What happens when America tells a lie to win a war?

President Obama on eve of 9/11 addressing nation on ISIS

President Obama on eve of 9/11 addressing nation on ISIS

Time.com Washington Bureau Chief, Michael Scherer, recently reported (2/19/2015) on the public debate between conservatives and President Obama regarding the best terminology to use for the Islamic State. According to the President, ISIS is desperate for “legitimacy,” and if they are deemed “Islamic,” such a representation will further ISIS recruitment efforts and will negatively impact U.S. interests:

Those who identify the black-clad extremists with their religious roots, the commander-in-chief argued repeatedly, are peddling a “lie” that will drive recruitment by the nation’s enemies and ultimately hurt U.S. interests. These terrorists are desperate for legitimacy. And all of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorists’ narrative,” … [Obama] accused others in the public sphere Thursday of aiding the terrorist cause by highlighting the connection between Islamic teachings and Islamic State’s tactics, which include rape, beheadings, crucifixions and slavery. “That narrative sometimes extends far beyond terrorist organizations,” he continued. “That narrative becomes the foundation upon which terrorists build their ideology and by which they try to justify their violence, and that hurts all of us. Read more.

President Obama’s point is well-taken. If our leaders can refute the notion that ISIS (or al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, Boko-Haram, etc) is Islamic, there is less chance that ISIS will be able to recruit other Muslims to its efforts; and, there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world — even a small percentage of that number matters.

To add legitimacy to his argument, Obama states a truth: “It is a lie… We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” That is an interesting statement. Why does the perversion of Islam have anything to do with America being at war?

The President made this same point in a speech on last year’s anniversary of 9/11:

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. … ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. Read more.

kurds.fleeA similar statement was made by counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan in a 2010 speech before the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” and said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”  In this same line of thought, State Department official Marie Harf recently stated on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” “We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether –” I cannot imagine that the reason why Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri successfully formed al-Qaeda from the hills of Afghanistan was because Muslims needed a jobs program. It is almost as if the more our leadership opens their mouths about Islamists the more foolish America looks.

Actually, public statements on the disconnect between Islam and ever-present terror activities began with President George W. Bush shortly after 9/11. President Bush is quoted in the Time.com article to have stated:

“These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith, and it’s important for my fellow Americans to understand that,” Bush said, as the rubble in lower Manhattan still smoldered. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”

The problem for the Administration, of course, is that from time to time the truth comes out. In a press conference last year, Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and Chuck Hagel, then-Secretary of Defense, made this statement:

“It is possible to contain them,” Dempsey said, in a Pentagon press conference alongside the defence secretary, Chuck Hagel. “They can be contained, but not in perpetuity. This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.”

“Apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision” — does that sound like a terror organization or a religious one? Since when do terrorists have an end-of-days, apocalyptic vision?

It is inconceivable that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. Islam at its very root is violent. Peace in Islam only occurs after dominion and subjection of its subjects has occurred, and to the particular branch within Islam that those in power adhere to.

The Middle East is almost entirely Muslim today and 1,400 years ago it was the heart-beat of Christianity. What happened to the Christians? Historian Philip Jenkins in his book, the Lost History of Christianity puts it this way:

Given that the destruction of Christianity has not been much studied, we can make certain general observations, stressing above all the role of states. Though churches may lose political influence under Christian states or in predominantly Christian societies, though they might be secularized, they do not vanish. … In most of these cases, churches collapsed or vanished because they were unable to cope with the pressures placed upon them by hostile regimes, mainly Muslim. While religions might sicken and fade, they do not die of their own accord: they must be killed.1

If Islam is a religion of peace why isn’t there peace in Syria? Or Iraq? Or Yemen? Or Libya? Or Africa? Or Egypt? Or Bahrain? Or Iran? Or any country where Sharia law is practiced? Why isn’t there peace between Sunnis and Shias throughout the Muslim world? Methodists and Baptists may disagree on key elements of Scripture but when was the last time you saw them beheading one another in the name of Jesus Christ?

