Jihad, the muscle of political Islam, takes various forms including jihad through migration. Muhammad set the perfect example of jihad through migration when he migrated from Mecca to the city of Yathrib (now known as Medina) in 622 AD. This migration is known as the hijra.
Muhammad moved with the intention of setting up a new base of operations in Medina. He did not assimilate into the host city, but rather eventually took it over. Likewise the goal of Islamists migrating into Western nations is not to peacefully assimilate into the host nation, but rather it is jihad by non-violent means by gradually taking over the host nation.
Dr. Sam Solomon and E Al Maqdisi wrote in their book, Modern Day Trojan Horse: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration that “Muhammad’s Hijra…is considered to be notably the most important Islamic event and is exemplified by the fact that the Islamic calendar starts with that event.” Hijra changed the status of Muhammad’s followers and the religion, transforming the followers from a small weak group to a powerful political entity. Hijra spread Muhammad’s teachings outside of Mecca and transformed the religion in a socio-religious and socio-political system.
Hijra became an example by Muhammad and as such must be imitated by Muslims as a religious obligation for the advancement of Islam. Libyan dictator from 1969 to 2011, Moammar Khadafi said, “We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe—without swords, without guns, without conquest—will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”
According to the BBC, more than a million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015. The majority of those applying for asylum in the EU were from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Germany had the highest number of new asylum applications with more than 476,000 in 2015. Hungary was second with 177,130 asylum applications. The EU along with non-EU members, Norway and Switzerland had 1,321,560 asylum claims.
According to Douglas Murray of the Gatestone Institute, most of the migrants coming into Europe in the last year are not refugees fleeing from war zones. Frans Timmermans, European Commission VP, said, “More than half of the people now coming to Europe come from countries where you can assume they have no reason whatsoever to ask for refugee status…more than half, 60 percent.” The vast majority of the people coming into Europe are young males.
This influx has brought an increase of violent sexual assaults on women. Gatestone Institute’s Ingrid Carlqvist reports that Sweden now has one of the highest numbers of reported rapes, more than 55 no-go zones where police and ambulances get stoned and shari’a law is more important than Swedish law. In Austria, a 20-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq blamed a “sexual emergency” from having “excess sexual energy” for raping a 10-year-old boy at a public swimming pool in Vienna. Three Afghan asylum seekers brutally gang-raped a woman in a public restroom at a train station in Vienna. Migrants from Afghanistan and North Africa have overrun the area around the train station. In 2015 police were sent to the area an average of 17 times a day. According to data by the Austrian Interior Ministry nearly one of out three asylum seekers in Vienna committed crimes in 2015. Similar reports regarding young male asylum seekers can be found in other European countries.
There are displaced refugees with real, essential needs of security, shelter, water, food and medical care. However, there are others who have the wrong intent and do not desire to assimilate into their new nation, rather they cause great conflict.
- Pray that governments will be given the ability to discern good from evil and move with God’s wisdom for each individual life.
- Ask the Lord to give each refugee a hunger for truth and a revelation of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Islam divides the world into two parts, Dar al-Islam (House of Islam) and Dar al-Harb (House of War). Early Islamic jurists used these terms to denote legal rulings for ongoing Islamic conquests about a century after Muhammad’s death. Dar al-Islam refers to Muslim ruled lands, and Dar al-Harb refers to lands ruled by non-Muslims. The ultimate goal of Islam is to bring the entire world into the house of Islam by establishing a worldwide Islamic caliphate (Islamic state).
Following the Hijra (Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina), Islam began to evolve from primarily a religious system to a more political and militaristic system. Muhammad arrived in Medina as an immigrant with only 150 followers and made a treaty with the pagans and three Jewish tribes already residing in Medina. Likewise in the modern world, Islamic supremacists have been arriving in western nations in small numbers since World War II.
When Muhammad arrived in Medina, the Jewish tribes made up about half of the population of the town. Within a year, Muhammad had become a politician, gaining more followers and within three years after he arrived, all the Jews had been driven out of Medina, killed or sold into slavery.
We see a similar pattern in Muslim immigration today. Unlike Christian churches, mosques are more political and militaristic in nature than religious. As more Muslims arrive in a given area, oftentimes a more fundamental version of Islam is taught in the mosques. The overall Muslim population of an area becomes more political and as you will see in some areas more violent. The native western populations of the now Muslim majority neighborhoods are driven out just as the Jews were driven out of Medina in Muhammad’s day.
In the hadith Muhammad says, “I charge you with five of what Allah has charged me with: to assemble, to listen, to obey, to immigrate and to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah” (Modern Day Trojan Horse, p. 10).
There are minorities of Muslims that believe migration to a non-Islamic land is obligatory for the advancement of Islam. In many western nations, Islamic supremacist immigrants have established their own enclaves and overtaken portions of western cities. These areas become “no-go” zones where western law and ruling authorities no longer have control– they are in fact as Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum observed, “Dar al-Islam” in the middle of western cities. These areas function as their own microstates ruled by Islamic Sharia law, and are too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter. Western governments are unable to provide even basic services such as police, fire and ambulance services to some of these areas because of the threat of violence. These “no-go” zones exist in many European nations including Britain, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
France, the nation with the highest percentage of Muslims in Europe, has 751 “sensitive urban zones,” the French equivalent for “no-go” zones with approximately 5 million Muslims living in these areas. The Netherlands has forty “no-go” zones, and in Brussels, Belgium (20% Muslim) police have been ordered not to drink coffee or eat in public places during Ramadan in order to not offend Muslims.
