The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

05-Jan-2009

A Backgrounder on Hamas: Islam and Monotheistic Paganism

Filed under: Islam & ArabJudaism — eidelberg @ 9:30 pm

Islam’s deep theological structure includes themes that render the notion of “three Abrahamic faiths” ultimately misleading in understanding Islam’s faith and practice—particularly if this trope is understood in the popular imagination as a matter of three equivalent legs propping up a single monotheistic stool.

George Weigel

Contrary to long established opinion, Islam’s deity, “Allah,” is not the God of the Bible—certainly not the God Jews refer to by the Ineffable Name HaShem and designated by the Tetragrammaton YHVH.

The Zohar (87a) states: “Thou shalt have no other gods upon My face,” meaning “Thou shalt even avoid conceiving Me in those aspects (faces) which form Ishmael’s religion [i.e., Islam].”

Islam actually contradicts the Biblical conception of man’s creation in the image of God. Thus, in 1985, Iran’s delegate to the United Nations, Said Raja’i-Khorassani, declared that “the very concept of human rights was ‘a Judeo-Christian invention’ and inadmissible in Islam.”

Although the Quran refers to Allah as the “compassionate,” his most conspicuous function in that highly polemical work is to consign unbelievers to hell. To be sure, the Quran contains many verses that preach peace and tolerance, but more typical are verses that sanction war against non-believers.

George Weigel writes: “The notion that there are ‘no innocents’ [in Islam]—that the enemy is ‘guilty’ simply by reason of drawing breath—logically entails a strategy of open-ended mayhem based on the radical dehumanization of the ‘other.’”

Weigel proceeds to cite Alain Besancon who takes us even further into the matter: “Although Muslims like to enumerate the 99 names of God, missing among the list is ‘father’—i.e., a personal God capable of a reciprocal and loving relationship with men. If God is not our ‘father,’ then it is difficult to imagine the human person as having been made ‘in the image of God.’”

Perhaps the most profound and disturbing insights into the nature of Islam appeared in an essay of Professor Kenneth Hart Green published in 2008. The essay discusses Emil Fackenheim’s preoccupation with the awesome question of how a philosopher of the rank of Martin Heidegger could embrace Nazism, i.e., unmitigated evil. Green writes:

Were Fackenheim to have had the chance to reflect on Islamism … with its tendency to embrace a Nazi-style anti-Semitism combined with a fanatically-obscurantist Holocaust denial [the case of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad], he might have suggested that this is a perfect exemplification of “absolute idolatry,” if not beyond it. For its intention is to present itself as God, or at least His immediate spokesman and mouthpiece, which makes it capable of justifying and sanctifying murder as good. As we have been so unfortunate as to witness, it produces both radical evil, and simultaneous unconscious denial of its evil, because as God (or His unmediated and unreconstructed representative), it can legitimately deny that what it is doing is evil. This is an original and unprecedented form of modern evil, and especially of religious abomination; it is beyond what one might call (in the language of Fackenheim) “absolute idolatry,” and emerges as a true “monotheistic idolatry.” This is the case because in its supposedly “religious” cause, it unapologetically and unselfconsciously embraces all the modern devices (ideology, technology, mass persuasion, etc.), and employs them to do its radical evil …

To provide supportive evidence for this remarkable analysis, consider the following from Professor Efraim Karsh, Islamic Imperialism: A History:

● “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’”

    — Prophet Muhammad’s farewell address, March 632

● “I shall cross this sea to their islands to pursue them until there remains no one on the face of the earth who does not acknowledge Allah.”

    — Saladin, January 1189

● “We shall export our revolution throughout the world . . . until the calls ’there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’ are echoed all over the world.”

    — Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 1979

● “I was ordered to fight people until they say there is no god but Allah, and his prophet Muhammad.”

    — Osama bin Laden. November 2001

According to the Center for the Study of Political Islam, Muslims have slaughtered approximately 270 million people since Muhammad.

So much by way of an introduction to Hamas, whose Covenant declares: “The Prophet of Allah has said: The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight and kill the Jews.” The Hamas Covenant regards “Death for the sake of Allah the loftiest of wishes.” Indeed, the Quran exalts the Muslim who “slays and is slain” for Allah (Sura 9:111).

The Hamas Covenant continues: “It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Muslim generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis.” The Covenant therefore enjoins upon Muslims the following oath: “I swear by the holder of Muhammad’s soul that I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah, then invade and be killed, and then invade again and be killed.”

This is the enemy confronting Israel. The diabolical evil that animates this enemy is invading the democratic world, especially the United States. The trouble is that so many in this democratic world prefer to hate Israel than Evil.