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.
ISLAM & THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
1. NONIE DARWISH, an apostate from Islam to Christianity, notes in her book Now They Call Me Infidel that The U.S. Declaration of Independence says that “all Men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness;” and that in America “your human rights are not granted to you by the president or Congress, but by your Creator, whomever you may believe that to be.” (p. 126).
Response: His Holy Highness, Allāh, tells us this more than a thousand years before the U.S. Constitution–(Qur’an 23:12-14; 30:30; 95:4). His Holy Majesty also gave WOMEN rights alongside man from the cradle all the way to Jannah while the Twen-tieth century U.S. woman was burning her brassiere for equal rights with her “male chauvinist pig.”
That “All men are created equal,”
Your Jewish idols do not agree with that. Jewish hierarchy claims they are the “most superior of all races”1 (which means they are “superior” to you also).
And one time so-called “Israeli” leader, Ariel Sharon, is noted as having said: “Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.”2 (Hitler and Germany should be so blessed. Lest we forget!)
The Church/Christianity does not regard all men as being “created equal” viewing non-Jews as “dogs” and “swine” undeserving of the “children’s bread” and preaching in parables so these “dogs” and “swine” would not understand and be saved–(Matt. 7:6; 15:26; Mark 4:9-12).
In fact the Church/ Christianity does not even regard its own woman as equal with man (see APPENDIX I).
What about the “human rights” of the Muslims who are held/ jailed (and even “tortured”) without charge and those who are tried without seeing the evidence against them and/or facing their accusers?
What about the “human rights” of the Palestinians that the U.S. has trampled upon, stealing their lands –through diplomatic thuggery at the U.N.– and giving it to Jews?
Only the subjects of the U.S. are granted “human rights” by their “Creator”?
2. Nonie Darwish wrote: “Yes, there is separation of church and state, but if the day arrives when the church orders the murder of non-Christians, then I will be the first one to demand the removal of such a notorious commandment from Christian literature.” (Cruel And Usual Punishment, p. 228).
Response: Then go grab your bull-horn and jump onto the pad-dy wagon. Your Bible/son of God (and even God as Christians say that Jesus is God) already commands the killing of non-Christians: “He that is not with me is against me,” “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should rule over them, bring hither and slay them before me”–(Matt. 12:30; Luke 19:27).
In fact, your Bible/God not only commands the killing of non-followers, it has already massacred them, and even animals, just to take their lands and their little “virgin” PREPUBESCENT GIRLS AS SEX SLAVES:
“Speak not in thine heart…saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee…”–(Deut. 9:4-7).
“When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it…thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them, thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them”–(Deut. 7:1-2. See Josh. 12:1-6).
“And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the Lord your God hath delivered them into your hand;” “and Joshua called for all the men of Israel…Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings… And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees.” “So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded…And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel;” “And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword”–(Joshua 10:19, 24, 26, 40-42; 6:21. Read Joshua chs. 10-12; Numbers 21:24, 35; 31:17-18; Deut. 20:16-17; 1 Sam. 15:2-3, for slaughters by Joshua, Moses, and Saul).
“Then the Lord spake unto Moses, saying…And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses, and they slew ALL THE MALES….And they brought the CAPTIVES and the prey and the spoil to Moses, and Eleazar… And Moses said unto them…Now therefore kill every MALEamong the LITTLE ONES (of the captives), and kill EVERY WOMAN who hath known man by lying with him, but ALL THE WOMEN CHILDREN,that have not known a man by lying with him (virgin girls) KEEP ALIVE FOR YOURSELVES….and of WOMEN that had not known man by lying with him (virgin girls), were 32,000. And the half, which was the portion of them that went out to war, was…16,000 persons (virgin girls). And of the congregation’s half portion of these 16,000 virgin girls, 320 were given to the Levite priests, as “the Lord commanded Moses.” And the LORD’S TRIBUTE (of the (booty) was 675 sheep; 72 cattle; 61 donkeys; and 32 persons ….the men of war had taken SPOIL (BOOTY), EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF”–(Numbers 31:1-53. Surely, these 16,000 young “virgin” girls who were “booty’ were taken by the “warriors” not for ploughing fields. And the 320 given to the Levite priests could have hardly been for “altar”-girl service).
Significantly, there is no separation of Church and State in Christianity.
That Christ says to give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s, this is no indication of separation of Church and State; as the context shows, Christ was only exercising justice–(Matt. 22:17-21. It would have been interesting to note Jesus’ response if someone had said to him that since God is the Creator of all things even the coin bearing Caesar’s head and the metal from which the coin was minted belong to God).
If Christ was lording over America or any place else he would be governing by the Ten Commandments (or after the advent of the Prophet Mohammad he would be governing by the QUR'AN, the Book of “all truth” he foretold the COMFORTER would bring. And as the Qur’an is the Book of “all truth” the BIBLE which is not only devoid of “all truth” but has been adulterated is now OBSOLETE).
3. On p. 241 of her Cruel And Usual Punishment, Nonie Darwish charged:
(a) “What the West views as virtue, Islam views as an opportunity.”
Response: For instance? please give examples.
(b) While the West values assimilation, Islam values segregation.
Islam does not prohibit social intercourse with non-Muslims. Muslims do not have to engage in intoxicants, “parties” and illicit relations to be assimilated in society. If this is what you mean by assimilation there are, without doubt, Westerners who also avoid such activities. If you mean mode of dress, the British was in India for some two hundred years, find out how many English men wore kurta and dhoti and how many English women wore sari and lengha and shalwar kameez and urhni –hair veil–; the British was also in the middle East for nearly a hundred years, find out how many wore jubbah and keffayah.When you went to Egypt on your visit did you assimilate?
(c) While the West values freedom of speech, Islam prohibits asking questions.
Response: Being a DEMOCRACY Islam also values freedom of speech as evidenced during the Early Caliphate. Allāh and the Prophet exhort us to seek knowledge; and even from the cradle to the grave. It would be pointless for Allāh and the Prophet to impress on us to seek knowledge and yet bar us from “doubt, analysis, and thinking for” ourselves. There are several verses in the Qur’an in which Allāh calls on man to use his faculty of reasoning:
-“Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the best manner”–(Qur’an 16:125);
-“Do you enjoin men to be good and neglect your own souls while you read the Book? Have you then no sense?”–(2:44);
-“In the creation of the heavens and the earth and alternation of the night and the day, there are surely signs for men of understanding. Those who remember Allāh standing and sitting and (lying) on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth”–(3:189-190).
-“And certainly he (the devil) led astray numerous people from among you. Could you not then understand?”–(36:62);
-“And in the variation of the night and the day and (in) the sustenance which Allāh sends down from the heaven, then gives life thereby to the earth after its death, and (in) the changing of the winds, are signs for a people who understand”–(45:5);
-“And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allāh has revealed,” they say: “Nay, we follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even though their fathers had no sense at all, nor did they follow the right way”–(2:170);
-“And they say: had we but listened or pondered, we should not have been among the inmates of the burning Fire”–(67:10).
