One of the most dangerous worldviews to freedom and to anyone who isn’t a Muslim is that of the Muslim worldview. The Muslim worldview is based on the Muslim religion, which is Islam.
God is so amazing and His timing is always perfect. I started writing this blog about three weeks ago. In fact, I could have put out this blog on the Muslim worldview before I put out last week’s blog on the worldviews of Socialism and Communism, but I chose to hold off until this week. I never thought as to why this week would be better than last week. But God knew. For, the Muslim attacks happened in Paris on Friday November 13, 2015 killing over one hundred and twenty-seven people and hurting over 350 more people. So, more than ever, you need to know about the Muslim worldview and what it means to the world. When you finish reading this blog I hope you have a better understanding of what the world is facing. I hope you also understand the difference between the worldviews of Christianity and Islam.
This is fairly long blog on the Muslim worldview, so I have broken it up in sections again so that you can read it at your leisure, with stopping and starting places. You may want to read just one section a day, since this is at least a full week’s worth of blogging. But, please do not give up on it, because this worldview is something that every Christian and every American needs to truly understand.
The First Big Lie
“I have met men who are habitual liars. They have lied so long that they no longer can distinguish between the truth and a lie. Their sensitivity to sin has been almost completely deadened.”
– (p. 135. Billy Graham in Quotes, c. 2011)
In America there are towns like Detroit that have large populations of Muslims. We also may have Muslims living next door in almost every neighborhood. As Christians, we love everyone and think nothing about the many different ethnic and religious groups that are living in our country. Furthermore, most people think nothing of hearing about the large enclaves of Muslims in Great Britain, France, and Spain, because we care about people. In fact, most people in America did not pay particular attention to Muslims or their religion of Islam until 9/11 of 2001. On that day, the Muslim religion of Islam, which had fueled the hijackers’ hatred of the West, brought down the twin towers in New York City. Muslim terrorists had hijacked two large passenger airplanes and had flown them directly into the twin towers.
But there was more than just those two planes that were going to be used as missiles to take down buildings and kill Americans that day. On that same day, 9/11, the Pentagon was also hit by a large hijacked passenger airplane as well, killing all the people on the plane and many in the building. However, the terrorists had other plans too, for the Muslim terrorists had actually developed a three-prong attack. They had taken over another large passenger airplane and were planning on flying it and all its passengers into the White House at the same time that all the other airplanes hit the twin towers and the pentagon. But their planned failed.
Their plan failed because Americans stopped them. Although many lives were lost, some very brave patriotic men and women on board the last airplane took down the Muslim terrorists and crashed that last airplane before it could get into position to fly into the White House. It crashed in a Pennsylvania field. With their belief in God and their love for their country and through their reliance on God’s help for strength and courage, several brave passengers were able to keep that airplane from killing even hundreds more people, although they knew that they would lose their own lives if the plane went down. They all died a hero’s death that day.
America certainly had a wake-up call that morning to a worldview whose religion promotes hatred of all Jews and all Christians as well as hatred for the Capitalistic endeavors of the United States. Oh we had all heard some things about the Muslim worldview, but it wasn’t until these people (jihadists) terrorized and opened war on the United States that we started to see what lies and true hatred can inspire. But to keep an entire group of people (Muslims) and their religion in particular (Islam) from being wholeheartedly blamed for what our government perceived as just a few rogue jihadist Muslim men doing something terrible, the Truth of the Islamic religion and the Muslim worldview was covered up.
Our government went out of its way to tell the American people that Islam is a religion of peace and that most Muslims love everyone. But, love is not a part of the Muslim culture or worldview. That was the first big lie, and it was told over and over again by the media. (Now, I am not saying that all Muslims hate Americans, but their religion creates a worldview that makes it hard for them to see anything worthwhile in an individual that is not a Muslim. For, the lies of their religion promote the taking over of the world and the riddance of all Christians and Jews or of anyone who does not accept Allah and Mohammed's religion of Islam).
Shortly after 9/11, American’s who looked for the Truth were stunned by the things that they found out about Muslims, their religion and their worldview. For example, did you know that some Muslim sects practice honor killings of daughters who date non-Muslims? Women are stoned for having an affair. Sometimes, there are even court-ordered gang rapes of adulteresses or perceived (facts are not an issue) adulteresses. Thieves have their hands cut-off if caught, and in some areas they practice female circumcision to keep the female from enjoying sex. Islam is a religion of control through Sharia Law.
Islam is not a loving religion, and it takes away individual freedom. It is actually a religion of submission and subjugation with the men being the enforcers of that submission; whether it is a husband enforcing the submission of his demands and laws upon his wife and children or it is the religious elders and leaders who enforce the submission of religious and civil rules and regulations upon the men. All this submission is to ultimately submit to the will of Allah, their god.
The Second Big Lie
The second big lie that has been told by Muslims, our government leaders and many others is that Allah is just another name for God. But that is not true. Allah is not the same as our God. Mohammed himself ridiculed the God of the Jews and Christians for mistakenly thinking that we were worshipping three different gods. Our God and Allah are not synonymous. To reach other people and tell them the Truth, we have to truly shine our Christ-light in the way we live, act, and care about people. We have to be willing to be Christ’s example here on earth. However, in order to mentor or to share Christ with a Muslim, we should first know about their worldview and understand about their belief in Allah.
Mohammed’s god, Allah, comes from a combination of the pagan's gods and the Christian and Jewish God. In his travels with his uncle, Mohammed was introduced to all the pagan gods and goddesses as well as to the Christian’s and the Jew’s One and only God. In Mecca, where Mohammed spent a great deal of time in his early life, the pagans’ most senior deity was the moon god Hubal. As time went on, Mohammed took bits and pieces of all their gods and goddesses and even his misunderstood information about our God to come up with his Allah.
The Third Big Lie
The Third Big Lie is the Muslim Worldview and the religion of Islam is a peaceful worldview and religion. But that is not true. In fact from the very beginning Mohammed the leader and prophet established his religion as one of hate and of submission. There is no true peace or love in the Muslim worldview. To truly understand the Muslim worldview, though, we need to go back and look at Mohammed and the words that he dictated for the Qur’an (Koran) and his words that were written down in his biography and the Hadith Sahih al Bukhari.
In order to understand many worldviews today, like those of socialism and communism as well as the Muslim worldview, we have to take a look at the history or the beginnings of that particular worldview to see how it started and how it has progressed. It is important to understand all history so that we are not blindsided by the actions of others or are duped by lies. We cannot simply assume that history is just the telling of old stories and facts that have no value or importance on how we live today. If we do not know and understand what has gone on before us, we are doomed to repeat history or to be blindsided by beliefs that we thought were no longer important.
