Regular readers of my posts know that my specialty is deliaring pious frauds. In the present case, two clues stand out from the beginning. First, the source: Common Ground News: the name implies the existence of common ground shared by Islam and Western Civilization where no common ground exists. The second clue is the French word in the title: it is impossible to re-establish cordial relations because only a state of war has existed since the foundation of Moe's war cult.
past"How many Ghazwat did the Prophet undertake?" Zaid replied, "Nineteen."[Sahih Bukhari 5.59.285] Visit Wikipedia's article on Moe's military career and view the list of battles in the right sidebar. Next, visit the Wikipedia article on Islamic conquests and view the map in the right sidebar. How was Islam established? "By Jihâd Islâm is established, Allâh’s Word is made superior, (His Word being Lâ ilaha illallâh which means none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and His Religion (Islâm) is propagated. "[Noble Qur'an footnote to 2:190] What is jihad? Al-Jihâd (holy fighting) in Allâh’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry); "Jihad means to war against non-Muslims"[Reliance of the Traveller O9.0]
presentThe Armenian genocide, attempted reconquest of Israel, Indian civil war, Lebanese civil war and subsequent terrorist attacks are ample evidence of the continuance of jihad.
futureI do not have a crystal ball, and I doubt that Mr. Bos has one, but we do have Islamic texts. Allah's jihad imperative against Jews & Christians, contained in Surah At-Taubah 29, is outcome oriented, with neither geographic nor chronological limits. Moe's oral tradition has a clue for us:
"jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal ".
[Sunan Abu Dawud14.2526] Of course, Sunan Abu Dawud is ranked third in authenticity; perhaps we should consult the most authentic hadith collection. "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."[Sahih Bukhari 4.52.177] "The Hour" refers to the day of judgment, when the gates of Paradise will swing open to Muslims. Perhaps Mr. Box will favor us with a comment elaborating on the "half truths" and "unsubstantiated claims", but I won't hold my breath waiting.
understanding of IslamExactly what is wrong with our "public understanding of Islam" that needs to be "reshaped"? Is it the infamous lie by President Bush that "Islam is a great religion of peace"? Is it his infamous lie that "Islam has been hijacked", or is it both?
common wordI have seldom seen such a slickly crafted and target rich fraud as the Ulema's missive to Christianity. My initial dissection ran to 45KB. I later created a separate blog, Go Burn With Muhammad, primarily to deliar it in detail.
relationships with MuslimsOur relationship with Muslims is prey:predator, nothing can change that objective factual reality. We do not have Muslim friends. Allah explicitly forbids friendly relations with Kuffar. This is one of nine explicit prohibitions: 5:51. O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliyâ' (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliyâ' to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliyâ', then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrongdoers and unjust).. The prohibition extends to parents & siblings[9:23].
face, not factsStare into the eyes of a photograph of Usama bin Ladin or Nidal Malik Hasan. How do their visages force you to re-examine your positionon Islam?
The assertion is so absurd on its face as to require no elaboration.