Europe: How Many Minutes to Midnight?
By Rachel Ehrenfeld @ Herald de Paris
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 @ 2:56PM
https://www.investigativeproject.org/1100/hizb-ut-tahrir-shariah-takes-precedence-over-usLeft: ISIS supporters attack German police before Solingen Town Hall, May 1, 2012.
Decades of European efforts to avoid stigmatizing Muslims and to allegedly understand ‘root causes’ of Islamist terrorism have yielded horrific dividends. The BelgiumTerrorist Offenses Act of 2003, which criminalizes terrorism and participation in terrorist groups, got out of its way to exclude Muslims. It reads: “organization whose real purpose is solely of a political, trade union or philanthropic, philosophical or religious nature, or which solely pursues any other legitimate aim, cannot, as such, be considered a terrorist group.”
The prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatari-based spiritual authority for the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood, issued an Islamic ruling that, despite the pessimism among Muslims, Islam will definitely prevail and eventually become master of the entire world.5 One of the signs of Islamic victory will be the conquest of the Italian capital, Rome, by the Muslims. Occupying Europe and defeating Christianity will become possible, according to al- Qaradawi, with the spread of Islam inside Europe until it becomes strong enough to take over the whole continent. Al-Qaradawi asserts that “the signs of salvation are absolute, numerous, and as plain as day, indicating that the future belongs to Islam and that Allah’s religion will defeat all other religions.” He relies on ancient Islamic traditions quoting the Prophet Muhammad, who allegedly argued that the conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) and then Romia (Rome) are considered signs of the victory of Islam. Al-Qaradawi wrote:
And Romia is the city we name Rome, the capital of Italy. The city of Herqel [Constantinople] was conquered in 1453 by the young Ottoman, aged 23, Muhammad Ibn Mourad, known by his nickname Muhammad the Conqueror. Nowadays, the conquest of the other city Romia [Rome] remains unfulfilled. Namely, Islam will return once more to Europe as a conqueror and as a victorious power after it was expelled twice from the continent….I assume that next time the conquest [of Europe] will not be achieved by the sword [i.e., war] but by preaching (daawa) and spreading the ideology [of Islam]….The conquest of Romia [Rome] and the expansion of Islam will reach all the areas where the sun shines and the moon appears [i.e., the entire world]….That will be the result of a planted seed and the beginning of the righteous Caliphate’s return….[The Islamic Caliphate] deserves to lead the nation to the plains of victory.6
Al-Qaradawi’s influence, it should be stressed, is widespread. His religious rulings not only appear on the websites of Muslim Brotherhood subsidiaries, like Hamas, but also on the websites of Saudi-inspired groups fighting the U.S. in western Iraq and on the websites of Chechen Islamists.
The State of Confrontation with the West
The state of confrontation with the West is considered by radical Muslim scholars not as something predestined from God, which Muslims have to endure until salvation, but as an opportunity to promote Islamic awareness and to release themselves from Western dominance and values. The first step to be taken from a religious perspective is to define the United States, the leader of the free world, as an “enemy” that is waging a “religious war” against Islam, and on this basis to issue Islamic rulings that the U.S. and its allies belong to dar al-harb (the realm of war). The command of jihadapplies not only to Muslims on the confrontation lines in the Muslim and Arab worlds, but to all Muslims living in the areas of the enemy as well. Al-Jarbou’ has ruled that the current state of relations between Islam and the West is to be expressed as one of total war against the infidels. America, according his viewpoint, is not a regime with which Islam can maintain normal relations until Islam becomes strong enough to launch a jihad against it. Nor is it a regime that deserves the tolerant and peaceful attitude from Islam accorded to Christians and Jews as protected minorities under Islamic rule (ahl al-dhimma). Criticizing other Muslim scholars who “neglected their duty” to define the state of relations with America as one of all-out war, al-Jarbou’ unequivocally ruled that the definition of the U.S. as dar al-harb obliges all Muslims to prepare in practice for the war against the infidels.7
