The Dalai Lama is revered around the world, and not just by his Tibetan Buddhist followers who believe he’s the incarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. He is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who preaches non-violence toward the Chinese communists who invaded and now run his country. The Dalai Lama, living in India, is also a tragic Ghandi-esque political leader-in-exile whose government is not recognized by any nation. He describes himself as a simple monk. The Dalai Lama has accumulated much good will and his influence is far-reaching. He has no power from material wealth, no army, no country. His power is spiritual. This is why in this age of decadence, many people respect and listen to him and believe what he says.
Mischief or Jihad? – This year, at a lecture at Lehigh University, the Dalai Lama said that “it’s totally wrong, unfair” to label Islam a violent religion.
This is not the first time he publicly has made such remarks about Islam and its sixth pillar, jihad. In 2006 in San Francisco, after getting a “desperate message for help” from American Muslims, the Dalai Lama attended an inter-faith event titled A Gathering of Hearts Illuminating Compassion and spoke out for the “Religion of Peace.” There he defended Islam and said that only ‘a few mischievous people’ are to blame.
In June, 2008 in his role of political-cum-religious leader, his pronouncements at the Delhi Conference on World Terrorism were shocking. Once again, the Dalai Lama defended the Muslim religion and declared, matter-of factly, that Muslims are among the most peace-loving people, that thy cannot be terrorists (“If a person is a terrorist, he cannot be a Muslim), and that “Some mischievous people and their deeds generalize (the) whole religion. Because of these incidents, it creates (the) impression that Muslims are militants. It is wrong.”
Examine what the Dalai Lama says. His few “mischievous people” have killed thousands of people around the world in the past ten years. And again, he calls men who blow up themselves and other innocent humans – mischievous. He says it is mischief to maim and murder? No, mischief is a child being naughty. Blowing up innocent people is evil!
Why does the Dalai Lama think that a person who engages in terrorism can’t be a Muslim when the jihadis brag publicly how they kill for Allah, and quote verses from the Koran that command Muslims to instill terror in kafirs’ hearts, to smite them at their necks (behead them like Daniel Pearl).
He also said, “Now days to some people, the Muslim tradition appears more militant. And I feel that’s totally wrong. Muslims like any other traditions [have the] – same message, same practice. That is a practice of compassion.” The Dalai Lama received this information on Islam from his Muslim friends, not from knowledge of the actual doctrine.
Ignoring Islamic Doctrine – Unfortunately, the Dalai Lama, who feels Muslims aren’t militant and who listens to his Muslim friends, is the one who is wrong. He repeats his mantras about Islam without his investigating the doctrinal root causes of the tactic of terror and its ‘mischievous’ perpetrators. At the New Delhi conference he said: “Every action comes from some motivation. We have to address and deal with the motivation which creates terrorist actions.”
Islam’s actions are motivated by their sacred texts of the Koran, the Hadith, the traditions of Mohammed and the Sira, the biography of Mohammed. As a Buddhist scholar, surely the Dalai Lama understands how the foundational texts of any religion are the root cause and the prime motivator for the words and deeds of the religious follower. But the Dalai Lama seems to be ignorant of the sacred texts of Islam and the doctrine of Mohammed and his god, Allah. Otherwise, how could he, a Buddhist who espouses pacificism and non-violence, defend Islam, a political ideology of violence and war? Now, how does he, a rationalist and scholar, justify not knowing the Islamic doctrine?
The Dalai Lama uses hearsay, what Muslims tell him, not factual, doctrinal or historic evidence to back up his words. And says we generalize bad things about the Muslims. However, close examination of the thoughts, speech and deeds of Mohammed, the perfect man Muslims are encouraged to imitate, shows that Muslims can threaten to take our lives (as they did to the Dalai Lama in 2007), lie to us, steal from us, attack and murder us. We have proof in the doctrine and the actions of recent events. This violence and aggression originate in the Islamic trilogy of the Koran, Sira and Hadith. There is no generalization. There is only the truth. Islamic doctrine breeds violence and aggression.
