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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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In the Christian world, one may be able to distinguish a 'born again' convert from a traditional in-name-only Christian. It reflects in his actions, in his attitude, his behaviour and the outcome of his deeds. For 'You will know them by their fruits' (Matthew 7:16). As Christians, they have a choice: either 'Enter by the narrow gate... because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way, which leads to life..., or enter the wide gate for broad is the way that leads to destruction...'(Matthew 7:13-14). Christians have the option to decide whether to choose heaven or not so that they may, all realise where they stand and decide which road to take. As loving Christians, they are under obligation to spread the Good News to everyone so that they may decide and make a choice - not force salvation on them.

Both, Judaism and Christianity are accredited religions. Judeo-Messianic religions are divine. God communicated direct with the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob-Israel) by voice and physical appearance, in human form, lest they saw the Almighty and died. God is unapproachable to human beings until the appointed time. No one has seen God and lived, not even Moses. God spoke direct to Moses for the duration of freeing His people from bondage. God, also through His son Jesus, offered redemption to both Jews and gentiles and complemented His law by grace. God wrote the laws and gave them to Moses. To teach his disciples the New Testament, Jesus lived the life of the New Testament, in person, as a human being, until He fulfilled His mission and ascended to Heaven. The New Testament, by complementing the Old Testament, Judaism and Christianity were established, not only by divine inspiration, but also by direct heavenly intervention without mediation. All other religions are derivatives of Judaism and Christianity, or man-made religions established on the assumption of divine inspiration, revelation or apocryphal synthetics (Abdul-Haqq, 1980: pp 57-59).

When emotions run high, some Muslim individuals acting alone or in groups take the law into their own hands. Being devout Muslims, they apply the Islamic Code of Conduct of the Shari’ah Law, literally. They intimidate Christians and Jews, burn and destroy their churches, temples and holy sites. They kidnap, kill and maim their men, women and children; take hostages, and in some cases, beat, behead, murder and mutilate their victims, sadistically. It has now become respectable in the Muslim world to intimidate and kill a Christian or a Jew and eliminate their sympathizers. Besides (Jihad) holy war, killing in pursuit of protecting their religion is obligatory. Since Jihad is propagation of Islam, the ransom the Islamic militants get for releasing their non-Muslim hostages is lawful (halal). This method is applied to supplant Islamic financial support in their jihad struggle against the (Kafir) infidel non-Muslims from their own resources. Ransom money is another source of funding for their struggle, to increase their war effort in widening the Islamic fronts wherever possible (Pryce-Jones, 1989: pp 31-32, 38, 312; Hiro, 1989: pp 80, 94-95). A successful jihad results in pillage. Jihad without pillage is considered a loss to the mujahideen. It is estimated that the notorious Abu Sayyaf (headsman) in the southern Philippines has netted, so far, more than twenty million American dollars (US$20 million) from kidnapping, hostage taking and extortion of Christian locals and foreign tourists. Such large sums help him to buy more weapons, recruit more young Muslim mujahideen, and continue in his struggle for the spread of Allah's message. Jihad, besides being a voluntary mission, seems to be exploited as a business venture. Islam may criticise such hideous acts, but never condemn them. To avoid criticism, they keep a low profile. When asked by the reporters to comment, the Islamic governments pretend to be concerned. They caution the pursuers, scaring them not to confront the mujahideen physically but rather negotiate to reach a compromise, lest they be forced to execute the hostages. It is a stealthy way of camouflaging their inherent approval of Jihad. Some Islamic governments even offer their services to act as a go-between to resolve the hostage crisis, which in most cases ends up paying a high ransom. Such actions and offer of mediation are not haphazard occurrences, or one off. They are inherent in their culture that grows out of their conviction in spreading their religion aggressively by the sword. The unsheathed sword on Saudi Arabia's flag symbolizing the true message of Allah is self-evident.

Killing a Jew in Israel or a Christian in Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Nigeria or Indonesia and the Philippines has become commonplace. Blowing up a car, bus, passenger aeroplane, public building, or train station are targets for the zealot. Through interpretation of certain passages from the Koran by the Mufti, cleric or Imam, it becomes lawful to kill a Christian or a Jew in the name of Allah. It gains the perpetrator absolution and respect in his community. The two Libyan suspects, Abdel Bassit Ali al-Megrahi, Muhammad Al-Moriah and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, accused of being behind the blowing up of Pan Am Flight 103 (Jumbo Jet) passenger plane on December 21, 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland, are held in high esteem in Libya. In this act of mass murder, 270 persons were killed. Scores of perpetrators live in several Islamic states under the protection of their governments. Indonesia still denies that the six Australian Journalists killed during the invasion of East Timor in mid-October 1975 were murdered in cold blood. They describe their death as accidental, insisting they were caught in crossfire. The killing of an infidel is always justified and seldom described as murder. Terrorists are staunchly defended, never condemned for their actions. Government officials connive and condone rather than condemn. The closest they come, is to describe the carnage as a whimsical incident, acted upon because of frustration and desperation. Government representatives explain that by resorting to violence, defiant individuals and groups express their dissatisfaction to attract world attention. Since their rulers fail to redress their grievances they allege, Islamic militants take it against the Christians and Jews as a show of force in defiance of their Islamic governments. They lead protest marches and take the matter into their own hands in a violent manner, which according to their shari’ah is acceptable, and the perpetrators exonerated by the Islamic regimes (Pryce-Jones, 1989: 205-206, 335). Some Islamic groups, with the approval of religious leaders, pride themselves on actions like these to the extent that they parade in military-like fashion, adequately armed; sometimes with dynamite sticks protruding from their breast pockets or showing belts of dynamite sticks strapped around their waists.

 

 

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