Similarities Between Islam and the Mafia


Raymond Ibrahim wrote a three-part series on the similarities between Islam and the mafia. The parallels are striking, and I don't think it's a coincidence. The birthplace of the mafia, Sicily, was the first Italian territory to be conquered by Islam (in the year 827), and it was ruled by Islam for 234 years.

The word "mafia" itself is derived from an Arabic word meaning "aggressive boasting."

Perhaps some Sicilians saw firsthand the deadly effectiveness of the Islamic way of doing things, and adapted the methods to their own goals.

However it happened, the similarities are numerous. Below is a synopsis of Ibrahim's list of parallels. At the end you will find links to the three articles in the series. They are very much worth reading. In fact, they ought to be studied and used in your conversations with people in the same way you use talking about Bushido or Scientology to bypass objections when talking about Islam. Here is Ibrahim's list of similarities:

  1. The leader has absolute authority, is inaccessible, and is greatly feared.
  2. The leader's will is dominant. The subordinates' only job is to follow orders.
  3. The leader gets a "cut" of all the action of his subordinates, but there is still some booty for the subordinates.
  4. The group assassinates enemies.
  5. Each member must be willing to die to defend the group and the leader.
  6. Trying to leave the group is seen as a betrayal and is punishable by death.
  7. Members are required to maintain absolutely loyalty to the group and its leader.
  8. Members are not to trust or associate with non-members of the group.
  9. Association with outsiders and deceiving them is permissible to advance the goals of the group.
  10. The leader or the group will "make you an offer you can't refuse."
  11. They fund their operations with "protection money" gathered from non-members.

Raymond Ibrahim's original three-part series has good examples, quotes, and illustrations for each of the above similarities. Here is the series:

Part 1 – Islam: More ‘Like the Mafia’ than Bill Maher Knows
Part 2 – Loyalty and Enmity: Parallels between Islam and the Mafia
Part 3 – Islam and the Mafia: ‘Making An Offer You Can’t Refuse’

You can share the information above with your friends and family by sending them this article on Inquiry Into Islam: Is There a Connection Between Islam and the Mafia?


Ask This Simple Question


Earlier today, after work, I offered to give one of the guys I work with a ride home. When we got in the car and started driving, I said, "Wanna learn something about Islam?" He said, "Sure," so I played an audiobook I was listening to on the way to work: Robert Spencer's Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). It started playing where I left off, in the middle of a chapter.

Let me back up a little. I had good rapport with this guy. We get along well and enjoy each other's company. And I was just goofing around, really. It's not socially appropriate to listen to something like that under those circumstances. So I played it for about 15 seconds and turned it off. But while it was playing, it said something about jizya. I asked him, "Do you know what jizya is? Ever heard if that?"

He said no, of course. I mean, how many people do you know who have any idea what that is?

"It's protection money," I said. "The Middle East used to be almost entirely Christians and Jews. Now it's almost entirely Muslim. Ever wonder how that happened? I mean, some of those countries are 99% Muslim! What happened to all the Jews and Christians? It's partly because of this clever little element in Islamic ideology called 'jizya.' It's written into Islamic law that when Muslims conquer a new area, they're supposed to offer the Christians and Jews the option to continue living as Christians and Jews if they paid a kind of tax, called the 'jizya.' Muslims didn't have to pay this tax. It was referred to by the Muslims as 'protection money.' As long as they paid the jizya, they were allowed to live. If they didn't want to pay the tax, they could either convert to Islam or be killed — whichever they preferred. Many of the Christians and Jews left the country if they could, and many of them paid this heavy jizya tax, but over the centuries, to get out from under the financial burden, many of them converted to Islam."

He seemed interested and surprised by what I was saying, and we didn't have anything else to do while we were driving, so I kept talking: "It's been so illuminating to learn about Islam because all my life, so many things have happened that I couldn't understand. I mean, really, why couldn't Israel and Palestine just work out their issues and get on with their lives? It's been going on since 1948 and shows no sign of changing! Come on, people! What's the holdup? And while I was growing up, I saw hijacked planes and hostages galore in the news. What's the deal? What were they doing? Why were they doing it? I couldn't understand it. I didn't know anything at all about the Islamic ideology."

