Wednesday, September 17, 2014

American Jihadist Mufid A. Elfgeeh Arrested on Terrorism Charges

I'm confused. Mufid Elfgeeh is a U.S. citizen and owns a business in Rochester, New York. Surely he must have seen politicians and reporters repeatedly proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and that terrorism has nothing to do with the teachings of Muhammad. How could such a person ever conclude that Allah commands him to "fight those who do not believe in Allah" (Qur'an 9:29)?
CNN—A man who owns an upstate New York food store funded ISIS, tried to send jihadists to Syria to fight with the terrorist group and plotted to do some killing himself—by gunning down U.S. troops who had served in Iraq—federal authorities alleged Tuesday.

Mufid A. Elfgeeh
Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, was arrested on May 31, though federal officials didn't outline the case against him until Tuesday. According to an indictment, he faces three counts of trying "to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization" (namely, ISIS), one count of attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, two counts of having an unregistered firearm silencer and one for possessing guns or silencers "in furtherance of a crime of violence."

The public defender representing Elfgeeh, Mark Hosken, said Tuesday that he had seen the indictment and will enter a plea of not guilty when his client appears in court on Thursday morning.

The federal investigation into Elfgeeh began in early 2013 and a world away from the Middle East, where ISIS (also known as ISIL and the Islamic State) has waged a brutal campaign in recent years. Citing the terror group's threat to the region and gruesome tactics—such as the recent beheadings of two American journalists—the U.S. government has struck ISIS targets from the air in Iraq and threatened to go after it in Syria as well.

A look at Twitter suggests that Elfgeeh didn't stand with his adopted country in this fight, according to an affidavit in support of a search warrant in his case.

He allegedly wrote in one tweet: "Al Qaeda said it loud and clear: we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the earth and the people." In another message, Elfgeeh purportedly stated ISIS "will one day rule the world with the will of Allah."

The affidavit alleges that he urged people to donate a third of their salary or, at least, "#Five_thousand_dollars_from_every_household" (as stated in one tweet)—stressing the importance of supporting groups like ISIS financially.

But the Yemeni-born owner and operator of Halal Mojo and Food Mart, dubbed Mojoe's by some, in Rochester may have wanted to be more than just a financial supporter. Court documents state that—if he couldn't sell his store—Elfgeeh wanted to export "those who are fed up (and want) to go to war and be jihadists."

The FBI informants were among those Elfgeeh actively recruited to join ISIS as jihadists, the affidavit states. He helped them by doing things like paying one of their passport costs, coordinating travel arrangements and setting them up with contacts in the terror group under the guise of going "to the university," which was code for joining ISIS. (Continue Reading.)
For a brief introduction to what Islam teaches about non-Muslims, watch this:

Ali Muhammad Brown: American Terrorist

Chances are, you've never heard of Ali Muhammad Brown, even though he has confessed to multiple "revenge killings" as retaliation for American aggression in Muslim lands. Though Brown carried out his attacks months ago and claimed to be a jihadist back in July, the national news networks are just now drawing attention to this case. Apparently, an American Muslim slaughtering people in the name of Allah just isn't important news.
Ali Muhammad Brown
Washington (CNN)—Ali Muhammad Brown was focused on one thing, authorities say.

"My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day...[in] Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day. ... So, a life for a life."

That is what law enforcement say Brown told a police investigator in New Jersey when he was interviewed in July.

The U.S. government was doing "evil" within its own borders, too, Brown told law enforcement, according to court papers.

Brown, a 29-year-old from Seattle, is the prime suspect in a killing spree stretching from New Jersey to Washington state.

Brendan Tevlin
Between April and June, police say, Brown killed three people in Washington state, allegedly shooting them at close range late at night in quiet locations.

Also in June, 19-year-old college student Brendan Tevlin was found inside an SUV in West Orange, New Jersey, dead of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said. Police say they traced the gun used in all of the killings to Brown.

Brown confessed, according to court documents, telling investigators he strictly follows the Muslim faith and had become angry with what he believed the U.S. was doing abroad.

Sources tell CNN that Brown was born in the United States and has family in New Jersey.

He was convicted of bank fraud in federal court in 2005 and served time in jail. The FBI tried unsuccessfully to link that case to fundraising for terrorists in Africa, said a former FBI official in Seattle.

