God Repents of Heaven’s Closed Border Policy!!!


Pope Francis is at it again. Last Tuesday (Oct. 23rd), he berated Western countries, implying they are racist and Hitlerian for wanting to slow the hordes of migrants crossing their borders. Instead, he argued, such uninvited squatters “…“must be welcomed with an open heart and open doors. Closure is the path to suicide.” Because, after all, “diversity” is the wellspring of all felicity around the world. Just look at Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France, and England, for example. The rapid influx of alien Islamic cultures has rendered them veritable paradises!

Not being Roman Catholic, I have no vested interest in defending papal declarations as infallible, or even weighty. While I have no reason to doubt that Francis is a well-meaning follower of Jesus, many of his statements regarding migration and the requirement of nation states to tear down border obstacles and welcome all who wish to come strike me as naive and short-sighted. This, of course, is just my opinion, which I would normally keep to myself, except that Francis supports his exhortations theologically: “…Christ himself asks us to welcome our brother and sister migrants and refugees with arms wide open,” he opined back in September 2017.

There is certainly some biblical justification for this statement generally — Israel is commanded to welcome the sojourner in her midst, and the followers of Jesus are called to exercise the virtue of hospitality (the Greek word used most often in the NT, philoxenia, means literally “a love of strangers”).

However, unless Pope Francis has received new revelation from the Lord, it seems unlikely that God would be calling nations to commit societal suicide by welcoming the tidal wave of those who refuse to integrate into their host culture and who claim as their right the free benefits normally limited to citizens and legal immigrants.

But perhaps Francis has a new divine revelation to share which makes clear that Jesus indeed intends for nations to erase their borders and welcome all who wish to come. Since Jesus would not require of human beings something he himself would refuse to do, I am hoping that Francis will soon tell us that the landscape of heaven is changing.

St. Peter is out of a job as Director of Immigration Control — no longer is there a booth at the Pearly Gates where an applicant’s paperwork is checked and either stamped or rejected. heaven-atheist-pearly-gates.jpgThe Gates stand wide open. In fact, the unscalable walls of heaven are now being dismantled, and those outcasts formerly rejected and huddled in hell are now free to stream across once secure borders and take up residence in heaven, despite having no interest in embracing the ethos of the Kingdom of God. Heaven’s residents are thrilled to welcome the denizens of hell because, after all, their Lord Jesus has now thrown open his arms to all reprobates and rebels, showing his refusal to bar any from entry to the Celestial City.

Since this is now the stance of heaven, mass immigration from hell is well underway. Francis, deeply impressed by this, is undertaking a reform of the Vatican, leading the way for other nation states to follow his example. vatican walls.jpgHe has ordered that the roughly two miles of 40 foot high walls surrounding the 110 acres of sovereign Roman Catholic territory be torn down so that whoever wishes to come and build homes there will not be impeded. Likewise, he is putting up on the market all the treasures of the Vatican so that the monies raised will cover all living expenses for those who come, as long as they last.

Given that heaven has taken the lead, and that the Pontifex Maximus has modeled God’s will before an unenlightened world, what recourse will the stubborn leaders of the Western world have but to tear down walls, open borders and empty their coffers for all comers? If they refuse to do this, they will one day pay the consequences for their populist sins, facing the judgment of God and banishment from heaven.

Wait….

All will be well in the borderless afterlife! Apparently, everyone now is welcome in heaven, even heartless Hitlerian populists.

 

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The Islamic Republic of Iran — “Who Will Free Us from This Body of Death?”


The Islamic Republic of Iran, established in 1979 by the Ayatollah Khomeini, has never been a benign presence among the worldwide community of nations. Image result for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Quotes

