Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Foremost expert on Islam, Hugh Fitzgerald

A foremost expert on Islam, Hugh Fitzgerald has suggested that Islam may be regarded as a sort of "Mental System" which I find to be a very interesting idea in many ways, but I respectfully disagree with some things he has written as well as the general tone of many articles of his.

There is a substantial and important body of his work at the serious and respected Jihad Watch site, founded and run by foremost expert Robert Spencer, at: 

Jihad Watch - Articles by Hugh Fitzgerald

To read a bit about the Jihad Watch site, kindly click on the link:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/why-jihad-watch

Why Jihad Watch?

Why Jihad Watch? Because non-Muslims in the West, as well as in India, China, Russia, and the world over, are facing a concerted effort by Islamic jihadists, the motives and goals of whom are largely ignored by the Western media, to destroy their societies and impose Islamic law upon them — and to commit violence to that end even while their overall goal remains out of reach. That effort goes under the general rubric of jihad.

Jihad (Arabic for “struggle”) is a central duty of every Muslim. Muslim theologians have spoken of many things as jihads: the struggle within the soul, defending the faith from critics, supporting its growth and defense financially, even migrating to non-Muslim lands for the purpose of spreading Islam. But violent jihad is a constant of Islamic history and a central element of Islamic theology. Many passages of the Qur’an and sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad are used by jihad warriors today to justify their actions and gain new recruits. No major Muslim group has ever repudiated the doctrines of armed jihad. The theology of jihad, which denies unbelievers equality of human rights and dignity, is available today for anyone with the will and means to bring it to life.