Sunday, December 05, 2004

Crusades in Darfur

I just watched a troubling and informative video on what has been happening in the Dafur region of the Sudan. I have been in and out of several conversations regarding this crisis, but I have never been properly informed as to what is going on and why it seems to be continuing. This video answered many of my questions. And I got it here at Save Darfur.org .

What a sad story told of one people in Sudan performing a sort of ethnic cleansing, ridding the country of all the "Black Afrikans" to make way for the pure race of the Arabs. Wow. So sad. You couldn't help but recall thoughts of WWII. That is not too drastic a comparison to make.

And for those who were making comparisons between Hitler and Hussein, I can now understand the connection. I mean I could always understand it, but now I see it.

Crusades these were. Hitler to make his perfect Christian-Ariyan (sp?) nation-empire. These Sudanese people with their Arab-Muslim nation-state.

Christian crusades and Muslim crusades and several other religious-ethnic crusades dot the map of humanity. When will it end? When will we learn to value different opinions... others not like ourselves... fellow brothers and sisters in this thing called Humanity? God, when am I going to learn to value different opinions? All people?

Education is so key. Learn about Islam instead of saying that it is a religion of evil people. Try conversing without being aggresive to further your point.

[Hey Ryan, are you listening to yourself? Better take note of what you are saying.]

Here are some things I found online...

Omar Foundation's Glossary: "One of the three major world religions whose basis is monotheism, i.e. belief in one God. Islam is a way of life that highlights willful and voluntary submission of one's heart and desires to God and a commitment to his guidance. Literally, Islam means to make safe and secure and free from evil."

Islamic Relief's website: Islamic Relief is dedicated to alleviating the poverty and suffering of the world’s poorest people.

'Whoever saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind' Qur'an 5:32

Do you see how a few 'bad apples' can spoil a whole batch? I remember a friend how was in Iraq when the US bombed Baghdad and said that people in Iraq were calling war-supporting Americans "militant Christians". Wow.

It's worth thinking about.

4 comments:

ordinary_nobody_dreamer said...
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ordinary_nobody_dreamer said...

Oops, I didn't want to remove my comments.

Ryan,

Amen brother. The genocide at the hands of the Islamic government in Sudan is very sad and disheartening. Like you, I have not been properly informed as to what is going on in the Darfur region of Sudan. I really appreciate your rambling. It has inspired me to study and learn more about the genocide in the Sudan.

I have also been inspired by you to learn about Islam. I have been studying and trying to get my hands on anything related to Islam for weeks. Quoting you, “Learn about Islam instead of saying that it is a religion of evil people.” “Try conversing without being aggressive to further your point.” Ryan, with this in mind, I share this. My ramblings are not some predetermined, idealistic, close-minded arguments. My objective is to evaluate the Islamic religion, claims of the prophet Muhammad and demonstrate a genuine intense love for others, including our Muslim brothers.

Ryan, it is my belief that Islam is evil. I believe Islam does not believe in human rights (i.e. slavery and women’s rights), and does not recognize the individual’s freedom. I also believe that the wars waged by Muhammad and his successors were offensive wars to spread Islam by force. Islam has a history of brutal force, to plunder the abundance of the countries, to seize the properties of the lands, and to capture women and children. I know these words are astonishing and may be dismissed with disbelief or disapproval, but I believe them to be true. Many Europeans, Americans and the individual Muslim are not familiar with ancient Arabic references for Muslim scholars and leaders of Islamic nations.

One of the principal goals of Islam is to bring Islamic law to every nation. There are currently over one billion Muslims in the world. It is the fastest growing religion in the world. It dominates more than 40 countries on three continents. Islam is aggressive, religiously, socially, politically, economically and militarily. Islam is a concern to the church. “The January 1996 World Watch Persecution Index, published by Open Doors, revealed that, apart from North Korea and China, Islamic-dominated countries occupied every single spot on the Top Ten list of countries where persecution of Christians is most severe.”

