Why Islam grows in the West

The Western world consists of the cultures and peoples of a large part of Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Latin America.

The West is founded upon Judeo-Christianity and it has passed through different political, religious and social phases – from imperialism to the Reformation to the Enlightenment to colonialism.

The growth of Islam in the West – though often exaggerated by Muslim “dawagandists” – over the years deserves some attention.

The philosophy, democracy, art, science, law, architecture, republicanism and warfare of Western civilization emerged mainly from ancient Greece and Rome and are opposed to those of Islam – which is basically a deification of 7th century Arabian politics, culture, beliefs, warfare and social structure.

Islam opposes democracy, interdicts science, forbids arts, disparages philosophy, loathes equality and adheres to draconian laws. Thus, Islam is in an identity crisis; many Muslims are struggling to live out its Medieval dictates in the 21st century.

In a poll conducted by BBC, out of 2,000 Britons surveyed, 43% believe Islam is a negative force in the UK and 31% believe Islam promotes acts of violence.

In spite of how incongruous Islamic ideology is with Western values, there are still reports of many Westerners (some claiming to be formerly Christians) converting to Islam. For example:

Joseph Estes – “I was born into a very strong Christian family in the Midwest… We earned millions of dollars during those years, but could not find the peace of mind that can only come through knowing the truth and finding the real plan of salvation … if you asked anyone these questions, they would probably tell you that you have to believe without asking or that it is a ‘mystery’ and you shouldn’t ask … After all, the original languages of the Bible have all been dead languages for centuries and the documents themselves have been lost in their originals for hundreds and thousands of years.”

The display of baleful ignorance and dishonesty in this testimonial is so thick that one can cut it with a knife.

He was born into a ‘very strong Christian’ family but doesn’t have a faintest idea of the plan of salvation laid out in Scripture? It doesn’t follow. Someone is making things up.

Muhammad Ali – “I was a Negro. I ate pork. I had no confidence. I thought white people were superior. I was a Christian Baptist named Cassius Clay

His conversion was more of a racial protest and identity than by any convincing or definite plan of salvation seen in Islam.

Monica – “It’s hard for me to express the difference I felt between these two religions … I also feel that with Islam I’m sort of more guided, either by the Quran or the hadiths. Whereas, when I was Catholic, it was kind of like I had to figure out what to do in certain situations. People might think that Islam is strict, but I think that’s the way it’s meant to be. I mean, I feel in this way God tells us very clearly what he expects.”

Her conversion was subjective: “I feel … I felt.” She was looking for an authority to give her moral boundaries; to tell her in minute details what to do and not do and she found a right religion that “feels” just like it.

Factors contributing to the growth of Islam in the West are:

(a) Higher birth rate

The Pew Research Centre says the Muslim population in Europe was about 30 million in 1990, 44 million in 2010 and is expected to increase to 58 million by 2030.

A BBC report notes that data for the rates of growth of Islam in Europe reveal that the growing number of Muslims is due primarily to immigration and higher birth rates.

A 2011 Pew Research shows that Muslim women today have an average of 2.2 children compared to an estimated average of 1.5 children for non-Muslim women in Europe.

While Islam is a pro-natal religion, it was estimated that between 2010-2014, annual abortion rates in Northern America, Western and Northern Europe were 17, 16 and 18 per 1000 women respectively.

If current trends continue, by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world and will even exceed the Jewish population in the U.S.

(b) Deception

Islamic teachings breed dishonesty; they endorse Muslims telling lies to non-Muslims as long as it advances the cause of Islam. This is why many Muslims are deceived and being deceiving.

When they migrate to the West, they try to mask Islam’s beastly face with humanity; mollify its crude god with spirituality; re-make Muhammad into a philosopher and endow his ghastly teachings with flavours of tolerance and peace.

They project a picture of Islam different from the ones seen in regions where they are a majority. They would say:

Those jihadists are misinterpreting Islam” – which is absolutely false. The commands of the Qur’an do not change based on time and location.

