Sunday, August 29, 2010
~~ By James Fire
Most Americans knew very little about Islam prior to 9-11; they couldn’t begin to explain who Al’Qaeda were, or the Taliban, perhaps even the term “jihad” but there were some afterwards that began quick studies of this nearly fourteen hundred year old religion. For the most part however, we carried on with our lives, shaking our heads at the ‘extremists’ that engaged in further acts of terror and mayhem, all the while believing the propaganda that “Islam is peace”. How many times have you heard that before? Yet a strict translation of the word “Islam” renders it to mean something else entirely:
We need to know that the root word of Islam is "al-silm" which means "submission" or "surrender." It is not derived from the word “Salam” which means ‘peace’, as Muslims will have you believe. It makes it far clearer when one understands that by peace, the Muslim means that once the world is submitted to Allah, then, and only then, will there be peace! Until that Day, Islam must be engaged in the great struggle or ‘jihad’.
*In this article we are going to look at a brief history of Islam, its belief system, the current propagation of this religion (the fasted growing religion in the US and Europe, both by means of converts and rapid birth rates within existing Muslim families) throughout the world by means of “jihad” or literally jahada meaning “struggle” but connotatively referring to ‘war’.
NEWS UPDATE: 8-29-11 - Tax Funded Islamic Brotherhood,dedicated to jihad world wide, including America -
Stimulus Grants for Muslim Brotherhood Org
See also Investigative Project on Terrorism (pdf file)
~~end of update.
UPDATE: 4/2/12 - Eight Questions that Jacob Prasch, Bible scholar, teacher and Jewish saint born of God's Spirit through Jesus Christ, contributing writer of Moriel ministries asks of Muslims regarding the Quran, the Hadith, Allah and Mohammad that demands examination regarding the validity of Islam:
~ ~ end of update.
Also we will examine how Islam is impacting America: from a Muslim-friendly President in the White House (who for all appearances, is a Muslim himself to one degree or another); to powerful Islamic communities within our borders, such as in Dearborn, Michigan with populations of Muslims that are entirely intolerant of anything non-Islamic; and a potential Islamic facility to include a GROUND ZERO Mosque [GZM (among other things)], at the location of the terrorist-destroyed World Trade Center (which doesn’t necessarily limit those culpable to Muslims alone by the way- look for “Loose Change” on youtube).
As Americans how are we to respond to this formidable force in our nation? Even more importantly, how as Christians are we to respond to an ever increasing threat that will brook no alternative religious beliefs? IT IS IMPERATIVE that the information produced in this article, and any web links associated with it, does not incite a hatred or belligerence against Muslims.
The LORD Jesus Christ commanded us to love our enemies, and this certainly includes Muslims (who would count us as their enemies if we would not submit to their Allah and convert to Islam). If we have Muslim friends or interaction with Muslims, we should earnestly pray for their salvation, lovingly offer them the Gospel, firmly but gently challenge their beliefs, while maintaining that our own are contrary to theirs, but always in a manner that is honoring to the LORD. In light of this, some web sites and good resource materials in the way of books shall be listed at the end of this article.
We shall prayerfully engage this subject and seek wisdom from the LORD for the answers to a Christ-honoring response to Islam!
The INITIATION of ISLAM – How It All Began:
A Brief History of Islam
by Grady L. Davis, M. Div., Ph.D.
Former Chairman of Directed Individualized Studies
Golden State School of Theology, Oakland, CA ©1983,2003,2004
“Mohammad was born in Mecca, Arabia in 570 CE [to] a prominent and highly respected family. [At] 25 he married a wealthy widow named Khadija.” Of all their children, only one daughter lived to adulthood (Fatima). “Mohammad spent most of his time in solitary meditation [and he] began to have many disturbing visions. Once he believed he saw the angel Gabriel [and claimed] that the angel gave him the following command:
“Recite, in the name of the Lord who has created,
Created man from clots of blood,
Recite, seeing that the Lord is the most generous,
Who has taught by the pen,
Taught man what he did not know.”
“The Arabic word for recite’ is Qur’an, meaning the reciting or the reading. Thus, the Qur’an, is the “reciting” of “revelations” given to Mohammad, [lasting] over a period of 22 years . . . Encouraged by his wife, he began to preach in the streets and market places of Mecca. Mohammad never claimed to be divine, but insisted that Allah had called him to be a prophet.
“Mohammad hated the idolatry and the immorality of the Arabs who lived in Mecca or came there to trade their goods. He was met with bitter opposition, but for many years his influential uncle, Abu Talib, was able to protect him.
“When both Khadija and Abu Talib died in 620 CE, plots were hatched to kill Mohammad and his followers. Finally, on July 16, 622, Mohammad was forced to flee to Medina, a friendlier city to the north. This flight, called the hegira, marks the beginning of Islam. The Muslim calendar starts with this date, and the years are counted from ‘A.H.’ meaning ‘the year of the hegira.’ Medina, which is the city’s current name, was first named Madinat an Nabi (City of the Prophet), in honor of Mohammad. Mohammad became the religious and political leader of the city.
