Killing Innocents

All we hear in the news is quandary and befuddlement, when Islam,Jihad, Muhammad,and the Qur’an make headlines. Nice people tend to think most others are nice, too. Well, wake up world; open your eyes America; all religions aren’t equal or benign.

For a crash course in reality, the following piece by Dick Roberts, is a concise synopsis of the jihad threat/reality. It makes sense fast and is to the point:


Killing Innocents

By Dick Roberts:

I often have times suggested that folks read the Qur’an in order to learn firsthand what Islam is and what motivates Muslims to kill innocents, those that do not abide in an “authentic” Muslim’s Qur’an based belief system. As I listened to Barack Obama claim that “ISIL is not Islamic – No religion condones the killing of innocents! ” I thought; the guy needs to read the Qur’an and understand the sequence of its numbered sura (verses) and what that means. I said something much less controlled as those who know me well might imagine, and I decided I must do this. I don’t want to do this, but I just can’t stand it anymore. I have a few similar things in the past, and as the fates would have it, I cannot find even one of them. I must save this…….

With this note I will save you the trouble of reading the Qur’an ( few will anyway), let alone the Hadith, or perhaps in a few cases inspire you to dig deeper. Let’s get started. Forgive me as I assume you are part of the Great Unwashed on this subject — such an upbeat subject it is.

First, allow me to recount briefly what we have heard time and again over the past decade or so from political types, church leaders and self- appointed expert ‘talking heads’ on TV. Almost without exception these “talkers” state without reservation that Islam is a religion of peace and that Islamic extremism is only a contemporary anomaly or deviation from “true” Islam. In some instances, they will even assert that “Islam,” the word itself, means peace. Paleeze!

George Bush said such things when he was president, Brit PM Tony Blair said it, current Brit PM Cameron said it a few days ago, — and even the current Pope has made statements about “authentic” Islam. The Pope’s case/statement, of course, raises the question: what is, “authentic ” Islam? Hold on — I will address it below.

At the same time, I can help but point out that Islamists, such as their rabid mouthpiece Anjem Choudary, typically reject these interpretations. (He’s on TV quite a bit) Choudry has repeatedly said “You can’t say that Islam is a religion of peace, because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means ‘submission,’ so, a Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam.”

Let’s go a bit deeper. Although the Arabic word for peace, salam, and the word for submission (islam) do come from the same root, their meanings are radically different and come from different forms of the verb. Islam in no way means “peace.” Just as Choudry says, Islam means “submission.” Its root, salam, means peace, but not peace as you would think of it. It refers to peace that will prevail in the world once all mankind converts to Islam. Of course which major sect of Islam that will be, Sunni or Shiite, is still up for grabs. In that regard, there should be no doubt in any mind that the Sunni – Shiite struggle for Islamic supremacy is the major conflict in the Middle East. We see it manifested in Syria and now Iraq even while the Shiite Iraqis (with our help) try to paper over real Sunni grievances.

After all that’s happened in the past 13 years, ref the Global War on Islamist Terror, I find it astounding that so few people appreciate the history of Islam. Its history dramatically shows that Islam has never been a religion of peace and that these modern jihadists, the extremist Salafis/Wahabbis, draw their marching orders from the actions of the first three generations of the faith: 1) the companions of the prophet, 2) their children and 3) their grandchildren. These figures, known as the Salaf, serve as role models for today’s Muslims as they have done for Muslims over the past 1400 years. (When you hear or read the word Salafis or Salafists now you will know where it comes from – are the ISIS zealots Salafists? You bet your paratrooper boots they are, but keep your trooper boots off the ground, okay? )

I urge folks to read the Qur’an because they will learn firsthand that the Qur’an is chock full of orders to fight the jihad ( holy war ). No doubt today’s so-called radicals get their inspiration from it — hells bells, they say so themselves! There are no less than 160 jihad verses (sura) in the Qur’an, and more than those, the Hadith, which is the story of Muhammad’s life, contains innumerable passages that order or describe jihad. Here are three quick examples of Qur’an sura:
“Let those who sell this world’s life for the hereafter fight in the way of God. For whoever fights in the way of God, whether he is killed or lives victorious, we shall grant him a mighty reward.” 4: 74

