The Andulusia Delusion

This is the great house of tolerance from whence the Cordoba Initiative derives it’s name.

I’m sure it is a great source of pride for Muslims.  It’s an affront to any Christian, Jew and non-Muslims in general.

He may as well call it the Andalusia Initiative.

Andalusia, also known as al Andalus, was the name of that part of Spain conquered by the Muslims.  A piece of the old World of Christians and the West forcibly taken by Islamic Warriors and later retaken by the Spanish.  Cordoba was the greatest of the Cities of Andalusia.  Al Andulus was under Muslim rule from about 711 until 1492.

Why would a tolerant and peace loving Sufi name his initiative after this era of history.  An era of Muslim domination of Christians and southern Spain.  It seems that he is reliant upon the ignorance of the masses to not understand the slight of his name selection.

although Professor Ormsby does offer some muted criticism of Abdul Rauf’s hagiography of Muslim Spain, once again, this critique grossly understates the historical reality and the alarming depth of the distortion:

For example, he heads up a venture called the Cordoba Initiative, inspired by a rose-colored view of medieval Islamic Spain. Of Muslim Cordoba, a city of great and subtle culture but one also riven by ethnic and tribal rivalries, he writes: “For many centuries, Islam inspired a civilization that was particularly tolerant and pluralistic…Great philosophers such as Maimonides were free to create their historic works within the pluralistic culture of Islam.” He sees this as a model for the future but fails to note that Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher who wrote in Arabic, had to escape Cordoba with his family when a mere teenager because of the intolerance of the Almohad Dynasty, moving first to Fez and finally settling in Cairo.

From the two greatest modern historians of Muslim Spain, Evariste Levi-Provencal8 and Charles Emmanuel Dufourcq,9 we learn the following, all of which occurred before (and thus in addition to) the 12th century Almohad persecutions alluded to by Professor Ormsby:

Iberia (Spain) was conquered in 710-716 AD by Arab tribes originating from northern, central and southern Arabia. Massive Berber and Arab immigration, and the colonization of the Iberian peninsula, followed the conquest. Most churches were converted into mosques. Although the conquest had been planned and conducted jointly with a faction of Iberian Christian dissidents, including a bishop, it proceeded as a classical jihad with massive pillages, enslavements, deportations and killings. Toledo, which had first submitted to the Arabs in 711 or 712, revolted in 713. The town was punished by pillage and all the notables had their throats cut. In 730, the Cerdagne (in Septimania, near Barcelona) was ravaged and a bishop burned alive. In the regions under stable Islamic control, Jews and Christians were tolerated as dhimmis – like elsewhere in other Islamic lands – and could not build new churches or synagogues nor restore the old ones. Segregated in special quarters, they had to wear discriminatory clothing. Subjected to heavy taxes, the Christian peasantry formed a servile class attached to the Arab domains; many abandoned their land and fled to the towns. Harsh reprisals with mutilations and crucifixions would sanction the Mozarab (Christian dhimmis) calls for help from the Christian kings. Moreover, if one dhimmi harmed a Muslim, the whole community would lose its status of protection, leaving it open to pillage, enslavement and arbitrary killing.

By the end of the eighth century, the rulers of North Africa and of Andalusia had introduced rigorous Maliki jurisprudence as the predominant school of Muslim law. Three quarters of a century ago, at a time when political correctness was not dominating historical publication and discourse, Lévi-Provençal, wrote:

The Muslim Andalusian state thus appears from its earliest origins as the defender and champion of a jealous orthodoxy, more and more ossified in a blind respect for a rigid doctrine, suspecting and condemning in advance the least effort of rational speculation.10

Al-Andalus represented the land of jihad par excellence. Every year, sometimes twice a year, raiding expeditions were sent to ravage the Christian Spanish kingdoms to the north, the Basque regions, or France and the Rhone valley, bringing back booty and slaves. Andalusian corsairs attacked and invaded along the Sicilian and Italian coasts, even as far as the Aegean Islands, looting and burning as they went. Many thousands of non-Muslim captives were deported to slavery in Andalusia, where the caliph kept a militia of tens of thousand of Christian slaves, brought from all parts of Christian Europe (the Saqaliba), and a harem filled with captured Christian women. Society was sharply divided along ethnic and religious lines, with the Arab tribes at the top of the hierarchy, followed by the Berbers who were never recognized as equals, despite their Islamization; lower in the scale came the mullawadun converts and, at the very bottom, the dhimmi Christians and Jews.

