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No doubt you have heard the news about the shooting at Fort Hood. There were 3 killed and 16 wounded, The condition for some of the wounded is grave. The shooter is Ivan Lopez an Army Specialist E3 or E4. So far there doesn’t seem to be any connection with terrorism or religion involved. This time it might turn out to actually be Work Place Violence.
Why does this incident catch our attention more than some of the other mass shootings we hear about? It is because of the original Fort Hood shooting where an Army psychologist killed 13 and wounded more than 30 on the Texas military base in 2009.
What I find very interesting is that I had already planed to deal with a Fox News story by Jana Winter on Tuesday. She reported on a new Army recruit, John Tomas Booker of Topeka, Kansas. He enlisted in February and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7th. The FBI interviewed him in March and alerted the Army, which formally discharged him last week. He is now in an undisclosed mental health facility.
When I heard about yesterday’s shooting this news story jumped into my mind. In the initial reporting we didn’t know how many, if any, had been killed. There was an early report that they were looking for two shooters. My initial thoughts were that this was another terrorist attack.
On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent,” the alert read.
“I wanna be a martyr (shaheed)!!! YA, brothers and sisters,” he said on a YouTube video some seven months ago. “Make a dua for me asking Allah to make me a martyr, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!
On March 15, a post on the Facebook page expressed Booker’s desire to die for his beliefs.
“Oh those of the ummah of the Prophet Muhammad(S)j. I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye!” it read. “I am going to wage jihad and hopes that i die. I want to be with my lord so bad that I cry but I will miss you guys I am not going to lie. I wish I could give you guys more but I am just a guy who is so very poor. I am telling you I am so broke that my pockets are soreJ I cannot wait to go to the Prophet Muhammad’s(S) door and prank Isa bin Maryan and party so hard that it will rock Jannah to its core. Only Allah knows what the future has in store so that should make you fear Allah much much more.”
There is no doubt that this man, Booker, was intent on following the teachings of Muhammad. He is not really a crazed mental case, this is a man who is following the teachings of the Qur’an and of the Sunnah. You may ask how I can say this kind of thing. Look over the information on this site, listen to our broadcasts, and look at the documentation we provide. There is 1400 years of violence from those who follow the true teachings of Muhammad.
I want you to understand this. There are those who have tried to reform the Islamic faith. Those who do this look at Christianity’s Reformation and think that they can reform Islam in a like manner. They think they can get the followers of Islam to only accept the peaceful passages and reject the violent ones. This has happened in some congregations. There are some who believe that Islam truly is a religion of peace.
The Ottoman Empire was largely responsible for distorting the teachings of Muhammad and of Islam. What we see happening in the Islamic world today is a revival of its fundamental teachings. Those who return to the true teachings of Islam will be drawn to violence. There are, however, some groups within Islam that are non-violent.
When you get both strains of Islam together and they debate doctrine, it will always be the fundamentalists who will win. Why? Because they have the Islamic scriptures and the words of their Prophet, Muhammad, on their side. The reformed Muslims don’t have this kind of support from the writings of Islam.
Let me say this, Muslims don’t really understand what happened during the Reformation in Christianity. A perversion of Christianity had become the dominant strain, Catholicism, and they had departed from the Scriptures. This strain of Christianity had made a man, the Pope, the one who speaks for God, instead of the Scriptures.
As the Bible became more available to the common man through the printing press, they started seeing that what the Scriptures said and what the priests were saying were different, even contradictory. The Christian Reformation was a return to the truths of Scriptures.
Let me move on to another story. Aga Khan is back on the Fortress of Faith radar. I want to thank a faithful listener and supporter for emailing this story to me.
Aga Khan is a title give to the leader of the Nizari Ismailis, one of the reformed groups in Islam. These groups are more peaceful than the fundamentalists. If these reformed groups were the true face of Islam I wouldn’t be on the radio talking to you about Islam because we wouldn’t see the horrors we see coming from Islam today. But as we know, violence is the true face of Islam.
Canada is, in my opinion, making a big mistake by supporting the Aga Khan Development Network. Canada has contributed $112 million, or about $22 million per year, to the AKDN’s aid efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tanzania and Mali since 2008.
In 2008, Canada allowed the spiritual leader to open a de facto embassy on prime real estate in Ottawa, despite the fact that he does not govern a country.
The federal government gave $30 million and a 99-year lease for the old Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to help establish an international centre for tolerance and peaceful coexistence between different religions and cultures.
An extensive $300-million Ismaili cultural museum is set to open in Toronto this year, providing a permanent home for hundreds of treasured Ismaili artifacts, and a place where non-Ismailis can learn about the religion.
Who is the Aga Khan? Actually, is a kind of playboy. His father was married to the movie star Rita Hayworth.
Aga Khan is believed to be a descendant of Muhammad from marriage of Ali to Fatima the daughter of Muhammad. He was educated in Europe and carries British Citizenship. He tracks around the globe as Royalty and runs with Royals throughout the land. He has even been Knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
The last time he was on my radar he was involved with Texas Gov. Rick Perry who formed a partnership with him . He helped develop the Texas school Curriculum to better educate the Texas school children about the culture and language of Muslims.
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