CAIR: Beginning to Care?
Vol: 46 Issue: 29 Friday, July 29, 2005
Most Americans this morning were glued to their television sets as a live series of London raids unfolded against a suspect in the failed terrorist attacks against London targets on July 21.
Meanwhile, the rest of the western world continues to wonder where are all the allegedly ‘moderate’ Muslims we keep hearing about but not from?
The suspect in the raid is a British-born citizen, one who grew up in London, worked and lived among other British citizens, and was working with under-privileged London children.
Until it was discovered he was a member of an al-Qaeda cell who tried to kill as many of his fellow citizens as possible on July 21, and suspected of building the bombs that blew up four London subway cars and a double-decker bus on July 7.
As it turns out, there actually are some Muslim ‘moderates’ that are behind a recent ‘fatwa’ issued by leading American scholars of Islamic law.
Abdul Malik Mujahid, chairman of the Chicago-based Council on Islamic Relations, issued a statement saying;
I think it is the responsibility of the leaderships of mosques to be more connected to the congregations, to make communities safe on an individual basis, and to keep an eye out for people under stress and make sure they channel it in a nonviolent way.
The fatwa declared people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam are not ‘martyrs’ but criminals, under Islamic law.
It is worth noting that it took a religious edict to declare killing innocents a criminal act under Islamic law. It tends to water down the administration’s argument that Islam is, at its heart, really a religion of peace and love.
But American Islam is pragmatic, if nothing else. After five years of complaining about being victims of an unfair backlash, ‘moderate’ Islam has at long last, figured out why they are being ‘victimized’ in the first place. Because they defended the clerics who indoctrinated the terrorists.
The British bombers were indoctrinated into al-Qaeda by local British mosques. “It was shocking to us, said Oussama Jamal, a US CAIR member and former president of the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation.
On Sept. 11, we knew it was no one in the community. But it is shocking to see someone who grew up in the UK to take part in acts like this.
Jamal’s expression of ‘shock’ five years after 9/11 is reminiscent of 1945 German officials ‘shock’ after five years of Nazi atrocities in their midst, but, cynicism aside, it is encouraging.
The Germans didn’t start expressing shock until after they were fairly certain the Nazis were defeated. While Islamic terror may not yet be defeated, they evidently have lost some of their support within American Islam.
The American fatwa was issued by the 18-member Fiqh Council of North America. (The term fiqh refers to Islamic legal issues and understanding the faith s religious law.)
There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism, the scholars wrote in a statement that quotes the Koran and accepted statements from the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The statement continued; Targeting civilians life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram or forbidden.
In truth, the brand of Islam labeled ‘moderate’ is in point of fact, a revised version of Islam from that preached by the prophet Mohammed.
This is the core teaching of Islam on terrorism: Jihad is ordained for you, though you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and like a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not. (Another translation reads: Warfare is ordained for you. ) (Koran 2:216)
Here is what Mohammed taught regarding the duty of Muslims to participate in jihad:
Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no injurious hurt, and those who strive hard, fighting Jihad in Allah s Cause with their wealth and lives. Allah has granted a rank higher to those who strive hard, fighting Jihad with their wealth and bodies to those who sit (at home). Unto each has Allah promised good, but He prefers Jihadists who strive hard and fight above those who sit home. He has distinguished his fighters with a huge reward. (Koran 4:95)
Mohammed also taught;
“Allah has purchased the believers, their lives and their goods. For them is the Garden (of Paradise). They fight in Allah s Cause, and they slay and are slain; they kill and are killed. (Koran 9:111)
CAIR’s fatwa concerning terrorism is encouraging, but not for the reasons one might think.
While a fatwa against terrorism might discourage a few would-be terrorists in the US and may result in better anti-terrorist intelligence in the US, it isn’t exactly because ‘moderate’ Islam has turned over a new leaf.
Mohammed also taught: It is not proper for the Believers to all go forth together to fight Jihad. A troop from every expedition should remain behind when others go to war. (Koran 9:122)
It is difficult to discuss Islam as a religion of peace and love without sounding anti-Islamic. That is unfortunate.
It is a product of years and years of political correctness that has airport screeners randomly selecting Scandinavian grandmothers for special screening instead of Muslim males of Middle Eastern descent between the ages of 17 and 35, as fits the profile of an Islamic terrorist.
