Is ISIS Faithful to Islam?

By Pat Buchanan

Is ISIS Faithful to Islam?
Is ISIS Faithful to Islam?
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( “We are not at war with Islam,” said John Kasich after the Brussels massacre, “We're at war with radical Islam.”

Kasich's point raises a question: Does the Islamic faith in any way sanction or condone what those suicide bombers did?

For surely the brothers and their accomplice who ignited the bombs in the airport and set off the explosion on the subway did not do so believing they were blasting themselves to hell for all eternity.

One has to assume they hoped to be martyrs to their faith if they slaughtered infidels to terrify and expel such as these from the Islamic world and advance the coming of the caliphate of which the Prophet preached.

And where might they have gotten such ideas?

Kasich's word, radical, comes from the Latin “radix,” or root.

And if one returns to the roots of Islam, to the Quran, does one find condemnation of what the brothers did — or justification?

Andrew McCarthy was the prosecutor of the “Blind Sheikh” whose terrorist cell tried to bring down a World Trade Center tower in 1993, and plotted bombings in the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.

The U.S. government depicted the sheikh as a wanton killer who distorted the teachings of his faith.

Yet, McCarthy discovered that Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was no imposter-imam, but “a globally renowned scholar — a doctor of Islamic jurisprudence who graduated from al-Azhar University in Cairo, the seat of Sunni Islamic learning for over a millennium.”

Seeking to expose the sheikh as a fraud who had led his gullible followers into terrorism, against the tenets of their faith, McCarthy discovered that “Abdel Rahman was not lying about Islam.”

“When he said the scriptures command that Muslims strike terror into the hearts of Islam's enemies, the scriptures backed him up. When he said Allah enjoined all Muslims to wage jihad until Islamic law was established throughout the world, the scriptures backed him up.”

“[T]he Blind Sheikh's summons to Islam was rooted in a coherent interpretation of Islamic doctrine. He was not perverting Islam,” writes McCarthy in the Hillsdale College letter Imprimis. McCarthy goes on:

“Islam is not a religion of peace. … Verses such as ‘Fight those who believe not in Allah,' and ‘Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war' are not peaceful injunctions….”

In its formative first century, Islam conquered the Middle and Near East, North Africa and Spain with sword and slaughter, not persuasion and conversion.

Undeniably, there are millions of Muslims in America who love this country and have served it in every walk of life, from cops, firemen and soldiers, to doctors, scholars and clergy.

Yet when “moderate, peaceful Muslims” were called to testify as defense witnesses, says McCarthy, they could not contradict the Blind Sheikh's claim that he had correctly interpreted the Quran.

The questions that arise are crucial.

Islamic Crucifixions
Islamic Crucifixions of Christians

When we call Islam a “religion of peace,” are we projecting our own hopes? Are we deceiving ourselves? Are the Muslims we respect, admire and like, as friends and patriots, assimilated and “Americanized” Muslims who have drifted away from, set aside, or rejected many core beliefs of the Quran and root teachings of their own faith?

Are they simply secularized Muslims?

When the Afghan regime we installed sought to cut off the head of a Christian convert, was that un-Islamic? Or does Islam teach that this is the way to deal with apostates?

Is the hate spewing forth from the Ayatollah toward Americans and Jews un-Islamic? Is the Saudis' cutting off of heads and hands of adulterers and thieves and suppressing of women un-Islamic?

Or is that what the Quran actually teaches?

Have the Islamists of al-Shabab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, al-Qaida and ISIS in Syria and Iraq — who daily die fighting in the name of Islam — misread their sacred texts?

Are they all heretics who fail to understand the peaceful and loving character of their Islamic faith?

Or is the West deluding itself?

Is it possible we are the ones misreading the sacred books of Islam and what the triumph of Islam would mean for our civilization — because we lack the courage to face the truth and do what is necessary to avoid our fate?

Islam is rising again. Of its 1.6 billion adherents worldwide, many are returning to the roots of their faith, seeking to live their lives as commanded by the Prophet, the Quran and Sharia.

Western survival would seem to dictate a halt to all immigration from lands where this deadly virus we call “radical Islam” — with which Kasich concedes we are at war — is rampant, just as we would halt immigration from lands where the bubonic plague was rampant.

That would surely contradict the cherished beliefs of Western liberals.

But, then, as James Burnham reminded us, “Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.”

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 9 thoughts on “Is ISIS Faithful to Islam?

    1. ISIS is the perfect expression of islam. They follow the qur’an and the hadith as they are supposed to. The so-called “moderates” are either apostates – those who have “turned away from islam”, for which the qur’an commands their death – or practicing “taqiyya” – lying, deception, until such time as they gather in large enough numbers to show their true colors. As they do throughout Europe, with zones in France, England, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Finland, where the police do not even patrol.

      There is no “radical” islam. There is no “moderate” islam. There is only true, orthodox islam and those who call themselves “muslims” but ignore what the qur’an tells them they must do – or at least until they can do it safely in their host country. ISIS is the poster child for islam. No group practices islam better than they do.

    2. Excellent summation Richard. Not even a close parallel but my Grand Father ( 1885-1943) used to compare his brothers to Back Sliding Baptists. In Islam when you backslide you are an apostate and that according to the Qur’an is an automatic death sentence.

    3. Yet when “moderate, peaceful Muslims” were called to testify as defense witnesses, says McCarthy, they could not contradict the Blind Sheikh’s claim that he had correctly interpreted the Quran.

      This point is crucial. I do not think that the average Muslim has much desire to kill his infidel neighbors–but he also has little or no desire to stop the radicalized Muslim who does.

      The nature of the Islamic faith is to “let Allah’s will be done” and rather than risk the very real threat of retaliation by the radicals or the wrath of Allah, the average Muslim can simply observe and rationalize that if Allah wills the infidels to die they will, and if not, they won’t. This allows them to insist (rightly in their own minds) that they are not terrorists and are not even terrorist sympathizers–but they also feel they have little or no obligation to actively stop the terrorists.
      As I understand, the Islamic concept of sin is not the same as the Christian concept–intent is very secondary to action. In this case, since they have not actively participated in terrorism, then if it is contrary to the will of Allah they have done no wrong. On the other hand, if terrorism is the will of Allah and they have not actively resisted it they have also done no wrong.The passive stance of the Muslim community is the most prudent from their spiritual standpoint but it makes them untrustworthy as allies and far from reliable, loyal Americans.

      Islam has many sects just as Christianity has many denominations so it is often incorrect to say “all Muslims…” just as it is usually wrong to say “all Christians…” with reference to a particular topic. Specific individuals or sects notwithstanding, the general nature of Islam means it will tend to be in conflict with any society promoting democracy and individual liberty.

      The left does not understand this religious rational of the Muslim mindset and find fault with those concerned about Islam in America by claiming (correctly) that most Muslims are not terrorists. They fail to consider that it is equally true that most Muslims will not actively oppose the terrorists. The Muslim community in America is like having a life jacket that has neutral buoyancy–it won’t pull you down, but it won’t hold you up. I doubt that many rational people would want to have such a life jacket when it came time to jump over the side.

    4. The time may come when the words spoken by Pope Innocent the III may become the reality. During Innocent’s time (1100s) the Muslims were coming into Europe and killing as they now do. Pope Innocent is the guy who out of frustration originally said “Kill them all and let God sort them out.” If good Muslims, don’t start cooperating with the rest of the civilized world to shut these pathological sons of pig shit killers down…

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