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Sri Lankan Muslims At The Cross Roads – XIV – Muslim Extremism

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I will now make some observations on the external dimension of Muslim extremism, perceptions of which among non-Muslim Sri Lankans tend to impact negatively, very negatively indeed, on the local Muslims. Islam tends to be seen as a religion that encourages fanaticism, violence, and aggression, which has led to the notion that Islam was spread by the sword. That is supposed to be the process by which once predominantly Buddhist countries became predominantly Muslim countries. The local Muslims, together with the wider Islamic world, are therefore too often seen as posing an existential threat to the Sinhalese.

The notion that Islam was spread by the sword was prevalent in the Christian world for centuries, but it has long been established that neither Islamic precept nor practice supports that notion. On the level of precept, Islamic doctrine is clear and categorical: “There is no compulsion in religion”. On the level of practice, the historical evidence shows that usually the conquered were given the option of conversion to Islam or payment of a tax which was supposed to be in lieu of military service to which Muslims were subject. The option offered was never that of conversion or extermination. The IS slogan of “Convert or die” is certainly an aberration. That is the reason why although the Moguls exercised power in India for centuries, Hinduism and other religions continued to flourish there. Complex factors were in operation behind the conversions in India, such as the desire of lower castes for dignity and equality. Anyway, some Bengalis were converted to Islam while others remained Hindu; some Punjabis were converted to Islam while others remained Hindu or Sikh – and so on. It is a fact that at the time the Moguls relinquished power to the British, the Muslims were still in a minority in predominantly Hindu India. That does not square with the notion of conversation to Islam by the sword.

There is also the fact that conversion to Islam took place in many countries without a precedent Muslim conquest. Examples in South and SE Asia are the Maldives, Malaysia, and Indonesia which has the largest Muslim population in the world. There are several Black African countries which are predominantly Muslim although the Arab conquests never extended that far south. I believe furthermore that Islam has been for several decades the fastest spreading religion in Black Africa. There are two other pertinent facts that I must mention. There is not a single Muslim country that can be taken seriously as a military power, except perhaps for Turkey. The two invasions of Iraq showed that it was a third rate military power. The other pertinent fact is that the Sri Lankan Muslims have never engaged in a program to convert Buddhists to Islam. The notion that Sri Lanka could become predominantly Muslim through conquest or peaceful conversion is nonsensical.

I come now to the problem of Muslim intolerance, which seems to figure in the Sinhalese consciousness as something inherent in Islam, as part of its very essence. An illustration is apparently provided by the destruction of the ancient Bamiyan statues in Afghanistan by the Taliban. The fact that those statues were left intact over many centuries while Islam reigned supreme in Afghanistan is ignored. Furthermore it was a version of Islam that was rigidly orthodox with strict observance of the sharia. But only the fact that the statues were destroyed by an extremist terrorist group, the Taliban – which is clearly a transitional phenomenon – is taken into account. I will explain later why the Taliban should be regarded as a transitional phenomenon. The fact that has to be emphasized at this point is that for certain reasons an extremist Islamic intolerance arises in some Muslim countries but not in all of them, a fact that suffices by itself to establish that intolerance is not of the essence of Islam. Indeed it is arguable on the basis of Koranic and other texts that tolerance, not intolerance, is of the essence of Islam. The Koran asserts in two places that those such as the Christians, the Jews, and the Sabataeans, who believe in the one true God and lead the good life, will go to heaven. I believe that Islam is the only world religion that asserts that adherents of some other faiths could attain the highest good in the afterlife. It becomes arguable that Islam is more in tune with the wider ecumenism, in which tolerance is of the very essence, than any other world religion.

The question that has to be asked is this: Of what practical importance is it to the Sinhalese that some Muslim countries are intolerant towards other religions? In Saudi Arabia non-Muslim religious edifices cannot be built, and though the private practice of other religions is permitted in principle, there is interference in practice in that sphere also. The position may be even worse in some other Muslim countries. But how does that affect the Sinhalese Budhists who are working in Muslim countries? I have posed that question and asked specifically, in an exchange of views in the Island, what are the Muslim countries where permission to erect Buddhist temples has been sought and been refused. There has been no reply, presumably because there are no such countries. It appears therefore that, apart from the singular case of Saudi Arabia, the Sinhalese Buddhists working in other Muslim countries have no problems about practicing their religion. Muslim intolerance should therefore be regarded as a non-problem – except to a marginal extent in the Saudi Arabian case – in regard to Sinhalese-Muslim relations.

