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When Sharia Comes To Town

Jul 22, 2014

If you think you can allow a whole lot of Muslim immigration into a Western nation, and yet somehow be spared the problems that we find in Muslim countries, then you are simply living in dreamland. Whenever you have a group of Muslims living together, you will likely find Muslim behaviour and activities taking place. Obviously.

So if Islam fully approves of things like child brides, violent jihad against the infidels, and the spread of sharia law throughout the land, then of course you will find these things being promoted and engaged in wherever Muslims find themselves – even in free and democratic Western nations.

islam 39Thus there is nothing at all amiss in Western nations having minimum entrance requirements for those seeking to move there. Simple things like a willingness to learn the language and embrace the host culture’s core values and principles are not onerous but fully sensible.

If a would-be immigrant refuses to go along with these basic requirements, then a Western country has every right to say no to them. But sadly, at least until recently, most Western nations have been far too worried about being accused of “racism” or “Islamophobia” to actually make such sensible entry conditions.

And they have too foolishly bought into political correctness and failed multiculturalism policies to take some proper steps to protect themselves. As a result we see creeping sharia and stealth jihad all over the West. And it is looking rather ugly.

As we speak we have Muslims rioting in the streets of Paris with fires blazing throughout the capital, and violent protests taking place in other major cities such as London. England and Europe have been experiencing these sorts of Muslim-related problems for years now.

But here I want to look at the Australian scene. Here too our influx of Muslims with little or no concerns about where their ultimate allegiances lie have resulted in plenty of problems. While many Muslims do want to live peacefully here, far too many simply refuse to fit in and integrate into Australian culture, but instead want to continue the sharia wars being fought in their homelands.

So let me offer three more recent examples of this. In Sydney we have another tragic case of a child bride, and the demand that sharia law override Australian law. As one news item reports:

A child bride allegedly married off at 12 was told sharia law “overrides” Australian law, court documents revealed. In a case that has brought awareness of secret child brides in Australia, the girl’s father and the 26-year-old man she “wed” were charged in February over numerous child sex offences. Documents that formed part of a successful apprehended violence order application by police at the time against the girl’s “husband” state that the young girl “believed or had been informed that sharia law overrides the Australian law”.
“She stated that together with the accused they had been trying to get him registered as her legal guardian with Centrelink in order to obtain any welfare benefits they could,” the court documents state.
The police allege in the AVO document that the 26-year-old man, who was charged with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with a child, admitted to officers on the day he was arrested that he had had sex with the girl daily since the religious ceremony in the living room of the girl’s Hunter Valley home on January 12.

Yep – sharia law must always trump Australian law. And this is not an isolated incident. True Muslims believe that only Allah’s laws are valid, and that Western laws are not. So here we have a prime example of a sixth century culture coming into the modern West, seeking to implement that archaic culture.

My second example is not much better:

A Sydney sheikh has been accused of funding a central figure in the Syrian conflict, an Australian-Lebanese dual national with ties to Al Qaeda and who runs a well-armed militia in northern Lebanon. Zouheir Issa has been preaching at south-west Sydney’s Al-Azhar Belmore Mosque since coming to Australia in 2005. An adherent of the ultraconservative Salafi Islamic strain, he is no friend to the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad.
But what has been unrevealed until now is that Australian authorities believe he has provided funding to Houssam Sabbagh – a Lebanese man who lived in Sydney for two decades but is today a powerful militia leader in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Mr Sabbagh is wanted in Lebanon on weapons charges. He is regularly described in the Lebanese press as being involved with Al Qaeda and helping to provide fighters and weapons for jihadist groups fighting in Syria, including the Al Qaeda-linked group, Jabhat Al-Nusrah. Funding organisations such as Al-Nusrah, which is a proscribed terrorist organisation in Australia is a crime.
The allegations will concern authorities, who are already on the alert due to the dozens of young Australians who have travelled to Syria to fight with groups such as Al-Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “It’s the greatest security threat to Australia this century,” former head of counter terrorism for Scotland Yard, Nick O’Brien, told the ABC’s 7.30 program.

