by Raymond Ibrahim, March 2, 2018

A look at Muslim logic and Western naivety

The plague of Islamic terrorism is based on "grievances" against Israel—so says Al Azhar, the world's most prestigious madrasa (or Muslim "university") that co-hosted Barrack Obama's 2009 "A New Beginning" speech. During a recently televised Egyptian interview, Ahmed Al Tayeb—Al Azhar's grand imam, once named the "most influential Muslim in the world"—said:[1]

I have noticed that they are always telling us that terrorism is Islamic. All those mouthpieces that croak—out of ignorance or because they were told to—that the Al-Azhar curricula are the cause of terrorism never talk about Israel, about Israel's prisons, about the genocides perpetrated by the Zionist entity state.... If not for the abuse of the region by means of the Zionist entity, there would never have been any problem. The Middle East and the region would have progressed, and the Arab individual would have been like any other person in the world, enjoying a good life, or at least enjoying the right to live in peace.

There's certainly much to comment on here. First, Al Azhar has in fact been exposed time[2] and time[3] again teaching the same "anti-infidel" and supremacist doctrines that groups like the Islamic State rely on. After being asked why Al Azhar, which is in the habit of denouncing secular thinkers as un-Islamic, refuses to denounce the Islamic State as un-Islamic,[4] Sheikh Nasr, a scholar of Islamic law and graduate of Al Azhar, said:[5]

It can't [condemn the Islamic State as un-Islamic]. The Islamic State is a byproduct of Al Azhar's programs. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic? Al Azhar says there must be a caliphate and that it is an obligation for the Muslim world [to establish it]. Al Azhar teaches the law of apostasy and killing the apostate. Al Azhar is hostile towards religious minorities, and teaches things like not building churches, etc. Al Azhar upholds the institution of jizya [extracting tribute from religious minorities]. Al Azhar teaches stoning people. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic?

But what of Tayeb's other point, that because Israel "abuses" Palestinians (meaning fellow Muslims), aggrieved Muslims around the world have had no choice but to turn to jihad/terrorism? This of course is another rehashing of the "Muslim grievance" myth popularized by al-Qaeda post 9/11. Back in 2009, Bin Laden said:[6]

You [Americans] should ask yourselves whether your security, your blood, your sons, your money, your jobs, your homes, your economy, and your reputation are more dear to you than the security and economy of the Israelis.... Let me say that we have declared many times, over more than two and a half decades, that the reason for our conflict with you is your support for your Israeli allies, who are occupying our land of Palestine [emphasis added].

Needless to say, this message was (and continues to be) swallowed hook line and sinker by many Western analysts[7]—even as bin Laden was stressing to fellow Muslims (in Arabic) the "real reason for our conflict":

Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue — one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice — and it is: Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually? Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: [a] either willing submission [conversion]; [b] or payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; [c] or the sword — for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die. (The Al Qaeda Reader, p. 42)[8]

More emboldened jihadis have of late dropped the façade. In an article unambiguously titled, "Why We Hate You & Why We Fight You,"[9] the Islamic State confessed that "We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers." As for any and all political "grievances," these are "secondary" reasons for the jihad:

What's important to understand here is that although some might argue that your foreign policies are the extent of what drives our hatred, this particular reason for hating you is secondary, hence the reason we addressed it at the end of the above list. [...] The fact is, even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam. Even if you were to pay jizyah[10] and live under the authority of Islam in humiliation, we would continue to hate you [emphasis added].

This threefold choice, then—conversion, subjugation/jizya, or the sword—is the ultimate source of conflict between Islam and everyone else; it's why prudent non-Muslims have always found the question of achieving permanent peace with the Islamic world an unsolvable problem. As professor of law James Lorimer (1818-90) wrote over a century ago:

So long as Islam endures, the reconciliation of its adherents, even with Jews and Christians ["People of the Book"], and still more with the rest of mankind, must continue to be an insoluble problem. ... For an indefinite future, however reluctantly, we must confine our political recognition to the professors of those religions which ... preach the doctrine of "live and let live" (The Institutes of the Law of Nations, p. 124).[11]

In other words, political recognition—with all the attendant negotiations, diplomacy, and concessions that come with it—should be granted to all religions/civilizations except Islam, which does not reciprocate nor recognize the notion of "live and let live" (as evinced for example by the Koran's commands for Muslims to "enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong" (e.g., 3:110)—that is, enforce Sharia upon earth).

Nor is Islamic supremacism confined to doctrines and scriptures that are "open to interpretation"; history makes an equally ironclad case. As I document in my forthcoming book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West,[12] over the centuries and through countless jihads, Muslims invaded and eventually conquered some ¾ of all Christian lands; the scale of destruction and atrocities accompanying these jihads make Islamic State atrocities seem like child's play.

If Israel had nothing to do with all this—it did not even exist—are we really to believe that grievances against it are responsible for Al Azhar still teaching, and Muslims still upholding, the same doctrines that caused them to terrorize all non-Muslims for centuries?

No, this is yet another case of Muslim apologists trying to kill two birds with one stone: portraying—and thus exonerating—their terroristic behavior as an inevitable product of "grievances" against a demonized Israel that deserves all the blame. In reality, the ultimate "grievance"[13] Muslims have against all non-Muslims is just that—that they are non-Muslim, inferior infidels that must be subjugated one way or the other.















Editor's Addendum: Some of the comments that added useful information.


