In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
STATISTICS BY BILL WARNER
NONIE DARWISH, in her book Cruel And Usual Punishment (p. 197) notes from statistics “brilliantly compiled by Bill Warner, the director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam.”
There is no “politics” in Islam; “politics” and Islam are incompatible. Whereas in “politics” the end is justified by any means, in Islam the end is justified only through righteous means. Nonie Darwish notes that:
(a) Mr. Warner revealed that “at least 75 percent of the Sunnah (life of Muhammad) is about jihad.”
Response: Did Mr. Warner also “reveal” that from day one of his mission till shortly before his death –nearly twenty-three grueling years– the Prophet and Muslims were under the threat of annihilation? Where then is the problem if the Qur’an and hadith are about armed jihad? I would like to know which people under the threat of annihilation would not be occupied with strategies to defeat the enemy but would worry about the futures of pork-bellies and soya-beans.
JIHAD is the “striving” against evil and for truth and justice; and takes several forms (1) to strive against our low desires (such as greed, selfishness, covetousness, jealousy, vanity, pride); (2) to strive against evil temptations (such as to commit a sin or a wrong against someone); (3) to speak out against an injustice; (4) to finance or take up arms against the occupier/usurper, oppressor; (5) to strive with the Qur’an against falsehood; this form of Jihad is known as “Jihad kabiran”–the mighty striving–(Qur’an 25:52); perhaps because the worst form of bondage is bondage of the intellect).
(b) Mr. Warner “revealed,” “About 67 percent of the Qur’an written in Mecca is about the unbelievers or politics. Of the Qur’an of Medina, 51 percent is devoted to the unbelievers.”
Response: Weren’t the people of Makkah and Madinah “unbelievers” to whom the Qur’anic message was to be delivered to first for their reformation? Why then should these verses not be about them? When the President of America delivers his State of the Union address who does he direct it to, the Incas? When Jesus preached to whom did he direct his message? In fact Jesus was so tribal/centralized that he ordered that his message be not given to the Gentile “dogs” and “swine” (which includes you, Nonie Darwish) and he even preached in “parables” so these “dogs” and “swine” (you again) would not understand and be converted and saved).
(c) Mr. Warner “revealed,” “Religion is the smallest part of Islamic foundational texts.”
Response: Mr. Warner needs to know the Islamic concept of religion. Religion in Islam is a complete way of life –personal, moral, social, intellectual and spiritual. There is no separating one from the other. Thus “religion” in Islam is not “part.” It is total.
(d) Mr. Warner “revealed” “even hell is political. There are 146 references to hell in the Qur’an. Only 6 percent of those in hell are there for moral failings, such as murder or theft, The other 94 percent in hell are for the intellectual sin of disagreeing with Mohammed, a political crime.” Hence, Islamic hell is a political prison for those who speak against Islam.””
Response: Aren’t individuals who refused to fight in a war court-martialed for the “intellectual sin” of disagreeing with the U.S. government? Aren’t certain individuals who have “political” beliefs/views that are contrary to government(s) kept under surveillance and even jailed for their “intellectual sin”? (Go talk to anti-Apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and his late brother-in-cause Steve Biko and to world famous peace-activist Jaggie Singh as well as to those demonstrators in 1992 Los Angeles who were protesting the building of a roadway and to the many Muslims who are mere “suspects” held without charge or trial).
And which teachings of the Qur’an can you (and your helpers) contradict? Detail them. There is no teaching of the Qur’an that anyone can surpass so as to “speak against” it. Thus if you cannot exceed or equal the Qur’an what excuse do you have for not accepting and following it? And if you transgress it why aren’t you deserving of hell?If you are caught transgressing the law of America wouldn’t you suffer for your transgression?
There is no “intellectuality” in worshipping idols –objects that can confer no benefit or effect any harm; objects fashioned by one’s own hand. There is no “intellectuality” in following books and/or man that does not give all details over one that gives all details. There is no “intellectuality” in subjugating ones-self to doctrines that are repugnant to reason.
The Islamic HELL is not a torture chamber of a vengeful God. Hell is a reformatory for the sinners to condition them for suitability into the higher plane of life. If earthly man in order to survive on distant planets must equip himself with specialized equipment, then similarly, to exist in the spiritual realm man must possess spiritual qualities. He can acquire those qualities on earth by following Divine instructions or –like gold being made pure of dross– be put through the purifying process of Hell. In the Hereafter we will be given new bodies–(Qur’an 56:60-61).
If the “Islamic hell is a political prison for those who speak against Islam.” For what reason did Jesus profile Jews and consign them to hell? Jesus also lambasted and consigned the disbelieving people of Chorazin, Capernaum and Bethsaida because they would not accept him; in fact according to Jesus the people of Tyre and sidon and Sodom would fare better than the Chorazites and Capernites and Bethsaites on Judgment Day–(Matt. 23:31-38; 11:20-24).
Jesus also charged: “He that is not with me is against me” even though they may be neutral and even though they may do all the good and no evil, but just because they do not believe in him–(Matt. 12:30). Jesus even hurled those into hell who say “thou fool” (unless they repent): “whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire”–(Matt. 5:22). Though he himself calls the Jews “fools”: “Ye fools and blind”–(Matt. 23:17, 19).
And the Biblical God sent “beasts” etc; to savage Jeshurun and children, and even the “suckling,” for their false worship and He commands that those who go after unknown Gods to be killed; thus, according to Bill Warner’s “brilliancy” the Biblical God (and as Christians say that Jesus is God then Jesus) had/have people killed “for the intellectual sin of disagreeing with” Him (and for even being neutral), “a political crime.”(Deut. 32:15-25; 13:5-16; 17:2-5).
There are various reasons why a person will go to HELL. The chief reason being, even if he/she does all the good and no evil, because of his/her disavowing his/her belief in Allāh, God, and turning to disbelief –in the human sphere when one party does not honor his contract they usually end up in court where judgment is given against the defaulting party. Before we were sent into the world we made a covenant with Allāh that He is our Lord (and He sent prophets to remind/guide us): “And when thy Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their loins, their descendants, and made them bear witness about themselves: Am I not your Lord? They said: Yes; we bear witness. Lest you should say on the day of Resurrection: We were unaware of this, Or (lest) you should say: Only our fathers ascribed partners (to Allah) before (us), and we were (their) descendants after them. Wilt Thou destroy us for what liars did?”–(Qur’an 7:172-173. Compare with Jeremiah 1:5 where God told him: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee”).
Muhammad Ali comments on the above verse from Allāh (Qur’an 7:172): “The verse does not mention the bringing forth of descendants from Adam, but from the children of Adam, and this seems clearly to refer to every human being as he comes into existence. The evidence is, therefore, that which human nature itself affords. It is, in fact, the same evidence which is elsewhere spoken of as being afforded by human nature as in “the nature made by Allah in which He has created men” (30:30).”
Hence, contrary to Mr. Bill Warner, “The other 94 percent (of people) in hell are” NOT there “for the intellectual sin of disagreeing with Mohammed, a political crime” and “for those who speak against Islam;” they are in Hell for their breaking their covenant with Allāh!
Mr. Bill Warner and you need to talk/write less and use your heads more, then you would not be making assinine statements against Islam and, worse, impaling your souls on the flames of Hell.