Message of Pope Francis to Muslims Throughout the World for the End of Ramadan ('Id Al-Fitr)
To Muslims throughout the World,
It gives me great pleasure to greet you as you celebrate 'Id al-Fitr', so concluding the month of Ramadan...
I am aware that family and social dimensions enjoy a particular prominence for Muslims during this period, and it is worth noting that there are certain parallels in each of these areas with Christian faith and practice...
Turning to mutual respect in interreligious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values...
It is clear that, when we show respect for the religion of our neighbours or when we offer them our good wishes on the occasion of a religious celebration, we simply seek to share their joy, without making reference to the content of their religious convictions...
Finally, I send you my prayerful good wishes, that your lives may glorify the Almighty and give joy to those around you.
Happy Feast to you all!
TH2: A detailed comment made on this post by Pater Ignotus shows extraordinary insight and erudition, warranting addition to the main body...
In view of all that is happening in the world thanks to the followers of the "religion of peace" and the "joy" that they are giving to those around them, to quote the Pope, it may be a good exercise to consider whether the tips that the pope provides are applicable in situations where the followers of Mohammed the prophet of Islam are in the majority. It might be in everyone's best interests if Catholics endeavored to establish the social kingship of Christ since such an effort would benefit everyone without distinction; but Catholics are obliged to obey the Pope and so I will do my best to assess the viability of these tips in the world as it is. Thanks to the marvels of the internet, if one is assiduous enough, it is possible to know what is actually taking place in the umma.
1. Live and let live. This presupposes a golden rule of sorts; and contrary to what years of religious relativism have attempted to inculcate, there is No golden rule in Islam. The whole point of Islam is to subjugate, denigrate and exploit the kuffar (i.e. nonbelievers) and yes, to kill them. If you don't believe this, ask the Christians in Iraq or Syria or Pakistan, or the Yazidis in Iraq. They are the most recent recipients of Islamic attention. It is hard to live when your neighbours want you dead and in hell.
2. Be giving of yourself to others. This sounds so good but again it depends what you are giving. You see, under Islamic rule, a nonbeliever has no choice. You have to give and give some more. It's called jyzia, a tax imposed on subdued peoples. The mob calls this protection money and so it begs the question: protection from whom? Revisionists would have us believe that historically, Islamic rule was one great meeting of the United Nations but reality begs to differ. You give, they take; and since you are forced to give it really isn't up to you. But that's exactly as it should be because there is no free will in Islam. That's why the Islamic world never blames anyone for their failed states.
3. Proceed calmly in life. Now this tip is a difficult one to practise even in a country where Muslims are a minority. Just ask the Israelis. It's rather difficult to proceed calmly with rockets raining down compliments of Hamas, Iran, Qatar and every other sponsor of terrorism. It's difficult to be calm when a charge of blasphemy or forced conversion is just around the corner. Pakistan could teach us a thing or two about this. Given the state of affairs, it's even difficult for a Muslim to do this. Assuming you want to take a walk with your wife or one of your wives. You might run into those intrepid mujahadin or your friendly morality police officer and you are told that the veil covering her face is not good enough. Or you have to produce your marriage licence. What if you took the wrong licence? It's not worth the hassle so you stay home and now your cholesterol count goes up because you are a couch potato.
4. Have a healthy sense of leisure. This is no problem if you are living off the jyzia provided by the kuffar but it's nearly impossible if you are on the paying end of things. The Ayatollah Khomeini said that there is no fun in Islam so if you happen to be knee deep in Shiites, as it were, this too is difficult. Leisure presupposes calm so this too is difficult.
5. Sunday is for families. This one should be easy but since Friday is the Muslim day of rest one has to make do with Friday. The problem however, is that Friday is when male congregants make their way to the mosque and the imams whip them up for some good old kuffar bashing expeditions, or the not so odd suicide bombing and so it is probably better to stay home. The Christians in Nigeria, thanks to the homicidal Boko Haram 'Boys', can tell us a thing or two about Sunday as a family day. The 'Boys' love to blow up churches on Sundays, usually with Christians in them; so Sunday for some is the day they go to the morgue to identify the remains of their family members who have been dispatched to the hellfire by the 'Boys' who are doing a great job of sharing their special brand of joy make clear reference to the content of their religious convictions: unbelievers must die!
6. Find ways to employ the youth. Youth unemployment is a terrible thing, especially when youth have not been educated in virtue. Hamas can teach us a thing or two about this. Palestinian youth are the best rock throwers in the world. And Hamas even employed the very young in the construction of tunnels into Israel. Why build hospitals and schools when terror tunnels are ultimately better suited to serve your stated goal - the destruction of the Jewish state. It turns out that not a few of the young workers died in the construction of these tunnels. But that's how it is when you are at war with Zionists. It's heartening to know that Hamas also uses children as human shields. Thanks, Hamas.
7. Respect and care for nature. I think this tip includes animals since they are part of nature but not dogs. You see, dogs are unclean, especially black ones so it you are a pet owner or you need the assistance of a seeing eye dog, well you just better stay home. Now you're also going to have cholesterol problems and of course, weight gain. But then there is Ramadan and even though you are not a Muslim, you may have to fast anyway. Isn't Islam wonderful? Those social dimensions of Islam are just great!
8. Stop being negative. This is a good tip. Pay the jyzia, convert under duress, give up your faith. Just say yes all the time and everything will be fine. Whatever you do, don't tell the truth about Islam because that makes you more than negative. It makes you an islamophobe and a bigot and ungrateful for all the great things that Islam has done for humanity.
9. Respect others' beliefs. Since there is no reciprocity between Muslims and nonbelievers this tip is kind of difficult too. I wonder what Christians in Iraq or Syria or the Yazidis would say to this. "I respect your belief that I should be killed in the most gruesome manner possible. Thank you."
10. Work for peace. This one too is almost impossible if you happen to live in dar el harb (the world of war, i.e., the world not under the beautiful rule of Islam). Peace however, is not the absence of war. It is the work of justice and since there is no justice in Islam, certainly not for unbelievers, there can never be peace. The Israelis could tell us a thing or two about the peace process. After all, they have been at this elusive process with their "peace partners" for decades.
In the dystopian world that relativism has created terrorists are militants and heretics are pioneers. It will be in everyone's best interest to start telling the truth about this mess. The carnage and upheaval that are spreading can only be stopped if we truthfully acknowledge that this is a war between good and evil. The world is in flames, people are being slaughtered and we platter on about dialogue.
Lepanto. Learn this word.