The alliance between the far left and Islamic terrorists is understandable in light of the fact that they both hate the West, have no use for free speech or the rule of law, and prefer violence and bullying to discourse. The lie that Islamic terror would cease if Israel would just vanish is laughable on it's face. For those who pretend that the so called Palestinian question is at the root of all the problems we face in the Middle East, a little history lesson.

Do the tens of thousands of Indians killed by Muslims have anything to do with Israel? What about the violence committed by Muslims in Indonesia or the Philippines? Could any of them find Israel on a map? What about the Muslims who commit violence against Russians in places like Chechnya? Finally, what about the Muslims in the far western province of Xinjiang who commit acts of violence against the Chinese. Even the good folks of Rio Linda can see the pattern. Wherever a Muslim population reaches a critical mass, violence breaks out. It can be sectarian Muslim violence within their own community or violence directed at outsiders. Those who pretend it is Israel that causes the behavior are criminally insane.


"The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die." That quote does sum it up. Islam cannot tolerate or exist in peace with anyone or anything that is not in complete agreement with it. If there was no Israel, and no Israelis/Jews left, Islam would just turn its attention on the next target group and start the process all over again. Islam is demonic insanity, and the only cure for it includes Mecca and Medina becoming sheets of glass...along with many other Middle Eastern cities. Remove Islam from the world, and you would have a much more peaceful world.


Islam, not Israel, is the one and only cause of terrorism. After every act of Muslim terrorism in Europe, I always see all these politicians and academics lash at out Israel. I don't get it! A Muslim runs down pedestrians in London or Nice and the problem is Israel??? Europeans are such pathological Jew haters that they see Jews and Israel as the cause for Muslims behaving as Muslims behave all over this planet and as they have behaved ever since Muhammad invented Islam.


The "Israel is responsible for Islamic misery" canard is so patently idiotic and fallacious on its face that its own absurdity serves as an ample rebuttal. The Muslim "street," though, is stupid and hate-filled enough to continue to believe this trope, which makes it problematic. Non-Muslims who value truth, justice and secular democracy must oppose this hateful, anti-Semitic nonsense wherever it rears its ugly head.

A simple question for the imam to ponder, and, to answer:

What, exactly, have most Muslims been engaged in doing (and, indeed, are currently doing) since Islam's founding in the lifetime of Mohammed, and, in the 1,400 years since his death? The inconvenient answer: engaging in genocides, barbarism, conquests and aggression against non-Muslim peoples and lands.

How brazen that this goose-stepping Islamic National Socialist manages to conveniently ignore one and one-half millennia of his co-religionists' endless litany of bloodstained misdeeds, as though they had never occurred!

That a substantial portion of the world's Muslims continue to be unable to take direct responsibility for the poverty, intellectual and scientific bankruptcy, oppression, totalitarianism and general miseries that their supremacist and belligerent ideology inevitably produces wherever it is dominant, is unsurprising. With a track record of moral, spiritual, economic and intellectual bankruptcy as abjectly awful as that of Islam, I wouldn't want to own up to its obvious failures, either, if I was a Muslim.

Daniel Rubio

This piece of crap represents islam's finest. Go figure. If he's one of the better ones, imagine the ones at the bottom of the ladder.

That said, this guy also shows why islam will always remain in the gutter. According to this shining star of islam, the reputed 1.5 billion muslims cannot accomplish anything of value in their miserable lives because there are around 6 million Jews in Israel who oppress and terrorize innocent, peace-loving, mind-your-own-business 1.5 billion muslims. That comes to each Israeli Jew having to oppress 250 muslims. According to this filth, Jews commit acts of "genocide" against muslims worldwide. Then why are there now 1.9 million muslims living in Gaza while in 1970 there were only 340,000 muslims there (U.S. Census Bureau). Israel is doing a hell of a job "genociding" muslims in Gaza and elswhere throughout the Middle East.

As per this muslim super-hero, "...if not for the abuse of the region by means of the Zionist entity, ... the region would have progressed, and the Arab individual would have been like any other person in the world, enjoying a good life, or at least enjoying the right to live in peace." Muslims in Afghanistan, in Yemen, in Pakistan, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Egypt, in Sadic-Arabia lead miserable lives, live in filthy dungeons and eat dirt because of the Joooos. Even in muslim countries a thousand miles away from Israel, such as Sudan, Iran or Algeria. It's so much easier to put the blame on Jews than to notice that muslims live in a backwards, superstitious, mysoginist, hateful and racist culture because of ... (surprise!) islam itself. It's easier to say thay a settler in Judea or Samaria or Tel-Aviv is the cause of why Ahmed and Mustafa will always live in poverty and will inherit their children hatred and resentment than to acknowledge that the un-ethical, un-democratic, un-interested muslim ruling elites want to keep it that way and that their unconditional and irrational pledge of allegiance to a pedophile sadistic murderer they call "prophet" doesn't allow to remove the blindfold that covers muslims' eyes and minds.

So this P.O.S. that goes by the name Ahmed Al Tayeb—Al Azhar's grand imam, one of islam's best and brightest, provides Exhibit A of why muslims under islam will never achieve anything, will never amount to anything, will rather that progress will just sit away always whining, complaining and demanding and will remain forever stuck in the 7th century.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). This article was published in Frontpage Mag March 2, 2018 and is archived at It is archived at Think-Israel at

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