by Benjamin Weingarten
We sat down with a leading Shariah lawyer from Iran, Daniel Akbari, to discuss his illuminating new book ”Honor Killing: A Professional’s Guide to Sexual Relations and Ghayra Violence from the Islamic Sources, in which he seeks to awaken Americans to the generally antithetical nature of Islam to Judeo-Christian society, and specifically Shariah-dictated domestic violence towards women — up to and including so-called honor killings — and how we in the West can prevent such atrocities.
During the extensive interview, which you can skip to here:
we had a chance to ask him a series of questions on the nature of Islam, its goals, tactics, how Western Muslims become jihadists, and all manner of other topics.
But it was in response to a question on whether there is such a thing as moderate Islam that Mr. Akbari, a man who studied at the seat of Shia religious learning at the Tehran University School of Law, and specialized in criminal and family law before leaving Iran, gave perhaps his most stunning response of all, stating:
“[T]hese people…deceive Americans not to resist the process of Islam”
What Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey says is actually perfect and totally Islamic because Islam is Islam. We don’t have such a thing like — “radical Islam extremism” — many things that are said in Islam like beheading, like stoning, like flogging — they are not extremism acts, those are pure Islam.
…The second thing is, this is not “extremism,” this is “fundamentalism.” People who believe in [the] Koran understand it and practice it and take it serious.
About moderate Muslims, we have to…make a distinction between those people who come from Islamic backgrounds, come from [the] Middle East, their names are ‘Mohammed’…they might not believe in [the] Koran at all. They might just be atheists. They just come from that region.
Who are moderate Muslims in reality according to Akbari?
…Moderate Muslims actually are kind of like CAIR [Council on American-Islamic Relations] people — people who are Muslim Brotherhood types…and these people fight for Islam, love it, but they give a peaceful feature, and good-looking [nature] to Islam, to…deceive Americans not to resist the process of Islam.
Sometimes they deceive Americans this way that “We are the same as your neighbor who is from the Middle East.” That neighbor might be an atheist, might be a Buddhist at heart. Just by nature and feature, people might assume [him or her] Islamic.
…Moderate Muslims, as we might know as Muslim Brotherhood, they are the backbone of jihad.
Without them, there…[are] not gonna be any jihadis. They support jihad financially. They recruit here for jihadists — they recruit in this country. They have their own Islamic centers. They go to jail and recruit for ISIS.
So without these moderate Muslims — I’m not talking about just people coming from [the] Middle East — I’m talking about those who fight for Islam, or those who love Islam and pay for jihadists and also support to…try to recruit people, or sympathizers. My point about moderates is kind of different than what Americans might say.
Moderates are not anybody from [the] Middle East with an Islamic name.
My point about moderates are people who have Islamic organizations in an organized way, fight to improve Islam, I call those people moderates. To my eyes, those moderates are no different than ISIS or other jihadists.
During the interview, we also had the opportunity to discuss a series of other topics with Mr. Akbari including:
How Islam fundamentally differs from Judaism and Christianity
Whether Islam is a religion of peace, and how pious ISIS actually is
The ultimate goal of Islam and the role of strategic deception as compelled under Islamic law
How Muhammad’s strategy at Mecca versus Medina as detailed in core Islamic texts impacts Muslim actions in the West
Shariah-dictated ghayra violence against women
The Obama administration’s intellectual dishonesty about the nature of jihad
What Akbari thinks about the idea of working with mosques and Islamic leaders to “counter violent extremism”
Why uneducated, ignorant/non-practicing Muslims are the most susceptible to barbaric acts like honor killings
Why honor killings and female genital mutilation naturally flow from Islam in general and Shariah in particular
What the recent surge in Muslim immigrants to the U.S. portends for the country
A systematic analysis of how Muslims in the West become jihadists
And much much more
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