July 10, 2018

A “cultural Muslim” visits Israel for the first time

Tanveer AhmedRebel Commentator

Being part of The Rebel Media's mission to Israel has been a powerful experience.

I consider myself a cultural Muslim, having been raised in Australia in a not-very-religious home.

But being in a place like Jerusalem, it almost forces you to choose — I was initially barred from entering a mosque here because I couldn't recite a verse from the Koran!

These and other experiences on this trip helped clarify my thoughts on what ails Islam today, and what it can do to evolve.

PS: WATCH more reports from The Rebel Media's mission to Israel HERE.

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commented 2018-07-11 16:12:13 -0400
Jerry Raketti, good question.
commented 2018-07-10 23:48:02 -0400
Why be a Muslim unless you’re scared to leave’?
commented 2018-07-10 23:16:30 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 35,636 Attacks, 230,709 Killed, 310,600 Injured that we know of

No update since yesterday.
commented 2018-07-10 23:14:09 -0400
In my first comment on this thread, I should have used the words ‘reform’ and ‘reformation’ instead of ‘evolve’ and ‘evolution’, which do not accurately denote what I meant to say. Islam has evolved over time in certain ways (for example, splitting into different sects), but it has never reformed in the Christian sense of reformation and it never will reform in the sense that Christianity did, except in the opposite sense: Whereas Christianity in Europe had become corrupted under the RC church’s domination for centuries and required a reformation to ditch indulgences etc. and get back to Jesus’ teachings of love of God and one’s neighbor, Islamic reformation means ditching moderating influences and going back to the original practices of Islam, as for example, the Islamic State has claimed to do. So we are actually better off with as little Islamic ‘reformation’ as possible.
commented 2018-07-10 22:47:05 -0400
Tammie, with respect to “Reformists have a very steep uphill battle” I would say that “Reformists have an insurmountable uphill battle”. I agree with Ted. As the President of Turkey has declared, ‘Islam is Islam, there are no modifiers’ and has been so for 1400 years. In fact, I would characterize such delusional thinking as dangerous in setting people up for a false hope and not recognizing the threat. Thinking that it can be subject to reform aligns one with the thinking of Trudeau who has described the jihadists as practicing a perverted form of Islam or aligns one with the National Council of Canadian Muslims who along with various other Muslim organizations in Canada have declared that the various terrorist activities have no connection to Islam.
commented 2018-07-10 21:12:13 -0400
Islam is a war machine/cult, it simply needs to be labeled as such and outlawed.
commented 2018-07-10 20:29:45 -0400
The only countries that have heretofore escaped Islamic domination and takeover over the last 1400 years have either been countries that Muslims didn’t know about or could not reach, or countries whose people realized they were under attack and then fought back as a free people until they secured their borders and freedom. Today there aren’t any countries that Muslims don’t know about or can’t reach, which leaves the second scenario as the only option for countries under attack whose people don’t want to be taken over by Islam and Sharia law. A number of such countries fought for centuries with varying degrees of success in preserving their freedom. Almost all succumbed, (Anatolia, for example, a Christian country, was gradually conquered by Muslim Turks and became today’s Turkey, a nearly 100% Muslim country), but France fought off a Muslim army and remained Christian for centuries, while Spain was mostly conquered and fought back over centuries to regain its freedom and Christian heritage. Today, however, Spain and France, along with much of Europe and the Western Hemisphere, have lost their focus on their own cultural heritage and are gradually becoming more Islamic as millions of Muslims migrate and immigrate from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia into these areas through open border policies enacted by liberal governments in various countries whose people have little if any memory or knowledge of past Islamic conquests, or knowledge of Islamic doctrine, including Sharia law, which assigns non-Muslims in Muslim majority countries to either ‘dhimmi’ status (a very unpleasant state in which non-Muslims must pay the jizya tax and exercise subservience to Muslims to remain alive), or to death for failure to convert to Islam. Countries with sizable Muslim minorities tend to have varying degrees of Sharia law in either influence or in effect, depending on the degree to which these countries have been Islamized, but should not be under full Sharia law as long as Muslims remain a minority in those countries. However, such countries do tend to experience Islamist terrorism, the more so as the percentage of Muslims in the total population increases. Canada is now on the cusp of this state of being, and by all indications will continue to be so for some time, unless its people remember their Judeo-Christian heritage of freedom and act to preserve it.
commented 2018-07-10 19:31:02 -0400
Islam cannot evolve, and anyone who says it can is either deluded or lying. For 1400 years Islam has been locked into the doctrines in which it was founded, and those doctrines themselves do not permit any evolution. The people of any given country have to decide whether they are willing to accept Islam or not. If they are willing, then that country will be under Sharia law from that time on. If they won’t accept Islam, then they are in what Islam calls the “House of War”, i.e. they will be made war on by Muslims until they accept Islam.
commented 2018-07-10 18:59:25 -0400
Whilst ever the Koran remains immutable, Islam cannot “evolve”.
commented 2018-07-10 18:31:05 -0400
Tanveer, it must have been incredibly shocking to have been refused entry into a mosque. I am glad you sorted it out and were able to finally enter.

Thanks for your report. Will you be uploading additional reports?

Reformists have a very steep uphill battle, and yet, they persist in spreading peace despite the backlash they get from other muslims. It’s admirable & hopefully voices like Imam Tawhidi , Raheel Raza & other reformists will reach the masses. I am inclined to make a decision about another person based on the content of their character & observable behaviour.
The orthodox adherents of Islam migrating to Western nations really must leave old feuds and 7th century idealogy and customs in the land they decided to leave behind, understanding Sharia law is not welcome and we would want to see integration front of mind.

I would also like to mention we have documented cases in Canada of Imams spreading hatred and quoting the Koran’s very troubling verses, prescriptive tones. These Imams should not be permitted into mosques or be considered religious leaders…our government doesn’t want to address this problem head on. Al-Quds marches don’t belong in Canada, the speeches and horrible rhetoric is abysmal.