I have established that Islam has never been peaceful. But, when confronted by Muslim heretics, Protestants, especially, have an innate tendency to cower over this. Just like Protestants, these Muslims protest against their tradition, with heresies of Qur’an-alone, “tolerance”, and so on.
Just as Protestants attempt to discard the tradition of the Church, “the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), so some Muslims attempt to discard their tradition. These Muslims rely on faulty translations and interpretations of Qur’an 17:46 and others, taken out of context. As in Christianity, their central text does not exist in a vacuum — while “infallible” and containing all doctrine of the religion implicitly (Qur’an 2:2, 6:114, 55:1-2), it relies on authoritative elaborations for clarity.
The problem is, Americans do not understand the concept of heresy, because most of them are Protestants — themselves, heretics. Thus, they do not understand that their Muslim friend or neighbor, while peaceful, is not following the orders of the rightful heads of the Islamic tradition and is thus not truly a Muslim in the full sense, but a kafir (“disbeliever”; infidel).
Perhaps Anjem Choudary put it best: “You know, there is nothing called a ‘radical’ or ‘moderate’ form of Islam. A woman is either pregnant or not pregnant. If you abide by Islam, you will follow what is in the Qur’an and in the traditions of the ‘prophet’. And, quite frankly, you will never find anything that I say which does not have Islamic basis.”
There must be a way of identifying what Islam really is, just as there is a mechanism for identifying true Christianity. The answer is tradition, history. Authority has typically been bound to the role of Caliph, when one has been present, because there is no separation between religion and state in Islam, just as there never really was in Israel — Muslims, in light of this, revere King David in his prophet-king role (Qur’an 38:26). (Of course, in Christendom, they are meant to be distinct, but not separate.) Because, now, the caliphate claimant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is in a gray area of authority, the sure authorities are those in the established Islamic scholar-class.
And, do you know what these scholars say? All of their schools (Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki, and Shafi’i) justify jihad against infidels, only differing in its exact application.
Shi’a, too, value tradition and jihad. The latter is one of the “Ancillaries of the Faith“. On the importance of an interpretative tradition, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini said, “The noble Qur’an is a great divine trust. The ‘ulama and ruhaniyyun (clergy) are the bearers of the divine trust.” And, of jihad, al-Kulayni’s Kitab al-Jihad records, “…the Messenger of God said: ‘All goodness is in the sword and being in the sword’s shadow and not evaluating the people except (by) the sword, and the swords are keys (in the sense of being “integral”) to Paradise and the Conflagration (Hell).'”
Justification for all of this is found throughout the Qur’an (the peaceful ayats — verses — of which are abrogated by later, violent ones) and the Hadith/Sunnah. Muhammad, himself, is the exemplar of Islam — the perfect “prophet” — and is, thus, the standard by which all Muslims should measure their lives (Qur’an 3:132, 68:4).
The idea that Islam is now, suddenly, peaceful is foolish. In every area where Islam dominates, the area is corrupted. Constantinople (called “Istanbul” by the Turks), the second leading area of Christendom’s Pentarchy, has been conquered, in fulfillment of Muhammad’s words (Sahih Muslim 41:6924, 41:6979; Abu Dawud 32:4283). Christians there, in a country that is trying to play up how European and peaceful it is, have been slaughtered and subjugated. Even the Patriarch of that holy city has been relegated to a second-rate cathedral having nothing near the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia.
What is the next, and last, city on the Muslim must-conquer-list? Rome, which must be conquered before the Dajjal (Antichrist) and Jesus’ return (Sahih Muslim 39:6723, 41:6930). You can be certain that leaders will do everything in their power to destroy the center of the Church.
I welcome the Islamic movement for peace, however infinitesimal and inactive it is. But I will not hold my breath for it. Even popular American groups like CAIR and ISNA have been tied to terrorism. It hardly matters, anyway: condemned are “those who have divided their religion and become sects” (Qur’an 30:30-32). The movement will not last, for “those with [Muhammad] are forceful against the disbelievers” (Qur’an 48:29) and must “[m]ake a holy war” (Sahih Muslim 19:4294), and we will be forced to “give the jizyah willingly while [we] are humbled” (Qur’an 9:29) — unless we fight.