I have pointed out that Muslim extremism and Muslim population increase are seen as posing existential threats to the Sinhalese. I have shown above that internally there is no threat from Muslim extremists, nor is there externally. But in the preceding paragraph I have departed from that framework and dealt with an aspect of Muslim extremism, namely religious intolerance, that in no way poses an existential threat to the Sinhalese. However that perception of Muslim extremism can gravely prejudice Sinhalese-Muslim relations. In other ways too perceptions and misperceptions of Muslim extremism – taking into account for instance the sub-human horrors being perpetrated by the Islamic State – can so gravely prejudice the Sinhalese that the mass of them can come to think of the Muslims as a lesser breed who are not entitled to the protection of the law and who deserve to be relegated to the lowest rung of the Sri Lankan socio-economic ladder. In other words it is the Muslims, not the Sinhalese, to whom Muslim extremism poses an existential threat.

My strategy in dealing with the problem of Muslim extremism would be as follows: try to show that Muslim extremism is an aberration, something marginal to mainstream Islam as the very term “extremism” indicates; and secondly try to show that orthodox mainstream Islam in its liberal version is the wave of the future as it can best cope with the pressures of modernity. It is a vast subject on which I can do no more than merely touch in these articles. I will begin by providing concrete illustrations of what I have in mind by the opposition between “extremism” and “mainstream”. In the course of a recent newspaper dialogue with me an eminent Sri Lankan wrote very critically about what he called the “anti-humanism of the 21st century version of Islamic culture” His premise is mistaken in assuming that there is only one version of Islamic culture in this century. He provided three illustrations in support of his argument, the first of which was the famous fatwa of Ayatollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses, which included a huge monetary reward for anyone who killed him. I am not sufficiently informed to pronounce whether or not that fatwa accords with Shia jurisprudence but it certainly does not accord with orthodox jurisprudence as expounded in Weeramantry’s book Islamic Jurisprudence – which is now available in Sinhala. Most orthodox Muslims, though outraged by Rushdie’s book, would agree that condemning anyone without trial is repugnant to Islamic principles.

His second illustration was the case of the Danish cartoons which provoked enraged reactions in Muslim countries. Those reactions were excessive, but it would be wrong to assume that Muslims always react to perceived insults to Islam in extremist ways. In a BBS demonstration Allah was imaged as a pig and burnt in effigy. Nothing could have been better calculated to infuriate Muslims than that. We can be certain that every Muslim Ambassador would have reported to his Government on that outrage, including the fact that the Government made no statement to assuage the Muslims, which should have been done considering that practically everyone believes that the anti-Muslim campaign has had Government backing. But there was no reaction against the Government in the Islamic world. This case shows that Muslims don’t automatically react in extremist ways. His third illustration of the anti-humanism of contemporary Islam was the bombing of the twin towers on September 11, 2001. Gilles Kepel, a leading French Islamologist, researched Muslim reactions to that outrage on an extensive scale in Middle Eastern and Western countries and declared in a book that the vast majority of Muslims were against that outrage.

It is unwarranted to speak of anti-humanism as typical of contemporary Islamic culture. There certainly are Muslim extremists who can be regarded as anti-human. It is also true that orthodox Muslims can behave in extremist ways. But on the whole mainstream orthodox Islam stands for balance and sanity. Today we have on the one hand the Islamic State horrifying the rest of the world, including most of the Islamic world, by its subhuman atrocities. On the other hand we have the leader of Indonesia, which holds the world’s largest Muslim population, loudly denouncing the Islamic State. I hold that the latter represents the future of the Islamic world.

*To be continued

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    your information regarding IS is inaccurate.First check your facts before writing rubbish.
    You have without verifying from IS or neutral third parties claimed, IS gives only two options. Become muslim or death. Christians and yazidis are still living who are paying the jizia in mosul. America wanted a pretext to attack and the story of yazidi in the mountain.

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      JEHAN

      “You have without verifying from IS or neutral third parties claimed, IS gives only two options. Become muslim or death. Christians and yazidis are still living who are paying the jizia in mosul.”

      IS, ISIS, Wannabis and their Clones awe not-Muslims. They follow the Devil, the Satan or Shaitan.

      Similarly Sinhala “Buddhists” are not Buddhists, but Maras or MaRas.
      They do not follow the Buddhas Dhamma. They follow Racism , Chauvinism and Govigama Caste Hegemony.

