It’s the Islamic Jihad Ideology, Stupid

By Joseph A. Kleinmosque-300x211

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was established in 2005, at the initiative of former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan and co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey. Its stated vision is to build “mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity.”

H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, a high-ranking diplomat from Qatar, assumed the post of UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations in 2013.

Mr. Nasser spoke to the press at UN headquarters in New York on February 24th.  He discussed the challenge of terrorism and extremism, including their allure to marginalized youth in the Middle East and the West.  He emphasized the need to get at the “root causes” of this scourge, amongst which he included the lack of economic opportunity, lack of education, and lack of good governance and protection of human rights. He said that military force will not be enough to defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. More importantly, he declared, we must engage in “the battle of ideas.”

UNAOC High Representative Nasser pointed to the importance of social media in particular as a means to influence youths in a positive direction. Young people today, some of whom who are marginalized and some from more comfortable backgrounds in the West who are looking to find their own identities, are being recruited successfully by ISIS via social media.

However, just like President Obama at his “Combatting Violent Extremism” summit travesty last week, Mr. Nasser fails to acknowledge the true nature of the enemy we are facing in such a battle of ideas. He was wrong when he declared that “Terrorism has no religion.” To the contrary, the ideology unifying the vast bulk of terrorist acts around the globe today is the religious-based Islamic jihadism.

ISIS, with its self-proclaimed caliphate exercising authority over expanding territory and its unique brand of barbaric cruelty, is the most dangerous manifestation of Islamic jihad today and, at the same time, the most successful in using online tools to widen its appeal. In his insightful article in Atlantic, entitled “What ISIS Really Wants,” Graeme Wood described the Koran-based governing precepts “embedded in Islam by the Prophet Muhammad and his earliest followers” that ISIS’s own officials and supporters “insist that they will not—cannot—waver from.” We ignore what ISIS is really all about at our own peril, as Mr. Wood warned:

Muslim Terrorist“The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam…”

“Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, ‘embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion’ that neglects ‘what their religion has historically and legally required…’”

“In Haykel’s estimation, the fighters of the Islamic State are authentic throwbacks to early Islam and are faithfully reproducing its norms of war. This behavior includes a number of practices that modern Muslims tend to prefer not to acknowledge as integral to their sacred texts. ‘Slavery, crucifixion, and beheadings are not something that freakish [jihadists] are cherry-picking from the medieval tradition,’ Haykel said. Islamic State fighters ‘are smack in the middle of the medieval tradition and are bringing it wholesale into the present day.’”

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations High Representative Nasser refused the opportunity, in response to my question, to comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s call recently at al-Azhar University, the seat of Sunni Islam, for reform within the Islamic faith. El-Sisi told the assembled imams and religious scholars that the destructive interpretations of the Koran and Islam, blessed over the years by Muslim religious leaders and scholars from Islam’s earliest days until the present time, were the root cause of the antagonism of much of the rest of the world against Islam today.

Mr. Nasser replied that he was not speaking in defense of Islam or any other religion, but then proceeded later to blame the media for being irresponsible in its “insults” of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. It’s not clear whether he would include President el-Sisi in his condemnations of such “insults.”

UNAOC’s High Representative repeatedly stressed the importance of education to steer the most vulnerable youths away from extremism, but failed to move beyond bland generalities.  He should have taken a cue from Sheikh Dr. Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, who delivered a speech in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on February 22nd, urging reform in religious education to deal with “historical accumulations of tendencies of extremism in our heritage, which originated from corrupt interpretations of some of the texts of the Quran and the Sunnah [the teachings of Prophet Muhammad].” Parenthetically, the Sheikh would do well to take his own advice, since he has reportedly used the Koran in the past to justify expressions of anti-Semitism.

Mr. Nasser also refused to answer any questions regarding the role of his own country, Qatar, in funding Islamic jihadist organizations. Moreover, left unsaid was the fact that Qatar provides sanctuary to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual mentor of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist scholar, who has issued fatwas justifying death sentences for apostasy and statements calling for the killing of Jews.

