Last week islamic terrorism…as in jihad…visited Egypt and by now the 305 victims of the North Sinai Al-Rawdah mosque massacre have been laid to rest…laid to rest as Egypt continues to mourn their husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and 27 of the youngest of the young…all murdered at the hands of some of their own.
“We’re in shock,” were the words of Cairo resident Mahmoud Ali…shock indeed.
The deadliest islamist attack of jihad in Egypt’s modern history comes replete with questions as to why and in whose name such carnage was committed. Reports out of Egypt have some saying that the attack was carried out because most of the worshipers at Friday’s prayers were Sufi muslims and also because the mosque itself is believed by many to be the birthplace of Sheikh Eid al-Jariri, a Sufi cleric considered the founder of Sufism in the Sinai Peninsula. And with Sufism being a sub-group of islam that ISIS specifically targets for death because of their belief in islamic mysticism coupled with their belief in saints…saints in this case being someone ‘marked’ by special divine favor…and with saints equaling idolatry in the eyes of islamists…this has afforded ISIS their believed right to tag Sufis as being followers of the wrong type of islam and thus worthy of death.
Sadly, this sounds a bit like a certain group of the world’s Christians who while in no way eschew violence still sees them vocally condemning or worse…ignoring the plight of their fellow Christians for not believing exactly as they or their church do. Just something to ponder over a bit I think.
And yet others are saying that the reason for the gun and grenade attack…where the words “allahu-akbar” were repeated over and over again…has more to do with the mosque’s North Sinai location than with exactly who worshiped there. In fact, a local affiliate of ISIS…whose flag bearing the words “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet” the 25 or so attackers carried and who surrounding the mosque blocking any possible escape from windows and doors…has been using this specific area for quite some time as a prime base for insurgency…for acts of jihad…that spread from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and on to Israel proper…with Sinai being a security nightmare for Egypt ever since Egypt and Israel became ‘partners in peace’ if you will.
So while Egyptian warplanes carried out air strikes on targets believed linked to the attack…air strikes ordered by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi himself…other Arab leaders are trying to play down or simply ignore the root cause of the jihadi’s attack. And one such individual is Saudi Crown Prince Mohmmed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, who while vehemently condemning the physical aspects of the attack also said that, “The biggest threat from terrorism and extremism is not only killing innocent people and spreading hate, but tarnishing the reputation of our religion and distorting our belief…” as in the misplaced belief that islam is a religion of peace…a misplaced belief that ignores the fact that the islamists are using the very words of the qur’an and the teachings of islam itself to not just justify violence and terrorism but to execute and then excuse said actions as well.
And while the media downplays these acts of terrorism… these acts of jihad…as they occur more and more often… almost to the point of becoming routine…two questions remain as to how and even if these attacks can ever be stopped. And know that the answer to both questions is really quite simple for unless islam undergoes a true reformation these attacks will surely continue and the bodies…bodies of both we infidels and muslims alike…will keep piling up.
But how can islam be reformed if islam’s religious leaders do not want reform…it would take away their choke hold over the muslim populace after all…and how can islam leave 7th century ideologies in the past and enter the 21st century present when it’s muslims themselves who are afraid to speak up…let alone afraid to speak out.
And really how can islam be reformed when reformation means changing the actual core doctrine of islam from within not just toning down or prettying up the words in the qur’an, the Sira, and the Haddith, which the faithful would never allow what with qur’an 3:7 stating that, “No one knows the true interpretation except Allah…but those firm in knowledge say “we believe in it, all of it is from our Lord.” Changing those key words would be like asking Christians and Jews to change their core belief in the one true living God of us all.
So can you reform islam when islam as an entity is neither flexible nor open to reform…especially in the way Christianity and Judaism were reformed…simply you cannot…not in the classic sense of both rejection and modification of doctrine and practices. And why not… because while both Christianity and Judaism started out as a religion and then became a political force with reformation returning them to their religious roots, islam never was a religion per se, so reforming islam means islam must shed all its political ideologies and for the first time become a true religion…a religion where the truly devout retreat into personal piety…if islam is to survive in today’s more secular world.
In other words, islam cannot be islam as it exists today. And besides, being that there is no central body of control in islam…no central religious hierarchy or authority to speak of that can issue such a dictate…like the Pope in Roman Catholicism can do…true reformation as we in the West consider reformation becomes highly unlikely.
And why is it unlikely…because while Christianity’s reformation, as per religious scholars, led directly to the age of Enlightenment which then in turn morphed into secularism and eventually into Western-style democracy, reformation of islam’s core tenets have almost no chance of happening because chaos and especially jihad is at the root of islam itself. Remember, Muhammad the nomad only became Muhammad the prophet after he introduced and entwined both jihad and politics into the basic tenets and doctrine of his creation called islam…violent tenets and doctrine which in and of themselves prove islam is not a religion but is the political ideology of a mad, greedy, and perverted man who hid his desire for wealth, power, and young girl children behind the guise of calling his personal wants a religion.
So even if Muhammad’s violence encrusted ideology that is islam can be ‘tempered down’ so to speak, and the concept of religion as we know and accept it is removed from the equation, only then can the world’s 1.8 billion muslims coexist with the civilized Western world, albeit with certain major changes being made…changes as opposed to reformation…changes that modify actions… changes that must take place post-haste so that islam is no longer perceived as it is rightfully perceived today…rightfully perceived as being nothing but a breeding ground for angry, perverted, and violent men whose goal is conquest through jihad, and who view women as chattel and who use children in the most vile of ways.
And that change…if it is ever to occur…must start with a united, cohesive, and oh so loud collective muslim voice demanding that extremist mullahs no longer hold sway over muslim countries…no longer hold sway over muslim peoples…even if that means some muslims must die in the process of seeking freedom from mullahs who think themselves a god. And know that with islam this change will not be easy nor will it be clean…as in sometimes blood must be shed by some to free the whole from the qur’an mandated call to jihad for what is what we call islamic terrorism but jihad in action…and what is jihad but the root cause of islam’s woes. And if muslims do not condemn jihad then muslims condone jihad…if muslims do not fight back against jihad then muslims are but obedient slaves to the call for jihad.
And after condemnation those collective muslim voices must also publicly denounce, confront, and eliminate… yes eliminate by their own hand…jihad focused groups… groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc…who are the main cause of their and islam’s problems today. Remember, successful acts off jihad afford islamic terrorists…affords jihadis…the opportunity to commit such acts time and time again as terrorism in the name of jihad feeds upon the very conflict of conscience within the general non-violent muslim population itself. And while angry words of condemnation alone spoken against those committing such acts will not now or ever stop said acts of jihad…nor will sanctions or American intervention…muslims must accept as fact that only muslims fighting back against their own kind will…that is if islam in any form is to survive at all.
And sadly, even if some limited change does touch the ideology that is islam…does rebuke the concept of jihad… the bottom line is that acts of jihad will indeed continue to happen simply because the doctrine and tenets that define islam as it exists today continues to afford all muslims this common ground of jihad by which they can resist change. And this means that islam really cannot ever be reformed…not in the way we in the Western world see and rightfully demand islam be reformed…and without true reform…without even simple change…islam has no place nor any right to exist in the civilized world.
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Today, Friday, December1st from 7 to 9pm on American Political Radio, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discuss possible islamic reformation; the rise of common core values; and the Kate Steinle murder verdict.
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