  • From inception, it has made no secret of its hatred for Israel, and its intention to terminate the “Zionist entity.”
  • It has funded, trained and provided weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon (both to harass Israel and to create a Shi’ite powerhouse in Lebanon) and to Hamas in Gaza (a Sunni Muslim terrorist group embracing the mutual goal of Israel’s destruction).
  • It has sought nuclear weapons technology, buying help secretly from Abdul Qadeer Khan, the “father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb” in 1989 and subsequent years.
  • It provided diplomatic cover for the 9/11 terrorists to mask their travel to and from al-Qaeda bases in Afghanistan to help ensure the success of bin Laden’s plans against America.
  • It rushed to the support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria against the rise of rebel forces in 2011, and has used the opportunity not only to provide military intelligence and weaponry, but also to establish its own bases in Syria with an eye to threatening Israel more directly.
  • Since Barack Obama’s pull-out of US forces from Iraq, Iran has cemented its ties with fellow-Shi’ite political and militia leaders in Iraq, seeking to bring the war-bruised and sectarian-ravaged country into its orbit as a puppet state.
  • On an almost daily basis, Iranian navy fast attack boats harass US naval vessels sailing in international waters in the Persian Gulf, seeking to enforce their claim that no non-Iranian military presence will be tolerated in the Gulf. Just yesterday, the British destroyer HMS Dragon experienced this same harassment before the Iranian attack boats finally backed off.
  • Since the most recent Yemeni civil war commenced in 2015, Iran has supported the Houthi rebels in their effort to overthrow the government. Sending in military trainers, upgrading their weapons, providing them financial support, Iran’s hope is to create greater instability for their great regional enemy, Saudi Arabia, See the source imageand ultimately to establish their own permanent presence in Yemen to further threaten the Saudis and Israel by surrounding them both with a “Shi’ite crescent” from Lebanon through Syria and Iraq and around the Gulf region ending in Yemen, on the western tip of the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Meanwhile, in its quotidian media releases, Iran continues it bellicose threats to America, the “Great Satan,” and to Israel, the “Little Satan,” as well as to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and whomever else it feels stands in its way.

Why all this peddling of violence to extend its influence? What is Iran’s ultimate goal? And why has the West generally ignored Iran’s role as a destabilizing threat in the Middle East and South Asia? What made the Obama administration think that offering a carrot rather than a stick would cause Iran to become our best friend, or at least to eschew terror and war against others?

One look at the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran is enough to expose the illusion that the mullahs and government functionaries are looking for peace and cooperation with others. In the preface to the Constitution, we find a paragraph heading: An Ideological Army. Here’s what it says:

In establishing and equipping the defense forces of the country, the focus shall be on maintaining ideology and faith as the foundation and the measure. Consequently, the Army of the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Pasdaran [Farsi for “Guards”] Revolutionary Corps are formed in accordance with the aforementioned objective. They will undertake the responsibility of not only guarding and protecting the borders, but also the weight of ideological mission, i.e. striving ( jehād) [sic] on the path of God and struggle on the path of expanding the sovereignty of the law of God in the world; in accordance with the Qur’anic verse: “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies” (8: 60).See the source image

In other words, the Iranian armed forces and the paramilitary force know in the West at the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have the twofold mission of protecting the country from attack, and of bearing “the weight of the ideological mission,” which is the extension of Islam to the whole world, bringing every land under the “sovereignty” of Shari’a law. That they are deadly serious about this is seen in the fact that the Qur’an is quoted. It is their sworn religious duty to amass as much strength as they can muster in order to “strike terror” into the enemies of Allah (which of course will also be their enemies). And who are the enemies of Allah? All who refuse to bow to Islam — Shi’ite Islam, in this case. See the source imageDeath to America! Death to Israel! Death to Western Europe! Death to Canada! Death to Brazil! Death to South Africa! Death to Russia! Death to India! Death to Korea! Death to China! Death to Australia! If I didn’t name your country, don’t despair — there is more than enough death to go around; you’ll be on the list soon enough.

It is for good reason that the US State Department first designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism on Jan. 19, 1984. It’s not as if Iran was trying to hide this fact — it is part and parcel of their nationalistic Islamic identity. The big question for the United States and indeed all the nations of the free world is: Why for almost forty years have we put up with an Islamic government committed to sowing terror in the world so as to extend the hegemony of repressive, anti-Western Shari’a law over more of the world’s population?

Where is the will of the free world to isolate this cancerous regime, to refuse all consular relations, to expel them as a pariah nation from the UN, to freeze all their assets and impose total trade embargos? At this point, with Iran’s economy in free fall, and with its population engaged in massive protests against the regime, it wouldn’t take much for the government to implode, and to be replaced by secular rule. That is what the vast majority of Iranians long for. It’s what they deserve. They, too, have been victims of the iron fist of the armies of the mullahs striking terror into their hearts to keep them in line.

Who will speak a word of sanity to the leaders of the free world so as to bring about the downfall of an evil government and the fresh air of freedom to a people long repressed? Forty years of malevolence and savagery is enough. Who will stand for the people of Iran? Who will stand for common decency? Who will stand against Islamic jihad and the imposition of Shari’a?

Many of us are waiting for political leaders worth their salt. It’s time to step forward!

 

 

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A Former Radical Muslim Reveals Three Startling Truths


In a video interview aired August 12th of this year, Hicham Nostik, a Moroccan man living in Germany, shared his journey from radical Islam to newfound freedom. Already radicalized as a young man in Morocco, he moved in the early 1990s to Heidelberg, Germany, and actually lived in a mosque there where, in his own words, he became “even more religious” and more radical as he interacted with jihadis passing through on their way to fight in Bosnia and Hezegovina. His story reveals three important but seldom heard truths related to Islam.

First, when radical Muslims claim that Islam is a religion of peace and love, they are consciously lying to the non-Muslim world. Nostik distinguished between the “glamorous side of Islam,” and “the real Islam” in this statement:

“So I turned more religious and became aquainted with the dark side of Islam. There is the glamorous side of Islam, which aims to embellish the image of Islam, and present it as a religion of peace, love, and so on. But in the mosque in Germany I got to know the real Islam – the doctrine of ‘Loyalty and Disavowal,’ and various issues regarding the implementation of the shari’a.”

The following interchange with his interviewer, Hamed Abdul Samad, revealed the conscious use of deception by devout Muslims in order to lure non-Muslims to Islam:

Hamed Abdel-Samad: What would you say to the Germans when they would come to the mosque?

Hicham Nostik: From time to time, they would visit the mosque, and we would also hand out flyers and booklets in the main street of the city. Obviously, we would use the rhetoric of peace and love: “For you is your religion, and for me is my religion,” “There shall be no compulsion in religion,” and everything you want to hear from a Muslim.

Hamed Abdel-Samad: That Islam honors Mary…

Hicham Nostik: Right. And Jesus too. But when we were talking among ourselves, we used the real Islamic discourse. We talked about making the utmost effort to conquer this country, because this country should be governed by the law of Allah. It cannot remain the way it is. It must be governed by the law of Allah, and this day will come.

Muslim apologists will tell you what you want to hear, but their goal is the conquest of the world for Islam.

Second, the Qur’an is wrong in its assessment about Christianity. If it is in error on this major matter, it cannot be the perfect revelation of Allah. If it is imperfect, Islam is destroyed, because Muhammad’s claims rest on the validity of the revelation he claimed to bring to humankind.

Nostik left Heidelberg to join some friends in Frankfurt. While there, he enrolled in a Christian university, believing it would present a wonderful opportunity for him to do da’wa (Muslim evangelism) and convert Christians in droves to Islam. In the process, he discovered that his Quranic understanding of Christianity did not match up with what Christianity actually teaches about itself.

Hicham Nostik: Then, I left the mosque and moved from friend to friend. Afterwards, I got an opportunity to live in Frankfurt with some friends, and I enrolled in a Christian university there. I was living on campus, and I got to know people there – conservative Christians who had come to study Christianity. I thought this was a great opportunity to do some da’wa. I believed that with my knowledge of Christianity, gained from the Quran…

Hamed Abdel-Samad: You’d be able to knock out your enemies with their own weapon.

Hicham Nostik: Of course. I thought that just like Muhammad had done, I would correct their notions, and they would understand and convert to Islam in droves. It was as simple as that to me. But of course, I was completely clueless. When I started talking to the Germans there, I realized that my understanding of Christianity had nothing to do with theirs.

This realization began to shake his faith in Islam, so he undertook a study of the history of Christianity, and came face to face with a dilemma: either you believe the facts of history or you believe the Qur’an; you cannot embrace both. As he studied the Qur’an more critically, he discovered it was riddled with errors:

Hicham Nostik: I started to study the history of Christianity, and this had an impact on me.

Hamed Abdel-Samad: It backfired…

Hicham Nostik: Absolutely. I entered a complex labyrinth… I realized there is a dilemma: Either you accept the historical facts, or you accept what the Quran says….

I found mistakes [in the Quran] that even a young Sunday school student would not make. So how could it be conceivable that the Lord of the Universe would make such mistakes?

Third, Allah, as portrayed in the Qur’an, has a morally flawed character, and so cannot be the true God.

The coup de grace for Nostik came as he now pondered the immoral behaviors commanded by Allah in the Qur’an.

Hicham Nostik: The final straw for me was the moral issues. It is inconceivable that a God, who is supposed to be merciful, and more compassionate than a mother toward her child, would sell people in the marketplace, and legalize slavery and all those barbaric punishments, like the killing of apostates.

