Let’s Call ISIS “The Un-Islamic State”


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Dear ISIS & Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi,

You are not “The Islamic State.”

There is nothing Islamic about beheading foreign journalists, indiscriminately targeting religious minorities and instilling wanton terror within the general civilian population where your terrorist thugs operate.

As I mentioned during a July 2012 CNN television interview, you are so crazy that even Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri has distanced himself from the actions of your terrorist organization.

Seriously, you know that you’re a bunch of lunatics when even Al-Qaeda says that you are too ‘cray-cray’ for their taste.

For those who are unaware, the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) currently controls hundreds of square miles in both Iraq and Syria where state authority has evaporated. According to CNN, this group “ignores international borders and has a presence all the way from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to just south of Baghdad.”

After the killing of Al-Qaeda in Iraq’s leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006 by American forces, the “new Al-Qaeda [in Iraq] was rebranded in 2006 as the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI)”. It would add “and Syria” to its name later. The group gained traction by exploiting a “growing perception among many Sunnis that they were being persecuted by the Shia-dominated government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, starved of resources and excluded from a share of power.”

In the words of the Soufan Group, a political risk consultancy, “ISIS has become indisputably the most effective and ruthless terrorist organization in the world.”

“It now challenges the authority of two of the largest states in the Middle East, and has attracted significant numbers of fighters, not just from Iraq and Syria, but also from Saudi Arabia and other Arab states including Jordan.”

Ayham Kamel of the Eurasia Group has said ISIS uses “cash reserves from Mosul’s banks, military equipment from seized military and police bases and the release of 2,500 fighters from local jails to bolster its military and financial capability.”

For the last few months, we have witnessed ISIS targeting religious minorities (like Christians and Yazidis) in a campaign to rid their region of these peaceful populations. The United Nations has estimated that ISIS terrorists have trapped up to 40,000 members of Iraq’s minority communities which has many Western and regional players concerned about stability in northern Iraq and Syria.

Most recently, an August 2014 video released by ISIS shows the brutal beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American journalist if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq. (Editor’s Note: The second captured American journalist – Steven Sotloff- is a longtime Facebook friend of mine.)

From an Islamic perspective, when outlining the rules of engagement for wartime, the Prophet Muhammad said on numerous occasions:

  • “Do not kill any old person, any child or any woman”
  • “Do not kill the monks in monasteries”
  • “Do not kill the people who are sitting in places of worship”
  • “Do not attack a wounded person”
  • “No prisoner should be put to the sword [aka executed or beheaded]”

 

Prophet Muhammad also prohibited the killing of anyone who is in captivity (like journalists) and also outlawed the mutilating of the corpses of enemies. These clear and concise statements make any violation of these edicts during wartime a clear violation of core Islamic principles.

Most mainstream Islamic scholars also assert that war in Islam is purely defensive in nature (Quran 22:39-40). Also, the Quran prohibits of killing non-combatants (2:190-192) and it advocates kindness to people of other faiths who live in peace in Muslim lands (60:8).

Despite such clear injunctions, some so-called Muslims (like ISIS or Al-Qaeda) who claim to be killing in the name of Islam are, in fact, completely defiling its essence. The extremists and militants who attempt to hide behind the veneer of Islam are, in reality, openly violating many of its core teachings.

For these and many other reasons, the acronym ISIS should stand for “Idiotic Sacrilegious Imbecile Society” or we can just call them “The Un-Islamic State” for short.

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    • Dhamar Ali Yahbur

      What nonsense, the Quran does not say to not kill non-combatants or captives. In fact Muhammad himself beheaded all the male members of the Banu Qurayza tribe.

      • Truth

        If you can’t come with any good sources to back up your thesis, also Muhammed (peace be upon him) didn’t behad them, it was one of his top warriors Sa’d bin Mu’adh.

        • Dhamar Ali Yahbur

          Good sources for what? That the Quran does not say something? The source for that is the Quran. As for the massacre of the Banu Qurayza, Ibn ishaq says that Muhammad was the one that wielded the sword.

          • Maz Hussain

            The male members were be-headed but not due to by religious beliefs or rules, but due to the law of the land at the time of the event. Let’s not forget that he lived through violent times and you can’t expect today’s standards to apply retrospectively.

            • Resist_We_Much_10

              Yeah, but you worship this child molester Mohammed (piss upon him) as your god. Shouldn’t you subhuman pagans have a better role model than the moral cretin Mohammed (piss upon him)?

              My boogers are holier than your satanic false prophet!

            • Maz Hussain

              Yay a comment from an idiot so stupid that he fails ignores the post above. “you can’t expect today’s standards to apply retrospectively” Just to put your stupidity right he married a child aged somewhere between 9 and 16 according to various post dated sources. He didn’t marry her for sex, they married due to political reasons (law of the land). There is no mention of any sexual activity with them during her childhood in any sources and she went on to be one of the most important women leaders of her time. So in return my friend you are waste of a human soul.

            • Resist_We_Much_10

              LOL! The satanic pagan lectures his moral superior about a “human soul”!? Teehee

              Your false prophet (piss upon him) engaged in his sinful wickedness because of “politics”. That’s your answer? What a miserable subhuman he must have been. And yet you foolish “Palestinians” worship him as your god.

              Hey, if your satanic false prophet was so politically astute how’d he die? Oh that’s right – a Jewish girl did him in because he was such a glutton – LOL! Real politically correct wasn’t he, like Mohammed Deif of cursed memory. LOL!

              My boogers are holier than your false prophet because they never raped any children.

            • Maz Hussain

              Buddy, you keep making the same failed point and think your on some moral crusade. You really need to seek some mental help. good luck

            • Resist_We_Much_10

              Thanks, Maz!

              Death to “Palestine”!

            • Moaz Mumtaz

              yo bruh stop saying that no Muslim ever believes that Prophet Muhammad peace be upon his soul is God we believe he is the messenger of God dimwit

            • Resist_We_Much_10

              Stop taking the Divine name in vain, you satanic pagan. And don’t call me, “bruh”. I’m not a “bruh” of any subhuman Fuckestinians.

              We’re long past your Taqiyya, you pagan. We see how you subhumans worship your satanic false prophet, even as you constantly blaspheme His holy name. Stop with your Quranic lies.

              Exterminate Amalek!

            • The truth

              Abu bakr al baghdadi trained by Israeli bloody sadistic MOSSAD. Jewish wants to terrorise arab world by blaming islam. Abu bakr al baghdadi is the latest saitan made by Israel. Jewish are the most pathetic and barbarian people in the world. go to hell u bloody sadistic Jewish and its saitani unIslamic state.

            • Ali Hussain

              The amount of hate and false accusations/information you are blurting out reflects on you and your religion (if you have one) and not necessarily in a good way.

            • Dhamar Ali Yahbur

              No Maz, all of the sources agree that she was 9 years old. No source says she was 16. One Sahih hadith in Sunan Abu Dawud even says that she had sexual intercourse with him at nine. Another hadith relates that Muhammad used to suck on her tongue.

            • Erin Neff Miller

              How old was the Virgin Mary when she had Jesus? Who impregnated her? Just rhetorical questions.

            • SillyThings

              Except we don’t worship him….wow. This is awkward.

            • Resist_We_Much_10

              You Amaleki rioted and killed hundreds when someone drew a cartoon of your false god. People depict the Divine all the time, and yet you satanic pagans don’t do a thing.

              Why?

              Because the subhuman “Palestinian” people worship the satanic false prophet Mohammed. Don’t taqiyya me with that Quranic lie about Mohammedan believing in G-d.

            • Rex Schneider

              I don’t understand the need for being hateful. I do not believe in gods, but don’t disparage those folks who do. I think we need some adult discussion on these matters because humanity needs to get over its unreasoning bigoted chauvinism and a tendency to wage war for no good reason. Ranting with such condemning anger in the name of a supposedly loving god seems to be quite a theological contradiction.

            • Smarty Jones

              Deuteronomy 20:12-14 … Quran is just a copy of the Bible … man made Fiction!!!

              12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. 13 When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies.

            • Fidaagilani

              Yeah except for saying your priests are liars and that prophet jesus will not forgive you for making up lies about him
              Get over yourself buddy

            • james warren

              When you take metaphoric, sacred language literally it quickly becomes seen as a fictional fairy tale.

