The mosque in Rome is the largest in Italy and holds up to 12,000 people. (Source: Wikipedia.org.)
At the initial stage of immigration, Muslim immigrants must create the conditions and infrastructure necessary to support the physical presence of Islamic faith. The main goal at this stage is the creation of the Ummah, or community composed of both Muslims and non-Muslims- but run by Muslims.
(1) This is a document from Muhammad the prophet (governing the relations) between the believers and Muslims of Quraysh and Yathrib, and those who followed them and joined them and labored with them.
(2) They are one community (ummah) to the exclusion of all men.
One of the most important elements in this process of creating the Islamic infrastructure that would mark the physical presence of Islam is a mosque.
Immediately after arriving toÂ Medina,Â Muhammad started to build a mosque.Â TheÂ Quba MosqueÂ (Quba’ Masjid or Masjid al-Quba),Â in the outlying environs ofÂ Medina, is the oldestÂ mosqueÂ in the world, and its first stones were positioned byÂ Muhammad personally.Â The mosque in Islam is the locusÂ of Power, and the strategic base andÂ center of all activities. Muslim leaders offer solutions to those who need financial help- but the necessary requirement of this help isÂ to fight alongside with Muslims and follow their laws.
Building a mosque is mistakenly viewed by non-Muslims as just the construction of a house of worship, but its true goal is establishing a purposeful non-integrated Muslim identity to advance the goal of posterior Islamization.
The Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia where Anwar Al-Awlaki, who helped inspire the 9/11 and Fort Hood attacks, was once Imam.
The next step for the newly established Muslim community is, quite logically, to grow in numbers. In order to solve this problem,Â Muhammad made immigration for Muslims a religious duty, an obligation.Â In order to understand how it was achieved, let’s take a look at the role of Muhammad in Islam:
For an average Muslim, Muhammad’s example is at least as important as the Koran. As a matter of fact, the life of any average Muslim is ruled more by Muhammad’s example than by the Koran. All that Muhammad approved, did or said became what is known as Sunnah and is regarded as equal to the Koran and the basic source of the ShariÂ´ah. Without the Sunnah, there is no Islam at all because all the practical outworking of Islam is based on a literal, up-to-the-letter following of Muhammad’s example. The words “Allah and his Messenger” are well-known, but the truth is that in Islam, he who obeys Muhammad obeys Allah.
“He who obeys the Messenger has indeed already obeyed Allah.”Â (Koran, 4:80)
Then Muhammad gradually developed this idea making an allegiance to him equal to an allegiance to Allah:
“Verily, those who give pledge to you (O Muhammad) pledge allegiance to Allah.”Â (Koran, 48:10)
In all Medina revelations, Muhammad and Allah are paired together, both having the same authority, and the true believers are only those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and His Messenger, as it was put, for example, in Surah 24:62. Moreover, the authority of Muhammad often spreads beyond the text of the Koran- and above the authority of Allah himself:
“…Â And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain from it, and fear Allah”….Â (Koran, Surah 59:7)
Finally, Allah starts to disappear completely, and Muhammad takes his place.
“And perform prayers (As-Salat) and give alms (Zakat) and obey the Messenger (Muhammad) that you may obtain mercy.”Â (Koran, 24:56)
Muslims taking over an East London street. (Photo: Olivia Harris, Reuters)
Most Islamic rituals and practices, like the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, dress code, how to do ablution, and prayer details are not recorded in the Koran and are just the imitation of what Muhammad did, said or approved. If Muhammad made a Hajj to Mecca, every pious Muslim must make a Hajj to Mecca.Â If Muhammad made Hijrah to the land of non-believers and converted it into the land of Islam, then immigration to the land of non-believers with the goal of making it the land of Muslims is a religious duty for any pious Muslim.
Those who live in Muslim countries are not necessarily very religious, although it’s an undeniable fact that the percentage of highly religious people even in such a traditionally considered secular country as Egypt is about 65%. But religious or not, a new immigrant immediately becomes a center of attention, and chances are high that very soon after arrival he will begin working toward the goal of Islamicizing the country that hosted him.
It’s natural for a new immigrant to gravitate to the food stores, shops, coffee shops, and restaurants run by the people of his country of origin. The volunteers from the local mosque approach him, and knowing the system of the host country, they quite often manage to provide him with a lot of useful things, from houses to temporary accommodations, charity money, loans and free food supply, schools, hospitals and many other things. Gradually they drag the newcomers into different activities, slowly but steadily indoctrinating them.Â Special attention is paid to children, which results in the third or even fourth generation of immigrants often more radical than their fathers and grandfathers.Â The volunteers cast their nets wide, by no means limiting their activities only to the disgruntled or needy: ALL immigrants who come to the West from a Muslim country become the target.Â The major aim is always first and foremost to consolidate the existing Muslim community, to make all its members feel that they are part of it and that they must stand together against the hostile host country, fight for Shari’ah and for gaining a special status for the Muslim community.
In order to be able to live and carry out numerous and different activities aimed on attracting new followers and making new immigrants true and devoted members of the Ummah, Muslim leaders need funds. This question was also solved by Muhammad in a very simple and effective way: together with his closest ring of followers (Companions) and those citizens of Yathrib who joined him, (they were called Ansar, Helpers), Muhammad started to rob the caravans and attack the near-by villages. The booty was substantial, and the young non-Muslim population ofÂ MeccaÂ first looked in envy and then started to willingly join. This not only led to the growth of Muhammad’s gang, but also to the increase in the number of those who “embraced Islam.”Â Muslims proudly claim these attacks to be ‘military expeditions’, but they were just pirate raids for booty.
AÂ new source of criminal income: Cigarette smuggling is one way Muslim immigrants have raised funds for terrorism. (Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/s-s-youssef-odeh-supporter-omar-abdel-rahman-article-1.1345420)
Those attacks are of two categories:Â ‘Ghazawaat’Â (plural ofÂ Ghazawah), andÂ ‘Saraayaa’Â (plural ofÂ Sariya). When Muhammad took part in the action, it was called‘Ghazawah’,Â and raids without Muhammad’s presence are known asÂ ‘Sariya’.Â Islamic scholars vary on the number of these attacks, but it is estimated to be approximately 17 to 27Â ‘Ghazawaat’Â and 36 to 100‘Saraaya’.Â More than a hundred bandit raids in one year! One raid every three to four days! No one would call Muhammad lazy. The legendary “Billy the Kid” looks like a boy scout next toÂ the “prophet of Islam!”
Now it’s time to ask a logical question:Â against whom are all these preparations,Â very similar to the preparations for the military campaign?
By: Y.K. Cherson