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Hello!

Before starting with the topic of Political Islam, which is quite controversial, I’d like to create a peaceful space where the readers and contributors can get to know and understand each other better. This space will be called the Smoking Room. Psychologists say communication in the Internet lacks a very important factor: the body language. We can’t see reach other’s posture and facial expression. This, together with the fact that participants of an Internet discussion hardly know each other, creates a tendency to perceive any statements in more negative light. So I think it’s good, before discussing some hot topics, simply to get to know each other.

Who Am I?

I was born in the county which doesn’t exist now, the USSR. I moved to Eastern Europe about 3 years ago. I am over 40 years old, I work as a freelance translator, I am married, I like travelling and reading science fiction and fantasy.

As to my views, I think there are no evil people, but there are people who are not very smart. They all want to be happy, but often do things that bring pain to others and themselves. And following harmful ideas can bring very bad results. However everyone, regardless race, gender, religion or whatever, has the same potential for developing and improving.

Am I biased in some ways? Yes, of course. Show me someone who is not. Anyone’s views are strongly influenced by the person’s background and life experience.

Am I able to change my views? Yes. For example, my worldview has changed quite a lot when I discovered that under the clothes all people are still naked:0).

Who Are You?

If you are reading these words, it means you, unlike 750 million people in the world, can read and write, unlike 60% of the world population, you have a computer and access to the Internet, and you also have free time for spending it here. Besides, if English is not your native language, then you know at least one foreign language.

So it seems we have quite a lot in common. We don’t have to agree with each other, the world would be very boring if everyone had the same ideas, but we can make an effort to understand each other’s point of view.

The Smoking Room Rules

Now I am going to impose some rules. But please, don’t worry: these rules will be applied to only one person – to myself. I promise to count to 10 before replying, to do my best trying to understand the other person, and react to any statement starting rather with “Yes” than with “No”, at least in my thoughts:0). I am going to abstain from arguing, and only ask questions trying to clarify things I don’t know or don’t understand. So whatever heated discussions we might have outside the Smoking Room, everyone is always welcome to come and sit here, have a cigar, a sip of cognac (or a glass of water if you are abstinent for whatever reasons), and relax chatting about whatever comes to your mind.

Life of Muhammad 11

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Mohammed and the Unbelievers, which is an abridged version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sira. It skips poetry, avoids too many foreign names, and uses a modern language.

THE FIRST CONVERT

I156 Mohammed’s wife, Khadija, was the first convert. From the first she encouraged him, believed him. She knew him to be of good character and did not think him to be deceived or crazy.

Soon he stopped hearing voices or seeing visions and became depressed and felt abandoned. Then his visions started again and said:

93:1 By the brightness of the noonday sun and by the night at its darkest, your Lord has not forgotten you, and He does not hate you.

93:4 Certainly the future will be better than the past, and in the end your Lord will be generous to you, and you will be satisfied.

Then Mohammed began to tell others who were close to him of his visions.

Life of Muhammad 10

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Mohammed and the Unbelievers, which is an abridged version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sira. It skips poetry, aviods too many foreign names, and uses a modern language.

THE FIRST DAYS OF BEING A PROPHET

CHAPTER 3

4:13 These are the limits set up by Allah. Those who obey Allah and His Messenger will be led into the Gardens watered by flowing rivers to live forever. This is the ultimate reward! But those who disobey Allah and His Messenger and go beyond His limits will be led into the Fire to live forever, and it will be a humiliating torment!

I150 Mohammed would take month-long retreats to be alone to perform the Quraysh religious practices. After the retreat, he would circumambu­late (circle the Kabah) and pray.

I152 At the age of forty, Mohammed began to have visions and hear voices. His visions were first shown to him as bright as daybreak dur­ing his sleep in the month of Ramadan. Mohammed said that the angel Gabriel came to him with brocade embroidered with writing and com­manded him to read. “What shall I read?” The angel pressed him and said, “Read.” Mohammed said again, “What shall I read?” The angel pressed him again tightly and again commanded, “Read!” Again the reply, “What shall I read?”

The angel said:

96:1 Recite: In the name of your Lord, Who created man from clots of blood.
96:3 Recite: Your Lord is the most generous, Who taught the use of the pen, and taught man what he did not know.

T11501 Mohammed awoke from his sleep. Now, Mohammed hated ec­static poets and the insane. His thoughts were that he was now either a poet or insane, that which he hated. He thought to kill himself by jump­ing off a cliff. So off he went to do just that. Half-way up the hill, he saw a being. “Mohammed,” it said, “thou art the Apostle of Allah and I am Gabriel.” He gazed at the angel and no matter which way he turned his head the vision was before his eyes. Mohammed stood and watched for a long time.