      The plight of the Sinhala `DALITS`- Karava, Durava, Salagama, Berava and Rodi. Caste discrimination in Sinhala society.
      Friday, 9 September 2011 – 10:42 AM SL Time

      http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2011/9/70564_space.html

      Free education has brought out wider egalitarian impact in Sinhala society, but this has not eliminated the caste inequality altogether. Rather caste has been made an underground phenomenon rarely discussed in public, but remained bottled up within the individuals and local communities only to be rekindled from time to time in the caste inspired political loyalties during the time of elections, social conflicts and social uprisings (Jiggins 1979, Chandraprema 1991).

      This caste alignment did not emerge out of the blue. There had been a long history of Kara-Govi rivalry in diverse quarters and at various social levels from the 1860s if not earlier. Let me detail some facets without claiming that this brief review is comprehensive.

      The grand war time alliance of Sinhala Buddhist interests appears to have unravelled. I attribute the bad blood between the Rajapakse and Fonseka camps to vendetta and revenge. This is largely a personal feud born of a sense of betrayal. However, I wonder whether the legacy of caste has had a tangential role in the matter after all. Rajapakse is the scion** of an old southern Govigama family while Fonseka was a Karave general also from the south.

      Let us explore the issue in some detail. Professor K.M. de Silva in his `History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the MIGRATION OF THE KARAWE, SALAGAMA AND DURAWE CASTES FROM SOUTHERN INDIA TO SRI LANKA BETWEEN THE 14TH AND 17TH CENTURIES AD. The Karawe, a maritime caste, appear to have had a disproportionate influence in the Sinhala military in medieval times. M.D. Raghavan`s publication, `The Karave of Ceylon: Society and Culture` illustrates the cultural history in some depth. Michael Roberts also documents Karawe elite formation in his seminal publication `Caste Conflict and Elite Formation, the Rise of the Karave elite in Sri Lanka: 1500-1931`.

      Caste divisions are not unknown in Sinhala Buddhist history. The Govigama-Karave competition intermittently resurfaces in our history. The Govigama are the farmer caste akin to the Tamil Vellalar. The Govigama are perhaps 50% of the Sinhala population while the Karave are likely 10%. The Govigama unfairly dismiss the Karave as a fishing caste.

      King Vijayabahu in the 11th century DENIED ACCESS TO THE SO-CALLED LOWER CASTES to venerate the Buddha`s footprint at the summit of Sri Pada or Adam`s Peak. These castes were confined to a lower terrace further down. This led to an immediate counter when a 12th century rock inscription of King Nissanka Malla warned that the Govigama caste could never aspire to high office.

      The 13th century Sinhala literary work, the Pujavaliya went on to assert that a Buddha would never be born in the Govigama caste The Govigama reaction was swift. Kandyan Buddhist civil law as later documented in the Niti Nighanduwa, placed the Govigama at the top of an elaborately ordered caste hierarchy.

      The Kandyan Buddhist clergy – the Siam Nikaya – DENIED ENTRY into the Buddhist monkhood to the non-Govigama. They EXCLUDED THE KARAVE. This led wealthy Karave merchants in the maritime districts to finance the journey of Ambagahapitiya Gnanawimala Thera to Amarapura in Burma for the ordination into the Buddhist monkhood in 1800 AD. While the newly founded Amarapura nikaya had 21 sub-sects defined on caste lines (i.e. Karave, Salagama and Durave), it nonetheless offered a rare opportunity for the Karave to join the Buddhist religious order.

      Other Karave ABANDONED BUDDHISM ALTOGETHER AND CONVERTED TO ROMAN CATHOLICISM to seek caste emancipation. 50% of the Karave caste might well be Christian today. At present, Karave Christian youth have the best education outcomes in Sinhala society.

      Many of us were thankful that these caste divisions in Sinhala Buddhist society had ebbed. However, recent events indicate that this may not entirely be so. In the late 1800s, Charles Henry de Soysa, the foremost Karave philantrophist, had hosted a banquet to the Duke of Edinburgh in Colombo, an event boycotted by the Govigama political elite led by Solomon Bandaranaike. Dr. Marcus Fernando, a Karave leader of no mean accomplishment, ran for the Educated Ceylonese seat at the 1911 elections. The Govigama elite, led by the Senanayakes, successfully defeated him and ensured the victory of Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, a Tamil candidate, instead. The Govigama preferred Tamil leadership to that of the Karave Sinhalese. That was treachery on the part of the Govigama.

