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“Along the Paris streets the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day’s wine to La Guillotine. All the devouring and insatiate Monsters imagined since imagination could record itself, are fused in the…Guillotine.”  – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Do I have to draw you a picture of how Islamism is just pretending to be moderate and plans to fundamentally transform the society in countries like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Turkey? Well, I’ll let the most respected Muslim Brotherhood theologian, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, do it for me.

Let me underline that when Qaradawi answers a query, millions of people listen. Egyptian military officers and their families watch his show raptly and so do many others. And Qaradawi isn’t just talking for the sake of talking — he is teaching the revolutionary strategy of seizing all power for all time and imposing all of the Sharia on all of the people. Qaradawi is Lenin in a turban, as was Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who did a little number on Iranian politics after the same people who are telling us now that the Brotherhood is moderate were telling us then that the Iranian Islamists were moderate.

If only government officials, journalists, and “experts” would read and comprehend things like this, they might understand what’s happening in the Middle East and how their policy is headed for disaster.

Qaradawi explains:

Gradualism is one of the laws of nature that Allah Almighty has created. It is also needed in applying the rulings of the Sharia to make a change in people’s life.

When used by Communists decades ago this approach was called the “salami tactic” — you go step by step to consolidate your power and go all the way. This is precisely what the “Turkish model” means. And, of course, the point of the exercise is to fool the dummy observers into thinking you are just great guys and very moderate. Incidentally, in this case the salami will be halal.

You invite them to dinner, butter them up, and then have them for dinner. If I were a cartoonist, I’d draw a picture of a man standing in front of a crowd, some of whom had their hands up. The caption would be: “Ok, that’s 23 votes for killing all the Jews first, and 17 for destroying America first.”

Qaradawi gives scriptural reasons for the gradualist approach:

The Prophet … stayed in Mecca for thirteen years struggling to shake the false beliefs the Meccan people had adopted. Then, for another ten years, Allah Almighty revealed to him … the laws that the Muslims would live by. Gradualism played an effective role in that regard. That was shown, for example, in prohibiting alcohol, riba (interest), and other vices [only gradually].

Of course, going step by step “does not mean that we are to be sluggish and delay achieving that aim for too long.” You have to maneuver strategically. That’s what the Muslim Brotherhood does so well and the one-track terrorist minds of al-Qaeda are incapable of doing.

Qaradawi explains:

Abolishing slavery then would have led to economic and social uprising, so, it was wise then to deal with such a problem in an indirect way (by, for instance, regarding setting a slave free as a good deed and making it an expiation for some sins). This implied a gradual abolishing of slavery.

So does imposing slavery.

You see, “Muslims have been socially, legislatively, and culturally invaded.” In other words, they have been influenced by Western notions such as nationalism, equality of religions and women, human-made laws, and so on, so they won’t abandon everything but Islamist-interpreted Islam overnight. They will resist. And so they must be lulled to sleep. And the same applies to the “invaders,” that is, the West so it doesn’t cause any trouble either.

And you need to build a mass base:

If we want to establish a real Muslim society, we should not imagine that such an end can be achieved by a mere decision issued to that effect by a king or a president or a council of leaders or a parliament.

To win that mass base the vanguard party — and here I deliberately use Marxist-Leninist terminology because the strategies are parallel — must be “preparing people ideologically, psychologically, morally, and socially to accept and adopt the application of the Sharia in all aspects of life. … Step by step, and through wise planning, organizing and determination, we can reach the last and long-awaited stage of applying all the teachings of Islam heart and soul.”

To get the point across, Qaradawi ends with a story:

Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz’s son, Abdul-Malik, who was a firm pious young man, said to his father one day, “O father! Why you do not implement the rulings firmly and immediately? By Allah, I would not care if all the world would furiously oppose us so long as we seek to establish the right [that Allah Almighty has enjoined].”

But the wise father said to his son, “Do not deal with matters hastily, son. Allah Almighty despised drinking alcohol twice in the Quran and did not declare it forbidden [until] the third time. I am afraid that if I enjoined the right on people at one stroke, they would give it up all at once, which might lead to sedition.” (See Al-Muafaqat by Ash-Shatibi, vol. 2, p. 94.)

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