Law of contradiction: A cannot be not-A
Morph (transitive verb): To change the form or character of
With regard to modern violence among Muslims, Muslims and ignorant-and-scared non-Muslims (the vast majority of Westerners) say that only a minority of Muslims are to blame, that true Islam is about peace.
In the video “The myth of the tiny minority” David Wood is in conversation with a regular Muslim caller, Manna. Bill Warner, a Muslim scholar, is an invited guest.
[My clarifications in square brackets]
I’m surprised that you are defending Isis as being Islamic when it is criminal misguided sect that both the majority of Sunnis and Shias believe are breaking multiple, multiple points of Qur’an and the Sunnah.” Mannu gives the “top three of them.” 1. “Killing the people who have surrendered without them (the people) fighting them (Isis). 2. Killing Sunni clerics who did not approve of their brand of Jihad. 3. They have stolen from the Muslim Ummah when they sacked all the banks in Mosul and other areas. These are all major, major areas of breaking Islamic Sunnah. And including what they had done in the past with the villagers they had kicked out in Syria because the fact that they were retaliating against people that they had even sided with the opposition with other groups that they were in conflict with [I’m not clear what he means, but it seems that he is saying that Isis kicked the villagers out in spit of the fact they were fighting on the side opposed to Assad].”
“If you put that together with what Muhammad did when he was victorious and came back to Makka [Mecca], and all his enemies he had, he said “remain in your houses, you’re safe, and the majority of people who remained in their houses there was no fighting. This group [Isis] has broken many many rules in Islam.”
[Ummah is the Muslim community. Sunnah is the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and interpretations of the Qur’an].
“Mannu began by saying how can you say that Isis is Islamic when so many Muslims condemn them? What have we been saying this entire program? It’s not what this or that Muslim says; it is whether the Qur’an and the Hadiths agree [with them]. You’re not allowed to kill people who have surrendered? That is absolute nonsense. Well you can say that Muhammad didn’t kill the people who surrendered at Mecca, but when the Qurayzah [a Jewish tribe] surrendered to them, what did he do? He hauled them into the market place and chopped their heads off; big piles of heads. So, according to Mannu, Muhammad was not Islamic because he killed people who had surrendered….Yes, in Mecca he let many people off the hook until Surah 9:5 came down [the final statute on how to deal with unbelievers]. You cannot lay down what you said about Muhammad] as a blanket rule.”
[Surah 9:5 When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful. See The verse of the sword: Surah 9:5 and Jihad).
Mannu has brought up a very interesting principle about Islam but he did this in an oblique way. I maintain that there are only two principles in Islam that are of real importance. The one is submission, the other is dualism. Both the Qur’an and Muhammad’s Sunnah are filled with dualistic statements. Yes it is true that in Mecca the prisoners weren’t killed, but at other times he did this. The important point is this: In almost very issue of `Islam there are two right answers: yes you can kill prisoners, and – isn’t there a Qur’anic verse that you should even take prisoners until there is a great slaughter in the land [give VERSE]. But the point is, and this is the trickiest thing about Islam, it always has two truths that always contradict each other. Now in our logic, in Western logic, if you have two statements that contradict each other, at least one of them must be wrong. But in Islamic logic, no: killing prisoners is Sunnah and not killing prisoners is Sunnah. This is what makes Islam so contradictory; its nature is contradiction.
“It seems you can go to the Muslim sources and pull out anything.”
Might I add, “And pull the wool over stupid liberal eyes.”
You won’t be able to check out this video at the following link because Youtube has classified it as “offensive.” It is indeed offensive, thanks to the Qur’an. You can watch it at the second link. David Wood shows up the Western ignorance, deceit and fear of Islam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SoXs-0_rHY&feature=youtube_gdata_player
In his “Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group?” (Colombia Journalism Review), Christopher Massie argues:
The real problem [of ISIS] is that nobody can precisely calculate the aggregation of factors that have produced the modern phenomenon of Islamic extremism. And so the claims of people who cite religious causes cannot be dismissed any more than the claims of people who cite political ones. Hussain is right to caution that “Western society doesn’t have a great familiarity with Muslim culture,” and Nomani is also right to say that “we should cover Islam like we cover a city council meeting,” bearing in mind “political interests” and “ideological interests.”
David Wood, in contrast, argues that the main inspiration behind ISIS is Islam in the Qu’ran and the Hadiths.
“Jihadists fighting for ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) claim that they are following the commands of Allah and Muhammad. Yet Westernized Muslims, politicians, and the media claim that ISIS is violating the principles of Islam. Who’s right? In the following video, David Wood presents the top ten Quran verses for understanding the beliefs and actions of ISIS.”