      We now witness a situation where Rajapakse has LITERALLY CRUSHED FONSEKA. Let us not forget that all Sri Lankan heads of state, with just one exception, have been Govigama. Non-Govigama representation in Sri Lanka`s legislature has declined since independence. And all three revolts against the post-independence Sri Lankan state were led by the Sinhala Karave or Tamil Karaiyar.

      PLAYED THE CASTE CARD TO DENY FONSEKA THE MILITARY VOTE:

      The feud between the President and the erstwhile General, while personal in nature, has now developed caste over tones. The President`s camp was uncertain of victory in the run-up to the polls. Reports suggest that it deftly and subtly played the caste card within the military to deny Fonseka the military vote. The President succeeded. In the ensuing post-poll purge of the military, the Karave have disproportionately been targeted. Other KARAVA GENERALS have been SACKED from the armed forces. KARAVE BUDDHIST MONKS had been arrested. Much to my chagrin, caste may still be alive in Sinhala Buddhist society, albeit as an undercurrent.

      FONSEKA ARREST AND THE GOVIGAMA-KARAWE CASTE EQUATION IN SINHALA SOCIETY:

      General Sarath Fonseka, despite what some consider to be his betrayal, is Sri Lanka`s first four star general. He had won one of Sri Lanka`s highest awards of military heroism – the `Rana Wickrama Padakkama`. India`s national security advisor had described Fonseka as the best army commander in the world. Its time he is set free.

      Source(s)
      the Govigama-Karawe caste equation in Sinhala society- by Lakruwan de Silva and Prof. Michael Roberts

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      Our otherwise self-proclaimed Great Teacher and pretender-champion of Lankan Muslims Mr. Izeth Hussain rides again – once more misleading and taking the readership for fools. The ageing former diplomat loves to see his name in print and, therefore, keeps churning his “wisdom” virtually non-stop.

      To him Islam and Muslims can make no mistake or cause harm to others. In this unsolicited piece where he goes to white-wash Muslim shortcomings he, once more, gets caught – with his sarong down.

      Let me explain

      “..On the level of precept, Islamic doctrine is clear and categorical: “There is no compulsion in religion…” Hussain should trek down to the Negombo area and meet the dozens of Pakistani Christian families, who have taken refuge in recent times, escaping from the horrors of Islamic terror in that theocratic State, where those of other faiths are forced by various forms of violence to either convert to Islam or die. Many of these people have escaped that troubled country – often bribing immigration and border officials. This has become a headache to Lankan immigration officials since of late. We are only talking of Pakistani non-Muslims escaping the ominous danger. It is happening in most Arabian countries and some part of Africa (East Africa and areas around Nigeria)

      Hussain joins that now familiar hollow claim “Islam has been for several decades the fastest spreading religion in Black Africa..” We know how Boko Haram and Islamic movements like that are trying to convert non-Muslim in this “fastest growing religion” It was only the other day Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 girls from a Girl’s school and held them captive for weeks – creating a national crisis to the Nigerian President – all in the name of Islam. The fact is in most countries Islam is on the run – including Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Kenya, Western Europe to name just a few.

      “The other pertinent fact is that Sri Lankan Muslims have never engaged in a program to convert Buddhists to Islam…” How do they dare after BBS, RS and others became alert and met fire with fire.

      “…The Koran asserts in two places that those such as the Christians, the Jews, and the Sabataeans, who believe in the one true God and lead the good life, will go to heaven” Christians and Jews in Arab countries will not concur. They have no intention for an early trip to heaven which Islamic fundamentalism is gearing up for them.

      “Islam is the only world religion that asserts that adherents of some other faiths could attain the highest good in the after-life”.. Has Hussain become incurably insane to believe other Lankans will buy this bunkum. Hussain should ask the views of the Zahidis in Iraq, who are currently pleading to the outside world to save their lives from Islamic zealots, for their views on this.

      “ ….In Saudi Arabia private practice of other religions is permitted in principle, there is no interference in practice in that sphere also……” swears our friend. But worse – he asks “how does that affect the Sinhalese Budhists who are working in Muslim countries…? Surely Mr. Hussain for a Buddhist to worhip privately at home he needs a small Buddha Statue and/or photographs of the Buddha. Muslims may not worship idols or photographs – generally. Mr. Hussain knows very well if these are found in the baggage of incoming non-Muslims, the direst of punishments – including long jail sentences in
      Medieval jails will follow. Who, for God’s sake is Hussain tring to fool?