Authorities say one of Brown's co-defendants in that case fled to Somalia to fight with the militant group Al-Shabaab. (Continue Reading.)
For more on jihad, watch this:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paul and the Gospel

Every knowledgeable Christian concedes that the real founder of Christianity is St. Paul and not Jesus Christ (peace be upon him). In any event, if there is any division between a Muslim and a Christian on the grounds of dogma, belief, ethics or morality, then the cause of such conflict could be traced to an utterance of Paul found in his books ... in the Bible. (Ahmed Deedat, Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction?, ch. 1, pp. 1-2)

This view expressed by Ahmed Deedat is common in the Muslim community. Muslims are taught that modern Christianity is not based on Jesus but on the teachings of Paul. Is this true? Is Christianity based on Paul and not Jesus? In this article I will examine the place of Paul in Christianity.

Paul and the Bible

The first point to understand is that the writings of Paul are approximately 7% of the Bible - 7%. The Bible contains the books of the Law of Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and Gospel.

The Bible
Law of Moses The Prophets The Psalms The Gospel
<------------ c. 1500 years -------------->

Christians believe all of the prophets and make no distinction between them, therefore, they read all of the prophets. Christians do not just read Paul but all of the prophets, and what they believe about God comes from all of the prophets not just Paul.

At this point Islam is very different to Christianity. Islam is based on one man, Muhammad, but Christianity is based on all of the prophets.

Paul and the Prophets#1

The apostle Paul commands Christians to read all the prophets. Paul wrote:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV)

Therefore Paul does not turn people away from the earlier prophets to follow him, instead he commands Christians to read all the prophets, and this is what Christians have always done. Again, Christianity and Islam are very different at this point.

Paul and the Prophets#2

What the apostle Paul taught agrees with earlier prophets. ...

(This is the first part of a new leaflet on this subject. Read the whole leaflet here.)

Mariam Ibrahim Gives First Interview after Escape from Sharia Death Sentence in Sudan

Mariam Ibrahim was sentenced to death in Sudan for supposedly converting from Islam to Christianity. An appeals court overturned the sentence after an international outcry.

Note that Muslim organizations like CAIR and ISNA try to silence all criticism of Sharia. Yet such criticism is often the only thing that saves victims like Mariam Ibrahim. In order to save more people from Sharia, we should be more vocal about the horrifying consequences of Muhammad's teachings.

Here is Mariam Ibrahim in her first interview since fleeing Sudan.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Steven Crowder: The Myth of Moderate Islam

Here's a short video by Steven Crowder.

Dozens of Christians Arrested at Prayer Meeting in Saudi Arabia

Politicians and the media continue to insist that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Meanwhile, Christians in Saudi Arabia are being arrested for praying.
FoxNews—Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America's help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf.

Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.

"Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy," Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told "It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments."

In Friday's crackdown, several Bibles were confiscated, according to reports from the Kingdom.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va, told he will press the U.S. ambassador in Riyadh and the State Department to assist the arrested Christians.

“I hope our government will speak up,” said Wolf, adding that the anti-Christian raid was not surprising given that the Saudi regime “did not want our soldiers to wear crosses during the Desert Storm” operation in 1991 to stop Iraqi jingoism. (Continue Reading.)
For more on the Islamic view of non-Muslims, watch this:

Muslim Woman Says She Would Give Me "the Worst of Deaths" for Making Video Inside the Kaaba

Muslims often accuse non-Muslims of idolatry, even though Islam is swimming in an endless sea of idolatry. In an effort to show Muslims how idolatrous their religion is, I made the following video last year:

Check out the reaction of a Muslim woman:

Notice she says that no non-Muslim has ever entered the Kaaba, even though it was a pagan shrine until Muhammad conquered Mecca and strong-armed it from the polytheists. Apparently, Muslims have rewritten the history of the Kaaba in order to keep it holy in their minds.

Why such a violent response to a video about a stolen pagan temple? Idolatry, anyone?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

British Aid Worker David Haines Beheaded by Islamic State (ISIS)

After beheading hostages James Wright Foley and Steven Sotloff in recent weeks, the Islamic State (ISIS) has now released footage of the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. Haines was captured in Syria, where he was delivering humanitarian aid to a refugee camp.

As with all such beheadings in the name of Allah, we can expect press conferences from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron defending Islam against any possible criticisms.
David Haines with ISIS executioner
(CNN) — British aid worker David Haines appears to have been executed by ISIS militants, according to a video posted Saturday to a website associated with the group, making him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks.

The ISIS video post showing Haines' apparent beheading called his execution "a message to the allies of America."

It is produced very similarly to the videos that showed the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the last of which included Haines and the threat that he'd be killed next.

The new video pictures a masked ISIS militant placing his hand on another captive, whom he identified as Alan Henning, a British citizen.

News of the gruesome killing came the same day that Haines' family released a brief message to his captors through the British Foreign Office.

