CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 15, 2014 — Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, claims the kidnappings are acceptable because Islam is at war with Christianity and democracy. George Bush, Tony Blair and Barack Obama all told us that we are not at war with Islam, but Muslim clerics and leaders like Shekau seem to think otherwise.
They should go with the Muslim point of view. If they don’t believe the West is at war with Islam, they are kidding themselves.
While the rest of the world wrings its hands and sends hash-tag messages that are no doubt scaring the terrorists to death, Muslim leaders are trying to spin the kidnappings away from the truth.
As despicable as Abubakar Shekau may be, he does not hide from his exact purpose. While slavery in a 21st century world is anathema in most societies, Shekau has no reservations about it; in his mind, jihad sanctions the idea. According to Sheau, slaves are nothing more than the booty of war.
Boko Haram’s leader says, “There are slaves in Islam, you should know this, Prophet Muhammad took slaves himself during (the) Badr war.”
Though it happened in the year 624, the Battle of Badr was one of the most significant skirmishes in history. Muslims refer to it as a war; the numbers involved say it was a skirmish, but the outcome altered the world for 14 centuries.
Outnumbered three-to-one, Muhammad’s army of 300 men were victorious against their arch enemy from Mecca, the prophet’s home city.
Religiously, Badr is regarded by Muslims as a divine message from Allah that Islam should dominate the world. From a secular standpoint, Muhammad’s victory is regarded as military genius and, therefore, an indication that Islam is superior to all other faiths.
Had Muhammad lost the Battle of Badr, the world would probably never heard of Islam, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Boko Haram and the like.
Muhammad did take slaves, and for a fundamentalist fanatic like Shekau it is not a stretch to find justification in taking hundreds of schoolgirls as slaves.
According to an article in “The Clarion Project,” Shekau believes that jihad is a struggle “against Christianity, Western influence, democracy and Muslims that Boko Haram sees as impure.” While the real name of Shekau’s organization is The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad, it is known as Boko Haram because “haram” roughly translates from Arabic to mean “forbidden” or “sinful” and the group rejects Western education.
Shekau argues, “It is a war against Western education, democracy and constitution. This is what I know in Quran. Allah says we should finish them when we get them.”
Unfortunately for him, those words could not possibly be written in the Koran because Western education, democracy and constitution did not exist in the time of Muhammad.
As “The Clarion Project” points out, that does not stop at least some Muslims from agreeing with Shekau.
On a Saudi Islamic website posted by Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid, called “Islam Q & A,” the sheikh states, “In fatwa 10382, ‘It is permissible for you to take concubines from among those whom you seized as war booty,’ regardless of if one has a spouse. It says, ‘Islam allows a man to have intercourse with his slave woman, whether he has a wife or wives or he is not married.’
“The scholars are unanimously agreed on that and it is not permissible for anyone to regard it as haraam (prohibited) or to forbid it. Whoever regards that as haraam is a sinner.’”
Another source cited by Clarion is Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi. Maududi is a highly respected scholar who is frequently cited by Islamists around the world, especially the Islamic Circle of North America, one of the largest Muslim-American groups in the U.S.
Maududi writes, “And forbidden to you are the wedded wives of other people, except those who have fallen in your hands (as prisoners of war): This is the Law of Allah.”
In short, all a true Islamic believer needs is a “smidgeon” of justification and sadly, all the hash-tags in the world cannot overcome that.
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. Read more of What in the World and Bob Taylor at Communities Digital News. Follow Bob on Twitter @MrPeabodClick here for reuse options!
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