You know, I hate to write about the same old subject over and over, but I will continue to do so as long as the airheads out there continue to see Islam as "just another religion" or, as I like to say Presbyterians with turbans. I will continue to do so as long as this elusive "moderate" majority of Muslims continues to remain invisible and mute while unspeakable acts are committed "in the name of the Allah." It's really pretty easy you know, one simply needs to read their own words and observe their actions to know their true nature. I have, on this site, proven this time and time and time again. I have even gone to great lengths to detail my fears and the reasons for them.
Today, from the National Review website comes an informative article regarding the visit next week of Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayyis, the Saudi government appointed imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, to Canada. I realize that Islam does not have any central authority comparable to the Catholic Pope. I would have to assume, however, that since Mecca is the geographic center of Islam and this fellow is the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, he may be somewhat comparable to an Islamic "Pope." At the very least, I would say he is one of the most influential people in Islam and is a highly revered individual.
Now, you would think that, given his stature and influence, he would refrain from the incendiary rhetoric we have come to expect from the so-called "radical Islamists." Well, you would be wrong. In fact, his rhetoric is indistinguishable from the bin Ladens and al-Sadrs. An excerpt from the Article:
The themes of his sermons are characterized by confrontation toward non-Muslims. Al-Sudayyis calls Jews "scum of the earth" and "monkeys and pigs" who should be "annihilated." Other enemies of Islam, he says, are "worshippers of the cross" and "idol-worshipping Hindus" who should be fought. Al-Sudayyis has been consistent in calling for jihad in Kashmir and Chechnya, for Jerusalem to be liberated, and for the "occupiers in Iraq" to also be fought. He often claims that Islam is superior to Western culture.
At the Grand Mosque in Mecca on February 1, 2004, Sheikh Al-Sudayyis called on Muslims everywhere to unite to defeat the world's occupiers and oppressors. "History has never known a cause in which our religious principles, historical rights, and past glories are so clearly challenged.... The conflict between us and the Jews is one of creed, identity, and existence." He told those listening to "read history," in order "to know that yesterday's Jews were bad predecessors and today's Jews are worse successors. They are killers of prophets and the scum of the earth. Allah hurled his curses and indignation on them and made them monkeys and pigs and worshippers of tyrants. These are the Jews, a continuous lineage of meanness, cunning, obstinacy, tyranny, evil, and corruption...."
I read nothing about peace, it seems to me to be solely about mandatory Islamic hatred of Jews, Christians and Hindus. Here is some sections directly from his sermon on February 1, 2004 spewing classic Islamic Jew-hatred:
O Muslims, the Islamic nation today is at the peak of conflict with the enemies of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, with the grandsons of Bani-Quraydah, Al-Nadhir, and Qaynuqa [Jewish tribes in the early days of Islam]. May Allah's curses follow them until the Day of Judgment.
The nation must know that these are people with a disgraceful history and.... They want to establish the Greater Israel with Jerusalem as its capital. They also aspire to demolish the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged temple in its place. They want to liquidate the State of Islam and the Koran, and build the State of the Torah and Talmud on its debris. They will get what they deserve from Allah.... Our Al-Aqsa is crying out saying all mosques have been liberated, while I a great holy mosque am still being desecrated. Is the aspiration of over 1 billion Muslims to preserve their holy places [to be] considered savagery and terrorism? What a great lie, O Allah, O steadfast brothers in struggler and steadfast Palestine, the land of honor, loftiness, sacrifice, jihad, and bravery. The captivity of our Al-Aqsa in the hands of the tyrants makes us sleepless. May Allah please us with its liberation. Victory is coming soon, Allah willing.
....Here are the flags of victory looming on the horizon. We can smell it. It is crowned by a brave jihad, an intifada, which is still the winning card and the lit candle in the hands of the devout sons of this nation.... O nation of jihad and sacrifice, it is the duty of Muslims to support their brothers in creed in Palestine and elsewhere and to back them with material and moral support. Jihad with money sometimes supersedes jihad with soul, as mentioned in many Koranic verses and the prophet's traditions.
On May 31, 2002, he expounded upon the anti-Muslim plotting on the part the enemies of Muslims; Jews, Christians and Hindus:
Those whom Allah cursed, got angry with, and turned into monkeys and pigs, the tyrant worshippers among the Jewish aggressors and criminal Zionists. Their course is supported by the advocates of usury and worshippers of the Cross, as well as by those who are infatuated with them and influenced by their rotten ideas and poisonous culture among the advocates of secularism and Westernization.... The enemies of Muslims among the atheists insist on their arrogance and aggression against our people and our holy places in Chechnya? The idol-worshipping Hindus indulge in their open hatred against our brothers and holy places...in Muslim Kashmir, threatening an imminent danger and a fierce war in the whole Indian sub-continent?... O Allah, support our brother Mujahedeen for your sake and the oppressed everywhere. O Allah, support them in Palestine, Kashmir, and Chechnya. O Allah, we ask you to support our Palestinian brothers in Palestine against the aggressor Jews and usurper Zionists. O Allah, the Jews have oppressed, terrorized, and indulged in tyranny and corruption. O Allah, deal with them for they are within your power.
Again, I fail to find any mention of peace. In fact, the only major religious group that escapes his condemnation is Buddhism and I would suspect that was an inadvertent omission rather than an act of tolerance.
So, call me a bigot, call me paranoid, call me an Islamophobe. Just be sure to call me when you find any substantial evidence of moderation or even a sliver of tolerance in Islam, for try as I may, I cannot find it.