Lone wolf in Canada – Allah’s tribe distinguishes itself again

 Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video in Ottawa, October 22, 2014.

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video in Ottawa, October 22, 2014.

There probably is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing the saving power of the Lord Christ in the life of a new convert to Jesus Christ. As a pastor “working in the trenches,” I am blessed to see this regularly. Just a few weeks ago, a husband and his wife stood before me as I led him in prayer to receive Christ. I remember hearing his voice breaking as he prayed, only to finish the prayer and observe tears streaming down his face. As I watched him lead his family from the church that day, the smile on his face could only be explained as the pure joy of the risen Lord. I think there is no greater evidence of the reality of the love of God in Christ than a changed heart and changed life, all the result of humbling oneself before a mighty God who transforms us from the inside out into a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB.

Ever been in a group and the conversation turned to religion? How about Islam and Christianity? I recently found myself in conversation with a friend and the question was asked whether Allah and God are the same?

How might one answer? I suggest we look at what happened in Canada:

Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city.

Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun burst into the Center Block of Parliament, pursued by police. He died after dozens of shots rang out a few yards away from where Harper was talking to his legislators.

The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country,” Harper said. “Canadians will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic.”

Harper pledged to speed up a plan already under way to bolster Canadian laws and police powers in the areas of “surveillance, detention and arrest.”

The killing of the Canadian soldier was the second this week with a possible link to Islamist militants. A convert to Islam on Monday ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, near Montreal, before being shot dead by police.

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The gunman in Canada is reported to be a recent convert to Islam. Regardless of whether that proves to be true, the point remains: Why would a Muslim use violence to glorify his god? And what does that say about his god if the use of violence is seen as a means to identify with or bring glory to that god?

To answer the question, I offer the difference between a new Muslim convert and a new Christian convert. A convert to Islam takes up arms because Muhammad, the perfect role model and messenger of Islam, revealed the word of Allah in Qur’an 9:5, 47:4 and many other Quranic passages, to the end that “smiting the necks” of the unbelievers becomes not only a belief, but a duty of virtue that one pursues. In some cases, converts to Islam who had never before contemplated murder as an option now see it not only as an option but a virtue rewarded in the afterlife. In these cases, the convert may become the “lone wolf,” unpredictable and threatening to society. In a recent Congressional Research Report (#7-5700, R41416 (January 23, 2013) by Jerome P. Bjelopera), there have been 63 “homegrown” violent jihadist plots in the United States since 9/11/2001.  Since 2009, there has been an “apparent expansion of terrorist activity in the Untied States (through December 2012),” resulting in arrests for 42 “homegrown,” jihadist-inspired terrorist plots, all of which were conducted by American citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. (See CRS R41416, p. 1).

American Adam Gadahn Al Qaeda Senior Operative

American Adam Gadahn
Al Qaeda Senior Operative

We might liken what happened in Canada to the “homegrown lone-wolf” terrorist described in CRS R41416 above cited. The effectiveness of provoking fear in the minds of innocent civilians is a major purpose of Salafi-Islamists such as Al Qaeda or the Islamic State, even if the provocation is a single shooter with a shotgun as appears to be the case in Canada. The CRS report above cited states, “For example, the media wing of Al Qaeda, As Sahab, released an English language video in March, 2010, entitled, “A Call to Arms,” featuring American-born spokesperson Adam Gadahn. In the video, Gadahn extols Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as a “trailblazer” who did not attract law enforcement attention by training abroad or relying on conspirators.  Gadahn encourages would-be terrorists to select realistically hittable targets that are familiar to them and have some broadly symbolic—especially economic resonance (see full video here. video analysis here).

This is precisely what happened in Canada. The lone wolf attacked a high profile location – Parliament – so as to generate the highest level of public reaction.

In another video, Gadahn (June 2011 English language video) even more clearly emphasized lone wolf operations. In the video he suggests that the ease of weapon purchases in the United States allows for the ease of conducting jihadi operations at the center of one’s locality (see video here):

Let’s take America as an example. America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?

The CRS report above (p. 12) distinguishes between “radicalization” and “violent extremism.” In America and other Western countries (Canada, for example), it is not illegal to adopt, express, or disseminate ideas, even hateful and extremist ones. Hence, the radicalization of Muslims is not illegal in free societies. But when radicalized individuals mobilize their views (that is, they move from a radicalized viewpoint to membership in a terrorist group, or to planning, materially supporting, or executing terrorist activity) then the nation’s public safety and security interests are activated. Thus radicalized views become “violent extremism” as violent action takes place.