In it, the family says, "We have sent messages to you to which we have not received a reply. We are asking those holding David to make contact with us."

A logistics and security manager for the Paris-based Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, a nongovernmental humanitarian agency, the 44-year-old Haines was abducted in March 2013 near a refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria.

At that time, Haines was working to arrange for the delivery of humanitarian aid to people staying at the camp. He had previously worked on aid operations for victims of conflict in the Balkans, African and other parts of the Middle East, according to an ACTED spokesman.

Haines' face became known to the world in the ISIS video, released September 2, in which he looks forward and kneels as a masked ISIS militant stands behind him.

The militant says in that video, "We take this opportunity to warn those governments who've entered this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone." (Continue Reading.)
For more on the Islamic State, watch this:

Fred Sanders: Jesus in the Gospel of John

Here's a short lecture by Fred Sanders on the deity of Christ in the opening chapter of John's Gospel.

Devout Muslim Threatens to Cut Me Up and Feed Me to His Dog

Feel the love with my "Death Threat of the Week"! This comment was a response to my video, "Who Killed Muhammad?"

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pakistani Army Arrests Taliban Gunmen Who Shot Malala Yousafzai

Sad that in this group of ten men carrying out a plan to murder a little girl, not one of them realized that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.
Pakistan—The Pakistani army said Friday it had arrested the gunmen who tried to kill schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai in the country's restive northwest in 2012.

The teenage activist was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen but recovered and went on to earn international plaudits for her fight for the right of all children to an education.

The detention of the 10 men, a joint operation involving army, police and intelligence agencies, came as part of the Pakistani military's ongoing offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other extremist outfits.

"The group involved in the attack on Malala Yousufzai has been arrested," Major General Asim Bajwa told a news conference.

He said the group was part of the TTP and the plan to kill Malala came from network's current leader Maulana Fazlullah.

After narrowly surviving the assassination bid, Malala was taken to Britain with her family for treatment, where she now lives. (Continue Reading.)

Bill Maher vs. Charlie Rose on Islam, Christianity, and Violence

I don't agree with Bill Maher on many issues. I think he is often embarrassingly superficial in his discussion of religious topics (in his defense, he's a comedian by profession, not a scholar). But for some reason, he's one of the only mainstream liberals who notices the vast difference between Islam and other religions.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

British Muslimahs Now Lead ISIS Brigade in Charge of "Brothel" of Yazidi Sex Slaves

Muhammad's teachings in action. Muhammad allowed his followers to rape their female captives, and the Qur'an guarantees the right of Muslims to use their captives for sex. Politicians and the media condemn the practice, but they praise the religion that promotes the practice. This is madness.

In Iraq, Yazidi women have been confined to a "brothel," where they are raped by jihadists. Who's in charge of controlling the sex slaves? A brigade of female jihadis, many of them British.
Daily Mail—Thousands of Iraqi women are being forced into sex slavery in brothels run by a 'police force' of British women jihadis, it has been reported.

As many as 3,000 women and girls have been taken captive from the Yazidi tribe in Iraq as Isis militants continue their reign of terror across the region.

Sources now say that British female jihadis operating a religious police force called the al-Khanssaa brigade, that punishes women for 'un-Islamic' behaviour, have set up brothels to for the use of Isis fighters.

A source told the Mirror: 'These women are using barbaric interpretations of the Islamic faith to justify their actions.

'They believe the militants can use these women as they please as they are non-Muslims. It is the British women who have risen to the top of the Islamic State’s sharia police and now they are in charge of this operation.

'It is as bizarre as it is perverse.' (Continue Reading.)
Hmmm. Where on earth did these "militants" get the "perverse" idea that they can use non-Muslim women "as they please"? Odd that reading the Qur'an and believing exactly what it says now qualifies as a "barbaric interpretation."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Discussion with a Muslim on Quran 4:24 (Sex with Female Captives)

I've noticed a pattern among many Muslims on YouTube (and, of course, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The pattern goes something like this:

(1) I say that the Qur'an teaches something (I usually quote a Qur'an verse to prove it).
(2) A Muslim accuses me of lying and declares that the verse means something completely different.
(3) I quote Muhammad to show that Muhammad agrees with my interpretation.
(4) The Muslim goes berserk and starts hurling insults.

