Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Grand Jihad - How Islam and the Left sabotage America by Andrew McCarthy ..... Part 8

Passages from the chapter titled: We will conquer America through Dawa 
(highlighted sentences by moi)
It is called jihad by dawa. Of  all the elements of Hassan al-Banna's blueprint for achieving universal Islamic hegemony, it is the most vital - the catalyst. It is thus the torch that Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi most prominently carried forward in today's Muslim Botherhood. Dawa is the missionary work by which islam is spread. But don't be fooled by the term "missionary."  Dawa no more resembles the Western connotation of "missionary work" than islam resembles the Western notion of religion. Just as Islamism aspires to domination rather than a place at our ecumenical table, dawa is not mere proselytism but, as Qaradawi proclaims, the key to"victory."

On that point, he could not be more straightforward:"Conquest through dawa, that is what we hope for." Notice the striking candor. Its stark difference from the Brotherhood's coy approach to public discussion of forcible jihad is easily explained. Islamists have shrewdly adapted to the enemy's- to America's, to the West's - incoherent posture of obsessing over terrorism while turning a blind eye to terrorism's animating ideology. U.S. experts stubbornly maintain, regardless of the evidence, that Muslim hostility to the West is a result of poverty, Israel, resentment, Israel, misinformation, Israel, or whatever other excuse we are using this week. Meantime, the Brotherhood methodically proceeds with its grand jihad-by-sabotage, and the unabashed Qaradawi openly proclaims, "We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America, not through the sword but through dawa.".....

....As Islamists see it, modern Muslims in America are surrounded by their enemies, vastly outnumbered, and incapable of mounting a realistic armed attack - the same daunting straits faced by seventy-century Muslims in Mecca. Nevertheless, Qaradawi sagely reasons that Muslims in America, just like their forebears, can advance their mission by regarding the infidel country where they reside as Dar al-Dawa. The aim remains exactly the same as when Islamists viewed infidel terriroties strictly as the realm of war: namely, to induce America to submit. But the dawa strategy adjusts to the reality on the ground, just as Banna's original "from the ground up" blueprint counseled. It recognizes that a full frontal assault on the American system would simply be crushed, but that the missionary work - jihad by sabotage -will gradually eat away from within, abrading both the system and the will to preserve it.....

....That it is a Trojan-horse cannot be seriously doubted. Qaradawi is candid: " Were we to convince Western leaders and decision-makers of our right to live according to our faith - ideologically, legislatively, and ethically - without imposing our views or inflicting harm upon them, we would have traversed an immense barrier in our quest for an Islamic state." Notice, again, the mindset: without inflicting harm upon them.....

....The United Kingdom may be in even greater crisis. There, the Islamic ascendancy dovetails with the Labour government's transnational progressivism in a campaign against cultural Britishness. As the columnist Leo McKinstry observes: "England is in the middle of a profoundly disturbing social experiment. For the first time in a mature democracy, a Government is waging a campaign of aggressive discrimation against its indigenous population." Sharia has become a key element of that campaign.

Exploiting the feature of British law that permits parties, on consent, to bring their legal disputes to voluntary arbitration tribunals" rather than law courts, a Muslim commercial law barrister named Faisal Aqtab Siddiqi shrewdly established a sharia court as the "Muslim Arbitration Council." Quipping that "these are early days," the brillant writer John O'Sullivan notes that the British sharia court "so far only handles civil cases such as divorces and inheritance disputes, since Bitish society isn't ready for such innovations as public floggings and hand-choppings."

Still, the present caseload is plenty alarming. English police officers are enforcing sharia judgements on domestic violoence complaints -meaning there have been instances of investigations dropped after the islamic authorit sides with accused husbands in deference to the Koranic endorsement of spousal abuse. There has also been at least one decision awarding an estate's male heirs twice as much as the female heir. And by granting extra welfare benefits to men with multiple families, England, like much of Euope, is giving tacit approval to islamic polygamy (Muslim men may marry up to four women, women, you'll no doubt be stunned to hear, women are restricted to one husband.) Similarly, thanks to Muslim activists and feckless bureaucrats, the British welfare state - honoring a decree from the European Court of Human Rights -forces taxpayers to subsidize suspected foreign terrorists whom the government seeks to monitor under anti-terror laws but cannot deport because of Britian's alien-coddling immigration laws...

....Islamists are taking the measure of the West and finding it to be a shallow, self-loathing husk. When Muslims riot over mere cartoons, the intelligentsia's first impulse is to condemn the publisher. After an Islamist terrorist's brutal murder of Theo van Gogh, who directed Ayaan Hirsi Ali's screenply "Submission," about the treatment of women in islam, the first impulse of the Nethelands was to encourage Ms.Hirsi Ali to leave the country.

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