Recently, Americans reacted with horror when recent convert to Islam, Alton Nolen, beheaded one of his coworkers and stabbed another before being shot. Reports are that Nolen attempted to convert his coworkers to Islam but to no avail. When he was fired, he reacted by using violence against those working with him. One aritcle reports:

“He comes out, tries to assimilate with a local mosque, is spurred on by videos and Internet postings by groups like ISIS, and then the incident at his workplace — a perceived wrong against him — becomes the catalyst that trips the trigger in his mind to move from jihadi thoughts to violent action,” Dunleavy added.

I suppose the problem for law enforcement is how to predict when radicalization will become violent extremism? And whether the motivation is simply an act of obedience to Allah and his Muhammad or retribution for a wrong suffered?

Do you know of any new converts to Christianity who have “radicalized” to the point of using violence as an act of obedience to Christ? Any who have become “violent extremists” to advance Christianity? In my Google searches, I find none. In fact, the only evidence I find of Christians being involved in violence has been when they are former Muslims who have converted to Christianity and have become victims as Muslim apostates subject to the death penalty. I know what some are thinking. What about the Crusades? Are you serious? The Crusades were launched for the same reason that Obama launched air strikes on Iraq and Syria. To save human life. Muslims in the Middle East were annihilating Christianity and the Crusades were launched as a reaction to the Muslim sword. (It is quite OK with me if you post to the heavens on that point. I will stand with the martyrs of Revelation 6:10 awaiting the vengeance of the Lord. If you want to stand on the side of Islam don’t tell the Lord you weren’t told!)

It seems to me that the first steps a believer takes are those most revealing of the god in whom they believe. They are like baby-steps that reveal the nature and extent of one’s connection to the “parent” that feeds them. When lone-wolf converts to Islam (or matured jihadis) commit violent extremist actions they reveal the god in whom they serve. Allah is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as revealed in Jesus Christ. Allah is another god, a god of darkness. He is satan’s representative masquerading as God and the lone wolf of Islam reveals him for who he truly is. 2 Corinthians 11:14, Revelation 13:3-4.

Jesus come quickly.

Jack

 

 

 

 

Countering Violent Extremism – It Begins with the Truth

kenya.2The Baltimore Sun, January 21, 2014, editorial commentary by CAIR Representative  of Maryland, Zainab Chaudry:

Earlier this month, 28-year-old Todd Wheeler Jr. of Glen Burnie [Maryland] was arrested on charges of making explosives. Had they detonated, the radius of the blast could have caused extensive damage, deaths and injuries. Also this month, Ellicott City [Maryland] resident Mohammad Hassan Khalid was scheduled to be sentenced for conspiring to aid terrorists. Mr. Khalid was a bright teenager with a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University at the time of his arrest two years ago. … . There is no easy answer for what compels people like them to venture out on the dark path that leads to destruction, loss of life and prison. But the more important question is: “How can they be stopped?” This requires frank dialogue, and not only examination of factors that promote terrorism, but also our individual and collective roles in preemptive intervention.  (Read rest of commentary here)

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President Abbas “Claims” Jesus in Christmas Eve Speech

West_Bank_&_Gaza_Map_2007_(Settlements)Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his Christmas Eve address from Bethlehem extended greetings to the world on the occasion of the birthday of Christ 2000 years ago.  Abbas stated:

“Palestine, the Holy Land, extends its warmest seasonal greetings to the peoples of the world on the holy occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ, peace be upon him. In Bethlehem, more than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born; a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world. As we Palestinians strive for our freedom two millennia later, we do our best to follow his example. We work with hope, seeking justice, in order to achieve a lasting peace. Read more.

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The Evils of Christmas According to the Qur’an

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The Evil of Christmas Poster

It is the favorite time of the year for most Christians. The celebration of the birth of Christ will be replete with Christmas pageants, children’s concerts, candlelight services, and Midnight Masses, all seeking to commemorate the birth so long ago of the one and only Begotten One, Messiah Jesus, the Son of God. Yet, if history repeats itself, it will be a time that sees a rise in “terror” attacks against Christians by Islamist Muslims.  It seems that Christmas tends to bring out the worst in the religion of peace. To illustrate, a recent Muslim propaganda campaign entitled “the evils of Christmas,” was launched by an Islamist organization in the UK that has been banned for its “hate” statements. The DailyMail reports as follows:

Fanatics from a banned Islamic hate group have launched a nationwide poster campaign denouncing Christmas as evil. Organisers plan to put up thousands of placards around the UK claiming the season of goodwill is responsible for rape, teenage pregnancies, abortion, promiscuity, crime and pedophilia. They hope the campaign will help ‘destroy Christmas’ in this country and lead to Britons converting to Islam instead. Read more

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The Hajj and Eid al-Adha – Islam’s search for a lamb continues

As I write these words, Muslims have just completed the Hajj, their annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj occurs during the twelfth and final month of the Muslim lunar calendar, the month, Dhu al-Hijjah. Over 2 million pilgrims from all over the world (down from last year’s 3.1 mill due to the threat of the MERS virus ) congregate at Mecca to worship at the Kaaba, Islam’s black-cubed structure located in the center of the Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The annual gathering this year was on the 13th- 18th days of Dhu al-Hijjah (October, this year). The pilgrims encircled the Kaaba seven times, counter-clockwise (called “circumambulation”), in imitation of angels encircling the heavenly throne of Allah.  On the seventh time, the pilgrims caress or kiss the Black Stone, a meteor-like object, located in the eastern corner of the Kaaba (Muslims believe the ancient stone was brought to Abraham by the Angel Gabriel while constructing the Kaaba with Ishmael).1 Upon contact with the Black Stone, pilgrims believe it somehow absorbs their sins.  According to tradition, the stone was originally white but turned black after absorbing the sins of the many pilgrims who have touched it.2 The ritual is completed with a salute to the stone demonstrating renewal of covenant with Allah.

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  1. “Kaaba.” In The Islamic World: Past and Present., edited by John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/article/opr/t243/e179. []
  2. Ibid. []

Kenya Mujahideen – Islam at its worst or something else?

Behind Enemy Lines.blog.map.2Two Americans and perhaps a Brit — on Kenyan soil joining forces with “al-Shabaab” (literally, “the youth” in Arabic) in the murder of at least 62 innocent people? Who is “al-Shabaab,” and what are Americans doing with a Somali based terrorist organization murdering innocent civilians — after all, Americans don’t do such things! Right? What is going on in a world when anyone can justify such senseless evil?

On Monday, September 23, 2013, CBS News reported that over sixty people had been killed in an upscale mall in Nairobi. The al-Qaeda linked group, “al-Shabaab,”  claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that “it was in retaliation for the 2011 involvement of Kenyan forces in their country [Somalia] to fight the Islamic insurgents.” Kenya shares its eastern border with neighboring Somalia, and in 2011, Kenyan government soldiers assisted the Somalia government in ousting al-Shabaab from areas of Somalia. According to State Department Reports, al-Shabaab (aka “The Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin; al-Shabab; Shabaab; the Youth; Mujahidin al-Shabaab Movement; Mujahideen Youth Movement; Mujahidin Youth Movement”) was labeled a terrorist organization in 2008 by the United States. The group is the militant wing of the former Somali Islamic Courts Council that took over parts of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006. Al-Shabaab has led a violent insurgency using guerrilla warfare and terrorist tactics against the “Transitional Federal Government” (TFG) of Somalia, and takes its name from the youth that were militarized by Islamists to become its soldiers (“mujahideen”) and its leaders. (Read more). (Read more). In 2012, al-Shabaab pledged loyalty to al Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri, who took command of al Qaeda after U.S. commandos killed the movement’s founder, Osama bin Laden, last May.

kenyaThe State Department reports the following activities of al-Shabaab:

In its first attack outside of Somalia, al-Shabaab was responsible for the July 11, 2010 suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda during the World Cup, which killed nearly 76 people, including one American citizen. Al-Shabaab’s attacks continued apace in 2011, and resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 people. Among al-Shabaab’s most deadly 2011 attacks were a string of armed assaults in May that killed over 120 people, a June attack on AMISOM peacekeepers that killed 13, and an October vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack on a government compound in Mogadishu that killed more than 70 people, including nine children. Al-Shabaab also killed the TFG Minister of Interior in June.

According to State Department officials, al-Shabaab is estimated to include over fifty Americans, some of whom are from the Minnesota area (a specific Minneapolis neighborhood known as “Little Mogadishu.”). (Read more).  (Read more).

kenya.2In an interview with Kenyan Foreign Minister, Amina Muhamad, she reported that at least two Americans were a part of the attack on the Westgate Mall as well as one British woman. United States officials are investigating the reports of the involvement of U.S. citizens or residents. In many reports, the following statement has surfaced:

The militants specifically targeted non-Muslims, and at least 18 foreigners were among the dead, including six Britons, as well as citizens from France, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China. Five Americans were among the wounded.