Again, this would not be an isolated incident. Mosques are often used as recruiting grounds for jihadists and holy warfare, both at home and abroad. The mosque is not at all the equivalent of a Christian church, but much more like a political centre, a court of sharia law, a school, and a military training centre. See more on this here: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/03/28/the-significance-of-the-mosque/

My third example is equally frightening. Young Australian Muslims are going overseas to fight and die for Allah:

A teenage boy from Western Sydney has become Australia’s second suicide bomber, blowing himself up in a brutal terrorist attack which killed at least five people and injured up to 90 in a Baghdad market. The Saturday Telegraph has learned the boy was 16 years old when he left Sydney for Iraq late last year to join terrorist insurgents in Syria but had since turned 17.
Intelligence sources have confirmed the boy’s age and that he was from Western Sydney. It is believed he travelled with other young men seeking to join ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) forces fighting in Syria and Iraq, and had family links to the now notorious convicted Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf. His family are believed to have been aware of his intentions but could not stop him.

A later article revealed that he was in fact a teenager from Melbourne. But once again, he is not the first Australian Muslim to do this, and he will not be the last. These sad cases illustrate the truth I have been trying to highlight here: You can take a Muslim out of a Muslim country, but you cannot necessarily take Islam out of him in his new host country.

That is why we need to get a whole lot smarter and more careful real soon. Allowing almost anyone in for almost any reason, without being much more cautious and discerning about who they are and what they believe is a recipe for disaster. And we are seeing that played out here basically each passing day now.

www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/man-marries-off-daughter-12-in-islamic-ceremony-bride-believed-sharia-law-override/story-fni0cx12-1226996078122
www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-30/sydney-sheikh-accused-of-funding-militia-leader-in-syria/5561340
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-teen-kills-five-in-suicide-bombing-on-crowded-iraqi-market/story-fni0cx12-1226994186108
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/australian-teen-was-responsible-for-suicide-attack-which-killed-five-in-iraq/story-fni0cx12-1226995451163

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20 Responses to When Sharia Comes To Town

  • We must learn the lessons from Europe before it’s too late!
    The “sharia law overrides Western law idea” is totally deluded and offensive and so is the deliberate welfare dependency mentality.

    I was getting work done in one of Sydney’s most Muslim suburbs a few moths ago for the first time ever and had to spend a few hours waiting for the job to be completed. I thought I’d walk around the suburb and shops and was amazed at the large numbers of men of working age just sitting around in cafés smoking, drinking coffee and talking. From 9.30 am till 5 pm I saw at least 100 of the same people. I’ve never seen that in any other Sydney shopping centre as most men of working age are at work.

    There was also an unpleasant air of being made to feel that I did not belong there by shopkeepers. It made me see how easily this once very Australian suburb had been changed by multiculturalism and not for the better.

  • The problem now is how to stop this cultural cancer spreading throughout the West’s body politic. Global war has been declared on the ‘infidel’ but only those in the immediate firing line are fully aware of it because they are the ones being robbed, dispossessed, their women raped and families exiled or murdered in places like Iraq. And just like the Jews in 1930s Germany they are being left to their fate. Will we in the West have to wait until we too are being ravaged before we wake up? If we do it will be far too late to do much about it.

  • The problem here is that the author is referring to Islam as if it is some homogenous, monolithic structure, that all muslims agree on. This simply isn’t the case, any more so than all Christians can be said to agree on what Christianity means or stands for.

  • It may be too late already. Successive governments have deceived us and underreported the numbers of Mohammedan infil-traitors/colonisers in Australia. While we are led to believe that their numbers are below half a million, it looks as though we already have more than a million. While our breeding habits are between stagnant and backwards, the Mohammedan obsession to use women as breeding stock will ensure that their numbers will double and triple again and again, which means in 10 to 20 years we are toast. Once they have more than 10% of the population, with pressure groups, pollies and agitprops well placed throughout society, we will see open warfare and rivers of blood. The loony left and the certifiably insane Green space cadets will submit eagerly to all their demands; the establishment will ensure that all resistance to sharia will be criminalised, and our own army and police will be trained on us to keep us in check.

    Here’s one for keeps, but who is going to act on it?

    Stop, for god’s sake stop, importing trouble—and Muslim immigrants, as a whole, necessarily mean trouble, in all lands where the political and legal institutions, and social arrangements, are flatly contradicted by the Shari’a. Muslims are obligated to change or tear down those institutions, in order to remove all “obstacles to Islam.” It is not special or individual malice that prompts that attitude. That is their duty, a central duty. Why not come to fully and soberly understand that duty, and out of a minimal sense of self-preservation, cease to import those into our lands (America, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and every other place that has so generously admitted, under a twisted definition of “refugees,” people who do not, and can not, wish our ways or institutions or constitutions well.

