When Muslims Take Over

Iraq’s Christians get Islamic State’s Warning

Islamic State group tells Christian community in Mosul they face death if they do not embrace Islam or pay tax.

(Article commentary by Ex-Leftist)

The Islamic State group has threatened Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul with death if they do not convert to Islam or pay a tax, Al Jazeera has learned.

The Sunni rebel group issued the orders in a letter after Friday prayers. The document, obtained by Al Jazeera, states that the order was issued after Christian leaders failed to attend a meeting called by the group.

In response, the group says in the letter that Christians must either convert to Islam, pay a tax on non-Muslims known as jiziya, or give up their posessions and leave the city. Failure to do so would result in a death penalty, “as a last resort”.

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was overrun by the Islamic State group and allied rebel groups last month.


Extreme? Not in Islam, as I posted previously using a manual of Islamic Law. This is very to-the-letter Islam we’re seeing here:


O.25.0 (Mawardi:) The reason the office of supreme leadership has been established in Sacred Law is to fulfill the caliphal successorship to prophethood in preserving the religion and managing this-worldly affairs. The investiture of someone from the Islamic Community (Umma) able to fulfill the duties of the caliphate is obligatory by scholarly consensus…

Allah Mighty and Majestic says,

          ‘You who believe, obey Allah and obey the Prophet and those of authority among you.’ (Koran 4:59),

thereby obliging us to obey those in command, namely the leader with authority over us…” – Pages 638-9


O25.5 (K: It is obligatory to obey the commands and interdictions of the caliph (N: or his representative (defL 025.7-10)) in everything that is lawful (A: meaning it is obligatory to obey him in everything that is not unlawful, offensive, or merely in his own personal interests), even if he is unjust, because of the hadith,

           ‘Hear and obey, even if the ruler placed over you is an Ethiopian slave with amputated extremities,’

and because the purpose of his authority is Islamic unity, which could not be realized if obeying him were not obligatory. It is also obligatory for him to give sincere counsel to those under him to the extent that it is possible.)’ – Pages 644-5

Non-Muslims Living in the Islamic State (The Dhimmi)


011.1 A formal agreement of protection is made with citizens who are:

(1) Jews

(2) Christians

(3) Zoroastrians

(4) Samaritans and Sabians, if their religions do not respectively contradict the fundamental bases of Judaism and Christianity

(5) And those who adhere to the religion of Abraham or one of the other prophets (upon whom be blessings and peace).

011.3 Such an agreement is only valid when the subject peoples:

(a) follow the rules of Islam (A: those mentioned below [0.11.5] and those involving public behavior and dress, though in acts of worship and their private lives, the subject communities have their own laws, judges, and courts, enforcing the rules of their own religion among themselves):

(b) and pay the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya).


0.11.4 The minimum non-Muslim poll tax is one dinar (n: 4.235 grams of gold) per person (A: per year). The maximum is whatever both sides agree upon.

It is collected with leniency and politeness, as are all debts, and it is not levied on women, children, or the insane.

0.11.5 Such non-Muslim subjects are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and indemnity of life, reputation, and property. In addition, they:

(1) Are penalized for committing adultery or theft, though not for drunkenness.

(2) Are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar);

(3) Are not greeted with “as-Salaamu ‘alaykum”;

(4) Must keep to the side of the street;

(5) May not build higher than or as high as Muslims’ buildings, though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed;

(6) Are forbidden to openly display wine or pork. (A: to ring church bells or to display crosses), recite Torah or Evangel aloud, or to make public display of their funerals and feast days;

(7) And are forbidden to build new churches. – pages 607-8

Non-Muslims who break the above laws?

011.11 When a subject’s agreement with the state has been violated, the caliph chooses between the four alternatives mentioned above in connection with prisoners of war. (09.14). – Page 609 (see below for this section)

09.14 When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph (def: 025) considers the interests (O: of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner’s death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim held captive held by the enemy.

If the prisoner becomes a Muslim (O: before the caliph chooses any of the four alternatives) then he may not be killed, and one of the other three alternatives is chosen.” – page 604


Now you know where it comes from. It is not “extreme” or anything of the sort. It is Islam, pure and simple. Are there some modern scholars which disagree? Surely – but they are not only in the minority, but their viewpoint has no agreement in the traditions of Islamic jurisprudence. Westernized reformer Islam has no roots whatsoever in Islamic theology; it is a post-modern remake which may impress Westerners but will never be accepted in the Islamic world as anything but apostate.