Those who do not use their faculty of reasoning are compared to animals:
-“And the parable of those who disbelieve is as the parable of one who calls out to that which hears no more than a call and a cry. Deaf, dumb, blind, so they have no sense”–(2:171);
-“They have hearts wherewith they understand not, and they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not. They are as cattle; nay, they are more astray”–(7:170);
-“Surely the vilest of beasts, in Allāh’s sight, are the deaf, the dumb, who understand not”–(8:22);
-“Or thinkest thou that most of them hear or understand? They are but as the cattle; nay, they are further astray from the path”–(25:44).
In his comprehensive work, The Religion Of Islam (available through www.muslim.org; in Arabic also), Muhammad Ali points out:
“The Qur’an does recognize revelation as a source of knowledge higher than reason (because Allāh, being Omniscient, His knowledge is beyond the realm of man’s mental capacity),but at the same time admits that the truth of the principles established by revelation may be judged by reason and denounces those who do not use their reasoning faculty. It also recognizes the necessity of the exercise of judgment in order to arrive at a decision: “But if any news of security or fear comes to them, they spread it abroad. And if they had referred it to the Messenger and to those in authority among them, those of them who can search out the knowledge of it would have known it”–(Qur’an 4:83. “The original word for the italicized portion is yastanbitun from istinbat which is derived from nabat al-bi’ra, meaning: “he dug out a well and brought forth water.” The istinbat of the jurist is derived from this, and it signifies the searching out of the hidden meaning by his ijtihad and is the same as istikhraj, i.e., analogical deduction (TA.).”). The verse recognizes the principle of the exercise of judgment which is the same as Ijtihad, and though the occasion on which it is mentioned is a particular one, the principle recognized is general. The exercise of judgment (ijtihad) is recognized in Tradition (of the Prophet) as the means by which a decision may be arrived at when there is no direction in the Qur’an or Tradition. The following tradition is regarded as the basis of Ijtihad in Islam: “On being appointed Governor of Yaman, Mu’adh was asked by the Prophet as to the rule by which he would abide. He replied, ‘By the law of the Qur’an.’ ‘But if you do not find any direction therein,’ asked the Prophet. ‘Then I will act according to the practice (Sunnah) of the Prophet,’ was the reply, ‘But if you do not find any direction therein,’ he was again asked. ‘Then I will exercise my judgment (ajtahidu) and act on that,’ came the reply. The Prophet raised his hands and said: ‘Praise be to Allāh Who guides the messenger of His Apostle as He pleases’”–(Abu Dawud 23:11). This tradition shows not only that the Prophet approved of the exercise of judgment, but also that his Companions were well aware of the principle, and that reasoning or exercise of judgment by others was freely resorted to when necessary, even in the Prophet’s lifetime.” (pp. 98-99).
The following reference notes that Islam teaches that “Learning is a treasure-house. Its key is questioning: (Abu Naeem) MM1-361-112 W.” (i.e. Mishkat Misabih, Vol. 1, p.361, #112W). That Islam prohibits asking questions is an exposure of one’s sheer ignorance of Islam.
(d) While the west advocates pacifism, Islam calls for war.
Response: Balderdash. Islam prohibits all aggression and requires Muslims to make peace even in the face of possible deception by the enemy. If the West advocates pacifism, why then is the “West” still arming itself beyond her head? Why not lead by example? The “West” wants to render the world, especially Muslims, docile and pacifistic so she can run around the world like a “wild ass of a man” overthrowing governments and controlling other people’s lands and lives and resources to safeguard its “interest.” (The West can have “interest” in other people’s country; the people cannot have “interest” in their own country. Let’s see you and the West accept this crud for yourselves). There is no militancy in Islam; there is no pacifism either; there is the noble Jihad when needed. The West wants others to be “pacifist” so she can lord, and lord easily, over them.
(e) While the West respects all religions, Islam advocates killing or subjugating those who believe in other religions.
Response: Double balderdash! Allāh raised prophets among all people and gave them rites and ceremonies, prohibits compulsion, and declares that all religions are for Him. Allāh gave man the liberty to follow what he chooses; and it is because of this freedom he/she will be made to account for following and attributing falsehood to Him. And He requires us to govern by reason–(Qur’an 16:125; Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Blind faith is no passport to Paradise: Reason is the door to God!)
These alleged Islamic opposites of the “West” are the terms of Christianity, as verified by her history and scripture. (See APPENDIX II).
Contrary to your wild claim. Western culture and political institutions” are not based on “Judeo-Christian ethics and values.” They are based on secularism.
The Judaic idea that they are God’s “chosen people” to the exclusion of others, that relegates woman to a life of servitude and her daughter into bondage and enslaves “heathen,” and the Christian ideas that non-Jews are “dogs” and “swine,” regards woman as a mere object for sex and a “defiler” and betrayer of man, encourages lies in all avenues to avoid being thrown in jail by the “adversary,” and promote backwardness cannot produce institutions based on “ethics and values.” They are themselves devoid of “ethics and value.”
It is Islam that has “ethics and value.”
In fact, not even Christian nations find anything useful in the Bible. That is why they had to torpedo it and turn to Islamic lines so they could make material progress. Glory, Praise, and thanks to Allāh for sending us Mohammad!
4. Nonie Darwish: “Western culture has produced the most humane, fair, and equal system of government and most pros-perous society ever in the history of man.” (Cruel And Usual Punishment, p. 242)
Response: This is why honest and decent citizens have to hide in gated communities with rocket-launchers etc; while criminals roam free; where relatives of murdered victims have to pay for the upkeep of their killers, even though these relatives might have barely enough for themselves.
-Government(s) that has two sets of laws –one for the diplomatic elite (diplomatic immunity) and one for others– could hardly be trumpeted as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
-Government(s) that steals Palestinians' land and gave it to Jews could hardly be crowned as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
-Government(s) that overthrows other people’s government (as noted on the Internet) –Hawaii; Cuba; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Nicaragua; Honduras; Iran; Guatemala; South Vietnam; Chile; Grenada; Panama; Afghanistan; Iraq– and try to control their lands and resources could hardly be crowned as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
-Government(s) that engage in, or aid or abet, torture –water-boarding etc; and the disgraceful Abu Ghraib tortures in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba– could hardly be praised as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
-Government(s) that jails people –and even mere suspects– without charge and/or trial and/or without seeing their accuser and evidence against them could hardly be labeled as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
-Government(s) that ravage and devastate other people’s lives and lands –Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya-Ingushetia, Dagestan– in their quest for world domination/ hege-mony could hardly be touted as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
-Government(s) that enforces U.N. Resolutions against one country and not against others could hardly be esteemed as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
-Government(s) that takes the right to have whatever tech-nology and armaments it chooses and dictates what others are not to have can hardly be crowned as “the most humane, fair, and equal system.”
In fact such Government(s) can be said to be arrogant, hypocritical, tyrannical, and “Satanic”/evil.
