Sunday, October 14, 2018

Amil Imani, Frontpage Magazine: Jihad Abrogates Tolerance

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/271536/jihad-abrogates-tolerance-amil-imani

JIHAD ABROGATES TOLERANCE

The eerie predicament of engaging in "interfaith dialogue."



One of the most salient passages in the Qur’an is 2:106, which shows us the basis for the doctrine of abrogation:

“We do not abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten except when we bring forth one better than earlier verse or similar to it. Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?”

Abrogation has an impact on the arguments about the true nature of Islam. At endless interfaith dialogues, the early tolerant verses are quoted to show the nature of Islam as being peaceful. When both verses are quoted and then abrogation is applied, we see that the later violent verses trumps the earlier tolerant ones. Jihad abrogates tolerance. In general, the Medina Quran abrogates the Meccan Quran. There are several verses of tolerance that are abrogated by jihad against Christians.

But the earlier verse is still acceptable and in use. Abrogation does not negate the early verse. Indeed, the earlier “peaceful” verse that is abrogated is the one most apt to be used in public discourse.

This creates a logical problem, since if two things contradict each other, at least one of them must be false. This is a fundamental element of Western unitary logic. In Quranic logic, two statements can contradict each other and both are true. This is dualistic logic.

To put it simply, Allah changes revelations as he pleases, and the latter revelations supersede the earlier ones. There are deviations among Muslim theologians as to which verses have been abrogated and replaced, but the overall idea has been clear. When Muslims are weak and in a minority position, they should behave peacefully according to the Meccan passages (which reflect the early time when Muhammad was vulnerable and building his power base), and when strong, they are obligated to wage war according to the later Medina passages.

An alternative explanation is that the early verse is first stage in a process, like a seed, and the later verse is a second stage, like a plant.


There is truth to this, but the process model does not take into account the fact that both truths are available at the same time. To go back to the analogy, you don’t have the seed and the plant at the same time. The verses contradict each other and are both true at the same time. Again, this is dualistic logic. The contradictions are usually explained by abrogation, the classical doctrine, but the principle of abrogation is limited to the Quran. Duality includes the special case of abrogation and it explains how the entire doctrine of the Quran and Sunna work. It is not just the Quran that is contradictory, but the Sunna.
Another dualistic aspect of Islam is its ethics. One of the chief features of Islam is the doctrine of the kefir (unbeliever). It treats them dreadfully and horribly. No one would ever want to be treated as a kefir is treated in the Trilogy. This leads us to the Golden Rule. There is no Golden Rule in Islam because of the division of humanity into believer and kefir. The Golden Rule is to treat all people as you would be treated. Since no one wants be treated like a kefir, and the kefir is so central to Islamic doctrine, it proves that Islam has no Golden Rule. Islam has one set of rules for Muslims and another set of rules for kefirs. This is dualistic ethics.
Practicing Tolerance
We are told that it is only civil to respect or at least tolerate other peoples’ beliefs, even if you do not agree with them — a sort of live and let live attitude. As a general principle, this position is admirable. Yet there are exceptions. A case in point is when people say let Muslims believe what they want. I strongly disagree to let Muslims believe what they want to believe when they hold that I, as a non-Muslim, have no right to live. Or if I am to live, I must live a life subservient to Muslims. And wherever they are in power in the world, Muslims do everything they can to make non-believers’ lives dreadful and deadly.
I don’t tolerate these belief and practices, in the same vein as I reject fascism and all other exclusionary oppressive systems of belief.
As they say: tolerating evil is not tolerance, it is a crime.

My mission is to raise the clarion call about the imminent and present danger of expansionistic theocratic Islam. Having witnessed first-hand the horrors and indignity that Islamofascism visits on people it subjugates, I have taken it upon myself to do my part in defeating this ideology of oppression, hate and violence.

- Amil Imani


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OUR MISSION: The DHFC is dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center combats the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values and disarm this country as it attempts to defend itself in a time of terror.  The leftist offensive is most obvious on our nation’s campuses, where the Freedom Center protects students from indoctrination and intimidation and works to give conservative students a place in the marketplace of ideas from which they are otherwise excluded.  Combining forceful analysis and bold activism, the Freedom Center provides strong insight into today’s most pressing issue on its family of websites and in the activist campaigns it wages on campus, in the news media, and in national politics throughout the year.
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The Center held four other Islamo-Fascism Awareness Weeks in 2008-2009 and has had at least one major campaign on campuses across the country since.  The subjects have included the Muslim Students Association’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood; “Wall of Lies” (a rejoinder to pro Palestinians groups’ slander of Israel); and a counter campaign against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.  Freedom Center Students, an online hub for conservative students to receive support in the way of intellectual ammunition, access to speakers, and connect with fellow students fighting the battle for freedom at other campuses.
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