Part 3 of 6 shows us a brief conference of P.M. Tony Blair with Al-Jazirah. He is right in saying that there should be more frequent interfaith dialog.
Mr. Robert Spencer: Islam understands its earthly mission to be to extend the law of Allah over the world by force. Now this is distinct from extending the religion by force. Muslims often indignantly deny that Islam was spread by the sword, as the old expression goes, and that anybody is ever forced to convert to Islam. Now of course, forced conversions are a constant hallmark of Islamic history, but they are technically forbidden by Islamic law. Now, the idea in Islam is that Muslims must wage war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law. Not everybody will be forced to become Muslim, but the non-Muslims will be relegated to second class status. They will not be able to live in the society as equals to the Muslims, and it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to fight to institute that kind of society.
Answer: Dear Sir, in order to save all of us much valuable time, we will let that outstanding Western historian, De Lacy O’Leary, address the first part of your objection.
De Lacy O’Leary - Islam at the Crossroads, London 1923: “History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.”
Most certainly, Christians or any non-Muslims have never been relegated to second class status. We have addressed this question under the Dhimmi Status. Here is a glimpse once again.
Dhimma = Responsibilty. So, Dhimmi, a non-Qur’anic term coined by Islamic jurists, would mean non-Muslim citizens whose safety and well-being is the responsibility of the Islamic State. This guarantee would be above and beyond the guarantee provided to the Muslim citizens.
We have seen that the exalted Prophet had said, “If a non-Muslim is wronged in the Islamic State, I will personally plead on his behalf.” [Sahah Sittah]
So, even if there was such a thing as Dhimmi status ever in history, it could never mean ‘second class’ citizenship. It would rather be ‘first class plus’.
And the Inviolable law of the Qur’an is human equality.
17:70 Surely, We have conferred dignity on children of Adam (as a birth right) …
There is only one criterion of superiority in the Qur’an and that is our conduct with people.
49:13 … Certainly, the most honored among you in the Sight of God is the one who is best in conduct…
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While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, “Let us go to the Jews.” We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it. Otherwise, you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle.”
Answer: How much credibility a report generated on hearsay, centuries after the exalted Prophet, may have?
It should be easy to understand that the exalted Prophet would never have ordered the eviction of any community. Would not doing so hurt his own credibility before his own companions?
The Qur’an addresses the elite among the Jews of Madinah:
2:84 And watch out! We (Allah) accepted your solemn pledge that you would desist from mutual bloodshed, and from evicting your own people from your townships. This is what you agreed to and you were witnesses to it.
2:85 Yet it is you who subdue and slay your own people, and evict a weak faction among you from their homes. And you support one another in hurting the community and sowing the seeds of discord. And when these homeless people get enslaved by others and are brought to you, you ransom them, whereas it was unlawful for you to evict them in the first place. What! Do you wish to accept one part of the Scripture (Taurah) and reject the other? Think then, what the reward of such wrongdoing must be - nothing but disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection the most grievous chastisement. God is not unaware of what you do.
With respects from a life-long student, Shabbir.