Isn’t Islam Wonderful?

I was talking to Yosi a couple days ago, and he said, “you hafta put this quote in your blog.”

I responded, “Yeah, but where did you get it?”

“A friend of mine. An Arab Muslim.”

I still didn’t want to put it in, but I wrote it down anyway and promised to think about it. Of course, Yosi knows me too well and knows that I’ll eventually stick it in.

We’ll see.

Anyway, the reason why the subject came up was a speech given in Australia by a guy named Israeli from a country called Israel on something called Islam. He inadvertently ignited a storm of controversy by the following:

The experience of the West proves that when a Muslim minority becomes more than one-tenth of a country’s population, it bodes ill. “When the Muslim population gets to a critical mass you have problems. That is a general rule, so if it applies everywhere it applies in Australia.”

That comes from a recent article in Haaretz, and it’s hard to think of a more politically incorrect statement. Unfortunately, it also struck me as true, and I wondered at that thought.

Why is it that Muslim populations become a destabilizing force in Western countries when they start to reach a certain percentage of a society?

I think that I have an answer that fits. I believe that the heart of the ‘Muslim Problem’ is encompassed in three main areas:

  • Cultural Identity
  • Youthful Rebellion
  • The Quran

Some of my Jewish friends have remarked that their religious life changed when they moved to Israel. After some thought they went on to say that they realized that they no longer felt the need to observe Judaism as a way of differentiating themselves from their neighbors. In Israel, they no longer needed Judaism as a way of maintaining their Jewish identity.

Now, think about the Muslim who comes to the US, looking for a job and a better life for his family. In his country of origin, he’s moderate – even secular. He’s enlightened. In fact, he derives his sense of personal identity from his enlightenment. But, when he comes to the US, he finds that EVERYONE is ‘moderate, even secular’. He finds that his enlightened outlook is no longer a distinguishing characteristic - but, Islam is.

He finds that Islam offers a way to recapture his uniqueness.

And, then our ‘moderate, even secular’ Muslim has children who invariably become rebellious teenagers who look for ways to be different from their parents. Some of them play baseball and listen to rock music. Others join the local mosque and listen to the deliciously radical words of an imported imam – an imam imported by the parents who were worried that little Yusef was listening to too much rock music and playing too much baseball.

And then there’s the Quran.

This is the worst part. In Christianity and Judaism, you need to ignore what the bible says to be violent and evil. True, we have many, many examples of men who have done some terrible things in the name of Christianity and Judaism, but their actions glaringly contradict the principles of their respective holy books.

Not so, the Quran. In Islam, you need to ignore what the Quran says to be moderate and peace-loving. To be sure, the Quran talks about peace-love-and-understanding. Moderate Muslims are quick to point out the Suras (passages) that describe how a good Muslim must ‘love his neighbor and be good to fuzzy animals.’

What the Moderate Muslim DOESN’T tell you is that those suras are at the beginning of the Quran. What he doesn’t tell you is that the writer of the Quran negated the suras on peace in the later part of the book, commanding Muslims to subjugate, enslave, and/or kill non-Muslims.

Think about that.

Oh, and I guess that I should give you that Islamic quote the Yosi told me. I’ll never hear the end of it, if I don’t, so here it is:

When you see a blind man, push him over. Why should you be kinder than God?

There, I’ve done it.

Isn’t Islam wonderful?

7 thoughts on “Isn’t Islam Wonderful?”

  1. Wow, that was a very interesting quote!
    Really twisted, though..if I understood it correctly
    how do you know the blind man isn’t Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder?
    Praise the Lord!!
    Will you explain it a little more?
    I’m not good with abstract thinking:)

  2. Hmm..maybe it means..
    be as horrible as you want to others since you aren’t God..why act like you are God.
    Wow. That’s pretty hard for me to grasp.
    As a Christian, I believe that when we accept Jesus Christ as our saviour,
    we let God into our aren’t God, but we are open to His suggestions which are always Good. He gives us guidance…don’t ask me how, because I’m still trying to figure that one out.
    So, is that quote saying God is not kind? That is one odd that in the Koran? Do muslims believe in the devil?

  3. I love my Muslim friends and I miss them deeply. But I think you’re absolutely right about the fundamental differences between their faith and mine, and I also agree that moving to a Western milieu really does seem to have an “entrenching” effect. Kind of like when I live in another part of this country, I’m a lot “die-harder” of a Red Sox fan than when I live here. And kind of not.

  4. oy you are brave…and don’t forget what that mamzer arafat said…’We will win because of two reasons…our patience and our wombs’…and they are growing and taking over and soon there will be no grass in the garden…and i don’t care if that isn’t politically correct…not all muslims are terrorists…but all terrorists are muslims…you can add that one too…and aside from that mrs. lincoln…sigh…ps it’s snowing in jerusalem…wanna come over for cocoa???

  5. That Muslim doesn’t know who God is, otherwise he wouldn’t have made such a statement. However, looking at God through Muslim eyes, I understand where his cold-hearted thinking comes from.

    God was not unkind to the blind man. God didn’t blind the man. The man was born into a sinful world, ruled by the god of this world, Lucifer himself! Satan came to “steal, kill and destroy”. God came to “give life, and that more abundantly”. The Muslim doesn’t understand that God’s heart is filled with compassion for the suffering of that blind man. It is not God’s will for people to be blind (physically or spiritually). It is a result of the ungodly world we live in. One day soon, Messiah will return and bring everything in this world under subjection to God and restore it to it’s original condition, prior to sin entering God’s Garden. Then there will be no blindness, no sickness, no disease, no death, and we will all go to Jerusalem to worship God in His Holy Temple!

  6. The Talmud tells of someone who said to someone he passed by: wow, do you look ugly. He responded: go complain to my Maker. Then he understood the full scope of his chutzpah.

    People in The know, know that G^d is good and merciful, and that everything that seems painful is a chance for us to show that we want to be merciful too, to become a partner with Him.

    To say “god is wicked and so we can be wicked” – is not just a chutzpah – it is being wicked.

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