One of the reasons that Americans’ were taken by surprise on 9/11 is because we failed to teach the history of so many things to each new generation, including the history of Muslims with the United States. However, I am going to give you a great deal of information about the Muslim worldview that I have gleaned from many sources, but specifically from a book by William J. Federer that deals with the United States' interaction with Muslims since the beginnings of our nation. Actually, I will include information from another book by Perry Stone as well. I recommend both these two books.
The Muslim Worldview
(Information about this worldview was taken from: What Every American Needs to Know about the Qur’an: A History of Islam and the United States by William J. Federer who quotes directly from the Qur’an; and from the book, The Eighth Kingdom by Perry Stone who also quotes from the Qur’an).
The Muslim worldview has affected the Middle East and Asia for some time, but is now affecting all the countries of the world, including the United States. In order to understand this worldview, you need to know a little about the Muslim faith starting with the person who initiated this religion. The founder of the Islamic religion was Mohammed. He was born in Arabia in 570 A.D. His parents died early, and he was raised by his uncle. Mohammed and his uncle traveled throughout Syria and Arabia in traveling caravans. It was during these travels that he was introduced to the many false gods and goddesses of the different cultures. He also encountered Jewish people and some Christians.
Mohammed couldn’t read, but he assimilated many of different aspects of the various religions that he encountered including Christianity and Judaism into his thought process to eventually come up with his own religion. Unfortunately, because he was unschooled and could not read, Mohammed often misconstrued information on a particular religion, which is what he did with the Christian and Jewish beliefs.
Early on Mohammed had a desire to know more about these different religions. Perhaps his interest started as early as eight years old. For, it is reported in Mohammed’s first biography that he had an early experience with two supernatural beings who seemed to be out to do him harm. But, they allowed him to live. As time went on Mohammed had other supernatural experiences including hearing voices and talking to those voices or supernatural beings. All of these incidents influenced his overall belief system. Even his treatment from other people influenced him and influenced how he would react to those around him.
At one point in his early life Mohammed lived near Mecca in Arabia. Mecca had a large black meteorite rock that had for years been worshipped as having come from a moon goddess. Eventually, the people of Mecca built a large cube-like building over the rock. They called this building the Kaaba, which in Arabic means cube. The local people placed statues of different gods and goddesses on the stone. Eventually there were over 300 different gods and goddesses represented. People often traveled or made pilgrimages to Mecca to pay their respects to one of these gods or goddesses.
Mecca was also a stopping point for the caravans coming from across the Middle East. Mecca had a large fresh spring there. Even before Mohammed’s time, the caravans traveled through Mecca to replenish their drinking water at the spring and to worship the moon stone and the gods and goddesses that had been placed there at the Kaaba.
As Mohammed grew older, he spent time in the hills around Mecca. There were several small caves in the area outside of Mecca. Then, like the stoics and Christian hermits, ascetics and monks of his day, Mohammed began spending time in self-discipline in these caves. He would go out in the wilderness and find a cave where he could spend time fasting and praying. In 610 A.D. he was in a cave near Mecca when he claimed an angel appeared to him. This wasn’t the first time he had seen a supernatural being. However, this angel squeezed him and forced him to recite whatever the angel said to him. In fact, the word, “Qur’an” actually means “recitation”.
Supposedly, Mohammed had a series of visions from this angel who said his name was Gabriel. (Could Mohammed have heard of an angel named Gabriel from his conversations with the Christians who knew that Gabriel had announced the birth of Jesus to Mary?) After that initial encounter with Gabriel, Mohammed would go and spend several nights a week in the cave. The angel would make him recite over and over again what he had said and then make Mohammed memorize what the angel said. This spirit or angel appeared to Mohammed for twenty-three years giving Mohammed sayings which he would memorize and then recite to others. William Federer, in his book, says that the verses had a musical rhyme to them kind of like our rap music today, which allowed Mohammed and others to easily memorize the verses. Later, Mohammed’s son-in-law compiled the verses into what is today know as the Qur’an (Koran).
On one of those days in the cave the voice of the angel Gabriel supposedly told Mohammed that he had been chosen to be the special messenger of the one and only god. So, Mohammed declared to others that there was only one god, whom he called “Allah” in Arabic. At first, Mohammed told everyone that this god was the same God that the Jews and Christians worshipped. Perhaps this was because he wanted the Christians and Jews to accept his god. But, later when the Christians and Jews turned Mohammed and his religion down, he said that there was a difference between their God and Allah.
Mohammed said the Christians and Jews really worshipped three gods and not just one. (In His book on the Qur’an, William Federer says Mohammed's belief may have something to “Possibly do in part to him being illiterate, Mohammed mistakenly thought Christians worshipped three gods – a male god, a female goddess and a child god.”). Mohammed was not referring to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but rather he was referring to God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Son, and to Mary as the mother goddess. Mohammed could not understand God as a Trinity. So, Mohammed said that “Allah” was the true and only one god.
Originally Mohammed only had 150 followers, but later as he went to war against those who would not believe as he did and against those he disliked, he began to have many converts. (People did not want to be killed for refusing to believe Mohammed’s belief). Eventually, those who believed in Mohammed’s recitations came to be known as following in the faith of Islam.
Unfortunately, because Mohammed could not read, and because he did not spend a great deal of time with Jewish or Christian leaders discussing their belief, Mohammad just pulled bits and pieces from what he randomly heard about these beliefs, and then he added what he wanted from them to his religion. William Federer tells us that the Qur’an mentions Biblical Characters like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, the angel Gabriel and Jesus. However, Mohammed changed the story line from God’s promise of forgiveness and redemption through belief and faith in Christ, who is God’s Son, to punishment of those who reject the prophet (Mohammed).
Another difference between the Jewish and Christian faith and Mohammed’s Islam was that Mohammed also rejected the idea of having a conscience. We know that all humans have an innate conscience of the wrongness of lying, raping, and killing, etc. But from the Qur’an we learn that Mohammed believed that one should deny his conscience or that voice within. So, instead of feeling kind toward others, his followers were to kill in obedience to Mohammed’s god, Allah. For example: in Sura 2:216 (Sura and the accompanying numbers are similar to our chapters and verses in the Bible) Mohammed is quoted as saying:
“Fighting is obligatory for you, as much as you dislike it.”
