We have all heard the claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion, a claim implying that, were it the case, this would somehow prove Islam’s truth and value.
Whether Islam is growing is debatable. What seems less open to debate is that Islam is spreading: many countries that till relatively recently had negligible Moslem populations are today suffering from Islamisation: for example, over the past 50 years Britain has seen the appearance of FGM, Islamic terrorism, grooming gangs, sharia courts, the Niqab and the Burqa, halal slaughter, mass illegal Islamic immigration, Moslem ghettos, ‘honour’ culture, the building of mosques and madrassas, and the infiltration of Islam into its institutions.
But here is the crux of the matter: the fact that something spreads in no way implies that it is good, true or desirable.
Having recently witnessed the spread of Coronavirus we hardly need reminding that harmful and undesirable things can be very effective indeed at spreading. Diseases become endemic not because they are good, desirable or embody Truth, but because they have effective strategies for finding new hosts, and for neutralising that host’s immune system once established.
Islam likewise spreads and entrenches itself by means of strategies that have nothing to do with virtue, desirability, Truth or human flourishing. What follows are ten such strategies.
1 Islam Produces Failing Societies, Which Moslems Flee for Non-Islamic Countries
Islam creates social and economic systems that fail, are overpopulated, backwards, unjust, tyrannical, violent and plagued by war and conflict. People living under these systems understandably want to escape them for countries that are safer, freer, fairer, more prosperous and stable.
Hence the one-way flow of immigrants and refugees from Islamic countries to the West. And where formerly this flow would have affected only neighbouring countries, the internet, film and television make these people aware of more desirable societies further afield, and improved transport systems make it possible for them to access these societies.
But when they flee to the West they bring with them the very beliefs and practices that ruined the societies they fled from. And they generally fail to integrate, instead striving to establish Islam wherever it is they find themselves. Which starts off the process of Islamisation and decline in the host country.
Plagues have an identical epidemiology: during the Bubonic plague, people fled London seeking the safety of as-yet uninfected towns, and by doing so introduced the plague to those towns.
2 Islam Eliminates Doubt, Criticism and Apostasy
It would be expected that an ideology that consistently produced conflict, ignorance and misery would be consigned to the dustbin of History. But this has not been the case with Islam.
Islam is a Utopian ideology (as are Communism and Fascism). Such ideologies claim they hold the key to perfecting humanity, and because they believe themselves perfect, don’t respond to their inevitable failures with self-criticism (as do non-Utopian systems) but instead suppress criticism or misdirect it onto scapegoats.
Scapegoating involves attributing failures to vulnerable or unpopular groups in order that people should not notice that those failures are inherent in the favoured ideology – examples are the persecution of intellectuals under Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and Jews under Nazism. Islam also reflexively blames its failures on Jews, but also Christians, Atheists, America or the West – depending on which scapegoat can be most credibly mobilised. This way Islam’s gnotional ‘perfection’ is left unsullied by the inevitably failed societies it generates.
Islam also eliminates competing narratives, and the critical thinking and dialogue that can lead people to question or reject it.
Criticism or questioning of Islam is considered as ‘blasphemy’, which is punishable by death. And Islamic ‘blasphemy’ law does not just apply just to Moslems but to also to non-Moslemsn who are also considered impure and are routinely persecuted and subject to genocide.
20-year-old Man to Be Executed for Renouncing Islam, Insulting Prophet Mohammed – Daily Post
Islam controls every aspect of society and life from the economy, laws, government and culture right down to which foot one should enter and leave a latrine with, how to knock on a door and how to say ‘hello’. This totalitarianism removes the need (and therefore the capacity) of its followers to think clearly, honestly or critically, and to decide about their religion, instilling in its place a mind-set focused on obedience.
“Islam is not merely a set of devotions, rituals of pilgrimage, moral homilies, and mechanical readings of God’s book. No, our Koran is a complete encyclopedia that leaves no aspect of life, thought, politics, society, cosmic secrets, mysteries of the spirit, legal transactions, family law, without giving its opinion. The miraculous aspect of Koranic legislation is that it suits all time”
– Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, 1970–81 (quoted from ‘Male and Female Circumcision’ by Sami A. Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh)
“[…T]otalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life …”
– Totalitarianism – Encyclopaedia Britannica
An economic model based on plunder and slavery does not require an educated population. This removes the necessity for critical thinking and reason, and instead favours submission and obedience. Problems are resolved by determining what the Koran commands, or what Mohammed would have done. The best minds are occupied learning the Koran and studying Islam.
