Sunday, September 14, 2014

Islam and ISIS-Partners or Enemies: Part I

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                       
                                                    Baghdadi from Bagdad, leader of ISIS

IS stands for the Islamic State.  ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  Led by a man with a PhD in education named Baghdadi from Bagdad, Iraq, the goal of this group's leader is to erase the state lines created at the end of WWI when Ottoman Empire lost the war,  and create his own Caliphate. Yet those who are descended from Mohammad and have taken DNA testing to prove this connection say that he has no right to do so unless he also is a descendant of Mohammad.  To this date, nothing has been said about it from him.  Bagdadi now is referred to as Caliph Ibrahim.  He calls on Muslims to obey him.  I doubt very much if any decent Muslim related to Muhammad by DNA is going to obey him  as they feel he has no right in creating this caliphate.
ISIS has been slaughtering, usually by beheading, anyone not fitting into their concept of Islam, which is the Salafi way. "Within the context of our modern World, or to be more precise over the last half a century, the term 'Salafī' has come to designate an Islamic methodology, the aspirational objective of which is the emulation of the Prophetic example via the practices and beliefs of the earliest generations of Islam. This is because the first three Islamic generations, in being closest to the era of Muḥammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and the period of revelation, are understood to best embody the Prophetic Sunnah (sayings and teachings of the prophet) , and thus a pristine Islam."  This seems to mean to copy or revere the first 3 generations after Muhammad and keep the practices of that period of Islam.  It's going back to ancient Islam.  

I must mention, in contrast to this, is what has happened to Judaism.  Judaism started with Moses (1391 BCE to 1271 BCE) giving the Israelites the Laws (of civilization) during their Exodus from Egypt.  By the 200's CE, which was a good 1500 years later, there were schools or academies of a PhD level, discussing the meanings and uses of the laws.  The students were the Amoraim (PhD candidates) of that period.  The religion, though the oldest, kept up with the times and the laws fit the period as well as the period accepted the laws.  We see that while Judaism is old, it keeps up with the times while this branch of Islam has slipped backwards to the times of Muhammad.  

 That includes Christians, Sunnis and Shi'as so far. "There is especially staunch opposition to Shīʿism, particularly because of the Shīʿite doctrine of dissociating from most of the Companions." 

"The numerous Salafī strands hold conflicting positions with regard to the ruling on adhering to a particular madhhab, so much so that it has been a source of tension amongst them."  In other words, the Salafists do not have their act together and haven't reached the point of scholarship and agreement that had been going on from the 3rd to 6th centuries with Judaism.  So ISIS is evidently making up their own rules of ill behavior and has reached the evil end of the  scope and sequence of their religion.  .  

 Just recently they have beheaded 2 Americans of which one was a Christian journalist and the other a Jewish dual USA-Israel citizen journalist and the most recent beheading was an English aid worker of a high level of employment.
          Beheading of James Foley of New Hampshire, USA August 20, 2014

All this has been done in the name of Islam.  According to Islam, terrorism is above all,  murder.  Murder is strictly forbidden in the Qur'an in
6:151 which says, "and do not kill a soul that G-d has made sacrosanet (hallowed by a sacred rite, sacred, inviolable) , save lawfully."
5:53 which says, "who so kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.
Actually, this comes from the Babylonian Talmud in Judaism.  "
  • Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world. — Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9Babylonian Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 37a.  This was written way before Muhammad had died in 632 CE.  There are many things in the Qur'an that are borrowed from Judaism.  Jewish tribes lived in Medina, Arabia at the time of Muhammad.  Muhammad, a man who could not write nor read, used to listen to the Jewish storytellers of the streets tell their biblical stories, and he was impressed with these people of the book.  

  •  Now Muhammad's  lessons are being twisted to fit many a sick mind and his name is flung about as reason to commit acts of flagrant slaughter of the masses, much like Hitler did.  I'm thinking of the long lines of Iraqi soldiers that met their death by them simply because they were Sunni soldiers for Iraq which was led by a Shi'a government that we all watched on TV.  
The Qur'an does imply that Jews and Christians after the time of Muhammad are renegades who have rejected his prophet hood out of corruption and malice.  Muhammad condemns Christians for believing that Jesus was crucified, and Jews for believing that they crucified him.  (How Muhammad ever came to this thought is surprising, for I know no Jews that believe this at all.  We have spent much time in denial of this horrendous act.  )  "They said "in boast", We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah'; but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not" (Qur'an 4:157.  This is how rumor spreads, and misunderstandings happen.  This is the wildest accusation I have ever read.  It's proof that religions certainly do not understand other religions that are different from themselves.  As far as Judaism goes, we feel the Romans did the crucifying, which was their way of punishment and they had crucified many thousands of Jews before they ever got around to crucifying Jesus.   Here I am, doing this very thing; judging a religion not mine but as it appears to me, but it often mentions my religion in their religious book, the Qur'an, so I feel I have the right to reply to these accusations.  

ISIS is nevertheless attracting the sick and uneducated of the world to join them and beheading seems to act like an attraction to get them to join.  Many Muslims and probably atheists of Great Britain have clamoured to join, then expect they will be able to return if alive to their homeland when the fun and games are over, but they have a surprise waiting.  They will lose their passports and therefore their citizenship by doing so.  This is how Great Britain is acting in regards to ISIS.  The same goes for the USA's participants.  

"Last week, Saudi Arabia donated $100 million to the United Nations to fund a counterterrorism agency. This was a welcome contribution, but last year, Saudi Arabia rejected a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council. This half-in, half-out posture of the Saudi kingdom is a reflection of its inner paralysis in dealing with Sunni Islamist radicalism: It wants to stop violence, but will not address the Salafism that helps justify it." 

 We'll see now how many countries will answer to Kerry's quest of finding partners to join the USA in fighting ISIS and what they are willing to do.  The USA, for example wants none of its boots on the ground, but they are willing to fight them from the air.  

Resource:  Jihad and the Islamic Law of Warthe royal aal al-bayt institute for islamic thought
2007 • Jordan
The Truth about Muhammad by Robert Spencer p. 177, 178

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