A Brave Challenge to Sharia in Egypt
Could this be the real Arab Spring? This is huge! The Muslim world does not have to blame Pastor Terry Jones anymore for burning the Quran or non-Muslims for desecrating it. They are now in shock over seeing a YouTube post of an Egyptian young man doing the unthinkable on camera: tearing up the Quran and putting it in the trash.
This is a summary translation of what he said:
There it is, Allah's book, this is the basic catastrophe. I don't know what day it is of this disgusting month of Ramadan! You are making the tearing of the Quran such a big and dangerous thing.. it is instinctive to tear this book, those sons of ----- think they can threaten me and challenge me to tear the Quran, but I want to proof to them that they are nothing and what is the big deal in tearing this book!! There it is (he starts tearing the Quran) in the trash. Are you feeling better now! You cannot touch a hair in my head! We keep blaming Hamas and Gaza, but it is not them, it is this son of ----- book that I am stepping on right now. That book is the source of all evil and the real catastrophe. There is nothing new here, it is not Omar Abdel Rahman, Abbud or all the others, it is this garbage that is causing us to run in a demonic never-ending circle that will never end.
The young man's worlds were very insulting, but, unfortunately, this is the same language that Muslims commentators of this video use against him and against anyone who leaves Islam. The comments on this video are extremely violent and scary, and more insulting than anything this young man may have said in the video. This is the kind of language many Muslims use against any critique of Islam. I am very worried about this young man, who seems to be living in Egypt. There are hundreds of fatwas of death issued against him already, and the responses to the video threaten him: "I will kill you" or "I will cut your tongue, your ears, your arms and legs, like Mohammed, and leave you for dead."
Instead of giving religious visas to Islamists who come to build mosques in America and preach hate, the U.S. should immediately declare that anyone who leaves Islam and is threatened will get priority visa to the U.S., ahead of Islamists. American embassies across the Muslim world should stop giving religious visas, especially to those who are obviously Islamists, because by doing that, we are breeding our own home-grown terrorists inside America.
Throughout the history of Islam, many people were tortured, beheaded, limbs cut, jailed, ostracized -- and for as little as accidentally stepping on the Quran. The sharia punishment for blasphemy of the Quran and Mohammed is death, even if the perpetrator pleads that it was an accident and that he never meant to desecrate the Quran. There is a Filipino maid in the Arab Gulf who was jailed for accidentally sitting on a Quran which was on a sofa. Now the Muslim world is starting to face the nightmare of a new kind of challenge from within: Muslims deliberately challenging this taboo and putting their lives on the line.
Islamic customs have elaborate rituals giving the highest esteem to the book itself and physically protecting the Quran from any disrespect. I remember, as a child, placing a schoolbook on top of the Quran on a table -- my grandparents harshly scolded me for doing that. The message was often repeated over and over again to never, ever place anything visually or mentally on top of the Quran. In the same year the Arabs conquered the Christian city of Alexandria in Egypt, 639 AD, the Alexandria Library was burned, and the Quran became the one and only source of knowledge to the country.
I truly believe that the beginning of the end of Islam as we know it is underway. That will be the true Arab Spring. The violence we are seeing today in the Arab world will accelerate when such confrontations to Islam increase and when the Muslim world wakes up from its 1,400-year slumber.
In the last chapter of my latest book The Devil We Don't Know, I predicted that Islam will fall like a house of cards, but the bloodshed will be huge, and the world must leave the Muslim world to settle this on its own. This is the only way for Muslims to learn about their true enemy: sharia and Islam itself as it is practiced today. The number-one enemy of Islam is the truth, and with today's technology, many Muslims are seeing the truth clearly on the internet, with satellite dishes, and via mobile devices.
There is an awakening worldwide -- not only about Islam, but also about other similar totalitarian ideologies. Hopefully soon, next will be Western liberalism and socialism, cousins and supporters of Islam and its tyranny. All such ideologies aim at covering up of the truth, using intimidation, fear-mongering, and hatred -- all of which is now prevalent in American politics today.
It is not just the Muslim world that is changing and needs change, but also Europe and America. We in America must also tear up books like Rules for Radicals and other socialist propaganda of hatred. Whether it is Islamism or Socialism, these are ideologies base on lies, slander, control, and hatred. America must protect itself from such evil ideologies by unapologetically confirming our Judeo-Christian culture and Constitution.
Nonie Darwish is author of The Devil We Don't Know.