Clearly, lofty words have lost their value in some culture and governments. And robbed of their worth by some individuals.
True, “western culture” have produced “prosperous society” (and Islamic culture prospered centuries while the West was still groping in darkness and in the field of nihility).
The “western culture” has also given us what may be said to be the worst destructions in the history of man –two World Wars; nuclear wipe-out of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and have stock-piled more conventional, nuclear and biological destroyers than there are people on the earth. And are now hustling against each other to weaponize the sky.
And we worry about the flu and West Nile virus.
5. Nonie Darwish: “If Muslim governments and citizens have access to build Mosques in America, then they must give the U.S. government and citizens the same access in their countries.” (Cruel And Usual Punishment, p. 250).
Response: A fair trade. Though it is NOT a “Christian” govern-ment but a Secular government that gives Muslims this “access.” Christians/Christianity, as her history and scripture attest, would not give Muslims (or any other) this right.
However, along with these same rights that you advocate that U.S. government and citizens are to receive, you are to equally advocate that the U.S. government and citizens give to Muslim governments and citizens the right to bomb America in turn, overthrow her government, conspire with others to carry out clandestine activities against her (as in her conspiring with Britain and overthrowing Iran’s Mossadegh government), and to control her resources.
6. On page 228 of her Cruel And Usual Punishment Nonie Darwish suggested that a petition be presented to the American Congress “to require a disclaimer on all Muslim books sold in America; that includes every Qur’an, Hadith, or Sharia book and any text book that has verses or hadiths commanding the killing of apostates or non-Muslims. The disclaimer should read something like this:
“The calls for murder and violent jihad in this book are only metaphorical and should not be acted up against modern day Jews, Christians, atheists, or former Muslims. Any act of violence on the basis of such scriptures will be prosecuted under the law under the hate-crime laws of the United States of America.”
Response: The Qur’an/Allāh/Islam does not call for the “murder” of anyone. Prove that it does!
There is no “violent jihad;” Jihad and violence are incompatible. (See JIHAD for its various forms).
Muslims do not need an arrogant, ignorant, self-aggrandizing Twentieth-century woman to dictate and impose on us which part(s) of the Qur’an is “metaphorical” and which is literal. Allāh, the All-Knowing Revealer informs us about this in the Seventh century in His Qur’an 3:7: “He it is Who has revealed the Book to thee; some of its verses are decisive — they are the basis of the Book — and others are allegorical. Then those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part of it which is allegorical, seeking to mislead, and seeking to give it (their own) interpretation. And none knows its interpretation save Allāh, and those firmly rooted in knowledge. They say: We believe in it, it is all from our Lord. And none mind except men of understand-ing.”
-There is nothing “metaphorical” about Jews scheming and kicking Palestinians out of their homes and lands and occupying Palestine, and slaughtering them to hold onto it.
-There is nothing “metaphorical” about America stealing Palestine (through diplomatic thuggery at the U.N.) for Jews, and for more than six torturous decades have been aiding in this monumental and grotesque obscenity against the fearless and forbearing Palestinians.
-There is nothing “metaphorical” about America running around like a “wild ass of a man” to control Muslim’s lands and oil (there is nothing “metaphorical” about America overthrowing some fourteen foreign governments –Hawaii; Cuba; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Nicaragua; Honduras; Iran; Guatemala; South Vietnam; Chile; Grenada; Panama; Afghanistan; Iraq– as noted on the Internet, to protect her “interest”).
And unless and until every grain of sand of Palestine is returned to Muslims and unless and until America ends her running around like a “wild ass of a man” to control Muslim lands and oil, Muslims have every right and all rights and the Highest Authority –the Divine Authority– to undertake the armed noble Jihad against America (not civilians) and the Jewish occupiers of Palestine. And whether Muslims live or die in this endeavor Jannah/Paradise is ours. And Jannah/Paradise is no “metaphor”!
What you (Nonie Darwish, and Christians) need to do is put your face into your Bible and wail and gnash your teeth over its LITERAL commands to enslave “heathen;” to sell children and deal in human trafficking –“And I will SELL your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall SELL them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it”–Joel 3:8–; to wipe out everything that breathes just to occupy their lands; to slaughter all males, even little boys, and matron women and corral all the prepubescent “virgin” girls as SEX SLAVES; and over its brutal and rabid misogyny–CHRISTIANITY-WOMEN).
Regarding forcing Islam onto people: Allāh already has this “disclaimer”:
-“There is no compulsion in religion”–(Qur’an 2:256)
-“Clear proofs have indeed come to you from your Lord; so whoever sees, it is for his own good; and whoever is blind, it is to his own harm. And I am not a keeper over you”–(Qur’an 6:105)
-“And if thy Lord had pleased, all those who are in the earth would have believed, all of them. Wilt thou then force men till they are believers?”–(Qur’an 10:99)
-“Call to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the best manner. Surely thy Lord knows best him who strays from His path, and He knows best those who go aright”–(Qur’an 16:125)
-“And say: The Truth is from your Lord; so let him who please believe, and let him who please disbelieve”–(Qur’an 18:29)
-“and say: I believe in what Allāh has revealed of the Book, and I am commanded to do justice between you. Allāh is our Lord and your Lord. For us are our deeds; and for you your deeds. There is no contention between us and you”–(Qur’an 42:15)
-“We know best what they say, and thou art not one to compel them. So remind by means of the Qur’an him who fears My warning”–(Qur’an 50:45
-“We have truly shown him the way; he may be thankful or unthankful”–(Qur’an 76:3)
-“Say: O disbelievers, I serve not what you serve, Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve, Nor shall I serve that which ye serve, Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve. For you is your recompense and for me my recompense”–(Qur’an 109:1-6).
In contrast, what you, Ms. Darwish (and your fellows-in-cause), critically need to do is have the following pledge inserted at the beginning of the U.S. Constitution:
And have the following disclaimer placed on the cover of every Bible of every denomination and at the entrance of every Church of every denomination in the world:
“Like the devil when he says to
But when he disbelieves,
he (the Devil) says: I am free of thee:
surely I fear Allāh, the Lord of the worlds.”
(Invariably, whenever the above verse comes to mind my thoughts are drawn to the Pope. Wondering if in the privacy of his chambers he bends his knees to Allāh).
6. Nonie Darwish: “Muslims need to hear that the human right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is above the right of any religion that wants to take it away.” (Cruel And Usual Punish-ment, p. 257).
Response: This is what the Palestinians have been/are being denied. Their “right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” has been taken by the Jewish “religion” that they claim gives them the right to possess Palestine –God gave us this land! Yeah right! And I am Messiah II. (U.S. President Harry Truman must be God of the Jews; and God must have used American diplomatic thuggery at the U.N. to wrestle PALESTINE from the Palestinians).
Allāh/Islam gives man “right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” regardless of his belief and non-belief. And it is because of this freedom man will be called to account for his disbelief in Allāh –and no religion can be shown to be superior to, or equal with, Islam– and of his deeds.
