The Rise and Rise of Islam
Many Christians are torn in knowing how to respond to the rise and rise of Islam. The apparent Islamisation of our societies driven by fundamentalists and extremists; the terror which is knocking so loudly at our doors and yet, the many moderate Muslims who have nothing to do with what is going on.
On the one hand, we don’t want to be bigoted; on the other we feel a deep sense of unease and foreboding at what appears to be an inexorable march towards a future that looks every bit as unpleasant, as it does unavoidable.
In the 18th Century, Irish statesman Edmund Burke said this:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.
Are we being complicit in the Islamisation of society, through our silence and inaction? Or are we being racist bigots by standing up; speaking and acting against it? Those are the questions rattling round in the minds of thinking and compassionate Christians.
My great concern is that political correctness has played a large part in stifling open, sensible and necessary debate. So in this post, I want to share with you some historical facts about the rise and rise of Islam. We should always begin with the facts.
What follows is a synthesis of the facts presented by Dr Peter Hammond in his book Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat (published in 2005).
Dr Hammond is a South African who grew up in what was then Rhodesia, and who became a Christian in 1977. His doctorate is in theology. Nine years on from the publishing of his book, his analysis and predictions on the apparently inexorable march of Islam, have proven to be hauntingly accurate:
Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.
- Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components.
- Islamisation begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.
- When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.
Here’s how it works:
As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country …
… they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:
- United States — Muslim 0.6%
- Australia — Muslim 1.5%
- Canada — Muslim 1.9%
- China — Muslim 1.8%
- Italy — Muslim 1.5%
- Norway — Muslim 1.8%
At 2% to 5% …
… they begin to proselytise from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.
This is happening in:
- Denmark — Muslim 2%
- Germany — Muslim 3.7%
- United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
- Spain — Muslim 4%
- Thailand — Muslim 4.6%
From 5% on …
… they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims.
They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:
- France — Muslim 8%
- Philippines — 5%
- Sweden — Muslim 5%
- Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
- The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
- Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law.
The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
When Muslims approach 10% of the population …
… they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions.
In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:
- Guyana — Muslim 10%
- India — Muslim 13.4%
- Israel — Muslim 16%
- Kenya — Muslim 10%
- Russia — Muslim 15%
After reaching 20% …
… nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
- Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%
At 40% …
… nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and on-going militia warfare, such as in:
- Bosnia — Muslim 40%
- Chad — Muslim 53.1%
- Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%
From 60% …
… nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:
- Albania — Muslim 70%
- Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
- Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
- Sudan — Muslim 70%
After 80% …
… expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:
- Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
- Egypt — Muslim 90%
- Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
- Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
- Iran — Muslim 98%
- Iraq — Muslim 97%
- Jordan — Muslim 92%
- Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
- Pakistan — Muslim 97%
- Palestine — Muslim 99%
- Syria — Muslim 90%
- Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
- Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
- United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%
100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ …
… the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrassas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:
- Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
- Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
- Somalia — Muslim 100%
- Yemen — Muslim 100%
Unfortunately, .peace is never achieved …
… as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.
‘Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’
It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law.
The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrassas. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death.
Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.
Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers.
Muslims will likely exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.
Next week I will share my thoughts on what a thinking, compassionate and realistic response to the Rise and Rise of Islam might look like.
Bernie found the very interesting and educational wish many people could read and understand the meaning of this,but the god we serve has greatest power
to protect us his children,
I found this factually very informing. However I can’t wait for your follow up message. One day in church 2008, two missionaries based Afghanistan came in to give testimony. They had lived under Taliban rule for some years. The husband had provided Afghanistani doctors with the ONLY textbooks on western medicine written in their language. He had provided training for hundreds of doctors. His wife was an English teacher and by teaching English had enabled the Afghanistani people to open up their trade with international companies. They lived under curfew and lock downs, yet they were able to study their bibles and practice their “religion” because their light was too bright to be shut down. Imagine if we had sent 10 000 missionaries, doctors and teachers to Afghanistan instead of troops?
The bible teaches that “love never fails” and to “love your neighbour as yourself” and also that “all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus”.
The Koran states that “Jesus is a healer” and several other such statements. We need to build bridges made with love and faith in action, not start illegal wars with middle eastern countries. Lets live what we believe and not give a “Christian twist” on news reports and politician’s speeches. What does Jesus want us to do?
nice blog Bernie ,GOD BLESS AUSTRALIA
Very interesting and true.
Very interesting, Berni. I look forward to the next blog post on this topic. Thank you!
Bernie, thanks for posting this blog. I think all Christians are grappling as to how to respond to this threat. I believe all Muslims are being deceived by what they have been and are being taught which is a false religion. As Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through me”. Meaning that only by receiving Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, can we be washed clean of our sins and come into the presence of our Holy and Just God. A sinful person cannot exist in God’s presence and there is no other way to become cleansed but Jesus. All Muslims (and those who are not Christians) are stopped knowing this by being denied the opportunity to read or hear the Bible or Christian teachings. I believe the answer is for Christians to open their hearts and their bank accounts and support all groups The Bible Society, Open Doors, Gideons International, Bible League,Wycliffe, etc to flood the World with the Bibles, along with supporting Christianity Today, Vision Radio Network, Evangelical TV programs, etc so that Jesus’ commission Mark 16:15 “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all creation”, is brought to fulfillment. I believe we would be working to God’s plan and enabling the Holy Spirit to use God’s love to save as many as possible, from being eternally separated from God.
forgive me if my thoughts are immature and incorrect, i have only been a christian for 3 years now but i see that the devil is behind this whole religion or rather form of bondage. i believe this is what Jesus warned us would happen in end times, although as a christian i have such a hard time believing that they could all be so deceived by evil. I also cannot understand where all this hate comes from, its just not normal for a sensible human being to have so much hate, unless there are spiritual forces behind them spurring them on. In my talks with God I have really felt him telling me to pray for my enemies which i have and i just can’t help but feel for the children brought up in this regime, really they don’t stand a chance to really know about freedom and love. I see a group of people headed for destruction unless the love of God somehow breaks through this hate, i also see that hate can’t fight hate, only love can beat hate. This really scares me for my children but i have to tell myself that God is in control and He knows what is happening. i pray for a revival, the likes of which have never been seen on earth before. i know that Australia is a very blessed nation so i am thankful that God has placed me and my family here, we are fourth generation Australians and my great grandfather was part of the light horse brigade that took control of israel for the Jews. Many people don’t know that Australia helped Gods people take back their land and i really believe God has blessed us because of this, so it would be great if Australia ignited a revival. God is good and i trust Him and His plan and we can’t let this regime put us in bondage to fear. God Bless
Amen to Beck’s reply
Thanks for you post Bernie. I have seen those figures used by many to highlight the potential threat of Islamisation of the world. Many do not see, or aren’t exposed to such information, so I am encouraged to see it being displayed. As you said from the begining, we need to start with facts. Unfortunately, after watching the events of the world for a number of years and seeing how things are playing out, I see the question of islamisation of the traditional Westernised countries being finalised in either of in two possibilities: 1/ Civil war, and all the horrors that come with such an unpallatible thought, or 2/ Revival! Period! My preference is the latter. Nothing changes the dynamic of a country than the supernatural, sovereign move of Almighty God. When He changes the heart of men and women, that’s when real change comes. Many will vehemently disagree that my first point would or could come to pass. So be it. My hope is that history will show me to be wrong! Blessings to you Bernie, I look forward to the next installment of your blog.
What a great perspective Daniel. Thank you! -Berni