By Moshe Sharon
Longings for the caliphate
At the beginning of the twentieth century, a great tragedy befell the world of Islam, the critical nature of which, it has only revealed in recent years. It is not "imperialism and colonialism" (the two words so beloved by those seeking the causes for the backwardness of society in others rather than in themselves), but rather the abrogation of the caliphate by Kemal Ata Turk, the father of modern, secular, westernized Turkey. All at once the Muslim Empire was beheaded and it matters not that by then it was already only a virtual empire. At least on paper, there exists a massive Muslim world populated by a billion and a quarter believers, awaiting reunification under the leadership of a Commander of the Faithful, Amir al-Mu'minin, as in the days of its glory. The Commander of the Faithful is the symbol of Islamic authority, a hint of its greatness, the head of the sleeping giant of the Empire that is slowly awakening. The caliphate is the great dream of contemporary Muslim leaders and of every Muslim. It is a dream of the past, veiled in a romantic aura. One only need enter the Khilafah (caliphate) websites on the Internet in order to understand how alive and vibrant the dream is: To renew the great momentum of the days of the Prophet and his successors, and arrive at a situation where the entire world will be ruled by the Islamic legal system according to which one Muslim government will be established with Commander of the Faithful at its head. However, in order to realize this, the Muslim world must be prepared to make sacrifices. Every Muslim is called upon to sacrifice, and first and foremost to want to sacrifice his life for the sake of this holy objective.
This is not merely romantic enthusiasm, but rather a political and military program. Mahmud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, recently gave a speech before a group of Iranian scholars on the subject of Islamic art. The President declared that true art is martyrdom. The death of the martyr, he said, is the most sublime expression of true art, and added in his flowery language, which sounds so good in Persian, that with the help of Allah, Islam will soon be raised to the highest peaks from which it will rule the entire world. Inshallah. (may it be the will of Allah).
In the last generation, this zealous and combative Islam, which directly influences the lives and the thoughts of many millions of people, has discovered the way to fight the enemies of Islam around the world. It discovered that through the combination of education to hatred, zealotry, and martyrdom, with cheap, unsophisticated weapons and a few kilograms of explosives, it was possible to undermine the security of western societies, to damage the framework of their lives and to expose the helplessness of the large empires. We call acts of horror that indiscriminately strike at innocent people, terrorism. However the Muslims, who engage in those acts, call them jihad, holy war, which Islam declared against the whole world from its very inception.
Terrorism is not a new Islamic discovery. It appeared as quite an effective tool among the early Muslims a short while after they established their imperial institutions and it has accompanied their history in various degrees of intensity. At times it is the terrorism of a small group or terrorism at the initiative of individuals and at times it is organized terrorism, relying on education and indoctrination. Political and military objectives, primarily designed to undermine the security of their opponents, were always the motivation for terrorism in Islamic history – unless it was a matter of a private vendetta. The Kharijites and the Hashishiyun, in medieval times, were conspicuous examples of blatant, impudent, horrific terrorism; in other words every terrorist attack sent out shockwaves that continued to influence its surroundings long after it was perpetrated.
The Shi'ite Hashíshiyún, between the 11th and the 13th century, gave their name to Europeans who pronounced it "assassin" (following the colloquial: Hashsáshín) and used it in order to describe an ambush killer, hired killer or a killer in cold blood. Today, the world is filled with Muslim assassins, who, like the Hashíshiyún of the Middle Ages, undergo a long process of indoctrination and are happy to be martyrs and reach the next world quickly. During the Middle Ages only the suicide martyrs themselves were indoctrinated; in the modern Islamic world, an entire public is being indoctrinated. This indoctrination is carried out in every possible manner: Directly by preachers in mosques and in religious study groups; in all the electronic and print media; by the Muslim intellectual elites – writers and artists, filmmakers and playwrights, actors and singers; in schoolbooks, in schools, in and out of class. Most of the public in
The thrust of Muslim propaganda is directed against the Jews. From European anti-Semitic sources the Muslim authors collect everything that describes the Jews as the filth of humanity, fit only for destruction. And to what they gather from
Much has already been written about the anti-Semitic best-sellers in the Arab and Islamic world: Hitler's Mein Kampf is a best seller, and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is not only a best seller, but also a source of inspiration for Muslim scholars artists and writers. The talented Egyptian author, Abbás Mahmúd al-'Aqqád, whom orientalists love to describe as a "modernist," wrote an introduction to the Protocols. He refers to the book once as a "wonderful book" and again as a "satanic book." Even if it is a forgery, he says, its contents are true, because it describes the Jews as they are.
The blood libel is also alive and well in the world of Islam. Thus, for example, in a film which has been shown in the Hizbullah television al-Manár ("The Lighthouse") on a regular basis, a group of Jews is seen slaughtering a Muslim child and using his blood to prepare unleavened bread. The Jews in the film are portrayed in the best Nazi Der Stürmer tradition: Long-bearded, hook-nosed, black-clad with wide-brimmed hats. This film and other similar ones are distributed on Islamic internet sites and are also sent, with translation, to many sites in the West and the
Mahmoud Abbas, the person that the Israeli press likes so much to refer to by his revolutionary name, Abu-Mazen, wrote a doctorate for the
Educating the masses
This indoctrination of the masses, which has infiltrated every aspect of public life, intellectual, educational, religious and political, can be seen everywhere: In the press, schoolbooks, bulletin boards, graffiti on the walls, speeches of preachers and endless hate letters. It contributes to the creation of the regular army as well as the reserves of suicide bombers craving to reach the special paradise that Allah has prepared for the soldiers fighting in his army.
Is it any wonder that films are being disseminated that portray a three year old(!) girl whose mother is teaching her to recite anti-Semitic slogans saying that the Jews are pigs and monkeys and speaking about the beauty of martyrdom? Two Palestinian girls, aged 11 and 12 are interviewed on official Palestinian television (of the "Authority" that Israel initiated and established in the name of peace as part of the new Middle East) and say in fluent Arabic that there is nothing that they want more than martyrdom. The interviewer asks if they would want martyrdom even if all of the Palestinian rights were to be realized. They answer: Martyrdom has nothing to do with "rights." Martyrdom will continue to be their aspiration and is not connected with the fulfillment of the Palestinian demands. "Is there anything more wonderful than paradise?" one of them says and the other agrees with her.
When a Muslim, unceasingly exposed to this volume of hatred, looks at the map of the Middle East and sees a tiny patch stuck in the heart of the Arab-Islamic world like a dagger, and he knows that the patch is controlled by Jews, in refutation of the entire Muslim doctrine, he inevitably sees it as shocking violation of all he believes in. With its independent existence and all the trappings of sovereignty, the Jew is challenging the truth of Islam; this cannot be permitted!
Thus, the time has come for the Jews in that little patch, who live in the bubble that they have created for themselves and inside of which they play peace games, to internalize the simple, clearly manifest truth: there is no peace nor will there be peace in the Middle East as long as an independent Jewish State exists in which Jews and Muslims enjoy equal rights. There is not and there will not be peace as long as such challenge to Allah and his believers exists. There is not and there will not be peace in the Middle East unless it is in accordance with Islam: the total destruction of the Jewish State, the destruction of most of its Jewish residents and the transformation of
The concept of peace in the spirit of the prophets of
There is no peace in the "House of War"
The Muslims consider the State of Israel to be an advance position of the "House of War" established on Islamic territory conquered from Islam. This territory is nothing less than a sacred Islamic endowment, a Muslim waqf, that was expropriated from Muslim hands in a momentary tragedy and therefore must be returned to Islamic hands.
The holy war is the strategy and therefore the agreements ("peace") with
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