Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Muslim Cleric says Rome shall soon fall

Can't believe I missed this the first time around on Fox News at the beginning of the week. But I just read it on CNS.
"Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our Prophet Muhammad. Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam – this capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe."
I had found at one point in time a hand drawing from an fanatical site of what St Peter's Basilica would look like as a mosque - it's jarring to say the least about having such an idea planted in your head. Could it really happen? Well the Europeans in 1400 didn't believe that Constantinople would fall to the invading Turks and looked to capitalize off the Turks advances to the further detriment of New Rome. Thus today the Hagia Sophia is a former Grand-Church-Turned-Mosque-Turned Museum. On the other side of the coin though, think about moorish spain. Even today people attend services at the Mezquita in Cordoba Spain. The Mezquita was once a grand Mosque and when the Christians reconquered the region they converted it to a grand Cathedral.

The theme of conquest in Islam has been a part of the Muslim mindset since shortly after the conception of the faith. How else would this theme transmit from generation to generation from people to people if it weren't a built in component.

Pope Benedict suffered ire from Muslims world wide feeling insulted by his quotation of a Byzantine Emperor Manuel II:

"...he [Manuel] addresses his interlocutor with a startling brusqueness, a brusqueness that we find unacceptable, on the central question about the relationship between religion and violence in general, saying: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."[3] The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. "God", he says, "is not pleased by blood - and not acting reasonably (σὺν λόγω) is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death..."

But the point is valid and none the less true. After studying Islam (only scantly I'll admit) I'm more of a Spencerian and very cautious when it comes to the precepts of Islam. But the central question still remains... will the Muslims convert Rome to Rum? It's possible, but at this point in time not probable.

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1 comment:

Gashwin said...

This story was on Jihadwatch last week. It's gotten a lot of play in the blogosphere, understandably so.

But, this thing is neither unique nor new. Such drivel is heard in mosques all over the Muslim world and even in Europe. The preaching of the Dar-al-Harb, the "House of War" is everywhere.

We have to continue to be vigilant. And call the more moderate elements forth and so on (though Spencer is quite skeptical about that. As is, our new brother in the faith, Magdi Allam.)