I153 He went back home to his wife, Khadija, and told her he was either crazy or a poet. She replied that he was neither, that perhaps the vision was true; he was a good man, and Allah would not play tricks on him. She was elated and said she thought him to be a prophet and set off to tell her Christian cousin about the visions.

T1150 When she told her cousin what Mohammed had said, he replied that this was wonderful news. He was sure the angel was Gabriel of the Torah (Old Testament) and that Mohammed was a prophet. She returned and told Mohammed what he had said. Mohammed felt better and went to the Kabah to pray. Khadija’s Christian cousin, Waraqa, found him there and had him repeat his story. Waraqa agreed that surely Mohammed was a prophet.

Mohammed’s visions, dreams, and voices were called revelations. A great many of these revelations were expressed in poetry that was eas­ily memorized and recited. The recitations (Koran means recitation) were recorded and slowly grew into the complete Koran over the next twenty-three years.

Islamic Saturation of Countries: A Critical Point

Abstract

Not many people know that, among others, North Africa used to be Christian, Afghanistan Buddhist, and Pakistan Hindu. The main cause for indigenous civilizations to disappear in today’s Muslim countries was not war-conflicts, but gradual enforcement of Islamic law – Sharia.

Our study evaluates the process by which the political doctrine of Islam grows from a minority into a dominating majority by saturating the host population. The Islamic saturation causes a decline of the original host (non-Muslim) civilization defined as a set of cultural, political and moral values. They are gradually replaced by those promoted and enforced by Political Islam (Sharia) and become eventually extinct.

According to the research, all it takes to irreversibly change the direction of society is a committed 10% of population resistant to external influences. Once reached, the idea of the minority will eventually become the prevailing opinion of the entire group.

Historical data suggests that without violence or external forces, no countries recovered from becoming completely Islamized after crossing this critical point of 10%.

We used this critical point as a metric for the saturation speed and applied mathematical modeling validated on historical data to predict near future of a few European countries.

Our study shows that throughout history reaching the critical point of 10% Muslim population took about 100 years. Nowadays this trend is 2.3 times faster.

We conclude that Countries with Muslim community around 5% (Germany, Belgium, UK, Sweden and The Netherlands) are going to reach this point in 7-17 years from today. Recent mass immigration excluded. France has already reached this critical point around 2011.

Our knowledge of the doctrine of Political Islam agrees with its observed macroscopic tendencies towards non-Muslim civilizations.

We suggest a way of preventing such a repeat of history – the key is understanding the principles of Political Islam and its risks to non-Muslim as well as to Muslim societies.

Read more here: https://whaticando.today/study.pdf

Hadith: Obligation of Jihad 16

The Hadith series is based on Bill Warner’s book The Political Traditions of Mohammed – The Hadith for Unbelievers. It is a compilation of all the Hadith (Traditions) related to non-Muslims. The Political Traditions of Mohammed contains both sets of Islamic ethics – one for the Muslim and one for the unbelievers.

Chapter 2 Jihad

All the Kafirs who fight against jihad are doomed to burn in Hell for defend¬ing their culture and civilization.
B4,52,72 Mohammed told us that Allah revealed to him that “any holy warrior killed will go to Paradise.” Umar asked the prophet, “Is it true that Muslims killed in battle will go to Paradise and Kafirs who are killed in battle will go to Hell?” Mohammed said, “Yes.”

Life of Muhammad 9

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Mohammed and the Unbelievers, which is an abridged version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sira. It skips poetry, aviods too many foreign names, and uses a modern language.

MONOTHEISM IN ARABIA

I144 The Arabs referred to monotheism as Hanifiya and to those who were monotheists as Hanifs. The strongest strain of monotheism by far was represented by the Jews. After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans as a result of the Jewish Zealots’ rebellion, Jews dispersed throughout the Middle East, and there was a strong presence of Jews in Arabia. A few lo­cal Arabs were Christians, but the type of Christianity in the area of Mecca was unorthodox, with a trinity of God, Jesus, and Mary.

I144 Jews and Christians were “People of the Book.” Since there was no book yet published in Arabic, this distinction was a strong one; all the sources of the Arabic religions were found in oral tradition and custom. The Meccans were aware of the Jewish Abrahamic account. Mecca was a long way from Syria where Abraham dwelt, but the Meccans claimed Abraham and Ishmael had built the Kabah in ancient times.

