran 47:4).


“Instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers"; "smite above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them" (Koran 8:12; cp. 8:60).


“slay or crucify or cut the hands and feet of the unbelievers, that they be expelled from the land with disgrace..." (Koran 5:34).


“for them (the unbelievers) garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skin shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods" (Koran 22:19-22)


The Muslims try to justify their acts of terrorism by saying that God, who they refer to as Allah, is really the one doing the killing and using Muslims as tools to carry out death and destruction.


"It is not us who slay them but Allah, in order that He might test the Believers by a gracious trial from Himself." (Koran 8:17; cp. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:190)


Allah "will punish them by our hands..." (Koran 9:14).

The Muslims claim that Jihad is mandatory.

“Unless we go forth, (for Jihad) He will punish us with a grievous penalty, and put others in our place" (Koran 9:38-39).

“Believers, when you encounter the armies of the infidels do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons, or to join another band he shall incur the wrath of Allah and Hell shall be his home: an evil fate." (Koran 8:12-17)

It is acceptable to break treaties and obligations with pagans and make war on them whenever strong enough to do so (Koran 9:3).

In other words, it is ok to lie to an infidel, according to Islam. That means it is a so-called religion, based on lies.

This is why treaties and agreements with Muslims are meaningless. They are encouraged to lie to non-believers if it furthers the cause of Islam.

 
At November 01, 2005 3:10 PM, Blogger erp said...

Islam's prohibitions on normal business practices makes competing in the modern world nigh on impossible. A financially independent populace, not beholden to the mullahs for their existence, would soon put Islam in its proper place -- the dust bin of history.

Don't look for it to happen anytime soon.

France … Thanks for the litany of gentle reminders of why it’s Islam that's the problem and platitudes to the contrary are just so much leftwing propaganda.

 
At November 01, 2005 4:51 PM, Blogger John B said...

Just in case anyone thought there may be merit to the article read this fantasy quote:

"In its dynamic period, the Islamic caliphate was at the heart of a great civilisation, leading the world in science, philosophy, law, maths and astronomy."

Pure bullshit but then again the writer Osama Saeed is a spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain

 
At November 01, 2005 6:31 PM, Blogger Julius said...

"When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. "

Only during war.

"It is acceptable to break treaties and obligations with pagans and make war on them whenever strong enough to do so (Koran 9:3). "

This is not what it says. I've checked.

"Pure bullshit but then again the writer Osama Saeed is a spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain "

Well, it's actually true. But then again, the Muslim world was more peaceful, advanced and ruled by moderate people. A huge contrast from the Christian world then, and the Muslim world now.

The caliphate is a dream of muslim radicals - but will never happen.

 
At November 01, 2005 7:11 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

"But then again, the Muslim world was more peaceful, advanced and ruled by moderate people. A huge contrast from the Christian world then, and the Muslim world now."

Imagine you are a Jew. You have two choices on where and when to live: now, in North America, or at any time and any where in the Muslim world. Which choice would be more "peaceful, advanced and ruled by moderate people?"

 
At November 01, 2005 10:26 PM, Blogger tefta said...

Hyping Islam 's role in the History of Science

Here’s an excerpt, now read the whole thing: The “Islamic scholars” who translated “ancient Greece’s natural philosophy” were a curious group of Muslims, since all or almost all of the translators from Greek to Arabic were Christians or Jews, as were the translators from Arabic to Latin. Consider the astonishing statement of Bernard Lewis in The Muslim Discovery of Europe:
We know of no Muslim scholar or man of letters before the eighteenth century who sought to learn a western language, still less of any attempt to produce grammars, dictionaries, or other language tools. Translations are few and far between. Those that are known are works chosen for practical purposes [philosophy being considered a practical discipline] and the translations are made by converts [who knew western languages before conversion] or non-Muslims.

 
At November 02, 2005 8:24 AM, Blogger John Sobieski said...

would be for the betterment of the whole world.. oh yes, a world for Islam, and Islam only. Poor infidels, what will they do?

 

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