The facts that the Qur’an (Allah’s direct revelation) legalizes the rape of female captives, the buying and selling of slaves, the demeaned status of women over against men, the slaughter of those who refuse to submit to Islam, the amputation of limbs or the practice of crucifixion for various crimes, and the execution of apostates, raise grave questions about the god behind these timeless directives.

It seems likely, though as yet I haven’t confirmed it, that Hicham Nostik became a Christian in the process of his departure from Islam. Regardless of whether that is the case, his observations concerning Islam stand on their own, and deserve a full hearing, especially by those in the West who continue to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that Islam will make a wonderful addition to our civilization.

(With thanks to memri.org for the translation in subtitles.)

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Befriending Muslims Can Be a Joy!


Recently, on a trip to D.C., I met two Iraqi brothers, Ahmed and Ali, who serve as hotel shuttle drivers, driving me between the airport and hotel. I was the lone passenger on the trip from the airport, so had the chance over 20 minutes to chat with Ahmed.Image result for airport hotel vans

After learning he was from Baghdad, I greeted him in Arabic and asked him about his background. He is a Shi’a Muslim, raised from birth, but not apparently religious. The major Shi’ite festival of ‘Ashura (when Shi’ites remember with charged emotion the martyrdom of Hussain (son of ‘Ali and grandson of Muhammad)had just occurred about a week before our conversation, and when I asked him about how he passed that day, Ahmed was fairly nonchalant.

He was much more eager to talk about me, where I had learned Arabic and how I knew so much about his religion. So I shared about growing up in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia (which contains a substantial percentage of Shi’ites in an otherwise solidly Sunni country), with a Muslim father from Syria and an American mother. Was my father Sunni was Shi’a, Ahmed wanted to know. Sunni, I replied, but not religious.

I wanted to know more about his perspective on the martyrdom of Hussain, so I asked him why Shi’a Muslims revere Hussain over all others (except perhaps ‘Ali and Muhammad). “It’s because Hussain sacrificed himself for his community, willing to die to save others,” Ahmed related.

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Karbala, Iraq today, where Hussain was said to have been martyred in 680 AD.

“How interesting,” I responded. “That’s close to what we Christians believe about Jesus, except that he died not just for a small community of followers, but for the whole world of human beings, even his enemies.”

Ahmed glanced at me in the rearview mirror with raised eyebrows. “You are Christian?” he asked. Yes, I responded.

By now we were pulling up in front of the hotel. As we stopped and I clambered out the double doors of the van, Ahmed rushed around to meet me with a Middle Eastern hug and words of blessing in Arabic. We had connected as friends!

The next day, I was headed back to the airport and met a new driver, who was inexplicably friendly. By his accent, I could tell he was also Iraqi, and so mentioned to him that I had met another Iraqi the day before named Ahmed. He smiled at me and said, “Yes, he is my older brother, and he told me all about you! My name is ‘Ali.” Unfortunately, there were three other passengers in the van, so ‘Ali and I had no chance to interact any further.

It’s unlikely that I will see Ahmed and ‘Ali again, but I’m pretty sure it will be a while before they forget meeting an American Christian man with a Muslim heritage who showed such interest in them as fellow human beings. Sometimes as we walk through life we plant the seeds of the gospel in unobtrusive ways, not just by our words but by delighted interest we take in others.

As I continue to prayer for my Uber driver friend ‘Ali from Houston whom I met two months ago, so I am beginning to pray that the Lord Jesus will reveal himself to my new Iraqi friends, Ahmed and ‘Ali, brothers with good and open hearts. If you feel so inclined, please join me in asking God for their salvation.

Heaven will hold many delightful surprises for those who intercede with God on behalf of the lost!

“And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” — Jesus [John 10:16]

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Iran Wants to “Kill the Friends of Satan”


For those still clinging to the pipedream that Islam is a religion of peace, consider this:

The Islamic Republic of Iran just last night launched six ballistic missiles against a target in southwest Syria which, they say, contains rebels they have implicated in a deadly attack within Iran ten days ago during a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.

That’s not so suprising, perhaps. What is alarming, however, is that the missiles were “decorated” with the slogans, “Death to America!”, “Death to Israel!”, and “Death to al-Saud!” (i.e., the Saudi royal family, whom the Iranian regime considers mortal enemies).

