You may think the guy is nucking futz, but he, and millions of Muslims like him Â parrot from the same playbook that Arab Muslims have been using to enslave, terrorize and subjugate unbelievers for 1400 years. If you don’t believe him, perhaps you believe the eminent Muslim scholar Bassam Tibi:
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum is spectacularly misunderstanding Islam on many fronts, if you believe Islamic apologists in the West who tell us that there is no jihad to spread Islam, no jizya, and no jihad against Israel (just a land dispute). How did Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum come to misunderstand the Religion of Peaceâ„¢ so severely? Would any of the vaunted moderates of the Islamic establishment in the West care to explain?Â Honest Ibe Hooper?Â Boy Reza Aslan?Â Brave Ahmed Rehab?Â “Man of Peace” Imam Rauf? Anyone? Anyone?
“Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of Jordan’s Tahrir Party Discusses Jihad Against Germany, Pledges to Impose ‘Jizya’ Poll Tax on Non-Muslims, and Vows to Annihilate Israel,” fromÂ MEMRI, December 12:
Following are excerpts from an interview with Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of the Tahrir Party in Jordan, which aired on JoSat TV on December 8, 2011. […]Interviewer: “Should the Muslims fight the People of the Book [i.e. Jews and Christians], in order to force them to pay the jizya poll tax? Should the Muslims fight all the People of the Book worldwide?”
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “This fighting is in order to remove obstacles. It is waged against countries, not against individuals. When we declare Jihad against Germany, for instance, it is declared against the German state, for refusing to allow Islam to spread to the people of Germany.Â We give them a choice: Either to convert to Islam, or to pay the jizya and submit to the laws of Islam. The jizya is the only tax paid by non-Muslims, whereas the Muslims pay the zakkat, the kharraj, and the rikkaz, as well as other taxes, if there is not enough money for the army…” […]
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “We will not fight the people, we will not kill the people, but if a certain state insists on preventing the spread of Islam on its soil, we will fight that state.”…
Interviewer: “So Samuel Huntington’s book The Clash of Civilizations, and even before that, Fukuyama, who predicted that the next conflict would be between Islam and the West… What you are saying means that they were right…”
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “There is indeed a clash of civilizations. They brought colonialism to us…Â If not for Jihad, Islam would not have reached us and all the other places. Within a quarter of a century, Islam reached most of the ancient world by means of Jihad.
“The common people want Islam. Anyone who doesn’t can stick to his own religion. Here in the Levant, most of our forefathers were not Muslims, but they converted to Islam because of its goodness and justice. The small minority in the Muslim countries that remained…”
Interviewer: “Fine. Let me just ask you an important question. So, we are commanded to fight in order to spread the religion of Allah…”
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “Yes, this is Islam’s way of spreading.” […]
“Jihad Should Be Declared In Order to Annihilate Israel; This Is a Monstrous Entity That Must Be Eradicated”
Interviewer: “If you come to power, will you liberate Palestine?”
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “Yes, yes.Â Jihad should be declared in order to annihilate Israel. This is a monstrous entity that must be eradicated.”
Interviewer: “Would you agree to a Christian becoming finance minister, for example?”
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “No, I wouldn’t. For starters, there are no ministries in Islam. There is an official who is empowered [by the imam]. This is one of the ruling positions, which are exclusively for Muslims. Anyone who is part of the rule â€“ the head of state, who is the Caliph, the empowered official, the executive official, the wali, or the governor â€“ must be a Muslim. Moreover, he must be a man.” […]
“European Countries Live In Prehistoric, Pre-Human Times; Gay Marriage… Is That Your Secularism??!”
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddim: “European countries live in prehistoric, pre-human times. Gay marriage â€“ women with women and men with men… Is that your secularism??!”
Political activist Omar Abu Rassa: “Is that all you’ve seen in the West?!
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “The millions who took to Wall Street shouted: ‘The people want to topple the regime.’ Don’t you cut me off.”
Omar Abu Rassa: “The only thing you saw in the West was homosexuals? That’s the West for you?
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “What else do they have?”
Omar Abu Rassa: “Scientific accomplishments, freedom of thought…”
Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum: “What scientific accomplishments?! We [Muslims] brought them there.” […]
“The Future Belongs to Islam; the Islamic Caliphate Is Bound To Come”
“The future belongs to Islam. The Islamic caliphate is bound to come, as was foretold by our Prophet Muhammad. That there will be a caliphate following the path of the Prophet Muhammad.” […]
Question: If the common people want Islam, then why is it necessary to wage Jihad to impose it?
When we declare Jihad against Germany, for instance, it is declared against the German state, for refusing to allow Islam to spread to the people of Germany. We give them a choice: Either to convert to Islam, or to pay the jizya and submit to the laws of Islam.
Otherwise, war is the third choice. All well and good; the Sheikh is merely quoting standard jihadi doctrine.
But he did say something that revealed how utterly deluded he is, how he cannot comprehend the full significance of what he himself is preaching. After agreeing that there is a “clash of civilizations” between the West and Islam, he said:
If not for Jihad, Islam would not have reached us and all the other places. Within a quarter of a century, Islam reached most of the ancient world by means of Jihad. The common people want Islam. Anyone who doesn’t can stick to his own religion. Here in the Levant, most of our forefathers were not Muslims, but they converted to Islam because of its goodness and justice.
So, after telling us that IslamÂ doesÂ teach jihadâ€”that is, offensive war to spread Islamic hegemony; after telling us that “Islam reached most of the ancient world by means of jihad”; after telling us that those who do not wish to convert to Islam must pay jizyaâ€”which, as he well knows, involves much more than merely paying a tax, involves being a second-class dhimmi, whose worth is at best half that of a Muslim, which he alludes to when he says “pay the jizya and submit to the laws of Islam”â€”after all this straightforward and honest talk, he resorts to fantasy when he adds, “The common people want Islam. Anyone who doesn’t can stick to his own religion.Â Here in the Levant, most of our forefathers were not Muslims [most were Christian during Islam’s invasion], but they converted to Islam because of its goodness and justice.”
Really, now? Does it not occur to the Sheikh that his ancestors, when confronted by Islamic jihad and forced to decide between either joining the “winning team” or becoming second-class dhimmis, treated contemptuously, abused, and persecutedâ€”as they still are to this very dayâ€”does it not occur to him that maybeÂ that’sÂ why many of his ancestors converted, and not “because of its [Islam’s] goodness and justice”?
Does it not occur to him that Islam’s own apostasy lawâ€”Islam being the only religion that ensures people remain in its fold by threatening to kill them should they wish to convert to another religionâ€”is a clear substitute for natural appeal?
Of course, Sheikh Quddum’s contradictions are but the latest example of howÂ Muslim sheikhs totally distort history to justify jihad. They have no problem being honest about Islam’s history and doctrines of violence; but they must always frame the jihad as a “good thing” which “liberates” people.
Thus, in the bizarro world of the sheikhs, apparently treating people as second-class citizens if they don’t convert to Islam, and threatening those born into the religion with death if they try to leave it, is proof that “the common people want Islam”â€”that they “converted to Islam because of its goodness and justice.”
[For more, seeÂ this articleÂ by Egyptian liberal Khaled Montaser, which exposes the deep set “inferiority complex” infecting the Muslim world regarding the issue of conversion.]