Today’s lesson is a demonstration of the status of non-Muslims within the minds of the practitioners of Islam. If, as an Infidel, you are surprised (or perhaps offended) by the gesture of a Muslim who greets you by extending his left hand (which is explained in the video), please bear in mind that the true Muslim is equally offended by your existence, because you and I as Infidels are considered to be unclean. Kafir is the proper term. And that is why he greets your extended right hand hand with his left. His left is the dirty hand, in the most abject sense of the word.
Islam divides the world into two parts: The Dar al Islam (the house of Islam) and the Dar al Harb (the house of war). There’s really nothing between the two. Either one is or is not a Muslim. It follows, then, that one is either clean or dirty.
People who inhabit the House of War are not considered by Muslims to be clean. Infidels are believed to be dirty, literally. Andrew Bostom has written about the historical doctrine of najis, wherein Jews who lived in Muslim-conquered territories were not allowed to go outside their homes during rain storms. The fear among the ruling Muslim class was that some of the filth which clung to the bodies or clothing of the Jews would be washed away by the falling rain – further, that some passing Muslim might come into contact with the flowing rain water and thereby be contaminated by the water-borne najis.
This concludes today’s lesson.