This article was written in 2002, before the
American-led liberation of Iraq, but the propaganda and facts remain the
same. Read it for an interesting look into the true nature of Islam.
Islam is a topic of
discussion almost everywhere in our country today, ever since Osama Bin
Laden became a household word with the September eleventh attacks upon
New York and Washington D.C.
government—and believe me, I support our government, as a general
rule—has decided to misinform us about the nature of Islam. Certainly
the Bush administration has many experts on hand who could tell you the
same things that I will say in this article, but in order to keep our
fragile alliances with the so-called moderate Islamic nations intact,
and also to avoid a negative reaction against Muslims living in our
country today, our government has embarked upon one of the biggest
snow-jobs of our history. President Bush even honors Ramadan each year
by having dozens of Muslim diplomats over for dinner.
We’re constantly assured that
Islam is a religion of peace. Terrorists supposedly comprise a deadly
lunatic fringe who have "hijacked" Islam to justify their murderous
hatred of the West.
That’s simply not the case.
While President Bush dismisses Al-Qaeda’s version of Islam as a despised
"fringe form of Islamic extremism," Muslims throughout the world are
rallying to the defense of Bin Laden and his declared Holy War. The
president also called the terrorists "traitors to their own faith,"
implying that other Muslims see them as apostates. In fact, Al-Qaeda
enjoys wide popularity throughout the Islamic world—even here in the
Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where Somali immigrants regard
him as a Messianic figure, and send portions of their hard-earned wages
overseas to support him.
Osama bin Laden has become a
folk-hero to millions in the Islamic world, and more Muslim children are
now named after him than any other person besides Mohammed himself.
If the majority of Muslims
are so gentle and peace-loving, why did tens of millions dance in the
streets of Gaza, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and in the more
"moderate" Islamic lands, as well, when they got the news of Bin Laden’s
cowardly victory at the World Trade Center? Why did Islamic leaders
congratulate the terrorists on a job well done? Because, far from being
a fringe element, the extremists are the true believers—the
conservatives of the faith of Islam.
"To kill Americans and their
allies, civilians and military, is an individual duty for every Muslim
who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it."
Laden, Feb. 23, 1998
The Koran says, "Praise be
to God, Lord of all the worlds, the compassionate, the merciful, king on
the day of reckoning! Thee only do we worship, and to thee do we cry for
But it also says, "if the
Lord pleased, he had made all men of one religion… but unto this has he
created them; for the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled: verily I will
fill hell altogether with genii [evil spirits] and men."
And the same Koran says that
to engage in jihad or holy war is the highest calling of men, and
the reward of those who resist Allah (you know, like the two Texas girls
who were bringing relief to hurting Afghanis and happened to share their
faith in Jesus) will be "that they will be killed or crucified, or
have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be
expelled out of the land." (Surat al-Maidah—the Table Spread)
The word "jihad" has come
into everyday usage in the United States. Technically, the word means
"struggle," and suddenly we’re told it means to struggle for
righteousness and holiness. Funny how it’s been traditionally
described—by Muslims—as struggling against and killing infidels! It has
not changed its meaning. The extremists, are, in fact, the only ones who
haven’t redefined what it means to be a Muslim, what jihad is,
and how to advance the faith: at the edge of the sword, which is
traditional, historical Islam. Islam is not one of the fastest growing
religions in the world because the message is so compelling, but because
of the threat of death to those who will not convert—innocent people in
Sudan, Indonesia, and West Africa are being killed in the name of Islam
as you read this.
A Brief History of Islam
"Beware of false prophets,
who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous
wolves. You will know them by their fruits.
The prophet Mohammed was born
in Arabia five hundred and seventy years after Christ. His parents died
young and he was brought up by an uncle and grandfather as a shepherd.
He eventually became a camel driver and married his employer, a wealthy
widow twenty-five years his senior, named Khadija. This bought him a
certain degree of status and influence in the well-to-do circles of
During his travels he
encountered Jews and Christians, as well as followers of the various
tribal and pagan religions practiced by his own people. He was not
impressed with the degeneracy that was prevalent in the major religions
at that time, and would often retreat to a cave for meditation.
