There Is No True Islam

The title is an argument that begins with the supposition that Islam, considering that it is both a political system and a religion, is far too complex to mean only one thing to all of those who embrace it.  It (Islam) holds many meanings to many different people; it is as heterogeneous as are the people who follow it — so says Edward Said, a Columbia University professor.

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There is some uniformity, of course, in prayer and ritual, but among some, there are only five pillars of faith, while others observe six (adding Jihad).  Not all Moslems agree on the meaning of Jihad, for example.  To some, it means the internal struggle of obedience; to others, it means inflicting pain on societies and individuals who are unbelievers.

Still, others (and we don’t know how many) have no compunction against killing other Moslems if they get in the way because, if they’re faithful Moslems, they’ll achieve paradise.  So much for seeking justice.  We see a demonstration of this in the first three hundred years of Islam’s formation when a wholesale slaughter of Islamic leaders occurred as men sought to solidify their own power over the movement.

This jockeying for position led to creating “schools of law,” many of which are hotly debated even today.  And today, the struggle continues.  Iran covets the status of Islam’s leading Caliphate; standing in their way is the Saudis, who have quite successfully flooded the civilized world with psychotic radicals.  None of the differences in Islamic beliefs are trivial when many sectarian believers are willing to murder an equally large number of sectarian non-believers.

The issue is confused even more when non-Moslems begin to understand that while large numbers of practicing Moslems rejected Bin Laden’s extremism, they fully embraced his political messaging.  Most Moslems, or so the experts tell us, detest America’s dishonest/corrupt support of despotic regimes, its support of Israel against the Palestinians.

Never mind that many Moslems think of the Palestinians as sand monkeys who got what they deserved by failing to defeat the Israelis.  Well, of course, that war has been going on now since the days of the Canaanites.  Besides, if there was one thing that Bin Laden did very well, it is that he took a relatively benign relationship between Moslems and most of western society and made it a thousand times worse.

However, by the time of Bin Laden, the Arabs were already enraged by European domination of the Middle East.  Modern Moslems seem incapable of acknowledging that the Europeans brought them flushing toilets, taught them how to flush them, and demonstrated that living under a roof is superior to camping out.

Today, the primary branches of Islam are Sunni and Shi’ah.  Sunnis dominate Islam (about 90% worldwide), and the people who adhere to this particular following see themselves as traditionalists and mainstream.  What distinguishes these groups most is the argument of whose originator was the true successor of the Prophet Mohammed.  The assassination over 300 years (mentioned earlier) makes this argument impossible to resolve, so it all boils down to what people choose to believe.

Sunnis are divided into several followings, but there are essentially two.  The Kalamis are the rationalists, and the Islamists are the literalists.  If nine hundred years ago some nitwit penned, “and smash the infidels’ heads with a rock,” then that is what the Islamists must do.  Within the Islamist group, we will find the Wahhabists, a movement that was instrumental in the rise of the House of Saud.  It is a strict orthodox branch harboring fundamentalist/radical views that rely on a literal interpretation of the Quran [Note 1].

When the Islamic State first raised its ugly head, which occurred during Barack Hussein Obama’s Arab Spring, no one in Washington knew what it was, what it stood for, or its goals.  Since ISIS doesn’t presently seem a problem, I won’t dwell on it other than to clarify its intent.  ISIS rejects peace on principle, that principle being that the leaders and followers of the Islamic State hunger for one thing: the end of the world.  To achieve that, it seeks genocide of everyone who doesn’t believe what they believe.

That seems simple enough.  How many American Moslems, particularly within our prison systems and black communities, have crossed over to ISIS is unknown.  I suspect we won’t find out until it’s too late to save any innocents; in all likelihood, Washington is no longer looking in that direction.

Shi’ah Moslems are (essentially) divided into three groups: Twelvers, Zaidis, and Ismailis.  Most Shi’ah Moslems identify with the Twelvers, a belief in the twelve divinely ordained leaders, the so-called Twelve Imams.  The Zaidis are the second largest group, beginning around 688 AD.

The Ismailis are followers of Aga Khan, the last prophet of Islam, who predicted the return of the Mahdi, who would restore justice to the world.  Several Ismaili Imams have declared themselves to be the Mahdi, but everyone is still waiting so far.  Notably, Louis Farrakhan (a friend and cohort of Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright) leads the American Mahdi movement under the Nation of Islam.

My conclusion is, agreeing with Richard Said, there is not a single Islam among the 1.9 billion Moslems worldwide.  I also agree that although 90% of those 1.9 billion people are Sunnis, far fewer Moslems constitute a threat to the safety of non-Moslems.  Still, that leaves 380 million people who constitute a clear and present danger to western societies … a figure that is larger than the entire population of the United States.  The current US population of Moslems is around 3.45 million, a growth of just under one million Moslems since 2007.  How many of those people are Wahhabists is unknown to us, and there may be a reason for that.

Returning briefly to a congressional hearing in 2003, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) stated, “This [Wahhabi presence in the United States] is an issue that I have been very interested in, as you have mentioned.  Terrorism, in general, and Wahhabism, in particular, for quite a while.  And the issue we are addressing is very important in our effort to protect America from future terrorist attack.

We have learned that when you ignore it, it gets worse, and so I salute you for having this hearing.  Now, since the Wahhabi presence in the United States is a foreboding one that has potentially harmful and far-reaching consequences for our Nation’s mosques, schools, prisons, and even our military, these hearings could not come at a more opportune time.  But before I begin, I want to make one thing absolutely clear: Islam is an admirable and peaceful faith that embraces tolerance, morality, and charity.”

What percentage of recent Afghan “emergency” migrants are Sunni/Wahhabist Moslems?   We don’t know, but it would appear, given Senator Schumer’s silence on the issue of bringing 120,000 Afghans to the United States, he isn’t concerned about it.  If we simply suppose that 10% of them are Wahhabists, then we’re talking about potentially 12,000 very dangerous people whom the US government will settle in our unsuspecting communities.

If the reader agrees with the notion that there is no true Islam, that each Moslem follows their own string, that they believe and act upon the Islam most convenient to them at the time, where is Mr. Schumer’s concern for the harmful effects of ignoring an issue that could get worse, quickly, and without warning?


[1]  Wahhabism and Salafism is the binding tie between the Saudis, Pakistanis, Talibanis, Al-Qaeda, the rebels in Syria, and the actions of the Moslem Brotherhood in nearly all of America’s prison systems.  The Saudis fund almost all Islamic mosques in the United States, pursuing Wahhabist or Salafist teachings.

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