Shhhh … Hear that? … the thunderous condemnation and exclamations of deep sympathy for the victims of the Boston bombing emanating from the overwhelming majority of the estimated 1.6 billion “peace-loving, moderate, anti-terrorism” Muslims worldwide? You also have to be moved by the expressions of sympathy for the victims and condemnation of the perpetrators coming from the majority of those same “moderate” 6.2 million Muslims living here in America.
Awww, there I go again, imagining John Lennon’s song “Imagine.”
You know, now that I think of it, I can’t recall the head of any Muslim-dominated country expressing a single word of condemnation for the act, or sympathy for the victims. Furthermore, except for one moderate Muslim on Fox News, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of people in the Muslim community worldwide particularly interested in denying the Islamic jihad aspects of the bombing; nor can I recall any major U.S. news outlet (with the possible exception of Fox News) criticizing anyone but the U.S. for the action. I have heard several actually blame the U.S. for it, though.
Just in case some of you may be wondering why there seems to be a dearth of condolences for our dead, or condemnation of the perps from Islamic-ruled countries, please pardon a personal reference.
Before I became a real radical, in the truest sense of the word (“a person who holds or follows strong convictions,” as in born again Christian), I was a radical in the accepted sense of the word (“representing or supporting an extreme section of a political party,” as in devotee of Malcolm X.)
Additionally, I had spent a little over three years in the Middle East watching dark-skinned Muslims (albeit unknown to me at the time as the upper class) running their own country and being treated as equals by the same people (Americans) who were treating their dark-skinned countrymen as second-class citizens.
So I began to study Islam, and upon my return from my last assignment (Libya), after 13 years in the Air Force, I took an honorable discharge and began to follow the teachings of Elijah Mohammed and his No. 1 prophet, Malcolm X.
You will pardon me, therefore, for my view of the uninformed who continuously promote Islam as a “religion of peace.” It is true in one sense of the term; become a true adherent and do exactly and only what you are told, and you will have peace with the ruling class. If you question or depart Islam or stray from its teachings, it becomes the “religion of pieces.” (Funny how the liberal media and liberal spokeswomen have naught to say about the treatment of women in Islam, but I stray from the issue.)
Like Christians have the Holy Bible, Muslims have the Holy Quran – and both are instructed to obey. One major difference is the Bible covers both pre and post stages of mankind’s development.
The Old Testament introduced to the world a standard of morality. Heretofore, “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” The New Testament instituted the principles on which Western civilization is based. The Quran made no such change, and the foundational principles on which Islamic civilization is based have not changed. According to Islam, you are a Muslim (one who submits) or a Kafir (infidel/unbeliever).
True Christianity desires that people know God. Islam professes the same goal. The difference lies in their methods. To learn what modern-day Christians believe (or should believe), read the New Testament. Keep in mind, the New Covenant/Testament (like our Constitution) articulates a new relationship (covenant) with a Sovereign. As members of Western civilization, most citizens are familiar with some of the basic tenets found in the Gospels: love thy neighbor, do unto others, turn the other cheek, go preach the good news (the Gospel) to all everywhere, and other tenets you can name.
Now, let us have a brief glimpse into some of the basic tenets of Islam found in the division Sura:
[5.33] “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.”
[8.12] “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”
[9.5] “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them;”
[9.30] “And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; …”
And yes, just as in every major religion, there are differing “interpretations” and views. Just as there are Protestants and Catholics, there are Islamic divisions, Sunni and Shia, each with their own interpretations of “holy writ.”
However, there does seem to be a convergent belief among both groups of Muslims regarding one Hadith (whatever is attributed to the Prophet Muhammad) regarding jihad (holy war against unbelievers): “A man asked [the Prophet]: ‘… and what is Jihad?’ He [peace be upon him] replied: ‘You fight against the disbelievers when you meet them (on the battlefield).’ He asked again: ‘What kind of Jihad is the highest?’ He [peace be upon him] replied: ‘The person who is killed whilst spilling the last of his blood.’”
[Ishaq:587] “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”
OK. Granted, every Muslim is not a jihadist; so why the deafening silence?