In my ongoing series of public service blog posts, I am hoping to educate the uneducated masses on the basic tenants of Islam. I realize this is a risky proposition and I assure you that I do not take this responsibility lightly. Nor, I assure you, is this meant as a mockery of Islam. I am certain that not all Muslims interpret the Qu’ran in the manner that the so-called radical extremists have (a term, ironically, that some liberals and atheists in America use to identify Christians.) However, in this world, one cannot be so sure who is on what side of the Islamic fence.
But to the pressing question: how is The Al Qaeda Reader similar to Mein Kampf? A single sentence from the introduction of the 1999 edition of Mein Kampf, published by Mariner Books, goes a long way in answering this question: “He [Hitler] had made his ultimate goals clear in Mein Kampf as early as 1926: rearmament, the abolition of democracy, territorial expansion, eugenics, the ‘elimination’ of the ‘Jewish threat’” (Mein Kampf, xv).
The Al Qaeda Reader dwells on, if not obsesses over, four of these same five “ultimate goals” of Hitler—everything but eugenics, which is a temporal byproduct of 19thcentury pseudo-scientific racial theories. But al-Qaeda’s writings certainly dwell on dealing with the “Jewish threat,” overthrowing the “pagan religion” of democracy, both territorial re-conquests (from Palestine to Andalusia) and territorial expansion (to the whole world), as well as rearmament. Even more telling, the “fascistic” tone of Mein Kampf—ridicule and contempt for modernity and peace, praise for heroism and martyrdom, condemnation of promiscuity and lax mores—saturates The Al Qaeda Reader. Indeed, that there are many similarities is best represented by the fact that the German words “mein kampf” translate to “jihad-i”—or, “my jihad”—in Arabic.
Ibrahim demonstrates the parallels between these two books on thematic issues such as: The Jew, Democracy, Expansionism, and much more. It is a lengthy essay, but I think it will go a long way towards the education of those who do not fully understand the aims and ends of Islam. Ibrahim concludes:
In the final analysis, the theological aspects of The Al Qaeda Reader make it a much more disturbing read than something like Mein Kampf. That the ideologies presented in Mein Kampf are ultimately traced back to a man, whereas many of the ideologies of The Al Qaeda Reader are traced back to Muhammad and Allah—becoming theology—is a great matter. Man-made ideologies can always be discredited and allotted to the dustbins of history. Ideologies grounded in theologies, however, are not so easily dismantled, for they are grounded in the Immutable and simply must apply—yesterday, today, and tomorrow—regardless of all outward evidence to the contrary. To reject them is to reject the commandments of God and fall into a state of infidelity.