7. Nonie Darwish quotes from Thomas Jefferson: “A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.” (Cruel And Usual Punishment, p. 257).
Response: Absolutely! Though it may depend on what some of those “written laws” are (to covet and plunder are not “virtues” high or low).
Isn’t this what Palestinians are trying to do reclaim/preserve/ ”saving” their country? If it works or can work for Thomas Jefferson and Americans why deny it to the Palestinians?
If man would give to others the rights he exact for himself –and which the Qur’an/Islam requires– the world would not be wobbly like drunken rats.
I bear witness: There is no God but Allāh!
And I bear witness: Mohammad is the
Messenger of Allāh!
From Allāh we came,
and to Allāh we shall return!
That the Church/Christianity does not consider women equal with man, here are the Biblical gems on women:
▪ “And if a man SELL HIS DAUGHTERto be a maidservant”–(Exodus 21:7).
▪ “Unto the woman He (God) said….thy desire shall be to THY HUSBAND, and HE SHALL RULE OVER THEE”–(Genesis 3:16).
▪ and “Let the woman learn in SILENCE with ALL SUBJECTION. But I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN but to be IN SILENCE–(1Tim. 2:11-12); “WIVES, SUBMIT YOURSELVES UNTO YOUR OWN HUSBANDS, AS UNTO THE LORD” “As the Church is subject unto Christ, SO LET THE WIVES BE TO THEIR OWN HUSBANDS IN EVERY THING” – “And the wife see that SHE REVERENCE HER HUSBAND”–(Ephesians 5:22-23, 33. The man being told to love his wife does not mean she is free from bondage. People also “love” their dogs and other pets and even bequeath fortunes to them. And Paul also instructs masters to be kind to their slaves–Ephesians 6:9; Col. 4:1).
▪ “And Adam was not deceived BUT THE WOMAN BEING DECEIVED WAS IN THE TRANSGRESSION”–(1 Tim. 2:14. Allah tells us that both Adam and Eve were deceived; and that they were forgiven–Qur’an 2:36-37; 7:20-22).
▪ “he (man) is the IMAGE AND GLORY OF GOD: but the WOMAN IS THE GLORY OF THE MAN. For the man is NOT of the woman; but the WOMAN OF THE MAN”–(1 Cor. 11:7-8), and “Neither was the man created for the woman; BUT THE WOMAN FOR THE MAN–(1 Cor. 11:9), “It is GOOD for a MAN NOT TO TOUCH A WOMAN. Nevertheless, TO AVOID FORNICATION, let everyman have his own wife”–(1 Cor 7:1-2. Allāh tells us that He created man and woman of the same substance and that they are mates of the other, has established marriage between them, that he might find peace and comfort in her, and has put between them love and compassion; that men and women are friends and protectors of the other; that husbands and wives are garments to the other and have mutual rights and spiritual equality, and will reside together in Gardens in the next life–(Qur’an 4:1, 3-4, 25; 7:189; 16:72; 25:54; 30:21; 9:71-72; 2:187; 2:228; 3:194, 197; 4:124; 24:30-31; 33:35; 36:56; 43:70; 49:13; 57:12, 18, 19).
▪ “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is NOT PERMITTED UNTO THEM TO SPEAK; but they are COMMANDED to be under obedience, as also saith the LAW. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at HOME: FOR IT IS A SHAME FOR WOMEN TO SPEAK IN THE CHURCH”–(1 Cor. 14:34-35. Today this law is violated and women are preachers in the Church). Clearly, permission to employ whatever methods are necessary to “rule” over the wife and to bring/keep her in “silence and in “all subjection’ are inherent and enshrined in these words of God and Paul. To take the matter further, authority for employing corporal punishment to discipline the rebellious wife who does not desire to be “ruled” over in “silence” and “all subjection” may be gleaned from the Biblical verses on child-rearing. God (and as Christians say Jesus is God, then Jesus) says: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes;” “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying;” “Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beatest him with the rod, he shall not die, Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (and without doubt every “Christian” husband wants to deliver his stubborn/rebellious wife’s “soul from hell”)–(Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 23:13-14). A Bishop is to be “One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with ALL GRAVITY”–(1 Tim. 3:4). Even God beats and scourges His sons into obedience and those who are not are “bastards”: “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be WITHOUT CHASTISEMENT, whereof all are partakers, then are ye BASTARDS, and NOT SONS”–(Hebrews 12:6-8). Thus one can imagine what latitude the Christian husband is allowed to bring/keep his wayward wife in all subjection and for him to become a “Bishop” and even to get into heaven to sit “on the right hand of God.” A survey of wives of all Christian sects can be conducted to find out how many were “beaten” into “silence” and “all subjection.” Surely, not all the “battered” wives in Western countries are non-Christians.
▪ Perhaps the ultimate Christian indignity towards women is during her menstrual period. He is forbidden to eat, drink, and sleep in the same bed with her; in fact, he is not allowed to touch anything she touches. The Biblical God (and as Christians say Jesus is God, Jesus) says: “When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Everything also on which she lies during her menstruation impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean. And anyone who touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. And whoever touches any thing on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. Whether it be on the bed or on the thing on which she is sitting, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening. And if a man actually lies with her, so that her menstrual impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean”–(Lev. 15:19-24). Contrast this Christian’s treating the menstruating woman like a leper to that of Islam in which Allāh says about menstruation that “they are a hurt and a pollution. So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean”–(Qur’an. 2:222). This injunction to not approach the menstruating woman does not mean that she is unclean; only that the flow is unclean and to not have sex with them. This is made clear by the Prophet Mohammad who is reported to have said in explanation to the above quoted verse of the Qur’an: “Associate with them (wives) in the houses and do everything except sexual intercourse”–(Abu Dawud Vol. 1, #258). And, “‘Aisha said: I would eat flesh from a bone when I was menstruating, then hand it over to the Prophet (may peace be upon him) and he would put his mouth where I had put my mouth; I would drink, then hand it over to him, and he would put his mouth (at the place) where I drank”–(Ibid. #259). Again, “‘Aishah said: The Apostle of Allāh (may peace be upon him) would recline on my lap when I was menstruating, then recite the Qur’an”–(Ibid. #260). And the classic: “‘Aishah said: The Apostle of Allāh (may peace be upon him) said to me: Get me the mat from the mosque. I said: I am menstruating. The Apostle of Allāh (may peace be upon him) then replied: Your menstruation is not in your hands”–(Ibid. #261. Also #’s 267-273). And whereas the Christian who has sex with his menstruating wife is “unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean,” the Muslim who has sex with his menstruating wife (while it is unlawful to do so) needs only give charity–(Abu Dawud Vol. 1, #’s 264-266).
