From the UK news media:
Police said that a Scottish Muslim shopkeeper was murdered by a fellow Muslim hours after he posted a message on Facebook professing love for Christians and for Jesus and wishing them a happy Easter.
From the Canadian news media:
What do Algeria, America, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Britain, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chad, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen have in common? Oh, and Canada, of course. All have been attacked by Islamist terrorists since 2010. Forty-six nations in barely five years and I’ve not even included the obvious trio of horrors, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. All of the terrorist acts were aimed to demonstrate the victory of Islam over the faiths of infidels among whom are even Muslims with not strict adherence to the “true” Quran and Sharia.
From the battle cries of Muslim terrorists:
“Allahu Akbar” that is “God (meaning Allah) is Great” that is the Allah’s order in the Quran to transform the entire world to the Sharia moral values.
From the political slogans of our political establishment:
- Ø Islam is a religion of peace and has nothing to do with the terrorism performed by some Muslims
- Ø The terrorists are the radicalized Muslims who are acting against moral principles of their religion
- Ø Or, the terrorists are the ideologues and their ideology has nothing to do with their religion.
To find out who is wrong and who is right, the following questions have to be answered:
- Who are the killers – radicalized Muslims who has acted against the moral prescripts of their own religion of Islam, or they are normal Quran-guided Muslims?
- What is the moving spiritual force behind the killings – the religion of the killers or some their ideology that has nothing to do with their religion?
- Do the killers act in good faith as their religion or ideology demands it, or they represent a small devilish minority that always exists in any religion and ideology?
What I have studied and experienced all my life, together with many other Jews and Christians of various spiritual streams – from orthodoxy to atheism, let me answer these questions in the following way.
Who are the killers – radicalized Muslims who has acted against the moral prescripts of their own religion of Islam, or they are normal Quran-guided Muslims?
The killers are not radicalized Muslims – they are normal Quran-guided Muslims.
Here is how Quran guides the Muslims:
Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. – Sura 2:98
On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. – Sura 2:161
Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – Sura 2:191
Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. – Sura 2:216
What is the moving spiritual force behind the killings – the religion of the killers or some their ideology that has nothing to do with their religion?
The moving spiritual force is religion, not ideology. The Merriam-Webster defines ideology as a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture and a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture.
What is the source of the “systematic body of concepts about human life”? It is the religion, and it is religion everywhere – in Judaism, in Christianity and in Islam. For the last thirteen centuries the religion of Islam had created its own “systematic body of concepts about human life” quoted in the above from Quran.
Do the killers act as their religion or ideology demands it or they represent a small devilish minority that always exists in any religion and ideology?
Every religion has good and bad disciples and the entire religion – be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism – can be judged by assessing how the true spiritual leaders of a religion respond to actions of its bad (devilish) disciples.
While the Jewish and Christian leaders condemn any acts of violence committed by their bad disciples against the Muslims, no one – literally no one – of the leading Islamic authorities condemn any acts of Islamic terrorism. If it is so, the answer is clear – the Islamic terrorist acts are committed since their religion/ideology demands it.
Vatican and Jerusalem are not silent – they condemn any acts of Jewish and Christian acts of violence. Mecca is silent on Islamic terrorism and silent approvingly.
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