Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FGM and Islam’s Mutilation of… Everything

Rather than an outlier Muslim practice held over from its pagan desert origins, female genital mutilation must be seen in its wider context of Islam's view of women, and as an especially shocking indicator of the true nature of the 'god' of Islam.

This is my first original essay on Islam in some time. Let me remind all my readers, while we must always stand for Christ the Way, the Truth and the Life, and stand against Islam and every lie and heresy which denies Him, we must at the same time love and approach our Muslim neighbors and invite them to come to know the true Jesus that they may have eternal life. Those whom the Father draws will come to Him, and we must be open-hearted and ready to help them in their journey.

Put another way, respect for a lie shows contempt for the Truth. Respect for our neighbor shows love for the Truth.

This is the final installment in a 7-part series on Islam and FGM: 

FGM and Islam’s Mutilation of… Everything.

by Ralph H. Sidway, June 26, 2017:

1. Introduction

The recent Federal Department of Justice case in Michigan against a pair of Muslim doctors — one as perpetrator, the other providing access to his clinic — accused of performing female genital mutilation against several young girls, has suddenly put FGM into the spotlight.

A recent statement from the DOJ indicates their investigation leads them to believe that “up to 100 girls” may have had their genitals cut by the Michigan FGM ring. There are even accusations a Michigan mosque paid for genital cuttings. In a related story, a Muslim imam at a mosque with multiple terror ties is recorded as endorsing FGM.

Most recently, two Oakland County Muslimas have been arrested and charged with subjecting their young daughters to the Islamic practice of genital cutting, bringing the total number of arrests in the federal case to six. And the attorneys for the Muslim doctors have indicated they will be defending their clients based on religious liberty. If they win, female genital mutilation will be a protected practice of the Islamic religion.

Robert Spencer distills the main Islamic sources which established FGM in Muslim culture fourteen centuries ago:

“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64

Why is it obligatory? Because Muhammad is held to have said so:

“Abu al- Malih ibn Usama’s father relates that the Prophet said: ‘Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women.’” — Ahmad Ibn Hanbal 5:75
“Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her: ‘Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.’” — Abu Dawud 41:5251
“Do not cut severely,” but not “Do not cut.”

That’s why it is so common around the world, and why it is certain to become increasingly common in the United States…

2. Children of Islam

There is a classic saying, “A civilization is judged by how it treats its weakest members.” Needless to say, for taking a razor blade to its daughters’ most tender and vulnerable parts, Islam should be judged quite harshly.

But there is a bit more to Islam’s tendency to mutilate than only FGM. Mutilation is a disturbing psychological thread which is woven throughout the entire tapestry of Muslim culture.

Consider how many Muslim societies rob children of their childhood, teaching them to hate, to kill, even to behead infidels. Organizations like Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) and The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report and archive Muslim hate broadcasts such as these:

And, of course the Islamic State (ISIS) is even more sadistic, if that is possible:

Perhaps even more disturbing than these stories from the Middle East (and similar ones from throughout the Islamic world) is a recent undercover exposé of hundreds of Muslim communities in America by Dave Gaubatz, co-author of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That”s Conspiring to Islamize America:

  • American Muslim Children Taught to Hate - “Muslim children attending mosques and Islamic schools are being taught to hate America, our government, our military personnel and its non-Muslim population.” 

Gaubatz focuses in the above report on three case studies: Dar al Hijra in Falls Church, Virginia (home to Anwar al-Awlaki, infamous jihad imam and instructor of three of the 9/11 jihadis), Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York (led by radical imam Siraj Wahhaj, who incites Muslims to commit jihad terror attacks on soft targets using knives and vehicles — exactly the methods used in many recent attacks in Europe, England and America), and Al Farooq mosque in Nashville, Tennessee, where girls as young as 7 years old are being married off to Muslim men.

3. Islam’s Child Brides

As indicated above, the practice of Muslim men marrying girls as young as six or seven years old, is widespread throughout the Islamic world, and now even in the United States. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission reports that a full sixty percent of all Afghan women are married as children—often as young as nine or ten years old—to middle aged men.

One recent news story of an eighty-year-old Saudi man who married an eleven-year-old girl indicates the girl’s father arranged the marriage, gaining a dowry, while scorning the protests of his wife and the pleas for help of his daughter.

The Islamic practice of marrying off young girls to older men is a betrayal of their childhood, their innocence, and of the proper, sacred duty a father has to guard and protect his daughter.

Why is this so, and how have so many morally murky or clearly abhorrent practices become codified in Islamic law? Because in Islam, there is no appeal to conscience, no natural understanding of morality, ethics, right and wrong. Islam has a completely different standard.

In Islam, Muhammad is held up as the example of the ideal man (al-insan al-kamil), and therefore wholly worthy of emulation; anything he sanctioned by word or practice became incorporated into shariah.

Thus the marrying of girls as young as six years of age is seen to be both allowable, and even admirable, per the sound hadiths regarding Muhammad and his marriage to his favorite wife, the child-bride Aisha:

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” (Sahih Al Bukhari 7.62.88)

4. Islam, Polygamy and the keeping of sex slaves from among conquered peoples

The practices of polygamy and keeping sex slaves as booty are detailed in the Quran. In other words, Allah approves of these practices and commends them. This has provided the Islamic State with a strong recruiting tool for zealous Muslim men:

“And if ye fear that ye will not deal fairly by the orphans, marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hands possess. Thus it is more likely that ye will not do injustice (Sura 4:3).

5. Islam and Wife-beating

The same goes for wife beating; Allah approves it:

“Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge [beat] them” (Sura 4:34).

All of these behaviors — FGM, teaching children to hate and kill, child marriage, wife beating, polygamy, keeping sex slaves — are forms of physical and psychological mutilation. Taken on a case by case basis, they would be evidence of severe dysfunction, psychological perversion, and a deviant, amoral, even sociopathic condition. Taken together?

What then can we say when we consider that these deviant, sociopathic behaviors are validated, normalized and even honored by the Quran and the example of Muhammad?

6. Islam, Honor Killings and the Devaluation of Women

The litany of Islam’s innate brutality towards women extends to honor killings of girls and women — permitted by Islamic law — who have brought shame on their families by adopting a Western lifestyle, not wearing the hijab (head covering), or dating a non-Muslim.

The Islamic manual, ‘Reliance of the Traveller’, certified by Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt as conforming “to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Community,” clearly stipulates there is no punishment or retaliation for “a father or mother... for killing their offspring” (‘Reliance of the Traveller’, o1.2.4, p584, 1991), thus establishing the Islamic legal framework which permits honor killings.

Just as we saw with wife-beating, Islam’s view of women stems directly from the Quran and Muhammad’s example. A woman’s testimony is only half as reliable as a man’s (Sura 2:282) and her inheritance can be only half that of a man’s (Sura 4:11). In instances of rape, a woman must provide four male witnesses against her attacker, which explains why so many rape victims in Islamic societies are stoned to death for committing adultery.

As for Muhammad’s view of women:

Sahih al-Bukhari 2658—The Prophet said: "Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said: "Yes." He said: "This is because of the deficiency of her mind."

Sahih al-Bukhari 1052—The Prophet said: ". . . I saw the Hell-fire and I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the inhabitants were women." The people asked: "O Allah's Apostle! Why is it so?" The Prophet said: "Because of their ungratefulness.”

Overall, Islamic law treats women as chattel, perpetually the property of either their fathers or husbands, and inculcates a view of women as animals. Revered Muslim scholar al-Qurtubi (d. 1273) in his definitive twenty volume commentary on the Quran writes that “A woman may be likened to a sheep—even a cow or a camel—for all are ridden” (Tafsir Al Quran, vol 15, p 172).

The Quran further states that the birth of a daughter makes a father’s “face darken and he is filled with gloom” (Sura 43:15).

7. Islam’s mutilation of criminals

Moving on from Islam’s treatment of children and women, we see the same pathological behavior in Islam’s system of “justice”: decapitations of unbelievers and apostates from Islam, thieves having their hands cut off, literal “eye for an eye” punishments. Islam mutilates its offenders, its enemies, even its children and women. There is no thought of rehabilitation, only the threat of swift, fierce and irreparable mutilation. 

All these practices find their root in Muhammad’s example or teachings; Muhammad’s life establishes the Muslim moral code, providing its forms and context.

8. Islam’s mutilation of non-Muslims

Are we no longer shocked by the verses in the Quran mandating violence against the infidels until they convert or submit to Islam? Seen in the wider context of the Islamic practice of mutilation, these familiar passages now have a dark, psychotic consistency to them:

So, when you meet those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly on them... Thus you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam. (Sura 47:4)

I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes. (Sura 8:12)

Kill the mushrikun [unbelievers] wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush. (Sura 9:5)

Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth [i.e. Islam] among the people of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Sura 9:29)

Islam is not just after submission of non-Muslims and subduing Christians, it is about terrorizing, humiliating and even mutilating them… us. This is what Allah wants, as he states repeatedly in the Quran.

9. Islam’s Mutilation of God

The Quran’s threatening bombasts against Christians directly attacks the dogma of the Holy Trinity:

Say not “Trinity”: desist: It will be better for you: For God is One God: Glory be to Him: (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. . . . (Sura 4:173)

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the Son of Mary. (Sura 5:19)

They do blaspheme who say: “God is Christ the son of Mary . . .” They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. (Sura 5:75,78)

Of course, we already saw what “grievous penalty” awaits Christians — “blasphemers” according to the Quran — if they do not convert or submit to Islam.)

According to Christian theology, the nature of the Godhead as Three Divine Persons in a communion of co-equal loving action is revealed in both the Old and New Testaments, and transcends artificial attempts to adhere to a so-called “pure” monotheism (the Islamic doctrine of tawhid).

The great Church Fathers St. John of Damascus (8th c.) and St. Gregory Palamas (14th c.) clearly point out the inherent fallacies and inconsistencies of Islamic theology, by articulating the dogma of the Holy Trinity as found in the scriptures, and comparing it to Quranic passages. St John Damascene is quite bold in his refutation:

…We say to them: ‘As long as you say that Christ is the Word of God and Spirit [“The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was Allah’s word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from him” (Sura 4:171)], why do you accuse us of being Hetaeriasts [“Associators” - i.e., those who associate another with God]? For the word, and the spirit, is inseparable from that in which it naturally has existence. Therefore, if the Word of God is in God, then it is obvious that He is God.

If, however, He is outside of God, then, according to you, God is without word and without spirit. Consequently, by avoiding the introduction of an associate with God you have mutilated Him. It would be far better for you to say that He has an associate than to mutilate Him, as if you were dealing with a stone or a piece of wood or some other inanimate object. Thus, you speak untruly when you call us Hetaeriasts; we retort by calling you ‘Mutilators of God.’

(St John of Damascus, Critique of Islam, emphasis added.)

10. 'By this we know that it is the last hour...'

Beginning with childhood itself, Islam mutilates everything — men, women, boys, girls, conscience, apostate Muslims, Jews, Christians… even God.

This violent, sadistic spirit is inherent in Islam’s spiritual DNA. It is commanded in the Quran, it flows from Muhammad’s example, it is codified in Islamic jurisprudence, and it is put into practice by millions of Muslims every day, as it has been for 1400 years.

This explains everything — fourteen centuries of jihad, the Armenian Genocide, and today’s Muslim persecution of Christians (and all non-Muslims) from Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq and Syria to Pakistan, Turkey, Kosovo and Indonesia — all throughout the Islamic world. And now we are seeing it spreading in Europe and America.

The FGM case in Michigan is not merely the tip of an existential iceberg, it is now one of the most visible fruits of an evil ideology which seeks to mutilate anyone who does not submit to it.

This is why Islam is completely incompatible with Western Civilization. This why we should not “dialogue” with Muslims, but rather invite them to repent and come to know the true Jesus and the True God.

This is a clear way by which we may discern that Allah is a false god and Muhammad a false prophet, a “forerunner of antichrist” as St John Damascene said.

And we say this, knowing that one day we too may be mutilated by Islam because we hold to the Way, the Truth, and the Life — Jesus Christ — and refuse to deny Christ, and refuse to submit to or in any way honor the lie of Islam. To honor a lie is to deny the Truth.

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour…
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also…
These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His Coming.

1 JN 2:18-28

Let us stand strong in the Faith, for He is coming quickly! (Rev 3:11)* — Amen!


* The Lord says in four separate places in the Apocalypse that He is coming quickly: Rev. 3:11, 22:7, 22:12, and 22:20.

** A slightly different version of this article, edited for a general audience, was originally posted at Jihad Watch, June 26, 2017.