By Richard Braun and John Marion
As the influence of Islam grows in Europe and America, the role of the mosque in society should be understood by all non-Muslims. Richard Braun and John Marion summarize the importance of the mosque and its central role in the growth and promotion of Islam.
Much of the information presented in this article is taken from the book,The Mosque Exposed by S. Solomon and E. Alamaqdisi, on which Richard collaborated.
The Mosque Exposed
Written by Sam Solomon, a former Sharia jurist, this slim volume unmasks the mosque as the command and control center of tbe Islamic agenda. Enlightening, concise, and readable ...
Most Americans assume the mosque is simply a place where Muslims go to worship, almost like a Muslim church, but this is not really the full story. You see, Islam is predominately a works-based system and unlike Christianity, which is a faith-based system. And how does the average Muslim know how he or she should act? Allah has given them the perfect example in Mohammed. Muslims should imitate him.
The Way of Mohammed While the Quran is believed by Muslims to be the revelation of Allahs word, the perfect example of Mohammeds life, teachings and character are recorded in another body of writings called the Hadith. These writings, called the Sunnah, record the way Mohammaed lived and taught, and are used to interpret the Quran and develop Islamic ideology.1
Because Muslims view the mosque through Mohammeds life, the role of the mosque can only be understood as it was used by Mohammed. It would be a fatal error for us to assume that the mosque functions like a church. We must see the mosque in the context of Mohammeds life.
Mohammed did indeed go to the mosque to worship. Therefore it is a house of worship. He performed his prayers in the mosque and taught all Muslims that it is an important place to say prayers. Every Friday, Muslims around the world go to their local mosque and face toward the city of Mecca to perform their ritual prayers.
Command and Control But worship for Mohammed was not limited to religious ritual. Worship is an entire way of life. For Mohammed, worship is about implementing Allahs law. This is called Shariah law, and it encompasses every area of life. Shariah means path. In the desert context from which it comes, it means a path leading to water. While for the Christian, the words of Christ are living water, for the Muslim, it is this law which is a life-preserving force, and water in the desert.
Since worship is not merely religious ritual, Mohammed acted in his role as the supreme leader of the community and the mosque was his base of operation. Here are some examples of how Mohammed used the mosque to implement his all-encompassing Shariah law:
- He made legislative decrees from the mosque. It is the seat of legislative government.
- He taught his followers his ideology in the mosque. It is the educational seminary.
- He sent and received official delegations at the mosque.
- He conducted the affairs of the Islamic state, entertained heads of state, and appointed judges there. It is the seat of executive power.
- He issued legal decrees and developed Sharia law there. It is the supreme court.
- He issued social decrees. It is the social center of the community.
- He proclaimed the superiority of Muslims over non-Muslims, issued death sentences against those who opposed him, and dispatched the executioners to carry out their duties. It is the place and symbol of Islamic rule.
- He proclaimed the superiority of men over women at the mosque. It is place of inequality.
- It is where he issued marching orders, proclaimed jihad, and recognized his warriors. It is a military base.
In short: THE MOSQUE IS THE COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTER OF ISLAM.
Hijra and Taqiyah The number of mosques in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. Based on Mohammeds example, everyone should walk to the mosque as he did. Therefore, there needs to be a mosque in every neighborhood. In larger communities, there would need to be many mosques, one in each neighborhood. Additionally, since Muslims who are living in a non-Muslim nation are in a perpetual state of jihad,2 the role of the mosque should be understood in this context, along with two other concepts: migration (hijra) and concealment or disguise (taqiyah).
Migration The Islamic calendar begins in the year A.D. 610, when Mohammed migrated with his followers from the city of Mecca to the city of Medina on the Arabian Peninsula. The Quran speaks highly of those who migrated to Medina for the cause of Islam in passages such as Surah 2:218, 3:195, and 4:100.
Hijra is used by Muslims to spread Islam. There is a method to the process. As Solomon and Alamaqdisi state in their book,
Migration is legally obligatory on a Muslim as preparatory to other forms of jihad for the victory of Islam and Muslims in other countries . . . . Migration precedes jihad and both are inextricably linked . . . . It is not possible to consolidate the Islamic religion without migration. There is no way to raise the profile of Islam in the abode of apostasy without the help of Muslims and the increase of their numbers.3
Since the role of the mosque is so critical in securing victory over non-Muslims, mosques are sometimes built for the purpose of raising awareness of Islam among non-Muslims rather than serving the needs of the Muslim community as a place of worship. This is why a small group of Muslims in a non-Muslim community sometimes build a large mosque which far exceeds the needs of their group.
Migration and the building of mosques serve the purpose of bringing a witness to non-Muslims that Islam is superior.
Disguise Solomon and Alamaqdisi state,
Despite the overtly cruel, harsh, and intolerant Quranic views toward others, namely Jews and Christians, there are injunctions in the Quran that enable the Islamic community to disguise, play down, and when necessary, deny both the intensity and the validity of these anti-Semitic and anti-Christian teachings of its religious system.
This particular injunction is taqiya, which permeates almost all the activities and dealings of Muslims within non-Muslim societies, be they religiously sacred or religiously temporal, secular or civic, since . . . Islam does not distinguish between sacred and secular.4
For this reason, the so-called moderate Muslim leaders in America should not be trusted to support and uphold the principles of freedom in the U.S. Constitution. Their leadership position within the Muslim community makes them guardians and promoters of Islamic ideology, even if they must conceal and disguise their true intentions.
The Mosque in America Here in the United States, we not only encourage the building of mosques, we actually help facilitate their construction in the name of tolerance and freedom of religion. We must realize that we are, in effect, helping build the enemys command and control centers within our own country.
Our political leaders dont seem to understand the problem we are facing in this regardor they are simply unwilling to intervene.
This is why it is critical for Americans to learn about the true nature of Islam. We need to educate ourselves and pass on the knowledge. To help you build upon the information mentioned in this article, Truth For Muslims is offering the book by S. Solomon & E. Alamaqdisi called The Mosque Exposed.
1 From the word Sunnah comes the word Sunni. The Sunni Muslims are the majority of Muslims. Orthodox Sunni Muslims try to imitate the way of Mohammed.
2 See The House of War, Truth Messenger, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2007.
3 Solomon & Alamaqdisi, 2007. The Mosque Exposed, ANM Press. 52-54.
4 Solomon & Alamaqdisi, page 58.