▪ And the Christian woman’s marriage misery: “I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of un-chastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery;” “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery”–(Matt. 5:32; Luke 16:18. Unlike Allāh/Islam which allows amicable divorce when the parties can no longer live together the Christian woman is doomed to a life of marriage misery and to wilt her (youthful and beautiful) self in a loveless and even brutal marriage or risk being labeled “adulteress” (who are required to be stoned to death in Judeo-Christian law) from earth all the way to next world. And so does the man who should marry her. And whereas Allāh allows a divorced couple [who were married and divorced from their second or more partners] to remarry each other the Bible does not and considers the woman as being “defiled” [but the man is not “defiled;” talk about rabid misogyny]. And while the Muslim woman can initiate divorce, there is no mention of the Christian woman being able to do so. Here is what the Bible says about the divorced couple remarrying (and as Christians say Jesus is God, Jesus forbids the former couple remarrying): “When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he had FOUND SOME UNCLEANNESS in her: then let him WRITE HER A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT, and give it in her hand, and SEND HER OUT OF HIS HOUSE….And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand….Her former husband which sendeth her away, may NOT take her again to be his wife, after that she is DEFILED; for that is ABOMINATION BEFORE THE LORD”–(Deut. 24:1-4. Talk about “easy” divorce. This takes the crown. Interestingly, whereas Deut. [Moses] says a man can divorce his wife if he finds some “uncleanness” in her, Jesus, the Christians God and son of God, says that if anyone divorces his wife for any reason except “un-chastity” makes her an ‘adulterer’ yet he [Jesus] tells his people to do whatever the Scribes and Pharisees bid them do because they sit in Moses’ seat; and the Scribes and Pharisees follow the Mosaic law which says you can put away your wife for some “uncleanness.” Talk about a circle of confusion. Again the Mosaic law teaches an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but Jesus says to give the other cheek instead, yet he says to do what the Scribes and Pharisees says to do and the Scribes and Pharisees follow the Mosaic law which requires an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Another circle of confusion. The contradictions in Christianity are “staggering.” Matt. 23:2; Ex. 21:24; Matt. 5:38-39).
Regarding the saying that woman is “defiler” of man, the Book of Revelation (7:4-8; 14:1-4; and Matt. 19:28) states that 144,000 who will be JEWS (non-Jews, note well), and will all be MEN –consisting of 12,000 from each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel– will sit with Jesus in the next life judging the Twelve Tribes of Israel. About this 144,000 it is said: “These are they which were not DEFILED WITH WOMEN; for they are VIRGINS. These are they which follow the Lamb (Jesus) whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” (God created man and woman to “fill the earth” and instilled in them passions for companionship to affect this; but Christians view this Divine scheme as sacrilege. A classic woman-hater). Regarding the 144,000 who will be with Jesus, one Christian apologist on the Internet suffered tremendous labor pains trying to baptize these literal “VIRGINS” into metaphorical ones. These 144,000 MEN are said to be the ones who remained “faithful to Jesus” by being celibates/”virgins” as Jesus was, as the Gospels say. That these are literal “virgins” “not defiled” by literal “women” is substantiated by the Bible itself. Jesus says in Matthew 5:32 that whoever marries a woman that is divorced for other than fornication “commits adultery.” Thus, woman here, even though she be married to the man “defiles” the man into an adulterer. Paul makes the matter clearer, he states that, but for avoiding “fornication,” “It is GOOD for a man NOT to touch a woman.” Why not? Because, as Paul says, “He that is UNMARRIED careth for the things that belong to the LORD, how he may please the LORD: But he that is MARRIED careth for the things that are of the WORLD, how he may please his WIFE”–(1 Cor. 7:32-33). In other words, when a man takes a wife his caring for God is compromised by his caring for his wife –or she “defiles” him or causes him to be “defiled.” Further, Paul declares that as the wife has no power over her own body but the husband has power over her: “likewise also the husband hath NOT POWER of his own body, but the WIFE (has power of him)”–(1 Cor. 7:4). These Biblical teachings show that sexual contact with a woman “defiles” the man spiritually; and no amount of the Christian apologist’s literary gymnastics can flip this fact over. These 144,000 “virgins” are physical “virgins” who were ”not defiled” by physical “women,” and as they were not married, and therefore had no “wifely” constraints, they devoted their entire life to the pursuit of the spiritual and were the true followers of Jesus who, as the Gospels show, lived a life of celibacy. The Good News Bible understands this and states: “The 144,000 people stood before the throne…. They are the men who have kept themselves pure by NOT having SEXUAL RELATIONS with WOMEN; they are VIRGINS.” The Gideons Bible concur: “These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they are CELIBATES.” (See CHRISTIANITY-144,000 VIRGINS).
▪ The Bible and the Christian’s God (Jesus) condemns woman as a betrayer of man. The Bible says: “Behold, everyone that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee (Jerusalem), saying, As is the mother, SO IS HER DAUGHTER”–(Ezek. 16:44). As Christians view woman as the “transgressor” (by virtue of her/Eve violating the command of God and eating of the forbidden fruit), and as she betrayed the man/Adam by giving him the fruit to eat, then according to this teaching of the Bible, every woman is a betrayer of man. In fact, according to Christianity every woman to be born and all the way to the Resurrection, is a betrayer of man. (Islam ABROGATED these teachings on women–Qur’an 16:101 and 2:106)
▪ The Christian’s God (and as Christian’s say Jesus is God, Jesus) even took a peek at the Jewish daughters “private parts” because of their flaunting: “Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their SECRET PARTS”–Isaiah 3:16-17).
Christians may not be practicing it but their God/Scripture demands it, and heaven/paradise lies in obeying the commands/ God. Muslim women who convert to Christianity believing that Christianity ameliorates their lot are woefully deluded –these Muslim women know even less about Christianity than they do about Islam. To trade Islam for Christianity, or for any other religion, is like trading the superior of an item for an inferior one; no religion can be shown to be superior to, or equal with, Islam. Islamic SHARI'AH IS THE SUPREME SYSTEM. Such Muslim women need to learn Islam and confront their males over their transgression against the injunctions of Allāh and demand their God-given rights. Whereas Islam has ennobled WOMAN and given her rights alongside man from the cradle all the way to paradise, CHRISTIANITY has woman mired in the bog of disgrace and degradation from birth to death and even beyond.
From its declarations Christianity is not only misogynistic; Christianity is brutally and rabidly misogynistic. Whatever lofty status the Christian Woman is enjoying is due only to the dictates of modern culture. In contrast, as stated, Islam has ennobled WOMAN, liberated her, and given her rights unparalleled in the history of religions –it has given her rights alongside man from the cradle all the way to Jannah. She has nothing more for which to strive.
Islam is the Great Liberator of Woman!
Islam is the only Liberator Woman has known!
Jesus instructed his followers to seek the truth which will save them from falsehood and blasphemy. And the Divine truth is, Jesus was a prophet of God sent ONLY FOR JEWS and to foretell the coming of the COMFORTER who will guide into “all truth” and whom all are to follow; and “There is no God but Allāh; Mohammad is the Messenger of Allāh!”