      I have the same comment to Mr. Hussain’s nonsensical comment “I have posed that question and asked specifically, in an exchange of views in the Island, what are the Muslim countries where permission to erect Buddhist temples has been sought and been refused..” Surely Mr. Hussain, If the identity of the applicant is known his/her entrails will be removed is the obvious and predictable fate.

      “Most orthodox Muslims, though outraged by Rushdie’s book, would agree that condemning anyone without trial is repugnant to Islamic principles.” Agreed. But, pray tell us, where did they (the more prominent ones in established parts of the media) express this outrage in public. In Sri Lanka even you, Mr. Hussain – the Great Teacher, kept loudly silent on the issue then.

      “Most Muslims condemned the Twin Towers carnage???? Come, come, Mr Hussain. Even by your own standards this is a blatant untruth.

      What is perplexing is how a daily English newspaper such as The Island
      encourages someone with Hussain’s notorious reputation to indulge in serial dissemination of obvious untruths and fanciful fabrication.

      Backlash

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    Hey Man can you change your title of article “Sri Lankan Muslims At The Cross Roads” to some thing else. I sugget “My View on Islamic terrorism at home and abroad” or “Msulims are misunderstood”
    or
    “Sunni Muslim vs Shite Muslim”

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      How about “In Defense of Islamic Terrorism” as the heading?

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        Intolerance everywhere:

        “A poor Hindu community is facing eviction from an area in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi where its members have lived for more than 80 years.” BBC news 26 aug 2014

        Buddhists against Muslims, Christians and Tamils, Muslims against Christians and Hindus, Sunnis against Shias; what a wretched world this is?

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          .
          Religions have killed many and made many rich, other than that there is no difference between a religious place and a mental hospital.
          :-)

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          Izeth does not understand his own religion. It is a sex based religion. It promotes perverts. In Birmingham Pakistani’s are breeding through widely practiced rapes. Islam promotes sex mania.

          Give birth to multiples and multitudes to promote Islam.

          Few years ago BBC reported a man wakes up in the morning and visits his nine wives and his many children and engaging in day long shopping for them. All are claiming state benefits. This man’s full time employment is producing babies to fulfil his religious beliefs.

          British tax payers are paying for his Islamisation.

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    Muslims of Istanbul enjoy life without restrictions.
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/quhlxIqw_EA

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      Superficially, this is true, but remember that the newly elected President is an Islamist, not the secular types we had in the past. The vast majority of terrorists arriving in Syria and Iraq do so via Turkey. All those abandoned Greek villages of the old with the defaced Christian churches is the South and the East tell their own story.

      Wahhabism, Al Nusra and the even more vile ISIS did not originate from a vacuum. Huffingtonpost has a nice write up.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

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    Turkey is under the control of America and the Germany’s EU. Tell a country where the politics is stable. They say the house a Tortoise entered never live again.
    Imagine a world if SA was in place of England and it rules its empire with out sun sets. Not few Punjabis. Entire Pakistan and Bangladesh has been forcefully converted. When Britain left there a also two christian countries came existence in India? World worst nightmare is what Mahmud of Ghazni did in India. Hindus allow the religion change. If the minorities does like they are free to change the religion.(So, i am not telling Hindus to go ahead and practice caste system). Why the Muslim women could not change the religion when they don’t their husbands?

    This rubbish is worse than Mahindha Chitanta. Utter lair Izeth Hussain.

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    Well done Izeth.

    There is a real need to debunk those myths and lies that are being bandied about Islam.

    Every religion has its ‘black sheep” as evidenced by the behaviour of various extremist, vitriolic and violent adherents. As you very rightly say, they are not representative of the mainstream religious understanding and practice. This applies to all religions, be it Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity or any other belief.

    While your article of today was long overdue (better late than never), there is actually an urgent need to broadly broadcast (both locally and internationally) the real facts about Islam and its history in a sustained manner and on a regular basis, with a view to dispel the negative notions and prejudices non-Muslims hold about Islam.

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      Thanks. A lot is being done in the West to bring about an understanding of Islam.Particularly after 9/11 there has been a will in the West to understand Islam, particularly on the part of Governments and ruling elites.That was behind Prime Minister Cameron’s splendid Ramazan message. and the sympathetic attitude of Prince Charles to Islam. After 9/11, I understand,many Westerners hope for the triumph of the liberal version of orthodox Islam which grew following on Afghani’s reform movement.
      In Sri Lanka there is an almost total darkness about Islam among non-Muslims.Much has to be done. – Izeth

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        Hussain continues to mislead. Cameron only recently engaged the wrath of the Muslim world when, apparently sickened by the bestial activities of global Islamism currently, he tiredly concluded “multi-culturalism has failed in Europe” This belies your description of “splendid” and “sympathetic” attributed to the British VVIPs. Your continuing attempts to be economic with the truth only ends in your being exposed more and more with your many prejudices. Do you really believe even Muslims believe you?

        Backlash

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        Izeth

        Did you read Greet Wilders speech below and also the article of the Egyptian professor. Both have so far escaped fatwa.

        Islam has become a murderous political religion.

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    “The Lights Are Going Out All Over Europe”
    Geert Wilders is a Dutch Member of Parliament.

    In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: “Who lost Europe?”

    Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem.

    Dear Friends,

    Thank you very much for inviting me. I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world.

    There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic.

    We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

    First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.

    The Europe you know is changing.

    You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.

    All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe . These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.

    There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.

    Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.

    In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.

    Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear ‘whore, whore’. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.

    In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.

    In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan.

    Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.

    A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.

    Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

    Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And this is how we give them respect. We have Muslim official state holidays.

    The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey.

    Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators ‘settlers’. Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.

    Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

    The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.

    Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means ‘submission’. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

    Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde force in the world’, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz. Second because it is a democracy. And third because Israel is our first line of defense.

    This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam’s territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

    The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

    Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West. It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islam as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem ….

    Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe’s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.

    We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.

    Please take the time to read and understand what is written here, please send it to every free person that you know – it is so very important.

    Also, see:

    Answering Muslims: Geert Wilders: “The Lights Are Going Out All Over Europe”

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      Geert Wilders is a notorious Islamophobe who is hardly taken seriously except by other Islamophobes, I will not comment on his speech except on one point, because my position on Islam and contemporary Muslims will be brought out in my further articles.
      My comment is confined to Churchill’s “Islam is the most retrograde force in the world”, and his comparison of the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.Tamil Islamoplobes will doubtless be delighted to read that.But they will not be delighted to read what Churchill had to say about Hinduism.I am not sure of his exact words, but he certainly used the word “beastly”. It went something like this: “Hinduism is a beastly religion and the Hindus are a beastly people”.

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        Izeth

        You have reflected your anti-Tamil/ anti-Hindu hype very clearly. Every religion have problems but unfortunately the oil rich Islam is arrogantly moving forward without any regard and respect for other religions.

        Hinduism does not believe in conversion. It is more democratic as you can be a Hindu without practicing the religion. Hinduism is simply ones ‘way of life’.

        I fully agree with Greet Wilders. Islam is full of perversions. He rightly said Prophet Mohamed is a nasty paedophile, murderer etc., and beyond its good aspects it is a very unholy religion.

        Having read your comments herein, I am one of those who will not read even the introduction or the review of your book as I know it will be full of madness. I do not wish to corrupt my mind.

        We are in Kaliyuga and the Muslims are the main ingredient to push it through to Piralaya.

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          How on earth do you jump to the conclusion that I am anti-Tamil and anti-Hinduism from my Churchill quotation on Hinduism?

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    All crimes of humanity put together pale in comparison to Barbarism that Islam has unleashed in human history. The writer tries to gloss over that barbarism and make all kinds of excuses for Moslems. He has not yet said one word critical of the fanatical, rowdy masses of intolerant young Moslem who are transforming the landscape of Lanka. SInhalese beware: this is another guy who is trying to keep you distracted while hoping that the demographic time bomb would explore sooner than later and the Sinhalese are reduced to a minority with older people while Muslims dominate in sheer numbers and then full-scale conversion and mass murder can ensue if the Sinhalese do not convert. This is what happened historically in the previously Buddhist and Hindu regions such as modern day Pakistan, Afghanistan (the historical land of the Kushan kings) and every place that is today Moslem.

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      Jay Chambers – Remember nearby Maldives which is now a 100% Sharia Islamic State. And if you watch carefully, Batticaloa District – that was over 80% Tamil until recent decades – now has a Provincial Council
      run by Majority Muslims with Tamils shamed into a lesser position with hardly any say in the running of their own District.
      Take time to study how this came by and you will understand why
      Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, the Professor, was right in his Video about the sinister and unnatural growth of Muslims in mixed societies.He was taken to task by Harvard University on pressure brought by Arab countries that contribute to the Harvard coffer. I make a
      distinction between the Professor and the “political Broker” that SS has become to the Rajapakses, since of late.