“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” – (Sura 2:216, The Yusufali Translation of that verse).
Sura 3:28 says “Let not believers Take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (to remember) Himself; for the final goal is Allah.”
At the age of forty, Mohammed tried to convert all the people who came to worship the pagan gods at the Kaaba. He hoped that his faith (Islam) would be accepted by the Zoroastrians, and the Pagans, as well as by the Jews and Christians, because Mohammed had elements of all the faiths within his religion. He even told his followers to bow to Jerusalem when they prayed. But in 622 A.D. the people of Mecca rejected Mohammed, so he fled to Medina. Before he fled, though, his verses (which had to be dictated to another person, because he could not read or write) did not advocate violence and robbing. However, after being forced to leave Mecca and after again being rejected by the town’s people of Medina, Mohammed’s verses that were dictated while he was in Median began to advocate coercion, robbing, killing and the enslaving the infidels. Although he had started out as just another religious leader, Mohammed began transitioning into both a political and military leader. Moreover, Mohammed never let a slight or insult go without retaliation, but chose to fight and kill the ones who had slighted or insulted him and his religion.
This change into a political and military leader can be seen in such verses as Sura 9:5 that says “Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).”
Then again in Sura 9:123 which says “Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”
Mohammed promoted violence like in Sura 37: 4, which says “When ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks… Allah lets you fight in order to test you.”
Mohammed had a small group of followers who left Mecca and went with him to Medina. Initially, when they got to Medina Mohammed made a treaty with the Jewish leaders there. But when some of his converts in Mecca were threatened for their violent actions there, Mohammed encouraged those followers to retaliate by robbing caravans that were headed toward Mecca. Then in 624, Mohammed with just 300 men defeated over a thousand Meccans.
As Mohammed grew politically and militarily stronger and more powerful, he voided all the treaties that he had signed with the Jewish leaders in Medina. This is where the concept in Islam started that “when you are weak you make treaties until you are strong enough to disregard them.” – (What every American should know …. By William Federer). Does this mean we should be concerned about the treaties that the Iranian Muslims have made in regard to the building of weapons of mass destruction?
Mohammed’s lack of integrity is seen in this quote of his: “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.” – (Sura 2:225). So, does this mean that if their intention is to make a weapon of mass destruction and they take an oath not to do so, but then go ahead behind our backs make the weapon, that Allah will forgive them for taking the oath not to make the weapon?
Mohammed also believed that it was okay to lie to get your way. He said that it is okay to speak a falsehood or lie “for the sake of Allah, to promote the cause of Islam, to prevent denigration of Islam, or to protect oneself by pretending to be friends with an infidel. This is less of a premeditated act of deceit than a cultural habit, similar to haggling over prices in the marketplace.” -- William Federer.
A Muslim scholar Afif A. Tabbarah in his book The Spirit of Islam, p. 247, said:
“Lying is not always bad, to be sure; there are times when telling a lie is more profitable and better for the general welfare, and for the settlement of conciliation among people, than telling the truth. To this effect, the Prophet says: ‘He is not a false person who (through lies) settles conciliation among people, supports good or says what is good.’”
Christians and Jews, though, do not believe in lying for any reason. In fact, God has told us that He hates lying and liars. Jesus, in speaking to the Jews said, “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He is a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he (Satan) speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – (John 8: 43,44. NASV).
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.” – (Proverbs 12: 22. NASV).
Mohammed, though, believed in lies and deception to get the final result that he wanted. For example, when Mohammed was trying to take over the town of Medina, the town that he had previously left, Mecca, sent a large group of over 10,000 men to stop Mohammed from taking over Medina. But through deception and lies he overcame those men. Mohammed had his men dig and then disguise trenches they dug around the city. He knew that most of those 10,000 Meccans were coming on horseback and that the horses would not be able to cross the wide trenches he had dug surrounding the city. The horses and men either fell into the trenches or the horses refused to cross the trenches if they saw them. So, Mohammed was able to stop the Meccan Calvary from entering the city. Finally the Meccans withdrew, but then Mohammed retaliated and attacked Jewish neighborhoods within Medina. The people asked if they could surrender, and Mohammed said yes. But, when they surrendered Mohammed struck their heads off. Over 700 men, women and children were killed. Mohammed thought nothing of lying or leading people to believe that they could simply surrender and that they would then be okay, only to then kill everyone anyway.
Every enemy of Mohammed’s was eventually beheaded. For even though Mohammed gave the people who were to surrender the idea or impression that they would be okay once they gave Mohammed authority over them, that was not the case; he lied to them and then killed them. Mohammed would also send his men out on raids to capture men and goods. Here too, he always beheaded the captured men. Later in 630 A.D. Mohammed finally marched on Mecca (simply because they would not accept his religion). Because Mohammed had at least 10,000 warriors, the Meccans peacefully surrendered. But again that didn’t stop Mohammed from murdering the people he considered to be his enemies and to murder the leaders of the town. In the Qur’an, Mohammed is quoted as saying:
“Fighting is obligatory for you, as much as you dislike it.” -- (Sura 2:216).
“Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends.” – (Sura 5:51).
“Infidels are those who declare: ‘God is the Christ, the son of Mary.” – (Sura 5:17).
“Infidels are those that say, ‘God is one of three in a Trinity.’” – (Sura 5:73).
“Make war on the infidels who dwell around you.” – (Sura 9:123).
“Infidels are your sworn enemies.” – (Sura 4:101).
“When you meet the infidel in the battlefield, strike off their heads.” – (Sura 47:4).
“Mohammed is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the infidels.” – (Sura 48: 29).
“Kill the unbelievers wherever we find them.” – (Sura 2:191).
“The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger…will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land.” – (Sura 5:33).
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the “jizya” with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” – (Sura 9: 29).
The “jizya” is really protection money or extortion. According to William Federer’s book, most of the time the “jizya” is 80% of one’s income, if the Muslim wants to be tolerant. But, if not, or during oppression the “jizya” can be up to 150% of the person’s income. Along with the “jizya” the person must pronounce or state that Allah is the only god and then follow the Islamic beliefs.
On the other hand, the “jihad” means warfare, even though some in modern times have tried to suggest that “jihad” is a inner personal struggle that a person is going through. Most Muslims, though, understand the true significance of “jihad”.
They understand because in addition to the Qur’an, Muslims respect the “Hadith Sahih al Bukhari”, which is another book of sayings of Mohammed’s that are recounted by his wives, relatives and warriors. In fact, most devout Muslims have read the Qur’an, the Hadith, and the Biography of Mohammed.