What is holding you back from BAPTIZING with Allāh, the Best of Baptizers–(Qur’an 2:138)?
The view that Muslim religious freedom in the West is due to Christian tolerance is a grand illusion. This tolerance is the result of the disempowerment of the Church and the empowerment of secularism –Europe may be the offspring of Christianity but she is not an adherent of the Church. The Church has always been an enemy to knowledge and to the “Other.” Her history is testimony to this –from the slaughter and forced conversion in the Holy Land and Spain to the Americas; and on the intellectual front, the panoramic pen of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din (Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, responding to the Bishops Of Salisbury & London in the early 1900’s):
“It is all very well for your missionaries to point to the great charitable institutions, hospitals, schools, etc., for suffering humanity run on Christian lines. “But one fails to see why these charitable institutions should be ascribed to a religion which could not give birth to them for more than seventeen hundred years. They are the growth of modern culture and owe their origin to quite different external causes, the greatest among them being Islam in Spain. Islam speaks highly of these charities in its teachings, and brought them into existence in all Muslim countries within two centuries after its birth. Islam can claim superiority to modern culture in one respect–Muslim Universities opened their doors at Baghdad in the days of Nizam-ul-Mulk, and in Granada in the days of Abdul Rahman to students without distinction of caste, colour or creed, where they were looked after, boarded and lodged at the public expense.”a
….the greatest opposition that the rise of culture received in the West, at each stage, came from the Church camp. Perhaps you will say that it was an outcome of the mediaeval savagery and ignorance. But such is not the case. The teaching of the Bible, I am afraid fanned the fires of opposition. The Church saw the justification of their hostility to science in the sacred writ.
The Christians, who were the inheritors of the civilization of the ancients, pace the teachings of Holy Writ, not only did not continue the researches of their predecessors, but destroyed them, so that, as Draper points out in his book, A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe,b nearly two thousand years had to intervene between Archimedes and Newton, nearly seventeen hundred years between Hipparchus and Kepler, nearly twenty centuries between Hero, whose steam-engine revolved in the Serapion, and James Watt who revolutionized the industry of the world. What a fearful blank!
Dogmatized Christianity placed an embargo on freedom of thought. The Church destroyed all that it believed it could not turn to its own advantage. History can multiply in support of this characteristic of the Church, but I would content myself with quoting one–the destruction of the invaluable library of Serapis, at Alexandria in 389, by the Archbishop Theophilus of Alexandria. Gibbon says, in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empirec: “The valuable library of Alexandria was pillaged and destroyed, and nearly twenty years afterwards the appearance of empty shelves excited the indignation of every spectator whose mind was not totally darkened by religious prejudice.”
Exaggerated miracles and superstitions–those mental cankers–together with persecution and suppression, represented the sum total of what was offered as a substitute for the learning and scholarship of the ancients –and full one thousand years had to pass before Europe once more attempted to scale the same heights from which mankind had been pushed back down into the deepest abyss of mental depravity.
Instead of turning the mind of the people towards intellectual development and thought, the Church –the pious intolerance of the Church– on the contrary, penned it in, within very close, narrow boundaries, to transgress which was nothing less than a sacrilegious crime against the sanctity and holiness of the words of Holy Writ, which was regarded as infallible, and everything spoken against it as tantamount to heresy.
Now let us search the pages of Holy Writ and we would see that it is in them that lie embedded the baneful seeds of pious persecution, of the branding of learning as magic to be punished like treason, of a justification for sending Galileo to prison, Bruno to the stake, and of the murder of Hypatia, the renowned commentator on Plato.
Neither the theory of evolution, nor geography, nor geometry, nor mathematics, nor astronomy, nor the science of education–in fact, nothing that could be classed as knowledge and which we in the twentieth century are proud of–escaped the ravaging hands of the Fathers of the Church, who found a fertile field for persecution in the words of Holy Writ.
There are two conflicting descriptions of the Creation as contained in the first and second chapters of Genesis, and they have led some to believe in the six-day theory, and others in the instantaneous idea. Luther declared, “the world, with all creatures, was created in six days,” but he also believed that it was done in an instantaneous way. Calvin preached the six-day idea. The Church presented the Bible as infallible, and all ideas regarded as against the cosmogony of the Bible were punished severely. A certain Vanini had the misfortune to believe in the theory of evolution. He was at once branded as atheist; and on the evidence of De Francon, the Judge de Catel in the tribunal of Toulouse, found Vanini guilty and sentenced him to have his tongue torn out from his mouth and to be burnt alive. …..
The spheroidicity of the earth is denied by the Bible. There are many passages which uphold the geocentric theory, i.e. that the earth is the centre of the solar system and that the sun and the stars revolve around it.
“The world also shall be stable, that it be not moved” (1 Chron. 16:30).
“Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever” (Psalm 104).
“And after these things, I saw four angels, standing on the four corners of the earth” (Rev. 7:1).
“The Devil taketh him (Christ) up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world” (Matt. 4:8).
The Christian Fathers taught that Jerusalem was the centre of the world, and quoted Ezekiel 5:5, which reads: “Thus saith the Lord God: This is Jerusalem, I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.”
“St. Paul taught that the Gospel had been preached to all nations, and that, therefore, there were no more nations to be discovered. This teaching discouraged any attempt at geographical investigation and the finding of new continents. It was to the Muslim universities in Spain that Columbus learned that the earth was spheroid, for one of the Muslim educational appliances was the globe. Columbus was convinced of the spheroidicity of the earth, but the Bishop of Ceuta showed him his error by quoting from the Bible, and a Bull was issued by Pope Alexander VI, in 1493, to the same effect, but he was not deterred from his aim. The idea that there were people on the opposite side of the earth had long before been taught by Cicero and Pliny, and believed by many in Greece and Rome, but when it was taught in Christendom, it was met with the severest criticism. Lactantius, speaking with reference to the heretical doctrine of the globular form of the earth, said: “Is there anyone so senseless as to believe that the crops and the trees on the other side of the earth hand downward and that men have their feet lighter than their heads? If you ask them how they defend these monstrosities, how things do not fall away from the earth on that side, they reply, The nature of things is such that heavy bodies tend towards the centre, like the spokes of a wheel, while light bodies, such as clouds, smoke and fire, tend from the centre, to the heavens, on all sides. Now, I am at a loss what to say of those, who, when they have once gone wrong, steadily persevere in their folly and defend one absurd opinion by another.”
St. Augustine quoted the Scriptures to prove that there could be no Antipodes. He said that the Almighty would not allow men to live on the opposite side of the earth because they would not be able to see Christ at his second coming. He said, “Scripture speaks of no such descendants of Adam.” He quotes the 19th Psalm and St. Paul’s saying that Gospel has been carried “to the ends of the world,” and contended that as the teachers had not gone to the opposite sides of the earth, there was no such place. He quotes Job 26:11 about “the pillars of heaven” in support of his argument.
