Popular and professional discourses concerning Islam in general and the projected Cordoba Mosque and Center at 9/11 Ground Zero in particular have been marred by two primary and potentially fatal flaws: Ignorance, and Muddleheadedness.  This Brief seeks to remedy that.


In the course of creating the Qur’an in Mecca, Muhammad was an autocrat who  brooked no criticism. After having been driven out of Mecca to Medina, he returned with cavalry and slaughtered those who had opposed him. 

Subsequently, the Muslim Umayyhad army slashed its way northward through Europe until stopped at the Battle of Poitiers (Tours) in 732 by Charles ‘The Hammer’ Martel, grandfather of Charlemagne.  The Muhammadan forces were then driven  back, conquered Cordoba, and built a mosque there which remains a symbol of Muslim conquest of Christian Spain. 

While the Muslims accepted the city’s long history of flourishing multiculturism, they reduced all of its non-Muslims to second-class citizens whose civil rights were severely restricted, in accordance with Islamic polity.  For ‘Islam’ means ‘submission.’

It is commonplace practice to call Islam a ‘religion,’ but it is far other and beyond such — in origin, substance, and practice.  In his speech of 3 November 2001, as broadcast by al Jazeera satellite channel, Usama bin Laden clarified:

This is not what Bush and Blair maintain, that it is a war against terrorism.  There is no way to forget the hostility between us and the infidels.  It is ideological.

Rashid M. al-Alimi, the erudite sociology professor who became Yemen’s Interior Minister, has declared: “The ideology, in my opinion, is the most dangerous thing.” (NY Times, 4 Jan. 03, A14) 

Islam is a total ideology of governance, law, military affairs, ethos, prescriptions, proscriptions, infidelity and jihad — all wrapped in self-proclaimed divinity.  Those who believe and follow its mandates are Fundamentalists, the orthodox, not ‘extremists.’  Those who do not are ‘infidels.’  Muslims who are peaceful, or who collaborate with infidels, or who do not participate in jihad, are also ‘infidels.’

 The core work, the foundation and fount of all that is the Qur’an [’recitation‘], which Muhammad ‘wrote‘ through scribes, he being illiterate, over many years, in conjunction with Jewish, Christian and other colleagues. The work of the world center of Islamic studies in the latter 19th century, located in Scotland, shows in massive detail from Arabic documents of Mohammad’s time, that the Qur’an was a wholly manmade work, with no glimmer of divinity, except for Muhammad’s proclamation thereof.

 The greatest presentations of that research and scholarship are the massive four-volume 1858 and 1878 works, The Life of Mahomet… of Sir William Muir, Esq., K.C.S.I., L.L.D., D.C.I., Ph.D., with hundreds of Arabic Documents provided in their original Arabic. Princeton University has a set, which I used while Guest Scholar there.

Muir’s third edition (1894), a 556-page one-volume compression entitled The Life of Mohammad / From Original Sources as revised in form but not substance by T.H. Weir, University of Glasgow (Edinburgh: John Grant, 1923) is still available.

The Qur’an is quite clear about treatment of infidels.

The infidels shall suffer a grievous punishment

They to whom we have given the Koran…and whoever believeth not therein, they shall perish

Whoever believeth not…I will drive him unto the punishment of hellfire

War is enjoined you against the infidels

Therefore prepare against them what force  ye  are able, and troops of horse, whereby ye may strike terror into the enemy of God, and your enemy, and into other infidels besides them

Kill the idolators wheresoever ye shall find them, and take them prisoners, and besiege them, and lay wait for them in every convenient place

But the recompense of those who fight agaist God and his apostle, and study to act corruptly in the earth, shall be, that they be slain, or crucified, or have their hands and their feet cut off on the opposite sides, and be banished of the land

When ye encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads, until ye have made a great slaughter among them

It hath not been granted unto any prophet, that he should possess captives, until he had made a great slaughter of the infidels in the the earth

The true believers say, Hath not a Surah [chapter] been revealed commanding war against the infidels. 

So much for ‘the religion of peace,’ as the ignorant and deceitful call Islam.  Such is the core of that ideology, its ethos, spirit and driving force.  A plague upon the planet.

Implementation of that ideology is Islamic Jihad [struggle]. The most virulent of Jihadist formulations is Salafism, bin Laden’s brand, which seeks to return Islam to its original state before centuries of innovations corrupted it. The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were wholly a matter of ideology, of Islamic Jihad against the infidels. With more and worse to come.

The fusing of Salafism with Jihadism has forged the major new global threat: Transnational Salafist Jihadism — in the Age of Catastrophic Weapons.

Mosques are Muslim buildings for prayer, preaching, promulgating, and plotting in the name and service of Islamic ideology — the very ideology that drove the death and destruction two blocks from the proposed mosque.