They understand because in addition to the Qur’an, Muslims respect the “Hadith Sahih al Bukhari”, which is another book of sayings of Mohammed’s that are recounted by his wives, relatives and warriors. In fact, most devout Muslims have read the Qur’an, the Hadith, and the Biography of Mohammed.
The Hadith says, “No Muslim should be killed for killing a kafir (a disbeliever). – (Volume 1, Book 3, No. 111).
Mohammed said, “The person who participates in (Holy battles) in Allah’s cause, and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His Apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed).” – (Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, No. 35).
The Truth about the Goal of the Muslim Worldview
Although most humans try to do what it right, we often fail because of how we react to a situation. Evil exists. Most people recognize that evil exists and most want to avoid evil. Yet, we know that the father of all lies, Satan, constantly tries to get humans to do bad things even if they have good intentions. Christ came to give us a life that is better than what we can experience on our own. Christ died and arose for us so that we can have an internal peace as well as an external peace if we believe in Him and if we try to live our lives for Him. However, not all people who profess to believe in Christ have actually invited Christ into their hearts. This means that there are people who say they stand for Christ and His teachings, but in reality they want to live and act the way that they think is best. So, even some who profess to be Christians will do bad things and hurt others. The way that we can know if someone is truly a Christian is by the fruit they produce. Are they producing the fruit of love, goodness and kindness?
Before Christ was sent to give us a chance for Salvation and eternal life with God, God gave people laws so that we could recognize what we did wrong and know Who the One true God is. Without God’s written laws and Commandments men would have kept hurting each other and everyone would have continued living for themselves while hurting others along the way. But with the Ten Commandments we knew that we were not supposed to steal, murder, hurt others or commit adultery. We could gauge our lives against those standards. Communities then made laws from those Commandments to keep people safe. Unfortunately, these Commandments did not keep everyone from doing wrong things, but at least people knew there were morals, values, standards, and integrity that we should live by. But the Muslim worldview does not nor did it ever acknowledge morals, values, standards, and integrity as something to be desired.
Then God sent His Son to give us true freedom from lives of inner turmoil against sin. Those who ask Christ into their heart and truly believe and want to live for Him will have not only a desire to love one another, but a desire to avoid all evil, hate and sin. Morals, values, standards and integrity is written on our hearts. Furthermore, "born-again" Christians know that God will take care of all revenge and ultimate judgment. All we have to do is live for Christ and lovingly produce fruit for the Kingdom of God.
But, Mohammed and his followers’ goal was to subjugate, control and kill other people if they did not accept Islam or if did not give the Muslims what they wanted. That is still the same goal for today. Even with the early onset of the Islamic faith, Muslims wanted to take over the world and to force their religion on everyone. This started as far back as 634 A.D. when the Muslims started grabbing territory from other countries and empires as they killed the residents.
The Muslim Plan: To Take Over the World
In 634 A.D the Muslims invaded one of the most powerful empires in the world. They invaded the Persian Empire. Then the Muslim General who was leading the war at that time eventually lured the Persian military into the desert where their horses were of no use. The Muslims defeated the Persians at the Battle of Namrag and so began their takeover of that section of the world. – (page 72. In Federer’s book).
In 638 A.D. the Muslims conquered Jerusalem, which had been ruled by the Byzantine Christians. Previously the Zoroastrians of Persia had damaged all the churches in the Holy Land except the one in Jerusalem. But then the Muslims besieged Jerusalem for four months until the Byzantine Patriarch (Emperor) surrendered. The citizens of Jerusalem were given “dhimmi” or second-class citizen status. This meant that Christians and Jews were not allowed to live in the same neighborhoods as Muslims; nor could they do the same things as Muslims, and in all respects they were second-class citizens. Later, as the Muslims continued to conquer and dominate lands, Christians and Jews were only allowed “dhimmi” status, if they were not killed first. Many had to also pay the “jizya” too.
In 639 another Muslim general, Amr ibn al-As, started to conquer Egypt and North Africa. During this time over 250 Catholic dioceses were destroyed. Some Sultans even cut out the tongues of Egyptians caught speaking the “Coptic” language instead of Arabic. Christianity had been very prevalent in North Africa for centuries, but with this invasion and the conquering that occurred, Muslims enforced their religion upon everyone, or they would be killed.
In 691 A.D. a Caliph named Abd al-Malik saw the beautiful Christian Cathedral of The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He decided that the Muslims needed a mosque just as beautiful. So, he build a mosque over the rock in Jerusalem where it is believed that Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac. The Muslim built a mosque, which is called The Dome of the Rock. During this time, Christian pilgrims were also harassed, massacred and crucified. Then in the 8th century the Muslims banned Christians in Jerusalem from giving religious instruction to their children. They could not display a cross anywhere in Jerusalem either. Later, in 722 A.D a Muslim Caliph ordered all Jews and Christians to be branded on their hands so they could be easily recognized.
The conquering of the Middle East by the Muslims continued into Pakistan in 710 A.D. when the territories of the Punjab regions of Pakistan were taken over by a 17 year old named Mohammed bin Qasim. Qasim executed over 44,000 men; every enemy soldier that was captured.
Then in 711 A.D. the invasion of Europe started. The Muslim Umayyad Dynasty invaded Spain and Portugal. They came in like a hoard of locusts with some 80,000 men. The Muslims had taken the Chinese invention of the “Stirrup” for horse riding and made it even better. The newly improved stirrup allowed the Muslim men to charge on their horses with great speed without falling off while using lances and Scimitars to cut down the Europeans who basically fought on foot.
Later the Muslims invaded and occupied Southern France in 725 A.D.. Certainly, the Europeans tried to stop their progress, but in 731 A.D. Duke Eudo’s army was butchered by the Muslim hoards. In just about 100 years from Mohammed’s death Europeans also saw around 3200 Christian churches destroyed and millions of people killed. If it had not been for the Battle of Tours/Poitiers in 732 A.D. the Muslims would not have halted their invasion of Europe. But this battle was a turning point for the Europeans. It was here that Charles Martel, who was the grandfather of Charlemagne, was able to assemble a great army of nearly 30,000 soldiers to stop the Muslims. The landscape in the European countryside helped, because it was mountainous giving Martel and his troops an advantage. The Muslims found it difficult to charge up the tree-covered hills of European countryside swinging their Scimitars. So, Charles Martel and his troops routed the Muslims. But, if Martel had not won, the Muslims would have overrun France and all of Europe. Unfortunately, it seemed that every time the Europeans looked around the Muslims were trying to invade another area. Eventually, in 778, Martel’s grandson, Charlemagne, again fought the Muslims at Saragossa.