In 610, when he was forty
years old, he claimed to have been visited by the angel Gabriel during
one of these retreats. The angelic messenger allegedly gave him some
recitations to say aloud. Over a period of some years he received more
and more of these verses and finally assembled them, borrowing from a
few other sources as well, and put together a book that became known as
the "Recitals," or in Arabic, the Koran.
Mohammed wasn’t so sure about
his own teachings at first. He was a troubled man, according to all the
reliable records, subject to seizures and compulsive mood swings.
"Violence and gentleness were at war within him," according to one of
his modern biographers, Robert Payne. He was so troubled by his
spiritual visitations that he thought at first he was possessed by a
jinn, or evil spirit. He even considered suicide at one point, lest
his fellow tribesmen mark him as a shair, a term describing a
particular caste of demonized men.
His foster-mother agreed that
he was possessed, as did some of his contemporaries in Mecca. Most of
them thought his writings to be a poetical collection of fabulous
legends of the past, or the product of sorcery.
Much of the Koran is borrowed
from the pages of the Bible, though twisted on some major points. A
great deal, including the god Allah, comes from the pagan religions of
Mecca and the surrounding area. And some of it perhaps did come from
Mohammed’s spirit visitations—later Islamic historians pointed to his
demon-possession as a mark of spirituality.
Allah is not to be confused
with the God of the Old Testament, as many mistakenly believe. He was
one of the many gods of the middle-east, and was particularly popular in
northern Arabia, where Mohammed was from. Some have associated him with
the moon god—or goddess (Allat, the feminine form, is commonly
mentioned among the three hundred gods of the ancient Arabians, too).
It’s noteworthy that the crescent moon became associated with Islam.
Mohammed made a few
converts—about seventy, mostly social outcastes—while generally
alienating the folks of Mecca. His monotheism irked them, as did his
denunciation of their decadent lifestyles. When his wife died, he lost
the little support that remained, and with rising persecution, moved his
base of operations to Medina, three hundred miles to the north. He soon
remarried, eventually taking nine wives, the most famous of which was
Ayesha, daughter of Abu Bakr, his successor.
From Medina, Mohammed raided
caravans headed for Mecca, and managed to seriously hurt the economy. As
he gained more followers, he began to attack and conquer the surrounding
villages. It was in Medina that he first met with Jewish opposition.
They took exception to his twisting of biblical stories and his claim to
be the prophet of the one great god, so he struck back by being
exceptionally cruel to those hapless Jews who fell into his hands. In
one place he beheaded over seven hundred Jewish men and sold their wives
and children into slavery. He also told his followers that from that
point onward they were to face Mecca while praying, instead of
In 630 AD, at the age of
sixty, Mohammed surrounded Mecca with ten thousand warriors and the city
fell to him with a minimum of resistance. He destroyed the old gods and
goddesses and made Mecca his capital.
He died two years later, but
the Islamic movement grew for the next few centuries by the same means
of military conquest, until it stretched from Morocco to western China.
Untold amounts of blood were shed in the name of this not-so-new god,
and blood is still being shed today.
Islam went into a long period
of decline due in a large part to the leaders becoming self-indulgent
and given over to fleshly appetites, not the least of which were their
harems, fed by a rich slave trade. Incidentally, it was Arab Muslim
slave traders who paid various African tribes to raid their neighbor’s
villages and bring back slaves to send to the sugar and cotton
plantations of the New World. Slavery still exists today, and Muslims
are still involved. Indian girls are kidnapped from their villages and
sold to sheiks in the Mid-east. Villages in southern Sudan are raided by
the Islamic army, who leave the men dead or purposely maimed, and take
the younger women north to Khartoum as slaves.
Islam is not the black man’s
friend—but one of his worst oppressors, historically and presently. Two
million Sudanese Christians and tribals have been killed in the past
fifteen years by the Islamic jihad forces which control that country.
Hundreds of thousands of others have fled their homes to live—and die—in
starvation conditions as refugees in neighboring nations. Jihad rages in
Nigeria, where Islamic forces are trying to turn the tide—too many
Nigerians have turned to Christ in recent years. Other countries in west
Africa have seen bloody carnage that boggles the imagination; American
missionaries have also been among the casualties.