The Andalusian Maliki jurist Ibn Abdun (d. 1134) offered these telling legal opinions regarding Jews and Christians in Seville around 1100 A.D.:

No…Jew or Christian may be allowed to wear the dress of an aristocrat, nor of a jurist, nor of a wealthy individual; on the contrary they must be detested and avoided. It is forbidden to [greet] them with the [expression], “Peace be upon you’. In effect, ‘Satan has gained possession of them, and caused them to forget God’s warning. They are the confederates of Satan’s party; Satan’s confederates will surely be the losers!” (Qur’an 58:19 [modern Dawood translation]). A distinctive sign must be imposed upon them in order that they may be recognized and this will be for them a form of disgrace.11

Ibn Abdun also forbade the selling of scientific books to dhimmis under the pretext that they translated them and attributed them to their co-religionists and bishops. In fact, plagiarism is difficult to prove since whole Jewish and Christian libraries were looted and destroyed. Another prominent Andalusian jurist, Ibn Hazm of Cordoba (d. 1064), wrote that Allah has established the infidels’ ownership of their property merely to provide booty for Muslims.12

Cordoba House at Ground Zero! Are People Really This Stupid?

Do you realize that this Cordoba House is funded by the Wahhabi Cult of Saudi Arabia?

Or are folks simply gullible enough to think that all Muslims are peaceful and take it at face value.

Even Muslims across the world fear the Wahhabis.  How do I know this?  Because I’ve traveled to almost every Islamic Republic across the Globe.  Muslims who are NOT Wahhabis regularly speak of their fear of this Saudi Cult.

Wahhabism is the official Religion of Saudi Arabia.  This Cordoba House is being funded by Wahhabi Islamic Charities and in large part by Saudi Arabia.

Wahhabism again is the Official Islamic Religion of Saudi Arabia.

Wahhabism is the most intolerant cult on this planet.

It is akin to Nazism.

Any Aemrican should find that repugnant.

In supporting the Cordoba house, one is effectively supporting what amounts to Islamic Nazism.

Millions of Muslims across the Globe are peaceful and generous citizens of the World.  This can not and will never be said of the Wahhabis.

Before folks go spouting their ignorant screed, they should learn something about the subject matter on which they so blithely and stupidly screech.

Learn.  Then speak.

Building this Mosque or House on American soil and especially at Ground Zero is exactly the same as building a Shrine to Raynald de Chatillion in Mekkah.

The Saudis would not let that happen.  Nor should we.

Now, go out and learn before you spout your hateful screed again.

Mosque to be opened just steps away from Ground Zero in New York City

The five-story building at Park Place, just two blocks north of the former World Trade Center site, was the site of a Burlington Coat Factory. But a plane’s landing-gear assembly crashed through the roof on the day 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked the airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers in 2001.

I suppose if the owners are NOT Wahhabists and have nothing to do with the Iran, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, then, I’d have no problem with it. Apparently, though, the Saudis have a major stake in it. I’m opposed to that.

I like this suggestion:

I have a simple, elegant, and deeply moral solution. Let the Islamic Cultural Center be built. Let the mosque be included. But, the Muslim organizations building it should commit right now to making the principal focus of the building a museum depicting the rise of Islamic extremism, its hate-based agenda, and how it is an abomination to Islam. The museum would feature exhibits showing the major fomenters of Islamic hatred worldwide and the cultural and religious factors that have gained them so wide a following. It would have exhibitions on some of the terrible atrocities committed by these Islamic fundamentalists, focusing specifically on the slaughter at Ground Zero on 9/11. The Islamic Center would have a major exhibition on the evil of Osama bin Laden, detailing his crimes against humanity and the number of innocent people he has killed. Most importantly, the museum would repudiate these haters by showing how their actions are an abomination to authentic Islamic teaching and how every G-d-fearing Muslim has a responsibility to spit them out.

I would have absolutely no problem with that. I’d travel to see that and support it. THAT will not happen, though. The Saudis will not allow it. Barack Obama, like every President since FDR, will appease the Saudis on this issue. This mosque will be created and eventually, it will be used to preach against all that we hold dear. This! Mere steps away from Ground Zero.

I am opposed to that.

The Saudis along with their support for and proliferation of Wahhibism should be ended.  I fully advocate a Nuclear option for Wahhabism, the Nejd, Riyadh and any Saudi Royalty strong hold.

The Democratic Nations of the World will eventually need to face the fact that we are financing our worst enemy in the Saudi Kingdom. The Saudis are, by far, a greater danger than Iran. It’s not even close. The Saudis don’t need a Nuke to hurt us. They have millions of fanatics who are hell bent on bringing the West and Democracy down. They also have our deliberate obtuseness in the face of the threat that they pose as well as our greed. These are powerful tools that can and are used against us.

In any case, building a mosque so near ground zero and opening it on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 seems on the face of it to be extremely incongruous. But! That’s America in a nutshell. Liberty and Freedom.

We have Muslims here who are actually part of America and love it here. Those persons should not suffer due to the lunacy of insane men and our stupidity in supporting the Saudi funded and proliferated evil that is Wahhabism.