In what I can only claim was a bizarre misnomer, our president declared to the world on September 10th that “ISIL [or ISIS] is not Islamic.” Denouncing their recent and morally reprehensible actions as beyond the scope of what any rational Muslim would do, he claimed that an organization whose acronym stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” is, in fact, just a bunch of ideologically confused nut jobs. While I agree with that, I do not agree with the president’s first statement.
The truth is, ISIS are Muslim, and it’s okay to admit it.
The Noble Quran 8:12 reads, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip [from] them.”
Book 8 verse 39 orders followers to “fight [against] them until there is no more fitna [disorder, unbelief] and religion should be only for Allah.”
Book 47 verse 4 commands, “when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make [them] prisoners.”
Book 61 verse 4 claims that “Allah loves those who fight in His way.”
These are merely four verses commanding and describing violence against non-Muslims in a book that contains over 100 such verses.
So how is an organization that claims to be Muslim, claims to fight for Allah and a global Caliphate, has “Islam” in their internationally recognized name and carries out the slaughter of innocents in the name of Allah not Islamic? It seems like utter nonsense to claim otherwise, and the leader of the most powerful nation in the world did just that.
While the problem here seems so monumental, one answer is glaringly obvious: society is far too obsessed with being politically correct—especially regarding religion—for our president to condemn a group of religious people and claim that their problem lies solely in their religion.
Islam is not a religion of peace. Yes, of course there are peaceful Muslims, and I would never claim that all Muslims are sadistic or devoid of ethical sense as are ISIS. However, no Muslim who lives strictly by the Quran, as it seems ISIS do, can be a peaceful and tolerant citizen of our world.
ISIS are good Muslims. I don’t mean they are good people who happen to be Muslim, of which over a billion exist. I mean this in the sense that they follow the rules laid out for them by their holy book to a T. While many people apply the word “extremist” to them, I describe them as “literalist.” They don’t pick and choose which passages they wish to follow (the adage “Cafeteria Christian” comes to mind) as do the peaceful Muslims who inhabit the rest of the world in order to exist harmoniously with their respective society, because ISIS don’t want to exist harmoniously with the rest of the world.
They want a world full of strict observers of the Quran. They want to fight until the enemy—i.e. all who are not willing to live like ISIS—are dead, and there is no more fighting required of them.
And many of the enemy are Muslims. President Obama accurately stated that “the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.” While this would seem to be solid ground from which to claim that ISIS is not exactly Muslim, one needs only to turn to the Quran 4:95 to immediately recognize this argument as completely fallacious:
Not equal are those believers who sit [at home] and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit [at home]. Unto all [in Faith] Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit [at home] by a special reward.
So why wouldn’t the “vast majority” of ISIS’ victims be Muslim? These stay-at-home Muslims are arguably as guilty as we infidel Westerners are, and geographically speaking, they are much easier to oppress or even kill. Any Muslims who are otherwise peaceful, but show resistance to ISIS, would appear to them as guilty of resisting the spread of Islam, and should therefore lose their heads and fingertips.
It’s truly sad that it is such taboo in our society to label these people for what they are. It represents an overarching problem that has infiltrated our sensibilities without us even knowing it. We, as a society that consists mostly of moderate Christians, have become so used to living dual lives that we cannot comprehend such blind religious devotion.
Though most Americans claim to be Christian, we perpetuate a society that is most certainly not. Greed, materialism, sex, vulgarity, drugs and alcohol are very much an excessive part of our society, and none of that is cool with the man upstairs. Yet many self-proclaimed Christians have adopted such a lax, “as long as you love Jesus” interpretation of the Bible, they do not see the issue, or even recognize that there is one.
That’s because America has essentially become a secular society primarily made up of Christ-believers, as opposed to Bible-following Christians. No matter who you are and how smart you may be, I will never concede to anyone the claim that faith and lifestyle go hand in hand. America is proof that they do not.
So it is not only for the sake of political correctness that society cannot call ISIS Muslim. We, as a nation of “Christians,” are terrified by the reality that if we accept them as “good” Muslims, then we must also admit that we are not “good” Christians. We would then have to label ourselves as ethically good, rational and sane people, most of whom have faith in the Christian God.
And for some reason, we aren’t okay with that.