    Hugh Fitzgerald

  • Thanks Mathew. But no, I of course have not said that here. Indeed, if you would bother to read my other articles on this, you will see that I acknowledge that most Muslims are “moderate” in the sense that they are not doing this or are happy with it. But as I write elsewhere, they are not helping things either, and are in fact part of the problem. See here, eg: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/06/17/the-myth-of-moderate-muslims/

    And anyone who actually know something about Islam knows that there is in fact a basic, accepted orthodoxy based on the Koran, hadith and sira. The life and example of Muhammad is paramount here. And as I and others have documented, the three cases I mention here are in complete accord with these fundamental sources of Islamic truth and practice.

    On child brides, see here eg: billmuehlenberg.com/2013/10/10/islam-and-sexual-perversion/

    On violence and jihad, see here eg: www.billmuehlenberg.com/2010/09/13/violence-in-the-bible-and-the-koran/

    And all real Christians of whatever stripe of course agree on the core basics of Christianity, as those found in the early creeds.

  • What Mathew has written sounds like a different angle on the old “peaceful majority” claim that so often accompanies discussion of Islam.

    I’m sure the euphoric waves of Nazism and Communism were not entirely homogeneous but that didn’t spare the hundreds of millions dead at the hands of ruling minorities.

    And Islam has been murdering a lot longer than Nazis and Communists – the estimated murdered at the hands of Islam is to my knowledge eclipsed only by abortion.

    Quips about Christians disagreeing ring hollow against a 1,400 year backdrop of Islamic bloodshed and a progressive infiltration of these same jihadi acts in the West today.

    Mathew, it’s strange that your only criticism here ignores child brides and suicide bombing and instead goes straight to defending Islam – somehow I think these are the bigger problems here.

  • There’s an irony in the present, uneasy relationship between secular, post-modern Western culture and fundamentalist Islam: I suspect the Islamic defence for choosing Sharʿiah over the laws of Western jurisprudence would run thus: “The pious believer must obey Allah and His Prophet rather than infidel men.”.

    Likewise, with current trends in Western law-making and culture, Evangelical Christians are increasingly driven to the words of Peter and the apostles to the Sanhedrin: “We must obey God rather than men.” – Acts 5:29 [ESV].

    The differences between Way of Jesus of Nazareth and the Sharʿiah of the Meccan prophet tend to make the latter a de facto ally of secular, multicultural pluralism and the New Atheism against radical Christianity and conservative Judaism.

  • This is scary. I think it would be helpful to think deeper in regards to solutions to such issues. I also feel it is very unfair for new comers to any part of the world to fail to uphold the laws of their host country. For people to integrate easier there needs to be an acceptance of where one has been accepted.
    I fail to understand the idea of people coming into another country then decide to follow their own rules or impose their own laws. The fairest thing to be done would be to ask the particular people to leave because failure to do so will definitely lead to anarchy at a later stage. The lenience shown by most host countries will endanger their future generations who will be challenged left right and centre.

  • Muslims will promise the non-muslims the world. They will look you straight in the eye and lie, because that is allowed according to their religion/law. So what good would it do for them to promise to uphold the law of the land, learn English, adjust to the customs of the land etc. when they won’t keep their word anyhow because they are allowed to lie as the land and people they make the promise too are not Muslim?

  • So true Gerredina. And so we need to be more stringent than ever in allowing this political religion any favours in our country, especially large tracts of land to build Schools and Mosques.

  • Perhaps Australia could just ban mosques from being built and order existing ones to be sold within say 3 years. Of course this is unlikely to ever happen.

  • From a poster above:

    “The problem here is that the author is referring to Islam as if it is some homogenous, monolithic structure, that all muslims agree on. This simply isn’t the case, any more so than all Christians can be said to agree on what Christianity means or stands for.”

    This is a variation of a common (obfuscation) theme that is stacked with straw men and red herrings.

    ‘Islam is Islam and that’s it’- said Taiyyip Erdogan, the (very) islamic wannabe caliph of Turkey.