              The gospel writers stories that we used to think we were so smart to see them as symbolic. They actually wrote profound, metaphoric stories that we got dumb and began to take them literally.

              Both atheists and conservative believers take the texts literally.
              The Christians believe the literal as factually correct, while the atheist believes they are fairy tales. Scholars and historians understand the Bible as a complex array of real historical events, oral tradition, legend, myth and metaphor. And scholars have a methodology for determining what is historical and what is faith-based–or what is both.

            • SillyThings

              The trolling is strong with you.

            • Smarty Jones

              Here is what Christian Bible says, Quran quotes Bible 700 after Jesus …. OMG 🙂

              http://www.evilbible.com/Murder.htm

            • Fidaagilani

              Which one was it? The bible has been altered a 1000 times maybe theyve altered it to the holy quran seeing that too many are converting to it?

            • Smarty Jones

              Deuteronomy 20:12-14New International Version (NIV)

              12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. 13 When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies.

            • Smarty Jones
            • The truth

              Go hell bloody Jewish.

            • Fidaagilani

              That’s because your devine is not devine! Our prophet peace be upon him is much more important than ur stupid nonesense. Beside big difference between freedom of speech and defamation. Loser

            • Jekyll

              Aye, Juden.

            • damaged

              You realize no one said those acts were correct, right? This article could be applied to those events. However, understand those comics were more than scribbles. No practicing muslim worships the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). No practicing muslim is cool with people depicting God in paintings and whatever other medium…you think we want wars? You think muslims and the Prophet (peace be upon him) have had it easy to not understand the value of life? You think we aren’t human?

            • Resist_We_Much_10

              You realize no one said those acts were correct, right?

              Listen, you Quranic dog, I was around in 2006 and saw every mainstream Mohammedan cheer on the slaughter of thousands because of that cartoon. Not one subhuman “Palestinian” had the humanity to condemn those riots.

              However, understand those comics were more than scribbles.

              They were scribbles, dog. They were scribbles that depicted your false god, but at the end of the day they were scribbles. I guess your false god is so weak (he was after all killed by a Jewish girl) that he cannot even defend himself from cartoons.

              No practicing muslim worships the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him).

              Every practicing Mohammedan (except for those holy Ahmadis who reject paganism) worships the satanic false prophet Mohammed (Piss upon him). You riot, rape and kill when you see some scribbles. You have never rioted, raped or killed in defense of the Divine.

              No practicing muslim is cool with people depicting —- in paintings and whatever other medium…you think we want wars?

              You pagans love death more than the Yahood love life. I think you love to die and love to kill. War is the often the best way to do so – of course look at your pagan societies, you managed to develop a death culture without any war.

              Mohammedan worship Mohammed. You dogs have no respect for the Divine and take his name in vain constantly (e.g. your posting here). Let alone the way you call your false prophet with the name of the Divine – which is pure idol worship. *Except for the Ahmadis who reject the satanic teachings of Quranic paganism.

              You think we aren’t human?

              If you want to see the face of Satan look in the eyes of a “Palestinian’ child. The Ummah in general has totally forfeited the image of the Divine with which they were formed (before they became pagans) and has forfeited their humanity.

            • Ali Hussain

              Ignorance at its purest. If you don’t have something that helps the conversation go elsewhere. And get your facts right.

            • Dhamar Ali Yahbur

              Muslims like to claim that they don’t worship him, but they cannot even say his name without mumbling a bunch of praises in Arabic afterwards.

            • Alex

              In high offices such as ambassadors or United Nations these terms are used. It is a norm. “His Excellency” or “Honorable”. I don’t thin people worship ambassadors because they use bunch of phrases.

            • Smarty Jones

              Resist_We_Much_10

              Here is what Christian Bible says, Quran just quotes Bible 700 after Jesus …. OMG 🙂

              http://www.evilbible.com/Murder.htm

            • amina

              By the way it seems all ignorant people are very good in vulgarity because they have nothing of benefit to contribute. Our beloved messenger will not be loved less because your boogers are important to you..He was loved for almost 15 centuries before you existed and after your sorry sad self will seize to exist .Doesn’t it urke you that Mohamed was the greatest human according to statistic done by people like Banard Show and his like. so go choke on your boogers

            • Jekyll

              Much fealty to you madame for that response.

            • Loved or intimidated?

            • Ali Hussain

              What did you read?

            • Jenda

              Mohamed, pigs’ excrement be upon him, was just as great as Stalin and Hitler was and all three would score highly among their followers.
              Well, they treated those that would not vote for them the same so it’s no surprise. Maniac mass murderers with a braindead following all three of them.

            • Star Seed

              He wasn’t a child molester. That’s just propaganda used by Christian militants that are no different than ISIS in hate and ideology.

            • Fidaagilani

              Palestine is the death of you1- If the marriage was so wrong, then why didn’t Aisha’s mother object to the marriage? Instead she happily gave Aisha for marriage, and prepared her for the marriage.

              2- Why didn’t Abu bakr the father of Aisha object to the marriage? If it was so wrong you would expect the father to have not allowed such a marriage to take place.

              3- Why did the women who were present with Aisha when she was about to be given to the prophet for marriage wished her luck and were happy for her. If the marriage was wrong, the women present would have been sad, and they would not have been happy for Aisha, rather what we see is that they were happy for Aisha and had no problems with this marriage whatsoever.

              4- Are we supposed to assume that Abu Bakr, and Aisha’s mother, and the women present with Aisha are all pedophiles and child molesters? Indeed such a conclusion with be very ignorant, and arrogant.

              5- Why didn’t any of the prophet’s enemies use this against the prophet Muhammad? If the marriage was so wrong, then you would expect to find his enemies to be the first ones to start using this against him, instead what we find is that his enemies NEVER EVEN ONCE brought this marriage up in a negative way against him.

              6- In fact why didn’t any of the Arabs around the Hijazi area object or talk against this marriage? It was not only the pagan Arabs in Hijaz who didn’t object to this marriage, but the surrounding Arabs didn’t object to it neither!

              7- Are we to assume that ALL these Arabs were pedophiles and child molesters? Indeed such a conclusion would make the one making this conclusion a very stupid man, because only a very stupid arrogant man would accuse an entire race of being child molesters and pedophiles.

              8- Why is there not a SINGLE hadith from Aisha showing her being displeased of the marriage? Why is there not one hadith from Aisha showing her to be like a victim, instead when you look at Aisha you find no symptoms of a victim. She became a great leader for Islam, a great scholar for Islam who would teach about Islam to many men. Does this seem to be the symptoms of someone who has been abused?

              9-If Aisha was indeed a victim and so on, then why did she love the prophet Muhammad so much, and would sometimes get jelous around him because she loved him so much, does this sound like someone who is a victim?

              10- from all the hadith literature we have, we can confidently say that if Aisha was alive today, that she would distance herself from these Christians making these sick arguments, and that she would want nothing to do with these people, this in itself speaks volumes since these people making this sick argument are supposed to be the good guys who are trying to be helpful.

            • Dhamar Ali Yahbur

              Wait, Muhammad, who himself claimed that he was bringing a new law, the law of God, that was morally perfect, was actually acting on the laws of the time? That doesn’t make any sense, either he was following the laws from God that are timeless and morally perfect, or he was a regular man following the laws of his time. Which is it? It cannot be either depending on what’s convenient to excuse his behavior.

            • Maz Hussain

              Mohammed delivered a way of life for Muslims to follow not a Law. The way of life was and is only intended for Muslims not any other religion or belief. He helped form the first multi-cultural society where are religions were welcome.

              In my personal opinion Sharia Law has nothing to do with the lessons Mohammed tought, Sharia law is simply an interpretation made 100+yrs later and has been detrimental to the development of Islam as the “Middle ground”

            • Alex

              If i come to kick you out of your house, deprive you of basic rights, torture your family members, confiscate your belingings will you just turn your other cheek? Self defense is moral.

            • Janine Hibou

              Jesus lived before Muhammad, and he also lived in violent times yet he managed to back up his message of peace with his peaceful life

            • Maz Hussain

              You’re correct Janine, a considerable time before Mohammed and under Roman rule. Jesus was born in humble surroundings and although there is a large chunk of his life story missing we do know that he was treated horrifically by the Romans and the Jewish and brutally beaten and crucified. And like many acts of the past – what was acceptable then isn’t acceptable now.