Former Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi

Former Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi

Is it possible that America’s leaders are using their own version of “al-taqiyya“? Taqiyya is the Islamic doctrine that supports lying when to do so advances Islam and its objectives. One source quotes a Bukhari Hadith as follows:

“Allah’s Apostle said, “Who is willing to kill Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?” Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?” The Prophet said, “Yes,” Muhammad bin Maslama said, “Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab). “The Prophet said, “You may say it.” Hadith 5.59.369 (Read more)

Joseph Goebbels is reported to have said “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, eventually it becomes the truth.” It appears that America’s leaders have resorted to deception to win a war. They have opted for a lie rather than the truth. The more they tell it, the more we are supposed to believe it. Yet, I do not think their strategy is working. ISIS has reared its ugly head all the while our leaders have been telling us that Islamists are terrorists whose motivation has nothing to do with Islam. If the world believed our leaders, ISIS would never have risen up; nor al-Qaeda or al-Shabaab or Boko Harram. If the world believed our leaders, why is there a dramatic rise in anti-Islam movements all over the non-Muslim world? The world does not believe American leaders. The world has come to understand the deception so easily seen in our leaders. In fact, the more we cry non-Muslim, the more the world is interpreting Muslim.

It has been almost fourteen years since 9/11 occurred. It was the Fall of 2001 when I first started down the road to understand why someone would kill 3,000 innocents all the while giving glory to god in the chilling words, “Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar” (god is great, god is great). Death in the name of Allah will never give evidence that Islam is a religion of peace, in fact, precisely the contrary. Muslims may be a peaceful group by and large; but Allah is not a god of peace. He is darkness, evil, and death, and ISIS is the clearest example in the modern-day that his messenger, Muhammad, is anything but a messenger of peace. It was Jesus, not Muhammad, who said:

Matthew 7:17-20 (NASB) “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits.

If fruit reveals the tree then the tree is a tree of evil. In my research on my book, I came across the most revealing statement of the “tree” I have read to date:

Special Dispatch No. 2845 … Egyptian Cleric Wagdi Ghneim on HAMAS’ Al-Aqsa TV: “We Pray to Allah That We Be Terrorists, If Terror Means Jihad.”

“We are a nation that excels in the production of the art of death … I will die anyway, so I should be creative to make sure my death is for the sake of Allah.” Later, he said: “Brothers, we pray to Allah that we be terrorists, if terror means Jihad for the sake of Allah.”

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

 

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  1. As cited in Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, footnote 134 []

Will you post a review of my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist?

book_cover_3Greetings blog subscribers. Someone told me recently that the greater the number of reviews to a book, the higher Amazon will list it in searches. If you have read my book would you help me increase my rankings by writing a short review? At this point, I have 9 reviews. My goal is to increase that to 25 this year. Here is the link to write your review:

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Blessings.

Jack

Abdullah’s Death and the Fall of Yemen to Houthis – Will Iran see the will of Allah?

Jamkaran Mosque (courtesy of mahdiwatch.org)

Jamkaran Mosque (courtesy of mahdiwatch.org) The “hiding place” of the Hidden Imam

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was president of Iran, a documentary was produced entitled, “The Coming is Upon Us” (translated into English by Reza Kahlili (former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who spied for the CIA; author of “A Time To Betray“)).  The purpose of the documentary was to reveal a series of events that needed to take place before the “Islamic savior,” Muhammad “al-Mahdi,” (also called the “12th Imam” and the “Hidden Imam”)1 “emerged.”2

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  1. Al-Mahdi is called the 12th Imam because Shias believe he was born in 869 A.D., the son of the 11th Imam, Hasan al-Askari, who met an untimely death at the hands of the Sunnis. The son’s name was Muhammad bin Hasan and he assumed his role as Imam at age 5 upon the death of his father, the 11th Imam. He went into “hiding,” referred to by Shias as “occultation” to protect his life from the Sunnis that killed his father. He is called “Hidden Imam” because Shias believe he never died but went into hiding and has been in hiding ever since the late 9th century (about 1,200 years!). []
  2. Muhammad al-Mahdi is said to “emerge” because Shias believe he will “reappear” from his hiding or occultation at the precise moment when Allah commands him. He will not be “resurrected” because resurrection implies death and Shias do not believe al-Mahdi ever died. When he emerges, he will do so not as the 12th Imam but Muhammad al-Mahdi, the last Imam, and the Messianic savior of the world. Shias also believe that al-Mahdi’s present hiding place is a mosque in the small village of Jamkaran tucked in a corner of Iran. Behind the mosque is a well that the Mahdi or 12th imam will one day emerge from. Shias believe that al-Mahdi appears among their midst annually but no one recognizes him. He returns to his hiding place, the well at Jamkaran Mosque, as he awaits the command of Allah to emerge as the Mahdi. Shias believe that when al-Mahdi emerges he will continue the bloodline of Muhammad through Ali and Fatima (Muhammad’s daughter). Muhammad is reported to have said, “The world would not continue but for that day wherein Allah will send a man from the family of my house. The Mahdi will be from my family, from the descendants of Fatima. See Islam the Cloak of Antichrist and references cited therein, page 188. []

Duke University Reverses Muslim Call to Prayer Decision

Which is worse? To have approved the Muslim call-to-prayer in the first place or to  reverse the decision after pressure?

In a week of media frenzy, Duke University officials made this initial statement on Monday 1/12/15:

“This opportunity [to allow the Muslim call-to-prayer] represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission,” added Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life. “It connects the university to national trends in religious accommodation. Read more.

Duke Memorial Chapel

The decision by Duke University officials called for the Muslim call-to-prayer, or “adhan,” to be given from the Duke Memorial Chapel bell tower every Friday, much like the call-to-prayer ushers from the pinnacle of a minaret at a mosque five times a day.1 In an editorial from the Raleigh News and Observer, Duke University’s decision was described as a stand for religious diversity and pluralism:

Duke has taken a different approach, however. It supports religious groups in their particularities and practices. With separate centers for Christian, Jewish and Muslim life and with dedicated prayer rooms for Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists, Duke responds to religious diversity not by reducing all traditions to one common denominator but by attempting to let each religious group on campus express itself in its own unique way. Read more.

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  1. “Adhan, literally in Arabic, “announcement” is and in the Shari’ah it means the announcement made in specific words at the time of salat. It was introduced in the first year of the Hijrah at Madinah. The cause of its introduction, in the opinion of the Imamis, was that Gabriel came down with the adhan in a message from God to the Prophet (S). The Sunnis say that ‘Abd Allah ibn Zayd saw a dream in which he was taught the adhan by someone. When he related his dream to the Prophet (S), he approved it. See http://www.al-islam.org/shiite-encyclopedia-ahlul-bayt-dilp-team/call-prayer-according-five-islamic-schools-law, accessed January 20, 2015. []

Temple Mount – Where the concealed prayers of a Jew hasten the Tribulation

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Picture from Templeinstitute.org

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the most contested land in the world, and for good reason. Two of the world’s monotheistic religions lay claim to the site but for different reasons. The Temple Mount is considered by Jews to be the site of both Solomon’s and Herod’s temples, and the ancient location of the holiest site on the planet, the Holy of Holies, that place where the presence of God literally dwelt. 1 Kings 8:11 NASB. To Muslims, the “Haraam al-Sharif” (translated, “Noble Sanctuary”) is the location of the Dome of the Rock1 and al-Aqsa Mosque. (Read more). The entire site is considered a mosque in Islam. Further, to Muslims, the site is where Abraham bound Ishmael, his first-born son by Hagar, for intended sacrifice. Hagar was Abraham’s slave woman to whom a barren wife, Sarah, bedded her husband. Genesis 16:2 NASB. To  Christians, Hagar was the bondwoman of the flesh (Galatians 4:22-23 NASB). To Jews, it was not Ishmael that was bound, but Isaac, the second-born of Abraham and the son-of-promise by Sarah, his wife (Genesis 17:19). These two sons are the fathers of two ancient peoples, Arabs and Jews, and the enmity that has existed since the days of their youth (Psalm 83:2-8 NASB) continues to fuel conflict in the modern day.

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  1. The Dome of the Rock is the oldest building in Islam. Its construction is in the shape of an eight-sided geometric creation described as “three rectangles encompassing a circle.” Its interior and exterior walls are emboldened with Arabic script quoting from the Qur’an and embellishing Muhammad as the messenger of Islam and Jesus not to be the Son of God (see my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, chapter 6). []

Egyptian President Abd al-Sisi – “We need to revolutionize our religion”

President Hollande Receives Egyptian Counterpart Al-Sisi - Paris

Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s made an historic speech before a large group of Muslim religious scholars and clerics gathered to celebrate the birth of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. The speech occurred on December 28, 2014 at Al Azhar University in Cairo, regarded by many as the world’s leading Sunni Muslim institution of learning.1 MEMRI video and English translation can be found here. I have excerpted below key points from President al-Sisi’s speech:

