Mohammed (also spelled Muhammad 571-632 AD) founded the religion in what is now Saudi Arabia. He claimed to have received messages from the angel Gabriel and those messages formed the Qur’an. Sharia law is based on the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, which is about the size of the New Testament.
As mentioned in an earlier column, Islam has a detailed system of laws called Sharia, that “regulate all manner of behavior in the secular sphere — economic, social, military, legal, and political. It governs all aspects of civil society and human life, both public and private.”
Sharia law says that if a person forsakes the Muslim faith he is to be killed. This is often done by a member of the family, and it is called “honor killing.” The law says a woman cannot go out in public without wearing a certain head piece, and cannot drive without a male present.
Wherever this brutal religion is in charge, people are closely controlled. It teaches that if one does not convert, he is to be killed. Should Muslims ever conquer the United States (which is their stated aim) they would endeavor to enforce Sharia law.
Moderate Muslims are not in favor of Sharia, but as one writer stated: “What many Americans do not realize is that even if the extremists are vastly outnumbered, it is they who wield the political and religious authority in Islam.”
Here are two of the many violent quotations from the Qur’an, upon which Sharia law is based:
“Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate” (Sura 9:73).
“When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them” (Sura 9:5).
Some unsuspected Muslims are violent at heart. In February 2003, news magazines reported that Sami Al-Arian, a tenured University of South Florida engineering professor, was arrested on charges of leading an Islamic Jihad organization in the United States. Another USF professor, Sameech Hammoudeh, was arrested on similar charges.
Al-Arian, the seemingly innocent engineering professor, was routinely overheard consulting with terrorist leaders in the Mideast. Speaking in code, he discussed moving hundreds of thousands of dollars abroad and sought money for the families of “martyrs” who blew up Israeli civilians.
After one grisly double-suicide bombing that killed 22 Israelis, Al-Arian wrote a fundraising letter to a benefactor in Kuwait, bragging about the attack.
Some preachers have been plain spoken in their criticism of Islam. For example, in 2001, Franklin Graham called Islam “very evil and wicked.”
In February 2002, Pat Robertson, speaking on “The 700 Club,” stated, “Muslims want to coexist to control, dominate, and if need be, destroy.”
In June of that year, Jerry Vines, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaking to fellow Southern Baptists, averred that Mohammed was a demon-possessed pedophile.
Graham also said, “My opinion and my views are shaped by years of working and seeing Islam up close. There is no religious freedom; I have seen the persecution. It is taught by them. It is in their Koran. They cannot deny it.
When Hitler came on like a steamroller, God was still God. When Communism rattled its sabers and the world cowered in fear, God was alive and well. Today, when radical Muslims say they will ultimately install Sharia law worldwide, God is near and aware. Hear Him:
“I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isaiah 46:9, 10).