            • Jenda

              No, he did not live through violent times. He created violent times!

            • Maz Hussain

              yes Jenda, he was responsible for everything that happened in Med Evil ages, just check out all the horrible stuff he created in Game of Thrones. Go away and stick to your stupid kind please

            • Jenda

              Everything? No. But he did destroy civilizations better than anything Islam ever made. Looters and pillagers.

          • SillyThings

            And let’s note that the action was carried out not because of Muhammad’s decision but by a third party who was brought in by Muhammad to access the situation and told Muhammad to carry out the act based on Jewish laws.

          • amina

            By the if you were to read seerah Banu Quraida were treacherous they had a deal and they broke it the last possible moment and the battle confederate s was over Banu Quraida were dealt with and this was the policy of the time

        • Fame Unfame

          by whose order?

      • Les Burns

        The Koran I have and have read to better understand Islam says that exactly. I’m guessing you get all your “quotes of the Koran” off the internet.

        • Dhamar Ali Yahbur

          Ok then, give us the Sura and Ayat number.

        • Dhamar Ali Yahbur

          A year later and he still has not provided the evidence for his statement. sigh…

      • Alex

        Please read this article about the true story.

        http://muslim-responses.com/Banu_Qurayza/Banu_Qurayza_

      • It actually says both so they have their choice, depending on what mood they’re in that day.

      • Alex

        They didn’t honor the agreement and betrayed. They were Jewish and Muhammed applied the Jewish law for treason on Qurayza.

    • Smarty Jones
    • Smarty Jones

      Following the words of other Muslim leaders, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh issued a statement Tuesday that was released by the Saudi Press Agency.

      “Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on earth, destroying human civilization,” said al-Sheikh, “are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims.”Free Sign Up CP Newsletter!

      The Saudi Grand Mufti’s comments were the latest of several Muslim leaders both religious and secular, from Indonesia to Egypt, condemning the actions and views of ISIS.

      http://www.christianpost.com/news/top-saudi-cleric-joins-muslim-leaders-in-condemning-isis-terrorists-says-they-are-destroying-human-civilization-125113/

    • sevenfalls

      This is a sign that this organization is supported him and intended to burn the region and the Americans

    • Kash Niazi

      I do not know if I’m paranoid but I don’t get the feeling of
      this being genuine. Great Hollywood work perhaps. So the guy cuts the (poor)
      victim’s throat about 5 times so fast (really bad knife?) and no blood leaks
      out….??? The blood should be gushing out with pressure as soon as he puts the
      first cut. Yes there is a beheaded picture displayed later but I can assure any
      special affects expert can create that for any movie. Sorry for discussing the graphic
      content and also if I bring any disrespect to the victim as I don’t mean it. I commend
      his courage and confidence in his speech before dying. Never witnessed that
      before….neither I have been a fan of 9/11 stories or OBL killing stories…questions
      about which still spin my head.

      At best – let’s believe it is all valid but it still does not make ISIS representation of Islam.

    • Guest

    • Kash Niazi
    • TheSnorkeler

      Ugh… religion sucks.

    • Emily Lynn Hofland

      The word “cray” means elusive, not crazy. It refers to the Cray brothers that were gang lords in the UK and dissapeared, never to be seen again when cops went looking for them.

    • Emily Lynn Hofland

      Doesn’t Archer work for ISIS? See if he can talk to his mom about putting an end to this.

      • Hoinah

        Thank you! Glad to know I’m not the only one who first thinks of Archer EVERY time I hear ISIS mentioned in the news…

    • bobmarley

      wheres the love

    • eisie

      Read the History of Mohammed, The Unveiling of Islam by Harry Richardson. what ISIS is doing is exactly what Islam is all about!. We need to stop acting like Islam is based on some kind of peaceful principles because it is NOT. The goal is to exterminate the unbeliever. Most proponents of Islam don’t even understand their own religion. Read this book and you will see what is really going on. Read this book it will really be an eye opener.

    • tepes

      horse shit ,pure and simple ! I`ve read the quran !

    • Guest

      To the member of the Islamic party
      ISIS.

      I am an American civilian. Although I am saddened that
      another human soul was extinguished, it doesnt change a thing for us
      Americans. You think that threatening us with these nickle and dime
      antics. Like flying planes into our cities on suicidal runs. You
      think sleeper scells with scanty little nuclear bombs that can wipe
      out a single city. You think that killing people who come over to
      your county to document the truth about what’s going on… IS GOING
      TO SCARE US?

      Imbeciles! You have no idea what you are messing
      with!

      I speak for myself when I say my disdain of your
      kind grows even more. I don’t hate you for your race, I hate you for
      your belief. And when I say hate. I literally discriminate anyone
      who supports jihad.

      I read the Quran, the Bible, and the
      Torah. No religion in the world condones or even mentions the
      torturing, or killing of innocent people, Not even satanist or
      demonology condone killing of innocents.

      America may not
      be perfect. We are a collection of the worlds outcast. Those who do
      not wish to follow certain political agendas like Marxism, Stalinist,
      dictatorship, bipartisanship, or any of the other political parties.
      We are a nation built on democracy which allows us to vote on what we
      want.

      Now this may not be perfect, this may be dangerous. But
      unless you live on our soil, and you understand our ways, and you
      understand our passion and our belief. You will never understand what
      it is to be American.

      We are the strongest nation in the
      world. We have the most weapons. Rephrase we have the most advanced
      weapons in the world, and we have the biggest stockpile.

      So I
      repeat. DO YOU THINK YOU SCARE US?

      Bringing your war to our
      soil, will not only enrage 20 million veterans and another 1 million
      soldiers, you’re going to piss off a billion plus people living on
      this continent.

      Now imagine this for fear.

      We simply
      lay waste to your desert paradise. And purge your kind from the very
      face of the earth.
      The fact that we can simply aim our nukes at
      you and end this conflict in a heart beat.

      But we are
      Americans. We believe that everyone should have a fair chance to join
      into the democracy.
      And the fact we know we are the most
      powerful, we don’t bully people, we try to resolve our issues through
      diplomacy.

      But I am beginning to think you people are nothing
      more then murderous thugs. And deserve nothing short of a swift
      death. Torturing you would only bring pain to the hearts of everyone.
      Simply treatng you like vermin, and moving on is what I believe
      should be done.

      So sit down, shut up, and stop acting like
      some little bitch with a tantrum.
      You dont scare us.

    • Ceric Lasentri

      To the member of the Islamic party
      ISIS.

      I am an American civilian. Although I am saddened that
      another human soul was extinguished, it doesn’t change a thing for us
      Americans. we are strong, we are proud, we are just.

      You think that threatening us with these nickle and dime
      antics. Like flying planes into our cities on suicidal runs. You
      think sleeper cells with scanty little nuclear bombs that can wipe
      out a single city. You think that killing people who come over to
      your county to document the truth about what’s going on… IS GOING
      TO SCARE US?

      Imbeciles! You have no idea what you are messing
      with!

      I speak for myself when I say my disdain of your
      kind grows even more. I don’t hate you for your race, I hate you for
      your belief. And when I say hate. I literally discriminate anyone
      who supports jihad.

      I read the Quran, the Bible, and the
      Torah. No religion in the world condones or even mentions the
      torturing, or killing of innocent people, Not even satanist or
      demonology condone killing of innocents.

      America may not
      be perfect. We are a collection of the worlds outcast. Those who do
      not wish to follow certain political agendas like Marxism, Stalinist,
      dictatorship, bipartisanship, or any of the other political parties.
      We are a nation built on democracy which allows us to vote on what we
      want.

      Because we are a nation built on a constitution that allows us to make choices, defend ourselves, and choose who we worship, we are are able to grow and learn, and teach one another. Thereby the very reason why we are the worlds foremost superpower. (althoughbeit a broke ass super power we still have the most nukes)
      We are the strongest nation in the
      world. We have the most weapons. Rephrase we have the most advanced
      weapons in the world, and we have the biggest stockpile.

      Now this may not be perfect, this may be dangerous. But
      unless you live on our soil, and you understand our ways, and you
      understand our passion and our belief. You will never understand what
      it is to be American. We are not evil. We are not wrong. And we may have corrupt gov officials. They do not represent the majority of the honest hard working americans who are working daily to support families.

      So I
      repeat. DO YOU THINK YOU SCARE US?

