CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 19, 2017 — When Barack Obama was president, he never missed an opportunity to observe that Islamic terrorists were not “real” Muslims. By implication, “real” Muslims can be pigeonholed into a definitive category. What exactly is a “real” Muslim?
By Obama’s definition, Osama bin Laden was not a true Muslim. So why did the Obama administration go to great lengths to give world’s most famous terrorist a Muslim burial?
If bin Laden was not a real Muslim, who is? On any given weekend in eastern Saudi Arabia near the town of Kotor, Muslims don Western clothing and head for the King Fahd Causeway to Bahrain. The traffic jams are massive as the “real and peaceful” Muslims make their way to another country where there are open bars, prostitution, women can drive, and numerous other freedoms are available to Saudis that are unavailable in their own country.
Are these the “real” Muslims?
Real Muslims are supposed to pray five times every day. How many of them actually do? Real Muslims do not drink alcohol or eat pork, yet booze is readily available in Bahrain and bars are filled with thirsty Muslims. Are they not “real”?
Pork is easily purchased in Bahrain. Western contractors are frequently caught attempting to smuggle bacon or pork chops back into Saudi Arabia after a weekend of escape from the restrictions of “real” Islam.
By their own standards, Bahrain must be full of “phony” Muslims who do not practice Islam in the same manner as their pious brethren from across the bridge.
Then there are the extremists who carry out the messages of the Koran and Hadith with their steady barrage of terrorist activities. These Muslims rape, sodomize, pillage, kill and main in the name of Allah, yet because they do so, Mr. Obama and, those of his ilk, claim they are not “real” believers.
Despite the fact that Islamists are following the Islamic guidebook as it was written in terms of attaining control, and even though they may be hypocritical in many of their “purest” observances of Islamic texts, they remain steadfast in their pursuit of the ideals set forth by the Prophet Muhammad to dominate the world.
Many mosques throughout the world, not just the Middle East, are hotbeds of hatred. Imams teach that Islam will one day control the world. All that is required is patience. Fourteen centuries should have been long enough, but no matter, wait as long as it takes.
Are those that look the other way when terror strikes, then the “real” Muslims? They are victims rather than accomplices because they are not complicit in the actions of their more violent brothers who are not “real” Muslims.
Go to the mosque for Friday prayers and Allah will forgive you for missing the other 34 times you failed to pray during the week.
Drink as much as you like in Bahrain so long as you don’t desecrate the holy soil of Saudi Arabia with your indiscretions. Does that qualify you as a “true” Muslim?
In 2003, a raging sand storm swirled for a week around the Saudi Aramco compound where I worked. One day as I walked into the building to escape the scrim of sand and dust, I saw a colleague squatting outside the museum smoking. The Haj was in progress in Mecca, and I was curious about one of the rituals of the celebration.
I looked at my associate and asked, “Fahad, at the Haj when the pilgrims walk around the Kabah (the huge black monolith in the center of the city) why do they walk counter-clockwise and why do they go around seven times?”
Fahad looked up and blowing the smoke from his lungs said, “I don’t know. I’m not that religious.” There he was in his white thaub and his red and white guttrah (headpiece), the standard dress throughout the kingdom, admitting that he is not “that religious.”
In other words, Fahad was a sheep. He wore the “uniform of the day” because that was what was expected of him, but come the weekend, he was every bit a part of that beeline of traffic across the causeway.
The question then was Fahad a “real” Muslim or a pretender any more than his violent counterparts who wage bedlam and horror around the world. Is Fahad no different than Catholics who attend church on Christmas and Easter?
What exactly then is a “real” Muslim? If terrorists are not, then who are they and what do they truly represent?
Barack Obama says he knows the answer but he’s not telling.
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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