A group calling itself the “Muslim Patrol” was filmed patrolling London streets accosting women who they considered inappropriately dressed and approaching others announcing “Alcohol banned. This is a Muslim area. Muslims patrol the area.” An Islamist group called Muslims Against the Crusades had launched a campaign to turn twelve British cities into independent Islamic states until it was banned in 2011.
The trend is certainly not limited to European nations. A report from the Australian government on multiculturalism stated, “references were made to Muslim ‘enclaves’ in Sydney and Melbourne and the riots in Cronulla in 2005 to suggest a lack of willingness on the part of Muslims to embrace the Australian lifestyle, values and behaviours.”
There are Muslim enclaves across the United States, including Muslim of Americas’ compounds in New York, Virginia, South Carolina and California. The Clarion Project identified Dearborn, Michigan as a “no-go” zone following the attack on Christian street preachers in June of 2012. It is certainly no surprise these enclaves exist, Muhammad himself demonstrated the use of immigration as a technique to spread his religion.
Most Muslims that immigrate to western nations are simply trying to better their lives and the lives of their families. In fact many left their Islamic nations to escape the rigid arm of Islamic Sharia law. “No-go” zones imprison these Muslims seeking a better life back into the very culture they tried to escape.
Romans 8 declares that “neither death nor life, nor angel nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Although man may not be able to penetrate “no-go” zones, God’s love cannot be stopped. Pray that He will pour out His Spirit and His love in these areas.
Pray that as Muslims immigrate to western nations, Christians will reach out to them with the love of God so they will resist the pull to live in areas controlled by sharia and will be drawn to the freedom found only in Jesus Christ.
Many western Christians once considered Islam a distant religion having little influence on our culture and society. Following the discovery of oil in the Islamic world and massive immigration from Islamic nations after World War II the fabric of Judeo-Christian society began to unravel.
Ramadan, translated as scorching heat or dryness, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which began in 622 AD, the year Muhammad and a small group of followers migrated from Mecca to Medina. This migration, known as the Hijra, marked an important shift in the teachings of Muhammad. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar the dates of Ramadan change each year by approximately 11 days. This year Ramadan should begin on Tuesday, July 9 with the sighting of the new moon.
Muslims believe that it was during the month of Ramadan when Muhammad first began to receive his revelations so it is considered the holiest month in Islam. The Ramadan fast (sawm) is the fourth pillar of the Islamic faith. The other pillars are reciting the Islamic creed (shahada), required daily prayers (salah), almsgiving (zakat) and the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj). These five basic acts in Islam are the foundation of Muslim life.
During the month of Ramadan, most Muslims will observe a fast from sunup to sundown for each of the 29 to 30 days of the month. They are to abstain from smoking, drinking, eating and sexual pleasure during the daylight hours. It is to be a time of spiritual reflection and increased devotion to Allah, and Muslims believe the rewards for fasting during this time are multiplied. All Muslims are required to fast when they reach puberty as long as they are sane and have no illnesses such as diabetes. Exceptions to the fast are travel, menstruation, severe illness, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Those who are unable to fast because of illness or travel are required to make up the days they missed later.
In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Qur’an. Juz’, which is 1/30 of the Qur’an is recited sometimes through voluntary prayers that are held in mosques every night of the month. Charity is important during Ramadan, and because Muslims believe all good deeds are more handsomely rewarded in Ramadan many Muslims may give a larger portion or even all of their required zakat (alms of 2.5%) during the month.
As the Muslim population has increased in traditionally western nations so has Islam’s influence. In an act described by a British broadcaster as “‘deliberate provocation’ aimed at viewers who might associate Islam with extremism,” Britain’s Channel 4 announced the television station would air the Muslim call to prayer live every morning during the month of Ramadan. The broadcast of the call to prayer known as the adhan is three-minutes long and will be aired at about 3 am each day. Additional prayer times throughout the day will be broadcast on the station’s website.
The adhan is recited in Arabic and each line is repeated for emphasis. Removing the repetition and translating it into English, the following words will be broadcast over the United Kingdom for the next 30 days:
Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest.
I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah.
I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
Hasten to the Prayer, hasten to the Prayer
Hasten to real success, hasten to real success
Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest.
There is none worthy of worship but Allah.
In addition, Channel 4 available across the United Kingdom will also be featuring “4Ramadan” described as a season of programs “reflecting what life is like for Britain’s Muslim population who observe this religious festival.”
A spokesman from the Muslim Council of Britain in support of the station said, “This is a very special month for Muslims and its recognition on a mainstream channel is not only symbolic for belonging and solidarity but will hopefully help to portray a more realistic account of Islam and Muslims.”
During the next 30 days as we pray for Muslims during this time of heightened spiritual awareness for them, we ask that God will open the eyes and hearts of each of us to truly grasp a “realistic account of Islam and Muslims.”
Pray that any words spoken over the nations of the world that are not from the true and living God will fall null and void.
Pray as Muslims quench their physical thirst from the Ramadan fast each day, that God will quench their spiritual thirst with the living water of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Muslim people have been created by God to have a personal relationship with Him. Pray that Muslims will receive God’s love and have divine encounters with Jesus Christ as the Son of God during this time.