In an encouraging sign that the British Empire has had some lasting impact on the Arabian world, Muslims the world over demonstrated their profound understanding of irony this weekend.
A global Islamic group has vowed a holy war against the “worshippers of the cross” in response to a recent speech by Pope Benedict on the Koranic exhortation to holy war.
As we have reported in past articles, the Holy Father censored the Mohammedian use of genocide as a tool for proselytising, calling the outer jihad “unreasonable” and diametrically opposed to the nature of God.
His academic observations on the inherence of violence in Islam have sparked violent protests across the world, with Churches being burnt and worshippers being attacked. An Italian nun in Mogadishu has also been murdered on her way home from the hospital in which she worked.
Posted on Sunday on an internet site considered to be a mainstream hub of Islamic thought and frequently used by Al-Jezeera, The Mujahhideen Shura Council carried the following message: “We tell the worshipper of the cross (the Pope) that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya,” “We shall break the cross and spill the wine. … God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome. … God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the Mujahhideen.”
Pope Benedict said on Sunday that he deeply regreted Muslims had been offended by his use of a medieval quotation on Islam and violence.
Another militant group in Iraq, Ansar al-Sunnah, also vowed to fight Christians in retaliation.“You will only see our swords until you go back (sic) to God’s true faith Islam,” it said in a separate Internet statement.
There have also been unconfirmed rumours that many of the original Arabic texts contained several puns and a number of double entendre’s.
This comes at the end of a weekend which saw peaceful demonstrations outside Westminster Cathedral where mullahs with loudhailers called for the Pope’s death.
HE Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, in a characteristic display of leadership and the spirit of martyrdom symbolised by his red hat, cancelled his Sunday Mass, made no appearance to the faithful and spent the day, according to at least one source, slurping Ovaltine while hiding under his bed.