Chapter 2 – Ground Zero
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Pigeon on the Wing – Chapter 2 – Ground Zero
I am often asked how it was that I first became interested in Islam, and what it was that led me to develop the views that I hold on the subject. At the time of writing in early 2018, the majority of non-Muslims living in the United Kingdom, and indeed in most Western countries, are still unaware of – and unawakened to – the true nature of Islam, and on the date of September 10, 2001, the day before 9/11, I was one of those unaware and unawakened.
The events of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on me, as I am sure it did on many others. I was working as a service contractor at the time – as a computer consultant in a large office where the TV news channel was on in the background. It was around a quarter to two in the afternoon (UK time), and I heard a series of exclamations from several employees present in the office as the news of the attack on the first tower filtered through to the main news networks.
I glanced up at the screen, to be presented with the most horrific video footage, including graphic scenes of people jumping from the North Tower of the World Trade Centre as the upper stories were engulfed in flame. I saw the second attack on the South Tower happen live, with the plane slicing into the building and exploding in a huge ball of fire, as the media news team cameras were by then already focused on the unfolding events.
For the rest of the afternoon, we all watched the TV in stunned disbelief as people continued to jump from the upper floors of the Twin Towers, until the buildings themselves finally collapsed, falling down one after the other, imploding and disintegrating as if in slow motion, with enormous clouds of debris billowing out across Manhattan.
I remember that for days afterwards, it was the main topic of conversation wherever I went, but nobody I knew seemed to be making the connection between the attack and the ideology of Islam itself. The US President at the time, George W Bush, had made a point of emphasising that Islam was a “religion of peace”, and I remember wondering why he had gone to the trouble of saying that, given that most people I knew seemed to have no opinion of the matter one way or another on the subject of Islam, and most of us assumed that 9/11 (as it became known) was most likely the work of a bunch of fundamentalist nutters (Al-Qa’eda?) or possibly a shadowy character by the name of Osama Bin Laden. The ideology of Islam itself was not even on most people’s radar, and it certainly was not on my radar at all.
But something was niggling away at the back of my mind. This was such a terrible event, the lives of almost three thousand people snuffed out in an instant, a terrorist atrocity, if not the worst then one of the worst in modern times, and I found myself thinking that there must be some more profound meaning behind this catastrophic destruction, that three thousand people should not – must not – have died for nothing.
And so I started my research.
I started by trying to find out as much as I could about Osama Bin Laden – who was born to the family of a billionaire in Saudi Arabia. He studied at university in the country until 1979, when he joined Mujahideen forces in Pakistan fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. He helped to fund the Mujahideen by funneling arms, money and fighters from the Arab world into Afghanistan, and gained popularity among many Arabs. In 1988, he formed Al-Qa’eda. He was banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992, and shifted his base to Sudan until U.S. pressure forced him to leave Sudan in 1996. After establishing a new base in Afghanistan, he declared a war against the United States, initiating a series of bombings and related attacks. He was on the American (FBI) lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists for his involvement in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya.
One thing that jumped out at me was the emphasis that just about every media outlet in the world at that time was focused on – that these terrible atrocities were responsibility of one particular group – Al-Qa’eda – and the implication was that if only we in the West could destroy the leadership of that organisation, the problem of global terrorism would simply disappear.
