Donald Trump’s infamous assertion “Islam hates us,” which he made over three years ago while campaigning for president, continues to appear in the news. Most recently, Democrat presidential hopefuls Julián Castro and Bernie Sanders cited it in their efforts to court Muslim votes in Houston.
Soon after being introduced by his Muslim campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, Sanders said, “We must speak out when we have a president and an administration who believe — and I quote — that ‘Islam hates us.’”
Here is what Trump said in March 2016: “I think Islam hates us. There’s something there that — there’s a tremendous hatred there. There’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.”
That seems to be the difference between Trump and the Democrats: the latter, in typical head-in-sand fashion—or just to garner votes—reject the “Islamophobic” claim on principle, whereas the president at least acknowledges that there’s a problem, one that “we have to get to the bottom of.”
So let’s do just that — get to the bottom of this “tremendous hate.” For starters, the source of this hate is not in those factors liberals/leftists always cite whenever Muslims lash out (and their actions actually get reported); it’s not a byproduct of “grievances,” foreign or domestic US policies, Israel, or “blasphemous” cartoons.
The hate, rather, is a direct byproduct of mainstream Islamic teaching — and has been for nearly fourteen centuries. According to the ancient Islamic doctrine of al-wal’a wa al-bara’, or “loyalty and enmity” — which is well grounded in Islamic scriptures, well sponsored by Islamic authorities, and well manifested all throughout Islamic history and contemporary affairs — Muslims must hate and oppose everyone who is not Muslim, including family members. (The importance of this doctrine is such that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri wrote a 60 page treatise on al-wal’a wa al-bara’ in The Al Qaeda Reader, pp. 63-115.) … Koran 58:22 praises Muslims who fight and kill their own non-Muslim family members …
If Muslims must hate those closest to them — including fathers, sons, brothers, and wives — simply because they are non-Muslims, is there any surprise that Muslims may hate foreign “infidels” who live oceans away — such as Americans, who are further portrayed throughout the Islamic world as trying to undermine Islam?
Why We Hate You & Why We Fight You, in Issue 15 of Dabiq, by the Islamic State, page 31.
As such, it becomes important for us to clarify to the West in unequivocal terms — yet again — why we hate you and why we fight you.
1. We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers; you reject the oneness of Allah — whether you realize it or not — by making partners for Him in worship, you blaspheme against Him, claiming that He has a son, you fabricate lies against His prophets and messengers, and you indulge in all manner of devilish practices. It is for this reason that we were commanded to openly declare our hatred for you and our enmity towards you. …
2. We hate you because your secular, liberal societies permit the very things that Allah has prohibited while banning many of the things He has permitted …
3. In the case of the atheist fringe, we hate you and wage war against you because you disbelieve in the existence of your Lord and Creator. …
4. We hate you for your crimes against Islam and wage war against you to punish you for your transgressions against our religion. …
5. We hate you for your crimes against the Muslims; your drones and fighter jets bomb, kill, and maim our people around the world, and your puppets in the usurped lands of the Muslims oppress, torture, and wage war against anyone who calls to the truth. …
6. We hate you for invading our lands and fight you to repel you and drive you out. As long as there is an inch of territory left for us to reclaim, jihad will continue to be a personal obligation on every single Muslim.
And from page 80:
Sure, this is fundamentalist Islam, and not all Muslims are 100% on board with this, thank goodness. But Islam and Islamic countries have never been able to break away from the control of the fundamentalists for long, to reform and modernize Islam. The Koran was dictated to Mohammad by the Archangel Gabriel, so it cannot be changed. The fundamentalists keep winning, keep controlling. And the penalty for leaving Islam is death.
We don’t like to go on about the threats posed by this immutable, seventh-century totalitarian ideology, but an occasional reminder is pertinent. Especially as the left is currently trying to tell us that Islam is the “religion of peace,” and exhorting us not to be “Islamophobic.” Another terrible chapter in the book of leftist fantasies versus reality.