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IS ISLAM AN IDEOLOGY OF PEACE?

Dear Everyone,

It is easy today to hear many things from various sources.  One of the modern day mantras is that Islam is a Religion of Peace.  Upon closer inspection neither Muhammad nor any of his early followers used this argument as they defeated the Polytheists, Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Hindus and Sub-Sahara African polytheists and animists on the battlefield. 20th Century Pakistani Muslim scholar Abdul Maududi stated the following:

“But the truth is that Islam is not the name of a ‘Religion,’ nor is ‘Muslim’ the title of a ‘Nation.’  In reality, Islam is a revolutionary ideology and program which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals. Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it.  The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and program.” [CMAA emphasis]

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WHY MANY 21ST CENTURY MUSLIMS ARE BECOMING SECRET CHRISTIANS?

HISTORY

Back in the 7th century Muhammad had very limited success trying to convince others to adopt his new politico-religious ideology. From 610-622 his followers totaled about 100 when one considers those that earlier escaped to Abyssinia. It was from 623-632 that Muhammad swelled his ranks by practicing political and militant Islam whereby the possessions of his vanquished enemies [Jews, Christians and pagans] became the possessions of Muslims and where the slave trade became lucrative.

Muslims who apostatized were killed on Muhammad’s order and those who left Islam after Muhammad’s death were soundly defeated by Abu Bakr [the first kaliph] in the Ridda Wars which lasted from 632-634.

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UNDERSTANDING PERSPECTIVES

Often in life people of good will find it very difficult to understand or even tolerate the other let alone find areas of agreement.  Upon closer analysis when one understands the core beliefs of people their opinions and actions become far less perplexing. This is important because once understood we can more easily anticipate certain views even those views that are in opposition to what we may hold as being true. Let’s categorize and extrapolate some conclusions.

Those who claim to need more proof to believe in God, don’t believe in God or are against those who espouse a belief in God conclude the following:

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BIBLICAL CHRISTIANS AND ALL MUSLIMS: The Great Divide

There is a difference in worldview between Biblical Christianity and Islam. The major difference at its core is deeply spiritual. This variance is as deep and drastic as the teachings and lives of Jesus and the Apostles as compared to Muhammad and his immediate successors.

All Muslim groups, including the Jihadis, see themselves as good Muslims. This is a most important point. Even the most violent Muslim groups see themselves as good Muslims. They believe they are being obedient to the words in the Qur’an and the traditions of Muhammad. Therefore if any Muslim group, Sunni or Shi’a, deviate or attack another Muslim group then that Muslim group must be bad. If you are a pious and practicing Muslim and other Muslims disagree with your group or attack your group then they must be bad or takfir. This perspective incentivizes the “good Muslims” to attack the bad Muslims. This helps explain how a Sunni Jordanian pilot was burned to death by ISIS. Since ISIS adherents see themselves as good the Jordanian pilot who bombed them could not possibly be a good Muslim. He was then treated as a heretic. Since Muslims who disagree with another Muslim sect are viewed as bad/misguided then this assures unending conflict between Muslims and with non-Muslims. This also helps explain why many Muslims feel they must defend Islam despite the facts. The quote below is often repeated.

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RAMADAN: Is this something Christians and Jews should observe?

Not so many years ago most Christians and Jews never heard of Ramadan. Now with a growing Muslim presence in the West observance of Ramadan has come front and center. It is not unusual for non-Muslims to be invited to the Iftar meal during Ramadan when Muslims break the fast at sunset each evening. When Ramadan concludes the same is true for the three day observance of Eid al-Fitr. Before answering the initial question let’s explore the origin of Ramadan.

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Muhammad’s Islam Unveiled

The purpose of this work is to provide factual unbiased information from Islamic sources concerning the essence and true nature of Islam. Most Americans have neither the time or desire to read and understand the Qur’an in a chronology within its historical context or strive to discern the significance of Muhammad’s tradition through the Sira [Muhammad’s Biography], Hadith [Traditions of Muhammad] and Tarikh [History of Islam].  Rather many, including those in government, find it far more expedient to draw their conclusions concerning Islam from the Executive Branch, news commentators or Muslim pundits.  The prevailing popular commentaries include:  Neither ISIS or Al Qaida are Islamic [False]; Muslims who we designate as moderate have no designs on a world dominated by Islam [False]; All Muslims are violent [False] and  the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates have infiltrated American institutions with the intention of undermining the fabric of America [True].

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Is Islam the Ultimate Truth as Muslims claim?

ISLAM:

Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam was a product of his 7th Century A.D. animistic upbringing. Prior to his birth in 570 A.D. his home town Mecca was the center for Arabian polytheism.  His tribe adopted a black stone that was viewed as having come down from heaven.  It was one of over 360 deities at the Ka’aba in Mecca. The prevailing belief system at that time was Sabianism.  In this system the male moon-god Allah married the female sun-god.  This union produced three goddesses Allat, Uzza and Manat.  Fasting at the appearance of the crescent moon in the ninth lunar month known as Ramadan was adopted from this belief system.

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