Even more revealing is the fact that the missiles also bore a passage in Arabic taken from Chapter 4, verse 76 in the Qur’an: فَقَاتِلُواْ أَوْلِيَاء الشَّيْطَانِ, which translates as “Kill the friends of Satan.” There is no question the mullahs of Iran believe their belligerence against the world is inspired by Allah, and that they will be rewarded for eliminating all the “friends of Satan” that they can reach. By the way, “friends of Satan” includes all who disbelieve the message of Muhammad.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-revolutionary-guard-launches-missiles-syria-over-parade-attack-n915256

 

 

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The Hatfields and McCoys of Islam


Do you remember the furor caused this last Easter when the State of New York shut down all but the most basic worship services at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown NYC from Good Friday through Easter Sunday? The cathedral was ringed by a cordon of city and state police officers over fears prompted by threats of armed violence and bombings planned by fundamentalist Baptists and Presbyterians. Image result for st patricks cathedral nyc

You don’t recall this?

That’s good, because it didn’t happen.

On the other hand, last week from Wednesday through Friday (September 19-21), the Egyptian government shut down the Imam Hussein mosque in Cairo from all but the most basic prayer services. Why?

The Imam Hussein mosque is the largest Shiite mosque in Egypt, and so is a magnet drawing crowds of the minority sect to prayers. September 20-21 this year marked the holiest uniquely Shiite day on the Muslim calendar, known as Ashura. Image result for hussein mosque cairoThe day commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad, who was killed in battle by opposing Muslim armies at Karbala (in modern-day Iraq) in 680 AD. This watershed moment is generally regarded as the genesis of the Shiite-Sunni divide in Islam, where the army and followers of Hussein viewed with unquenchable enmity the army and followers of Yazid who would subsequently become Caliph over the quickly growing Muslim world, cementing in history the Umayyad dynasty. The followers of Hussein (known as the party of Ali, his father) began to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein annually with self-flagellation and beatings as a way to show their allegiance and dedication to Hussein and opposition to the rule of those who had killed their leader.

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Ashura, 2017. ritual, where Shi’ite men lash themselves with sharp whips to embrace Hussein’s martyrdom pains.

These followers became known as Shiites (from that Arabic word for party/movement, “shi’a”). The majority rulers, whom they opposed, became known as Sunnis (from “sunnah”, meaning “traditional customs” — which, with regard to the succession of caliphs, the Shi’ites rejected).

Much like the Jews and Samaritans of the ancient world, or the Hatfields and McCoys of late 19th C. America, there is typically little love lost between the Sunnis and Shi’ites. Often, members from each side consider the other side to be disbelievers, atheists, heretics, apostates or some combination of all these labels. Among influential Sunni medieval scholars, Ibn Taymiyya lumped Shi’ites among the worst of heretics to be opposed by true Islam. Ibn Khaldun wrote that they were the “astray people,” and “the source of all deviant groups in Islamic history.” In contemporary times, Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, who served as the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, penned numerous fatwas denouncing Shi’ites as apostates and atheists. So foul were they that he legally proscribed marriage between Sunnis and Shi’ites. One of the foremost Sunni theologians alive today, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has also issued multiple fatwas condemning Shi’ites as heretics. Fundamentalist Muslims are fond of using “rafidi” (refusers, rejecters) as a derogatory term for Shi’ites, highlighting their rejection of the three caliphs prior to ‘Ali and the customs of Islam arising from that period of Islamic history.

Shi’ites, for their part, have their own derogatory term for Sunnis: Nasibi. It means literally “those who have hatred,” specifically toward ‘Ali. In other words, those who will not accept that ‘Ali and his lineage were meant to rule over all the house of Islam are “haters of ‘Ali, and so are excluded from the family of true Muslims. Shi’ite tradition reports that the sixth Imam, Abu Abdullah, said, “The Nasibi is worse than the Jew.” (For Muslims of any persuasion, this is about as defamatory as one can get, although Shi’ite tradition also speaks of the Nasibi as lower than a dog.) Likewise, in some Shi’a eschatologies, when the Imam Mahdi (final Muslim conqueror of the whole world) comes, he will first turn to the slaughter of the Sunnis and their scholars before he turn his attention to the slaughter of all infidels.

As I said, there is no love lost between Sunnis and Shi’ites.

The vignette of Ashura at Iman Hussein mosque in Cairo and the action of the Egyptian (Sunni) government to preemptively suppress any violence by fundamentalist Salafi or Muslim Brotherhood operatives against minority Shi’ites points to the explosive friction manifested between Sunnis and Shi’ites around the world. Bombings are commonplace at rival mosques in cities where spatial constraints force these opposing groups to rub shoulders. Militants from both sides employ hit and run attacks, spraying bullets or running vehicles at crowds to spread mayhem and death.