When Muslims read the Qur’an, they go to the Hadiths to get its contexts and follow its dictates. That’s exactly what the jihadists do.

The stipulated death penalties in their books for example, are not subject to change because Muslims believe the Qur’an is the eternal, unchanging words of Allah. So the idea of a “progressive” Islam is an innovation tailored to fit into Western ideals.

Those terrorists are just a few bad eggs” – hardly. According to a 2010 poll, in Pakistan with a population of 172 million and 96% Muslims, 76% of them agree that apostates of Islam should be killed. That’s 126 million “bad eggs.”

In Indonesia, with a population of 200 million and 85% Muslims, about 43.5% of them are ready to fight for Islam and 40% believe violence should be meted out on critics of Islam.

We are talking 87 million “bad eggs.” Doesn’t look like a few to me.

Islam teaches freedom of religion” – well, no. In an Islamic state, non-Muslims are allowed to practice their religion if they want to, but they are not given the rights and privileges Muslims enjoy. They are to pay Jizya tax and in the Sharia code, a Muslim that kills a non-Muslim cannot be given a death penalty.

Aside that, apostasy from Islam invariably attracts death penalty. So indirectly, there’s compulsion in Islam.

Others will say “Sharia is compatible with democracy,” or “It will deal better with corruption in our land,” or “It doesn’t affect non-Muslims.” These are all lies made up to promote Islam.

(C) Multiculturalism

This worldview regards all cultures as equal and worthy of respect. Many Muslims who immigrate to the West hide their religion behind “culture” which they demand must also be respected like other Eastern cultures.

But once they extend their tentacles, they take advantage of political correctness to stifle any criticism of Islam while gradually introducing their own rules they want to abide by. This is how the Sharia fox slips through the hen’s house.

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal in Britain is a good example of this. A leading British judge, Sir James Munby, said that Christianity no longer influences the courts and these must be multicultural, in other words, more Islamic.

Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Chief Justice Lord Phillips also suggested that the English law should incorporate elements of Sharia law.

British universities are also advancing Islamic law. In Queen Mary University of London, for instance, women have had to use a separate entrance and were forced to sit in a room without being allowed to ask questions – just like in Riyadh.

The same trend also pervades France where mosques are going up in record numbers while Christian churches are being bulldozed.

According to World Net Daily, “Many Muslim immigrants express a sentiment of entitlement, believing they – one day – will replace the natives and the land in which they are strangers will come under the authority of Islamic law.”

There’s no logical reason why a religious ‘culture’ that beheads apostates; that reduces women to walking-talking genitals; that stones single mothers; nails offenders to a tree and amputates the hands of petty thieves should be deemed equal to a culture that believes in freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, civility and equality.

Political correctness and multiculturalism may be the greatest undoing of the West. Interestingly, it’s often politically correct to attack Judeo-Christianity but politically incorrect to attack Islam.

Political correctness is based on ignorance and suppression of truth. It mandates that people kiss others with a lie rather than hurt them with truth.

Liberalism will not appease Muslims, it will only seal the doom of the Western world.

(d) Moral turpitude in the West

Western climes, in rejecting their Christian heritage also threw out sound moral values in exchange for humanism and moral relativism: “If it feels good do it,” or “If doesn’t hurt anyone, who cares?”

The excesses of libertinage opened the door to legalization of porn, glorification of homosexuality, endorsement of zoophilia, bisexuality, wife swapping, nudity and licentiousness.

These sins are gradually weakening Western civilization, making it vulnerable to an absolutist system.

When extreme individual freedom replaces morality and ethics, it will reversibly favour an extremely restrictive ideology which is what Islam embodies. It’s like a chemical equilibrium reaction.

When a mass of people are exposed to materialism, extreme freedom and moral profligacy over a period of time, they soon reach a point at which they start seeking something to fill the void in their souls – something to give them a moral compass or anchor.

This is what draws many people to puritan-like cults even if their laws are severe and oppressive. They are seeking an authoritarian boundary; a sort of safety from the moral rotgut around them.

