Most Muslims live a peaceful life dedicated to God, however, there are many, hundreds of millions by many accounts, who do not. Hundreds of thousands would be the best case scenario.
The more than a billion peaceful Muslims are among the targeted victims of radical Islam.
Those who try to completely separate Islam from radical Islam fail to know their history.
Whereas, politicians after 9-11 tried to separate peaceful Muslims from radical Muslims, they now try to pretend there is no connection.
Where did the term “religion of peace” come from? Is that how Muslims define their religion?
“Religion of Peace” is a political neologism used as a description of Islam. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, some politicians described Islam as a “religion of peace” in an effort to differentiate between Islamic terrorists, Islamism, and non-violent Muslims.
The Arabic term Islam (إسلام) is derived from aslama, which means “to surrender” or “resign oneself”. The Arabic word salaam (سلام) (“peace”) shares the same consonantal root (s-l-m) with the words Islam and Muslim.
George Bush adopted the phrase as have most U.S. and European politicians, all with good intention and for a good purpose.
Many Muslim sects are peaceful but “surrender” is more applicable. It is a religion of surrender to Allah.
Neuroscientist and New Atheism writer Sam Harris wrote, “The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you.”
Radical British imam, Anjem Choudary, denies Islam is a “religion of peace”, it’s about “submission”.
ISIS is nothing new though we like to tell ourselves they are a rarity – an anomaly for the religion of peace – so rare that Al Qaeda had to disown them because they are too violent. That’s not exactly true.
The real reason for the break between the groups was ISIS would not swear allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri and the groups’ leader al-Baghdadi disobeyed al-Zawahiri’s orders more than once.
Both groups do at times team up in fighting nonetheless. They have cross-fighters.
We like to believe we are civilized but groups of equal measure to ISIS have tortured and enslaved innocents throughout much of the world without letup, over the centuries into current day, and many do it in the name of God, other totalitarians choose the State or a titular head as their god.
Islamic terrorists have been at war since Muhammad lived and died. What is going on now is nothing new.
In an address on the Egyptian Al-Kahera Wal-Nas TV, Egyptian Islamic researcher and TV host Islam Behery said, with regard to the Salafi desire to restore the Caliphate: “Who are you kidding? The days of the Caliphate were all dark times.” The statements aired on November 24, 2014.
The jihadists of today want a worldwide Caliphate under a caliph and they want the capital to be in Jerusalem, Israel. It is the one common thread that ties all jihadists together.
The Caliphate is the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 ce) of the Prophet Muhammad.
Ruled by a caliph (khalīfah, “successor”), who held temporal and some spiritual authority, the empire of the Caliphate grew rapidly through conquest during its first two centuries to include most of Southwest Asia, North Africa, and Spain.
Dynastic struggles later brought about the Caliphate’s decline, and it ceased to exist with the Mongol destruction of Baghdad in 1258.
It returned in the 1500s.
In 1517, the Ottoman Empire formed from the conquered lands of Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.
Sultan Selim the Grim officially claimed the title of caliph for himself and his heirs. In addition to taking control of the cities of Mecca and Medina, Selim bolstered his claim by bringing a collection of the Prophet’s garments and beard hairs back to Istanbul.
The Caliphate spanned more than 600 years and came to an end only in 1922, when it was replaced by the Turkish Republic and various successor states in southeastern Europe and the Middle East.
At its height the empire included most of southeastern Europe to the gates of Vienna, including modern Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Greece, and Ukraine; Iraq, Syria, Israel, and Egypt; North Africa as far west as Algeria; and most of the Arabian Peninsula.
It was totalitarian and brutal.
Consider the conquest of India whom few know about and compare with ISIS and Al Qaeda today:
The Wall Street Journal published a book review under the title, Why Hitler Wished He Was a Muslim. The following paragraph from the article is of interest:
As David Motadel writes in “Islam and Nazi Germany’s War,” Muslims fought on both sides in World War II. But only Nazis and Islamists had a political-spiritual romance. Both groups hated Jews, Bolsheviks and liberal democracy. Both sought what Michel Foucault, praising the Iranian Revolution in 1979, would later call the spiritual-political “transfiguration of the world” by “combat.” The caliph, the Islamist Zaki Ali explained, was the “führer of the believers.” “Made by Jews, led by Jews—therewith Bolshevism is the natural enemy of Islam,” wrote Mahomed Sabry, a Berlin-based propagandist for the Muslim Brotherhood in “Islam, Judaism, Bolshevism,” a book that the Reich’s propaganda ministry recommended to journalists.
Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini (c. 1897; – 4 July 1974), a controversial figure, was the founder of modern radical Islam and he was allied with Adolf Hitler. He is pictured below in a meeting with Hitler.
He was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine. Al-Husseini was the scion of a family of Jerusalemite notables.
Amin al-Husseini (above), the grand mufti of Jerusalem, was a zealous and violent person, who sought refuge in Baghdad after being exiled in 1937.
The former Ottoman Empire artillery officer turned teacher was sentenced to ten years in prison by the British for his part in anti-Jewish riots in 1920 in Jerusalem.
He was foolishly pardoned by the British and became grand mufti the following year.
The British thought allowing al-Husseini to play the role would be meaningless since he had no adherents in the Arab community. It proved to be a mistake.
As grand mufti, he was in a perfect position to exploit Arab-Jewish tension that began with the exodus of Jews to Palestine in the 1930s. His anti-Semitic rhetoric found an audience in a growing middle class.
As president of the Supreme Muslim Council, he controlled religious schools and courts as well as trust funds that spread his message of hate in Iraq and Syria.
He also launched attacks on Jewish settlements and assassinated moderate Arabs who urged compromise but were marginalized by terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism.
Moreover, the mufti benefited from a decline in British fortunes.