Christians today, who have our own share of sectarianism, can’t understand how denominational differences can lead to repeated violence and murder. Certainly in the history of the Church such things have happened, and Christian blood has dripped from the hands of fellow Christians at low times in our history. But when the Church comes back to its senses and returns to the teachings of her Lord, she repents of the evil she had committed, seeks reconciliation, and resolves to never treat fellow Christians as enemies. Certainly Jesus’ teachings prohibit hatred of others (even enemies) and the use of violence against them.

So, many Westerners look on the Muslim world with bemusement, wondering how Muslims can shed the blood of fellow Muslims with regularity and zeal, and why there are few if any signs of repentance by the perpetrators of such internecine strife. Is this merely a stage of history that the Muslim community will outgrow, as the Church endured and emerged from its own bloody Middle Ages, or will hate-inspired, Muslim-on-Muslim bloodshed and carnage continue to haunt much of the Islamic world indefinitely?

Unfortunately, the answer is, most likely the latter. Unlike the Church after it has engaged willingly in evil and finally repents, returning to the peace-making teachings of Jesus, when the Muslim umma (community) engages in willful destruction of fellow Muslims or infidels, it finds nothing to repent of. On the contrary, it congratulate itself for following carefully the teachings of Muhammad and Allah as found in the Qur’an and traditions:

“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not” (Qur’an 2:216)

“Slay the unbeliever wherever you find him” (9:5);

“O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place” (9:38-39)

“O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination” (9:73)

“Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way” (61:4)

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” (8:12)

“If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter” (33:60-62)

“What is [the matter] with you [that you are] two groups concerning the hypocrites, while Allah has made them fall back [into error and disbelief] for what they earned. Do you wish to guide those whom Allah has sent astray? And he whom Allah sends astray – never will you find for him a way [of guidance]. They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper” (4:88-89)

“They [the hypocrites] are the enemy, so beware of them. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded! (63:4 — Sura 63 is itself entitled “The Hypocrites”).

There are literally hundreds of verses in the Qur’an identifying the enemies of Allah and enshrining violence as a way to deal with them. Idolaters, unbelievers, hypocrites (Muslims in name only) and apostates are all enemies, and they are to be dealt with harshly by the “true” Muslim community.

With regard to Sunnis and Shi’ites who anathematize each other and look for Qur’anic justification to kill their opponents in the name of Allah, perhaps 9:73 is the linchpin verse: O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination. “Fight against” is a translation of the verbal form of “jihad”, and so may rightly be translated “Wage jihad against…” Disbelievers and hypocrites are lumped together equally as targets of jihad. If therefore, it is right to kill disbelievers (any who reject the call to become Muslim), it is equally right to kill hypocrites, that is, those who go by the name of Muslim but who don’t really believe the “truth”; those “in the right” are to show no mercy to the objects of Allah’s wrath, for indeed Allah will show them no mercy in the roasting fires of hell.

Thus, as long as the Sunni-Shi’a divide continues (and there are no signs it will ever be healed as each newly-inflicted wound merely deepens hatred and a desire for revenge), each side will wrap itself in the cloak of righteous jihad against the other, and feel justified on the grounds of their holy book in their massacre of each other.

What about the vast numbers of laissez-faire Muslims who don’t really care about the Qur’an or the Sunni-Shi’a divide but just want to be left alone in peace? They carry no weight with the “true disciples”, whether Sunni or Shi’ite. For the Hatfields and the McCoys, there are no neutral parties. The committed say to lukewarm, “Either you are with us in anathematizing these enemies, or you are part of them, and will become our targets as well.” So, the “moderates” keep their mouths shut, whether in Sunni-majority or Shi’ite majority lands so as to avoid the vengeful wrath of the religious zealots in their midst.

Governments may restrain outbreaks of this 1400 year-long religious and political enmity by threat of force, but they cannot quench the burning fires of hatred that take shelter in Allah’s eternal commands. Those who hope that one day the Muslim world will “come to its senses” and reject violence against other Muslims as well as against the rest of the world need to leave their opium dens with their attendant pipe dreams and breathe the fresh, if harsh, air of reality.

A good future for the world lies not in the impossible reform of Islam but in its swift obsolescence.

 

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What an Arabian Oasis Can Teach Us about 9/11


An anti-Semitic Arabic chant favored by Muslim mobs goes like this:

Khaybar, Khaybar, ya Yahud, jaysh Muhammad sawf ya’ud!

