Mohammed – prophet of doom?
As the UK begins to comprehend the scale of the terrorist catastrophe that almost befell it, with (so far) 24 young men arrested, all British born, all Muslim (some converts), it is worth considering the source of their inspiration.
The vast majority of Muslims in the UK are congenial and peaceable. They would quote from the Qur’an passages like Surah 2:190: ‘Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but do not begin hostilities, for God does not love aggressors’. The problem is, there are many others who prefer 'martydom', possibly 1000 in the UK, and Cranmer would like to point out that those who use this surah to insist that Islam means 'peace' are quoting out of context. This passage is from the sixth year of the Hijrah, when the Muslims were a strong and influential community, but not supreme. Mohammed ordered them to defend themselves against Meccan attacks, but not be aggressors because they had a treaty. Many of them were exiles from Mecca, where the Pagans had established an intolerant autocracy, persecuting Muslims. When they tried to assert their rights, the result was bloodshed. This surah was therefore concerned with a specific period of self-preservation; it is not a blanket command regarding all acts of violence. Being bound by context in time and space, there are many who do not consider it to be an eternal injunction.
Mohammed used what today would be termed 'murder', 'aggression', and 'terrorism' in order to propagate his beliefs and spread his ideology. (Quran 8.17; 33.26; 8.67). He raided towns without warning, killed unarmed men who had gone to the fields and markets on their daily business, captured their wives and children, and is said to have distributed the younger women among his soldiers while always keeping the prettiest ones for himself and having sex with them in the same day he murdered their fathers, husbands and loved ones. These are not fables and neither are they the bigoted musings of those who may be termed 'Islamophobe', but it is history as recorded in the Qur’an and the Hadith. This is the biography of the 'prophet’ who sets the example for today’s Muslim youth, for many are taught by unenlightened imams for whom this Mohammed is considered the template for perfect manhood.
Political Islam (or 'Islamism') demands the use of terrorism because it is intrinsic to its ideology. They are fused and inseparable. Islamism is the terrorist; Muslims are the victims. But the assumption that by appeasement the Islamists can be persuaded to accommodate Western values is a delusion. The two systems are antithetical: they cannot co-exist; one must give way to the other.