Here's a ***GRAPHIC*** example:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

President Obama Says Muhammad Was "Not a Real Man"

In a shocking instance of lucid thinking, President Barack Obama declared that the Qur'an is "contemptible," "uncivilized," and "unmanly." Okay, so he didn't say it directly. But by condemning Ray Rice for domestic abuse, President Obama has condemned the Qur'an and Muhammad. A recent press release declared:
The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society. Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it. (Source)
How is this a condemnation of the Qur'an? In Surah 4, verse 34, Allah declares:
Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.
Since domestic abuse, according to the president, is "contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society," the Qur'an must be contemptible and uncivilized.

Moreover, Muhammad himself, like Ray Rice, was known to hit women, as we can see in this excerpt from Sahih Muslim 2127:
... He (the Holy Prophet) entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O Aisha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you? ...
Because President Obama believes that "hitting a woman is not something a real man does," the president has just declared that Muhammad was not a "real man."

Fore more on women in Islam, watch this short introduction:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Top Ten Quran Verses for Understanding ISIS

Jihadists fighting for ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) claim that they are following the commands of Allah and Muhammad. Yet Westernized Muslims, politicians, and the media insist that ISIS is violating the principles of Islam. Who's right? In the following video, I present the top ten Qur'an verses you need to know to understand ISIS.

Here are the ten verses I cite in the video:

Qur’an 3:32—Say: Obey Allah and the Apostle; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.

Qur’an 48:29—Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of (their) prostration (during prayers). This is their description in the Taurat (Torah). But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, it then becomes thick, and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe (i.e. all those who follow Islamic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad SAW till the Day of Resurrection) and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (i.e. Paradise).

Qur’an 4:24—Also (forbidden are) women already married, except those (captives and slaves) whom your right hands possess. Thus hath Allah ordained (Prohibitions) against you: Except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property—desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a dower is prescribed, agree mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

Qur’an 5:33—The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.

Qur’an 9:5—Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

Qur’an 9:29—Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day [notice it says “fight those who do not believe,” not “fight people who are attacking you”], nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book [the people of the book are Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Qur’an 9:73—O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.

Qur’an 9:111—Surely Allah has bought of the believers their persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah's way, so they slay and are slain; a promise which is binding on Him in the Taurat and the Injeel and the Quran; and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is the mighty achievement.

Qur’an 47:35—Be not weary and fainthearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost: for Allah is with you, and will never put you in loss for your (good) deeds.

Qur’an 2:106—Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Yasir Qadhi, the Council of Nicea, and the New Testament Canon

In a recent lecture, Dr. Yasir Qadhi repeated the myth that Constantine and others selected the four canonical gospels and rejected others at the Council of Nicea. While such claims are common among uneducated internet apologists, seeing a respected Muslim scholar repeat this myth should be shocking. We expect scholars to be more careful in their claims.

Here's a brief response by James White:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Scottish Muslimah Aqsa Mahmood Joins ISIS and Calls for More Terrorist Attacks

Why are so many Western Muslims, from good families, rushing to the Middle East to wage jihad? Could it have something to do with Allah commanding Muslims to wage jihad (see Qur'an 9:29, 9:73, 9:111, 9:123, etc.)?
Glasgow, Scotland (CNN) — In November of last year, 19-year-old Aqsa Mahmood gave her father, Muzaffar, a long hug goodbye. He remembers, he says, because she looked especially beautiful. He remarked upon it to his wife, saying there was something different about his daughter.

The night before, she had asked her sisters to sleep together in one big bed. Aqsa gave a lingering farewell to her bedridden grandmother, and that's when Khalida, her mother, knew something was wrong.

Standing in her daughter's empty bedroom, Khalida told CNN, "There was something about the way she said 'Khuda Hafiz' (God's Blessings) while taking leave that day, which made us all wonder. My husband even asked if everything was OK, and I said she is fine."

Four days later, Aqsa called her parents back in Scotland, just as she was crossing into Syria from its border with Turkey. Her parents were left heartbroken and confused.

Her father says when he spoke to her about coming home, she said that she would see her family on Judgment Day and would like to be a martyr.

She has been prolific on social media, advocating ISIS and Islamic caliphate beliefs, and calling for attacks to be carried out in Western countries. She posts photos of AK-47s and exults in ISIS executions. Her recent posting online has called to follow the example set by "brothers from Woolwich, Texas, and Boston."

Family lawyer Aamer Anwar talked about the family's heartbreak.

"There was nothing they (Aqsa's parents) could have done different. She was a bedroom radical. And if this could happen to Aqsa, who had all the life chances, the best education that money can buy, a family that was moderate, liberal ... if it could happen to her, somebody who was so intelligent, then it could happen to any family," Anwar said.

Aqsa is said to be influenced by watching sermons online and coming in contact with people through social media that helped her make the trek from Glasgow to Syria. (Continue Reading.)