The perspective of Dr. Peter Hammond, a convert from Islam


Dr. Hammond’s doctorate is in Theology. He was born in Cape Town in 1960, grew up in Rhodesia, and converted to Christianity in 1977.
Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat:
Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is only one component and is a beard for all of the other components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components begin to creep in as well.

Here’s how it works:
As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 3% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a
peace-loving Minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:
United States — Muslim 2%
Australia — Muslim 2.5%
Canada — Muslim 2.8%
Norway — Muslim 2.8%
China — Muslim 2.9%
Italy — Muslim 2.5%

At 3% to 8%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark — Muslim 5%
Germany — Muslim 6.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 7.7%
Spain — Muslim 8%
Thailand — Muslim 7.6%

From 8% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

France — Muslim 12%
Philippines — 9%
Sweden — Muslim 8%
Switzerland — Muslim 8.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 8.5%
Trinidad& Tobago — Muslim 10.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims approach 15% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings as well as recent bombings; sexual harassment of non-Muslim females. Any non Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

Guyana — Muslim 15%
India — Muslim 19.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 18%
Russia — Muslim 21%

After reaching 25%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania — Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace.. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 100%

Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel?. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. They are not interested in being assimilated into the culture of
the country they immigrated to. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death.

Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.

Today’s 2 billion Muslims make up 28% of the world’s population. But their
birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.

Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam:
The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat

Tuesday May 10, 2016 / April 27, 2016
Radonitsa, or Day of Rejoicing. Commemoration of the Dead. Tone one.

Hieromartyr Symeon the Kinsman of the Lord (107).
New Hieromartyrs Paul and John priests, Martyrs Peter, Nicholas, Auksentius, Sergius and Virgin-martyr Anastasia (1922).
Virgin-martyr Mary (1938).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1941).
Venerable Stephen, abbot of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Vladimir in Volhynia (1094).
St. Eulogius the Hospitable of Constantinople (6th c.).
Venerable John, abbot of Cathares Monastery at Constantinople (832).
Venerable Simeon the New Stylite of Cilicia.
New Hieromartyr Seraphim, bishop of Phanar (1601).
Burning of the relics of Venerable Sava I of Serbia by the Turks (1595).
New Martyr Elias (Ardunis) of Mt. Athos (1686) (Greek).
St. Pollion the Reader of Cibalis in Pannonia (306).
St. Nicon, abbot of the monastery of St. Gerasimus (6th c.).
St. Floribert, bishop of Luik (746) (Neth.).
Holy Martyrs Poplionus and Lollionus the New.
St. Machalus, bishop of the Isle of Man.

Scripture Readings

Acts 4:1-10

Peter and John Arrested

4 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

Addressing the Sanhedrin

5 And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

John 3:16-21

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.


  1. So what should our response be? I feel passing a blog post with a book excerpt on Islam is equivalent to the #Bringourgirlsback. It might make us feel good and others better informed, but I am not convinced it will solve our problem.

    Should we ask for government intervention to break up ethnic and religious neighborhoods? Should we deport Muslims? Or should we round them up every so often Hitler-style to keep their numbers low? As a Christian, I don’t see how we would want these as solutions.

    Or is this a call for Orthodox parishes to become more evangelical and have more children in order to overcome the rapid population growth of Muslims? If so, then how do we begin moving parishes to more actively share and witness the faith? And what will the churches do for new families besides helping them with the kids during the Liturgy?

    1. I believe our response to the rise of militant Islam should be one of a welcoming love, sharing our Ancient Faith with a people whose understanding of our basic doctrines, such as that of the Holy Trinity, and the Nature of the Logos (Christ), is steeped in false ideas. If we do not see them as a people worthy of the knowledge of Christ, we will have failed them.

      1. Pardon, Fr. Tryphon, if I misunderstand you, but are you then suggesting greater (or perhaps more active) evangelicism on the part of Orthodox Christians to Muslim communities? If so, I would like to know your thoughts on how this can be brought about? My limited time in Orthodoxy suggests this type of outreach is not a prerogative for most parishes and isn’t the style (for lack of a better term) for Orthodoxy in general.

  2. How does Dr. Hammond account for the drastic reduction in the Christian and Muslim populations of Palestine/Israel after the West “de-nationed” Palestine to create Israel?

    1. Certainly Zionism has been directly responsible for the population reduction of Christians in the Holy Land. Zionism is the problem in Palestine, but militant Islam is no friend of Christians, either.

  3. As the history teacher for our home school, I have taught the World History survey 4 times now. Every time the Muslim aspect of the narrative leaves me very uneasy. This analysis helps me locate the source of my uneasiness.


    1. If we be honest about history, and especially World War II, we would acknowledge the fact that much of Islam sided with the Nazis in their collective hatred of the Jews.

  4. Dear Fr. Tryphon,

    Father bless

    This concise overview of Islam cultural infiltration of nations is sobering to say the least.
    We must be more ardent in living, sharing and loving our Resurrection reality: “The light of Christ illumines all!!
    Thank you for sharing this disturbing overview. May it be a catalyst for missionary zeal to our Islam brothers and sisters.


