Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What does the Religion of Peace Teach About ... Jizya (Extortion)

From the website TheReligionofPeace.com (to read the entire article, kindly click on the link): 

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/004-jizya.htm

What does the Religion of Peace Teach About ... Extorting Money from Other Religions

From the article:

According to the esteemed historian Ibn Kathir, Muhammad established the jizya as a means of compensating the "converted" Meccans for their loss of revenue following the total ban of other religions from the Kaaba.  This ended the centuries-old tradition of pilgrimages by people of all faiths during the holy months, on which the local economy depended:
Allah, most high, ordered the believers to prohibit the disbelievers from entering or coming near the sacred mosque.  On that, [Muhammad's home tribe of]Quraysh thought that this would reduce their profits from trade.  Therefore, Allah, most high, compensated them and ordered them to fight the people of the Book until the embrace Islam or pay the jizya.  Ibn Katheir, The Battles of the Prophet, p. 183-184
This practice enabled Muhammad and his successors to fund Islamic military expansion and the lifestyle of the religious class through extortion from non-believers.  In 630, the prophet of Islam first marched an army into Christian lands in what came to be known as the "Battle of Tabuk."  In fact, there was no battle because there was no opposing army.  The residents were taken by surprise.  Some were killed, and the survivors were forced to pay protection money to Muhammad.  (Clearly abrogating the previous rule of "no compulsion in religion" that contemporary apologists are so fond of repeating).

Only eleven years after Muhammad's death, his companions swept through North Africa, putting to the sword those who would not submit to Islamic rule.  In 643, Tripoli was conquered and the native Christian Berbers were forced to give their wives and children to the Muslims as slaves to satisfy the jizya.

This lucrative extortion racket was practiced down through the centuries and was a part of the brutal Ottoman rule over Christians, Jews and others.  The Serbs of Europe were particularly hard hit and often had to hand over their children to satisfy the collector.  The children were then converted to Islam and trained as Jihad warriors for use in foreign campaigns (the so-called Janissaries). 

In India, well into the 17th century, Muslim tax collectors would also take the wives and children of impoverished Hindus and sell them into slavery for the jizya requirement.  The only way for many to avoid losing their families was to convert to Islam.  This tremendous discrimination is how Islam made inroads into populations that wanted nothing to do with it (as a cleric so much as admitted in 2013).

Technically, there is no such thing in Islam as an innocent non-Muslim, which makes those ballyhooed condemnations of "terror against innocent people" even more useless.  There is a basis for protecting the "People of the Book" (originally Jews and Christians, but later extended to Hindus when Muslim leaders realized that killing them was not as profitable as taxing them).   These would be those who place themselves completely under the rule of Muslims, relinquishing all rights and agreeing to finance the Muslim expansion.  Unfortunately, even this has not been enough to spare religious minorities from extreme persecution and massacre.