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Monday, January 5, 2009

Terrorism and Islam Doctrine

Terrorism and Islam Doctrine

Author: Mike Deubig

Various governments like the United States describe terrorism in this particular way, "the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political, religious, or social objectives." There are valid points in there which are true, but to add something further to get the whole picture; "Terrorism is use to further one's political, religious, or social means, as a result of not having a military strong enough to carry out it's objectives."

Bin Laden, a well known terrorist who continues to allude capture described his view on terrorism and why it is needed on a audiotape in November 2002. "Speaking in a literary style of Arabic favored by Bin Laden, the voice said the attacks were ''carried out by the zealous sons of Islam in defense of their religion,'' in response to a claim that ''(President) Bush, the pharaoh of this age, was doing in terms of killing our sons in Iraq, and what Israel, the United States' ally, was doing in terms of bombing houses that shelter old people, women and children.'' Some Muslims in the blogs thought it was a CIA tape induced with special effects to put the blame on Bin Laden, but years later another Bin Laden showed up at the doorstep of a Arabic TV news agency. And in this video tape which was played on tv, he clearly spoke of being behind the attacks of 9/11.

Since the terrorists attacks conducted upon the United States during 9/11, we have witnessed President Bush, declaring at such places as the Islamic Center in Washington DC on Sept 17, 2001, "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war."

In a Joint Session to Congress on Sept 20, 2001, President Bush continued his theme of Islam being a religion of peace by declaring to congress and the nation, "We respect your faith. It is practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah."

President Bush describes Islam as a "peaceful religion", and not only that but he goes on to say it's teachings are agreement with God... Islamic doctrine is not good as President Bush points out, because it's teachings are contrary to what the Bible teaches...One of the main reasons for painting a positive image of Islam, was the fear of a possible backlash by the American public or the United States government when it became known, the terrorists were Arabs who practice Islam...This fear was propelled in the public spotlight in June 2002, when Commissioner Peter Kirsanow in Detroit said, "If there's another terrorist attack, and if it's from a certain ethnic community or certain ethnicities that the terrorists are from, you can forget civil rights in this country," A week later, Kirsanow apologized for his outburst and said his comments were taken out of context. He doesn't believe in detention camps, he insisted, nor should the Bush administration consider them."

Is Islam a peaceful religion? Is President Bush, and the rest of the mainstream media and Muslims who firmly want us to believe in this particular theme right, or wrong? Let's examine both the Quran and the Hadith very carefully in order to see if Islam agrees with terrorism...The Quran states, and I quote, "Let there be no compulsion in religion” 2:256...Many Muslims will use Sura 2:256, as a means of providing proof that Islam is a peaceful religion. But it doesn't show the whole side to this doctrine which we look at next...

The doctrine of Abrogation is one of the most important doctrines when it comes to understanding Islam...It states:

"And for whatever verse we abrogate and cast into oblivion; We bring a better or the like of it;

knowest thou not that God is powerful over everything? Sura 2:106

Abrogation basically means in Islam, is that the newer Suras are better than the older Suras, as a result the newer ones are to be obeyed while the older Suras are not to be obeyed, if there is a conflict of commands between them...The importance of this particular doctrine of abrogation cannot be understated. In a mosque in the city of Kufa, Ali b. Abi Talib, one saw people gathering around the judge, Abdur-Rahman. The judge was confusing that which is permissible with that which is not. Ali asked him whether he could tell the abrogative verses from the abrogated; he said that he could not. Ali then grabbed the man's ear, twisted it, and said: "you perish, and you make others perish. Do not judge in our mosque anymore."

Since we now know understand the doctrine of Abrogation in Islamic doctrine and it's importance, a question should arise..."Are there any verses that are newer than Sura 2:256 in the Quran?

As we examine the text, the answer is "yes"...Let's look at a few of the newer verses....

"Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme" Sura 8:39

"Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits, for Allah does not love transgressors". Sura 2:190

"And slay them (the infidels) wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out, for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter" Sura 2:191

"And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and Faith in Allah; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression". Sura 2:193

This may surprise some people but in the beginning of Islam, the Jihad, was not allowed....No Muslim at this time was commanded to take up arms against his enemy...But these newer verses changed this whole concept completely, and gives Muslims the right of self defense, or to wage war against nations which it has no treaty with...

