During President Obama’s Jun 4, 2009 rambling, nuanced speech in Cairo, Egypt, he reiterate his oft-repeated talking point that America is not at war with Islam.
In Ankara, I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children.
Sadly for the world President Obama is either lying or woefully wrong; America is, in harsh and unforgiving fact, at war with Islam and the Muslim World. It is a running war between two ideological antipodes, slavery and freedom; Islam and America. It will be fought in people’s hearts and minds, in the hoary halls of government, in the courts of law, and upon carnage littered battlefields until one side or the other is defeated and lays broken at the feet of the victor.
Diyar al-Insan (Houses of Man)
There are only two states, or Houses, for Man accepted by Islam – Submission and War. There is Dar al-Islam, the House of Islam and there is Dar al-Harb, the House of War. To the Muslim mind there can only be peace through utter and complete submission to their God, Allah and His church, Islam.
It does not seem to matter to many Muslims that Dar Al-Islam and Dar al-Harb are not mentioned in the Qur’an or Sunnah. They accept the division as created through Ijtihad (religious endeavor).
I also find it very telling that Muslim scholars chose Dar al-Harb, the House of War, for a description of their infidel neighbors instead of Dar al-Fitna, the House of Strife.
This is not a philosophical basis that allows for a separate peace. It allows only for conflict, on a variety of scales and levels, between Islam and America – along with the rest of the non-Islamic world.
Anwa al-Nas (Types of People)
There are only four classes of Man accepted by Islam – Faithful, Subjugated, Unbelievers, and Apostates. There is the Ummah Wahida, the One Community compromised of all Muslims. There are the Dhimmi, the People of the Books comprised of Christians and Jews who are accepted if they submit to Muslim rule. There are the kuff?r, the unbelievers or Pagans who must be converted or slain. And there are the Murtadd, the apostates against Islam who are to be killed, preferably by stoning or crucifixion.
I am a kafir, an unbeliever, a Pagan, and I’m proud of that fact. Since I would never convert to Islam, there is only one choice that Muslims can make in regards to me – to attempt to kill me.
There are also many other Atheists, Agnostics, and various forms of Pagans in America who would be in the same boat as myself. There’s no room for peace at that price.
This is another philosophical basis, one predicated on xenophobia, intolerance, insecurity, and the desire for conquest, that makes it impossible for there to be a true peace between America and the Muslim World. America is founded on certain freedoms and certain ideas of equality and of tolerance; those ideas are antithetical to Islam, though Muslims in America make full use of them for their own advantage.
Khalifat-ul Masih (Successor of the Messiah aka Caliph)
Islam is not a religion, or more accurately, Islam is not just a religion; it is a fully constructed method of society, empire and faith. Shari’a and the Caliphate are inseparable from Islam, or at least from full practice thereof.
When Muhammad died in 632 AD, he left behind a political organization that was entirely centered around him. He was a political and military leader and he was the source of revelation, a Prophet. His successors, the khulafaa, continued this form of government and law intertwined with religion for some years. Muslims still await the birth of the next Khalifat-ul Masih to come and usher in a new Golden Age for Islam.
Huzaifa narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: Prophethood will remain among you as long as Allah wills. Then khilafat on the lines of Prophethood shall commence, and remain as long as Allah wills. Then corrupt/erosive monarchy would take place, and it will remain as long as Allah wills. After that, despotic kingship would emerge, and it will remain as long as Allah wills. Then, the khilafat shall come once again based on the precept of Prophethood.
— Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal
Mishkat, chapter Al-Anzar wal Tahzir
Shari’a, and the Caliphate are core concepts and articles of doctrine within Muslim nations. These are all antithetical to America and to Americans who have the concept of the separation of Church hand State ingrained in them from earliest childhood. Irrespective of formal government stances, Americans will never be sanguine about the manner in which Islamic rule operates in the nations it dominates.
And so there has been, is currently, and will be ongoing war (Jihad) between America and the Muslim World until one poses no further threat to the other. Despite Obama’s rhetoric of appeasement, which borders on accepting the yoke of the Dhimmi, this is inevitable. The jihad will be waged between our two opposing views by both Fedayin al-Islam and Fedayin al-Ameriki.
Both sides will wage Jihad al-Nafs (struggling against one’s self or desires) as they seek to remain true to their beliefs and not to take the easy road of capitulation or that of excessive brutality.
Both sides will engage in Jihad bi-al-Lisan (jihad of the tongue) and Jihad bi-al-Qalam (jihad of the pen) against the other. Indeed those battles have been ongoing in the media and the courts of the world for many decades already and will only intensify as time goes by.
Both sides will use Jihad al-yad (jihad of the hand) as they wield their wealth, science, and labor forces against each other.
And, sadly for many people, they shall also wage Jihad as-sayf (jihad of the sword) against each other. Blood will be spilled across the world and many widows and orphaned made in the course of the war between Islam and America.
So, in my opinion it was either disingenuous or foolishly ignorant for President Obama to claim that America was not at war with Islam and the Muslim World. Admittedly though, we’re not currently engaged in a shooting war (Jihad as-sayf) with the bulk of Islam.