      Bringing your war to our
      soil, will not only enrage 20 million veterans and another 1 million
      soldiers, (most of them have their own stockpile of semi automatic and automatic weapons mind you) you’re going to piss off a billion plus people living on
      this continent. And many of them have guns. I myself have several.

      Now imagine this for fear.

      We simply
      lay waste to your desert paradise. And purge your kind from the very
      face of the earth.

      The mere mention of the possibility should be awe striking.

      The fact that we can simply aim our nukes at
      you and end this conflict in a heart beat.

      But we are
      Americans. We believe that everyone should have a fair chance to join
      into the democracy.

      And the fact we know we are the most
      powerful, we don’t bully people, we try to resolve our issues through
      diplomacy.

      But I am beginning to think you people are nothing
      more then murderous thugs. And deserve nothing short of a swift
      death. Torturing you would only bring pain to the hearts of everyone.
      Simply treating you like vermin, and moving on is what I believe
      should be done.

      So sit down, shut up, and stop acting like
      some little bitch with a tantrum.
      You dont scare us. And should you keep this shit up..
      remember.
      Hussein was hung, we murdered bin Laden. What’s to stop up from just laying waste to everyone of you to put an end to this?

      STOP KILLING THE INNOCENTS!

    • media_junkie

      I want to share this – but without that photograph at the top.

    • FlyFast

      UN-ISLAMIC??? I have seen nothing that they have done that doesn’t perfectly represent Islam for the last 1,000 years. When has anyone ever witnessed Muslims starting hospitals, schools and helping in any form their fellow man. It just doesn’t happen. They have been a beacon of what true evil on earth represents for as long as time. When 99% give the rest a bad name, maybe the 1% represented by the author of this article and the Muslim defenders are wrong about what it means to be Muslim. If this pisses off Muslims, like I hope it does. Then please show the world this deeply hidden side of Islam that cares about anyone else in the world. I imagine that at the end of that journey you will find there is nothing about being Muslim that deserves any pride.

      • “When has anyone ever witnessed Muslims starting hospitals, schools and helping in any form their fellow man. It just doesn’t happen. They have been a beacon of what true evil on earth represents for as long as time. ”

        http://www.onislam.net/english/health-and-science/faith-and-the-sciences/423123-hospitals-in-islamic-history-.html?the_Sciences=

        Damascus:
        The first known hospital in Islam was built in Damascus in 706 A.D. by the Umayyad Caliph, Al-Walid (Hamarneh, 1962). The most important hospital built in Damascus in the middle ages was named An-Nuri Hospital, after King Nur Adl-Din Zinki in 1 156.

        Baghdad:
        In 750 A.D., Baghdad was elected and built to be the capital of the Abbasid dynasty by the Caliph Abu-Jaifar Al- Mansur. In 766 A.D., he assigned the dean of the medical school of Jindi Shapur, Judis Ibn-Babtishu’, to be the court physician and establish hospitals proportionate to the glory and prosperity of Baghdad.

        When Harun Arl-Rashid followed (786-809 A.D.), he ordered the grandson of Ibn-Babtishu and his court physician, Jibril, to build a special hospital named Baghdad Hospital. This hospital developed into an important medical center. One of its chiefs was Al-Razi, the eminent internist.

        In 918 A.D., the Caliph Al-Mujgtadir built two hospitals in Baghdad. One was on the east side of the city, which he named Asl-Sayyidah Hospital, after his mother. The other was on the west side of the city, which he named, Al- Mujgtadiri Hospital, after himself.

        Another important hospital was named Al-Adudi Hospital. It was built in 981 A.D. after King Adud Ald-Dawlah. It was the most magnificent hospital built in Baghdad before modern times. It was built at the request of the Caliph, who wanted to outdo his predecessors.

        It was furnished with the best logistical equipment and supplies known at the time. It had interns, residents, and 24 consultants attending its professional activities. Haliy Abbas, who wrote the famous book Liber Regius (Al-Malaki), was a member of staff. It was destroyed in 1258 when the Mongols, led by Holagu the grandson of Genghis Khan, invaded Baghdad.

        Egypt:
        Al-Fustat: In 872 A.D., Ahmed Ibn-Tulun built a hospital called Al-Fustat Hospital in the city Al-Fustat, which is now Old Cairo. It served the growing Cairo population for six centuries. It was divided into separate wards. On admission, the patients were given special apparel while their clothes, money, and valuables were stored until they were at the time of their discharge.

        Andalusia
        In 1366 A.D., Prince Muhammad Ibn-Yusuf Ibn Nasr built the Granada Hospital in the city of Granada, which had a population of expanded to half a million population. The hospital represented the beauty of Islamic architecture in Spain and served the people until the fall of Granada in 1492 A.D

        • FlyFast

          Awesome! I think you clearly won that argument. Let’s quickly put it into prospective, Muslims make up roughly 23% of the worlds population and the most recent positive contribution was over 500 years ago (your data not mine). Let’s compare Muslims globally with Jews (a people group from the same region), they make up according to the internet 0.196% of the worlds populace, let’s just go with various Nobel prizes won by Jews. Chemistry (19% of total awards), physics (26% of total awards), economics(41% of total awards), medicine (28% of total awards). We could go on…. Nearly every city in America has a hospital started by a Jewish person. Your right Islam has contributed to the world, but their current representatives have raped more women in Iraq in the last week than their population representing 23% of the world have opened hospitals in over 500 years. You have definitely won this argument.

          • Your quote: “I have seen nothing that they have done that doesn’t perfectly represent Islam for the last 1,000 years. ”

            I’ve got you to shorten your historical illiteracy to a gap of 500 years. So I’ll take that as victory.

            Here’s another contribution the Muslim world made: helping to restore classical civilisation to medieval Europe via the Toledo library, without which ignorant bigots like you couldn’t stink up the internet with your shadow projections.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_of_Cremona

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo_School_of_Translators

            • Now why don’t you go cherry pick some statistics about the lack of Nobel prize winners in the Islamic world. Maybe you can find a similar lack of black africans, or other groups. Maybe if you think really hard, you can find reasons for that gap, beyond some 10th century metaphysical handwaving about “The Muslims be evil”.

              OK, that’s my quota of trying to enlighten scum for the day.

            • FlyFast

              So let me get this straight. You representing nearly a quarter of the worlds population, and having all of this modern technology (all of which was invented, produced and most likely deliver by a non- Muslim) must go all the way back to the twelfth century as a rebuttal. Oh my. I think you might think less about chopping each other’s, not to mention everyone else’s heads off, and contribute more than oil (I personally think the Earth gets some credit for that though) to society. Then maybe people won’t be so pissed when what you call a minority acts a little foolish.

          • You can try to row back from the pig ignorance of your original comment all you like, oinker, but it’s too late.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Canon_of_Medicine

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Canon_of_Medicine#Influence_in_Europe

            QUOTE:

            It became increasingly influential through the medieval period, and was a main text in university courses by 1340.[11] Its encyclopaedic content, its systematic arrangement and philosophical marrying of the medicine of Galen with the theory of science of Aristotle helped it become one of the pre-eminent works in the medical literature of Europe. The Canon’s influence declined in the 16th century as a result of humanists’ preference in medicine for ancient Greek and Roman authorities over Arabic authorities, although others defended Avicenna’s innovations beyond the original classical texts. It fell out of favour in university syllabi, although it was still being taught as background as late as 1715 in Padua.[11]

            The first three books of the Latin Canon were printed in 1472, and a complete edition appeared in 1473. In the last 30 years of the 15th century it passed through 15 Latin editions. It was one of the most frequently printed medical books of the 15th and 16th centuries.[11] In recent years, a partial translation into English was made.

            Sir William Osler described the Canon as “the most famous medical textbook ever written”, noting that it remained “a medical bible for a longer time than any other work.”[12]

          • Guest

            When Cotton Mather introduced inoculation in the 1700s, using a Turkish medical text as inspiration, where were illiterate hatemongers like you then also.

            http://en.zaman.com.tr/en/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=4874

            “Cotton Mather, you dog, dam [sic] you! I’ll [sic] inoculate you with this; with a pox to you!”