Where Islam has a foothold in non-Moslem countries it uses terrorism, lawfare, entryism and infiltration of institutions to restrict freedom of speech and thought – examples are the Charlie Hebdo attack, the prosecution of Elizabeth Sabbaditch-Wolff for having suggest that Mohammed had behaved like a paedophile, and attempts to classify any criticism of Islam as ‘hate speech’ (‘Labour formally adopts definition of Islamophobia‘).
3 Islamic Societies Are Belligerent
“And fight them until there is no more worshiping others besides Allah, and worship will all be for Allah alone, in the whole of the world” Koran 8:39
“Warfare is ordained for you” Koran 2:216
Islam is the codification and sacralisation of a small society, existing in Western Arabia in the 7th Century. This codification exists almost entirely in the words, deeds, teachings, and approvals of its leader, Mohammed, whom Moslems are obliged to consider as perfect and exemplary, for the rest of time, for all mankind.
Today we’d describe Mohammed as a ‘warlord’ and the tribe he presided over as an ‘army of marauders’. It is therefore not surprising that Islam, the religion Mohammed built round himself, is supremely belligerent. And, of course, war, when successfully prosecuted, results in expansion.
Wikipedia’s page of Ongoing Armed Conflicts reveals that almost three-quarters of ongoing armed conflicts have at least one Islamic entity as a main protagonist, always in the role of aggressor. Only one of the nine most lethal conflicts (i.e. with more than 1,000 fatalities during the current or past year) – the Mexican Drug War – is not caused by Islam. Inter-Moslem civil wars (Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia) generate the most civilian casualties, and consequently the most Moslem refugees.
“In Eurasia the great historic fault lines between civilizations are once more aflame. This is particularly true along the boundaries of the crescent-shaped Islamic bloc of nations, from the bulge of Africa to central Asia. Violence also occurs between Muslims, on the one hand, and Orthodox Serbs in the Balkans, Jews in Israel, Hindus in India, Buddhists in Burma and Catholics in the Philippines. Islam has bloody borders.” – Samuel P. Huntington ‘The Clash of Civilizations?‘ (1993)
4 Islam Must Expand to Find New Supplies of Non-Moslem Slaves
Islam allows the taking, owning and trading of slaves. Indeed, slavery is an essential and integral part of the traditional Islamic economic model.
Mohammed forbade Moslems from enslaving other Moslems. This has meant that Moslem communities have had to engage in constant wars and raids on their non-Moslem neighbours in order to maintain a supply of slave necessary for their economy. This has forced progressive expansive waves of conquests, as non-Moslems in conquered countries, in order to avoid slavery and persecution, convert to Islam – and thus ‘dry-up’ as sources of slaves.
Traditional slavery is still today endemic to much of the Islamic world. However, even in countries where it is not possible to practice overt slavery Islam develops practices that approximate as closely to slavery as the society will allow: Islamic Grooming Gangs and the recent Slave factories in Leicester are examples, as is the treatment of non-Moslem migrant workers in Moslem countries, such as Qatar).
5 Islam Must Expand to Find New Populations to Plunder
‘Raids are our agriculture’ – Arab proverb
A second pillar of the traditional Islamic economic model is Plunder. Mohammed considered productive work (such as manufacturing and agriculture) fit only for slaves and dhimmis (Jews and Christians subservient to Islam). Agriculture requires commitment to the land, which prevents farmers going on raids, which often lasted weeks or months. The only normal source of income Mohammed approved of was Trade, preferably in plundered goods and slaves. Economies based on plunder must keep geographically expanding, as recently-looted territories are exhausted of their wealth.