      Hooker

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    I always read your erudite articles and appreciate its well thought out contents. This time too is no second. As you have already explained, the extent that you cover in this article to address the issues at hand is quite limited, probably due to its vastness and wider implications when taken as a whole. But the message is clear.

    Sometimes it hurts when the truth be told, sometimes it is the guilt that infuriates them to respond with such harshness, but we all know who they are and what they did, based on all of the available footage. Do they think Allah does not know what they did? Either they will get Hidayath and accept Islam, or they will pay the price for playing with fire. They still have not learnt the bitter lessons not to mess with another’s religion.

    Another disaster waiting to happen again, the threat of sacrilege by ISIL of the largest rock monuments and stupa complex in the world, a UNESCO heritage site at Borobudur Temple in Java, Indonesia.

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    Another important article that may sound utterly unbelievable is here. There are lessons here for Sri Lanka, that the government would be well advised to take note of. The Muslims are being trained to destroy themselves, by the US/Israel axis working in concert with Saudi Arabia/Qatar/Jordan/Turkey and others.

    http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_Covert_Origins_of_ISIS/37596/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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      Thanks Ram. I watched/heard the whole audio-video. While there is much truth in the expose, there is a great deal of sensationalism too. People opposed to Obama’s administration are involved here. But my take, like in the case of the consistent stand taken by Delhi policy makers on Sri Lanka for decades, there is what I would call near-permanent Establishment Interests in the USA, who ultimately make the decisions – no matter if the President is Democrat or Republican. Take the case of the Kennedys who swore to get rid of FBI Director Herbert Hoover as they take over. This did not happen. Obama campaigned to close Guantanamo Bay in weeks. It is still there.

      But there is something in what Gen. Wesley Clark says here. The US Establishment will eliminate all those who were responsible for 9/11.
      Half of them are gone. The other half is trying to run and know their days are numbered. Within the next 5 years the global Islamic countries will split further. The powerful Saudis, Qataris, Kuwaitis will become more pro-Western. Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia will try to remain neutral. Pakistan, with those avaricious crooked Generals of the ISI, as usual, will try to make a fast buck from both sides. Those Muslim countries opposed to this scheme of things will be removed one by one – by their own political-militaristic interplay. Look at the picture carefully. Saddam Hussain and Gadaffi – who gave so much of trouble to the West – are now dust and their countries tearing into pieces. That, my friend, is what Major League Ball Games in global politics are all about. The semi-literate Premadasa learnt his lesson. It is doubtful if Rajapakse will survive – after making so many powerful enemies in many countries. JRJ died a natural death because he knew the picture I am painting here.

      Kettikaran

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        Passive Hindu and other rational thinkers and commentators should not waste their time on Izeth Hussain, whose sole aim appears to be to gain the attention of the followers of Islam here – by hook or crook. By current indications in the world, there are two possibilities

        (1) the intolerant, aggressive and false religion of Islam will vanish from earth in the next few decades – mainly due to in-fighting such as what we witness in Iraq-Syria, Pakistan, East and West Africa

        (2) the religion will reform itself from within and give up its intolerance to other faiths, its blood-thirsty features and become a more civilised religion such as what it was at least in the late 19th and until the mid 20th centuries. This will be largely due to the scholarly reviews of Islamic academics in Turkey, Egypt and those in the higher learning institutions in the West exposed to an environment of tolerance and liberalism in the approach to divisive issues. If Kemal Ataturk, the man who banished the Caliphate, was around a few decades more he would have done this. Already, the Saudis are giving up public neck-cutting as punishment, death by stoning and other medieval punishments to their own. The Saudis are now learning to treat their women as if they are part of the human race – as a result of pressure from the civilised world.

        The sooner this evil religion reforms itself the world will breathe a sigh of relief. But before that they will destroy much of their own by the infighting you notice wherever Islam is around.

        Backlash

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    Islam and Prophet Muhamed (the last prophet) is loved and embraced in west more than in east of the globe,so the rise of Islam in west is unstoppable.Few Rotten Critics of the Prophet might try hard to tarnish his noble and sublime character but that will not be worth.