            Those were the words of the note attached to a bomb thrown into the home of Reverend Cotton Mather in the morning of Nov. 21, 1721. Undeterred by this act of terrorism, Mather continued to advocate for the use of an Ottoman medical procedure, inoculation, in which a doctor gives smallpox material to a healthy person through a cut, to combat the highly lethal disease. Mather’s actions saved lives during Boston’s 1721 smallpox epidemic and led to significant innovations in Western medicine. They are also a reminder of the contributions made by Muslims and Turks, in particular to the modern West. Despite his role combating Boston’s smallpox epidemic in 1721 and his considerable intellectual achievements, Americans chiefly remember Cotton Mather for his unyielding defense of Puritan Christianity against all other faiths, including Islam, and his defense of the Salem Witch Trials, one of the worst miscarriages of justice in American history.

            • FlyFast

              So once again we are talking about someone from the 1700’s. Lets just for exercise find out what 80% of the Muslim population living in Europe contributes to Europe. This is For Muslims By Muslims TV, not people hating on them from the outside.

              http://youtu.be/SkHQIfWCgbE

          • When Cotton Mather introduced inoculation in the 1700s, there were illiterate hate-mongers like you there also, a reminder, as in the works of ibn khaldun (google him, you pig), that history is cyclical.

            http://en.zaman.com.tr/en/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=4874

            “Cotton Mather, you dog, dam [sic] you! I’ll [sic] inoculate you with this; with a pox to you!”

            Those were the words of the note attached to a bomb thrown into the home of Reverend Cotton Mather in the morning of Nov. 21, 1721. Undeterred by this act of terrorism, Mather continued to advocate for the use of an Ottoman medical procedure, inoculation, in which a doctor gives smallpox material to a healthy person through a cut, to combat the highly lethal disease. Mather’s actions saved lives during Boston’s 1721 smallpox epidemic and led to significant innovations in Western medicine. They are also a reminder of the contributions made by Muslims and Turks, in particular to the modern West. Despite his role combating Boston’s smallpox epidemic in 1721 and his considerable intellectual achievements, Americans chiefly remember Cotton Mather for his unyielding defense of Puritan Christianity against all other faiths, including Islam, and his defense of the Salem Witch Trials, one of the worst miscarriages of justice in American history.

      • “When has anyone ever witnessed Muslims starting hospitals, schools and helping in any form their fellow man. It just doesn’t happen. They have been a beacon of what true evil on earth represents for as long as time.”

        http://www.onislam.net/english/health-and-science/faith-and-the-sciences/454994-history-of-medicine-in-the-islamic-civilization.html?the_Sciences=

        …medicine within the Islamic civilization passed through three main stages (Abouleish, n.d.). The first stage started in the early 7th century by collecting and translating the medical knowledge of the Greeks, Persians, Assyrian Syriacs, Indians and Byzantines. (Nagamia, 1998)

        Soon enough, Muslim physicians started to elaborate on the collected body of knowledge and largely expanded it through experience, exploration, experimentations, testing, and practice. This was during the Golden Age of the Islamic civilization that brought the original contributions of Muslim physicians in the medical, pharmaceutical, herbal, nutritional and botanical fields. This second stage extended during the ninth through thirteenth centuries. During the last stage, however, decline occurred which reflected the stagnation and gradual deterioration of the whole Islamic nation.

        During the second stage, many physicians, Arabs as well as non-Arabs, contributed to the flourishing of the medicine. Physicians like Al-Razi, or Razes (841 – 926 AD), and Ibn-Sina, known as Avicenna (980 – 1037 AD) were pioneers in the medical fields. Their books and teachings were used as bases for medical study in Europe for centuries to come.

        Al-Razi’s fame started with the establishment of a hospital in Baghdad in the 9th century which included a special ward for mental illness. He also pioneered in holistic and spiritual medicine, advocating healing and caring for the whole patient. This idea was well reflected in his book ‘Al-Tibb al-Rawhani’ (Spiritual Medicine) where he emphasized the importance of heart purification and ethical and virtuous conducts in achieving total healing.

        In his famous book, Al-Qanun fi al-Tibb (The Law in Medicine), Ibn-Sina laid the foundation of medical practice, compiled a complete Materia Medica, described diseases and malfunctions and gave a full formulary of remedies, suggestions and recipes for treatment.

      • Maz Hussain

        FlyFast – possibly the most uneducated comment in the history of comments. Try googling Islam and medicine or education and you will soon be much wiser. BTW I don’t think their religion had much to do with their thirst for knowledge but you asked so hey-ho

      • Alex

        When christians were roaming in filth in Europe in Middle Ages, Muslims were advancing science, medicine, math and all.

    • Chris Mueller

      When up to 25% of Muslims are extremists you might as well accept the fact that you’re religion is the most hateful thing on this planet. Create a new religion that’s actually based on peace or frankly, just shut the fuck up until we kill the 25% and don’t cry about it.

      • stastics

        for gods sake, there are 1.6 billion Muslims from all over the world. if 100,000 of those are terrorist extremists that makes 0.0000625% of them terrorists. So wtf are you talking about…

    • Sarah Dutko

      Quran (5:33)
      – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and
      strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered
      or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides
      or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this
      world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

      Quran (8:12)
      – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore
      strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    • Human

      None of this makes any sense, i dont understand what the Islamic State stands for when it is wiping out fellow Muslims in the most barbaric and terrifying way, reducing human lives to nothing in the blink of an eye, for what? So that they feel more powerful, feel like they are a band of brothers, because they are so socially isolated in their country of origin they feel the need to go to another country and kill other Muslims??? i believe in Jesus, Allah and Buddha, and I think the Hindu faith is interesting, but my understanding is that all of them teach peace and love for fellow human beings. I am aware that war has been an ugly factor in humanity for centuries, all nations have blood on their hands…..but I do not understand what it is that the Islamic state is fighting for, other than to revert to a time we all have in our histories that implemented barbaric punishments and oppressed its people’s using violence, abuse and exploitation so that the so-called religious leaders could enjoy their lives, experiencing all of the so called ‘sins’ of humanity behind their castle walls,,,,its about power and control…..not Islam.

    • childoflove

      I agree. This ISIS group uses religion as their platform but its nothing more than brainwashing for hatred and to be cold blooded killers. Like any gang, any hate group, SS, or whatever. Religion is not the issue, IMO. Theyll use it for brainwashing. Men that want to belong to some sort of group to kill mass amounts of people. Thats not religion, thats murder. Religion is a personal thing not something that is used to group people together to kill others for not believing in what you want. Its psycho and the followers are brainwashed. Hence all of the young children they are using as child soldiers Simple.

    • KomaGawa

      I wonder about covering their faces. Of course I get the idea they are afraid of retaliation, but if their faith is real in their eyes. Why hide themselves from us. what they are afraid to do in public, do they think they are doing privately before God? How absurd. Too bad crazies don’t want to listen to their own logic.

    • KomaGawa

      I can appreciate freedom of speech, but I have to say this, visit Richard Goldstein’s blog, he would have “zero” patience with the ilk of “Smarty Jones”. I am not Muslim. But this arguement just takes up space, because he is not saying anything new. Or another suggestion is to let him speak but in some far corner of this magazine site, and have a link for people who want to trash-talk to go there and read him. Have any of you folks read William Faulkner, Satoris,. Part of the story is about this white trash Southerner (from a town similar to where I come from). He is supposed to go visit the local Plantation owners house on some matter, He takes his son with him to teach him how to behave. just before they go up the porch steps he steps in some s###t, and then walks up and rings the bell. When he is invited inside he wipes his boots on their Persian carpet before he leaves. This is what :Smarty Jones” and other remind me of. tolerating this kind of nonsense is about not having self respect, not about violence. Like I said, go visit Richard Goldstein’s blog and see how he handles people like “Smarty Jones”.
      Regarding IS, the subject of this article, I have an opinion that IS is a small or large, case by case, reflection of ourselves. By this I mean we have an animal, fanatical nature, all of us do. But some have this animal nature on a very tight leash. And some of us let the animal inside run around and poop on the carpet. Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Moses, the Prophet, and the Others, are teachers, They taught mankind to control the animal nature tendencies. This is what can be gleaned from the Old Testament, and is much clearer in the New Testament, despite its flaws. And then there is the Holy Qur’an, written down by the Prophet. So I wonder how these folks in IS are brainwashed. Probably doesnt take too much to twist their minds. Still they have souls, unlike a snake.

      • Jekyll

        The Quran was not written down by the prophet idiot.

