CHARLOTTE, NC, September 22, 2014 — Given the number of high ranking officials who have recently claimed that ISIS does not represent the ideology of Islam, there must be some sort of diplomatic pressure to keep perpetuating those words. They have been so frequent of late that they almost sound like talking points.
Not that the same dignitaries haven’t expressed similar views in the past, but the recent plethora of apologies for Islam seems oddly skewed in light of the grotesque social media beheadings the world has witnessed.
The latest spokesman defending Islam is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who stated in a “CNN” interview that the Islamic State’s ideology is “based in complete perversion of the proper faith of Islam.”
What is so confounding about statements such as these is the overwhelming evidence, either written, on videotape or historically, to the contrary.
Blair also said, “I regularly read the Koran, practically every day.”
There is no way to disprove Blair’s words, but there is strong evidence that he is not being truthful.
Islamic clerics will tell you the Koran can only be read in the original Arabic and that it cannot be translated, only interpreted.
Anyone who has read the Koran knows it to be tedious at best because the sentences are rambling and difficult to comprehend. Arabic itself is a rambling language with little punctuation as evidenced by the speeches of Osama bin Laden in the days when he was making his pronouncements to the world.
The Koran is not a chronological account of the revelations Muhammad received from Allah. The book is divided in Suras (Chapters) going from the longest to the shortest. Therefore, Suras that were revealed in Mecca are mixed with those that came in Medina after the establishment of the religion. That is further cause for confusion.
Finally, Blair made no mention of the concepts of abrogation or taqqiya which are integral aspects to the understanding of Koran and its implications.
The former prime minister went on to add, “The way these hostages are abused and subject to the grotesque form of public parade and then execution, it’s just horrific. It’s evil and it’s totally contrary to the principles of any form of religious faith.”
Here again, there are powerful examples that negate such concepts.
In 637 a Jewish tribe in Medina known as the Banu Qurayza made an alliance with Muhammad. The Banu Qurayza later betrayed the prophet by colluding with enemy forces.
The Muslim community was facing an attack from the Meccan military which was at war with Muhammad. According to the agreement, Banu Quarayza would not fight against either the Meccans or the Muslims.
After Muhammad was victorious against Mecca, he turned to the Banu Qurayza and passed judgment upon them for breaking the treaty.
Muhammad went into Medina’s marketplace and ordered the digging of trenches. When the trenches were completed, he had batches of his enemy brought out in public where every male who had reached the age of puberty was beheaded. One woman was also beheaded while the remaining women and children were sold in exchange for weapons and horses.
These events were documented by Ibn Ishaq, the earliest biographer of the Prophet Muhammad.
Prior to Blair’s comment regarding Islamic principles, he said, “The broad mass of the Muslim community in the UK will be absolutely horrified and appalled by this (referring to ISIS) and condemn it completely.”
That section of Blair’s comment is probably accurate because, as has been stated on countless occasions, the bulk of the Muslim community does not endorse such actions.
Despite that, ISIS is adhering to written and historical examples of Muhammad himself. That being the case, it is not correct to recognize the reality that ISIS and Islam are compatible.
Whether there is some underlying diplomatic reason for not speaking out and for the constant need for Western officials to apologize for Islam is almost as difficult to understand as the glaring evidence to the contrary that is staring us in the face.
Dozens of writers, experts and analysts, a fair number of whom are former Muslims themselves, have profusely expressed ideas that refute the apologetic words of Tony Blair and others like him.
Somehow it seems the truth is a better way to approach the problem in order to resolve it.
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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