And once there is no one left to loot (either because a geographical barrier – such as the Atlantic Ocean – is encountered or because Islam’s neighbours become sufficiently technologically advanced to defend themselves) Moslems start cannibalizing each other, branding each other as ‘kafir’, ‘hypocrites’ or ‘heretics’ in order to justify raiding and looting each other. The resulting conflicts generate a flow of refugees and immigrants seeking safer, stable, more prosperous and fairer (i.e. non-Islamic) societies.
“I against my brothers. I and my brothers against my cousins. I, my brothers and cousins against the world” – Arab Proverb
As with slavery, Moslems living in non-Islamic societies will engage in those forms of plunder that the society will let them get away with: in 2015 a House of Commons committee reported that in the UK 65% of Moslem women and 35% of Moslem men were unemployed and living off the British taxpayer.
6 Islam Must Expand in Order to Alleviate the Bride Vacuums Created by Polygyny
Islam allows and encourages polygyny (men taking multiple wives and/or sex-slaves).
Polygyny, a preserve of rich, powerful men, creates a scarcity of females in the lower strata of society (imagine 10 men and 10 women on an island, and what happens if some men take more than one wife…). The only way low-status young men can procure wives is either through capturing wives in war against either ‘infidels’ or ‘hypocrites’ (Moslems who are not devout enough) or through raping girls or women of their own community – which, in ‘honour’ cultures, renders them unmarrigeable, and obliges the girl’s parents to marry her to their rapist.
The promise of sex-slaves (‘also prohibited to you are all married women except those your right hands possess‘ Koran 4:24) was one of the main driving force of the initial expansion of Islam under the Mohammed, and under the Rashidun and Ummayad Caliphates.
‘Kidnapped Nigeria School Girls Reportedly Sold As Brides to Islamic Boko Haram Militants’ – CBS News
‘Women Who Are Captured by Isis and Kept As Slaves Endure More Than Just Sexual Violence’ – The Independent
Another effect of Islamic polygyny is that, in countries where Muslims are in a minority, because Islamic polygyny is nevertheless unofficially practiced by Muslim communities, a few men thus tie-up a disproportionate number of the marrigeable Muslim women and girls.
This means that low-status Muslim men have therefore to look to the non-Muslim population to find sexual satisfaction and marriage (under Islam a Muslim man can marry a non-Muslim woman; Islam does not allow a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man). This will drive conversion, but also, in combination with Islam’s allowing of sexual slavery of conquered women drives phenomena such as the Islamic Grooming Gangs that are endemic to wherever there exist Muslim enclaves.
7 Islam Maximizes Fertility of Girls and Women
This is the most commonly cited cause for Islam’s spread.
Moslems have more children than members of the other major religions, with an average 2.9 children (non-Moslems on average have 2.2 children). And wherever there is a sizable Moslem population, their fertility exceeds that of their non-Moslem neighbours.
High fertility rates are associated with poor education, early marriage, and restricted life-choices for women. Women have fewer children in societies where women have control over their fertility and equality to men, where they can have careers, get an education pursue their interests.
Furthermore, Islam attempts to fill the ‘bride vacuum’ polygyny creates at the bottom of society by forcing the age of marriage ever downward – meaning that girls marry and tend to start reproducing younger in Islamic societies.
8 Islam Is an ‘Easy In/Hard Out’ System
One has only to pronounce the Shahadah (“There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”) to become a Moslem. But leaving Islam carries the death penalty. At best you will be persecuted, stigmatised and rejected by your family and community.
A similar paradigm operates on a civilisational scale. Islam has an inbuilt reflex to revert to the precise conditions of its origins in 7th Century Arabia. Islam routinely regresses whole countries from Modernity back to a close approximation of Arabian Dark Ages (think the Iranian Revolution, Pakistan after partition, Syria and Iraq under Islamic State). No other religion or ideology does this, or aspires to do it.
This is because Islam sets up the condition of life in Medina under Mohammed as an ideal, to be forever emulated to the last detail. This acts as a centre of gravity in Islam. Societies that drift too far from this ideal are jolted back by fundamentalists, to whom Islam grants license to use whatever means necessary to achieve this end.