“I will cast fear into the hearts of the unbelievers. Therefore behead them and cut off all their fingertips.” 8:12

“Slay the unbelievers wherever you come upon them, take them captives and besiege them, and waylay them by setting ambushes.” 9:5

I find it impossible to re-interpret the Qur’an in some B.S politically correct “moderate” manner. Without a doubt the most famous or infamous modern tafsir, or interpretation, of the Qur’an is a multi-volume work entitled, In the Shade of the Quran. Shade was written by none other than Sayyid Qutb (1906-66 — died in Egyptian prison), the Muslim Brotherhood ideologue who is regarded as the father of modern Islamism. Qtub’s interpretations are indeed political, and jihad is at the root of the proscribed political action. Frankly there is nothing modern about it. It’s the same as it was in the 622 and beyond.

I can assure you that the Qur’an contains many peaceful and tolerant verses, and these could be used to create a genuine reformation of Islam. Some attempts at genuine reform have been made, but none has gone anywhere because when push comes to shove the Qur’an does not allow it. How’s that? Well, you must understand that all the so-called moderate verses were recitations from early days of Muhammad’s visitations from the Angel Gabriel. Mohammad met Gabriel in a cave near Mecca tens of times starting in the year 607 AD, and as Gabriel squeezed him, Mohammad began reciting the words of Allah, which he and others dutifully recorded or so the myth says. Mohammad spent about 15 years trying to attract followers to his new religion, but he attracted very few and was run out of Mecca as an undesirable.

He and his small band moved down to Medina in 622, and there everything changed and quickly so — and this began the Medinan Phase of the Qur’an Sura. There Mohammad became a political and military leader whose authority was based on his religion. When his religious dogma was not welcomed or seen as blasphemy by others, the Qur’an’s early peaceful verses gave way to new jihad verses and intolerant diatribes against Jews, Christians and pagans – again these are the words of Allah, his god. Sayyid Qtub’s work or tafsir takes for granted that the later verses (Medinan Phase) abrogate the early ones ( Meccan Phase). Simply put, the verses preaching love for all are no longer applicable, except with regard to one’s fellow Muslims. Of course, that exception fell by the wayside when the Sunni and Shia split — takfiris– kill ‘em all.

The latter or Meccan phase of the Qur’an verses teach jihad, submission and related doctrines and taken as a whole forms the basis for the approach many Muslims take in dealing with us infidels and non-believers. These Muslims see themselves as “authentic” Muslims, and they include millions upon millions of Sunni and Shiites. The one exception to this is the Sufi sect, a very small sect in the scheme of things — you probably have never heard of them – who seem to embrace only the Meccan Phase of the Qur’an. Would it be that all could become Sufis?

Realize too that the Qur’an cannot be changed. Written in Arabic, and I say again proclaimed to contain the direct words of Allah ( their god) as given to Mohammad, changing even one letter, one dot in Arabic ( if you know Arabic) would constitute blasphemy of the worst kind. Their idea is that the text on planet earth must match the tablet in heaven — the “Mother of the Book ” are the words they use — the eternal original text of the Qur’an. The reasoning goes like this. If one tiny change is made perhaps others would be made too, and before long words could be substituted for other words and then the meaning is changed entirely. No can do — it is Allah’s word as given to Muhammad. That’s it. End of story. Would you be surprised to know that the Qur’an itself condemns Jews and Christians for having tampered with their own holy books, so and taunts that neither the Torah nor the Gospels may be regarded as the word of God? It certainly is not the word of their god. In a very real sense, Islam is trapped by the Quran’s immutability..

To say the least it is unsettling for me to hear and see Western politicians, church leaders, and multiculturalists readily accept ignorance or outright deception on this subject and then pose as having expertise. I think Islam, while absurd in many respects, is still one of the most important ideologies in recorded history, and would then ask who is teaching the truth about it to our kids? Have you seen any textbooks that paint an honest picture of how Islam began and the millennium plus of Islamic Imperialism that followed? Or seen anything that serves to explain how it serves as the basis for what we see today with groups like ISIS? That is authentic Islam to the nth degree and certainly shows no tendency toward reform as some seem to think wishfully…..

