image After thinking about the crucifixes being taken down and tossed in the garbage at the St Cloud Hospital, it got me thinking about how this relates to Shariah Law in Islam.

Then a friend reminded me of the Pact of Umar, the agreement Islam forces on Christians and Jews in conquered lands. Although Muslims would not use the word force, since the non-Muslim DOES have choices; convert, live under dhimmitude (under Pact of Umar) or death. The agreement allowed the non-Muslims to live under the so-called protection of their captors. Islam advancement always followed a specific progression: first Jihad, then dhimmitude (the subjugation and humiliation under the Pact of Umar), and then the destruction of the native dhimmi culture. Sound familiar? This has been the Islamic model for 1400 years.

(See pages 53-54   “The Political Traditions of Mohammed” by Robert Spencer)

A dhimmi is a second-class citizen in Islam and pays a heavy poll tax called the Jizya.

Only Jews, Christians and sometimes Magians (Zoroastrians) had the choice of becoming dhimmis. Buddhists, Hindus, and animists had the choice of death or conversion.

It was Umar II who set the standard of dhimmitude in the Umar Treaty (Pact) which states:

*We shall not build, in our cities or in their neighborhoods new monasteries, churches, convents, or monks’ cells, nor shall we repair by day or by night, such of them as fall in ruins or are situated in the quarters of the Muslims.

*We shall keep our gates wide open for passerby and travelers. We shall give board and lodging to all Muslims who pass our way for three days.
*We shall not give shelter in our churches or in our dwellings to any spy nor hide him from the Muslims.
*We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it.

*We shall not prevent any of our kin from entering Islam if they wish it.
*We shall show respect toward the Muslims, and we shall rise from our seats when they wish to sit.
*We shall not seek to resemble the Muslims by imitating any of their garments.
*We shall not seek not mount on saddles, nor shall we gird swords nor bear any kind of arms nor carry them on our person.
*We shall not engrave Arabic inscriptions on our seals.
*We shall not sell fermented drinks.
*We shall clip the fronts of our heads (keep a short forelock as a sign of humiliation.)
*We shall always dress in the same way wherever we may be, and we shall bind the zunar round our waists.

*We shall not display our crosses or our books in the roads or markets of the Muslims.

*We shall only use clappers in our churches very softly.

*We shall not raise our voices when following our dead.

*We shall not take slaves who have been allotted to Muslims.
*We shall not build houses higher than the houses of the Muslims.
*Whoever strikes a Muslim with deliberate intent shall forfeit the protection of this pact.
(from Al-Turtushi, Siraj Al-Muluk, p. 229-30)

Dhimmitude results in the total loss of the local culture.

Also see Wikiislam Pact of Umar here.

The definition given of the Pact of Umar on Wikiislam is:  (637 AD) an agreement between subdued Christian population and the Muslim invaders lead by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab the second Rightly-guided Caliph.

Under Shariah …….

*there is no freedom of religion

*there is no freedom of speech

*there is no freedom of thought

*there is no freedom of artistic expression

*there is no freedom of the press

*there is no equality of people’s–a non-Muslim, a Kafir, is never equal to a Muslim

*there is no equal protection under Shariah for different classes of people. Justice is dualistic, with one set of laws for Muslim males and different laws for women and non-Muslims.

*there are no equal rights for women

*women can be beaten

*a non-Muslim cannot bear arms

*there is no democracy, since democracy means that a non-Muslim is equal to a Muslim

*our Constitution is a man-made document of ignorance, jahiliyah, that must submit to Shariah

*non-Muslims are dhimmis, third-class citizens

*all governments must be ruled by Shariah law

*unlike common law, Shariah is not interpretive, nor can it be changed

*there is no Golden Rule

(from p. 3 “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims” Center for the Study of Political Islam)