A dhimmi lives in fear of Islam, but agrees that they will not resist political Islam, and they will even support it. In return, dhimmis can live safely. Dhimmitude is the mind of the dhimmi. Today we see our politicians, journalists and intellectuals play the role of dhimmis.
The dhimmi was a unique invention by Mohammed. He created a new type of creature, and that creature is a semi-slave. Dhimmis started with what Mohammed did to the Jews. He took their land and then let them work the land and the dhimmis paid a tax, the jhizya (also spelled “jizya”), which was half of their income. A dhimmi was a kafir that lived in an Islamic country. The first dhimmis were the Jews, but Christians and others were added later.
Jews and Christians could still practice their religion, but that must be done in a private way. The laws were Islamic; the dress was dictated by Islamic law. A dhimmi was not really free. For instance, a church couldn't ring its bells, because bells are a sign of Satan, according to Mohammed. A dhimmi couldn't hold any job that made him a supervisor over Muslims. This limited rank in the military for a dhimmi. If Christians wanted to repair the church, or Jews the synagogue, they had to get permission from the government. All of these laws are dreadful, because they established a second-class citizenship; the dhimmi did not have civil rights. A dhimmi couldn't sue a Muslim or prosecute a crime against a Muslim. This type of citizen had no power, and had to pay a special tax--the jhizya. The Koran says that the dhimmi had to pay the jhizya. Classically, when the Christian or the Jewish dhimmi came to pay their yearly jhizya tax, they were humiliated-- grabbed by the beard, slapped in the face, or made to kneel and give the money. They were humiliated because the Koran said to humiliate the dhimmi.
In some Islamic countries, particularly when the country felt powerful, it was more tolerant towards the dhimmis. A dhimmi could even rise to a decent level of power within government, but that could all vanish overnight. The treatment of the dhimmi was shown in Coptic Egypt. (The Copts were the original Egyptians.) A dhimmi could have his tongue removed if he spoke Coptic in front of an Islamic government official. The dhimmi was always persecuted and was never really an equal.
When the Egyptian military tried to conquer the Byzantine Christians, but lost a battle, back in Egypt, the Muslims rioted against the Christians. Christians would be killed because riots were one of the favorite ways to punish the dhimmi. When Smyrna--the last of the seven churches of Asia-- was destroyed in 1922, it was not done with the military and bulldozers. No, rioting Muslims did it. Riots are a form of jihad. The dhimmi could always be persecuted, not only in the courts of law, but a riot could destroy an entire section of a city. Dhimmis were killed if they criticized Mohammed, and actually, dhimmis were not even supposed to study Mohammed at all.
There was a formal treaty called the Treaty of Omar, which laid out everything that was to be done to the dhimmi. A dhimmi could not ride a horse, but he could ride an ass or a donkey. If they were caught on a horse, they could be pulled off and beaten. When a dhimmi met a Muslim on the sidewalk, he had to step out into the street and let the Muslim pass. The dhimmi also had to wear special clothing or, if not special clothing, a belt or a patch on the clothing to immediately identify a person as a dhimmi. The only protection that a Christian or a Jew had would be to make Muslim friends, because many times the Muslim friend could keep the weight of dhimmi laws off of his Christian or Jewish friend.
The persecution of the dhimmis was unrelenting. It went on for generation after generation. Finally, the dhimmi would give up and become a Muslim. All of a sudden, he had more money, because he didn't have to pay the jhizya tax. Converted dhimmis could be promoted in their jobs. They would not be spit at or have stones thrown at them on the street. They could go to court and be treated as full, equal citizens.
As the centuries passed, more and more dhimmis converted to Islam. Dhimmitude, which is the mindset of the dhimmi, destroys the civilization into which Islam moves, because the only way out is to become more Islamic, by giving up all of your old culture. When Islam moved into Coptic Egypt, the culture was a blend of the old pharonic culture mixed with the culture of the Greeks. In the end, all of the Coptic culture disappeared, just as the pyramids were stripped of their beautiful marble veneer. Why? This occurs basically because Islam attempts to destroy all kafir civilization.