Not only is there is no education in our schools, real experts on this subject are denied contact with government employees these days. BTW the current WH bunch consult with “experts” when it took it upon itself to purge the truth about Islam from the materials used to train our military leaders, intelligence types and law enforcers. I know you will be shocked to hear that the administration refuses to identify its “experts” — in fact, the administration took what I would say is an astonishing step to classify their identities when the people’ s House of Reps started asking questions. I have to conclude it’s someone’s attempt to isolate all of us from the truth so ” they” can peddle their extremist PC agenda where Leftist Socialism meets Fascist Islamism. How many times will falsehoods and fables be told as jihadist Muslims, be they militants or passives, claw their their way to power in our country?

Unfortunately, even many of the so-called moderate Muslims ( civilized Muslims who reject what amounts to 80% of the Qur’an or the Medinan Phase) still fail to see the reality behind some of the most elementary aspects of Islam as codified by the Qur’an. I recall hearing a young Muslims actually say that if only young Muslims were to read the Qur’an, they would back away from all forms of violent extremism. Either this was taqiyya (loosely meaning deception) or sublime ignorance.

The world’s jihadi fighters constantly read and quote from the Qur’an where they find justification for violent assaults on non-Muslims, apostates and “hypocrites” (munafiqun — a word taken straight from the Qur’an meaning something similar to backsliders).

In addition to the Medinan Phase of the Qur’an, the six books of Hadith and the biography of the prophet (the Sira) also portray a violent world. Muhammad, after moving to Medina in 622, led raids against various tribes. Ibn Ishaq, his biographer, says Mohammad led the umma in twenty-seven battles over a ten-year period. Major battles of historic significance were Badr, Uhud and al Khandaq. In addition, he sent his lieutenants out to raid caravans — raids are known as ghazwat. The ghazwats were the engine of the Islamic economic system. Plunder the enemy! The raids were also used to bring Arabs to Islam — force them to submit. If they did not submit or if they later deviated from the true faith — as we are witness by Islamic State Muslims behavior today – they were fought until they either accepted Islam or were killed.

Beyond the 27 battles and incessant raids, Muhammad ordered or supported some forty-three assassinations, but perhaps best known are his reprisals against three Jewish tribes, two of whom were expelled from Medina, sent packing while he took all their property and land. In the third case of Banu Qurayza tribe, the men were condemned to death by Sa’d ibn Mu’adh, whose judgment was endorsed by Muhammad. He, after having them dig a trench, had the 900 male members — including boys of thirteen and up — line up next to it and beheaded as the women and children watched. Then the women and children were sold into slavery or in some cases women made concubines for Muslim males. Mercy! The Medinan period is characterized by nothing other than rounds of violence piled upon violence, and all it was ordered or carried out by the so-called Prophet of God – the ” Prophet of Peace ” should we say? They still hold the same imperial dreams and the same contempt for anyone who does not hold their exact beliefs. Sometimes it is hidden, but if they are Qur’anic Muslims it’s there.

If you don’t care to have a feel for the what happened over the next 1000 years or so stop and skip down to the end of the bracketed portion which follows please. It’s really only a short summary but still it is a bit involved.
Beginning of the bracket {Muhammad died in 632, and was to be succeeded by his father-in-law, Abu Bakr , who died 634, regarded by Sunnis as the First Caliph, or by his son-in-law ‘Ali, regarded by Shiites as the first of the twelve Imams. Thus within days of Muhammad’s death began the rift between Muslims with the birth of birth of the Sunnis and Shiites.