However, this wasn’t what Osama Bin Laden himself was saying, as this excerpt from an October 2001 interview with Tayseer Allouni of the Al-Jazeera news channel shows:
… this matter isn’t about any specific person and… is not about the Al-Qa’eda Organization. We are the children of an Islamic Nation, with Prophet Muhammad as its leader, our Lord is one… and all the true believers are brothers. So the situation isn’t like the West portrays it, that there is an ‘organization’ with a specific name (such as ‘al-Qa’eda’) and so on. [One of our brothers] created a military base to train the young men to fight against the vicious, arrogant, brutal, terrorizing Soviet empire… this place was called ‘The Base’ [‘Al-Qa’eda’], as in a training base, so this name grew and became. We aren’t separated from this nation. We are the children of a nation, and we are an inseparable part of it, from the far east, from the Philippines, to Indonesia, to Malaysia, to India, to Pakistan, reaching Mauritania…
So there were at least two narratives, each conflicting strongly with the other. Was it a “fundamentalist” entity? – the translation from the Arabic “Al-Qa’eda” translates not only to “The Base” but also “The Foundation” or “The Fundament.” Or was it that because all believers (Muslims) were brothers, that Al-Qa’eda was simply one manifestation of an Islamic Nation following the leadership of a long-dead seventh-century religious figure? Surely it couldn’t be that? The implications would be huge – and scary.
By this time I had expanded my research to include some of the basics of Islam, including the life of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. What I had found out was not terribly encouraging – far from being a spiritual leader in the footsteps of (say) Jesus and Buddha, he was a pirate, a warlord, a ruthless murderer, a paedophile and a terrorist. And this information came not from his enemies, but from the accounts of his own contemporaries and friends.
(You might say – with friends like that, who needs enemies?)
It was around 2003 – I had been researching the basics of Islam for about eighteen months, trying to glean as much as I could from different sources from books and on the Internet – when I was introduced to the work of Robert Spencer, who had recently founded Jihad Watch, and Bill Warner from the Centre for the Study of Political Islam. All of a sudden, things started to fall into place, and I realised that everything that we were being told about the nature of Islam by our church leaders, our politicians and our mainstream media- that it was a “religion of peace” for example – was completely and utterly false.
Not only that, but it was a falsehood on such an enormous scale as to be worthy of the term “The Big Lie.” This was a term coined by Adolf Hitler in his book “Mein Kampf” in 1925, and expanded upon by Joseph Goebbles, Germany’s Minister of Propaganda, 16 years later in 1941.
Essentially, the concept of “The Big Lie” is that if you make the lie big enough, and tell it often enough, then people will come to believe it. The realisation that this was what was happening with Islam, that far from being a “religion of peace”, this was a global ideology, followed by one and a half billion people, that was implacably at war with the West, and that there was essentially nothing that we could say or do in relation to our domestic and foreign policy to appease it, shocked me to the core.
I realised that Islam propounded an unremitting, uncompromising doctrine of hatred towards us in the West, not for what we say or do, but for who we are. Non-Muslims, according to the Qur’an, are “the worst of created beings” and must be fought until Islam becomes the only religion on Earth.
I was reminded of the scene in the “Terminator” film, where Kyle Reese explains to Sarah Connor exactly what it is they are dealing with, and the parallel with Islam is chilling:
“Listen! And understand! That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with! It can’t be reasoned with! It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!”
Also around this time I came across an extremely well-researched work by Craig Winn called “Prophet of Doom.” I started to see that if one looked at the Islamic scriptures in context, the narrative that emerged was a world away from what we were being told by most Muslims whenever they appeared on TV or other mainstream media outlets.
Worse still, I discovered that there is an Islamic doctrine of deceit towards non-believers that requires every single devout Muslim to lie about Islam to non-Muslims – that is, if a good impression of Islam cannot be given to non-Muslims by telling the truth. And this is true even under oath in a court of law, as our secular laws are subservient to Sharia in the eyes of a devout Muslim. His obligation to Allah supersedes any loyalty to non-Muslims or their legal institutions. If he doesn’t believe this, then he is not a Muslim.
The most common word used by non-Muslims to describe this divinely-sanctioned deceit is “taqiyya” (saying something that is not true), but depending on the context, “tawriya” (giving a false impression), “kitman” (lying by omission), “muruna” (blending in by discarding some aspects of Islam in order to advance others), and “darura” (a state of necessity on account of which one may omit doing something required by law or may do something illegal), are all types of divinely-sanctioned lying and deceit.
