Boko Haram and Forced Conversion to Islam

November 20, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – - The long overdue naming of Boko Haram as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization,” [FTO] by U.S. Department of State doesn’t seem to have slowed down the Islamic terror group as its members continue to wage jihad in Nigeria, its base of operation.

In the present case, the details of the latest action by these thugs has so offended the gods of journo that the story has been picked up by Fox News, an on-again-off-again, sometimes in good standing, member of the MSM.

Under the header, 'Convert or die,' Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram tells Christian women [source, Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News], the piece details the common practice of forced conversion to Islam.

“The kidnapping of a young Christian woman and her forced conversion to Islam is part of an inhuman new strategy used by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram to rid the region of Christians, experts told…Hajja said she was forced at knifepoint to convert to Islam. “They were about to slaughter me and one of them begged me not to resist and just before I had my throat slit I relented. They put a veil on me and made me read from the Koran,” said Hajja…”

After Hajja’s “conversion” she was brutalized by her captors in the days before her escape, which is fully in keeping with the practice in normative Islam of treating women like swine.

Though Fox News, ever sensitive to specious claims by the multiculturalists, characterized the practice as a “new strategy,” forced conversion has historically been an accepted practice in most Islamic societies despite the common refrain that in Islam “there is no compulsion in religion.”

The assertion is sacralized as follows:

“Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false worship and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things.” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 256]

Despite the presence of this guidance in Islam’s most holy text, the Qur’an, forced conversion is common today especially as it pertains to women.

In Egypt for example forced conversion today often takes the form – in the best of circumstances - of kidnapping young Coptic Christian women and girls and threatening them with rape if they don’t convert. In the worst case, often, however the woman is raped and further abused as a part of the conversion.

The literature surrounding the practice makes it clear that from its inception, forcing non-Muslims to convert through violence or threat thereof

During the Ottoman period, young boys, especially from the Balkan countries, were serially kidnapped, forced to convert and then inculcated either into the Ottoman’s bureaucracy or the military. The practice was called devshirme and took place on a wide scale through the 17th century.

The best source regarding the topic remains Dr. Daniel Pipes’ Slave Soldiers and Islam which the author has graciously made available, free of charge, in .pdf format.

The widespread practice of forced Islamic conversion remains one of a litany of blights pertaining to the religion as it is widely practiced today. Furthermore it’s demonstrative of the degree to which extant Islam is incompatible with Western standards of civilization.

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