… and we are not doing enough with regard to true religious discourse. The problem has never been with our faith. Perhaps the problem lies with ideology, and this ideology is sanctified among us. … I am talking to the religious scholars and clerics. We must take a long, hard look at the current situation. … It is inconceivable that the ideology that we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing, and destruction all over the world. It is inconceivable that this ideology, I am referring not to “religion” but to “ideology” — the body of ideas and texts that we have sanctified in the course of centuries, to the point that challenging them has become very difficult. It has reached the point that (this ideology) has become hostile to the entire world. Is it conceivable that 1.6 billion (Muslims) would kill the world’s population of 7 billion, so that they could live (on their own)? This is inconceivable. I say these things here, at Al-Azhar, before religious clerics and scholars. … You cannot see things clearly when you are locked (in this ideology). You must emerge from it and look from outside in order to get closer to a truly enlightened ideology. You must oppose it with resolve. Let me say again: We need to revolutionize our religion. Honorable Imam: (the Grand Sheik of Al-Azhar)2: you bear responsibility before Allah. The world in its entirety awaits your words because the Islamic nation is being torn apart, destroyed, and is heading to perditon. We ourselves are bringing it to perdition.

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The last statement President al-Sisi makes is significant. He lays responsibility at none other than the #2 leading Muslim of influence in the world3, Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar University. Even though the Grand Imam has denounced the Islamic State (Here), apparently President al-Sisi believes that in order to truly save Islam, more must be done. The Sunni Muslim leadership must “revolutionize our religion”  because it has become “hostile to the world.” (There were no Shias at the meeting so it is doubtful that Islam will be revolutionized so long as Shias await the time of their revenge against Sunnis. Read my book for more.)

The quest for world dominion by Islamist groups such as the Islamic State, HAMAS, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and similar terrorist organizations is publicly acknowedged by al-Sisi’s statements. He makes a profound and revealing statement when he says:  “Is it conceivable that 1.6 billion (Muslims) would kill the world’s population of 7 billion, so that they could live (on their own)? This is inconceivable.”

Perhaps we should look at Scripture to see if the ideology that has been “sanctified” in Islam is prophesied in Scripture:

Revelation 13:7-8 (NASB) It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Daniel 7:23 (NASB) “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it.

President al-Sisi represents non-Islamist Muslims all over the world, Muslims who value peace, the right of all to chose their own religion, and to do so without prejudice or the threat of personal injury. He is a breath of fresh air in Islam.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings and Happy New Year.

Jack

 

Footnotes to post:
  1. Al Azhar is today the chief centre of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world. It was founded in 970 by the Sunni Fatimids as a centre of Islamic learning. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Azhar_University accessed January 6, 2015 []
  2. The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar is a “respectable prestigious Sunni Islam title and a prominent official title in Egypt, and is considered by some Muslims to be the highest authority in Sunni Islamic thought and Islamic jurisprudence… The current Grand Imam of Al-Azhar is Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Imam_of_al-Azhar accessed January 6, 2015 []
  3. according to the Top 50 report of the world’s top 500 Muslims []

Iran and Russia – As Oil Prices Fall do the End-Times Rise Near?

iranian.alliance.12.17.2014.croppedA map can tell a story, particularly, when strategic locations all point to one common denominator. In this case, a nation — Iran, and the specific Muslim sect, Shia Islam, that comprises 90% of its population. Check the map and those locations colored in orange, all of which have been significantly influenced by Iran or have announced publicly to be an ally of Iran. Does Bible prophecy in the end-of-days reveal a nation or group, the characteristics of which, Iran (and Shiism) fulfills? If so, believers need take notice. The Scriptures tell us — God will not initiate matters of importance without first informing His prophets, and they, His people. Amos 3:7 NASB Genesis 18:17 NASB Psalms 25:14 NASB.

1. Iran. Iran is Shia Muslim, specifically, the Twelver sect of Shiism, and Persian. As a nation, Iran is the north shore of the Persian Gulf through which much of the Middle East’s oil flows by tanker.1

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  1. The key passageway of the Persian Gulf (as well as one of its most exposed places to danger) is the Strait of Hormuz, just to the southern-most border of Iran. The Strait of Hormuz is the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the oceans and is one of the world’s most strategically important choke points. At its narrowest, the strait is 21 nautical miles wide. About 20% of the world’s petroleum, and about 35% of the petroleum traded by sea, passes through the strait making it a highly important strategic location for international trade. Whomever controls the Strait of Hormuz controls the oil outflow of 20% of the world’s petroleum, most of which originates from Saudi Arabia. In response to economic sanctions led by the United States, Iran has made threats to militarily close the Strait of Hormuz to oil shipping; but the problem for Iran is that any closure of the Strait of Hormuz impacts Iran’s own economy. And, even if Iran “holds the key” to the outbound door at the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy warships sitting in the Arabian Sea are not the easiest to slip a tanker by! The impracticalities of Iran exercising its threat are apparent to all. []