It’s called “the holy month of Ramadan” by Muslims.
Observing it is one of the five pillars of the faith.
First is reciting the “Shahada” in Arabic, which translates to: “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His prophet.”
The second is prayer.
The third is charity.
Fourth is fasting, which includes Ramadan.
And lastly is the “Hajj,” the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Let’s be thankful to the One True God that Ramadan is finally over.
This year, as has often been the case in recent years, this “holy month” of Ramadan left a bloody trail in its wake.
One can blame the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Turkey and Bangladesh – notably all Islamic nations. Attacks on mosques in Kuwait, another Muslim nation, were foiled by security forces.
But the question needs to be asked: How and why does the Islamic world allow ISIS to perpetrate this kind of horror worldwide, including in Muslim nations?
In Jordan, six members of the nation’s security forces were killed June 21 in a suicide car bombing launched from Syria.
In Lebanon, six people were killed and 19 wounded in a series of suicide attacks in a mainly Christian area of northern Lebanon.
In Yemen, at least 42 people, mostly soldiers and one child, were killed when attackers launched four suicide car bombings at security targets in a major Yemeni city.
In Turkey, the death toll stands at 44 in the Ataturk airport attack.
In Bangladesh, gunmen killed 20 civilians and two police officers before authorities raided the restaurant and ended the standoff. The massacre occurred at the end of the day when Muslims would have been breaking their daily fast for Ramadan.
In Iraq, a suicide truck bomb ripped through a busy shopping district in Baghdad killing more than 200 and injuring 175. Again, families had been gathering after breaking their Ramadan fast.
Saudi Arabia endured a wave of suicide bombings over a 24-hour period, killing four in “the holy city” of Medina.
Of course, we’re all familiar with ISIS attacks or ISIS-inspired attacks in Europe, Israel and the United States. But during Ramadan, all of these attacks were directed at Muslim nations and mostly against fellow Muslims.
So what are Muslims and Muslim nations doing to eradicate this disease known as ISIS?
Frankly, too many of them seem to be spending more time, resources and energy denouncing what they call “Islamophobia.”
I tend to think any vestige of “Islamophobia,” if it exists at all, will go the way of the dodo bird when this epidemic of Islamic terrorism ends. And I don’t believe it will end until it is defeated militarily.
How many people were killed during Ramadan because of “Islamophobia”? How many mosques were attacked by non-Muslims during Ramadan – worldwide?
The answer to both questions is none.
Of course, ISIS is hardly alone in conducting these attacks.
Did you know there are more than 140 Islamic terrorist organizations in the world?
Want to take a guess how many non-Islamic terrorist groups there are worldwide?
Clearly, Islam has a unique problem here.
From Jan. 1, 2016, through July 4, there were 1,205 Islamic terror attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,028 people were killed and 13,355 injured.
Like it or not, terrorism is a uniquely Islamic problem. So is the irrational hatred that motivates it.
Maybe it’s time for the Muslim world to disavow terrorism – unilaterally and universally. That would go a long way to end the imaginary scourge of “Islamophobia.”
“Islamophobia” is not the problem.
What the world badly needs is for Islam to contract “terror-phobia.”
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