Translated literally into English, it says: “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.” But in keeping with the Arabic meter and rhyme we might better render it, “Khaybar, Khaybar, O you Jews, Muhammad’s army will abuse.” The video above comes from one of many similar demonstrations on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

As all Muslims know, Khaybar was a wealthy Jewish farming settlement roughly 100 miles NNW of Medina. Its date production was legendary. In 625 AD, the community had absorbed a Jewish tribe banished from Medina by Muhammad, the Banu Nadir, so the Khaybar community was familiar with Muhammad’s growing antipathy toward his Jewish neighbors. Related imageYet they were not overconcerned with their safety and independence until 628, when Muhammad and his army swept down upon them in a surprise attack and ultimately routed the inhabitants. Instead of enslaving or killing all his captives, Muhammad agreed to a proposal from the Khaybar Jews to allow them to live and farm their orchards under stipulation that they hand over to him fifty percent of the harvests annually, with the understanding that should they default on this arrangement, their lives and personal property would be forfeit to the Islamic community. (This arrangement became the forerunner of the practice of jizya, a head-tax levied on all conquered peoples who escaped execution or slavery by agreeing to live in subservience to Islamic law and Muslim authorities, and by paying the tax annually. Such people became known as dhimmis.)

The Khaybar chant utilized today is a reminder and warning to Jews (and by extension to all those resisting the imperial advance of Islam over the non-Muslim world) that there will come a day when Muhammad’s armies conquer and subdue those now living in freedom outside the sway of Islam. The nation of Israel must one day fall, and its land return to the caliphate of Allah. According to Sunni Islamic eschatology,

Allah’s Messenger said, “The Hour [Day of Judgment] will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”  — Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 177.Image result for O Muslim, o slave of Allah, there is a Jew behind me

Likewise, in another passage about the endtimes we are told,

Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus) the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler),
he will break the Cross and kill the pigs and there will be no Jizya (i.e. taxation taken from non-Muslims). Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it, and a single prostration to Allah (in prayer) will be better than the whole world and whatever is in it.” — Ibid., Vol. 4, Book 55, Hadith 657.

The reference to the abolition of jizya means that no longer will non-Muslims be allowed to maintain their own religious identities (even as dhimmis), but all conquered peoples will face a stark choice: become Muslims or face execution.

This mindset, rooted in Islamic supremacism, fuels Islam’s hope for world conquest, and underlies the continued waves of Muslim attacks on the unbelieving world. As Americans have just observed the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 assault on our country, the Khaybar attack may provide us some insight into how to avoid another terror-inspired calamity. In answering why Khaybar fell, we can prepare better for the coming attacks of Islamic radicals. Here are some pertinent observations:

  • Muhammad was highly motivated to conquer and plunder a weak opponent.
    • Having just concluded a treaty of non-aggression with the pagan leaders of Mecca in which it seemed to many of his more sanguinary troops that he had “given away the store” with little to show for it, Muhammad sensed the dissatisfaction of his army as they marched home to Medina. Likewise, as the number of his followers continued to mushroom, the Muslim community’s scant resources were stretched to the limit. The prospect of unleashing his forces against a prosperous and militarily anemic foe such as Khaybar was too good to pass up.
  • Khaybar was complacent. Even though the Jews knew by first-hand experience or by report from other tribes that Muhammad and his armies were a growing threat, they took no proactive steps to secure their community.
    • They may have felt that the 100 miles between them and Medina was a daunting enough deterrent for any large army to undertake
    • They certainly believed that the five well-placed fortress complexes within which most of the inhabitants lived were impregnable.
    • They believed the alliances with neighboring Arab tribes they had bought with their wealth would add a protective hedge around them should the Muslims attack.
    • As a result, they made no particular preparations to endure a prolonged siege, should enemy armies encamp around their fortresses. When Muhammad did lay siege around the encampments of Khaybar, the inhabitants quickly ran out of food and water.
  • The people of Khaybar were not unified in their allegiance to one another and their opposition to Muhammad.
    • The first two fortresses were breached when certain Jews betrayed their compatriots after securing promises from the Muslims that they would be protected from the invaders’ swords if they would provide the army a secret means of access to the fortress interior.
    • After these two fortresses fell, a loss of morale among the rest of the Jews led to swift surrender of the other three.
  • The Arab allies from whom the Khaybar Jews expected help proved to be unreliable.
    • In some cases, they had been paid off by Muhammad not to interfere. In other cases, the news of Muhammad’s growing power and conquests instilled such fear that they refused to honor their alliance with Khaybar.

What lessons can we learn from Khaybar?

