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ISIS has begun a journey of terror in Iraq, which has resulted in appalling consequences on Christians and other non-Muslim groups in that part of the world. Simply dubbed “the Islamic State”, this group of warriors has murdered numerous Christians and opponents of their religious and political march. The mainstream media and many Muslim clerics want us to believe that ISIS is an extreme terrorist group that has forsaken the tenets of Islam to pursue war against innocent people. This is certainly not true. ISIS is real Islam in action, bearing the same horrible features of the religion Mohammad has left for millions to follow.
Muslims claim the Quran to be their holy book, containing revelations from Allah to Mohammad their prophet. These “revelations” were used by this “prophet” to justify the slaughter of the non-Muslims in his path. In Sura 8:12, he wrote that God revealed to angels that he (Allah) will “cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes”. Angels did no such thing, but Mohammed instructed his followers to cut off the heads of his opponents even after a period of torture.
Ibn Ishaq, a prominent Muslim scholar outlined the events surrounding the murder of one Jewish leader named Kinana Al-Rabi who was conquered by Mohammed in one of his conquests. Kinani was the caretaker of treasures at that time. Mohammed, upon learning this, demanded that he (Kinana) reveal where these treasures are located. When this Jewish leader refused to tell him, Mohammad ordered that a fire be kindled on Kinana’s chest with flint and steel until her speaks. This torture was not enough for the treasure thirsty Mohammad since Kinana still refused to give the location. Mohammad then ordered that the head of this Jew be chopped off. Hardly different from what occurs today under the rule of ISIS. (Reference: http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/terrorist.htm)
That beheading is supported by the Quran. In Sura 47:4 (Arberry), the Quran reads: “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads.” This is a religious practice ISIS has implemented through its many beheadings within the last few months. These severed heads are often displayed publicly to instil terror in the hearts of this Christians and other non-Muslims who reject Islam and its Prophet Mohammad.
Christians who are physically conquered by Muslims are treated in a horrible manner. In a television documentary done by VICE NEWS (posted on their website on Aug. 13, 2014) called “The Islamic State” Abu Abdula who is a judge in the Islamic State is quoted as saying the following:
“On 23rd Jan 2014, a pact was made with non-Muslims. It was approved by the Caliph al-Baghdadi, God bless him. Christians asked for this pact, asked for this contract. We met with them in the presents (sic) of representative of the Caliph al-Baghdadi. He offered the chance for them to convert to Islam. If you don’t accept this, you can pay non-Muslim tax, according to the Quran. If you don’t accept this, there is nothing left between us but killing and fighting.”
This is exactly what the Quran commands Muslims with Christians. Christians must convert to Islam and where they refuse to do so they must be humiliated by being forced to pay a non-Muslim tax or be killed. The Quran puts it this way: “Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.” (Sura 9:29 Arberry).
Islam teaches its followers to be in perpetual war against those who reject Islam and its Prophet. It conquers nations and spreads its ideals by the sword. One Surah commands that Muslims must kill them “wherever you find them” and ambush them, unless they convert or pay that Muslim imposed tax (Sura 9:5). Convert, or pay tax or die!
The modern Islamic State has been implementing the Quran as it was written and taught by Mohammad many centuries ago. The idea is to establish a border-free Islamic empire engulfing as large an area of the globe as possible. In this State only Islamic law is used and Christians must either convert to Islam, pay Islamic tax or be killed. They have brutally murdered hundreds of non-conformists over the last few months and continue to fight to advance beyond Iraq. In their initial approach into Iraq ISIS sent tens of thousands of the Christian community fleeing for their lives. The brutal images of public executions are all over the television screens and the Internet. Islam is displaying its truest colours yet.
Mohammad is no example for anyone to follow. History records his acts of violence and slaughter of those who did not recognise him and his religion. He would not have condemned ISIS if he were alive to see what it is doing today.
Jesus on the other hand is the real example to follow, for he lived a sin-free life and commanded his disciples not to murder but to preach and teach the gospel to all nations (Matt 28:19,20). He does not use violence to force you to submit to Him. He uses the truth to convince our mind. He bids us to “come unto” Him and “let us reason together” (Isa 1:18). He commands His followers to “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt 5:44). This is why you must accept Jesus Christ and His religion of true Christianity — the real religion of peace.