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Is ISIS The True Face of Islam? – Part 3

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Again I want to ask, Is ISIS the true face of Islam, or is it as the President and the Secretary or State say, not Islamic? Is it as they say, just some radical group that has hijacked a religion of peace for their evil ends?

In the President’s speech on September 10th he said that “no religion condones the killing of innocents.” We have covered other times when the President has used this term innocent. If we take this statements at face value we know that true Christianity does not condone the killing of innocents. This is why, for example, true Christians are against abortion. Abortion is the killing on innocents. You would think that if the President believes that no religion condones the killing of the innocent, he would work to outlaw abortion.

If we go to what the Qur’an defines as innocent we would see that the term has a deferent meaning for Muslims. Under Islam, those who are Muslims are innocent and those who are not, are not innocent. If Allah does not permit the killing of the innocent, it means he does not permit the killing of Muslims.

Wahhabism is a strain of Islam which teaches that those who don’t follow the strict tenants of Islam are not Muslims and are not innocent. Since Islam means submission to Allah, it would follow that those who don’t follow the strict teachings of Islam are not submitted and are not true Muslims. Since they are not true Muslims they should be killed.

Do you suppose that when the President is saying this, that he is really saying something different from what we would normally understand? Could he be saying that those who are not considered true Muslims can be killed?

After saying that no religion condones the killing of innocents he said “and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.” This statement shows the President’s understanding of the Islamic meaning of innocent.

Years ago a Muslim terrorist was asked how he justified flying planes into the twin towers and killing all those innocent people. His reply was that they were not Muslims and therefore were not innocent. This confirms that in the eyes of Muslims, if you are part of the House of Islam, the House of Submission, you are innocent, but if you are on the outside you are the enemy and you are not innocent and deserve to be killed.

This should be a wakeup call to so-called moderate and agnostic Muslims. They don’t understand that when the call of Islam comes, when Islam is established they will have to make a choice. Either they are in or they are out. If they are out they are no longer innocent and can be killed.

How do we explain the fact that Muslims are killing Muslims? We have Shites killing Sunnies, the Wahhabis killing others, and so forth.

In Christianity, you have the fundamentalists who believe what the Scriptures say, and the lukewarm who ignore, deny, or change the Scriptures Both call themselves Christians, but both are not true Christians. The true believers do not consider the compromisers to be true Christians.

For example, if someone claims to be a Christian and says he believes that all ways lead to heave his is not a Christian. Why would I say such a thing. Jesus Christ, Himself, said that He is the only way. Anyone who teaches otherwise is not following Christ’s teaching and cannot be considered a true Christian.

The same is true in Islam. Those who truly believe the Islamic Scriptures and are truly submitted to the teachings of Islam don’t consider those who don’t follow the teachings or try to change Islam into something new and more moderate to be Muslims.

The Shiites look at the Sunnis and say that they are not true Muslims because they are not holding the pure doctrine that we hold. The Sunnis say the same thing about the Shiites. Each sect does not consider the other sect Muslim, and therefore, they do not consider them innocent.

Back to our main subject. Our President and our Secretary of State have both told us that the Islamic State is not Islamic. What we have been telling you is that if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck.

We often hear the the Qur’an does not teach the killing of innocents and it does not teach the beheading of people. The tell us that ISIS is not Islamic because it goes around beheading people and that is not Islamic. Let’s look at Islamic sources to see if this is true.

Surah 5:33

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and his messenger and describe upon the earth and cause corruption is none that they be killed or crucified, or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides, or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world and for them the hereafter is the great punishment.

This passage is commanded for all Muslims. Those who war against Allah are all non-Muslims and apostate Muslims. The punishment is that they be killed or crucified. In some translations the word killed is translated executed. The question is, how did Muhammad order the execution of his enemies?

Let me quote another passage:

Surah 47:4

So when you meet those who disbelieve in battle strike their neck until when you have inflicted slaughter upon them then secure their bond and either confer favor afterward or ransom them until the war lays done its burden.

The question is, what does it mean to strike their neck? It looks pretty specific to me. I am pretty sure that if you hit the neck with a sword the head may come off.

Here is another verse that relates to this subject:

Surah 8:12

I will instill terror into their hearts. Strike thee above their necks and smite all their fingertips off.

The want to terrorize their enemies.

We see from these passages that non-believers are to be executed or crucified and this is exactly what ISIS is doing. They are striking the neck and crucifying their victims. There can be no doubt to the thinking person that what ISIS is doing is Islamic.

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