Cruel and Usual Punishment

February 6, 2009

excerpts from


Nonie Darwish

pgs. 116-122

…In the famous angry Arab Street, filled with feelings of victimhood, anger, restlessness; always ready after a fiery Friday sermon in the mosque to riot, burn, and even kill…

Sharia was created by the powerful to serve powerful males – from Mohammed in the seventh century who had the first pick of war-captive women, to the caliphs who kept endless harems, to Arabian kings and princes and Muslim dictators who satiate their every whim; from Bin Laden with his multiple wives to powerful religious leaders – sheikhs, mullahs, and ayatollahs – who have wives as young as their granddaughters. All of this is at the expense of women, the family unit, and the majority of Muslim men as well. The powerful have managed to protect Sharia and mold their religious system to their best interests for fourteen hundred years to protect their best-kept Islamic secret, their sexual club. They will never, ever give that up easily.

So what do the poor and powerless males get? They get jihad. For the poor, angry young men, their dreams of sexual pleasure must be limited to the seventy-two houris heaven will provide when they do jihad.

Islamic texts are full of calls for jihad. Violence against infidels is central to Islamic scriptures and jurisprudence. This is what the good Muslim man must do to the unbelievers:
“Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers (non-Muslims). Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.’”  Qur’an Sura 8:12

Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, torture them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” Qur’an Sura 9:5

The above demands from Allah cannot be achieved by happily married Muslim men who live in stable and loving relationships in a relatively peaceful society.

Their deep feelings of guilt and shame as well as their poverty must be the fault of the enemies of Islam, the infidels whom the Qur’an calls apes and pigs and enemies of Allah whom Muslims must never befriend or sign treaties with.

Muslim religious authorities can bluff the ordinary Muslim into believing the convoluted interpretations – which they are not allowed to question anyway – but Muslims cannot hide their texts from the world. Muslims shame comes from the need to explain themselves to infidels. The mere existence of the infidels’ free system causes many Muslim youth and women to ask questions that an obedient, submissive Muslim should never dare to ask. The West is blamed for the Muslim man’s shame, a shame they have managed to live with and have camouflaged and suppressed for centuries. And so the thinking goes: Allah was right when he called infidels apes and pigs and enemies of Islam. He was right when he ordered us to subjugate them and treat them as second-class citizens unworthy of our friendship or respect. Mohammed warned Muslims of the fitna – Arabic for “sedition or schism” – from the enemies of Islam, the part of the world that refuses to abide by Allah’s laws and treats their women equal to men. Those are the same people who occupied Muslims in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – we proud Muslims who once ruled over them. This shameful fitna can only be rectified through jihad. They must also be ruled by Allah’s law.

Angry Muslim preachers in the mosque become poor Muslim men’s inspiration and role models. They curse and blame the world for the Muslims’ failures and deeds. Thus 9/11, the tsunami, and even democracy are blamed on Jews and other infidels. The solution is always retaliation, boycott, violence in the street, or an uprising. The theme of the sermon is always, “Who has wronged us today?”

Consider the sheer number of jihad, war, and violence verses in the Qur’an and Hadith. Muslim scriptures are consumed with promoting extreme violence against non-believers. Jihad against the outside non-Muslim world is the ultimate and holiest objective, more important than women, children, men, the family, and even happiness of Muslim society.

Islam does not tell the Muslim man he is guaranteed heaven if he makes the world a peaceful place, but it does guarantee him heaven if he blues up the marketplaces and houses of worship of non-Muslims, if he sacrifices his life to kill the perceived enemies of Islam. Heaven is at his feet not when he dies protecting his wife and children from imminent danger. Yet if he dies in the process of expanding the power of Islam, he is guaranteed heaven and its infinite rewards. Jihad is the ultimate honor, more important than family.

One comment

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more on everything. Islam is not peace, it’s a religion of submission, senselessness in all aspects, and pure evil. And Jihad is not “inner struggle”, this is a lie spread by the Muslims who try to fool the Westerners. Jihad in it’s truest form is the spread of Islam through force.

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