On or about Saturday, May 27, the Muslim community in America and around the world will begin the month-long fast of RamadanBecause the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan. Also today, CAIR condemned a planned cross-burning by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on Saturday in Pennsylvania’s southern Lancaster County

Muhammad was the first Islamic terrorist. Mild Islam is an oxymoron. Islam is not a religion which all are free to pursue, it is a weapon. It is the most powerful tool that can be wielded with manipulative skill to control entire populations. Beneath Islamic fierce rule, every aspect of daily life is dictated. What is worn, what is eaten, what you say and what you write are all scrutinized. Violations of these stringent laws are met with extreme punishments.

Freedom of speech and press are Islam’s top enemies. They are targeted on a regular basis, making it difficult or impossible for the truth to be revealed to the world. While others may take their privacy for granted, the people living under this kind of tyranny must think about everything they say and do. Sometimes even the bravest of souls turn away in the face of such intimidation.

Because of the rising level of Islamophobia nationwide in recent months, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization — is urging local mosques to host “Fast Forward” interfaith “iftars,” or fast-breaking meals. 

CAIR says the “Fast Forward” theme for the iftars reflects the need for all Americans to go forward united in support of traditional American values of inclusion and respect for diversity during a time of increasing political division and rising bigotry targeting minority groups.

“Along with the recent rise of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry nationwide, we have seen a similar increase in support for the American Muslim community and for other targeted communities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “By hosting ‘Fast Forward’ iftars, Muslim communities have the opportunity to help unify our nation and move it forward on a path that respects long-standing American values, not the distortions of those values we see so often today.”

No religion can be considered in abstraction from its followers, or even from its various types of followers. There are some remedies worse than the disease. We could say as much about most of Occident’s erroneous ideas about Islam. Chief among them is the notion that Islam is good and the terrorism committed by Muslims is tangential from Islam, a transmogrification of Islam proper. The remedy for this terrorism, the theory goes, is to deradicalize those Muslims who have taken the plunge into the dark waters of Islamic terrorism, or better yet, prevent those Muslims considering taking this plunge by sheltering them from the dangers of radicalization. The consequences of these imprudent and sciolistic estimations is now catching up to the Western world, a world that at one time believed our freedoms and our unhindered way of life immune from the egregious cultures and violent sectarianism to which Islam is innately connected in other, far away reaches of the planet.

Those who have not really taken Islam seriously, who have assumed that its adherents and its tenets are probably quite similar to those of the other major religions, have done so at the expense of our future and the well-being of the Western world. The insouciant and the foolhardy pluralist among us believe that the hegemony that Islam strove violently and ruthlessly to achieve in the not-so-ancient past cannot possibly be the end and the means that the moderate Muslim envisions and employs today for the future of Islam. The most glaring failure of our modern experts is that their premise has always been, and remains, that Islam is good and, as the logical extension of this premise, terrorism and the terrorist are anomalies tangential from Islam proper. The creeping obtrusion of Jihadi ideologies into the Western political narrative will continue in congruence with the propagandistic existence of such contradictory assumptions.

While the predominant view among the world’s Muslims, insofar as we can learn from these polls, rejects terrorism, a significant minority does not. If, on the whole, say, 20 percent of Muslims, a conservative estimate of the average of these numbers, support terror often or sometimes, that amounts to 300 million people; and if, say, another 15 percent support it rarely, then the total base of support for at least occasional terror acts comes to 500 million. There is little comfort to be found in such figures. Such figures prove without a doubt that terrorism within the Muslim world and terrorism committed by Muslims in Occident can no longer be viewed as incidental or anomalous, but the norm. Such figures also do little to exculpate Islam from the common but oft-slandered and suppressed opinion that this religion is a root source of anti-Jewish hatred and terrorism, and the primary inspiration for Jihadi ideologies.

