as much as the primal religions of Nigeria are, by definition, not world religions
with mission and expansion as goals, they are not competitors with Islam or Christianity.
On the other hand, their tenacity and the resilience of their traditional ritual
and spiritual life pose a challenge to a religion like Islam with holistic demands
on its adherents.... The elimination of "pagan practices" has therefore
been a theme of Muslim renewal as much as they theme of early mission diaries.
It has been the remarkable ideological achievement of Islam in Nigeria to present
itself convincingly as more essentially "African", despite a history
of repudiation, sometimes militant, of many aspects of African cultures.
a universalist religion, Islam has confronted indigenous religious systems whose
"solutions" to problems of explanation, social structure, and fertility
have often appeared more effective to the local community. The relevance and immediacy
of masked cults and the figurative art of shrines, which at least in theory Islam
rejects, have clearly not diminished under the impact of Muslim practice. Indigenous
religious systems, embedded in particular social formations and economic activities,
have therefore rarely been eliminated in contact with Islam. The process of Islamisation
has more often produced creative adaptations of traditional categories, the bori
cult in northern Nigeria is an example; or wider socio-economic changes have more
abruptly destroyed the cultural nexus in which forms of primal religion thrived.
In the latter case Islam is often the beneficiary but rarely the sole cause.
does not, of course, reject as false every aspect of belief and practice found
in indigenous religion.... It accepts a spirit world, and the Qur'an sanctions
the belief in mystical powers. In consequence it has been able to accommodate
itself to many of the spirit forces found within the primal religions of West
Africa. Moreover a number of other important traditional practices, like divination,
or magic accepted as sihr, are with qualification and modification recognised
by Islam as legitimate. Practioners of divination and experts on traditional spiritual
categories bridge the gap between Islam and primal religions burring the edges
of Muslim orthopraxis to create a form of popular religion. In this huge penumbra,
malams and teachers are able to refine popular understanding of Islam in a progressive
process of Islamisation.
complexity of this process and the capacity of individuals to practice a type
of personal religious pluralism is inevitably denied in Muslim discourse which
tends towards normative assertions. Thus most Nigeria Muslims would want to stress
that they... have a "right" and a duty to convert "pagans"
from primal religions to the universal religion. Furthermore, the Qur'an gives
a collective obligation, in 9v5, to the Muslim community to wage holy war, Jihad
against polytheists and unbelievers in order to subject them to Muslim rule.
(Excerpted from Clark P.B., & Linden I., Islam in Modern Nigeria, (Munchen, 1984), 138-149.)
Steve Van Nattan-- As with the Whore, the Roman Catholic Church, the pagan is "converted" by accommodating his paganism. The Catholic priest goes to an African beer drink, and after all the men are drunk and passed out, the priest hangs a Mary or crucifix medal around their neck. When they sober up these men find that they have become Catholics. Who could possibly resist a religion which offers the dignity of the White race while sanctifying drunkenness?
Thus, the initial entry of Islam into pagan nations and tribes is with much accommodation also. Later, after the culture has absorbed much of Islam, there is a "revival," and the pagans are finally cleansed by force. When Imam George Bush said, "Islam is a good and peace loving religion," he was being duped by the Imams gathered around him.
The Islamic leaders behave in a most civilized manner in the USA today, but the day will come, as in Canada, when Islam increases in numbers are impact on the culture. At that time the Mullahs will demand that the US Court system recognize Sharia Islamic law as the law of the land, "but only for Muslims." As with Canada, the sucker politicians in the USA will cut such a deal, and the next action by the Mullahs will be to demand the annihilation of Christianity in all life.
Islam has finally taken the high ground, this is George Bush's "good and
peace loving religion."
Given the final choice, American Christians must be prepared to either leave the USA to keep their faith intact or attack Islam in the spirit of Phinehas. There is no third choice. It is preposterous to suggest that Christianity cut a deal with Islam the way African tribes did, though this is just what George Bush has done as he speaks soft pleasant words about Islam.
Here is the alternative to fleeing the land if Islam takes charge.
25:6 (KJV) And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his
brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the
congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation.
106:30 (KJV) Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague
If Islam takes the high ground in the USA, you will NOT have the choice to be persecuted, you will die. Fundamentalist Islam has supplanted the moderate Islam of 1000 to 1900 AD. There is no longer a moderate alternative where Islam is in power. So, consider your options, and get a permit to carry.
Meanwhile, if you would like to try to prevent this, there is NO power on earth to stop Islam except the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you know a Muslim, and if you think someone else will give them the Gospel, you will find them one day giving you the choice of submitting to Allah or die. It is war, and there is no place for the timid.