        • KomaGawa

          Jekyll, I appreciate your reply, because I rarely get replies these days. Your technical observation is correct, my bad.

    • Howard Mitchell

      “I shall terrorise the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them, because they oppose Allah and his apostle.” (Qur’an 8:12) Pray tell, is there any other explanation for this? Who are the infidels?

    • S.A.R Adil

      Muhammad (pbuh) is undoubtedly the greatest human being who ever lived on this planet earth. This is an acknowledged fact that is beyond debate or dispute. To all those who speak ill of the Prophet (pbuh), please have the courtesy to show him respect and desist from using abusing language. May God guide us all to remain civil and courteous under all circumstances. Syed Adil

    • Nathan Edwards

      How about calling them the Un-Pak(pak meaning unpure) IS, which can be abbreviated as uPIS

    • Nathan Edwards

      “What nonsense, the Quran does not say to not kill non-combatants or captives. In fact Muhammad* himself beheaded all the male members of the Banu Qurayza tribe”

      So did the pedophile* rape the women and children??

    • Nathan Edwards

      the idiot DAY wrote…”What nonsense, the Quran does not say to not kill non-combatants or captives. In fact Muhammad** himself beheaded all the male members of the Banu Qurayza tribe”

      So did the pedophile** rape the women and the children??

    • Nathan Edwards

      maybe call the crap IS Un-Pak( pak meaning “really pure” not )-IS, which equals UPIS

    • Aasiyah Sattar

      For those of you to continue to find hatred towards muslims and Islam even though muslims are against extremist and terrorist, let me try to clear up misconceptions.

      In the aftermath of September 11 when President Bush visited the Islamic Center of Washington DC, both to reassure the Muslims in America and to create public awareness against prejudice, he remarked: “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.” Of course, Bush is, first and foremost, a politician and therefore his remarks should be taken with a grain of salt – actually, a lot of salt.

      The American President was quickly rebuffed even by a number of his compatriots, who vehemently disagreed with the President’s diplomatic stance. “… a large number of foreign policy hawks — some of them with advisory roles in the Bush administration — have joined religious conservatives in taking issue with Bush’s characterizations. … they say the claim is dishonest and destined to fail.” [Conservatives Dispute Bush Portrayal of Islam as Peaceful] A pro-Israel, conservative or neocon, Daniel Pipes, sermonized that since calls for “Death to America” in 1979 in Iran, “… some 600 Americans have been murdered by militant Muslims. And still the U.S. government fails to ‘proclaim militant Islam our strategic enemy’ but instead goes along with blandishments about ‘good Muslims’ and ‘true Islam’ being a religion of peace.” [Militant Islam Is Still Enemy No.1] 

      In contrast to the above two categories of non-Muslim stance, there are two parallel camps within Muslims. One camp on the fringe has no qualms in taking a public position that Islam enjoins fighting and subduing the non-Muslims, and this is a sublime religious duty. They urge the Muslims to take up a combative struggle – armed if necessary – to resist the evil of the “infidels” (kuffar) and to facilitate Islam’s victory over others. They cite the example of the Prophet as to how under his leadership the world of the unbelievers was subdued.

      Repudiating this group of extremist Muslims, there is the broader Muslim community that finds an echo of their own position in what President Bush said and they would like the world to know that Islam means peace and Islam is peaceful. Period. This group is very much troubled by the hate-mongering and violent posturing of the fringe extremists among Muslims. Thus, they would like to underscore and highlight the essential dimension of Islam, which in their view is peace. 

      So, is Islam essentially intolerant and violent or is it essentially tolerant or peaceful? The fact of the matter is that in presenting Islam as essentially peaceful or violent, there is a false and an unacceptable reductionism, and trying to cast Islam in such reductionist framework inevitably leads to either misunderstanding or misrepresentation.

      At the center of this whole debate are three aspects: the Qur’an, the life of the Prophet, and the historical experience of Muslims. But first let me identify a few pertinent premises.

      (1) Muslims hold the Qur’an as the ultimate source of divine guidance. Even the Prophet could not have contradicted the Qur’an, let alone anyone else. (2) The Qur’anic verses should not be taken in isolation from other verses or from the Prophetic experience. (3) The Qur’anic verses, commands or otherwise, have different levels of priority; some are general in scope and are to be treated or upheld as norms, while other verses might be contextual, delimited or transitional. (4) Life is an integrated whole, and Islam is a guidance for the whole life in a comprehensive or holistic manner, where a sense or goal of balance is of supreme importance. And (5) life needs to be treated as life, which from the Islamic viewpoint should be understood as based on Fitrah, the innate human nature.

      The history of Muslims, similar to that of many other communities, is not devoid of violence and warfare. There have been almost perpetual wars, conflicts, and the attending violence in the Muslim world. During the Prophetic era in the Madinah period, the Prophet was at war with all those who fought the nascent Muslim community and the Islamic polity. In the post-prophetic era, the conflicts continued on two fronts. The Islamic polity, which from the beginning was on a pluralistic foundation, continued to be drawn to war with other great civilizations and lesser powers of the time. The Islamic polity subsequently also found another front open: internal schism and conflict. Contending powers or blocks had internecine conflicts, in most cases completely de-linked with the spirit, vision, and precepts of Islam.

      The transformation from a constitutional, participatory, and accountable form of governance during the period of Rightly-guided Caliphs to its despotic anti-thesis represented a counter-revolution to the revolution ushered in by the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Since this counter-revolution, the establishment persistently purported to preserve the status quo, and oppositions–legitimate or illegitimate, right or wrong, just or unjust–were at the receiving end of persecution and retribution. It is important to note that the political institutions and culture in the Muslim world that evolved subsequently are more rooted in that counter-revolution than in the revolution and legacy of the Prophet.

      The division of the world between Dar al-Harb (home of war and conflict) and Dar al-Islam (home of peace and security) was a concoction of the classical Muslim jurists to contend with the problems of their time, but the reality was that on one hand in Dar al-Islam there was no less internal conflicts than external conflicts. Our contemporary generation of self-critical and conscientious Islamic scholars, who are in tune with the challenges of our time, are already reformulating their thoughts and positions, discarding the practically untenable and Islamically unwarranted framework of Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam.

      Both to pursue the external and internal conflicts, the scriptures (the Qur’an and the Hadith) have been used (more like abused) to support a particular position or agenda. Gradually, the edifice of Islam and Muslims was weakened from within, and when the decadent Muslim society faced confrontation with the rising West, not only the Islamic polity collapsed and got dismembered by the victor West, but also the philosophical, juristic, theological and institutional edifice bared itself in terms of its internal incoherence and confusion.

      During the colonial expansion of the West, the Muslim world, like any other colony, was ravaged, humiliated, dismembered and subjugated beyond any recognition, even though the Muslim world has not de-linked itself from the nostalgic memory that once the Islamic polity led the world, politically, militarily as well as knowledge-wise and technologically. Muslims are no less freedom loving than any other segment of humanity. But they are finding themselves subjugated under despotic and brutal regimes that are subservient to, defender of, or dependent on the West. The plight of the people of Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya and Iraq greatly illustrates the pain and agony of the Muslim world. The overall response to such conditions of course covers the entire spectrum: from rational and non-violent resistance to violent resistance to irrational, fanatical terrorism.

      Therefore, if from a cursory reading of the history of Muslims makes people think that this religion is quite violent, the impression can’t be dismissed quite so easily, even though drawing conclusions about Islam on the basis of such impressions is simplistic and incorrect at best.

      All killing, fighting, war and even administration of law and order involve some type of violence. However, the “Wild Wild West” did not earn the United States a reputation for violence; the two World Wars – the most violent and the worst killings in human history – did not earn the West in general and Europe in particular a reputation for violence either. The virtual decimation of the Indian people in the United States did not make the country barbaric or uncivilized. The European colonization that ravaged, exploited and dehumanized various parts of Asia and Africa, including the Muslim world, did not make Europe any less civilized. The Spanish Inquisition and the Crusade did not make Christianity violent and barbaric. Even the organized torching of Muslims in India by a Hindu mob does not make Hinduism a burning example of violence and barbarism. Yet, these days there are people who would like to identify Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (saw)as violent or symbol of violence. 