  5. Unfortunately, the people who dream of a straight and common sense Socialism are also inclined to dream of a true and good sense Islam. They even welcome the fresh air that it seems to bring in the countries where is now in an infancy stage.
    However, the most destructive form known by the world would be a new breed of both systems that it is the Islamic Socialism. It would go through a transition period of a Socialistic Islam. During these two stages, the Christians, of any sort, would be sacrificed for a penny. It happens when the human mind is drifting away from the Truth.

  6. Abbot Tryphon,
    I very much appreciate and have been greatly encouraged and edified by your daily offering blog. I first want to thank you for this faithful labor of love. I look forward to reading it as part of my morning routine.

    However, I was a bit troubled by this latest offering. I was unsure of what the source was (even its presentation seemed a bit odd) and did a little digging. I do not in any way mean to discredit Dr. Hammond, as I do not have his experience nor his education. However, a quick search revealed that this particular argument has been a widely circulated chain email that has been used to stir up fear and suspicion against muslims.

    We live in such a polarized and fear-driven age, Father, and I have found your blog to be a bit of an oasis from that (not that you don’t sometimes have a hard word to give, but it is always rooted in scripture or the fathers and does not lower itself to what I feel this particular argument does. I also do not know what, as an Orthodox Christian I am supposed to do with this information, even if it is accurate. What is my response to be other than to continue to live my life of repentance (failing as I am) and trying to live the Gospel commandments daily? What does being worried about a so-called approaching “threat” do to help in this labor? Am I not to pray for my enemies, and seek ways even to serve them? Am I supposed to be ‘on watch’ for muslims in my country now? I am unsure what to do with the information.

    Forgive me, dear Father, if this response is harsh, reactionary, or offensive. I mean no offense and I truly do value and cherish the words you share. But I felt I should give a response on this as I was troubled by it. Forgive me a sinner and please pray for me. In Christ, Fr. Joel Weir

    1. In the prophetic role of a monastic, I felt compelled to share these statistics. The history of Orthodoxy’s sojourn with Islam is one filled with bloodshed and persecution. Just look at what happened to Asia Minor, and how this great Byzantine Empire disappeared in bloodshed. Greeks now number under a thousand in Constantinople, and they didn’t just decide to move out. The five hundred year occupation of Greece by the Turks was anything but pleasant, and the Coptic Orthodox of Egypt are still suffering great persecution. I am a man of peace, and I have an open heart to everyone. When I see a traditionally dressed Moslem on the streets of Seattle, I greet them with a warm smile. If I saw a Moslem in need of help, I’d offer it in a heartbeat. But I am also a student of history, and feel compelled to share what I believe is coming down the pike. When I posted these stats, I was fully aware I’d get angry responses. In the past I’ve even been threatened with death by those who found my words offensive. May God help us all get along, and may peace between the West and Islam become a reality. That is my prayer. I am also painfully aware that much of what has angered the Islamic world, was brought on by imperialistic and chauvinistic policies coming out of Western governments, including, or even especially, from our own American government.

  7. Father,I love you and your blog. I would simply like to state that I don’t see the obvious fruitfulness of a post with this nature. Such statements without guided reflection may well lead to people going in the direction opposite of love and compassion… A bit of fear mongering if you will. Still, you are a free man to post as you will – as I am also free to comment! Blessings and peace dear heart.

    1. In the prophetic role that is traditional with monastics, I dare say I feel compelled to speak out. The history of the Orthodox Church is one filled with unfortunate confrontation with Islam. Just read history.

  8. Thank you father for sharing an excerpt
    from what is reported to be a scholarly and well documented book.
    The figures are truly sobering in their stark revelation of what is happening in the world as we speak. Sadly, the subject is politicised and discussion usually gagged. This should never be. Christianity has always been an open book while not so with Islam. Powerful forces are preventing us even broaching the subject it seems. Equally sad I feel is the fact that there is no answer to the trend shown by these figures. Thank you for posting this as we cannot have our heads in the sand.
    For me, it makes me want to trust in the Lord much more and take my own faith much more seriously.

  9. Just for your information, Peter Hammond is a far-right Calvinist who was actively involved in supporting Apartheid in South Africa, and working to undermine those religious leaders who opposed it. I can find no information that he was ever a Muslim, something that seems extremely unlikely for a white South African / Zimbabwean teenager who “converted to Christianity” at the age of seventeen.

    Sadly, those who once sought an enemy in communism (and routinely demonised anyone they considered communist, no matter how absurd that was, especially religious leaders who challenged apartheid) have now simply turned their attention to Islam because, well, some people need an enemy. However, to see such views promoted by Orthodox clergy is really scandalous.

    1. Orthodox the world over have experienced what I am describing. Only the Politically Correct are in denial. As a priestmonk, it is my duty to speak the truth, even if the prophet is without honor in his own country.

      1. Then we sadly have a rather different understanding of monasticism, Father. My understanding of both the Gospel and monasticism is shaped by Middle Eastern Christians, some of whom have been martyred for their faith. But strangely, it seems to be mainly North Americans who are seeking to sow hatred and division. I expect that of fundamentalists, but to see Orthodox doing it is shocking.

  10. As a relatively new convert to Orthodoxy (previously RC) I would suggest that when confronted by a Muslim, mention the name of Jesus as much as practical, as this is the Holy Name which makes the demons tremble and disarms them. Either Jesus, or Jesus Christ. As the Book of Revelation says ‘…they (we) overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…Rev 12:11.

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