This is the inner call of every soul. There is a hole in our souls that porn, sex, money, drugs and carousing cannot fill.

The Bible says that God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). Only God can fill the cravings in our souls; only He can give man inner fulfillment.

Cults like Islam offer deadly counterfeits of such an experience. They promise their converts a “better pathway” but once they are in, they are led to a wilderness.

They preach about a refreshing water hole, but what they have is a boa’s hole. Their vaunted morality is like a plastic mask; it can be worn and taken off at will.

Spiritual deception is real. A person can be intelligent, enlightened, have several degrees under his belt, raised in a Christian home, pass through forms and formats of a Christian denomination and yet end up deceived to the point of kissing a black stone to gain forgiveness of sins or rubbing his face with sand so as to become ‘pure’ in the sight of Allah.

The answer lies in the Gospel which is the power of God to save those that believe (Rom. 1:16).

Once the message of the Gospel is let down, false religions gain an upper hand. An empty, “cultural Christianity”, stripped of its power and laced with seeker sensitive mush cannot stand before 14-century old lies engineered by the devil.

Christians grounded in the Word and filled with the Holy Spirit must be willing to boldly refute the lies of Islam using every strategy for souls to be set free.

Sharia: The Path of Doom (I)

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On July 27, 2016, a gang of Muslim men stormed a German swimming pool yelling “Allahu Akbar!” They warned a group of nudist swimmers, whom they called “infidels” and “sluts” that they would be “exterminated.”

In France, a woman and her 3 daughters were stabbed by a Muslim man who was offended because they were “scantily dressed.”

In Sweden, Muslims placed up posts at strategic street corners saying “Women who don’t wear a headscarf are asking to be raped” and “No democracy. We just want Islam.”

In Manchester, leaflets were posted in people’s letterboxes warning them against walking their dogs in public, in order to keep the area “pure” for Muslims. “Those who live in the UK must learn to understand and respect the legacy and lifestyle of the Muslims who live alongside them,” says the leaflets.

To an informed observer, these are cries of an ideological war brewing in the West. It’s a clash between Western civilization and Middle Eastern barbarity; between a mentality that belongs to the Iron Age and a mentality that belongs to the 21st century. Some countries have walked this path.

In 1989, key Muslim leaders from all over Africa gathered in Nigeria. They founded the Islam in Africa Organization (IA0) and made Nigeria its headquarters. Its members concluded: “We are ready to go any length to get Sharia established in this country whether we are alive or dead.”

Unknown to many, that was a declaration of war. Today, out of 36 states in Nigeria, Sharia laws are fully operational in 12. It took Muslims only 11 years to achieve that agenda.

In the battle of mindsets which we are currently witnessing, knowledge gaps must be filled with sufficient information.

In the Islamic worldview, there is no king but Allah, and he alone is to be the supreme ruler and legislator of the world. No earthly ruler has sufficient authority to legislate any law. Since Allah’s final laws have purportedly been given to Muhammad in the 7th century, they must be followed to the core.

Muslims believe Allah has sent Muhammad with Islam to dominate all other religions even though the infidels detest it, therefore, every Muslim must overthrow democracy (and other ideologies) and enforce Sharia on the whole world under an Islamic caliphate.

A 2008 YouGov survey in the UK found that 40% of Muslim students want Sharia infused with British law.

A 2013 Pew Forum random survey of 38,000 Muslims from 39 countries also revealed that most Muslims favour Sharia and want it imposed on Muslims as well. Contrary to the rehearsed speeches of Muslim leaders, Sharia is not compatible with democracy.

Islam basically rejects the tenets of democracy, and this explains why Muslim leaders oppose the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which they insist is unislamic.

In contention, they met at Cairo in 1990 at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, prohibiting freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of association, equality in rights and equal protection under the law.

Now, if Allah is the king over Islamic regions where people can’t exercise their God-given freedom of conscience or speech, where they can’t openly declare Jesus as Lord; where human lives are cheap and savagery prevails; then we need to critically examine his dogmas and laws and decide whether or not he should rule our land.