      We have already mentioned above that during the post-Prophetic era, there was plenty of conflict and violence that occurred in the name of Islam, yet Islam did not sanction it. Notably, for 13 years of Makkan period, Muslims were strictly forbidden to reciprocate any violence to the persecutors of the Quraish. Many people misunderstand Muhammad(saw) because when they compare him with many other religious figureheads, such as Jesus and Buddha, they find a stark and intriguing contrast. Jesus as portrayed in Bible, appears to be an embodiment of unblemished peace and compassion. Buddha appears to be an enlightened soul far removed from the hustle and bustle of life. In both cases, it seems that many find a message of non-violence. On the contrary, Muhammad (saw) appears to be quite different. In the limelight of society, he is helping the feuding Arabs make peace during his youth. He is also involved in a social treaty (Hilf al-Fudhul) to form an alliance against any unjust war and killing. He is an accomplished merchant, a family man, forgiving all the adversaries during the conquest of Makkah, except four murderers, mending his own shoes, foot-racing his beloved wife, leading and motivating the believers to stand for justice and give life in fighting, if necessary.

      Such a comparison between Muhammad(saw) on one hand and Jesus or Buddha on the other is both incorrect and unfair. It is even worse when, to justify their conclusion about Islam and the Prophet, some people try to find verses in the Qur’an or references in Hadith, where the fighting and violence were so prominently, unequivocally, and sternly mentioned.

      To better understand this issue, one needs to recognize that Islam does not teach that if anyone’s one cheek is slapped, he or she should turn the other cheek. As mentioned in one of the premises above, Islam is based on Fitrah, the innate human nature. As a society, if we all turn our other cheek in the face of violence or open the door to the intruding burglars, or point to our heart to give a killer’s gun a more accurate target, it would be simply against human nature and also against any viable, functional, or healthy society. Anyone familiar with the Shaolin temples know that even the Buddhists contributed toward the development of the Martial Arts, as life’s need for self protection so dictated.

      To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged;- and verily, Allah is most powerful for their aid; 

      (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right,- (for no cause) except that they say, “our Lord is Allah”. Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause);- for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will). [Quran 22:39-40]

      There are times when fighting and violence are indispensable even to seek or maintain peace. People – individuals, groups, and nations – may need to fight for self-defense. Even the so-called modern and civilized nations, who now are hell-bent on branding Islam as barbaric and violent can’t shun, discard, and avoid fighting and violence. They can’t, because there are times, when war, fighting, and violence are essential means to seek and maintain peace. However, Islam clearly forbids any aggression or committing excesses. 

      Fight in the Way of God against those who fight you, but do not go beyond the limits. God does not love those who go beyond the limits. {Quran 2:190]

      Of course, not all the wars and fighting are for just reasons or to seek/maintain peace. Sometimes, pursuit of a narrow, parochial or unjust interest can be touted as a pursuit of peace, but humanity knows better. 

      Add to the quest for peace the quest of justice, and one can easily understand the logic and reality of life on one hand and the Islamic guidance/norms and the life of the Prophet on the other. Without justice, peace is an illusion. That is a human reality. Islam urges and emboldens people to never succumb to injustice. Rather, it instills courage and spirit to offer resistance to any social injustice and work collectively, creatively, and capably toward a just society.

      “O you who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.” [Quran 4:135]

      This pursuit of justice is not parochial or limited to only Muslims. Rather, Muslims are to uphold and defend justice – by themselves if necessary, but in collaboration with the rest of the humanity if possible – whether the victims and perpetrators are Muslims or non-Muslims. Notably, there are Muslims who are not quite in tune with such universal dimension of justice from the Islamic perspective. Thus, as the decent and fair-minded people would condemn the recent bigoted comment of the Pope Benedict XVI, the attacks by some fringe elements against churches (in Gaza and West Bank) in response must also be unreservedly condemned. CAIR’s (Council on American and Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties organization) call on Muslims to help rebuild those churches is exemplary.

      As far as violence, yes, there have been wars and killing during the life of the Prophet. He himself led many expeditions, and in many battles he himself fought as well. But that is because LIFE sometime makes such war and fighting necessary and indispensable, as Islam does not teach, encourage or advocate pacifism in the face of injustice. Any war or fighting during the time of the Prophet must be understood within this essential reality of life. That is not so true in the post-Prophetic era, where sometimes non-Muslims as well as Muslims faced violence in the hands of the ruling establishment in the Muslim world. Muslims must acknowledge many such wrongdoings by Muslim rulers throughout history, even though in a comparative sense it was not necessarily any worse than under other religions or ideologies. Indeed, even though it should not be compared to the contemporary standard of human experience, during certain periods of Islamic civilization, non-Muslims, including Jews, found the best protection under Islamic rules and fled persecutions in the Christendom to the Islamic polities. 

      Now, let us take a look at some verses of the Qur’an. First, consider the following verses:

      “Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better (of the godly): they will never frustrate (them). Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom you may not know, but whom Allah doth know.” [Quran 8:59-60]

      Or, the favorite verse of Islam-bashers:

      “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.” [Quran 9:5]

      Based on these verses, if anyone draws or “wants” to draw the conclusion that Islam is violent and it preaches violence, they would be violating almost all the premises listed earlier in this essay. Islamic guidance is to help people find a balance between life’s conflicting priorities. It is not static or predefined, but a dynamic search for an equilibrium. Whether in self-defense, to resist the evil of injustice and oppression, or to struggle toward a more just society, Islam requires its adherents to uphold certain norms and parameters. In the verse quoted above in which Muslims are urged to make ready their “strength to the utmost” of their power, one needs to take into account (a) the context of the entire Chapter, where it deals with treachery, hypocrisy and unilateral abrogation of a treaty that was imposed upon Muslims by their adversaries, and (b) the verse that comes after it.

      “But if the enemy inclines towards peace, you (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah” [Quran 9:61].

      The importance of this later verse is that peace is the ultimate goal. It ought to be the ideal and norm that a society should seek. Islam insists that its adherents work and incline toward peace. 

      Those who want to harm Muslims or cause general harm or injustice, Muslims (like any other people) would deal with them to resolve the problems and, if necessary, fight them, as the last resort. However, if the very same people desist and show inclination to peace, Muslims are duty bound to reciprocate for peace. The life and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)were guided by pursuit of justice and peace. Whenever people, Muslims or non-Muslims, take a verse in a fragmented manner, advertently or inadvertently, they commit serious error, or worse. By dubbing Islam violent while it guides us toward a balance in our life, we merely yield to and validate those fanatical and extremist fringes that use or abuse Islam for their extremist angles and agendas. 

      Peace and justice are amongst the two most important pursuits for humanity and so are those for Islam and Muslims. Islam is meant to guide its adherents toward peace and justice.

      Here are some of the verses and the Prophetic narrations (hadith) that should be treated by Muslims as norms, and the humanity should hold them to these norms in accordance with the faith of Muslims in the Qur’an and the Prophet. 

      “Let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.” [Quran 2:193]

      Muslims do not and cannot have any problem with adherents of any other faith (be it Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or even animism) or ideology (communism, capitalism, etc.), unless there is oppression committed by any. Of course, this assumes that Muslims themselves do not engage in practicing any oppression or injustice. 

      “…if any one slew a person unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land, it would be as if he slew the whole people; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” [Quran 5:35]

      Life – of ALL people — is sanctified and to be a Muslim is to show utmost respect for it. The sanctity of life – of Muslims and of others – was so important in Islam that the Prophet pursued an ingenious strategy of reclaiming Makkah: the entire conquest was virtually bloodless, a kind of feat unheard of in the blood-thirsty tribal Arab society. Furthermore, even for war and conflict, strict guidelines were set not to harm the life and property of any civilian, who are not active party to any hostility or conflict, and women, children, old men, monks, were to be particularly spared. 

      A person asked, O Prophet of God , whose Islam is excellent or the best (afdal)? He replied: “From whose tongue and hands the people (an-nas: irrespective of Muslims or non-Muslims) are safe.” [Musnad-i-Ahmad, #6762; narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr]

      The entire life of the Prophet was dedicated to help a conflict-ridden and blood-feuding society of Arabia come to civilization and serve as an illustration of human potential, where people do not give up hope for positive change and are willing to make adequate sacrifice toward establishing a just society for all people. The struggle of the Prophet was not an end point, but rather a reference point for the entire humanity as a source of guidance and inspiration. 

