“Is Islam’s Koran Terrorism-Promoting?”
Another Patton Associates
Have you become disturbed about the absence of truth-telling in much media reporting about Muslim massacres worldwide of Christians and others? Does it upset you that top political leaders state regularly that Islam is a “peaceful religion” …despite the considerable, glaring evidence to the contrary? Are the politically-correct, ‘Chrislam”-like comments of some Christian leaders getting you down, like me?
I am appalled by it all! And to my relief, there has been a recent “breath of fresh air” and truth-speaking from a top world leader whom is also Muslim.
A Potentially Planet-Rocking Speech
On January 1, 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi made a epochal, potentially death-inviting speech. The potential world-shaking results of this speech, plus President Sisi’s earlier reaching-out to Egypt’s Coptic Christians as “equal Egyptians” to all others, is reminiscent of the reaching out to Israel of prior Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, and his similarly reconciling words. The latter was assassinated by a fellow Muslim on October 6, 1981.
A Call To All Muslims Worldwide
President al-Sissi made his speech to the world’s Muslims at the largest Islamic University in the World, in Cairo, to a large gathering of Sunni Imams and scholars, called the ‘Ulema’, (Arabic for ‘elders’ or “religious elite”).
In his speech to some of Islam’s assembled leaders, the President also challenged the Islamic ‘Umma’ to reinterpret its chief Holy Book, the Koran (Arabic: Qur’an). The Umma is the worldwide, supra-national Muslim community holding a common Islamic history and religion. (Four hundred years before the Koran, the Christian Bible first used the term “Body of Christ” to refer to all worldwide Christians.)
The Koran Requires Reinterpretation Says Sissi
In this speech, Pres. al-Sissi effectively called for a reform of the extremist hate and violence which the Koran contains in over 100 of its verses. A few samples, which you may read in context at the links to a major Muslim Website for the Qur’an, include these:
“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger [Islam’s prophet, Mohammed] and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.” (Koran 5:33)
“I will cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, so strike [them] upon the necks [behead them] and strike from them [amputate] every fingertip.” (Koran 8:12)
“Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters [all nonMuslims] wherever you find them; seize them, besiege them, and make ready to ambush them.” (Koran 9:5)
“Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and who do not embrace the religion of truth [Islam], until they pay the jizya [Islamic State-like recent, usually annual and sometimes, usurious tribute] with willing submissiveness and feel themselves utterly subdued.” (Koran 9:29)
“So when you meet those who disbelieve [all non-Muslims and apostates], strike [their] necks [behead them] until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah – never will He waste their deeds.” (Koran 47:4)
al-Sissi Condemns Core Muslim Teaching
To reinforce the need for reinterpretation/reform of the above-quoted-kind of Allah-commanded hatred and violence, President al-Sissi said:
“That thinking [thinking which is responsible for producing “anxiety, danger, killing and destruction” around the world, he earlier stated] …I am not saying ‘religion’ but ‘thinking’… that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world!”
Pres. al-Sissi, a pious Muslim, clearly seemed to be saying that the majority of the terrorism plaguing the world today is related to the holy texts of Islam themselves.
The Egyptian President tellingly invoked the classical Islamic and Quranic-based teaching, “the thinking”. According to Raymond Ibrahim, Arabic speaking, Egyptian-born, U.S. historian of Islam, “the thinking” is the core Islamic teaching which divides the world into two warring halves: the Muslim world (Arabic/Islamic parlance: Dar al-Islam) and the ‘Infidel’ or ‘Kafir’ world (Dar al Harb, the “abode of war”, of all non-Muslims on our planet).
To be in obedience to their major Holy Book, every Muslim must forever carry on a perpetual, “life or death struggle” with Dar al-Harb untill, in the Koran’s words, “all religion belongs to Allah” (Koran 8:39).
As a true Muslim, unlike some Muslim dictators, Pres. al-Sissi, Raymond Ibrahim points out, “will not say that Islam, the “religion,” is responsible for “antagonizing the entire world”. But, he certainly goes much further than most Western leaders when he says that this “thinking” is rooted in an Islamic “corpus [body] of texts and ideas” which have become “sacralized [made Holy]””. (See Mr. Ibrahim’s article here.)
Pres. al-Sissi’s speech to the religious leaders of Egypt and the world puts to a lie the oft-repeated statements of U.S. President Obama, and U.K. Prime Minister Cameron. These are other political, and even some Christian, leaders insist that al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, and the many other Muslim terrorist groups, not just the Islamic State (IS prior ISIS & ISIL), are unIslamic.
Even Pope Francis is saying there are limits on our freedom of expression regarding the above-quoted horrors of Islam as presently interpreted in the Koran.
President al-Sissi, however, a major Muslim political leader, said that “this umma [all world Muslims, collectively] is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost …and it is being lost by our own hands.”
al-Sissi Contradicts Every Islamic Apologist
In other words, Islamic terrorism and chaos is not a product of the things to which apologists of Islam in the West traditionally point. West apologists for Islam include Islamists themselves, plus our media and some liberal political, plus Christian, leaders.
The typically quoted excuses for Islamic terrorism are grievances over book-burnings, European/U.S. colonialism, Israel’s actions or mere existence, offensive cartoons, territorial disputes. These are the so-called Muslim grievances Islamic terrorism is normally blamed on.
Why Apologists for Islam Blame Terrorism On Everything But The Truth
And that apologetic narrative is intentionally designed to foster and promote dangerous dimensions of politically-correct multiculturalism by not “calling a spade a spade”, i.e., Islam is not peaceful. It’s actually dangerous …even for some who call themselves Muslims!
Pres. al-Sissi’s stated view is that Islamic terrorism is NOT rooted in Muslim grievances at all!
The President’s assertion is telling because it also totally contradicts the repeated apologists for Islam’s parallel narrative that Muslim terrorists are mere “criminals” and their terrorism is “crimes”, or their alternate version, Muslim terrorists are simply “deranged”, or “isolated” “individuals” and their terrorism is “Insanity”. (This is why many truth-disguising news media-publishers, politicians, plus Christian leaders don’t mention specific Islamic texts and cultural ideology. Koranic-commanded hate and violence, like the verse samples I link above, according to Pres. al-Sissi, are the real and root drivers of Muslim terrorists and terrorism.)
We’ve Been At This Religious Crossroad Before
Christianity’s God, ‘Jehovah’, who is NOT Islam’s ‘Allah’, reinterpreted His Old Covenant, and totally replaced its seeming hatred and violence with His New Covenant about 30 A.D. Then again, He reformed the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches’ religiosity using the Protestant Reformation starting in the 16th Century.
Like in Christianity, but without mentioning the fact directly, Egypt’s President is implying by his challenge that Islam too can be reinterpreted and reformed from it’s current brutal, medieval roots.
You can view a short video of the key parts of Pres. al-Sissi’s Jan. 1st speech, in context, here. You also can read his key text alone here. Finally, you’ll discover an Egyptian newspaper report of President al-Sissi’s Christmas-season speech to Egypt’s Coptic Christians where he says, “You too are Egyptians speech!” here.
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Blessings all …’till next we connect!
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