Cruelty Is Simply A Part Of Islam, Says Expert
September 14, 2014
Islamic State's head-chopping barbarity is not different from everyday Islamic cruelty, says Prof. Rafi Israeli. Shimon Cohen, Gil Ronen
Professor Rafi Israeli, an expert on Islam and the Arab world, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that while the world is appalled by Islamic State's decapitation murders of western journalists, we must not forget that Islam kills hundreds of people daily in various hotspots throughout the globe.
"We ignore this cruelty which is an everyday occurrence," said Israeli. In the genocide at Dafur, for instance, "Muslims killed other Muslims. They do it to their own people by the thousands. There is nothing new here."
Prof. Israeli said that the basis for these acts is the fact that Islam has a basic disregard for human life. "For them it is not sacred, like it is for us."
The Koran, he noted, calls on Muslims to spread terror among their enemies without specifying who they are. In effect, this statement commands a Muslim to kill and terrorize all those he perceives as enemies, including fellow Muslims. The Muslims who act upon this are fanatics who are convinced that only their beliefs are true, and everyone else is wrong – and can therefore be killed.
"Every day in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Darfur, Iraq or Yemen, they kill hundreds," explained Israeli. "Nowhere is there such disregard for human life, like in Islam. For the Sunnis, Shiites are worse than the Jews."
Muslim law determines that a person who was a Muslim and left the faith should be killed. Thieves' hands are cut off, and disrespect for the prophet Mohammed is a cause for mass murder.
At the core, he added, Islam is a religious faith that lacks self confidence. Because of this, any offense to it can rattle the faith of the Muslim and therefore requires a harsh, violent and cruel reaction.
This, too, he explained, is the core reason for the demand by 57 UN member countries to pass a universal law forbidding any attack upon Islam. "This is a fanatic perception rooted in lack of confidence and a lack of conviction regarding faith."
Prof. Israeli does not think that the problem lies only with extremist Muslims. While it is the extremists who carry out the murders, they enjoy the support of the general population. This, he added, is why the US is having such trouble cobbling together a coalition against the Islamic State. Muslims are not interested in fighting fellow Muslims and would prefer to leave the task for the West.
In this state of affairs, the expert said, there is no way to defeat Islamic State and the radical Islamic movements at present. Israel must make clear that whoever touches it will feel the great wrath of the IDF, and just as Hamas and Hezbollah understood this, so will Islamic State, he stated.
MIM: Victims of beheadings families and friends running to defend Islam.
Why are the family and friends of Islamist violence perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam running interference for Islam and instead of condemning Islam and Muslims and acting as apologists and doing outreach for Islam?
September 14, 2014
David Haines Brother: ISIS is "not about religion"
The brother of the British aid worker beheaded by the terror group ISIS, said on Sunday that religion wasn't responsible for the actions of ISIS, or the death of his brother, David Haines.
"The Muslim faith is not to blame for ISIL (ISIS), nor is it the fault or people of Middle Eastern descent," said Mike Haines. While the Haines family doesn't practice a specific religion, he said, they "stand with our arms open to welcome those of any faith." Haines said his brother was passionate about helping people of any creed, race or religion.
"To my limited knowledge, Islam is about peace, it's about love," said Haines, who read two passages from the Quran, both of which encourage goodness over evil. He closed his statement with a verse that says, "never let hatred of anyone lead you into the sin of deviating from justice."
"ISIL are not about religion, they're about terror," Haines said.
MIM: Barak Barfi a spokesman for the Sotloff offered to debate the self proclaimed head of ISIS about Islam after his friend Steven Sotloff was beheaded by a Muslim savage of the ISIS. Instead of condemnation or a threat of retaliation he says that Islam preaches mercy and reiterates Sotloffs "respect and love for the Arab and Muslim culture".
"I have a message to Abu Bakr," Barak Barfi, a friend of Sotloff's and family spokesperson, said in heated Arabic before television cameras late Wednesday, referring to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of ISIS. "You said Ramadan is a month of mercy but where is your mercy? You speak of Islam and the Holy Koran but I know the Koranic verses."
Barfi then quoted a verse in the Muslim holy book about God's disdain for oppressors.
"Abu Bakr, I am ready to debate you" Barfi said. "I come in peace, I don't have a sword in my hand, I am ready for your answer."
Barfi's personal challenge to al-Baghdadi came after he read the first statement from Sotloff's family since his death was confirmed by U.S. officials Tuesday. Sotloff appeared to have been murdered on camera by an ISIS fighter.
The family said they would not "allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the one weapon they possess: fear."
Barfi started the Arabic portion of his statement by addressing the Islamic world and reiterating Sotloff's respect and love of Arab and Muslim culture...