UI – Part 269 – THE IDIOCY OF ISLAM
The title, ‘The Idiocy of Islam’ is not intended to mock Islam but to raise a concern for its objective. So often stated in the ‘Allahu Akbar’ rhetoric is the want for a world All for Allah. But what does that entail? First of all know that Freedom is not a component. Why? Because Freedom simply would allow Muslims to live side-by-side with non-believers (infidels). I assume if the infidels lived under Sharia Law and compromised their lifestyle, possibly paying the tax (jizya), and admitted the leaders of their Muslim world were Superior (in fact all Muslims were a superior class) they could live. But be assured if they step out of line the Islamic Police would take direct aim and fire to eradicate this blight on their Ideal Islamic Society.
Even though Muslims claim they are not stained with the DNA of Original Sin, as are Christians as noted Biblically, they admit to being sinners. Muhammad – via Allah to Gabriel to Muhammad – received a correction to the Bible that enabled Adam to admit his error in the Garden to Allah, repent, seek forgiveness and receive same. Thus Adam was cleansed of sin, made pure, by Allah. But then Adam goes ahead and sins again. As did Muhammad, his followers, many (my guess is all) Islamic leaders, even the Wahhabists, Muslim Brotherhood members and other factions, be they offshoots of Sunni or Shiite. They are weak and they sin. Thus evil committed requires good actions to compensate to provide any chance for the gates of the Gardens of Paradise to be opened to them upon their arrival.
With a sinful ‘proclivity’ (Christians have a sinful ‘nature’) Muslims in the Ideal City (the ‘City’) attempt to shelter themselves from the wiles and charms of women, requiring the women be covered, to walk in a less than feminine fashion as to not tempt, to avoid make-up, insure their breasts are secure, and stay indoors if at all possible. There are no taverns in the City, as alcohol would be forbidden, not even manufactured – prohibition worldwide. ‘Prohibition’ would become the operative term in the City as any form of temptation would be Prohibited, to included marijuana or other opiates (like ghat). No gambling – no cards or dice or tables, not even an odds parlor at the track of OTB. The Muslims would continue, I would guess, to go to the UK and Las Vegas and place their bets, sinful as that may be. Hypocritical too. There would be no music, no dancing and the words of the Ayatollah Khomeini as to ‘NO fun’ would be enforced. Severe and painful chastisement would be the punishment.
The City – No Hope – No Joy
This Islamic Ideal City is without joy or hope. That too is an alteration of the Bible. God (Biblical God) wants there to by joy and hope. Wine is OK too – in moderation, as should all things be in moderation. Allah made corrections – or was it Muhammad. I do not know if he consumed alcohol but he certainly gambled, if not monetarily, with other’s lives as well as enjoying multiple wives – more than the 4 permitted in the Quran.
Ecclesiastes has much to say in understanding life, much of which is referred to as ‘meaningless’, but there is a focus. In 11:5b it reads, “You cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” That is a statement all would find accurate. But your time or earth is short, enabled by God, so as a loving, obedient God fearing believer, “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart for it is now that God favors what you do” (Ecc 9:7) For that we must give Thanks. (Ecc 9:4) “Anyone who is among the living has hope.” Clearly all is over when you are dead. It has ended; that same destiny awaits everyone, the righteous and the sinner, the Muslim, Christian, Jew, Pagan, and Secularist and so on. We all die. But for what end? Who can/will enter the Celestial City – Heaven?
The wisest and wealthiest man who lived, Solomon, was the author of Ecclesiastes. He had it all, but was filled with wonder. He wrote, “Do not be over-righteous, neither be over-wise — why destroy yourself? Do not be over-wicked, and do not be a fool — why die before your time? It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes.” (Ecc 16-18) God gives humans a gift. That gift is life, as short as it may be, on earth. Man is also given the opportunity to know God. Denial is also possible. There is freedom; it cannot be erased or avoided; it cannot be eliminated. It is in the heart of man. There are Laws too; those of God and those manmade. An error in interpretation of God’s laws, God’s intentions, leads to judgments in some cases being made by man. But man cannot wholly understand the work of God. Look around – bad things happen to good people; good things happen to bad people. What is fair? What is right? Disasters happen and involve all manner of humans, all faiths or no faiths, the wealthy and the poor. Can that be controlled by man; can it be determined. Only an irrational person would say ‘yes.’ God judges God’s Laws. Man can make laws for the common good to include full consideration for the moral and ethical values as put forth in Scripture. Man’s punishment and God’s, though, are different.
The sun shines. We are alive. Reading this you are aware of your senses. What you do with your time is up to you but God’s inspiration tells us, “find satisfaction in (your) toilsome labor…this is (your) lot.” (Ecc 5:18). Do not despair in your work, take pleasure, be happy, and apply yourself diligently and with thanks for the opportunity, whatever it is. Be thankful for the gift of intellect you have and your ability to make choices. Discernment is an ability to make sense of the world around you. If not allowed to do so, that is not because of God. It is because of man placing restrictions on you. They can be cultural, ideological and from family. Education is important. There are places in the world where those who have access to an education are restricted, women and poor especially. Why? It is not due to lack of funds. It is more because there are those in certain societies that do not what people to think, to explore outside the box in which they are constrained, for fear they may change their orientation. The Quran makes clear that Muslims are to wear blinders to see only that which is written in the Quran or heard from their scholars. If exposed to the bible, their primary concern, they may leave the counsel of their local authorities and Imams and find a new path that enables Salvation. That is not the Will of Allah or those in charge. But it may actually be God’s Will and desire for you, for the individual.
Joy and Happiness
Only in God can we find happiness, joy, hope, laughter, dancing, music and song. “It is from the hand of God, for without him who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.” God will get his share, blessing those who in life please him, aware there are distractions.
Freedoms are like tests of one’s strength in The Lord. Freedom cannot be eradicated. No matter how hard the Islamist attempts to create a world All for Allah, where no one is free to choose anything other than Allah or live under any constitution other than the Quran, that will not happen on earth. On earth only the opportunity to be with God forever is made available to you. Your heart is being tested.
Thus the Idiocy of Islam is in its lack of wisdom as to man’s purpose on earth and why God placed us here together. We are being tested for his Glory, having been given his greatest gift – God living among us and taking the punishment we deserve for all of our sins. The perfect sacrificial lamb was offered-up granting forgiveness to all who now believe in the Risen Lord. It was done and finished. Believers are made right with God, punished for all transgressions, and reborn with a heart for God, a want to be as Jesus, perfect. Certainly there will be mistakes made, but they too are forgiven; they are but miss-steps in the process of being like Him.
Thanks Be to God
Grace and Peace.