It is what we would perhaps call anti-social behaviour if we were feeling particularly magnanimous – although it could be more accurately described as hateful, mean-spirited, and quite frankly, disgustingly offensive behaviour that should be unacceptable in any civilised society. The fact that it is used by Muslims on a daily basis to pull the wool over the eyes of non-Muslims without a second thought or any accompanying feelings of guilt, means that it represents an enormous problem for any open, trusting and tolerant Western society that is foolish enough to admit large numbers of Muslims and to treat them as equals.
This is not simply permission to lie. It was, and still is divinely commanded by Allah himself – an obligation, mandated as an eternal doctrine, valid for all times and all places up to the Day of Judgment. It has grave implications for the innocent trust that is so often given to Muslims by non-Muslims unaware of the true nature of Islam – the same trust that is so often abused by Muslims themselves to gain an unfair advantage at the expense of non-Muslims everywhere and at every opportunity.
I will have more to say on the subject of “taqiyya” and other reprehensible aspects of divinely-sanctioned Islamic behaviour later in this book.
Before I conclude this chapter, I would like to quote here from Craig Winn’s “Letter to the Reader” which succinctly summarises the contents of his book “Prophet of Doom” –
Islam is a caustic blend of regurgitated paganism and twisted Bible stories.
Muhammad, its lone prophet, conceived his religion solely to satiate his lust
for power, sex, and money. He was a terrorist. If you think these conclusions
are shocking, wait until you see the evidence.
The critics of this work will claim that Prophet of Doom is offensive, racist,
hatemongering, intolerant, and unnecessarily violent. I agree—but I didn’t
write those parts. They came directly from Islam’s scriptures. If you don’t like
what Muhammad and Allah said, don’t blame me. I’m just the messenger.
Others will say that I cherry-picked the worst of Islam to render an unfair
verdict. They will charge that I took the Islamic scriptures out of context to
smear Muhammad and Allah. But none of that is true. Over the course of
these pages, I quote from almost every surah in the Qur’an—many are presented
in their entirety. But more than that, I put each verse in the context of
Muhammad’s life, quoting vociferously from the Sunnah as recorded by
Bukhari, Muslim, Ishaq, and Tabari—Islam’s earliest and more trusted sources.
I even arrange all of this material chronologically, from creation to terror.
Predicting what he called the “Day of Doom” was Muhammad’s most
often repeated prophecy. While it did not occur as he foretold in 1110 A.D., it
nonetheless came true. Muslims and infidels alike have been doomed by Islam.
To discover why, we shall delve into the oldest surviving written evidence.
These official works include the Sira, Ta’rikh, Hadith, and Qur’an. Ishaq’s
Sira, or biography, called Sirat Rasul Allah, provides the sole account of
Muhammad’s life and the formation of Islam written within 200 years of the
While the character, message, and deeds portrayed within its pages are the antithesis of Christ’s and his disciples, the Sira’s chronological
presentation is similar in style to the Christian Gospels. The Ta’rikh is the
oldest, most trusted, and comprehensive history of Islam’s formation and
Muhammad’s example, called Sunnah. It was written by Tabari. His History
of al-Tabari is formatted like the Bible. It begins with Islamic creation and
ends with the acts of Muhammad’s companions. Tabari is a compilation of
Hadith quotes and Qur’an passages. As such, it provides the best skeleton
upon which to flesh out the character of Muhammad and the nature of fundamental Islam.
A Hadith is an oral report from Muhammad or his companions. Muslims believe that Hadith were inspired by Allah, making them scripture. The most revered Collection was compiled in a topical arrangement by Bukhari. Allah’s Book, the Qur’an, lacks context and chronology, so to understand it, readers are dependent upon the Sira, Ta’rikh, and Hadith.
All that can be known about Muhammad’s deeds, means, motives, god,
and scripture is enshrined in these books. In their pages you will see them as
they saw themselves. My only point of departure from Ishaq and Tabari will
be the comprehensive review of the early Meccan surahs, a period in which
they had very little to say. Our paths will join again as we approach Islam’s
midlife crisis: the Quraysh Bargain, Satanic Verses, Night’s Journey, and
Pledge of Aqaba—a declaration of war against all mankind.
