What you read below was taken mostly from an article written by Captain Wayne Bley, Chaplain, USN, Ret. Our local newspaper would not print this article. The truth must be understood though and what you find below will give us much in the way of truth. You can follow the links to the sources of this information. Thank you.
Some wonder at the concern with Islam. Many claim it is a peaceful religion. The reason for concern is not just Al Qeada. It is not simply a matter of a religion born by Muhammad. It is not a simple matter of permitting another group to believe in the god they choose. The challenge is the totality of the belief system itself. Below is an article written by Wayne A. Bley, a friend and fellow Navy retiree. Wayne wrote this for FrontLine magazine. This was first published in their March/April 2011 issue. Both Retired Captian Bley and FrontLine have given permission for this re-print. Wayne was a Navy chaplain for over 30 years. He has been working in the National Security arena since 9/11, focusing on the issue of Islam as a threat to the US interests domestically and internationally. Currently he is supporting the Department of Defense. Part one will identify Islam, part two will document its global strategy. We would do well to heed the ambition expressed in this comment; “My dream is that the USA will become an Islamic nation by the year 2000.” This was spoken by the vice president of the Islamic College in Chicago in 1997. Our own president has claimed that the USA began as a Muslim nation.
“Since 9/11 there have been over 20,000 terrorist attacks around the world.[i] In addition, many hundreds of attacks have been interdicted in the planning phase or were found and cleared after being emplaced but before they could be activated. The number of Christians in Iraq has decreased from over 1.5 million before 1991 Iraq war to less than 400,000 today, and the number is rapidly decreasing.[ii] Why? Is there a common denominator? Yes, Islam itself and Shari’ah Law.
“Contrary to what we hear in the news and most of what is defended by politicians and religious leaders, (and professors) Islam is not primarily a religion. Yes, there is a part of Islam that should be defined as a religion. However, it is estimated that only fifteen percent of Islam’s principle writings relate to the religious aspects of Islam or man’s relationship to Allah, while eighty-five percent relate to man’s political and interpersonal relations with other men (Muslims and non-Muslims). These writings include:
- Qur’an – direct uncreated revelation
- Tafsīr – commentary on the Qur’an
- Sïrah Rasïl Alläh – usual habits and practices of Muhammad or the biography of the Messenger
- Hadith – narration on the words and deeds of Muhammad
- Shari’ah jurisprudence – law of all Islamic lands
- Shari’ah policy – government policy in accordance with the goals and objectives of Shari’ah that in its widest sense applies to all government policies.
“A common proverb among the many ethnic communities of the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and the entire world of Islam provides insight into this phenomenon:
- Me against my brother.
- Me and my brother against my family.
- Me and my family against the clan.
- Me and my clan against the tribe.
- Me and my tribe against the nation.
- Me and my sect against the hypocrite and the apostate.
- Me and the Ummah against America, the West, and all the infidels.
“The Ummah is the global community of Muslims, regardless of where they live. For a Muslim, the concept of community first relates to Islam. That is, a Muslim’s first allegiance is to Islam and the Ummah. This means that for a Muslim, allegiance to Islam comes vefore allegiance to the country in which he lives, unless the country is an Islamic country governed by Shari’ah Law. Thus as a matter of definition we must understand that:
- Islam is not just a religion, but a “complete way of life governed by Islamic Law (Shari’ah)” and
- Islam is a political, economic, military, social, cultural, family, and religious system where theology is subordinate to the requirement to adhere to the Shari’ah.
“The significance of this is captured in the constitutions of many of the Muslim majority countries. Within the first few phrases of these constitutions (e.g., Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan) there are phrases such as, “Islam is the official religion of the State, and it is a basic source of legislation,” and, “no law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam,”[iii] or “Islamic Shari’ah is the source of all legislation.”[iv] From the perspective of Islamic constitutional law, the inclusion of these statements at the very beginning of these documents cements the
primacy of settled Islamic Shari’ah Law over all other articles of the constitution. Thus, when we read these documents it is prudent to add the phrase “as defined in and not in contradiction to Shari’ah Law” to the end of each subsequent sentence. What is of great significance in this discussion is that the US Government led in the writing and approved the constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan.[v]
“During the writing and subsequent approval process of the constitutions for Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. established Shari’ah as the law of the land for these countries. This legal structure includes a unique and very different set of definitions for human rights. The US Bill of Rights is entirely unacceptable for a Muslim as a matter of legal or doctrinal precept within Islam. At the core, the US Bill of Rights and the UN Declaration of Human Rights are fundamentally incompatible with Muslim philosophy. In 1985 this conclusion was formally presented to the UN by Sa’id Raja’i-Khorassani, the permanent delegate to the United Nations from the Islamic Republic of Iran. He declared that, according to Amir Taheri, “The very concept of human rights was ‘a Judeo-Christian invention’ and inadmissible in Islam.”[vi] The reason? The Bible is the source text for the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights, and, according to Islam, the Bible is a corrupted text that has been completely abrogated by the Qur’an.
[ii] http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.on.verge.of.extinction.in.iraq.muslim.leader.warns/27025.htm; http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/23/iraq-christian-exodus-christmas; http://barnabasfund.org/US/Our-work/Our-current-projects/BF-Project-Countries/Iraq.html
[vi] Robert Spenser, “Khomeini in Dearborn,” FrontPageMagazine.com, 17 November 2004, at URL: http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=10538.