This entry represents both personal views and factual information on Islam. Take nothing you read these days at face value, but instead do your own research. Hopefully, this entry will give you a place to start. I am certain I will have more to explore and share on this topic and I am more certain Islam is not just about ‘peaceful Muslims vs. radical Muslims’ but more along the lines of the peaceful in a increasing swarm of radicals.
Islam has been at war with the world almost back to its founding. The prophet Nostradamus is said to have described a war (possibly the 3rd World war yet to come) involving Islam in several of his quatrains. Nostradamus also talks about the coming of three Anti-Christs. The first of which seems to describe Hitler. The other two have been guessed at but the third anti-Christ is described as ‘mabus’ and is thought by quatrain readers to be referring to the one the Muslims call Al Mahdi (the guided one). The Mahdi is believed by muslims to come before the end of days and remakes the world in the faith of Islam. Two such quatrains are:
“Out of the country of Greater Arabia Shall be born a strong master of Mohammed, He will enter Europe wearing a blue turban. He will be the terror of mankind. Never more horror.”
“In the year 1999 and seven months From the sky will come the great King of Terror. He will bring back to life the King of the Mongols; Before and after war reigns.”
The Bible is another place where Islam has been referenced. It has been interpreted in several places to refer to false Gods and False religions; Islam being foremost in the running for said interpretations as the Koran tells of killing all non-believers thusly achieving a ‘false religion’ status for some scholars and clergy throughout history. Jesus is thought to have warned against false Gods in John 16:2-3: “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.”
One has to consider also that Islam teaches Jesus was not crucified and did not die on the cross (Surah 4:157-158). Not requiring that Jesus died for our sins would leave one without salvation? Is that not more along the lines of Satan’s territory; fostering the belief that man is free to disregarding the will of God as he has done? Not to make light of it, but reading some of the Koran, listening to the way Muslims talk about the Koran, Muhammed and Islam being a total way of life in such a manner, it brings to mind the One Ring of Power….“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them“. Maybe an odd connection to make, but the feel is the same. One of a creeping invasion.
From the Book of Genesis:
11 The angel of the LORD also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the LORD has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers.”
Many say this passage refers to Islam and it’s followers who shall forever ‘live in hostility towards all his brothers’. Muhammed, believed to be descended from Ishmael, would make this assertion in Genesis 16 to seem a logical fit. This due in large part that since the founding of Islam in the 600′s through present day, Islam has had a prolific violent lifespan – waging war between its own factions, Jews and Christians. It is important to remember that Jesus never talked of a ‘true prophet’ coming in the end of days, but rather false prophets (Matthew 16:11-12) would arise and attempt to deceive. It is also worth noting the difference between Islam and Christianity in that while Islam will use force to bring people into its ranks, Jesus beckoned that those who wished to join were of their own free will to do so.
Nostradamus and the Bible offer some alternative points of view, but why not go to the horse’s mouth, so to speak? First, one must understand that the initial and earliest portions of the Koran have a peaceful tone to them. Subsequent passages and additions from Muhammed do not carry such a tone and are in fact literally violent and oppressive not just in the message but in the language used as do various collections of Hadiths. Muslims are taught always to refer to the most recent decision in the Koran if ever a contradiction appears. Basically, ignore the peaceful bit. Personally I wonder when Muslims talk of being a religion of peace if they mean peace for all people of different faiths or just their own faith. History and the Koran/Hadith themselves, seems to suggest the latter. One has seriously consider that idea as the Koran is the only spiritual book that advises its followers to make war on all non-believers. Back to that horse’s mouth:
Surah 47:4 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.
If that passage perked your interest in what Muhammed had to say, check out what he has said about women. The sheer outrage that wells up in me when I hear a woman talk about the ‘peaceful and tolerant Muslims’ and ‘Islam as a religion of peace’ is a large motivator to me in writing this piece and subsequent pieces to follow. It is painfully clear to me upon hearing such statements that they are totally unfamiliar with Shari’ah law. Shari’ah is a topic that will be dealt with in detail in follow up posts. To wrap this one up, take a moment to read about Muhammed from different sides – here, here and here. PBS also offers segements here. The basics of cult-hood, a.k.a the five pillars of Islam is here.