The Actual Doctrine: Dualism – The Dalai Lama says that just because some Muslims are violent, all of them aren’t. Islam has only one nature, he contends and it can’t be violent. Therefore, according to his point of view, the jihadis practice a false doctrine. However, Islam has two “natures.” There are two Korans and two Mohammeds, the Meccan or religious and the Medinan, the political, including its dualistic ethics with one set of rules for Muslims and one set for unbelievers, kafirs. This dualism also includes acting nice when Islam is weak and acting violent when it is strong. The Dalai Lama denies this dualistic reality of Islam due to his ignorance of the actual doctrine.
The Dalai Lama doesn’t know that according to Islam, he is the worst kind of kafir, a polytheist, who is cursed and sent to hell by Allah. No, he maintains an arrogant ignorance and says that all religions are good. That’s ridiculous. Students of history and anthropology know that many ancient cultures sacrificed their own loved ones due to religious belief. All religions are not necessarily good!
But the Dalai Lama’s greatest intellectual failing is that he confuses cause and effect. He acts and speaks as if Muslims create Islam, that they are the cause and Islam is the effect. But actually, it is the doctrine of Islam that creates the Muslims. The doctrine creates those ‘mischievous few’ who desire to kill kafirs in the way of Allah. His greatest moral failing is that he arrogantly remains ignorant and passes this ignorance on to the world giving it the stamp of his spiritual authority.
The cure for his ignorance is the understanding of dualism and submission. Islam means submission and the Dalai Lama submits.
His Friends – Let’s look at the Dalai Lama’s moderate Muslim friends that advise him on Islam at the conferences on terrorism and inter-faith love fests and lectures on enlightenment. One of them in the U.S. is Sheik Hamza Yusuf who backed Nation of Islam murderer Rap Brown and the blind Egyptian Sheik Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Tower bombing. He associates with members of militant Islamic organizations like the ICNA and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim American Society.
The Dalai Lama’s high profile friend at the Gathering was Sayyid Syeed, a high level member of the ISNA, which has close ties to Saudi Arabia supported organizations as well as the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic sharia law. The Brotherhood’s motto is brief and clear: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
In New Delhi, his Muslim friends came from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Shri Lanka, Indonesia, and other bastions of freedom and peaceful co-existence to a conference on terrorism sponsored by the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid. Ahmed Bukhari, who is the imam there, stated publicly that the United States is a terrorist (nation), that the Jews are responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and that Until Bin Laden is proved guilty by Islamic law, Muslims should stand with him. The Dalai Lama calls these men with terrorist ties his friends (when their doctrine says they must not be friends with kafirs) and proudly defends the faith that fuels them.
The Dhimmi – As Balbir Punj writes in his article “Islam in the Eyes of the Dalai Lama,” There can be no more bitter irony than a Buddhist monk defending Islam as a religion of compassion. Except for mountainous pockets like Ladakh, Tibet, and the Chittagong Hills Tracts, Buddhism disappeared from India under the Sword of Islam. Islam destroys all vestiges of Buddhism where ever it goes. It may take centuries but eventually, like the Bamiyan Buddhas, all traces of its practice will be reduced to rubble and erased from history. Allah says Buddhists are less than the Jews and Christians whom he calls apes and pigs.
But for now, Mohammed and Allah only want the Dalai Lama’s goodwill. And he gives it eagerly, freely and lovingly, ignoring discriminating wisdom as he moves forward, taking his followers down the way of dhimmitude, a path of suffering and annihilation. He is now officially a deluded dhimmi whose Buddhist ethics fall away as he defends an Islamic doctrine of death and destruction.
Of course the Dalai Lama is only acting like a typical politician, but due to his spiritual stature, we expect something better from him. We expect the truth. We expect a bit of discriminating wisdom. Surely he knows the history of Buddhism in Central Asia. Surely he knows that Buddhists cannot live and practice their religion freely in Islamic countries. But he doesn’t speak out about these things.
The Dalai Lama could remain silent but he speaks out in favor of Islam at every possible public event. It is not clear why he so willingly takes on the role of the deceiver. But, whatever the reasons, he gives refuge to our enemies who are his enemies too.
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Dr. Bill Warner is the director of The Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI, www.politicalislam.com ) Pamela Carruthers is a researcher for CSPI.
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