The Armageddon File Compiled by Mark L. Levinson & Murray Greenfield
Isn’t it Only Friction with the West That Makes the Muslims Angry?
“When someone dies outside of Islam, hellfire is his fate.”
First-grade Saudi textbook, Monotheism and Jurisprudence
A tenth-grade Saudi textbook attacks rival traditions not only outside but also inside Islam. It refers to Muslims with different beliefs as polytheists — believers in many gods. This accusation, which is the same as saying that they aren’t Muslims at all, that their lives are cheap, and that they will end up in Hell, is directed at Shiites, at Sufis, at Asharite and Maturidi Sunnis, and in short at the majority of Muslims — not only in the world at large, but even in Saudi Arabia itself. The Asharites and Maturidis are condemned as idol worshippers because their brand of Islam does not interpret the Koran literally enough
As Pakistani journalist Irfan Husain wrote in 2001, “When Iraq attacked Iran in 1980, both sides declared jihad against each other, and millions of young men fell in the name of a common faith. The two sides fighting in Afghanistan these last several years are both Muslim and claim to be waging jihad.” Saddam Hussein invoked Allah when he invaded Kuwait, and the Kuwaiti rulers called for jihad against Saddam.
Islam glorifies battle, and if those who reject Muhammad are not a convenient enemy, then a fight can be picked with those who also accept him.