He said, "It's the same ideology that caused 9/11, isn't it?"

I said yes.

But then he said, "Our invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan really made it worse."

"Well, it's been getting worse since the 1973 oil embargo," I said in a relaxed, off-hand way. "Oil used to be cheap, but when Saudi Arabia and some other oil producers got together to dramatically raise the price of oil, suddenly all these Saudi princes found themselves swimming in money, and since many of them are hardcore follow-the-texts-to-the-letter kind of Muslims, what they did with their wealth was build madrassas all over the world — tens of thousands of madrassas — that teach nothing but the Islamic ideology, which includes hating non-Muslims, the subjugation of women, and the Islamic goal of bringing the whole world under Islamic law. They keep cranking out fanatics and unleashing them onto the world. So, of course, when there is any kind of jihad going on, like in Syria and Iraq now, these guys travel to the action and join the fight. According to the Koran, that's what they're supposed to do."

He seemed kind of shaken by the implications of this. So I changed the subject and we talked about other things for the rest of the trip.

We arrived at his place in good spirits. As I was driving home, I thought about our conversation, which didn't feel like an argument at all, but felt like two people just talking about something interesting and relevant, I was thinking that my original question was a great opener for this kind of conversation. "Have you ever heard of jizya? Do you know what that is?" The question leads naturally to information most people don't know and that would help give them an inside view of the ideology of Islam.

People are more curious about Islam than ever, and more open to finding out. Let's help them learn something valid about Islam's ideology. Ask this simple question to get the conversation started.


Does ISIS Follow Islamic Teachings?


He calls himself Brother Rachid. His father is an Imam and Rachid himself has a degree in religious studies. He grew up as a Muslim in Morocco. And in the video below, he responds to the statement, made by President Obama and many others, that ISIS is not Islamic.

Does ISIS Follow Islamic Teachings?

Share it with your friends and family. No objections they come up with will be valid.


Why Are Muslims From All Over the World Still Joining ISIS?


Airstrikes against ISIS continue, and yet more than a thousand Muslims travel to the Middle East every month to join ISIS from other countries. According to the U.N. over 16,000 foreign fighters have joined ISIS so far. The airstrikes have not slowed the flow of foreign jihadis flooding into Iraq. Most non-Muslims would assume that the increased possibility to being vaporized would reduce the number of new recruits, but it hasn't.

Do the people in your life know why?

If not, you can share with them some quotes from Robert Spencer's excellent book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). First tell them that Muhammad was the founder of Islam and that it says 91 times in the Koran that all Muslims should follow his example. Then share the following with them. Spencer wrote:

"...the Prophet of Islam repeatedly emphasized that there was nothing better his followers could do than engage in jihad warfare. When a Muslim asked him to name the "best deed" one could do, besides the act of becoming a Muslim, the Prophet responded, "To participate in Jihad (holy fighting) in Allah's Cause." He explained that "to guard Muslims from infidels in Allah's Cause for one day is better than the world and whatever is on its surface." For "a journey undertaken for jihad in the evening or morning merits a reward better than the world and all that is in it."

Muhammad also warned that Muslims who did not engage in jihad would be punished: "Muhammad was firm about the necessity of jihad not only for himself personally, but for every Muslim. He warned believers that he who does not join the warlike expedition (jihad), or equip, or looks well after a warrior's family when he is away, will be smitten by Allah with a sudden calamity.'"

Those who fought in jihads would enjoy a level of Paradise higher than that enjoyed by others:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Sa'id Khudri that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said (to him]: Abu Sa'id, whoever cheerfully accepts Allah as his Lord, Islam as his religion and Muhammad as his Apostle is necessarily entitled to enter Paradise. He (Abu Sa'id) wondered at it and said: Messenger of Allah, repeat it for me. He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa'id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!

On another occasion "a man came to Allah's Apostle and said, 'Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).' He replied, 'I do not find such a deed.'"

Bring up some recent news about ISIS with people and ask, "I was wondering why Muslims are still traveling to the Middle East to join the fight now that the airstrikes have begun, when I read some passages from the traditions of Muhammad," and share some of the passages above. If you want to share this directly via email or social media, we've posted the above article on Inquiry Into Islam without the coaching. You can find it here.