Islam seeks to annihilate all other cultures by dhimmitude. The lack of civil rights, the abuse, humiliation and tax burden wears away the spirit to resist becoming Islamic. They get new names, and even the names of the cities change, until the cultural history vanishes. Once a nation has been fully Islamisized, all of its history disappears. When Napoleon invaded Egypt, none of the Muslims there could explain anything about the old temples, the statues, or the pyramids. The people were ignorant of their history. They didn't remember anything, because the culture of the pharaohs had been annihilated. The culture of the Greeks in Anatolia was destroyed. In Pakistan, a Muslim country, the native culture was Hindu. Afghanistan was a Buddhist culture that has been completely annihilated.
Part of the Islamic takeover and eradication of a nation and its culture includes the destruction of sacred sites. Churches or temples that were beautiful or valuable were converted to a mosque. At one time, an estimate put the number of churches destroyed by the Islamic conquest of Turkey at nearly 20,000. As another example, India had magnificent temples of worship that the Muslims destroyed.
Islam basically invented defacing. When Islam invaded a country, all of the religious objects were destroyed, just as Mohammed destroyed all religious art. If there was a mural on a wall, the face was destroyed. Once the face was gone, the rest of the object was left. The Sphinx does not have a nose, because Muslims defaced it.
The purpose of dhimmitude was twofold: (1) to bring in money by the dhimmi tax and (2) to slowly grind out the dhimmi's culture. This process worked really well. As a matter of fact, it was so successful that there is a black hole in history about dhimmitude. No one studies this part of world history. As a result, today in our universities, the history of the dhimmi is not taught, and is never mentioned. In some divinity schools, which consider themselves sophisticated, the dhimmi is discussed. However, what is said is, "Oh, the dhimmi was protected." It makes life as a dhimmi sound warm and fuzzy, like living in the arms of your father. And the question arises: protected from what and whom? What is not taught is how the dhimmi was humiliated. When it is said that the dhimmi was protected, that is the truth. To be protected as a dhimmi means that, as long as one kept paying the tax, he would not be killed, nor would his goods be stolen, unless there was a riot. In a riot, no dhimmi was protected.
Today, there is no Islamic country strong enough to have a full legal dhimmi, or slavery, as a formal policy. However, both the dhimmi and slavery are part of Islam, and the doctrine of Islam cannot be changed. The Koran is complete, perfect and absolute. The condition and rule of the dhimmi is laid out in the Koran, so the dhimmi cannot be eliminated. The reason that there is no longer a formal dhimmi status is that Islam is not powerful enough to enforce it. Instead of having a formal status for the dhimmi, bigotry and prejudice limit the civil rights. This leads to extralegal persecution of kafirs.
Today, the dhimmis are not just inside Islamic countries, but most kafirs are dhimmis, meaning that they defer to Islam on all sorts of issues. Kafirs have replaced the dhimmi legal status with the mindset of the dhimmi (dhimmitude). Let's look at some examples of dhimmitude: Soon after 9/11, this scene was repeated in many cities: a public gathering would be held, and there would be a minister, a rabbi, an imam, and someone to operate as Master of Ceremonies. At this gathering, the Jews and Christians would say that they all worshipped the same god as the Muslims. At one of these gatherings, the three religious representatives were questioned. The Christian minister was asked, "Have you read the Koran? Do you know the traditions? Do you know the Sira (the life of Mohammed)?" The minister answered, "Well, no." Then the rabbi was asked, "Have you read the Koran?" "No." "Do you know the life of Mohammed?" "No." "Have you read the traditions?" "No." Then the imam was asked, "Have you read the New Testament?" "Oh, yes!" "Have you read the Old Testament?" "Sure!"