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference. Nothing is so fatal to Western democracy as indifference to Islam and the terrorism that inevitably manifests itself in a minority of Muslims that numbers in the hundreds of millions. You cannot judge a religion’s efficacy, whether good or bad, by its exceptional personalities, but only by the behavior of those masses who are conglutinated by its tenets. In this sense and from this perspective, Islam is not merely insalubrious for mankind, but even worse, and because of this same insalubrious nature, it is a grand deception that has hoodwinked the Western world in such a way that we bend over backward in abject humility just to accommodate this intolerant religion in abstraction from its followers, or even from its various types of followers.

Islamic sentences may seem like madness, but in fact there is a cold and calculated pattern to these actions. When Muslims gain power, they immediately create their own pseudo-judiciary system in order to legitimize their implementation of sharia law. This judiciary system is, in fact, used less as a tool for bringing people to justice, and more as a tool to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Once this silence is ensured, they are able to oppress the entire society, restrain any budding opposition, imprison and torture innocent people and sentence thousands to death.

By imprisoning, torturing and hanging idealistic and rebellious young people, the ruling politicians and the Islamic judiciary system are using them as an example to send a message to millions of people that they will not tolerate anyone who opposes their religious or political view.

To assist local Muslim community leaders in planning Ramadan events, CAIR will host a webinar on May 24 offering step-by-step advice on hosting an “Fast Forward” interfaith iftar.

WHAT: ‘Planning a ‘Fast Forward’ Interfaith Iftar this Ramadan‘ Webinar
WHEN: Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. EDT

Webinar speakers include CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, and CAIR National Chapter Director Lori Saroya.

The webinar will offer advice on forming a “Fast Forward” committee, a template for an iftar media advisory, advice on reaching out to local media, a sample advertisement for the event, text for a “Welcome to Our Ramadan Fast Forward Interfaith Iftar” brochure, frequently-asked questions about Ramadan, and a sample event program.

Islam has been using torture and death in many nations to impose fear and shock in the public. Muslims aim at silencing people and making them subservient. Once they have control, they will stop at nothing to keep it.

Once you submit to Islam, your freedom of speech and of the press belong to Allah. Your only job is to exercise silence and obedience, and follow your religious leader, imam, sheikh, or velayat-e faqih (guardianship of the Islamic jurist).

For the ruling Muslims, it does not matter if you have been a loyalist all your life. If you speak up or oppose them just once, you will be eliminated. If they are such violent and oppressive people, you might wonder how they are ever able to gain power. They do this through manipulation, charm, and countless false promises.

Some Muslims, before they gain power, promise people equality, justice, peace, and a far better life. They appeal to the young, to the traditional, and to the hopeful. But once they seize power, they close an iron grip around any and all freedoms, available to their people, in particular freedom of speech.

Once Islam has gained power, established its own judiciary system, or infiltrated the legal system with its sharia law, no one is capable of criticizing the government or the political establishment. In a social order ruled by Islam, the government is Islam; the government is the representative of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad. Ruling politicians who decide the laws are divine figures supposedly appointed by Allah. They are not to be questioned.

There are many people who are currently imprisoned, tortured on a daily basis, or awaiting their execution for insulting Islam, insulting the prophet, insulting the Supreme Leader, and so it goes. The issue is that we do not hear about these cases. Some media outlets refuse to report on them in order to appease an Islamic Republic, just further proof of how coercive their power can be. The only way to reduce it, and the oppression and slaughter of so many people, is to bring attention to the human rights abuses conducted under the Islamic banner of religious legitimacy and authenticity. This type of tyranny is a danger, not just for those enduring it, but for the world.

Lands ruled predominantly by sharia are apparently the most vulnerable to multitudes of executions without fair trials. At the top of the list, with the most executions, are those nations that enforce Islamic sharia law. Despite many human rights violations, these nations, apparently undeterred, continue to execute their citizens.

Sharia makes those in authority infallible and untouchable. Therefore, whatever the government or those in power deem to be “just” can be carried out without question or consequence. Under sharia law and the Islamic penal code, executions can be carried out in sickening forms. Those convicted may be beheaded, hanged, stoned, or shot to death.