Another Saudi scholar, Salman bin Fahed al-‘Auda, in his book The End of History, asserts that the solution to Islamic distress – that may bring about the fall of America and the Western world – “exists in one word which is Jihad” (emphasis in original). According to al-‘Auda, the meaning of jihad is much broader than fighting with a sword (the Islamic symbol of jihad). Appealing to Muslims throughout the world, he wrote: “We should not simplify this issue and narrow its meaning to a restricted military battle in one of the Islamic regions or even to an all-out war against the West, which is possible and predicted and we assume is arriving [emphasis added].” He continues: “Life as a whole is a battlefield. The weapons are not only the rifle, the bullet, the airplane, the tank, and the cannon. Not at all! Thinking is a weapon, the economy is a weapon, money is a weapon, water is a weapon, planning is a weapon, unity is a weapon, and so there are many types of weapons.”8 In The End of History, al-‘Auda concluded that the West by itself was already in an advanced state of decay: “The West, and above all the United States, and Western culture, in general are undergoing a historical process that is deterministic. This process leads to its total collapse, sooner or later.” His jihad was intended to accelerate that collapse. During the 1990s, he was regarded as the most influential preacher in Saudi Arabia.9
Take for example Shaikh Abdool Hamid, the Guyana born, Saudi educated Islamic scholar, who serves as Imam in several mosques in and around Toronto, Canada, where he is delivering sermons calling to impose Islam, with instructions on how to advance the transformation of Canada and other Western secular nations into an Islamic society. He argues that while “it may seem from one perspective that Islam took over…it is really [taking] over in order to enhance the lives” of the people. But changing society “cannot happen unless we become involved in the political process,” he says. The involvement in the political process, he explains, is necessary to bring Sharia (Islamic Law) because Islam is universal.”
Indeed, claiming Islam is universal is the common denominator of
international Islamist movements. Despite some differences, all are seeking to impose Islam and unite all Muslims under one Islamic caliphate.
Claims that Islam is universal can be found everywhere on the social media pages of global Muslim organizations. The Facebook pages of Hizb ut Tahrir (UK), is but one example. It says: “Islam is the only system that united people of all races and religions in history and will unite them once more when it returns.”
According to the Hadit: “Polytheists and infidels should be invited to Islam, and if they reject the invitation, then Jihad be made against them.”
Thus, if DAWA – proselytizing to Islam – does not convince all non-believers to convert, the Hadit provides the next step. The book “The Gardens of the Righteous” – which was written by a Sunni scholar in the 13th Century and is widely distributed in Canada, the United States, and on the Internet by the Islamic Circle of North America, proclaims that “Islam strives to achieve global dominance by jihad.”
At a Hizb ut-Tahrir, meeting in Illinois in 2009, which was ported by The Investigative Project, speaker after speaker decared that “the world’s social and economic problems will not be fixed until the world is governed by Shariah.” And, that “Shariah Takes Precedence over U.S. Constitution, ” and promises to fight “Until Islam Becomes Victorious or We Die in the Attempt. ”
Much like the Progressive Socalist movement in the US and elswhere, “Secular capitalism has made me devalue my skin” and “has kept my family in ghettos,” said one speaker, an African-American who went on to blame it for the fact that he smoked marijuana and his grandmother played the lottery. Capitalism, he added, is a form of economic “terrorism”
Decades of European efforts to avoid stigmatizing Muslims and to allegedly understand ‘root causes’ of Islamist terrorism have yielded horrific dividends
European nations are blamed for failing to integrate their Muslim population. While this may be true, it is important to note that most Muslim immigrants are indoctrinated to refuse assimilation.
