PART I – THE BLOODY MONTH
The essential thing we must remember whenever we tackle a subject like this – is that while we are pointing out the correlative relationship between Islam and violence, we are not painting all Muslims with a broad brush. The God of the Bible has told us that He is gathering a people from all the nations of the earth; all who have embraced His Son Jesus as Lord and Savior. “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” (Revelation 7:9-10) So as servants of our God, we MUST NOT carry hate in our hearts. In fact, our hearts need break for the people trapped in this religion of darkness. As Christians we must offer them both love and truth. And that Truth is Jesus Christ, who was sent as the savior for all men; all who would accept His invitation. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12) God is calling us all into a relationship with Him based on truth. It was Jesus that defined the parameters of that relationship. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) And again, it was Messiah that declared the exclusive and necessary conditions for salvation – in the process defining truth. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) I said all of that to say this. We have to be reaching out to Muslims, praying for them – that they would come to the saving knowledge of Christ. They are the mission field. And we, like Christ, should yearn for their reconciliation with the God of the Universe – through the only means possible; Jesus Christ Messiah!
Islam is at war against the world! That may seem like the harsh prattling of an Islamophobe. But it is nonetheless true. Islam is out to conquer the planet. Their goal is to dominate and subdue all other religions, all other political systems. And they have various tools to accomplish their goals. Immigration to Western countries. Remaining both isolated and insulated there, which maintains an Islamic culture in these foreign lands and prevents assimilation. Developing local authority through the application of Sharia law. In fact, it’s not just a strategy, it’s a religious command. There are several verses in the Koran that forbid it.[i] Koran 5:51 states: “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.” Catholic Cardinal Raymond burke told the Italian newspaper Il Giornale: “It is clear that Muslims have as their ultimate goal conquest and power over the world. Islam, through sharia, their law, will rule the world and permit violence against infidels, such as Christians. But we find it hard to recognise this reality and to respond by defending the Christian faith. Many people do not understand what Islam really is. They create these slogans: we all believe in the same God, we are all united by love and so on. It’s not true.” Then he uttered a truth that is sadly lost on many professing Christians, who bend over backwards to practice tolerance. “Christians have neglected a fundamental truth: there is only one Saviour of the world: Jesus Christ. We must not proselytize, imposing Christianity, but if we believe in Jesus it is our duty to bear witness.”[ii] We do unbelievers no favors when we hide from them that essential truth of salvation. We’ll return to these thoughts later.
Another tool that is used in Islam’s attempt at conquest is ……well….conquest – and the violence that comes with it. The proliferation of terror attacks – especially since 911 speaks for itself. Around the world, there have been over 33,000 documented Islamic terror attacks since 911.[iii] And this is not, as claimed by many, an anomaly in the history of the religion. It was part of the game right from the start. Mohammed himself was a general interested in conquest. According to Ibn Ishaq, an early Muslim historian, Mohammed personally planned 27 military expeditions and personally fought in nine of them. He also ordered the execution of 700 Jewish prisoners of the Banu Quraysa in the marketplace of Medina, as well as the assassination of a poet.[iv] [v]
But the violence and conquests did not stop with the death of the prophet in 632. Beginning shortly afterward, wars of conquest commenced and lasted until about 750. Raymond Ibrahim recounts their extent. “To keep the Arab Muslims from quarreling, the next caliph, Omar, launched the Muslim conquests: Syria was conquered around 636, Egypt 641, Mesopotamia and the Persian Empire, 650. By the early 8th century, all of north Africa and Spain to the west, and the lands of central Asia and India to the east, were also brought under Islamic suzerainty.”[vi]
But it is all not just ancient history. The spirit that motivated the early Muslims continues to this day. It was this headline from Breitbart that moved me to write this article in the first place. “Ramadan Rage: Islamic Terrorists Kill at Least 203, Wound 322 in First 10 Days.”[vii] That’s the death toll for the first ten days of Ramadan in 2018. Bloody, but not on pace with last year’s ‘take’ which was calculated at 1,620 deaths and over 1,800 injuries.[viii] Part of that total was the beheading of ten people – including children – in the nation of Mozambique. (The group responsible: al-Shabaab.)[ix] But the fun wasn’t confined to Islamic or Third world areas. Liege, Belgium saw an attacker stab two policewomen, take their guns and shoot them dead along with a nearby civilian. The perpetrator was a convert to Islam, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.[x] Thus, some of the fruit of the holiest month of the Religion of Peace.
In the nearly 1,400 years since Mohammed founded his religion the death toll has been nothing short of astounding. Look at some of these figures. It was Muslims that were the first cog in the slave trade. Thomas Sowell estimates “11 million slaves were and across the Atlantic and 14 million were sent to the Islamic nations of North Africa and the Middle East.”[xi] David Livingstone estimated that five Africans died for every one successfully sent into slavery. That would put the death toll from the slave trade at about 125 million. Historian Raphael Moore estimates that 50 million Christians were slaughtered via jihad in Asia Minor. “80 million Christians (were) killed by Muslims during 500 years in the Balkan states, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia.” It is estimated that about 10 million Buddhists were victims of the jihadi spirit. But the greatest bloodbath, it seems, was in India. The Belgian scholar Keonraad Elst estimates that the Muslims murdered 80 million Hindus during their Indian jihad. But Muslim historian reports Islamists slaughtered the incredible figure of 400 million over an 800 year period. In addition, “Muslims have slaughtered 11 million other Muslims since 1948.”[xii] This evidence is more damning because it is confirmed by Muslim historians.
[i] Richard C Young, Islam’s Goal – World Domination, November 28, 2016
[ii] Top Cardinal: Islam Wants to Conquer the World, Breitbart, October 8, 2016
[iv] Tom Holland, The Forge of Christendom, Little, Brown Book Group, 2008, pg 424
[v] F E Peters, Muhammed and the Origins of Islam, State University of New York Press, 1994, pgs 222-224
[vi] Raymond Ibrahim, The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests, Jihad Watch, Middle East Forum, March 1, 2012
[vii] Ramadan Rage: Islamic Terrorists Kill at Least 203, Wound 322 in First 10 Days, Breitbart, May 28, 2018
[viii] Ramadan Rage 2017, Breitbart, June 7, 2017
[ix] Suspected Islamists BEHEAD ten people, Daily Mail, May 29, 2018
[x] The moment Belgian cops shot dead suspected terrorist in a gun battle…,Daily Mail, May 29, 2018
[xi]Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture, BasicBooks, 1994, pg 188
[xii] Islam Has Massacred Over 669+ Million Non-Muslims Since 622AD, Israel, Islam & End Times, March 8, 2016