Archive for the ‘In Their Own Words’ Category
“Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.”
– Yasser Arafat
In: In Their Own Words
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.
“For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
– Zahir Muhsein
Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member
March 31, 1977 in Dutch newspaper Truow
In: In Their Own Words
“We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. … I say, let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant…”
– Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
In: In Their Own Words · Tagged with: Iran
“There is no dialogue between us [and Jews] except by the sword and the rifle.”
– Sheik Yousef al-Qaradhawi, Islamic scholar affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood
In: In Their Own Words · Tagged with: Muslim Brotherhood
“We are not fighting you so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you.”
– Hussein Massawi, former leader of Hezbollah
In: Geopolitics, In Their Own Words
“Islam is not only a religion, it is a complete way of life. Islam guides Muslims from birth to grave. The Quran and prophet Muhammad’s words and practical application of Quran in life cannot be changed.
“Islam is a guide for humanity, for all times, until the day of judgment. It is forbidden in Islam to convert to any religion. The penalty is death. There is no disagreement about it.
“Islam is being embraced by people of other faiths all the time. They should know they can embrace Islam, but cannot get out. This rule is not made by Muslims; it is the supreme law of [Allah].
“Please do not ask us Muslims to pick some rules and disregard other rules. Muslims are supposed to embrace Islam in its totality.”
– Nazra Quraishi, kindergarten teacher in the Lansing State Journal (Mich.) July 5, 2006
In: In Their Own Words · Tagged with: Islam
“The Taliban will always remain in Afghanistan, and Pakistan will always support them.”
– Gen. Hameed Gul, former Director of Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service
In: Geopolitics, In Their Own Words · Tagged with: ISI, Pakistan, Taliban
Came across this 2004 article by Christopher Hitchens while studying the United States’ dealings with pirates (emphasis mine):
America’s two main diplomats at the time  were John Adams in London and Jefferson in Paris. Together they called upon Ambassador Abdrahaman, the envoy of Tripoli in London, in March 1786. This dignitary mentioned a tariff of three payments–for the ransom of slaves and hostages, for cheap terms of temporary peace and for more costly terms of “perpetual peace.” He did not forget to add his own commission as a percentage. Adams and Jefferson asked to know by what right he was exacting these levies. The U.S. had never menaced or quarreled with any of the Muslim powers. As Jefferson later reported to the State Department and Congress, “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners.”
“These are foundational ideas from the Islamic institution of jihad—the war Islam has waged by military and propagandistic and economic means since its advent— to Islamize the globe,” writes Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Jihad, in an email discussion today.
“Sura 9 of the Koran is nothing more than a series of timeless war proclamations against all the world’s non-Muslims.” continues Bostom. “Add these Koranic injunctions to the Koranic commentaries, the canonical hadith collections, the biographies of Muhammad, and the Muslim jurisprudence–not to mention over a millennium of facts on the ground history– and these sources and historical evidence make plain that the Muslim Tripolitan Ambassador was entirely correct.” (emphasis mine)
Bostom covers this topic extensively in a 2006 post at FrontPage Magazine that is a must-read.
In: In Their Own Words, Religion · Tagged with: Barbary Wars, Islam, John Adams, pirates, Thomas Jefferson
“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”
– Ayatollah Khomeini
In: In Their Own Words · Tagged with: Ayatollah Khomenei, Islam
Although President Obama claims that Muslims have a rich history and have made wonderful contributions to human civilization, they are notably absent in the field of music. Wonder why?
Because Islam’s foundational texts expressly and repeatedly forbid music. From the Hadith:
“Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of Ignorance.”
“On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”
“Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”
“This community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”
“From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk (by men), the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful…. Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection.”
Over the last 14 centuries, there have surely been musicians and composers that happened to be Muslim. But an objective reading of the Qur’an and Hadith shows that music is forbidden and they have done so despite Islam, not because of it.