Ramadan, It’s All the Rage

sword of islamHow often have we heard our political leaders spring to appease Muslims by asserting that, contrary to an ever-growing body of evidence, Islam is a religion of peace? In attempting to avoid antagonising or alienating that minority and preserve the fiction of multicultural amity, “peace” is the first word that comes to their lips when Muslims’loyalty to the state comes into question after an atrocity. Truth is made subservient to compromise.

Dabiq is the glossy, professionally-produced propaganda magazine of ISIS, the self-styled Islamic State. Regularly, it lauds the heroic sacrifices of its suicide bombers, praying that Allah will accept them. It lambasts the campaigns of the “Crusaders” of the West, calling down imprecations from convenient verses of holy writ.  Every so often, it publishes a sermon by the Caliph, to inspire and energise the warriors.

So, on 25 Rajab 1436 (May 14, 2015, in our Gregorian calendar) the Caliph, Amir al-Mu’minin al-Khalifah Ibrahim, delivered an address entitled “On the Last Plot of the Apostates.”  Addressing the Ummah (the Islamic world community) on a supposed new plot in the making against Islam, he had something to say about the character of Islam that is important for all of us to understand. Here is the paragraph, verbatim, from issue #9 of Dabiq::

O Muslims, Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war. Your Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was dispatched with the sword as a mercy to the creation. He was ordered with war until Allah is worshipped alone. He (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to the mushrikīn of his people, ‘I came to you with slaughter’ [Reported by Imām Ahmad from ‘Abdullāh Ibn ‘Amr]. He fought both the Arabs and non-Arabs in all their various colors. He himself left to fight and took part in dozens of battles. He never for a day grew tired of war

… His companions after him and their followers carried on similarly. They did not soften nor abandon war, until they possessed the Earth, conquered the East and the West, the nations submitted to them, and the lands yielded to them, by the edge of the sword. And similarly, this will remain the condition of those who follow them until the Day of Recompense. Our Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has informed us of the Malāhim near the end of time. He gave us good tidings and promised us that we would be victorious in these battles. He is the truthful and trustworthy, sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. And here we are today seeing the signs of those Malāhim and we feel the winds of victory within them.

In #10, the Ramadan issue, Dabiq followed up with an historical justification for the jihadist attacks that occurred simultaneously that month.  Islamic leaders around the world were quick to proclaim that Ramadan is a month of mercy, an opportunity to attain God-consciousness through fasting, good work and charity. Not though, for ISIS.

On the one day, ISIS operatives blew up the Al Sadaq mosque in Kuwait, killing 28 and wounding 200; slaughtered 38 western tourists on the beach in Tunisia, and beheaded a man in France during an attempt to blow up an American-owned chemical factory.

The justification is in the history of the Prophet, explained Dabiq. Ramadan is welcomed by the mujahideen for jihad because “Allah opens gates for Muslims in Ramadan and upon them He sends His mercy….The gates of Jannah (Paradise) are opened and the gates of Hell are closed.”  Throughout history, the months of Ramadan have been days of jihad and battles.

The article went on to explain that Muhammad dispatched 73 sariyyah (raids or battles he did not lead personally) 11 of them sent out in the month of Ramadan. The Prophet himself led 28 battles (ghazawat). The two greatest – the Battle of Badr and the conquest of Makkah (Mecca) both took place during Ramadan.

The battle of Makkah was the conquest over which the inhabitants of the Heavens rejoiced. The loftiness of its honor reached the heights of the stars. The people entered into the religion of Allah.

We need to understand that is the ecstasy inspiring the Islamic State jihadists.

Geoffrey Luck was an ABC Journalist from 1950 until 1976

  • John Cook

    Well said Geoffrey. Most of us in Australia are too laid back to worry about this, and what it holds for Australia’s future. I’m so laid back I almost didn’t reply.

  • Jack Richards

    This can’t be true. Islam is the Religion of peace and it must be so because Barrack Obama, David Cameron, Francoise Holland and Angela Merkel have all said so!

  • bemartin39@bigpond.com

    Do they really believe that they are kidding anyone? Can seemingly intelligent, astute people be that stupid? Or is it perhaps that they are petrified over their own personal safety if they “insult” too many “peaceful” Muslims? Whatever the reason, pressure is building rapidly and likely to overflow into violence in the streets, as is already evident in France and other European countries. Of course, that is to be blamed on islamophobe, racist bigots, like those who recently held protests in Australia and were violently confronted by “peaceful” pro-multiculti, pro-tolerance “useful idiots”.

    • gardner.peter.d

      Barrack Obama, David Cameron, Francoise Holland and Angela Merkel et al have to say Islam is a religion of peace. If they were to accept that it is not they would have to start doing something to curtail it, for example by insisting that schools teach that it is a religion of war. They might even have to think about raising all mosques to the ground. The fact is there are far too many Muslims living in Western society for anything to be done that discourages it without risking major violence and division. And let’s face it, for the religious what has the West to offer in place of Islam? A Christianity that is ignored by most people, ridiculed by the media and undermined by the politicians. One good thing about Islam is that it might save us from gay marriage.

      • bemartin39@bigpond.com

        This is extremely dangerous thinking, made worse by the flippant reference to the comperatively insignificant subject of gay marriage. It seems to justify the spineless attitude of western leaders and tacitly implies that it is “wise” to appease Muslims in order to avoid violence. Accordingly, we must watch helplessly while “moderate” Muslims gradually gain the upper hand in western countries by never ending claims of disadvantage and victimisation, clamouring for ever more special privileges, until we all live in Islamic societies where non-muslims are tolerated as long as they live the humble life of dhimmitude and pay the jiyza. NO THANK YOU! Far more preferable to have leaders who are prepared to confront this fundamentally evil religion before it is too late to stop it from conquering us. Yes, we might eventually have to be prepared to fight to defend our way of life, which is infinitely preferable to Islam in spite all of its shortcomings.

      • Rob Brighton

        You would accept the evils associated with jihad belief system because they throw people off buildings who’s actions you don’t like?

        What a vile mindset.

  • PT

    They all claim Islam is the “religion of peace” without actually practicing it. A bit like a non-feminist saying radical feminism isn’t anti-men, or a non-gay rights activist saying gay rights activists didn’t push for Brendan Eich to be ousted! Too many apologists for Islam in the West know little about Islam. The Koran is the wellspring, but the Hadiths are a vital guide too. You can see the Koran as the Bible, but there is no Christian version of the Hadiths. The truth is that Marxism is now bankrupt as a philosophy (their fault for backing Stalin et al). So the “discontent” in the Middle East (they have much to be “discontent” about) don’t wear military fatigues anymore, but Isldmic dress. The left is struggling to grasp this! The obvious move is to embrace “liberation theology” but this is too much. So they follow the old anti-God road, and assume Muslims will somehow abandon their beliefs once the “revolution” has happened. Is there anything more irrational than this?

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