What does it matter whether the militants included Americans or not? Because Americans do not believe these things will happen in America. When Americans, citizen or resident, are involved in Islamist attacks on foreign soil, it is evidence for what we already know to be the case – but are afraid to admit. The “Boston Marathon massacre” will happen again. If American Muslims assisted in Kenya, they will do the same here, it is only a matter of time. Boston and Kenya were carried out by Islamists. In fact, the Islamists specifically targeted non-Muslims. According to reports, Muslims were escorted off the Mall property before the attack began:

Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia with ties to Nairobi’s Eastleigh district and whose most recent attack of this scale came July 2010 in Uganda’s capital, claimed responsibility for the carnage and vowed not to negotiate with Kenyan authorities. It claimed that “all Muslims” were escorted from the mall before the attack, suggesting its targets were people who didn’t believe in their extreme form of Islam.

How does anyone justify the killing of young and old, men, women and children, all the while as they shop at a mall? This is evil at its darkest. It is humanity given over to evil by virtue of having chosen evil. It is the same depth of darkness that is permeating the world we live in from the Boston Marathon bombing to 9/11 to Aaron Alexis to Adam Lanza to James Holmes to Major Nidal Malik Hasan to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – and now Nairobi, Kenya.  The enemy is actually not Islam. Islam is one of his covers, one of his cloaks under which he operates (Ezekiel 28:16 NASB) (Read more). Satan is the enemy (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7 NASB) and as his lawlessness increases (Matthew 24:12 NASB) so we know that he gains greater power and influence in a world given over to its anti-god choices (Romans 1:28-32 NASB).

Revelation 18:24 (NASB) 24  “And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”

Revelation 19:20 (NASB) 20  And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

 

 

“Suffer little children to come unto Me … and forbid them not…” Cleric Kills 5-Year old daugher.

Luke 18:16 (KJV) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

I suppose Muslim cleric Fayhan al-Ghamdi considers himself justified in the sight of Allah by his recent actions. According to news reports, the Saudi cleric’s five-year-old daughter was repeatedly raped and tortured (news reports do not say by whom), resulting in her back being broken. The cleric, a popular and regular preacher on Saudi TV, had his daughter’s virginity checked by a Saudi medic. Upon finding it gone missing, he inflicted his version of justice upon her: he caned her and burnt her prior wounds using cables (electric?) until she passed away much like her virginity had.

Saudi Cleric - pays $50,000 fine for murder!

Saudi Cleric – pays $50,000 fine for murder!

In cases of homicide and certain types of personal injury, Islamic justice favors the payment of “blood money” (“diyyah“) to the victim’s nearest relative rather than retribution.1 It seems that Allah’s intent for mercy is more clearly revealed in a financial payment to the victim’s relatives rather than an enduring a jail sentence for the guilty (or even the death penalty; as I recall, the hands of thieves are cut-off in Saudi Arabia. Any ideas what might be cut-off in this case for justice to prevail?) The Islamic judge determined $50,000 was sufficient compensation for the life of the innocent five-year old girl. Only one problem: sharia law required the payment to the victim’s closest relative, in this case the child’s mother.  I wonder how that will play out before Allah on judgment day?  The guilty father pays $50,000 to his wife for killing their daughter? Where is the justice in that?

saudi.cleric.daugherThe Qur’an puts it this way:

“We grant the Home in the Hereafter to those who do not seek superiority on earth or spread corruption: the happy ending is awarded to those who are mindful of God. Quran 28:83 (Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem).

How can any person consider the judge’s sentence as just? How can any person consider Islamic law as just when a five-year old child is brutally raped till her back is broken, and then she endures death at the hands of her daddy because she dishonored him when her virginity went missing? Any law (“religion” or otherwise) that “rights a wrong” by a payment of $50,000 by a father/husband to the mother/wife of the victim daughter is simply a darkness so deep that it has blinded the minds of its adherents to truth. The day will come when daddy will face the One True God, and the reward given will be quite different from the Qur’anic “happy ending awarded to those who are mindful of [Allah].” (Quran 28:83).

I find but one New Testament passage relevant to understanding such a darkness:

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NASB) 11  For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

I will take Jesus’ version of what is mindful to God, not the Qur’an’s. In Jesus’ words, Heaven belongs to children — not the other way around.

  1.  “Diyyah.” In The Oxford Dictionary of Islam.   Ed. John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. []