Jihadist Conquests Were About Bringing “Justice, Freedom, and Equality” to Conquered Infidels, Says Leading Muslim Scholar - Edited
Friday, May 13, 2022
Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayed whitewashing Islamic history before President Sisi and other Egyptian dignitaries.
Justice, Freedom and Equality. Name me one Islamic country that treats it's minorities as equals. Try, I betcha you will be scratching your head until you go bald. Seriously what is this guy smoking? The ByzantineChristians were all slaughtered, always lusting after what others possess. Did they get justice freedom and equality? Bad news, they were already dead and wiped out. Millions slaughtered in Hindu India.
Raymond Ibrahim : On April 24, 2022, the grand imam of Islam’s most prestigious university, Al Azhar, delivered
an address before the heads of state, with Egyptian President al-Sisi
sitting in the front row. This occurred during state-level celebrations
of Laylat al-Qadr (the “Night of Power”), which, in Islamic teaching,
is the night when Allah first revealed the Koran to Muhammad.
Considering the occasion of the speech and the speech deliverer himself, Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb—arguably “the most influential Muslim in the world”—Islam was praised to the ceiling. Of especial interest, however, was al-Tayeb’s rendition of history. At one point he said:
In just a few years after the death of the prophet
Muhammad (Allah pray on and grant him peace), the Islamic conquests
[literally, “openings,” futuhat]
caused the two most powerful empires that divided and controlled every
corner of the Middle East to collapse, and their lands in Iraq, Syria,
Egypt, and North Africa to become Islamic lands to this very day.
This, of course, is true. The two empires the sheikh refers to are
the Eastern Roman Empire (“Byzantium”) and the Sassanian Empire of
Persia. Most of the lands cited by al-Tayeb—from Syria and Egypt in the
east, to Morocco and Algeria in the west—were Christian and governed by
the Eastern Roman Empire. Only Iran and parts of Iraq were under
Sassanian rule and Zoroastrian in religion. During the seventh century,
Muslims conquered and Islamized all of these lands.
As usual, however, when it comes to Islamic retellings, facts are
quickly mingled with fiction. After making the above statement,
al-Tayeb offered this. But why all these lies? Here we come to the crux of the matter. To
feel good about themselves and their religion, Muslims must maintain
this happy fiction—that their non-Muslim ancestors were “liberated” by
Islam and that they were only too eager to embrace it, at which point
they began to enjoy “knowledge, justice, freedom, and equality.”
The alternative, the truth—that their ancestors were Christians or
other non-Muslims who were conquered and compelled to embrace Islam due
to sporadic bouts of persecution and systemic discrimination—is not
quite as satisfying, not to mention may get them thinking.