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?

Notes:

[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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Canadian Churches burned to the ground in ‘anti-church hate crime wave’

 

In Antifa like style, Canada is going through its wave of unrest and worth paying attention .In similar style of liberal nonsense, those we expect to condemn are strangely missing in action.

‘I think these are dark days for religious freedom in Canada’ says Ezra Levant

In a tweet on July 3, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association executive director Harsha Walia tweeted, “burn it all down,” referencing the churches.  

At least 20 churches in Canada have been burned or vandalized, and Rebel News founder Ezra Levant questioned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to the mounting crime spree Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“This is so explicitly an anti-church hate crime wave and yet Justin Trudeau, who is normally the first and the wokest, waited a week before saying anything and he literally said ‘that’s not the way to go,'” Levant stated. 

In the last couple of weeks, a series of arsons have arisen as churches and statues are being destroyed throughout the country. 

Rebel Media founder Ezra Levant reacts to the situation in Canada on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

 

 

 

Cheering on the arsonists.

 

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Let’s not stop with the churches.

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A Man Reaps What He Sows

 

A Man Reaps What He Sows

by Mustang

Paul lectured us that the grace of God does not eliminate the principles of choice and consequence.  Every decision we make produces a peculiar result.  Some of these we can easily anticipate, if we exercise even a modicum of common sense — others are a bit more deceiving and, often, their consequences more severe.  The key to this is not lying to ourselves — particularly if we think that God will somehow excuse us from making poor choices.  If we think that, then we mock God, and this is a serious sin.

 

What we do in this life matters.  What we say matters.  The seeds we plant matters.  So, the question is, in matters of American democracy, what seeds have we planted?  We have planted the seeds of corruption.

 

Corruption is a complex topic; what makes it so is that corruption is often deeply rooted in our culture.  We see this in our political behaviors, and we see it in our “societal norms.”  The complexity of the topic may result from the fact that corrupt practices are difficult to quantify, and this is true because — in our multi-cultural society, corrupt practices vary from one ethnicity to another and from one region of the nation to another.  For example, if corrupt practices benefit us directly, we might assume that because they are beneficial, they are not evil.  If you don’t believe this, it is okay with me, but if you want to validate what I’ve said, just ask any Roman.

 

Corruption is destroying the American Republic.  The level of our corruption increases every year, and we are all so used to it that we give the problem very little consideration.  But make no mistake — if you think our government is corrupt, then you must be evil as well because it was you who helped shape that government.

This US Government Is The Most Corrupt In History | Mondialisation.ca

 

How bad is corruption in the United States?  To answer that question, one must consider its results.  Ask yourself about your well-being, how satisfied you are with life, how much you trust our government’s decision-makers, how much faith you have in our “hallowed” institutions.  What is the impact of corruption on our social development, economic growth, our quest for an egalitarian society?  If the question seems too broad, consider the effects of corruption on our political behavior. 

Why do we countenance a legal system that grants favoritism to the wealthy and influential — on drug use, for example — and a different standard to the poor black man guilty of the same illegal behavior as Hunter Biden?  One escapes official notice, even though the illicit behavior is well known, and one goes into prison for years.  Is this an example of an egalitarian society, or its opposite?  How do any of us justify it?  And, if we cannot abide by this blatant example of corruption, why do we allow it to continue?  How are we, a generally Christian society, able to ignore the crime of high-ranking politicians (McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer, McCarthy) and demand an accounting for the burglar or car thief?  It is the same behavior.  One generally accepted, one not.  Why?

 

If I’m wrong about this, please weigh in.  Tell me, where am I wrong?  How are modern Americans any different from ancient Romans, or how do we imagine that our society is in any way superior to that of the victims of Soviet society?

 

A final question: Why are we angered when we catch high-ranking officials stealing (John Kerry, for example, trying to avoid paying taxes on his yacht) yet continue to countenance his participation in the highest tiers of government?  Let’s not look away from the corrupt men who keep appointing men like Kerry, either.  How did Joe Biden, given all that we know about him in his public life, ever become President of the United States?  It wasn’t because Joe Biden is corrupt —  it was because WE are corrupt.

 

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Good Friday -“Jesus Remember Me”

A beautiful chant from Taizé, based on the words of one of the men crucified with Jesus, underscores a meditation on the face of Christ, his suffering, death and resurrection

Luke 23:42-43 New International Version (NIV)

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[a]

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Maundy Thursday – Jesus asks, ‘Stay with me’

A day of reflection.

Jesus Prays at Gethsemane

The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
(Mark 14:32-42Luke 22:39-46)

36At that time Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He told them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

37He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38Then He said to them, “My soul is consumed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.”

39Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

40Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

42A second time He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass unless I drink it, may Your will be done.” 43And again Jesus returned and found them sleeping—for their eyes were heavy.

44So He left them and went away once more and prayed a third time, saying the same thing.45Then He returned to the disciples and said, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us go! See, My betrayer is approaching!”

Sunday Respite – December Lights

 

”Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

I hope you are enjoying this Christmas week.

For today’s Sunday Respite I have chosen André Rieu – December Lights

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Have a wonderful week with much Peace.

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Merry Christmas!

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Christmas… One of my favorites

Mary, Did You Know? –  by Pentatonix.

 

 

Looking forward to the New Year…..

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Christmas Eve

 

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2

Matthew 2:5
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

Matthew 2:6
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’”

Josh Groban – O Holy Night

 

 

Wishing everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Sunday Respite – Within our darkest night…

This week we celebrate Christmas. We also see the return of more sunlight after the darkest night. We have so much to be thankful for.

I have selected “Within Our Darkest Night You Kindle A Fire that Never Dies Away” by Taize.

 

The winter solstice occurs as well.

Jupiter and Saturn will form rare Christmas Star” on winter solstice

On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in Earth’s night sky than they have since 1226 A.D. You can watch the event live here on the 21st, courtesy of Lowell Observatory.

 

 

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At the Winter Solstice we reach the depth of that darkness with the longest night of the year. Darkness has reached its peak.

“Now we start to wonder: will this continue? Will the Earth grow darker and colder as the Sun disappears into the south until only darkness is left? But at Yule a wonderful thing happens. The Sun stops its decline and for a few days it rises in about the same place. This is the crucial time, the cusp between events. The Sun stands still, and everyone waits for the turning.”

In our heads we know the light will return. But in the darkness of Winter, can we be sure? do our hearts believe what our heads tell us? Will the light keep its promises? We all have moments of darkness, when we don’t know how much deeper we will go before the light starts to return (or even if it will). The world has moments too; it understands us, and lives as we do.

The Sun does start north again and the light comes back. In the world, in our lives, the light comes back. This is indeed something worth celebrating, and it has been celebrated throughout the Northern Hemisphere in remarkably similar ways since the ancients.

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Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday Respite – O Lord Hear My Prayer

 

We are told in James 5:16 “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

We pray for our great Republic.

My favorite Taize hymn: O Lord hear my prayer, music by the French composer of liturgical music, Jacques Berthier (1923 – 1994). Lyrics from Psalm 102. Sunsets from various locations, by Patricia Maloney Ottawa ON Canada. The final photos were taken in the evening during the Stations of the Cross at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

O Lord! Hear my prayer. When I call, answer me. Come and listen to me………………………………………………………………………………..

 

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Source: USCCB.org

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful day with Peace.

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