Ever since 9/11 American Muslims have been faced with a difficult choice–whether to support their country or the jihad launched by bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network.
The problem is that Islam demands total allegiance from its followers, even over nation and family. To do otherwise would be apostasy [or treason] and considered a capital offense. The fact that Muslims consider the Quran to be the words of God and Muhammad to be his personal messenger means that criticism of either is not allowed. The harshest punishments have been handed out to offenders in Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan [Blasphemy law 295C]. But any Muslim in the world is subject to reprisal by some Muslim zealot, a crime sanctioned by Islam.
Although most Muslims will not take up arms against the unbelievers, many do support the Islamic terrorists for carrying out the mandates of Islam. Those mandates include killing or subjugating all unbelievers and eventually establishing an Islamic government worldwide.
The Quran is filled with exhortations to destroy the unbelievers: “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home, an evil fate.” (Sura 9:73)
And this: ” Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous.” (Sura 9:123).
The pressure to comply is enormous. As we have seen recently, a few American Muslims have cracked under the pressure and crossed over. An example is the FBI agent who violated his oath of office and refused to spy on a terrorist because a Muslim doesn’t do that to another Muslim.
Then there is the American soldier in Kuwait who killed and wounded his fellow soldiers because he opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and it was his duty as a Muslim to side with his Muslim brothers in a war against the infidels.
And, of course, there is the case of the American soldiers serving as clerics and interpreters, who, it appears, may have aided the Muslim POWs in Guantanamo, Cuba.
A Muslim must support his faith or face the same dire fate as the unbelievers. That is why most American Muslims will not condemn bin Laden or other Muslim terrorists. They have, instead, opted to remain silent. Others have refused to condemn bin Laden or Al-Qaeda on national TV. By doing so, they have given their support to the religious war, declared by Muslims, and being waged against the “corrupting influence” of the unbelievers in the Middle East.
This is a zero sum game. There will be a winner and a loser. Nearly a hundred years ago an Iranian cleric, who fought against the secularization of Iran, made this point just before he was hanged. He said, ” Either this system must go or Islam will perish.”
The brutal nature of Islam and the fact that all Muslims are commanded by God to support Muslim wars against unbelievers should raise concerns about the potential terrorists living among us. To be a true Muslim and also support America in its war against the Muslim jihad is a contradiction. Just something to consider.