Immediately after the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks upon America, Muslim public-relations groups were quick to come to the defense of Islam as a religion of "peace" and not a religion of terror. The groups stated that such actions were not representative of true Islam but were the deplorable actions of fanatical Islamic groups who misinterpret the teachings of the Qur'an. One comment by an Islamic representative reportedly suggested on network news that Americans should just put the 9/11 incidents behind them, forget about it and move forward.
Suddenly, Islam came under scrutiny as Muslim groups scrambled to initiate public-relations campaigns that would bring forth all the good and noble teachings that could be quoted from the Qur'an.
Meanwhile, throughout America, various public school systems issued statements to soften the view toward Islam by stating that no religion should be blamed for the attacks of 9/11.
During the summer of 2002, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) initiated a college entrance requirement whereby incoming freshmen were to read and report on a certain publication regarding the "early revelations" of the Qur'an. The publication contained select verses that apparently did not include any of the Qur'anic writings that are related to anti-Semitic and anti-Christian sentiment. (Administrators at UNC obviously failed to realize that Muslims must accept the Qur'an and teachings of Muhammad in their entirety otherwise they are not really "Muslims.") In response, many non-Muslim students objected to the reading assignment. When challenged in the courts, the University did not make the reading assignment mandatory and promptly issued a statement that would allow students to submit a "…one page response" on why they chose not to read the assigned book.
Muslim organizations have since become active in conducting “sensitivity training” and presenting public forums in America’s cities and schools in their attempt to portray Islam as a peaceful religion that has been “hijacked” by extremists. However, as one reads on, it will be quite obvious that terror is in fact rooted within the fundamental teachings of Islam – a fact that should not be hidden nor excused away. Neglecting truth makes way for deception.
Herein are the questionable teachings of a religious ideology that has been spreading its roots throughout the world since the seventh-century in order to become established as the "only" religion that should govern mankind:
"It is he who has sent his messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a witness.
The above verse has become the foundation whereby Muslims believe it is their obligation to carry out Muhammad's proclamation to the world that Islam is "the only religion for mankind." Therefore, all other religions are to be subdued and brought under submission to Islam - even through terror:
"...I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. (Qur'an 008.012)
According to the Qur'an, Muslims are not allowed to befriend Jews nor Christians. With such separatist ideology, peace on earth is not possible:
"O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors of each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them..."
Islamic terror groups sincerely believe that they are on the right path, fighting for the cause of their god, Allah. Their mindset is that of complete obedience even to the point that they dare not retreat in battle. Most would rather die fighting for their cause than to give up; to retreat would bring the wrath of Allah upon them, according to the Qur'an:
"O ye who believe! When ye meet the unbelievers in hostile array, never turn your backs to them. If any turn his back to them on such a day - unless it be a stratagem of war, or to retreat to a troop (of his own) he draws on himself the wrath of Allah, and his abode is Hell, an evil refuge..."
Muslim terrorists are indoctrinated with the belief that war is a good thing and is meant for them to be engaged in - even though they may not like it:
"Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing that is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." (Qur'an: 002.216)
According to the Qur'an, Allah "loves" those who fight in his cause:
"Truly Allah loves those who fight in his cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure." (Qur'an: 061.004)
It appears that Allah is the one that has given the order for Muslim armies to behead their enemies and that Muslims who die in battle will be rewarded:
"Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them)...but if it had been Allah's will, he could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the way of Allah, he will never let their deeds be lost." (Qur'an: 047.004)
The present-day efforts by Muslims wanting to expel Jews, Christians and Western influence out of the Mideast is nothing new; it was mandated from the very inception of Islam. In the Ahadith, (sayings of Muhammad) there are calls for Muslims to engage in ethnic cleansing and persecution of other religions that existed at that time in the Arabian lands:
"It has been narrated by 'Umar al-Khattib that he heard the messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: 'I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim."'
(Sahih-Muslim: Book 019, No. 4366)
"...Two deens (religions) shall not co-exist in the Arabian Peninsula..."
(Malik's Muwatta: Book 54, No. 45.5.18)
Muhammad claimed that he had been ordered to fight against all people until they believe in Allah, accept him as their prophet and submit to the religious ways of Islam:
"The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: 'I am commanded to fight with men ('til) they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is his servant and his apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer toward Mecca), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us..."'
(Sunan Abu-Dawud: Book 14, No. 2635)
Non-Muslims must begin to comprehend the deep extent of faith that fuels the fundamental Islamic terror groups throughout the world. They view themselves as warriors for the cause of "God" and are as sincere in their faith as Jews, Christians and people of other faiths are in theirs.
Fundamental Islamists see themselves as "Freedom Fighters" and are given instructions not to relent until belief in Allah prevails. This is the mindset that is being preached in various mosques throughout the world:
"And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease (submit) verily Allah doth see all that they do." (Qur'an: 008.039)
By the very context of the Qur'anic verses and sayings of Muhammad cited within this chapter, it will be quite difficult for Muslim public-relations groups to continue their claim that Islam is a "peaceful" and "tolerant" religion.
While Muhammad called for the persecution and slaying of unbelievers, the New Testament teachings of Jesus call for an entirely different approach:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your bretheren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publican so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew: 5: 43-47)
Obviously, there is a vast difference between the teachings of Muhammad and the teachings of Jesus.
Finally, as long as Islamic groups follow the fundamental teachings of Muhammad, this world will continue to be plagued with escalating acts of terror and persecution against all non-Muslim people and societies. Thus, the present "war against terror" is only able to succeed through temporary containment. Peace will never be able to prevail until the hearts and minds of those engaged in terror and hatred are changed in the way that Jesus spoke of.
"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." (Matthew: 5: 7,8,9)