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They are like Cattle

The Verses of Al-Qaeda (part 2)


Qur'an 7:179

YUSUFALI: Many are the Jinns and men we have made for Hell: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning).
PICKTHAL:These are as the cattle - nay, but they are worse! These are the neglectful.
SHAKIR:they are as cattle, nay, they are in worse errors; these are the heedless ones.

Qur'an 25:44

Or do you think that most of them do hear or understand? They are nothing but as cattle; nay, they are straying farther off from the path.

Qur'an 5:73

They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.

Qur'an 5:17

They are infidels, who say, verily God is Christ the son of Mary.


In a wide-ranging essay called ‘Moderate Islam is a Prostration to the West,’ authorised or written by Osama bin Laden, true religion (i.e. Islam) is compared to ‘moderate’ Islam and belief systems found in the West. This essay is a response to a long letter written by Islamic Scholars from Saudi Arabia (SA) to scholars from the West who wrote a letter called ‘What We’re Fighting For.’ The letter from SA, which Osama bin Laden believes to be a prostration, is called ‘How We Can Coexist’. OBL is not sympathetic with such a goal, ‘as if one of the foundations of our religion is how to coexist with infidels!!!’ (p. 23). The reason peaceful and harmonious coexistence is not possible is because the West, including the United Nations, do not understand the notions of ‘equality, freedom and justice’ as revealed by Mohammed. ‘No, they mean the despicable notions, which we see today in America and Europe, and which have made the people like cattle. Verily, Allah described them well:’ (read Qur'an 7:179 above) (p. 26)

‘For the declaration is completely flawed when it comes to the teachings of our religion – that is, faith in Allah alone, all the prophets, and the emulation of Mohammed; upholding the doctrine of Loyalty and Enmity; repudiating all enslavement save to Allah alone, and rejecting all idolatry and false worship; and [Offensive] Jihad in the path of Allah Most High. Indeed the essence of our problems with the West revolves around these principles.’ (p. 30)

Nb. The notion that the basis of the present conflict is anything other than primarily religious is without foundation. ‘Did [not] the Prophet, the Companions after him and the righteous forebears…wage jihad against the infidels, attacking them all over the earth, in order to place them under the suzerainty of Islam in great humility and submission? [Qur'an 9:29]… The sharia provides a true and just path, securing Muslims, and providing peace to the world. If Muslims wished it thus, all they need do is follow it. The West of a surety knows this path and battles us because of it.’ (p. 31)

‘For practically everything valued by the immoral West is condemned under Sharia law…the issues most prominent in the West revolve around secularism, homosexuality, sexuality, and atheism.’ (p. 37). The vast majority of the people in the West are infidels as revealed by the Qur'an (verses above and many others).

But the SA authors speak about Allah without knowledge when they speak of Man as a sacred creation and conclude: ‘Thus it is impermissible to transgress against him, no matter what his color, race or religion. [Qur'an 17:70]’ OBL says: ‘who told you that transgression against man is impermissible – if he is an infidel? What about Offensive Jihad? Allah Exalted, the Most High said: (Qur'an 9:14 and 9:5) ...’ (p. 38)

Principles of equality as found in the charters of the United Nations (or in treaties of the Organization of Non-Aligned States), which do not distinguish among people, neither by way of religion nor race nor sex are contrary to the teachings of Islam. For ‘Islam improves; it is not improved. For the Muslim, even if he was a slave, is a million times more superior than an infidel lord.’ Ref. “Do not marry infidel women until they believe…For a believing slave is much better than an idolater…Qur'an 2:221”’ (p. 38-9)

There is no common ground or shared understandings possible between those who are Muslims and non-Muslims. True religion does not ‘honour mankind’ as the SA letter says. Islam can ‘never possibly honour the Western man who rejects Allah Almighty. Indeed, He describes him as a cow; and He has cursed him and prepared the everlasting Fire for him.’ (p. 40)

page references are from ‘The Al Qaeda Reader’ Edited and Translated by Raymond Ibrahim


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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.

Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.

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These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
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An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:

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