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November 19, 2013 12:41 pm

The Racism of Radical Islam

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Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Arguing that Muslim blood is more precious than infidel blood, Muslim clerics in and out of Sudan are outraged because a Sudanese court has condemned a Muslim man to death—simply because he murdered a non-Muslim, the American diplomat John Granville on January 1, 2008.

A 2009 report offers context:

The court had sentenced the men [originally four] to death in June for killing Granville and his driver in January 2008, but the sentence was cancelled in August after [his Muslim driver] Abbas’s father forgave the men.

Under Islamic law, the victim’s family has the right to forgive the murderer, ask for compensation (fedia) or demand execution.

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Granville’s mother, Jane Granville, at the time had asked for the men’s execution, but her letter was rejected because it was not notarized.

The judge said the sentence was confirmed because Granville’s family, from Buffalo, in northern New York State, had requested it.

Then, in 2010, the four men convicted of murder, in the words of the U.S. State Department, “escaped from a maximum security prison” in Khartoum. One of the men, Abdul Ra’uf Abu Zaid Muhammad Hamza, was recaptured and is currently in prison awaiting execution.

Finding the punishment unjust, several international Islamic organizations, most recently, the London-based Islamic Media Observatory, have been trying to commute the death sentence, mostly by arguing for Abdul Ra’uf’s “human rights.”

However, the Legitimate League of Scholars and Preachers in Sudan (an influential body of Muslim clerics) issued a statement last month titled “Let no Muslim be killed because of an infidel”—a verbatim quote, in fact, from Islam’s prophet Muhammad—revealing the true reason why so many Muslims are trying to overturn the death sentence.

The Arabic language statement begins by asserting that “Allah has honored human beings over creation and multiplied the Muslim’s honor over the infidel’s, because Islam elevates and nothing is elevated above it. The value of the blood of Muslims is equal, or should be, but not so the value of the blood of others.”  (The Koran itself, e.g., 2:221, confirms this idea that even the lowliest Muslim is superior to any non-Muslim.)

Next, the statement quotes the clear words of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, as recorded in a canonical hadith: “Let no Muslim be killed because of an infidel.”  It then elaborates on the meaning of this statement by quoting from “the consensus of Islamic scholars,” or ijma’, a legitimate source of Islamic jurisprudence.

The Legitimate League of Scholars and Preachers then elaborate on the prophet’s injunction as meaning that, when judging between Muslims and non-Muslims, under no circumstances are Muslim rulers ever permitted to execute Muslims – even if they murder non-Muslims in cold blood, including those groups that are nominally “protected” by Islamic law, such as dhimmis (subjugated, tribute-paying non-Muslims) and foreign non-Muslims granted aman, or a pledge of security to enter Muslim lands.

Finally, after chastising the offending judge of North Khartoum’s felony court, Sayed Ahmed al-Badri, the statement concludes by warning all Muslim rulers and judges “to fear Allah, to apply Allah’s law in every matter, whether big or small, to seek justice according to the consensus of Islamic scholars, not to seek to please the infidels, not to rush the verdict, and to know that Allah prefers the annihilation of the entire earth over the spilling of the blood of one innocent Muslim“ (emphasis added).

When American soldiers desecrated copies of the Koran – a book – media maelstroms occurred and grandstanding politicians condemned it. But when the scholars of Islam, quoting the words and teachings of their prophet, openly assert that the blood of non-Muslims is cheaper than the blood of Muslims – and hence the murder of an American “infidel” by a Muslim cannot be punished blood-for-blood – such hate-filled supremacy and racist-like contempt is not even deemed worth reporting by Western media or condemned by Western politicians.

Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.  A Mideast and Islam specialist, he is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Hoover Institution Media Fellow, 2013.

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  • Shai Halevi

    I took this article seriously right up until the very end when I realized that the author worked for the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Never trust a Nazi, especially a Jewish Nazi.

  • faizan

    The author is a biased person…because he didnt seem to research only islamic pharases completely..just pickingup things which could make his ARTticle merely attractive…let me tell you that islam says “the person who kills another person(regardless of religion) has killed the whole humanity and the person who save another person(regardless of religion) has saved the whole humanity”….you should mention this also in your ARTicle next time ( which i know you wouldn’t)!!

    • Lea

      Well, it appears that even you understand your own koranic texts either:

      Quran 5.32 Neglecting Context
      “…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…”
      In fact, surah 5:32 is the most ripped-out-of-context verse of the Qur’an in the West. Muslims (and even news organizations, even Obama) refer to this verse in order to show that Islam teaches murder is wrong and saving lives is the prescribed action for all people.
      But this is absolutely not what this verse says. In fact, it says the exact opposite: that Muslims can kill those who are their enemies! The only way you can conclude the verse to mean anything else is to ignore the verses that immediately follow 5:32, as well as to ignore parts of the verse itself.
      Here is 5:32 in its context:
      On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
      Salient points:
      1 – It explicitly states that this was a commandment to the Children of Israel, i.e. the Jews! This is not a commandment to all people, and it certainly should not be misused as if this is Allah’s command to Muhammad’s people.
      2 – Even if this were a command to the Muslims, there’s still an escape clause: “unless it be for murder or spreading mischief in the land.” If someone is “spreading mischief”, he can still be killed. Now let’s think for a moment. The would-be Times Square bomber considers Americans to be spreading mischief in Palestine and around the world (practically all Muslims I know think this, even the ones who are American citizens). So this verse is actually used to justify the slaughter. Same goes for the recent murder of Lee Rigby in the UK.
      The Qur’an further expounds this point in the very next verse. 5:33 says
      “The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter”.
      This verse is referring to the Muslims, not the Jews anymore, as we can tell in the shift from past tense to present tense. This is the command given to the Muslims. Quite clearly, it does not teach what the Muslims proclaim it teaches; in fact, it teaches almost the exact opposite.
      This is a distorted quote taken from the Talmud in Mishnah Sanhedrin and is not found in the Torah. The Talmud also states that in trials for murder, the Israelite judges used to address the witnesses as follows: Whoever kills one person, merits punishment as if he had slain all the men in the world.

  • Abd ur-Raheem Murphy

    At least you’re not arguing against the logic of the ulema. You’re upset because Allah deems those who have submitted to Allah’s will as superior to those that have not submitted. Insha’Allah, maybe you’ll be able to take that up with Allah on the Day of Judgment.

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