The Muslims never gave up back then, nor will they give up today. In the next several hundred years after Charlemagne, the Muslims continued their conquering of countries and peoples through killing and intimidation. They conquered Persia, Afghanistan, a large part of India, China, Indonesia, Java, Borneo, and eventually the Philippines. In 1400 the Muslim worldview of Islam controlled South-East Asia. But it didn’t stop there. The Muslims subjugated large parts of North, East and West Africa while conquering Egypt, Tripoli, Tunis, Algeria, Morocco, Entrea, Sudan, Senegambia Niger, Abyssinia, Kamerun, Nigeria, Dahomey, The Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Somaliland, Uganda, Togoland, Gambia, Senegal, Zanzibar, Rhodesia and the Congo. From 650 A.D. to 1950 A.D. over a million Africans were enslaved by Muslims with the male slaves being castrated. What had once been Christians living peaceably together ended with only few Christians hiding out and living in fear.– (p. 77-83 of What Every American Needs to Know…)
As the centuries moved forward, the Muslims tried to convert Russia and other countries as well. They invaded Asia Minor. There were even different tribes of Muslims with some tribes being more violent than others. The Mongols and Turks were very violent, and in 1075, the Muslim Seljuk Turks captured Jerusalem from the Muslim Arabs.
No matter how many times the Muslims were pushed back, though, it seemed that they would again try to conquer a country or a land and impose their religion and life upon the people. In 1011 the Muslims again invaded Spain and killed about 2000 people in Cordoba. Then they massacred 5000 Jews living in Granada, Spain. The Castiles freed Toledo from the Muslims in 1094, and then in 1119 the Spanish Kingdom of Aragon freed the city of Zaragoza from the Muslim Moors. But the Muslims kept coming back. Something had to be done or the entire world would be overrun by Muslims and Mohammed’s religion of hate and intimidation would take over Europe, the Middle East and eventually the world.
The Truth about the Crusades and the Muslim Worldview
Years ago along with my other two degrees I received a BA in History with an emphasis on World History. I was always fascinated about our past and what the past can show us about who we are. History can give us insight as to how we got to the place that we are now, but more importantly it can help us not to repeat the mistakes that we made back then. It can also show us patterns and how particular worldviews can either hurt us or give us hope, happiness and eternal life like the Christian worldview.
I have called upon my past study of history to give you some facts that will perhaps enlighten you about the Muslim worldview. But, the dates and very specific factual information needed to be accurate, so I have taken the following information from William J. Federer’s book: What Every American Needs to Know about the Qur’an; A History of Islam and the United States. I highly recommend this book.
The first Crusade occurred during the years of 1095-1099 A.D. Many non-Muslim people were distraught over the Muslims’ treatment of all Christians and Jews. So, once pilgrims returning from the Holy Land brought back news that the Muslims were persecuting all the Christians, something had to be done. But concern for the Muslim worldview started even before the first crusade when Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim bi Amr Allah ordered The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to be destroyed in 1009. This was terrible news, and people felt that it was a blow to all of Christianity.
Then word came that the Muslims had conquered Sicily, Pisa, Genoa and Catalonia and were raiding Majorca, Sardinai, and the coasts of Italy. The Muslims had also taken control of all the coastlands of Asia Minor. So when the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnemus finally sent ambassadors to the Council of Piacenza in 1095 to ask for help from his rival, The Roman Catholic Church; things were serious. The Catholic Pope then asked the Western leaders to help the Byzantine Christians who were having their heads cut off by the Muslims. So, the first Crusade was led by Godfrey of Bouillon.
This First Crusade was able to free Iconium from the Muslims for at least a few years. The first crusaders also defeated the Turkish forces at Dorylaeum and Antioch and were able to retake Jerusalem in 1099 from the Muslims, although that did not last long.
The Second Crusade was called for when the Muslims conquered Edessa. This Crusade was made up of mainly French and German Armies led by King Louis VII and Conrad II in 1147. Then in 1148, the Muslim leader, Nu red-Din killed all the Christians in Aleppo. Unfortunately, the second Crusade failed to return the town of Damascus to its people, and then Bernardo Clairvaux, who had originally called for this Crusade, heard about and was disturbed by reports that some violence had been misdirected toward the Jewish populations the crusaders had been sent to protect. So, he called the Crusaders home.
The Third Crusade in 1190-1192 was called for by Pope Gregory VIII and was led by German King Frederick I. Frederick took 100,000 soldiers across Byzantium. King Frederick was making progress, and he was able to drive out the Muslims he encountered. Frederick I then temporarily freed Iconium again. Unfortunately, Frederick fell off his horse while crossing a river and drown, and the Crusade immediately went into confusion until Richard the Lionhearted took over leadership. Richard was able to capture Acre. He even got within sight of Jerusalem but was suddenly recalled by Philip II of France, so he just narrowly failed to drive out the Muslim leader Saladin who had recaptured Jerusalem. Actually, Richard had to sign a treaty with Saladin before he hightailed it back to England.
Then came the notorious Fourth Crusade. It all started with the Great Schism between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Western Roman Catholic Church over the wording in the Nicene Creed. Eventually, the Pope excommunicated the Patriarch of Constantinople in 1054. For centuries then the relationship between the East and the West Churches deteriorated. So, by the time the 4th Crusade began in 1206 the dissension was so great between the Eastern and Western Churches that instead of using the money set aside to help the Byzantines to fight the Muslims, the money for the Crusade was suddenly diverted by a Duke who was in debt. Essentially, the fourth Crusade ended up destroying the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and then taking all its wealth. In the coming years, there were never enough funds to repair the city, so in the face of increasing Muslim terrorism and attacks on the city, Constantinople fell.
The Fifth Crusade was between the years of 1217-1221. The object was for a force of men from Hungary and Austria to take back Jerusalem from the Muslims. In 1219 the Crusaders captured Damietta, Egypt and then tried to attack Cairo. But the Sultan Melek-el-Kamil, brother of Saladin, opened up the Nile’s dams, which forced the Crusaders to retreat.
The Sixth Crusade began in 1228 and only lasted a year. Unfortunately, Emperor Frederick II was excommunicated by the Pope for not fulfilling his vow to join the Crusade. However, when he finally left on the crusade, Frederick was able to diplomatically gain control over Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem for ten years.
