This brief history of the Muslim relations with the lands that are today Eastern Europe, primarily Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, is written by Raymond Ibrahim. He is not including the Balkans in “Eastern Europe”.
”Why Eastern Europeans are much more reluctant to accept Muslim migrants than their Western counterparts can be traced back to circumstances surrounding a pivotal battle, that of Kosovo, which took place on June 15, 1389, exactly 630 years ago yesterday. It pitted Muslim invaders against Eastern European defenders—the ancestors of those many Eastern Europeans today who are resistant to Islam.
“Because the jihad is as old as Islam, it has been championed by diverse peoples throughout the centuries (Arabs in the Middle East, Moors (Berbers and Africans) in Spain and Western Europe, etc.). Islam’s successful entry into Eastern Europe was spearheaded by the Turks, specifically that tribe centered in westernmost Anatolia (or Asia Minor) and thus nearest to Europe, the Ottoman Turks, so-named after their founder Osman Bey. As he lay dying in 1323, his parting words to his son and successor, Orhan, were for him ‘to propagate Islam by your arms.’
“This his son certainly did. Christian cities fell like dominos: Smyrna in 1329, Nicaea in 1331, and Nicomedia in 1337. By 1340, the whole of northwest Anatolia was under Turkic control. By now, and to quote a European contemporary, ‘the foes of the cross, and the killers of the Christian people, that is, the Turks, [were] separated from Constantinople by a channel of three or four miles.’ By 1354, the Ottoman Turks, under Orhan’s son, Suleiman, managed to cross over the Dardanelles and into the abandoned fortress town of Gallipoli, thereby establishing their first foothold in Europe.
“Cleansed of all Christian ‘filth,’ Gallipoli became, as a later Ottoman bey boasted, ‘the Muslim throat that gulps down every Christian nation—that chokes and destroys the Christians.’ From this dilapidated but strategically situated fortress town, the Ottomans launched a campaign of terror throughout the countryside, always convinced they were doing God’s work. ‘They live by the bow, the sword, and debauchery, finding pleasure in taking slaves, devoting themselves to murder, pillage, spoil,’ explained Gregory Palamas, an Orthodox metropolitan who was taken captive in Gallipoli, adding, ‘and not only do they commit these crimes, but even—what an aberration—they believe that God approves them!’
“After Orhan’s death in 1360 and under his son Murad I—the first of his line to adopt the title ‘Sultan’—the westward jihad into the Balkans began in earnest and was unstoppable. By 1371 he had annexed portions of Bulgaria and Macedonia to his sultanate, which now so engulfed Constantinople that ‘a citizen could leave the empire simply by walking outside the city gates.’ Unsurprisingly, then, when Prince Lazar of Serbia (b. 1330) defeated Murad’s invading forces in 1387, ‘there was wild rejoicing among the Slavs of the Balkans. Serbians, Bosnians, Albanians, Bulgarians, Wallachians, and Hungarians from the frontier provinces all rallied around Lazar as never before, in a determination to drive the Turks out of Europe.’
“Murad responded to this effrontery on June 15, 1389, in Kosovo. There, a Serbian-majority coalition augmented by Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian contingents—twelve thousand men under the leadership of Lazar—fought thirty thousand Ottomans under the leadership of the sultan himself. Despite the initial downpour of Turkic arrows, the Serbian heavy cavalry plummeted through the Ottoman frontlines and broke the left wing; the Ottoman right, under Murad’s elder son Bayezid, reeled around and engulfed the Christians. The chaotic clash continued for hours. Bayezid brought the battle to a decisive end; he threw everything he had at the enemy, leading to the slaughter of every last Christian—but even more of his own men in the process.
“So many birds flocked to and feasted on the vast field of carrion that posterity remembered Kosovo as the ‘Field of Blackbirds.’ Though essentially a draw—or at best a Pyrrhic victory for the Ottomans—the Serbs, with fewer men and resources to start with in comparison to the ascendant Muslim empire, felt the sting more. In the years following the battle of Kosovo, the Ottoman war machine became unstoppable: the nations of the Balkans were conquered by the Muslims—after withstanding a millennium of jihads, Constantinople itself permanently fell to Islam in 1453—and they remained under Ottoman rule for centuries. The collective memory of Eastern Europeans’ not too distant experiences with and under Islam should never be underestimated when considering why they are significantly more wary of—if not downright hostile to—Islam and its migrants compared to their Western, liberal counterparts.“
Organizations like CAIR, mentioned in my previous post about Raymond Ibrahim, modern apologists of Muslim conquest, Islamist terrorists and the craven capitulators of western nations, including our own, MUST invent words like islamophobia, hide behind lies of white nationalism, and oscillate between the extremes of claiming victimhood and making threats of retaliation. Why? Because the ACTUAL history of Islamic jihad is so horrendously bloody, filled with rape, plunder and destruction, that complacent westerners whose nations have lived in safety all their lives, and who are ignorant of the history of conquest, want to be like the three monkeys: 🙈🙉🙊. ISIS is merely the most recent iteration.
“But what about all the peaceful Muslims in this country and around the world?” I agree that the majority of Muslims are peaceful. I love them, and they deserve to live in peace too. I don’t want to see them persecuted or harassed, but though they are the majority in numbers, they have no influence on their violent brethren. CAIR tries to argue that Mr. Ibrahim must be silenced, as should anyone they brand islamophobic, because telling the history of jihad will foment discrimination and violence on Muslims. Not so for fair-minded people. What does actual experience of today’s world show? Which is greater, violence ON Muslims or violence BY Muslims? You know the answer.