The new ideas were denounced as “empty and false.” “The miserable fiction of Eusebius had subverted the chronology of Manetho and Eratosthenes, the geometry of Euclid and Appolonius was held to be of no use, the geography of Ptolemy a blunder. …” (Draper). In 1316 an Italian physician, named Peter of Abano, was called to account for the new heresy of the spheroidicity of the earth by the Inquisition; he fortunately escaped the torture by the intervention of a natural death. Cecco d’Ascoli, a noted astronomer, was compelled to vacate his professional chair at Bologna, and was burned alive at Florence, 1327.
Cosmas said: “The earth is a parallelogram, flat and surrounded by four great seas. At the edges of these seas rise immense walls, closing in the whole structure. These walls support the vault of the heavens, whose edges are cemented to the walls; walls and vault shut in the earth and all the heavenly bodies.” He supports his description by many passages from Holy Writ, e.g. “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,…that stretcheth out the heavens like a curtain, and spreadeth them out like a tent to dwell in” (Isaiah 40:22).
Passages in the Bible, as, “The earth standeth fast for ever,” “Sun, stand thou still upon Gideon, and thou moon, in the valley of Ajalen,” made the Fathers of the Church uphold that the earth was in the centre of the solar system. Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher (580-500 B.C.), taught what is known as the heliocentric sys-tem of astronomy. His system placed the sun in the centre and around it in circular orbits the planets revolved in the following order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. Philolaus and Aristarchus followed with the same theory, but it was not heard of again till the fifth century A.D. when Martianus Capella resuscitated it. Then it disappeared for another thousand years, till it was rediscovered and established by Nicholas Copernicus. Its sporadic appearance and disappearance as due to no other cause but Holy Writ. Copernicus’s book, The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies (The Qur’an 21:33; 36:40 inform us about this truth in the 7th century), was first published in 1543, when the author was on his deathbed. The great astronomer had not dared to publish it for thirty solid years, for the bloodthirsty vengeance of the Church loomed large before his eyes. He sent it to a friend, Osiander, who wrote a soporific preface to the book, whereby he sought to camouflage the views of the author by saying that they were to be taken rather as fiction than as fact. The book, when published, was placed in the feeble hands of the astronomer, who smiled and died in peace. But in spite of the lulling precautions taken by Osiander, it was seized and condemned and excited furious comments. Fromundus, from the Cathedral of Antwerp, said: The Copernican theory cannot be true, because the wind would constantly blow from the east; we should with great difficulty hear sounds against such a wind; buildings and the earth itself would fly off with such a motion.” Martin Luther wrote: “People gave ear to an upstart astrologer, who tried to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens, or the firmament, the sun and the sun….this fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy, but Sacred Scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand and not the earth.” Calvin was equally loud in his denunciation of the Copernican theory.
Among the many poor victims of the Church, who took up the Copernican theory and advanced it, was Giordano Bruno. He was hunted from country to country. From Italy, his native land, to Switzerland, France, England, Germany, his persecutors ever on his trail. Upon his return to Venice, he was apprehended, and imprisoned in the Piombo for six years. During his travels, he had delivered lectures in England and written many books, and had criticized the teachings of the Bible. He said: “The Bible teaches that the earth is a flat surface supported by pillars; that the sky is a firmament –the floor of heaven. But the truth is that the universe is infinite, and that it is filled with self-luminous and opaque worlds, many of them inhabited; (Allāh says there are beings in the earth as well as in the heavens–Qur’an 19:93-95; 42:29);that there is nothing above and around us but space and stars.” Bruno was transferred from Venice to Rome on the demand of the spiritual authorities and handed over to Cardinal San Severino. He was arraigned before sixteen cardinals, who put him several questions and demanded a recantation. Bruno replied, “I neither ought nor wish to recant.” They tried to exact a recantation through torture, but they failed, for mental strength cannot be broken by material weapons. They declared this magnificent character to be an “impenitent and obstinate heretic” and sentenced him to death in 1600 by a fire made slow, to increase the torture. How time has mocked at the Church is shown by a splendid statue of Bruno, unveiled by the Rationalists in 1899, on the very spot where he was burned alive.
Galileo Galilei, who adorns the list of the Church victims, was another well-known martyr to the cause of science. His crime was that he had demonstrated the truth of the Copernican theory. The Church was set, also, against mathematics, and had denounced the geometry of Euclid. Caccini was promoted by the Church for his brilliant denunciation of geometry and Mathematics, such as “geometry is of the devil” and “mathematicians should be banished as the authors of heresies.” Pope Paul V, fortified by his archbishops and cardinals, condemned Galileo and his teachings. They said: “If there are other planets, since God makes nothing in vain, they must be inhabited; but how can their inhabitants be descended from Adam? How can they trace back their origin to Noah’s ark, and how can they have been redeemed by the Saviour?” (As noted above, Allāh says there are beings in the earth as well as in the heavens–Qur’an 19:93-95; 42:29).
Galileo was summoned to Rome by Pope Paul V in 1616, where he tried to convince them by requesting the Fathers of the Church to look through the little telescope which he had invented. Many declined, and those who did “denounced the satellites as illusions of the devil.” Father Clavius declared that “to see the satellites of Jupiter, men had to make an instrument which would create them.” Another bold statement made by Galileo was that the moon shines by reflected light. (Allāh tells us this in Qur’an 91:1-2; 25:61; 71:15-16). The wrath of the Church knew no bounds, for this statement of his contradicted the “truth” of Genesis that the moon ‘is a great light.” He was tried by the Holy Inquisition and his opinions condemned. In defence Galileo said that the Bible was not intended to serve as a book science. But it seems this is what they wanted the Bible to pass for. And should we blame them for this, in view of the fact that they did nothing else but give their due to the infallible words of Holy Writ? Pope Paul V issued a decree in the following words: “The doctrine of the double motion of the earth about its axis and about the sun is false and entirely contrary to Holy Scripture.” But again, in 1652, Galileo published his book, the Dialogo, thinking that the new Pope Urban VIII would be more tolerant than his predecessor, but he was just as bigoted. He placed Galileo and his book, the first edition of which had been exhausted and had found great favour with thinking minds, in the hands of the Holy Inquisition. Galileo had a friend, named Castelli, who had to forfeit his benefice for trying to save his friend Galileo. The aged Galileo as thrown into a dungeon, and forced to recant in the following words: “I, Galileo, being in my seventieth year, being a prisoner and on my knees before your Eminences, having before my eyes the Holy Gospel, which I touch with my hands, and abjure, curse and detest the error and the heresy of the movements of the earth.”
What else could the broken-hearted, aged Galileo do under the circumstances? He recalled to memory how the Church had burned Bruno alive, and that if he would not recant the same fate awaited him. What the Inquisition was he knew well!
Nevertheless the Holy Inquisition was not content with a mere recantation. It sent him into exile for the rest of his life, persecuted his friends, suppressed his writings, and went so far as to torture those, like Campanella, who had the temerity to write in defence of Galileo.
