Saturday, January 9, 2010

Good and/or Bad Muslim

John R. Houk
© January 9, 2010

Bill Warner writes an essay on what is a good or bad Muslim.

In essence Warner says a good Muslim is one who follows the example of Mohammed exactly. That example incorporates intolerance, supremacy ideology, sex-slavery, marauding for slaves and booty from non-Muslims, all around violence against the kafir or Muslim apostates. The implication is that all Muslims that follow the WHOLE example of Mohammed are good Muslims. Those that do not follow the WHOLE example of Mohammed are bad Muslims. Hence the bad Muslim is that Muslim neighbor or co-worker that exemplifies what is good by Western Standards which Warner uses the Christian Golden Rule as the example. The Wikipedia citation claiming Islam has a Golden Rule is a bit deceptive. The Quranic references to the closest example of the Golden rule only apply to fellow Muslims. The Medina-Quranic references which call for humiliating violence against kafir abrogate the more peaceful Suras.

Frankly I believe Warner is right on the mark. However, I sense he misses a point about Muslims in goodness and badness. I am certain there are Muslims that are not practicing deception and follow the doctrine they are taught which has been publicized to Westerners as the Greater Jihad. The Greater Jihad is thought to be an inner struggle to overcome that which haram or haraam (closest thing to Western sin). The Lesser Jihad is the Jihad that the West is all to clear on its outward actions; i.e. the employment of violence to terrorize kafir to convert to Islam or die.

Those Muslims that emphasize “Greater Jihad” in their lives (wittingly or unwittingly) would be the individuals that the West calls moderate. Then there are the Muslims who pretend to be moderate toward Westerners as Taqiyya (deception) in order not to be persecuted (in their minds) for the belief in the practice of pure Islam according to the example of Mohammed.

JRH 1/9/10


  1. Spurious! 'Greater jihad' is based on a spurious hadith which contradicts the Koran (2/3 of the Koran is about motivating jihadists to kill kafirs).

    There is a saying, "We have returned from the lesser Jihad (battle) to the greater Jihad", which the people quote on the basis that it is a hadeeth, which is infact false, fabricated hadith which has no basis. According to this belief, striving against desires of the self is considered the Greater Jihad, which makes the Jihad of the battlefield the Lesser Jihad. However, this so-called hadith is only a saying of Ibrahim bin Abi Ablah one of the Successors, and it contradicts textual evidences and reality.

    Ibn Taymiyyah said in Al-Furqan PP. 44-45: "This hadith has no sources and nobody whomsoever in the field of Islamic knowledge has narrated it. Jihad against the disbelivers is the most noble of actions and moreover it is the most important action for the mankind."

    Al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi reports it is daeef (weak) due to the narrator Khalaf bin Muhammad bin Ismail Al-Khiyam. Al-Haakim says, "His hadeeths are unreliable". Abu Ya'la Al-Khalili says, "He often adulterates, is very weak and narrates unknown hadith." (Mashari-ul-Ashwaq, Ibn Nuhas 1/31).

    There is also the narrator Yahya bin Al-Ula who is a known liar and forgerer of hadith (Ahmad). Amru bin Ali, An-Nasai and Ad-Daraqutni state, "His hadith are renounced." Ibn Adi states, "His hadith are false." (Tahzeeb-ut-Tahzeeb 11/261-262)

    Ibn Hajar said, "He was accused of forging hadith." (At-Taghrib). Adh-dhahabi said, "Abu Hatim said that he is not a strong narrator, Ibn Ma'een classified him as weak and Ad-Daraqutni said that he is to be neglected."

    This hadeeth also contradicts clear verses of the Quran. Allah says:

    "Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward; Degrees of (higher) grades from Him, and Forgiveness and Mercy. And Allah is Ever Oft*Forgiving, Most Merciful."

    Qur'an [4:95-96]

    Forget it. You have been deceived by non-believing Muslims who don't accept real Islam, but like to live in Western free societies.

    Spurious and taqiyya. Shame on them.

  2. Anonymous, I have also read that the Hadith referred is considered spurious by a great many Islamic theologians. Nonetheless, Muslims that follow the so-called wisdom of their mullah or cleric will undoubtedly believe what they are told about the so-called "Greater Jihad."