Do You Understand Islam?

Ramon Arias | January 12, 2015

The Western world is outraged because of the recent massacre at the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, where twelve people died. The three-day ordeal left a total of twenty people dead.

This madness was triggered by the magazine’s offenses against Mohamed, the founder of the Muslim religion. The satirical publication not only targets Mohammed and Muslim religious leaders; it is also known for its satire against Christianity. The most vulgar is the cartoon that depicts God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit having sex with each other; really, I am not making this up. Of course, all this is celebrated in the spirit of "freedom of expression" in the land where worship of reason was brought to the forefront by the French Revolution. Let us not forget that "the goddess of reason" is what the French secularists have given to the world. 

Make no mistake; I do not condone the murder of people even in a nation with a profound rejection of the true living God of the Bible, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

The French president called the attack an act of terrorism. Some are saying the perpetrators are the radical Muslims, fundamental Islamists, jihadists, lunatic Muslims, Islamist militants and activist Muslims. Over 40 million Muslims live in Europe. For years, millions of Europeans have become alarmed and said to be suffering from Islamophobia by government officials. The incident in Paris only fuels people’s fears.

Many European and world leaders have solidified with the French people who had a massive march in Paris against terrorism. My question is, where is the solidarity and outrage for the 2,000 innocent lives killed in Baga and on the northern Nigerian villages that began on January 3rd and continued through the weekend by the Boko Haram Muslim militants? Their name, by the way, means "People Committed to the Prophet's Teachings for Propagation and Jihad." What about solidarity with the Christians who are being slaughtered by the Islamic state or other Muslims being massacred that do not agree with them? This is the same group who joined the loyalists of Al Qaeda and are praising the killings in Paris and heralded the killers as heroes; they are now bragging about doing the same in Britain and America. Are French lives more precious than others who are being slaughtered by the Muslims in many parts of the world?

My question to you is, what is your understanding of Islam? Is it a religion of peace, as we have been told? If it is, why is the Islamic state killing Muslims in the Middle East in their war to establish the caliphate, not only in the region but in all the world?

A caliphate is the historical Islamic government led by a leader who calls himself the political, military and religious successor of the prophet Mohammed over the entire Muslim community. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the new self-proclaimed caliph that is determined to purify Islam and the world. 

The Islamic faith has many facets but does not recognize other groups as being equivalent to Muslims. There has been an ongoing open conflict among them for centuries. There are four main groups: Ahmadiyya, Shi’a, Sufis and Sunni. The world of Islam is predominantly Sunni with a main opposition and challenge by the Shi’ites. 

 Unless people make an effort to study the history and theology of Islam, they will find it very hard to know why the rebirth of jihadists in the world happens over and over again. It is important to know the Islamic world under Mohammed, 622 - 632 A.D., as well as how the first four Caliphs added territory from 632 to 750 A.D., including their invasion of Europe.

Muslims never forget their history of dominion; the French and European people have a justified fear of the jihadists, especially since we know history can repeat itself. A respected historian, Bill Federer writes: "In 731, Duke Eudo’s army was butchered by Muslim cavalry, monasteries were raided and the city of Bordeaux was put to the sword. In just 100 years after Mohammed's death, millions were killed and an estimated 3,200 churches destroyed. The Islamic invasion was only halted by the Battle of Tours/Poitiers in 732 A.D." I highly recommend you get William Federer’s book, What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an: A History of Islam & the United States, its 303 pages are filled with historical facts.

The most dangerous city in Europe is Marseille, the second largest city of France, which by the way, was named the "cultural capital of Europe," in spite of having a Muslim population between 30 and 40%. How is the Politically Correct worldview and Multiculturalism working there and in the rest of Europe for that matter? Are you paying attention America?

For centuries, Europeans have embraced humanism, and their history is filled with chaos and great loss of human life. Granted, we owe much to the Christian Reformation of the 16th Century, but succeeding European generations after the Reformation chose a very different and opposite path.

Nations reflect the culture of their ideas and beliefs; America would do well to bring to remembrance the reason the forefathers left Europe. It is cultural suicide to reject the God of the Bible, even though reason may dictate that it is the right thing to do. Why?  Because it opens the door for other cultures to fill-in the gap and in the process the original foundation is destroyed.  

Nothing makes more sense than for men to reconcile with the God of the Bible through Jesus Christ. As simple as this may sound or unacceptable to human logic, there is no other way for life to truly make sense, especially when we think that we are here on earth only for such a short time and then we must face our Maker. 

“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience…. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised…. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” -- 2 Corinthians 5:11, 14-15, 18-20