Could an opera singer destroy Islam? Peter Burrows 9/24/21 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taliban are in charge of Afghanistan again, and as devout Muslims, they have begun to enforce Islamic law. These laws are nothing new, hundreds of years old, in fact, it’s just that under the previous government they weren’t being enforced.
That’s not because the previous government was “moderate” as opposed to the Taliban being “radical,” or “extremist.” Those are distinctions Western infidels fool themselves with. As Turkey’s President Erdogan told then-President Obama, “There is no moderate Islam. There is no extreme Islam. Islam is Islam.”
The operative distinction should be militant Islam vs. non-militant Islam, and as a general rule, Islam is ALWAYS militant unless somehow constrained. As Winston Churchill noted over a hundred years ago, were it not for Europe’s technical, and hence military superiority, it too would have been conquered by “Mohammedanism.”
When the Americans were in charge, the Afghan government didn’t enforce Islamic law even though their constitution, adopted with the approval of the occupying Americans, boldly asserts, “Afghanistan shall be an Islamic Republic.” To actually govern like an Islamic Republic might have shown the Americans the futility of their mission, however defined.
That could have derailed the gravy train so many Afghans were enjoying. The Taliban have no such concern and are busy enforcing Islamic law, and with the approval of most Afghans. A Pew survey of Muslims taken in 2013, after almost 12 years of American occupation, showed that 99 percent of the Afghans favored making Islamic law, Sharia, the law of the land.
Since Sharia forbids almost all forms of music, I was surprised to learn that there had been musicians in Afghanistan performing in public. The Taliban have put a stop to that and have executed at least one of those brave souls and are hunting for others. They are also destroying musical instruments which also surprised me, since I didn’t think there would be any musical instruments in a country so dedicated to Sharia.
Music, you see, was declared un-Islamic by Muhammad. It doesn’t get any higher than that because Muhammad spoke for Allah, and here is what Muhammad said:
(1) “Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”
(2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”
(3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”
One would think from the above that Muslims would strongly oppose music. After all, Muslims are supposed to accept Muhammad’s opinions with “full conviction” (The Koran – V4:65), yet the musician reported executed had been a popular folk singer at weddings “across the country” for 20 years. Obviously, he was subject to the death penalty all that time, yet he not only survived, he prospered — until the Taliban returned.
This suggests that music, which is in our DNA, could be the Achilles heel of Islam. There must be millions of Muslims with musical talent going to waste, and hundreds of millions more who enjoy music but can’t do so openly because Muhammad thought music was incompatible with worship.
I wish there was a Radio Free Islam broadcasting Maria Callas or Jessye Norman singing “Ave Maria” five times a day, right during their daily prayers. That would do more to undermine Islam than all the armies in the world. (Renee Fleming would be my first choice but since she’s still performing, it would be better to feature a deceased opera star. The reason for that should be obvious.) Depending upon the culture of the specific Muslim population being targeted, it might be more effective to have a male opera star, and the late Luciano Pavarotti would be my choice.
Since there is no Radio Free Islam, and may never be one, the least that should be done is to play Ave Maria over loudspeakers at those mosque locations where broadcasting the call to prayer has been approved, e.g., Hamtramck, MI. Ideally, Christians would go on the offensive and do that outside EVERY mosque in America. The more the Muslims objected, the more they would publicize one of the many unattractive features of Islam.
That won’t happen as long as people are afraid of being called “racists” and “Islamophobes,” or as long as the iconic leader of the Christian faith, Pope Francis, remains Islam’s most useful idiot.
(Maria Callas, Jessye Norman and Luciano Pavarotti, as well as many other stars, can be found performing Ave Maria on You Tube. Here is a Renee Fleming performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CaEPSAO2Uk )