Muslim countries are currently in stage three; hence, in Muslim countries, Christians and Jews often live in fear and are not permitted to worship or preach freely. Pagans are practically non-existent, because they are treated even more harshly.
In the West, however, Muslims are in stage one. They are outnumbered and can’t hope to win a violent struggle. It isn’t surprising, then, to find Western Muslims preaching peace and tolerance, just as Muhammad did when he was in the minority.
Nevertheless, there are two groups of Muslims preaching tolerance in the West. First, many Muslims have grown up with Western values, and they prize freedom of speech and freedom of religion just as their Western neighbors do. Since these Muslims believe that peace and tolerance are to be prized, they assume that Muhammad must have prized peace and tolerance. Hence, when these Muslims read the Qur’an and the Hadith, they are drawn to Muhammad’s teachings from the early Meccan period, and they ignore his more radical teachings. In other words, these Muslims really believe that Islam is a religion of peace.
But there is a second group of Western Muslims, who know that as soon as Islam becomes dominant, freedom will be eradicated, and non-Muslims will be forced to submit. However, they understand that they are outnumbered at the present time, and that the West values peace and tolerance. Thus, these Muslims preach peace and tolerance, knowing that violence will eventually come. That is, this group doesn’t really believe that Islam is a religion of peace. They are simply deceiving people until Islam becomes dominant (i.e. they are practicing Taqiyya).
Sometimes it is difficult to tell whether a Muslim falls into the first category or the second. Yet occasionally we find proof that Muslim calls for peace and tolerance are hollow (e.g. when we learn that CAIR has known ties to terrorists).
The question I would like to address is whether Nadir Ahmed really believes in peace or whether he is practicing Taqiyya. In his debate with Sam Shamoun, Nadir argued that Islam is a religion of peace, and that Muslims are permitted to fight in order to stop oppression, but not for much else. Does he really believe this? Not at all! And we know this because some of Nadir’s fellow Muslims have posted some of his emails.
Consider two such emails, posted on the Muslim website “Answering Christianity.” Keep in mind that these emails were both written by Nadir Ahmed, who preaches that Islam is a peaceful religion. (Note: I have covered some of Nadir’s foul language with ***.)
Osama, you f***ing kaffir.. how dare you insult our Prophet(P) by saying he has a mental disease wallahi, if I ever meet you on the street.... youre done.... and it WILL happen. watch your back. and as for your gay lover Saami, the fact that you support this piece of s**t osama.. the same holds true for you. I have ways and means... I promise u. I have made a screen shot of your defamation of our Prophet(P), so you dont try to hide your kuffar. Thanks, Nadir Ahmed www.ExamineTheTruth.com
Notice what we have here. Osama has attempted to respond to a difficult fact about Muhammad, namely, that he was the victim of black magic. (For more on this, see my article “A Bewitched Prophet?”) Nadir disagrees with Osama’s view, so what does he do? Does he attempt to reason with him? Does he present evidence to show that Osama is wrong? No. Instead, he threatens Osama with physical violence!
We see the a similar phenomenon in another email from Nadir.
osama watch your back
you f***ing kaffir.. you think you can arm bar me? lol ill be the one breaking your elbow, then, I'll triangle choke you and force you to take back your insults against Prophet Muhammed(P) .... then I'll ground and pound your ugly face. It's going to be great.. Ill pass your guard in matter of minutes and mount you... and Ill slamm my fist right in your eye socket, and I'll say.. "what did you say about our Prophet(P)?" "who is old and stupid now Osama?" Let's do it this weekend. You can come down to my ju jitzu gym. Ill arrange it with the fellas down here. or did you want me to come up to your gym ? This is JIHAD. Thanks, Nadir Ahmed www.ExamineTheTruth.com
Notice that after Nadir has threatened Osama, he adds “This is JIHAD.” So, according to Nadir, Jihad is attacking a person physically for holding different views.
Is this what he said during his debate with Sam? Certainly not. During the debate, Nadir said that Muslims are permitted to fight in order to end oppression. But Osama has not oppressed Nadir. All he has done is express a view with which Nadir disagrees. And Nadir responds with a call for Jihad—a violent attack against Osama.
Interestingly, Nadir wanted to arrange a physical confrontation after this exchange. We should take note of how Nadir’s partner at Examine the Truth, Jalal Abualrub, reacted when he heard that two followers of the “Religion of Peace” were going to fight to settle their differences. Did he attempt to reconcile the two apologists? Not at all. Rather, he advised Nadir to have the fight recorded as evidence that Nadir had won the fight! (See here for details.)
All of this shows that Nadir really believes that Islam allows him to physically assault others because of what they believe and say. Why, then, did he claim during the debate that Islam doesn’t allow Muslims to attack people because of their beliefs? Nadir is practicing Taqiyya here. He knows the truth, but he doesn’t want his listeners to know it.
Perhaps even more interesting is that Muslims do not openly rebuke Nadir more often. If a Christian apologist were going around threatening people with physical violence, Christians everywhere would rebuke him and let him know that Christianity does not tolerate such behavior. But Nadir is known for threatening people, and yet there is no Muslim outcry, just as there is no significant Muslim outcry over the Islamic violence around the world. We must wonder, then, why so many followers of the “Religion of Peace” simply do not care that their brothers and sisters are killing in the name of Allah.