The story is the same in
Asia. Thousands of Indonesian Christians have been killed by well-armed
forces while the government turns a blind eye. Churches are burned and
people slaughtered in Pakistan and India. Philippine terrorists, backed
by Osama bin Laden, have taken missionaries hostage and terrorized many
of the islands of that nation.
A Spiritual Battle
There is every reason to
believe that this is a spiritual battle, as well as a physical one.
George Otis, Jr., in his excellent book, "Last of the Giants," puts
forth a compelling argument that the fundamentalist Islamic revival is
due to a resurgence of the ancient demonic princes of Babylon and
Prior to the Twentieth
Century, Islam had gone into decline. Muslims got some of their fighting
spirit back when Israel was declared a nation in 1948—they vowed to
drive her into the sea. In 1967 and again in 1973 the nations
surrounding the tiny new state gathered together to do just that, but in
both instances, Israel miraculously came out the victor. That left the
Islamic armies feeling impotent and frustrated, with just a few
terrorists like Arafat conducting small operations.
The situation changed in 1979
when the Ayatollah Khomeini successfully established a fundamentalist
Islamic state in Iran (ancient Persia), after the overthrow of the old
Shah. This was just the shot in the arm that militant Muslims needed. A
few years earlier, Sadam Hussein had conducted his own brand of
revolution in neighboring Iraq, the land the Bible calls Babylon.
Both of these regimes
represent the worst of Islam and of its cruel past. Secret police
routinely rape and torture men, women and children for being enemies of
the prophet. Khomeini’s regime, for example, had a difficult time
deciding how nine-year old girls could be violated and tortured while
still keeping a semblance of Islam being a civilized religion. First it
was decreed that according to Islamic tradition, girls reached puberty
at nine and therefore could be treated to the same brutal torture as
men. Then, as some of the clerics had problems with virgins being
skinned alive, burned in ovens, having cigars put our in their eyes and
the like, they decided that it would be alright to have them "married"
to soldiers long enough to be deflowered, after which they could be
tortured. Finally Khomeini himself cut through the red tape and said
that these children were the spoils of war if they were accused of being
disloyal to Islam, and you can do anything to them with impunity. If they
treat children like this, what must the reward be for grown "enemies of
Sadam Hussein’s now-defunct
regime excelled even the brutalities of Iran. His secret police
reinvented and perfected the ancient practice of torture—as thousands of
Kurds and Kuwaitis could testify, if only they were still alive.
Be not deceived, the demonic
spirits of ancient Babylon and Persia are alive and well on the earth
today, reborn in the guise of Islamic republics in the Middle East.
My purpose in exposing this
has not been to foster hatred for Muslims—no doubt the majority of
American Muslims, in spite of their sympathy with Bin Laden and the rest
of their brethren in the Mideast, are peace-loving individuals,
concerned more about bettering their standard of living than with taking
the world over for Mohammed. Respect for the truth, however, compels me
to set the record straight, along with the need to stir up the Christian
community to realize that Islam is a greater threat than our government
is letting on.
We need to pray for the
victims of this bloody religion and the repressive governments that have
sworn to uphold it. We need to find out how to impact these
nations—where it is a capital offence to be a Christian, or to speak in
any way that might be interpreted as being disloyal to Allah and
Mohammed—with the Gospel of Jesus Christ .
Military victory in
Afghanistan and Iraq may set back Al Qaeda a few years, but it will not
solve the problem of Islamic terrorism. It existed before Bin Laden came
along, and will exist as long as there are frustrated Muslims. This
religion teaches its followers that normal morals and rules of decency
do not apply to non-Muslims. You can kill or maim, lie and steal, blow
up innocent people, use everything in Satan’s arsenal—and be rewarded in
Paradise with an army of celestial virgins pledged to fulfil your every
Military victory is not the
ultimate goal. Spiritual victory is what we need to go after. Only
Christians can bring that about. Do we have the resolve, the desire, the
commitment, the love for oppressed and deceived people, to bring them
the Gospel and see them set free—no matter what the cost? That’s the
question before us.
Harrington, Masterbuilder Ministries. All rights reserved.