CHARLOTTE, N.C. We are now more than 17 years removed from the catastrophic terror attacks of 9/11/01. And yet, courtesy of the tireless efforts of contemporary Islamic apologists, we have learned little about the roots of Islam and its teachings since the time of the Crusades.
As with controversies surrounding contemporary athletes, motion pictures, television programs and entertainers, our modern Western tendency is to limit our sources of knowledge regarding the present and immediate past to avoid making necessary judgments. This intellectual laziness is simply less trouble than researching the origins and history of the above.
Much of our knowledge of Islamic history, in general, has been a product of dubious scholarship acumulated in the past 2 or 3 decades. Because of this, uninformed analyses of Christianity vs Islam frequently demonize the Crusades as the source of conflict between the major religions.
But nothing could be further from the truth. In many respects, lazy or dishonest “intellectuals” and Western Islamic apologists have this story exactly wrong.
Indeed, Islamic apologists like former Irish Catholic nun Karen Armstrong are the root of this problem. Armstrong is a bestselling author on comparative religions. She strongly adheres to the litany of “bum raps.” Namely, she notes that scholars in the West and elsewhere frequently describes the Prophet Muhammad as a sinister character.
In her book Islam: A Short History, Armstrong opines:
“It is important…to be clear that when the Arabs burst out of Arabia they were not impelled by the ferocious power of “Islam.” Western people often assume that Islam is a violent, militaristic faith which imposed itself on its subject peoples at sword-point. This is an inaccurate interpretation of the Muslim wars of expansion. There was nothing religious about these campaigns. Umar did not believe that he had a divine mandate to conquer the world.
“The Quran does not sanctify warfare. It develops the notion of a just war of self-defense to protect decent values, but condemns killing and aggression.”
In the year 650 — considerably closer to Muhammad’s time on earth than Armstrong’s — John of Nikiu, Egypt wrote:
“Muslims…were not just “enemies of God” but adherents of ‘the detestable doctrine of the beast, that is, Mohammed.’ The oldest parchment that alludes to a warlike prophet was written in 634—a mere two years after Muhammad’s death.”
Examining historic Islam
At the end of the 7th century and the beginning of the 8th, Christians began to study theological claims of Islam in depth. One person described the Koran as “that most pitiful and most inept little book of the Arab Muhammad.”
Among those who studied and analyzed the Koran in depth at that time was Nicetas Byzantinos. Problematically, his claims are difficult to accept even by contemporary standards.
In one instance, Byzantinos voiced the idea that the Koran “claim(ed) that heaven amounted to a ‘sexual brothel.'” Accurate or not, such references clearly lost many anti-Islamic advocates based upon the blasphemy of their tone and substance.
That said, the Prophet himself was his own worst enemy in perpetuating the truths or myths that evolved during the four centuries following his death and the First Crusade.
Revelations” Or “dreams of convenience”?
Muhammad was known for many “revelations” that essentially were “dreams of convenience.” When the Prophet desired something, he simply awoke in the morning claiming he had experienced a “revelation” from Allah during the night. Thus, one might credibly argue that Muhammad resembed something a 7th century Jim Jones. Whatever the case, his followers took him at his word.
One prime example that left Christians shaking their heads in disbelief came from Muhammad’s biography. The Prophet stated in the Koran 4:3 that Muslims could have up to four wives as well as unlimited concubines.
But it wasn’t long before Muhammad revised his message with one of his “convenient revelations.” He declared in the Koran 33:50-52 that he alone had the right to sleep with and marry as many women as he desired.
Muhammad married his favorite wife, Aisha, when she was six, consummating the union when she was nine. Notably, Aisha said, “I feel that your Lord hastens in fulfilling your wishes and desires.”
Victimization, Justification and Rationalization
Islam can be summed up in three words: “Victimization, Justification and Rationalization.”
“Justifying” his own sexual and moral codes, Mohammed merged them with a key idea. He claimed that God endorsed such concepts as signs of obedience. He had a good thing going. And he knew it.
Today, political correctness dictates that any criticism of Islam must assuredly be “Islamophobic.” But this moral blindness and justification promulgated by social justice warriors (SJWs) simply fuels the debate by rejecting intelligent discourse on the subject. It also ignores the mass victimization of others the prophet and his religion supported.
Muhammad’s two biggest flaws in the eyes of Christians were his sexual appetites and the use of force to establish his faith. Apologists such as Karen Armstrong can only justify Muhammad’s actions by an act of pure rationalization.
Trashing the Crusades. When will modern Christians wake up to the real danger in their midst?
It took four centuries for Christians to wake up and attempt to regain their lands during the Crusades. Muhammad’s lecherous reputation, along with his history as an evil historical character and a cruel warrior had long since evolved by the time the First Crusade took place.
Basic math clearly shows that roughly nine centuries passed from the First Crusade until the 9/11 attacks on New York and Arlington, Virginia. Yet even in the 17 years since over 3,000 innocent human beings of all faiths died in those horrific events, Western-educated “intellectuals” stubbornly fail to acknowledge a problem with radical Islam still exists. Worse, they can’t bother to learn the history of its causes.
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Taken from “Obsession: Radical Islam’s war against the West” documentary film.
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