Just as the constitutional right to free speech is not absolute but is constrained, so also any construction right is not absolute but is constrained, and freedom of religion cannot be adduced because the content involved is not a religion, but is, rather, a total secular ideology commanding violent Jihad, total war, against the Infidels, especially the Americans.

Furthermore, the choice of the name ‘Cordoba’ for the proposed new mosque is deliberately confrontational. It honors that ideology and the ugly history of its imperialism. Worse yet, the deeply offensive proposed location promotes that ideology’s brutal Jihad.

There is nothing in American law or ethos that obliges a city or the nation to collaborate in that venture.

The foregoing comprise the core, the enduring fundamentals, of ISLAM — Islamic ideology, ethos, essence and history — of Islamic Reality — and there is nothing that the Islamo-Pollyannas have said or can say that can vitiate or mollify that Reality.

One of their primary tactics is deliberately to misinterpret the Qur’an by taking phrases and sentences out of context and allege that they say what they do not.  For instance, a popular morcel is:  “But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace.”  The context and resultant meaning are quite opposite to that deceit, viz.:

…also when thy Lord spake unto the angels, saying … I will cast dread into the hearts of the unbelievers. Therefore, strike off their heads, and strike off all the ends of their fingers … And think not the unbelievers have escaped God’s vengeance, for they shall not weaken the power of God. Therefore, prepare against them what force ye are able, and troops of horse, whereby ye may strike terror into the enemy of God, and your enemy, and into other infidels besides them. And if they incline unto peace … do thou also incline thereto … But if they seek to deceive thee [i.e., at the end of your persuasions they still refuse to become believers], verily God will be thy support … O prophet, stir up the faithful to war … It hath not been granted unto any prophet, that he should possess captives, until he had made a great slaughter of the infidels of the earth. [Surah VIII]

Another favorite of Islamo-Benignists is: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” — Qur’an, Surah II.  But two sentences down we find:

God is the patron of those who believe; he shall lead them out of darkness into light; but as to those who believe not, their patrons are Targut [an idol or whatever is worshipped besides the Islamic God, especially the idols of the Meccans]; they shall lead them from light into darkness; they shall be the companion of hell fire, they shall remain there forever.

There is much more, but the foregoing should suffice to demonstrate the essence of Jihadic Islam, the Qur’anic foundations of today’s Global Islamic Jihad.

Where there is Islamic moderation or reformation the ‘true believers,’ the fundamentalists, the orthodoxists, the Islamists of the Mideast Islamic epicenter condemn them as false, as infidelic. 

And that epicenter still radiates its shock waves, amplified by modern telecommunications, transportation, and weapons. And it takes only a few jihadists, whether by bicycles, boats, ship containers, packages, or airplanes to perpetrate massive death, disruption, and destruction.

There is no official, authoritative, say, World Council of Islam. Islam is fragmented. The Jihadist organizations, gangs, cells and pesantras (schools) in Indonesia, Maylasia, Singapore, Algeria, Pakistan, Yemen, England, Europe and America and the international jihadic networks with whom they are affiliated care not a wit that the Egyptian middle class seeks a new way, or that Egypt’s Gamaa Islamaya has abandoned violence. 

The international jihad of the new world alliance, networks and local militias rages on with the 1400-year-old bloody jihad created by Muhammad. The fashions come and the factions go, but Jihad is forever.

To grant that movement, that Reality, the very special right to build a Mosque Center at Ground Zero of the worst cataclysm it has perpetrated in its slaughterous history for perpetuation of the ideology that caused that cataclysm is craven, muddleheaded madness.

The pursuit, prevalence and intensity of Islamic Jihad ebb and flow with the tides of history. But even when temporarily quenched in the sands of time, the Flaming Sword of Islam — rooted in the primitive superstitions and myths of the Koreish tribe of ancient Arabia –remains alive for future generations to pick up and flame again. The time has come.

The Flaming Sword of Islam must no longer be accommodated — or just quenched for the moment: — it must be broken.

Two floors of the original old building have already been functioning as a mosque.  Whether and when the whole building will be reconstructed into the projected Cordoba Mosque and Center cannot presently  (October 2010) be known.  We do know, however, that despite all the protestations of peace and multiculturalism by the Imam and his colleagues, the foregoing Islamic Reality predominates worldwide in generating perpetual menace. 

Major new suicide bombing plots against Europe and America have recently been uncovered and revealed by national security agencies here and abroad. 

All told, the main themes of this Brief can and should be pursued.  The Center and neighborhood streets shall become the ongoing scenes of antiJihadist=antiIslamist operations.  Copies of this Brief should be printed, handed out, and otherwise made available.  Copies of the Home Page of the website CALLING ALL JIHADIS at http://jihadis.net  should similarly be distributed. Thus and there will informally emerge what will in effect be the Cordoba International Center for Jihadism Nullification:  to enhance national security and world Peace.





 Copyright (c) 2010 by Stephen Edward Seadler








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