CHARLOTTE, NC, February 15, 2015 – Apparently Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the U.K. have discovered yet another way to insult Islam.
The answer lies inside the latest edition of the ISIS online magazine called Dabiq. It seems that Islamists take exception to the assertion that Islam is “a religion of peace.”
Just when you think the world could not get any more nutty than it already is, we have a dispute among Muslims and the West about whether or not Islam is a peaceful religion.
In the United States, President Barack Obama states unequivocally that “ISIS is not Islam.” ISIS, on the other hand, which by Obama’s definition is “non-Muslim” claims that Islam is not a “religion of peace.”
Of course, those “non-Muslim Muslims” have the Koran to back them up in Sura 8:39 which says “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.”
As a point of clarification, “God’s religion” is Islam, but “ISIS is not Islam,” yet they adamantly state that “Islam is not a religion of peace” no matter what Obama and the West tell us.
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Forget that the Islamic State uses quotes from the Koran to justify their actions and their goals to re-establish the Caliphate. Also, ignore the fact that our “non-Christian” Christian president has all the answers as to how to deal with Islam and if he says “ISIS is not Islam” then it isn’t.
Meanwhile, Dabiq writes, “How far is their claim from the truth, for Allah has revealed Islam to be the religion of the sword (emphasis added), and the evidence for this is so profuse that only a zindiq (heretic) would argue otherwise.”
Dabiq goes on to list a page filled with Koranic quotes which “revealed the sword against the apostates.”
“The sword will continue to be drawn, raised, and swung until Isa (Jesus) kills the Dajjal (Antichrist) and abolishes the jizyah (tax on non-Muslims),” says Dabiq. “Thereafter, kufr (non-believers) and its justice will prevail on the entire Earth.”
In other words, the Caliphate will be re-established and Islam will be the universal religion.
But how can that be? If “ISIS is not Islam” then the Islamists of the Islamic State are, by definition, kufr or non-believers, so how can they re-establish the Caliphate?
And besides, if Islam is “a religion of peace” then ISIS cannot represent the faith because they “live by the sword.”
In recent weeks we have had history lessons from the president himself, and others in his administration, reminding us that the Crusades were a Christian scourge against Muslims.
Thanks to computers, we like to call this the “information age” but one has to wonder if that is the case how so many people, including Barack Obama, can be so uninformed.
After all, the president has been to all 57 of the United States and he even makes beer in the very same White House where George Washington has his own little brewery.
How can it be then that less than ten years after the death of Muhammad, Islamic jihad spread from the sands of Arabia to conquer civilizations in what now occupies ten countries as well as much of Europe? Did Obama simply forget to mention that or, more likely, did he just not know it.
In the 15th century, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was one of the great basilicas of the Christian world. Today it is surrounded by minarets. Barack Obama has personally toured Hagia Sophia. He must have just forgotten that Christians do not have minarets or daily calls to prayer at their religious buildings.
In 1453, Istanbul was overrun by Muslim Turks which happened nearly 200 years after the last Crusade, but that must have been a “peaceful coup” if we use Barack Obama’s logic because it was done by the followers of the “religion of peace.”
Islamic analyst Raymond Ibrahim poses an interesting theory when he writes, “were (the) dark ages – which “coincidentally” occurred during the same centuries when jihad was constantly harrying Europe – a product of another suffocating “religion”?
Think about that for a moment. The civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome thrived until a time when they were overtaken by Islamic jihad. Civilization as we know it does not re-emerge until the Renaissance and the Reformation. In between when the world was dominated by Islamic rule, we call those centuries the “dark ages.”
Certainly that has to be a preposterous assumption because, after all, Islam is the “religion of peace.” And the only people who don’t believe it are those people who practice 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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