At this point, the Sira, Ta’rikh, and Hadith speak more clearly than the Qur’an.
So that there will be no confusion, I have set passages from Islam’s scriptures
in bold-faced type. When quoting from the Qur’an and Hadith, I have
elected to use a blended translation. No language transfers perfectly—one
word to another. Five of my twelve translations of the Qur’an were combined
to create the most accurate conveyance of the message possible.
However, the writing quality is so poor, the proofreaders of this manuscript suggested that I help Allah and Muhammad out by cleaning up their grammar, punctuation, and verbosity. So for clarity and readability, I have trimmed their unruly word patterns and meaningless repetitions, being careful not to alter the meaning or message of any passage. Insertions within parenthesis (like this) were added by the Arabic translators to fill in missing words or to clarify the text. Insertions within brackets [like this] represent my observations.
I have elected to present Islam’s original source material in juxtaposition
to my evaluation of its veracity. This format is similar to that used by the first
English translators of Mein Kampf as they attempted to warn America about
the dangers lurking in Hitler’s manifesto. They, as I, found it necessary to hold
the author accountable. A great deal was at stake then, as it is today. The last
time the world was ignorant of such a hateful and violent doctrine, 55 million
people died. If we don’t shed our ignorance of Islam, many more will perish.
My quest to understand Islam began on the morning of September 11th
2001. I wanted to know why Muslim militants were killing us. So I went to
Ground Zero for Islamic terror—Israel. The West Bank is home to more suicide
bombers per capita than anywhere else on earth. I arranged to meet with
the terrorists themselves. I asked members of al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa
Martyrs’ Brigade, and Hamas why they were killing us. They said,
“Islam. We’re following Muhammad’s orders.” That adventure is recounted in
Tea With Terrorists. It covers a wide range of material and serves as a companion
volume, connecting fundamental Islam to terrorism.
Prophet of Doom focuses strictly on what the Islamic scriptures have to say.
So, could it be? Could a prophet and a religion be responsible for today’s
terrorist attacks? I invested 10,000 hours in pursuit of that answer. I wish
everyone had. But knowing that most are unable, I have distilled what I discovered into these pages.
Now for a word of caution: this journey of discovery is ordered chronologically.
It is not prioritized by relevance. Explaining the root cause of Islamic
terror is the biggest priority; yet it is not exposed until the last half of the book.
I want you to know Muhammad, Allah, and Islam before you judge their
legacy. While Prophet of Doom is meticulously researched, documented, and
accurate, it’s written as if you and I were old friends having a lively chat about
the most important and lethal issue of our day.
One last thought before you head down this perilous path. I pray that
when you have reached the journey’s end, you will share my heart for the
plight of Muslims. I want nothing more than to free them from Islam, and in
so doing, free us from the terror their doctrine inspires.
I was to spend the next ten years (between 2003-2013) developing my knowledge of Islam before my grandchildren came along. I decided at that time that it was my duty as a father and a grandfather to stand up and be counted. For the sake of future generations, I had to do whatever I could to make people aware of the true nature of Islam, no matter the cost.
This is because one has to understand the true nature of an enemy before one can hope to defeat him. In the words of the great Chinese general, Sun Tzu – from his book, “The Art of War“, written around 500 BC –
…If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
And without a doubt – let’s be clear here – Islam is the enemy of freedom, democracy and everything that we hold dear in a civilised Western society. We have two choices – we can continue to do nothing, in which case Islam will steamroller over everything that our forefathers and ancestors have bequeathed to us, or we can fight back to defend our Judaeo-Christian values and traditions that have served us so well over the last two millenia and which are light years ahead – in virtually every physical, moral and philosophical measurement – of anything the Islamic world has to offer.
End of Chapter 2
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