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Muslim Prayers of Hate

Far from reflecting one's "grievances," prayers reflect the teaching's of one's faith.

Raymond Ibrahim


November 7, 2011 - 12:00 am
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What to make of this immense contrast between Christian and Muslim supplications to the deity? Of course, in former times, these contradicting approaches would simply have been interpreted as natural reflections of the divine and the diabolical.

Today, however, where moral relativism insists that all religions are viewed equally — that is, all are viewed as equally meaningless with no tangible impact on their devotees’ lives — no doubt many will conclude that the Christian prayers, calm and placid, evince Christian contentment in the Middle East, whereas the Muslim prayers, irate if not insane, evince sincere grievance.

Nothing could be further from the truth. If prayers and supplications were mere reflections of one’s level of contentment or discontentment with this world, then surely the Christians of the Muslim world — where churches and Bibles are burned, Christian girls are abducted and forced to convert, blasphemy and apostasy laws kill, and the state massacres Christians — would be praying for fire and pestilence to descend upon their persecutors.

Conversely, Muslim leaders are quick to point to anything to rationalize their prayers of hate.  Thus when Professor Abd al-Latif was asked if Sharia law permits Muslims to pray for the “annihilation” of Jews and Christians, he said yes, since Jews are unjust to Palestinians and Christians are responsible for Abu Ghraib, adding that “the prophet himself used to invoke curses” against his enemies.

Indeed, Muhammad — who counseled cursing Islam’s enemies by, among other things, telling them to bite their father’s penis — condemned and called for violence against Christians and Jews (e.g., 9:29). This begins in the Quran’s opening prayer, the Fatiha, which Muhammad uttered many centuries before the creation of the modern state of Israel and the events of Abu Ghraib — that is, before any “grievances.”

The lesson? Prayers do not reflect one’s situation in the world; they reflect the teachings of one’s faith.

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Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center; Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum; and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim’s dual-background -- born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East -- has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.
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