I am no racist. Neither am I a religious bigot. I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, but that is the basic doctrine of my faith. That doesn’t mean I wish those of other religious beliefs any harm.
But political correctness makes it necessary to add that codicil when discussing Islam.
Because Islam, at its heart, is rooted in jihad, and jihad in fundamental Islam is different than the ‘internal jihad’ or struggle between the lust of the flesh and the tenets of Islam that is taught by moderate Islam.
To the jihadist, moderate Islam is an apostasy, and those who practice moderate Islam, as apostates, are as much targets as the infidels. As such, Islamic ‘moderates’ are discovering they are at as much risk from jihadists as anybody else is.
Their statement declaring murder illegal under Islamic law was intended. according to Abdul Malik Mujahid, to send a two-pronged message.
First, it s an internal edict to Muslims, but it s also an external message to non-Muslims who may need to hear the strongest possible condemnation of terrorism from within Islam.
For the non-Muslim community, it s important because I don’t believe many Americans realize this is forbidden by Islam, said Arif Hussain, who leads Friday prayers at the Lake County Mosque in Waukegan. They don’t believe the Muslim community in America has spoken out loudly enough against these acts.
But the edict unintentionally sent out a three-pronged message, with the third prong taking the form of a question; If Islam is fundamentally a religion of peace and love, then why does it take an Islamic fatwa to clarify that murder is against Islamic law?
It is worth noting that British Muslim leaders who denounced the July 7 attacks in London said suicide bombings could still be justified against an occupying power.
Despite the pragmatic declarations from the Fiqh Council of North America, the world remains locked in what is nothing less than a global religious war between the adherents between what the world terms the ‘three great monotheistic religions’.
Islam’s goal is the annihilation of the Jewish state and Islamic domination over Jerusalem. Its secondary target is the United States, the ‘Christian Crusaders’ that stand between Islam’s goal and Israel’s destruction.
It is, at its most basic, a war against what Islam calls the ‘People of the Book’ — Jews and Christians. Stay with me while I shift gears.
It is a war between the people of the Bible and the people of the Koran over who will control Jerusalem.
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)
It is a battle between the God of redemption and Allah, the god of jihad.
“But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” (Daniel 11:38-39)
“That Day” — the Day of the Lord, hasn’t arrived yet. But one can almost see it, just over the horizon.
And before the Day of the Lord comes the day of ‘our gathering together unto Him’.
In his 2nd letter to the Thessalonians, Paul was addressing a heresy that had crept into the church that the Rapture had already occurred and that the Thessalonians had been left behind.
Paul begins, saying, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by OUR GATHERING TOGETHER UNTO HIM, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:2-3)
Jesus described His Second Coming at the conclusion of the Tribulation this way;
“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:30)
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:27)
But Paul spoke of the ‘Day of Christ’ as the time of “our gathering together unto Him” and the Thessalonians clearly believed they had missed it.
Just as clearly, it was a doctrine established by Jesus Christ Himself that His Second Coming would be witnessed by ‘all the tribes of the earth’. They could not, logically, have feared they missed His Return at the end of the Tribulation.
Paul then explained why they could not have missed the Lord’s ‘gathering of us together unto Him’.
“And now ye know what withholdeth that he [antichrist] might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way.” (2:6-7)
There it is! The antichrist cannot be revealed until his ‘time’ which is AFTER the Restrainer of iniquity is ‘taken out of the way.’ Paul goes on to confirm that fact, saying, “And THEN shall that Wicked be revealed . . “(2:8)
The removal of the Restrainer of evil means the removal of the Church.
2nd Corinthians 1:21-22 promises “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
The Spirit cannot be withdrawn from our hearts without invalidating that guarantee . . . and leaving us without His guidance as we endure the most terrible period of judgment the world has ever known.
Jesus promised, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. . .” (John 14:16)
“Forever” isn’t the same as, “Just until you will need Him the most.”
“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.” (Ephesians 4:30)
The Day of Redemption cannot be at the end of the Tribulation without the Holy Spirit having been withdrawn at least seven years earlier.
How does all this fit together? As noted, events are coming together so quickly that we are already engaged in the great spiritual war the culminates on the fields of Megiddo at the conclusion of the Tribulation.
And before that, “the Lord Himself will descend with a shout and the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)