CHARLOTTE, NC, December 11, 2016 – If every American had just one-tenth of Raymond Ibrahim’s understanding of Islam we could go a long way toward eliminating the problems we face with Islamic extremism.
In a powerful article defining our failure to comprehend Muslim grievances, Ibrahim cuts like a hot knife through butter to the truth of last week’s attack at Ohio State and countless others around the world.
While so-called expert investigators and media search for a “motive,” Ibrahim tells it like it really is, and it is not pretty.
Muslim grievances are, in many ways, a diversion. As Ibrahim points out “no matter what the West does, the true reason ISIS hates and terrorizes it is because we are infidels.”
Opinions such as this among the likes of Ibrahim, Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders, to mention a few, are not new, but they are relevant and must be understood if we are to solve the problems of Islamic jihad.
In the simplest of terms, Ibrahim explains that Muslim extremists are motivated by a “supremacist-based grievance.” Their anger is derived from the core belief that Muslims are superior to non-Muslims, or infidels, and when Muslims are not in control of a situation they rebel in the strongest of terms.
Such beliefs are not difficult to find. The Koran is filled with references to Islamic superiority and the comparison of non-Muslims to apes and pigs.
Ibrahim continues by referencing the “Conditions of Omar”, a lesser known Islamic text created by the second caliph who was a close friend of Muhammad. This manuscript details precisely how infidels must behave when living under Muslim rule. It is this control and power that provides the motivation for groups such as ISIS and others.
Taken to broader perspective, much of the racial animas we are experiencing in this country today can be traced to a similar philosophy by Barack Obama that can only serve to divide the nation. Those notions are also perpetuated in the president’s unrelenting belief that “ISIS is not Islam.”
In attempting to rationalize the motivation of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Ohio State attacker, Ibrahim refers to his Facebook statement which said: “I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim Brothers and Sisters being killed and torture EVERYWHERE. Seeing my fellow Muslims being tortured, raped and killed in Burma led to a boiling point. I can’t take it any more.”
To which Ibrahim replies, “Note, he was aggrieved because his ‘Muslim Brothers and Sisters’ are being abused. Key word: Muslim. He didn’t care about universal justice.”
One could argue that this is nothing more than the 14 century schism between Islam and other religions. Why should Artan care about anyone other than Muslims?
Fair point, until, as Ibrahim points out, Christians are being persecuted ruthlessly in Somalia which was Artan’s home country.
“Somali Christians share the same looks, nationality, ethnicity, language, and culture as Artan,” writes Ibrahim. “They are most literally his true ‘brothers.’ Yet their unjust persecution didn’t matter to him; his sympathies belonged instead with a people in distant Burma who have nothing in common with him other that being Muslim.”
In conclusion, Ibrahim says that Muslim anger is not unfounded based upon “legitimate” grievances. What is inaccurate is that the grievances Muslim express are not based upon equality, but of supremacy instead.
Therein lies the problem and the lack of understanding by the West.
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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.
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