Inside the National Cathedral ‘prayer service’
I am giving special thanks this year for the hard work of patriots who toil without recompense to expose the many vectors of Islamic subversion currently eroding the already hollowed-out institutions of Western society.
To this end, I will tell a story about a story. It concerns the first Muslim prayer service ever held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. This weirdly “invitation-only” service, which took place on Nov. 14, gathered representatives of Muslim groups with proven links to Hamas and to Hamas’ parent group, the Muslim Brotherhood.
I am able to tell you about the contents of the service thanks to the incredible international counter-jihad movement. First, the blog Vlad Tepes captured the streaming footage of the 80-minute Muslim service. Next, Arabic translator Rita Malik assessed the English and Arabic service for Gates of Vienna and provided a summary that was posted there.
Enter Islamic expert Andrew Bostom, author of several indispensable books on Islamic jihad, anti-Semitism and Islamic totalitarianism, who analyzed several of the Quranic verses used in the service by consulting some of the essential Quranic commentaries that Muslims use to understand their religious book. Bostom posted his findings at his blog, AndrewBostom.org.
What exactly did the Muslims preach from their mock-up mosque inside the cathedral? Previously I mentioned some Quranic verses denigrating Jews and Christians that are typically part of Islamic prayer sessions. One of these, Quran 1:7, was indeed in the main sermon by South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool.
More shocking, however, was the inclusion of Quran 3:26-27. Addressing Allah, this verse sequence begins: “Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endure with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will.”
At his blog, Bostom explains that these lines, as explicated by authoritative Quranic commentaries, contain an inherent threat of jihad conquest. Bostom shows that classical scholars such as Ibn Kathir (1300-1373) and Al-Suyuti (1445-1505) are in accord on the historical context in which these verses were, as Muslims believe, “revealed” by Allah.
Ibn Kathir relates them to a time when Allah was said to have prepared to allow Muslims “to reach the eastern and western parts of the world and (give) dominance to his religion (Islam) and law (Sharia) over all other religions and laws.” Similarly, Al-Suyuti pegs them to a promise to Muslims conveyed by Muhammad of “sovereignty over Persia and Byzantium” — in other words, sovereignty over Zoroastrians (Persia) and Christians (Byzantium). It is difficult not to notice that these same ancient lands overlap or abut the current ISIS battlefield.
For a 20th-century gloss, Bostom cites the noted Quranic commentary by Maulana Muhammad Shafi (1897-1976), a prolific Islamic scholar and former grand mufti of India. Of these same verses, Shafi writes: “In these verses, Muslims have been taught and prompted to make a particular prayer which, in a subtle way, gives an indication that they are going to overpower disbelievers.”
Episcopalians can call this “ecumenism,” but it sure sounds like jihad to me. Now, at least, we all know it.
Diana West’s latest book, “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character,” is now available in paperback from St. Martin’s Press.