“Then your Lord spoke to His angels and said, ‘I will be with you. Give strength to the believers. I will send terror into the Kafirs’ hearts, cut off their heads and even the tips of their fingers!’” —Koran 8:12
What Is a Kafir?
Any talk of a doctrinaire Muslim president must take into account the Islamic view of the Kafir (non-Muslim). This common, everyday Muslim term for the unbeliever is highly negative in its connotation—probably worse than the N-word in English. The literal denotation of the term is that of a “concealer.” Islam teaches that Kafirs, by espousing the belief system they do, misrepresent Allah’s perfect religion by corrupting its original form. Muslims believe that Jews and Christians were given the true Islam and corrupted it, and continue to misguide others by perpetuating false forms, incurring the wrath of Allah. Muhammad, Allah’s final prophet, is Islam’s final reformer, making any alterations to Islam after Muhammad—so-called “moderation”—heretical in nature and thus impossible to implement.
An American president who is a doctrinaire Muslim would invariably have to prefer Muslims to Kafirs. In the Koran, Muslims are directed not to befriend Kafirs, but to forsake them. Koran 3:28 says, “Believers should not take Kafirs as friends in preference to other believers. Those who do this will have none of Allah’s protection and will only have themselves as guards. Allah warns you to fear Him, for all will return to Him.” Further, Koran 5:51 states, “O, you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them [for friendship] is of them. Verily Allah guides not an unjust people.” And, Koran 60:1 says the following: “O, you who believe! Take not My enemies and yours as friends—offering them [your] love, even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you, and have [on the contrary] driven out the prophet and yourselves [from your homes], because you believe in Allah your Lord!”
Muslims pray five times daily, and, each time they pray, they make negative references to Kafirs. There is nothing desirable in a US president who might say such prayers about the majority of Americans five times a day. The prayers of any Muslim president would be as follows:
First Prayer: O, Allah, we ask You for help and seek Your forgiveness. And we believe in You and have trust in You. And we praise You in the best way. And we thank You and are not ungrateful to You. And we forsake and turn away from the Kafirs.
O, Allah, we worship You only and pray to You and prostrate ourselves before You. And we run towards You and serve You. And we hope to receive Your mercy. And we fear Your punishment. Surely the Kafirs will receive Your punishment.
Second Prayer: O, Allah, verily we seek Your help. We believe in You, we put our trust in You, and we praise You, and we are not ungrateful to You. Oh Allah, You alone do we worship, and to You we pray and prostrate. For Your sake, we strive. We hope for Your mercy and fear Your punishment, for Your punishment will surely reach the Kafirs.
O, Allah, punish the Kafirs of the People of the Book [proselytizing Christians] who are preventing others from following Your way.
Third Prayer: In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful, all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the World, the Beneficent, the Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. You do we serve, and You do we beseech for help. Keep us on the right path—the path of those upon whom You have bestowed favors. Not the path of those upon whom Your wrath is brought down [Jews], nor those who go astray [Christians].
(The above prayers are based upon translations that have been shared by Dr. Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI): http://www.politicalislam.com/prayers-for-kafirs/.)
The Dilemma: True Friend versus True Believer
What if a Muslim candidate for president claims to be a “moderate” Muslim? How can the voters know with confidence whether or not a Muslim presidential candidate is a true friend to American Kafirs? Since Islam endorses the practice of taqiyya—or sacred deception, to advance Islam—a Muslim candidate’s answers to voters’ questions about friendship with Kafirs could be the truth or could be taqiyya. How can voters know for sure which it is?
Islam’s differential treatment of Kafirs means that there is no universal Golden Rule in Islam. The Judeo-Christian tradition is based on a Golden Rule that applies universally, across all groups of people, without qualifiers; it goes, simply, like this: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” Or, if you would prefer a verse from the Leviticus 19:18, “[B]ut thou shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” In the Judeo-Christian worldview, the word “neighbor” means anyone, without respect to religion, culture, or ethnicity. Jews and Christians are commanded to love everybody; the mistake Jews and Christians make is to think that Islam shares this Judeo-Christian outlook. It does not. The Muhammadan Rule goes like this: “Treat others as Muhammad would have treated them.” Read The Life of Muhammad, by Ibn Ishaq, one of the three works of the Muslim Trilogy (the other two being the Hadith and the Koran), and you will understand why Muhammad as a role model for Muslims is so devastating to the non-Muslim world.
Islam’s Dual System of Ethics
Sixty percent of Islamic sacred text concerns itself with how to treat the Kafir. The disparity is so great between the two different ethical systems that the murder of a fellow Muslim is punished by death, but the murder of a Kafir receives no punishment at all! There is no Golden-Rule concept of equal protection or equal justice for all.
Islamic Law versus the American Bill of Rights
The American Bill of Rights is an elaboration of the Golden Rule written into law, to protect the people against tyranny. Under Islamic law—which is actually a codification of tyranny itself—there can be no freedom. Yet a devout Muslim president must honor the Sharia above the Constitution.
There can be no free speech, for that would mean freedom to criticize Muhammad, which is illegal under the Sharia. Likewise, there can be no freedom of press or religion, since this would permit the Bible to be printed and would allow Jews and Christians to build new places of worship and to repair old ones (a privilege not allowed Kafirs under Islamic law). Freedom of assembly would also be out, since it would allow Kafirs to gather for their own worship services.
The right to bear arms exists in Islam, but only for Muslims. Kafirs are not allowed to fight back against a Muslim attacker in self-defense—even to save their own lives or the innocent lives of their children—let alone own a weapon. To do so is punishable by death.
And, in Islam, the state may occupy your dwelling for any reason. If you are a Kafir living as a semi-slave—called a Dhimmi—even a traveling Muslim has the right to put himself up in your home for three days and nights—and you have to feed him, too!
There is no right to privacy in Islam. The state may search your dwelling at will. And, as a Kafir, you are not even allowed to testify in court. So due process rights for non-Muslims is not something that devout Muslims believe in.
The Constitution as Jahiliyya
A Muslim President of the United States would treat the Constitution as a thing worthy of disrespect, since, to him, it would represent jahiliyya (a representation of culture without Islamic guidance). In fact, the Presidential Oath of Office would be invalid to a doctrinaire Muslim for the same reason. A Muslim President would likely be committing an act of taqiyya in taking such an oath. The greatest concern about having a Muslim president would be that we would constantly find him playing for the “other team” in foreign affairs and immigration policy, doing everything he could to help his fellow Muslims while actively seeking to harm American Kafirs.
The Recipe for Freedom
For freedom to flourish, Judeo-Christian values must be enshrined. And they must be cherished and enacted by America’s leaders. After all, the recipe for freedom stems from our Judeo-Christian traditions.
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