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What College Students Need to Know About Islam and Sharia

Written by Gary Fouse

This week, I posted a video of Muslim apostate Nonie Darwish speaking at Hobart and Smith  Williams College in upstate New York. Her topic, Islam and Sharia, was not well received by the politically correct students and faculty.

 

It is unfortunate that Darwish gets such negative and often disruptive reactions when she appears on college campuses. Anyone who watches the attached video should be impressed by her life experience and her presentation.

 

College kids have been raised to believe that everyone is equal-a noble principle by and of itself. Yet there contradictions when certain individuals, groups, or cultures demonstrate that they deserve to be criticized. Like Darwish, I take care not to condemn all Muslims for the horrors that are being perpetrated by other Muslims. Yet, there is a definite reason why these horrors are being committed.

 

It is because Allah has mandated it.

 

Without going into details as I have in the past, here is what college students (and everybody else) need to know about Islam and Sharia. I will try to reduce it to something similar to bullet points.

 

Islam is not merely a religion. It is a political ideology with a religious veneer. As such, it is supremacist and intolerant of other religions. This has been illustrated throughout history and up to the present day.

 

Islam as a political ideology is not egalitarian. Muslims are superior to non- Muslims and men are superior to women.

 

According to Islamic belief, the Koran is the word of Allah as transmitted to the Prophet Mohammad by the Archangel Gabriel. Thus, the words are indisputable. Approximately 62% of the Koran’s verses concern non-Muslims. They are not complimentary. Many of the verses mandate death to non-Muslims.

 

It is important for the non-Muslim to know when reading the Koran that there are many contradictory verses, some being peaceful with others being violent. The Koran is not in chronological order, rather it is by the longest sura (chapter) to the shortest. The exceptions are sura one and the final couple of suras just before Mohammad’s death. These suras though supposedly representing Allah’s words, ironically mirror the life of Mohammad, who began his prophecy peacefully in Mecca before being driven out by the pagan lords. He then relocated with his followers to Medina, consolidated power there, and then continued his prophesy through war and conquest. In the latter (Medina) periods, the verses of the Koran become more violent and hate filled. Islamic apologists love to quote the so-called peaceful words of the Koran as proving to non-Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. However, it is the Islamic scholars through the centuries who have reconciled the contradictory verses through the principle of abrogation. That simply means that if there are two conflicting verses in the Koran, that revealed to the Prophet later in time abrogates that revealed earlier in time. It is all quite logical.

 

It is those words that ISIS and their ilk rely on as they commit their mayhem. Like Mohammad, they not only engage in combat, they kill non-Muslims, behead captive soldiers, and take women into sexual slavery.

 

Islamic laws are based on the Koran, and the life, deeds and words of Mohammad as passed down from generation to generation. They are interpreted by Islamic scholars over the centuries. It is they who are the ultimate authorities in Islam. There are different Islamic schools of thought, and certain ones for example, “al Bukhari, are considered the most prestigious and authoritative.

 

Islamic law is called “Sharia”. Its meaning in Arabic is “the path” (to the water). Sharia is designed to cover virtually every aspect of a person’s life. There are punishments for violation of these laws. For example, it is forbidden to criticize Islam, Allah or the Prophet Mohammad. To do so constitutes blasphemy. The penalty for blasphemy is death. That also applies to non-Muslims. Sharia also mandates death for adultery, homosexuality and apostasy. That is why Darwish, an apostate who speaks out against Islam, lives with a fatwa over her head. She is literally under an Islamic death sentence. These penalties, by the way, are affirmed by the above Islamic schools of thought with few and only slight variations.

 

It is obvious that any law that mandates death for apostates, blasphemers, adulterers or homosexuality is inconsistent with our laws and constitution. The same would be said about any free, democratic society. Yet, many Islamic clerics in the US are trying to convince gullible non-Muslims that Sharia is perfectly compatible with our laws and constitution. I have heard it myself personally. It leaves one’s mouth agape.

 

What kind of religion mandates death to those who leave it? That is not a religion; that is a mafia.

 

If you are a college student and Nonie Darwish comes to speak at your campus, I urge you to attend and listen. Ask yourself why is she supposedly not a credible messenger. Ask why she is under a death sentence.

 

These are things you need to know. After all, they are about life and death.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com

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