Although people agree easily enough that Islam is not Christianity or Buddhism, one of the problems with many of the non-Muslim crusader types and the certified bona fide islamophobes (why are they not like us?) is that they would like Islam to practice and preach the Jesus Gospel of love, the gospel principle of loving the enemy, of lovingly turning the other cheek…
The latter, of course, only on the one condition, that they should – as they sometimes could, be allowed to be the ones who deliver the first blow.
They do not like to hear the word or the call to Jihad
Some of the same people would like Islamic countries to legalise same-sex marriage and marijuana
Ingrid Carlqvist rides again! She has an axe to grind. She is to be taken seriously, considering that of the two million refugees that will reach the shores of Europe this year, more than half of them will be Muslims – and considering that the host countries are not predominantly Muslim in belief or culture, the prospect of the Muslim refugees/ immigrants eventual integration into their new societies is not helped by Imams who highlight these sort of negative teachings at the expense of good neighbourliness:
Such were the conditions in the Hijaz at the time and sometimes, these conditions last forever and therefore remain in force as a preventive measure, at all times!
So what? You may well ask. So what if he preaches segregation here and everywhere?
Is it a kind of racism?
Get this: Some people don’t want to integrate. It’s not in their genetic code or in their brain cells. Different souls. Others don’t want to be assimilated. Is it their fault?
Is it a personal legal right – because of group and other pressures to not want to become “Swedish” – thinking that “being Swedish” means pork and alcohol, and dogs and pre-marital experimental activities of a sexual nature and promiscuity as part of the general laxity from Islamic norms is essentially being unIslamic. A general moral collapse which from their point of view portends the downfall of yet another civilisation – the sort of destruction that can only be avoided by holding on to the rope of Allah, the only rope in town, the only rope by which they hope to survive the catastrophes ahead.
In Sweden, especially in Stockholm, Islam is mostly organised on a national basis, the big boss Arabs have their mosques and their headquarters at Medborgarplatsen (it’s very international – the whole world is there on Fridays), the Shia Muslims have their own mosques – and here there is unity of Iran and Iraq) Africans from South of the Sahara have their main mosque (at Hötorget) and their subsidiary mosques; the Bosnians have their own mosque, so do Eritreans and Ethiopians, Somalis, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Turks, Shia Muslims from Pakistan, India and Kenya.
What’s wrong with two societies living in peace and harmony, side by side, one within the other – or Muslims scattered in little insulated sub societies, social units and religious enclaves within the greater Sweden?
Isn’t it already happening with other religious and culturally minority groups? What’s the big deal if you wouldn’t like Saddam Hussein junior or Saddam Hussein incarnate to marry your daughter? “I wouldn’t let him do it for all the farms in Cuba!”
He was merely quoting the Quran and The Quran says,
“O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust.” (Al-Ma’dah 5: 51)
Does Ingrid Carlqvist want the Islamic preacher and teacher to contravene what the God of the Quran requires and to obey her wayward desires instead? Should he teach Muslims that they should befriend the unbelievers?
You intuit the Imam’s dilemma? His position and the position of all Muslims living as guests in non-Muslim countries is that by accepting refugee status they are under “the protection” of their host country. From that point of view “They are but friends and protectors to each other” is compromised. The Muslims living in Sweden are under the protection of the Swedish Crown.
Perhaps what he needs is to take a course to be provided by the Swedish government ministers whose areas of responsibility it is to see to it that Imams are given basic guidelines to assist with integration and to some extent acculturation in their host country Sweden (shaking not shaking hands with a woman, hijab or burqa, eye –contact or no eye-contact – and “How do you like Sweden? (Not a good time to complain but a good time – in the heart – to thank the Almighty) these are some of the tests at the job interview…
The Quran says explicitly:
“O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.”
There appears to be a caveat here:
“Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who believe (to be) the Jews and the idolaters. And thou wilt find the nearest of them in affection to those who believe (to be) those who say: Lo! We are Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and because they are not proud.”
Personally speaking should it be that the aforementioned prayer leader is making it a cardinal point for members of his congregations to “not take unbelievers as friends and protectors”, I would see it like a slap in the face of Fredrik Reinfeldt and the Swedish people who he exhorted: Open your hearts to immigrants… and it is not demanded of the Great Fredrik that he turns the other cheek
Cheek to cheek : The Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble