Muslims Need to Confront Muslim Evil

With this weekend’s massacre by Muslim terrorists at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Muslim terrorists killing about 80 Christians at a Christian church in Pakistan, most people wonder what, if anything in addition to a continuing war on terror, can be done to minimize the scourge of Islamic terror.

The answer lies with Muslims themselves. Specifically, it means that Muslim religious leaders around the world must announce that any Muslim who deliberately targets non-combatants for death goes to hell.

I arrive at this answer based on something that I have long believed about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust.

I readily acknowledge that the situations are not the same. The Jews of Europe were not annihilated by Catholics in the name of Catholicism; whereas the Christians, Muslims and Jews who are massacred by Islamic terrorists are murdered by Muslims in the name of Islam.

I also readily acknowledge that many of the attacks on Pope Pius XII for his alleged inaction and even collaboration with the Nazis during the Holocaust are animated by individuals who hate Western religion generally or hate the Catholic Church specifically. Pius XII was not "Hitler’s Pope," as one best-selling book on Pius XII is titled.

Moreover, Pius XII lived in Italy during World War II, in a fascist dictatorship that began as Hitler’s ally and ended up being the target of Nazi atrocities. This was not the case with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example, who lived in the safety of a free country six-thousand miles away from Germany, did nothing to save the Jews of Europe, and even sent a boatload of Jewish refugees from Hitler back to Europe. Yet the critics of Pius are silent about Roosevelt.

Nevertheless, Pius could have done more to at least slow down the Holocaust. And I say this recognizing that Italy’s Catholic clergy saved many Jews, and that Pius, to his credit, had to be aware of this. What he could have and should have done was to announce that any Catholic — and any Christian for that matter — who in any way helps in the murder of innocent Jews is committing a mortal sin and will not attain salvation. In other words, he or she will go to hell.

This would have had no impact on the many Germans and other Europeans who had no belief in God or religion; but it would have had an impact on many who did.

I believe the same thing regarding Muslim terror. Muslim leaders — specifically, every imam in the world who is not a supporter of terror, the leaders of the most important Sunni institutions, such as the Al-Azhar Mosque and University in Cairo, and religious leaders in Saudi Arabia and the in Gulf states — must announce that any Muslim who participates in any deliberate attack on civilians goes to hell.

This must be announced as clearly and as repeatedly as, for example, Muslim condemnations of Israel.

Just as the promise of immediate entrance into paradise animates many Muslim terrorists, the promise of immediate hell would dissuade many Muslims from committing acts of terrorism. Just as the promise of 72 virgins animates many Muslim terrorists, the promise of hell would dissuade many Muslims from terrorism.

Whenever non-Muslims ask Muslim organizations about Muslim terrorism, these organizations trot out the various anti-terrorism statements they have issued. But these are largely useless because: a) they are usually issued by Western Muslim organizations; b) even when they are issued by Middle Eastern Muslims, they almost always include condemnation of "state terrorism," which is Muslim-speak for condemnation of any use of force by Israel; and c) these statements usually also condemn non-Muslim terror, as if Christian or Jewish or Buddhist terrorism is as great a threat to humanity as is Muslim terrorism.

Therefore the statements that need to be made by every Muslim teacher, school, mosque and organization that does not support Muslim terror must be unequivocal. They need to state that any Muslim who targets any civilian for death — whether that civilian is Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu or of no religion — goes to hell.

In addition, there need to be large Muslim demonstrations against Muslim terrorism. I understand that Muslim clerics who would organize such demonstrations in the Muslim world might be risking their lives. But what about Muslims in America and Europe?

There have been huge Muslim demonstrations against cartoons depicting Muhammad and any other perceived "insult" against Islam. But I am unaware of a single demonstration of Muslims against Muslim terror directed at non-Muslims.

And if morality doesn’t persuade Muslim leaders to issue such a statement and organize such demonstrations, perhaps self-interest will. To just about everyone in the world outside of academia and the media, Islam is not looking good. Muslim leaders should be aware that with Muslims burning Christian churches and Christian bodies in Pakistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Egypt and elsewhere, and the regular massacring of innocents by Muslim terror groups, the protestations by Muslim spokesmen that "Islam is religion of peace" are beginning to wear thin. For a religion that seeks converts, this is not a positive development.