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    What a liar Hussein is. He has obviously read, but prefers to pretend, that the ‘Sword Verses” of the Koran dont exist. These are universally agreed to have been written after Mohamed took power. Earlier verses, preaching a limited tolerance of other faiths, were written when he was weak and powerless. This is the classic muslim strategy.
    The real way to assess a faith is to look at the life of the founder. Compare the Buddha, Jesus with the life of Mohamed and try and tell me which are the true religions of peace???

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    So, Izeth Hussain (IH) is at it again, writing as if his readers are a set of unthinking and uninformed morons.

    He tries to gloss over the harsh manner in which they spread the religion, by pleading that the conquered were given two options, convert to Islam or pay a tax – some choice that gave! Both options involved compulsion – a compulsion to convert or a compulsion to pay a tax. The options were no options at all. And, by the way, one cannot but wonder (considering that the alternative to converting was the payment of a tax) if the value they placed on the religion was no higher than what they placed on money.

    What IS had been doing recently with the Christians in Mosul follows historical precedent. They, like those before them, are following the letter of the command, literally, consumed by a similar zeal and uncompromising methods.

    There are many reasons for why Hinduism and other religions flourished in India despite the power exercised by the Moguls in that country. Among other things, the Moguls did not enjoy a clear run, free of resistance, all the time, and their resources and manpower were not unlimited. The fact that followers of those religions did not convert to Islam is a tribute to them and attests to the depth of their faith. It is not evidence of benign, religious tolerance on the part of the Moguls. Yes, people of lower castes will have converted to Islam because it offered them some escape from the indignities of their social situation but not because they were otherwise attracted to the doctrine.

    IH asks, ”Of what practical importance is it to the Sinhalese that some Muslim countries are intolerant towards other religions?” IH should realise that actually, it is important to other non Muslims as well, not merely the Sinhalese. What Muslims elsewhere are doing has an effect on the Muslims in SL and it silly to suggest that non Muslim SLs should not be concerned with that. For one thing, Muslim intolerance towards other religions demonstrates their flagrant double standards. They are intolerant towards other religions at home but when they settle in non Muslim countries they keep demanding that they be given a free and unfettered right to practice their faith. IH may want to hide his head in the sand about this but the matter of Muslims’ double standards in this regard is a matter of universal complaint today.

    Intolerance is, by definition, unacceptable and it is silly, to say the least, for IH to say that “Muslim intolerance should therefore be regarded as a non-problem – except to a marginal extent in the Saudi Arabian case – in regard to Sinhala-Mulsim relations”.

    IH declares that part of his strategy is to “try to show that orthodox mainstream Islam in its liberal version is the wave of the future as it can best cope with the pressures of modernity”. So far, Islam has shown itself spectacularly unable to cope with the pressures of modernity. What we have in fact seen is a retreat into fundamentalism and persistence with inhumane and unacceptable rites and customs. I don’t know what a liberal version of orthodox mainstream Islam is supposed to be like. We haven’t seen one. A liberal version of orthodox mainstream Islam? The very phrase sounds like a contradiction in terms.

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    Mr Hussein’s efforts provoke negative comments. No one believes what he says. The world is not in a mood to believe your so called “liberal” view. Prince Charles and Cameron want to appease the enemy within. That is a problem for most Western states, having let in Islamic migrants. Cameron has just declared a security alert because of fears of Islamists returning from ISIS to do mischief in Britain. There is a poisonous fundamentalism that has been unleashed. It may have nothing to do with Islam as a religion but what is practiced as Islam by its adherents now poses a danger to all societies.

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    Adding to reader Know All, I must comment one reason why there still remained a larger Sanatana Dharma (Hindu) tradition in Bharath, despite the long and bestial Mogul rule, was because of the resistance they put up against the Moguls. This resulted in the massacre of Moguls by the multiple thousands in most major battles. One of the most celebrated freedom fighters and hero was Veera
    Shivaji in present day Maharashtra (where Mumbai/Bombay is located)
    who inspired other minor rulers all over North, Central and other parts of present day India. To suggest this was because of benign tolerance of blood-thirsty Moguls or Islam is undiluted chicanery.

    Kettikaran

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    Guys, the good news is once Sri Lanka soon become an Islamic state, these minor disputes would be a thing of the past, Allah willing.

    Jihad :Islam is a religion that sees as every Muslim’s duty a commitment to form an Islamic state wherever they are. Islam came to reform society and to form a nation and government. Its mandate is the reform of the whole world and make the all followers of Islam through Jihad.

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    And they said there were no Muslim terrorists in Sri Lanka!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29056668

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