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The “Radical Islam Support Test” (RIST)
Dr. Tawfik Hamid, a former member of a terrorist organization who is now dedicated to reforming Islam, has written a book entitled “Inside Jihad.”
In one section of the book he spells out what he calls the “Radical Islam Support Test,” or “RIST.” Instead of settling for tepid, generic “condemnations” of terrorism by Muslims and Muslim organizations that purport to be “mainstream” and “moderate,” it would be more illuminating to see how such Muslims respond to the questions contained in the “RIST.”
Granted, thanks to the doctrine of taqiyya, one can never be sure if the Muslim respondent is telling the truth or being deceptive in order to advance the cause of Islam. But it is our opinion that generic denunciations of terrorism are virtually meaningless and meritless so long as the person issuing such denunciations holds to underlying radical principles.
Remember, these are questions to ask a Muslim who professes to oppose terrorism and radical Islam.
“Apostates”: Do you support killing them? Should leaving the faith of Islam be punishable by death?
“Beating Women”: Is beating women ever acceptable, and if not, do you reject those decrees of Islamic law that sanction the beating of women? Do you also accept stoning women to death for committing adultery?
“Calling Jews pigs and monkeys”: Do you believe that Jews are in any way sub-human and if not, do you reject Quranic interpretations that claim they are?
“Declaring holy war”: Do you support declaring war against non-Muslims to subjugate them to Islam? Do you believe that it is fair and reasonable to offer non-Muslims three options: Conversion, Paying the Jizya, or Death?
“Enslavement”: Do you support the enslavement of female war prisoners and having sex with them as concubines? If not, do you reject those interpretations in Islamic Law, for “Ma-Malkakat Aymanikum”, which justifies such actions?
“Fighting Jews”: Do you support perpetual war against Jews to exterminate them, and if not, should those Muslims who incite such war be punished?
“Gays”: Do you believe it is acceptable to kill gays, and if not, do you reject those edicts in Sharia Law which claim it is?