Recently, I have been doing a lot of reporting on Islam in Brooklyn, and NYC. Tonight, though, we will take a look at the presence of Islam in Staten Island. Specifically, we will study the situation of the Muslim Majlis of Staten Island (who are located at 104 Rhine Avenue).
We start with their “About” page.
The name “Islam” simply means “Self-surrender to the Will of God.” It is the way of life that all Prophets throughout history have taught, from those known in the Western world such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus to those sent to other parts of the earth like Salih, Shu’ayb and Luqman, the African. The last and final Guide was Muhammad, may he be blessed, who lived in sixth century Arabia. A “Muslim,”(i,e. a self surrendered one,) is a follower of this faith. Nearly one in every five persons alive today is a Muslim.
Right off the bat, the deception begins! Jesus did NOT teach people to kill, rape, and enslave. However, Koran verse 33:50 shows us that Mohammad indeed WAS a rapist!
Koran verse 033.050
YUSUFALI: O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated (from Makka) with thee; and any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her;- this only for thee, and not for the Believers (at large); We know what We have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess;- in order that there should be no difficulty for thee. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Does anyone have any evidence that Jesus was a rapist? To make matters worse, numerous verses in the Koran state that the actions of Mohammad are to be followed for posterity. Here is one example thereof:
Koran verse 007.157
YUSUFALI: “Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;– for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper.”
Let’s take a look at what else they are trying to sell to us! From their “About Islam” page:
Islam calls humanity to the service of the One, Omnipotent Creator, Who is known as “Allah”, (The Deity) in the Arabic language. It further instructs people on how they may live together in peace and harmony regardless of race, class or beliefs.The unity of purpose brought by all previous religious guides is highlighted as well as traditional morality, the equality of the sexes before God and the virtues of patience and humbleness.
Yes, Islam does instruct people on how we may live in “peace”. Unfortunately, this includes instructions to be obeyed by non-Muslims as well. Convert, pay the jizya, be put into slavery, or die. Sounds fair…
Equality of the sexes?
From Islamic Law.
PERMITTING ONE’S WIFE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE
m10.4 The husband may forbid his wife to leave the home (O: because of the hadith related Bayhaqi that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
“It is not permissible for the woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to allow someone into her husband’s house if he is opposed, or to out if he is averse”).
From where do these teachings come?
Muslims have two major sources from which they derive their religious teachings. The first is a book known as “the Quran,” the direct Revelation of God to His last Prophet, the blessed Muhammad. The second source is the collection of sayings and pronouncements of the Prophet which are complimentary to the Revelation. This second source is known as “the Hadith.”
What about Mohammad? Who was he?
Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Arabia in the year 570. His father’s name was Abdullah and his mother’s was Aminah. Abdullah died before his son was born and his mother died when he was yet a small child. He was first placed under the care of his grandfather and then later his uncle, who raised his nephew as his own. As a boy, Muhammad (pbuh), disliked the prevailing custom of idol worship practiced by his people. How many a night he must have paused to watch the stars and endless plains, while tending his uncle’s flocks, and wondered at the real Creator of it all. He shunned the mischief of his fellow youth and soon developed a reputation for honesty, generosity, and compassion.
This man Muhammad (pbuh) is truly the hero of his age as well as an inspiration to ours.
The following verse from the Hadith shows us who Mohammad was:
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
Allah’s Apostle said: “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.”
Well, there it is! Submit to Islam, or Mohammad the terrorist/warmonger would have killed you. Some hero.
Now, let’s go back to see what else the Islamic salesmen have to say:
How does Islam compare with Christianity and Judaism?
Islam, or, the Way of Self-Surrender to God, was taught by all Prophets whether their race was Jewish, Chinese, African, Arab or Cheyenne. Accordingly, Moses, who is regarded as the pivotal figure in Judaism, and Jesus, who is the central personality of Christianity, both taught Islam to their peoples. The teachings of these great Messengers of God did not go unchanged, however, over the centuries, and one can find that many practices, beliefs, and customs practiced by the adherents of those faiths today differ from the original purity of their founder’s message. Muhammad (pbuh) simply brought the last installment of self-surrender (Islam) to the world in order to correct earlier corruption in humanity’s knowledge of the truth. So, if the roots of Judaism and Christianity are the same as Islam, why does Islam seem so exotic and strange? The problem is two-fold. On the one hand, there are people in the world who claim to be Muslims, but who do not follow the ethical or religious teachings of the faith. Unfortunately, the media has a universal fascination with negative news and a reluctance to highlight the positive.
I am used to Muslims lying, but this Mosque is just outrageous. Besides being outrageous, their argument can be easily refuted. The Mosque claims that Jesus taught Islam. Since the Islamic scriptures proclaim that Muslims should not befriend Jews and Christians, then Jesus was also spreading the message to Muslims to shun Jews and Christians. Their argument does not make any sense at all!
Koran verse 005.051
YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.
According to Muslim Masjlis, Jesus was also fine with Christians being beaten into submission. OK, sure…
Koran verse 009.029
YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
That wasn’t too hard! But, of course, all the negative publicity Islam gets is the media’s fault. Right.
The reason Muslims attempt to make Islam and Christianity sound so similar is that Muslims want Christians to think that it is not a very big deal to convert to Islam. In fact, they devote two more pages to this con. It is our job to make sure Christians know just how different the two religions really are!