There is something wrong with this picture, because the rabbi and the minister said, "Oh, we worship the same God." Then in response to the questions they said, "Well we really don't know anything about Allah." Then why would they say they worshipped the same god as Allah? This is dhimmitude. It is a desperate attempt to please the Muslim, even by telling a lie! Think about it---religious leaders standing up in public and telling a deliberate lie! Why? Because it sounds good, and they are deferring to Islam, because inside nearly every Christian, every Jew, and for that matter nearly every kafir, there is a fear of Islam. Added to that, today we have the dreadful ‘political correctness,’ which says that minority groups can never be talked about in a negative way. For some reason, one-and-a-half billion Muslims are categorized as a minority!
Dhimmitude is the attitude of one who always tries to placate the bully. Islam is always pressuring for this attitude of submission. For example, the Sharia---Muslim Law---permits a Muslim to have up to four wives. In the West, we have monogamous laws. However, England allows a Muslim to have more than one wife, and all of them can qualify for welfare. This is dhimmitude. Dhimmitude is submitting to Islam for the simple purpose of submitting.
Another example of dhimmitude is the phrase "the war on terror." The war on terror is the mark of a dhimmi, because it does not name the enemy. After Pearl Harbor, the United States did not declare war against the kamikazes. It named the enemy and declared war against Japan. Dhimmis don't want to have an ideological war against political Islam. Thus, we create an artificial phrase that has no meaning. "Terror" is a technique. We cannot go to war against a technique; we can only go to war against an enemy.
We see dhimmitude in government, when it comes to hiring and promotion. Government agencies give preference to Muslim Arabs over Christian Arabs in translation work. Forums are opened for Muslims to come in and talk about Islam. As a contrary example, Buddhists do not get any forum to explain Buddhism.
In another form of dhimmitude, our universities do not teach the history of the dhimmi, nor do they teach the history of Islamic conquest. The universities teach a history of Islam which is glorious and in which no suffering occurs.
The United States prides itself on freedom of the press and political speech. Citizens are supposed to have the right to stand up and say anything about politics. People might laugh at you, and they may not vote for you, but it's not a crime to speak. Remember the Mohammed cartoons? No newspaper in the United States published the Mohammed cartoons. Mohammed was a political figure, and yet, our newspapers, by law having freedom of the press, did not publish those cartoons. Newspapers defended themselves, saying that they did not want to offend anyone. Politics frequently involves offending someone. Newspapers are in the business of offending people at times. The newspapers were not offending Islam to be nice, but because dhimmis are always afraid of Islam. Dhimmis are always looking for a way to placate and appease. When the cartoons were not shown on TV, and when they were not published in the newspapers, those refusals to exercise freedom of speech or freedom of the press were acts of dhimmis. No one was being nice; they were being dhimmis.
To gradually accept Sharia Law is another form of dhimmitude. Airports in the United States are changing the plumbing, so that Muslims will have a place to wash their feet before prayer. Universities have "meditation rooms;" however, the Muslims monopolize them. If a university is questioned about this seemingly unfair use, it will not defend the practice. That is dhimmitude. When a workplace that runs an assembly line says, "If you're Muslim we will provide for you a place to pray, and you can leave the production line when it is prayer time." That's dhimmitude. Why? It’s because the employer does not provide that opportunity for any other employee. It is the dhimmi who operates out of fear, to placate Islam.
In the United States and in Europe, there is no formal dhimmi status, but there is dhimmitude. As a result of this attitude, Europe is rapidly becoming Islamicized. The day will come when the churches in Europe will live in fear, as they do now in Turkey. Churches will have to get permission from the Muslim ‘masters’ to get the roof fixed. The reason the people will be subjected to Islamic rule is that they never studied the history of the dhimmi, and never studied the history of political Islam.
The people who do not study the history of political Islam, and study the history of the dhimmi, and learn from it, are doomed to repeat the history of subjection of dhimmis, and will lose their civilization.
The above is taken from the website Political Islam: the Dhimmi.