Addendum: Clarification/Caveat from Prof. Jansen: My book Zelf Koranlezen (ca. Reading the Quran by yourself) is going to appear normally. No change of title took place, or whatever. Zelf Koranlezen is at the printer’s, it will appear within weeks now. With another publisher I did this little book Islam for Pigs, Apes, Donkeys and Other Animals. I appreciate the attention it now gets, but the English translations I saw are not fully reliable.
It seems that Dutch Arabist professor Hans Jansen from the university of Utrecht had enough. Enough of relativism, enough of uninformed people and enough of the over the top cowardliness, especially when voiced by the Dutch government.
On his website he announced his upcoming book as “Reading the Koran for unbelievers”. But now with all the idiocy going on in The Netherlands about the Islam critical film Fitna, he seems to have changed his mind. The title of his new book is now “Islam for pigs, apes, mules and other beasts”.
The title of the book is of course a reference to how the Koran speaks about the unbelievers. A book that, so believe the Mohammedans, is the literal and eternal word of god. Thus it’s God him selves that describes unbelievers as either pigs, apes, mules or worse. This is of course, from our Western viewpoint, not a very flattering picture about Islam. But Jansen does want to provoke Muslims. He wants unbeliever to understand the religion, as far as that is even possible if you’re not grown up with these dogmatic teachings. At a very minimum people should at least understand that Islam is in important aspects very different from Christianity.
In the book Jansen also criticizes the efforts of the Dutch government to try to stop the release of the Islam critical film Fitna. The government he writes, behave as good dhimmis, they want to anticipate on possible grievances they them selves expect Muslims will have. Earlier during a TV interview, he described their behavior as wanting to surrender.
Jansen thinks The Netherlands is an excellent testing ground for Bin Laden and the like minded. “The country is densely populated, police is nice and there lots of scared people”.
Here follows a loosely translated part of the Dutch prepublication (NL) of the book:
What does fitna mean?
Literally it means ‘ordeal’, ‘temptation’, ‘enchantment’. The Muslim believers steadfastness of his faith is being tested by the unbelief of non-Muslims. This unbelief then has to be fought.
Also having to see woman who are not decently dressed according to rules of Islam is fitna. The day of last judgment is preceded by all kinds of ordeals, these are also called fitna. Also civil war and social disorder is called fitna.
It’s the Islamic law. Just like there is a law of Moses, the system of laws and rules that we now call sharia, used to be called Mohammedan law.
Why is it for a Muslim forbidden to make an image of Mohammad? And why must non-Muslims also submit to this rule?
The prohibition finds it’s origin in instructions not to depict living people and going to great heights in respect for the special position of Mohammad. Non-Muslims who ridicule Mohammad, it’s already said many times, need to be punished exemplary.
What kind of punishment does Islam have for insulting Mohammad?
On insulting Mohammad the sharia puts in principle the dead penalty. A Muslim who insults Mohammad has implicitly committed apostasy, and thus certainly deserves the dead penalty.
What does Jihad mean?
It’s the struggle against unbelief and evil. In practice this means: expansion of the rule of Islam by violent means. Until the relief of Vienna in 1683 the jihad was strictly a government task. But since September 11 2001, we know that the jihad is lately not [only] done by governments but [also] by private initiatives.
How big a percentage of Dutch Muslims think that the violence of terrorist, who say they are Muslim warriors (Al’Qaeda etc.), are breaking the Koranic laws?
It’s possible that this percentage is not very high. Many Muslim approve the use of violence, because according to them America and Israel also use excessive violence against Muslims. Discussions about this, quickly become yes/no games.
Looking to the chronology helps. In the 90’s it started after the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. Begin 21st century it started after the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.
How big a percentage of Dutch Muslims is prepared to call Bin Laden a fool, a dangerous religious maniac, every thing except a good Muslim?
Muslim not often see Bin Laden as a fool. Rather they view him as a super activist, someone who accepts the full consequences of the Islamic rules about the struggle against the unbelievers.
In what way do types as Bin Laden have thoughts and plans for a small country like The Netherlands?
Bin Laden and like-minded Muslims have plans for the whole world, especially for the arrogant West. The Netherlands is part of the West and an excellent testing ground.
On the other hand, there will be a lot of occupational Muslims and imams in the middle east who with sympathy see that such a compilation [as the fitna film of Wilders] show what the real Islamic laws are, and how they are grounded in the Koran.
What is the Koran?
According to the Islam, the Koran is the word of god, passed on to his prophet Mohammad (570-632). The Koran has 114 chapters, called ‘sura’. Muslims believe that some sura’s are revealed to Mohammad in Mecca (610-622) and others in the agrarian oasis Medina (622-632).
The Koran contains more general instructions and less stories than the Bible. It’s these general instructions of the Koran that are the cause of troubles with the rest of the world. For example the sword verse (sura 9:5): “kill the unbeliever where ever you find them”.
What parts of the Koran are according to people like Wilders, who criticize the Islam, a danger to the Western legal order?
As good as all parts of the Koran in which unbelievers are threatened with violence (there are many) can be regarded as anti Western by any body.
Every call for the application of sharia, can be regarded as openly voiced support for actions that are contrary to Dutch law and the universal declaration of human rights.
That outsiders are not aware of this, is of course a pity for them, but that does not change this fact. Sharia calls for corporal punishment and dead penalty, also in cases of religious transgressions – something most Dutch don’t even know what it means. Sharia limits the religious freedom, undermines the position of woman and humiliates everybody who is not a Muslim.
How important is it for a Muslim that a Koran is treated with respect?
The Islamic theology learns that the Koran is the word of God. The word of god is part of God. The properties of God are thus also applicable to his words. When god is eternal so is his word.
In the Islamic system the printed or hand written Koran represents the word of God. Thus those who soil, shred or burn the paper on which the Koran is printed or written, try to soil, shred or burn God him self. Of course the devout can not allow such an attack on their God.
The Koran preaches peace. True or false?
True, but that peace will only come about when every body has submitted to Islam. Only then there will be peace. In the mean time, every where on earth evil and unbelief has to be attacked.