On the other hand, perhaps not that many Muslim religious leaders do believe that Muslim terrorists are going to hell.

Dennis Prager’s latest book, "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph," was published April 24 by HarperCollins. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.Com.

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  • brickman

    Dennis, you might like to listen to a song called Outside of the Inside by British born Muslim Richard Thompson. Thompson a critically acclaimed guitarist and songwriter wrote a song critical of other Muslims who believe in what you condemn. Although I realize you were referring to religious leaders, I’m sick of people saying that no Muslims condemn the killing of non combatants. I see statements in the press all the time. If all you listen to and watch is Fox News and Hank Williams Jr. I can see how you missed them.

  • Josh

    I’m not entirely sure if I can buy that these assumed “moderate” Muslims are afraid to speak out so much as they cringe and agree–per Islamic doctrine yet to go through a period of enlightenment like once-nuts Christianity–with what the radicals do. Now, these assumed moderates might not be cheering for it. It might not make them happy. But at this point, considering the overwhelming body of evidence, I have to think that the majority within Islam simply see this as an uncomfortable yet necessary dictate of their scripture.

    So I don’t see it as fear, but rather as being true to Islam in the truest fashion: Subservience.

    Other religions have been dragged against their will into modern society and get along fairly well, give or take a few hiccups. Islam, on the other hand, demands total respect without giving a single inch. Even the most progressive, supposedly free-thinking and freedom-loving individuals in the world excuse the system’s cruelty toward women and the constant acts of terror out of some strange desire to be seen as tolerant by placating and in some cases encouraging the world’s biggest example of intolerance.

    I agree that Muslims need to speak out and do something. It can’t happen from the outside in without being seen as anti-Islamic, racist and Western-influenced. But the fact it hasn’t happened yet speaks loudly to the very real possibility that most Muslims view the holy war like most Americans view our wars: Uncomfortable to see and probably not something we want to participate in, but not life-altering enough that we’ll protest.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Confront AND TAKE ACTION!!!

  • Wheels55

    I wonder the same thing. I conclude that peaceful Muslims do not speak out because they either are afraid of being targeted themselves or they quietly believe what the Jihad folks believe. There is a Muslim family from Africa living across the street from me and they are very nice. But they do not speak out against what is happening.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Islam is now, and always has been, an ideology of world conquest. There is not one new thing here. With both Sunni and Shia united under a political leader (a Caliph) The Ottoman Sultan (the Caliph) led Jihad into Europe and Asia for 800 years. Yes 800 years. Every spring for nearly a millenia they marched. It was their DUTY. They were to first offer peace. (Conversion). If their peace offer was rejected (refusal to convert) then the infidel (by refusal) had declared war on Islam. While quite a bit weaker by the 19th century. (Europe had turned the tide, which at it’s apogee included much of Europe right into France). Though weaker they still held all the territories (and more) of what we today call the middle east. (yes the entire middle east) In 1914 the Ottomans sided with Germany against the allies and were defeated. With their Caliph deposed, their internal sectarian differences cracked. Jihad has only abated due to limited strength, NOT due to ideology. All sides are now struggling to bring forth an Islamic Caliph. The only issue is, from whence he comes? Turks, Arabs, Persians, and their respective communities, Sunni, Shia, and other lesser known sects, are all vying for the Caliph to come from their own ranks. If ever he does, (small) scale terrorism will be the least of our worries. You don’t have to believe me. Just read a little history. Particularly that of the Ottomans.

  • John Young

    Of course, we hear little of the Moslem cleric Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who was a Nazi stooge during WW2. Husseini conceived of a Moslem SS unit in the Balkqans, which he helped recruit for Hitler. Though revisionists, deny it, Husseini visited several of the concentration camps and stated that he fully approved of Hitler’s “final solution to the Jewish problem.” Bu then, we are told that Islam is the “Religion of Peace,” and we can’t teach people anything that runs contrary to that liberal dogma.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      Actually the Mufti commanded a Muslim army in the Balkans. They were accused of serious war crimes including the massacre of over 200,000 balkan (Eastern Orthodox) Christians. Many historians believe the Mufti was the highest ranking war criminal NOT to face charges after the war.

  • G. Daylan

    Expecting a Muslim cleric to condemn Jihad-based terrorism is like expecting a Democrat to acknowledge that Obamacare is a screwed up mess.