I’m not writing as much as I’m recovering from my eye surgery, but again, I’m feeling led to write on a topic that needs to be addressed – the forced integration of Islam into our modern society, meaning the United States in my case – but could be extrapolated to other parts of the non-Muslim world.
First and foremost, being a Christian, I must – and do – reject all tenets of Islam. To me, Mohammad was no one special – in fact to me, he was a child molester and child rapist; someone who at one time was homeless, and was taken in by Jewish people in Medina – Yes, Medina was once a majority Jewish city Bernard Lewis writes in his book, Arabs In History:
The city of Medina, some 280 miles north of Mecca, had originally been settled by Jewish tribes from the north, especially the Banu Nadir and Banu Quraiza. The comparative richness of the town attracted an infiltration of pagan Arabs who came at first as clients of the Jews and ultimately succeeded in dominating them. Medina, or, as it was known before Islam, Yathrib, had no form of stable government at all. The town was tom by the feuds of the rival Arab tribes of Aus and Khazraj, with the Jews maintaining an uneasy balance of power. The latter, engaged mainly in agriculture and handicrafts, were economically and culturally superior to the Arabs, and were consequently disliked…. as soon as the Arabs had attained unity through the agency of Muhammad they attacked and ultimately eliminated the Jews.
This happened around 620 AD – the 7th Century. This is where we see the genesis of Islam of the Qu’ran, although it would take Muhammad many years to put the sura to paper.
Through the ages, the wars between Islamic factions and those of others such as Jews and Christians are legendary, and are factually historic. Arabs have been battling Jews since Ishmael and Hagar were sent packing by Abraham and Sarah:
So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son [Ishmael], for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. (Genesis 21;10-14)
Continuing in verse 18:
“… Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt. (Genesis 21:18:21)
This was the beginning of the split – we can now see the fissure open even more with two brothers – fast forward a generation: Jacob and Esau.
Esau was the eldest by about a minute – the boys were twins. In fact, Jacob was born holding onto Esau’s foot – it was a race into the world, if you will. These two had a competitive streak in them if we ever saw one. God even told to Rebekkah what was to come:
And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”
This was God’s early warning system of things to come, and the future generations of these boys. They were competitive during her pregnancy, during birth, and even during life.
Esau was the more manly of the two – he hunted and did all the things that was expected of the oldest son. Jacob was more of a homebody – and to be honest, a “mama’s boy” – he learned to prepare hood and cook, and do the domestic stuff…
… Every wife’s dream today, from what I hear – but I digress …
When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Genesis 25:27-28)
Now, Esau, being the firstborn, was legally entitled to the birthright – always conferred on the firstborn son. This brings with it the main branch of the lineage of the family – the patriarchy – and the majority of the inheritance. One would think that it automatically goes to Esau, right?
Not so fast! Remember what God told Rebekkah back in verse 23?
“… the older shall serve the younger”
Rebekkah took this that Jacob, not Esau, was to receive the birthright – and the blessing at Isaac’s death. For example:
Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:29-34)
Who do you think taught Jacob to cook? His mother, Rebekkah – and with one meal, Jacob had the birthright. Let’s sy that these two boys were probably at each other ever since.
But Rebekkah wasn’t done… there was one more piece of business to fulfill the prophecy – the blessing – from father to son, passing on the family name, so to speak:
Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die.’ Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you. Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” (Genesis 27:5-10)
Isaac is preparing to pass the blessing on to Esau, when he sends him out to get the meat for his favorite meal – his last meal. Revekkah overhears this, and springs into action, getting Jacob to do the work with the goats already in the field – Esau was out hunting one, Jacob was pulling one “off the shelf”.
Rebekkah prepares the meal, dresses Jacob up as Esau – since Isaac’s blind as a bat and can’t see a thing at this point – and sends him in with the meal. Isaac is a first skeptical, Jacob’s voice, but Esau’s hairy arms? Content with the hairy arms and the “goat smell” – the smell of the hunter – Isaac blessed Jacob, conferring to him all that he had.
No sooner than Jacob was out of sight, Esau shows up with the meal. Isaac realizes that he’d been had tells Esau that the blessing had already been conveyed. Esau stammers that Jacob conned him yet a second time – after all, Jacob’s name in Hebrew is Ya’akov, which means “He Cheats” – quite fitting, and Esau makes a point of it in verse 36:
Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.”
So Isaac gives him a blessing:
Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:
“Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be,
and away from the dew of heaven on high.
By your sword you shall live,
and you shall serve your brother;
but when you grow restless
you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
In other words, you’re going to have to work for your provisions, you’re not getting a cent in inheritance. You’ll serve your younger brother – but wehen the time comes, you’ll split up.
Not the best of blessings – if you can call that a blessing – but it did fulfill God’s prophecy – that the older would serve the younger.
And even though those two brothers buried the hatchet, so to speak, that forgiveness was short lived among Esau’s generations to come – and this pretty much started what would became Judaism and Islam.
Fast forward to the seventh century of the Common Era (AD). Mohammad is setting down his “dreams given by Allah” into suras, which make up the Qu’ran. Many of these are stories taken from the Bible, and twist them 180-degrees.
For example, it’s where we get that Ishmael, not Isaac, was Abraham’s preferred son, and it was Ishmael who was to be sacrificed – and subsequently rescued through divine intervention.
This sets up Ishmael’s paternal line as Abraham’s lineage, not Isaac’s – even though Isaac was the rightful heir through Sarah – his wife, not Hagar, not his wife but his slave, and his whore – who by rights under Islam, should have been stoned to death.
How can they revere this woman? Again, the inconsistencies of Islam.
Now getting back to modern society – the Qu’ran and the Hadith, provide the basis of Sharia Law – the law of 7th Century Islam, as laid out by Mohammad. It’s totally inconsistent with our US Constitution.
We don’t have a “religious court” – we don’t kill people if they don’t convert to a particular faith. Under Islam, you must convert and submit to Allah, and to the teachings of Mohammad, his “so-called messenger” – or either die, or at the very least, pay a head tax (the jizya) and be relegated to a lower status.
And God-forbid if you want to convert from Islam – that’s a death penalty in the strict application of Islam.
Women have virtually no rights under Islam. In most Islamic countries, women cannot drive a car, open bank accounts, conduct business, own property, etc. without the permission of a male family member (father, older brother) or her husband.
And if she disobeys, or gets uppity in any way, it’s OK to beat her! Not OK here in the US!
(Where are the feminists over this stuff? Hmm … crickets chirping)
Homosexuality – while I don’t condone the behavior, I will try to lovingly help those ensnared in this sin – to get out of it and repent, under Sharia, it’s death.
And why do I call Mohammad a child molester? Because he married his wife Aisha when she was only 7 – YES SEVEN years old. Oh, They’ll tell you that the marriage was consummated when she was 9 – NINE YEARS OLD! He was 53 – she was pre-pubescent! That’s child molestation – but legal under Sharia and Islam.
They can have up to FOUR wives – all of them minors if they want.
Where are the liberals over the practices of Sharia creeping into the fabric of our society? Again, crickets are chirping — there is none.
Well, I’m gonna be stomping those crickets. In future posts, we’ll be looking at how various segments of out society are being infected by Islam, thanks to Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and others.