Celebrate diversity! The NazLegacy Foundation several days ago held an online celebration of Ramadan called #RamadanAtHome that featured, among others, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster; and Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of Britain. No doubt everyone involved was happy to get a chance to demonstrate his or her virtue and commitment to multiculturalism. But they almost certainly had no idea what they were aiding and enabling.
The participation of so many Christian leaders (there were others besides the two Archbishops, including the Bishop of London) as well as the Chief Rabbi of Britain in the #RamadanAtHome initiative might seem at first glance to be a beautifully welcoming gesture of tolerance in a pluralistic society. That is certainly how its organizers intended it to appear, and why the Christian leaders agreed to join in.
The entire incident epitomizes the malady of the Western world. It is of a piece with the ever-increasing number of cities in the post-Christian West that have amended their noise ordinances in order to allow for the broadcast of the Islamic call to prayer (adhan) over loudspeakers. The city officials in every case likened the adhan to the ringing of church bells, and in no case betrayed any awareness of the fact that in Sharia and many majority-Muslim countries, the ringing of church bells is forbidden, while the adhan is actually directed at churches during services. The broadcasting of the adhan, World Hijab Day, and #RamadanAtHome all stem from the same impulse: the intelligentsia has adopted the idea that Muslims are a special class that warrants particular consideration above and beyond that given to other citizens. As that is the status of Muslims under Sharia (Islamic law), the implications are ominous.
And so it was that the far-Left anti-Trump propaganda organ known as the Washington Post on Thursday published an inspiring op-ed entitled “As American Muslims fast this Ramadan, maybe the rest of America should consider joining in.” The Post’s articles exhorting people to keep the Lenten fast or the Yom Kippur fast have not yet been published, but I’m sure that they will be when the appropriate times for them roll around again. Won’t they?
The article’s author, the imam Omar Suleiman, “founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an Islamic studies professor at Southern Methodist University,” writes: “The end result of Ramadan for Muslims, according to the Koran, is for ‘you to complete the period and glorify God for that which He has guided you, and that you may be amongst the grateful.’”
That sounds terrific, but what exactly does the Qur’an mean by glorifying God? According to the Islamic holy book, one way that Muslims can glorify God is by fighting and killing infidels (cf. 2:191. 4:89, 9:5, 9:29, 47:4, etc.). In fact, according to the prophet of Islam, there is no better way to glorify the supreme being. A hadith has a Muslim asking Muhammad: “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” Muhammad replied, “I do not find such a deed.” (Bukhari 4.52.44) A jihad group explained: “The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah and God’s messenger, the Jews and their American facilitators.”
Suleiman’s article was just one example of a general tendency: it is imperative in today’s society to be solicitous to Muslims and warmly positive toward even the aspects of Islam that are oppressive.
What these Jewish and Christian leaders who participated in #RamadanAtHome will ultimately find is that their Muslim partners in this multicultural endeavor have no intention of reciprocating their generosity and hospitality. Whether or not those Muslims participate in the endeavor, the Islamic imperative is instead to subjugate Christians and Jews under the hegemony of Islamic law. These Jews and Christians are already halfway there.
Perhaps they think that in doing this, they will blunt the impetus of the jihad imperative – after all, how can anyone think it right to fight to conquer and subjugate people who have been so nice to them? These leaders are, of course, in for a rude surprise.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 19 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.