Thirteen years ago the world was changed by the actions of 13 Muslims. It was not a majority of Muslims, it was only a few. Every year on 9/11 we pause to remember the tragedy that happened on this day 13 years ago.
We said we would never forget, but we have. Many of us can remember where we were and what we were doing when we learned about this attack.I remember where I was. I was still a missionary in England. We had just finished a camp meeting. I was in my car driving home and my wife called me and told me to turn on the radio. At that moment only one plane had hit the Trade Towers and we didn’t know that it was an attack and we thought it was some kind of strange accident. A few moments later the second plane hit the second tower and we knew we were under attack.
these people did this crying out “Allah Akbar,” crying out to their god, killing the unbelievers, believing they were dying as martyrs and giving themselves a home in Paradise, the garden of heaven an being rewarded with 72 virgins, because they were dying performing jihad.
Many say this is not Islam, it is a fanatical branch of Islam and that it is not really the true face of Islam. They say that the jihadists are perverting a peaceful religion. If you have been following Fortress of Faith and paying attention to the facts, you know that this is a lie, it is a myth. Those who performed jihad on that day were doing exactly what Islam tells a good Muslim he is supposed to do.
We will continue to fail in addressing this issue because we refuse to recognize who our real enemy is. It is not the Muslim. The Muslim is misguided. They are blinded by the ideology of Islam. The enemy is the ideology. If we are going to win the battle we must face the fact that Islam is the problem.
Now I want to finish up what we have been discussing for the last few days. We are looking at how Islam is using the UN to stifle freedom of speech in the west.
Obama promised to fundamentally change this nation. This is a promise that he is keeping. In order to keep this promise he must take away our freedoms.
His administration always sides with Islamic nations and even terrorist groups like Hamas unless political pressure is put upon him.
This leads me to what is happening in the Middle East. In particular I want to look at what is happening with ISIS.
I am sure you have heard the news of the beheading of another one of our journalists. I want to look at who ISIS is and who is behind them. I want to look at what we can really expect concerning what is happening with them.
There are a lot of unanswered questions. There is a lot of finger pointing and a lot of blame going around.
President Obama has shown very little leadership on this issue. The reason is that the Obama doctrine on dealing with terrorism is to treat it as a criminal offense, and not as a war. This is why the shooting at Ft. Hood is considered “work place violence” and not a terrorist attack.
As we have seen concerning Resolution 16/18, the Obama administration has been trying to get the language tweaked so they and implement it principles into American law. It blows my mind that this is going on and almost no one seems to be aware of it. We need to wake up to these issues.
It helps us to understand why there is such hesitation and mismanagement of the issue of ISIS. Obama does not, at the time of this writing, even have a clear cut strategy for dealing with this problem.
Fortunately we are finally seeing some leadership in the world, but it is coming from the British Prime Minister. I say kudos to him for taking some leadership and saying the hard things that need to be said. I hope that action will follow what is being said.
ISIS stand for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Some, mostly the President and his administration, call it ISIL. This stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Some say he is calling it Levant, which is one of the old names for that area, because he doesn’t want us to focus on Syria. Levant, by the way, includes Israel. This might also have something to do with the President using this term.
The group calls itself the Islamic State. Who is the group?
They were originally aligned with the Wahabi’s in Saudi Arabia. It is interesting that this week we heard from the king in Saudi Arabia. He warned us that if we don’t deal with ISIS they in Europe in a month and in America in two months.
This is especially interesting when we understand that the majority of ISIS comes from Saudi Arabia and that they are Wahabi’s. I only see two options with this. Either there has been a division between them, or the king is trying to throw us a curve ball.
Here is a question that deserves an answer. Why is it that the Saudis don’t deal with this themselves? Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt claim to be our allies in the region and they all have a military quite capable of defeating ISIS. Why don’t they clean up the mess?
Here is why. The Saudis are famous for manipulating us to fight their wars. We are willing to do this for them to protect their oil. We get a “good price” when we buy their oil so we fight their battles for them.
What is the problem between ISIS and the Saudi king? First we need to look at some history of the Habib faith within Islam. These groups are Sunni Muslims. The Sunni are the largest group in Islam. There are smaller groups, like the Shite and other smaller groups. There are also divisions within each of these groups. It is a little like the different denominations within Christianity. It really boils down to the two major groups, the Shites and the Sunnis.
There is a brand of Sunnis called Wahhabism. This strain of Islam believes that the period of the Prophet’s live when he lived in Medina was the best of times. This time represents the ideal Muslim life to which every Muslim must aspire. This is also referred to as Salafism, the returning to the founding ways. This strain tries to emulate the early ways of Muhammad and the early caliphs of Islam. During that time there was a great expansion of Islam by the sword.
History of Wahabbi
Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab was the founder of Wahhabism. He believed that the period of the Prophet Muhammad’s stay in Medina was the ideal of Muslim society (the “best of times”), to which all Muslims should aspire to emulate (this, essentially, is Salafism).
He believed that the Shia and Suffi were not truly Muslim. He said “these were not Muslims; they were impostors masquerading as Muslims.”
He taught that the visiting Prophets or Caliph’s tombs, Celebrating his birthday was idolatry. He said they were imitating Christians. He denounced as bida, forbidden by God.
Abd al-Wahhab demanded conformity, a conformity that was to be demonstrated in physical and tangible ways. He argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader
Abd al-Wahhab’s doctrine said there is “One Ruler, One Authority, One Mosque”. These three pillars being taken respectively to refer to the Saudi king, the absolute authority of official Wahhabism, and its control of “the word.”
It is this rift, the ISIS denial of these three pillars, on which the whole of Sunni authority presently rests, that makes ISIS, which in all other respects conforms to Wahhabism, a deep threat to Saudi Arabia.
ISIS is a “post-Medina” movement, It looks to the actions of the first two Caliphs, rather than the Prophet Muhammad himself.
There is a great article written about this by the former British intelligence officer, Alastair Crooke. It is posted on the Huffington Post.
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