Abu Bakr, as Sunni Caliph, launched a series of attacks across the Arabian Peninsula. The Bedouin tribes, who had followed their custom of withdrawing allegiance once the leader of an associated tribe died, apparently believed their fealty to Islam ended with the passing of Muhammad. Abu Bakr saw them as apostates and sent out cohorts to force the tribesmen back into the fold of Islam. Thus occurred the “Wars of the Ridda” and some fifteen battles. Once the Bedouin issues had been settled, Abu Bakr sent his Muslim Army over to conquer what is now Iraq (then a province of the Persian Sasanid Empire) and the Levant ( then apart of the Christian Byzantine Empire which included what is today Southern Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel). Sounds like ISIS or ISIL does it not?

When Abu Bakr, an old man, died after two years as Caliph, Umar ibn al-Khattab succeeded him. Under Umar Khattab’s rule, the entire Sasanid Empire ( think Iran) and two-thirds of the Byzantine Empire were conquered for Islam. Battle followed battle and the blood flowed over the entire region. In 644, ten years into his rule, Umar was assassinated by some pissed off Persians and Uthman ibn Affan entered as Caliph.

Even though the third of the four “Rightly-Guided” Caliphs, Uthman ibn Affan. Over the next 12 years, the Muslims fought battles to conquer or bring into line half of the known world took. His conquests stretched as far as modern-day Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Dagestan, Turkmenistan and Armenia. In the west Sicily and Cyprus were captured as was all North Africa, and then the Iberian Peninsula and southern Italy.

Towards the end of his life, Uthman became unpopular with many. Medina, his capital, became a hotbed of intrigue and unrest. In 656, an armed revolt broke out, 1000 rebels, with orders to assassinate the Caliph, struck out from Egypt for Medina where they entered Uthman’s house and assassinated him, but the religion of peace was still on the march.

‘Uthman was followed by Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali, the last of the four Rashidun (Rightly-Guided) Caliphs. Almost immediately, Ali was caught up in a quarrel that ended in civil war. He faced Muhammad’s wife, Aisha, at the Battle of the Camel in 656 where 10,000 fighters supposedly died. Ali also faced the forces of Mu’awiya (later the first of the Umayyad Caliphs) at Siffin (657), where Ali lost 25,000 men and Mu’awiya 45,000. ‘Ali himself was assassinated in his capital of Kufa by a Muslim extremist during prayers in 661.

The Umayyads took power and established their long-lived capital in Damascus. In 680, when Muawiya’s son Yazid assumed the Caliphate, a grandson of Muhammad, Husayn the son of ‘Ali, rebelled and raised forces to attack Yazid. The two sides met at Karbala in 68O where Husayn, his family and his followers all perished. That marked the most crucial moment in the split between the Shiites (for whom Husayn is the third of their Imams) and the Sunni majority.

The rest of Islamic history is marked by annual jihads, wars between different Muslim rulers and empires. In India alone, between sixty and eighty million Hindus were put to death during the centuries of invasions by Muslim armies from 1000 to 1525. } end of the bracket

All of this and lots more is simply to be forgotten? Well, we would like to forget it, but we can’t — IT’S THEIR #%$&X#! DOCTRINE!

So long as the Qur’an exists, young Muslim men and women in their thawbs and hijabs can find in it the perfect justification for jihad and the killing of innocent. Okay — that’s it!

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When the Twain Shall Meet

There is a delicacy of old
With which men speak to one another.
Though, approaching from the farthest ends,
Never meeting in the middle,
Yet, do they honor one another,
In their humanity.

They offer the gift of presence,
Gifting to the other
An open ear
That wills to hear.

To do the Good
For the sake of Good,
To forge the best of thought
For presentation at the gate
Is the beginning of our holy end.

Though all men be wrong
In varying degrees,
There is something right
In putting down one’s arms
To meet as warring friends,
In hope and trust
That they serve a higher call,
When men do speak of peace.

Who is honored by this respect,
If not the Maker of all Men,
Who alone can change
Hearts of stone to flesh,
Making them like unto His own.

