Saturday, June 22, 2019

Only Muslims Can Save Islam From Itself

A group of British Muslims is resisting the atrocities and bloodthirst of the Islamic State. Great! But it comes with a few hard conditions. A hashtag just isn't enough for fundamental change from within. 



Sep 10, 2014 #NotInMyName: Young British Muslims at Active Change Foundation show their solidarity against ISIS and their actions.

Dyab Abou Jahjah has written a very interesting piece about the war on the Islamic State. (Source, Flemish) He states the following:
‘Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win’. This is a quotation from Sun Tzu's The art of war. (Source) This may answer the question if the American strategy to fight the organization known as 'Islamic State' stands a chance of success. 

KNOW THY ENEMY: DEFEATING TOTALITARIAN ISLAM

The West is mentally crippled in its defense against the violent side of Islam. False doctrines, faulty conceptual frameworks and political correctness have conspired to make the free world a sitting duck in the face of the evil that has manifested itself in IS, the Islamic State. So, what are we going to do about it? 


Yaron Brook (Director of the Ayn Rand Institute) and Dr Onkar Ghate (Senior Fellow) elaborate on the morality of war. More particular, what are the options in defeating totalitarian Islam. 

UPDATE: Noting that the apocalypse was a central theme to their vision, Wood outlined in a piece on The Atlantic how the brutal methods employed by ISIS were not necessarily a perversion of Islam, as President Obama frequently claims, but an interpretation of Islamic teachings that most Muslims simply choose to ignore.



Feb 19, 2015 Journalist Graeme Wood told CNN that the terrorist group firmly believes Jesus Christ will come to their aid during an apocalyptic final battle in Jerusalem.

What ISIS Really Wants
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it. (Source)


QUEST FOR MODERN ISLAM: ISLAM AS A CHRISTIAN HERESY

Islam apologists have long pointed to a "moderate" Islam. It's a Western construct based on a 25 year old lie. (Source) Islam is Islam. But if Jews and Christians can reform, so can Muslims. Key is the long and hard process of individualization: you don't change the ideology, but you can change the mindset of the people and the culture. 

UPDATE: Thomas Aquinas was a 13th-century scholastic and is regarded as one of the most eminent philosophers and theologians. He introduced the principle of reason into the Roman Church. He considered a question first from the perspective of reason. Only if a rational explanation failed to explain it, he conceded to faith. Aquinas' most fateful feat for Western civilization was his re-introduction of the philosophy of Aristotle, opening the way out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. As it happens, he also offered a biting critique of Islam based in large part on the questionable character and methods of its founder, Mohammed.