As disturbing as the numbers may be, they do not represent the reality that the citizens in these nations across the world face every day. There is, evidently, a connection between radical Islamist governments and extremist groups. There are gruesome executions that are carried out on a regular basis by extremist Islamist groups and non-state fundamentalists, such as members of the Islamic State (ISIS) and their affiliated groups. These executions include slitting throats, burning alive, drowning alive and crucifixion.

Mass executions are evidently also being carried out by both extremist Islamist governments and Islamist groups. A culture of executions, often extra-judicial, as in Pakistan, seems to run rampant within the borders of these countries. Without any consequences for this horrifying disregard for human life, the numbers will only increase.

Both Islamist governments and Islamist groups justify their brutal acts by referring to the “religious” Islamist legitimacy of their murders. Members of fundamentalist Islamist governments, to legitimize these types of atrocities, also exploit the right of “sovereignty”: they point out that they belong independent state with a fully operating and “legal” judiciary.

Iran ranks number one, per capita, in executing people. It also accounts for 66% of all officially recorded executions in the region. This amount only represents those executions that are officially registered.

Executions carried out under the strict governmental laws of sharia and Islamist judicial systems can have even more grotesque characteristics. The high number of executions include children, some convicted before the age of 18. Death sentences frequently lack due process and acceptable standards of proof. People have often been arrested or detained on the basis of a rumor; then convicted without trial, counsel or often even the chance to mount a defense. In many countries where people were sentenced to death or executed, the proceedings did not meet international fair trial standards. In some cases, this included the extraction of ‘confessions’ through torture or other ill-treatment.

Prisoners’ vulnerabilities also had no bearing on their executions. Even those seriously ill were executed. Mass executions or stoning could be ordered and then carried out within a very short time, sometimes within days, giving those convicted no time to mount any form of appeal.

The laws under which these people are sentenced to death are often not only vague and open to interpretation. Charges that warrant the death penalty, for instance, include being “corrupt on earth”, “enemies of Allah on Earth”, or alleged “crimes against chastity”. What exactly does “corrupt on earth” or “enemies of Allah on Earth” mean? There are no guidelines to establish guilt or innocence. Those in power are therefore able to decide who has violated what laws on what can only be a capricious basis. Islamist sheikhs, imams, or judges can subjectively interpret charges any way they like. A charge of being “corrupt on earth” can apply to having fun at a party or writing poetry that government decides is critical of it. A charge of being “corrupt on earth” can apply to someone who is homosexual, someone who is claimed to have committed adultery, or who has simply declined to accepted an unwanted advance. It can mean anyone who has done anything that the ruling leaders dislike.

These Islamist laws, moreover, also serve as a perfect tool for exploitation. A woman finding herself accused of breaking a law may be assured that if she agrees to sleep with a judge, for instance, he will interpret the law in a lenient way and protect her from the death penalty. After a woman submits to this, she can be executed nevertheless. Sometimes girls are forced into sighah — the Shiite Islamist law of temporary marriage — with a cleric, or a governmental official; after “consummating” it, they can also be put to death.

What does a charge such as “crimes against chastity” mean under sharia? This accusation can apply to a girl who has been raped. Instead of the law providing protection for the victim and consequences for the rapist, the victim is accused of the crime of “adultery”, convicted without a fair trial, and swiftly executed.

When Islamist laws enter a land, it seems the number of stonings, beheadings, and executions goes up. Leaders of these nations can use this flexibility to terrorize and control entire societies, expand their power, export their ideology, and ensure that there is no opportunity to resist. More disturbing is that those numbers are just a portion of the truth.

Jihad against the Infidels started more than 1300 years before Israel came into existence. Muslims paid little attention to the Crusades until very recently, and American foreign policy has often favored the Muslim side, rescuing Arafat from Beirut when he was besieged by the Israelis, supporting Pakistan despite its collusion with terrorists, looking away when Turkey invaded Cyprus, putting troops in Saudi Arabia to protect that kleptocracy from Saddam Hussein, and lavishing hundreds of billions in foreign aid on Muslim countries, and more than four trillion dollars on military interventions and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the hope, likely forlorn, that those countries could be made less barbarous than before.

Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.

The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about June 25.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department.

CAIR’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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