983. Islam’s Trick or Treat

It’s interesting how similar Islam is to Trick or Treat. This Halloween, don’t go to the house of Islam

 IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING

Today I’d like to put a new spin on Halloween. It occurred to me that Islam may be the ultimate trick or treat. Take the candy or be prepared for a trick you’ll never forget. If Islam and its Shariah “Manual for Life” are so great, the evidence should support the utopian claims.  Islamabad writer Dr. Farrukh Saleem pointed out in 2005 some indisputable facts about the Islamic world that tell a different story:

Combined, 57 Islamic countries are the world’s poorest and most illiterate:

  • The GDP of 57 Muslim countries is less than $2 trillion;
  • Muslims comprise roughly 22 percent of the world’s population but only produce less than 5 percent of global GDP;
  • 20 percent of Arabs live on less than $2 per day;
  • The average growth rate of per capita income in the Arab world hovers around .5 percent per year [worse than everywhere else except for sub-Saharan Africa];
  • 60 percent of Muslims worldwide are illiterate;
  • 50 percent of Arab women cannot read.

These 57 Islamic countries have contributed next to nothing toward scientific and technological advancement. Of the entire Arab population, only:

  • 1 percent has a personal computer—and;
  • .5 percent uses the Internet.

There is one area in which the Muslim world excels—slavery. Islamists have produced the most expansive slavery enterprise in history of the world. Historians have estimated that Muslims have enslaved over 100 million people over 14 centuries. While leftists have recently resurrected the arguments against the enslavement of Africans by white Americans, they are silent when it comes to the Muslim slave trade. Muslims enslaved Africans 1,000 years prior to the European African slave trade and continued another 100 years after Europeans abolished it.

As if that’s not bad enough, Islam subjugates women and girls to:

  • Female genital mutilation (genitals being cut and sewn shut),
  • Honor killings (fathers or brothers kill their daughters/sisters),
  • Child marriage (girls under age 12 are married to adult men),
  • Slavery (girls are sold for “protection” by their parents and/or kidnapped and sold at slave bazaars),
  • Shari’a Councils (Imams marry girls – even for one hour– to men, then divorce them only to marry them to another man and divorce them again),
  • Wife abuse and domestic violence (husbands are instructed to beat their wives as a form of punishment); husbands are permitted to rape their wives,
  • Non-legal status for women who are considered property (a wife’s legal rights equate to only half of her husband’s),
  • Discrimination, punishment, and death for everyone based on sexual and religious orientation, especially if they will not “convert” to Islam.

AS I SEE IT

“Islam” means to submit, and the Islamic world has been forced to submit to a life of repression. Meanwhile, Islamists are determined to conquer the world for Islam, so we all can submit to an unknowable deity who punishes his followers for doing what he caused them to do, while following a religion which offers no hope of salvation unless you die as a Shaheed (martyr) in an act of jihad against everyone who refuses what you (as a Muslim) have to offer.

Clearly, the expansion of Islam has not occurred because of its beneficial gifts to the world. As Islam spread (and continues to spread) around the world, it capitalized on illiteracy wherever it was found. Many Muslim leaders today are focusing on this specific limitation as they make “converts.” Most Muslims have been given no choice but to believe as they are told. They were to take the words and deeds of Muhammad (as explained to them) as the only truth they needed. Those who could read and write may not have been fluent in Arabic, leaving them incapable of understanding the nuances that gave fuller meaning to the words. Consequently, many, if not most, Muslims form their theology from what the mullahs tell them. A new illiterate convert fits right into the “system.” He has no choice but to believe as he is told.

Keep all this in mind the next time someone tries to defend Islam as one of the world’s great religions. As the Qur’an says, Allah is the greatest of all deceivers (sura 3:54), so my message for this Halloween is not to go to the house of Islam.

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