Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Islamic 'Peace'

"Islam means peace"? What does Islamic peace mean?

By Bassam Tibi, a Western Muslim scholar of jihad:

‘At its core, Islam is a religious mission to all humanity. Muslims are religiously obliged to disseminate the Islamic faith throughout the world. "We have sent you forth to all mankind" (Q. 34:28). If non-Muslims submit to conversion or subjugation, this call (da’wa) can be pursued peacefully. If they do not, Muslims are obliged to wage war against them. In Islam, peace requires that non-Muslims submit to the call of Islam, either by converting or by accepting the status of a religious minority (dhimmi) and paying the imposed poll tax, jizya. World peace, the final stage of the da’wa, is reached only with the conversion or submission of all mankind to Islam…Muslims believe that expansion through war is not aggression but a fulfillment of the Qur’anic command to spread Islam as a way of peace. The resort to force to disseminate Islam is not war (harb), a word that is used only to describe the use of force by non-Muslims. Islamic wars are not hurab (the plural of harb) but rather futuhat, acts of “opening” the world to Islam and expressing Islamic jihad. Relations between dar al-Islam, the home of peace, and dar al-harb, the world of unbelievers, nevertheless take place in a state of war, according to the Qur’an and to the authoritative commentaries of Islamic jurists. Unbelievers who stand in the way, creating obstacles for the da’wa, are blamed for this state of war, for the da’wa can be pursued peacefully if others submit to it.

In other words, those who resist Islam cause wars and are responsible for them.'


Bosch Fawstin said...

Damn, Robert, how do you Really feel? Hahaha....
It's pretty strange because he's really telling like it is, without a hint of irony or apology, and is in a way breaking the Muslim version of omerta.

Robert Jones said...

As we well know with the difference between the Palestinian Arabs' English and Arabic press releases, Omerta is only in English. There are TONS of evidence on the Internet in Arabic.

Darius_LaMonica said...

Excellent picture!

I think Tibi could be classified as a "moderate moslem," and he has criticized Islamists in his scholarly work (I'm only topically familiar with him and never read any of his books, so I'm going to qualify this statement somewhat).

Here's an old article in which Tibi criticizes "two-faced" moslems, which also addresses some of the same points which were brought up in his quote in the original post:


Tibi's also gone "on the record" as an opponent of Islamist Tariq Ramadan. We'll have to check the JihadWatch archives to learn more.

Bosch Fawstin said...


Thank you, and your link was broken, so here it is:

Yes, Tibi is a self-described 'moderate' Muslim, but I think he is actually one of the 'Non-Muslim Muslims' that Hugh Fitzgerald referred to once, albeit a far more knowledgeable one. When I first read this piece a few years ago, I assumed that he was non-Muslim or Ex-Muslim, and was surprised that he is still Muslim, considering that his was an admission about Islam and its Jihad that No Muslim I know of would dare be willing to do openly, especially in front of infidels. Believe me, the world would instantly be a better place if all Muslims were like him, as he has essentially rejected Jihad in favor of the civilized world.
But in his behavior, he’s judging Islam as not worth practicing. Good for him, but the hypocrisy may be too much for him eventually.
He's making enemies of more devout Muslims than him, he really has to think about that. That they, and Not him, have Islam on their side.
He is, objectively, an opponet of Islam itself.

Joanne said...

I've got two questions:

Is Bassam Tibi currently living, or was he a scholar from some past century?

Have his views been disagreed with by other Muslim scholars of jihad?

We need some context here.

Joanne said...

Oops, I see from your last entry in the comments page that Tibi is a contemporary scholar. But my second question still stands, even if he is deemed a "moderate."

Bosch Fawstin said...


Being a Muslim 'reformer', Tibi is attacking Islam itself, and so no doubt he'seen as a threat by its True Believers.
Exactly Which ones I wouldn't know, though I'd guess his fellow European, Tariq Ramadan, isn't a friend of his.
It is Tibi's personal edification through the West that has naturally made him reject Islam's delivery system, Jihad. And Tibi must realize that without Jihad, Mohammed wouldn't have had a chance in Hell of spreading Islam. And for him to maintain this pretense that he's Muslim while rejecting Islam, may hold in his subjective mind, but not in reality.