Joe Biden’s shocking comment in Arabic “Inshallah” (Allah Willing) during the first presidential debate with Donald Trump, in response to the president saying that he would release his tax returns once an ongoing IRS audit ends, might not have been as ‘innocent’ as some claim.
PJ Media The utterance of this Arabic phrase, basically translates as “Allah willing,” by the Democratic candidate (see video below) is strange, and also revealing.
For starters, why, in a purely American setting, would Biden suddenly resort to Arabic? It would have been one thing if he used this formulation before a Muslim audience—it would then be chalked up to diplomacy, pandering, etc.—but why use it when around Americans and during a distinctly American event such as a U.S. presidential debate?
Secondly, while insha’allah does literally mean “Allah willing,” and is regularly used to express modesty before the Supreme Being whenever Arabic speakers are discussing future events—as in, “Next year I plan on visiting the Arctic, insha’allah”—what very few non-native speakers of Arabic appreciate is that it is also used with great frequency by those who utter it to signal that they really have no intention of doing what they say they plan on doing, and by their listeners to express doubt or cynicism.
For example, if Abdul tells Mustafa, “I promise to do X, Y, and Z,” and Mustafa responds, “insha’allah,” say, with a knowing smile, he is essentially saying—and Abdul knows he’s saying—“Suuuure you will.”
And it is precisely in this latter and subtle sense that Biden was using it: while Trump was insisting that he would eventually release his tax returns, Biden was saying, “Yea, right,” though—and again, this is the bizarre part—through a distinctly Arabic idiom.
This suggests that Biden has been around many Arabic speakers—the majority of whom were obviously Muslim, not least based on the Obama administration’s well documented preference—to the point of being able to instinctively think and utter jokes like them.
This interpretation may shed some light on a controversial thing Biden said in a video directed at Muslims in late July: “Hadith from the Prophet Muhammad instructs, ‘Whomever among you sees a wrong, let him change it with his hand. If he is not able, then with his tongue. If he is not able, then with his heart.’”
Amongst Muslims, this hadith, which is sahih, meaning deemed authentic/canonical by Sunni Muslims, concerns the enforcement of sharia, Islamic law (particularly in the context of the doctrine of “enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong”). Muslims are taught to enforce sharia (understood as the totality of all good things) any which way they can: ideally through their “hand” (physical force, or jihad); if that’s not possible, then through their “tongue” (words, ideas, propaganda).
It’s clear that, far from being clueless of the things of Islam, Biden is so familiar and comfortable with them that he instinctively relies on Arabic idioms—even around the most inappropriate of audiences—a reevaluation of what Biden meant may be in order.
At the very least, it would seem that the Democratic presidential candidate is not as naive about Islam as many think—and not necessarily in a good way.
But I think that this from Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch hits the nail on the head.
Interfaith educator” Hind Makki tweeted: “Whenever someone who’s not Muslim drops an inshallah in conversation, I assume they have Muslim colleagues. When they know to use it colloquially [sarcastically], I know they have close Muslim friends.”
These were just the sort of reactions Biden was doubtless hoping for. Arabic-speaking Christians as well as Muslims say “Inshallah,” but in saying this, Biden was not pandering to Arabic-speaking Christians; he was pandering to the part of his base (Muslim and non-Muslim) that believes that counterterror efforts are largely just an exercise in “Islamophobia” and supports the likes of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
With the world watching, Biden was demonstrating his support for the Left’s favored religion – Islam. He wouldn’t have said the phrase in English, “God willing,” because his point was not primarily to emphasize that Trump was going to procrastinate in releasing his tax returns; it was to show in a concise, albeit indirect fashion that he was a worthy candidate of the anti-American hard left, a reliable foe of the alleged “Muslim ban,” and a fervent proponent of mass migration.
The notorious anti-Semite and former Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour made that clear in July when she declared “I choose Biden” and then immediately began making clear that her support was decidedly conditional: “But I choose him as my opponent in the White House. I want him to defeat Trump so we can mobilize our movements to hold him accountable and push him to do and be better. We can’t do that with Trump.”
Sarsour explained that she and her supporters had supported Bernie Sanders “because he earned our votes & we need Biden to continue to do the same.” She elaborated: “When Joe Biden does the right thing, you better believe Linda Sarsour’s going to say, ‘You know what? Thank you so much President Joe Biden for doing the right thing.’ And when President Joe Biden doesn’t do the right thing our community needs to come together and hold him accountable.”
Biden may have been trying to relieve some of this pressure and win more of the confidence of the far-left by making use of this expression that is common among the adherents of the religion that leftists love most, but it didn’t work with everyone. Journalist Tamer El-Ghobashy huffed: “Biden’s use of inshallah was kinda colonial and derogatory if you ask me.” El-Ghobashy added: “The sarcasm of it reminded me of every mid-level state department dweeb I ever met in Iraq.”
Poor old Joe. What does he have to do or say to allay suspicions that he will not be a faithful servant of the socialist, internationalist, pro-migration, anti-counterterror agenda? His repudiation of the Green New Deal and more last night will not help him with the adherents of that agenda, but they likely understand that Joe was simply saying what he had to say to get out of the corner Trump had backed him into.
They understand, after all, the helpful principle enunciated by that master politician, Muhammad, the prophet of Islam: “War is deceit.” Joe Biden very clearly has grasped that principle as well.
Author and commentator Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim, recently warned that during Biden’s speech to one of the country’s largest Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups in America, he was “endorsing and enforcing Sharia Law vigilantism” in support of Islam.
Ali warned Biden could be feeding Islamic extremism with his words that she said are “basically saying let’s enforce Sharia law” when he referenced the Muslim concept of “commanding right and forbidding wrong. I absolutely cannot believe that in the year 2020, Joe Biden is commanding right and forbidding wrong: meaning he’s enforcing Sharia law.”
Also, in the above referenced online speech by Biden to the “Million Muslim Votes Summit,” hosted by the largest Muslim PAC in the United States, Biden declared: “If I have the honor of being president, I will end the Muslim ban on day one, day one.”
Biden declared: “One of the things I think is important, I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith.” One has to wonder why Biden is so concerned with getting our schools to proselytize for Islam while all but forbidding any mention of Christianity or other religions.
In other words, American public schools today teach a lot of positive propaganda about Islam, whitewashing the violence, misogyny, anti-Semitism, wife abuse, Islamic supremacism, and the goal of conquest of all non-Muslim countries committed in accord with its teachings.
By forcing American students to see Islam as a ‘religion of peace’ (which it is anything but), Biden thinks it will eliminate what he likes to call “Islamic” phobia. Biden also thinks that America is a dark, dangerous place for Muslims, and it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.