      Islam motivates people to seek a balance, tempering the extremities in their lives. It instills courage and valor in the weak and oppressed; at the same time, it humbles those who hold power and authority. It emboldens the downtrodden, while holds the oppressors and exploiters accountable. It urges the other-worldly people to take this world seriously and dearly, while it admonishes those who have forgotten about the life hereafter. 

      Thus, to say that Islam is peaceful does not explain why it also seeks to awaken people to a struggling spirit. And, to say that Islam is violent does not explain why it also emphasizes peace so ardently and embraces peace as the normative-imperative. Even Rabindranath Tagore, a Nobel Laureate in literature from India, recognized this aspect so beautifully in his novel, Gora. Through the words of Gora, the central character of the novel, in a conversation with a meek and abused Muslim, Tagore states: “One who tolerates wrong is also blameworthy, because he endorses wrongdoing in this world. You won’t understand me, but remember that religion is not merely being good-natured, pleasant, humble, meek gentleman (bhalo-manushi). It simply emboldens the bad ones. Your Muhammad (saw) had understanding of this and that’s why he did not propagate the faith merely as pleasant and meek gentleman (bhalomanush)”. [pp. 111-112]

      The Rebel Poet of Bengal, Kazi Nazrul Islam (nazrul.org) articulated this aspect aptly in his famous rhapsody “Rebel”. 

      In one hand of mine is the tender flute
      While in the other I hold the war bugle!

      In explaining this juxtaposition of sword and flute, he explained: 

      . . To bloom flowers is my religion. Sword may be a burden in my hand, but I have not discarded it. I play flute with the young cattle-herders at dusk; I give Azan at dawn (prayer call of Fajr time) adding my voice to the Muazzin (the prayer caller); I also jump into the battlefield with my unsheathed sword at bright noon. My flute becomes the trumpet of battle.

      My music is for the beauty, and the sword is for those monsters that endanger the beauty. [Nazrul Rachonaboli, Vol. 4, 1996, pp. 101-106] 

      Those who would like to pursue Jesus or Buddha as a model would soon find that puritanical and absolutist peace and acquiescence can’t always help us deal with and resolve the harsh reality and nature of life. Those who are absolutist in regard to use of force and violence for collective selfishness or arrogance, be they Muslims or non-Muslims, would find that they would be buried and overcome in history by the collective decency of humanity and human civilization. Muhammad is one such very special personality in human history that successfully balanced the quest of peace and justice. Muslims in history often have badly failed in upholding that quest for balance in the footstep of Muhammad. Yet, during various time in history Muslims also have played exemplary roles in a comparative sense. 

      Conscientious people have never hesitated to acknowledge this historical reality. As in the context of the Palestinian conflict, Einstein reminded his fellow Jewish people in a speech in 1939:

      There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people. … Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.” [see Einstein, Zionism and Israel: Setting the Record Straight

      • Steve Anakin Eggleston

        Thank you for writing this – it was a great read 🙂

    • Good one that last statement: Idiotic Sacrilegious Imbecile Society.

    • Sheikh

      There is no historical Truth to Banu Qurazha. The prophet and early muslims protected Jewish and Christians and their religious places. http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/book-review-the-truth-about-muhammad-founder-of-the-worlds-most-intolerant

    • Rabee Khalil

      It is Islamic despite the hatred of the koffar and those who support them, directly or indirectly, like the author of this article.

    • Allah said : “and if you punish, punish them with the like of they punish you” (Annahl 126)

      If we apply this to the United States which killed 500.000 child in Iraq, we (muslims) are still far from been equals.

    • Ali Ibn Abi Talib said : if you want to know the truth look at the direction of the ennemi’s arrows.
      40 states of the kufr are uniting against ISIS. get it ?

    • Toqtamir

      This is a fairly good article althoug you should have mention that the Saudi bros are behind all this financially along with the american political mafia and aristocracy and of course with those we cannot name, get it?

    • thaidude

      One need only observe the world as it is. Musslims are a sad people…………………..They’re not happy in Gaza,
      They’re not happy in Egypt, They’re not happy in Libya, They’re not
      happy in Morocco, They’re not happy in Iran ,They’re not happy in
      Iraq, They’re not happy in Yemen, They’re not happy in Afghanistan,
      They’re not happy in Pakistan, They’re not happy in Syria They’re not
      happy in Lebanon, They’re not happy in Nigeria They’re not happy in
      Kenya, They’re not happy in Thailand, They’re not happy in Myanmar,
      They’re not happy in the Philippines, They’re not happy in SriLanka,
      They’re not happy in India,They’re not happy in Sudan, They’re not
      happy in Lebanon They are not happy in virtually all sub-Sahara
      Africa

      Why does this ‘religion’ bring such misery and unhappiness to it’s adherents and all others?

      Should it not follow that, “If Islam is such a peaceful religion then the extremists
      should be extremely peaceful”.

    • james warren

      Remember the level of spilled blood from the bodies of the unbelievers as depicted in the Christian Book of Revelations?

      The blood will reach up to the level of the horses’ bridles.

      Can you recall the viscious anti-Semitic vitriol that the author of the Book of John placed into Jesus’ mouth when he wrote his gospel in about the year 90?

      Can you identify the two main strains of Jewish tradition throughout the Bible–one earlier one talks about God only requiring repentance for one’s sins and the other newer tradition demands a blood sacrifice? And that the latter tradition was never a part of Jesus’ vision?

      Do you know much about the polygamy and incest that is sanctioned by the Bible?

      How about the wholesale slaughter of men, women, children and those bearing the unborn? They were all carried out by God. Did you know that?

    • ncbigT

      Muhammad is just another deranged cult leader

    • ncbigT

      “Do not kill any old person, any child or any woman”

      “Do not kill the monks in monasteries”

      “Do not kill the people who are sitting in places of worship”

      “Do not attack a wounded person”

      “No prisoner should be put to the sword [aka executed or beheaded]”
      need to see where this is in the koran

    • Chun Jiuqien

      This was the first question.

      This was the first question.

      The fight of ISIL(Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) has been astonishing clever from the first.
      It was clear that, If ISIL extend its sphere of influence more, then someday ISIL will clash with the United States.
      ISIL was not the type that goes headlong at what it has decided to do.
      It is utterly impossible that the organization like ISIL fight against the United States with no plan.
      ISIL must has the prospect of victory.
      What is the prospect of victory?
      ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Vietnamization?

      2 prospect of victory of ISIL was supposed.
      (1)Vietnamization
      (2)Judas

      A horse may stumble though he has four legs.

      The matter to be attended to the war against Islamic State are following 2 points.
      (1)Morass
      (2)Betrayal

      REMEMBER PERL HABOR

      pdf version & full text
      http://www.age2.tv/rd05/src/up8840.zip.html

    • Just a white agnostic

      Comparing ISIS to all Muslims is akin to saying all catholics beat up gays and picket military funerals. Extremism exists and it’s just that, the most extreme individuals you can find.

    • Mandy

      Why do we allow ourselves to call these killers Islamic State? We ourselves are being brainwashed! There is nothing Islamic in killing innocent people. Perhaps this is why so many youngsters are joining them, brainwashed into thinking that these killers are Muslims and they kill in the name of Islam.. They may not be so quick to join if we, not they, change their name to reflect the true meaning of what they really are a Terrorist State.

    • sarah

      That’s the problem with the Koran. You have the 2 books – Medina and Mecca. And a tonne of abrogations – wherein Mohammed changed/updated a whole bunch of his initial peace loving advice to his now-suitable-for-war-mongering advice. Just look at the abrogation relating to the Jews. IInteresting, huh?. What Isis are preaching and the lives they are leading – is it what most Muslims believe and lead by? No. But is it stated in the later abrogations – and outright demanded, encouraged and promised reward for? Yes indeed. What Isis are all about – is nothing more than a very pure version of Islam. If that’s so offensive to Muslims – well – its time you guys a) underwent a major Reformation, b) denounced Wahhabism and c) denied Saudi Arabia the control over Islam it has – and all the money and power it filters globally into Mosques, schools and institutions designed to further Wahhabism. Calling Isis, Daesh is simply being an apologist for Islam. Either quit the religion, or change it from the ground up – or see the entire religion globally, be tarred with the same brush that is currently focused on Isis.

    • Lucian Maxwell

      Its funny how apologist try and defend muslims by ignoring the call for violence in the koran, read the koran people. Islam is inherently violent