Democracy as Violence Against Islam

The following is from the Introduction to Faith at War, A Journey On The Frontlines of Islam by Yaroslav Trofimov (footnotes mine):

5:51 O believers, do not take the Jews and the Christians as friends; some of them are friends of each other. Whoever of you takes them as friends is surely one of them. Allah indeed does not guide the wrongdoers.

That’s the argument of those who see the solution in rejecting wholesale Western ideas and concepts that infiltrated the Muslim ummah (community), and in returning to the kind of pure, total Islam that allowed the Prophet Muhammad to conquer much of the known world fourteen centuries ago. In recent decades, Saudi Arabia’s petrodollars have been generously spent to promote such a vision across the planet.

This dream of a resurgent Islamic civilization destined to clash with and eventually triumph over the West was articulated in the late 1920s by Hassan al Banna, the Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, a fraternity that in the following decades spawned a global web of Islamist movements, parties and terrorist groups.

According to Banna, even the most innocuous Westernizing influence constitutes an act of violence against Islam.

“Doomed be the Western civilization which follows us at every step,” he wrote. “It is constantly at war with us[1]. It started an awful battle, and this battle it is fighting with such bewitching and enchanting objects as knowledge, wealth, civilization, plans and politics, luxury goods and articles of enjoyment and pleasure[2], with which we have not thus far been familiar.”

Like its early twentieth century contemporaries Nazism and Communism, political Islam is grounded in a totalitarian idea of purity, in this case of religion rather than of race or class. It has taken a world war and decades on the brink of nuclear holocaust to discredit and discard the other two ideologies.


[1] Who is always at war with whom!

Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an audio message made public May 14, 2015

[2] "Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious ... " Ayatollah Khomeini

Bernard Payeur