Al-Faruqi and Bolden—Allah’s Space Cadets, Muslim and Infidel, Alike
From Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff, I learned the following:
Charles Bolden, head of NASA, told Al Jazeera in this video that the “foremost” task he was given by President Obama is “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”
As Paul observes,
Thus, NASA’s primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of “predominantly Muslim nations.”
The late, much lionized faux moderate Palestinian Muslim theologian and Professor Ismail Raji al-Faruqui (d. 1986, whose writings I learned about from Bat Ye’or, and Richard Rubenstein) would have been very pleased to hear these absurd and dangerous infidel sentiments expressed by NASA’s feckless Bolden. Indeed Bolden’s lunacy ( or lunar“cy”?), as per al-Faruqui, might further the truly universal goals of Islam’s jihadist mission.
From al-Faruqui’s, “Islam and Other Faiths,” published, conveniently, by The International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA, in 1998, p. 100, we learn the validity of waging jihad in space, to right any perceived “injustice” (a very “elastic” concept in Islam, which includes the “injustice” of not wishing to live under Islamic Law!), contrary to the righteous Pax Islamica, “…dominated by law, born out of nature and necessity…and backed by the power of a standing, universal army”—of zealous Muslim Moonies, no doubt!
The doctrine of Jihad or Holy War is valid in Islam. A Holy War could be entered into only for two reasons. The first reason is defense. When the Islamic state, its lands and people are attacked, it is certainly the duty to defend them. The second is the undoing of injustice wherever it takes place. Like the Muslim individual within the Dar al-Islam, the Islamic state regards itself, and does so rightly, as vicegerent of God in space and time, a vocation which lays a great responsibility upon the Islamic state. The Islamic state acknowledges with enthusiasm and pride her responsibility to redress injustice wherever men have caused it—even if that has been the other side of the moon.