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." Sura 9:29

"And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage,- that Allah and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the Pagans.

If then, ye repent, it were best for you; but if ye turn away, know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah. And proclaim a grievous penalty to those who reject Faith." Sura 9:3

Here we see in Sura 9:29, the Quran ordering Muslims to fight in order to establish Allah’s kingdom on earth (all of the earth) by any means. Most Islamic scholars are in agreement that one verse of the Quran (9:5) abrogates 124 verses, which are basically all the verses that talk about peace and forgiveness. Speaking of Sura 9:5, here it is, and I quote...

"But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular Prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful" Sura 9:5

As we see very clearly in this verse (which is commonly called the verse of the sword) there is only one way out for pagans (or infidels) to be spared from being slain and that is they should repent, and that is; to begin establishing prayers, and practice charity, or in other words, become a Muslim which is what Bin Laden exactly stated in one of his more recent videos in 2007...He states and I quote;

"People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. I invite you to embrace Islam."

As for people of the book we read the verse in the same sura which tells us the way out of being killed "until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission and feel themselves subdued."

A collection of books known as the Hadith, which were written by Muslim scholars in attempt to record Islamic history and the prophet Muhammad. The Hadith is in agreement with the Quran on violence, and establishing an early kingdom...For example, it states and I quote, "Ibn Haban in his Sahih, vol. 14, p. 529, narrates: Muhammad said: "I swear by Him who has my soul in his hands, I was sent to you with nothing but slaughter." In his Musnad (vol. 2, p. 50) Imam Ahmed narrates by Ibn Omar: "the Prophet said: "I was sent by the sword proceeding the judgment day and my livelihood is in the shadow of my spear and humiliation and submission are on those who disobey me." Omar Ibn al-Khatab said: "I heard the prophet of Allah saying: ‘I will cast Jews and Christians out of the peninsula and I won’t leave any one in it but Muslims.’" (Sunan Abu Dawud, vol. 2, No. 28, from the Muhaddith program[2]). Ibn Ishaq and al-Waqidi report that the prophet said the morning after the murder (of Kab Ibn al’Ashraf), "Kill any Jew you can lay your hands on." (El beddayah wa alnihaya – Ibn Katheer – vol. 4 – in the chapter on killing Ka’ab bin al’Ashraf).

On a little side note, there is no commandment in the New Testament doctrine for Christians to conduct force conversions on those outside of Christianity, nor a commandment using the government to spread Christianity by force. The Christian church is suppose to conduct itself in a civil manner according to Scriptures, by only preaching the Gospel to those who are unsaved, and teach those who are saved nothing more. Now back to the issue at hand.

Another example is Muhammad himself. The most important prophet in Islam...Before the Hadith was written, there was another book written by Ibn Ishaq about Muhammad's life...The book is called, "Sirat Rasulallah" which is considered to be the most authentic biography of Muhammad. There is an event in there that we should take note of on page 515. It occurred about 3 years before Muhammad's death. This event has to do with Muhammad's conquest of Khaibar, a large Jewish settlement.

It had one of the best palms in the area as well as prosperous merchants, craftsmen, and farmers. There was a certain treasure brought to Muhammad's attention. Muhammad then asked about it. But Kinana denied that the treasure actually existed. Muhammad then says, "Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?" he said "Yes." Muhammad gave orders that the ruin be excavated and some of the treasure was found. Kinana continued to be unwilling to reveal where any of the treasure was. So Muhammad gives orders to al-Zubayr Al-Awwam, "Torture him until you extract what he has." So he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then Muhammad delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head.

Is this an indication that Islam is a "peaceful religion" as President Bush, and others like to put it as? It's very clear, the answer is a no. All of the answers to the above question comes from doctrine, and practice of Islam and Muslim scholars themselves. Their fruits indicate without question, point out that Islam is not a peaceful religion. But does that mean, all Muslims are not peaceful people? The answer is; No. Muslims do have a goal to establish an earthly kingdom through various means even through violence...However, having said that there are many Muslims who do not follow follow terrorist activities or a violent means of establishing a Kingdom for Allah, and many of them do live peacefully with others in various countries including the United States, even though they differ in religion...

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