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Ibn Masud's "invitation to Islam" is a veiled prelude to violent jihad, according to sharia.

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in response to reader comment: Ianus, Plato, Dennis: Don't make a mockery of a genuine offer.

Submitted by Doc Tater (United States), Jan 8, 2009 at 12:30

I suspect that Ianus, whose historically meticulous essays have positively impressed me for several years, knows already that this "invitation to Islam" by "Ibn Masud" is part of a thousand year-old formula for justifying violent jihad against non-believers, and has been central to the process of spreading Islam at the point of a sword. I also suspect that Ianus is aware that, by declining the invitation, he may be seen by some Muslims as establishing himself as a legitimate target for hostile punishment by any Muslim who responds to the obligation under sharia, as dictated by the Quran, to make war against the non-believers wherever they are encountered.

This is one reason why it is prudent to write under a nom de blog.

I wonder, however, how many readers of this blog recognize the personal jeopardy that one risks by declining the invitation. I'll explain.

According to Muslim law, "peace-loving" Muslims "invite" a non-Muslim to accept Islam. If the offer is declined, it can be repeated several times, depending upon which interpretation of sharia is accepted by the Muslim in question. The reasons for the invitation are outlined as part of the invitation. The response to the invitation is declared to be a matter of free will on the part of the non-Muslim. It is stated at some point in the ritual, by way of full disclosure, that there can be dire consequences to anyone who declines the invitation. Eventually, after a sufficient number of invitations and warnings are repeated and a certain number and quality of refusals are made, the non-Muslim has satisfied all the requirements for being declared eligible for violent retaliation, for no other reason than because the invitation was declined.

This is the sneaky legalistic way that Muslims are able to deny, among themselves, that Islam is forced on non-Muslims at the point of a sword, based on the supposed free will that a non-Muslim exercises in accepting or declining the invitiation. That is what Ibn Masud means by his statement: "Guys, those who become Muslims are on the guided path of Allah. will end-up in Heavens. But if they transgress after the guidance has come to them, then don't blame the Religion. Just blame them !!!"

He is saying, in other words, "If I give you a chance to join my religion, and you offend me by not taking it, it's your own fault when my co-religionists do something bad to you." He's following the formula I outlined above, and he's done it in front of your very eyes.

In reality, what appears to many in the Judeo-Christian world to be a gentle, generous "invitation", made in public and repeated, can in fact be the beginning of a death sentence for anyone who declines the invitation.

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad made the same invitation to President Bush last year, and went out of his way to repeat it and publish it so that all the requirements under the Shiite law he subscribes to were followed.

The same invitation has already been made, publicly, to President-Elect Obama, which I noticed the other day on Middle East Media Research Institute's website.

People who participate in this blog, who criticize Islam, are repeatedly "invited" to Islam. Haven't you noticed it?

All readers of this blog should be aware of what lies behind these seemingly innocent "invitations". You can actually count off the different "sharia legal points" that are established by each Muslim who goes through the process of offering the "invitation", as they lead the usually unsuspecting non-Muslim through a process of publicly demonstrating that they are non-believers who are eligible for being violently punished or even murdered by faithful Muslims seeking to follow the "Will of Allah" as stated in the Quran.

Ibn Masud, are you willing to admit the full extent of your motivation for making the "invitation"?

Dr. Pipes, have you ever counted how many write-in participants are "invited to Islam" on this blog? I have seen it repeated, over and over, and it certainly must be a large number.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

There have been many such invitations, some let through and others rejected as missionizing.

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