"The Koran, an accursed book. So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world." - William Gladstone, four times prime minister
The Koran is accepted by all Muslims as the infallible word of their deity, a transcript of a tablet preserved in heaven: "This Book is beyond all doubt revealed by the Lord of the Universe" (Koran 32:1) and "We [Allah] have revealed the Koran in Arabic that you may understand its meaning. It is a transcript of the eternal book in Our keeping, sublime and full of wisdom" (Koran 45:2).
No one who has read this "eternal, sublime" book can truly claim Islam is a religion of peace. Not once, even in the very few verses of tolerance, does it tell Muslims to befriend the infidel (in fact it tells Muslims many times that the infidel is not their friend) whereas the call for non-believers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation (the jizya tax imposed on all non-Muslim adult males), convert to Islam or be killed is repeated over and over again.
Although the Koran's chapters are arranged in order of length, the longest coming first and the concluding ones often no more than a couple of sentences, usually the period of the recitation can be gleaned from the context, and from these instances it emerges that Mohammed spoke peace until he was strong enough to wage war.
Muslims grant the infidel 'respite' while they are still too weak to attack him. This follows Mohammed"s example as described in the Koran and later writings. All the 'religion of peace' quotes come from his early Meccan period.
Cunning Muslims when discussing Islam with infidels quote the recitations from this period, which stress the common ground that exists between 'the people of the book' - the 'Abrahamic' religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This has led well-meaning liberal dupes in the Western elites to think that Islam can be safely allowed to colonise the West.
However, the assertions of good intent and peaceful co-existence made in the Meccan period when Mohammed's movement was weak, and soft words were thought expedient, are massively outweighed by the hostility and aggressive nature of others made when Mohammed had gone to Yithrab, later renamed by him Medina, and raised a powerful army.
All the 'stronger' verses in the Koran, the ones that Muslims genuinely regard as relevant, come from the bloodthirsty, merciless, war-mongering period, when Mohammed, now the ruler of Medina, was the dominant warlord in Arabia.
In these, jihad is the highest duty:
Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and love a thing although it is bad for you. Allah knows, but you know not.
It is these later recitations that are strictly observed by Muslims, on the firm principle of abrogation, as enjoined in verse 2:106 of the Koran, where Allah says if he abrogates a verse or causes it to be forgotten he will replace it by a better one. This means that the later verses (in time, not in the order they appear in the Koran) are considered much 'stronger', more authoritative, than the earlier, or 'weaker' verses. The 'strong' verses annul the 'weak' ones.
This is also endorsed by a highly influential 14th-century Syrian authority, Ismail ibn Kathir, who actually said that the later verses not only completely replace the earlier ones, they also cancel out any peace treaties and agreements made in a time or situation of Muslim weakness.
Any treaty signed by Muslims is but temporary, a delaying tactic for the purpose of gathering strength for a renewed attack. One cannot understand the history of Islam without knowing this. Islam is only tolerant when powerless. Therefore our task is to keep it powerless in the West. Between 711 and 1699 Europe fought a dozen major wars to keep Islam at bay, and individual countries had to wage scores of bloody regional wars to protect themselves from Muslim aggression.
Another influential commentator, al-Zuhri, a central figure among the early collectors of biographies of the Prophet, said:
Jihad is required from every person, whether he actually joins the fighting or remains behind. Whoever remains behind is required to give support, if support is warranted; to provide aid, if aid is needed; and to march forth, if commanded to do so.
Typical of these verses are Osama bin Laden"s favourite, 9:5, which calls for Muslims to "fight to kill the unbelievers wherever you find them", and 9:111, which is used to recruit suicide bombers:
Those who fight and are killed in the name of Allah are promised a place in the garden [of paradise]. They will fight for the cause of Allah, they will slay and be slain.
Muslims believe that on judgement day Allah will resurrect every person who has ever lived and judge them. Muslims will go to paradise, everyone else will go to hell. Verse 9:111 says those who die on the battlefield fighting for Allah do not have to wait for judgement day but will go directly to paradise.
Earlier in that chapter verse 9:29 instructs Muslims to "fight against those who do not believe in Allah and His apostle... until they pay tribute [the jizya tax] out of hand and are utterly subdued". This verse means that you can live as a non-Muslim in a Muslim society but you have to accept a degrading second-class citizen status. It was expanded in the Pact of Umar after the conquest of Syria.
While the Koran stresses often that the infidel is not to be a Muslim's friend, not once does it contradict itself and tell Muslims to befriend infidels. In a book full of contradictions about everything else, this is remarkable. It is the one thing all Muslims are absolutely clear about and unanimous on:
Let not believers make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful - he that does this has nothing to hope for from Allah (3:28).
The unbelievers are your inveterate enemies (4:101).
Believers, do not choose the infidels rather than the faithful for your friends (4:145).
Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends (5:51).
The Koran, with the most jealous care, separates Muslims from the rest of humanity. They have always been hostile, and now, emerging from two centuries of military weakness and with vast hordes of their settlers among us, are ever more assertive and aggressive and once again, as they were for 1,200 years, menacing. Muslims, from childhood, acquire the mental reflex of categorising everything into polar opposites. Their leaders, mixing religion with politics, are masters of denunciatory, vitriolic language. Muslims are programmed to be acutely sensitive to imagined slights and to retaliate out of all proportion. This is the behaviour of paranoid schizophrenics. It is reckoned there are about a billion Muslims in the world. We face a billion lunatics.
Our land is close to becoming the first country in world history to be destroyed by politeness to its foes. Its indigenous folk are famous for apologising for everything. Bumped into, they are the ones to say sorry. This endearing custom has been taken further, with tacit apologies to Muslims for Muslims' hostility and aggression. The wish to be seen as a polite person has mutated into a need to be seen as doing and thinking the correct thing, an endearing custom of excessive good manners escalated into a vast political cringe. Indigenous folk have been on the defensive, scared to offend. It is time to go on the offensive. These diatribes of mine are a start.
The above is from David Abbott's book, Offensive Diatribes, published by Sparrow Books, 256 pages paperback. To buy Offensive Diatribes contact email@example.com.