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The Definition of Phobia
The Cambridge English Dictionary defines a phobia as:
-Pho•bia [foh-bee-uh]- Noun; a persistent, irrational (emphasis added)fear of a specific object, activity, group, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.
The word IRRATIONAL is key to this discussion of Islamaphobia, so keep it in mind as you read this article.
A Brief History Of Islam
Before we can begin to discuss groups like Hamas, ISIS, and the Muslim Brotherhood you need to have a better understanding of the history of Islam and how the religion was formed.
The rise of Islam is intrinsically linked with the Prophet Muhammad, believed by Muslims to be the last in a long line of prophets that includes Moses and Jesus.
Muslims believe that Muhammad was the chosen recipient and messenger of the word of God through the divine revelations, Muslims from all walks of life strive to follow his example. After the holy Qur’an, the sayings and writings of the Prophet (hadith) and descriptions of his way of life (sunna) are the most important Muslim texts.
Muhammad was born into the most powerful tribe in Mecca, the Quraish, around 570 A.D. The power of the Quraish was because of their role as successful merchants. Several trade routes intersected at Mecca, allowing the Quraish to control all trade along the west coast of Arabia, north to Syria, and south to Yemen.
Mecca was home to two widely venerated polytheistic cults whose gods were thought to protect its lucrative trade. After working for several years as a merchant, Muhammad was hired by Khadija, a wealthy widow, to ensure the safe passage of her caravans to Syria. They eventually married.
When he was roughly forty, Muhammad supposedly began having visions and hearing voices. Searching for clarity, he would sometimes meditate at Mount Hira, near Mecca. Supposedly on one of these occasions, the Archangel Gabriel (Jibra’il in Arabic) appeared to him and instructed him to recite “in the name of [your] lord.” This was the first of many revelations that Muhammad claimed to have had and became the basis of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. These supposed early revelations pointed to the existence of a single God, contradicting the polytheistic beliefs of the pre-Islamic Arabian Peninsula.
This strong monotheistic message angered many of the Meccan merchants. They were afraid that trade, which they believed was protected by the pagan gods, would suffer. From that point forward, Muhammad was ostracized in Mecca. For a time, the influence and status of his wife and his uncle, Abu Talib, the chief of the clan, protected Muhammad from persecution. After they died, however, Muhammad’s situation in Mecca became dire.
The only hope for Muhammad and his followers’ survival and that of Islam was to flee. In 622, they headed to Medina, another oasis town, where they were promised freedom to practice their new religion. The flight from Mecca to Medina is known as the hijra—the flight—and marks year 1 of the Islamic, or hijri, calendar.
In Medina, Muhammad supposedly continued to receive divine revelations and built an ever-expanding community around the new faith. The conflict with the Quraish continued, but after several years of violent clashes, Mecca surrendered. Muhammad and his followers soon returned and took over the city, destroying all its pagan idols and spreading their belief in one God.
According to Muslims one night, while the Prophet was sleeping, the Archangel Gabriel came and led him on a journey. Mounted on the heavenly steed Buraq, Muhammad traveled from the Ka’ba in Mecca to the “Farthest Mosque,” which Muslims believe to be the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Once there he claimed he prayed with other prophets such as Moses, Abraham, and Jesus, and ascended to the skies, where he was led by Gabriel through Paradise and Hell, and finally came face to face with God. He then supposedly returned to earth to continue spreading the message of Islam. According to Islamic belief, Muhammad was the only person to see Heaven and Hell while still alive.
When Muhammad died in 632, he had not named a successor. One faction, the Shi’a, believed that only individuals with direct lineage to their Prophet could guide the Muslim community righteously. They thought that ‘Ali, Muhammad’s closest surviving blood male relative, should be their next leader (caliph).
The other faction, the Sunnis, believed that the Prophet’s successor should be determined by consensus and successively elected three of his most trusted companions, commonly referred to as the Rightly Guided Caliphs (Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and ‘Uthman), as leaders of the Muslim community; ‘Ali succeeded them as the fourth caliph.
Today the Islamic community remains divided into Sunni and Shi’i branches. Sunnis revere all four caliphs, while Shi’i’s regard ‘Ali as the first spiritual leader. The conflict between these two factions has resulted in differences in worship as well as political and religious views. Sunnis are the majority and occupy most of the Muslim world, while Shi’i populations are concentrated in Iran and Iraq, with sizable numbers in Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Now that you have a better understanding of how Islam was formed and the divide between the two sects we will discuss the origins and reasoning behind groups such as ISIS, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Sykes/Picot Accord
The Sykes-Picot Agreement (officially the 1916 Asia Minor Agreement) was a secret agreement reached during World War I between the British and French governments pertaining to the partition of the Ottoman Empire among the Allied Powers. Russia was also privy to the discussions.