First, the drive for conquest and plunder still shapes the heart of Islam, enshrined as it is in the example of Muhammad. The land and possessions of the kuffar (infidels) are fair game for the armies of Islam (or for individual Muslims, if they are able to take and hold them). In a notable hadith, Muhammad declared,

“I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.” — Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 2, Hadith 25.

According to the Arabian prophet, fighting is prescribed for Muslims against non-Muslims until the latter surrender and become Muslims (affirm the Muslim creed, perform the five required daily prayers, and offer the mandatory alms). Only if and when non-Muslims do this will they “…save their lives and property from me.” In other words, if they do not become Muslims, their lives and property are in jeopardy from Muhammad and his followers.

One of the primary reasons Islam expanded so quickly beyond the Arabian peninsula was because there were no more conquests to be made in Arabia — the population had overwhelmingly become Muslim, at least in name, and  it was not permissible to plunder other Muslim tribes. New conquests were needed in order to feed the economic needs of the growing Muslim nation. Between plunder and jizya, the Muslim overlords lived off the resources of those they subjugated.

Those inspired by Muhammad look today at the inestimable riches and freedoms of the West and can’t help but compare them to the relative poverty and impotence of the Muslim world. Believing that Allah intends them to enjoy all this bounty by subjugating the West and plundering its resources, radical Muslim leaders are always plotting ways to defeat the Great Satan and occupy their “rightful place” as the favored people of Allah. This religiously-stoked belief will not be assuaged by Western kindness or generosity — only the victory of Islam over the West will satisfy the Muslim hunger for conquest and plunder, because, after all, the entire riches of the world belong to Allah and to those he has chosen, i.e., the Muslims.

Second, the 9/11 attacks revealed our complacency. Even though we had almost two decades of warnings, from the Marine barracks attack in Beirut back in 1983 to the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, to the various embassy attacks in the mid and late 90s, to the assault on the USS Cole in 2000, yet we seemed to shrug all these off like a lion lazily tossing its mane at random flies. We felt we were invincible. Image result for tossing maneTerrorism might break out “over there” across the oceans, but our mainland was safely insulated by two oceans. Our armed forces were and remain the best trained and equipped in the world, so who would dare attack us? And we paid our allies well (Egypt, Pakistan, the Gulf nations, etc.) to combat radical Muslims so we wouldn’t have to. Because of our complacency, we never expected a surprise attack utilizing non-military means to deal an almost incapacitating blow to our nation. After 9/11, vigilance replaced complacency, and more planned attacks have been thwarted in the last 17 years than most of us will ever know. Yet success in this area has a way of breeding newfound complaceny, and this we must guard against. The world of radical Islam never sleeps in its quest to find fresh ways to spawn terror in our midst.

Third, in the same way as the Khaybar Jews were not united in the defense of their community, so America as a whole is not united in the belief that we are a culture and society worth defending, nor in the conviction that orthodox Islam poses a clear and present danger to Western democracy and Judeo-Christian values. On the far left politically, there are groups actively working to subvert our democracy and free enterprise system in favor of a globalist, socialist world. Like the traitors of Khaybar, they are trying to open as many gates as possible to destroy the fortress of America from within. They apparently don’t care what damage the Muslim radicals may do, as long as it destroys the old America which they then hope to rebuild as a socialist utopia. How they will deal with the unleashed army of Islam is a question that hasn’t yet formed in their minds. Oh, well, first things first, I guess.

Then there are those individuals and groups who aren’t consciously out for the destruction of America, but who march to the drumbeat of “Diversity is our strength,” and “Islam means peace.” They truly believe that it is unjust to exclude any who wish to live in America, and nod approvingly when representatives from CAIR, ISNA or even the US government speak about the wonders of Islam, how it champions the rights of women, how it elevates human dignity and inspires love for others. In spite of the 33,800 documented terror attacks carried out around the world by self-professed Muslims over the last 17 years since 9/11, these useful idiots blind themselves to the bloodshed and mayhem trailing in the wake of a million Allahu akbars, and bleat like hypnotized sheep, “Islam has nothing to do with terror. It is a religion of peace.”

Until the citizens of the USA come to a united understanding of the threat posed by Muhammad’s Islam, until we are able to educate the useful idiots and evict the quislings who cynically wish to use jihadi Islam as a tool to destroy America, until we find the same passion for our country and its future that we felt in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 barbarities, we will be vulnerable to the same fate that Khaybar suffered at the hands of Muhammad in 628.

Let’s learn a lesson from history, lest we repeat it.

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