I144 At this time there was a monotheistic pull away from the ancient Arabic tribal religions with their local gods, all with different areas of influence in the world, but there was a tolerance for different religious beliefs. Often families in the same clan would include different deities in their worship. These other deities might be brought into the home by mar­riage outside the clan or tribe.

I144 There were a very few Christian Meccans. One of them went to Constantinople and served the emperor. Another later became a Muslim and then emigrated to Ethiopia where he converted back to Christianity.

I144-149 One monotheist, Zayd, was very interesting. He abandoned all religion and then created his own monotheistic religion. His prayers and rituals were a fusion of Judaic theology and tribal rituals, including prostrations and the use of the Kabah for a prayer focus. He said that Abraham prayed facing the Kabah. He publicly attacked and condemned his tribal members for their beliefs, and he condemned any form of worship of any god except the One-God. He submitted to the unnamed One-God. The One-God was to be feared, heaven was a garden, and infi­dels would burn in Hell. Much of his poetry used the same language as the Koran. He referenced his worship to the Jewish patriarchs, as they were pure in their worship. Mohammed recognized Zayd as a precursor.

Life of Muhammad 8

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Mohammed and the Unbelievers, which is an abridged version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sira. It skips poetry, aviods too many foreign names, and uses a modern language.

REBUILDING THE KABAH

I122 When Mohammed was about thirty-five, the Quraysh religious leaders decided to rebuild the Kabah. It had been rebuilt several times before, but until then it had never had a roof and some religious objects inside had been stolen. One of the suspected thieves had his hand cut off and was banished from Mecca.

I123 A roof would make it more secure but would require wood, and wood was in short supply in Mecca. As luck would have it, a Greek ship had been driven ashore near Mecca, which is close to the Red Sea. The timbers of the ship would become the timbers and decking of the Kabah’s first roof.

I124 To put on a roof, it was necessary to demolish the walls and re­build them. Since the structure was old and shrouded in mystery, there was some anxiety about the demolition. But one of the Quraysh had the courage to start the task. With a brief prayer he removed the first stone. Nothing happened and he proceeded to demolish two corners of the stone structure. At the end of the day the Quraysh who were watching decided that if he lived through the night the task had not offended any of the gods of the Kabah.

I125 In the morning they all returned to the task and soon the Kabah had been demolished down to the foundation. Each clan fell to the task of collecting more stones so that the new Kabah would provide more sup­port for its new roof. Once the new stone structure was completed, only one job remained: the ritual task of installing the Black Stone.

I125 Which clan would be privileged to install the most sacred part of the Kabah? The clans argued for days; bloodshed was threatened. They gathered at the grounds to settle the issue. One of the elders of the Quraysh suggested they let the next man who came through the door decide which of the clans should install the Black Stone. It was agreed and the next man through the door was Mohammed.

I125 Mohammed made a decision that would have pleased Solomon. He had them spread a cloak on the ground and place the Black Stone in the middle of it. Each clan had one of its members grasp the hem of the cloak and lift the stone into place; so the Stone was installed. Another small feud was avoided and, even better, everyone was happy. The carpenter who was a Copt (Egyptian) took the timbers from the Greek ship and built the first roof for the Kabah.

Life of Muhammad 7

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Mohammed and the Unbelievers, which is an abridged version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sira. It skips poetry, aviods too many foreign names, and uses a modern language.

CHAPTER 2 EARLY LIFE

3:131 Obey Allah and His messenger so that you may receive mercy.

I130-136,1501 The Sira says that Christians and Jews knew from their scriptures that Mohammed was coming, but these scriptures are unknown to them. Not only the monotheists but many Arab mystics and soothsayers are said to have prophesied the coming of Mohammed. According to the Sira all the religious world was waiting for Mohammed, and he was the fulfillment of all scriptures. Islam gives him a perfect lineage that goes back to Abraham of the Jews and from there back to Adam.

Ishaq’s Sira repeatedly claims the conception, pregnancy, birth, and early childhood of Mohammed were all miraculous events, foreshadowing his recognition as prophet of all the world.

Miracles and noble lineage were standard fare for that time. In truth, very little is known of Mohammed’s life before he was a grown man. The miracle stories were first recorded two hundred years after his death, and the Koran says he never worked any miracles. The later the history is recorded, the higher the number of miracles it contains. The number of miracles included in a text is a good indicator of when it was written.