Death and terror from islam may seem like far off possibilities. Easy to dismiss, perhaps, with no personal responsibility and no moral qualms accruing to the citizen. However, islam’s goal is not to kill us all, but to convert a few and subjugate the rest.
Islam’s ideological goal is not war or terror, for those are tactics, the goal is to replace man-made law with “sacred” islamic law–the sharia, the path–so that islam reigns over Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Aside from a few hot wars, there is little to deter them; few in positions of political leadership know about sharia, fewer yet speak forthrightly about it. And since islam makes political objectives a religious duty, the global march is on.
The rule of Muslims over non-Muslims is part of sharia and is defined in the authoritative book The Reliance of the Traveller–A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.* A detailed description of life as an inferior being under sharia is found at “o11.0 Non-Muslim Subjects of the Islamic State (Ahl-Dhimma)” on page 607. It is described as a formal agreement of protection and if you as an infidel follow it you won’t be harmed.
What does life under the dhimmi agreement mean? Foremost you are obliged to follow the sharia whether you like to or not, understand it or not, agree with it or not (o11.3). You are a second class subject-think Copts. It means oppression-think Christians in Pakistan. It is subjugation. And what does that subjugation look like?
The subjugated person, the dhimmi under the condition of dhimmitude, will be penalized for committing adultery or theft (though generously not for drunkenness); must dress differently by command; are not greeted with “as-Salamu ‘alaykum”; must keep to the side of the street; may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims’ buildings (though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed – such kindness!); are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, forbidden to ring church bells, forbidden to display crosses, forbidden to recite the Torah or evangelize; and of course forbidden to build new churches (o11.4). And the dhimmi must never harm a Muslim or disparage islam and certainly not draw offensive cartoons.
Imagine what this subjugation might feel like. Well, we might not need to imagine at all, for in many ways it has already arrived. Thinking twice before you speak your mind. Wondering if your online posts will bring account termination. As a business owner, being coerced to accommodate Muslims whether as employees or customers. Finding school texts and college courses filled with historical fantasies about islamic contributions. Needing to go to a special store to buy certain products because your local grocer was cowed into not carrying them. Watching the media contort itself to adhere to internal speech codes. Seeing the ‘lone wolf’ and ‘mental illness’ narratives play out when your thinking brain is screaming It’s Jihad, Stupid! Hearing your local mosque blaring the call to prayer. Being ignored by your elected representatives. And there will be the paying of the jizya – the islamic poll tax (o11.3), as you will be reduced to a tax slave. And if you elect to violate the dhimmi contract – war be upon you, kinetic or civilizational jihad.
Is this sinking in? Is the foundation for hope and tolerance and mutual respect cracking?. Whether in formal agreement or simply by intimidation, islam and sharia advance and non-Muslim cultures retreat, as they have for centuries. Your culture is now retreating. Your law is violated, your liberty cast aside, your voice silenced. Even your military and security apparatus has all but criminalized any accurate description of the current kinetic and cultural threats. Those with such knowledge have been fired, eschewed and their words purged. And is our foreign aid (derived from OUR tax dollars) being cheerfully received as jizya or tribute by Muslim-majority nations? Is our “leadership” kneeling before islam on your behalf?
This is subjugation. Dhimmitude by agreement or dhimmitude by intimidation and cultural retreat ends up being very much the same thing.
We as a nation, we as a world interested in freedom of conscience and equality before the law must speak and act to prevent the retrogression, the suppression of human liberty and annihilation of culture.
CD, July 8, 2012 (updated May 2017)
*The Reliance of the Traveler-A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law ‘Umdat al-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri and certified by al-Azhar University of Egypt (2011 printing).