“Soon the Meccans organized an army to destroy Mohammad and his followers. The fighting ended in 630 with Islam forces triumphant. Mohammad entered Mecca. He destroyed every idol in the Kaaba, the main temple, except the Black Stone, a sacred meteorite enshrined there.
“Mohammad then declared the Kaaba to be the most holy shrine in Islam. Since that time it has been the spot toward which all devout Muslims direct their prayers.
“During the next two years, Mohammad strengthened his position as the leading prophet and ruler of Arabia. He united the tribes into a vast army to conquer the world for Allah. His death in 632 A.D. did not lessen the fervor of his followers. They carried their faith across Asia, Africa, even into Europe—and to this day the growth of Islam has not ended.
“Islam” means "submission" (to Allah) and it’s members call themselves Muslims, meaning ‘those who submit.’ ”
Taken from the web site:
Looking at Historical Islam
For more on the biography of Mohammad and the History of Islam, particularly its campaigns of war, visit the following site below (NOTE: the extensive numbers of battles [over five dozen!] that this “religion of peace” has engaged in; even in its infancy this testifies to its integral nature):
A Chronology of Early Islam
The PILLARS of ISLAM –
The Shahada is the Islamic proclamation that "There is no true God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."
This is the confession that Allah is the one and only true God, that Allah alone is worthy of worship, that Allah alone is the sovereign lord who does what he wills with whoever he wills. It means that all his rules and laws found in the Quran are to be followed. It means that the Christian doctrine of God as a Trinity is false as are all other belief systems including pantheism.
Muhammad is the true and greatest prophet of Allah and recognition of Muhammad as the Prophet of God is required. It was through Muhammad that Allah conveyed the last and final revelation.
2. Prayer (Salat)
Prayer involves confession of sins which begins with the purification of the body and ends with the purification of the soul. Prayer is performed five times a day. The first prayer is at dawn and the last at sunset.
The names of the prayers are Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha. The Maghrib prayer is the sunset prayer. Isha is the prayer that is said after sunset. There is also a prayer that is said right after Fajr known as Shurooq.
3. Fasting (Saum)
The month of Ramadan is the month of fasting in Islam. It is an act of worship where the faithful follower denies his own needs and seeks Allah. Usually, this fasting entails no drinking, eating, or sexual relations during the daylight hours for the entire month of Ramadan.
4. Alms-giving or charity (Zakat)
Charity given to the poor. It benefits the poor and it helps the giver by moving him towards more holiness and submission to Allah. Alms-giving is considered a form of worship to God.
5. Pilgrimage (Hajj)
This is the pilgrimage to Mecca. All Muslims, if they are able, are to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. It involves financial sacrifice and is an act of worship. Muslims must make the pilgrimage the first half of the last month of the lunar year
Taken from the web site:
The Five Pillars of ISLAM
WHAT DO MUSLIMS BELIEVE?
“There may not be another religion like Islam with its simplicity and unity of beliefs. Whether one is a Muslim in Singapore or Saudi Arabia, a Sunni or Shiite, a scholar or poor person, the major beliefs are the same. There is little argument about their broad meanings. The Quran states that it is righteousness to believe in Allah, the last day, angels, the Book, and the messengers (Quran, Surah 2:177)
The major beliefs of Islam are the following:
• Monotheism: There is no other god than the one god Allah.
• Angels: Among the angels, Gabriel appeared to Muhammad from heaven with the words of the Quran.
• Prophets: There are many prophets, including Jesus but Muhammad is the last [and greatest] prophet.
• Scriptures: The Quran is the infallible, inerrant scripture revealed to Muhammad. The Torah and the Gospel were revealed to Moses and Jesus as inerrant in their times but they have become corrupt.
• Judgment: Everyone will be judged by Allah. [It is taught that all souls have two recording angels on the right and left shoulders, recording good and bad deeds, which at Judgment Day will be weighed in the scales of Allah to determine which book outweighs the other.]
• Paradise and hell: Distinctly different eternal destinies await the blessed and the damned.
Orthodox Islam accepts these beliefs with little wriggle room. Popular or folk Islam holds broadly to these beliefs but allows accretions to them. But no Muslim would deny what the Quran tells them to believe, namely, the substance of the above beliefs.
Taken from the web site (note: on this site, you need to scroll down the page to start reading the text):
Basic Beliefs of ISLAM
- Source: What You Need to Know About Islam & Muslims (link directly below) By George W. Braswell, Jr. Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2000.
Where Can I Buy What You Need To Know About Islam?
To learn more details on the doctrines of Islam, complete with scripture references from the Quran, visit this site:
Doctrines and Surah References in the Quran
DIFFERENT NAMES – SAME GOD?