Producer Wanted

What we need to quickly get through to a lot of people about Islam is a movie like Terminator 3. Imagine a movie set in the future, let's say thirty years from now in Europe, which would, by that time, be like a combination of Syria and Saudi Arabia, except with a lot more kafirs, who are all paying the jizya (or getting beheaded). And because the ostracism and jizya are so onerous, kafirs are converting to Islam out of fear and exhaustion. The movie could be called "Last Crusade."

During the movie, you find out how it all came to this, just like in Terminator 3 when we find out that back before Skynet took over, sensible people made what seemed like perfectly reasonable decisions at the time, but which inevitably led to circumstances that were too far gone by the time anyone realized what was going to happen.

The movie could be inspiring. It could be about an underground rebellion of freedom fighters.

In Terminator 3, we saw that people were afraid to put the decision of nuclear war into the hands of human beings. Humans are too emotional and the whole world's survival was at stake. So they put the decision in the control of a super sophisticated network of computers that, unfortunately, was so sophisticated, it kept learning until it became self-aware and suddenly realized its biggest enemy was the human race. The humans realized their monumental mistake as it was happening and tried to stop it, but it was too late.

You could show in "Last Crusade" how perfectly reasonable decisions were made in Europe out of a live-and-let-live philosophy. Muslim immigrants were allowed to have their own areas and allowed to practice their own religious-political beliefs (which is, of course, already happening with no-go areas in France and Sharia courts in Britain). European policymakers thought this would allow everyone to get along in peace and would show respect for Islamic culture instead of trying to impose European culture on them, which seemed reasonable and courteous at the time, but the Islamic enclaves kept growing and crossing into other territories. And as their numbers grew, Muslims were emboldened and forced their way into new areas with harassment of non-Muslims, vandalism and riots. To save lives and stop the violence, some of these new areas were also ceded to the fast-growing Muslim population.

Some Europeans were alarmed at the way things were going, and other solutions were tried, but "Muslim areas" in European countries kept spreading. Islamic belligerence and confidence increased and governments began applying aspects of Sharia law to everyone. They were small things at first, and each one seemed like a good idea at the time to many people.

Some non-Muslims resisted vigorously, but they were criticized, ostracised  and ultimately defeated by the combined forces of Muslims and well-meaning (or not) "useful idiots."

The movie could show how clever Muslim leaders kept putting Europe into no-win double-binds and like a noose with a one-way knot, it just kept getting worse, no matter what they did. It could show how Muslim activists exploited multiculturalism to gain political concessions, how freedoms were relinquished out of kindness and decency (and sometimes out of expediency or selfishness) but also would show the unforeseen consequences for European women.

The movie could show how the U.S. responded to Europe's progressive Islamification. Some brave American young men went to Europe to fight in the resistance, but the U.S. government was paralyzed by a president and Congress that didn't want another Vietnam, and some politicians and businesspeople were making money from the conflict, so some of them were aiding the Muslim takeover.

Things begin to change all over Europe. In Brussels and the UK women are jailed for not wearing headscarves, even before the Muslim takeover because it is deemed offensive and insensitive of women to leave their heads uncovered in public. In Spain, homosexuality is outlawed, punishable by hanging. One by one, European countries become Islamic. Money floods into the Islamic war machine from the jizya. Russia, China and the U.S. are increasingly troubled by terrorist attacks, which get ever more sophisticated and inventive.

The Sistine Chapel is turned into a mosque. The Vatican City becomes an Islamic center. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris becomes the center of the OEIC (Organization of European Islamic Countries). Other important cultural symbols are destroyed or repurposed to serve Islam.

But the freedom fighters, who call themselves "Last Crusaders," find a way to turn the tide, and not only does the Islamic advance roll back from Europe, it rolls back from the countries that Islamic hordes had previously conquered through history, freeing Muslims to leave Islam in North Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia.

Anyway, it's an idea. It would get tremendous media coverage because it would be so intensely controversial. Real people would probably die in the riots that would inevitably ensue. But to avoid making the movie for that reason is already accepting the imposition of Sharia law by force. Far more real people are going to die if we do not stop the advance of the Islamic State.

If the movie was done well, it could have a cultural impact on the scale of Uncle Tom's Cabin or Silent Spring. What do you think? What else should the movie include?



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