We need to judge Allah’s constitution with Scripture, history and reason to determine if they are divine or demonic.

Sharia (“pathway”) is the religious legal system aimed at governing Muslims in the area of politics, marriage, economy, crime, military, gender roles and religious rites. It is primarily derived from the Quran and hadiths; making some practices obligatory, permitted and some forbidden.

As Islam moved beyond the borders of Arabia it assimilated some laws from Persia, India and Rome, thus, divergent views of how Sharia is to be interpreted developed (fiqh).

These schools rely on statements agreed on by all Muslims (Ijma), analogies from the Quran or sunna (Qiyas) and rulings of Islamic jurists (Istihsan) in following Sharia.

These schools are considered orthodox despite their different rulings. They are: Hanafi (common in Egypt and Turkey), Maliki (West and North Africa), Shafi (East Africa, Indonesia), Jafari (Iran, Iraq, Lebanon) and Hanbali (Saudi Arabia).

First we need to ask, which nation of the world has ever adhered to Sharia law perfectly? Saudi Arabia? Pakistan? Iraq? Iran? or Egypt?

This question is crucial, because if Sharia is a divine law meant for the whole world there should be, at least, a single nation that has followed it ideally to show us its measurable contributions towards human civilization.

Is Saudi Arabia – a country stuck in a backwater, plagued by racism, tyranny, sexism and gross injustice – a template of an ideal Sharia? Many Muslims would disagree. They suggest that Saudi Arabia’s monarchical rule negates Islamic theocracy, and that no nation of the world currently practices Islam up to Allah’s standards.

So, if no nation in the last 14 centuries has exhibited the “perfect Islam,” then it’s time Muslims gave up this pipe dream. Here are some examples of laws of the Sharia betraying a deeply barbaric, empty and retrograde religious system.

1. Flogging Drunkards and Gamblers

The Quran’s stance on alcoholism and gambling oscillates from tepid approval to condemnation.

They ask you [Muhammad] about intoxicants and gambling: say, ‘There is great sin in both, and some benefit for people: the sin is greater than the benefit…” (Q 2:219)

Later, it says: “You who believe, do not come anywhere near the prayer if you are intoxicated, until you know what you are saying...” (Q4:43)

Quranic commentator, Abul A’La Maududi said Muhammad “changed the timings of their drinking so as not to clash with the timings of their prayers” (The Meaning of the Qur’an, 1:337).

So, Muslims could take alcohol in between their prayers or afterward.

But in Sura 5:90-91, Allah finally said:

O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handwork; eschew such (abominations), that ye may prosper. Satan’s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer...”

The English translator inserted the words in brackets because he realises this verse also grates against the black stone Muslims worship. The hadiths record the penalties levied on drunks and gamblers.

When a drunk was dragged before Muhammad in anger, he “ordered all those who were present in the house to beat him” (Bukhari 8:6775).

Muhammad and his successor, Abu Bakr, gave drunks 42 stripes. But when Umar assumed the responsibilities as the Caliphate, he consulted people and Abd al-Rahman said: “the mildest punishment (for drinking) is eighty (stripes) and Umar prescribed this punishment” (Muslim, 4226).

Muhammad is even quoted as saying “flog them, again if they drink wine, flog them. Again if they drink it, kill them” (Abu Dawud, 4467). But Muslim scholars say this hadith has been abrogated. The penalty for gambling is to “give something in charity (as an expiation of such a sin)” (Bukhari 8:6107).

The Shafi Law code says: “If any person drinks wine or any other intoxicating thing, its hudd [fixed punishment] is forty stripes and it is lawful that by means of tazir or discretionary punishment to bring it up to 80 stripes” (p. 119).

This raises some questions. If wine is an abominable handwork of Satan on earth, why is it a reward in Allah’s paradise?

And if Muslims eschewed these vices as Allah commanded in the Quran, why did Muhammad need to institute severe punishment for it?

