CHARLOTTE, NC. Writing for Jihad Watch, a respected Islamic watchdog internet site published by Robert Spencer, Dr. Mateen Alass, who was raised in Saudi Arabia, poses two nagging questions that continue to plague Western societies with reference to militant Islam.
- “Why does Islam seem so attractive to converts?”
- “Can Islam be defeated?”
As Dr. Alass sees it, the simple answer regarding defeating militant Islam is “Yes.”
However, when you ask the question “can Islam be defeated by Western civilization as it now stands?”, Alass resoundingly responds with “No.”
So while most of us seek, and prefer, a more peaceful world, we are unwilling, for the moment at least, to do what is necessary to defeat the plague that creates so much havoc in throughout the planet.
Militant Islam’s Appeal
For starters, Amass explains that the appeal of militant Islam to so many new converts is rooted in the fulfillment of three basic human desires: Ego, Power, and Pleasure. That’s a tough combination to overcome.
In the Koran (Surah 3:110), Muslims are taught that they are “the best of all peoples ever raised up for mankind.”
Later, the Islamic holy book calls those who reject Islam as “the worst of all creatures” in Allah’s sight (Surah 98:6).
Consider that this supremacist attitude, which is woven throughout the fabric of the Koran’s message, is a powerful aphrodisiac to true believers of the faith.
Now add in feelings of disrespect by Muslims, perceived or otherwise, from outsiders who fail to acknowledge Islamic beliefs and you have a ready-made basis for the justification of intolerance.
Islam’s goal to conquer the world
As Dr. Amass notes, the central attitude in Islamic thought since its inception has been “to conquer the world so as to justify the belief that Islam is better than any alternative and that Muslims are better than all non-Muslims.”
Each of us has become all-too-familiar with the term Allahu akbar, which, unfortunately, is usually mistranslated to mean “God is great.”
In reality, it means “God is greater” which is a major difference in the definition because it represents the Islamic belief that their God is supreme among all others. Therefore Muslims frequently use the term as an “in-your-face” method of proclaiming their superiority over other people and their beliefs.
The long story heavily abbreviated, this means the appeal of Islam to disenfranchised Westerners is its “divine approval” to pursue sinful passions. Dr. Alass claims that such passions are “virtuous.” Basically, it represents a “get out of jail free” card to live your life above the laws of civil society if you so choose.
While Islamic beliefs have strengthened in recent times, thanks largely to the personal one-on-one relationship between believers and their god, Alass says:
“Western civilization has become increasingly secular in the last two hundred years…consciously undermin(ing) the metaphysical framework on which our freedoms and successes were built.”
“America and Europe have squandered the legacy of a worldview that brought untold blessings to humanity,” continues Dr. Alass.
When you throw in political correctness and the ambivalence of understanding the truth about Islam into the mix, there is no possible way the West can defeat the religion’s cancerous spread by using today’s ideas and philosophies.
An ideology impossible to defeat
Certainly, the West has the military strength to hold Muslim antagonists and extremist groups at bay, but the physical destruction that would cause still would not destroy Islam’s ideology.
As Dr. Alass sees it,
“What is needed to defeat Islam is exactly what the West has jettisoned — an embrace of the worldview of Christianity. To defeat a strong worldview necessitates an even stronger one.”
It is possible to accomplish the daunting task of defeating militant Islam, but not without far greater commitments on the part of Western nations to better understand the opponent and to alter our own unwillingness to compromise immediate pleasures by “kicking the can down the road.”
Comparing Western secular humanism to an ancient tree, Alass uses this metaphor;
“We are like the inhabitants of a great tree that is dying, still enjoying the dwindling fruit that remain on its branches, wondering why the tree is so sickly as all the while we are chopping away at the base of the trunk in the desire to gather wood for our huts in the branches. We have mindlessly cut ourselves off from the life-giving roots of our majestic tree, but continue to pick the diminishing fruit and hope vainly that the tree will somehow regain her strength.”
One thing that could go a long way toward making a start would be a drastic change in the current antagonistic political environment. A bit more civility and a little less hostility might bring about some modicum of a return to statesmanship and diplomacy that long ago disappeared.
Unfortunately, looking out toward the horizon, it doesn’t appear that any of that sort of change is likely to happen in the immediate future. And so the cancer of Islamic violence will continue to grow.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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Lead Image: “Sobieski at Vienna,” a painting by Julius Kossak, depicts Polish King John Sobieski confronting the Islamic Army of the Ottoman Empire in the successful allied defense of Vienna. (Public domain image via Wikipedia)