From the Publisher
Update: “Radical Islam’s war with the West is not finite and limited to political grievances â€” real or imagined â€” but is existential, transcending time and space and deeply rooted in faith”Â
Raymond Ibrahim in his interview on FOX with Sean Hannity, watch the video
Since 9/11, statements and writings of Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders published in the Western press have offered chilling glimpses of the organization and the beliefs fueling its war on the West. The Al Qaeda Reader presents a deeper, and much more frightening, portrait.
As an assistant in the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, Raymond Ibrahim had unparalleled access to writings by Bin Laden and his cohorts. He found striking differences in both tone and content between statements published in English and those written in Arabic and distributed in the Muslim world. Ibrahim’s translations of these documents trace the origins and evolution of Al Qaeda and reveal an ideology that calls for a relentless jihad against non-Muslim “infidels,” repudiates democracy in favor of Islamic law, stresses the importance of martyrdom, and mocks the notion of “moderate” Islam.
The most stunning aspect of these translations is how grounded they are in the traditional sources of Islamic teachings: the Koran and the teachings of the Prophet. The members of Al Qaeda use these as powerful weapons of persuasion, reminding followers (and would-be recruits) that Muhammad and his warriors spread Islam through the power of the sword and that the Koranis not merely allegory or history but literal Truth which commands all Muslims to action. Westerners from across the political spectrum will be fascinated and enlightened by The Al Qaeda Reader’s insights into the nature of Islamic texts and the ways in which Al Qaeda has used these texts to manufacture hatred against our civilization and our way of life.
* Why don’t we listen?
There are some very funny Muslims who call in and lie about apostasy and claim ‘Islam was not spread by the sword,’- but when faced with knowledge they simply hang up…
The show lasts about 35 minutes…
Picture of the Day
Religion of Peace (and AK-47s)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Hamas militiamen beat protesters with clubs and rifle butts to try to stop a demonstration by political opponents in the Gaza Strip on Monday, but hundreds chanting “We want freedom” defied the ban.