ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION LIKE OTHER RELIGIONS
AND A MOSQUE IS NOT LIKE A CHURCH
At the root of opposition to mosques that is now beginning to be voiced around the country is the fear that Islam might just not be the religion of peace that our misguided political leaders say it is or that Islamic spokesmen from the Moslem advocacy organizations say it is. People fear that Islam is not just another religion like Christianity or Buddhism or whatever. These fears are well-founded; and Islamic scholars are the first ones to tell us that Islam is NOT a religion like other religions.
For example, Yusuf Qaradawi (the most influential Muslim cleric in the world today, the spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood who is admired by Imam Rauf of the Ground Zero Mosque project) said: “Islam is not a religion in the common, distorted meaning of the word, confining its scope only to the private life of man. By saying that it is a complete way of life, we mean that it caters for all the fields of human existence. In fact, Islam provides guidance for all walks of life — individual and social, material and moral, economic and political, legal and cultural, national and international.”
This “complete way of life” is the all-encompassing Sharia sacred Islamic law which, among other things, calls for the legal subordination of non-Moslems to Moslems and of women to men; it requires death for homosexuals, apostates and blasphemers. And, it calls for eternal war (jihad) against non-Moslems until Islamic law dominates throughout the world. These doctrines all come from the Koran and the sayings of Muhammad which are preached and taught in every mosque in the world, and will be taught in the Ground Zero mosque.
People need to understand why Islam is unique and not like other religions. Then they would know that mosques are not like churches because mosques are centers for the propagation of sharia law. Mosques are centers for the propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology, and they should be treated like other centers for the propagation of supremacist, violent and imperialist ideology, such as the Communist Party or the Nazi Party.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once famously said, “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”
The most influential Islamic religious authority in the world today, Yusuf Qaradawi, wrote:
“The mosque at the time of the Prophet was his propagation center, the headquarters of the state, as it was for his successors, the rightly guided Khalifas, the mosque was their base for all their activities political as well as non-political…. the mission of the mosque as required by correct Islam is not an isolation from the politics… From ancient times the mosque has had a role in jihad for the sake of Allah, resisting the enemies of this religion from the invading occupiers. That blessed Intifada in the land of the prophets, Palestine, started from none other but the mosques, and it first all came from the minarets and it was first known as the mosque revolution. The mosque’s role in the Afghan jihad, and every Islamic jihad cannot be denied.”
It is not religious bigotry to expose the religious bigotry of Islam; it is ideological self-defense.