The Seventh Crusade started about five years after the Templars fought in Egypt in 1243. The Templars were finally defeated by a force of Muslim Khwarezmian tribesmen. Then the very pious King, Louis IX led the Seventh Crusade from 1248-1254 against the Muslims who were controlling Egypt. The Crusaders had plans to go into Jerusalem. But, even though King Louis had initial success, he was finally defeated by the Muslims. Sadly, Egypt’s Coptic Christians were caught in the middle. They were often mistreated by the Crusaders as heretics, but if not mistreated by the crusaders, they were then persecuted and killed by the Muslims as traitors.
The Eighth Crusade: In 1268 word got back that the Muslim, Mamluk Sultan Baybars, had slaughtered all the Christian and Jewish men in Antioch. He had also sold all the women into slavery and smashed the church crosses, burned Bibles, desecrated graves, and slit the throat of priests, deacons and monks on the altar. Baybars destroyed the Church of St. Paul and the Cathedral of St. Peter. So, in 1270 King Louis IX led the Eighth Crusade. The original goal of the Crusaders was to come to the aid of the Christian states in Syria. Unfortunately, the crusaders were diverted to Tunis where they were defeated by the Muslims. King Louis IX died in Tunis of the plague and dysentery.
The Ninth and final Crusade was from 1271-1272. Edward I, the future King of England, led this crusade. However, he accomplished very little in Syria and ended up making a truce with the Muslims the following year. Antioch had fallen to the Muslims in 1268. Then Tripoli fell to them in 1289 and Acre fell to the Muslims in 1291. This ended the last vestiges of Christian rule in Syria. It was also the last crusade.
Over the following centuries the Muslims captured many lands. Their beliefs and worldview was poured like hot oil upon the religious beliefs of all the peoples’ with whom they came in contact; making sure that only their worldview remained. It is still happening today. The Muslim worldview is to take over the world for Allah and make everyone worship Allah or die. Today, the Muslim force has gotten so bad that countries around the world are very worried about the violent fundamentalist ISIS and DASH, which are even more violent Muslim groups that hearken back to the days of Mohammed and his beheadings. For, ISIS followers are again capturing people only to behead them, just as the early Muslims did. They, too, want world domination.
So, why did I tell you about the Crusades? Well, there is a misconception out there that the Crusades were terrible and awful and that the Crusaders were trying to shove Christianity upon the Muslims and people in that area. That is just not true. Yes, there were things that should not have happened. But it was a war and in all wars there are things that should never happen. The Crusaders started out with a good intent and went to save Christians and Jews from slaughter from the Muslims. Did some bad things happen? Yes, but not for the reasons that Barack Obama would have you believe. Our President implied that Christians killed Muslims during the Crusades for no other reason than we were the aggressors. Obama stated that crusading Christians did not practice the love that Christians supposedly try to lead the world to believe that we stand for. That is just not the case. Yes, some Crusaders did not treat others right, and they did not show Christian love to some people when they should have. However, they were fighting to survive and to keep the Muslim hoards from dominating and destroying all of Europe and the Middle East. The Muslims were the aggressors. But, for all past wars and situations, we have the luxury of viewing history from our present perspective.
We need to understand what was happening back in history. Certainly, bad things cannot be overlooked, but we also have to understand that good intentions can go wrong if there is not a leader who can lead. Instead of making sweeping statements about the Crusades or for any moment in history, we need to find the Truth first. In order to find the Truth about the Crusades, we need to take into account the setting, the context, and the reason for the Crusades in the first place before we throw “the baby out with the bath water”, or before we condemn all Christians because of a few people who did wrong. That is why finding out the Truth of every situation is so important. It is also why we must review history every once in a while to ascertain the Truth. We cannot just pick and choose what parts of history we want to remember and teach. We have to remember history and teach it all. Furthermore, we should never take things out of our history textbooks to hide incidents, nor should we ever allow anyone to skew the Truth or falsify the past or present. For, it is with the Truth of the past and present that can learn how to be better people and to not make the same mistakes made in the past.
Remember, sometimes you have to look for the Truth and not just accept the lies and misconceptions of those who are trying to make a point. Leaders definitely need to control their soldiers and some of the things that occurred during the Crusades should not have happened and probably would not have happened if the men had been better controlled. But as we have seen with men today like Bowe Bergdahl, who defected and put his platoon in harm, leaders cannot always control what their men do, as much as they try. It is hoped that good will and love will always win and that it will win with kindness and caring. However, that is not always possible, especially when you are fighting an evil and a hatred that is so strong that lives are in constant danger.
We cannot simply accept statements and opinions today without looking for the Truth first. If we accept everything that we hear as the Truth, we are doomed to succumb to false beliefs and then may find ourselves controlled by those who only want their worldview to be accepted. You need to look at the worldviews of others and attempt to find the Truth of every situation, so that you will know when someone is telling you a lie or misleading you. Just because someone says it, or the media tells you, or even the President of the United States tells you, doesn’t make it true. Look for the Truth in every worldview and in every statement. For, as Jesus said, “the Truth will set you free.” (Paraphrased). So what is the Truth when it comes to the worldview of Muslims and the worldview of Christians? Let’s take a look.
Contrasting the Worldview of Christianity and Salvation to the Muslim Worldview to find the Truth
Let’s start with what the Christian worldview teaches. Christians are taught to act and to live under Christ’s all encompassing love. The Apostle Paul in the book of Romans gives us a good basic Truth about the Worldview of Christianity. In chapter twelve Paul tells the new Roman Christians that they are to:
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
– (Romans 12: 14-21).
Doesn’t the Christian worldview sound like the opposite of Islam’s worldview? Jesus told His Apostles to go out into the world and tell others about the Good News of His Offered Salvation to all who would believe on Him. However, Jesus never asked His Apostles to force anyone to believe or follow Him. The Apostles were to spread the Gospel message through words and not through the sword the way Islam is spread in many areas. Moreover, Jesus, the Son of God, did not want anyone to lie or rape. But, Mohammed gave his men permission to lie and to rape infidel women that they had captured.
Jesus Christ said, “… If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. … You have heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.” – (Matthew 5:39 & 44-45).
