Islam: What is it and Who Started It?
The best place to start in defining Islam is to determine how it began and who it began through. Islam itself really begins with Muhammad, Islam’s main prophet who lived in the A.D. 600s. It is clear from history that Muhammad’s life is filled with anger, violence, and some say even pedophilia, because of his alleged penchant for very young girls.
“A monotheistic religion characterized by the acceptance of the doctrine of submission to God and to Muhammad as the chief and last prophet of God.”  The previous definition is as good as any.
Ultimately, Muhammad is the starting point for Islam. As noted, it is a monotheistic religion, meaning they believe in one god. Because Christians believe in a triune God – or one God in three Persons – Christians are seen as being polytheists to Muslims. This is not true. Christians are not polytheists at all, but monotheists. We cannot help the fact that the Bible reveals one God in three separate Persons. Because people cannot wrap their brains around that also does not mean it is not true.
Basic Tenets of Islam
- Monotheism – in Islam, only Allah exists as god
- Allah Encompasses Everything
- Allah is Near to Man
- Allah Created Everything
- Allah has Power over Everything
- Allah Sees and Knows Everything
- Allah is Sovereign
- The Torah and the New Testament are Corrupt
- The Qur’an is a Guide to the Muslim
- Belief in Angels
- This Life is Temporary
- Man is Tested throughout His Life Here
- Death is Not Annihilation
- There is Life After this Life
- A Judgment Follows this Life
- Paradise and Hell exist
- We are to Please God
A good portion of what Muslims believe is found within the Qur’an. The Qur’an is essentially a short book of things that Muhammad is believed to have said and taught. Along with the Qur’an, there are many Hadith (or sayings). Between the Qur’an and Hadith, Islam is explained to its adherents.
Sharia Law is the sacred law of Islam. It is non-negotiable and there are no appeals. Unfortunately, there are differences of opinion with respect to the tenets of Sharia Law, by those within Islam. Sharia Law covers a range of areas and topics for daily living in the Muslim world, such as:
Within Islam, there are three major divisions:
So depending upon which group a Muslim is associated with will determine how they view not only Sharia Law, but all aspects of Islam, including Jihad.
Jihad in its most basic sense, means “struggle.” All Muslim men will go through this as they struggle to follow the way of Allah. For many Muslims, it means an inner struggle, an emotional struggle overcoming the barriers that keep the Muslim from progressing.
For the extremist Muslim, jihad is taken to mean a physical or outward struggle with those of the world who are not part of Islam. These Muslims view themselves being at war with anyone outside of Islam. These enemies – or infidels (unbelievers) – are believed to be keeping the final Mahdi, or Savior from coming to earth. The Jihadist, or extreme Muslim waits impatiently for this Mahdi to appear and they believe that by physically fighting the world, eradicating those who stand against Islam.
Obviously, in this sense then, even the more conservative Muslims are often seen as being against Islam, as far as the extreme Muslims are concerned. This has created friction, war and even combat with one group of Muslims going after another group of Muslims.
While many people may believe and assert that the extreme Muslim (also known as Jihadist, or violent Muslim) is in the minority, the reality is that these Muslims have been and continue to make themselves known worldwide. In fact, it does not matter if they are the minority or majority because their murderous actions speak for themselves and they remain a continual threat to the entire world.
Many of these Muslims firmly believe that by killing infidels (along with themselves, as in the case of flying planes into the WTC or by blowing themselves up in a crowded market area), they will immediately be ushered into Allah’s presence. They will then be rewarded with 70 virgins.
Islam is a religion that was born – unfortunately – on violence and evil. It stands juxtaposed against Christianity. When Islam says to kill the infidels, Christ says to love those who use you, and persecute you.
Because Jesus taught us to love one another, to love our enemies and strive to do good to those who hurt and/or persecute us, he is seen as weak to the Muslim mind in general. Consequently, Christ’s followers are also seen as weak.
Extreme Muslims are willing to kill to defend Allah and Muhammad. No one is allowed to draw a picture of Muhammad, even if the picture is thought to be complimentary of him. To draw a picture of Muhammad is to invite your own death.
Further, extreme Muslims believe that anyone who curses or ridicules Allah or Muhammad must also be put to death. Because Christians do not kill people who take the Name of Jesus as a swear word, we are seen as being weak-willed.
The problem of course is that God is perfectly capable of defending Himself. He also tells us that vengeance is His alone. He will repay all the evil in this universe. No imperfect creature can put themselves in the place of perfect judge, as He is the Perfect Judge. All have sinned.
Allah is seen as a god who delights when his followers kill infidels. In fact, much of the Qur’an and the Hadith preach hatred, anger, violence, and vengeance. I recently saw a few videos in which very young children (ages 3 to 5) had been brainwashed into thinking and believing that Jewish individuals are “apes and pigs.” They said this with all sincerity.
Extreme Muslims teach their children not only to hate the Jew, but to hate anyone who is not Muslim. They are taught that to die for Allah brings great reward. Strapping yourself with bombs and blowing yourself up along with others reaps tremendous benefits. This is what children are being taught.
Sharia Law takes us back to the days of Hammurabi’s Code – an eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth. Democracy – while it is certainly not perfect – has laws based on compassion.
I just read today, in an email from Ray at Prophezine.com, that a judge in New Jersey upheld a Muslim man’s right to rape his wife if she refused to have sexual contact with him. According to Islam, it is the wife’s duty to have sex whenever the husband wishes. If he does not get to have sex willingly, he can have it unwillingly and the angels will curse the wife until morning. A New Jersey judge agreed with this, essentially stating that Sharia Law trumps (as Ray said), America’s democratic laws.
What people are failing to see is that while Muslims certainly may have the right to practice their religion in this United States, they do not have the right to break the laws of this land in so doing. All 50 states have laws against husbands raping their wives. Apparently though, if you are Muslim and your religion teaches that women can never say “no” to a husband’s desire for sex, then you are exempt.
In future blogs, we will go into greater detail regarding Islam and how it is working itself out in this country. We will most likely start with an article on the Five Pillars of Islam. Stay tuned.
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