In addition, Islamic law declares that whether the Muslim embraces, Judaism, Christianity or becomes an atheist, he/she must be killed. Also, anyone who rejects any of the basic ordinances of Islam or insults the prophet of the Qur’an will be regarded as an apostate and must be killed. All Muslim scholars agree with these points without exception. Contemporary scholars declare without any shame that the Muslim’s freedom to change his/her faith is non-existent and are not recognized by Islam. (Behind the Veil, Unmasking Islam)

Muhammad and his successors initiated offensive wars against peaceful countries in order to impose Islam by force. The concept of an offensive war to spread the faith is an Islamic concept; it is known as a Holy War for the sake of God. One of Muhammad’s popular claims is that God commanded him to fight people until they become Muslims and carry out the ordinances of Islam. All Muslim scholars agree on this. Muhammad said: “I have been ordered by God to fight with people till they bear testimony to the fact that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammed is his messenger, and that they establish prayer and pay money. If they do it, their blood and their property are safe from me.” (Behind the Veil, Unmasking Islam) “But when the sacred months elapse, then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them and seize them, besiege them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war). But if they repent and establish regular prayers, and practice regular charity, then open the way for them for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most Merciful” (Surah 9:5) .

In closing, my objective is not to condemn converts to Islam, I am merely trying to reveal Islam’s origin and roots. Many converts simply believe what has been told them by contemporary Muslim propagandists. (Behind the Veil, Unmasking Islam)

And it is no wonder the Muslims in Iraq were calling war-supporting Americans “militant Christians”, the only information allowed to them is what the Islamic leaders and Muslim scholars want them to hear. Virtually everything the Arab street hears and sees has been twisted in such a fashion that it is no wonder they hate the West, Americans and Jews. They have been told and taught from birth that the U.S. is taking over the Middle East and wants to kill Muslims. They are subjected to hours and hours of hate-filled preaching from the Islamic leaders. These people are not dying for Islam, they are dying for Islamic leaders who are obsessed with the maintaining and acquisition of absolute power. I agree with you Ryan, “education is so key”.

The content in this rambling was obtained from the following:

1. Islam, What You Need to Know by Ron Rhodes, (Harvest House, 1995)
2. The Facts on Islam by Ankerberg and Weldon, (Harvest House, 1991)
3. Behind the Veil by Abd El Schafi, (Pioneer Book Company, 1996)

Ryan Lee Sharp said...

Lots of good stuff there. It is nice to hear your voice concerning this because it brings up several key points about the destructive nature of 'i know God better than you' mentalities.

I think that in much of your post you are on to something that translates well into the Christian history. I think it's interesting that in the Western world, the 'convert or die' mentality has been a part of the church tradition for some time. I don't think it happens so much today, but think of Constantine's 'confess Christ or die' or the Spanish Inquisition or the American Manifest Destiny. The church has been a part of several advances of the Christian religion in 'forceful' ways as well.

And as for oppressive forces, the church was behind the keeping of slavery and keeping women out of voting and the workplace (both with 'solid Biblical support' as they say) as well as denying people certain civil rights (as noted in this last election).

I guess the only reason I write this stuff is because I have been raised (and in some small way, still exist) in a tradition that has supported so many atrocities. Remember, Hitler and the church were in it together... full support.

You probably know that Islam draws it's roots from Ishmael to whom God declared that they would wrestle against their family and always be at odds with them. But God also said that he would bless his family and make him a great nation. I know Islam didn't gather together around Holy Texts until the 8th or 9th century, but the family was there all along and it seems like the prophecy comes true over and over again.

But I am not quick to think Islam (in and of itself) is evil. Nor do I think it needs to be erradicated. I think there have been several atrocities commited and they ought to be held 'accountable'. How? Not sure. How did Christianity stop enforcing death as a conversion device? Not sure.

Well, there are some thoughts. Again, appreciated your thoughts as well. If you are going to continue to read up on Islam, I would recommend at least one or two books that are 'in defense' or Islam or at least sympathetic to them. Several books out there focus on the atrocities and I figure if I was wondering about Christianity and just read about the atrocities, I would not want to be one either, you know?

ordinary_nobody_dreamer said...

Ryan,
Hmmm...your points are alot to digest. I will have to get back to you regarding Christian History and Western atrocities.