    It is of no interest to me how monolithic or homogenous islam is, and it is even less of my concern whether Muslims agree on something (or not). To be fair; I care even less on whether Christians agree on something because it is of no consequence to me. What is of concern is that Muslims, properly indoctrinated with Islam, have, over 1400 years, destroyed far better cultures and civilisations, have committed genocide and a devastation on a scale that leaves the communists, the Nazis, Pol Pot, every despot and every dictator in the dust. As a totalitarian belief-system Islam wiped out everything that stood in its way. No culture or civilisation has ever gained anything from this parasitic, satanic cult. Islam thrives on conquest, exploitation, enslavement, forced conversion and genocide.

    Muslims take their religion seriously; they are prepared to kill and die for it. The mission, the conquest of infidel lands and the subjugation or annihilation of the kafirs is non negotiable.

    What are you prepared to do for your religion?

  • Even if all Islamic immigration was to be halted tomorrow, we are still on a path of aggressive Islamic population growth.
    Either we evangelize like mad, or we have Christian children in larger families than Muslims.
    Obviously.

  • Changing the immigration policies of the “oh so reasonable” and blissfully naive government and the “don’t worry ” secular general population is extremely difficult.

    Changing Islam is far more difficult – like getting a camel through the eye of a needle.

    Changing the nation to know and love the Risen Christ and his gospel is the most desirable and maybe, ultimately the only genuine solution. Society could reshape accordingly.

    O Lord, of hope, we pray for a very great Australian awakening.

  • Spot the difference

    There are no borders or boundaries when it comes Islamic human rights and that no nationality, no culture, no belief system can stand in the way of Islamic freedom.

    “There are no borders or boundaries when it comes to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender human rights and that no nationality, no culture, no belief system can stand in the way of LGBT freedom.”- Peter Tatchell

    Western nations are the meat in the sadwich between the Quaran and Queerin. Sometimes these two join forces.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrPUEeyRbaQ
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22892609
    www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/08/countries/canada/toronto-mosque-is-gay-friendly-mixed-gender-prayers-led-by-a-woman
    www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/progressive-muslims-launch-gay-friendly-women-led-mosques_n_1368460.html
    www.reddit.com/r/islam/comments/1cp7rj/progressive_mosque_opening_in_uppsala_sweden/
    america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/america-tonight-blog/2013/12/20/meet-america-s-firstopenlygayimam.html

    Only by western nations repenting and returning to the Christian faith can these two malevolent forces be neutralised. Nothing less will save us and our grandchildren.

    David Skinner UK

  • Trevor, “maybe the only genuine solution”? Isn’t it our mission to do what you said regardless of the threat or it being the solution to anything? If all Christians had obeyed the great commission without being pushed into a corner to do so, well, only good would have resulted. I am speaking to myself here also.
    Many blessings

    Ursula Bennett

  • My point Ursula, is that there is a time and a season for all matters. And we, at times, can influence various government policies. That can be “a genuine solution” for some things. In this case that seems to be virtually out of range.

    As I read it, the general public are very worried. Some are not. But leaders are reluctant to do anything to alleviate that worry, for fear of being criticised.

    A healthy Christian faith, and vibrant Christian community offers real hope. Prayer for everyone, and for leaders and people in high places is of ‘first importance’. It changes nations and the world.

  • No wonder this Country is falling into decline, are we as Australians so gullible, especially the Greens, and ‘Human Rights??’ followers,
    What a shame that they will not have the courage to investigate a religion that promotes total submission by females to their ‘SUPERIOR’ male counterpart.
    Where is the voice of Penny Wong, Sarah Hanson Young and Christen Milne on these matters??

  • The NSW Premier, who says he is a Christian –http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/07/24/nsw-premier-fasts-to-mark-end-of-ramadan.html

    He also said ‘And as I reflect on Ramadan, it just is a reminder of the need to protect that, to ensure we do everything we can to protect it.’

    The Muslim community had a strong friend in government, Mr Baird told the gathering of community leaders in the Strangers Dining Hall at state parliament.

    Unbelievable.

  • Dear Bill,

    Thank you for the article.

    Even if there was such a thing as ‘moderate’ Islam it would have to have outstanding leaders prepared to show courage and defend it against radical Islam which is much more politically active, vociferous and vicious and I don’t see any such leaders coming forward. This is why we should be worried.

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