Eric Allen Bell, They say “ignorance is bliss” – but I am so happy that you actually did research at Murfreesbboro – reaching your opinions through education.
I have studied tafsir for about a decade, have the Qur’an basically memorized and speak Arabic.
I try to tell people that Islam is not just a religion – but an entire societal system (legal, eugenic, political and martial) where all human activity is rated on a scale of 1-5 (wajb-haram)
I had read Mien Kampf (My Jihad) that was dedicated to the founder of the Nazi Party, Max Erwin Von Scheubner-Richter, a key chronicler of the Armenian Genocide.
How does one tell the world that Islam and Shari’a is even a more insideous evil than Hitler was?
That is really the task isn’t it?
Here is the testimony Brett sent in.
I was the youngest – so Ali shared my room with me and we grew to be brothers. I taught him English and he taught me Farsi. He was very social and had many friends – who talked about many things and the conversations would eventually turn to the revolution and the Islamists.
Most Iranian students had grown up under the influence of the secular Shah and despised the Islamists – but I never knew why… they seemed almost afraid to talk about it.
In early 1983, I enlisted into the Marines during the Lebanese Civil War, and Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. To my suprise, I could understand everything that the Afghan Mujahedin were saying… Dari and Pashtun are very similar to Farsi. It was then that I started to have an understanding of Jihad. That decapitations and amputations were accepted standards of execution – but all other standards were only limited to the imagination and it took quite a few years to put that all behind me.
One day, it was in the morning, and I was working at Glenville State College; I noticed that there was not a cloud in the sky… except the condensation trail of a commercial jet. I remember pointing at it and saying “You done messed up my perfect sky” It was then that I noticed the jet trail going west, doing a big U-turn and continuing east. I thought that was very strange and don’t recall ever seeing a jet do that before. I had no Idea, at the time, that it was American Airlines Flight 77.
When I heard the news, I knew that Islam was all over it. All of the talk in the press was “Why do they hate US?” and George Bush calling it a “religion of Peace”… I wondered if they were talking about the same Islam that I knew.
I decided to answer that myself – so I went online and requested a free Qur’an, translated by Abd’ullah Yousef Ali. As I read, I noticed that the Qur’an was just snippets out of context and made no sense.
So I read Hadith from Bukhari; in Book One, Aisha (Muhammad’s 6 year old wife that he married when he was 50) narrates the first revelation in the cave of Mount Hira outside Mecca where Gabriel says “Recite in the name of your Lord” By chance, I remembered reading that in Chapter 96.
The Qur’an is not in chronological order: Chapter 96 is the first chapter and Chapter 9 is the last chapter (Abd’ullah ibn Abbas, Richard Bell)
In Qur’an verse 2:106, the form “NSKh” (transliterated nasikh) appears (originally without tashkeel) and it lays out the doctrine of “nasikh w’al mansukh” or the abrogated and the abrogator.
Of the Qur’an’s 114 Chapters, there are 6,666 verses 124 of those verses reflect peace and tolerance. However, if you follow the chronology, all of those were before October, 622 AD (Muhammad’s move to Medina) and 118 were substituted with the Verse of the Sword. (Qur’an 9:5) the remainder were similarly abrogated.
To accurately read the Qur’an – you must engage in Qur’anic exegesis or “tafsir” Richard Bell is an excellant source for tafsir because he cites Hadith rather than aHadith – which Muslims can either cite or disrepute at their convenience. Tanwir al Miqbas min Tafsir Ibn Abbas is another great source – though English translations put the chapters in numeric order.
In my studies of Islam and history, I have come to realize that Islam is a complete societal system (legal, eugenic, political and martial) where all human activity is rated on a scale of 1-5 (wajb-haram)
I cannot explain to you in this forum how dangerous Islam is to the world and particularly the United States and the West – you would never believe me. You have to find out for yourself and learn to understand this.
I will be happy to help anyone learn more and will dedicate my life to it.”