After 1938, Germany, Italy, and even Spain fueled Arab nationalism with radio broadcasts, cultural subsidies, and anti-Semitic literature that was translated and distributed through schools by al-Husseini.
Palestinians imitated fascist organizations and praised NAZI racial laws, dreaming of a day when Germany and Italy would eject the British and the Jews from the Middle East.
Amin Al-Husseini instigated a pro-NAZI coup in Baghdad, Iraq in 1941. Kharaillah Tulfah was his right-hand man.
Tulfah is Saddam Hussein’s mentor and uncle. Amin Al-Husseini used his influence in the Third Reich to have Germany sends weapons and aircrafts to Husseini, which failed.
Later as the Third Reich’s fate seemed inevitable, the Grand Mufti, Amin al-Husseini continued to work with Hitler achieving an honorary rank in the SS by Heinrich Himmler (Head of SS) and even commissioning Muslin Soldiers to fight under the NAZI flag in the Balkans.
After the fall of the Third Reich, Amin al-Husseini fled to Bagdad and later the British gave him amnesty.
Amin Al-Husseini became one of the founders of the Arab League.
Shortly thereafter Egyptian-born Yasser Arafat met Amin Al-Husseini at age 17 and started to work for him, passing on Husseini’s policy of ethnic cleansing.
He used recently acquired Nazi methodology to implement his vision of an Arab World free of Jews.
In 1948 with UN recognition, Israel declared statehood. The Arab League immediately declared Jihad (Holy War) against Israel.
Amin Al-Husseini was directly implicated in providing safe haven to ex-NAZIs in Arab lands and formation of the ODESSA network.
Egypt, home of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Syria incorporated thousands of Nazi experts into Egyptian and Syrian army, government and propaganda service.
In 1962 Amin Al-Husseini became president of World Islamic Congress, which he founded. The Islamic Fundamentalists planned to make Arab lands free of Jews, as Hitler did in Europe. He is credited as having influenced the mass murdering Saddam Hessein.
Others that have credited Amin Al-Husseini as an influence include Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network.
In his post-September 11th declaration to the world (October 7th 2001), Osama Bin Laden openly pledged his allegiance to the Ottoman Empire and its notion of Islamic take-over, thus drawing a direct connection with Amin Al-Husseini.
He stated that his Jihad was in retaliation for 80 years of disgrace and humiliation, which marked the humiliating defeat of the Ottoman Islamic Empire at the hands of the French and British in 1918.
The year 1921 also marks the year that Amin Al Husseini was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (against the will of the people) and the seed of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda was born.
In 1941, the Mufti fled to Germany, meeting with Hitler in November. They discussed their common enemy – the Jews. Hitler would not order a declaration in support of the Arabs because he said the time was not right.
“Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews,” Hitler assured, “That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine….Germany would furnish positive and practical aid to the Arabs involved in the same struggle….Germany’s objective [is]…solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere….In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world.”
The Mufti thanked Hitler profusely.
On August 28, 1942, Hitler said, “You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion…The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?”
It is well-documented that an associate of al-Husseini’s, together with three associates of former Iraqi Prime Minister visited the Sachsenhausen concentration camp as part of a “training course’, in July 1942, the year before it became a death camp.
Wolfgang G. Schwanitz notes that in his memoirs Husseini recalled that Heinrich Himmler, in the summer of 1943, while confiding some German war secrets, inveighed against Jewish “war guilt”, and, speaking of Germany’s persecution of the Jews said that “up to now we have exterminated (in Arabic, abadna) around three million of them”.
In his memoirs, Husseini wrote he was astonished to hear this.
Schwanitz doubts the sincerity of his surprise since Husseini had publicly declared that Muslims should follow the example Germans set for a “definitive solution to the Jewish problem”.
On November 2, 1943, Himmler sent the following telegram to the Mufti:
“To the Grand Mufti: The National Socialist movement of Greater Germany has, since its inception, inscribed upon its flag the fight against the world Jewry. It has therefore followed with particular sympathy the struggle of freedom-loving Arabs, especially in Palestine, against Jewish interlopers. In the recognition of this enemy and of the common struggle against it lies the firm foundation of the natural alliance that exists between the National Socialist Greater Germany and the freedom-loving Muslims of the whole world. In this spirit I am sending you on the anniversary of the infamous Balfour Declaration my hearty greetings and wishes for the successful pursuit of your struggle until the final victory. Reichsfuehrer S.S. Heinrich Himmler.”
In a speech delivered that same day at the Luftwaffe hall in Berlin, Husseini declared:”The Germans know how to get rid of the Jews . ..They have definitely solved the Jewish problem.”
Husseini blocked all attempts of Jewish women and children fleeing the Holocaust to enter Palestine. He had been informed of the Holocaust at the time.
In 1945, Yugoslavia sought to indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his role in recruiting 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS, who participated in the killing of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. He escaped from French detention in 1946, however, and continued his fight against the Jews from Cairo and later Beirut. He died in 1974.
The current administration is ignoring history.
The Muslim Brotherhood has now infiltrated our politics, our executive offices, and has even formed a political party in Chicago even though they have been declared a terrorist group by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and others.
If we ignore history, we can believe that ISIS is a temporary aberration and al Qaeda is on the run and we might believe appeasement could work. If we look at history, we know it will not.
We can fight them now or later when they are stronger and more able to consume us. If we are consumed, freedom will die too for centuries to come.
Nuclear weapons in the hands of these people could mean the end of our civilization. They have no respect for life. They respect death as we respect life. They commit genocide and even kill their own, even the most innocent – women, children, the elderly – all in the name of God because in their warped minds, it is what God wants and all that we do here is for a place in the everlasting. Their radical definition of their religion embraces evil and hate.
Islam and the NAZIs: