Is Ramadan a time for reflection, spiritual growth, forgiveness and compassion, or is it a time of holy war and death for Allah? President Obama gives one answer, history another.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 9, 2016 — Just when you think there is nothing else to say about President Obama, he opens his mouth.
Ramadan began this week and Obama, a Christian who considers himself America’s foremost authority on Islam, said that “this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities.”
Those are wonderful sentiments. If only they were true. The problem is not what Obama says, but what he does not say.
Robert Spencer of “Jihad Watch” points out that as the president delivered his words of peace, an ISIS spokesman called upon Muslims “to use this Ramadan to get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for nonbelievers … especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America.”
What most Westerners do not understand is that while Ramadan is supposedly a time for reflection for Muslims (which is also largely untrue), for non-believers who get in the way of Islam, “Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah.” And it has been that way for fourteen long centuries. Surely that is enough time to figure it out in the West.
If you do not believe it, read Koran 48, Surah 29 which says, “Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.”
While Obama may be inclined to make things up as he goes along, non-Muslims can learn just about everything they need to know by simply reading the Koran.
The president is correct when he says that Muslims are supposed to renew their devotion to Allah during the 30 days of Ramadan. Where he goes wrong is leaving out the “rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say.
As Spencer adds, “Murdering infidels doesn’t contradict the spirit of Ramadan; it embodies it.”
Quoting a website published by Chechen jihadists, Spencer returns us to the seventh century: “The month of Ramadan in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and the righteous ancestors was a month of forthcoming. The greatest battles during the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh) occurred in this blessed month, the month of jihad, zeal and enthusiasm.”
Without breaking character, Obama continued, “I can think of no better way to mark my Administration’s last celebration of Ramadan as President than to honor the contributions of Muslims in America.”
Let’s honor those contributions, Mr. President. What are they? You constantly remind us about them but we have never seen or heard precisely what they are.
Why? Because they are so few and far between that nobody knows what they are. Unless, as Spencer suggests, we count “the added increase in airport security. That there aren’t any actual such contributions is an inconvenient fact, to be sure, but one so thoroughly obscured by propaganda that everyone feels it can be safely ignored.”
Adding to the frustration is that when the president makes such outlandish remarks, the media never calls him on them. The American public thus continues to believe whatever Obama says because, after all, he is the smartest man in the world.
As Ramadan progresses, remember the words of Karen Carpenter who sang, “We’ve only just begun.” There are some major sporting events taking place in Europe in the coming days, and just as an added reminder, Ramadan 2016 ends on July 5th this year.
It has been shown that terrorists can strike at any time in any place. The coincidence of Ramadan and major European sporting events and the celebration of American independence only means that something could happen, making it an ideal time to be vigilant rather than complacent.
Let’s hope that for once President Obama is correct in his skewed analysis of Islam.
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 (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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