Here is a man who supposedly sliced the moon into two like water melons unable to help his disciples overcome their sins? How does whipping even quench a person’s thirst for alcohol or gambling? A “scientific miracle” perhaps? These laws must have come from someone quite ignorant of the human nature.

Expectedly, drunkenness and drug trafficking thrive in Islamic climes today. Thousands of Muslims reportedly drive from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain every weekend to indulge themselves at the pubs.

In contrast, the New Testament, instead of corporal punishments, invites sinners to an inner transformation to overcome their sins “As many as received [Jesus], to them he gave power to become the sons of God” (John 1:12).

2. Stoning and flogging the sexually immoral

Strike the adulterer and adulteress one hundred times. Do not let compassion for them keep you from carrying out God’s law – if you believe in God and the Last Day – and ensure that a group of believers witness the punishment.” (Sura 24:2)

This was recited when Aisha was accused of committing adultery with Safwan, whom Muhammad exonerated.

The penalty for fornication is flogging and stoning for adultery. An accuser is mandated to present four male witnesses otherwise he is lashed 80 stripes (Sura 24: 4).

In a situation where a man cannot prove his wife’s adultery, he will follow the rule of Li’an by swearing 4 times and invoking Allah’s curse on himself or herself if he/she is lying. These are plainly retrogressive rules.

In the modern world, you don’t need four witnesses to prove a sexual crime, when there are audio, video and forensic evidence available. But these items would violate the sunna.

Besides, fornication and adultery are often committed behind closed doors, so this law would rather cause many rape victims be stoned to death for immorality since they can’t provide four male witnesses.

In the hadith, after a woman confessed her adultery and subsequent pregnancy to Muhammad, she was first allowed to give birth. “Muhammad handed the child over to the community. And when he had given command over her and she was put up in a hole to her breast, he ordered the people to stone her. Khalid b. al-Walid came forward with a stone which he threw at her head, and when the blood spurted on his face, he cursed her…” (Sahih Muslim, 4206)

If there are no witnesses, the guilty is also punished if he confesses his sin 4 times.

When a man came to Muhammad “and informed him that he had committed illegal sexual intercourse and he bore witness four times against himself. Allah’s Messenger ordered him to be stoned to death as he was a married person” (Bukhari 8:6814).

With such severe penalties awaiting fornicator or adulterers, many Muslims prefer to hide their sexual sins.

Muhammad even said an immoral Muslim “should better remain hidden under the curtain of Allah but if he discloses it to us, we shall certainly enforce the law of Allah on him” (Maududi, 3:305).

This betrays the myth that Islamic nations are more sexually chaste than Western nations. These vices also persist there, but they are mostly covered up under Allah’s broad curtain. Only few cases slither out to the media. A law that is so counterproductive to genuine repentance can’t be said to be divine.

Islam operates a situational ethics. On the one hand, it’s a crime to engage in “illegal” sexual intercourse, but on the other, it’s islamically “legal” to take non-Muslim ladies as sex slaves and engage in Mut’ah.

Muhammad himself was a sexually immoral man who used his position to warm his bed.

Fornication and adultery (as well as drunkenness, gambling etc.) are sins, not crimes. With the exceptions of sexual molestation and assault, sex between consenting adults are not crimes because they are not detrimental to another person’s well being.

In fact, we now know that sexual promiscuity can stem from childhood sexual abuse or spiritual problems.

A divine law should provide a reasonable solution to sin and give the sinner a chance to live a new life.

It seems Muhammad selectively incorporated some laws from the Torah, but even while the Torah lays down death penalty for adulterers, it’s silent on the actual carrying out of the punishment.

Even Jesus didn’t stone the adulterous woman in John 8:10-11, showing us that physical punishment doesn’t take away sin. He fulfilled the Law by taking the penalty of our sins and through the Holy Spirit He resides in His people, enabling him to live a changed life.

This is something Allah, Muhammad and his laws can never do.

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