March 17, 2015
History Doesn't Lie: The Truth about Islam (Part I)
Post by Brittany Tedesco
A few months ago, I heard a comedian recall the wild parties he attended while in high school. The kind of parties, he said, where the parents were out of town and drunken teenagers descend upon a house to destroy, deface, loot, and pillage it. He recalled one teenaged boy falling on top of a pool table and breaking it in half.
Unbeknownst to the comedian, one of his friends had a penchant for stealing people's old family photos at such parties. When he asked his friend why on earth he'd want to steal those, his friend replied with "because it's the only thing you can't replace."
Slightly horrifying, yes?
Now multiply the horror of losing something as irreplaceable as old family photos by approximately one gazillion and you begin to grasp the magnitude of the destruction being wreaked by power-drunk Muslim fanatics in our world today.
Last July, after forcing the last of the Christians from their homeland of Mosul, Iraq, ISIS burned down a 1,800-year-old Assyrian Christian church and with it, the earliest Chaldean manuscripts of our Bible. They also destroyed the tomb of Jonah and blew up an ancient wall in Nineveh.
But they were far from done with Mosul. Recently, ISIS released a video of themselves with sledgehammers and drills inside the Mosul Museum destroying millennia-old relics. They laid waste to artifacts dating back to 1,200 B.C. Then they entered the Mosul Library and proceeded to burn thousands of books and manuscripts.
But that's not all. They descended upon Nimrud, a 3,000-year-old city located on the banks of the Tigris River to bulldoze the remains of temples, palaces, and statues belonging to this ancient Assyrian capital.
On March 7, ISIS razed Hatra, an ancient city located 70 miles south of Mosul, which dated back to 300 B.C. and was established by the successors of Alexander the Great.
Ever been to Egypt to see the pyramids? I haven't, and I might not get to because they're currently in the crosshairs of radical Muslims. An Islamic cleric from Kuwait issued a fatwa calling for their destruction, along with the Sphinx.
So why is ISIS doing this?
If you answer "because they're depraved barbarians," you'd be right in step with the comments made by many archaeologists and historians understandably horrified by ISIS' assault on the cultural legacies of ancient civilizations.
However, beneath "depraved" and "barbarian"—accurate descriptions, to be sure—lies the reason for this behavior: strategy.
Ever read 1984? In this dystopian novel, the citizens of what used to be Great Britain are tyrannically ruled over by an ambiguous party leader referred to as "Big Brother," who "seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power."
Winston Smith, the novel's protagonist, works for the "Ministry of Truth," an ironically titled party division responsible for rewriting history to support whatever propaganda Big Brother is currently feeding to the public.
When people forget their history they can, and will, be controlled.
For instance, did you know that Indonesia, one of the world's top Muslim-majority countries, used to be a Hindu and Buddhist kingdom? Today, less than two percent of the country is Hindu, and that two percent lives on the island of Bali.
One of the "Buddhas of Bamiyan" in Afghanistan, before and after it was destroyed by the Taliban.
Did you know Afghanistan used to be a Buddhist country? In 2001, the Taliban used dynamite to blow up the last remnants of the former Buddhist culture: the spectacular "Buddhas of Bamiyan," giant Buddhas carved from sandstone that were more than 1,500 years old.
Did you know North Africa used to be a Christian-majority region?
Did you know Turkey, which today is nearly 100 percent Sunni Muslim, used to be inhabited almost entirely by Christians? The seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation refer to seven literal early Christian churches located in what is present-day Turkey. What happened to them?
Some like to say they ceased to exist because they became worldly and lost the faith—a cautionary tale, if you will. But after the Muslims moved in and took control of the area, one can make an educated guess as to what really happened to the Christians who comprised those churches. Think Syria and Iraq today.
A few weeks ago, a native ministry leader visited Christian Aid Mission from Bethlehem, a Palestinian city inside a Muslim-majority region. I was curious to know how far back he could trace his Christian roots. He told us that his family holds to a tradition that his ancestors were the very shepherds visited by the angels bearing good news about the birth of Jesus. "The Middle East wasn't always Muslim, you know?" he added. Jews and Christians were its only occupants before they were brutally conquered by Muslims.
Thomas F. Madden, associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University, states: "From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword."
Between the years 632 and 1922, Islam launched 548 offensive battles against classical civilization.
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, while serving as a U.S. ambassador, had a firsthand encounter with the true nature of Islam. U.S. ships were being pirated and American sailors abducted by Muslims in Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania. Confused as to why this was happening when America had done these countries no harm, Jefferson met with Tripoli's ambassador to Great Britain. The ambassador told Jefferson that it was "their right and duty to make war" and "make slaves" of all non-Muslims, that "it was written in their Koran."
Source: Center for the Study of Political Islam, www.cspipublishing.com
When Mohammed first began propagating the religion of Islam, he preached in Mecca for 13 years and was highly unsuccessful in gaining followers. That's when he switched tactics to a tad more "persuasive" method.
He moved to Medina and started enslaving, killing, and pillaging. He enforced a gouging tax on the kafirs, or non-Muslims, who were treated like second-class citizens. Many kafirs converted to Islam just to be treated like human beings again. This method was wildly successful and yielded approximately 100,000 Muslims by the time of Mohammed's death in 632 A.D.
The sira, Mohammed's biography, details all of this. History is repeating itself today in the Middle East. ISIS is simply following the example of their forerunner, who had no scruples in warfare against the despised kafir. Rape their women, take their property, mutilate, and kill them—nothing is off limits. The ends justify the means when the end is the establishment of Islam.
And after the Middle East was conquered, you'd better believe the cultural identity of the kafir was wiped out as well. Destroy a person's history and you can indoctrinate their descendants.
By the eighth century, Muslims had conquered all of North Africa and Spain. By the eleventh century, they'd conquered nearly the entire Byzantine Empire. . . two-thirds of the world at that point in time.
Did anyone care about what was happening to God's people? Did anyone try to stop the bloodshed and oppression?
Tune in next time to read Part II and find out!