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A Glossary of Islamic Terms – Part 1

Muslim_Brotherhood_LogoThe great war strategist, Sun Tzu, said “know thine enemy.” Today we are going to look at the meanings of Islamic terms to help us understand who we are dealing with. Islam is the enemy of our way of life because it is the enemy of freedom. The more we know about Islam the more we will be able to understand the strategies Islam uses against us.

We are going to look at 56 Islamic terms. These are terms that are essential to understanding Islam. Understanding the terminology of Islam is not only important for defending ourselves against the strategies of Islam, it is also important in reaching Muslims for Christ.

1. The first term we want to look at is Allah Akbar. We are told that this simply means god is good. You will notice that the more worked up a Muslim gets, the louder and the more guttural they get. This is because this term is like a spiritual spell. What the phrase really means is Allah is the greatest or Allah is the highest.

Even missionaries that work with Muslims are confused by this term. Some of them are even using the term themselves. When asked why they say that they are just praising Jehovah by saying God is good.

2. Ayah simply means verse. When you turn to sira 5 aya 3 your are saying turn to chapter 5 verse 3.

3. Basmallahis an incantation that Muslims use. It means “In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful.” This phrase precedes every chapter in the Qur’an, except for chapter 9, which is the last chapter of the Qur’an. There are 114 chapters, but they are ordered accosting to their length, not chronologically and chapter 9 was the last one written. The reason that it is not found in chapter 9 is that in this chapter Allah ceases to be merciful.

The Basmallah is about sanctification. It is similar to our phrase “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” or the phrase “hallowed be thy name.”

The Basmallah found its way found its way into the White House recently. If you remember when Bowe Bergdahl‘s parents were invited to the Rose Garden at the White House? There was no prisoner swap. The 5 prisoners were released 5 days before Bergdahl was released. Bergdahl’s father had converted to Islam and showed up at the White House in full Islamic dress, including the beard. He said he was going to speak to his son in the language of his captors, but instead he spoke in Arabic and said the Basmallah.

If you watch the video of the meeting you will see that President Obama had a smile on his face when he said this. Remember, Obama speaks Arabic.

We will continue this subject tomorrow, but before I close out I want to say a few words about something that has come out of the White House. President Obama has just released a statement declaring that they find no evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.

What is interesting is that this statement has come as a result of a petition that was legally submitted to the White House back in July of 2013. Over 100,000 signatures were compiled and given to the White House. The government has 30 days to give a response. Finally, 16 months behind their deadline we get a response which is to poke us in the eye.

It is evident that our President continues to live in a fantasy land that is putting our nation at great risk to Muslim terrorism.

More people are putting the Muslim Brotherhood on their terrorist watch list.

According to Al Jazeera, Egypt declares that the Muslims is a terrorist organization.

The Telegraph reports that Britain is taking measures to cut off the Brotherhood from its cronies operating 60 pseudo charities and a television station.

Back in 2009, the FBI cut off its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR for its involvement in fund raising for terrorist groups and it plans to overthrow the US government.

The BBC reports that the Saudi government has placed the MB on their terrorist list and also recently the United Arab Eremites has even gone as far to add CAIR to that list.

How can our nation be protected from the threat of Islam if our leaders won’t recognize the enemy as the enemy?

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