By Joann Nelander

Islam 101 : Jihad Watch

Islam 101 by Gregory M. Davis

by Gregory M. Davis

author, Religion of Peace? Islam’s War Against the World

producer/director, Islam: What the West Needs to Know — An Examination of Islam, Violence, and the Fate of the Non-Muslim World

Islam 101 is meant to help people become better educated about the fundamentals of Islam and to help the more knowledgeable better convey the facts to others. Similarly, my book and documentary are meant to serve as concise explanations of the major moving parts of Islam and their implications for Western society. Islam 101 is a condensation of the book and documentary with the aim of lending clarity to the public understanding of Islam and of exposing the inadequacy of prevailing views. All should feel free to distribute and/or reproduce it.

Table of Contents

1) The Basics

a) The Five Pillars of Islam

b) The Quran — the Book of Allah

c) The Sunnah — the “Way” of the Prophet Muhammad

i. Battle of Badr

ii. Battle of Uhud

iii. Battle of Medina

iv. Conquest of Mecca

via Islam 101 : Jihad Watch.

 

Feed My Lambs

I am no one,
But see the army
Of saints and angels
Who implore Thee.

You say “Feed my lambs,
Feed my sheep,”
And I am tempted
To think, I have nothing,
But, Lord, are You
Not the Whole Loaf,
And are You not
Eternal and ours?

I will give
From my Ever Present Lord.
In my poverty,
You are my abundance.

What I can not see,
I know is on the way.
You are not far off.
You have come,
And You are coming soon.
Emmanuel.

© 2011  Joann Nelander

Blossom in the Desert

Sad the plight of Man,
Mourning the lose of Paradise.
Captive to cowardice,
Hiding from his God.
Cast out, betraying,
And accusing one another,
Empty of grace, forlorn.
One garden of hope remains.
One paradise,
Ready for the Spring.
One immaculate heaven on earth.
O Virgin, say but the Word,
And your “Fiat”
Will blossom forth in Faith,
Rarity of your virginal ground.
Immaculate fecundity,
Queen Mother, Desert Willow,
New Eve, bearer of New Adam,
With new creation, rejoicing.
Voicing all thanksgiving,
A Eucharist for the sons and daughters of God.

 

© 2011 Joann Nelander

On Flight from the World

From the treatise on Flight from the World by Saint Ambrose, bishop

Hold fast to God, the one true good

Where a man’s heart is, there is his treasure also. God is not accustomed to refusing a good gift to those who ask for one. Since he is good, and especially to those who are faithful to him, let us hold fast to him with all our soul, our heart, our strength, and so enjoy his light and see his glory and possess the grace of supernatural joy. Let us reach out with our hearts to possess that good, let us exist in it and live in it, let us hold fast to it, that good which is beyond all we can know or see and is marked by perpetual peace and tranquillity, a peace which is beyond all we can know or understand.

This is the good that permeates creation. In it we all live, on it we all depend. It has nothing above it; it is divine. No one is good but God alone. What is good is therefore divine, what is divine is therefore good. Scripture says: When you open your hand all things will be filled with goodness. It is through God’s goodness that all that is truly good is given us, and in it there is no admixture of evil.

These good things are promised by Scripture to those who are faithful: The good things of the land will be your food.

We have died with Christ. We carry about in our bodies the sign of his death, so that the living Christ may also be revealed in us. The life we live is not now our ordinary life but the life of Christ: a life of sinlessness, of chastity, of simplicity and every other virtue. We have risen with Christ. Let us live in Christ, let us ascend in Christ, so that the serpent may not have the power here below to wound us in the heel.

Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways by faith, not in outward show. You must take refuge in him. He is your refuge and your strength. David addresses him in these words: I fled to you for refuge, and I was not disappointed.

Since God is our refuge, God who is in heaven and above the heavens, we must take refuge from this world in that place where there is peace, where there is rest from toil, where we can celebrate the great sabbath, as Moses said: The sabbaths of the land will provide you with food. To rest in the Lord and to see his joy is like a banquet, and full of gladness and tranquillity.

Let us take refuge like deer beside the fountain of waters. Let our soul thirst, as David thirsted, for the fountain. What is that fountain? Listen to David: With you is the fountain of life. Let my soul say to this fountain: When shall I come and see you face to face? For the fountain is God himself.