Who Believes in Peace?

A blog post at Islam In Action informed me that Deseret News carried an AP story about the new Israeli Foreign Minister’s first public speech. The story quotes Abu Mazen thusly:

“We want to tell the world that this man doesn’t believe in peace and therefore we cannot deal with him,” Abbas said. “The world should put pressure on him.”

The definition of peace is crucial. For reasonable people, peace means the absence of war and the threat thereof. For Muslims, peace means the condition prevailing after Islam conquers the entire world. Their path to peace is the warpath.

Anyone genuinely interested in peace should carefully consider the genesis of the conflict. The conflict results from Islamic doctrines, not the usual litany of fabulisms: occupation, usurpation, repression, suppression, racism, etc. There is something Allah said, something almost nobody is willing to recognize.

9:29. Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.[Rodwell]

That command is echoed in Shari’ah: Umdat as-Salik O9.8.

The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians[]

Allah’s Messenger also had something to say about this subject, and it ain’t pretty.

Abu Dawud 14.2477
Narrated Ibn Hawalah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: It will turn out that you will be armed troops, one is Syria, one in the Yemen and one in Iraq. Ibn Hawalah said: Choose for me, Apostle of Allah, if I reach that time. He replied: Go to Syria, for it is Allah’s chosen land, to which his best servants will be gathered but if you are unwilling, go to your Yemen, and draw water from your tanks, for Allah has on my account taken special charge of Syria and its people.

That saying reeks of arrogance; it exposes Moe’s narcicissism. Allah said something else that should give us a vital clue.

7:167. And (remember) when your Lord declared that He would certainly keep on sending against them (i.e. the Jews), till the Day of Resurrection, those who would afflict them with a humiliating torment. Verily, your Lord is Quick in Retribution (for the disobedient, wicked) and certainly He is Oft­Forgiving, Most Merciful (for the obedient and those who beg Allâh’s Forgiveness).

If the bold faced clause does not give you a clue, another statement by Allah’s Messenger certainly should.

Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

The meaning should be obvious to you: the Muslims can not gain admission to Paradise with its houris and rivers of wine until they complete their genocide of the Jews. Peace between Muslims and Israel is not possible! Anyone who claims otherwise is a fool, a liar or both.

The PLO Charter confirms what we already know.

Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase. The Palestinian Arab people assert their absolute determination and firm resolution to continue their armed struggle and to work for an armed popular revolution for the liberation of their country and their return to it . They also assert their right to normal life in Palestine and to exercise their right to self-determination and sovereignty over it.

The Fatah Charter provides further confirmation.

Article (19) Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People’s armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.

Arafat: “from the river to the sea”. Clearly Arafat believed in conquest, not peace, and Abu Mazen continues on his warpath. Whenever a Muslim says “peace” he is practicing al-taqeyya.