The first round of discussions took place in London on November 23, 1915 with the French government represented by François-Georges Picot, a professional diplomat with extensive experience in the Levant, and the British delegation led by Sir Arthur Nicolson. The second round of discussions took place December 21 with the British now represented by Sir Mark Sykes, a leading expert on the East.
The two statesmen worked out a solution. The terms of the partition agreement were specified in a letter dated May 9, 1916, which Paul Cambon, French ambassador in London, addressed to Sir Edward Grey, British foreign secretary. These terms were ratified in a return letter from Grey to Cambon on May 16 and the agreement became official in an exchange of notes among the three Allied Powers on April 26 and May 23, 1916.
According to the agreement, France was to exercise direct control over Cilicia, the coastal strip of Syria, Lebanon and the greater part of Galilee, up to the line stretching from north of Acre to the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee (“Blue Zone”). Eastward, in the Syrian hinterland, an Arab state was to be created under French protection (“Area A”). Britain was to exercise control over southern Mesopotamia (“Red Zone”), as well as the territory around the Acre-Haifa bay in the Mediterranean with rights to build a railway from there to Baghdad. The territory east of the Jordan River and the Negev desert, south of the line stretching from Gaza to the Dead Sea, was allocated to an Arab state under British protection (“Area B”). South of France’s “blue zone,” in the area covering the Sanjak of Jerusalem and extending southwards toward the line running approximately from Gaza to the Dead Sea, was to be under international administration (“Brown Zone”).
The Sykes-Picot Agreement is the root cause of the rise of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, ISIS, Al’ Qaeda, and others. Now that you have an understanding of the causes for the current threat of terrorism we can discuss why being fearful of Islam and terrorists is not a phobia as CAIR, the Administration, and PC Police would have you believe.
The Justification of Terror
The Qur’an contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with non-believers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Qur’an are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Qur’an.
Most of today’s Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book’s call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. CAIR, the Administration, and other apologists cater to their preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over the historical facts and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology held by Muslims everywhere.
The Qur’an is replete with verses that justify and even encourage the killing of non-believers and ISIS, Hamas, Al’ Qaeda, and others have latched onto the violence inherent in the Qur’an and declared Jihad (holy war) against all non-believers.
The same Qur’an also justifies and encourages that “true believers” have a duty to lie to non-believers to further the cause of Islam which is nothing less than global domination and the establishment of a world wide caliphate.
We are told about Moderate Islam and its followers and that Islam is being perverted by those who commit these acts of terror, this is a myth carefully created by CAIR, the media, and PC Police. Moderate Muslims are those that simply aren’t actively cutting off your head. Like Bigfoot, UFO’s, and the Chupacabra lots of people claim they exist yet no one has ever been able to produce one. Remember that Taqiyya (lying,deceiving,illusion) is Islam’s most important ideological war time tool.
By not actively speaking out against the atrocities being committed on a daily basis, terrorism, anti-semitism, and hatred of the western way of life they are complicit in those atrocities, their silence is approval.
Islam demand total submission and those that don’t submit are to be killed, it really is as simple as that. Because a majority of people fear Islam and what it means to our way of life should it ever gain more than the small foothold it has now they are labeled as Islamaphobes and racists. As stated at the beginning of this article a phobia is an irrational fear of something, I am sorry but I don’t find it irrational to fear a “religion” that demands its followers kill me simply because I don’t believe as they do or because I won’t submit to their “religion”. It is not irrational to fear Islam because on a daily basis the followers of Islam commit acts to do just that, inspire fear.
As for it being racists to be against Islam, or to speak out against it that too is a bunch of crap. Islam is a “religion” not a damn race! If it is racist or fear mongering to to speak out against Islam than it is also racist and fear mongering to speak out about Christianity and Judaism. The reason you don’t hear those same cries when someone says or writes something derogatory about Christianity or Judaism is because they don’t fear having their head cut off for it.
Make no mistake Islam is at war with us and just because politicians say, “we are not at war with Islam” doesn’t make it untrue. Islam is our enemy, its followers have told us so, they have told us they at war with us BECAUSE of Islam and until we as a people wrap our heads around that little tidbit we will not be safe.
Thank you for reading and I look forward the fatwa and to seeing any and all comments you may have!
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- The Prophet Muhammad and the Origins of Islam: Metropolitan Museum of Art- http://www.metmuseum.org/
- The Sykes-Picot Agreement: Jewish Virtual Library- http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org