Islam 101

If you would like to discover the fundamentals of Islamic theology and belief system, as well as the Koran and Islamic history, and the expansion of Islam, Dr. Spencer of Jihad Watch has an excellent overview of “Islam 101” on his blog.

Here are a few “goodies”.

The Koran:

Those Westerners who manage to pick up a translation of the Quran are often left bewildered as to its meaning thanks to ignorance of a critically important principle of Quranic interpretation known as “abrogation.” The principle of abrogation — […] — directs that verses revealed later in Muhammad’s career “abrogate” — i.e., cancel and replace — earlier ones whose instructions they may contradict. […] The Quran’s commandments to Muslims to wage war in the name of Allah against non-Muslims are unmistakable. They are, furthermore, absolutely authoritative as they were revealed late in the Prophet’s career and so cancel and replace earlier instructions to act peaceably. Without knowledge of the principle of abrogation, Westerners will continue to misread the Quran and misdiagnose Islam as a “religion of peace.”

Mohammed’s Killings (Proof that he was a bandit, a marauder and a murderer. These battles were iniated by Mohammed either completely unprovoked, or else he was engaged in them because another group was defending themselves against his attacks):

The Battle of Badr: The Battle of Badr was the first significant engagement fought by the Prophet. Upon establishing himself in Medina following the Hijra, Muhammad began a series of razzias (raids) on caravans of the Meccan Quraish tribe on the route to Syria.

The Battle of Uhud: The Meccan Quraish regrouped for an attack on the Muslims at Medina. Muhammad got wind of the Meccan force coming to attack him and encamped his forces on a small hillock north of Medina named Uhud, where the ensuing battle took place. […] As Muhammad had neutralized the Jewish tribe of Bani Qaynuqa after Badr, he now turned to the Bani Nadir after Uhud. According to the Sira, Allah warned Muhammad of an attempt to assassinate him, and the Prophet ordered the Muslims to prepare for war against the Bani Nadir. [MV: Note that “according to a warning from Allah”…in reality there was no proof of an assination plan and therefore he effectively attacked the Bani Nadir un-provoked. This is is rather like “the devil made me do it”.]

The Battle of Medina: […] Thus do we find the clear precedent that explains the peculiar penchant of Islamic terrorists to behead their victims: it is merely another precedent bestowed by their Prophet. Following yet another of the Muslims’ raids, this time on a place called Khaibar, “The women of Khaibar were distributed among the Muslims” as was usual practice. (Sira, p511)

The Conquest of Mecca: Muhammad’s greatest victory came in 632 AD, ten years after he and his followers had been forced to flee to Medina. In that year, he assembled a force of some ten thousand Muslims and allied tribes and descended on Mecca. […] It is from such warlike pronouncements as these that Islamic scholarship divides the world into dar al-Islam (the House of Islam, i.e., those nations who have submitted to Allah) and dar al-harb (the House of War, i.e., those who have not). It is this dispensation that the world lived under in Muhammad’s time and that it lives under today. Then as now, Islam’s message to the unbelieving world is the same: submit or be conquered.

The Sharia (Islamic Law which guides every part of life in totality):

Unlike many religions, Islam includes a mandatory and highly specific legal and political plan for society called Sharia […] Sharia is the legal code ordained by Allah for all mankind. To violate Sharia or not to accept its authority is to commit rebellion against Allah, which Allah’s faithful are required to combat. […] There is no separation between the religious and the political in Islam; rather Islam and Sharia constitute a comprehensive means of ordering society at every level. [MV: “For all mankind”. Not just for Muslims. For Michael Moore, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, and George Bush. Oh yeah, you and me, too.]



  1. Leslie White said,

    May 16, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Although well-versed in Islamic scripture, Robert Spencer, to my knowledge, does not have a doctorate. Both, Jihad Watch as well as Islam 101, however, are to be highly recommended.

    You’ve got a most instructive blog here, valuable for acquainting all with the truth about Islam.

    I hope that you do not mind, if I reproduce a paragraph of this blog with a link to it.

  2. Madame Vengier said,

    May 17, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Yes please, reproduce and link all you like! We freedom fighters have to share and share alike.

    That’s funny…I’ve been calling him Dr. Spencer for ages and no one corrected me. Well, I guess if people called me “Dr” I wouldn’t want anyone to correct them either. Hee. 🙂

    You are right. I checked that out and he has a Masters. But I know I’ve seen other people call him Dr and that’s where I picked it up. I’ll use “Mr” for future. Thanks for the correction.

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