I never expected the original posting to have a Part II. However, in interacting with those who have responded to the first post I stumbled across a September 29, 2004 article from FrontPage Magazine titled John Quincy Adams Knew Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom. Hat tip The Cassandra Page. After reading the article, its conclusions so dovetailed with the original posting that I felt the need to add a Part II.
My original premise is that the progressive/moderate Islam that proponents of rapprochement with Islam argue is the “true” Islam is a modern and wishful fabrication. Instead I believe that traditional Islam is the real Islam and its “methods have always been militaristic, its tolerance, when extended, merely a tool to infiltrate, not a future to embrace.” Now the FrontPage article gives me some significant references to bolster that position.
Bostom notes that
John Quincy Adams possessed a remarkably clear, uncompromised understanding of the permanent Islamic institutions of jihad war and dhimmitude. Regarding jihad, Adams states in his essay series,
he [Muhammad] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. Emphasis added.
Now one could rightly argue that Adams’ claim is one made by an Infidel, one who does not understand Islam. Bostom deals with that possibility by quoting Professor Majid Khadduri, a Muslim scholar who in 1955 wrote an authoritative treatise on jihad, War and Peace in the Law of Islam. In it he says:
Thus the jihad may be regarded as Islams instrument for carrying out its ultimate objective by turning all people into believers, if not in the prophethood of Muhammad (as in the case of the dhimmis), at least in the belief of God. The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have declared some of my people will continue to fight victoriously for the sake of the truth until the last one of them will combat the anti-Christ. Until that moment is reached the jihad, in one form or another will remain as a permanent obligation upon the entire Muslim community. It follows that the existence of a dar al-harb is ultimately outlawed under the Islamic jural order [dar al-harb (Domain of War) refers to the territory under the hegemony of unbelievers]; that the dar al-Islam permanently under jihad obligation until the dar al-harb is reduced to non-existence; and that any community accepting certain disabilities- must submit to Islamic rule and reside in the dar al-Islam or be bound as clients to the Muslim community. The universality of Islam, in its all embracing creed, is imposed on the believers as a continuous process of warfare, psychological and political if not strictly military. Emphasis added.
Vanquished non-Muslims can exist for as long as they pay tribute (jizya), but failure to pay would result in death. The author quotes E. W. Lane in regards to this tribute.
The tax that is taken from the free non-Muslim subjects of a Muslim government whereby they ratify the compact that assures them protection, as though it were compensation for not being slain. Emphasis added.
Rather than continue to reproduce parts of this excellent article here, I suggest you read it in its entirety. It will reinforce the argument I made in Part I, that Islam by its very nature denies real rapprochement and any attempts to follow that path are doomed to eventual failure as the fundamental nature of the religion asserts itself.
One additional note. Ever since the reformation, Protestants have searched history for the appearing of the anti-Christ, supported by the anti-religion. Many have seen its nexus in Rome, in the Catholic Church and in the Pope. I find this appallingly short-sighted as if the Roman Church could ever deny that Christ came in the flesh and was the Son of God. All the while, Islam, a true and virulent anti-Christ moves within our midst, gaining strength and power, while its fundamental enemy, historical Christianity loses political strength and cultural support. Examine the vectors. The coming clash is obvious to anyone who cares to look.
I will have more to say in the future on this subject. May God bless your day and may he give you the insight and wisdom to contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints, today and in the future.