In short, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is as clueless as the Obama administration in dealing with the ideological threat posed by Islamic jihadism, which has its seeds in deeply rooted interpretations of Islam’s sacred texts. Its adherents and sympathizers, who potentially number in the hundreds of millions, are impervious to anything resembling reason, shared humanity, or indeed the sanctity of life itself. To pretend otherwise is tantamount to conscious malignant neglect on the part of the United Nations and the Obama administration.

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  1. yes. Islam is stupid, period. Jesus did not practice retaliation. Neither did he teach retaliation. He showed that when people were rejecting him as the Lord of glory.1 Corinthians 2:8: 6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.Ecclesiastes 9:18: Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.Ephesians 4:26: Be ye angry , and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
    James 1:20-22 – 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
    Romans 13:10: Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
    God thinks in the opposite to what our sinful body thinks. Allah made the universe to be the way it is. He blew up the stars God made. Allah and God are not the same. Genesis 1 King James Version (KJV)Cambridge edition 1611 or 1900, 16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. Did you see the word “SET”? God did not make the stars to look like rosy paint. God did not make the galaxies look like they had smoke in them. God carefully placed – set them where he wanted them to be. This is what Allah looks like. This is what Muhammad saw. 2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. That is who Muhammad saw impersonating Gabriel. Muslims have been obeying the destroyer death angel Satan. That is why ISIS is the way they are. That is not hate. That is a fact. Allah sent the stars God made going all over the place expiring and blowing up. Muslims are worshiping Satan. What other conclusion can you have? This is what Lucifer AKA Satan looks like. Ezekiel 28:13
    :Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
    Satan wants to stand where he ought not to stand on the earth saying he is God lying. Get away from him when that being is seen

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  2. Thank you for some less traversed information. Many of Islam’s foot soldiers who carry out terrorist attacks are educated and come from financially comfortable backgrounds. ISIS (Daesh) ‘s Executioner, the Halal expert Jeehad John (Mohammed Erwazi), is a Software Graduate from “heavily deprived and marginalized” London who has had to struggle without education and basic necessities to acquire the necessary Islamic skills (!) The current phase of Islamization began when the Saudis did a deal with the Wahabis in order to ascend the throne of Saudi Arabia. They committed to establish the global caliphate under the Sharia. Then came Sheikh Yamani and the re negotiation of the oil contract. Thereafter, the Saudi pumped money into Madrassas and Mosques around the world to generate Taliban (students) who would adhere to the real tenets of Islam and follow in the foot step of their “Prophet” as demanded by the Wahabi. All this happened long before Afghanistan. Afghanistan was, perhaps, the first major pustule of Ithe current phase of Islam. Qatar and Kuwait also began to pump oil money into the same enterprise. The US with Pakistan’s ISI put together a Staff College for the Taliban Army called “Al Qaeda” (the base). The US got instructors from terrorist organization around the World to train Al Qaeda (IRA, Baader Menhof, Red Army, to name a few) and armed the Taliban. The tactic was successful in getting the Russians out of Afghanistan and the Taliban filled the vacuum. The Taliban are indoctrinated not to political or geographic allies. Their purpose, as trained meticulously by the Saudis. Qataris, Kuwaitis and so on was to create a global Caliphate and enforce Sharia on the World. Al Qaeda became defunct before Osama Bin Laden bit the bullet. But the ideology of Islam lives on and the methodology initiated by Al Qaeda is constantly growing and evolving to match the ambitions of the ideology which is to establish the Islamic Empire on the rubble of all civilization. The Taliban who are still being produced in copious quantities in Mosques and Madrassas around the World have formed into regiments like Jaish E Mohammed, Boko Haram, Al Shebab, ISIS, Daesh and so on. Their top commander is “Allah” and their ideology and ambitions have been laid out for them in the Quran and the Hadith by their “Prophet”. The rest is smoke and mirrors of political convenience. The Commander in Chief and all his cohorts and cornies are not ignorant of this. While various US Presidents have bombed Belgrade, marched into Iraq and so on to put Petro Dollars into the pockets of themselves and their connections and deepen and widen the foot print of Islam, Obama is a Moslem.

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