So, whether it is an insult or an actual slap on the cheek, we are to forgive the other person. However, any insult that Mohammed received had to be avenged, starting with his revenge on the Jews and Christians who would not accept his story of Gabriel and His encounter with the angel. They simply would not let Mohammed change the Truth of the worship of God for a fabricated or fantastical story of Mohammed’s or for his additions or subtractions to their belief in and obedience to God. But, because of their refusal to accept him and his stories, Mohammed from then on hated the Jews and Christians and beheaded them when he could. Mohammed even ordered a poet, Ibn Khatal, and his slave girls to be killed, all because the poet had made fun of him in a poem. He did not take insults lightly, nor did he turn the cheek.
Jesus never told anyone to kill others if they changed His words or if they refused to recite them. In fact, Jesus said, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.” – (Matthew 7: 15. NIV).
Later the Apostle Peter wrote, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. … In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping….the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the Day of Judgment, while continuing their punishment.” -- (II Peter 2: 1, 3, 9. NIV).
In those verses, Peter was talking about God, Himself, holding the false prophets and false teachers accountable. But, Christ’s followers were not to take it upon themselves to punish those who misconstrued or changed the Word of God. God will find a way to hold them accountable. It is not our responsibility to punish them. However, Mohammed told his followers that “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.” – (Vol. 9, Bk. 84, No. 57 Hadith al Bukhari).
Jesus never tortured anyone, but Mohammed tortured the chief of Khaybar to get him to tell them where chief’s treasures were. – (p. 264. What Every American Needs…). There is no place in Christianity for torture, hate, evil, and the gratification of self through revenge.
God tells us that He is the only One who is to take revenge. For, the Scriptures tell us that you are to “Never take revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning goals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – (Romans 12: 19-21. NASV).
God despises evil. In fact, God cannot look upon evil. “Your (God’s) eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You (God) cannot look on wickedness with favor.”
– (Hab. 1: 13. NASV).
Our fear (understanding, reverence, love & wisdom) of the Lord leads us to keep His Commandments of Truth and Love. Then, “by loving-kindness and Truth, iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one keeps away (departs from or turns away from) evil." – (Proverbs 16:6. NASV).
There are so many other differences between the Christian and the Muslim worldviews. Here are just a few final contrasts between the Christian worldview and the Muslim worldview:
· Christians are taught by Christ that we are children of God for God is our Father (Matthew 6:10). But it is blasphemy, according to Mohammed, to call Allah your father, because Allah did not have a wife and he has no children. (Sura 5:18).
· Christ taught that our spiritual belief and religion is something that happens from the inside-out. But Mohammed taught religion and belief is something that is forced upon one from the outside-in.
· Jesus taught us that man was made in God’s image (Matthew 22: 20, and Genesis. 1: 26-27, and 9: 6). On the other hand, Mohammed taught that Allah has no image. (Sura 42: 11, Sura 112: 4).
· When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, they came for Jesus because He threatened the religious leaders’ hold on the people by His telling people that He was the Son of God and that people should repent of their sins. The soldiers were sent, because the religious leaders wanted to do violence against Jesus and crucify Him. Jesus’ disciples wanted to take up a sword to fight to protect Jesus, but Jesus taught His followers that “Those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52). Mohammed, though, said, “Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them. (Sura 2: 191). He also said, “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger will be that they will be killed or crucified or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. (Sura 5:33).
· Christians are taught by Jesus through the Lord’s Prayer to pray that God will “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matthew 6: 10-15). However, Mohammed taught his followers to avenge trespasses and insults. He gave men permission to do honor killings, and he promoted those killings as their responsibility.
· Christians are taught that God wants a personal relationship with us through His Son, Jesus Christ. But, Islam teaches that believers in Allah cannot have a personal relationship with him.
· Christianity is a religion of forgiveness. But, Islam is a religion of subjugation and fear.
There are so many other differences between these two worldviews that it would take a large book to hold them all. But there are just a few more contrasts that I need to include. First, Christians were persecuted for the first 300 years for just believing in Christ as the resurrected Son of God. But, for the first 300 years of Islam, large armies of Muslims invaded other lands and killed the innocent. Christianity does not believe in killing unless it is to defend and protect ourselves and others from someone who is trying to kill us or them, or unless we are defending our nation or another nation during a time of war.
Secondly, the Christian worldview does not believe that Christians should be the aggressors. But we can defend ourselves. The religion of Islam believes all Muslims have the right to be aggressors and the right to kill anyone who does not believe the way that they do. Yes, there are Moderate Muslims who may not immediately try to kill another person who does not believe in Allah. Usually, Moderate Muslims live with us and do not intend to hurt us at the present. However, Moderate Muslims still think that the world will submit to Allah in some distant future, but since it is so far off, it is acceptable to get along with non-Muslims at the present time. But the Moderate Muslims are still afraid to speak out against the fundamental violent Muslims for fear of being killed by them. That is why we did not hear Muslims, living here in the United States, stepping up to condemn the atrocities of 9/11 and more recently to condemn the atrocities and the evil of the terrorists’ attacks in France this last Friday.
Fundamental violent Muslims think that all people must submit to Allah right now. They believe that this is the destiny of the world – total submission to Allah. So, they are willing to kill people who do not submit to Islam.
Thirdly, Christians and westerners think of freedom and peace as going hand in hand. But to Muslims there are only two ways to look at the world – those who have submitted to the will of Allah and those who are yet to submit. There is no freedom in that. In fact, Mohammed designated those two stages by calling one the House of Islam (dar al-Islam) and the other the House of War (dar al-harb).
Most people believe that “world peace” means that we exist peacefully with each other. But to a Muslim, “world peace” means “a world of Islam.” In other words, the entire world is to submit to Islam and only then can there be “world peace” under the subjugation of the Muslim leaders and Allah. So the Worldview of Fundamental violent Muslims is that they are to fulfill Islam’s destiny by making it happen through warfare and through the killing off of anyone who doesn’t accept Islam as their personal religion. Fundamental violent Muslims will even fight the Moderate Muslims, because they think that the Moderates are failing to obey Mohammed’s directions.
Then, there are the Muslims who have received the Gospel message and now believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. But, their lives are in jeopardy every moment from the Fundamental Muslims who would try to kill them, because they have turned away from Mohammed and Allah. Here in the United States Muslims who believe in Christ are fairly safe, but those in the Middle East who have accepted Christ are in dire jeopardy. In fact, many Muslims who have accepted Christ as their Savior have been killed or beheaded by ISIS for their belief in Christ. Muslim Christians in the Middle East have even watched their children beheaded for not renouncing Christ. Do we have the kind of faith that it takes to stand for Christ no matter what? What an amazing and horrifying situation that many Christian Muslims have found themselves in!
It is so important that “born-again” Christians around the world understand the depth of the belief that Fundamental Violent Muslims hold. Hate is a very strong and evil emotion. It destroys and kills. We cannot be prepared to share the Gospel message with a Muslim unless we understand what they believe and why they believe it. More importantly, we need to understand that even when talking to them that we are considered to be second class citizens who are to be looked down upon or killed.
Even though we think that we are prepared to speak into the lives of Muslims who have not heard of Christ, we also must understand the brainwashing that has occurred to those Fundamental Muslims since they were born. For, every Muslim has been taught since birth that their religion is the only religion and that Allah is the only god. Starting before they can talk, mothers and fathers who live by the Qur'an teach their young children to hate Jews and Christians and all other people who do not worship Allah.
Finally, Christians should understand that Muslims believe in the end of time and the Last Days too. Whereas the Christian worldview holds that an antichrist will arise to control the earth, the Word of God also tells us that Christ will come and overthrow the antichrist, Satan and His minions and we will live in peace with the Lord. There are several books in the Bible that tell us about eternal life and about Christ coming again at the end of time. The book of Daniel is one of those books. In Daniel we are explicitly told about Daniel’s vision, which was given to him by God about the second coming of Christ. Daniel says:
“I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with clouds of Heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.” – (Daniel 7: 13-14).
The Muslim worldview has a similar belief for the last days or end times, (probably originally taken from the Jews and Christians’ religion), but it has a twist. In the Muslim worldview a prophet called the Mahdi will appear and take over the Middle East. Perry Stone in his book, The Eight Kingdom, contrasts what the Bible tells us about the end times and Jesus’ return with that of the Muslim belief in the end times. Perry Stone says that, “Muslims believe that after the appearing of the Mahdi, Jesus will reappear and will march into Jerusalem following this Islamic leader. Jesus will then announce that He is a Muslim and not the Son of God and will convert the people to Islam. This is when the Mahdi will kill the swine (Jews) and remove the cross (alluding to the killing Christians). – (p.66).
The Search for the Truth
You can see that there is a great difference between the love expressed in Christianity with God’s offer of Salvation and eternal life for all who will believe in His Son, Jesus Christ and the hate and killing expressed in the Muslim worldview. There are many books which will tell you of the Truth regarding the Muslim worldview. Always search out the Truth in everything, for if you don’t you will fall for anything. The fall may mean or cause you much more damage than you can imagine. You could lose your head, too, depending on where you are in the world. However, we must always protect our freedoms here in America with all Truth as well. For, the Liberal Political Correctness worldview and the many people who believe in Socialism and Liberal worldviews are gradually promoting or accepting the Muslim Worldview through the acceptance of Sharia Law here in the United States. If we accept Sharia Law here in the United States, it will just be the beginning of killings for insulting Mohammed, or the killing of a woman for marrying a Christian. What comes next? If Sharia Law is allowed here in the United States, our Constitutional freedoms will be gradually taken away and we will be back to the archaic standards and laws of around 610 A.D. when killing and beheading was used for any insult.
Today we have many Muslims in our government who want to eventually take over the United States and its Government. In fact, we already have allowed the Muslim faith into our national, state and local governments. One example is of a Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress. For, “In 2006, Keith Ellison of Minnesota became the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress.
As reported by Niraji Warikoo in the Detroit Free Press, Dec. 25-26, 2006, Keith Ellison told his supporters: ‘You can’t back down. You can’t chicken out. You can’t be afraid. You’ve got to have faith in Allah, and you’ve got to stand up and be a real Muslim.
Ellison, who said little of being a Muslim while campaigning, went on to tell his Islamic audience: ‘We’re going to continue to face them. They’re not going to stop right away. But if you, and me too, stick together, if we believe in Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, if we turn to the Qur’an for guidance, we’ll find an answer to the questions we have.’” – (p.13. What Every American Should Know about the Qur’an … by William J. Federer).
There are many more Muslims that we are not aware of who are in the U.S. Government as well as in our state and local governments. Do they have the same agenda as Keith Ellison? If they are true Muslims who follow the Qur'an, they have been taught to hate America. At the very least, they probably won't stand up for America against fundamentalist Muslims for fear of being killed. The World and the French Government found out on Friday November 13, 2015 just how much certain fundamental Muslims hate non-Muslims. Do we have Moderate Muslims or Fundamental Muslims in the White House and in our National Government?
According to an email I received, here are just a few of the Muslims in the White House and in our government. There are probably many others.
Arif Alikhan , Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mohammed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser
Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
Salam al-Marayati , Obama adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is its current executive director
Imam Mohamed Magid , Obama's Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America
Eboo Patel , Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships
Although there is so much more to the Muslim Worldview, I will end here with some final thoughts from William Federer’s book. Federer says that “Islam is the opposite of freedom. It means surrender, submission or subjugation. A Muslim is someone who has submitted. A “dhimmi” is a non-Muslim forced to submit.” Unless we want to be a “dhimmi” we have to understand what the Muslim worldview is and we have to understand the difference between the Muslim worldview and the Christian worldview. The Christian worldview is based upon love and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. According to the Qur'an the Muslim or Islam worldview is based upon hate and subjugation. Please express love. Remember, we are the light of Christ and we can share the Gospel message. But, we also have to be aware of the other worldviews when making decisions.
I hope I have given you something to think about and that you will always use God’s Word to direct you to the Truth. Christians are not become violent, but we are to put on the entire Armor of God, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
I pray that you will always look for the Truth in everything that you read, hear or see.
Today, we rely on cameras so much to give us the Truth of a situation, but video cameras only capture a moment or a few moments in time. What happened before the camera started rolling? What is the setting, the context and the reason that we are seeing what we see? The same goes for the information we receive from the media, whether it is print media or television media. Christians have to ask themselves if what they are hearing, seeing or reading is completely the Truth, or is their only a grain of Truth within it? Is the commentator giving us their worldview and presenting the information in such a way that we will just accept their worldview or their beliefs? God gave us brains to use. God gave us His Son, who is the Truth. He has told us that the Truth will set us free. Let’s make sure that we look for and know the Truth in every situation, which includes understanding the Truth of each worldview.
You can Do it! You can view the world through the eyes of Christ, which means that you can see the Truth if you look for it and if you listen to the Holy Spirit who is indwelling you. Then you can mentor others with the Truth. God Bless you! God Bless the United States, and ask God to please protect us from the evil of Fundamental Muslims.