Defining Islam: Religion, political system or way of life?

Defining Islam: Religion, political system or way of life?

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CHARLOTTENC, April 17, 2014 – Question of the day, or perhaps the century, “Is Islam a religion?”

A specific religion is difficult to classify because there are so many variables in the individual belief systems. Both Hinduism and Buddhism, for example, are philosophical in nature.

In the simplest terms, Hindi ideals are the result of multiple concepts which have a common thread that ties them together.

Buddhism is also philosophical in nature allowing belief in God to be a choice.

What unites them, as well as Christianity and Judaism, is one significant factor and that is their individual  moral teachings, lessons and rituals which satisfy the natural hierarchy of a religion.

Islam was heavily influenced by Christianity and Judaism because it was the belief of the Prophet Muhammad’s in the 7th century that there was no core religion for the poor and ignorant of Mecca. Muhammad gradually became disenchanted with what he observed as greed and hypocrisy in his hometown, even though he was “friendly” with Christians and Jews in his formative years and borrowed many of his concepts from both religions.

The key lies in the Hijrah, which took place in the year 622 CE when the prophet and his small, but intensely loyal, band of followers migrated to Medina. That is regarded as the beginning of Islam. It is notable that when Muhammad turned his back on Mecca, it was no small decision. It was a major schism to renounce his tribal heritage in that day and time.

The other important aspect of Muhammad’s move was that Medina provided him with an army.

Debates frequently arise about Christ and Muhammad during comparisons of Christianity and Islam, but there is one response you almost never hear which clarifies a major difference between the two belief systems. Jesus made it clear throughout his teachings that his world was not a kingdom on earth. Islam. On the other hand, has one primary objective which is to dominate the world in which we live. That is a huge difference.

The definition between a cult and a religion becomes muddied because believers in a cult are, in their own rite, religious and, therefore, the ideas to which they adhere are actually a religion. What separates them is that in their formative stages their memberships are small and they have little power. In that sense, Islam in its earliest incarnation was, in fact, a cult, as was Christianity.

Islam, though extremely large and powerful today, does, however, retain many facets of a cult, which is primarily the result of its political nature. When classified as a religion, Islam enjoys tax exempt status in this country, which in essence means that American citizens are funding a belief system with a primary goal of destroying us.

Islam is a totalitarian system that regulates every aspect of life for its believers. Since the very beginning Islam has been rooted in hate, destruction and suppression.

The most significant defining factor that separates Islam from all other religions is critical to understanding its core beliefs and how to deal with them. Nearly every other major religion adheres to a simple concept we have all learned since childhood and that is the “Golden Rule” or some variation of the idea. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” has no such provision in Islam.

Political correctness fails to recognize these differences which is why there is a Texas Muslim Court and explains why Muslims are able to play both ends against the middle to achieve their objectives.

Islam is a way of life, but is it a religion? It’s a legitimate question and one worth examining.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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