Islamic countries attempting to modernise are therefore inherently unstable, vulnerable to violent regression to as close a facsimile of Medina under Mohammed as the Islamists can manage. This makes Islam’s ‘gains’ more persistent.
9 Moslem Minorities Sabotage Non-Islamic Societies
‘Let not Moslems take non-Moslems for friends, rather than Moslems’ Koran 3:28
Islam discourages Moslems from integrating into non-Moslem society, encourages them to prioritise their religion’s laws, traditions and norms above those of the host country, especially where they most conflict, and incites some followers to engage in terrorism and other acts damaging to society.
‘Moslem Opinion Polls: A Tiny Minority of Extremists?’ – TheReligionofPeace.com
‘Erdogan Urges Turks Not to Assimilate’ – Spiegel International
‘Grooming gangs of Moslem men failed to integrate into British society’ – The Telegraph
Terrorism (and other such extreme actions such as sexual slavery and FGM) are tools whereby non-Moslem societies are demoralised and rendered submissive.
The fact that not all Moslems engage in terrorism prevents the nation under attack treating Moslems en masse as enemy aliens. In the wake of terrorist incidents, the media and authorities are desperate for representations of Islam that will reassure and pacify the native population, and also discourage Moslems from engaging in further terrorism.
Therefore ‘peaceful’ Moslems obtain a prominent voice. The public discourse becomes saturated with favourable representations of Islam. Realistic or critical representations of Islam are stigmatised, censored or criminalised. This of course contributes to the Islamisation of society.
In order to appease Moslems, the authorities grant them exemptions from laws and norms that the rest of society are expected to observe.
This is ‘Moslem Privilege’. It can take the form of Islam and Moslems being portrayed favourably in the culture and media, it can take the form of official exemptions, such as halal slaughter (which exempts Moslems from animal cruelty laws), identity concealment in public (the niqab and burqa), male genital mutilation; or it can involve the authorities turning a blind eye to criminal activity (e.g. Grooming Gangs, FGM, Hate Speech, illegal Islamic immigration, lone-wolf terrorism,slavery surrogates…)
And even actively concealing it…
This effectively sabotages society, driving a wedge through its heart, creating fear, division and persecution, sometimes to the point of provoking civil war. A standard model of Islamisation is, by whatever methods necessary, to bring about the breakdown of a society; groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood can then step in and take control. We have seen this in Kosovo, Lebanon and Syria, and the way the Arab Spring was exploited by Islamist groups.
10 Islamic Colonization Is Almost Irreversible
Western powers have been able to return most of the countries they colonised to their original people, with their cultures and belief-systems intact.
Islam, if it ever should choose to do so, is unable to do this because it aspires to religiously and culturally ‘cleanses’ those countries it occupies, meaning that there is none) of the original population or culture left to return the country to.
Whilst the French could return Algeria to the Algerians, with their culture and religion undamaged, Islam can not return Afghanistan to its original Buddhist inhabitants, having genocided, force-converted, expelled and replaced their ancestors, and destroyed all traces of their culture and religion. Likewise Pakistan and the Hindus, Iran and the Zoroastrians, and Islamic Africa to the Animists and Christians.
And where European colonizers can’t return a country to its original population (as with North America) it is because they employed an approach similar to the standard Islamic one. And the West, having a critical relationship to its own history, acknowledges its fault in these cases and attempts reparations. No Moslem will express guilt or regret at Islam’s history of conquest and Religious Cleansing, at the 80 million Hindu children, women and men Islam killed in its conquest of India, for the ‘crime’ of being polytheist (Mughal India ~ The Biggest Holocaust in World History).
This renders Islamic territorial gains virtually irreversible.
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This list is not comprehensive, but furnishes examples justifying a way of understanding and analysing Islam. Others may pursue the analysis I have started here. What should be clear is that Islam is highly effective at spreading because it refrains from no outrage against humanity if committing that outrage contributes to its spread and entrenchment.
Each item in the list invites the question of how a nation wishing to protect itself from Islam might counter each strategy. I have not attempted to address such questions, but hope that in clarifying the epidemiology of the problem it will be easier for those who value civilisation to find cures for the disease.
Watch my interview with Anne Marie on the above subject: