Nonie Darwish; pp 325; ©2017; Regnery Faith; an imprint of Regnery Publishing; a division of Salem Media Group
As reviewed by CHERYL GATESWORTH
July 5, 2017 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org - Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian born author and human rights activist who emigrated to the United States in 1978 has made a substantial contribution to the body of literature associated with understanding Islamic terrorism and the nature of the Shari’a - Islamic law. Having resided in America for more than thirty years, she has intimate experience in both the Islamic as well as the Judeo-Christian worlds. While in the United States she became a Christian, rejecting her former beliefs.
Darwish, who has authored three previous books, Now They Call Me Infidel , Cruel And Usual Punishment and The Devil We Don't Know has just published her newest and possibly most audacious work, Wholly Different: Why I Chose Biblical Values Over Islamic Values .
“Wholly Different” is a well-written and highly readable book that dissects and compares Biblical [Christian] values with those of Islam. She skillfully and knowledgeably compares Judeo-Christian values with those found primarily in the Qur’an but also in the Hadith [the sayings of the Prophet, Mohammed as related by his companions], and the Seerah [the life of Mohammed], these three works have long been taken to be the cornerstones of Islam.
In an era where only ideologically approved speech prevails - with Westerners encouraged to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion with a just and loving God virtually indistinguishable from Judaism and Christianity - her book is a much needed dose of truth.
Though it is an encyclopedic analysis, it is also a page-turner rendered so by her direct writing style and the frequent inclusion of personal experiences. The book should appeal to a wide spectrum: for the reader new to Islam, it provides a basic education; for those with a moderate or even substantial knowledge of Islam the book will fill in many blanks. Perhaps most in need of this book are those who have been bludgeoned into accepting the air brushed version of Mohammed's religion presented by Muslim Brotherhood front groups such as CAIR and other stealth jihad organizations who present fantasy Islam instead of the genuine article.
It is these same hucksters who have introduced the term “Abrahamic religions,” intending to place Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the same and therefore equal footing. This artifice implies a significant similarity between the three, a notion demolished by Ms. Darwish, chapter by chapter.
The concept of jihad [literally 'struggle' in the context of holy war] has been the center of Islam from its very beginning, and the Qur’an [like Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”] is a blueprint for worldwide conquest. This naturally leads to the conclusion that Islam not a religion in any sense of the word, but instead a totalitarian political creed. Jihad saturates every aspect of Islam, including, as we have tragically experienced, the character of its followers and the nature of the state they inevitably produce. It is no coincidence that the nations which were founded following Biblical principles are free and democratic and pose no threat to their neighbors, while the Muslim countries in East Asia and North Africa are poor and despotic abattoirs, each a different variant of Hell, with bloody borders, despite oil riches for the few.
Ms. Darwish introduces the reader to the origins of Islam and its founder, Mohammed. She stresses the importance of Arab culture and Arab tribal values, and traces their absorption into the Islamic creed.
Let us examine some of the chapter titles which give insight into what is to follow:
This section of the book describes the four types of lying permitted, or even mandated in Islam if deemed necessary to serve a higher religious purpose. In the West Muslims have shown more than reticence in taking oaths, say upon assuming political office, on the Bible.
Though such occurrences produce an understandable outcry, people such as Congressman Keith Ellison [D, MN] might as well take the oath on a railroad timetable as a Muslim living in a country that is predominately non-Muslim may take an oath and not be held in any way religiously or morally accountable.
In the West of course that would constitute perjury. Tightly regimented, Muslims cannot speak about the genuine nature of Islam, not even to other Muslims or even admit to themselves. “The number one enemy of Islam is the truth.” While in the Bible obedience is based on trust, in Islam it is based on fear, according to Darwish. [source, chapter 4, “The Truth will set you free vs. Lying is an obligation”]
Ms. Darwish points out that while the word freedom is frequently used in the Bible, it never appears in the Qur’an. When slavery was officially banned in Saudi Arabia, riots ensued in Mecca and Medina, as Muslims believe that slavery, since the time of Mohammed, is an integral part of Islam. Even today, slavery in one form or another remains in many Islamic nations, occasionally revealed to the public by exposure of the cruel and inhumane treatment of those “infidels” who are consigned to such a low status.
In Islam, there is no just and loving God who forgives sin. The only certain way to achieve paradise in Islam is to fight and die in Jihad. The Islamic paradise is full of sensual pleasures - there is no text in the Qur’an or the accompanying literature that speaks of being reunited with loved ones or of being one with a loving God. It is not hard to imagine that the Islamic notion of paradise was constructed solely to appeal to males of fighting age. [source, chapter 5, “Freedom in the Bible vs. Freedom in Islam”]
Perhaps the most important aspect of her book is that it serves as a warning to the West to come to grips with Islam’s implacable nature and to defend its own institutions and traditions.
Ms. Darwish found in America a land of freedom. She gave up Allah of the Qur’an and took in his stead, by embracing Christianity, a God who hates sin but not the sinner, forgives sins, loves unconditionally, who does not expect perfection from his people, and who considers all of mankind his people. We highly recommend the book and rejoice along with Ms. Darwish in her appreciation of living in a free society.
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