|253.||In order to sustain dialogue with Islam, suitable training is essential for all involved, not only so that they can be solidly and joyfully grounded in their own identity, but so that they can also acknowledge the values of others, appreciate the concerns underlying their demands and shed light on shared beliefs. We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition. I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries! Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.|
As has been reported here at length over the past couple of weeks (see the list of links at the bottom of this post), a Muslim imam was invited to participate in the “prayer for peace” event at the Vatican on June 8. The esteemed alumnus of Al-Azhar University went off-script, however, and asked Allah to help him gain victory over the unbelievers.
The Vatican at first denied that any such thing had happened, and an edited video of the event was released that supported their denial. However, as we reported last week, the end of Sura 2 Verse 286 from the Koran that the imam quoted â€” which had been judiciously removed from the publicized version â€” was most assuredly included in the cleric’s Arabic-language prayer.
To provide context for this momentous event, the following information is instructive. Regular readers should bear with me; I know you’ve seen this all before.
’Umdat al-salik wa ’uddat al-nasik, orÂ The reliance of the traveller and tools of the worshipperÂ is commonly referred to asÂ Reliance of the TravellerÂ when cited in English.
The Revised Edition (published 1991, revised 1994) is “The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law ’Umdat al-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1368) in Arabic with Facing English Text, Commentary, and Appendices”, edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller. The publisher is listed as amana publications in Beltsville, Maryland.
This an authoritative source on Sunni Islamic law, because it is certified as such by Al-Azhar University in Cairo. There is no higher authority on Sunni Islamic doctrine than Al-Azhar; it is the closest equivalent to the Vatican that can be found in Islam.
Consider this passage fromÂ Reliance of the Traveller, chapter O, o9.0:
JihadÂ means to wage war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad.
The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus is such Koranic verses as:
- Fighting is prescribed for you (Koran 2:216)
- Slay them wherever you find them (Koran 4:89)
- Fight the idolators utterly (Koran 9:36)
In o9.8,Â Reliance of the TravellerÂ describes the objectives of jihad:
The caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o11.4)… and the war continues until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax…
We should also bear in mind what Islamic law says about lying. In Book R “Holding One’s Tongue,” Â§r8.0 “Lying” at r8.2 “Permissible Lying,”Â Reliance of the TravellerÂ cites the iconic Islamic legal jurist Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali:
This is an explicit statement that lying is sometimes permissible for a given interest… When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N: i.e., when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible) and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory.
Keep all these sources in mind when you watch the following video.
Vlad TepesÂ has conducted a comprehensive interview with Maj. (ret.) Stephen Coughlin, who is one of the foremost non-Muslim American experts on Islamic law. Maj. Coughlin examines the context of what the imam’s prayer at the Vatican as it relates to Islamic law. He uses his explanatory material â€” from authoritative sources of Islamic law â€” to expose the strategy behind Muslim participation in the prayer event at the Vatican, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s exploitation of the “interfaith” movement to accomplish its own ends.
Many thanks to Vlad for recording, editing, and uploading this video (if you’re not familiar with it, see thisÂ subtitled version of the Arabic recitation referred to in Maj. Coughlin’s briefing)
Previous posts about Imamgate â€” The Arabic prayer at the Vatican, June 8 2014:
|2014||Jun||11||The Vatican and Islamic Prayer|
|12||What Did the Imam Really Say at the Vatican?|
|13||Who Edited the Tape?|
|14||Multiculturalism in Religious Garb|
|15||Make us Victorious Over the Tribe of Unbelievers|
MEMRI Weekly Highlights
Here.Â (Hugh Fitzgerald)
A half-Moroccan acquaintance of mine (father Moroccan, mother French) –Â a freethinker, no longer a Muslim, not even a “cultural Muslim,” — went back to Morocco, for the first time since he was a child, in order to stay with his father’s family and to see what it was like. He came back shaken. “Everyone,” he reported, “screams all the time at the top of his lungs. Everyone is crazy.”Â He had grown up, you see, in the West and was used to its ways. I don’t think he was too harsh in his judgment. Do you?
Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar), Palestinian Authority TV, Al-Alam TV (Iran), Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai/Saudi Arabia), Iqra TV (Saudi Arabia), The Internet, Anwar TV (Iraq), Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza), BBC Arabic (The UK) – June 14-20, 2014 – 04:22
More Middle Eastern Insanity:
Kerry Thinks Sunni Refusal To Accept Shi’a Domination Can Be Overcome
Kerry makes promises he doesn’t intent to keep:
With al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government losing more ground to ISIS, Kerry implored the leader to rise above “sectarian motivations” to become more inclusive and make the government more representative of Iraq’s population.–Here.