Instead, the larger the Muslim population, the louder their demands for special considerations that often challenge the country’s laws and tradition. They often successfully and sometimes violently demand that their adoptive countries acknowledge and even adhere to Sharia (Islamic law). Imams everywhere preach for and often intimidate Muslim women to demonstrate their modesty and distinction from the infidels by wearing hijab (head scarfs) and even veils, although “there is no provision in the Quran that requires Muslim women to wear a headscarf when they are outside of their homes.” Ironically, this oppression of women and girls is supported by the social-progressive agnostic movement’s as “Identity Politics.”
The intensity and tempo of the effort to radicalize Muslims everywhere, including Europe, increased after al Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks on the U.S., and became more noticeable following the Americans’ and NATO’s invasion of Iraq.
The growing Muslim communities’ efforts to enforce sharia in Europe and elsewhere have been accompanied by increased Saudi and Gulf funding, as well as very large donations from them to European and American academic and cultural institutions.
The spread of Salafist radical groups, such as the global Hizb ut–Tahrir, Tablighi Jamaat, and more recently ISIS proves the effectiveness of the decades-long, more than $2 trillion worth of Saudi, as well as Qatari funding to foster the indoctrination of Muslims everywhere. This helped create a large base of followers ready for further radicalization, a trend the West has erroneously labeled “self-radicalization.”
Money talks. And when receiving billions of dollars is conditioned on covering cultural monuments symbols of Western civilization, or giving up wine for just a dinner or two as the Italians have done to please the Iranian president, most Europeans, not our host country, toss hastily aside their national identity, independence, and pride.
Such greed of secular, Left-leaning members of the European Parliament helped in advancing the Islamic agenda by codifying the Islamic narrative, imposing political correctness with new draconian hate- speech laws by the European Parliament, which furthered the silencing of critics everywhere.
Europe was shocked shocked by ISIS’s murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, But Saudi Arabia’s role in initiating and fomenting worldwide Muslim riots to curtail Western free speech has been mostly ignored. However, the Muslims riots following the October 2005 publication of the Muhammad cartoons in Denmark’s largest daily, Jyllands-Posten, began only after Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Denmark, which was by Sheikh Osama Khayyat, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca’s televised praise oof the Saudi government for its action; and after Sheikh Ali Al-Hudaify, Imam of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, called “upon governments, organizations and scholars in the Islamic world to extend support for campaigns protesting the sacrilegious attacks on the Prophet.” The Saudi-controlled Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) initiated and coordinated Muslim rioting worldwide after the Danish Muhammad cartoon publications.
The Europeans, however, turned a blind eye. And as for handling Muslims suspected of terrorism, a Belgian police expert was quoted in February 2014, Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Terrorism report, saying that the critical elements of a successful counter-Islamic terrorism strategy include “the empathy one has to entertain with the subject at hand…This empathy has to start with real knowledge of the ‘other’, first empirically, then scientifically, and has to build upon the units’ contacts in the field. The approach has to be based on neurons, not hormones. Herein probably resides the real Belgian specificity when dealing with jihadi terrorism.”
Similar Stockholm Syndrome-like attitudes are prevalent in European law enforcement and security agencies, not to mention politicians, academicians, and the media.
Decades of supporting politically and financially Palestinian terrorist groups, which began by submission to their blackmail, distorted Europeans views and impaired their ability to identify the rise of radical Islam.
Keffiyeh-clad Middle Easterns were automatically viewed as freedom- fighters against the Israeli occupation. Attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets helped sustain the illusion that Muslim terrorists will not attack Europe. Now, similar looking Middle Easterns, are terrorizing Europe to advance the Islamic caliphate.
The European submission to sharia dictates, failure to understand the danger of genocidal Sunni and Shiite ideologies alike, and eagerness to compromise should worry all freedom-loving, self-respecting nations. Allowing millions of real and pretending Muslim refugees to European cities already compromised by radical Islam, overwhelms all European institutions and seriously threatens Europe, the U.S., and the rest of world.
Could Europe get its act together before it’s too late?
Rachel Ehrenfeld @ Herald de Paris
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