Now let us see what it was which the Church wanted the people to believe instead. Cardinal Barberi says: “Animals which move have limbs and muscles; the earth has no limbs or muscles, therefore it does not move. It is angels who make Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, etc; turn round. If the earth revolves, it must also have a centre to set it in motion, but only devils live there; it would therefore be a devil who would impart motion to the earth.”
The Bible dabbles in anthropology as well! The Bible contains a so-called chronology, childish as it is, by which it is claimed we can trace the antiquity of man and his pedigree. The Christian Fathers were generally agreed that man had his beginning about six thousand years ago, and would not tolerate any other view but that Adam was the first man. The advancing of any other view was looked upon as a contradiction of the apparent chronology of the Bible, and its criticism a crime. When La Peyrère, about the middle of the seventeenth century, published his work, Pre-Adamites, in which he claimed that men existed before Adam, the Parliament of Paris burned his book. La Peyrère was imprisoned by the Grand Vicar of the Archdiocese of Mechlin until he retracted the statement.
(Pre-Adamites: Allāh tells us that there was a long time over man when nothing was known of him–Qur’an 76:1. And Muslim scholars are of the view that there were many Adams before our Adam. That this Adam was not the first man seems to be borne out by the fact that after Cain killed Abel, Cain is said to have gone to the land of Nod where he knew his wife who conceived–(Genesis 4:16-17). Since Cain and Abel were the only two children, and there is no mention of any other children so that Cain could be said to have taken a sister as wife, where then did Cain find this woman for wife if there were no other human beings on the earth? As noted, the verses of the Qur’an are either of basic or allegorical in meanings–Qur’an 3:6).
The pagan world of the Greeks and Romans had made a beginning in geological knowledge, but when Christianity appeared on the world’s stage all such beginnings were nipped in the bud. In the middle of the eighteenth century Buffon published the results of his studies in geology. The faculty of Sorbonne compelled him to make and publish a recantation, which ended with these words: “I abandon everything in my book respecting the formation of the earth, and generally all which may be contrary to the narration of Moses.” But a century later the tables were turned, and the power of the Church had waned in 1830, for by this time science had made so much progress, and people had begun so far to recover from the Christian blight, that Charles Lyell, the author of Antiquity of Man (1863) and Principles of Geology (1830), was not made to suffer from the Holy Inquisition.
Gregory I–who has won the attribute of the Great– distinguished himself by his rage for destruction, for his enmity towards all higher education. This “Slave of the Slaves of God” had one principle in view: “Ignorance is the mother of devotion”; and with this standpoint not only did he commit to the flames all the mathematical studies of Rome, but also burned the precious Palatine Library, which was founded by the Emperor Augustus. He destroyed the greater part of the writings of Livy; he forbade the study of the classics; he maimed and mutilated the architectural remains of the ancient days–(Draper, vol. 1, p. 357).
The schools of philosophy were closed, the last of them in 529. The renowned commentator on Plato, Hypatia, was cruelly put to death by St. Cyril, in 414, in the open market of Alexandria, Draper says: “She was assaulted by Cyril and a mob of many monks, stripped naked in the street, she was dragged into a church and killed by the club of Peter the Reader. The corpse was cut in pieces, the flesh was scraped from the bones with shells, and the remnants cast into the fire. For this frightful crime Cyril was never called to account–(Draper, vol. 1, p. 324).
The hatred of learning was such that, in the words of Draper, “every manuscript which could be seized was burnt.” Throughout the east, men in terror, destroyed the libraries for the fear that some unfortunate sentence contained in any of the books should involve them and their families in destruction.”
But to ascertain the truth of our statement, we need not go so far back. We can always expect the Church to live up to its historic past. It is in our own living memory that Francisco Ferrar was murdered in 1909, in Spain, for the sole offence that he wanted to educate the people. And the Church hated education, as it has always hated it. It is said he was stood against the prison wall, and before the shots were fired he said in a clear and fearless voice: “Aim straight, my brothers. Long live the modern school!” No regretting, no cringing, no recanting ever escaped his lips. And the fact that only very recently one of the Italian cities has decided to remove the street name of Francisco Ferrar from one of its thoroughfares, intensifies the truth of this statement that the Church is the same to-day, yesterday and for ever. The only condition is opportunity.
There is one thing that is remarkable in the history of material science in relation to Christianity and Islam. In the case of the former, as long as religion kept its hold on its adherents, Europe made no progress in any way, but when the Western mind became emancipated from canonical rule and Church thralldom, civilization came in leaps and bounds in every form. On the other hand, Islam, at its very advent, gave a tremendous impetus to science and culture. In its various departments, modern civilization owes its salient factors to Islam, but unfortunately, in modern days–notably in the last two centuries– our mundane prosperity and success began to prove too intoxicating to keep our steps sober and steady; we ceased from treading in the footprints of our ancestors, and turned our backs on Muslim principles of life.”
“The Western nations made their present progress when they liberated themselves from the hold of Church religion and began to think independently for themselves on Islamic lines.” (a- b- c)(Open Letters To The Bishops Of Salisbury & London, pp. 45-56, 147. a Three Great Prophets of the World, by Lord Headley, p. 14. b Vol, I, p. 387. c Chap. xxviii, p. 132. London (Dent’s). Emphasis/color added).
As late as 2008, the Pope is accused of being “hostile to science”–(Toronto Star, Sat; Jan; 19, 2008, p. A21). Rather than bemoan Muslim presence in Europe, Pope Benedict XVI should be singing praises to Muslims. But for Muslims “Christian” Europe would yet be waltzing around with flint tools and torches.
1. Ismail Zayid, Palestine, A Stolen Heritage, p. 33; (From a letter written by a student) Published in “Haolam Haze,” an Israeli newspaper, (issue 1594) and quoted in “Israel Imperial News,” October, 1968. The material states:
“I am a pupil in a college in Be’er Sheva. I don’t want trouble. The director of the office of education will not like my letter; therefore I am not signing my full name.
The problem: KHUZARI BOOK, which is approved by the office of education. In the introduction to the book Dr. Tzifroni writes:
“The nation of Israel is a chosen nation because of its race, its education and the climate of the land in which it was brought up. The race of the Israeli people is the most superior of all races”. I think that these sentences require no explanation.
Mira, Be’er Sheva.”
(And Hitler was pilloried for his view that Germans is the master race. If supremacy is based on race, residency, and know-ledge; then Palestinians/Arabs are the “most superior of all races”; having resided in Palestine for six thou-sand years, is the best nation, as Allāh says in His Qur’an, and has given Muslims knowledge that brou-ght light to the world –at a time when Jews and every-one else were running around with flint tools and torches. This mentality of “the most superior of all races” –a mis-shapen mentality unworthy not only of the enlightened Twentieth century but unworthy of all centuries– may very well be said to be the nucleus of Apartheid –mental, physical, and spiritual).
2. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online.” Noted in The Islamic Post, International Edition, January 2007; article, Zionism, The Media, and World Control (pp. A3, 7).