It’s commonly quoted and believed that Muslims, Jews and Christians worship the same God, but is this true, or merely a feeble attempt at world ecumenism, or worse, an intentional deception? If one looks carefully at the attributes, conduct and expressions of religious truth declared, and performed by Allah of the Quran, and compare this to the God of the Bible, the realization becomes quite clear:
Follow this link to learn the details of this false claim of:
A Common Deity
Here are the essentials that prove that Allah of the Quran and YHWH of the Holy Bible are by no means the same God:
God — The Quran asserts that the god of Islam is the God of Christians and Jews (Sura 29:46). Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The god of Islam, Allah, is most definitely not the God of the Bible. Allah is presented in the Quran as an autocratic ruler who is aloof and arbitrary (Sura 5:40). Allah is unknowable whereas the God of the Bible is knowable (2 Timothy 1:12). Allah is impersonal, unlike the personal God the Scriptures reveal (1 Peter 5:6-7). Allah is unitarian (Sura 4:48) whereas the God of the Bible is trinitarian (2 Corinthians 13:14). Here is what the Quran says about the God of the Bible (Sura 4:171): “Believe in Allah and say not ‘Trinity.’ Cease! It is better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from his transcendent majesty that he should have a son.”
Allah is capricious (Sura 2:284), [that is, unpredictable] whereas the true God is [One Who declares His Word and binds Himself to it with covenants and promises]. And Allah is NEVER anywhere presented as a god of love — which is the essence of the nature of the true God (emphasis mine; 1 John 4:7-16).
Jesus — The Quran denies point blank that Jesus was the Son of God (Sura 112:2-3). It also denies His atoning sacrifice by claiming that he never died (Sura 4:157). A substitute died for Him on the Cross. Jesus was translated to Heaven, like Enoch, where He will remain until He returns to kill all pigs, destroy all crosses, and convert the world to Islam. Jesus will marry, reign for 40 years and then die and be buried next to Muhammad in Medina. Jesus is characterized in the Quran as nothing more than “an apostle of Allah” (Sura 4:171).
- Source: The Truth About Islam Dr. David R. Reagan from Lamb and Lion Ministries.
For more about the differences between YHWH and Allah, and further information about Islam, see the following site:
Allah and YHWH Are Not The Same God
CURRENT TRENDS in QURANIC CONQUESTS –
We already saw how Islam spread in its infancy and early history; now we can look at where and how Islam is spreading today. Included here is a web site that tracks Islamic activity the world over, including here in America.
NOTE: The founders and writers of this site apparently are atheists for the most part, thus we at T.T.U.F. do not endorse their belief system; nevertheless we cite this as a source due to their diligence of reporting Islamic activity. Also note that there is a listing of “jihads” under the left-hand column entitled History of Jihads; there are a number of web links on this column more than half way down the page for your perusal (in somewhat chronological order):
Historical and Contemporary Jihad
Islam claims to be the last and greatest revelation from Allah, and that this revelation was truly given at the first, to Adam and his descendents; Islam claims that not only Adam but also Noah, Abraham, Moses, King David, and even Jesus were Muslim! Further, its considered fundamental Islamic teaching that all human beings are actually BORN MUSLIM in spirit, but that this spirit is marred and altered by the (false) teachings of the parents (be they Christian, Jewish, Hindu, etc).
Thus if in fact, Islam is the last revelation of Allah, then it replaces all previous revelations (which Islam claims have been corrupted, particularly the Book, or the Holy Bible). This is the reason why fundamental Islam CANNOT co-exist peaceably with Judaism and Christianity, simply because these systems of belief have been made (in their view) obsolete, and it’s the duty of the Muslim to convert them from such corrupted, out-dated belief systems, while at the same time, honoring their prophets (Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus) because they were of course, Muslim! Islam perceives Judaism and Christianity as perversions of the original intent of their Islamic founders, primarily Moses and Jesus and is therefore engaged in a RESTORATION movement, bringing Jews and Christians back to the one true faith.
Islam claims that Jesus in fact, in corroboration with Moses (who predicted that “the LORD would raise up another prophet, like unto me” Deut. 18:15) prophesied the coming of “Ahmed” or Mohammad, and they commonly use this as a proof text to support their view that Islam supercedes Christianity. Thus, if there are prophecies of Mohammad found in the Bible (in both Old and New Testaments), then these are very good reasons for Jews and Christians to drop their [distinctions] and divisions and become Muslims.
In the Islamic view of Christianity then, we have seen the following. 1) Islam is the original religion; it is the primordial religion, the religion of Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. In addition, all humans are born Muslims. 2) God has sent prophets throughout time to all the nations — prophets such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus. He has not only spoken through those prophets but given them books (e.g. the Torah and the Gospel). But their missions were limited, and their books were incomplete and later corrupted. 3) Mohammad is the final prophet foretold in the Bible, and his book, the Qur’an, is perfect, complete and incorruptible.
Islam is the only valid Faith. Because of the finality of Mohammad’s prophet-hood, combined with the completion of God’s revelation in the Qur’an, orthodox Muslims reject any new claims to divine revelation or religious succession beyond Islam. This is the Islamic evangelistic mind set.
For the more comprehensive article on these matters, see the following:
Knowing the Mind Set of the Muslim
This concludes this segment of the article, ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM Agenda. There will be two more segments, in which we will look at some current events regarding our present Executive Administration, controversial perspectives of the same, as well as Islamic ‘hot spots’ in our nation where Sharia Law (in some cases) is practically a fact of life! This and more to come in the following segments (2 and 3).
God bless and keep you all, in the most Holy Name of Jesus Christ our LORD, to Whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is LORD, to the glory of God the Father! Amen!
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